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February 2013

Johansson, Woodruff Are General Session Speakers

Bestselling author Frans Johansson and veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will address general sessions at the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting, July13–16, in Indianapolis. A third general session speaker will be announced soon.


Johansson, author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Culture (Harvard Business Review Press, 2004)—which has been translated into 18 languages and named one of the top 10 best business books by—will speak on Sunday, July 14. Johansson’s second book, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World (Portfolio Hardcover, 2012), was named by Fast Company as one of the best business books in 2012.  

In his books and presentations, Johansson shows how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration among people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. Attendees will learn through examples what they need to do to break down silos and bring out the best that everyone has to give to any challenge or opportunity. 

Raised in Sweden by his African-American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Johansson comes from a diverse background. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science at Brown University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. He founded both a Boston-based software company and a medical device company in Baltimore and Stockholm, and is now CEO of the strategy consulting firm, the Medici Group. He has written articles on health care, information technology, and the science of sport fishing. Johansson has been featured on CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Early Morning Show, and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series. 

PBS NewsHour coanchor Judy Woodruff, who has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS, will speak on Tuesday, July 16. Currently, she also anchors a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, Conversations with Judy.


For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, anchoring the weekday political program, Inside Politics. At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984 to 1990, she also anchored PBS’ award-winning weekly documentary series, Frontline With Judy Woodruff.

At NBC News, Woodruff served as White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. She also served as NBC’s Today chief Washington correspondent.

Woodruff wrote the book, This Is Judy Woodruff at the White House (Addison-Wesley, 1982), and was a visiting professor at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy, teaching a weekly seminar course on media and politics. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, where she led a study group on contemporary journalism issues. 

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which promotes and encourages women in communication industries. She serves on the boards of several organizations, such as the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and the Urban Institute, and has received several awards for excellence in journalism.

For updates and more information about the annual meeting, visit 

Revamped IRC Web Site Coming Soon

NACUBO will soon launch a redesigned Web site for the International Resource Center (IRC). The revamped site will offer enhanced content organization and quicker navigation for users.

IRC offers information in key areas that institutions need to be aware of when conducting activities abroad. These include cash management, finance, human resources, legal, reporting and compliance, research compliance, and risk management. You’ll also find country-specific data, checklists, and tools from a variety of institutions, and useful links and resources.

In response to members’ request, the new site includes a section on potential foreign compliance risks associated with study abroad programs for both small and large institutions. 

Get Ready for HEAF

The 2013 Higher Education Accounting Forum will be held May 19–21 in Savannah. This popular event offers the latest information on trends, issues, and best practices in financial accounting and reporting, and managerial issues and analysis for all types of institutions.

Designed for advanced-level accounting and finance professionals, the event features a number of session formats, including plenary presentations, breakouts, and roundtables, that will allow for networking with colleagues and speakers. Roundtable exchanges will be segmented so as to bring together participants from like institutions to share ideas.

This forum serves as both an annual update and future outlook where participants hear and engage in discussions on timely subjects affecting the higher education community. In addition to a keynote session from fraud examiner and author Pamela Meyer as part of the NACUBO leadership series (see Meyer interview on page 29), general session speakers will address the topics of organizational cooperation, the state of higher education, and risk and fraud. Other topics that will be covered at the forum include financial analysis, tax updates and campus tax issues, shared services, internal controls, audit changes, athletics, monitoring sponsored programs, financial statement preparation, management reporting, and ethical conflicts. There will also be updates from the FASB and the GASB. 

To register or for more information, visit or call 800.462.4916. 

Registration Opens

Registration and housing for the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting, July 13–16 in Indianapolis, is now open at Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from your peers and share ideas with them.

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