People, Processes & The New Work Style ~ Session 2
CFO Masterclass Keynote Series co-hosted by CFO Leadership Council & MIT Sloan Executive Education

New work styles have been thrust upon executives.  Executives are challenged to understand how to best advance people engagement and align teams while realizing needed performance.  What to change and where?

Tune in to this unique session where Amrita Ahuja, CFO at Square, Elis Costa, CFO North America at Marsh & McClennan Companies and Rauli Garcia, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Sage Intacct (former CAO & CFO) will share their insights on transitioning successfully to today’s new normal.  This session will be facilitated by John Carrier, Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics at MIT Sloan School of Management. Together they’ll share their views on how to get ahead of these shifts to create adaptive business models, how to lead through change, and understand the new people capabilities needed.  Join in to capture their insights in how to lead successfully through these dynamic changes.

“Work at home has become work anywhere!  Executives are asking: how does this impact how I lead, how business models and supporting infrastructures need to change? And, how lasting are these changes?”
John Gimpert, National Content Director & Chicago Regional Director, CFO Leadership Council 

This 5-day series is complimentary for current CFOLC Premium & Virtual Members as well as CXO NOWTM members. Topics include Effective Leadership Under Urgency, People Processes and the New Work Style, The Changing Customer Journey, Fiscal and Physical Health of the Company, Innovation Redesign and Evolution of IT.  Reserve your spot!

Session 2 ~ People Processes and the New Work Style
Friday May 29th @ 12:00pm-1:30pmET

Keynote Speakers

  • Amrita Ahuja, CFO, Square
  • Elis Costa, CFO North America, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • John Carrier, Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Rauli Garcia, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Sage Intacct (Former CFO & CAO)

Up for discussion:

  • Work from home, work anywhere – understand the broad business implications
  • How today’s new workstyle requires a rethinking of required skill sets
  • Understanding the interplay between workforce location, business models, supply chains & processes
  • Strategies for reinforcing culture, managing expectations and creating workforce engagement
  • Thinking through required changes in facilities and infrastructure

Amrita Ahuja, CFO, Square

Amrita Ahuja served as Square’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2019. She previously spent 8 years at Activision Blizzard in four different roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Vice President, Finance and Operations and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to that, she was a Director of Business Development at Fox Networks Group, served in Strategic Planning at The Walt Disney Company and Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Duke University.



Elis Costa, CFO North America, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Elis joined Marsh in 2017 from Unilever, where she served as CFO for North America.
In her more than 25 years of experience in corporations including Unilever and Cargill Inc., Elis developed a diverse skill set across various financial disciplines, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting.   Previously, Elis has held finance leadership roles in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She earned a BA in business administration from Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Brazil, and an executive MBA from the University of Toronto.  Elis is currently serving as the New York Chair of Women in Leadership in Latin America (WILL), an organization focused on supporting the advancement of Latin American business women into leadership and executive positions across all industries and sectors.


John Carrier, Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics, MIT Sloan School of Management.

Carrier instructs senior managers on improving manufacturing and business processes and serves as an on-site coach in support of projects. His research focuses on strategic marketing and new business development in high technology, specialty chemicals, and service segments. Carrier has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of corporate, entrepreneurial, and consulting environments. Since 2006, he has worked with Arsenal Capital Partners as director of Six Sigma, where he is responsible for increasing portfolio company valuation by adapting and applying Six Sigma techniques to midsize companies. Carrier also handles due diligence, post-merger integrations, and financial analysis and improvement. Prior to joining Arsenal Capital Partners, he was employed by Grace Construction Products; Bain & Company, Inc.; and SuperCool LLC.   Carrier holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Rauli Garcia, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Sage Intacct, Former CFO & CAO

Rauli Garcia has more than 25 years of finance, sales and marketing experience at nonprofits, financial services and software companies.  At Sage Intacct, Rauli is the VP of Strategic Marketing and oversees Marketing Operations, Digital Marketing, and the Website.  Before joining Sage Intacct, Rauli was the Chief Revenue Office for AcctTwo Shared Services, a company that delivers the future of Finance and Accounting for small and medium businesses.  There he lead Marketing, Sales, and Customer Success.  Before that he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations with budgets ranging from $20M to $65M. Those organizations include The Houston, Zoo, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Houston Symphony, and The Houston Grand Opera.  Rauli has also worked in the Financial Services in many roles for Charles Schwab, and Investment Advisor Paul Comstock Partners, and has an MBA from Rice University.


What CFOLC Members Are Saying…

This series is complimentary for current CFOLC Premium, CFOLC Virtual Members & CXO NOW Members.  Tickets also available for non-members. Reserve your spot here.  Not a member?  CFOLC welcomes CFOs or those who are on the path to become one.  Join & this series is free.  Learn about membership here.

“My CFOLC network is invaluable to me and it just keeps getting better.”
Jim Foster, VP of Finance & Accounting, Wholesale Carrier Services, Inc., CFOLC Steering Committee Member, South Florida Chapter

“I can’t remember the last time I felt I received as much value from an organization as I have from CFOLC. I’ve been impressed with the quality and relevance of CFOLC programming and look forward to this series.”  
Kim Marren, Strategic Financial Leader & Interim CFO, Marren Consulting, CFOLC Member, Chicago Chapter

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About Our Virtual CFO Masterclass Keynote Series

Survive Then Thrive! A first-ever CFO Masterclass Keynote Series CFOLC is co-hosting with MIT Sloan Executive Education! It will be an amazing developmental experience featuring discussions between MIT Faculty and some of the world’s best CFOs. Speakers include CFOs from Covertus, Fanatics, Mass General, Microsoft, Splunk, Staples and more!  Join us for five consecutive Fridays from 12 pm to 1:30 pm EST for an online webinar series where these keynote-level CFOs and dignitaries keynote speakers will provide insight into how to navigate these turbulent times.

This series is complimentary for current CFOLC Premium, Virtual Members & CXO NOWTM Members.  Tickets also available for non-members. Reserve your spot here.

And stay tuned for details on our upcoming CFO Masterclass Academy, a virtual series of Ask The Expert roundtable discussions coming in June.  They’re being produced by the CFOLC & hosted by subject matter experts.

About The CFO Leadership Council

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