CFO Ed Talks™

CFO.University’s CFO Talks: Entertaining Videos & Podcasts Covering Success and Growth for Finance Executives

CFO.University developed ‘CFO Talks’ to deliver entertaining development opportunities to finance executives. Our CFO Talks address professional success and personal growth in a way that will challenge the status quo, allowing you to broaden your understanding of each topic. The CFO Talk speakers are experts in their fields. Many are not finance professionals, but all their messages address critical concepts in finance.

Each CFO Talk is noteworthy, so, have your electronic notebook or pen and paper available to capture the inspiring concepts. You will value sharing them or the videos and podcasts with your team.

Here is our list of our CFO Talks and our CFO Talk speakers. Enjoy. Learn. Engage.

CFO Ed Talks Blooper Reel (Video)

CFO Ed Talks Blooper Reel (Video)

Yes, we looked perfect in the CFO Ed Talks but there were a few mess ups! We hope you have as much fun watching as we had filming. To view the trailers or learn from our suite of full videos click on: CFO Ed Talk

CFO Talk -  Data Management: The New Frontier with Prashanth Southekal

CFO Talk -  Data Management: The New Frontier with Prashanth Southekal

Last year Prashanth’s FInEx Talk was on data management.

He shocked us all when he explained that data’s steady state is a liability. It must be crafted and managed to convert it to an asset.

Fortunately, he shared with us three attributes that must exist to make data an asset. He kicks things off in this CFO Talk by reviewing what those attributes are.

Enjoy the CFO-centric pearls on data and analytics that Prashanth readily delivers to our community. He is a globally renowned expert in this space.

CFO TALK -  Talent: Don’t Be Left Without It with Greg Hodge

CFO TALK -  Talent: Don’t Be Left Without It with Greg Hodge

Turmoil is taking place in the recruiting war. The battle for talent, executive level talent especially, seems to be tougher than it’s ever been.

Greg Hodge, and Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates, tackles these questions in this CFO Talk:

1. What advice would you give finance leaders about career management?

2. If a finance leader is in job search what specific advice would you give them?

CFO TALK -  The CFO’s Role in Talent Management with Solange Charas

CFO TALK -  The CFO’s Role in Talent Management with Solange Charas

Solange Charas is leading the charge in the quickly growing space of talent measurement.

She recently published book, Humanizing Human Capital: Invest in Your People for Optimal Business Returns, which describes how data based decision making can augment current HR practices to improve the bottom line.

CFO TALK - AVM & Enterprise Performance Management with Brian Higgins

CFO TALK - AVM & Enterprise Performance Management with Brian Higgins

In this fun CFO Talk Brian Higgins describes how his engineering background helped him develop Activity Value Management to aid his clients in better cost management and improved enterprise performance.

“AVM leads you to do more of what you should be doing and less of what you shouldn’t be doing.”

CFO TALK - Evaluating Our Most Valuable Resource with Dave Bookbinder

CFO TALK - Evaluating Our Most Valuable Resource with Dave Bookbinder

Dave Bookbinder, a business valuation expert, author of the new ROI Return on Individuals and host of the Behind the Number show delivers an insightful message on how leaders can manage their talent as their most important asset, rather than the traditional method of treating talent as an expense.

In fact, Dave argues our accounting methods in general do a poor job of capturing the true value of human capital.

Watch Dave’s CFO Talk for more on evaluating our most valuable resource.

CFO TALK - Managing Transformational Change with Nilly Essaides

CFO TALK - Managing Transformational Change with Nilly Essaides

In this episode of CFO Talk, Nilly Essaides, Managing Director of Research & Insight at NeuGroup, and Steve discuss the evolving role of the CFO and the finance function in the face of the transformational change taking place in their businesses.

Nilly recently published research on the topic (link below) and shares insights from the study on this episode of CFO Talk.

CFO TALK - The Analytics Business Partner - with Jesper Hybholt Sorensen

CFO TALK - The Analytics Business Partner - with Jesper Hybholt Sorensen

In this CFO Talk Jesper describes the next evolution in finance partnering, the Analytics Business Partner, as the intersection of great communication skills and powerful insights.

He provides the roadmap for how finance leaders can make the case and create the budget for building a great analytics team.

He answers the question what tools belong in the Analytics Business Partner’s toolbox.

