Nicole Caley stands at the forefront of the Operational Accounting world, bringing over 20 years of diverse and extensive experience, using her results- oriented, entrepreneurial mindset and leadership ability to drive change. As current Senior Accounts Payable (AP) Director with AAR Corporation and Founder & President of Payables Solutions Partners, LLC, she not only leads a 21-person team that ensures the accuracy over $1 billion in payments annually, she consults AP teams across the country creating world class AP departments and processes. In her roles, Nicole concentrates intensively on Organizational Leadership, staff development, training, and using technology to advance the world of operational accounting. During her career, she has developed a strong work ethic coupled with a strong record of success, and she is passionate about serving, motivating, and inspiring people.
In addition to the launch of Payables Solutions Partners, LLC, Nicole also founded Living Virtuously, LLC where she is the CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) helping teach the importance of living a life of courage, purpose, and devotion. In this role, Nicole provides, through various speaking engagements and private sessions, motivation and inspiration to help others overcome the obstacles that are preventing them from reaching their potential. Nicole firmly believes that your past or current situation never has to define your future progress and success. Nicole has partnered with True Mentors, where she also served on the board for two years, The Ark of Saint Sabina’s young women’s programs, the G.EM.S. Mentoring program, and various women’s leadership summits to promote living a life of excellence. In being recognized for her impact, Nicole was one of fifty women to be published in America’s Leading Ladies – Who Positively Impact our World by Pat Sampson.
As a valued speaker and partner of The Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM), Nicole focuses her workshops on Leadership with sessions focusing on Emotional Intelligence, building and motivating high performing teams, how to make leadership a habit, and the essential soft skills of leadership. In additional to being a respected speaker in the industry, Nicole also teaches certification courses with IOFM for accounts payable specialist and managers, as well as accounts receivable specialists and managers.
Nicole earned her BA in Accounting, with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting, and then her MBA with a concentration in Organization Development, from Benedictine University. She has served for the last 4 years as the President of the Board of the Illinois Chapter of IOFM. In 2016 she was awarded AP Director of the Year for companies over $1 billion by the Institute of Finance & Management. In 2018 Nicole was awarded Top Professional of the Year in Finance & Management by The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), and in 2019 was awarded Empowered Woman of the Year by IAOTP where she was featured in Top Industry Professional Magazine.