Marian Powers received the B.S. degree from Chicago State University and the Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, she has taught financial reporting at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Internationally recognized as a dynamic teacher in executive education, she specializes in teaching non-financial managers how to read and understand internal and external financial reports, including the impact of international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Dr. Powers's current research relates to international financial reporting, performance measurement, and corporate governance of high performance companies in the United States, Europe, India, and Australia. Her research has been published in leading journals. Dr. Powers's textbooks, coauthored with Belverd E. Needles, Jr., are used throughout the world and have received many awards, including the Textbook Excellence Award and the McGuffey Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. She has also coauthored three interactive multimedia software products. Dr. Powers currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois CPA Society, the Board of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, and the Board of Governors of the Winnetka Community House. She is a member of the American Accounting Association, European Accounting Association, International Association of Accounting Education and Research, and Illinois CPA Society. She has served as Vice President Programs and Secretary of the Educational Foundation. She is a past national officer of the ASWA and past president of its Chicago chapter.