Sarah Ference

Risk Control Director, Professional Services, CNAInsurance

Sarah is a Risk Control Director for CNA and oversees risk control services provided to CPA firms in the AICPA Accountants Professional Liability Insurance Program. She previously practiced public accounting for 15 years with a national public accounting firm. Experience Prior to joining CNA, Sarah practiced public accounting for 15 years with a large regional public accounting firm. As a director at the firm, Sarah provided internal control and risk management co-sourcing and external audit services to clients in multiple industries. She partnered with clients to help supplement or outsource functions typically performed in-house. She also served in a senior management role for a financial institution client for a 10-month period. Sarah was a national instructor for the firm, educating audit and advisory staff on the firm’s audit process and internal control assessment methodology. At CNA, Sarah and her team provide risk control services to insured CPA firms. Services include consultations with firms on ways to help mitigate professional liability risk, development and delivery of risk management training and education products, authoring monthly risk management articles for the Journal of Accountancy, and creating other tools to assist CPA firms in managing their professional liability risk. Education and Credentials Drake University, BSBA Certified Public Accountant, licensed in IL and IA Certified Information Privacy Technician Professional Affiliations Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Member of the Illinois CPA Society Articles she has written