The 2019 CFO of the Future Summit
Value at High Velocity
When & Where
May 15-17, 2019
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

About the Summit


To help current and future chief financial officers respond to this new velocity of change and lead their people and teams into the future, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and Leadership for a Networked World, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, are convening the 2019 CFO of the Future Summit: Value at High Velocity, to be held May 15 – 17 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the 2019 Summit, participants will learn about and share ideas on the evolving role of the CFO. In particular, the Summit will look at the challenges and opportunities via:

  • Strategy & Technology – How can the CFO build strategies, capabilities, and talent that are adaptable to a quickly shifting environment? What steps can finance leaders take to harness artificial intelligence, analytics, robotics, and network-enabled platforms in order to bring newfound speed and agility to the finance function?
  • Leadership & Persuasion – How can the CFO frame and communicate a new narrative around the finance function in order to reorient the minds of investors, stakeholders, talent, and partners around a fast-changing value proposition?
  • People & Culture – How should the CFO recruit and advance talent that can harmonize traditional financial tools and models with new methods of designing fast-cycle innovation and business models? What new skills and capabilities are required? And how can a culture of agility and creativity be fostered?

This Summit will bring select private sector financial executives, industry experts, and leading academics together at Harvard University to answer these questions, grapple with the changing pace of change in finance, learn about and share ideas on evolving and emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of talent to become chief financial officers.

Who Should Attend?

The Summit is an invitation-only program designed to develop the next generation of chief financial officers. Participants in the program are chief financial officers and/or a senior-level team member designated by the chief executive officer or chief financial officer of their respective firms.

Admission & Participation

Participation is limited to chief financial officers and/ or their designee. All other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, according in part to space availability and cohort composition. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Brett Biggs
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Elkins
Chief Financial Officer

Jorge Gomez
Chief Financial Officer
Cardinal Health

John Murphy
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Leeny Oberg
Chief Financial Officer
Marriott International Inc.

Zane Rowe
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Carol Tomé
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President - Corporate Services
The Home Depot

Tracey Travis
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Joe Wolk
Chief Financial Officer
Johnson & Johnson

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