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Live On The MIT Campus!

The MIT Sloan School of Management has developed a high-impact program exclusively for the members of CFO Leadership Council.  MIT, world-renowned as the intersection of finance, leadership, strategy and innovation brings this high-impact opportunity for the third time to our community. The CFO Accelerator is an interactive, intensive three-day executive course taught by MIT Faculty and guest speakers from some of the world’s most respected companies.

This year’s three-day executive program, has been designed exclusively for The CFO Leadership Council to help finance executives lead their companies through disruption and rapid change using MIT’s unique approach and environment.

Topics to be covered include



Hear more from Court Chilton Senior Lecturer, MIT Executive Education & Peter Hirst, Senior Associate Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management below


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A full refund will be provided by April 15, 2022.

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Who should take this course?

CFOs and other financial executives who lead rapidly evolving enterprises and who wish to leverage strategic thinking, global expertise, and technological advances to engineer a long-term sustainable advantage. 

Each attendee will also receive a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan School of Management!  See below.

Limited availability to 40 total registrants.

Hear from recent attendees

“I attended the MIT Sloan CFO Accelerator program last year and cannot say enough great things about the program.  The speakers were excellent and covered a wide range of topics that were particularly relevant to my role as VP & Controller.  By incorporating several of the ideas and suggestions that were discussed in my daily tasks I felt I was able to achieve a higher level of effectiveness.  The program also provided a wonderful networking opportunity to connect with and hear from others who function in similar roles.”
– Nancy L. Gleason CPA, VP & Controller

“It was genuinely the best development program that I’ve attended in a long time.  I left highly energized with some new perspectives and new tools.  In fact, over one year later, I am still applying some of the things I learned.  I also loved the opportunity to interact with a small group of fellow CFOs in an environment that encouraged sharing and advising.  These are phenomenal instructors.  People should invest in themselves and take advantage of the chance to learn from them.”
– Sandra Clarke, CFO, Blue Shield of California

​“Relevant, Engaging, Inspiring and Actionable!  These are the words that resonated in my mind as I attended the inaugural program last year. I have attended a few of these over my career and none left such a lasting impression as the Sloan program!  In 5 days they managed to impart relevant ideas, thoughts to improve effectiveness and how to drive innovation in the work environment.  I would strongly recommend this to CFOs who want their role to evolve to what is needed in today’s environment: a strategic and operational who can be an effective change agent!”
– Sandip Grewal, CFO, Bradshaw International

​“Attending the CFO Accelerator course was an excellent use of my time.  I found all MIT faculty to be engaging. The content was thought-provoking and relevant. The small group setting was beneficial as it allowed for deeper conversations with my peers. Overall, it exceeded my expectations. “
​- Kim Eiring, CFO, Mutual Materials Company


The presenters are the full-time faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all of whom are recognized as thought leaders in their field. They will be supplemented by highly-respected executives.

Pierre Azoulay is the International Programs Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Court Chilton is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Paul Mende is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Antoinette Schoar is the Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Roberto M. Fernandez is the William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


 Monday, May 16 – Macro economics & Finance

All times listed are EST

9:00am – 12:15pm

Demystifying digital Currencies and crypto-Assets
with Roberto Rigobon

This session will focus on crypto-assets and currencies. While the latter are a problem for most CFOs, the former represent a potentially powerful use of blockchain that is likely to have an impact on many sectors to keep track of property rights and complex financial instruments. 

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch / Networking

1:15pm – 4:30pm

Entrepreneurial Finance: How to Allocate Capital like a VC
with Antoinette Schoar

Antoinette Schoar, an expert in entrepreneurial finance, will help CFOs evaluate how the capital structure of their companies, as well as their decisions on where/how to allocate capital.  Too often investment decisions are driven primarily by ROI metrics…which in many cases are misleading and short term.  Antoinette will share insights about the approaches and metrics VCs use to decide how and how much to support early stage companies and projects that might not succeed right away. 

Tuesday, May 17 – Strategy & Innovation

All times listed are EST

9:00am – 12:15pm

Strategy & Disruption
with Pierre Azoulay

As business and operating models are being transformed by digitalization and fast moving new companies, Pierre Azoulay, a noted innovation economist and strategy professor, will present a framework that can help CFOs move from relying on “technology forecasting” (a very unreliable activity) and move toward a more agile approach to playing offense and defense vis a vis “disruption.”

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch / Networking

1:15pm – 4:30pm

CFO’s and Diversity, equity and inclusion
with Roberto Fernandez

This session is designed to give CFOs a balanced way to look at DEI issues (i.e. not just as $ and ROI) and will help them achieve  a clearer understanding of the social and psychological challenges to working effectively across identity-based differences; assess the work that’s being done/not done in this arena in their companies; and determine how they can help or unconsciously hinder progress.

Wednesday, May 18 – Finance & Leadership

All times listed are EST

9:00am – 12:15pm

Finance IPO, M&A
with Paul Mende

Paul Mende will help CFOs think about the special challenges of initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions…many CFOs think of just the “financial engineering” aspects of these situations but there are other considerations such as synergy and ongoing financial flexibility that are important to anticipate as well.

12:15pm – 1:00pm

Lunch / Networking

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Leading Change
with Court Chilton

Court Chilton, will help CFOs frame the problem of organizational change and then take actions that increase the odds of being successful and decrease the cycle time to success.  He will conclude by helping CFOs think about how they themselves need to show up in the middle of company efforts to make innovation and transformation happen.

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+An MIT Executive Certificate for curriculum learned will be provided.

23 CPE Credits have been submitted for approval

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

Additional Information

This program has been developed exclusively for CFOLC members .  We reserve the right to decline any registration. For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Jack McCullough at

Cancellation policy: Tickets are Non-Refundable