CFO TALK - The Role of Finance in Pricing with Paul Barnhurst

CFO TALK - The Role of Finance in Pricing with Paul Barnhurst

With all the flux in the economy - inflation vacillating or supply chains shifting or sales plummeting or interest rates rising or banks collapsing there is a lot for the CFO to worry about.

All impact product pricing, which has become an important area of focus for many companies.

CFO Talk:  Analytics Based EPM with Gary Cokins

CFO Talk:  Analytics Based EPM  with Gary Cokins

In this CFO Talk CFO.University Contributor, Gary Cokins describes,

1.The forces that are forcing CFOs to implement Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) methods.

2. How rapid prototyping solves key problems frequently faced in EPM implementations.

3. Why operations trained staff understand costing better than accountants. (yep, you read that right) .

4. Lessons from his past EPM successes.

Enjoy the CFO Talk with Gary and visit his library on CFO.University, https://cfo.university/library/contributor/gary-cokins

CFO Talk: A Case Study in Digital Transformation

CFO Talk: A Case Study in Digital Transformation

In this CFO Talk with Tamer Abomosalam we explore Tamer’s digital transformation journey as the Global Services Supply Chain CFO at NCR. Tamer is responsible for the data aggregation and reporting for 86 countries. His frustration with legacy systems, disparate data and a fortuitous conversation with a friend were the catalysts behind his successful adventure.

CFO Talk: Accelerating Finance Transformation with Andrew Codd

CFO Talk: Accelerating Finance Transformation with Andrew Codd

Andrew Codd, a global expert who combines deep finance knowledge with data & analytics to accelerate finance transformations, tackles questions like these in his CFO Talk with Steve:

1. What does the traditional vs modern approach to a data & analytics transformation look like, and why should CFOs care?

2. What is so important about outside vs internal investments in this area?

3. On how to leverage our core skills to keep transformations on the rails

4. How is the diamond organizational structure and why does it better support finance teams today than the traditional pyramid structure?

5. Andrew reflects on how learning from a guild formed back in the 13th century can help us today.

6. Team. Talent. Leadership. Culture.

Visit Andrew’s library on CFO.University here:https://cfo.university/library/contributor/andrew-codd

CFO Talk: Blockchain and Crypto for CFOs with Dr.  Sean Stein Smith

CFO Talk: Blockchain and Crypto for CFOs with Dr.  Sean Stein Smith

Dr Sean Stein Smith tackles these question on this episode of CFO Talk:

What is blockchain?
What is its most common use is in finance today?
What should finance leaders be leveraging blockchain?
Where will blockchain having the biggest impact on the CFO suite in the next 5 years?
He also provides some great advice on taking the next steps to make blockchain technology an enabler for you.

CFO Talk: Crossing the Chasm in Times of Chaos with Lynn Sheehan

CFO Talk: Crossing the Chasm in Times of Chaos with Lynn Sheehan

Welcome to CFO Talk. Joining us today is Lynn Sheehan, Founder and CEO of Evolve Strategic Ventures, a business transformation firm based out of Vancouver, Washington. Lynn has a degree in laser and optical engineering. He spent eight years in the fusion program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Before starting Evolve in 2017, he worked for a number of well-known and successful tech companies. I’m excited to share Lynn’s message Crossing the Chasm in Times of Chaos with our member scholars. Welcome Lynn. It’s great to have you on our show.

CFO Talk: Data Analytics for Finance Leaders with Prashanth Southekal - Part I

CFO Talk: Data Analytics for Finance Leaders with Prashanth Southekal - Part I

Welcome to CFO Talk. I am your host Steve Rosvold, Chief Learning Officer at CFO.University. Joining us today is Prashanth Southekal, Founder and Managing Director at DBP Institute a boutique enterprise data analytics firm based in Calgary, Canada. Prashanth has mechanical engineering and IT degrees from two national institutes in India, Master’s degrees from Cornell and Northwestern University in the United States and a PhD in philosophy from the University of commerce in Lille, France. When he is not working with DBP clients, he is an adjunct professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and serves as an executive data analytics advisor to several companies. He has also written a two books. Today, Prashanth will be addressing data analytics for finance leaders with our members scholars. Welcome, Prashanth. It is great to have you on the show.

CFO Talk: Demystifying Internet Marketing with Roy Nakamura

CFO Talk: Demystifying Internet Marketing with Roy Nakamura

Roy Nakamura, President at Horizon Web Marketing, draws from his experience to help CFOs better understand internet marketing; its ROI…how to get found in a Google Search… your human interface…coding friendly for people to find you…your website as a hub for marketing…SEO and a whole lot more.

