SPRING 2024

AGENDA

June 4 - 6

Tuesday, June 4

2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP

Additional registration required. For Conference attendees only.

Masterclass: Executive Presence in Action

Sponsored by Women Leaders Connect, a Chief Executive Group Community

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the award-winning author of 18 critically acclaimed books, Executive Presence 2.0 (Amazon Best Book of the Month), and The Sponsor Effect (Financial Times Business Book of the Month).

In this Masterclass, Dr. Hewlett will focus on the core elements of Executive Prescence (gravitas, communication and appearance) and show how the most-sought-after leadership traits have shifted over the last 10 years. With new data and fresh voices, Hewlett demonstrates that in 2024 companies are seeking to promote high-performing men and women who exude confidence and vision, top picks in 2012 as well as 2024, but also telegraph inclusivity and authenticity, qualities which are recent additions to the most-sought-after list.

Today, corporate leaders are looking to advance managers and executives who can engage and inspire employees on Zoom, as well as in person. And they’re fast-tracking those with top-notch digital skills who are adept at projecting and protecting their company’s brand online and on social media.

Dr. Hewlett will present the Top Ten Tactics in an interactive format, which spread across the categories of gravitas, communication and appearance, are—according to research—the most admired leadership traits in 2024, the ones that make the most difference in turbocharging the career prospects of managers and executives in the pipeline.

Don’t miss the opportunity to strengthen your personal executive presence!

5:00 – 7:00 pm ET

CFO Leadership Conference Registration

6:00 – 7:00 pm ET

Welcome Reception and Opening of Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, June 5

8:00 – 9:00 am ET

Registration & Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

9:00 – 9:10 am ET

Opening Remarks

Jack McCullough, CFO Leadership Council

9:10 – 10:00 am ET

KEYNOTE

Leadership Through Hyper-Growth & IPOs

Elena Gomez, CFO, Toast
Moderated by Hong Luo, Harvard Business School, Associate Professor of Business Administration

Elena Gomez currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at Toast, where she is responsible for overseeing global finance, managing investor relations, and driving corporate development initiatives. Elena became a part of the Toast team in 2021, and during her tenure, she played a pivotal role in the company’s successful IPO launch.

In our upcoming fireside chat, Elena will generously share her extensive expertise in leading high-growth organizations, particularly those that operate in rapidly evolving industries. Her wealth of experience extends beyond Toast, as she has contributed her talents and insights to other renowned companies such as Zendesk and Salesforce.

During the discussion, Elena will provide valuable insights into the process of taking a company public, offering an insider’s perspective on the intricacies involved. Additionally, she will shed light on the challenges and opportunities that come with managing a publicly traded company during times of economic volatility.

10:10 – 11:00 am ET

KEYNOTE

Architect Behind GE's Historic Transformation

Carolina Dybeck Happe, General Electric

Carolina Dybek Happe is the mastermind behind GE’s groundbreaking financial transformation. In this session, which you won’t want to miss, she will share her remarkable journey as the first outsider and the first non-American to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in GE’s 130-year history.

Dybek Happe joined GE during a pivotal juncture in the company’s evolution and played a pivotal role in devising a strategic blueprint to divide the company into three distinct publicly-traded entities, each focused on the thriving sectors of aviation, healthcare, and energy. Her contributions were indispensable in this three-way separation, which included reducing the company’s debt burden, skillfully navigating the complexities of the spinoff transactions, and establishing the capital structures for these new entities. Beyond her remarkable achievements at GE, she stands as one of the world’s most globally experienced CFOs, boasting a career spanning seven countries and proficiency in four languages.

11:00 – 11:30 am ET

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:30 am – 12:20 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

12:20 – 1:35 pm ET

Networking Lunch

1:35 – 2:00 pm ET

Networking in the Exhibit Hall

2:00 – 2:50 pm ET

Visionary Panel

2:50 – 3:20 pm ET

Networking in the Exhibit Hall

3:20 – 4:10 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

4:10 – 4:20 pm ET

Transition

4:20 – 5:15 pm ET

KEYNOTE

From Humble Beginnings to Global Impact: Navigating the Financial Journey of Zoetis CFO Wetteny Joseph

Wetteny Joseph, EVP & CFO, Zoetis Inc.  

Zoetis CFO Wetteny Josephy’s extraordinary career path is a true inspiration. Born in Haiti as one of ten siblings, he has risen to become the CFO of a Fortune 500 company. Join us for an engaging fireside chat where Wetteny will recount his remarkable journey, shedding light on his strategies for building a world-class finance team and his customer-centric approach to financial leadership.

Furthermore, we’ll delve into his dynamic partnership with Zoetis’s CEO, exploring the intricacies of being the CFO of a highly visible and publicly traded company. Drawing from Zoetis’s rich industry expertise, Wetteny will provide valuable insights that go beyond the numbers, offering a unique perspective on the world of animal health and its role in the global economy. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from a finance leader with a diverse and inspiring background.

5:30 – 7:00 pm ET

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, June 6

8:00 – 9:00 am ET

Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 – 8:50 am ET

Breakfast Roundtables

9:00 – 9:10 am ET

Opening Remarks

Jack McCullough, CFO Leadership Council

9:10 – 10:00 am ET

KEYNOTE

Igniting Excellence: The Inspiring Path of a CFO Trailblazer

Kate Jaspon, CFO, Inspire Brands

While Inspired Brands may not be a household name, it boasts ownership of some of the most renowned names in the fast-food industry. These include Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, Jimmy John’s, Mister Donut, Dunkin’ Brands, and Baskin-Robbins chains. Together, these companies collectively generate an annual revenue exceeding $30 billion.

Join us in a fireside chat with Kate Jaspon Drew, the CFO of Inspire and former CFO of Dunkin’, an iconic Boston brand. Kate will delve into various topics, including the Dunkin’ acquisition by Inspire, her personal journey to becoming the CFO of the parent company, the remarkable resilience of these brands during the COVID pandemic and other challenges they’ve faced, as well as the opportunities and complexities inherent in leading a diverse and globally expansive organization.

10:00 – 10:50 am ET

KEYNOTE

How Gen AI will Transform the CFO Role in 2024 and Beyond

Monica Proothi, Partner, IBM Consulting

The role of the CFO has undergone a profound transformation, especially in light of the rapid rise of generative AI. With generative AI budgets now exceeding initial expectations by 3.4 times, businesses are increasingly reliant on CFOs for guidance.

In today’s dynamic landscape, CFOs must exhibit adaptability and a willingness to embrace new skills and perspectives. They must take into account the impact of cultural and technological forces on financial decision-making and be ready to drive and shape their company’s strategic direction.

As generative AI’s momentum continues to surge in 2024 and beyond, the role of the CFO will further evolve, cementing their position as strategic advisors responsible for identifying opportunities to create maximum value. In fact, a majority of CEOs now believe that CFOs will be making the most critical decisions in the next three years compared to their C-Suite counterparts.

Monica Proothi, a partner at IBM Consulting, will delve into how CFOs can strategically position their organizations to leverage this groundbreaking technology in 2024 and beyond.

11:00 – 11:50 am ET

Visionary Panel

11:50 – 12:20 pm ET

Networking in the Exhibit Hall

12:20 am – 1:10 pm ET

Breakout Sessions

1:10 – 1:15 pm ET

Transition

1:15 – 2:30 pm ET

LUNCH KEYNOTE

The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth

Fred Reichheld, Founder of Bain & Company’s Loyalty practice, Author, Net Promoter 3.0

2:30 pm ET

Closing Remarks

Exhibit hall closed