2018 Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum
Why You Should Attend!
The influence of today’s Chief Financial Officers extends well beyond the realm of finance. Companies increasingly expect CFOs to demonstrate not only financial acumen but also the ability to partner with other departments and other business units to identify opportunities to improve their companies’ overall performance.
Beyond reporting on past financial results, today’s CFO works closely with senior leadership to balance strategic goals and operational requirements to develop a comprehensive approach to planning for a company’s future.
To explore how finance leaders adapt as their responsibilities expand, Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together CFOs and other finance executives for our annual Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forum in Atlanta.
Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, this invitation-only forum provides finance executives with unique opportunities to learn from one another about how to meet the most pressing challenges they face today.
With an agenda geared to Chief Financial Officers, Chief Accounting Officers, Controllers, and Treasurers, as well as executives in leadership roles in finance, accounting, and FP&A, this forum will feature thought-provoking and engaging sessions on critical issues that include:
- How CFOs lead their finance teams to broaden their skills beyond reporting on past financial results to establish overarching performance goals, as well as develop plans to achieve and exceed them
- How CFOs extend their influence beyond finance by establishing partnerships with human resources, sales, IT, and other areas of their companies
- How CFOs prepare their companies for economic, regulatory, and political developments that will have the greatest impact on how they do business
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, and networking sessions will provide you with ideas and best practices you can share within your organization. This forum also offers you a unique opportunity to expand your network by connecting with senior finance leaders hailing from Atlanta and beyond. We look forward to hosting you!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Kajima Building and Design, Inc View Bio »
With more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction, ownership, and management, Bona Allen has provided executive leadership for multiple companies. He is an accomplished financial professional with an entrepreneurial spirit, drawing upon his many years of experience to provide financial and operational leadership at the highest levels.
Mr. Allen serves as a senior executive for the US operations of one of the largest international design and construction companies in the world. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kajima Building and Design, Inc. and its subsidiaries (KBD Group), he has fiduciary responsibly for operations across the US. His expertise includes property types of industrial, manufacturing, hotels, office buildings, single family residential, multi-family residential, retail, multi-use live/work/play, and power generation.
KBD Group is a fully integrated Design-Build firm providing a turn-key solution to its many US and international clients. Over the last 5 years KBD Group has designed and constructed over $1.5B of projects in the US. This includes numerous $100M+ major manufacturing projects that have provided thousands of jobs throughout the US. In addition, KBD Group has completed over 200 industrial warehouse projects in the last 5 years totaling over 45M square feet of space.
KBD Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima Corp, a Tokyo, Japan based construction and engineering company with operations in 21 countries worldwide.
Vanderbilt University View Bio »
Eric Bymaster serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is a well-respected, highly-ranked private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee with an annual operating budget of $1.3 billion and an endowment of $4.8 billion. With a team of 130, Eric’s responsibilities include financial planning and analysis, developing the annual budget, managing the university’s capital plan, and overseeing the finances of the 10 academic schools, the provost, and select administrative support areas. Currently, the university is investing more than $600 million in four new residential colleges, scheduled to open between 2018 and 2023.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Eric spent 15 years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His most recent position was Associate Vice President for Finance & Operations in the Division of Campus Life with financial, administrative, and operational responsibilities for housing, dining, bookstore, and university center operations, as well as financial, budgeting, human resources, and IT management for athletics, student health, dean of students, career center, and the counseling center. During his career at Emory, the university built six new residence halls, adding 1,450 beds and renovated four residence halls encompassing another 600 beds. Additionally, he spearheaded the planning and development of the new $100 million Campus Life Center, the one-day Summit on Race, and the Student Affairs Certificate program.
Before Emory Eric spent seven years at Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation, in West Lafayette, Indiana in a variety of roles including managing commercial and residential real estate as well as serving as a business and contracting officer in the world-renowned School of Engineering and School of Agriculture.
Eric has given numerous presentations at regional, national and international conferences including the Canadian Economic Conference, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the Association of University Real Estate Officials (AUREO).
Eric received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration also from Purdue University.
GE Power View Bio »
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Chrome River View Bio »
Frank Davis has been involved with technology solutions to support the sourcing, procure-to-pay and expense management business processes since 1997. Frank joined Chrome River Technologies in 2010 to build the Corporate market segment business, which led to Chrome River being recognized by the Inc.500/5000 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and by the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Currently, Frank is involved in driving operational excellence and scalability as Chrome River's growth continues to accelerate beyond 500 Enterprise-level customers.
Prior to working with Chrome River, Frank held several senior sales roles with organizations including Sterling Commerce, EC Sourcing Group, and PurchasingNet.
