april 2024

04apr12:00 pm1:00 pmThe Need for Financial Literacy for All Board MembersWomen on Boards12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET Online Event Organized By: Forté Events

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Since the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, public companies’ boards of directors have been mandated to include a financial expert. This requirement has remained unchanged over the years. What has changed though is the expanded scope and complexity of responsibilities entrusted to board members. Effective corporate governance now requires that all board members possess some degree of financial literacy – the more, the better!

Women on Boards: The Need for Financial Literacy of All Board Members explores the importance of financial literacy for all board members to meet their fiduciary duties. Carla Hayn, professor of accounting at UCLA Anderson School of Management, will demonstrate how a lack of comprehension regarding financial performance and inadequate management oversight can lead to increased risk-taking, delayed loss recognition, and manipulated earnings. Enhanced financial literacy within boardrooms could have prevented various business failures, like Enron’s bankruptcy and Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. Having a good understanding of the financial statements and companies’ disclosures elevates the board’s ability to make wise decisions and to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities effectively.

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Meet Dr. Carla Hayn, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Carla Hayn is a professor of accounting at UCLA Anderson School of Management and served as the senior associate dean for Anderson’s Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs. In addition, she is the director of International Initiatives, a part of the Center for Global Management that focuses on global immersion courses and international exchange programs.

Hayn was instrumental in developing and instituting the FEMBA Flex and EMBA Monthly sections, in which students spend half of their time in the classroom in intensive learning modules and the other half learning through online lectures and activities. She is also the faculty co-director of UCLA Anderson Executive Education’s corporate governance program, which is aimed at educating and updating directors of public and private companies’ boards.

Hayn’s research is in the areas of financial reporting and disclosures, the effect of accounting numbers on stock prices, analysts’ forecasts, the economic consequences of taxes and tax reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and the information content of accounting information such as line-of-business reporting, losses, tax disclosures and special items. She has published numerous articles in leading accounting and finance journals.

Hayn began her career as a commercial loan officer in a bank before becoming a senior financial analyst for the State of Florida legislature. Prior to joining UCLA, she was a faculty member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she held the Coopers & Lybrand fellowship in mergers and acquisitions, and the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Hayn regularly consults with corporate boards on the financial ramifications of alternative strategies, as well as on disclosure issues in their financial filings and press releases. In addition, she serves as an expert witness in securities litigation cases, focusing on financial reporting, corporate valuation, fraud and damage assessment.


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