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The 5 Best CFO Summits of Fall 2018

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From late August through November 2018, fall conference season will be in full swing for finance and accounting professionals. We investigated about a dozen thought leadership events to find the 5 most valuable for CFOs and other finance leaders. Here they are according to date:

Connect CFO Conference

October 21–23, Chicago

This conference’s peer-driven educational program will balance forward-looking thought leadership with tactical advice. Topics will range from understanding AI in finance to talks on how to work with a challenging board and choosing the right auditor. Keynotes will cover the implications of rising health care costs and turning internal data into better decision making.

Perfect if you are: Looking to skip the conference speakers in favor of insights offered by real practitioners.

Money 20/20

October 21–24, Las Vegas

For CFOs interested in foregoing the standard professional education experience, Money 20/20 is a top-tier conference covering the present and future of payments, money, personal banking technology, and other fintech.

Perfect if you are: interested in learning about AI, blockchain, and cybersecurity than forecasting techniques.

Intacct Advantage 2018

October 22–26, Nashville

Sage Intacct’s annual gathering will be heavy on advice designed to help finance professionals thrive in a rapidly automating environment. The largest event in cloud accounting will take place at the picturesque Gaylord Opryland convention center, and attendees can earn CPE credits for attending eligible sessions.

Perfect if you are: An Intacct user yourself or interested in a high-level gathering of mid-market financial professionals. Free entry is available to the one-day CFO Summit if you’re the top finance leader at your company. If you go, say hi to Abacus!

AFP 2018

November 4–7, Chicago

This sprawling conference features a large, diverse lineup of topics. Career development, capital markets insights, FP&A tactical advice; it’s all here. Moreover, the conference features pre-event workshops that dive deep into a number of technical areas for any aspiring CFOs out there.

Perfect if you are: Looking to take in content in various formats to actually apply what you learn—from small-group roundtables to keynote speeches.

MIT Sloan CFO Summit

November 15, Newton, MA

The sixteenth annual conference from the prestigious Sloan School of Management features experts from a diverse cross-section of industries presenting on essential topics like finance’s role in cybersecurity, decision science, and whether CFOs need product experience or general business talent in a talk called “Industry Schmindustry.”

Perfect if you are: Looking to squeeze world-class scholarship and thought leadership into a day.

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