CFO Talk: Finance and the Supply Chain with Bram Desmet

CFO Talk: Finance and the Supply Chain with Bram Desmet

In this CFO Talk Bram Desmet, author of Supply Chain Strategy and Financial Metrics, describes the Supply Chain Triangle; service, cost and cash. In today’s market, balancing the triangle is a key challenge for supply chain and finance managers.

CFO Talk: Five CFO Learnings From 10X Growth in ARR with Mark Khavkin

CFO Talk: Five CFO Learnings From 10X Growth in ARR with Mark Khavkin

Welcome to another episode of CFO Talk, the podcast where we dive deep into the world of finance and strategy. In today’s episode, titled “Five CFO Learnings From 10X Growth in ARR”, Steve sits down with special guest Mark Khavkin to discuss the ins and outs of CFOs and their team driving growth within a company.

CFO Talk: Improving Cash Flow with David Safeer

CFO Talk: Improving Cash Flow with David Safeer

David Safeer , (https://cfo.university/library/contributor/david-safeer), is passionate about improving cash flow and maximizing the profits of his clients. In this CFO Talk he tackles these questions,

1. In your piece, Cash Flow Management: Being Unconventional, you note some dangers in following traditional cash flow advice. Would you fill in the blanks on why being unconventional is so important?

2. You propose a basic structure for implementing a solid cash management program. What are the steps?

CFO Talk: Leading Edge Technology Update for CFOs with Dave Sackett Part I

CFO Talk: Leading Edge Technology Update for CFOs with Dave Sackett Part I

Welcome to CFO Talk. I’m your host, Steve Rosvold, chief learning officer at CFO.University. Joining us today is Dave Sackett, Chief Technology Architect at Visibility Corporation. Dave has a strong interest in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and frequently speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence, block chain, robotic process automation and machine learning. Today, Dave will be updating us on these leading edge technologies.

CFO Talk: People Focused Finance with Kevyn Rustici

CFO Talk: People Focused Finance with Kevyn Rustici

​Kevyn and Steve discuss how a strong relationship between finance and human resources is value creating for our businesses.

Kevyn encourages leaders to develop a strategic view of talent centered on professional development where success is measured in terms of quantifiable performance improvement. An added bonus, recruiting and retention are also enhanced through strong professional development programs.

Enjoy the CFO Talk.

CFO Talk: Pricing Excellence and the CFO with Lynn Guinn

CFO Talk: Pricing Excellence and the CFO with Lynn Guinn

Welcome to CFO Talk, our podcast dedicated to bringing you insights and expertise from industry leaders for the finance world.

In this edition of CFO Talk Steve interviews a special guest from Wichita, Kansas, Lynn Guinn. Lynn is a seasoned business leader with a diverse background in accounting, operations, and trading. With his extensive academic background in finance, accounting, and agricultural economics, and advanced degrees in strategy and innovation, Lynn has built an impressive career.

CFO Talk: Secrets for CFOs in Managing Their Boards with Anand Soni

In a recent episode of CFO Talk, seasoned finance leader Anand Soni shares insightful advice on managing boards and ownership as a CFO. His extensive experience in handling complex family-held businesses offers valuable lessons for finance professionals seeking to navigate the challenges of dealing with board members and ownership. Enjoy this CFO Talk with Anand and Steve.

CFO Talk: The 8 Superpowers CFOs Use to Scale - with Michelle Kvello

CFO Talk: The 8 Superpowers CFOs Use to Scale - with Michelle Kvello

Welcome to CFO TALK, the podcast for finance leaders and aspiring CFOs. In this episode, titled “The 8 Superpowers CFOs Use to Scale,” our host Steve Rosvold has a fascinating conversation with Michelle Kvello, the Managing Director at Lantern Partners. Michelle shares her insights and expertise on how CFOs can better serve their SME customers and help entrepreneurs successfully scale their businesses.

Over the past twelve years, Michelle has identified eight crucial superpowers that CFOs need to possess, including the ability to see stories in the data, identifying key metrics for growth, establishing a single source of truth among others.

Tune in to CFO TALK and discover how these superpowers can elevate your role as a finance leader and drive growth at your organization.

