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Ep. 118: Dr. Sean Stein Smith - Accounting for Cryptoassets

Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CMA, CPA, Assistant Professor at Lehman College (CUNY), joins Count Me In again to talk about accounting for cryptoassets. In previous episodes, Sean broke down different types of blockchain and what its implication is for accounting and finance professionals. For this episode, he focuses more specifically on his Forbes article, "Bitcoin is Hitting an All Time High", accounting standards for cryptoassets, and what organizations can do long-term with cryptoassets, among other ideas. Download and listen now!

Ep. 117: John Lemmex - Digitalization in Practice

John Lemmex, vice president, Chief Financial Officer, at Covestro LLC., joins Count Me In to talk about the impact of digital transformation on the finance function. In this episode, John shares valuable personal experiences on the value of digitalization, best practices for starting digital transformation projects, and ways to engage various stakeholders throughout the project. John is currently responsible for all aspects of financial management and controlling and has embarked on a diverse career in financial management. He uses his experience to continuously drive business strategy and business improvements. Download and listen to his perspective now!

Ep. 116: Dr. Ahmed Yamen - Is Digitalization the beginning of the end for Financial Crime?

Dr. Ahmed Yamen is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the American University of the Middle East, Kuwait. He was awarded his PhD in Accounting from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt) in 2011. He has been a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) since 2012. He is a member of the committee on academic relations in the IMA. His main research interests are financial crime, culture, accounting education and managerial accounting. He has published several research papers in different international journals, such as journal of international accounting, auditing and taxation, journal of financial crime, and journal of money laundering control. With financial crimes on the rise in the Middle East and around the world, he and Count Me In's Rouba Zeidan take a look at how such digitalization is arming the fight against the practice. Together, they dive into the world of financial crime, how it is evolving and what the industry can do to limit or potential eliminate the potential risks of becoming a target. Download and listen now!

Ep. 115: David Wray - Accelerating your “Power of Potential” for Business and Personal skills

David Wray, Finance Executive in a Fortune 50 Multinational and now author, joins Count Me In again to talk about his approach towards acquiring new skills. The Harvard Business Review in October 2019 investigated where learning and development goes wrong. They found that organizations spend about U$360 Billion on training, asking the provocative question: whether or not it was worth it? In this episode, David shares his thoughts on whether organizational spending on learning and development offers a good return on investment. He also explains how his learning approach is different from others out there and goes into detail about the concepts of unconscious competence and conscious competence. For those of you interested in learning about learning, seeking advice on how to self-assess your own skills, and/or looking for more information on personal and professional development in the future, download this episode and listen to it now!

Ep. 114: Raef Lawson - The Impact of COVID-19 on the Finance Industry

Raef Lawson, PhD, CMA, CSCA, CAE, CFA, CPA, Vice President of Research and Policy at IMA, was the lead researcher for a recently released report on the impact of COVID-19 on the finance function. In this episode of Count Me in, he sits down with Rouba Zeidan to explain the actual research conducted, some notable highlights, and summarizes the findings pertaining to disruption and upskilling and reskilling. Download and listen now!

Ep. 113: Twyla Verhelst - Building Confidence in an Industry of Introverts

Twyla Verhelst, CPA, Head of FreshBooks Accountant Channel & Leader of the Accounting Professionals Program, joins Count Me In to talk about how the stereotype of the introverted accountant can be broken and what finance and accounting professionals can do to build their confidence as business partners. Many got into the profession because they’d rather dive into numbers than deal with people, and now they’re being asked to embrace new identities as confident, smooth-talking advisors. Twyla knows the struggle — she wasn’t always comfortable in her communication either. Now, she has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Accounting and is known for leading the charge when it comes to advocacy, change, and community in her industry. Download and listen now to hear about the strategies that helped her overcome introversion and find her confidence as a speaker!

BONUS | International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th. Created to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, International Women’s Day is encouraging women around the world to #choosetochallenge, because “a challenged world is an alert world”. To recognize this important day, Count Me In's Rouba Zeidan speaks with members of the IMA family’s leadership who weigh in on what it means to operate, manage and even breed an inclusive culture. You will hear from Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director Middle East and India Operations at IMA, Doreen Remmen, CFO at IMA, Alain Mulder, IMA Europe Regional Director, and Nina Michels-Kim, IMA Director of Partnerships for Japan and Korea, as they all share their thoughts and perspectives. #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 Download and listen now!

Ep. 112: Miguel Molina - How has Finance become an Accelerator for Change?

