April 13, 2021: Chapter Meeting

Keynote Presentation

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Harlan M. Sands, President, Cleveland State University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MBWA – Management by Walking Around – is something Harlan Sands learned in the military, and it is a practice he has carried into his career in higher education. Whether he is walking and talking with students on campus, visiting staff in their offices, or more recently, “zooming” into remote classrooms, his high-energy, hands-on approach demonstrates his passion and commitment to the Cleveland State University (CSU) community.

As president of CSU, Cleveland’s only public research university, since 2018, Sands has accelerated the University’s upward trajectory as a Carnegie high research institution nationally recognized for quality, access, affordability, and social mobility. Additionally, the Brookings Institution ranked CSU 18th in the nation among public universities that provide social mobility for their students and conduct vital research that benefits society. Since joining CSU, overall enrollment and progression rates are stronger than ever, boasting the largest fall freshman class in history in 2019, an increase in graduate enrollments in 2020, and increases in retention and graduation rates across the board for all student groups.

Under Sands’ leadership, CSU has significantly strengthened its financial statement and balance sheet, invested in student coaching and direct financial support, and implemented new international and regional recruitment and marketing strategies. In addition, CSU has established three new local enrollment partnership pipelines with Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, and Lakeland Community College, established a ground-breaking Living-Learning Community for Cleveland Metropolitan School District students through a partnership with Parker-Hannifin, and secured additional multi-million dollar gifts from several major contributors, setting new records in both giving and donor participation.

Throughout his academic career, all at urban-serving universities, Sands has always focused on meeting the unique needs of his students. Earning two of his degrees part-time at night for six years while serving full-time on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he understands the challenges faced by many non-traditional students, and is fully invested in CSU’s Engaged Learning approach that transforms lives, connects students to career opportunities, and contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the community.

Professional Development Session

Presented by:


Hidden in Plain- but Remote- Sight: The latest fraud schemes and cyber threats facing your business


Information Security and Fraud Awareness are even more important now than ever.  With remote workforces now commonplace, fraudsters and hackers are working twice as hard to exploit the fact that you might not be working within your corporate policies and office controls.

Join us as Sikich cybersecurity and fraud experts provide an update on:

  •   Statistics and profile of a fraudster
  •   Emerging fraud schemes and cyber threats
  •   Keys to prevention for the next generation of fraud and information security threats.


Mary O’Connor, ASA, CRE, CMI, CFE
Partner, Forensic and Valuation Services

Brad Lutgen
Technology Partner, Security and Compliance

Event Details/Registration

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Session
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception/Academic Student Awards
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address


Join us in-person
The Union Club of Cleveland*
1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115




FEI NEO is committed to the health and safety of our members, partners,  and guests. Registrants may choose to attend this event in-person or to participate virtually.  For those who attend in person, we have developed guidelines and best practices which will be in accordance with guidelines set forth by the state of Ohio and those set forth by the venue. All guidelines will be communicated to attendees prior to the meeting.