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Coordinated by your personal concierge, a schedule is tailored to your professional goals and company priorities.


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Inventive learning, renown speakers, executive networking. All free to you.


Travel Reimbursement

We assist with your travel costs if you’re trekking over 100 miles to attend.



Your first night’s stay is on us and a discounted rate is available thereafter.


5 Star Catering

All of your meals and libations are complimentary throughout the event.

Join the Distinguished Upper Tier of Finance

A curated audience reserved for the senior level of the Fortune 500 and mid-market puts you in exceptional company.


Affluent Peers

Meet the people who are just as invested in improving the bottom line as you are.


Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.


Proven Solutions

Meet industry leading solution providers, hand picked for your priorities.



Take this unprecedented opportunity to connect with high profile execs.

A curated experience to cultivate achievement

Based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests we’ll craft a personal agenda that paves your path to success.


Days of Insight

Jump in the discussion through focused educational sessions and networking opportunities.


Innovative Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.


Networking Opportunities

Tie into contemporaries and mentors interested in the same avenues of opportunity as you.


Research Meetings

Meet one-on-one with executives delivering on the technology that’s shaping the industry.

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Peer-Led Education

The CONNECT Steering Committee consists entirely of your contemporaries, meaning we tackle the trends with potential to make profound impact in the financial domain.


High Profile Speakers

20+ CFOs share strategic endeavors and skillful insights as they make way in today’s financial landscape. Our Fall 2018 speaker line-up included:

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Amy Shelly

Chief Financial Officer

OCC (Options Clearing Corporation)

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Deborah Newman

Vice President Financial Process Improvement

Warner Bros Entertainment Inc

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Amy L. Kuzdowicz

SVP Finance and CAO

JACK Entertainment LLC

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Bhadresh Sutaria

Chief Financial Officer


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Matt Poleski

Northeast Region CFO


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Michael Greiner

EVP and Chief Financial Officer


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Bob Saiz

Chief Financial Officer

SupplyCore Inc

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Gordon Liu

Executive Vice President , Head of Regulatory and Risk Analytics


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Wes Saber

EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Wes Saber

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Michael Metzger

Global Director of Finance IT

Kraft Heinz

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Joshua Lowy

Vice President

American Outdoor Brands

2019 Full Agenda

Your personal concierge will craft a custom schedule based on your interests and priorities. View the 2018 agenda below.

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Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration - Sponsored by Ultimate Software


Breakfast Buffet

Monday, September 16Keynote Presentation

close How You and Your Team Can Leverage Behavioral Analytics To Have Fun, Hit Goals, and Earn More

Financial Leadership & Innovation Teamalytics - National Director of Leadership Processes

Review three case studies of business teams that learned how to use behavioral analytics to eliminate the counterproductive behaviors that were keeping them from having fun, hitting goals, and earning their commissions and bonuses.

Key Takeaways:

  • The #1 mistake team leaders make when it comes to building an engaged and effective team.
  • The 8 most common counterproductive behaviors on teams and the behavioral metrics use to measure them.
  • The 3 things that Rockstar team leaders do that the Strugglers don’t when it comes to building and optimizing teams.
  • A predictable, proven process for eliminating counterproductive behaviors so that your team can have fun, hit goals, and earn commissions and bonuses.


Lyle Wells
National Director of Leadership ProcessesTeamalytics
Monday, September 16Breakout Session

close The Power of Servant Leadership

Forward-Thinking Financial LeadershipWarner Bros Entertainment Inc - Vice President Financial Process Improvement

As a leader in finance, it is vital that we produce value for our respective companies. Executives depend upon our critical thinking, analytical and presentation skills. Leveraging our teams is the most important factor in meeting our functions objectives. Deborah Newman developed servant leadership, that focuses on providing teams with the tools, opportunities and coaching they need to produce phenomenal results. Other by products of her approach include creating an uplifting environment, engendering team loyalty and providing optimal value to the company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Establish loyalty with your team
  • Achieve optimal results
  • Create an uplifting environment
  • Optimize your teams talent by focusing on individual strengths


Deborah Newman
Vice President Financial Process ImprovementWarner Bros Entertainment Inc
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Managing Complex Energy Portfolios, Risk and Capital

Strategic Financial ManagementEdison Energy - Vice President, Sales

Energy is the largest unaddressed risk faced by most companies, and can exceed foreign currency, interest rate & other operational risks. For many companies, a 10% change in energy costs can impact earnings-per-share by 5% or more.

