2015 Conference Sessions

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Career Development

Session 7: Advancement Through Gamesmanship

How do employees reach that next level in their career? Susan Packard lays out an approach to help your employees succeed called gamesmanship-a strategic way of thinking, as well as a language of business to help people advance. Through a dynamic and down-to-earth approach, Packard lays out the rules of gamesmanship, based on her upcoming book, New Rules of the Game, and illustrates how employees can better compete for promotions and plum assignments by speaking an alternative language, as well as how they can handle the many stresses that come with being in the workplace.

Session 14: Leading Through Crisis

Crisis situations donʼt happen every day, but they occur in every leader’s career. Sadly, when crises happen they often take one by surprise, and leave a wake of destruction. Leaders recognize the warning signs of an oncoming crisis, create a defining moment, and then make their mark to avert catastrophe. Leaders who put their careers on the line and saved their organization recognized three crucial crisis ingredients: hidden problems, entrenched interests and profound communication fail points. These ingredients are further expanded in this interactive session.

Session 26: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

Peter Sims demonstrates that the kind of linear problem-solving and fear of failure we are conditioned to embrace actively thwarts creativity. Through a process of trying and failing in incremental ways, we gain critical information as we go from one small, experimental step to the next — leading to extraordinary breakthroughs. These so-called “little bets” helped spark the ideas that led to companies like Twitter and blockbuster movies like the Toy Story franchise. Sims discusses how we can learn to think and work like those we think of as geniuses — failing fast to learn quickly, trying imperfect ideas, focusing on finding problems rather than solving them, and practicing highly immersed observation—to turn our own little bets into big successes.

Session 30: Breaking Down the Silos: Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Studies show that the bigger the team, the lower the collaboration. In fact, the higher the education level and the greater the number of experts, the less likely they are to collaborate. This interactive session explores eight strategies for improving collaboration among highly educated and opinionated teams. Learn how to establish objectives and processes, involve the appropriate team members at the right time, and communicate and implement the decisions made. You’ll walk away with the ability to transform your team from siloed to cooperative.

Session 41: Three Critical Communication Skills You Should Master

Communication skills are consistently cited by boards of directors and senior management as the skills least developed among finance and accounting professionals. Furthermore, research and surveys abound that show a strong link between good communication skills and business success. Improving on one’s communication skills is the single best way to improve performance. It is also the best way to reduce the myriad risks that accompany miscommunication. This session covers listening skills and effective communication skills to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings.

Session 48: Women Mentoring Women - An Empowering Treasury Initiative

Continuing the conversation that began in last year’s AFP session, “After Hello: The Business Woman’s Networking Dilemma”, this discussion introduces the Women Mentoring Women initiative. Many female treasury professionals lack mentoring opportunities. A group of women treasury professionals has joined together to meet the need. The networking group matches experienced members with corporate practitioners and bank treasury professionals for a virtual mentoring program via LinkedIn. This session discusses mentoring strategies, how the new mentoring benefits woman treasury professionals, and how to get involved.

Session 51: When Corporate Practitioners Become Bankers

Many corporate practitioners and bankers share skill sets and experiences, but the respective roles require specific strengths and expertise. When looking for a career move, how do practitioners reinvent themselves as bankers and vice versa? What corporate skills and experiences are valuable to a bank? What makes a banker an attractive candidate for a corporate role? What surprises have been encountered? Discover your latent career optionality as a diverse group of professionals who have successfully made the switch discuss these questions and more.

Session 92: Sustaining Competitive Advantage Through Succession Planning

A corporation must maintain sustained value creation for the shareholder. This goal is realized only when a corporation has a steady stream of resources that are valuable, rare and not imitable. The most valuable resource is intellectual capital represented by the team of knowledge workers. Acquiring and retaining talent to deliver cutting edge solutions is the very underpinning of business viability. Drawing on the speaker’s extensive experience as a CFO team succession plan driver, this session explores the sustained competitive advantage built atop the viable succession plan.

Session 98: The 3 R’s of the 21st Century: Reorganisation, Redundancy, and Resilience

Volatility and change are here to stay – are you ready? 90% of workers will be impacted by reorganization, redundancy, and or the sale of business units. Each of these could lead to job elimination. How do mid-career professionals find new employment? Where do you start, particularly if you’re well into professional life? How do you account for career gaps? How do you explain a redundancy? How do you market yourself half-way through your career? Join the lively panel as they address 21st century career transitions.

Session 100: Treasurer Talent: Development in Action

Corporate Treasurers from McDonald’s Corporation and others, discuss their career paths and help guide those interested in pursuing a career as Corporate Treasurers. The diverse panel goes beyond mere educational foundation by also providing industry expertise and requirements. What are the common backgrounds that enabled these corporate treasurers to effectively function in a dynamic, ever-evolving environment? The presentation will cover the skills, backgrounds, and instruments required to impact firm value while also developing as an effective treasury professional.

Session 107: Leading to Achieve World Class Performance

Why do some leaders have teams who consistently deliver world-class performance giving the organization a competitive advantage while others are frustrated and fall short? Are you creating and maintaining an environment where world-class performance can grow and thrive? Do you have a competitive advantage? Sometimes, while driving for results and task completion, leaders unintentionally create an environment that thwarts world-class performance. Learn more about how you and your team can truly become world-class and gain a true competitive advantage.

Session 109: Data Visualization in Spreadsheet Presentations

Audiences of financial presentations want fewer spreadsheets and more visuals, less focus on the numbers and more insight. How can an analyst, manager, or executive create effective presentation visuals? This session describes the six category decision model which creates clear, compelling visuals to replace spreadsheets. This method utilizes versions of Excel and PowerPoint you are already familiar with and creates messages executives and board members can easily understand. Since communication skills are key to advancement, set yourself apart from others by learning this method.

Session 125: Project Management for Finance and Treasury Professionals

Due to increasingly constrained resources, treasury and finance professionals are asked to step out of their firm’s traditional roles to serve as project managers. This session demystifies the discipline of project management. In this interactive session, attendees learn how to manage a project from beginning to end: establish project goals, obtain buy-in from internal and external business partners (stakeholders) establish a project roadmap, ensure project progress, anticipate project turbulence and bring the project to successful completion.

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Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Session 1: Anatomy of a Loan Transaction

The successful execution of a loan transaction takes a significant amount of planning and communication. This discussion focuses on this dynamic process after a financing need has been identified: Responsibilities of each party, which stakeholders should be involved, a review of key affirmative and negative covenants and why they may or may not be important. Speakers also address successful approaches to the inevitable difficult discussions. This is an interactive discussion between a corporate practitioner and a banker who have worked together on several transactions.

Session 20: Addressing Challenges that Come with Growth

OHL was in a phase of double digit revenue growth and was seeing significant pressure on their capital budget and asset light business model as a result. They also were limited by financing restrictions as a result of the terms of their credit agreement. CCA was able to come up with a flexible operating lease program for OHL’s capital equipment needs within their warehouses that included scanning, material handling, and indoor cleaning equipment. OHL was also able to normalize cash flows by matching lease terms with customer contracts.

Session 49: First Transform, Now Optimize!

Increased regulation, Acquisitions, and shifting product lines have dominated corporate Treasury’s focus over the past decade. An unintended consequence of these focuses is often that payments are being made with high cost that is detrimental to working capital. Focusing on the evolution from paper to electronic to card, supplier financing, dynamic discounting, and others can lead to millions of dollars of savings per annum. This session will focus on building a measured strategy to implement change that drives significant value for enterprises.

