CFO Boardroom Day One: Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

8:50 am - 9:10 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

9:10 am - 9:50 am Disrupting Finance with Digital

Ben Elliott - Managing Director & US CFO, Randstad USA
The future of finance is now. Over the last decade, Finance teams have continued their transformations from backward to forward-looking - navigating their firms through digital disruption. Transformative technologies like blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning are transforming the way finance operates, forcing leaders to think differently about how they will transact, report and analyze their business in the future. During this session, attendees will learn how to navigate through technology shifts and take advantage of the inevitable disruption ahead.

  • Discuss the impact of a digital disruption on the finance function
  • Hear how RPA combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools are bringing finance digitization to new heights
  • Discuss the new set of skills required to take on these new capabilities
  • Push the limits of innovation with disruptive technologies
  • Review the new digital ecosystem; end to end transformation, operations engine, business value, user experience

Ben Elliott

Managing Director & US CFO
Randstad USA

9:50 am - 10:20 am Digital Disruption Open Boardroom

10:20 am - 11:20 am Networking Break and Demo Drive

11:20 am - 12:00 pm Future Workforce Trends: The Changing Working Demographic of America

Global environment trends including tax reform, robotics & AI, Chinese slowdown, big data, U.S. GAAP vs IRFS and more, are shaping U.S. efficiency priorities. Coupled with technology, borderless services, everything-as-a-services, policy changes and generational differences, CFOs are challenged with meeting the demands of the strategic priorities of their business. The speed of change is quickly distinguishing the Sponsored by IBM leaders from the followers - whether it is a process, a new technology, culture shift or a new product - the ability to change fast is critical and finance plays an important role. During this session, attendees will: 

  • Discuss the trends reshaping the finance industry
  • Hear from CFOs who are replacing traditional financefunction operating models with more flexible ones
  • Build new leadership and talent-management capabilities
  • Utilizing automation and other digital technologies to generate insights that lead to greater performance

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Changing Workforce Open Boardroom

12:55 pm - 1:55 pm Networking VIP Lunch

1:55 pm - 2:30 pm Impact of Political Changes on Your Global Business

Jeffrey Jacobson - CFO, Ansac
The political and trade climate across the globe continues to be volatile decreasing the time to react. Trade disputes are bringing new players into the market while political uprising is creating additional risk. During this session attendees will:

  • Review global economic implications to guide organizational strategies through turbulent times
  • Discuss resources allocation: assets, energy and capital to align risk
  • Ensure actions do not have unintended consequences
  • Discuss the tools and metrics you can use as pro-active indicators
  • Understand global laws and regulations

Jeffrey Jacobson


2:30 pm - 2:55 pm Political Impact Open Boardroom

2:55 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Developing Talent – Strategies to Attain, Train, and Retain Future Finance Leaders

CFOs are overseeing vastly different finance departments – in terms of who is doing the work and how that work gets done. New technology and organizational structures call for new behaviors, skill sets and processes. To bridge the gap between the workforce they now employ and the one they will need, CFOs must develop a new talent management strategy fit for this digital era. During this panel discussion attendees will learn how to attract and develop the next generation of finance talent:

  • Shift from tactical to strategic; what is required? Are you training for the skills that are in line with market demands?
  • Find the right mix of talent to drive behavioral change across your finance organization
  • Define the capability framework to develop the right training approach for your own team
  • Build a ‘start-up’ culture in your finance organization that challenges convention and focuses more on the innovation agenda
  • Target continuous improvement in your teams to protect finance

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Developing Talent Open Boardroom

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Change Management within Finance

Agility is a new core competency. Change is no longer something that happens periodically. It’s continuous- constant and unrelenting. In this session attendees will learn how to increase the odds of a projects success rate in a fast changing environment and ensure everyone is working towards the same goals from the C-suite down, by:

  • Building the ability to deal with change into your company’s foundation
  • Taking a targeted approach to transformative change
  • Driving organizational goals through employees and ensuring collaboration
  • Understanding what your culture reveals about you
  • Driving ROI through effective change management

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Change Management Open Boardroom

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm SSOW Party!