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What Treasury Professionals Can Learn at AFP 2022

Aug 16, 2022

One of the best things about AFP 2022 is the opportunity to learn from leading treasury practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Curious what we have planned for treasury professionals? Here is a preview of some of the sessions we have in store, curated based on your role.

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Treasury Analyst, Cash Manager, Treasury Manager

Using Machine Learning to Build an (Artificial) Intelligent Forecast

Accurately forecasting cash flows can be a convoluted, complex and time-consuming task of aggregating and projecting data that may not be correct. Implementing a cash flow intelligence application that uses data integration and machine learning to automatically pull relevant historical data has the potential to increase efficiency, minimize human errors and ensure data quality. Learn about:

  • Strategies for building a business case for integrating machine learning.
  • Practical and replicable best practices that can be applied to any organization.

Fast, Faster, Fastest: Deploying Real-Time Payment Solutions

Many elements of today’s payments landscape are being used globally in a variety of business models. Treasury professionals need to understand how the ever-changing payments environment is impacted by technology-based tools and solutions. Gain insight into:

  • How payment technology continues to refine execution of core treasury practices.
  • How understanding what is possible today is critical to making thoughtful and strategic decisions on how to use cutting-edge tools.

Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs), The Metaverse and Treasury

Learn about the implications of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) for treasury and finance and determine whether NFTs are right for your organization. Three treasury experts answer your questions about NFTs and discuss their own companies’ journeys with NFTs. Learn about:

  • What NFTs are respective to the speakers’ organizations.
  • The value creation process.
  • Accounting/tax, legal, cryptocurrency, regulatory and liquidity considerations.

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Data Gone: Overcoming the Loss of Receivables Transaction Data

Electronic transactions that don’t include remittance details make receivables posting a greater challenge, as accounts receivable (AR) processors are unable to identify the customer transactions to be cleared. Want to help your team achieve higher automated posting hit rates in AR? This session covers:

  • Practical lockbox, ACH, EDI, wire and RTP applications.
  • Methods and applications that can help your team overcome receivables posting challenges.

Digital Transformation: Trends Shaping the Future of Digital Receivables

Increasingly, corporates are under pressure to offer consumers a variety of options to transact digitally while also delivering value-added services. In partnership with AvalonBay Communities, experts present a case study on decisioning innovative digital bill payment solutions to illustrate trends in digital receivables. They discuss:

  • Best practices for expanding a customer engagement network by offering a greater variety of modern payment initiation methods.
  • Features that can speed up the payment process and help position the business for future innovations.

Explore the full lineup of 100+ sessions on topics including capital markets & investments, risk management, career development and more. Ready to save your spot? Register by September 16 to save $350.

Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Vice President of Finance, Controller

Treasurers' Experience Selecting and Implementing a Treasury Management System (TMS)

Treasury management systems (TMS) promise lots of benefits, but 80% of treasurers say they only get partial value from their technology spend and automation efforts. Hear from expert treasurers on:

  • How they approached the selection and implementation of their TMS.
  • How they achieved the automation, enhanced capabilities, team efficiency and control they were looking for in a TMS.

What's a Piece of the Pie Worth? Negotiating Share of Wallet with Your Banks

Maintaining key banking relationships, while meeting the needs of the business, requires a deft approach, careful negotiation and a well-informed strategy to ensure capital commitments surrounding share of wallet are maintained at sufficient levels. An expert panel shares distinct strategic approaches to strengthen these critically important relationships. Learn about:

  • How to evaluate banking relationships to meet revolving credit needs, and thus, meet optimized share of wallet allocation.
  • How banks factor in regulatory capital requirements when setting lending limits.
  • How corporates can best navigate difficult conversations with members of their bank group and the types of responses they should expect to hear.

