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ACL Connections

October 14-17, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

An event for our customers, the annual ACL Connections unites ACL users and industry experts around the globe for four memorable days of professional development, training and networking.

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What should I expect?

Top 4 reasons to attend

Improve your ACL knowledge

Deepen and expand your ACL knowledge through training workshops and presentations by ACL experts. Based on customer feedback, we’ll be offering four purpose-built tracks this year—Analytics Beginner/Intermediate, Analytics Advanced, ACL GRC, and Government—to help you excel in your day-to-day work. You will also receive step-by-step tutorials on how to make the latest product features work for you. Whether you’re a beginner or have been using ACL for years, you will definitely go home with tips and tricks to maximize your investment in ACL technology.

Connect with peers

This is a unique opportunity to spend time and share experiences with 700+ people who actually do what you do—other ACLers. Get answers to your questions, share your best practices and lessons learned, and—together—help each other get the most out of the ACL platform. Rub elbows with industry leaders and product experts while building a network of professionals you can collaborate with throughout the year.

Get 17 CPE credits

Maintain your professional designation by obtaining up to 17 Continuing Professional Education credits at Connections. We promise—it will be the most fun you’ll have during professional development!

Have fun in Philadelphia

We know you work hard, so come prepared to play hard. Blow off steam after a full day of learning and networking at our annual gala party, with libations, entertainment, and plenty of dancing. During your free time, check out the Liberty Bell, eat a famous Philly cheese steak sandwich, visit the Independence Hall or run up the “Rocky Steps”!

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Sign up for ACL Connections 2018 to get access to 46 training sessions, fun networking parties, and one-on-one meetings with ACL experts, including our Product and Support teams. PLUS, earn up to 17 CPE credits by attending.

Register before June 30th, 2018 for the early-bird rate of just $1,195!

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Agenda

Prepare to exercise your brain for a jam-packed conference. We have planned four exciting tracks this year—Analytics Beginner/Intermediate, Analytics Advanced, ACL GRC, and Government—so you’ll be sure to find the training sessions right for you. Feel free to jump from track to track, or stick with one track for a curated experience—it’s entirely up to you; it’s YOUR conference after all.

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Analytics Beginner/Intermediate Track

The Analytics Beginner/Intermediate Track is for our customers who are just getting started or need a refresher on ACL Analytics. The sessions in this track are more training-focused with the goal of preparing you for the ACDA Intermediate certification.

Analytics Advanced Track

The Analytics Advanced track will feature the latest product updates and advanced how-to sessions (e.g. scripting and complex data sources). After attending these sessions, you’ll be well on your way to being ACDA Advanced certified.

ACL GRC Track

The ACL GRC track will feature cool use cases and best practices to maximize the power of the ACL GRC platform. We’ll also catch you up on all the latest product enhancements and show you how to take advantage.

Government Track

Our fourth track, developed just for Government employees, provides a unique opportunity for you to engage with your peers facing similar challenges across the public sector. Get insight into how they are using ACL to streamline their processes, change organizational behaviors and prevent and deter fraud, waste and abuse.

Speakers

We’ve searched all over to find an incredible group of inspiring speakers who will help make the most out of your ACL investment. Pick the brains of Government & Fortune 500 company leaders as they share best practices and experiences with you, and stay ahead of the game as ACL experts show you how to utilize the latest product features.

Andrew Fastow

Andrew Fastow

Former Chief Financial Officer,
Enron Corp.

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Author of the #1 National Bestseller,
The Happiness Project

Darrell Matthews

Darrell Matthews

Financial Processes & Controls Manager,
City of Lethbridge

William Patterson

William Patterson

Staff Auditor II – Internal Audit,
Nelnet

Laurie Schultz

Laurie Schultz

President & CEO,
ACL

Dan Zitting

Dan Zitting

Chief Product Officer,
ACL

Keith Cerny

Keith Cerny

Chief Technology Officer,
ACL

More speakers to be announced

Certification

This year, we’ll be offering more days to help you earn the sought-after ACL Certifications badge on-site! And of course, attendees will also get our rock-bottom exam rates when getting certified at Connections.

Earning an ACL Certification is a powerful way to validate your ACL GRC and Analytics skills. When you become certified, you join an elite group of GRC and analytics professionals who recognize the evolving focus and skills needed to stay relevant and become sought-after within the industry. Whatever your role, ACL Certification will help you take the next leap in your career!

Venue

The conference will be held at the centrally located Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Within the hotel, you'll enjoy comfortable rooms, delicious dining, Starbucks, a fitness center and a heated, indoor pool.

ACL has secured a block of rooms for conference guests at the discounted rate of $234/night. Be sure to book your stay early as quantity is limited. The last day for bookings is September 1st, 2018.

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QUESTIONS? Email us at user_conference@acl.com

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Agenda

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Thank you! We'll let you know all the amazing stuff we have in store for ACL Connections 2018.