The CFOLC Emerging Leaders Program


Created by the CFO Leadership Council, the Emerging Leaders program recognizes, honors, and mentors budding financial professionals who have potential to become “Rockstar CFOs.”  This is a member-driven initiative, as many of the veteran members of the Council have expressed a desire to share the benefits of their wisdom and experience with the next generation of CFOs.


Recipients of this award are early-career finance and accounting professionals including:  Controllers, VPs of Finance, and newly minted CFOs, as well as other financial professionals who have similar responsibilities.

*Current & former members of the CFO Leadership Council are NOT eligible for nomination.


Steering Committee members, Sponsors, and employees of the CFO Leadership Council are encouraged to nominate candidates within their professional network.


The Emerging Leadership team reviews each nomination to assess the candidate’s commitment to growth, potential for advancement, ability to put learning into practice, and their commitment to community service.

This program will enable us to fulfill our mission of Empowering CFOs, while also helping you to strengthen relationships with these future leaders.  We are confident that this program will develop a wealth of financial leaders who possess the strategic, leadership and technical skills needed to successfully lead their organizations.

Jack McCullough

Founder & President, The CFO Leadership Council


Honorees Receive:

Membership in the Emerging Leader Mentorship Community where the honoree with be matched with an experienced CFO mentor-volunteer who will help further develop their financial leadership skills

One- year premium membership to the CFO Leadership Council, including access to all local and national chapter events, webcasts, and access to CFO Connect—a member’s only community

Complimentary admission to the 2-day CFO Leadership Council Annual Conference in May 2020

“Emerging Leader Community Conversations,” a monthly training call with fellow honorees and mentors which focuses on issues that rising CFOs are likely to encounter during their career

Have a Leader in Mind?

Rules for Entry: 


New members only (not existing or lapsed CFOLC members)


Only current Steering Committee Members and Sponsors are eligible to nominate candidates


Only finance leaders that qualify for CFOLC membership will qualify for this award

Interested in learning more? Contact Pamela Franklin.


Pamela Franklin

Emerging Leader & Mentor Program Director | Pacific Northwest Marketing & Events Director, The CFO Leadership Council


Current Honorees:

Alexander KoolDirector of Financial Planning & Analysis, ITG Brands
Alexis ForestHead of Finance, Lingo Live
Alliah MohamedDirector of Accounting Operations, DonorsChoose
Amber Kaipaka-McMannisDirector of Finance & Operations, Society Nine
Anjeza GijinoVP of Finance, Cyclerion
Anna KaminskyVP Finance & Accounting, Hotel Engine
Beth DamisCFO, Penny Arcade, Inc.
Brian KatzVice President, Finance, Acceptance Insurance
Brian SylvesterCFO, Bullhorn
Dan HopkinsVP, Finance, Soofa, Inc.
David FreerCFO, Reach Production Solutions
Dawn BeckCFO, Shoreline Community College
Destiny HiltyDirector of Finance, Eleven 11 Solutions
Elliott FisherDirector of Finance & Business Operations, Square Roots
Evan MacedoVice President-Finance & Operations, Sapers & Wallack, Inc.
Gail FeederVice President/Controller, Tinuum
Greg SpacekCFO, Shepherd Electric
Isaac RoCFO, Thrive Earlier Detection Corp.
James WymanCo-founder & CFO, Pillo Health
Jason BrownVice President of Finance, Karuna Therapeutics
Jeff ThelenHead of Finance/CFO, Santeen
Jennifer VelocitasCFO, Advanced Locking Solutions, Inc.
John PfeisterHead of Finance, SmartShoot
John WrightSenior Manager, Americas Acconting, Bain & Company
Jonathan PlacaDirector of Financial Operations, Billd
Jun “Tracy” YuanGlobal Corporate Controller and VP of Finance, DKT International Inc
Kacia HicksController, Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Katie SlatteryGlobal Corporate Controller Zume
Kelly Brasil SantiagoVP- Corporate FP&A and M&A Valuation, Equifax
Kelly MahoneyCFO, Health Advances
Kyle NielsonVP of Finance, Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc.
Lisa BurkeController, Catalant Technologies
Marcy AkardFinancial Controller, Leanplum
Martin MackController, La Colombe
Megan YeomansSVP, Finance & Global Planning, Lee Hecht Harrison
Melissa HermanCFO, Wellframe
Mike LeSantoController, The Predictive Index
Myisha HoyleController, Dry-Pro Basement Systems
Nicole AyotteController, NewStore, Inc.
Peter ChrobakController, Smith Turf & Irrigation
Priya JainChief Accounting Officer, Sitecore
Rebecca SinghavongVice President of Finance, ViON Corporation
Samuel RectorController, M/C Partners
Sarah DavisFinance Leader, Delta Mold
Wanda ForrestCFO, Transformational Security