Attendees earned NASBA accreditation for 24 CPEs!
No longer offered -- information on this page is for documentation for those
who attended the workshops.
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Workshop
ManSims is pleased to have offered the Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliance Workshop. SOX is now a fact of the business environment, and our workshops were designed for INITIAL compliance. Now, companies are in the maintenance and ongoing compliance phases of SOX. We have left the following information on our website for those that had attended our workshops, providing an historical record of what had been accomplished. While no longer accredited by NASBA, ManSims maintains the appropriate records for those who earned CPE credit through the workshops. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact us through the links on the "Contact Us" page.
This was what was offered:
We have invested thousands of hours, bringing together dozens of experts across disciplines, to extract the most current body of knowledge on Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliance. Then, tightly integrating that knowledge base and its practical application into our Management Simulation software, we’ve birthed what we believe to be the highest impact SOX tool on the planet.
The Simulation has participants work through an actual Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliancy Implementation, putting the knowledge, skills and techniques learned to work in a real life setting. You don’t just learn What to do, you learn How and you Do it. The feedback loop of seeing the responses to and outcomes of your decisions, repeated on a weekly basis over 26 weeks in the Simulation, is our Holy Grail of Learning. You’ll make mistakes, without them costing you your (real) job or the Company anything but its (virtual) success. You’ll have directed the complete Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliancy Project for one organization, and you’ll be infinitely more qualified to do your next one!
Our Management Simulations utilize advanced software technologies, incorporating Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks and Heuristics. There are literally thousands of variations of inputs and no two Simulation runs can ever produce the same results. A bit like life. If you are not intimately familiar with the extraordinary facets of Management Simulations, we implore you to review our page, Why Simulation Makes It Different, and understand more how powerful a learning environment is woven into a Simulation.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliance Workshop was born out of our Project Management Workshop, and in addition to all of the Sarbanes-Oxley specific material, much of our Project Management learnings are in there too. If a Sarbanes-Oxley implementation isn’t a project, we don’t know what is. It would be our opinion that anyone with any significant role in a Sarbanes-Oxley implementation is well served to have finely honed Project Management skills. The ManSims Sarbanes-Oxley Workshop inserts the best of our Project Management lessons, incorporating Control Measures, Risk Management, Resource Smoothing, and Teamwork skills. But the Project Management material is only an added feature to the core purpose of the SOX Compliance Workshop. Helping Finance professionals grasp a thorough understanding of the specifics of Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and then deeply embedding it through the Simulation experience, is the primary objective and the bulk of this specialized Workshop. We’ve itemized a complete list of all of the Key Learnings in our page entitled Sarbanes-Oxley Workshop Key Learnings.
Our Sarbanes-Oxley Workshops are run by both an experienced simulation Guide and a Subject Matter Expert with serious industry credentials, meaning folks that have already done multiple Sarbanes-Oxley implementations. The depth of the experience of our Guides and SMEs are reason enough to be there. The Workshop also offers the opportunity to share experiences amongst participants, if not in the Workshop, during lunch or dinner breaks. And at the end, Teams share and discuss the results of what decisions they made in their Simulation, so you benefit from seeing how everyone’s strategy worked.
There is no substitute for real life experience, but a ManSims Simulation-based Workshop comes remarkably close!
The Simulation Pays!
Can you learn to ride a bike by reading the manual? NASA and the Air Force put their Pilots through extensive Simulations before they ever get to touch the real controls. Shouldn’t yours? Simulation works. Quite simply, it’s the best tool in existence for Accelerated Learning. The Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Workshop turbocharges its attendees, returning to you experienced Pilots, ready to fly Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliancy Projects on a rocket-sled to completion.
Who Should Attend
Probably everybody you’re thinking of, and then some. Maybe your Mom. Hey, Thanksgiving dinner will be on the table on-time, under budget and without any messy legal issues! Seriously, though, we don’t want to pander on the anxieties of needing to get this done, but let’s face it, you need it done right and there’s no time for re-do’s. We honestly believe there is no better preparation for this effort.
