AFP Treasury & Finance Weekly
October 2013  |

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 also provide you with a rundown of AFP's impressive track of FP&A sessions. Also this month, we hear from two members of Vanguard's Fund Treasury Services management team that recently earned their Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation, we profile AFP of Canada Board Member Winston Cummins of lululemon athletica, CFO Coach Cindy Kraft discusses the importance of cover letters, and we review some best practices for leading a successful FP&A team. -- Andrew Deichler, Editor

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.
The financial planning and analysis focus continues to grow at the AFP Annual Conference. Besides four pre-conference workshops and 17 conference sessions, there is a reception for FP&A professionals and a luncheon as well.
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.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Winston Cummins 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. Along the way he cycled across South Africa and even sailed across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.
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?
Recent research found that 79 percent of FP&A teams fail to consistently deliver meaningful insights about the business, creating the perception that finance is not yet the trusted advisor the business needs. This challenge has two significant root causes.
  If you are interested finding out more about how AFP can help you and your staff achieve professional development and continuing education goals through our on-site training programs, please contact us at Katherine Bannon or 301.961.8627.

Vice President of Treasury

Banner Health - Phoenix, AZ

October 24, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

November 5-7, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

November 12 & 14, 2013
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


Futures in Finance is a monthly publication of the AFP Global Network. It brings you the latest in professional development topics, including interview tips, resume development, job statistics, training ideas, hints on moving up the corporate ladder -- all geared toward the finance profession. You are receiving this e-mail because you have elected to subscribe.
Andrew Deichler
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