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Our accounting podcast features PwC specialists discussing today's most compelling accounting, regulatory and financial reporting issues. From the new leases and revenue standards to CECL to LIBOR rate replacement, PwC Partner Heather Horn hosts each episode tackling a single topic and providing listeners with key takeaways to stay informed on these important accounting matters.

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Our accounting podcast features PwC specialists discussing today's most compelling accounting, regulatory and financial reporting issues. From the new leases and revenue standards to CECL to LIBOR rate replacement, PwC Partner Heather Horn hosts each episode tackling a single topic and providing listeners with key takeaways to stay informed on these important accounting matters.

    Year-end toolkit: Working effectively with audit committees

    Year-end toolkit: Working effectively with audit committees

    In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, you’ll find something relevant to the year-end reporting process.
    This week Heather Horn was joined by Stephen Parker, partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to discuss the ways that financial reporting teams can effectively contemplate and manage their audit committee reporting and communications process for year end.
    In this episode you’ll hear them discuss:
    5:24 - The core responsibilities of the audit committee8:06 - The value of highlighting what’s new or changed13:36 - Using dashboards effectively19:02 - Prioritizing the agenda23:02 - The topics top of mind for audit committees26:51 - Audit committees focus on ESG29:38 - Managing the “pre-read” materials35:59 - Keeping current throughout the year40:48 - Dealing with different styles of committee chairs and members45:55 - Final tips to increase director engagement48:36 - Heather tries to stump Stephen with some triviaWant to learn more? 
    Listen to our previous podcasts in the Year end toolkit series, Reminders from PwC’s National Office, Statement of cash flows, and Resolving complex issues.Stephen Parker is a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams, and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape. With more than 30 years of experience, Stephen has advised boards of directors on a variety of complex financial reporting matters. Stephen’s client service experience has also included energy and utility companies,  financial services companies, and nonprofits.
    Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

    • 53 min
    Finance 2025: How to unlock the promise of automation

    Finance 2025: How to unlock the promise of automation

    In our Finance 2025 podcast series, we give listeners a look at the future of finance and the evolutionary road to get there. We’re asking: what will the modern finance organization look like in the year 2025?
    This week Heather Horn sat down with Tabitha DeFrancisco,  partner in PwC’s finance transformation practice, to discuss the tools and technology elements that are already available to help companies modernize their finance functions.
    In this episode you’ll find:
    3:20 - What does “augmented finance” mean?7:20 - The transformational impact of tools and technology11:31 - The importance of leadership buy-in21:17 - How tools enable the demands of rapid decision making25:07 - Deciding where to invest attention and resources31:57 - Getting the most out of your implemented tools35:02 - How to navigate when there are resource constraints38:31 - Process intelligence and task miningWant to learn more?
    Check out PwC’s Tech Effect, a digital resource for busy leaders.Listen to our previous podcasts in the series,  Finance 2025: Transformation made practical and Finance 2025: Transforming with a people-first mindset.Tabitha DeFrancisco is a partner in PwC’s finance transformation practice. With over 15 years of client service experience, she advises leaders as they optimize the efficiency of their finance function and enhance the insights it provides to the business. Tabitha leads large-scale transformations to bring back-offices into the digital age. Her work focuses on consumer markets companies ranging from recent IPOs to the Fortune 50.
    Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts are available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

    • 43 min
    Year-end toolkit: Resolving complex issues

    Year-end toolkit: Resolving complex issues

    In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, you’ll find something relevant to the year-end reporting process.
    This week Heather Horn was joined by Gerry Flynn, PwC’s National Office leader, to discuss a topic that can be a source of stress for preparers during the relatively short time between year end and year-end reporting: how to manage issues to resolution effectively.
    In this episode you’ll hear them discuss:
    3:12 - The importance of a defined escalation protocol6:06 - Taking emotion out of the process12:06 - The importance of a thorough assessment18:30 - Managing CFO and audit committee expectations23:02 - When to involve auditors31:10 - Control implications and performing an effective “post-mortem”Gerry also shares his perspective on managing through the current COVID-19 variant surge, and the need for contingency plans during this time.
    Want to learn more? 
    Listen to our previous podcasts in the series, Year-end toolkit: Reminders from PwC’s National Office and Year-end toolkit: Statement of cash flowsGerry Flynn is the leader of PwC’s National Office, overseeing the firm’s accounting, auditing, SEC, and other quality-related specialists. Prior to joining the National Office, Gerry spent nearly 30 years serving many of the firm’s largest clients in diverse industries, from entertainment and professional sports to life sciences, biotech, and pharmaceuticals.
    Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

