Accountants and finance personnel are schooled in the basics of the concept of financial statements during their educational years. The focus is often on the calculations, format and purposes of the statements. Once professionals enter the working world they find that the financial statements are truly an integral tool for managing and monitoring the financial health of an organization.
This course is focused on discussing the concepts of the primary financial statements utilized at every company: balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and retained earnings statements. Many professionals feel uncomfortable with trying to read and interpret the financial statements. In reality, if you can read a nutrition label you can learn to read the financial statements.
Rather than focus on the computations and tactics of each of the statements, we will cover the important concepts of how the statements interact and relate to each other providing management with the critical information needed to manage financial stability of their organization. It is important professionals recognize that no one statement tells the complete story, but combined they provide a powerful tool for management.
REVIEW QUESTIONS: Critical Concepts to Understand on the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow and Retained Earnings
FINAL EXAM: Critical Concepts to Understand on the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow and Retained Earnings
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Ms. Fountain has over 30 years of experience in the business profession, which includes public and industry accounting and over 20 years within internal and external auditing combined. She is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker and also a published author. She is a subject matter expert and specializes in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud, Governance and Compliance. Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. She currently performs consulting for companies on internal audit, risk management, internal controls, financial reporting and accounting along with performing training. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance frameworks
Ms. Fountain has developed and delivered leading edge training sessions on COSO, Internal Audit, ERM, Accounting, Leadership, Governance, Compliance and Ethics. She has numerous recorded webinars on Illumeo dot com.
Ms. Fountain has authored a publication for the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) titled “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations”. The publication will be released April 20, 2015. In addition, she is authoring a publication for Auerbach on “The Realities of performing the Chief Audit Executive Role”. The publication will be released in the Fall 2015. In addition, she has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and the School of Business at the University of Kansas.
Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate.