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 Los Angeles.

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 Los Angeles 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:

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

Speaker
ARGYLE HOST Dean Ditto Vice President, Corporate Controller
OSI Systems, Inc.
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Sezhiyan Balasubramaniam HRIT Leader
LinkedIn
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Larry Bitton Associate Vice President, Finance
Allergan
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Nicole Chang Managing Director
Serra Advisors LP
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Trevor Childers RVP Pacific South West
Anaplan
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Prakash Dheeriya Professor, Finance
California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Sunny Donenfeld Sr Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, CFO
USC Marshall School of Business
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Ann Gill VP & Chief Accounting Officer/Controller
Encore Capital Group
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Jeff Grell Principal, Technology and Management Consulting
RSM
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Lori Hicks Vice President, International Accounting
20th Century Fox
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Kam Kennedy Strategic Account Manager, Enterprise Management
Sage
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Neith Myrick Market Vice President, Southern California
Capital One
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Arianna Ozzanto Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
SAG-AFTRA
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Sandeep Reddy Chief Financial Officer
Guess
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Michele Sullivan Large Enterprise, Sales
Workday
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Demir Vangelov Chief Financial Officer
Califia Farms
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  • 7:45am – 8:45am Breakfast
  • 8:45am – 8:55am Opening Remarks featuring Argyle Host
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    Dean Ditto
    Vice President, Corporate Controller
    OSI Systems, Inc

  • 8:55am – 9:30am Keynote Presentation featuring Guess
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    Sandeep Reddy
    Chief Financial Officer
    Guess

  • 9:30am – 9:50am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Anaplan: "Finance Modernization"
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    Trevor Childers
    RVP Pacific South West
    Anaplan
     
    Interviewed by:
     
    Dean Ditto
    Vice President, Corporate Controller
    OSI Systems, Inc

     

  • 9:55am – 10:15am Networking Break
  • 10:15am – 10:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Capital One: “Bringing Innovations and Emerging Payment Technology to Use”
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    You have access to the latest technologies—but how do you actually implement them? Although the payments industry is innovating at a rapid pace, the 2017 survey on payment evolution conducted by Capital One at a recent conference showed varying degrees of implementation. The missing piece of the puzzle to introducing new technologies is making the transition from old processes to new ones. With the increased focus on innovation in 2018, working with clients—training, migrating and onboarding—is more critical than ever.

    Neith Myrick
    Market VP, Southern California
    Capital One

  • 10:35am – 11:05am Keynote Presentation featuring Allergan: "Effective Cost Management"
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    Larry Bitton
    Associate Vice President, Finance
    Allergan

  • 11:05am – 11:25am Networking Break
  • 11:25am – 11:30am Session Introduction featuring Sage
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    Kam Kennedy
    Strategic Account Manager, Enterprise Management
    Sage

  • 11:30am – 12:15pm Panel Discussion: “Undergoing Digital Transformation in Finance”
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    Session topics include but are not limited to:

    • What benefits have you experienced when merging legacy technologies with modern technologies? What are some challenges and best practices?
    • What is the biggest advantage you have seen in transforming the finance function from a traditional paradigm to a digital paradigm?
    • What other key executive functions are you collaborating most closely with in order to successfully execute digital transformation? (Information Security, IT, Operations, etc.) 
    • What are some of the most important financial and strategic challenges that you are trying to solve through digital transformation?
    • How can the finance function ensure its organization is on the forefront of its competition in a climate of real-time data?
    • How is the finance function anticipating and understanding the risks that emerging technologies pose?
    • How can finance be more forward-focused and innovate to undergo digital transformations ahead of competition? How can CFOs prepare for the next wave(s) of digital transformation (like blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, etc)?

    Moderator:
    Sunny Donenfeld
    Sr Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, CFO
    USC Marshall School of Business

    Panelists:

    Bala Balasubramaniam
    HRIT Leader 
    LinkedIn

    Dean Ditto
    Vice President, Corporate Controller
    OSI Systems, Inc

    Jeff Grell
    Principal, Technology and Management Consulting
    RSM

    Demir Vangelov
    CFO
    Califia Farms

  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:15pm – 1:20pm Session Introduction featuring Workday
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    Michele Sullivan
    Large Enterprise, Sales
    Workday

  • 1:20pm – 2:05pm Panel Discussion: “The CFO as an Innovative and Strategic Business Partner”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • How the finance executive’s influence expanding beyond just the finance, accounting, and reporting function (collaboration with CIO/CISO, HR, CEO, etc.)
    • How the CFO acts as the change agent for the organization and furthers the strategic value of cross-function partnerships
    • How the CFO is creating smarter, efficient work patterns throughout the organization and within the finance team
    • How finance is leveraging fintech to gain competitive advantage and drive innovation
    • How major political, regulatory, and economic factors are impacting the finance function in 2018

    Participants:
    Ann Gill
    VP and Chief Accounting Officer/Controller
    Encore Capital Group
     
    Lori Hicks
    Vice President, International Accounting
    20th Century Fox
      
    Arianna Ozzanto
    CFO
    SAG-AFTRA

  • 2:05pm – 2:25pm Networking Break
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  • 2:25pm – 3:00pm Fireside Chat
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    Prakash Dheeriya
    Professor, Finance
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
     
    And
     
    Demir Vangelov
    CFO
    Califia Farms

  • 3:00pm – 3:35pm Keynote Presentation featuring Serra Advisors LP
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    Nicole Chang
    Managing Director
    Serra Advisors LP

    *This session is off the record

  • 3:35pm – 3:45pm Closing Remarks featuring Argyle Host
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    Dean Ditto
    Vice President, Corporate Controller
    OSI Systems, Inc.

  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm 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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    The CFO at SunWize Technologies on the value of information shared at Argyle CFO forums.

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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 15% discount off the Best Available Rate per night. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.

Venue

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza


251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (800) 843-6664
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