Frank holds a degree in engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Georgia Department of Public Health View Bio »
Dionne is responsible for all financial aspects of the Department including financial management, financial reporting and fiscal policy. GDPH is the health agency responsible for the delivery of public health services to all citizens of Georgia and establishing state health policy. In her role as CFO, manages the Department’s $600M budget and works as a strategic business partner to the various departments and stakeholders to promote long-term and strategic thinking to help achieve the Department’s overall health and business priorities.
In addition to her role as CFO, Dionne is the chair of the Department’s Information System (IS) Governance Council. The IS Governance Council represents the executive decision-making body for information technology investments and provides oversight for the Department’s $4 million technology portfolio. Dionne is currently spearheading the current initiative to invest over $38 million to modernize the information technology infrastructure across the statewide public health network which is comprised of 18 public health districts covering all 159 counties in Georgia.
When GDPH was created in 2012, Dionne was a key member of the team responsible for establishing the financial structure of the newly created Department. These efforts included workforce development and planning and process improvement. During her time at GDPH, Dionne has lead strategic redesigns of two major federal programs. The programs were redesigned to build sustainability through integrated service delivery models and efficient fiscal policies.
Prior to joining GDPH, Dionne served as the Budget Director for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), where she managed the $3B budget. At GDOT, she restructured the budget office which resulted in reduced costs and increased efficiency. In 2011, Dionne and her team received the Commissioner’s Merit Award for their efforts in reconciling over 300 federal projects and collecting over $700M in reimbursements.
Dionne holds a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Workday View Bio »
Sales Management Executive with over 18 years of sales leadership selling to large, complex, global enterprises.
Experience helping clients succeed by consulting with C-Level and VP-Level executives to
• Develop solution ROI and business case.
• Drive decisions via predictable processes that improve forecasting.
• Build long-term trusted adviser relationships.
Turner Broadcasting System View Bio »
Lisa Ray Griffin serves as senior vice president of finance for Turner Entertainment Networks, which includes TNT, tbs, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Originals, StudioT, and Program & Acquisitions Finance. In this capacity, she oversees budgeting/long range planning, forecasting, and financial modeling for each network. She provides strategic support for network executives to assist them in achieving business goals along with her team of finance professionals. Griffin is based in Atlanta, GA.
Griffin joined Turner’s finance and accounting team in August 1998 as an accounting manager. Throughout her tenure at the company, she has worked closely with her network partners and led several strategic business reviews that yielded increased revenues and maximization of resources, assisted on corporate-wide initiatives, including the standardization of various policies and procedures. She has assisted the networks in reimagining television through the development of long term strategic plans, assisting with the execution of those plans and bringing to life some of the newest consumer and video centric businesses at Turner.
Griffin came to Turner from a treasury role at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Prior to that, she worked in auditing, with positions at Grant Thornton LLP and JP Morgan f/k/a Banc One.
Her leadership in the Finance & Accounting organization extends well beyond Turner. Lisa is active in her community volunteering and currently serves as member of the National Black Arts Festival Board and NABA’s Corporate Advisory Board. She is also an executive sponsor of Turner’s NABA Committee and co-chair of Turner Women’s Strategic Alliances Committee.
Griffin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, with honors, from St. Mary’s University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.
GE View Bio »
RJ Hazra is the VP & CIO for Global Operations - Finance at GE. In his current role, he is responsible for defining and deploying GE’s finance digitization strategy for Global Operations, including the execution strategy for the company’s finance data lake. He has held progressive leadership positions such as CFO - Energy Connections Services, in which he led the financial management of a $1.5B global service business comprising of field services and repair facilities. His prior roles include Executive Finance IT Leader in which he led a large shared services team delivering finance process and technology for GE business units, and Managing Director for Treasury Operations in which he was responsible for the cash disbursement strategy for GE.
RJ started his career in the financial management program at GE and went on to join GE’s Corporate Audit Staff.
RJ holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University. He and his wife, son and daughter now live in Stamford CT.
Host Analytics View Bio »
Twenty-five-year veteran in the Enterprise Performance Management, Data & Analytics industries. John has served hundreds of organizations with their strategies, processes, implementations and adoption of new solutions and capabilities to drive performance across an enterprise. John has held leadership roles at Arthur Andersen, Hyperion, Hitachi Consulting and Slalom Consulting before coming to Host Analytics to lead the eastern region and International efforts for Host.