Miguel Molina, CFO at Avocados From Mexico, joins Count Me In to talk about how the finance function has become an accelerator for change. Miguel is a bilingual CFO/VP for accounting and finance with expertise in designing and implementing operational strategies. He is a passionate financial leader with unique marketing and sales & distribution perspective. In this episode, Miguel emphasizes the importance of leadership when it comes to change management and explains how financial professionals can seek and obtain buy-in from organizational stakeholders. Download and listen now!

Ep. 111: Serena Wolfe - How do CFO's influence ESG?

Serena Wolfe, CFO of Annaly Capital Management, joins Count Me In to talk about ESG and corporate social responsibility. Ms. Wolfe has over 20 years of experience in accounting, of which 13 years were focused solely in real estate practice. Prior to joining Annaly in December 2019, Ms. Wolfe had served as a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y”) since 2011. In this episode, she addresses how businesses can balance the principles of ESG with return objectives and how CFO's truly influence all 3 letters as organizational leaders. Download and listen now!

BONUS | Alia Moubayed - The Regional Economy because of and Post COVID-19

Alia Moubayed, chief economist for the MENA region at an investment bank based in London, joins Count Me In to talk about the impact of COVID-19 and how the world has changed because of it. As an experienced economist, Alia explains how her role has changed because of the pandemic, the challenges that still remain ahead in the global economy, and what it will take for an economic bounce-back. Download and listen now!

Ep. 110: Mitch Perry - Business Transformation (in the Context of Accounting & Finance)

Mitch Perry, CFO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, joins Count Me In to talk about business transformation in the context of accounting and finance. Mitch is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of leading effectively across multiple industries, including health care, energy, and insurance. In this episode, he discusses the basic nature of a business transformation and what it takes to successfully implement, the challenges to expect and how to overcome them, and why internal controls are crucial to effective and sustainable business transformations. Download and listen now!

BONUS | Alan Johnson - Accountants Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across the Profession

Alan Johnson, President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), joins Count Me In to talk with Loreal Jiles, IMA Director of Research, about the importance of taking action to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the accounting profession. On the heels of an IMA and CalCPA-sponsored research study supported by IFAC and 13 other organizations, Loreal shares relevant findings from the research study and Alan recounts personal experiences and offers actionable insights on steps accounting and finance professionals can take to play leading roles in DE&I improvement. Download and listen in for inspiration to act now!

Ep. 109: Brian Suthoff - Accountants Driving Data

Brian Suthoff, CEO and co-founder of Tally Street, joins Count Me In to talk about why accounting and finance professionals are well-positioned to drive data across the organization and make strategic decisions to improve the bottom line. Tally Street helps small to mid-sized businesses keep and grow customers via actionable insights automatically generated from sales transactions. Prior to co-founding Tally Street, Brian founded Hub Beverage, the first craft spirits distributor in Massachusetts, and Localytics, where he helped grow the company into the leading mobile engagement solution. In this episode, he discusses the opportunities created by Big Data for accountants, how to harness Big Data in a cost effective way, and trends accounting and finance professionals can seize for future growth. Download and listen now!

Ep. 108: Gary Piscatelli - Business Transformation for Today's Business Leaders

Gary Piscatelli, Senior VP & CFO - North America at Hunter Douglas, joins Count Me In to talk about what business transformation means for today's business leaders. Gary is a results-driven CFO who, in his role, is responsible for Finance, Supply Chain, Payroll, and Information Technology for the North American Region. Prior to taking this role, he served as chief financial officer for Timex Group, as well as 18 years at Gillette Company (now part of Proctor & Gamble) where he finished as Global Business Unit CFO. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated strategic and operational acumen, a profit focus, and a passion for winning. In this episode, Gary talks about the role of the CFO as a leader of change in the organization, the role "digital" plays, and best practices for testing, implementing, and evaluating business transformation. Download and listen now!

BONUS | Neil Baier - CMAs Making a Difference

Neil Baier, CMA, CFM, VP of Finance at Crescent Crown Distributing, joins Count Me In as part of the "CMAs Making a Difference" campaign, a part of a worldwide initiative at IMA. In this episode, Neil discusses how IMA and the CMA have continued to offer value to his career and shares some of his professional accomplishments, thanks to his education and certification. To hear more about how the CMA credential and CMAs make a difference, download and listen now!

