Speaker Bio

Hilary Richards

Hilary Richards

VP Analyst
Hilary Richards serves as Vice President Advisory in Gartner's Finance Practice. In this role, Ms. Richards advises Controllers and other senior finance executives on critical issues facing their organizations, and assists them in translating best demonstrated practices into action in their respective organizations.
Areas of specialty include accounting close, internal controls, accounting department productivity, and accounting department structure. She also facilitates meetings for senior Accounting, Tax, and Shared Services executives across a variety of settings and topics.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 / 02:30 PM - 03:00 PM EDT
Developing and Retaining Digital Finance Talent

Eighty-three percent of digital finance talent believe the skills acquired in the finance function will help further their careers, but only 58% believe they currently have many career advancement opportunities in finance. CFOs struggle to attract and retain digital talent because the talent pool is unclear about their career possibilities. Join this session to learn how existing management practices alienate digital finance talent and how to improve the retention of critical talent.

Thursday, June 01, 2023 / 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Reduce Change Fatigue in Finance Employees

Technology changes and hybrid work models bring many benefits but can come with unintended costs like employee fatigue. Employee fatigue can damage employee engagement and intent to stay. Join this session to learn strategies to energize weary finance employees and reduce change fatigue — even though the pace of change shows no sign of slowing down.

Thursday, June 01, 2023 / 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Make the Accounting Close Ready for Digital by Making it Resilient (Part I)

Digital technologies are providing a once-in-a-generation chance to transform the accounting close but many are finding themselves hamstrung by a process that isn't ready for digital. Time spent optimizing the close is not yielding the expected digital readiness, leaving most accounting departments struggling to create further efficiencies. Join this session to learn how to strengthen the resilience of the close, which is a more effective way to prepare for digital.

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