MicroStrategy View Bio »
Phong Le has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer since August 2015. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Le served as the chief financial officer of XO Communications, a privately-held telecommunications company, from August 2014 to August 2015. From March 2010 to August 2014, Mr. Le held senior positions at NII Holdings, a NASDAQ-listed telecommunications company, including vice president of financial planning and analysis, vice president of strategy and business operations, and vice president of strategic finance. Prior to that, Mr. Le worked in the consulting practice at Deloitte from 1998 to 2010, where he held various positions, including senior manager. Mr. Le holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
York Risk Services View Bio »
Sas is a visionary C-level cross-industry executive with 25+ years of experience, balanced between senior corporate executive roles as well as service provider/start-up executive roles, and has managed and delivered P&L growth in both capacities. Sas is entrepreneurial, has a track record of success & passion in developing trusted advisory relationship with c-level executives in Fortune 500 as well as start-up companies globally to deliver exponential business & revenue growth while mentoring & coaching talent to build cohesive & high performing teams. Differentiated by deep insight into business, customers and market success, Sas enables technology and global sourcing to solve complex business problems to drive value, innovation and agility for stakeholders. Sas is a globalization advisor and has built businesses and co-established service delivery capability and high quality talent pools in offshore locations (including India, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Mexico) to offer win-win results to global corporations.
Sas is currently the EVP, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer for York Risk Services Group, a portfolio company of Onex Corp, a leading global investment firm with $23 billion of capital under management. In total, Onex has investments in over 25 companies that collectively have $36 billion in assets, $23 billion in revenue, and 145,000 employees.
Prior to York, Sas was a Member of the Board of Advisors at a $250 million Insurance/ Warranty Company which is in the Portfolio of a Private Equity Firm with $15 billion in committed Capital.
Prior to this Sas was CFO and Head of Corporate Development for Serco Global Services, Americas, a division of the $8 billion Serco Group, a FTSE 250 listed company. Serco Global Services was sold to the Blackstone Private Equity Group.
Sas led the US business of Intelenet Global Services, a global services company that was a Blackstone Private Equity portfolio company and was sold to Serco Group Plc at 12.5x EBITDA.
Earlier Sas was EVP and CFO for Qualitas Healthcare Solutions, where he advised US, Caribbean and Asian Healthcare providers on Medical Tourism, New Hospital Business Case and Fund Raising, M&A, Medical Schools and Internships with US Hospitals etc.
In the past Sas has been Divisional CFO and Executive Director of Strategy & Business Excellence for Kaiser Permanente, a $37 B integrated Health Delivery System.
Sas was also the President of niche globalization and business transformation advisory firms with clients such as Accenture, Ariba, and Dow Jones.
Sas has been a Partner/ Managing Director at a big 4 management consulting firm and advised the C-Suite of Fortune 500 companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Charles Schwab, Citibank, Gillette, Intel, Siemens, Walt Disney etc. on business transformation and globalization strategies.
Sas regularly advises institutional investors on industry trends and company valuations. Sas has been invited by foreign governments to consult on Medical Tourism and impact of US Healthcare Reform, Consulting, BPO and ITES Trends etc. Sas has been the author of numerous knowledge articles and an invited speaker to various industry events, conferences and university seminars as well as advisor to analyst firms and advisory board director for entrepreneurs. Sas is also the co-inventor of a patent pending internet deployable healthcare solution for consumers.
Sas is the President and Board Member at the San Francisco Chapter of Finance Executives International (FEI). Sas is also a co-founder and board member of the Global Ideas eXchange, a San Francisco based Thought Leadership not-for-profit Organization promoting awareness around globalization.
Sas is educated in Electrical Engineering, Finance/ Accounting and Management. Sas has lived in India, Singapore, and Europe. He has lived in the San Francisco bay area for the past 20+ years.
UPS View Bio »
Elba Pareja-Gallagher is a finance and strategy professional with 20 years of experience at UPS. She’s held roles in International Finance and Accounting, Investor Relations, Marketing and Strategy. She lived as an expat in Asia for three years and currently is the Director of Finance on the Global eCommerce Strategy team. In her role she collaborates with a cross-functional team to develop solutions to serve the e-commerce market in the short and long term. She is also the chair of the UPS Hispanic/Latino Business Resource Group, Crecer, which was recognized by both the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latina Style Magazine as the 2017 #1 Latino ERG in the country.
Elba is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional, serves on the board of HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) and is the founder of the non-profit ShowMe50.org. The ShowMe50 vision is to achieve 50% women in senior leadership positions across America by influencing change in workplace cultures and talent management practices.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. View Bio »
Scott Porter is senior vice president, human resources, corporate and technology for Turner. Porter leads human resources strategy and execution in partnership with senior leaders for Turner’s corporate and technology divisions, including Communications & Corporate Marketing, Finance & Accounting, Global Technology & Operations, human resources, legal and security. He is based in Atlanta and reports to Angela Santone, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer, Turner.
