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Webcast Summary

Finance teams are helping businesses prepare and compete in the age of disruption. But how? Increasingly, finance leaders are looking to harness innovative technology solutions, insightful data and smarter talent to stay ahead of the game.

Forward thinking CFOs recognize that cloud and cognitive technologies can increase customer and employee engagement, drive efficiency and provide a platform for finance to be a strategic partner to the business. This means more time for value-added activities that can help the business be more strategic, directly impacting talent and the skills that are needed.

In addition to discussing cloud and cognitive technologies and how to harness talent, we’ll look at tangible steps to prepare, compete, and win in the age of disruption.

This webcast will explore several topic areas, including:

  • The forces driving disruption in today’s landscape
  • How to help your organization prepare for change and disruption
  • The technologies and talent required to succeed
  • How data-driven insights and speed are essential to remain agile and ahead of the game

About the Speakers

Kenneth FickTrish Coughlin, Vice President and Corporate Controller, Workday

Trish Coughlin is VP and Corporate Controller at Workday, which provides financial management and human capital management software. She is responsible for all aspects of accounting and external reporting.

Trish has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting. Prior to Workday, Trish was a managing director at Goldman Sachs where she spent more than 10 years in finance and operational leadership roles. Trish previously held roles at Honeywell where she was Controller of a $4 billion business, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she provided services to multinational clients in the audit and transaction advisory practices. Trish is also an active volunteer in her community and is currently on the board of directors at the Community Foundation of Utah.

Trish holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and accounting from Lehigh University.

Kenneth FickDavid Hawkins, US Leader for Cognitive Process Reengineering in the Finance Consulting Practice, IBM

David Hawkins is the US Leader for Cognitive Process Reengineering in the Finance Consulting Practice at IBM and has over 25 years of financial management experience including 20 years delivering finance consulting engagements to organizations across the globe.

He has helped clients across a range of industries with strategy, analysis, design, implementation, and on-going project phases in the areas of transformation, performance management, planning, shared services, and finance systems. He has a keen understanding of the changes today’s finance organizations need to make to be successful with the new mandate for CFOs to help steer the strategic direction of the enterprise.

David is passionate about partnering with clients to fundamentally and digitally transform their finance operating model – delivering world class efficiency and insights that lead to competitively differentiated financial performance.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Finance from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA in General Management and International Business Development from Harvard Business School.

Ryan Grimsland, Group Financial Officer-International & Emerging Businesses, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


About the Emcee

Jess BozzoJess Bozzo, Content Manager, Argyle Executive Forum

Jess is the Content Manager for Argyle Executive Forum's growing CFO virtual division. In her current role, Jess is responsible for the creation and implementation of virtual event themes, overviews, and working with speakers and partners to create engaging and timely content. Prior to joining Argyle, Jess got her start in audience development and marketing with NewBay Media. A graduate of Gettysburg College, and a New Jersey native, Jess currently resides in Hoboken.

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Fields of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 1

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