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The Indispensable CFO: Effectively Adapting to the Expanding Role of CFO
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The NYC CFO Leadership Council
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Networking | 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Program

While CFO’s across all organizations demonstrate strong financial acumen and functional expertise, the most successful CFO’s acknowledge the need to leverage competencies beyond financial oversight that align with the tenets of their organization’s strategy, culture, and stakeholders.

Join us for "The Indispensable CFO: Effectively Adapting to the Expanding Role of CFO”. In this collaborative setting you will take an active part in discussing specific points with your peers and hear advice from our speakers. Together we will share our collected perspectives on the recent changes to the demands of the position and get guidance and advice from our panelists on how a CFO can deliver value for internal and external stakeholders.

Join the conversation with your peers and walk away with new insights about becoming/ remaining an indispensable CFO.

Consider the following learning objectives and come prepared to discuss them:

Learning Objectives

  • What’s changed (changing) with the role of the CFO? – How and why the role of the CFO has evolved to a strategic and operational leader

  • Why/How are finance capabilities changing - What are the trends that are changing the skill profile of finance professionals? Where are things needed?

  • What does today's indispensable CFO look like? What are the inherent skills and proficiencies your executive team, board, and other key stakeholders expect you to possess from day one

  • What new responsibilities are CFO’s now taking on? – How to prepare to lead functions such as HR, Legal, and Information Technology?

  • On a personal level - what should professionals do to understand their gaps, how to fill them to remain current.

We look forward to your active participation!

Breakfast and networking is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Our program will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m.


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To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button. All CFO Leadership Council members can attend this event 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 $75.

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.

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For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Marketing Director, NYC Chapter at

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email 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 (NY State – Advisory Services)
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:

About Our Speakers

Jonathan Bigham, Chief Operating Officer/ CFO, The Strategic Agency

Jonathan Bigham is the Chief Operating Officer/CFO of The Strategic Agency, a leading sports and lifestyle marketing agency with expertise in sponsorship, experiential, and promotional marketing. In his current role, he oversees Finance & Treasury, Legal, HR & Administrative functions, as well as Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining Strategic he spent 3 years as the Finance Director of Maxim Inc., helping implement a turnaround plan that reduced expenses by more than $25 million dollars and restored profitability to the brand. Before Maxim, he served as VP North American Business Development for Trusted Media Brands (TMB), working across brands to identify and develop new brand initiatives with select strategic partners. Prior to joining TMB, Jonathan spent four years in brand management and development at Rodale, Inc. where he managed the creation of the Runner’s World digital marathon training business, a Biggest Loser corporate wellness program for Humana, and custom wellness content programs for UnitedHealth Group’s OptumHealth division. He was named Vice President of Global Licensing, New Product Development, and M&A activity at American Media, Inc. in 2004, managing their international licensing and video production business. Over the course of his career, he’s managed over a dozen M&A transactions aggregating more than $700 million in value. Jonathan holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University and a BA in French and Managerial Economics from the University of Lynchburg.

Michael Cohen, Chief Financial Officer, Flywheel Sports

Michael Cohen is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Flywheel Sports. In this role he oversees all financial planning, accounting, logistics, legal and business insights.

Prior to Flywheel, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer of Birchbox, the discovery commerce company changing the way women and men shop for beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Through its multi-channel platform, the Birchbox experience features personalized sampling, informative editorial content and a hand-picked online store. Prior to Birchbox, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer of Associated Content, one of the first crowd sourced media companies. He helped lead Associated Content from its early stages through its sale to Yahoo!, where he then served as Director of Business Operations for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices. Before getting involved with New York start-ups, Michael worked for ESPN, where he helped grow ESPN’s brand extensions including their New Media, Consumer Products and Publishing businesses. Prior to that, he was an Associate and Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a BBA from the Ross School of Business. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Jeff Harris, Managing Director, Tatum Executive Search

Jeff Harris is a Managing Director with Tatum Executive Search and has over 20 years of experience in executive search, management consulting, and sales. He is a trusted advisor to his clients helping them identify senior level executives at critical inflection points. He has worked extensively to recruit senior executive leaders in C-level management positions across multiple industries for some of the fastest growing companies in the world. His diverse career includes work with private equity and venture capital firms as well as consumer/retail, industrial, healthcare, and technology

Jeff holds a BS in Economics from Colby College and is actively involved with the Charlestown MA Lacrosse and Learning Center. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and golfing with his family

Prior to joining Randstad, Jeff was a founding partner at Monument Executive Search, which provided placements for companies in the Healthcare and Financial Services Industry. His assignments included identifying C-Suite and executive leaders for integrated health systems, academic medical centers, and healthcare information technology companies and asset managers. Before embarking on his career in executive search, Jeff spent ten years in financial services as an Equity Trader and Desk Analyst.

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