Session 71: Optimizing Debt Capital Structure: Short-Term Versus Long-Term Debt

One of the most critical capital decisions faced by corporate treasury managers is the evaluation of the appropriate mix of short-term and long-term debt. This session highlights key factors to be considered when balancing the maturity profile of debt financing. Topics include a company’s working capital needs, the impact of the interest rate environment on borrowing costs, and evaluating the most efficient source of long-term debt financing. Speakers will also discuss what events would typically be financed through long-term debt such as M&A and capital expenditure.

Session 78: Uses of Cash Effects on Subsequent Stock Prices

This session is an objective practitioner study spanning over 25+ years with over 3,000 publicly held companies comparing investment returns by each of five uses of cash strategies: Dividend Policy, Share Buyback Programs, Capital Expenditures, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Research & Development Expenditures. The study illustrates subsequent three year total returns for companies after they make their cash decisions. The data compares returns by economic sector, cap size, and investment style. The Study also analyzes how cash flow and leverage also affects returns.

Session 87: Funding Business Growth in Capital-Constrained Environments

Securing capital to fund this growth can be difficult. This session focuses on the wide variety of capital sources LGI Homes has used in its growth curve: private equity placement, joint ventures with private equity groups, credit facilities, initial public offering, and, most recently, a convertible debt offering. Access to capital combined with a robust financial forecasting system allowed the builder to take advantage of unique markets and achieve strong growth with an open-minded culture and creative financial solutions.

Session 91: 2015 Debt Compliance Survey Results

Debt Compliance Services presents the results of its 2015 debt compliance survey. Respondents answered questions pertaining to: objectives, responsibility, depth of coverage, accountability, and oversight by the BOD. Execution includes the use of debt calendars and covenant checklists, as well as in-depth review of current and prospective non-financial covenant issues and a prospective financial ratios and permitted baskets review. Speakers also discuss how the auditors are testing the adequacy of the debt compliance process and the impact of increased SOX requirements.

Session 108: Accessing the Private Placement Debt Market

Private Placement debt has become increasingly more commonplace as a means of liquidity for both private and public companies. How can your company access the market? This session takes an in-depth look at the Private Placement Market, including the pros and cons of working directly with lenders versus utilizing a bank intermediary. Participants learn how to access the Private Placement Market, typical deal parameters, and the advantages of forging relationships with direct lenders and agent banks.

Session 135: International Coordination of Financial Regulation

This presentation will review key issues in international financial regulation, focusing on consistency in implementation across countries; challenges relating to any differences in regulations among different jurisdictions for banks and their clients; and assessing how level the international banking playing field is.

Session 139: Capital Structure: From Theory to Execution

Omnicare recently executed a comprehensive transformation of its capital structure, after extensive research and preparation of complex analytics. While there is sufficient theory on the subject, this presentation aims to explain sophisticated analytical frameworks and data based decision models that were actually used execute this restructure. Speakers lay out key conclusions of their research including: triangulating inputs to arrive at cost of capital, mapping WACC over time, and Monte Carlo simulations to assess impacts.

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Financial Planning and Analysis

Session 4: Howdy, Pardner! Building Business Partnerships with Operations

FP&A professionals often work with operations in budgeting, capital spending and monthly reporting. However, that doesn’t mean operations rolls out the red carpet to work with the finance team. Learn ways to persuade operations that a strong partnership will identify new business opportunities, streamline operations and improve profitability. Led by two seasoned CFOs, learn the behaviors and competencies needed to “tear down that wall” and become an effective partner with your operations counterparts.

Session 6: Data Visualization and Big Data: Is Newer Really Better?

“Data visualization” and “big data” are two of the newest and hottest buzzwords in the world of finance. The conventional wisdom seems to be that you will be left in the FP&A career dust if you don’t jump on the bandwagon. There’s no question that these are immensely promising technologies, but are they really as new as their proponents claim? And will they revolutionize every aspect of your business? Join Randall Bolten, the author of Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You, as he discusses these revolutionary sources of data and how FP&A professionals can present it to display actionable financial outcomes and objectives.

Session 13: The True Shape of Actuals, Budgets, Variances and KPIs

For most firms, financial reports range between messy spreadsheets and inappropriate charts. Countless reports and presentations, all formatted and presented differently, are created throughout organizations daily. The solution? International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) consistently define shapes and colors of actuals and budgets, variances, different KPIs, etc. The “traffic signs for management” are a set of best practices that went viral in Europe and have solved business communication problems in numerous organizations. Attendees will learn how from a Coca-Cola Içecek case study.

Session 33: Analytics: Managing the Business Story

Analytics appears to be the latest miracle cure for managers wanting to improve corporate performance. Analytics technology is often in the realms of fantasy, which can’t be realized unless managers first understand how it should be used. The session looks at the changes in analytics over the past few years and how it can be used to understand performance, both current and future. This session covers what should be analyzed, the components of an analytic solution, and a range of analytic models that cover most industries.

Session 34: Big Data Finance Can Move the Needle

The cloud and big data are growing areas of interest for financial professionals. Traditional systems are a liability for financial leaders, particularly when their peers are exploring newer technologies that make their teams more efficient. Hear how Shelter Insurance Companies moved financials and integrated big data into FP&A via the cloud. This discussion explains the evaluation process, the risks involved, and what ROI you can expect.

Session 38: Capital Expenditure Analyses: How to Add Value!!!

This session overviews key elements in capital expenditure analysis, and major considerations affecting the valuation. Often times, practitioners prepare an analysis to evaluate expenditures prior to the actual investment, but do not do any “post” analysis to see how it’s performing, or how they can use the results to improve operations and prepare better analyses. Practitioners at GROWMARK have been preparing PACE analyses for several years in order to provide more accurate projections, report results to management, and to revisit intended changes in operations.

Session 52: Driving FP&A Strategy via Balanced KPIs

This session introduces the concepts of balanced score card and Key Performance Indicators establishing the holistic approach to financial strategy execution. It takes an evolutionary approach to organizational strategy development to measure and manage KPIs in a focused manner keeping in mind common pitfalls. FP&A driven budgeting, forecasting and analysis integrated with KPIs for real-time decision making are all explored. This session introduces the web-based open source technology Ruby-on-Rails. Devoid of licensing and capable of integrating into any financial technology environment, it can drive efficient enterprise-wide analytics.

Session 57: Optimizing Your Balance Sheet Performance Through Treasury/FP&A Collaboration

Treasury departments drive optimization of a company's dividend capacity - often a function of various local risk and funding requirements - while FP&A departments work with the business to globally optimize financial and economic results. Institutions can optimize the performance of their balance sheet by bringing these views together: The persisting low yield environment emphasizes trade-offs between economic results. The session discusses - at the case example of Swiss Reinsurance - a framework for an integrated, sustainable management of all types of results; and respective instruments such as strategic portfolio planning, new business steering, in-force management, and tactical optimization.

Session 59: The Future of Finance and Accounting

Finance today is in the middle of a transformation – but it’s not obvious to everyone. Businesses must update their technology and human resources practices. Technology is the game changer but talent will be the differentiator and competitive edge. Smaller finance teams drive strategic direction and provide expanded information services. This session explores the role of finance in an era of constant redefinition. Success for future finance leaders will be about identifying how finance will change, what role you can play and what skills you need to thrive.