CFO TALK: The Business Focused Finance Leader with Andy Burrows

CFO TALK: The Business Focused Finance Leader with Andy Burrows

In this CFO Talk Andy defines the business focused finance leader and describes the qualities that make a business focused finance leader.

Andy highlights how the qualities of business acumen and leadership ‘sit on top’ of the tools and techniques that make up our expertise as financial professionals.

CFO Talk: The CFO and Finance Transformation with Vineet Jain

CFO Talk: The CFO and Finance Transformation with Vineet Jain

Welcome to CFO Talk, the podcast where we dive deep into the world of finance and leadership. In this episode, we have a special guest, Vineet Jain, a leading authority on finance transformation and a director at Genpact, sharing his insights and expertise on finance transformation.

CFO Talk: The CFO Pricing Pyramid with Anne Warren

CFO Talk: The CFO Pricing Pyramid with Anne Warren

Steve had an insightful conversation with Anne Warren, Founder of Price Profitability Advisors, on CFO Talk. They delved into the crucial topic of pricing and the impact CFOs can have on their business by going all in on this key aspect of revenue generation.

CFO Talk: The Future of Finance: The Keys to Influence

CFO Talk: The Future of Finance: The Keys to Influence

Andy lists 5 ste[s you can take to grow your influence with color commentating by Steve.

1. Build Credibility
2. Value and Focus on Others
3. Be Intentional About Building Trust
4. Reverse Engineer Your Teammates Priorities & Help Them
5. Patience – Trust is a Long Haul Activity

CFO Talk: The Key Elements for Enterprise Risk Management with John Thackeray

CFO Talk: The Key Elements for Enterprise Risk Management with John Thackeray

In this episode of CFO Talk, host Steve Rosvold interviews John Thackeray, an expert in risk management. Thackeray discusses the seven key elements of effective enterprise risk management (ERM). He emphasizes that strategy plays a crucial role in determining risk appetite and suggests that open discussions and iterative processes can help achieve a common understanding among leaders.

CFO Talk: The Power of Strategic Influence with Gary Laney

CFO Talk: The Power of Strategic Influence with Gary Laney

In this CFO Talk Gary helps us understand the importance of strategic influence and how to grow it.

He responds to the question, How do you get influence? this way. “Number one, you need to figure out how to get access to it. And number two, once you get access to it, how do you use that properly. So the person that gave it to you will want to let you use it again. Because people who have influence don’t want that reputation to be tarnished. They want it to be upheld, they want it to have a positive impact on them and you. So imagine someone says that means I can trust you, I’m gonna give you more opportunity to use my influence, which reflects well on them and you. From then on you begin to create your own influence, through reputation and through trust that people have in you. So influence is a progressive thing. It doesn’t happen all at once. It happens slowly, bit by bit over time, it might pick up speed, you build momentum. And all of a sudden you become a person of reputation, a person of influence.

CFO Talk: What it Takes to Build Winning Teams with Dan Crumb

CFO Talk: What it Takes to Build Winning Teams with Dan Crumb

On this episode of CFO Talk, we welcome Dan Crumb, a CFO with 13 years of experience at the current Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Dan shares his insights on building a winning team, drawing from his experience leading a team of skilled professionals in IT, finance, and accounting while being a key member of the Chiefs executive team.

Is Your Competitive Philosophy Building or Killing Your Culture?

Is Your Competitive Philosophy Building or Killing Your Culture?

How did you feel the last time you were really stressed out or discontent? Were you thinking about how productive you were or how to move your company forward? We’d like to share with you how to build a team culture that is happier and less stressed leading to increased productivity and profit. - Erik Gillam, Partner at Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

Stop Using Lean to Cut Costs

Stop Using Lean to Cut Costs

A clear cut model, supported with real life case studies, to advise companies to start using lean to increase revenue and stop using lean to cut costs. - Andrea Jones, Andrea Jones Consulting

System Implementations can be Successful

System Implementations can be Successful

Some of America’s best run companies fail when implementing an ERP system. We want to talk to you about how 3 simple concepts, Lead, Limit, Organize, can make your system implementation a success. - Andrew Lee, VP of Finance at RealWear,Inc

What Every CFO Needs to Know About Tax

What Every CFO Needs to Know About Tax

In many ways, the CFO is responsible for the tax function of your company. Listen in for helpful tips on how to ensure this functions success. - Craig Vagt, Partner Emeritus Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP