CFO Conference 2019

Apr 24, 2019 ‐ Apr 26, 2019


During the AICPA's 2019 CFO Conference, we will focus on the profound changes shaping the world today, insights into what tomorrow will hold and how you can respond as a CFO, with better, more strategic decisions.

The C-Suite perspective serves as the foundation of every session, where we will examine what's coming down the line in tax reform, strategic planning, risk management, technological changes, and much more. You’ll leave Chicago with a thoughtful course of action, one that will lead to success in the year ahead and beyond.


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Sessions

Tax Update - Problems & IssuesTax Update - Problems & Issues

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Tax Update - Problems & Issues

Apr 25, 2019 10:45am ‐ Apr 25, 2019 12:00pm

Identification: CFO1910

The implications of tax reform are just getting started and will have lasting impact on most businesses. Implementation challenges are ongoing with new issues arising daily, and with ongoing disagreements between the political parties, change will continue to be the only certainty. More importantly, strategic considerations ranging from capital structure and investment considerations to talent, trade and brand, abound. Attend this session to get what you need to know to develop a tax strategy that will adapt to the present and anticipate the future for the success of your company.

  • Understand the broad implications of tax reform legislation, past, present and future.
  • Identify the strategic issues with potential impact and opportunity for your business.
  • Develop an understanding of how your tax function will need to adapt to keep pace with the wider business in today’s rapid paced environment.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $49.00

The C-Suite's Role in Success with Digital Transformation Initiatives

Apr 25, 2019 1:00pm ‐ Apr 25, 2019 2:15pm

Identification: CFO1911

What is a Digital Transformation Initiative – and – how and why does it apply to you?

In finance and accounting departments, digital tools of the trade are in a perpetual state of being deployed, upgraded, integrated, and adopted. As a CFO, whether you are upgrading your ERP, FPA or other mission-critical software, or in some way are responsible for other departments’ system projects, you and your C-Suite colleagues are responsible for the success (or failure) of these Digital Transformation initiatives.  These initiatives can bring great value to a business (success), or, more frequently, their disruptive nature can result in great cost and losses (failure).  

This session is designed to give members of the C-Suite, in particular the CFO, an understanding of how businesses should undertake and govern Digital Transformation initiatives from the beginning, with an eye on strategy, mitigating inherent risks, assessing and measuring successes, and ensuring that the people most impacted are well equipped for a successful outcome.  Our presenters bring unique and deep experience in the management of these initiatives from finance, technology and organizational development backgrounds.

  • Confirming what is Digital Transformation.
  • Become familiar with the success factors, phases and activities of Digital Transformation initiatives.
  • Learn the common technological, organizational and human challenges faced when undergoing Digital Transformation – and – how to manage towards a successful outcome.
  • Explore the concept of Change Management – and how it enhances the likelihood of success with Digital Transformation.

Speaker(s):
  • Robert Green, CPA, CGMA, CITP, Lead Partner - Digital Transformation, SingerLewak, LLP - SL Business Informatics
  • Jeremy Lurey, PhD, People & Change Management Lead, SingerLewak
Standard: $49.00

What I Learned Going from CFO to CEO

Apr 25, 2019 1:00pm ‐ Apr 25, 2019 2:15pm

Identification: CFO1912

What I learned from in my journey from CFO to CEO in a challenging retail environment and how it impacted my thoughts on the importance of culture and core values.

  • Learn how to make the jump from CFO to CEO.
  • Understand how to create and lead a culture change within an organization.

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Standard: $49.00

Tools of Transition - Including M&A, Succession Planning & ESOPs

Apr 25, 2019 2:25pm ‐ Apr 25, 2019 3:40pm

Identification: CFO1913

A panel discussion, from a company insider’s view, of the tools of transition that are available for businesses to consider when determining how to capture and monetize the value that has been built over time.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss exit strategies that work best to extract value.
  • Discuss legacy transfer strategies that work best to preserve value.
  • Discuss management buy-out or ESOP strategies that work well to transition ownership.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $49.00

U.S. GAAP UpdateU.S. GAAP Update

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U.S. GAAP Update

Apr 25, 2019 2:25pm ‐ Apr 25, 2019 3:40pm

Identification: CFO1914

This session will focus on recent US GAAP standard setting activity. Topics covered will include lessons learned from the implementation of newly adopted accounting standards related to revenue recognition and leases, the expected impacts of CECL (ASU 2016-13), and updates to consolidation accounting (ASU 2018-17). Discussion will also highlight current topics of discussion at the FASB and potential accounting standards on the horizon.