Session 70: Human Capital - Measuring Value and Performance

In years past, there was a strong correlation between companies’ net assets on their balance sheet and their market value, but is this relationship still true in today’s global economy? Does it make sense in a continually growing “service” economy to measure the value contributed by human capital and to disclose how it is being deployed and rewarded? Can meaningful metrics be developed? Discuss these issues and many more in a very informative and interactive fashion with the session leaders and the audience.

Session 75: Driving Business Analytics at Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps, a media content company, competes in a dynamic and changing industry. Previously saddled with processes that forced high levels of manual data manipulation, this environment obscured visibility to key information and impacted the tracking and valuation of core business assets. This session discusses the journey that Scripps embarked on to drive analytics through the deployment of enabling technology including cloud services and adoption methodologies. The “Project Bedrock” solution firmly established the foundation for data accuracy and enhanced planning and modeling capabilities.

Session 82: Building World Class Forecasting and Budgeting Processes

According to Bob Lutz, the former COO of Chrysler, “The budget is a tool of repression rather than innovation.” This dramatic statement captures the sentiment of budgeting and forecasting within many organizations. However, the budget process can be a foundation for empowerment and innovation. This presentation highlights innovative steps for an ideal forecasting process. Topics include aligning forecasting with strategy, involving non-finance colleagues in the forecasting process, rolling forecasts, monthly review and planning, and long-term forecasting.

Session 110: Rolling Forecasts that Paul Revere Would Herald

The Massachusetts Medical Society strives to remain relevant in the continually changing healthcare environment. Keeping management current on all material and volatile aspects of what’s “coming” to inform future performance is the key purpose and benefit of the Society’s rolling forecast management process. Financial Planning and Management (FPM) works closely with organization leadership to clarify the complementary roles of its annual budget and rolling forecast processes. This presentation tells the story of FPM’s successful ride through institutional culture, data model design, application development, and communication.

Session 126: KPIs 101: Are You Driving the Right Behavior?

It’s an age old conundrum, what gets measured gets improved…and gamed. This session will look at a few case examples of how well-meaning KPIs have had unintended effects on overall performance, how that inadvertent sub optimization can hinder a business or department meet their true goals and then will explore theory and examples of what to consider in creating new metrics. These smarter metrics will aid you and your organization drive the behavioral that you meant to encourage all along.

Session 131: Eliminate Spreadsheet Overload by Presenting Data Visualizations

A recent survey found that audiences of financial presentations want fewer spreadsheets and more visuals. The goal: actionable facts and visuals for C-Suite decision makers. This session explains a decision model for finding an effective and appropriate visual. Even presentation novices can use this method and all the visuals are available in Excel or PowerPoint. Attendees learn to spend less time revising presentations and can look forward to fewer questions from senior executives, as their options for decisions are crystal clear.

Session 142: Budgeting and Forecasting in the Cloud

In August 2014, AccentCare initiated a project to replace excel driven budget process and selected a cloud solution for budgeting and planning. This session highlights how AccentCare in partnership with Huron Consulting implemented a cloud budgeting and planning solution in just 8 weeks in order to provide a centralized platform for the 2015 budget year. This session explains the cloud solution chosen, the selection criteria, how the team built the solution in 8 weeks, and the challenges and benefits.

Session 144: Beyond Spreadsheets: 5-Keys to Unstoppable Planning Performance

FP&A professionals have heard for eons about ‘continuous planning’ nirvana, yet tactical realities often prevent it. Hear from Capco Financial Services on their move from annual spreadsheet planning involving hundreds of contributors to a responsive, cumulative approach, with continuous, faster planning across G&A, Operations, and Demand. Learn to make planning adaptable to change, involve more contributors, and achieve greater accuracy, and velocity. Attendees takeaway real, actionable means to make planning performance unstoppable.

Session 145: Transform Your Business Planning

Corporate FP&A professionals are increasingly less siloed in their outlook and responsibilities. As a result, many finance teams are moving towards performance platforms designed around user experience and customization for enterprise performance goals. Real time calculation transforms and automates planning functions in several key areas enterprise wide including strategic, operational, capex, and human resources. Join ServiceNow in this vibrant and hands on corporate case study.

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Global Treasury and Finance

Session 17: Iceberg Ahead? Navigating a Changing Liquidity Environment

Bank regulation and money market fund reform are changing the features of liquidity options available. Meanwhile, rate environments continue to vary, as central bank policy diverges in the US, Europe, and Asia. Consequentially, treasury professionals must evaluate impacts to their cash management practices. In this session, Liberty Media Corporation and Goldman Sachs Asset Management discuss how to navigate the trade-offs and potential impacts to existing and emerging products. This session helps treasury professionals rethink risk management and cash segmentation in a changing liquidity landscape.

Session 21: Navigating Roadblocks: Intermediate Treasury Issues

Working in a treasury environments of doing more with fewer resources, three senior corporate treasury practitioners lead a discussion on various intermediate/advanced treasury topics, providing insights, tips, and lessons learned. Attendees have the opportunity to discover new topics, brush up on old skills, or deepen their knowledge in various topics including: Credit Agreements, Share Repurchase Programs, Global Cash Management structures. Recent regulatory changes such as FACTA, FBAR, and Basel III and their impact on corporate treasury will be discussed.

Session 22: A Smarter Way to Manage Global Investments

For many multinational corporations, effectively managing their global balance sheet cash across numerous regions can be a significant challenge. Decentralization often places critical control into the hands of personnel who only spend a fraction of their time focused on investing operating and strategic cash portfolios. Coca-Cola will share their strategy for gaining greater transparency into their global investments by implementing a centralized investment structure. This session examines how their strategy was developed, steps leading toward implementation, and how this led to an optimal portfolio structure.

Session 53: Driving an Innovative Global Treasury Re-Engineering Initiative

Doing business around the world can present significant treasury challenges, including operational inefficiencies and dealing with country-specific regulations and practices. In this presentation, Avis Budget shares best practices implementing an innovative treasury initiative across its European operations in record time. Speakers examine how an ambitious pay-on-behalf account structure reduced bank accounts, how practitioners centralized payables to a Shared Service Center and established a new pooling structure. Avis Budget reduced risk, significantly simplified management of funding and standardized and automated payables processes.

Session 69: Liquidity Beyond Boundaries: China Joining the Globe

In 2014, the Chinese central bank and foreign exchange authority allowed companies located in special zones to conduct cross-border lending, sweeping and netting for the first time. American corporates are now able to move funds in and out of China more flexibly and conduct intragroup trades with their Chinese subsidiaries in a more integrated and cost efficient manner. In this session, U.S. corporates operating in China share their experiences and knowledge of the new regulations, and the rationale behind their moves through case studies.

Session 85: Treasury One Way: Transforming Global Treasury Operations

Molson Coors created an ambitious goal to standardize its Treasury Operations globally and called the project “Treasury One Way”. The desired outcome was a standardized environment with consistent data and applications globally that would improve efficiency, strengthen controls, accelerate decision making and optimize resources. The initiative touched every aspect of Treasury including liquidity management, payments, forecasting, risk management, funding, management and regulatory reporting and all the associated accounting. This session details the initiative including challenges faced and lessons learned.

