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Investing in Talent Development
In a recent episode of the AFP Conversations podcast, AFP President and CEO Jim Kaitz spoke with Dennis Carey, vice chairman of Korn Ferry. Kaitz and Carey discuss how, as companies focus on seizing new opportunities and adapting to the constantly changing environment, they must build on employees’ talent to remain competitive.


AFP and LeanUp Announce Collaboration to Support Treasury Professionals
AFP and LeanUp, LLC (LeanUp) have reached an agreement that will allow both organizations to more fully serve the needs of the corporate treasury profession. Through this alliance, new and renewing members of LeanUp communities will become members of AFP, and AFP members will be offered a substantial first-year discount to join LeanUp communities.


AFP Announces Global Partnership with NOESIS on CTP, FPAC Exam Prep Courses
AFP and NOESIS have announced a formal partnership to offer exam preparation courses for treasury and finance professionals based in Singapore and Malaysia. The courses will equip financial professionals with the tools they need to earn the CTP and the FPAC certifications.


Enabling Digital Finance to Predict an Uncertain Future
“Digital finance is about a mindset and awareness of data and how we use it to make better business decisions.” At the AFP FinNext Asia session, “Enabling Digital Finance,” Lance Rubin, CEO of Model Citizn, and Giles Male, co-founder of Full Stack Modeller, presented a paradigm for harnessing your technology stack in service of finance goals.


Experts Weigh in on the Digital Transformation of Treasury: Part Two
In part two of a series of articles based on AFP's “Digitalization or Transformation" webinar, we bring you the perspective and experience of Nitin Jain, head of Treasury and Capital Markets at Agrocorp International Pte Ltd.


Asked and Answered: Your Questions about Virtual Account Management
Are virtual accounts right for my business? How do virtual accounts work in X situation or Y environment? Tom Hunt, CTP, AFP director of Treasury Services, sat down with Rajiv Yadlapalli, head of North American Liquidity Product Solutions Specialists at J.P. Morgan, to get answers to these questions — and more — in a recent webinar.


A Curious Business Mind with Finance Talent
Last year, AFP announced the formation of its APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC). We’ll be profiling individual members of the council every month. This month we spoke with Kevin Wong, director of Finance, APAC at Blue Bottle Coffee.


Experts Weigh in on the Digital Transformation of Treasury
The coronavirus pandemic accelerated the momentum toward a digital-first strategy as companies look to stay competitive and relevant in the current environment. But what exactly does that mean?


Increasing strategic agility and growth through Enterprise Payment Optimization (EPO)
Cash flow is the lifeblood of every business and helps drive the decision-making processes of most companies. Without the timely receipt of cash, there can be a shortage of liquidity, a slowing growth or even the threat of insolvency. To accelerate the inflow of cash, companies have placed a great deal of emphasis on improving their cash collections’ processes. Inbound customer payments may be handled on a local, regional or even global level depending on a variety of factors including type of industry, geography, or a company’s operational setup.


The AFP Community Discusses Payments Fraud
AFP recently hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss how finance professionals are handling payments fraud. Moderated by AFP Director of Treasury Services Tom Hunt, CTP, participants shared what they’re seeing, how they’re handling it, and how the coronavirus pandemic changed things.


Scenario Planning for Turbulent Times
Unpredictability is not an exception to the planning process; it is inherent to the planning process itself. Scenario planning — the ideation and analysis of possible future outcomes — stretches the organizational mindset for the possibility of multiple future outcomes.


Negotiating Loan Contracts with New Reference Rates
On top of the myriad important considerations that non-financial corporates have to take into consideration when negotiating with their banks on loans, management teams are now going through a once in a lifetime transition from primarily the LIBOR-based markets to alternative reference rates. While it can be challenging to understand the implications of agreeing to certain new rates, there are some core considerations that can help simplify the process.


CTP: Instilling Tenacity, Innovative Mindsets and Intellectual Curiosity in Treasury Professionals
A global symbol of excellence, the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation sets the standard in the treasury profession. AFP recently caught up with Lee-Ann Perkins, CTP, assistant treasurer at Specialized Bicycle Components, to discuss her decision to earn the CTP, and how it has affected her life and career journey.


Setting Up an Unclaimed Property Process
Unclaimed property is becoming a bigger problem for more companies. State authorities are becoming more active in chasing non-compliance, with the emergence of third-party audit firms that are paid on results. Given compliance is required, what is the best way to achieve it?


