Finance Leadership Forum 2021 January - Argyle Executive Forum Events


At last, we have arrived in the New Year of 2021! 2020 was tumultuous, a time that will forever be referred to as the year everything went wrong.

Although the clock struck midnight, ringing in the New Year with new beginnings, what does 2021 really hold?

Looking back at 2020, Finance professionals have overcome incredible unforeseen disruption, persevered despite global chaos, and adapted to the new reality in the blink of an eye.

Post-election and mid-Covid-19, finance teams are tasked with continuing D&I initiatives, hiring & retaining the best talent, implementing digitization operations, addressing sustainability issues, and assessing key investments.

Join us at the Argyle Digital Finance Leadership Forum on January 26, 2021, where top minds in Finance will address:

  • Lessons learned in 2020 and recovery in 2021
  • Preparing for future unforeseen challenges, and harnessing the power of disruption
  • How the C-suite has evolved and the role of the CFO alongside CEO & COO











11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE: Welcome to 2021! Finance in the New Year

2020 was a year riddled with anxiety for most, individuals and organizations. After Biden and Harris won the presidential election, the nation was divided, and the trajectory of the future economy unclear. So, what impact has this had on the finance function and what predictions can be made for the new year?

Join this keynote presentation, which will address:

  • How a historical Madame Vice President elect influences woman in finance
  • The impact this vote has had on finance teams in preparation for Q1 and Q2
  • Addressing a potential change in investments, regulations, and costs

Juan D. GomezFinance Director Immunology Global Commercial Strategy/R&DJohnson & Johnson

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET


Abstract coming soon!

12:10 PM - 1 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: D&I Initiatives to Strengthen Your Finance Team

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has continued to be a top priority for organizations. Finance teams are becoming more diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, and culture, and DEI has a significant social and workplace impact. Addressing and implementing strategies for your finance team is critical for long term success, and a more diverse team can be leveraged as a competitive advantage.

In this panel discussion, topics will include:

  • Implementing D&I initiatives to appeal to the next generation of finance professionals
  • Hiring diverse talent to add value to your finance team and organization
  • Establishing a diversity brand and promoting your organization’s efforts

1:05 PM - 1:35 PM ET


Abstract coming soon!

1:35 PM - 2 PM ET

Lunch Break

2 PM - 2:30 PM ET

KEYNOTE: Current & Future Paradigm Shifts – The Impact on Finance

In an instant, Covid-19 has created a paradigm shift, forcing organizations to realign their systems and adapt to a new reality. CFOs and finance leaders must remain resilient and change their usual way of thinking. Although these unforeseen circumstances are uncomfortable or even scary, the crisis will not last forever and finance teams must be prepared for whatever comes next.

This session will explore:

  • Understanding the affects a paradigm shift has on your organization
  • Evaluating the new responsibilities of finance teams
  • Navigating unknown territories and adjusting to a “new normal”

2:35 PM - 3:25 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Fintech Innovations – Automating and Improving the Finance Process

Financial Technology (Fintech) seeks to improve and automate finance processes, allowing organizations to leverage financial operations. Through various software, finance teams are able to better manage their teams and create more efficient procedures. Fintech is innovative and continues to disrupt the finance function in a positive manner.

This session will explore:

  • Leveraging fintech to innovate finance within your organization
  • Improving processes with technological advances
  • Advancing security measures to protect organizational and customer data


3:30 PM - 4 PM ET


Abstract coming soon!

4:05 PM - 4:55 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Leveraging AI to Improve Business Resiliency

Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) continue to create buzz within organizations because of potential increased operational efficiency. Finance teams can leverage AI to improve business resiliency through the implementation of better processes. AI will continue to transform sectors across every industry, including finance, and the use of this advanced technology will transform the finance function and overall viability of a business.

This session will address:

  • Addressing challenges within finance and how AI can improve operation efficiency
  • Leveraging AI and other technologies to combat disruption
  • Managing risk and adhering to changing regulatory compliance


We are proud to share with you the following Argyle Industry Influencers. Their contributions to Argyle help keep the programs we offer our membership current and relevant, so we can continue delivering you premiere experiences, content development, and membership engagement.

Katherine Motlagh is the Chief Financial Officer for the EMEA and LATAM regions at American Tower Corporation, a leading global developer, owner and operator of telecommunications real estate headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. A financial executive with extensive experience in public accounting and financial leadership roles, Ms. Motlagh has a successful record in managing highly diverse organizations. Prior to joining American Tower, she served as Customer Unit/Delivery Unit CFO at Ericsson, and prior to that, as Divisional CFO/Senior Business Controller at Nokia. Ms. Motlagh also has held a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles at organizations such as Nextel Communications, AmerisourceBergen and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She is both a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant and has served on a non-profit Board for the IMA Europe.