How likely is this to happen & what could cause it within this business planning cycle, or the next?

Most companies do not allocate the internal resources to quantifying these answers, leaving them exposed to potential impacts. This is an increasingly important area of due diligence, as the markets are going through fundamental changes (e.g. coal retirements, renewable build-out) and utilities are increasingly allowing corporate input on different rate schedules.

Given the rapidly changing energy markets and facility operations, most companies do not yet have a road map of how the organization’s energy cost structure is set to be impacted over the next 5,10, or 15 years. In this session, we will explore how taking a strategic, analytics-based portfolio approach to energy management helps clients increase risk-adjusted return on capital, protect themselves from rapidly changing markets and products, and outperform their competition.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn what an energy portfolio is, how the methodology differs from other energy management strategies, and why leading companies are adopting the portfolio approach.
  • Learn how a comprehensive portfolio approach can bring together different stakeholders
  • Learn how to educate senior management on the materiality of energy management.


Rob Federighi
Vice President, SalesEdison Energy
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Waste in IT

Technology & Transition in FinanceThe IT Effectiveness Group - Founder & CEO

40 years of vast experiences in the IT cost cutting arena – all well documented – has produced an extensive cookbook that is used to reduce IT expenses without cutting headcount. During this session, we will cover the 5 efforts that produce the greatest results. We will also cover why these opportunities exist and most importantly, what needs to be done to eliminate the waste.

Key Takeaways:

  • Top 5 Opportunities for IT cost savings
  • How these wasteful expenses happened in the first place and what to do to keep the from occurring again
  • How to discover the waste and eliminate it
  • An approach to perpetually maximize your IT investments


John Hutto
Founder & CEOThe IT Effectiveness Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Driving a Culture of Business Intelligence

Technology & Transition in FinanceBed Bath & Beyond - Vice President of Finance

Jason will walk through the steps he’s taken to get FP&A out of the report building business and into the business value creation business by embracing IT. Recent trends have finance and IT coming into much closer alignment especially concerning shared initiatives like business intelligence and data governance. Jason will lay out the process he’s used to navigate the ever changing and sometimes murky waters.

Key Takeaways:

  • 3 Critical aspects to build your team
  • 4 Guiding principles to develop the culture


Jason Quint
Vice President of FinanceBed Bath & Beyond
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Aligning Management and Governance: Leading During Times of Organizational Change

CFO Leadership & InnovationGNC - Chief Financial Officer

Working together effectively is critical for Corporate Boards and the C-suite, particularly during an organizational transformation where the makeup of the Board substantially changes. GNC recently agreed to a $300 million strategic joint venture with Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, part of Hayao. At closing (expected in second half of this year), Hayao will own 40 percent of GNC on a convertible basis and five Hayao members will join GNC’s board. Tricia Tolivar, CFO of GNC, is working to ensure the upcoming transition is smooth and helping management lead the business and its employees through the change. In this discussion, Tricia will explore the importance of the CFO’s role in business transformation, as well as how CFOs and senior leaders can find common ground in the boardroom.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to lead in a time of corporate transition
  • Working with the executive management team to ensure successful boardroom integration
  • CFO’s role in guiding the business, and setting the tone for the future
  • Why the board plays a critical role during and after corporate transitions