Ep. 107: Clive Webb - The Skills for the CFO of the Future

Clive Webb, Senior Insights Manager at ACCA, Qualified Chartered Accountant with global experience, joins Count Me In to talk about how the role of the CFO has evolved and what skills are needed to adapt and thrive in the position. He is currently working for ACCA on a number of research projects including role of Accounting Technicians and use of robotics and artificial intelligence in accounting and finance. This episode focuses more on evolving skills and explains how aspiring CFOs can develop them. Download and listen now!

Ep. 106: Loreal Jiles - An Agile Approach to Finance Transformation

Loreal Jiles, IMA’s Director of Research for Digital Technology & Finance Transformation, joins Count Me In to talk about the trending theme of agile. In this episode, she explains what an agile finance function looks like, defines "scrum", and shares how finance teams are already using agile and scrum. If you're hoping to get started and are looking for more information on implementing an agile approach to finance transformation, download and listen now!

Ep. 105: Roland Abi Najem - Cybersecurity Practices

Roland Abi Najem, CST, SCD, Founder & CEO of Revotips - Expert Tech Consultants, joins Count Me In to talk about cybersecurity. Roland is a cybersecurity and digital transformation consultant and expert, public speaker, and certified professional trainer with great experience in the areas of IT and cybersecurity. In this episode, we dive into the world of cybersecurity to better understand the evolution of the industry (particularly in the Middle East region), the risk areas, and how finance and accounting professionals can be better prepared to enhance digital safety measures which safeguard the welfare of their companies amid massive digital transformation. Download and listen now!

Ep. 104: Ed Lam - Building a Continuous Improvement Culture

Edward Lam, Chief Accounting Officer at Exeter Finance, joins Count Me In to talk about building a culture around continuous improvement, the future of work, and implementing various leadership strategies to best guide and shape an effective accounting and finance function. In this episode, Ed talks about how he has witnessed his own job change in the last 3-5 years, what he's done to develop change management skills in alignment with the necessary shift in responsibilities, and how to get buy-in from all stakeholders involved. To wrap up the conversation, Ed also shares his thoughts and what is still to come for accounting and finance professionals. Download and listen now!

BONUS | Karmin Bailey - IMA's D&I Toolkit

Karmin Bailey, Senior Manager, Procurement & Business Diversity at Columbus Regional Airport Authority and member of IMA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, joins Count Me In to talk about the IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit. The D&I Committee compiled the leading best practices to help assist in D&I program implementation in an easy-to-use toolkit, and Karmin served as the primary author. In this episode, she explains the purpose and reasoning for creating this resource, how management accountants can apply it, and how to get organizational buy-in. IMA embraces a culture of open-mindedness and encourages multiple perspectives to enhance our collaborative solutions, drive innovation, and create and deliver value in all that we do, and Karmin shares her perspectives on how to do so with these best practices. Download and listen now!

Ep. 103: Matthias Tillmann - Managing Industry Disruption & Crisis Management

Matthias Tillmann, Chief Financial Officer at trivago, joins Count Me In to talk about the challenges the industry faced following the global pandemic and how they were able to sustain their business. Trivago obviously faced a drastic decline in demand through the early parts of 2020, but Matthias explains how they were able to scale back in certain areas while preserving business operations and really making sure their focus remained on the talent within the organization. This episode is specific to one industry and the recent crisis, but these crisis management plans and strategic business decisions to enable continued business are valuable for any organization or industry! Download and listen now.

Ep. 102: Liv Watson & David Wray: Non-Financial Standards Digitizing Transformation and Sustainability Reporting

Liv Watson, Sr. Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives at Workiva, and David Wray, Sr. Director of Accounting and Reporting at Huawei, come back to Count Me In and talk about non-financial standards for digitizing transformation and sustainability reporting. The Impact Management Project has a Non-Financial Digitization Working Group, which Liv chairs, and David chairs the economic workstream within the working group. They have two purposes: (1) determine the best way forward to develop a fit for purposefully digitized, transparent and integrated public good ecosystem for non-financial reporting globally; and, (2) ensure that non-financial information is structured, reliable and accessible to all-benefiting stakeholders, society at large, and our planet. In this episode, they talk about non-financial disclosures and the need, practically tackling these issues, and what the accounting profession can do to support this transformation. Download and listen now!

