2018 CFO Forum: Strategy & Innovation in the Digital Era
Why You Should Attend!#ArgyleCFO
Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together finance executives from a variety of vertical industries for a forum in Chicago that focuses specifically on how finance leaders can contribute valuable insights to support strategic decisions and identify new opportunities for innovation.
Tailored to Chief Financial Officers, Chief Accounting Officers, Treasurers, and Controllers, as well as executives in leadership roles in finance, accounting, and FP&A, the forum features a full day of thought leadership content and networking. The topics the forum will highlight include:
- How CFOs encourage innovation by collaborating with colleagues outside the realm of finance
- How finance leaders can apply business intelligence in aligning financial and strategic goals
- How CFOs enable their companies to translate financial and operational data into information they can use to support strategic decisions
By joining our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, and networking sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn about ideas and best practices you can bring back to your organization. This forum also offers a unique setting in which you can expand your network by connecting with senior finance leaders hailing from the Midwest and beyond. We look forward to hosting you!
Additionally, attendees of our Finance Channel Live Events Can Earn CPE Credits!
Participants of our live Finance Channel events have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits. CPE certificates will be awarded on a per request basis and according to NASBA standards.
Field of Study: Finance
Level: All Sessions are Advanced Level
Prerequisite: Senior Manager Level and above in Finance
Advanced Prep: None Needed
Delivery method: Group Live
Number of credits: Up to 6
Refunds: Since there is no charge to attend this event, there are no refunds following registration
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Diageo View Bio »
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Gordon Food Service View Bio »
Katie joined Gordon Food Service ( GFS ) in September of 2012 as Chief Accounting Officer. This is a newly created role at GFS and encompasses the following key departments: Accounting, Financial Reporting, Fixed Assets, Tax, Risk Management, Payroll, Shared Services: AP/AR/Vendor Receivables, and Treasury Services (Cash Management).
Prior to joining GFS, Katie served as Chief Financial Officer for Turtle Wax, Inc. a privately held 75 year+ company located in Willowbrook, Illinois. Additionally, Katie spent 13 1/2 years with PepsiCo, Inc. (Pepsi Americas, Inc.) leading finance in the bottling and distribution segment as the Vice President, Finance for the Food Service segment. Katie’s progressive career at Pepsi began in the Tax division in 1998, then to Accounting, Financial Reporting, and Business Unit Financial leader as the VP Finance/Foodservice. Prior to Pepsi, Katie’s experience include 7 years at the Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago, Illinois and in Public Accounting at Grant Thornton CPA’s in Tampa, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Spanish (high honors) from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Katie speaks fluent Spanish, with additional language skills in both French and German. A native of Chicagoland, Katie has served AHYAA (Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association) board member and cheer coach prior to moving to Michigan.
Currently, Katie serves as Chair of the Professional Development Committee to Womens Foodservice Forum at GFS, where she works to mentor young women professionals in career progression in the foodservice industry. Katie also serves on the Board of the City of Wyoming,Michigan Business Development.
Lenovo View Bio »
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Corcentric View Bio »
Julie Copple is a Regional Vice President of Sales at Corcentric, a provider of cloud-based financial process automation solutions. Julie joined the company in 2017 and brings over 20 years of business experience, including 10 years of software experience with some of the largest and most respected software companies in the US including ADP, Concur, SAP and Coupa. Julie has helped numerous companies realize cost-savings and efficiencies by collaborating with them on software solutions that help them streamline and automate financial processes. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University.
OSI Group View Bio »
Sherry DeMeulenaere is EVP, CFO, and Treasurer of OSI Group, LLC. OSI Group, LLC is a global food processor servicing quick service restaurants, retail and food service distributors. Sherry joined OSI Group, LLC in March 2008 as the VP Treasurer, responsible for global treasury and risk management as well as domestic AP, AR and payroll. In March 2014, Sherry was promoted to EVP and CFO adding accounting and tax to her Treasury responsibilities.
