Chicago CFO Inner Circle

May 3, 2023 | Smith & Wollensky

May 3, 2023
Smith & Wollensky

Collaborate with your peers

Join Chicago's top CFOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CFOs today:

Developing Adaptable Business Strategies Amid Persistent Inflation

Strategies To Attract and Retain Talent While Protecting Margins

Using Actionable Data to Forecast and Drive Organizational Growth

Chicago CFO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CFOs, for CFOs.


May 3, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Conquering the Top Challenges Facing CFOs – Labor, Forecasting and Cutting Costs

Peter Hirs headshot

Peter Hirs


Zurich North America

Brett Chloupek headshot

Brett Chloupek

Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

Heico Companies LLC

Travis George headshot

Travis George



Jeremy Fine headshot

Jeremy Fine


Chicago Transit Authority

Persistent inflation, further disruptions in the supply chain and an ever-tightening labor market – A trio of difficulties Gartner refers to as the “Triple Squeeze” – are putting immense pressure on organizations to maintain profitability. As a result, CFOs are rethinking the way their organizations invest in people and technology for long-term gains.

In addition to managing a period of continued economic uncertainty, finance leaders are being tasked with forming new and bolstering existing relationships with leaders across the organization to drive continuous growth. How does one maintain the balance?

Join your peers to discuss what strategies CFOs are deploying to overcome the challenges brought on by the “Triple Squeeze.”

Topic 1: Hiring and Retaining Talent in a Tight Labor Market

  • How do you currently partner with your CHRO to combat the increasing competition for talent? In what ways could this relationship be improved?
  • How much can or should you continue to invest in talent? What strategies have you deployed to attract and retain talent while protecting the bottom line?
  • What skills do you predict will be most critical in the next year at your organization? What resources are you dedicating to FP&A to help train and hire for critical digital competencies?

Topic 2: Cutting the Right Costs in the Face of Inflation

  • What cost-optimization efforts have you launched to address inflation? What has been effective and what efforts are on the horizon in the next 6 months?
  • How are you ensuring accuracy in your forecasts in a time of high inflation? What investments have you made/do you plan to make to improve that accuracy?
  • What business priorities are you protecting, and to which are you planning to make cuts?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Complimentary Valet Parking, located on State St. under the front door awning of Smith & Wollensky.

Community Program Managers

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Ashley Coryell

Community Program Manager


Dan Philpott

Senior Program Manager Territory Specialist