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Calling the future finance leaders of tomorrow. Fortune, in partnership with Workday, will convene this three-part series to support and inspire emerging CFOs and senior finance leaders. In conversations with CEOs and leading CFOs, we will explore what chief executives are looking for in their finance leaders. We’ll also dive deep into the changing nature of the chief finance job and discuss the most sought-after skills and expertise needed to climb the finance ladder in any organization. From data analytics to softer skills like communication and culture, we will learn from the masters what it takes to continue growing into finance leadership roles.

We will gather June 16, October 28 and December 6, all at 11:00 am ET/8am PT

Finance in a Digital World: Factory or Strategic Function?
December 6, 2021
11:00 AM-11:45 AM ET
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With over 60% of most finance processes now automated, what does the future of finance look like in an increasingly digital world? Will automation transform finance into a data-driven factory, or will it provide the predictive guidance finance needs to strengthen its strategic impact on the business? In this Emerging CFO conversation in partnership with Workday, we will learn how finance teams can advance the automation agenda by identifying use cases that simplify high-volume, complex processes. We’ll also explore how to promote the strategic agenda by prioritizing machine learning, big data, analytics, and predictive modeling to deliver innovative insights to the business. Speakers will include Tucker Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, Smucker, Kelly Gast, Chief Financial Officer, Bayer, Mike Spencer, Vice President and CFO, Honeywell Connected Enterprise and Eileen Tobias, Chief Financial Officer, Komodo Health

Past Events

October 28, 2021
If the only constant is change, then rising finance leaders must be ready for anything—most of all the volatility surrounding them. In this Emerging CFO conversation in partnership with Workday, we will explore the best practices for finance leaders to mitigate risk, including the increasing concerns around inflation and labor pressures. How can finance chiefs and their teams protect the business from disruptive forces, while mining post-pandemic opportunities? In this discussion with top CFOs, we’ll dive deep into how they continue to execute on their organization’s key priorities despite an increasingly volatile market and world. Speakers include: Matthias Tillmann, Chief Financial Officer, trivago, Cynthia Gaylor, Chief Financial Officer, DocuSign and Edmund Reese, Chief Financial Officer, Broadridge

June 16, 2021
The face of finance is changing, and that means leaders who want to rise through the finance ranks must tap into a whole new skill set. Rising leaders need to master much more than the traditional skills of finance and accounting and become adept at big data analytics, A.I., machine learning, and even crypto currency. Also, there’s the question of soft skills—learning to manage, communicate, and collaborate with leaders across other divisions to shape corporate culture. In this session “The Emerging CFO: Future Finance Leaders” we’ll speak with finance leaders who successfully scaled this ladder and learn what it takes to get to the top. Speakers include Harmit Singh, Executive Vice President & CFO, Levi Strauss & Co.; Tammy Romo, Executive Vice President and CFO, Southwest Airlines; Kristina Salen, Chief Financial Officer, WWE and Tania Secor, Global Chief Financial Officer, R/GA.  Additional speakers will be announced.


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Lee Clifford

Finance Editor, FORTUNE; Co-chair

Fortune CFO Collaborative

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor at Large, FORTUNE; Co-Chair

Fortune CFO Collaborative

Sheryl Estrada

Writer, CFO Daily; Co-chair

Fortune CFO Collaborative