Sunday, May 6

3:30-5 p.m.

Kick-Off Keynote
Scouting Report: Assembling and Retaining Top Talent
Sourcing and retaining top talent is a constant challenge facing treasury and finance executives. From identifying what skills you should hire for vs train, to the key traits you should look for in a new employee, acquiring the best talent for your team is a stressful proposition. Furthermore, as a leader, how do you foster an environment that provides these individuals room to grow and retains them for the foreseeable future? Having been in both finance leadership and talent acquisition roles, Nicole Meyer brings a unique perspective to help executives address these critical issues. Join us for a lively discussion that brings attendees together to learn as well as share proven strategies for ensuring you get and keep the talent needed to ensure your organization’s success.

Nicole Meyer
Founder & Managing Partner
The Meyer Partnership

Monday, May 7

8-9 a.m.

General Session
Tax Reform and What it Means for Treasurers
The Tax Reform Reconciliation Act (“TRRA”) is one of the most significant regulatory changes in recent memory, potentially impacting everything from capital allocation and funding strategies to liquidity management practices. A panel of industry experts focuses on what senior leaders need to know to make them proactive change agents to position their organizations for success. Discussion includes an overview of the key aspects of this regulatory change impacting treasury strategies to best position your team for success.

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session Breakouts

Fintech and Treasury: A Match Made in Heaven?
Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and other advances in fintech have the power to revolutionize and disrupt treasury teams. In this discussion, attendees will review the underlying technologies and capabilities impacting the treasury space. Additionally, use cases and advanced proofs of concepts in these new and emerging fields of technology are highlighted, focusing on the long term impact they have on treasury practice.

Trends in Employee Wealth Management
Defined Benefit Plans are benefiting greatly from the recent rise in equity markets. To date, much of a Treasurer’s focus has been on the unfunded status. Now that pendulum is swinging towards funded status, what does this mean for those that still have these plans to manage? An expert panel of treasury professionals offer their perspectives and insights to provide attendees guidance to best manage into what is a good outcome and direction for their respective employees’ wealth management situations.

They Say You Have Potential, So What?
Having potential is not enough to ensure long term career success in the treasury and finance space. While many organizations have treasury and finance departments, how those groups operate varies greatly. In a discussion designed for sponsored attendees as part of BreakThrough Treasury & Finance’s Executive Mentorship Program, attendees discuss their career channels, mentorship opportunities, and paths for careers within their organizations, but also within the treasury and finance field as a whole. Learn from your peers on how best to place yourself for success in your organization.

11:15-12:15 p.m.

Session Breakouts

Setting a Faster Payments Strategy
In light of Same Day ACH for debits/credits, Clearing House RTP Rail, Federal Reserve’s Faster Payment Initiative, and Swift’s GPI, treasury leaders are being presented with a complex challenge with multiple avenues for success. An expert panel reviews what treasury departments need to know and the steps needed to develop a successful strategy that incorporates these initiatives into their businesses. Discussion includes highlights of the opportunities that exist in this space as well as the challenges that leaders can expect to face when developing their faster payments strategy.

Investments and Capital Markets
While money fund reform is becoming a distant memory, many, including the Federal Reserve, are forecasting a rising interest rate environment. What does this mean to your organization’s investment portfolio and in the light of tax reform, how does it impact your weighted average cost of capital? Additionally, with many organizations planning cash repatriation, how will these funds be put to use? This interactive discussion brings attendees together to talk through these and other issues relating to their organizations investment and capital market strategies. 

The Pace of Change: Leadership’s Change Management Challenge
For the evolving roles of treasury and finance leaders, change may be one of the few remaining constants. The ability for organizations to effectively manage change efforts has a direct effect on its ability to drive growth and survive disruption. This interactive discussion provides attendees proven leadership tactics from senior leaders that successfully led projects that bring dynamic change, deliver fantastic results and engage their teams. Additionally, facilitators share their stories of change management success and failure and how they overcame the challenges greatest challenges in their organizations.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Session Breakouts

Understanding the Treasury Technology Landscape
Treasury Technology is a dynamic industry. With much of technology moving to client lite versions, the need for IT support is more limited internally, but places a great burden on the department managing that technology to work with their technology partner more and more. This session provides attendees with an update on the trends impacting middle ware technologies along with a review of some of the fintech players to move into the treasury and finance space.

