Allow me to introduce you to MarDee Haring-Layton.
Like many of you, MarDee Haring-Layton has a background in public accounting and audit. In her own words, she’s “done everything from Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable / Collections to auditing a Big 4 firm”. Ms. Layton has been responsible for creating audit programs, readying an organization for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and working as a Corporate Audit Manager. She’s a woman who loves a challenge.
Since 2007, MarDee has been taking on those challenges and solving problems for organizations as a consultant with Resources Global Professionals. policyIQ, as a product of Resources Global, has an amazing supporting cast of consultants around the world that help organizations solve business problems. From the inside out.
From the inside out?
At Resources, it’s not our business model to create a huge project team that will come into your organization, complete a set of deliverables, collect a huge consulting project fee and then walk out. It’s just not what we do. Instead, our consultants are highly experienced – like MarDee Haring-Layton – and with an average of 20+ years of professional experience. They will partner with your team to meet a specific need or fill a gap in knowledge, experience or time.
- Perhaps you’re a newly public organization needing to build out an internal audit department? A consultant like MarDee will bring experience to your team, teach your group along the way, but take guidance from your management team on the direction and goals of the work.
- Want to implement an Enterprise Risk Management program, but you just don’t know where to start? We have consultants with experience, tools and knowledge that they are ready to share and help you implement those programs.
- Just don’t have enough hands on deck to complete the testing work for your IT audits at the end of the year? We have highly skilled consultants who would be happy to dig in to the details and complete the testing – for rates much lower than traditional consulting firms might charge for new college graduates.
But let’s get back to MarDee
As a client of Resources in 2005 while she was an Accounting Manager implementing the first year of SOX at a publicly traded retail organization, MarDee was drawn to the energy of the Resources Consultants working alongside her. “I was impressed with the fact that everyone was so knowledgeable AND loved what they were doing.”
Wanting to be a part of that energy, MarDee joined Resources as a consultant in 2007. Since that time, she has consulted for eight different clients, completing multiple projects for many of those clients. Her roles have been in areas of accounting and SEC expertise, to Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley and policyIQ implementations. In fact, MarDee has implemented policyIQ four times – as a client of Resources and as a consultant – and has been involved in two more “re-implementations” for clients who needed a fresh start.
Sage advice from a seasoned expert
As a seasoned policyIQ implementation specialist, we asked MarDee to share some lessons learned with our policyIQ community.
1. Identify an owner
“I think the key is having an employee who is technically savvy and commits the time to regularly maintain the documentation in policyIQ. Problems occur when no one in the organization takes ownership of it.”
2. Strike a balance
“Find a balance between the information you want to report on and the time required to maintain those fields in policyIQ. Some clients over-do it and create more work for themselves in the maintenance.”
We asked MarDee if there was one career highlight that stood out for her – one accomplishment that she was really proud of. Rather than identifying a successful project or a promotion, MarDee is most proud of the professional relationships and network that she’s built.
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If your organization could use some assistance, contact us and we’ll get you in touch with your local office of Resources Global Professionals. There are over 3000 consultants like MarDee across the world who can help you with your organizational initiatives or bring experience and expertise to your teams!