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Nov 25, 2022

On this episode, Roger engages author, CEO and Founder of Charles Financial Strategies LLC, Sabine Charles, who also happens to be an exam success expert. They talk about how as accountants we can overcome that fear of exams so we can finally achieve the certifications that would set as apart from the competition.

Sabine shares her story from majoring in French & Spanish to becoming an accountant and also her journey to becoming an entrepreneur.

She talks about how she ended up creating her own study techniques after failing her exams time and time again. They go deep into the reasons why people fail their exams as well as the strategies we can use for studying and preparing for exams.

As an entrepreneur herself, Sabine shares the lessons she’s learned from starting her own business, how she’s managed to achieve a work-life balance, and some of her time management techniques.

She also shares her greatest achievements and advice to us as accounting professionals


Your Host: Roger Knecht, president of Universal Accounting Center

Guest Name: Dr. Sabine Charles

Sabine Charles is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, board advisor, author, and exam-prep expert.  Sabine has over 20 years of experience as an Executive Audit Director.  She has proven leadership and results-driven success advising fortune 500 senior executives in Internal Audit Controls, Business Risk, Fraud Investigation and Operational Auditing.  Her Big 4-background contributes to her expertise in building financial infrastructure, and refining audit systems that improve productivity, reduce cost, and stimulate growth.  She has a broad range of knowledge in global operational and information technology audits, investigations, as well as accounting in financial services and higher education industries.  Sabine is regarded as an extraordinary communicator, fluent in 5 languages with the ability to engage globally at all levels.  Considered an industry expert and highly effective at coaching and motivating individuals to perform at their fullest potential, she is a highly sought-after guest speaker for conferences, workshops, business meetings, podcasts and lectures. Some of her previous places of employment include Deloitte, Citibank, and American Express.

Sabine is CEO and Founder of Charles Financial Strategies LLC, which is a certified Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned business. The firm was founded in 2011 on the principles for developing and delivering high-quality assurance services, risk management assessments and corporate training programs. Through TAPA Institute (Transformational Audit Practitioner Apprenticeship) a division of Charles Financial Strategies LLC, Sabine teaches professionals how to learn to pass certification exams. 

Sabine is a published author. Her first book, Cracking the Code: Techniques for Certification Exam Success features clear and concise techniques to maximize productivity and optimize a professional’s time when preparing for certification exams.  Her newest book, The CPA Doctor and the Certification Superpowers is hot off the press and combines comic-image storytelling with audit concepts.  Additionally, Sabine has a published article, Enhancing the Internal Audit Activity Through Emotional Intelligence - Association of College & University Auditors.



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