68th Midyear Conference by Tax Executive Staff May 31, 2018 TEI’s international president, Robert L. Howren (BlueLinx Corp.), welcomed more than 600 attendees to the 68th Midyear Conference, “Transforming the Tax Function: From Tax Reform to the Digital Economy.” The conference was held March 25–28 at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Thirty chapter leaders from around the world met Monday morning, March 26, to brainstorm and to share some of their experiences over the past year. The honorable David J. Kautter, acting commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, offered the keynote address and updated attendees on the state of the IRS. Sandhya K. Edupuganty, chair of TEI’s federal tax committee (Texas Instruments Inc.), moderates the “Effective Tax Internal Controls—Design & Maintenance—Best Practices” session with speakers from ADP, Longview, and True Partners Consulting LLC. At Tuesday night’s safari-themed reception, attendees were treated to a menu featuring African fare, including this braai (barbecue). Attendees had many opportunities to visit with TEI’s sponsors. The Institute is grateful for the support of all 46 sponsors. TEI’s marketing team took advantage of record attendance to capture video testimonials for the website and future marketing campaigns. Also part of the Tuesday evening reception, a traditional African dance and drum team gave a short performance. Tuesday’s lunch program, “Examining Diversity and Inclusion: An Opportunity, Not an Issue,” featured (from left) Yvonne M. Metcalfe (Ernst & Young LLP), Cassandra Calvert (Fortive), Don J. Rath (Synopsys), Also part of the Tuesday evening reception, a traditional African dance and drum team gave a short performance. Jacqueline Welch (Freddie Mac), and Wayne A. Hamilton (Walmart).