CFO Live: FP&A Leadership Forum 2020 - Argyle Executive Forum Events

OVERVIEW

At a time when many businesses continue to focus on survival, finance executives are demonstrating their leadership by dedicating their attention to planning and analysis in order to prepare their companies for the future.

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A), which originated as a subset of finance, is rapidly evolving into a strategic approach to harmonizing financial and nonfinancial measures of performance throughout an entire company.

Finance executives, and the teams they lead, are emerging as indispensable sources of analytical expertise their companies rely on to inform both short- and long-term decisions.

In fact, the latest changes in the business environment have shown how the role of FP&A has become critical to organizational success.

By attending the CFO Live: FP&A Leadership Forum, you will learn:

  • How the role of FP&A is evolving beyond the role of a traditional finance function,
  • What types of skills finance leaders require to broaden the purview of FP&A to support companies’ strategic decisions,
  • What technological advances in FP&A enable companies to adapt quickly in an increasingly unpredictable business environment, and
  • How finance leaders establish and enable their companies to sustain centers of excellence in planning and analysis.

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Agenda

 

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10:55 AM - 11 AM ET

Argyle Opening Remarks

11 AM - 11:50 AM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: From Panic to Preparation: What Finance Leaders Need to Know about Scenario Planning *CPE Eligible*

Before the pandemic, many companies relied on traditional approaches to budgeting that presumed that past performance would foretell future results. The pandemic has brought about unforeseen circumstances with such frequency that finance leaders continually have to shorten time horizons for planning from months to weeks and even days. During this session, we will explore how finance executives can lead their companies’ efforts to plan for a wide range of scenarios, including those their companies have not experienced but still have to be ready for. By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Determine which types of scenarios to plan for.
  • Develop effective responses to the scenarios for which your company is preparing.
  • Equip your company to anticipate a variety of potential outcomes, both positive and negative, before they occur.

11:55 AM - 12:25 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Stay Tuned for Further Details!

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM ET

KEYNOTE OR FIRESIDE CHAT: How to Create and Sustain an FP&A Team for the Future *CPE Eligible*

Does your company define financial planning and analysis (FP&A) only as a department within finance? If so, then your company is not generating as much value as it can from FP&A. Companies typically circumscribe FP&A within the finance function, which traditionally has focused on financial metrics in isolation. If FP&A teams confine their analysis to individual spreadsheets that are inaccessible beyond the computers on which they reside, then companies lack visibility not only into financial performance but also what they need to achieve from an operational perspective to fulfill their goals. By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How companies have traditionally understood the function of FP&A.
  • What finance leaders will expect from FP&A teams in terms of resources, skills, training, and collaboration with other areas of their companies.
  • How finance leaders can partner with other executives, including those in human resources, IT, and procurement, to ensure they hire and develop FP&A teams with the capabilities their companies will require for the future.

1:25 PM - 1:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Stay Tuned for Further Details!

2 PM - 2:50 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Chart Your Company's Course from FP&A to xP&A *CPE Eligible*

Given their ability to analyze and develop plans based on their understanding of financial data, finance leaders provide expertise that is that vital for enabling their companies to navigate the headwinds of the pandemic. In so doing, finance leaders need to enable their companies to extend the disciplines of planning and analysis beyond finance. During this session, we will define extended planning and analysis (xP&A), and you will learn how finance leaders:

  • Harmonize financial and nonfinancial indicators of performance to better inform their companies’ decisions.
  • Apply technological advances to achieve greater visibility into future performance while identifying opportunities to improve it.
  • Establish and reinforce best practices in xP&A.

2:55 PM - 3:25 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Stay Tuned for Further Details!

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: A Finance Leader's Guide to Shared Services *CPE Eligible*

Despite their efforts in response to the pandemic to improve their visibility into and control over their financial health and operational viability, many businesses continue to encounter the dual challenges of long-entrenched silos and shrinking resources. Can implementing a shared services model enable your company to overcome these challenges? By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What finance leaders need to know about adopting centralized shared services models to encompass not only finance but also planning and analysis.
  • How finance leaders determine what other areas of their companies lend themselves to shared services models.
  • Which types of performance criteria finance leaders should focus on to measure and maintain the success of these models.

4:25 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Argyle Closing Remarks

Attend this event and earn FREE Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit

Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 4

Event Inquiries: For inquiries as well as complaints concerning this event, you are welcome to send an email message to webcast_feedback@cfo.com. Please note that only those who attend the live event will have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credit in connection with this event. Because there is no charge to register for this event, there are no refunds following registration for this event.

To be eligible to earn one CPE credit during each session that offers attendees the opportunity to earn CPE credit, you must answer at least three polling questions while attending the session for a minimum of 50 minutes.

Argyle Executive Forum is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org