Tricia Tolivar
Chief Financial OfficerGNC


Monday, September 16Breakout Presentation

close Leading Finance During a Turnaround

Financial Leadership & Innovation AngioDynamics - EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Discuss the varying challenges of leading the Finance organization during a turnaround including, working capital, capital allocation, capital structure and core financial reporting.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strengthen your balance sheet & access to capital
  • Blocking and tackling; no distractions with external reporting
  • Cash management & optimize working capital
  • Insightful business partner and helping the commercial teams succeed


Michael Greiner
EVP and Chief Financial OfficerAngioDynamics
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Make Compliance Your Competitive Weapon

CFO Leadership & InnovationBlackline - Senior Solutions Consultant

Are you keeping up with an evolving risk landscape or is it keeping you up at night? Accounting scandals are not just headlines of the past, they are happening every day. Your organization is constantly exposed to risk; you cannot operate with a business-as-usual mentality. Change is constant and the stakes are high. Leveraging technology enables your accounting and finance department to reduce their overall risk exposure. Your organization has the opportunity to automate repetitive tasks, eliminate data entry errors, gain workflow visibility and accountability, and strengthen the overall control environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognize risk as a factor that consistently impacts organizations whether they are experiencing rapid growth, increasing in complexity, resistant to change, or are working to implement best practices.
  • Identify common practices and processes that can expose organizations to fraud.
  • Review departmental and organizational process improvement opportunities by leveraging technology to reduce risk, challenge current processes, and utilize your team’s time and their skill sets to reduce your organization’s risk exposure.


Joyce Lazzara
Senior Solutions ConsultantBlackline

close Between a Rock and a Hard Spot: Managing the Cap Table of a Growth Company

Strategic Financial ManagementSavi Technology - CFO

The flexibility afforded by a company’s capitalization is critical to its growth. Management and Boards are best served by taking a long term strategic view in managing the evolution of the company’s capitalization. There is a balance between short term financing requirements and the longer term implications of these decisions. A company’s capitalization table will dictate the financing alternatives available to it over time thereby enabling or preventing its growth. Trust relationships between investors, management, and the Board members matter. Through the discussion of a case study, attendees will gain an appreciation of managing cap tables strategically to best position a company for growth.

Key Takeaways:

  • A company’s capital structure enables or prevents its growth
  • Financing alternatives are determined by the company’s performance and prospects
  • Stakeholders (Investors, Board members, Management, Employees) do not necessarily have the same incentives


Jeffrey Friedman
CFOSavi Technology
Monday, September 16Breakout Presentation

close Building a Tech Stack: Digital Transformation in the CFO's Office

Digital Transformation

EY’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer survey, revealed that 50% of CFOs are making the shift to a digital business model a priority over the next three years. That is the kind of strategic focus CFOs have on digital enablement.

CFOs who don’t embrace this technology shift will be caught playing catch-up as their competition takes advantage of the digital culture to gain traction in the industry.

Join this session to understand what the CFO’s role is going to be in the digital age, how they can play the role of a changemaker, and build an agile finance organization with technology.

Key Takeaways:

  • Find out where you are on the journey of digital transformation?
  • How AI and RPA can change the way you perceive the finance functions?
  • How can you be a strategic leader this change?
  • Understand, how “digitalization” has changed the expectations in finance

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close Procurement Solutions for Transportation - Carrier Contract Negotiation & Carrier Invoice Auditing

Banking and Capital Markets PricesAFMS - Founder & CEO

EXPERT Carrier Contract Negotiation advice, Including Auditing Ideas to reduce your shipping costs.

A lot of changes are happening today with UPS and FedEx and the levels of complexity surrounding today’s contracts. Get valuable information to better manage your ongoing transportation pricing contracts and carrier contract changes. How you, can have best-in-class pricing and reduce overall shipping costs by 15-25%. You will walk away from this informative session with a new perspective on how to negotiate with the carriers.