AFP Survey: Significant Increase in Cash Holdings Within the U.S. Attributed to Pandemic
As organizations gradually recover from the liquidity crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by Invesco, revealed that there is a large focus on preserving their cash and safeguarding against any future uncertainty.


A Career in FP&A: Thriving in an Uncertain Future
Ken Fick, member of the FP&A Advisory Council and vice president of FP&A at Berkeley Research Group LLC, discusses the unique career path that led him to where he is today.


A War for Talent: Upskilling Existing Employees to Drive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Lifelong learning and professional development are integral parts of the employee experience, so why aren’t companies looking toward their own employees when recruiting for new positions? Upskilling talent from within an organization sets up a roadmap for underrepresented groups to advance and allows organizations to build a more diverse culture.


Exploring the Digital Transformation of Treasury
In an in-depth four-part series from AFP and Zanders, the big picture of digital transformation and all it entails for the treasury profession is examined. The series, titled “The Digital Transformation of Treasury: A Critical Imperative,” is important — even critical — due to the times in which we live.


The AFP FP&A Momentum Index: Results from Q2
The total indicator score for Q2 2021 is 5.7, an increase from 1.8 in the first quarter. Measurements of the Actual Most Recent Quarter (MRQ) moved higher, from 0.9 to 2.2, and so did the Outlook for the next six months, from 1.7 to 4.6. The Outlook scored higher than actual, indicating an accelerating business climate. The Risk outlook worsened, from (0.8) to (1.1).


Why Psychological Safety Is Key for FP&A
Typically employees work in teams to maximize their skills and performance. But what makes a successful team?


The Creative Revolution of the Finance Profession Requires a Mindshift
According to globally recognized innovation strategist Shawn Kanungo, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. For years he’s been preaching the value of an innovation disruption mindset to organizations and their leadership, a concept that had too often been agreed with, only to be followed by inaction. The technology was at their fingertips, and yet the finance profession, in large part, continued on with what was comfortable, what they’d “always done.” Until they couldn’t.


Your Hidden Gem Is the Talent You Already Have
When recruiting individuals for new positions, organizations often forget the benefits of building from within and upskilling their current employees. Most people develop their careers step by step, and developing talent from within allows organizations to create targeted training to support employees and build a more diverse company.


FP&A Continues to Specialize in the APAC Region
Last year, AFP announced the formation of its APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC). The networking and advisory group meets three to four times a year to discuss best practices, common challenges and innovative initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. We’ll be profiling individual members of the council every month. This month we spoke with Douglas Yeung, senior director of APAC Finance at Genesys.


AFP FinNext Asia: Thriving in an Era of Exponential Change
The world is being profoundly changed by systems leveraging artificial intelligence, which is drastically changing the future of work, including how companies compete, what work is done by humans, and how FP&A professionals can adapt to add value to their organizations. Author and world-renowned future-of-work expert Ben Pring will discuss this topic during his Keynote speech at AFP FinNext Asia, taking place virtually 15-17 June 2021.


The Role of FP&A: Better Business Partnering Leads to Better Strategy
How can FP&A make the business view finance as a primary source of insight? Companies have researched these long-term questions for decades, and surveys find that FP&A professionals are buried in basic duties. To help address these questions and provide insight on how to solve the issue, Bain & Company’s Steve Beam joined Anders Liu-Lindberg and AFP’s Bryan Lapidus, FPAC, for a webinar, “Better Business Partnering Leads to Better Strategy.”


As Fraud Continues to Dominate, Knowing Where it is Evolving is Key
As a follow-up to the 2021 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) recently held a companion webinar, “Beyond Business Email Compromise (BEC): Where Fraud is Evolving.” The webinar provided attendees with a review the latest trends in payments fraud, the tools being used to prevent fraud and, more importantly, from a risk management perspective, where companies can employ insurance to further mitigate potential risk.


AFP 2021 Conference Planning Task Force: Meet the Co-Chairs
The AFP 2021 Conference Planning Task Force is made up of experienced practitioners tasked with selecting the most relevant, timely and useful content to treasury and finance professionals. We recently caught up with the task force co-chairs, Kayla Davis, vice president and head of M&A at ABM Industries and member of the FP&A track, and John Nielsen, CTP, chief financial officer at FloraCraft Corporation and member of the Capital Markets and Investments and Risk Management track.


