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The Top CFO Thought Leaders of 'CFO Weekly'
So, while you’re working your way through our treasure trove of podcast goodness, we thought we'd list some of the top CFO thought leaders to put on your radar. We're sharing the Top 50, in fact, with links to their LinkedIn profiles to give them a follow, and a quick bit of advice they shared when they joined our host Megan Weis on the other end of the mic.
Some of the voices you’ve heard, during each episode of CFO Weekly, happen to be the most sought-after in the finance world. Add their wisdom to your LinkedIn feed and drive even more value for those in your working environments.
Thought Leaders Thriving in Good Times & Bad
Controls are more important in good times than bad. Chris knows this better than anyone else.
You either win or you learn, right? That’s what Liz did during 2020 and she’s gracious enough to share her lessons with all of us.
What would a finance career be without a few struggles? Macy’s a pro at overcoming hurdle after hurdle and achieving her goals. We could all learn a thing or two about perseverance from her.
When you need to quickly implement something, you need a plan before ‘going back to normal’. Drew knows all the boxes that need to be checked before resuming business as usual. You’ll want access to what he has to say.
The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t Ali’s first effort at working remotely. She’s developed 10 rules for success over her 12-plus years in the game. Learn all of her habits for making it happen.
Problem-solving is a critical skill that can always be improved upon. As one of our top CFO thought leaders, Adam is a master at it, especially looking beyond symptoms and solving the root cause of issues.
Thought Leaders in Cost Containment
Matt will shake up the way you look at outsourcing.
- Ken Wentworth - “Mr. Biz”
Cost-cutting makes even the most seasoned experts nervous. Ken’s advice helps take the edge off.
There’s budgeting, and then there’s SaaS budgeting. Clint is an ace with both.
- Paulo Cheung - Executive Vice President and Country Site Head - Philippines at Personiv
Should you or shouldn’t you consider the Philippines when outsourcing? Paulo has succeeded at it, so you may want to find out more about how.
Not many people imagine that there’s a no-cost way out for businesses hit hardest by something like the pandemic. Adanma proves otherwise, offering expert-level insights into zero-based budgeting.
CFO Thought Leaders Talk Company Growth
It’s not always easy to lead a business through hyper-growth. All top CFO thought leaders know about this, and Victor’s experience and tips will help you navigate the journey.
M&As have a way of introducing both, reasons to celebrate and reasons to be nervous. In such situations, there’s a fear of being made redundant as finance professionals. This is precisely why Kristen, one of our top CFO thought leaders, spends time educating her audience about the viable option of appointing Interim CFOs.
Steven has some of the most practical advice for both buyers and sellers in M&A scenarios. You’ll want to consider all angles, and this is where you’ll find them.
Glen is a great person to follow if you enjoy learning about the finance industry and accounting profession from a zoomed out view. It’s mind-blowing to see how far the industry has come, and to think of where it’s heading!
Raising capital is enough of a challenge, but trying to do so without fitting into just one vertical or having a boxed-in business model? That’s a whole new level of fundraising, which Olga is only too happy to discuss with her audience.
Human Capital & Leadership as CFO
Tony opens our eyes to iconoclasm, where challenging the status quo, designing improvements and executing toward them all blend together in a fascinating approach to life.
Steve’s experience from the talent acquisition space comes in handy when you’re wondering how to grow your team effectively.
As if office life didn’t present enough employee engagement challenges, the pandemic had to come along and rock the boat. Mike’s tips for keeping your workforce engaged will help you keep your company culture alive and your team on top of their game.
Larry is living proof that the finance world is about so much more than the numbers. Emotional quotient counts. Larry shows us how and why.
Finance is a highly regulated profession but Sean shows us how to maintain control over our own destiny, despite this.
Roy knows what it takes to be an exceptional leader.
- Cliff Edwards - President at Thomas Edwards Group
Where do you go scouting for new accounting talent? Cliff, one of our top CFO thought leaders, may have a few more spots for you to find your next star player.
