Day One, Sunday, February 24, 2019
11:00 am - 11:40 am CFO Exchange Registration
11:40 am - 11:50 am Welcome Orientation
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Chairperson's Opening Remarks
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm The Economics of the World and What We Could Expect Next The Economics of the World and What We Could Expect Next
As we look at the future of the national and global economy, we wonder where everything is heading. Companies are trying to determine where to grow their business, where to manufacture their products, where to house their employees, and even where to house their corporate headquarters. Forward thinking CFOs are trying to be on the forefront of their company’s economic future rather than being forced in to decisions. Gain insights into the economic future and how to future proof the enterprise. In this keynote, we will learn:
•How a major corporation is taking strategic steps towards continued globalization
•Why the global economy is becoming more condensed
•What it means to future proof your company for flexibility of global economic changes
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Planning for the Future in Today’s Global Economy Planning for the future in today's global economy
Managing rapid change wrought by politics, technology, and social media is testing the business world's best and brightest. Explore a world-wide manufacturer’s plans for the future in an Economy that is far from predictable. With a corporation that employs 235,000 globally, slight ticks in the economy can cause drastic economic changes for the company. In this case study, we will hear:
•How the global manufacturer is preparing for the future in an ever changing economy
•What the Impact of the proposed and imposed tariff changes means
•Exactly how the enterprise facilitates its production facilities, distribution partners, and dealers in growth markets around the world
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Networking Lunch
1:50 pm - 2:20 pm A Global Corporation and the Impact of TariffsSherry DeMeulenaere - EVP, CFO, and Treasurer OSI Group, LLC
The current U.S. administration has proposed and imposed tariffs affecting companies that operate on a global level. CFOs of companies that import and / or export are preparing for the impact on their company’s financials. Here we will hear from a large global food manufacturer and how their company has been affected and preparing for the proposed and imposed tariffs. Join in on this case study to learn:
•How OSI manages economic changes, as OSI has facilities in 17 countries
•How the proposed and imposed tariff changes affected OSI
•How OSI plans for any future economic shake ups
Sherry DeMeulenaereEVP, CFO, and Treasurer
OSI Group, LLC
BRAINWEAVE2:25 pm - 3:10 pm Future of Financial Reporting
There is a general view that manually generated intensive corporate financial reports have become too long and complex; disclosures have reached an unmanageable volume, and that too much non-financial information is included. A company’s financial statements are an important management tool that communicates past successes as well as future expectations – vital when attempting to attract investors. Investment firms use technology to such an extent that financial reporting will almost certainly have to change to meet their new demands. This session will allow you to:
•Learn what companies are providing today
•Understand the complexities of today’s reports
•See what reports will look like in the future with the use of technology
•Hear about technology tools that are available to assist in making financial reports more attractive to investors
MASTERCLASS2:25 pm - 3:10 pm Rolling Forecast vs. Traditional Budgeting
Gone are the days when annual budgeting and planning steered the business, with only predictable, minimal budgeting changes. With increasing competition and a changing economic environment, companies need a better way to predict the future. As a result, rolling forecasts will keep you ahead in the fast paced world of business. Unlike static budgets, rolling forecasts are updated regularly throughout the year to reflect changes in the industry or economy. This session will help you:
•Understand industries that utilize 24 month forecasting now
•Understand how many man hours go in to producing a traditional budget
•Realize the importance of a rolling forecast
•Learn about technology tools that are available to assist in making financial reports more attractive to investors
Business Meetings3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business Meetings
Business Meetings3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Business Meetings
Business Meetings4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Business Meetings
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Break
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Proactive Talent Recruiting and Retention Deep Dive
Human Resources and Finance are closely tied. Particularly now, as newer people-focused technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, and digital workforce management tools enter the picture, HR is finding itself working with the Finance team more than ever before in order to secure the best talent for the finance department. Here we will learn about:
•Recruitment challenges and solutions
•Retention challenges and solutions
•Preparing the career path for a new finance staff hire
5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Advancing Technology... Daily Digital Disruption!
There’s a revolution brewing in finance departments. Activist investors are pressuring companies on costs just as digital disruption and mounting complexity take their toll. These forces are causing companies to call on their finance teams to move beyond their traditional roles as number crunchers. The timing could not be better for CFOs to deliver on this mandate. Automation has drastically streamlined manual processes, giving CFOs more time and money to invest in what matters most, while advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and other developments enable them to make speedier, better-informed decisions. The stage is set for a CFO to become a company’s internal challenger and proactively identify new technology opportunities. Here we will explore:
•How technology and finance can work together in balance
•Why it is necessary that the CFO role has changed over the past years to become more technology focused
•The importance of staying abreast of technology enhancements affecting finance departments
Ignite Sessions6:15 pm - 6:25 pm Financial Close Best Practices, What Every CFO Should Know!
For many companies, the financial close is like electricity ̶ it’s expected to function flawlessly and doesn’t get much attention unless something goes wrong. While that approach may work in the short term, there are well-documented benefits to putting the technology and processes in place for a more efficient and error-free close.
Ignite Sessions6:25 pm - 6:35 pm Mergers & Acquisitions Consulting - Where Do We Start?
The question isn’t whether to make deals but how to do them so that they create justifiable value. Use Mergers & Acquisitions as an integral part of your global growth strategy; plan for economic opportunities long before they arise; and build a repeatable acquisition model refined through frequent, continuous deal making.
Ignite Sessions6:35 pm - 6:45 pm Are We Ready For How the New Lease and Revenue Standards Interact?
Some are calling the new FASB and IFRS standards the biggest accounting change ever. Trillions of dollars of real estate and equipment leases will move onto the balance sheet, impacting everything from financial metrics and debt covenants to purchasing strategies and executive compensation. Few companies are prepared for these new standards, which start to take effect in 2019.