October 25, 2016 / Conference

7:15am - 8:15am Private Breakfast Roundtable

The Eruption of Disruption – Is This the New Normal?

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select CFO peers. 

Evan Levitt
HD Supply Inc.
David Pipes
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Alison Rand
Primerica, Inc.
Tripp Seitter
Printpack, Inc.
Les Bethune
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With the globalized nature of world economies, events, and business, CFOs are increasingly evaluating and reacting to disruptions large and small. With so many external factors out of finance leaders’ control, and given the unpredictable nature of the global economic and competitive business landscape, how can CFOs create stability internally to increase agility? When and how do CFOs need to change organizational strategy in the face of this “new normal”? This private session is an opportunity for CFOs to candidly share what strategies they use for steadying and developing their role within their organization — despite disruptions — and what initiatives they can usher in as they prepare for the future.

8:00am - 8:30am

Networking Break & General Registration

8:30am - 9:20am Opening Keynote

Storytelling With Data – a CFO’s Secret Weapon


Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Author and Thought Leader
Storytelling with Data
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Stories resonate and stick with your audience in ways that data alone does not. Why not leverage the power of story when communicating with data? Join this engaging session as Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic discusses the untapped potential of combining the magic of storytelling with best practices in data visualization. Telling stories with key information is a critical skill in our world of ever-increasing data and the desire for data-driven decision making. An effective facts-and-figures story can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to effectively communicating data to make business decisions or presenting to your board. You’ll leave the session ready and excited to tell stories with your own data.

9:20am - 9:40am

Networking Break

9:40am - 10:30am Breakout Sessions

Keep the Change and the Culture

Featured Session  sponsored by: Savills Studley

Harald Henn
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Charlie Brown
Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
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Business transformations are often undertaken for cost reasons. Looking for ways to streamline and reduce costs comes with the CFO territory, but Harald Henn, VP and CFO at Mercedes-Benz USA, encourages finance leaders to capitalize on other enriching aspects of managing change. Charlie Brown, CFO at Oldcastle Materials will interview Henn as he shares lessons learned from the company’s relocation from Montvale, New Jersey, to Atlanta and how this process has transformed their overall culture — moving away from the traditional “cubicle” mindset to a more collaborative, creative mentality. This interactive session will encourage lively audience Q&A to explore looking beyond cost-cutting alone and focusing on valuable opportunities for cultural development.

A View From Washington – Election Year Edition

Featured Session  sponsored by: EY

Gary Gasper
Co-Leader, Washington Council
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One of the most chaotic and controversial U.S. presidential elections in history speaks to widespread discontent with the American political system, and has left the world wondering what this means for the future of the economy, business and the regulatory environment. What are the chances of tax reform, and what are presidential candidates proposing? With the global shift toward tax transparency, where does this leave the U.S. in the corporate-tax competition? Reforms like the debt-equity regulations impact businesses and challenge organizations to generate profit. Join EY’s Gary Gasper as he provides insight on the business implications of the upcoming election, changes in tax rates and the regulation landscape.

Harnessing Data and Analytics in the Cognitive Era

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: IBM

Doug Brandberg
SVP Finance & Senior Financial Officer
Equifax Inc.
Harry Volande
SVP, Finance, Process Industries & Drives Division & Digital Factory Division.
Siemens Industry, Inc.
William Darsney
Finance Transformation Leader, Finance Center of Competency
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Tasked with constantly striving to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, gain business insight, and create new revenue streams, CFOs know that using data and analytics strategically is paramount in playing offense in an increasingly disruptive environment. Going digital is no longer enough; today’s CFO needs to evolve the business, moving from a digital to a cognitive enterprise through the use of data and analytics. Predictive, cognitive analytics allow finance leaders to shift their focus from the rearview mirror to the organization’s future while managing risk. This discussion will explore how organizations can make smarter financial and operational decisions, better understand customer wants and needs, and optimize business processes by focusing on the cognitive pillars of understanding, reasoning and learning.

