Why You Should Attend!


Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading CFOs and financial executives together for our biannual 2017 Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum in Chicago. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that finance executives 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:

  • Understanding  and effectively addressing the financial risks that disruptors within your industry pose
  • Evaluating major political, regulatory and economic factors impacting the business climate
  • Leveraging emerging technologies to drive cost cutting and operational efficiency
  • Transforming data into valuable insights to make better business decisions
  • Maintaining a reliable, stable finance organization amidst internal business transformation or disruption
  • Effectively onboarding 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.

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 heart of the Midwest and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Joe Fleischer at joefleischer@cfo.com.

Gumer Arriola Head of Financial Planning
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Julie Hakim Vice President, Finance and Administration
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Ravi Kaushal Chief Financial Officer
Welspun Group
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Tony Morrison Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Integrity Payment Systems
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  • 8:30am - 9:30am 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.

  • 9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 9:35am - 10:10am Opening Keynote Session
  • 10:10am - 10:40am Networking Break
  • 10:40am - 11:30am Panel Discussion: “Driving Business Agility in the Finance Function”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • In an era of digitalization, what responsibility around technology has the finance & accounting taken on 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?
    • How can finance and accounting leverage technologies to cut costs and achieve business agility? How has it helped you achieve organizational 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?
      • When hiring, how do you achieve a good balance of strategy and execution?
      • Which KPI’s do you use to evaluate the quality & efficiency of your team?
      • Do you have a long-term vision for your finance & accounting team?

  • 11:30am - 11:55am Networking Break
  • 11:55am - 12:45pm Panel Discussion: “The CFO as a Strategic Business Partner”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • How are you acting as the agent of change for the organization and furthering the strategic value of CEO-CFO partnerships?
    • How are you creating smarter, efficient work patterns throughout the organization?
    • How is the CFOs influence expanding beyond just the finance and accounting function (collaboration with IT, HR, etc.)?
    • Discuss leveraging business intelligence to drive value.
    • Best practices to effectively automating the finance office and improving business processes.
    • Discuss how your team is evaluating major political, regulatory and economic factors that will impact the business climate in 2017.

  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm Lunch
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    Take a midday break to grab lunch, network with your peers, and discuss the morning presentations.

  • 1:45pm - 2:35pm Panel Discussion: “The CFO/CHRO Collaboration”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Instilling a culture of collaboration between Finance and HR
    • Addressing training & development needs in an age of digital transformation
    • Increasing significance of the employee experience
    • Properly investing in digital disruption
    • Utilizing technologies to analyze ROI on investments made in talent and talent management
    • Providing flexibility during transformation

  • 2:35pm - 2:55pm Networking Break
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    Take a break to make new connections and discuss the afternoon presentations over coffee and snacks. 

  • 2:55pm - 3:30pm Keynote Session: “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

  • 3:35pm - 4:10pm Closing Keynote Session
  • 4:10pm - 4:15pm Argyle Closing Remarks
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm Closing Reception
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    Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and 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: Fall Event" in Chicago
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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

Please note the below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please specify that you are part of the Argyle group when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $189 per night, taxes not included. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


Hotel Blake Chicago

500 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 986-1234