Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago, Illinois
October 15-17th, 2017

This event is co-located with

Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago IL
October 15-17th, 2017

Key Themes

Connect pulls together an experienced Steering Committee to make sure the topics covered are the current challenges that the finance industry is facing today. The subject matter is geared to help attendees improve on their daily operations and also gain insight on the latest technology and innovation coming onto the market.


I. Technology & Transition in Finance

  • What are the Top 3 Technology Items that CFO's need to Focus On?
  • BI systems & Cognitive Analytics
  • Migrating Finance Operations to the Cloud: Pros and Cons
  • Hot Topics in Process Automation
  • Artificial Intelligence and its Application for Finance
  • How to Enable the Paperless Finance Team 

II. CFO Leadership & Innovation

  • Key Roles & Responsibility of Today's CFO
  • Managing Organization Change: Vision, Strategy and Prosperity
  • Elements of Successful Teams and Developing Next-Generation Finance Leaders
  • Board Relations, Effective Company Structure, CEO/ CFO Relationship
  • Staying Ahead of Changing Political Climate.
  • How to Promote Innovative Thinking in Finance

III. Strategic Financial Management

  • Today’s CFO: Strategic Responsibilities & Relationship Best Practices with an Active Board
  • Determining the Value of Long Term Costs
  • Using Data to Drive Strategy: FP&A Changing and Tethering to KPI's & metrics
  • Self-service BI vs Value Added Analysis
  • Why Do Most Acquisitions Fail to Achieve a ROI? /Does Staying the Same Mean Falling Behind?
  • Strategies to keep Business Unit/Department Leaders Accountable for Their Results

IV. Banking & Capital Markets Practices

  • Good Banking Relationships: Finding and Improving
  • Risks and Opportunities in Funding Business Operations
  • Impact of Robotic Process Automation and Integration
  • Interest Rate are on the move how to prepare for a changing environment
  • Latest in M&A trends; Preparation for M&A transactions
  • Current Middle Market Lending Environment

V. Governance, Risk Management & Compliance

  • Aligning to Collaborate: CFO's role in Board of Director Meetings
  • Ongoing Cost of Cyber-Security and PCI Compliance
  • Evolving Role of Internal Audit
  • Using strategic Planning as a Tool to Manage Risk
  • 2018 GAAP Revenue Recognition Changes: Lessons Learned for Q1 Reporting
  • Latest Changes in Compliance


If you are interested in speaking on any of the topics above, please contact Jenny Holman - Conference Program Manager for more details at (424) 334-5149 or