Gartner CFO & Finance Executive Conference

May 25 – 26, 2021 | Americas | Virtual

Transform the finance function with strategic guidance for global CFOs and finance leaders

Tomorrow’s Finance: Digital, Adaptable and Resilient

2021 is a career-defining year for finance leaders, and the mandate is clear: Accelerate growth and digital models, while restoring the organization’s financial health.

The best CFOs catalyze rapid growth by determining the right costs to bring back in and how to protect the organization’s most critical investments. Now is the time for CFOs to the update the governance, data, and analytics that drives these decisions, and in turn re-establish a resilient, long-term financial strategy that supports the enterprise’s digital ambitions. 

The virtual Gartner CFO and Finance Executive Conference 2021, May 25 – 26, open to CFOs and finance leaders globally, outlines what the future of finance will be and helps CFOs and finance executives define the ‘new normal’ for their teams, creating a digital finance footprint that enables a more nimble structure, set of processes, and people. 

Trends based on CFOs’ and finance leaders’ top priorities

Gartner extracts insights from 38,000+ client interactions each year — including 13,000+ senior executives. That means you can benefit from the real-world experiences of finance leaders across every company size and industry.

Actionable insights from Gartner experts

Gartner experts provide real-world examples and data-backed research to help you take on your most pressing challenges. Schedule a personal, 30-minute one-on-one conversation with a finance expert, and return to work with a clear action plan.

Solutions for every member of your team

Join the only conference that is designed specifically around the unique challenges facing CFOs and finance executives and their teams. Explore the ways that you and your team can bring the most value back to the group.

This conference is unique given the high-caliber audience — most are CFOs. We focus our content on how the finance function needs to evolve to best serve the business and on how to leverage technology, evolve our processes, reconsider organizational structure and talent. We offer attendees strategic and actionable advice that positions them to anticipate and build for the future organization.

Johanna Robinson

Practice Vice President and Conference Chair

CFO Circle Program

The CFO Circle is an exclusive program within the overall agenda designed for Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) to explore new strategies, share innovative ideas and grow their community of peers.

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    Calling all finance leaders

    The most important gathering of CFOs and senior finance executives offers strategic guidance on the trends that shape finance, company performance and personal leadership. Through an intersection of peers, thought leaders, Gartner expert and practitioner research, you will find new ways to approach critical challenges and make decisions with confidence. This conference is designed for:

    Chief financial officers (CFOs) and business unit CFOs: Gain strategies to build the finance organizations of the future
    • Learn how to improve efficiency and accuracy across the finance function.
    • Hear the best strategies to attract and retain top talent and build financial teams of the future.
    • Learn how to incorporate agility into the finance function to better respond to the needs of the organization.
    • Gain best practices in embedding analytics into business processes and strategic decision making.
    Chief accounting leaders and corporate controllers: Learn new methods to increase accuracy and efficiency
    • Gain best practices in upholding the integrity of business financial data with efficient and accurate closing processes.
    • Learn how to build technical and problem-solving skills across the function.
    • Gain best practices in eliminating judgment-based errors across the organization.
    • Learn new ways to increase efficiencies for faster closing processes.
    Financial planning and analysis leaders: Learn how to build better business partnerships across the organization
    • Gain best practices in building cross-functional partnerships and strong lines of communication across the organization.
    • Learn how to incorporate external data and new analytical methods into current business processes.
    • Learn how to better support business decision making with realistic and trustworthy projections that inspire a clear plan of action.
    • Discover new methods to overcome challenges related to manual processes, outdated data and technologies and lack of data standardization.
    VPs of finance transformation: Learn to better partner with the larger organization and develop a strong business case for finance transformation
    • Access forward-thinking trends and research-backed data to inform finance transformation priorities.
    • Gain best practices in people management for stronger teams that can rise to transformation challenges.
    • Learn how to better leverage current technologies to increase automation and efficiency.
    • Develop a transformation roadmap that sets the organization up for success in the future.
    Shared service leaders: Gain access to data-backed research and best practices for efficient and effective service delivery
    • Enhance your team’s business leadership and partnership skills to better serve the larger organization.
    • Learn best practices in delivering and measuring ROI from systems implementation.
    • Learn how to better communicate and champion the organization’s mission, vision and strategy.
    • Gain best practices in delivery model design and selection.

    Tracks at a Glance

    Access an array of content and Gartner research specifically designed for CFOs and their direct reports. Explore four agenda tracks filled with the latest research-backed content.

    Track A

    The CFO Mandate: Rethinking Costs that Drive Growth in a Digital World

    The board demands accelerated growth while expecting CFOs to restore their organization’s financial health. With the tumultuous start to 2021, achieving this dual mandate is a daunting task, but the best CFOs catalyze rapid growth by determining the right costs to bring back in and how to protect the organization’s most-critical investments. This track teaches CFOs why now is the time to update the governance, data and analytics that drive these decisions.

    Track B

    Supercharging Data, Analytics & Technology Projects to Build a Digital Finance Footprint

    Eighty percent of finance leaders believe the finance organization must significantly accelerate its application of advanced digital technologies to effectively serve the business in 2025. This track helps finance leaders understand how to effectively unlock the promise of the data, analytic and technology landscape — without breaking the bank.

    Track C

    Positioning the Finance Org for 2025 using Comparative Advantage

    Three pervasive trends are changing the course of finance forever: the democratization of data, increasing organizational complexity and the rising sophistication of digital technology. This track helps finance leaders understand the impact of these trends on the finance organization’s comparative advantage and shift their transformation efforts to successfully achieve their 2025 vision.

    Track D

    Rebuilding Finance Processes and Talent Profiles to Meet Digital Needs

    To meet the digital needs of the organization, finance leaders will need to build a different in kind set of talent and processes. This track teaches finance leaders which competencies are needed to succeed, how to accelerate skill development, and how to take advantage of digital technology advances to automate more processes and enhance judgment across the finance organization.

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