Session 90: ‘Re-Vitalizing’ European Treasury and Banking at Estee Lauder

In 2012, ELC launched a “Pan European Bank Structure Project” across 23 countries with the objective of standardizing its cash management processes in line with a major technology deployment. With more than 32 banks and 200 bank accounts, the legacy structure was inadequate for managing excess cash and gaining greater efficiency in payments, especially for the new SEPA environment. In a rationalized banking landscape, ELC now operates with 2 core banks, established a payment factory working with XML and achieved a 50% reduction in bank accounts.

Session 96: Cash Forecasting: Getting It Right

At Celestica, cash and cash flow are key metrics. Forecasting cash flow was time consuming and not always accurate. Learn how corporate treasury transformed the process by creating analytics from data in the treasury and global FP&A forecasting systems to improve forecast accuracy and reduce turnaround time from 4 days to 4 hours. The session also discusses changes made in how Celestica’s treasury department works with the business teams and other functions to make cash a top priority throughout the organization.

Session 116: Choice of Currency in Bond Issuance

Global companies are increasingly more exposed to foreign currency risk. The current landscape for the largest American companies is one where over 25% of revenue is generated outside the U.S. Of the world’s 500 largest companies, BRICM-based firms are almost as large a presence as their American counterparts. Practitioners must have a clear insight for currency choices in bond issuance as transactions, translation and economic exposure increase. This session, featuring an industry expert and corporate practitioner, addresses these challenges and prescribes solutions.

Session 118: Global Regulatory Reform: Considerations for Corporate Treasurers

Treasurers of global companies are faced with increasing complexity in rapid regulatory change in many dimensions. Some have important implications for corporate liquidity and funding structures, through direct impacts, or indirectly through the financial system. This panel discussion between a banker, a corporate treasurer, and a tax specialist will highlight key changes in the landscape, discuss the implications, and consider how corporate treasurers can be proactive in preparing their companies.

Session 122: Treasury and Liquidity Trends in Emerging Markets

As businesses expand in emerging markets, they face significant treasury and liquidity challenges. Issues ranging from operational practices, to local regulations are ever present. In this roundtable discussion, practitioners from Pfizer examine treasury and liquidity trends in emerging markets and how treasury must implement the proper infrastructure when conducting business in within emerging markets. Attendees learn about how to tackle challenges such as managing multiple currencies, moving money in and out of countries and/or around regions, with a special focus on Asia.

Session 123: Pioneers of Treasury Technology: Learn From Those Who Have Gone Before

Join our panel of veteran treasury technology users to cut through the hype, and set expectations. How do you leverage treasury technology to deliver benefits that far outweigh the costs? What are veteran technology users looking for now that they have gone through generations of technology products? What are the different types of selection criteria? This panel will discuss all of these questions and explore some of the longer term trends that have been seeing.

Session 132: Coming to America: Debunking Africa Treasury Management

Africa continues to provide tremendous opportunities for growth, yet executing complex treasury operations efficiently remains a challenge. In this session, ChildFund International., a global development organization discusses how it manages a multiple treasury operations in thirteen countries. Microsoft gives the perspective of a public company eager to expand business operations in the region while being mindful of the challenges. This session recounts several best practices including a Multi-Currency Treasury Hub via the UK, its SWIFT Partnership, and developing a “country risk-protected” liquidity management infrastructure.

Session 133: Regional Bank, Global Bank - What Factors Come Into Play for Global Companies and Their Treasury Needs.

Global companies face an ongoing challenge of choosing and maintaining an optimal global banking structure. In-country capabilities, global liquidity optimization, ERP system standardization opportunities and constraints are strong considerations. These considerations need to be coupled with counterparty risk and evolving regulatory environments While global banks have traditionally capably offered liquidity overlay structures, are they best suited for regional or country-specific treasury management needs? Are global banks agile enough to connect with your companies locally, regionally and globally based upon an evolving business model? Panelists on this session explain how corporates are learning to align their needs based on where their cash is located.

Session 136: To Pool or Not to Pool: That is Not the Question

As many companies restructure their global liquidity and currency management, there are multiple routes to achieve similar objectives. In this session, speakers from different companies discuss common challenges and their unique paths to treasury evolution. With treasury’s role expanding to add value to the enterprise, learn from their experiences the tools and techniques they applied. Hear Sun Chemical, IGC, and AT&T give compelling corporate case studies

Session 141: The Importance of Change Management in Treasury Transformation

If you are like many companies in the world, your business is growing faster than your treasury can deliver answers to the CFO. So you have no choice but to undertake a transformative technology project that will standardize your organization with shared data, automated processes, and bank agnostic connectivity. Great! But how do you get everyone – especially those who have been operating somewhat independently – to overcome the suspicion of change and buy into your vision? In this session, you will discover just how critical change management can be in making or breaking a global treasury transformation project. Hear how Cigna applied change management best practices to treasury and turned skeptical colleagues into project advocates.

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Payments

Session 3: Where isn’t My Data Stored? Help!

Information sharing is essential for effective bank relationship management. Corporates share their bank account information with every company that is paying them electronically, but there are many security concerns. Attendees will get a perspective of the many aspects of this problem, and hear from Giant Eagle and Colorado Business Bank who have worked to implement safeguards to secure banking information enabling receipt of electronic payments. How can tokenization help your organization?

Session 8: Payments Strategies in a Changing Environment

A panel representing NACHA, the ACH Network Administrator, The Clearing House, the Federal Reserve, and the two ACH Operators will discuss the current state of bank account-based payments, the current crossroads of payment strategies, and what it means to corporate practitioners. The Federal Reserve has released their vision of payments with their Payment System Roadmap, The Clearing House plans to build a real-time payment network and NACHA is moving forward with a plan to implement Same Day ACH. Learn how these innovations simplify your organization’s payment processes and what steps you need to take.

Session 16: Taking POBO Global

Learn how Omnicom Group recently completed an initiative to centralize its batch payments onto a single platform and process. With over 500 agencies in the US and Europe alone, 29 AP platforms, and 100,000 payments a month, the company was seeking to reduce the systems, connections, and protocols required to manage its payment process. In this session, discover how Omnicom overcame obstacles and gained efficiencies across treasury, IT, and its individual agencies to create and implement a centralized “Payment on Behalf of” process.

Session 27: The Merchant Perspective on Mobile Commerce

2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the implantation of mobile commerce solutions at large merchant companies throughout the United States. Hear from Treasury professionals from a cross-section of major merchant verticals regarding their strategic decision-making in which solutions to deploy, and how those deployments have gone to date.

Session 28: Combating Fraud in an Evolving Payments World

With numerous POS options available, the opportunity for fraudulent transactions is on the rise. Corporates face considerable challenges mitigating payment fraud in order to protect vital assets, employees and customers. In this session, practitioners and their banking partner discuss the use of payment processing solutions to combat fraud. Delta Air Lines, GameStop and Kroger Co. share best practices for implementing procedural improvements that streamline how cash and checks are handled at POS, the use of smart-safe technology and back-office fraud prevention solutions.

Session 31: Real Time Customer Account Validation with Verizon

Fraud resulting from account takeovers and unauthorized transactions affects companies in all industries and costs millions. Practitioners need to know before the payment, not after, that the account number is bad. The tourniquet is a collaborative database containing information on nearly 600 million financial accounts, which practitioners can use to verify suspicious account numbers in real time. Hear Verizon discuss its experience with account validation.

