Argyle Digital: Finance Leadership Forum 2020 December - Argyle Executive Forum Events

Overview

Hindsight is 2020, and the year 2020 is one for the books. When CFOs and finance leaders reflect back to the start of the pandemic, most see a year in which perseverance led them to overcome unexpected obstacles.  

Although organizations have remained resilient and conquered unforeseen hurdles, the future is still unknown, and the health crisis is far from over. So what lessons were learned and how do organizations prepare for a new, hopefully better, year of 2021?

CFOs and finance executives continue to focus on core principals including FP&A, budgeting, technology transformation, adaptation to digital, and much more. The future may be unknown, but the value of finance and its operating teams has never swayed.

At the Argyle Digital Finance Leadership Forum, some of the top minds in finance will gather to discuss:

  • Remaining resilient and bracing for the unknown in 2021
  • Lessons learned and a reflection on successful strategies
  • Technology transformation and tools implemented during the crisis
  • Preparing for a new year of challenges and strengthening predictive analytics

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10:55 AM - 11 AM ET

Opening Remarks

11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bracing for 2021 – How Finance Teams are Preparing for the New Year

CFOs and finance executives continue to address sizable challenges which will overflow into the year 2021. Although it would be desirable, the economic impacts of Covid-19 will not disappear when the clock strikes midnight. Finance leaders are tasked with complicated budgeting and planning activities, while attempting to forecast the unpredictable upcoming months.

Join this panel discussion, which will address:

  • Embracing new strategies to streamline technology processes
  • Supporting remote finance teams and implementing contactless models
  • Collecting and evaluating data to improve performance

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Abstract coming soon!

Hosted by: Oliver Wight

12:10 PM - 1 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Forward Look at Finance & the Acceleration of Tech Trends

Disruptive technologies including blockchain, robotic, and cognitive automation are paving the way to transition finance teams away from manual processes. These forthcoming advancements allow more time for finance teams to focus on value-added activities and analyses that will propel the business forward.

During this interactive panel discussion, we will explore:

  • Working in harmony with automations including RPA, AI, and ML
  • Understanding the market and watching out for the newest tech trends
  • Accelerating growth through new and innovative technology

1:05 PM - 1:35 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Abstract coming soon!

1:35 PM - 2 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2 PM - 2:30 PM ET

KEYNOTE: Budgeting for 2021 & Preparations Made in Q4

CFOs have already cut costs where necessary, and depending on the economic landscape, these cuts may continue into the new year. Despite these cuts, the new year may require finance teams to increase hiring efforts and budget spends on technology initiatives. So, what specifically should finance leaders’ budget for and what preparations have been made in the fourth quarter?

This keynote presentation will address:

  • Investing in the next phase of technology to stimulate growth
  • Budgeting to increase profitability
  • Planning for the multi-year impact of covid-19

2:35 PM - 3:25 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: CFOs & Risk Management – Structuring a Risk Framework

Risk management occurs everywhere within the world of finance and CFOs must work closely with their risk departments to implement a company-wide risk culture. As finance leaders, you are tasked with strategizing growth areas and measuring what risk strategies are successful. Collaboration between finance and risk teams is critical to mitigating risk and streamlining efficient strategies and processes that are beneficial to the entire organization.

This panel discussion will explore:

  • Successfully developing a risk framework for your organization
  • Breaking down barriers to establish an effective risk culture
  • Strengthening cross-functional collaboration to mitigate risk

3:30 PM - 4 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Abstract coming soon!

4:05 PM - 4:55 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Preparing for a Rebound – Do You Have the Right Finance Team in Place?

The global pandemic forced organizations to let go of top talent across every industry, but what happens if there is a rebound? CFOs and finance leaders need to be prepared for an uptick in business and should start looking ahead at rebuilding teams. This gives finance an opportunity to evaluate what an ideal finance and accounting team looks like and the skills needed to capitalize on the eventual return to normalcy.

Join this fireside chat to learn:

  • How to find, hire, and retain the best finance talent
  • What role each new or existing finance team member will play
  • How to prepare for a rebound and develop a plan for the future

4:55 PM - 5 PM ET

Closing Remarks