Why You Should Attend!


In today’s digitally-driven, fast paced marketplace, Chief Financial Officers are being tasked with building a forward-thinking finance organization and partnering with the business to foster innovation, all the while driving operational efficiency and cutting costs. To explore the importance of balancing traditional finance responsibilities while navigating an era of digitalization, Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading CFOs and Finance Executives for our annual Chief Financial Officer Forum in Atlanta. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that Finances professionals are facing with an agenda geared specifically 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. Key topics we’ll explore include:


  • Leveraging emerging technologies to drive cost cutting and operational efficiency
  • Understanding and effectively addressing the financial risks that disruptors within your industry pose
  • Evaluating major political, regulatory and economic factors that will impact the business climate in 2017
  • Transforming data into valuable insights to make better business decisions
  • Maintaining a reliable, steady finance organization amidst internal business transformation or disruption
  • Effectively onboarding the new talent & investing in the long-term development of existing talent


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 Atlanta Forum included Alan Haughie, SVP, Chief Financial Officer, The ServiceMaster Company; Denise Dettingmeijer, Chief Financial Officer, North America at Randstad; Judy Romano, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer International at Equifax; Leonard Hicks, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin; 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 Southeast and beyond!

Eligible attendees will be awarded 5 CPE credits for their participation in the CFO Forum. 

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Diana Caldera at dcaldera@argyleforum.com.

Bona Allen Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Kajima Building and Design, Inc
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Naveed Anwar Chief Financial Officer
MagMutual Insurance Company
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Monalisa Chowdhury Vice President, Finance
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DeRetta Cole, PhD. Chief Human Resources Officer
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Denise Dettingmeijer Chief Financial Officer, North America
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Carol Dillon Kissal Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Emory University
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Leonard Hicks Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions
Lockheed Martin
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Rob Hughes Division CFO, Vice President of Finance
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Peter Leber Vice President, Finance
Newell Rubbermaid
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Shimika Wilder Jones Vice President, Finance
The Weather Channel
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am BREAKFAST
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    Kick off the day with a healthy breakfast and networking. Connect with your peers in the finance community from a variety of industries before the morning’s content begins. 

  • 9:00am – 10:00am “The CFOs Evolving Role as Chief Influencer”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Effectively automating the finance office and improving business processes
    • Acting as the agent of change for the organization
    • Creating smarter, efficient work patterns throughout the organization
    • Leveraging business intelligence to drive value
    • Leveraging technology to gain competitive advantage
    • Evaluating major political, regulatory and economic factors that will impact the business climate in 2017 

  • 10:00am – 11:00am NETWORKING BREAK
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    Take a break to make new connections and discuss the morning presentations over coffee and snacks. 

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm “Utilizing Technology to Drive Business Agility”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • In an era of digitalization, what responsibilities around technology has the finance department taken in a changing global economy?
      • What are some best practices for managing technology spend and promoting innovation?
      • How are business process services impacting the financial landscape?
    • What are key factors transforming the industry right now?
    • How can CFOs leverage technologies to cut costs and achieve business agility? How has it helped you achieve organization goals and what has it enabled your business to accomplish?
      • How has it improved the consumer experience?
      • How has it helped you hedge against competitive threats?
    • Where does the true value lie and how can security concerns be mitigated with the implementation of new technologies?
    • How are you working with your current teams to update and increase their current skill set, especially when it comes to technology?

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCH
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    Take a midday break to grab lunch, network with your peers, and discuss the morning presentations.

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm “Adapting to the Digitalization of Finance”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Leveraging technology to minimize cost and increase efficiency
    • Effectively managing technology spend
    • Transforming relevant data into actionable insights
    • Responding to heightened data security concerns and regulatory issues
    • Simplifying performance management through automation

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    Take a break to make new connections and discuss the afternoon presentations over coffee and snacks. 

  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm “Strategy-Driven Talent Management”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Effective HR & Finance collaboration
    • Addressing training & development needs in an age of digital transformation
    • Encouraging a culture of collaborative decision-making and change-ready function
    • Accommodating the millennial generation & promoting diversity
    • Utilizing technologies to analyze ROI on investments made in talent and talent management

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm CLOSING RECEPTION
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    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 Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum in Atlanta"
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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate.


Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Telephone: (888) 421-1442


Hyatt Regency Atlanta

265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 577-1234


The InterContinental Buckhead

3315 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (404) 946-9000