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AFP MindShift: Cutting Through the Hype

Oct 15, 2019

AFP MindShift at AFP 2019 cuts through the hype. It features sessions and speakers that offer unbiased, actionable advice on the trends and tools you should pay attention to in emerging technologies.

Sponsored by Capital One Commercial Banking

Monday, October 21, 2019, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This year’s Mindshift Keynote is Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva and revolutionary computer scientist, technologist, and business leader. She is pioneering emotion AI, which combines facial expression and tone of voice to infer how a person is feeling, using deep learning and the world's largest emotion data repository of more than five million faces.

Dr. El Kaliouby's work promises to ensure that organizations are better attuned to the needs of their people as they implement AI programs into various aspects of the operation, including treasury and finance. In her keynote address, she will outline her “5 Tenets of the Social Contract Between AI and Humans” and explain why organizations must be attuned to the needs of their people to successfully develop and deploy this advanced technology.

“Technology is already becoming super mainstream and ingrained in every aspect of our lives, but they're not really designed with the human in mind,” Dr. el Kaliouby explained during her recent appearance on the AFP Conversations podcast. “And so, we're big advocates for building human-centric AI that is designed, developed, and deployed with the human at the center. I think that will just make for more efficient and effective human-machine communication.”


New this year is the MindShift Stage in the Exhibit Hall, which lets attendees hear real case studies revolving around successful implementation of new tech.

Deploying Machine Learning to Modernize the Revenue Forecast

Monday, October 21, 2019, 9:50 - 10:20 a.m.

Machine learning has the ability to disrupt forecasting strategy and process. In this session, Mindy Yamamoto, Group Manager of Microsoft, discusses her organization successfully deployed an augmented machine learning forecasting solution to eliminate 90,000 hours from its forecasting process and give its finance team time to interact with the business. Building a digitally enabled finance function allows the company to combine the best of human and machine intelligence today, and prepare for continued evolution. Hear and see how Microsoft has leveraged machine learning technology to transform the performance of their finance organization.

Smart Treasury of the Future: AI-powered Cash Forecasting

Monday, October 21, 2019, 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Cash forecasting is a perennial problem for treasurers. Pearson PLC deployed an AI-based solution that dramatically improved processes, saved costs, and enhanced treasury’s decision-making for liquidity, working capital, and currency exposure management. This session will explore Pearson’s approach and the enabling technology supporting its achievements—an illustration of how AI and Big Data is leading the path to powerful decision-support and automation of treasury.

Understanding How RPA Can Impact Your Business

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 9:50 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Many finance leaders recognize that the time has come to move away from transactional processes to more value-added analysis. But how are they going to do this? Many are turning to robotic process automation (RPA) as a way to make their team more efficient and help eliminate the mundane data gathering and repetitive tasks that are common in finance. Join this session to learn how RPA is being used to successfully optimize financial processes.

Download AFP's new Executive Guide on RPA, underwritten by Kyriba, here.


Multiple educational sessions are also part of the AFP MindShift track. These include:

  • The Gig Economy: Driving New Demands for Corporate Finance & Payroll
  • Now Playing: AI, ML and Finance in Real Life
  • Emerging Technologies & Financial Planning: What Actually Works!
  • A Corporate, a Bank and a Mega-Computer Walk into a Bar: How AI Can (and Will) Drive Productivity in Payments
  • Avoid Mistakes: Make Fewer Assumptions About Blockchain
  • Leveraging APIs to Transform Your Business Model
  • Money Saving Developments Hedging With New Financial Instruments at CME Group
  • Staying Ahead of the Chain: Blockchain’s Growing Impact on Your Business and the Law


MindShift Row on the Exhibit Floor features emerging providers that are disrupting and transforming finance and treasury.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Alteryx
  • CapX
  • Clearsulting
  • DVI, Inc.
  • Keyrus
  • Modo
  • ·nsKnox
  • Paystand

Treasury and finance professionals with an eye on the future won’t want to miss AFP MindShift at AFP 2019. Register for the conference here.