March 2020 Dinner Meeting

March 17, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Maggiano’s Little Italy - Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102


Please join us for a dinner meeting on "Critical Thoughts and Critical Thinking” with speaker Raven Catlin, CPA, CIA, CFSA, CRMA.

Learning Objectives and Program Content: Encountering challenges is part of every job. Overcoming them is your job. Often, we are pressured to provide the "right" answer in minutes without being afforded the opportunity to think, to consider all options, or to assess the pros and cons of the options. Children are excellent critical thinkers, but along the way, we are conditioned to find the right answer quickly.  We must be reconditioned to be better thinkers, to look past obvious answers, and attain a higher level of thinking.

Higher thinking, or thoughtfulness, involves more than memory, knowledge, and recall. We must use knowledge in a meaningful way. We must link our learning to prior knowledge, make comparisons, contrast information, apply creative ideas, and combine ideas to evaluate options. Learning how to be a better thinker requires active use of knowledge, information, and proven critical thinking techniques to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information.

This session teaches the tools and techniques used in critical thinking methods and opportunities to apply the methods, tools, and techniques to everyday work and life. During this interactive session, you will learn techniques to overcome external and internal barriers that affect our ability to solve problems. We will discuss techniques to manage up and break mental plateaus.

Participants will be able to:

  • List barriers to critical thinking and apply techniques to overcome them.
  • Implement two critical thinking methods to solve problems.
  • Assess problems thoroughly, yet efficiently.


Program Level: Basic

Field of Study: Personal development

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live

CPE: 1 credit hour

***Plan to come early for ‘Pinot with the President’ from 5:15-6pm at the Maggiano’s first-floor bar for happy hour.***


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Note; If you have dietary restrictions, there is a place on your registration to include this information. 


Raven Catlin, CPA, CIA, CFSA, CRMA is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and consultant in Risk Management and Internal Audit. She has over 20 years of audit experience and 16 years of seminar instruction and facilitation. Through her lively and interactive seminars and presentations, you will gain valuable skills, motivation, and belief systems to achieve success.

Raven is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Before starting Raven Global Training in 2006, Raven was a Consultant for Jefferson Wells and a Senior Manager at Protiviti.  She held internal audit positions with Freddie Mac, Bank of America (formerly NationsBank), and Philip Morris. Raven is an active member and volunteer of the IIA. Raven is a contributing author to IIA’s CIA Learning System and co-author of Agile Auditing: Fundamentals and Applications.

Currently based out of the Washington DC area, Raven enjoys travelling, movie-watching, and spending time with her family. Go to for a full bio.

Administrative Policies: Contact the Meetings Chair, Shannon Kuehn ([email protected]), with any questions, complaints, or special dietary requirements. All sales are final. Refunds must be requested by the RSVP date for an event in writing or by email. Credits may be issued to be used for future event registrations.

Official National Registry Statement: The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Mission of AFWA: The mission of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance is to enable women in all accounting and finance fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. For more information about the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA), please visit


$45.00 Member Ticket
$65.00 after 11:59 pm March 12

$55.00 Guest Ticket
$75.00 after 11:59 pm March 12

$40.00 Student Ticket
$60.00 after 11:59 pm March 12