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Requisites of Getting on A Board, What Do You Really Need?
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The Washington, D.C. CFO Leadership Council
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Requisites of Getting on A Board, What Do You Really Need?

If you are like many CFO’s you may be thinking that now is the perfect time to serve on a corporate board. But how do you go about finding a role and how do you determine the right seat or company?

What skills do you need and how much time and energy does it require? Are they all the same? Finally, how do you decide if it is a public board or private company that would be best suited for you?

If you have asked yourself these questions and are not sure where and how to find the answers, join the Washington, DC CFO Leadership Council on Tuesday October 23rd for Requisites of Getting on A Board, What Do You Really Need? where our panel of experts will help you figure out what fits your needs and how to be successful in finding this role.

Breakfast and networking is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Our program will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.


Click here to learn more about CFO Leadership Council.


To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button and then click one of the two registration buttons and complete the form as requested.

All CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free.

Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.00.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Marketing Director, Washington, D.C. Chapter at Debbie@cfolc.com.

Cancellation Policy
If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email debbie@cfolc.com. Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information

Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 CPE credits in Personal Development
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website: www.nasba.org

About Our Speakers

Cynthia Downes, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer

Cynthia Downes has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. Her most recent position was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Versar, Inc. a publicly held and global project Management company. She was responsible for all finance and accounting activities, which included SEC reporting, treasury functions, budgeting, M&A, tax and information technology.

Prior to Versar Ms. Downes was Chief Financial Officer of Environmental Design International and 15 years at Tetra Tech beginning as an Accounting Manager and ending as the CFO of the environmental division. She has spent the bulk of her career working for professional services firms primarily in the Government sector.

During her career, she worked for both private and public companies that were expanding rapidly through both organic growth and Mergers and Acquisitions. She had to find solutions and establish policies and procedures to comply with regulatory statues while not stifling the entrepreneurial spirit. As with any growing company free cash flow is limited which requires a disciplined approach to spending.

Ms. Downes has a BS from Purdue University is a CPA registered in the State of Illinois and earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University.

Alyssa Gelbard, Founder and President, Point Road Group

Alyssa Gelbard is the Founder and President of Point Road Group, a global career consulting and personal branding firm that helps executives and experienced professionals market themselves confidently to achieve their career goals. Point Road Group works with individuals seeking a new job, board role or stronger personal brand to drive business success, and partners with organizations for customized corporate programs.

In addition to overseeing Point Road Group’s business strategy and operations, Alyssa is known for her personalized and strategic approach when working directly with executives. As a highly sought-after expert and speaker on careers and personal branding, Alyssa delivers presentations to Fortune 500 companies, small to mid-sized businesses, professional associations, nonprofits and universities. She also founded Resume Strategists, Point Road Group’s initial brand, almost 15 years ago.

Her unique perspective as a career expert stems from a background in strategic marketing and branding, as well as extensive experience hiring and managing staff throughout her career.

An instructor at the renowned 92nd Street Y and recurring speaker at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, Alyssa is also the Career Management Chair of Financial Executives International NY Chapter. She is an elected member of the Tufts University Alumni Council and Co-Chair of the Career Services Committee. Alyssa is also Co-Chair of the Tufts Women’s Network in NY and a member of the Paley Media Council.

As an Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board Member of the Masters in Sports Administration Program at Endicott College, Alyssa developed and teaches Preparing For Careers In Sports.

Her expertise in career advancement and personal branding has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc., Huffington Post, Forbes, Business Insider, CIO, The Street and eFinancial Careers, among other domestic and international media.

Alyssa has an MBA in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Sociology from Tufts University.

Michael C. Hyter, Managing Partner, Korn Ferry

Michael Hyter is a Managing Partner with Korn Ferry. In this role Mr. Hyter leads Executive Search, Korn Ferry Hay Group and FutureStep for Korn Ferry’s Washington, DC office.

Mr. Hyter is an accomplished senior executive, leadership consultant and thought leader specializing in the development of enterprise leaders and their next generation successors. Mr. Hyter joined Korn Ferry in 2012, after the acquisition of Global Novations, where he served as President and Managing Partner. For over 25 years, Mr. Hyter has served as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in a variety of industries.

Mr. Hyter brings a wealth of experience to the firm in the area of CEO Succession, Chief Executive Institute, Executive to Leadership Institute, and strategic Diversity and Inclusion consulting. Mr. Hyter’s work with executives in Fortune1000 companies has helped those organizations grow and enhance their business through innovative talent management programs. Mr. Hyter’s work has been underscored by the belief that one of the most effective ways to impact an organizations bottom line is by growing and developing the talent within the organization.

