The FORTUNE CFO Collaborative
The CFO’s role within the organization has never been more important than it is in this moment.
Fallout from the pandemic, and the acceleration of digital transformation across industries, are producing both incredible opportunity and significant risk for businesses and their leadership teams. To help CFOs navigate this challenging landscape, Fortune is building a community for finance chiefs keen to engage with and learn from colleagues across industries.
In partnership with Workday, our CFO Collaborative series will mine insights from some of the world’s top business leaders, including former CFOs-turned-CEOs, about the evolving CFO role. We’ll focus on the quantum shifts CFOs are tackling, including how to interpret and leverage the massive explosion of data, and how to balance short-term financial targets with long-term stakeholder capitalism and ESG goals.
Our sessions will be interactive and peer driven, facilitated by Fortune senior journalists. Attendees will be able to participate in intimate working group discussions and share their solutions to current challenges that can make a lasting impact within their enterprises.
Our first conversation will happen on May 11:
The Critical Role of the CFO in the Post-pandemic World
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
3:00-4:30 PM ET
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At a pivot point like few others in our history, CFOs have played a critical role in leading their organizations through the immediate crisis posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. But what comes next? In this interactive and engaging session we will explore the opportunities and challenges facing CFOs in this unique moment for business: the oversight of accelerated digital transformations, risk assessment forecasting, managing stakeholder and ESG metrics, and the balance of short-term results with long-term growth. We will also discuss the increasingly important partnership between CEOs and CFOs through conversation with former CFOs that now sit in the CEO chair.
The program will feature:
- Aneel Bhusri, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Workday
- Adena Friedman, President and CEO, Nasdaq
- Allen Parker, CFO, Zillow
- Christina Spade, Executive Vice President and CFO, AMC Networks
Long-term success for any organization is increasingly tied to the company’s ability to prioritize environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. From climate change, pollution and water scarcity to #blacklivesmatter and the COVID-19 pandemic, the list of these issues that can present a challenge to a company is sizable. And many CFOs are finding that embracing ESG measures not only helps make their companies more sustainable, but also proves to be an avenue to attract new investors, and cut both borrowing costs and operating expenses. In this CFO Collaborative we'll explore the benefits of investing in ESG along with the new pressures that stakeholder capitalism places on the shoulders of CFOs.
The program will feature Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America, and additional speakers to be announced.
Additional conversations will convene on October 27, 2021; and January 19, 2022.