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What is Blockchain and Why is it Important for You to Be Prepared
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The Los Angeles CFO Leadership Council

Tuesday, February 13, 2017
7:15 AM to 8:00 AM Networking | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Program


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Blockchain is probably best known as the technology originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin. However, the underlying technology has enormous potential as Blockchain is essentially a central ledger or distributed database that is owned by everyone and yet owned by no-one. As a CFO, what does this new technology mean? What do you need to know and what are the potential implications to your business? Join us on February 13th to explore this topic further with our panel of experts. You will not want to miss this!



Learning Objectives

  • Blockchain fundamentals - What is Blockchain? How is it used? What are the business benefits?
  • Explanation of what is “cryptography” and why it is so important in today’s world economy.
  • Defining what a “smart contract” is and an exploration on its potential uses.
  • A description on how can Blockchain be utilized in Healthcare, Fintech, & Insurance and other industries
  • Can your company just monitor Blockchain from the sidelines?
  • How to lead your company’s transformation of current centralized operational and business models to distributed.
  • Description on what does a Blockchain Discovery Group look like
  • An update on the legal issues that Blockchain presents
  • Discussion on how Blockchain will change the world economy




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Registration

All current 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 $65.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) cannot attend 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 Toni Clubb, West Coast Regional Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at toni@cfolc.com or Stacy Hall, Marketing Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at stacy@cfolc.com.



Cancellation Policy
If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Stacy Hall at email above. Refunds are available up to 48 hours prior to the program.



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:

Shelita Burke, International Pop Star, Technologist, Entrepreneur
Shelita is an international pop star, technologist, and entrepreneur. Using data science, behavioral science and AI technology, she has been able to generate over 29 million Twitter impressions and millions of Spotify plays on her latest releases. As a co-founder of music technology company, Audience Academy, Shelita is disrupting the music industry and empowering recording artists and marketers with an innovative approach to growing large audiences. Shelita Burke released her recent album Special - EP on the blockchain and created Ethereum smart contracts to pay all the right owners instantly. The album has gone viral with over 20 million streams, and charted #24 on Billboard #3 on iTunes and has been featured in Forbes.


Michael Elias, CFO, Classic Cosmetics, Inc.
Michael Elias has led an impressive career as an accountant and finance professional in his 20 years working in the Telecom, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Government Services industry. Michael was nominated as CFO of the year for the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Classic Cosmetics, Inc., a medium-sized enterprise, Michael plays a major role in the day to day operations, strategic planning and Senior Executive Management. Prior to his current role, Michael served as a Controller for a telecommunications and technology firm, a VP of Finance and Controller for an industrial automation machines manufacturing company, and Finance Manager for a large Department of Defense Contractor. Michael holds a B.S. in Management from California State University, Northridge, Advanced Accounting Certificate from UCLA, and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Thomas Edison State University.


JR Lanis, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
JR Lanis assists clients with public securities offerings and reporting, private equity and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation and representation. He structures, negotiates and closes multimillion and billion-dollar transactions, including public stock and debt offerings, tender offers, distressed company acquisitions and sales, mergers, licensing and other commercial arrangements, for both buyers and sellers. He also serves as outside counsel to several registered investment companies. JR has experience in public company listing and reporting for OTC, Nasdaq and NYSE-listed companies, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related stock exchange requirements. JR’s clients include publicly traded and privately held companies, funds and investors in a variety of industries, with an emphasis in technology, financial services, hospitality, life sciences and energy.


Mac McGary, President, Sweetbridge, Inc
Mac McGary is the President of Sweetbridge. Sweetbridge is open source foundation that builds and promote a blockchain-based protocol stack for global commerce and supply chains. Most recently he was Chief Revenue Officer of GT Nexus – the largest supply chain network in the cloud. When he joined GT Nexus the company was $20M in revenue, five years later the company reached $170M in revenue and was acquired by Infor for $675M. Mac has held sales leadership positions in two companies, i2 Technologies and Information Management Associates, which achieved impressive growth and successful IPOs. Mac begin has career in software in 1985 as a computer programmer and has a degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College. He has lived outside the U.S. for 14 years and has held global revenue responsibilities for several large companies for more than a decade. Mac holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in California.


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