Three Day Format
Our Sarbanes-Oxley Training Workshop began life as exclusively a Four Day Workshop. A Simulation-based Workshop always leaves attendees drained, as you really do feel like you've lived through that Six Months. But repeatedly, we had been asked for a shorter Workshop for busy professionals that have a hard time being away so long. So we are glad to announce that we will be offering your choice of a Three or Four Day version of our Workshop.
There is no material cut to create the Three Day, they are just longer days. The Four Day Workshops ran from 9:00 am to 5:00pm and ended early on the fourth day. The Three Day will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm for all three days. We caution that this is a very draining schedule and is packed full with content, but appreciate the need to be away as little as possible. So, now, you can experience the training as you prefer.
Why and What It Costs
Effective May 2006, having largely fulfilled the backlog of training requirements, we are transitioning to providing the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Workshop exclusively through Private or Semi-Private Workshops. Typically a Client wishes to train a Team of four or more to justify a Private Workshop. Exact costs are dependent on several factors, including location, timing, and if you have a facility or one needs to be rented. Semi-Private means that you'd allow us to offer seats to help further reduce the costs. If we currently have space in a Semi-Private Workshop, we'll advertise it on our Schedule of Workshops page. Call us and we can explore scheduling a Private or Semi-Private Workshop in your city or at your facility. See our Contact Us page for details how. Here are some of our thoughts on who should attend and what’s in it for them.
The Big 4 and other Consultants
Much like the Y2K issue, there are armies being assembled to meet this need. Most Public Companies don’t have the expertise to do this without help. And the market continues to scramble to bring enough of that help up to speed. We’re the perfect opportunity to get your Professionals just a bit more polished and ready for more Sarbanes-Oxley work. You want to maintain the highest standard possible, and if you’re augmenting your Team with Professionals with less Sarbanes-Oxley experience than you’d like, you can’t afford not to get them in a Workshop.
Public Companies with Armies of Consultants
Think you’ve got enough of those expensive hired hands to get your work done and done right? Probably. But are you sure? How would you like to be able to have the expertise to maybe be able to spot flaws in the strategy? Before they cost you big time. What’s it worth to be able to better manage the Team you’ve assembled? If they’re putting a six-figure invoice on your desk, don’t you want a few of your own better equipped to be looking over their shoulder? Enroll in our Workshop, maybe you’ll be sitting next to your Consultant. You'll be so much better prepared for the conversations with the External Auditor and the Audit Commitee!
Public Companies that are Do-It-Yourselfers
Going it alone? Figure you need to know this stuff for the long term, so might as well do much of it yourself? Your Sarbanes-Oxley budget too constrained for the cost of the Consultants? Be smart, and get the help that’s too effective to overlook. We work hard to transfer all of the knowledge that the Consultants don't want you to know in just a few days. Don’t wait.
Thinking you’ll be Publicly Traded before too long? Well in advance, you’ll want to be informed on what’s required once you drop into that world, and the ManSims Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliance Workshop may well be the best means of understanding how to get prepared.
Privately Held and Staying that Way
Okay so maybe you’re the Guy or Gal smirking, thinking how glad you are that this doesn’t include you. But you know what? Sarbanes-Oxley WILL end up benefiting Companies. Self-knowledge is always a good thing. And regardless of whether you’re Public or Private, today’s business environment should be making you think about adhering to the new rules of Corporate Governance anyway. There’s more to be gained than you may realize.
Regardless of your exact area of practice, our Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliance Workshop is a great way to broaden your experience base. ManSims Project Management Workshops have earned accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) leading towards Project Management Professional (PMP) status through our PMI partner, Fissure Corporation. The ManSims Sarbanes-Oxley § 404 Compliance Workshop has also received accreditation for 24 CPE continuing education credits. See our page Continuing Education Credits for more information.
Thank you for your invested time, and for more information, review the other pages of our Website or Contact Us now.
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