Key Takeaways:

  • What has created these pricing changes? The data capture technology carriers use today has allowed them to bill for services and extra costs they physically couldn’t charge for a few years ago.
  • What can a shipper do to offset these new charges? Gain a better understanding of the impact these changes are going to have on your company; How much of your transportation spend is in accessorial charges or base rate charges. Tips to negotiate better discounts from former UPS and FedEx VP’s and pricing managers.
  • How to establish shipping costs benchmarks prior to beginning any carrier negotiations. Ways to reduce the impact of accessorial charges and other not so obvious contract fee’s.
  • How auditing your shipping can actually save you an additional 1-4%. Parcel (FedEx, UPS, DHL), both domestic and global shipping solutions.


Mike Erickson
Founder & CEOAFMS
Monday, September 16Breakout Session

close Strategic Team Dynamics

Forward-Thinking Financial LeadershipJACK Entertainment LLC - SVP Finance and CAO

Creating and sustaining high performance teams are central to the ability to deliver on a company’s strategy. Accomplishing this goal takes intentionality from recruiting, onboarding, training, development, mentorship and engagement. We will review strategies and techniques to build and sustain powerful team of people to help drive and deliver on your mission.

Key Takeaways:

  • Techniques to find the people you need for tomorrow.
  • Approaches to maximize the effectiveness of talent once you find it.
  • Approaches to use diversity among people to deliver exponential results.
  • Secrets to keeping the people you need.


Amy L. Kuzdowicz
SVP Finance and CAOJACK Entertainment LLC

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Understanding the ABC of NextGen Financials– Rise of Automation, Bots & Contextual Finance

Technology & Transition in FinanceRamco Systems - AVP – Solution Advisory & Presales

The evolving marketplace has made it imperative for technologies to become light and easily accessible. Businesses today are no longer tied down by the traditional boundaries of space and time. Work is 24/7, inter-connected and constantly on the move. Consequently, ERP solutions too need to break free from the clutter of excessively complicated technicalities to become simple, easy-to-use and scalable. The world is moving towards a leaner, efficient and contextual information delivery model, with embedded analytics. Spruce this with an element of Chatbots and Voice and you encounter a whole new world of Finance. This seamless experience is complemented by the availability of easy to use intuitive self-service on mobiles (Android/iPhones), tablets (iPad/Android tabs) and of course desk top and laptops. While a typical commoditized financial & accounting solution can at best remain a transactional reporting system, the future is all about building an API-economy where applications integrate and interact with each other seamlessly.

Key Takeaways:

  • ERP solutions need to break free from the clutter of excessively complicated technicalities to become simple, easy-to-use and scalable
  • A futuristic Finance system is all about building an API-economy where applications integrate and interact with each other seamlessly
  • Systems are moving towards Voice UIs, BOTs, Self service on Mobile and Tablets


Muthuraj Thangavel
AVP – Solution Advisory & PresalesRamco Systems
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Manage a Successful Transition Up the Leadership Chain

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentTravis Credit Union - Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

If you promote someone from a manager to an AVP, or from an AVP to a VP, what’s the difference?  In many companies, it’s a matter of tenure.  However, if there are not distinct differences in performance expectations from one level to the next that can be effectively articulated, measured and enforced, you will be setting yourself up for ER issues, leadership gaps, succession gaps and poor knowledge management.

Key Takeaways

  • Overview of leadership categories based on performance standards
  • Setting clear performance distinctions between levels
  • Identification of who does/doesn’t fit within these levels
  • Key leadership imperatives to help identify leadership at various levels


Arthur Schwartz
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources OfficerTravis Credit Union
Tuesday, September 17Breakout Session

close Next Generation Strategic Execution

Leading Financial StrategySupplyCore Inc - Chief Financial Officer

How SupplyCore leverages Strategic Execution Management Software (SEM) and strategic treasury management technologies to drive global growth and improve earnings.