10:30am - 10:50am

Networking Break

10:50am - 11:40am Breakout Sessions

Is Your Organization Millennial Ready?

Featured Session 

Jessica Brunson
Tax Accounting Manager
Crawford & Company
Jon Kolodziejczak
VP, Relationship Pricing
Harper Morris
Financial Analyst
BlueLinx Corporation
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Millennials will soon comprise half of the workforce, and it is crucial to embrace and adapt to this next generation of leaders. How can CFOs incorporate the way Generation Y works into the overall organization? From differing communication methods in the office to the importance of working for a purpose rather than a paycheck, many assumptions have been made about what drives millennials, and not all of them are flattering. In this candid conversation, hear directly from millennials on creating an appealing and rewarding company culture. What keeps them engaged and, more importantly, what is their fluid perspective on career planning?

Megabytes Without Megabucks

Featured Session  sponsored by: Workday

John Hugo
VP, Financials Products & Go To Market
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No matter the industry, organizations across America are examining how their IT departments can align with the strategic outlook of the business. Ensuring a smooth partnership is never easy, but establishing a collaborative approach to strategic projects between finance and IT can make the most of technology investments. What steps are necessary to cultivate a successful partnership between finance and IT? What procedures must be in place to ensure success for the enterprise? This panel will focus on fruitful solutions IT and finance leaders can put in place to integrate information technology and business strategy and produce insights into the organization.

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Executive Boardroom 

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11:40am - 12:00pm

Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm Luncheon Keynote

Outlook for the U.S., Global Economies and Financial Markets

Keynote  sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Emanuella Enenajor
Senior North America Economist
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
Anthony Hilliard
Senior Vice President, Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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Anthony Hilliard, senior vice president, market executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, interviews Emanuella Enenajor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research’s senior North America economist, as she provides an outlook on the U.S. and global economies, federal policy and key risks.

1:10pm - 1:30pm

Networking Break

1:30pm - 2:20pm Breakout Sessions

The CFO as the Cybersecurity Champion

Featured Session 

Jim Hendricks
Precision Cybersecurity
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Cybersecurity is continually on the mind of the CFO, and is a prominent part of overall enterprise risk management. With the prevalence of electronic transactions, finance leaders across industries are regularly being called upon to engage the C-suite to help promote cybersecurity awareness by calculating its risks and implications. While external attacks are worrisome, insider threats, whether intentional or unintentional, are equally detrimental. Jim Hendricks, president of Precision Cybersecurity, will discuss what CFOs can do to ensure that strong technologies, processes and awareness-education opportunities are in place to mitigate the risk of cyberattacks.

Working Capital, Payments and Financial Returns in the Global Marketplace

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dusty Profumo
Church's Chicken
John Loy
Director-Product Sales Specialist, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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There are many competing trends, strategies and products in the marketplace that can have a significant impact on an organization’s working capital, financial performance, and financial flexibility. In addition, these forces can have a significant impact on the short- and long-term health of the financial supply chain. In this interactive boardroom session, you’ll hear about and discuss some of the larger trends, and demystify some industry strategies and tools, discussing how they can be used correctly — and incorrectly — to create value not just for the company and its shareholders, but also for its trading partners, particularly those across the globe.

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Executive Boardroom 

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2:20pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Closing Keynote

Walking the Talk of Diversity and Inclusion


Andrew R. Davis
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Dr. James Nelson
Chief Diversity Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ann Rodriguez
Vice President, Business Operations
Atlanta United
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Research tells us that diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth for organizations, but there are many pitfalls when it comes to approaching inclusion efforts in the business environment. Diversity for diversity’s sake and checking off boxes are inauthentic and will not achieve any sustainable successes for the overall organization. Often, being inside of an organization makes it hard to objectively evaluate what existing systems and processes are unintentionally excluding groups of people. This panel will focus on finding ways to intentionally create a work environment where everyone feels comfortable, developing strategies to measure diversity meaningfully, and providing opportunities for performance-based advancement.

3:20pm - 4:00pm

Closing Reception