Session 36: Leveraging the Utility of Prepaid Cards: Driving Immediate Cost Savings Through Unique Disbursement Programs

Join your peers to discuss the keys to successfully developing unique applications for customer or employee disbursements through a prepaid card program. Prepaid is the fastest growing payment card segment globally and while this growth can be attributed to many factors, much of it is driven by the product’s utility. A well-built prepaid program is easy-to-manage and can drive immediate cost savings. It eliminates costs associated with cash or check fraud, escheatment, etc. – while providing an easy-to-use, safe and reliable payment product.

Session 39: Mobile Payments: A Better Way to Pay!

This is a disruptive, thought-provoking, even controversial session that educates everyone in the B2B and B2C payment ecosystem that there is a “better way to pay” utilizing mobile devices. Panelists compare and contrast mobile payments with traditional methods to highlight advantages. They discuss a proposed “Mobile Payments Bill of Rights” to keep everyone using this new ecosystem accountable. The panel also discusses “tokenization” and multi-tiered security that gives transactors the best payment experience, coupled with the tightest security-- as selected by payor.

Session 45: Achieving Treasury Nirvana: Electronic Straight-Through Remittance Processing

Recent electronic treasury advancements have sped up remittance and payments processing, yet challenges continue to stand in the way of attaining straight-through electronic remittance and payment processing. In this session, treasury professionals from Republic Services, PayPal and Con Edison review recent innovations, including Virtual Reference Numbers, UPIC, data enrichment and integration with XML and ISO20022, and discuss how they have helped improve some processes. Attendees learn about the latest innovations and gain valuable insights into how to reach this important goal.

Session 46: EMV Cards – Chipping Away at Fraud

Chip and PIN cards have been used globally for a number of years, and are becoming the global standard for credit and debit card payments. The U.S. is finally embracing EMV cards mostly through a “shift in liability" that takes effect in October 2015. How will users take to this new technology? Why are some issuers offering Chip and Signature versus the more secure Chip and PIN? Hear a panel of industry experts and practitioners discuss EMV cards and their far reaching effects.

Session 54: Next Generation Bank Connectivity: Itron’s Payment Story

Itron, a technology and manufacturing company serving the global utility sector, leveraged new payments standards to better support its global business and transformed data into business intelligence through ISO 20022 XML payments standards and SWIFT that met SEPA and global domestic payment processing requirements. Speakers discuss how having established global standards are greatly important after an acquisition, as the acquired company can move to the established standard.

Session 62: Corporate Strategies for Preventing Payments Fraud

Payments fraud experts from the Federal Reserve, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and Costco Wholesale Corporation present a snapshot of the current state of payments fraud in corporate U.S.A. and discuss effective practices to defend against it. They outline risk vulnerabilities and best practices to mitigate them including internal controls and transaction screening. Join a thoughtful discussion that offers education about payments fraud threats and shares tips on how to manage risk and limit liability exposure.

Session 65: Business Payment Directories: A Proof of Concept

Many businesses continue to rely on expensive and less efficient check payments. One major barrier to electronic B2B payments and remittance exchange is the lack of an open, industry-wide directory containing electronic payment identities. Such a directory could help ensure efficient business payments that would benefit all players. This panel, which includes a Federal Reserve representative, a corporate practitioner, and a solution provider from the Remittance Coalition describes a test on the viability of such a directory of payee information. The panel discusses real-world cases, business models and potential market solutions.

Session 67: Electronic Payments that Delight Customers - A Case Study with Allstate Insurance

Allstate Insurance’s felt their claims payment process, with its heavy use of paper checks, was ripe for improvement. Customers could only receive payment via check and had to deposit it themselves. Allstate partnered with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to research faster payment options, and adopted an electronic payment option in December of 2014. Learn how Allstate implemented that process and increased customer satisfaction through a new approach that was quick and paperless.

Session 76: How Bayer Stopped Payments Pain with ISO20022

As global organizations use diverse technologies to improve payment efficiency, the SEPA mandate has propelled the use of ISO20022 XML to the international forefront. In this session, attendees will learn how Bayer leveraged their European processing acumen to streamline domestic payments in the US and their future direction with this expanding technology. Speakers provide an overview of the ISO20022 standard, its adoption globally and the forces driving change in the US. They offer insights into navigating the challenges of migrating from traditional payment methods and how the ISO20022 XML standard can deliver value to companies.

Session 84: Bitcoins? PayPal? What Payments Should Treasury Accept?

New collection or payment systems are spawned by visionaries every few months and treasury practitioners need to somehow decipher which one of these advances are worth adopting. Apple Pay, Bitcoins, PayPal, M-Pesa or even same day ACH, all provide creative new mediums of transaction with unknown elements of risk, implementation cost and a high level of doubt as to their future viability and acceptability by society. This session guides treasury professionals ascertain the benefits of being an early adopter, IT concerns and the possible risks.

Session 88: Valspar Tackles Impostor Fraud Head On

Impostor fraud takes many forms. Thieves pose as company executives and instruct employees to make unauthorized payments. They impersonate vendors and request changes to their payment account numbers – or they hack into their targets’ vendor databases and change the account numbers themselves. These thefts often are unrecoverable and cost millions. After being victimized, Valspar Corporation resolved to end impostor fraud. They looked at their accounts payable process and identified all risks. Speakers will share how they enacted procedures to reduce fraud risks.

Session 94: Mobile Payment Frameworks Take on B2C Checks

More than three billion business-to-consumer (B2C) checks remain in the system according to the 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study. Businesses are increasingly motivated to pay electronically despite several constraints. In this session, MetLife, Con Ed and FedEx discuss industry trends, best practices, and the role that new mobile corporate payment solutions play in their quest to pay consumers electronically. Attendees learn critical insights, such as the largest sources of B2C checks and how a banking partner can support electronification objectives.

Session 97: Imminent Strategic Issues in U.S. Payments

The Federal Reserve Banks are leading a multi-pronged initiative to implement strategies to improve the U.S. payment system. Central to this effort is continued collaboration with industry participants via faster payments and security task forces. It is critical for treasury professionals to engage in this important endeavor in order weigh in on alternatives, and prepare for sweeping improvements. Learn about research planned in 2016 on a potential national electronic invoicing solution which would address remittance processing headaches plaguing U.S. businesses and potentially streamline the B2B payments process.

Session 101: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Caruso - Retailers Adopt Mobile

Mobile devices offer a new payment channel and new marketing opportunities to retailers. Come hear three successful mobile strategies from leading companies: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Caruso Affiliates. These early adopters will tell you why they adopted mobile, how they built their mobile programs, what results they have achieved, the potential risks and pitfalls, and where they plan to take mobile in the future. Attendees take away ideas for ways to incorporate mobile into their payment, marketing, and customer service programs.

Session 104: The Reality of Real-Time Payments

The United States has the largest and most complex economy in the world, with an equally complex banking system. Making the transition to real-time payments a huge task with many challenges, including costs, regulatory framework and uncertainty about the nature of consumer and business demand. This lively panel discussion covers the current state of real-time payments and debates whether near real-time is a good first step or just a distraction. The panel analyzes lessons learned from global implementations and discuss potential business models that may evolve.

Session 120: Attacking Interchange

Credit card processing fees are extensive and somewhat overwhelming. Nevertheless, you have to pay them if you want to process credit cards through your business. Rather than paying these charges blindly, a corporates best route to reducing them is educating yourself first. Then with understanding, comes the fun part - fighting back wherever you can! This session is a debrief of a fight against interchange fees in 2014 along with an active sharing session and discovery of steps attendees can carry back to their organizations.

