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November 10, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:50 pm ET

How New Technologies are Innovating Finance: Modern Finance Requires Focused Change Management

Finance and risk teams are embracing technology more quickly than in the past, as evidenced by a recent survey of finance executives by Chief Executive Group. As these teams rely on a modern finance innovations to help them achieve their goals, automation and artificial intelligence are common themes.

Finance organizations’ goals have evolved beyond just completing tasks more efficiently to include collaboration with their counterparts across the value chain of their businesses. But with new technology comes the challenge of overcoming an inherent resistance to change.

Join Chief Executive Group and SAP on Wednesday, November 10, 1 pm – 1:50 pm ET, to learn the key takeaways of our recent CFO survey, delve into the primary technologies that are a focus for finance and risk teams, and explore how leading companies are managing innovation and change both from the human and technology perspectives.


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Birgit Starmanns

Global Head of CFO COE Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs, SAP

Birgit Starmanns is the Global Head of oCFO COE Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs in the Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, focusing on trends and new technologies and how they bring business benefits to organizations. She has over 30 years of experience in finance and management accounting across the Global COE, solution marketing, solution management, strategic customer communities and management consulting. She is a frequent speaker and author of articles and papers on deep-dive functional financial topics as well as emerging trends including automation and AI.

Chuck Mazurek

Director, Business Architects, SAP

Chuck Mazurek is a Business Architect at SAP, and an evangelist for Finance best practices who helps customers navigate the waters of business transformation. He has 28 years of experience in the software industry, 17 of which at SAP in various roles in presales and presales management. Chuck has been instrumental at many of our largest companies going through finance transformations in the MidWest and across the US, helping guide customers like GM, Ford, Cargill and Marathon Petroleum through the roadmap of their journey. Chuck is also a prior Controller who has walked a mile in the shoes of finance teams.

Massimo Ciotola

Director, Finance Center of Excellence, SAP

Massimo Ciotola is a Senior Director within the Finance & Risk Center of Excellence team at SAP, and recognized thought-leader on driving successful Finance Transformation initiatives.  Massimo spends his time working with customers to help them transform the Finance function with a modern finance platform utilizing advanced finance technology solutions along with business process optimization.   Prior to SAP, Massimo was responsible for driving Finance Transformation initiatives and implementing enterprise business software at many Fortune 500 companies as a Certified Management Consultant.

Host: Melanie Nolen

Research Director, Chief Executive Group

Melanie is research director for Chief Executive Group and research editor for Corporate Board Member and Chief Executive magazines. She has two decades of experience writing for the corporate and financial industry across Canada and the United States. She is based in Florida.

Why you should attend:


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.