Ethics Forum 2023: “Ethics in Forensic Accounting and Artificial Intelligence”

About the Event

An ethics forum for Arkansas’ Business Leaders coordinated by the Joe T Ford Chair at UA Little Rock in collaboration with the CFA Society of Arkansas and the UA Little Rock School of Business. The event focuses on business ethics in accounting and finance professions.

Event date: April 20, 2023

Introducing the Speakers

rhodri preece file photoRhodri Preece, CFA, is Senior Head of Industry Research for CFA Institute. He is responsible for building and maintaining the global research function at CFA Institute, including leading the planning, coordination, and creation of research content across CFA Institute research platforms, which include the Future of Finance, the CFA Institute Research Foundation, the Financial Analysts Journal, and the Enterprising Investor blog. Mr. Preece formerly served as head of capital markets policy EMEA at CFA Institute, where he was responsible for leading capital markets policy activities in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Mr. Preece is a former member (2014-2018) of the Group of Economic Advisers of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Committee on Economic and Markets Analysis. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Mr. Preece was a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he specialized in investment funds. He has a BSc and a MSc in Economics and is a CFA charter holder since 2006.

vince cummings file photoVince Cummings, CPA, CFE, MAFF, CVA, CIA Director / Advisory / Forensics & Valuation Services. Vince is a Director at Forvis in the Forensics & Valuation Services practice. He focuses on providing fraud investigations, damage calculations, forensic accounting, and litigation consulting services. His experience as an investigator and consultant in a variety of industries spans more than 25 years. He works with in-house counsel, outside counsel, and corporate executives concerning forensic accounting investigations and on a wide array of damage calculations to provide expert testimony. He is involved in several associations, including The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, The Institute of Internal Auditors, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Vince is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a licensed Private Investigator. He has testified numerous times on behalf of the federal government and as an expert in various civil and criminal legal settings. Prior to joining Forvis, Vince worked for global professional service firms and forensic accounting firms/divisions. He was an FBI Special Agent, specializing in white-collar crime. He has performed investigations and audit work throughout the United States and Canada; and in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, England, and Belgium. His experience as an FBI Special Agent and his extensive work with civil damage calculations allow him to bring both civil and criminal expertise to clients.


  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Event Day Check-in
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Ashvin Vibhakar, Joe T Ford Professor of Finance
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Mr. Rhodri Preece, CFA: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence in Investment Management.
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Mr. Vince Cummings: Ethics and Forensic Accounting.
  • 12:30 p.m. – A light lunch will be provided next door in the Reynolds School of Business. Please stop by before you leave!

Event Registration

  • Registration for this event has closed.

Ethics hours qualifications

The two hours of CPE qualify as general ethics hours.  They do not fulfill the one hour of CPE on Arkansas’ specific laws and rules required by the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy.

NOTE: Attendees who register for the Zoom-only virtual option will not receive CE credit hours. 


Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023

Event Location: EIT Building Auditorium

EIT Building University of Arkansas-Little Rock

2801 South University Avenue

Little Rock, Arkansas 72204-1099

Parking and Campus Map

Free parking is located in Lot 13 in front of the Jack Stephens Center (first parking lot at the corner of S. University Avenue and 28th Street). The EIT Building is a short walk from Lot 13; signs will be posted to guide guests toward the building.

For a parking and campus map with the path from Lot 13 to the EIT Building highlighted, please click here.