Session 130: Achieving the Elusive Healthcare Payments/Servicing Victory

As the health insurance industry shifted to a consumer-directed marketplace, insurers responded to meet complex regulatory requirements for premium collection and challenging customer service needs for a legion of new members. Improving operating efficiency and controlling costs in a changing marketplace don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals. A panel of health insurance practitioners and payment experts join together to discuss their respective strategies that accommodated vastly increased membership bases and transaction volumes. The session reviews how a win-win-win outcome was achieved.

Session 137: Integrating Global Payments Through Treasury Transformation

Increasing economic complexities across the globe have forced companies to become more efficient. In the case of global payments, treasury faces considerable challenges. In this presentation, speakers examine the new technological tools and emerging payment standards across the globe that are enabling treasurers to harmonize and simplify payments, manage multiple currencies and effectively handle the associated risks. Becton, Dickinson and Company, a leading medical technology company, will share best practices in integrating global payments through an ambitious treasury transformation initiative.

Session 140: Leaping Ahead of the International Payments Curve

As conducting business across borders becomes more common and more fluid, it is important to transition to new methods. Each international market is unique. This panel session, featuring a bank payment strategist, an industry expert and a corporate practitioner, defines successful cross-border strategies by exploring the current challenges many businesses face in the global payment space, the evolution of issues that have brought the industry where it is today, and evaluating successful international payment practices.

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Pensions and Benefits

Session 5: Plan Re-Enrollment: One Ring to Rule Them All

Re-enrollment is a multi-tool that can address issues facing today’s 401(k) plan sponsors. During re-enrollment, all participants are asked to make new investment elections or have their plan balance invested in the qualified default investment alternative (QDIA). Although re-enrollment often gets overlooked, it can be an effective strategy to focus participants’ attention on their 401(k) while providing fiduciary protection for plan sponsors. This session explores the case for re-enrollment, the fiduciary soundness and insight into how some companies have used it in their plans.

Session 24: Pension Reallocation and an Investment Advisor Search

Haworth’s treasury group is responsible for the assets of a Pension fund, Rabbi Trust, and 401K. As fiduciaries to the pension, it conducted an asset liability study which considered funding requirements and the prospective asset allocations. Based upon these studies, the Investment Committee approved a significant changes in the plan but saw the need for stronger support from external advisors. This lead to the selection of NEPC. This session discussion outlines the ideal selection process for an investment advisor, and how the practitioner-advisor relationship led to success.

Session 42: Retirement Plan Boot Camp: Fiduciary Risk Management for Financial Professionals

The Defined Contribution Boot Camp is designed to guide retirement plan fiduciaries through the steps necessary to assist with fiduciary risk management. With personal liability, retirement plan Committee members must demonstrate an understanding of fiduciary duties and prudent processes and decision making. This session educate fiduciaries on their roles, responsibilities, what can go wrong, and how to mitigate risk. In addition to creating a prudent process, speakers cover the use of effective plan management and plan design to further reduce a defined contribution plan’s risk profile.

Session 77: Solutions to Manage Pension Risk in a New Era

Plan sponsors have witnessed market conditions which drastically impacted the funded status of their plans and altered the pension plan landscape for years to come. This situation, coupled with tighter accounting and government regulation, continued market volatility, increased governance standards, limited staff resources, plus the 2015 change in mortality rates, has forced pension plan sponsors to adapt to a new environment of pension plan management. In this new era, an emphasis on pension risk management is critical for both the plan sponsor and the pension beneficiaries. The session will frame and review pension risk management concepts such as dynamic glidepath asset allocation, portfolio strategy, and customized pension liability hedging approaches with the goal of educating on ways to minimize funded status volatility.

Session 93: Transferring Risk of Defined Benefit Pension Plans

Corporate pension plan sponsors face unprecedented risks. Twice in the past 13 years, U.S. defined benefit plan sponsors have seen their plans' funded status decrease significantly in market downturns. Rising stakeholder concern over financial statement volatility and awareness of longevity risk are causing many companies to reexamine their strategies. Recently, a number of companies have executed transactions to transfer pension risk to an insurer. In this session, listen to Kimberly-Clark discuss such a partnership with Prudential and how it benefited the organization.

Session 111: Improving Returns by Developing Investment Beliefs

An investor must consider its mission and investment beliefs and decide the extent of risk that should be taken. At the onset of a fiduciary mandate, the trustees should consider any particularly strong beliefs that need to be reflected in its investment arrangements. For example, if trustees do not believe in active management in a particular asset class, this influences the implementation route. Learn about investment beliefs and show how using a survey of trustees and staff can help set strategic investment beliefs that create a strong corporate culture.

Session 128: Evaluating Pension De-Risking Strategies

Corporate plan sponsors of defined benefit pension plans have been struggling with the cash contribution requirements, funded status volatility and balance sheet impact of these defined benefit plans for years. Several new risk management solutions are now available that reduce volatility and provide better tools for managing liquidity needs. While many companies have implemented liability driven investment strategies, most corporate practitioners are not aware of industry best practices. This session provides a framework to evaluate both new and existing solutions and looks at one company’s approach to managing their pension risk.

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Risk Management

Session 9: Going International: What I Wish I Knew

When a company grows internationally, a swift learning curve is common: “How does FX impact financial results, and how do we hedge it?” In this session, attendees learn through hypothetical examples how to account for foreign currency’s business impact from the beginning of international operations. Speakers explain why Treasury should have a seat at the table before the decision to grow internationally is made –and why Tax and Treasury must work in partnership to ensure working capital structures support the business worldwide and avoid negative tax consequences.

Session 10: How Mobile Banking Can Prevent Business Disruptions

When power failures, system outages, or disruptions threaten to bring productivity to a halt, mobile banking can keep business running.

In this session, a corporate treasurer will talk about using mobile banking during a hurricane that shuttered his office for a week and displaced him from his home. A leader from Wells Fargo will discuss how businesses can use mobile banking during emergencies and how to incorporate mobile banking into your company’s business continuity plans.

Session 12: Business Continuity Planning with an Eye Towards Cyber Risks

While most businesses and their treasury units have detailed disaster recovery plans, the majority have yet to include a plan for recovering from a cyberattack. The cyber threat landscape is expanding and the sophistication employed by the cyber criminals seems to be growing exponentially. So it is critical that companies and treasury especially, as the handler of the cash, develop plans to recover from a cyberattack. This session will offer some tips on how to go about that as well as including other learning from some of the more recent natural disasters.

Session 19: FX Option Hedging Workshop

As the USD strengthens against most major currencies, there is a renewed interest from US Corporate Treasuries to consider the potential use of options to optimize their FX hedges. This workshop gives participants the opportunity to work in groups to learn in practice how to price forward-style option hedging strategies, and understand the benefits and important aspects of each strategy. Participants acquire tools to critically assess which options structures adhere to their treasury policies, calculate (back-test) whether these structures would have provided a more effective hedge historically than an outright forward, and learn essential post-trade calculations, while covering stress testing and how to test for hedge effectiveness.

Session 35: Rising Rates & Capital Structure Decisions: Are You Ready?

