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Lease Accounting Transition Advice from the Experts


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMarch 23, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaAccounting
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

This presentation will include a panel of experts from various industries who have successfully completed their lease accounting transition. They will share how lease accounting software eased their implementation and discuss what features and functionalities are essential to look for when evaluating solutions for your organization. This webinar will address how companies can leverage technology to automate and overcome the complexities of sustaining compliance as well as compile information for accurate and efficient internal and external financial reporting. Finally, we'll review how the right solution can help with implementing appropriate internal controls.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the importance of lease accounting software and gain insight into how accounting experts utilize it to help with their transitions

  • Identify what functionalities are needed for ongoing compliance

  • Recognize features that support internal controls, improve lease management, and promote efficiencies within the organization

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Kiley Arnold is an Accounting Manager at LeaseQuery and a CPA, certified in the state of Georgia.  She started her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen.  She moved into a Senior Accountant role and later served as an Assistant Controller in companies across multiple industries, including healthcare, transportation, media, and manufacturing. In her most recent role, Kiley led the IFRS 16 implementation team for a global manufacturing company. 


Melissa is the Director of Product at LeaseQuery, where her accounting expertise and interest in building technology to simplify the lives of accountants merge. Melissa has over 17 years of experience in technical accounting and financial reporting and began her career at Deloitte. In her most recent role, before joining LeaseQuery, Melissa led the successful implementation of ASC 842 at a publicly-traded REIT. Melissa graduated from Penn State University, has an MBA from Villanova University, and is a licensed CPA.


Sarah O'Sullivan is a Director of Product at LeaseQuery. Sarah started her career in the audit practice at Deloitte and served in technical accounting and financial reporting roles for Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing industry. Sarah managed the external reporting process in these roles and led implementation projects for new US GAAP compliance, including ASC 842. Sarah graduated from the University of Georgia with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting and is a licensed CPA in Georgia.


Emily Fish

LeaseQuery, LLC
Product Accounting Specialist
(800) 880-7270


Emily Fish is the Product Accounting Specialist at LeaseQuery. She worked at Pier 1 Imports for over six years as Senior Manager of Lease Accounting and Audit. While there, she led the Pier 1 team to select and implement new lease accounting software and the implementation of Topic 842.  Her data migration, process design, and project management throughout software implementation were deemed the “Gold Standard” by the software company. Subsequently, her Topic 842 implementation resulted in zero findings from audit partner EY and earned her the organization’s subject matter expert’s designation.

As Product Accounting Specialist, Emily serves as the technical accounting resource to managed service clients. She is also responsible for testing essential accounting functions within the software to ensure compliance with accounting guidance and designing a workflow for product enhancements.

About Our Presenter


LeaseQuery helps more than 10,000 accountants and other finance professionals eliminate lease accounting errors through its CPA-approved lease accounting software. It is the first lease accounting software built by accountants for accountants. By providing specialized consulting services in addition to its software solution, LeaseQuery facilitates compliance with the most comprehensive regulatory reform in 40 years for companies across all sectors. For more information about LeaseQuery, visit