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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
AFP of Canada Board Member Profile: Winston Cummins
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Winston Cummins, Director, Operational Accounting for lululemon athletica, spent most of his early life in the South African port city of Durban before moving halfway around the world to Vancouver, Canada in 1994. Cummins loves numbers and said he was drawn to a career in finance from the beginning.
Oct 10, 2013
CFO Coach: The Importance of Cover Letters
Not every recruiter or HR person reads cover
letters. But what about those who do? Is it not generally the rule in
life that it is better to provide something not needed or wanted than to
not have something available that might be a deal-breaker?
Oct 04, 2013
September 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, we look at the new AFP Advisors Network, the latest benefit offered to AFP members. The network recruits and hires AFP members, and then matches them with organizations in need of their expertise.
Sep 26, 2013
Executive Institute Focuses on Leading a World-Class Treasury Team
The CTC Executive Institute at the AFP Annual Conference allows executive level corporate practitioners to have meaningful discussions and exchange strategic information on key issues and topics. Sponsored for the fifth year by PNC, the 2013 Executive Institute focuses on leading a world class treasury team.
Sep 22, 2013
CFO Coach: The Finance Chief Churn
The better the economy, the higher the finance chief churn. When the economy is volatile, CFOs and finance leaders hunker down to guide the company through the chaos. When the economy begins to improve, those top-notch candidates raise their heads and assess what that next move might entail.
Sep 20, 2013
AFP Board Member Profile: Katria Kowal, CTP
Katria N. Kowal, CTP joined AFP in 2001. She has held numerous positions within the organization, including the board of directors, the finance committee, 2012 AFP Pinnacle Award Judge, and 2012 AFP Annual Conference Program Planning Task Force member.
Sep 20, 2013
Five Ways IT Staff Can Better Support Finance
IT can be a valuable ally to finance as long as everyone is on the same page. Dave Cherry, former assistant vice president, Finance IT at Nationwide Insurance, recently explained how IT can effectively support the finance function.
Sep 18, 2013
AFP Advisors Network Pairs Members for Consulting Projects
The AFP Advisors Network recruits and hires AFP members and then matches them with organizations in need of their treasury and finance expertise. The Advisors can work as a short-term sounding board or on a long-term project—whatever the organization needs.
Sep 12, 2013
CTC Best Practices: World-Class Treasury and Finance
In the post-crisis environment, treasurers find themselves with more visibility and responsibility than ever before. Recognizing this, AFP’s Corporate Treasurers Council has released World-Class Treasury and Finance: Thoughts and Best Practices from the CTC, featuring insights from some of the finest leaders in society.
Sep 03, 2013
Study: More CFO Optimism about the Economy
CFOs are more optimistic about the economy than they’ve been in the past five years, according to a new survey. CFOs rate the U.S. economy a 58 on a 100-point scale, an increase of nine points from five months ago and the highest since 2008. Ratings for the global economy also improved six points to a 51.
Aug 23, 2013
August 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, registration opened for the FP&A certification beta exam. Candidates must meet the educational and experience requirements before earning the credential, but can take the exam before meeting that criteria. The test taking window runs February 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014. Also this month, Futures in Finance speaks with several practitioners about the expanded role of treasury today.
Aug 22, 2013
Survey: CFOs Planning to Hire More
Economic optimism is improving among CFOs, prompting them to hire more employees, according to a new survey. Fully 61 percent of CFOs plan to hire within the next six months, while employee compensation is expected to increase 3.5 percent.
Aug 21, 2013
Treasury’s Expanded Role Today
While it is common knowledge that treasurers gained more of a voice with the C-suite following the 2008 financial crisis, some practitioners feel that voice has diminished to an extent. At the recent event, AFP spoke with three practitioners on the expanded role of treasury today.
Aug 19, 2013
For Finance Execs: 5 LinkedIn Tips to Attract Recruiters
It is essential to create a compelling, value-oriented LinkedIn profile in order to stand out and stand strong. Here are five critically important aspects of your profile that you can focus on to attract recruiters.
Aug 09, 2013
CFO Pay Outpacing CEO Pay
Pay for chief financial officers is outpacing compensation for chief executive officers, according to a new study. While total compensation growth has gotten slower over the past three years, CFOs have seen higher pay increases than their bosses.
Aug 07, 2013
AFP Board Member Profile: June Johnson, CTP
June M. Johnson, CTP, director of finance and treasurer at Z Capital Partners, LLC, knew early on that a career with numbers was right for her. She survived two corporate bankruptcies, navigating events that she cites as her signature professional accomplishments, and the ones that defined her later career.
Jul 31, 2013