August 8-10, 2019
Chicago, IL

Join us this August in Chicago, Illinois, the state where our first chapter was initiated 100 years ago! Beta Alpha Psi’s theme for this year, Inspiring Future Leaders to Leave a Legacy of Excellence, revolves around the concept of planting a tree now so that future generations will have shade.

Beta Alpha Psi President, Alexandra Miller; the 2019 Annual Meeting Chair, Chris Lyon; the 2019 Program Chair, Rita Grant; and other event coordinators are working diligently to plan a fun-filled and educational meeting that will be talked about for the next 100 years!

In addition to the usual opportunities to network, learn and compete, a very meaningful community service day has been planned. BAP International Day of Literacy (sponsored by KPMG LLP and KPMG Foundation), attendees will distribute books to local organizations in under-served neighborhoods and teach the importance of literacy. Refer to the Community Service Day section below.

Below are other highlights to look forward to at the Annual Meeting:

  • Keynote Speakers
    • Dennis R. Reigle (retired Managing Partner, Partner Matters and Human Resources, North America at Arthur Andersen LLP)
    • John Howell (Managing Director, Financial Management Practice, Grant Thornton LLP)
    • John O'Leary (Motivational speaker)
    • Ken Bouyer (EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting)
  • Project Run With It 
  • Chapter Operations Sessions – Over 80 Chapters will be presenting
  • Professional Sessions with several new, exciting topics

We hope that you will attend this year's annual meeting--it will be one of the best experiences you have had with BAP thus far!



Thursday, August 8 - Saturday, August 10, 2019


Registration Fees

Early Bird Rate$250 until Friday, July 5, 2019
Regular Rate$290 from Saturday, July 6 - Friday, July 26, 2019
Late Registration/Onsite Registration Rate$365 after Friday, July 26, 2019

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made prior to Friday, July 5, 2019, will be refunded. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows will not be refunded. If you encounter an emergency, please contact the conference planner at and the request will be forwarded to the Executive Director for refund approval. 



Hotel Accommodations

Conference Hotel
Hilton Chicago (To view website, click here)
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Room Rates:
Double: $199.00 single/double/triple/quad + tax**
King: $199.00 single/double
King: $224 triple
King: $229 quad
**$25.00 extra charge per room per night to guarantee a Double Room with two full bathrooms, based on availability.

To make reservations online, click here.
To make reservations over the phone, call: 800.HILTONS*
*To receive the group rate, please indicate that you are attending the 2019 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting.

When booking rooms at the Hilton Chicago, please only book the number of rooms that is needed. If you book additional rooms that your chapter doesn't need, you may be subject to an additional cancellation charge. To confirm a sleeping room in your room block, the sleeping room must be secured with a valid credit card provided either by you or the guest attending the event, along with a first night's deposit, refundable up to 48 hours in advance of the event.

Hotel Reservation Cutoff: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

*Warning About Housing Scams
BAP does not use a housing bureau or third-party agency for hotel accommodations or any other travel arrangements. Any claims by any company stating otherwise are not true. Please be sure you are booking directly through the links on this page or directly with the hotel.


For estimated taxi/shuttle costs, please click here.
For driving instructions, please click here


Overnight guests receive a 25% discount on self-parking (currently $62.00).



Wednesday, August 7

10:00am - 6:00pmAnnual Meeting Registration
11:00am - 5:00pmData Analytics Executive Certificate Program (Faculty Advisors only, includes lunch)
5:00pm - 5:45pmProject Run With It (PRWI) Registration
6:00pm - 7:00pmProject Run With It (PRWI) Opening Session
7:00pm - 11:00pmProject Run With It (PRWI) Breakouts

*Please click here for PRWI updates and full agenda* 


Thursday, August 8

7:00am - 6:30pmAnnual Meeting Registration
7:30am - 9:00amNew Faculty Advisor Workshop
8:00am - 8:45amBreakfast
9:00am - 10:00amCommunity Service Day Welcome
10:00am - 3:00pmCommunity Service Day Event
4:15pm - 6:00pmOpening Plenary Session
6:00pm - 8:00pm100th Anniversary Welcome Reception/Exhibit Hall Open

100th Anniversary Networking Reception

Don't miss the 100th Anniversary Networking Reception on Thursday, August 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Chicago Hilton. Network and mingle with your peers, while visiting with this year's exhibitors.