    • 51 min
    Finance 2025: Transforming with a people-first mindset

    Finance 2025: Transforming with a people-first mindset

    In our Finance 2025 podcast series, we give listeners a look at the future of finance and the evolutionary road to get there. We’re asking: what will the modern finance organization look like in the year 2025?
    This week Heather Horn sat down with Jim Berres, director in PwC’s finance transformation practice, to discuss the workforce-related elements when modernizing the finance function.
    In this episode you’ll find:
    5:58 - The CFO imperatives driving transformation10:17 - Snapshot of the modern finance organization19:13 - How to have an effective upskilling journey29:30 - Citizen- versus enterprise-led innovation36:24 - Updates on return to work trendsWant to learn more?
    See our benchmarking study on why finance transformations should start with people first.Listen to our previous podcast in the series,  Finance 2025: Transformation made practical.Jim Berres is a director in PwC’s finance transformation practice. With more than 15 years' experience, Jim specializes in addressing financial and system process change. His experience includes working with clients to activate their cloud journey, upskill their people, and leverage new technologies to modernize their finance function.
    Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts are available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

    • 51 min
    Year-end toolkit: Statement of cash flows

    Year-end toolkit: Statement of cash flows

    In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, you’ll find something relevant to the year-end reporting process.
    This week Heather Horn was joined by Chris Gerdau and Suzanne Stephani from PwC’s National Office to talk about key reminders on the statement of cash flows that preparers will want to keep in mind as they finalize their reporting.
    In this episode you’ll hear them discuss:
    2:39 - Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash7:26 - Gross versus net presentation9:28 - Non-cash transactions13:07 - Business combinations and asset acquisitions20:23 - Equity issuances22:16 - PP&E purchases24:58 - Equity method investee distributions29:49 - Leases31:47 - Foreign operationsWant to learn more? 
    Listen to our podcast Full disclosure: The statement of cash flowsFor more year end reminders, read or listen to The quarter close - fourth quarter 2021Suzanne Stephani is a director in PwC’s National Office specializing in the application and interpretation of the accounting guidance related to financing and leasing transactions as well as the cash flow statement.
    Chris Gerdau is a partner in PwC’s National Office specializing in accounting for financial instruments and banking related topics. Chris also conducts technical reviews of SEC filings and provides technical support to PwC’s practice offices. With over 25 years of experience, Chris’s client service expertise includes the banking, capital markets, and insurance industries.
    Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

    • 39 min
    Finance 2025: Transformation made practical

    Finance 2025: Transformation made practical

    In our Finance 2025 podcast series, we give listeners a look at the future of finance and the evolutionary road to get there. We’re asking: what does the modern finance organization look like in the year 2025?
    This week Heather Horn sat down with Ed Ponagai, PwC Partner and a Consulting Solutions leader, to set the stage and discuss  what’s trending in finance transformation.
    In this episode you’ll find:
    3:32 - What’s new in finance transformation9:21 - What to focus on when starting new initiatives18:23 - How the workforce is getting involved29:03 - Effective data management38:11 - Wrap up and key takeawaysWant to learn more?
    See our case study on how a digital finance transformation drove competitive advantage for an industrial giant.Listen to our previous podcast with Ed, What's next? 3 steps to your finance transformationEd Ponagai is a PwC partner who leads large-scale back office transformations and merger integrations. He helps CFOs think through their organization’s big picture vision and purpose, and drill down to address organizational challenges, operational processes, and technological innovations.
    Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
    Transcripts are available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Neighbor00 ,

Extremely helpful

I find PwC’s accounting and reporting podcast very helpful. These podcasts provides very good overview of complex accounting issues and points listeners to resources to get more details on the topic. Heather Horn does an awesome job of hosting these.

mjsinde ,

Washington Explained Podcast-waste of time

Listening to the 9/23 PodCast Washington Explained was a complete waste of time. Your expert Roz Brooks, was not very insightful. Read the paper or watch the news to get better insight. Further, she expressed no opinion nor predictive ability. Lastly, her politics and view point was palpable.

ebeck16 ,

Stay informed

Excellent podcast to stay informed as an accounting professional in light of changing guidance and regulations. Appreciate PwC bringing up common areas that companies often forget to consider. Any chance this podcast could turn into credit for CPE?

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