Why You Should Attend!



Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together Finance executives from a variety of industry verticals for our first ever Chicago Strategy and Innovation event. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues facing Finance executives specifically with regards to defining strategy & fostering innovation in the digital era. The agenda will be specifically geared towards Chief Financial Officers, Chief Accounting Officers, as well as VPs and Directors of Finance, Accounting, FP&A, Controllers, and Treasurers in a leadership role. Topics covered by our speaking faculty will include:

 

  • Leveraging emerging technologies to drive cost cutting and operational efficiency
  • Creating a forward-thinking finance organization and partnering with other lines of the business to foster and enable innovation
  • Transforming data into valuable insights to empower smarter business decisions
  • Maintaining a reliable, steady finance organization amidst internal business transformation or disruption

 

Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. Speakers at our 2016 Chicago Forum included Cathy Hauslein, SVP, Chief Accounting Officer, Mattress Firm; Sumit Dangi, CFO & Deputy COO, Global Data & Information Management, HSBC; Norman Smagley, EVP & CFO, Gogo Inc.; Kevin Liederbach, Chief Financial Officer, Ford Direct; and more.

We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 Finance leaders hailing from the Midwest and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

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Mike Hart Senior Vice President, Data Management and Technology
JLL
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Nick Hewitt Chief Financial Officer, Glass North America
Ardagh Group
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Dave Kellogg CEO
Host Analytics
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Kevin Liederbach Chief Financial Officer
Ford Direct
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  • 8:00am - 9:00am Networking breakfast and registration

    Take the time to get to know the fellow attendees, speakers and sponsors that you will be sharing the day with. Continental breakfast with coffee, tea and juices will be served.

  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Morning sessions
    Our speakers share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Keynotes, panels and fireside chats will be broken up by networking breaks.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch

    Enjoy a healthy buffet lunch and networking time.

  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm Afternoon sessions

    Our speakers will share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Sessions will be broken up by one afternoon coffee and snack break.

  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm Cocktail reception 

    Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and hors d'Oeuvres. Head home with new connections and a notebook full of key takeaways to implement back at the office. 

What will be discussed? Explore finance hot topics and challenge areas such as:
 

Emerging technology and finance

Review the key technology trends that CFOs are exploring, and reflect on how finance as a discipline has evolved in the past few years as a result. Learn about:

  • Overcoming traditional interdepartmental silos
  • Evaluating the capabilities the cloud offers
  • Mitigating security concerns
  • Transforming data into actionable insights

Driving value in talent management

Examine how the current hiring environment requires the CFO and HR to collaborate more than ever on talent management and retention strategies. Dive into:

  • Exploring the HR/finance relationship
  • Addressing training and development needs
  • Aligning talent management with business goals
  • Partnering across functions to drive results

Managing enterprise risk

How have the rapid transformations in technology impacted the risk environment? Learn how successful organizations are managing the digital landscape. Find out about:

  • Leveraging risk to drive opportunity
  • Incentivizing employees to be more productive
  • Streamlining through succession planning
  • Creating balanced risk strategies

The modern CFO

The role of the CFO is constantly evolving, in scope and practice. Talk about how this affects all areas of the executive agenda, including how to deal with a new regulatory environment. Learn how top CFOs have been:

  • Deepening relationships with C Suite partners
  • Preparing the finance team for the future
  • Gaining greater operational expertise
  • Securing a strategic edge through new skillsets

The CFO and M&A

Discuss the difficult questions CFOs are asking at the onset of new M&A opportunities, and how they shepherd the transaction from beginning to end. Find out how other finance leaders are:

  • Identifying the "right" deals to leverage
  • Measuring the success of M&A transactions
  • Maximizing overseas investments
  • Defining metrics to build fruitful relationships

Partnering for innovation

Explore the definition of innovation for CFOs, and the modern ways of evaluating and financing it within the organization. Focus on moving past the stereotype that finance "stifles innovation" through engaging discussion on:

  • Determining areas to add value
  • Rethinking traditional finance metrics
  • Exploring new tools and technologies
  • Prioritizing innovation across the firm

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

The "2017 CFO Forum: Strategy & Innovation in the Digital Era in Chicago"
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