Key Takeaways:

  • Describe the emerging market of Strategic Execution Management Software (SEM)
  • How SupplyCore leverages SEM as a backbone to drive global growth
  • How SupplyCore has built treasury management as a strategic driver to improve cash flows and earnings


Bob Saiz
Chief Financial OfficerSupplyCore Inc
Tuesday, September 17Breakout Session

close Business Performance Management

Forward-Thinking Financial LeadershipAMSOIL - Chief Financial Officer

Modern CFOs are the Chief Performance Officers. Effective business performance management requires value driving Finance organization, clearly defined and shared objectives, goals, and priorities, effective performance measurement & reporting, strong business partnership, and dynamic performance management. Leadership to deliver commitment is also equally critical. The presentation will cover each of these key areas and a case study to demonstrate the process and the outcomes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Modern CFOs are Chief Performance Officers
  • Effective performance management requires well defined and aligned objectives and execution agility.
  • Clearly defined, easy to understnad performance measures and strong business partnership are critical to sound business performance management.
  • How to deliver outstanding outcomes through dynamic business performance management and leadership to deliver commitments; Case Study.


Bhadresh Sutaria
Chief Financial OfficerAMSOIL
Tuesday, September 17Breakout Session

close M&A Integration with my Family

Leading Financial StrategyGallagher - Northeast Region CFO

Due Diligence for Mergers and Acquisitions is all about the numbers – assessing growth rates, margins, integration costs and synergies to be realized. Once an acquisition is closed, what happens now. Matt Poleski, Gallagher Northeast Region CFO examines the top questions you face once an acquisition is closed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Should we integrate all at faster all at once – or should we go slower making sure every project is implemented precisely?
  • How should the acquiree prioritize integration projects versus running the day to day operations?
  • What things can I take credit for as early wins?
  • What key success factors should I measure?


Matt Poleski
Northeast Region CFOGallagher

Executive Steering Committee

Experienced financial leaders work with us to focus our program on the developments that will move the needle at your company.

Steering Committee Members

Amy Kuzdowicz Senior VP, Finance & Chief Accounting Officer
JACK Entertainment LLC
Andy Zeweri CFO
Mindseeker, Inc.
Angela Pierce CFO
AirStrip Technologies
Anitra Myrick CFO
Jewish Community Center
Barry Heichelbech CFO
Brake Supply Company, Inc
Brenda Kasprzewski CFO
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks Inc
Brian Nelson CFO
Teletrac Navman
Dave Sackett CFO
ULVAC Technologies Inc
Domenic Prinzivalli COO & CFO
Don Wademan CFO
Garner Industries Inc
Donna Garcia Vice President, Finance
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Douglas Olds CFO
EPAY Systems Inc
Frank Acito CFO
Yellowstone Club
Guita Sharifi CFO
AIDS Services Foundation
Holly Nelson CFO
Silver Star Brands, Inc.
Holly Ward CFO
M.G. McGrath, Inc.
Javed Akbar Chief Risk & Audit Officer
Rafal Group
Jeff Dood CFO
City of Grand Rapids
Jeffrey Friedman CFO
Savi Technology
Jim Altman CFO
Welch Equipment
Jim Farrell CFO
Globus Management Group, LLC
Joe Lakdawala Vice President Finance and Operations
Stenograph LLC
John Robert Pharr CFO
North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc.
John Thomas, Jr. Vice President, Finance – Americas, Europe & North Asia
Etihad Airways
John Wilkinson Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Finance
Tusculum University
Kapil Mehta CFO
Allied Digital Services LLC
Kathleen Reilly CFO
Diba Industries
Kenneth Jones Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Kisha Wesley Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Georgia Department of Public Health
Linda Demma CFO
Boker's, Inc.
Margie Erinle CFO
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc
Mark Gitlen Acting Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Armenian General Benevolent Union
Max Baca VP Finance & Administration / CIO
New Mexico Highlands Univesity
Michael Morack SVP, Global Finance Operations
ConvaTec PLC
Mohammad Asif Chief Financial Officer - Residential Development
Emaar The Economic City
Neil Watanabe CFO
US Auto Parts
Noordin Moloo CFO
Project HOPE
Olga Martynov CFO
TM Forum
Pamela Henderson CFO

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Hotel and Travel

Your conference pass includes overnight accommodations, travel reimbursement, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
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The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173