A successful author, Mr. Hyter’s most recent publication is The Power of Choice: Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career (2011). He is also co-author of The Power of Inclusion: Unlock the Potential and Productivity of Your Workforce, published by Wiley in 2005. He has published extensive articles in publications including the 2004 Handbook of Business Strategy, Director’s Monthly, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and Inc. Mr. Hyter is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and is the former Chair of the ELC Foundation. He also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. Mr. Hyter was recognized by Savoy Magazine in 2016 and 2018 as one of the most influential blacks in Corporate America.

O'Kelly E. McWilliams III, Member, Mintz Levin

O’Kelly advises US and international clients on a wide range of business and employment law matters. He has extensive experience handling employment aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions as well as employment disputes and compensation issues. O’Kelly has collaborated with some of the world’s leading companies and emerging businesses to mitigate their risks and advance their business plans. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Retirement System — a nearly $80 billion pension plan — and participates on its Benefits & Actuarial, Audit and Compliance, Defined Contribution Plan, and Administration and Personnel committees.

To help organizations manage employee relationships and reduce their liability, O’Kelly works with them to establish industry-specific employment policies and to provide board members and managers with compliance and employment training. He also conducts compensation audits to mitigate risks related to pay disparity issues.

O’Kelly has significant experience helping clients develop, negotiate, and draft executive employment, noncompete, independent contractor and consulting, severance, change in control, and other complex agreements. In addition, he handles equity-based compensation and incentive plans, and helps clients assess the risks associated with terminating employment and independent contractor relationships.

Clients count on O’Kelly’s advice to guide them through difficult employee challenges. He has helped companies handle whistleblower allegations and investigations, and he has helped conduct investigations of employee misconduct, including trade secret theft. His experience also includes conducting confidential internal company investigations related to allegations of accounting and financial wrongdoing, corporate waste, discrimination, harassment, and unethical dealings. He has also worked with companies to respond to such allegations.

In addition, O’Kelly has advised clients on the best ways to handle complex employee issues arising from company mergers and acquisitions as well as workforce restructuring. He regularly provides strategic counseling in assessing trade secret, confidential and proprietary information, contractual, and other risks associated with the potential hiring of executives and employee raiding from competitive entities.

As a litigator, O’Kelly has represented clients in disputes involving breach of contract claims, the misappropriation of trade secrets, and employee raiding and noncompete agreements.

Prior to joining us in 2018, O’Kelly established, grew, and managed the DC, Virginia, and Maryland offices of a large national law firm. His experience also includes working with other prominent law firms in the DC area. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Member at Mintz Levin. O’Kelly also clerked with the Honorable Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia.

He is frequently invited to lecture and present on employment law matters, including issues related to employment due diligence in business transactions, executive employment agreements, trade secrets, and D&O risk mitigation.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® (2017 - 2019)

  • Included on the DC Super Lawyers Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Business/Corporate list (2014 – 2017)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Retirement System (an almost $80 billion public pension plan)

  • Chairman, Epsilon Zeta Boule Foundation

  • Co-general counsel, National Association of Investment Companies General counsel, MVP International Athletics

Amy E. Rojik, CPA, National Assurance Partner, BDO

Amy has spent 11 years with BDO as part of the National Assurance practice directing, developing and delivering learning initiatives applicable for staff through partners. She helped establish and directs the firm’s external Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting Center designed for financial executives and those charged with governance of both public and private companies. She participates in the development and implementation of the Firm’s national strategies and initiatives that support industry, business, technical, and client service goals and helps lead the firm’s Market Prominence Team.

She is responsible for the development and presentation of a high volume of BDO’s CPE- worthy webinar and self-study programs. In addition, she has written various thought leadership pieces on a variety of matters related to corporate governance, including cybersecurity, fraud, and audit committees. In collaboration with various leaders within BDO, Amy published BDO’s Effective Audit Committees in the Ever Changing Marketplace and related practices aids and helped establish BDO’s Revenue Recognition Resource Center.

She has a combined 11 years of Big Four firm public accounting experience serving manufacturing and high technology companies as well as private companies, primarily in the wholesale distribution and biotechnology markets. Such experience included assisting clients with public debt offerings and acquisition transactions.

Amy is involved with certain Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) initiatives, including audit committee communications and audit quality indicators. She participates in the AICPA’s EDMAX forum for accounting firm learning specialists to share knowledge and practices on evolving learning methods.

Amy supports BDO initiatives aimed at flexibility, development and career progression and serves on BDO’s Women’s Initiative and Virtual Parenting Network.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants National Association of Corporate Directors


M.B.A./M.S. , Accounting, Northeastern University, Graduate School of Professional Accounting

B.A., Economics and Psychology, Union College

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