Friday, August 9

7:00am - 7:45amBreakfast
8:00am - 9:15amFriday Plenary Session
9:30am - 10:45amConcurrent Session 1
10:45am - 11:15amRefreshment Break & Exhibits
11:15am - 12:30pmConcurrent Session 2
12:30pm - 1:45pmLunch and Awards
2:00pm - 3:15pmConcurrent Session 3
3:15pm - 3:30pmRefreshment Break
3:30pm - 4:45pmConcurrent Session 4
7:00pm - 10:00pmOptional Friday Evening Activities

Saturday, August 10

7:00am - 7:45amBreakfast
7:00am - 7:45amBAP Board Session: Faculty Exchange (Board of Directors, Chapter Advocates, and BAP Professional Partners with Faculty Advisors)
8:00am - 9:30amSaturday Plenary Session
9:45am - 11:00amConcurrent Session 5
11:00am - 11:15amRefreshment Break
11:15am - 12:30pmConcurrent Session 6
12:45pm - 1:30pmFinal Awards Presentation/Closing

*Schedule subject to change, please check back frequently for updates.

**Must pre-register here.


Faculty Advisors:

As part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration, the 100th Planning Committee and BAP Executive Office are excited to announce a new endeavor: bringing relevant, cutting-edge, and “often-not-in-our-wheelhouse” training to help faculty advisors improve their chapters’ university current financial-related curriculum. This year, we are offering our First Annual Faculty Advisor Learning Certification Workshop: Data Analytics.

The workshop will be offered on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm (including lunch) at The Chicago Hilton and is limited to the first 75-100 registrants. This session is full.

Why should you consider attending?

  1. It’s FREE – a gift from BAP and the AICPA (AICPA personnel will conduct the training);
  2. AACSB Accreditation of accounting programs is adding the inclusion of data analytics into the accreditation standards;
  3. Staying current with professional trends. Even if you choose not to include data analytics into your course, having knowledge of how it is used in business can only help you as an informed faculty member;
  4. Earn a certificate of 5 CPE hours; and
  5. Networking with fellow faculty advisors and perhaps developing / brainstorming ideas for future Certification workshops.


  • Understand how a data strategy will affect businesses’ technology, people and processes, as well as what new capabilities are needed to grow a data-driven strategy.
  • Identify the key change management considerations to be successful through this transformation.
  • Recognize practical approaches to empowering students to understand how to be data-driven and proactive rather than reactive.
  • Identify the common challenges of a company becoming a data-driven organization, including executive leadership buy-in, preparing for data overload, ensuring data quality, handling common talent concerns and acting on the insights from analysis.

We hope you will join us! When people can distill vast amounts of information into actionable insights, they are on their way to becoming data-driven business leaders. This workshop will empower you to enable students to use data and understand its outputs.

We will give you the tools and insights to help students' build and implement data-driven strategies within their future organizations.



The Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners further the mission and programs of the Beta Alpha Psi organization through the commitment of representatives and financial resources, knowledge, and talent. Members of the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners support BAP through annual member fees which subsidize the regional and annual meetings each year. Additionally, individual BAP Professional Partner representatives utilize their personal networks to secure speakers for these meetings, or their personal knowledge and expertise to deliver professional session content.

Representatives function as judges for the annual Best Practices competition, review nominations and select winners of the Business Information Professional of the Year awards, and network with student members and faculty advisors of Beta Alpha Psi to provide input, counsel, and advice regarding careers in the areas of Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems. Finally, a number of Professional Partner organizations and associations sponsor the many student chapter and faculty advisor awards each year. As a result, the generous support and commitment of the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners, Beta Alpha Psi remains the leading organization for students interested in careers in the financial information field.




Beta Alpha Psi encourages exhibitors participating in the annual meeting to provide information regarding graduate programs, professional examinations, and professional organizations.

Exhibit Hours

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 100th Anniversary Welcome Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, August 9, 2019
7:00am - 7:45am - Breakfast
10:45am - 11:15am - AM Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:30pm - PM Networking Break

Important - All exhibitors and sponsors must register through the Exhibitor Website, not the main registration page.

For all exhibitor related questions, please contact Keri Cross at (919) 402-4882 or

*Warning About Housing Scams and Attendee List
BAP does not use a housing bureau or third-party agency for hotel accommodations or any other travel arrangements. Any claims by any company stating otherwise are not true. Please be sure you are booking directly through the links on this page or directly with the hotel.

Beta Alpha Psi does not sell our attendee lists to anyone or any third party.