Prior to OSI, Sherry was with OfficeMax as Assistant Treasurer starting in May 2005 with the responsibility of setting up the Treasury function for the business being spun off from Boise Cascade. From June 1998 to May 2005 Sherry held a number of positions at Baxter International managing international treasury, domestic cash management, foreign exchange, and leading the integration team for the JD Edwards installation at all the domestic business units. Over a thirteen year career at Kraft Foods Sherry held various positions in operations finance, strategy, financial planning, acquisitions, and integrations and served on plant optimization teams. At Motorola, Sherry evaluated new ventures and technology, was a financial analyst for the Government Electronic and Semi-Conductor businesses and managed the capital budgeting process.
She is a Director on the captive insurance company board and several joint ventures in Asia. She has also served for 29 years in various capacities on the board for a not-for-profit day care center servicing Elk Grove Township.
Sherry graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and holds an MBA from Arizona State University.
Chicago Parts & Sound View Bio »
Constance joined Chicago Parts & Sound as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Chicago Parts & Sound is an exclusive distributor of automotive parts and accessories for Ford and General Motors. In addition to managing the finance organization, Constance leads the strategic planning and budgeting process for the company’s business units. Constance has served as a CFO for over ten years in privately-held companies, reporting to the CEO and Board of Directors. She was also the Chief Operating Officer of a Canadian operation for three years. Constance is a Certified Public Accountant and earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
CME Group View Bio »
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Chubb Insurance Co View Bio »
John Graham is the Cyber Product Manager for North American Commercial Insurance, Chubb Insurance. He is responsible for the underwriting and management of cyber products within Chubb’s Property & Casualty division. John first joined Chubb in 2000 and was a Sr. Information and Technology Specialist prior to his current role. John has been a contributing member of the Insurance Services Office Cyber and eCommerce Panels, the American Insurance Association Cyber Working Group and the Dept. of Homeland Security Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group. John is a Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals and carries the CPCU and AAI insurance designations. John has developed and instructed Continuing Education courses on E&O and Cybersecurity and is a frequent panelist at various cyber industry events. John is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration and has 30 years of insurance industry experience.
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.
Case Western Reserve University View Bio »
Lolita Hines is the Assistant VP for Finance and Administration of University Technology at Case Western Reserve University. She has been with the University since 2006 and has held positions of Director of Finance and Planning, and Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Administrative Officer. As a direct report to the Chief Information Officer, Lolita provides planning and oversight in the development of strategic initiatives and directs financial, human resource and facilities planning for the division. She serves on the University’s Supplier Diversity Initiative Council, Diversity Leadership Council and Health Advisory Council.
Prior to her work at the University, Lolita held positions in public accounting, corporate finance, and residential and commercial construction management.
Lolita has served on several boards, including Citizens Leadership Academy, Beachwood Schools Foundation, Consortium of African American Organizations, Antioch Baptist Church and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Lolita received a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University and is a certified public accountant.
Lolita is the wife of Erwin Hines and mother of Erwin II and Taylor.
Workday View Bio »
John joined Workday, Inc. as Vice President, Financials Products in 2015. Prior to Workday, John was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer, at Life Time Fitness, Inc., a Minneapolis, Minnesota based Healthy Way of Life company. Prior to Life Time Fitness, John held accounting and financial leadership roles with CompleTel Europe, N.V. (Paris, France), Jones Intercable, Inc. (Denver, Colorado), and started his career at Arthur Andersen LLP (Denver, Colorado). John has a B.B.A. in Accountancy from Iowa State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of Colorado.