Since rejoining Turner in 2014, Porter served as co-executive sponsor of Project Core and helped transform the company’s HR operations into a more accessible and adaptable model with the agility to evolve at the same pace as Turner and the media industry. With Project Core, Turner simplified and modernized human resources policies and processes, revamped job ladders and organizational structures and leveraged technology to enable self-service for employees and managers.
Previously, Porter served at Taylor English Duma as partner and labor and employment attorney for seven years with a client roster that included Turner and the Atlanta Braves. Prior to that, he was counsel and senior counsel for Turner’s legal department. During his first tenure at Turner, 1999-2007, he supported CNN and other company divisions on a variety of employment related matters.
Porter earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Porter lives in Atlanta with his husband, also named Scott, and their two children, Caroline and Daniel. Porter loves playing tennis and is an avid Auburn football fan.
Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.
QueBIT View Bio »
Gary Quirke is Chief Executive Officer and founder of QueBIT Consulting. A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Gary has 20 years’ experience delivering best practice enterprise business analytics solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Gary’s experience with business analytics software dates back to 1991, and he is recognized as an expert in this field. As a regular contributor and speaker at industry events, Gary’s experience and expertise covers a broad range of business sectors, including banking, life sciences, retail, healthcare, automotive, shipping, and consumer packaged goods. Gary launched QueBIT Consulting in 2001 with the goal of delivering industry-leading business analytics solutions to companies of all sizes. Gary is proud of QueBIT’s achievements in delivering world-class solutions to more than 350 very satisfied customers.
Deem View Bio »
John has more than 35 years of experience helping guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. Before joining Deem, he was Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and General Manager at SolarWinds, an IT software company that grew from $325 million to $505 million in revenues during his tenure. SolarWinds was taken private in a $4.5 billion transaction – over a 75% premium from the time he joined the company. Prior to SolarWinds John was Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, where he helped grow the business from $75 million to $150 million in revenues in 24 months and completed a successful $1.75 billion IPO. John has served as CEO at several early-stage startups with successful exits and early in his career held senior leadership roles at Oracle, Apple and Intel. He also sits on the board of Untangle and Filld, and is a board advisor to the Stanford StartX accelerator, Prevedere and Motiva, as well as a being an instructor at Stanford University Continuing Education.
UPS View Bio »
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Mohawk Industries View Bio »
Devon Wzientek graduated from University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting in 1993. Devon began her career in Chicago, IL at Northern Trust Bank and later moved back to Atlanta to work for Turner Broadcasting Systems. In 1997, she was recruited to KPMG’s assurance practice, where she audited manufacturing, technology and telecom clients for the next 13 years. In addition to her responsibilities as an Audit Manager at KPMG, she served as the SE Area Training manager and project manager on implementing KPMG’s e-Audit process on SEC clients. Mohawk was one of the first clients in Atlanta to use this new electronic audit process when the first version was released more than 9 years ago. Devon was on the pilot team that created KPMG’s Network of Women and served as the Assurance Practice liaison for KPMG’s Work Environment Initiative. Devon joined Mohawk in January of 2010 as the Director of Accounting for the Flooring division and now serves as the VP Segment Controller for the Flooring North America Segment. Devon has served on multiple not-for-profit boards and is currently an active member of National Charity League and several other professional organizations. She has three children, Camryn (19), Nick (15) and Jacob (13) and lives in Roswell, GA.
7:45am – 8:45am Breakfast
8:45am – 8:55am Opening Remarks featuring Argyle Host
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Senior Vice President and CFO
Kajima Building and Design, Inc
8:55am – 9:00am Session Introduction featuring Workday
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9:00am – 9:35am Keynote Presentation featuring Turner Broadcasting: “Leading the Way to Finance Done Differently”
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Lisa Ray Griffin
SVP, Entertainment Finance
9:35am – 9:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Host Analytics: “The Changing Landscape of Finance”
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Vice President, Sales – East & International
9:55am – 10:20am Networking Break
10:20am – 10:40am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring QueBIT: “Embedding Predictive Analytics into Financial Business Process”
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CEO & Principal
10:45am – 11:30am Panel Discussion: “The CFO’s Role in Preventing Financial Risk and Fraud”
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- How are CFOs leveraging technology to prevent and mitigate financial risk and fraud?
