Why You Should Attend!



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!

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Lily Niska at lniska@argyleforum.com.

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Ayca Akyel VP of Finance
Diageo
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Katie Bylak Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)
Gordon Food Service
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John Clark Sr Director Trade Secrets Protection
Lenovo
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Julie Copple Regional Vice President of Sales
Corcentric
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Sherry Demeulenaere Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
OSI Group
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Constance Dubois CFO
Chicago Parts & Sound
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Patrick Gannon Controller
CME Group
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John Graham VP, Cyber Product Manager, Commercial Insurance
Chubb Insurance Co
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John Head Vice President, Sales – East & International
Host Analytics
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Lolita Hines ITS AVP Finance
Case Western Reserve University
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John Hugo Vice President, Financials Products
Workday
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Rob Hull Founder, Chairman
Adaptive Insights
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Dan Humbert VP, INVOICE Product Group
Chrome River
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James Johnson Director, Supply Chain Risk Management and Analysis
Nielsen
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Scott Leshinski Managing Director
Huron Consulting Group
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Melanie Miller Vice President and Treasurer
Bemis Company, Inc.
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Roy Nicholson Principal – Business Consulting & Technology
Grant Thornton
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Rishi Potdar Vice President, Chief Financial Officer - Online Division
Sears
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Aaron Washkowiak Director, Human Resources
Sears Holding Corporation
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  • 7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am – 8:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 8:35am – 9:10am Keynote Presentation featuring Sears
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    Rishi Potdar
    VP, CFO – Online Division
    Sears

    *Please note that this session is off the record

  • 9:15am – 9:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Host Analytics: “The Changing Landscape of Finance”
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    John Head
    Vice President, Sales – East & International
    Host Analytics

  • 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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    David Feierstein
    VP Global Head of Transformation
    Diversey
     
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    Scott Leshinski
    Managing Director
    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?

    Moderator:
    Aaron Washkowiak
    Director, Human Resources
    Sears Holding Corporation

    Panelists:

    Sherry DeMeulenaere
    EVP, CFO & Treasurer
    OSI Group

    John Hugo
    Vice President, Financials Products
    Workday

    Aurelie Richard
    SVP, People Strategy, Global Human Resources
    Schneider Electric

  • 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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    John Graham
    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? 

    Moderator:

    John Clark
    Sr Director Trade Secrets Protection
    Lenovo

    Panelists:
    Katie Bylak
    Chief Accounting Officer
    Gordon Food Service

    Dan Humbert
    VP, INVOICE Product Group
    Chrome River

    Melanie Miller
    Vice President and Treasurer
    Bemis Company, Inc

  • 12:50pm - 1:10pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Grant Thornton
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    Roy Nicholson
    Principal – Business Consulting & Technology
    Grant Thornton

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    Patrick Gannon
    Controller
    CME Group

  • 1:10pm – 2:10pm Lunch
  • 2:10pm – 2:30pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Corcentric
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    Julie Copple
    Vice President, Sales
    Corcentric

  • 2:30pm – 2:50pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Adaptive Insights
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    Rob Hull
    Founder, Chairman
    Adaptive Insights

     

  • 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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    Constance DuBois
    Chief Financial Officer
    Chicago Parts & Sound

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    Lolita Hines
    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
    Nielsen

  • 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

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!

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.

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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. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.

Venue

Hotel Blake Chicago


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

JW Marriott Chicago


151 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 660-8200
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The Silversmith Hotel


10 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 372-7696
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