BONUS | Kavya Ramesh - CMAs Making a Difference

Kavya Ramesh is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Technogro Analytics, LLP, a company that provides technology consulting services to the hospitality industry. She joins Count Me In as part of the "CMAs Making a Difference" campaign, a part of a worldwide initiative at IMA. In this episode, Kavya discusses what the CMA has done for her career, how she plans on using the credential to advance in her career, and shares some of her other career accomplishments. She is based in Bangalore, India and earned her CMA while she was still a student at Jain University, from which she graduated with honors. To hear more about how the CMA credential and CMAs make a difference, download and listen now!

Ep. 101: Dell Ann Janney & Wendy Tietz - HyFlex Teaching Model

Dell Ann Janney, Associate Dean of Experiential Education & External Relations and Professor of Accounting & MBA Program Chair at Culver-Stockton College, and Wendy Tietz, Accounting Professor at Kent State University and author, join Count Me In to talk about the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) teaching model and its applications to accounting education. The HyFlex model has gained significant popularity following the need for remote teaching and learning. Dell Ann and Wendy explain exactly what the model does for teachers and students, and how to overcome some of the challenges that may arise. Download and listen now!

Ep. 100: Rachael Bertrandt Crump - Global Leadership Perspectives

Rachael Bertrandt Crump, CPA, CGMA, Global Corporate Controller, Principal Accounting Officer at Insight, joins Count Me In to talk about her perspective on global leadership. While working for a leading provider of computer hardware, software, cloud solutions and IT services to business, government, education and healthcare clients, she has developed many skills and understands what it takes to be a global leader. From personal attributes to the importance of organizational culture, Rachael discusses how individuals and firms can truly grow global leadership talent. Download and listen now!

Ep. 99: Andrea Williams - The Future of Accounting Work

Andrea Williams, Sr. Vice President and Controller at Perdue Foods, joins Count Me In to talk about the future of accounting work, ethical considerations, and the impact of technology on the profession. Andrea is an experienced Senior Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. She's skilled in Food & Beverage, Budgeting, Food Processing, Manufacturing, and Consumer Products, and has a strong professional graduated from Salisbury University. Andrea explains how she has seen the management accountant's role evolve over time, what she expects to see from finance and accounting professionals in the future, and shares some advice to listeners for their own future considerations. Download and listen now!

Ep. 98: Nicole Gonzalez Cumberbatch - Working Parents Working from Home

Nicole Gonzalez Cumberbatch, VP of Finance and HR at Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, joins Count Me In to discuss some of the challenges working parents are facing while working from home during the global pandemic. Nicole is a senior accounting professional with over 17 years of experience and also currently serves on IMA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is passionate about mentorship and leadership, and she knows the importance of helping others juggle their various priorities in today's work environment. Nicole provides some action finance and accounting professionals can take and policies or strategies they can implement to feel more supported and empowered during this time. Download and listen now!

Ep. 97: Eli Amdur - Explaining What Today's Business Environment Means for Your Personal Development

Eli Amdur, Career and Executive Coach, Journalist, and Keynote Speaker, joins Count Me In to help listeners navigate through today's business environment and how to develop the skills required for the future. Eli has helped countless clients and contacts develop their leadership skills and provided career advice, most recently a number during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, he addresses some of the issues he sees from his perspective about organizational decisions being made, what the long-term implications of those decisions may be, and what individuals can do to continue developing the skills needed to be "ready" for the "unpredictable". With some real-life examples and cases, Eli paints a great picture for listeners to take a step back and look at the importance of upskilling, reskilling, and preparing for what's next. Download and listen now!

Ep. 96: Amir Tabch - Tapping Into FinTech in the Middle East

Amir Tabch, Chartered MCSI, MFTA, CFTe, MSTA, Senior Executive, Global Wealth & WealthTech Management, Board Avisor, and finance professional, joins Count Me In to discuss how organizations can tap into FinTech in the Middle East. With co-host Rouba Zeidan, he shares his views on the state of the sector in the region and how finance and accounting professionals can leverage these disruptive technologies to better support and advise the companies they work for. Download and listen now!

Ep. 95: Brad Ledford - What Does the Job Market Look Like Now?

Brad Ledford, CMA, CPA, President of DHG Search in South Carolina, joins Count Me In to talk about today's job market. New obstacles have placed themselves between accounting and finance professionals and permanent job roles. But new opportunities have presented themselves, too! There are a lot of new norms when it comes to job searching, job recruiting, interviewing, and hiring, and Brad explains what to expect along the whole journey. From popular positions to struggling industries, he is able to answer questions that many of our listeners may have relating to finding a new job following the economic shift and remote work environment. "...be positive, be optimistic, and then look for those new ways to plug-in in this new environment." Download and listen now!

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