The Finance Academy

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Upcoming events

Women in Finance Academy

Oct 5-6, 2021

Sponsor: Liz Wol, Partner

West Coast Finance Academy (Virtual)

TBC Nov 2021

Sponsor: Josh Copp, Partner

Recent events

East Coast Finance Academy (Virtual)

Jun 23-24, 2021

Sponsor: Steven Eklund, Partner

Program Structure

Each program includes a selection of materials structured around core finance topics, current trends facing the finance function, leadership, and communications which may include: 

Core finance curriculum

  • Principles of value creation
  • Finance as a value champion
  • ROIC performance management
  • Beyond budgeting: Allocating money and talent for value creation
  • Toward better investment decision making
  • Making M&A a competitive advantage

Current finance curriculum

  • The evolving role of the finance function
  • Perspectives on long term value creation
  • Activist investors
  • Future finance (big data, advanced analytics, digitization)
  • Zero-based budgeting

Leadership and communications curriculum

  • Principles of effective communication
  • Personal leadership and optimizing for sustainable performance
  • Fostering connections

Who should attend

Treasurers, Controllers, FP&A leaders, business-unit CFOs, tax leaders, and other CFO direct reports

What others have to say

Excellent session! It was motivating both professionally and personally, and brought the right balance between technical acumen and self-exploration/mindfulness. Really appreciate all the effort in design, planning, and execution of the day! It was a privilege and pleasure to participate.

The whole session had a real impact on me. I put my commitments from the leadership session into my annual goals and feel they played a huge part in my promotion!

Great program to stay connected, share challenges/wins and to network.

Featured Insights


The CFO’s role in capability building

– Organizations developing new skills for the next normal must determine exactly how and where to invest in them. The finance leader is uniquely suited to provide the necessary combination of insights.

Accounting for values and valuation

– Former UPS finance chief Kurt Kuehn describes how the SASB framework can help companies measure, manage, and disclose material ESG and other nonfinancial risks.

Finance 2030: Four imperatives for the next decade

Over the past decade, finance departments reduced costs by almost 30 percent. The next decade’s focus: achieving even higher levels of effectiveness.

The impact of COVID-19 on capital markets, one year in

– Stock market performance reveals the impact of accelerating trends, growing gaps between the winners and the rest, and a flow of value to megaplayers.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Taking stock: Catching up with Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman

– How has the global market exchange remained relevant to its stakeholders after 50 years? By embracing changes in technology, society, and the economy and by meeting customers’ needs with innovation.

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