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On the 2018 AFP Executive Institute Agenda: Fintech Disruption, Crisis Communications

The two-day event, sponsored by PNC Bank, and part of AFP 2018, features communications expert Judy Smith, negotiations authority Dan Shapiro, plus leaders from IBM, PNC and more.

Aug. 15, 2018 -- Bethesda, Md. -- To help corporate treasurers and chief financial officers plan and prepare for technological disruption and possible crises that come from sudden change, the 2018 AFP Executive Institute will take place November 5-6 in Chicago.

The 2018 AFP Executive Institute is part of AFP 2018, November 4-7, and is sponsored by PNC Bank. Any press queries or for a complimentary press pass, please contact Melissa Rawak at mrawak@afponline.org.

Crisis communications expert Judy Smith will open the Executive Institute with a keynote titled, “Crisis 101: An Executive Perspective on Surviving & Thriving in an Era of Perpetual Crisis.” In her session, Smith, one of the nation’s top crisis experts, outlines the best practices in crisis management she has gleaned from over 25 years of experience on the frontlines of many of the most high-profile crises and scandals around the world.

On Day 2 world-renowned negotiator, Dr. Dan Shapiro, will give a session titled, “Communicating Like a Negotiator.” Drawing on his groundbreaking research on what motivates people to be better negotiators, Shapiro will discuss how to approach tough negotiations, and review the hidden forces that often lead to an impasse as well as present a practical method to overcome them.

“It’s never been more important for treasury and finance leaders to possess strategic communications expertise and a firm grasp of technology,” said AFP President and Chief Executive, Jim Kaitz. “Change is occurring faster than ever, while crises arise in an instant. The 2018 Executive Institute agenda is designed to help attendees meet these specific challenges.”

Other AFP Executive Institute sessions include:

  • LIBOR: The World’s Biggest Number in Transition. Thomas Hunt, CTP, Director, Treasury Services, Association for Financial Professionals; Ann Battle, Assistant General Counsel, International Swaps And Derivatives Association; Jennifer Earyes, Director, Treasury Risk, Navient; Ming Lee, Principal, Oliver Wyman; Mack Makode, VP, Treasurer, Under Armour.
  • Beyond Bitcoin: Technology Behind the Hype. Chris Church, Chief Business Development Officer, Digital Asset; Shahram Ebadollahi, PhD, MBA, Vice President, Innovation & Solution Incubation, IBM; and Christopher Ward, EVP, Head of Treasury Management Product, PNC Bank.
  • 21st Century Treasury Mindset. Sassan C. Parandeh, CTP, Global Treasurer, ChildFund International.

“As fintech rapidly advances our business, it is critical that we employ open and honest communication in real time with clients, no matter the situation,” said James Graham, head of Treasury Management at PNC Bank. “The AFP Executive Institute is combining critical topics to educate how to adapt to new environments, while successfully navigating risks and issues.”

Created exclusively for senior treasury and finance executives, attendance at the AFP Executive Institute is limited to corporate practitioners with the title of treasurer, chief financial officer, vice president of finance, assistant treasurer or controller. Reserve your seat by registering for the AFP Annual Conference and selecting the AFP Executive Institute. Register by September 28 for additional savings.

About AFP®
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society committed to advancing the success of its members and their organizations. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. Each year, AFP hosts the largest networking conference worldwide for over 6,500 corporate finance professionals.

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