Adaptive Insights View Bio »
A former CFO, Rob founded Adaptive Insights with a vision to provide modern finance leaders with an easy-to-use SaaS-based solution to manage business performance. Previously, Rob held the roles of CEO of ChemTracker, and CFO for software companies LoopNet and Risk Management Solutions, among others. Over the course of his career as a successful entrepreneur, he’s raised close to $200 million in equity and debt capital for his companies, and has completed several successful M&A transactions. As a finance veteran and expert in cloud-based initiatives, Rob speaks frequently to finance leaders regarding best practices in planning, forecasting, and analysis; he also speaks to CFOs sharing insight into how cloud-based corporate performance management (CPM) can drive competitive advantage. Prior to his financial management roles, Rob was a consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Chrome River View Bio »
Dan joined Chrome River in 2010 to build and manage the Chrome River INVOICE Suite: INVOICE, PURCHASE ORDER, CAPTURE, and PAYMENTS. As Vice President of the INVOICE Product Group, his focus is driving the business vision, product strategy, and sales of the INVOICE suite. Dan has over 30 years of management, and systems integration, and business experience, the last 12 of which he has worked with and managed multiple AP organizations for clients. He received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Nielsen View Bio »
James Edward Johnson leads global procurement operations, risk management, and analysis at Nielsen, overseeing $2.7B of spend across more than 100 countries. James began his career as a corporate lawyer cleaning up the mess at a telecom embroiled in the fall-out from the collapses of Enron and WorldCom. He then worked in corporate finance for ten years before bringing his unique background to procurement. In recent years, he has been a major driver in transforming procurement at Nielsen from a tactical cost cutting unit into a strategic partner that drives commercial value and positive brand image.
Huron Consulting Group View Bio »
Scott Leshinski specializes in performance management and digital transformation. Scott has spent nearly 20 years in corporate finance and performance management consulting in which he advises clients on processes improvement and the enabling technologies to improve financial and operational performance.
Bemis Company, Inc. View Bio »
Melanie Miller is Vice President and Treasurer of Bemis Company, Inc., where she has worked since 2000. Founded in 1858, Bemis is a $4.1 billion publicly traded, investment-grade Company that manufactures flexible packaging for food, consumer products, and healthcare companies around the world. In this role, Melanie’s responsibilities have included all global activities relating to treasury, investor relations, public relations, acquisitions and divestitures, and financial shared services. Prior to joining Bemis, she served in finance and treasury management positions at Alliant Techsystems, Inc., an Aerospace and Defense Company, and spent seven years in public accounting with KPMG. Melanie is a CFA charter holder and a Certified Treasury Professional. She received her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Melanie is also a volunteer Board Member and Finance Committee Chairperson for the United Way Fox Cities.
Grant Thornton View Bio »
Roy Nicholson is a Principal in Grant Thornton’s Business Advisory Services team. He specializes in the area of Technology Strategy and implementation and advises Grant Thornton clients on how technology can be used to create new market opportunities in addition to optimizing existing operational processes.
At Grant Thornton, he has helped the business establish its Digital Transformation practice that supports clients in achieving operational effectiveness, improved customer engagement and identification of new business models through the application of digital technology. Particular areas of focus include Cloud Strategy development and execution, Application Modernization, Process Automation through the enablement of a Digital Workforce and Digital Ideation & Innovation Management.
Roy has significant experience in helping clients developing enterprise application strategies and subsequently supporting the successful execution of those strategies. He has had a focus on enabling process improvements around digital content management in addition to process and workflow automation. He has also led multiple product development efforts for his employers in addition to helping clients bring new digitally enabled product and service offerings to market.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Roy was Vice President of Professional Services and General Manager for the Life Sciences Business Unit at EMC’s Enterprise Content Division and prior to that was a Partner within IBM Global Business Services. He joined IBM through the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
Roy has experience of working in Life Sciences, Energy & Utilities, Public Sector and Financial Services industries.
Sears View Bio »
Rishi is an experienced Finance, Strategy and Operations Leader with 18+ years’ experience spanning industry and consulting. He is accomplished in developing and nurturing symbiotic relationships with Senior Executives to drive Business Development and P&L Management. He has significant expertise in leveraging creative financial and operational techniques, data-driven insights and actionable recommendations to drive change. He is adept in solving complex business challenges, persisting and persevering through challenging negotiations worldwide, by understanding each party’s business goals and cultural dynamics.