Confirmed Exhibitors: (Updated Weekly)

Booth # Company / School Website
   Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School
   University of Connecticut
   Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
   The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
   Wiley CPAexcel
   Surgent CPA Review
   University of San Diego
   Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
   Award Concepts
   Wipfli LLP
   Villanova University
   USC Leventhal School of Accounting
   Roger CPA Review
   Florida State University (FSU)
   Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
   Becker Professional Education
   Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA)
   The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business
   The University of Texas of Tyler
   Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)
   Gleim Exam Prep
   UIC Business
   Penn State University


Sponsored by KPMG LLP and KPMG Foundation

ATTENTION: This volunteer opportunity requires you to arrive in Chicago, IL prior to 9:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Date:  Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time:  9:00am - 3:00pm

As part of the 2019 Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) international annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, KPMG LLP and KPMG Foundation are proud to again sponsor BAP International Day of Literacy for our Community Service Day (CSD) project. The event is in collaboration with United Way of Metro Chicago and the non-profit social enterprise, First Book.

On Thursday, August 8, some volunteers will visit local programs in under-served neighborhoods to distribute books and teach the children the importance of literacy in their lives. At the end of the day, each child will go home with a brand new book. Since 2013, we have given out almost 22,000 books during our CSD events.

In addition, to celebrate BAP’s 100 year anniversary, some volunteers will participate in a Pack Shack Funnel Party where we will package 100,000 meals. These meals will be donated to the programs where we host our Literacy Fairs, local food banks, and the food pantries at DePaul University, University of Illinois Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago – to assist with food insecurity at these college campuses.

If you have any questions regarding the Community Service Day event, please contact Della Moore.


For more information, click here




Sponsored by Moss Adams LLP

Deadline: May 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT


Project Run With It (PRWI) furthers the community service component of Beta Alpha Psi and provides members/candidates with an opportunity to engage in a real-world consulting project.

As Beta Alpha Psi celebrates its 100th year anniversary, PRWI begins its 12th year with exciting news! There has been such a positive response from student participants and the nonprofit organizations served that we have decided to expand the competition and allow more students the opportunity to be involved. PRWI 2019 will involve up to 96 BAP student representatives working together during the annual meeting to develop solutions to real-life business problems of actual not-for-profit (NFP) organizations located in the greater Chicago, IL area. Working in teams of four, students will have the equivalent of one and half working days to develop a formal presentation showcasing their solution to the business issues presented by the NFPs in their request for proposal for consulting services. Prior to the annual meeting, the NFP organizations will provide background information to all participating students and will be on site Wednesday evening to answer students' questions.

2019 Nonprofit Organizations

  • The Volunteer Center - helps residents and service groups of all ages volunteer or engage in days of service and service learning with 501C3 nonprofit organizations.
  • LINK Unlimited Scholars - is a 50-year-old Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential African American youth, through unique programming and mentorship opportunities in the classroom and beyond.
  • Prevent Blindness - is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year.
  • Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting - supports the advancement of women in the accounting profession through the funding of education, research, career literature, publications and other projects.


Each chapter represented on the first place teams will receive a plaque (which will bear the name of the participating student and chapter) and a $1,000 cash award. 


  • All current BAP members/candidates are eligible to participate. If more than the maximum number of participants are nominated, students will be selected to participate based on the following criteria: 
    1. Major (ideally we would like to have a mix of accounting, finance, and information system majors). Students with declared double majors should clearly indicate such on the nomination form. Up to 24 students with a declared major other than accounting will be selected. 
    2. Service to BAP (in the event of multiple nominations from the same chapter- members will have priority over candidates; officers will have priority over regular members) 
    3. Grade point average 
    4. Statement of Interest 
    5. Number of students a chapter has nominated (no chapter will be selected for multiple participants unless fewer than 96 chapters submit acceptable nominees)
    6. Number of students a chapter has nominated 
    7. Timeliness of nomination
    8. Regional allocation of students ultimately selected 
    9. An affirmative statement by the student of his/her ability to attend the annual meeting and be able to arrive in time for the opening kickoff session. Please note, this is a separate attachment and must be signed by the Chapter Faculty Advisor (FA).
  • Up to 8 students (two per case) will be placed on a priority waitlist. These students will be notified of their case assignment and their status on the waitlist with updated information as needed.  Waitlisted students not advanced to participating status prior to the annual conference may still be advanced if travel or other last-minute difficulties prevent selected students from attending the opening PRWI session on Wednesday August 7.    

