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The 2019 CFO of the Future Summit:

Value at High Velocity

When & Where

May 15-17, 2019

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

As the global pace of change accelerates, it’s clear that social, digital, and economic disruption is creating new business models while upending long-successful industries and markets. Yet what isn’t clear is how readily organizations and talent can adapt at the same speed, or faster than, the prevailing pace of change, and what talent models are needed for sustainable advantage and value creation.

In this high-velocity world, chief financial officers must now foster talent and teams that can create value in new ways and at a new pace. This is easier said than done. Historically, CFOs and their teams focused on creating sustainable competitive advantage over time in clearly defined and relatively stable markets. Now, talent will be based on renewing value in real-time in rapidly shifting and dynamic environments.


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:

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.

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Kathy Waller
Bob Fishman
National Cash Register Corporation
Bob Fishman
National Cash Register Corporation

In Collaboration with

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology, combining deep industry expertise, advanced analytics capabilities and human-led design methodologies that enable clients to act with speed and confidence. By identifying clear, actionable paths to accelerate competitive agility, Accenture Strategy helps leaders in the C-suite envision and execute strategies that drive growth in the face of digital transformation. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit

Hosted by

Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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