Is your firm prepared for a hawkish Fed? While expected, markets have consistently tended to undershoot reality when dealing with a tightening central bank, and in the last cycle the Fed raised rates from 1% to over 5%. Companies such as Dunkin’ Brands, Vantiv and Bloomin’ Brands have been preparing. Join this panel discussion to learn about the actions various companies have taken over the year to prepare for rising interest rates, with a focus on derivative and capital structure strategies.

Session 43: Cybercrime: Financial Leaders Fight a Common Enemy

AFP, along with numerous media articles, highlight that cybercrime is a significant issue affecting many corporations. Most companies have had their network compromised by sophisticated cyber infiltration. These breaches put organizations at a competitive disadvantage. Boards, Finance and Audit Committees are intensely worried. However, there are strategies to reduce the risk including training, IT security tools, and professional skepticism. In this session, corporate, university and banking panelists size the cybercrime issue, and provide examples practitioners can use in their fight against cybercrime.

Session 58: Balance Sheet Hedge Programs: Good to Great

As a highly successful provider of integrated manufacturing solutions, FitBits’s foreign currency risk expanded quickly both in size and complexity. Fortunately, FitBit takes a proactive approach to hedging, which has enabled the company to reduce earnings volatility and keep up with constant changes in exposures in the foreign currency landscape. In this session,FitBit explains how it gathers currency risk, presents it to make hedge decisions, the challenges Treasury faces to act quickly, and how practitioners identify and address transactions that were undermining the effectiveness of the hedges

Session 80: FX Hedging: Capitalizing on a High Volatility Environment

Geopolitical risk, fluctuating commodity prices, and diverging global central bank policies are amongst the factors that have ushered back an environment of increased currency volatility. The session explores why a simple forward contract is suboptimal and even risky for corporate treasurers in a high volatility environment. Finally, the effect of volatility on several popular hedging structures are discussed so participants can be proactive in structuring their own hedging solutions.

Session 115: Hedging Translation Risk - Accounting and Tax Consequences

In times of USD strength, hedging foreign earnings and the net asset value of foreign currency functional subsidiaries receive greater attention by Treasurers and CFOs of public companies. Negative quarterly earnings surprises can result from translation risk and future earnings guidance becomes difficult. This session discusses the accounting treatment of translation risk and the potential hedging instruments including foreign currency debt, derivative financial instruments, options, and cross currency interest rate swaps. In addition, the Federal income tax consequences are reviewed.

Session 129: Risk Value Metrics: Driving Customer Focused Value

Enterprise risk management is a mature concept, but many corporations struggle to communicate value effectively. Risk professionals are challenged to demonstrate how the cost of enterprise risks, such as Cybersecurity, correlate to business value for stakeholders. Common metrics are not always clear. This session introduces a scalable framework for identifying risk metrics designed to focus on stakeholder value. Using Microsoft’s Enterprise Business Continuity Program as an example, speakers discuss successful measures including common metrics, reporting pitfalls, and best practices from industry leaders.

Session 138: Systems Thinking and its Implications for ERM

The 2008 financial crisis revealed that ERM frameworks by themselves were not sufficient in accounting for risk. Instead, practitioners must learn to take a more holistic, system-wide approach to risk management. This approach, known as “systems thinking,” has an overarching objective of understanding that organizations are complex social systems. In the systems thinking paradigm, the business organization, and the risks must be undertaken in pursuit of its strategic goals and objectives. This session explains why through case studies.

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Treasury Management

Session 2: Spin-Off Announced: Implement Effective Cash Management

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently spun off its global healthcare business creating a new public company, Halyard Health. A new Treasury department with segregated cash management and processes needed to be implemented for the new company. Capital Structure Plans and shareholder relations for both companies also had to be addressed. Kimberly-Clark and Halyard will share the steps completed, challenges faced and what they would do different next time. PWC will also provide best practices from a consultant’s point of view.

Session 11: Reengineering Receivables, Maximizing Efficiencies: An Insurer's Strategy

A complex and ever-changing insurance and regulatory environment requires new approaches to managing receivables. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ discusses how they focused resources to re-engineer their claims overpayment account receivables operations. Topics include how the company evaluated check processing risks, reviewed their workflow, approached data management and reporting, and improved their deposit window. Horizon BCBSNJ also discusses the benefits they achieved from strategy approach. These benefits include: enhanced working capital, reduced manual processing, and moving from paper to web-based environment.

Session 15: Tractor Supply Corrals Cash with Smart Safes

There are clear-cut paths to automating the collection and reconcilement of electronic receivables. Paper receivables can be automated using lockboxes and ACH check conversion. But, if the aim is maximum AR efficiency, cash is the outlier, and smart safes are the solution. Tractor Supply Company, with more than 1,300 rural lifestyle stores in 49 states, began putting smart safes in those stores in 2014. Speakers share the pain points that led to this decision, how they built their business case, as well as operational issues and how they were handled.

Session 23: Floating NAV Money Funds and Cash Alternatives

This interactive panel discusses pending regulatory changes and cash investing alternatives in the money markets with case studies from two large corporate investors, Qualcomm and Pacific Life. The treasurers discuss current cash investment practices, and explore future options and alternatives, including separate accounts, direct money market investments, ultra-short bond funds, private pools and bank deposits. The impact of a floating NAV on money market funds, plus regulatory pressures impacting bank deposit rates, are examined in-depth.

Session 25: Enabling eBAM to Move Forward

Attend this workshop to better understand how as an industry we can move Electronic Bank Account Management forward towards more adoption. Key industry participants will be included in addition to several corporate practitioners to share their perspectives. We will discuss the Bank Account Management Process and as a group define how the industry needs to move forward and what hurdles need to be overcome. The focus will be on moving forward while identifying the challenges at the same time.

Session 29: Don't Be the Next Cyber Crime Statistic

There are many different types of cyber crime incidents, but the ones typically most impactful to Treasury practitioners usually involve social engineering or financial malware to execute fraudulent payment orders through your online banking applications. Presenters in this session will discuss the current threat environment, review specific examples of fraud attempts, and provide specific, actionable steps your organization can take to manage your payment processes and to help ensure your online security.

Session 32: Unlocking The Mysteries of Bank Fees

Bank relationship costs have challenged treasurers for decades. As recent market and regulation trends take hold, the task of controlling costs and monitoring bank relationships has become even more difficult. In this session, speakers review bank fee reporting and monitoring domestically and globally, while discussing best practices for controlling bank fees. Attendees learn about standardized AFP Service Codes as well as the more recent Global AFP Service Codes to perform comparisons across various banking relationships.

Session 40: Collecting Benchmarking and Negotiating International Bank Fees

In this session, speakers discuss the full process of collecting, benchmarking, and negotiating domestic and international bank fees. Speakers focus on the main differences between payments & collection in Europe, Asia and the USA, the benefits of an efficient bank fee negotiation process (bilateral vs RFP), and how to use a RAROC approach to estimate the impact of a bank fee negotiation. Speakers also address electronic bank fee collection via BSB and provide the latest from the SWIFT CGI-MP workgroup.

Session 47: Key Tips for Selecting & Implementing a TMS

There are many issues to consider when selecting and implementing a treasury management system. From gathering the right team to identify the critical requirements, to ranking those areas in terms of immediate and long term need, the process is arduous. Learn from a leading implementer what issues are of greatest impact in most treasury system implementations, including centralized vs decentralized approaches, implementing in waves vs. “big bang”, the most common integration issues, and assessing third party options for bank connectivity and FX.

