Washington, DC CFO Inner Circle

April 9, 2024 | Top of the Town

April 9, 2024
Top of the Town

Collaborate with your peers

Join Washington, DC'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:

Understanding the Evolving Standards for AI in Finance

Enhancing Cost Efficiency Through Connected and Clean Data

Transforming Finance Talent to Bridge Future Skill Gaps

Washington, DC CFO Governing Body

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


April 9, 2024

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Transforming Finance Through Technology Optimization

Ilana Esterrich headshot

Ilana Esterrich

Chief Financial Officer

Planned Parenthood

Brent Pugh headshot

Brent Pugh

Chief Financial Officer; Vice President, Finance; Corporate Treasurer


Vinay Vijay Singh headshot

Vinay Vijay Singh


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

In 2024, top finance leaders are revisiting established strategies to better align with the rapidly evolving future of finance. According to Gartner research, CFOs consider successful transformation the most critical factor for success this year; however, most transformation efforts are going slower than expected and not providing expected value. Effectively implementing new technology, like Generative AI, stands as a crucial element in the majority of transformation initiatives for CFOs this year.

Finance leaders are also working to identify and dismantle outdated functions while elevating new tech-forward sub-functions. The involvement of key decision-makers and the definition of their roles are critical considerations, shaping the overall efficiency of financial strategies in a rapidly evolving business landscape. Navigating through an uncertain growth outlook in 2024, CFOs must strategically position their organization to make room for strategic investments, streamlining obsolete systems and enhancing efficiency.

Join your peers to discuss what strategies CFOs are deploying to transform finance in 2024:

Topic 1: Modernizing Finance Capabilities Through Function Optimization

  • How do you identify and dismantle outdated functions hindering operational goals?
  • When do you elevate new sub-functions, such as finance IT, to address strategic priorities and bolster the future of finance?
  • What data is most important to consider when analyzing each function and its capabilities?

Topic 2: Leading Through Transformation and Technology Implementation 

  • What specific steps are you taking to expedite and enhance the pace of your transformation efforts?
  • How are you fostering adaptability within your finance team to stay ahead of emerging trends and technologies in the financial landscape?
  • How are you tracking value realization efforts on existing technology transformation initiatives? Who do you partner with in decision-making, and who owns implementation processes?

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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Driving Directions to Top of the Town


  • Private, complimentary lot is available. 
  • At the end of N. 14th Street, turn left on N. Oak Street. 
  • Top of the Town parking lot is directly across the street from the Prospect House main entrance
  • Remember to enter Top of the Town through the N. 14th Street entrance. 
  • Top of the Town is located on the 12th floor. 

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, CFO Portfolio Lead