What’s New in Hedging FX?
Senior leaders have long been challenged with managing local currency exposures on various levels in their organizations. An expert panel discusses the nuances of foreign exchange exposure and the impact of recent regulatory changes. Additionally, discussion includes strategies for how best to approach hedging procedures in terms of overall risk exposure and how to incorporate cutting edge technologies to execute a more efficient hedging strategy.

Partnering for Success: Bringing Treasury and FP&A Together
For many organizations, treasury is often an extension of FP&A in terms of the data shared for reporting, forecasting and reviewing actuals. When it comes time for the annual planning process, does your organization’s processes strengthen or weaken this relationship? Attendees come together in this interactive discussion to share their best practices for building a successful partnership between treasury and FP&A. Additional shared insights include a discussion on centralized duties in treasury to be shared with FP&A and how these are managed across various organizations.

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Heart of Innovation: Building High Performing Teams
Weaving narratives and examples from her research and work, Sarah Levitt leads an interactive, program that highlights the fundamental elements of what leaders can do every day to drive a climate of innovation and create high performing teams and organizations. Using examples across multiple industries, she identifies the essential elements most conducive to high performance and innovation; the connection between leadership and maintaining a competitive, innovative market edge; and how leaders can sustain themselves and pull others along with them.

Sarah Levitt
Magnificent Leadership

Tuesday, May 8

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Session Breakouts

The Geopolitical Risk Challenge
Geopolitical risk is one of the greatest risks we currently facing organizations and the underlying business in the markets companies serves. While much of this impacts the opportunity for top-line growth, how do you manage and mitigate this risk to be prudent in your process? Discussion includes the various risks across the globe potentially impacting your organization and what you can do to prepare for what lies ahead.

Treasury Transformations: Not All Are Equal
Treasury Transformation means many different things. For some it’s a radical restructuring of their department, reporting chains, company structures, etc. For others it’s the investment and implementation of technology that will significantly move the needle for the organization. Whatever the case, hear and learn from an expert panel as their share their insights and experiences on how they overcame the challenges of leading transformation projects within their organizations.

Leading Teams with an Eye on Efficiency
Doing more with less: the mantra of treasury and finance continues. As your role and leadership responsibilities evolve, the balance between managing teams with an efficiency mindset while absorbing a growing number of new responsibilities is becoming increasing difficult. After obvious cost reductions, what are you focusing on to ensure your teams are operating at peak efficiency? From shared service centers to regionalized treasury operations, take part in a lively discussion that focuses on how treasury and finance leaders are successfully navigating this complex issue that is becoming standard for this role.

10-11:15 a.m.

Fintech and the Potential to Revolutionize the Financial Services Sector
Could iOS and Android-based apps challenge the world’s leading financial institutions in the same way that Amazon revolutionized commerce and Uber up-ended the transportation sector? Innovation in the software-based financial technology (Fintech) sector has attracted significant attention because of its clear potential to disrupt existing global financial services models. Rapid technological development that facilitates person-to-person payments, crowdfunded equity investments and smart, self-executing contracts demonstrates that innovations in Fintech truly could revolutionize this sector. This revolution will only occur, however, if this nascent technology overcomes challenges in cybersecurity, digital identity and legal regulation.

Eric Rosenbach provides insight on the trajectory of key technologies driving Fintech innovation, including blockchain, digital identity management and cyber security, while also discussing the current regulatory environment and the avenues for reform to spur Fintech growth.

Eric Rosenbach
Pentagon Chief of Staff (2015-2017)
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security and Homeland Defense (2013-2015)