He has built, led and motivated high energy individuals and teams from grass roots level enabling cross functional collaboration. He has worked in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is currently the CFO of the Online Division at Sears Holdings Corporation. He holds a MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, a MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombay.
Sears Holding Corporation View Bio »
Aaron Washkowiak is the Director, Human Resources with Sears Holdings Corporation.
Aaron joined Sears Holdings in 2013 to assist in the field leadership talent acquisition strategy, in support of Sears’ digital transformation efforts. Since joining Sears, Aaron has served in several key HR Business Partner roles to Sears Executive Leadership Team and the business units in which they lead, including Finance, Marketing and Online. Through culture initiatives, talent management, Management training and SG&A partnership, Aaron provides broad HR support and change management guidance to his partners.
Prior to joining Sears, Aaron spent several years providing recruitment services and developing and managing key client relationships with Kelly Services.
Aaron holds his SHRM-CP and PHR designations and is a graduate of Illinois State University.
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am – 8:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
8:35am – 9:10am Keynote Presentation featuring Sears
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VP, CFO – Online Division
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9:15am – 9:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Host Analytics: “The Changing Landscape of Finance”
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Vice President, Sales – East & International
9:35am – 10:00am Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Huron Consulting Group: Zero-Based Budgeting: Survival Strategy or Strategy for Success?
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VP Global Head of Transformation
Huron Consulting Group
10:25am – 11:10am Panel Discussion: “Raising the Value of Human Capital in Finance for Long-term Success”
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Session topics include but are not limited to:
- What are ways that the evolving role of the CFO can attract people to the finance function, especially Millennials and Gen Z?
- What skills and traits do CFOs seek in identifying and cultivating the finance talent pipeline?
- What are challenges that you face in identifying, securing, and mentoring talent?
- 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?
- Which skills and traits do CFOs need to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders?
- How can the CFO promote professional development opportunities to keep finance teams engaged and interested?
Director, Human Resources
Sears Holding Corporation
EVP, CFO & Treasurer
Vice President, Financials Products
SVP, People Strategy, Global Human Resources
11:15am – 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Chubb Insurance Co: "Data Security and Privacy Risks in the Digital Age and the Role of Insurance"
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VP, Cyber Product Manager, Commercial Insurance
Chubb Insurance Co
11:35am – 12:00pm Networking Break
12:00pm – 12:45pm Panel Discussion: “How Automation Can Help CFOs Achieve Visibility to Identify and Prevent Fraud”
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Session topics include but are not limited to:
- How has financial automation technology impacted the role of the modern finance executive, both individually and as a team?
- What advantages in fraud prevention will organizations see by leveraging automation?
- How has automation technology helped your finance team achieve visibility, especially while operating across functions?
- What conditions need to be in place so that automation software augments existing controls rather than creating new opportunities for fraud to take place?
- What challenges have you encountered in leveraging automated financial processes? What challenges do you foresee as automation becomes more streamlined in the finance function? What sorts of things fall through the cracks?
- What types of improvements would you like to see in automated process software that would help to identify fraud?
Sr Director Trade Secrets Protection
Chief Accounting Officer
Gordon Food Service
VP, INVOICE Product Group
Vice President and Treasurer
Bemis Company, Inc
12:50pm - 1:10pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Grant Thornton
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Principal – Business Consulting & Technology
1:10pm – 2:10pm Lunch
2:10pm – 2:30pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Corcentric
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Vice President, Sales
2:30pm – 2:50pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Adaptive Insights
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2:50pm – 3:10pm Networking Break
3:10pm - 3:45pm Fireside Chat: “The CFO as an Innovative and Strategic Business Partner
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Chief Financial Officer
Chicago Parts & Sound
ITS AVP Finance
Case Western Reserve University
3:45pm – 4:20pm Keynote Presentation featuring Nielsen: "Make Money and Do Good: How Procurement Can Improve Margins and Brand Value"
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James Edward Johnson
Director, Supply Chain Risk Management and Analysis
4:20pm – 4:25pm Argyle Closing Remarks
4:25pm – 5:25pm Closing 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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