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Webinar Recording

Best Practices for a Quicker Financial Close

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
The pressure on the finance function has never been higher to deliver financial results as soon as possible after the period close. Managers, analysts, Boards, and investors are digesting market information in real time and are beginning to expect the same of financial results. To meet these high expectations, the CFO, controller, and everyone working with them, need to find ways to speed up their financial close processes to report the financial results before they become perceived as old news in the new world.

In this webinar, Blair Cook, a many-time CFO, will explore ideas for shortening the financial close process. Leading companies have found ways to close their books in as little as one day and see the benefit of almost real-time analysis (in addition to the actual period financial data) that can be performed with a shorter close.
After attending this event you will be able to:
Identify the rationale for achieving a fast close and the barriers that stand in the way.
Discuss strategies for achieving the fast close using people, processes, and technology solutions.
Recognize how to use a change management approach to improve the financial close process.

Speakers

Blair Cook, Partner, Executive Finance
Blair Cook
Partner, Executive Finance
Blair Cook is a many-time CFO, corporate director, and thought leader working across public and private companies and professional accounting bodies. He is the author of the book The Illiterate Executive: An Executive’s Handbook for Mastering Financial Acumen. His approach is to sift through academic theory and real world practices to curate the best ideas for financial professionals. He shares these stories and ideas to help make position the finance function as a strategic partner in every business organization.
Moderated by: Jess Bozzo, Content Manager, Argyle Executive Forum
Moderated by: Jess Bozzo
Content Manager, Argyle Executive Forum
Jess is the Content Manager for Argyle Executive Forum’s growing CFO virtual division. In her current role, Jess is responsible for the creation and implementation of virtual event themes, overviews, and working with speakers and partners to create engaging and timely content. Prior to joining Argyle, Jess got her start in audience development and marketing with NewBay Media. A graduate of Gettysburg College, and a New Jersey native, Jess currently resides in Hoboken.

Sponsor

Event Sponsor Centage
Centage - Budget Maestro® by Centage is an easy-to-use and scalable, automated budgeting, planning, and forecasting application. It is designed for small to mid-market companies and automates many of the time-consuming and error-prone activities associated with using spreadsheets to generate accurate budgets and forecasts. It features built in financial and business logic that allow users to build and update their budgets and forecasts and never worry about formulas, functions, links or any custom programming. It is the only solution in the market that offers synchronized P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow reporting that generate automatically and seamlessly update. Budget Maestro serves more than 7,000 users worldwide.

Continuing Education Information

Certified Public Accountant

  • Continuing Education Credit
    1 CPE Credit
  • Field of Study
    Accounting
  • CPE Delivery Method
    Group-Internet
  • Program Location
    Online
  • Program Level
    Basic
  • Prerequisites
    No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
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Continuing Professional Development

  • Continuing Education Credit
    1 Hour
  • Field of Study
    Accounting
  • CPE Delivery Method
    Group-Internet
  • Program Location
    Online
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Certified Management Accountant

  • Continuing Education Credit
    1 CE Credit
  • Field of Study
    Accounting
  • CE Delivery Method
    Group-Internet
  • Program Location
    Online
  • Program Level
    Basic
  • Prerequisites
    No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
More information about CE Credits