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!

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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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Bona Allen Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Kajima Building and Design, Inc
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Eric Bymaster Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance
Vanderbilt University
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Jason Constantino CFO, Global Repair Solutions
GE Power
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Frank Davis VP, Sales Operations
Chrome River
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Dionne Denson Deputy Comissioner and Chief Financial Officer
Georgia Department of Public Health
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Larry Dismukes CFO
Gildan Activewear
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Lisa Ray Griffin Vice President of Finance
Turner Broadcasting System
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RJ Hazra VP and CIO, Global Ops Finance
GE
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John Head Vice President, Sales – East & International
Host Analytics
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Phong Le Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
MicroStrategy
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Sas Mukherjee EVP, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer
York Risk Services
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Elba Pareja-Gallagher Director of Finance, Global eCommerce Strategy
UPS
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Scott Porter Senior Vice President Human Resources
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
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Gary Quirke CEO & Principal
QueBIT
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John Rizzo President and Chief Operating Officer
Deem
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Carrie Smith Vice President Finance
UPS
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Devon Wzientek VP Segment Controller
Mohawk Industries
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  • 7:45am – 8:45am Breakfast
  • 8:45am – 8:55am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 8:55am – 9:00am Session Introduction featuring Workday
  • 9:00am – 9:30am Keynote Presentation featuring Turner Broadcasting: “Leading the Way to Finance Done Differently”
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    Lisa Ray Griffin
    Vice President, Finance
    Turner Broadcasting

  • 9:35am – 9:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Host Analytics
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    John Head
    Vice President, Sales – East & International
    Host Analytics

  • 9:55am – 10:20am Networking Break
  • 10:20am – 10:40am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring QueBIT
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    Gary Quirke
    CEO & Principal
    QueBIT

  • 10:40am – 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?

    Moderator:

    Dionne Denson
    Deputy Commissioner/CFO
    Georgia Department of Public Health

    Panelists:

    Frank Davis
    Vice President, Sales Operations
    Chrome River

    RJ Hazra
    VP and CIO, Global Operations Finance
    GE

  • 11:35am – 11:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Microstrategy
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    Phong Le
    Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    MicroStrategy

  • 11:55am – 12:15pm Networking Break
  • 12:15pm – 12:35pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Deem
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    John Rizzo
    President, Chief Operating Officer
    Deem

  • 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.

     
    Sas Mukherjee
    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?

    Moderator:
    Scott Porter
    SVP, Human Resources
    Turner Broadcasting System

    Panelists:
     Bona Allen
    Senior Vice President and CFO
    Kajima Building and Design, Inc

    Dionne Denson
    Deputy Commissioner/CFO
    Georgia Department of Public Health

    Devon Wzientek
    VP Segment Controller
    Mohawk Industries

  • 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

    Jason Constantino
    CFO, Global Repair Solutions
    GE Power

  • 3:45pm - 4:20pm Fireside Chat featuring UPS: "Finance as an Innovative Business Partner"
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    Carrie Nordman Smith
    Vice President, Finance
    UPS

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    Elba Pareja-Gallagher
    Director of Finance, Global eCommerce Strategy
    UPS

  • 4:20pm – 4:30pm Argyle Closing Remarks
  • 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

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.

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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.

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Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead


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


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


3377 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (678) 500-3100
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