Brent has a story or two about the importance and benefits of rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in at ground level.
Leading Through Change & The CFO Role
Change is constantly happening in and around your business. Why not take advantage of Magdalena’s experience in strategic investment and change management, as you face the inevitable?
Coulson paints a clear picture of what life is like as a Controller. His content is especially useful for those of you exploring career opportunities along this path.
Peter candidly shares the trials and tribulations of his journey to the C-Suite, and how to deal with mammoth-sized changes in business performance, both good and bad.
What’s even expected of CFOs today? Mike’s been answering this question, even as the answer regularly changes.
- Gene Corvino - President at William M. Bird
Gene has sound advice on transferable soft skills and how to apply them at the C-Suite level.
- Dustin Prager - Chief Financial Officer at Olympic Companies
Your age doesn’t limit your ability to occupy space at the C-Suite level. Follow Dustin for an inside look at the fast-track to the top.
Accounting, Operations & Automation - Top CFO Thought Leaders
Finance and Operations are aligning more closely every year. Will they ever converge? Where’s the overlap? Charles is on top of every move between these two business functions and, if you follow him, you could be too.
Follow John for updates from the heart of AI’s contribution to the finance profession.
Are you isolating your finance team from the rest of your business? Follow David to find out how to integrate finance with other functions, so everybody in the business can benefit.
Charles is the payroll expert we all wish we had on call, especially in sticky situations.
- Charley Devany - Fractional CFO and Tax Consultant at Charles E. Devany Financial Leadership
Charley is a brilliant source of information and guidance on everything related to Fractional CFO structures and operations.
- Andrew Royer - CEO at Royer Accounting
The fundamentals: accounting vs bookkeeping. This is one of Andrew’s areas of expertise. A wise choice if you’re looking for worthy people to follow when exploring career paths.
CFO Thought Leaders Creating Value & Making A Difference
- Arno Wakfer - General Manager, Coach and Trainer at Educatio
Value creation is blurring the lines more than ever before in business operations. For the finance professional, there are unwritten and unspoken expectations to be up to speed with all kinds of technology, which is where Arno comes in.
- Julian Love - Chief Business Officer at St. Hope
Finance professionals can no longer ignore the need and the call for businesses to make a social impact. Your best bet to getting it right it to start by following Julian.
How many people do you know, capable of switching a business to a fully remote operation within 24 hours? Jill is one such miracle-worker.
Storytelling and finance aren’t combined enough in the world we live in, so Liz provides the recipe details.
- Robert Bendetti - Chief Financial Officer at Life Cycle Engineering
Robert is an ace at lifelong learning in all its forms.
Find yourself in a data-driven environment? Ryan’s been there and he knows what it takes to thrive.
Thought Leadership Across Company Size, Type & Industry
You hear the pros and cons about working at corporations and small businesses, but you don’t often hear about the difficulty of switching between the two. Jeff’s got you covered if you’re finding it tough to adjust to the scale of your new working environment and team.
Is it really any different being a CFO in a private-equity backed company? Kerem’s worth following ifyou’re seeking the answer to this question.
How do you transform your business from reseller to manufacturer? Rick has run that gauntlet with his team and emerged victorious, making him worth the follow.
- James Schleck - Founder at Bayonet Capital
Like with moving between corporates and small businesses, it can be challenging to move between non-profit and for-profit business organizations. James helps you transition by sharing details about human-centered design, which applies to all working environments.
The expat lifestyle makes so much more sense when you hear someone like John talk about it.
Ed is one the foremost specialists in the non-profit sector. He drives home the reality for many people that non-profit employees still have bills to pay, and how they go about achieving this from his point of view.
Deloitte rarely needs an introduction. What Steve and his team are working on in the US CFO Program, though, is something out-of-this-world. You should follow him to keep up.
Katherine shares property accounting insights for you to take advantage of.
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