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The 2020 CFO of the Future Summit:


The Art and Science of Balance

When & Where

May 13-15, 2020

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

Companies today exist in a landscape of opposing forces. On one side, growth is waiting as emerging ideas, technologies and trends shake up markets, competitive dynamics and stakeholder demands. On the other side, risk and uncertainty loom large with predictions of an economic downturn and constant threats of disruption.

Chief financial officers and their teams stare down these conflicting forces every day. Should they double down on the bold moves that drive growth? Or should they hold back and proceed with caution? The most successful leaders will thoughtfully and skillfully balance both approaches in order to drive growth while mitigating risk.

Overview

Companies today exist in a landscape of opposing forces. On one side, growth is waiting as emerging ideas, technologies and trends shake up markets, competitive dynamics and stakeholder demands. On the other side, risk and uncertainty loom large with predictions of an economic downturn and constant threats of disruption.

Chief financial officers and their teams stare down these conflicting forces every day. Should they double down on the bold moves that drive growth? Or should they hold back and proceed with caution? The most successful leaders will thoughtfully and skillfully balance both  approaches in order to drive growth while mitigating risk.

But achieving this balance requires art and science. It demands the art of aligning business models, building cultures and talent, and shaping communication. It demands the science of cultivating innovation, investing in technology, and managing risk. All while accounting for the vision of the business, not just the goals of the finance department.

The 2020 CFO of the Future Summit: The Art and Science of Balance will help current and future chief financial officers strike this critical balance. Convened by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and Leadership for a Networked World, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, the Summit  will be held May 13th – 15th at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the 2020 Summit, finance leaders will learn about and share best practices in planning business model transformation, managing risk and uncertainty, and communicating a vision for the future. 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 finance environment, learn about and share ideas on emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of 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.

Videos from Past Summits

Ryan DuRussel
Stanley Black & Decker
Don Allen
Stanley Black & Decker
Bob Fishman
National Cash Register Corporation
	
  

In Collaboration with

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 505,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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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