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The 5 Best CFO Summits of 2017

The higher you rise in your career, the harder it gets to find good professional development. As a CFO, you understand this better than anyone. Most of your life is spent as the decision-maker, the expert, the boss. But like every ambitious executive, you know there’s always more to absorb and new trends to anticipate. That’s why you seek out the most valuable opportunities to learn, even if you have to cross the country to find them.

Consider this your itinerary. We dug through the dozens of conferences and user forums that are being put on this year in order to present you the 5 most valuable thought leadership summits for CFOs.

Argyle Chief Financial Officer Leadership Forums

Various dates and locations.

Argyle puts on thought leadership events for executives from every department, all across the country. This year’s CFO forums will focus on balancing traditional priorities while “navigating the age of digitalization” — probably the most critical topic in modern finance.

Perfect if you are: director-level or higher at a $100M company who is wondering how this whole “A.I.” thing is going to change your job.

Where/when: There will be five over the course of this year: San Francisco in February, Atlanta in May, Dallas in October, and Manhattan and Chicago in November.

Connect CFO Leadership Summit

March 5–7, Las Vegas

This thought leadership conference features forward-thinking leaders, including the CFO of Caterpillar, speaking on a wide range of topics. Talks like “Financial Leadership for the 21st Century” and “The Transformation of the Finance Industry” will help prepare you for a successful 2017 and beyond. Plus Abacus is a conference partner, so you’ll get to say hello to us in person. Can’t make it in March? There’s another in Chicago in October.

Perfect if you are: able to get to Las Vegas on your own, because if you use promo code ABL2017 to register, you’ll get one night’s free lodging, food, and drinks! No cost to attend.

CFO Rising Summit

March 22–23, Boston and October 19–20, San Francisco

Now in its 29th year, the CFO Rising summit is a bi-coastal affair, bringing together executives from large enterprises and offering possibly the best networking scene of any conference. The biggest brands attend regularly, making these into buzzy, heavily social events.

Perfect if you are: afflicted by CFO-MO. Cost is around $1000.

MIT Sloan CFO Summit

November 16, Boston

One of the more prestigious CFO summits in the world, this conference brings together the top thinkers of the day from across the world of corporate finance. The site for 2017 isn’t even live yet, but keep an eye on it. This is the place to be.

Perfect if you are: a CFO serious about the theory and research of corporate finance.

Accounting software user summits

Various dates and locations

One of the nice things about cloud technology is that while your processes and software are running in the background, it’s still getting smarter and more powerful every day. But in order to make use of all that new purr under the hood, you need to re-familiarize yourself with the technology every so often. There’s no better way to do that than to meet hundreds of your fellow users at a brand summit. It’s an invaluable way to keep up with emerging trends and leverage the capabilities to which you have immediate access, without any additional investment.

Perfect if you are: a user of Netsuite; QuickBooks; Intacct: Xero; Oracle; Sage, and more.


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