Positioning Your Portfolio for What Comes Next

With the change in the Fed's stance on inflation and interest rates, treasury professionals need to know how to reposition their corporate cash portfolios and re-deploy their investment programs and managers to take advantage of a new higher-rate environment. Gain perspective on:

  • Positioning portfolios to reduce principal and credit risk including EUR and GBP denominated investments.
  • Specific strategies and investment types, such as floating rate securities, taxable municipals and ABS to generate income and downside protection.
  • Additional types of instruments that add value, mitigate risk and explore the mix of fixed vs. floating rate securities.

Becoming Sustainable: A Treasurer's Journey

While companies have established ESG goals, treasury groups are challenged to translate ESG expectations into tangible results. Each treasury group is at a different stage in their journey, with some at the beginning of their path and others evaluating whether they are on the correct path. Hear from two treasurers whose teams are at different stages of this journey and get:

  • Answers to key questions treasury and finance professionals have about ESG programs.
  • Perspective on how to translate the company’s goals into tangible results.

Treasury Under Private Equity: What's Different?

For companies that have been acquired by private equity — whether recently or a while go —the unique challenges of operating treasury with a financial parent can also be opportunities for growth. Managing bank relationships, capital markets, and back-office operations has its own set of unique circumstances as well as staffing needs. Hear from senior treasury professionals about:

  • Their journey under private equity ownership.
  • The different approaches to managing treasury departments.

Explore the full lineup of 100+ sessions on topics including capital markets & investments, risk management, career development and more. Ready to save your spot? Register by September 16 to save $350.

Consultant, Solution Provider, Vendor

What's a Piece of the Pie Worth? Negotiating Share of Wallet with Your Banks

Maintaining key banking relationships, while meeting the needs of the business, requires a deft approach, careful negotiation and a well-informed strategy to ensure capital commitments surrounding share of wallet are maintained at sufficient levels. An expert panel shares distinct strategic approaches to strengthen these critically important relationships. Learn about:

  • How to evaluate banking relationships to meet revolving credit needs, and thus, meet optimized share of wallet allocation.
  • How banks factor in regulatory capital requirements when setting lending limits.
  • How corporates can best navigate difficult conversations with members of their bank group and the types of responses they should expect to hear.

Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs), The Metaverse and Treasury

Learn about the implications of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) for treasury and finance and determine whether NFTs are right for your organization. Three treasury experts answer your questions about NFTs and discuss their own companies’ journeys with NFTs. Learn about:

  • What NFTs are respective to the speakers’ organizations.
  • The value creation process.
  • Accounting/tax, legal, cryptocurrency, regulatory and liquidity considerations.

Cybercrime and Payments Fraud: Surveying the Threat Landscape and Tips for Staying Safe

Cyberattacks rank as one of the top enterprise-wide risks facing organizations today — regardless of size, geography or industry. With the frequency and severity of cyberattacks trending upward, knowing how to help protect your organization is more important than ever to stem financial losses brought about by these types of attacks. Learn about:

  • The current cybercrime and payments fraud threat landscape.
  • Emerging and evolving threats and trends.
  • Ideas to prepare your organization to maintain good cyber and risk hygiene.

Treasury: Now a Frontline Business Enabler

To keep up with the realities of evolving business modes, shifts in customer expectations and new payment rails, treasury can no longer exist primarily to manage funding and cash flow; instead, treasury must become a critical partner to the front line. Hear from professionals who have transformed the role of treasury from operational to strategic partner about:

  • Aligning treasury activities to support business growth.
  • Advising business and sales teams on topics such as ease of doing business, invoicing mechanisms and emerging payment methods.

AP Automation at Zurich North America: How People and Robots Work Best Together

Handling large volumes of invoices is a challenge for every finance team. Errors, payment delays, high processing costs, increased risk of fraud and inaccurate cash forecasting data are consequences of inefficient processes and a lack of intelligent automation. Learn how digital transformation of accounts payable helped Zurich North America:

  • Automate its claims process.
  • Simplify approvals.
  • Maintain transparency.

Explore the full lineup of 100+ sessions on topics including capital markets & investments, risk management, career development and more. Ready to save your spot? Register by September 16 to save $350.