Amy Edmondson: Leading Through Crisis
In a special edition of the AFP Conversations Podcast, Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP, speaks with Amy Edmonson on the value of successful teaming in a crisis. Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization, Edmonson will appear at AFP 2021 as the Tuesday Keynote speaker. In this interview, she provides a preview of her upcoming session, providing concrete tools that leaders and their teams can use to innovate in the face of disruption.


Facets of an FP&A: Becoming a Digital Integrator
Last year, AFP announced the formation of its APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC). The networking and advisory group meets three to four times a year to discuss best practices, common challenges and innovative initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. We’ll be profiling individual members of the council every month. This month, Bryan Lapidus, FPAC, director of FP&A Practice at AFP, spoke with Hari Ramani, PT controller and reporting/analysis lead at Shell.


The “How” of Diversity and Inclusion: Walk Your JEDI Talk
When it comes to implementing meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, many organizations come up short. Organizations fall along a spectrum between those who are either afraid to act, or those who fall victim to action bias (blindly choosing action over inaction), which produces DEI efforts that amount to nothing more than lip service.


A Discussion with GLEIF About the Future of LEIs and Streamlining the KYC Process
AFP's Tom Hunt, CTP, director of Treasury Services, met with the Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) in April to discuss legal entity identifiers (LEI) with the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). Participants were most interested in the future of LEIs and streamlining the know your customer (KYC) portion of the process.


CTP Profile: Leverage Technology Solutions in Treasury
A global symbol of excellence, the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation sets the standard in the treasury profession. AFP recently caught up with Alexander Seelmann-Eggebert, CTP, deputy regional treasurer at Nestlé in Singapore, to discuss his decision to earn the CTP, and how it has affected his life and career journey.


Creating a Learning Culture to Help Business Thrive
While everyone has the potential to become an intentional learner, it is an acquired skill that needs to be developed and practiced. A key driver in building employees who are intentional learners is gaining support from leaders of the organization. So why is it that most company learning programs fail?


LIBOR Transition: Preparing for the End Game
AFP hosted a webinar, “LIBOR Transition: Preparing for the End Game,” with three corporate finance experts who spoke on the transition of Libor. The speakers included Peter Phelan, president of Phelan Advisory LLC and former (as of March) deputy assistant secretary for Capital Markets at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Mack Makode, vice president and treasurer at Under Armor; and Matt Johnson, vice president and treasurer at Genesco.


AFP 2021: Capital Markets and Investments and Risk Management in a New Arena of Treasury
Due to the state of the world, treasury is in a place it has never been before, and there are various challenges hitting at once. However, with challenges come the opportunity to explore new solutions. At AFP 2021, taking place Nov. 7-10 in Washington, D.C., attendees will have the opportunity to gain innovative solutions and to share ideas that address areas of concern within the industry.


AFP Announces New Global Partner For FPAC Exam Prep: HOFT on FPAC Exam Prep Courses
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and HOFT have announced a formal partnership to offer exam preparation courses for finance professionals based in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. The courses will equip financial professionals with the tools they need to earn the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (FPAC) certification, sponsored by AFP.


Five Critical Areas for a Successful FP&A Function
An elusive goal for most finance organizations is for the chief financial officer (CFO) and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) practitioner to function as stewards of value creation and strategic business partners. Many organizations have spent years transforming their FP&A capabilities to become more valued business partners, but results have been slow or not met expectations.


AFP 2021: Transforming FP&A to a Forward-thinking Perspective
The field of FP&A is transforming from the traditional landscape of a reactive position to a forward-looking state. We recently caught up with Hector Rubalcava, FPAC, FP&A manager and business partner at Amtrak and member of the AFP 2021 FP&A Task Force to discuss what the task force has planned for the FP&A track, and what he is personally most looking forward to about attending AFP 2021.


A CFO’s Script for IT Investments: A Play in Three Acts
This quarter’s AchieveNext discussion focused on how to get the most from your IT investments. Attendees were separated into small-group breakout sessions, from which the discussion unfolded like a three-act play: strategy roadmap, getting approval for the investment, and not throwing it all away.


Association for Financial Professionals Joins Partners in Letter to House Subcommittee Leadership Regarding Upcoming Hearing on LIBOR Transition
In a joint letter to the leadership of the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets, the Association for Financial Professionals, joined by the National Association of Corporate Treasurers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness laid out their argument in support of legislation that would provide a benchmark replacement rate for contracts that currently reference the Libor.


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