Strategic CFO Forum


October 17, 2022

All times are listed in Eastern time

9:00 – 9:30 am


9:30 – 9:35 am


9:35 – 10:20 am

Beyond the Numbers: The Future of the Finance Function

Today’s CFOs are architects of action and champions of change—you are at the center of your company’s strategic transformation efforts. We’ll sit down with a veteran finance leader to evaluate how disruption and digitalization is changing the CFO’s scope of responsibilities and what strategic CFOs—and their finance teams—can do to drive value through the organization.

Featured Speaker:

  • James Kavanaugh, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, IBM

10:20 am – 11:05 pm

Talent Attraction and Retention: Why the CFO-CHRO Relationship is More Critical Than Ever

Talent, talent, talent…from staff shortages, retention and recruitment to culture and employee wellness to reskilling and career development, workforce issues continue to top the lists of CFOs’ concerns in StrategicCFO360’s monthly pulse surveys. 

Salary is just one component of the talent discussion—CFOs can directly impact the talent conversation in other ways, such as investing in employee-focused initiatives that lead to better results and engagement, creating feedback loops to assess employees’ needs and adjust reward plans accordingly, and helping the company stay focused on operational excellence. Building a strong partnership with your chief HR/people officer is critical to making this all work. We’ll sit down with an executive duo to share their lessons learned and advice to help you recruit and retain your top talent.

11:05 – 11:25 pm

Networking Break

11:25 am – Noon

Future-Proofing Your Organization: A Capital Allocation Checklist

Strategically prioritizing where to invest capital to generate the most robust (and assured) returns arguably is a CFO’s toughest decision. Capital is finite and given a still-splintered supply chain, protracted labor shortages, high inflation and expected interest rate increases, it’s not a straightforward decision. We’ll provide a framework to help you ask the hard questions and develop a capital allocation strategy that gives your organization a true edge over your competitors. Hint: It starts with seeing possibilities where other CFOs see challenge.

Noon – 12:30 pm

Why CFOs Should Prioritize Supply Chain Resilience

In StrategicCFO360’s monthly CFO Confidence Index, supply chain disruption consistently tops the list of challenges impacting growth and profits. So how can you lessen the impact of supply chain challenges? We’ll provide pragmatic tips to help you improve supply chain performance and future-proof your business to supply chain exposures—and explain why the CFO’s office is best positioned to lead the way.

12:30 – 1:45 pm

Working Lunch and Breakouts

Attendees will break into working sessions for in-depth, interactive discussions with other senior finance executives and a subject matter expert.

  1. What CFOs Need to Know About Financial Reporting Updates
  2. Implementing a Digital Transformation Roadmap to Improve the Finance Function
  3. Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures—Executing on Your Strategy
  4. The Role of the CFO in Enterprise Cybersecurity

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Smarter Data, Smarter Decisions

Data-driven insights can fundamentally change your organization’s value proposition. But often the data many CFOs receive about the business pipeline, conversions and current quarter deals are stale by the time they arrive on their desks. 

How can you make data more than “data,” and use data to drive your business objectives? And how can you leverage both financial and non-financial data to support cross-departmental decision-making? We’ll help you create a framework to maximize the value of your enterprise’s data and analytics by mapping key company objectives to KPIs and leveraging metrics to make smarter decisions on company strategy and financial planning.

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Lessons from The Military: Leading Your Finance Team Through Change

Change management is a vital factor in getting an organization to realize its future state by rallying the business around a single, unified vision and ensuring that technologies, processes, and strategies are in place to support adoption by the larger workforce. But how do you get your team on board? We’ll help you create a framework for change.

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Networking Reception