Haas and Center for Executive Education to Host CFO Summit

Chief financial officers from Cisco Systems, Lucasfilm, and Kaiser Permanente will be among the influential business leaders gathering May 20 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco for the 2013 CFO Executive Summit.

The agenda for the event, hosted by Haas and the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, is built entirely by CFOs, for CFOs. Haas Professor Laura Tyson, the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at Haas, is one of seven event chairs.

The agenda covers a wide variety of topics of concern to CFOs, from strategies for realigning their investments to leading their corporate culture to understanding changes within the global business environment.

Derek Dean, the new CEO of the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, will moderate a private breakfast roundtable talk titled "What Levers Do CFOs Pull in a Slow and Fragile Economy?" CFOs from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Cypress Semiconductor, and The Cooper Companies will participate in the discussion about effective ways to manage their corporate cash at a time when interest rates are at record lows.

Opening keynote speakers Intuit CEO Brad Smith and CFO Neil Williams will discuss "Transformational Leadership: Building an Enduring and Successful Strategy." And CFOs Mark Hawkins of Autodesk, Cheryl Eason of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and Kent Harvey of PG&E will talk on "The CFO’s Critical Role – Developing a Team of Business Leaders."

Thought leader Cy Wakeman, author of the book Reality-Based Leadership and a blogger for FastCompany.com, will deliver a lunchtime keynote on why companies still have difficulty calculating the real value that talent brings to the bottom line.

The conference is private, by invitation-only. For more details, visit www.evanta.com/cfo/summits/san-francisco.