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Executive Institute: Preparing You to Be a Strategic Partner

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 10/11/2017

The AFP Executive Institute, sponsored by PNC, is where you can talk to your peers about being a strategic partner of your organization and an inspirational leader to your team. Sessions target the specific issues you’re facing, featured speakers offer inspiration you can take back to your team, and networking opportunities give you that valuable face time with your peers.

Attendance to 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.


8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Creative Collaboration Against Global Cyber Threats

The continued and growing threat posed by cybercriminals is a constant reminder of one of the most significant risks that organizations face. Join Deborah Guild, Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for PNC Bank; Gabriel Andrews, Special Agent with the FBI; and Keith Payne, Director of Treasury Services for Rollins Inc.; as they discuss some of the most substantial threats confronting the private sector and law enforcement today. Treasury and finance executives will acquire creative solutions for combating this critical risk, while gaining insight into successful strategies currently being deployed.

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Preparing the Treasury and Finance Organization for the Onslaught of Disruptive Technology

We are rapidly approaching the intersection of new technologies, an evolving finance workforce and an increasingly dynamic workplace. The integration of advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics and innovative technologies are driving disruption that treasury and finance executives can’t avoid. From human capital to decision making, the impact is real and it's coming. In this expert panel, Jim Kaitz, President and CEO of AFP; Laurens Tijdhof, Partner with Zanders; Jean Furter, Vice President and Treasurer of Brocade Communications; and Julia Kirby, Senior Editor of the Harvard University Press; discuss the importance for all corporate treasury and finance organizations to assess the impact of these and other disruptive changes to the finance function, how to develop an appropriate strategy, and create a human capital roadmap for survival.

Tuesday Luncheon

12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines

Continuing with the technology theme, author Julia Kirby will close the Executive Institute with a speech on reframing the conversation about automation. She argues that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine—it’s both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitors, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving. In an era where smart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans, Kirby answers the question, “How will treasury and finance executives need to adapt for the coming disruption?”

As your career evolves, your responsibilities grow significantly. The sessions at this year’s Executive Institute, as well as the networking opportunities it presents, will help you navigate those challenges. Senior-level corporate practitioners can’t afford to miss it. Learn more here.

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