Nomination Process

To participate in PRWI, students must submit a completed nomination form, statement of interest, confidentiality agreement form, and affirmative statement of attendance at the Annual Meeting signed by the faculty advisor. Nominations will open in March 2019.  Students will be notified by the PRWI faculty coordinator as to whether or not they were selected no later than May 8, 2019. Students not selected will be notified at the same time. Any student placed on the waitlist will be notified of their priority on the waitlist. While we cannot guarantee a waitlisted student a position in the Project, students on the waitlist will need to notify the faculty coordinator their intent to participate in the Annual Meeting upon being advised of their waitlisted status. If the PRWI faculty coordinator does not hear back from the waitlisted student by the required time, the waitlisted student will be replaced by another unselected student. If anticipated attendance at the Annual Meeting is predicated on confirmed selection to the PRWI project, it is only fair to other nominated students that the faculty coordinator is advised early so that another student can be added to the waitlist. Selected students who have not registered for the annual meeting by the early bird registration deadline are subject to replacement by a waitlisted student.

Students and chapter FAs MUST carefully consider a student’s availability prior to submitting a nomination.  A chapter may be subject to losing the ROA credit provided on the nomination to PRWI if a selected student withdraws from the Project and if in the opinion of both the Executive Office and the PRWI faculty coordinator, the reason for withdrawal should have likely been known before nomination. 

General Process

Once the participating students are identified and notified of their participation, each will be assigned to one of the four cases and notified via email as to which case they have been assigned. Case information relevant to the issues being presented for the NFPs will be posted to a secure Dropbox folder, and will be made available to the participants upon selection and updated as needed prior to the August conference.   

Other Information

Students selected to participate in PRWI must arrive at the conference hotel by Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 pm.  A full dinner will be served to Project participants. Waitlisted students should plan on arriving at the Annual Meeting on August 7, 2019, by 4:30 pm as well.  Waitlisted students will be provided dinner also. It is important to note that students participating in PRWI will not be required (or allowed) to attend Annual Community Service Day on the Thursday of the Annual Meeting but will be required to attend the kickoff plenary session Thursday evening and will then rejoin their chapters for other annual conference events.

The Project is a high intensity, highly compressed competition that is meant to provide participating students a totally unique experience. Reference should be made to the testimonials and recap video


For more information or questions please contact Bonnie Villarreal at

For more information about Project Run With It, click here.



Sponsored by Deloitte

Congratulations on winning first place at your 2019 BAP Regional Meeting Best Practices competition! 

All first place winners from the 2019 regional meetings are invited to present at the annual meeting on Friday, August 9th in Chicago, IL.

The following are the steps necessary to compete at the 2019 Annual Meeting:

  • Email Mark Judd ( to notify him of your interest to present by May 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
    • Complete the Best Practices Final Abstract Form to let us know if your team plans on competing in Chicago. The online form will serve as your abstract.
    • Make sure all of the information is accuracte and complete.
  • Register for the annual meeting! Make sure to book your hotel room(s) early as space is limited.
  • Practice, practice, and more practice! Make sure you arrive to the meeting prepared so that you can enjoy the rest of the meeting, network with students and other schools and enjoy Chicago.
  • On the day of the presentation, please plan to arrive at the room about 15-20 minutes ahead of time so you can load your presentation. There will not be time to practice in the presentation room. 

As per Appendix A in the Best Practices Manual, the abstract form itself must essentially be the same as provided at the regional meeting; however, minor editorial/grammatical changes, reordering of major points, and updates to any results are permissible. The original abstract form will be included with the updated abstract form so judges can review the changes made to the abstract. 


Best Practices Coordinator:

Mark Judd: 

For more information about the Best Practices competition, click here.


The city of Chicago has something for everyone with the bold architecture, world class museums and vibrant shopping districts.

Some of the top attractions include:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago Architecture Tours
  • Field Museum
  • Grant Park
  • Shedd Aquarium

To find an extensive list of additional attractions, festivals, and events in Chicago, click here.



Beth FulkRegistration Inquiries, Meeting Logistics, and Hotel
Keri CrossExhibitor and Sponsor
Chris LyonAnnual Meeting
Alexandra MillerBeta Alpha Psi
Lisa WickerBeta Alpha Psi Executive Office Main


Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

Beta Alpha Psi students represent the cream of the crop within their respective college/university! They will become the future leaders in the profession and help drive much needed change within their organizations. As the students become BAP alumni, we hope they stay engaged in professional associations and pursue certifications like the CMA to continue their life long learning.

Jodi Ryan
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)