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Nearly Half Of CFOs Don’t Have A Succession Plan

Planning for Succession "Control your own destiny or someone else will!" ~ Jack Welch Most Say It's Because They're Not Planning to Leave Soon ~ A recent news release submitted by our sponsor Robert Half.   Change management is always a major concern for...

Fast Forward To The Past – Guidance For Your Younger Financial Self

Fast Forward To The Past – Guidance For Your Younger Financial Self Advice from Stuart Pasternak, Toronto Regional Director, CFO Leadership Council As a financial executive, we have been on a long journey and gained many insights.  If you could turn back time and...

Automate or Stagnate, Advice from Lindsey Head, CFOLC San Diego Chapter Co-Chair

Automate or Stagnate, Advice from Lindsey Head, CFOLC San Diego Chapter Co-Chair Stagnation, the dreaded word that no founder wants to hear or experience. Imagine, you have poured your energy and life savings into launching a business. You’ve setup shop, the doors...

Creative Leadership Skills for the Current Climate

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch Being a leader is a commitment. You are charged with guiding and supporting your team through the good times and the bad....

Becoming a Data Driven Finance Leader  

Becoming a Data Driven Finance Leader    Surveys indicate many CFOs are anchored in the role of Historian, one that is backward looking. Today’s dynamic business environment demands CFOs fulfill a much different role -- one that is forward looking, strategic, data...

Leveraging Technology to Power the High Growth Enterprise

Leveraging Technology to Power the High Growth Enterprise Modern, data centered technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics, along with new architectures and subscription models built in the cloud are giving CFOs new fire power and...

Looking for a Mentor?  Try a Peer instead!

  Article by Houston CFOLC member Jeff Martini Mentorship relationships can be immensely valuable.  A sage, experienced mentor bringing up a younger protégé is a time-honored idea that ensures an orderly passage of knowledge across generations. As senior-level executives, it can be challenging to enter into such a relationship, either as the mentor or the protégé.  Not only can it be difficult to find the right counterparty to such a relationship, but the formality of the whole thing and apparent long-term time commitment can all be so intimidating and seemingly insurmountable, that we end up doing nothing at all. So,

The Risks, Rewards, And ROI Of Technology Investments - Opinions From Our Houston Team

With an abundance of technology options available for today’s CFOs, the decision making process can be a challenging one.  So, what is the best approach to finding the right fit? On October 19, our Houston chapter addressed this issue with a program on The Risks, Rewards, And ROI Of Technology Investments.Our expert panelists consisted of: Some of their suggestions and advice included: Develop a detailed overall plan, focusing on communication, resources, hardware, training, and contingency, as well as what can go wrong and how to fix it.  As you pitch new technology, concentrate on cost, implementation, plan of attack, and

Operating A Global Business - Advice From Our Houston Tax Experts

Not able to attend some of our events?  Interested in finding out what you missed?  Let us be your “go to” resource for program highlights and takeaways.  On June 15, The Houston CFO Leadership Council presented Globalization 2.0: The Tax And Financial Implications Of Operating A Global Business.  Focusing on the resulting effects of international taxes, transfer pricing, VAT issues, and base erosion profit sharing, our panelists shared their advice and input on formulating the best global tax strategies.   Our Expert Speakers Were: Here’s What They Advised Us: Document everything, with the understanding that rules are changing constantly.  Get local perspectives

A CFO's Guide To Successful Operational KPI Management - Strategies From Our Houston Team

Not able to attend some of our events?  Interested in finding out what you missed?  Let us be your “go to” resource for program highlights and takeaways.  On May 18, our Houston chapter presented A CFO's Guide To Successful Operational KPI Management, an informative panel discussion focusing not only on selecting, communicating, and monitoring KPIs, but also on resolving conflicting issues.  Our Expert Speakers Were: Here’s What They Advised Us: KPIs are the best indicators of how clients feel, as they catch problems before it’s too late and provide ways to know who is happy and who is not.  KPIs

Meet Jeanene Orlando, Southwest Regional Director

Meet Jeanene Orlando, our Southwest Regional Director and newest team member.  With more than 19 years of business development experience in the financial services and insurance industries, Jeanene recently served as Sales Director for Radius Worldwide, where she focused on the Texas and Louisiana markets, creating brand awareness and educational opportunities for clients on overseas expansion.  Aside from spearheading the marketing efforts of our Houston, Dallas, and Austin chapters, she will help us to achieve our initiatives for growth by ensuring that these areas continue to provide optimal educational and networking resources.     "Jeanene is one of the most tenacious,

A Conversation With Kevin Wright, Finance Director Of SABIC Americas, Inc.

Meet Kevin Wright, Houston Steering Committee member and Finance Director of SABIC Americas, Inc.  As a coach and mentor who believes in taking advantage of all opportunities, Kevin has a wealth of experience, including more than 20 years working for Shell Oil Company and its subsidiaries.  Here are his thoughts about his career and the industry: Describe your career path for us, including your advice along the way for other CFOs interested in this profession. I began my career after graduating college, doing entry level accounting work and trying to figure out how to apply what I learned in school.

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