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The Treasury Career Path
Following the financial crisis, the treasury role has been elevated to a higher profile in many organizations. Tighter regulatory measures from the banks have led to challenges in obtaining funding for businesses. Hence the priority role of a treasury professional—funds management and cash flow—has been heightened to a business critical function.
Mar 04, 2014
Molding Talent in Treasury
The members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) met last week in Washington, D.C. Members discussed developing and retaining talent, which has been popular topic of discussion among many treasury and finance professionals at recent events like the AFP Annual Conference and the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum.
Mar 03, 2014
Attracting and Retaining Treasury Staff in a Time of Uncertainty
Several factors are contributing to the current state of uncertainty in the U.S. economy. How can corporates navigate those challenges as they attempt to develop and maintain an effective treasury staff?
Feb 28, 2014
February 2014 Futures in Finance
The month, we take a look at the Corporate Treasury Council's new guide, Attracting and Retaining Talent. Sponsored by Reval, and part of the CTC's Leadership in Treasury series, the guide delves deep into the unique challenges treasurers face in talent management, including practical examples from eight companies in different industries. Also this month, we look at preparing for the FP&A Exam, the characteristics of an optimized close, and more.
Feb 27, 2014
Considering Consulting? Know Your Value
There are many factors financial professionals must consider before making the move to consulting. Before you begin, you should define who you are as an independent consultant, and ensure that there is a need in the market.
Feb 26, 2014
CFO Coach: All Upgrades Are Not Created Equal
Upgrade has become a relative term when speaking about social media platforms. And venues like LinkedIn and Facebook come immediately to mind whenever “social media” and “upgrade” are used in the same sentence. And maybe you’ve even noticed that the word upgrade is often a misnomer, since many of them only seem to ratchet up the level of frustration of users.
Feb 21, 2014
CTC Releases New Guide on Attracting and Retaining Talent
Recruiting and developing top talent has never been more important. Nowhere is the challenge more pressing than in treasury groups, according to the treasurers interviewed for the new CTC Guide, Leadership in Treasury: Attracting and Retaining Talent, underwritten by Reval.
Feb 05, 2014
Social Media Tips: Building Your Professional Brand
Social media is a critical tool in today’s job market. If used correctly, sites like LinkedIn and Twitter can help any active or passive jobseeker advance in their career. In a recent webinar, the AFP Advisors Network provided treasury and finance professionals with some important tips on how they can make the most out of social media.
Jan 29, 2014
Considering Consulting? Look Before You Leap
Making the transition from a full-time employee to an independent consultant is a major risk for any financial professional. But independent consulting also has the potential to be professionally and financially rewarding.
Jan 29, 2014
CFO Coach: A Good Third-Party Assessment
Every sport has a coach that serves as a neutral third-party assessor who can see what the player on the field cannot see. It is the same for a job search candidate. A good, neutral third-party assessment is an excellent idea if you truly want to be effective.
Jan 28, 2014
AFP Board Member Profile: Adrienne Urban, CTP
Adrienne Urban, CTP, vice president and treasurer, World Fuel Services Corporation, has been a member of AFP since 1997. Urban has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010, serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Ethics Special Committee.
Jan 17, 2014
Crucial Conversations Define Financial Professionals’ Careers
The Crucial Conversations in Finance Survey, produced by AFP and VitalSmarts, features 101 insights from financial professionals describing how they handled sensitive or critical situations at their organizations. These insights reveal a clear pattern for success and dialogue skills that can help any financial professional can use in a defining moment.
Jan 08, 2014
Looking for a Finance Job in 2014? Try FP&A
Many organizations are planning to expand payrolls next year, but few are expected to add more positions to treasury and finance. Which begs the question: Are there any areas where companies will add positions?
Dec 24, 2013
December 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, we look ahead to 2014 and the opportunities it presents for
treasury and finance professionals. The recently released AFP Business
Outlook Survey revealed that while many companies are expected to add
jobs in 2014, most treasury and finance departments are expected to
remain status quo.
Dec 20, 2013
CFO Coach: What to Expect in 2014
The end of the year is about to become a memory as we speed into 2014. From a career perspective, 2013 has been challenging for many finance executives on the hunt for new opportunities. What can we expect in 2014? Probably more of the same.
Dec 19, 2013
Weddle: The Employer’s Holiday Wish List
Wish lists are big this time of year, not only among kids and parents, but among employers, as well. Organizations are looking ahead to 2014 and hoping they'll find just the right kind of talent to meet or exceed their business goals. Knowing what's on those wish lists, therefore, is a critical component of any successful job search.
Dec 13, 2013
AFP Board Member Profile: Joan Piscitello, CTP
It is always rewarding to find oneself in the perfect job. For Joan Piscitello, CTP, Treasurer at Iowa State University, the perfect job came looking for her.
Dec 12, 2013
November 2013 - Futures in Finance
This month, we present our coverage of the 2013 AFP Annual Conference in
Las Vegas. We recap sessions from this year's Executive Institute,
including a panel discussion on what makes a "world class" treasury
team, and a speech by ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer on why
it is important for organizations to focus on their people. We also
review General Colin Powell's keynote address on leadership, and bring
you an exclusive video interview with former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair
on how she turned the FDIC into one of the best places in government to
work. Also, CFO Coach Cindy Kraft compares the value of experience
versus impact, and Peter Weddle presents a different way to network
Nov 27, 2013
Weddle: Online Networking is Not Working
Online networking is now all the rage. It’s being used by seasoned professionals and by those just entering the workforce, by senior level executives and hourly workers and all too often, they’re coming away empty-handed. Why?
Nov 22, 2013
Developing a World Class Treasury Team
The central theme of the CTC Executive Institute at the 2013 AFP Annual Conference was leading a world class treasury team. In a panel session, practitioners discussed what it takes to develop such a treasury function, including the people, structures and systems.
Nov 22, 2013
ESPN Chairman to Finance Pros: Focus on Your People
George Bodenheimer, executive chairman for ESPN, opened the CTC Executive Institute Monday with a discussion on how to build a great organization. According to Bodenheimer, three key tenets separate the best organizations from the rest of the pack: mission, brand and culture.
Oct 29, 2013
Gen. Colin Powell Reflects on Life, Leadership at AFP 2013
Treasury and finance professionals gathered at the Opening General Session of the 2013 AFP Annual Conference Sunday to hear a keynote address by General Colin L. Powell. Gen. Powell discussed his perspective on leadership, and shared his thoughts on some of the most pertinent issues today, such as the political gridlock in Washington and healthcare.
Oct 28, 2013
October 2013 Futures in Finance
October 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, we provide you with a preview of next week's AFP Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Treasury and finance professionals looking to work their way up the ladder will want to attend some sessions on the Career Development track. We
Oct 25, 2013
Career Development at the 2013 AFP Annual Conference
The 2013 AFP Annual Conference features a career development track consisting of a three-day CTP Exam Review and 12 educational sessions. Additionally, don’t miss the Opening General Session on Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in which General Colin Powell will discuss the lessons he has learned throughout his exemplary career.
Oct 23, 2013
Treasury Pros Extol the Value of the CTP
Vanguard’s Fund Treasury Services department provides services to the company’s lineup of more than 180 mutual funds, ETFs and other products. Two members of the management team earned their CTP designation and found that the knowledge they gained was highly valuable in helping them perform their daily roles.
Oct 16, 2013