  • Describe best practices observed by companies in addressing issues related to the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards.
  • Provide attendees with an overview of the current expected credit loss model upon adoption of ASU 2016-13.
  • Discuss the impacts to private company consolidation accounting introduced by ASU 2018-17.
  • Outline recent standard setting activity at the FASB.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $49.00

The Data-Driven Finance LeaderThe Data-Driven Finance Leader

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The Data-Driven Finance Leader

Apr 26, 2019 7:00am ‐ Apr 26, 2019 7:50am

Identification: CFO19203

From big data and network effects to the subscription economy and cloud computing, modern finance is undergoing its most fundamental transformation ever. Today, it takes a data-driven finance leader – someone who understands and embraces the promise and power of technology – to navigate this exciting, uncertain future. Attend this session and hear how companies like yourself became data-driven finance leaders that proactively drove strategy and improved operations.

  • The technologies and skills you need to move to a digital, data-driven world.
  • How to move from Finance 1.0 to Finance 2.0 and beyond.
  • How to “Twitterize” your reporting and analytics.
  • When you should automate and when you shouldn’t.

Speaker(s):
  • Diana Ermini, Director of Marketing, Financial Services, Sage Intacct
Standard: $49.00

Welcome and Introduction & Inspector Gadget

Apr 26, 2019 7:55am ‐ Apr 26, 2019 9:15am

Identification: CFO1916

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Gizmos and gadgets have become an indispensable part of our digital lives – ever transforming the way we work, play and live.  From cloud computing, mobile and hybrid devices to entertainment, home automation and the Internet-of-Things – every aspect of our days are impacted by the latest technology offerings.  Join Inspector Gadget as he shares cutting edge tech trends and the hottest gear that every user will want to consider in the months ahead.

  • Understand the latest technology trends and the impact these trends will have on next generation devices.
  • Identify where to wisely invest in new technology, and what to avoid.

Speaker(s):
  • David M. Cieslak, CPA, CITP, CGMA, GSEC, EVP, Chief Cloud Officer, RKL eSolutions, LLC
Standard: $49.00

Economic UpdateEconomic Update

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Economic Update

Apr 26, 2019 9:15am ‐ Apr 26, 2019 10:05am

Identification: CFO1917

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With big changes at the Fed, with our tax laws and increasing global tensions, understanding the prospects for both the UW and world economy has never been more important. Join us as Jim Glassman, Chief Economist for JP Morgan Chase gives us insight into what to expect from the coming year. The discussion will include thoughts on the market, interest rates and factors that impact all of us in both our business and personal lives.

  • Understand economic insights impacting the US and Global Economies.
  • Identify key factors that will impact both business and personal finances.

Speaker(s):
  • James Glassman, PhD, Managing Director & Head Economist, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Standard: $49.00

The Culture Choice: Building a Culture By Design

Apr 26, 2019 10:35am ‐ Apr 26, 2019 11:25am

Identification: CFO1918

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Everyone talks about wanting to create a culture, but the truth is that every organization already has a culture. The only question is whether it’s a culture by design or a culture by default. Too often, team members are looking up (to leadership) to define the firm’s values and culture, but every team member has the opportunity to design, develop, nurture and sustain the culture (or to kill it). Jeff Nischwitz shares his unique perspectives on theme of building a culture by design, along with his innovative ideas on designing and nurturing culture where every team member is empowered for impact. Join us and get implementable tools for guiding and impacting the culture in your firm.

  • Help leaders and team members differently understand the foundations of building sustainable cultures.
  • Identifying and demystifying culture myths and killers.
  • Arming leaders and team members with actionable culture shifts to improve team and firm effectiveness, influence and impact.

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Standard: $49.00

How Good Employees Can Rationalize Bad Decisions

Apr 26, 2019 11:25am ‐ Apr 26, 2019 12:15pm

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All companies hire great employees, but what happens when those same employees rationalize bad decisions in hopes of helping their organizations? In this engaging session, hear Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope discuss real-life examples from several recent fraud cases where employees actually thought they were doing the right thing.

  • Use the fraud triangle.
  • Identify the importance of professional skepticism.
  • Analyze internal control weaknesses.

Speaker(s):
  • Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, CGMA, Associate Professor - School of Accountancy and MIS, DePaul University
Standard: $49.00
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