Insider Tips for Making the Most of the ACFE Global Fraud Conference

Insider Tips for Making the Most of the ACFE Global Fraud Conference

We recently recorded a webinar for those of you who are new members and first-time attendees of the upcoming 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. In the webinar, ACFE staff shared key insider tips for making the most out of your conference experience.

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Networking and Volunteering Are Key to Growing Career and Business

Networking and Volunteering Are Key to Growing Career and Business

Early in her career, Gabriela Coldea, CFE, understood how beneficial networking and volunteering were for her and her community. She has devoted her time tutoring young students, serving on multiple boards and, most recently, volunteering as the chapter president for the Orange County ACFE Chapter. 

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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your ACFE Global Fraud Conference


John Loftis, CFE
ACFE Events Marketing Manager

I won't be able to attend the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference this year because of the upcoming (hopefully soon) birth of my first child. This will be the first conference I will miss since attending my very first one in 2006. But that doesn't mean I can't help YOU prepare for the largest gathering of anti-fraud professionals in the world. Below are some of the events and opportunities that I know you will not want to miss out on. 

Register to See the Charlie Daniels Band
Join the ACFE Middle Tennessee Chapter and country music legends, the Charlie Daniels Band, at historic Ryman Auditorium for an unforgettable conference experience. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the ACFE Foundation. Visit for details.

Download the Conference App
The ACFE 2017 Conference App is your on-the-go guide to the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. Use the Conference App to:

  • Report your CPE credit real-time
  • Access your custom schedule
  • Navigate the Exhibit Hall
  • Complete session evaluations

The app is available from the App Store for iPhone® and iPad®, from the Google Play Store for Android™ devices and as a mobile website for other web-enabled devices. Learn more about the Conference App.

Check Out the Career Connection
Find answers to your professional questions during a private coaching session with a leading career strategist. Career Coaching (50 minutes, $50), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator sessions (50 minutes, $50), and Résumé or LinkedIn Profile Review sessions (30 minutes, $30) may be booked in advance. Learn more and schedule a session.

Sign Up for the Virtual Conference
Purchase the Virtual Conference Add-On package to receive access to video recordings of all Main Conference sessions after the conference. This option allows you to watch sessions you missed or revisit your favorites for year-round learning from the convenience of your home or office. Purchase the Virtual Conference Add-On package.

I will be following all of you along your event journey on our social media networks and I look forward to hearing how these events, and the conference in general, goes! Here is to another amazing year!

3 Unfiltered Networking Tips



Mandy Moody, CFE
ACFE Content Manager

Almost seven years ago, I attended my first ACFE Global Fraud Conference after working at the ACFE for one week. To say I was nervous would be a gross understatement. I am typically a very outgoing person (some would say too outgoing with my opinions), but when I am in a group of people I don’t know or am somewhat intimidated by, I curl up in a tiny ball like a roly poly. I was determined to not let my default ways get the best of me, and I knew that my new role at the ACFE would be tested by the way I handled myself in group settings. So, with weak knees and some self-made confidence, I stepped off the plane in Washington, D.C. to face the beast that is the largest anti-fraud conference in the world.

Here is what I learned:

  1. Do your prep work. If you’re an ACFE member, once you register for the conference, you’ll be added to the ACFE Community’s conference group. If you aren’t a member yet, you can join the ACFE's LinkedIn group. Use one of both of these groups to begin scoping out who will be at the conference. It is okay to stalk for professional contacts and future best friends. It's not creepy when it could help you solve a case one day.
  2. Dress for success, and by success I mean a parka and memory foam slippers. No really, it gets cold in convention centers and you need to be comfortable. Bring a jacket or sweater, and wear comfortable shoes that will support you walking, standing and sitting. Also, there will be cameras and you will be meeting tons of new people, so look like you are at least a little bit famous. Not too famous, but kind of famous. Think Donny Walberg or Paula Abdul. 
  3. Take a step outside of your comfort zone. If you prefer face-to-face networking, try out the mobile app (coming soon!) to connect with someone from your city or industry. If you only prefer to meet people online, take a deep breath, pop an Altoid in your mouth and go to an in-person event. You have nothing to lose, except those few hours of Seinfeld reruns you thought about watching in your hotel room. And, trust me, those episodes will be on again. Here are just a few of the in-person networking events you can try out:
    • First-Time Attendee and New Member Reception: Sunday, June 18 from 6-6:45 p.m.
    • Women’s Networking Reception: Sunday, June 18 from 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Welcome Reception: Sunday, June 18 from 7-9 p.m.
    • Industry-specific tables at all General Sessions: June 19-21
    • Attendee Networking Reception: Tuesday, June 20 from 5-6 p.m.
    • Nashville Chapter Networking Event: Tuesday evening (more details coming soon)

The list above is only a few of the ways you can network with other attendees at the ACFE Global Fraud Conference. Visit for more information and to plan your conference.

Maryland Chapter’s Harbor Cruise Raises $3,500 for Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship


Ashley Stone, CFE
ACFE Chapter Development Manager

When Baltimore was selected as the host city for the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, the Maryland Chapter decided to plan an event to showcase the city while giving back to the fraud-fighting community.

After brainstorming, chapter vice president (and president elect) Steve Lesniewski, CFE recommended that a great way to entertain conference attendees, while raising funds for the ACFE Foundation, was a sunset cruise through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

On Monday, June 15 more than 360 conference attendees boarded the Spirit of Baltimore for a two-hour cruise complete with hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a live DJ and dancing. The cruise traveled along the Patapsco River and offered views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area, historic Fort McHenry (birthplace of the U.S. national anthem), Federal Hill, the Francis Scott Key Bridge and even the world headquarters of athletic apparel company Under Armour.

The chapter paid for the full cost of the cruise but requested that those who wanted to attend pre-register by purchasing $10 tickets. The chapter is donating the entire proceeds from these ticket sales (more than $3,600) to the ACFE Foundation’s Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship fund as part of the Scholarship Fundraising Challenge.

Chapter president John Grimes, CFE, said that feedback from those that attended was overwhelmingly positive. “From all reports, everybody had a great time. Many people had kind words about Baltimore and the Maryland Chapter,” Grimes said.

On behalf of the ACFE, I would like to thank the Maryland Chapter for hosting this unique event and for their generous contribution to the ACFE Foundation.