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AFP 2014: 20 Sessions to Bolster Your Career

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 10/22/2014
The 2014 AFP Annual Conference takes place November 2-5 in Washington, D.C. The biggest event in treasury and finance boasts an impressive lineup of sessions on its career development track.

SUNDAY

Pre-Conference Seminar: Effective Communication Skills for Financial Professionals
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Communication skills are vital to a financial professional’s business success. This session provides strategies and tools you can apply immediately in your organization, including how to create a communication skills development plan.

MONDAY

Innovative Ideas
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

In this session, Ori Brafman, the author of The Chaos Imperative (2013), shows how even the best and most efficient organizations benefit from allowing a little unstructured space and disruption.  Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Brafman reveals dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives.  

The Reality Based Rules of the Workplace:  Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier at Work
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Every employee needs to understand how they are evaluated.  Your annual performance review does not tell the whole story.  Learn how to calculate your valuation to your organization.  

The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  

Former Lieutenant Jason Redman, who spent 11 years enlisted as a Navy SEAL, gives a highly-charged account of his combat missions in Iraq and his miraculous recovery from wounds that might have killed him. Hear Lt. Redman speak about his experiences in Columbia, Peru, Afghanistan and Iraq, and his motivational story of how he struggled to find the balance between bravery and bravado, survived a near-death experience, and his subsequent recovery.

How to Present with Confidence and Clout
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  
 
Whether you need to speak informally with senior management or give a presentation to the board, this practical session shows you how to create a clear message for any audience. Learn how to focus your content, connect with the audience, make your statistics memorable and speak with authority.

Rewriting an Impactful Resume for the Financial Professional:  One Year Later
10:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.    

This session examines how to build a resume. It starts with some fundamental data, layered with metrics to illustrate success and finishes with unique experiences and skills that differentiate you from the rest. The hiring market is still buoyant and now is the time to work on your resume.

120 Years in Treasury Management
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  
       
Four successful female treasury professionals who began their careers at a mid-western super regional bank reflect on what worked, what surprises they experienced, what obstacles they overcame, what specialties they acquired, how they 'leaned in' and when they chose 'alternate work arrangements' share how they stayed current and influential spanning 30+ years.

Presenting to the Board of Directors: What They Want (and Don’t Want)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
     
This presentation provides attendees with what the board is most interested in gaining (as well as what they would prefer to avoid) from the finance team responsible for financial planning and analysis. Learn what is most (and least) helpful, what leaves the most (and least) favorable impact, and what they really want to learn.

Why the Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional Credential?
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In 2013, AFP launched the first global certification for the corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A) profession. By standardizing global performance competencies, FP&A professionals who earn the certification are recognized for their understanding of complex processes, tools and best practices, and therefore well-positioned to add value to the strategic business decision process at companies, no matter where they are located.  Learn about study preparation options and get insights into the knowledge, skills and abilities that are tested on the exam.

Social Media, Netiquette, and Virtual Identity in the Workplace
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Can social media help you land a new job or client? Or will it just get you in trouble? Anna Akbari, a sociologist who studies our relationships with technology and its social significance, breaks down the dos and don’ts of social media in the business world and clears up common misunderstandings.  

TUESDAY

(Human) Capital Raising:  Developing Exceptional Teams
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

One of the most important marks of a leader is the ability to create and build exceptional teams. Learn practical tools to improve underperforming teams and transform them into the envy of your peers. Get the best out of people, and hire the candidates that are going to propel you to the next level. Led by a CFO and HR executive, you will learn how to turn ordinary people into extraordinary, to help not only their career but your own.

Influence ANY Outcome: Using Neuroscience to Boost Engagement, Innovation, Accountability
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Now more than ever finance executives need to be able to influence outcomes. In this session you’ll learn potent neuroscience techniques for getting buy-in, agreement and even enduring loyalty from anyone. Results will include learning how to increase team member emotional engagement, loyalty, sense of urgency and ownership-focus; taking collaborative actions faster; and improving your relationship with humans in general!

Why the Certified Treasury Professional Credential?
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  
 
AFP’s Certified Treasury Professional certification signifies your mastery of a rigorous body of treasury, cash and risk management knowledge and is viewed by employers as a best practice for finance departments.  Hear practitioners discuss why they chose to earn the CTP, how they prepared for the exam and some benefits of holding the credential.  Employers will discuss why they encourage their staffs to pursue the designation.

Seven Essential Skills for Today's Finance Professional
10:30 a.m.    – 11:45 a.m.   
   
Aspiring CFOs must not only have the traditional skill sets, but must now also have operations orientation, influencing and persuasion skills, a strategic mindset, the willingness to collaborate, and an understanding of risk and governance. This session looks at communication and some of the key tools you must utilize to succeed.

Negotiation Secrets from a Former FBI Hostage Negotiator
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.     

Chris Voss, former NYC FBI Lead Crisis Negotiator, former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator and owner of The Black Swan Group, helps improve your negotiation skills. His program is based on applying the lessons of hostage and kidnapping negotiation to the business world.

Crucial Conversations in Finance
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

This session shows treasury and finance professionals how to recognize the warning signs of an oncoming crisis, create a defining moment, and then make their mark.  David Maxfield the VP of Research at VitalSmarts discusses findings of his organization's recent survey of AFP members regarding crisis leadership.  

After Hello: The Business Woman’s Networking Dilemma
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    

Effective networking for women in business has always been integral to a successful professional trajectory. This panel session, led by a Treasury industry specialist and comprised of leading business women in the financial industry, explores proven networking techniques for women in today’s marketplace.

WEDNESDAY

Minding the Gap: Attract and Retain Talent
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     
   
By the year 2020, U.S. businesses will not just have an age gap, but a critical talent gap. Companies must be dedicated to attracting, motivating and retaining the most talented individuals for the most influential roles. In this engaging session, discuss the leading strategies to attract and retain top talent in the financial industry.

Project Management for Treasury and Finance Professionals
8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    

Due to increasingly constrained resources, treasury and finance professionals are asked to step out of their firm’s traditional roles to serve as project managers. In this interactive session attendees learn how to manage a project from beginning to end.

Reestablishing Your Personal Brand
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   

A personal brand is what distinguishes you in your career. If you change jobs, how do you reset your personal brand in a new organizational structure? How do you redefine your target audience? What do you need to do to regain your personal brand power? This session shares best practices to answer these questions.





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