- What are examples of best practices for financial risk mitigation and fraud prevention?
- What types of controls are being implemented, both internally and externally, to prevent financial fraud from occurring?
- How is governmental regulation impacting fraud prevention (eg. Sarbanes-Oxley Act)?
- How does the changing and expanding role of the CFO impact risk mitigation and fraud prevention?
Georgia Department of Public Health
Vice President, Sales Operations
VP and CIO, Global Operations Finance
11:35am – 11:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Microstrategy
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Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
11:55am – 12:15pm Networking Break
12:15pm – 12:35pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Deem: "How Finance Professionals Control Costs and Grow Revenue Using Innovative Software Solutions"
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Financial officers are stewards of shareholder return, and leadership in this arena requires a myriad of initiatives. Managing indirect spend is one of these critical initiatives, with implications across an organization. A key segment of this category is travel and entertainment costs – which can expand exponentially as a company grows, costing your company hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Join John F. Rizzo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Deem as he explores the strategic role of finance professionals in controlling travel and entertainment spend, the impact of software solutions on travel and expense management, and their relationship to suppliers and vendors. You’ll discover the challenges and rewards of taking a new approach to travel and entertainment spend, and questions to ask your employees, suppliers and vendors for effective leadership in spend management. You’ll discover a framework for controlling costs, growing shareholder return and building your leadership in the C-Suite.
President, Chief Operating Officer
12:35pm – 1:10pm Keynote Presentation featuring York Risk Services: “Evolving Role of the CFO”
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The role of the CFO has been evolving and has never been as critical as it is now. The business world, disrupted by digital and globalization, is changing fast and the stakes are high – the power of decisions can impact a company irreparably and the factors for foresight in decision making are vast - CFOs are in this unique position, beyond the CEO, to step up to chief decision support officers to help steer the company forward.
CFOs are being called to action to create value, develop strategy and:
- Manage disruption and lead change
- Become a creative visionary who is grounded firmly in the facts while being able to partner with the CEO on supporting the vision
- Understand of whole business and the key outcome metrics (not just financial) – Customer Experience, Talent, Brand, Competitive Intelligence, Efficiency of Business Processes (not just in Finance)
- Become an advisor, operator and enabler
Participate in this thought provoking session for a dialog on:
- Traditional Role. A traditional CFO, and how is it different from the modern day CFO?
- Evolution. Why has the CFO’s role changed over time?
- Key Skills: What are the three key skills every modern-day CFO should possess, and why?
- Challenges. What particular challenges do you face as a finance leader?
- Culture. Views on company culture? How do you bring the accounting & finance team together?
- Lessons. What are the most important learnings about being a finance leader?
- Tips. Tips for the next generation of CFO’s / aspiring finance leaders.
EVP, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer
York Risk Services
1:10pm – 2:10pm Lunch
2:10pm – 2:55pm Panel Discussion: “Emphasizing Human Capital in Finance for Long-term Success”
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Session topics include but are not limited to:
- What are ways that today’s CFOs can attract new talent to the finance function, especially Millennials and Gen Z?
- Which skills and traits should CFOs seek in identifying and cultivating the modern finance talent pipeline?
- What challenges does your organization face in identifying, securing, and mentoring talent? How are you collaborating with the HR function to overcome these challenges?
- What are some best practices for promoting diversity in finance function in every stage of pipeline?
- What are some best practices for evaluating finance team’s capabilities and strengths and for identifying opportunities for further training and development?
- How can the CFO promote professional development opportunities to keep finance teams engaged and interested?
SVP, Human Resources
Turner Broadcasting System
Senior Vice President and CFO
Kajima Building and Design, Inc
Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance
Georgia Department of Public Health
VP Segment Controller
2:55pm – 3:10pm Networking Break
3:10pm – 3:45pm Keynote Presentation featuring GE Power: “Metric Madness…The CFO’s Role in Driving Organizational Clarity”
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Presentation to Cover:
- The Role of Metrics in Companies Today
- Types of Metrics and Critical Pitfalls
- Functional Examples of Metrics Gone Wrong
- Key Elements to Ensure Organizational Clarity
CFO, Global Repair Solutions
*Please note, this session is off-the-record
3:45pm - 4:20pm Fireside Chat featuring UPS: "Finance as an Innovative Business Partner"
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Carrie Nordman Smith
Vice President, Finance
Director of Finance, Global eCommerce Strategy
4:20pm – 4:30pm Closing Remarks featuring Argyle Host
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Senior Vice President and CFO
Kajima Building and Design, Inc
4:30pm – 5:30pm Cocktail Reception
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
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