You Just Gotta Hear This!

September 23, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

There will be some fresh voices coming across the airwaves in the upcoming months leading grants-related audio conferences for Thompson Publishing. I have heard all of them speak over the years and can attest to their professionalism and knowledge in the grants and audit industry.

On Sept. 29 at 2 p.m., Leita Hart-Fanta will conduct an audio conference of great importance to auditors and auditees interested in the 2011 revision of the Government Auditing Standards in a session entitled “Heartburn-Inducing Clauses of The Yellow Book.” Leita is an experienced facilitator, having led more than 800 full-day or multi-day seminars on auditing. She has owned and operated AuditSkills, a training and professional development company, since 1995. In 2009, she founded, a website for governmental auditors to obtain self-study CPEs.

Leita has a whimsical way to make finance and auditing easier to understand, and can convert the complex topics of accounting, finance, auditing and budgeting into information that professionals can absorb and use. She has been a contributing writer for Thompson’s Single Audit Information Service for several years.

On Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., Richard Solloway will lead a session on “Preparing for Closeout: Commonly Overlooked Post-Award Issues.” Richard is the president of Solloway & Associates, a small, veteran-owned company that was established in 1990. He worked for more than 20 years at several federal agencies as a financial advisor, program manager, grantmaker and auditor, and is a respected authority on federal grants management with a focus on international development.

I have heard Richard on several occasions giving presentations at other conferences and can attest to his knowledge in grants. Participants in this audio conference will be truly glad they attended.

On Oct. 20 at 2 p.m, Stacia Le Blanc will conduct a session on “The Federal Crackdown on Improper Payments – What Grantees Need to Know.” The concern over improper payments is a gaining more attention on the federal level these days and this audio conference should provide some key insight on how this may affect grantees. I have also heard Stacia speak many times and have been impressed by her expert analysis on grants topics.

Stacia specializes in the areas of government grants, cooperative agreements, federal audit defense and administrative law, previously as a partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, and recently established her own company. She had served many years in the Office of General Counsel within the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In addition, Elizabeth Gombash, executive director of strategic grants planning and development at Seminole State College of Florida, will lead a Nov. 15 audio conference on “Managing Risks Throughout the Grant Lifecycle.” Elizabeth will review common elements of risk that are encountered when making pre-award and post-award decisions, and will share proactive proposal development and grant management/compliance strategies to address them.

Elizabeth’s extensive background with grants in higher education has made her a sought-after speaker and presenter.  She is a former board member of the Grant Professionals Association (formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals) and a longtime member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Thompson’s grants publications.

We strongly encourage our readers to take advantage of the expertise shared by these presenters.  You’ll be glad you did.

For more information on attending these audio conferences, visit or call 800-925-1878 for more information and to register. If you can’t listen live, pick up a CD of the audio conference by calling 800-925-1878. Also, let us know what topics you’d like to hear covered in future audio conferences.


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