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Staying Sharp as a CFO: Insider Tips from Melissa Howatson

Thomas Krolak, Director of FP&A at Vena, has a front-row seat to how our CFO and show host, Melissa Howatson, handles this challenge. In this episode, Thomas and Melissa flip the script, with Thomas interviewing Melissa about how to stay sharp as a CFO.

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Key Attributes of an A-Player Growth CFO | Vinny Prajka

Vinny Prajka might know better than anyone. Vinny has worked with dozens of CFOs in his role at JMI Equity, where he helps portfolio companies accelerate growth and navigate operational challenges.

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Hidden Threats: The Role of the CFO in Privacy and Security | Joe Oleksak

As Partner at Plante Moran, Joe Oleksak advises businesses on cybersecurity, IT audit, and technology compliance. He has more than twenty years of information systems security and information technology audit experience in financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and insurance companies.

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The Future of Finance Leadership

This shift has had a huge impact on the Office of Finance. In this episode, recorded as a keynote onstage at Excelerate Finance 2024, host Melissa Howatson and Vena’s Director of FP&A, Thomas Krolak, discuss the ways the CFO’s role has evolved, as well as changes that are yet to come.

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The Evolution of Outsourced Finance and Accounting | Dani Sandler

Dani Sandler works with those businesses at ScaleNorth, an outsourced accounting partner and NetSuite Solutions provider. In this episode, Dani shares how fractional finance services allow businesses to access a diverse pool of accounting professionals with varying skill sets, without having to increase their headcount.

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Better Together: Aligning FP&A and Accounting | David Cornfield and Tom Seegmiller

David Cornfield of World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF) and Tom Seegmiller of Texada Software each started their careers on one side of the finance team, and now oversee both functions. They understand what can cause friction between these two roles, and the dangers of working in silos.

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AI Revolution: Unlocking FP&A Potential | Howard Dresner

Howard Dresner of Dresner Advisory Services discusses Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption and his predictions for how next-generation AI technologies will be used in Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).

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Empowering Small Business Leaders: Tips From a Fractional CFO | Kendra James Anderson

Kendra James-Anderson, founder of The Finance Femme, helps female entrepreneurs grow their businesses through virtual financial and accounting advisory. In this episode, Kendra gives us an inside look at a day in the life of a fractional CFO,

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New CFO Checklist: The First 90 Days | Tom Seegmiller

Tom Seegmiller, CFO of Texada Software provides his five-bullet checklist for new CFOs. Tom reflects on what it’s like to navigate the first 90 days – both professionally and personally – and offers practical tips for anyone taking on a new CFO role.

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