Session 50: The New World of Cash

In this session, speakers discuss the "New World of Cash" facing treasurers and cash managers today--persistently low interest rates, regulatory reform, and the shortage of high-quality short -term securities available in the market. They layout the challenges and then move on to how these challenges can be met head on by cash investors. Starting with basics like Investment Policy Statement review and stakeholder alignment, speakers summarize by presenting action steps the audience can take to optimize their portfolios in these difficult market conditions.

Session 63: Higher Interest Rates are Coming…Now What?

With the end of the Fed’s Quantitative Easing program in 2014, it is highly likely corporate cash investors will experience higher short term interest rates in 2015. In light of the SEC's money market reforms, and with a rising rate environment on the horizon, investors must prepare for this new reality. In this session, Nancy Prior walks through the Fed’s outlook and how the anticipated rising interest rates will affect both the money market investment market and the short term investing market.

Session 64: Treasury Benchmarking: An Art and a Science

In early 2013 Chris Hanson was asked asked to review the treasury department’s processes. Upon conducting this study it was decided that the cash management piece was an area which needed to be improved. Ultimately, the cash management optimization project which the benchmarking project facilitated created a number of benefits. The improvements which Brocade was able to obtain from the initial benchmarking project saw immediate success within their organization.

Session 66: The Intersection of eBAM and FBAR

Treasury departments within organizations are constantly challenged on how to consistently preserve the accuracy of their banking data. Industry trends like signatory management, BAM & eBAM, and the complexities of FBAR reporting have created a need to have a sound understanding of these trends. In this session speakers discuss how to best prepare for eBAM and FBAR, the state of the eBAM evolution, the principals for adoption, and the current status of FBAR regulations. Speakers will also discuss best practices and case studies.

Session 73: A Treasurer's Guide to RFPs

RFPs are an essential part of a treasury professional's job, but they are something that aren't done on a daily basis. As a result, when the time comes to do an RFP, there is often confusion or misunderstanding. Based on the TAG white paper of the same name, this workshop provides treasury professionals a guide on how and when to conduct RFPs, when not to use an RFP, some RFP alternatives, and what to do when the RFP is over and implementation has to begin.

Session 74: Managing Corporate Cash at Fast Growing Companies

Two corporate practitioners at Gilead Sciences Inc. and Amazon share their experiences in developing and effective corporate investment program. With rapid growth comes new challenges in building the Treasury capabilities and processes to enhance risk management. An evolving investment policy that reflects different investment horizons and risk profiles provides a framework. Investment Company Act restrictions on high corporate balances may add another challenge. Investment oversight of multiple investment approaches, concentration risk and performance measurement and attribution are important elements of an optimal investment program.

Session 81: Treasury Reporting – A Debate on In-house Versus Outsourcing

In the current regulatory environment, there has been an increasing appetite on the part of corporate treasurers to adopt independent treasury accounting valuations, marking-to-market and hedge accounting reporting. The dilemma for many treasurers is whether to invest in technology to handle these tasks in-house, or outsource to an independent third party provider. In this session, speakers discuss the costs and benefits of adopting technology versus outsourcing, including the benefits and points to consider of in-company treasury reporting against using external expertise.

Session 86: FBAR Automation: Time, Money, and Security

Still filing FBAR reports manually? Every hour spent on paperwork is one hour less that you have to create value for your business, and manual processes are inherently error-prone and time-consuming. In this session, learn about the advantages of automating your FBAR process, how best to accomplish automation, and attain the reduced costs and efficiency gains that result. Simplifying complex diverse currency and government-regulated operations through automation is key to treasury’s ability to enhance its strategic position in the organization.

Session 99: Sharpen Your Pencil: Recalibrating Cash Flow Management Strategies

There are many new global regulations that will have an impact on treasurers’ strategies. As the economy improves, there is a need to position companies for growth. The introduction of Basel III requires companies to look for alternatives to deposit accounts for reserve cash, such as Money Market Funds. However, these instruments will also be impacted by pending amendments to Rule 2a-7. In this session, treasurers discuss how a new normal for treasury management is rapidly taking shape for companies globally against the backdrop of regulatory reform.

Session 102: Streamline Bank Connectivity: Making the Right Decisions

Multinational corporate treasury departments exchange information with many global banks in a host of formats, often proprietary to the local banks. Automating and enhancing treasury operation efficiency is a challenge, especially as network security, risk reduction and the elimination of multiple bank platform interfaces must be addressed. There are several solutions practitioners can choose: Aggregators, SWIFT, and SAP-FSN. This moderated panel outlines bank connectivity options, explores the planning process and relays the experience of Travelers and TIAA-CREF in their pursuit of SWIFT connectivity.

Session 112: Better Forecasting Using Excel And Existing Data

Treasurers need better forecasting and analysis tools, but the high cost of new treasury technology keeps most groups using Excel. The cash transaction data used for daily cash positioning are the building blocks of cash flow, and Treasury can identify the transactions with significant cash flow impact. This provides early, actionable information for your enterprise. In this session, learn which Excel tools can map a cash flow genome by providing a detailed understanding data-driven forecasting, by using applied intelligence and variance analysis.

Session 114: Investing for Liquidity in a New Era

Safely investing for liquidity is a challenge confronting almost all corporations. However, that challenge is now more complicated due to money market fund reform, lower bank ratings, bank regulation, a lack of supply of short-term investments, and new products. This session examines short-term investing in this new era, and reviews both old and new investment options including: floating-NAV money market funds, bank deposits, private funds and bonds. Panelists share their varying short-term investment objectives and the strategies that they employ to meet those objectives.

Session 117: Effectively Managing Bank and Rating Agency Relationships

This panel of corporate practitioners and industry experts discuss the realities and challenges involved in managing bank relationships. Panelists also discuss best practices in managing relationships with rating agencies to best reflect a company's industry rating. The panel will speak to the complexity of banking relationships today, what drives the decision to work with one or more rating agencies, how to account for Basel III, how to engage your bankers in your regular banking reviews, and how to divide up your share of wallet.

Session 127: Benchmarking Best Practices in Working Capital Management

Traditional working capital benchmarking simply involves comparing the firm’s cash conversion cycle to the average CCC for industry competitors. While intra-industry comparisons are helpful, such comparisons ignore a firm’s unique characteristics. Certain firms are uniquely qualified to target a CCC that is even shorter than the industry average. In fact, recent academic research suggests that the world’s largest publicly-traded firms are able to use certain competitive advantages to reduce their CCC. This presentation describes this new method and how to deploy it in your firm.

Session 134: Unclaimed Property Reporting: It's the Law

In today’s corporate landscape, few businesses have dedicated resources or the latest tools to stay abreast of changing unclaimed property requirements in 54 reporting jurisdictions. With state enforcement on the rise, organizations must know how to navigate evolving reporting requirements and potential risks related to unclaimed property compliance. Implementing effective compliance strategies will help minimize potential exposure while ensuring continuity with your company’s’ requirement to maintain compliance with each states unique unclaimed property laws.

Session 143: How to Become a Strategic Treasury Organization

The new mandate for treasury and finance leaders is to assume a more influential role within their business. For many treasury and finance teams, the challenge is, "how do I move from our transactional activities to a more strategic and value-added resource." This session will share how a clearly articulated and well communicated strategic plan not only drives significant benefits for the company, but also assists in elevating and repositioning the critical role that finance professionals have in their organization.

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