Featured Global Sessions

More than half of the AFP Virtual Experience educational sessions focus on current global trends and topics—ensuring treasury and finance professionals access to frontline issues and conversations within the profession, no matter where you are in the world. Explore the curated list of globally focused sessions below, or view the sessions by track to see all that AFP 2020 has to offer.

Sessions as of July 7, 2020, subject to change.


Transitioning from LIBOR: A Corporate's Next Steps

The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) is scheduled to be replaced by the end of 2021. It’s replacement, the Secure Overnight Finance Rate (SOFR), globally effects over $350 Trillion in open derivatives, capital markets, loans, leases and other financial instruments contracts. Hear about the numerous challenges that lie ahead; gain actionable insights into the effects this move will have on outstanding contracts and Treasury Management Systems; and walk away with a checklist of action items to prepare your organization to successfully navigate this transition.  

Working Capital Finance: Aligning Your Funding Strategy to Your Business Life Cycle

As businesses move through their natural lifecycle, finance executives must choose between numerous working capital finance options to fit the organization’s needs. As needs change, the emphasis on managing unnecessary stress on operating capital and cash flow becomes that much more important to ensure sustained business growth. This session reviews potential working capital finance structures to match each stage of your business life cycle and includes discussion of key industry sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, wholesale distribution and energy.

Aligning Investment Strategy with Your Company's Operations

As organizations build or transform their investment guidelines, treasury technology stack and treasury organizations they must minimize risk, maintain liquidity and maximize yield while also ensuring they can meet specific business operational needs. MGM Resorts, American Honda and ICD do a deep dive into their short-term investment objectives, technologies and operational behavior and how it’s tied into the needs of their respective businesses. Speakers share their investment guidelines and vehicles (including Prime MMFs), the compliance rules utilized to adhere to those guidelines and the reporting involved to prove good investment behavior to leadership.


Communicating Effectively in the Age of Disruption

The ability to communicate effectively consistently ranks as one of the most desired skills within today’s work environment. And yet, this is a skill that many individuals within the finance world are lacking. With many jobs being replaced by AI and RPA, soft skills such as effective communication are more important than ever. This interactive session takes you through specific exercises while providing coaching along the way. Participants have the opportunity to learn a concept, apply it, and receive immediate feedback on how well the skill was implemented, as well as receive suggestions for improvement.


Transforming Finance to a Business Partner

FP&A Professionals are being called upon to provide more support in strategic decision-making within their organizations from the lens of a business partner. Hear from the finance team at a multinational consumer goods company, that was called upon by their business stakeholders to provide more value-added insights. Learn about their 5-step transformation journey to becoming an engaged business partner, including how to build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders, as well as how to turn data into insights.

Architecting the Digital Finance Future: Leveraging the Cloud to Drive Business Transformation

Finance leaders must deliver advanced analytics and unique insights, provide strategic leadership to optimize the allocation of scarce resources, and partner with the business to improve decision-making. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle as their legacy technology platforms are typically not well aligned to the business model, lack flexibility, and require involve manually intensive processes with long cycle times. In this panel discussion, FP&A leaders who have spearheaded enterprise initiatives to modernize and digitally enable their finance function through the implementation of cloud-based EPM solutions discuss efforts to streamline business processes, enhance modeling and planning capabilities, and improve accuracy while minimizing risk.  


SWIFT on Innovation: Constructing the Future of Payments

Payment infrastructures are undergoing great change across the globe, with the implementation of instant retail payment rails and modernization of real-time gross settlement systems. Innovation in cross-border payments is also on the rise – driven in part by new market entrants, evolving technologies, and regulatory and compliance pressures. Join this session as a panel of industry experts explore how to leverage new technology to better engage clients, how SWIFT is working with its global community of banks and corporates to construct the future of payments, and how to remain successful in a rapidly changing business environment.

Are Crypto Stablecoins the Future of International Payments?

International payments suffer from a lack of transparency and can often be hampered by delays and significant FX fees. Treasury and finance professionals are forced to navigate these challenges daily with little opportunity for improvement. Cryptocurrency stablecoins can offer significant advantages compared to traditional international payment methods. However, are they ready for primetime yet? Attend this session to learn about the fundamentals of stablecoins and review what practitioners need to be aware of when considering stablecoins for international payments.

Hedging Fundamentals: The Essentials of a Corporate Program

The Future of Integrity and Data Analytics in Foreign Exchange
The growing presence of technology, specifically automation and data analytics, has resulted in a change in the financial industry and foreign exchange services. Banks make use of automation to determine FX Costs, while data analytics gives clients the ability to understand costs and even monitor prices received by banks. This session covers how these two very different yet impactful uses of technology are leading the way to a revolution in foreign exchange businesses. Learn how automation and data analytics combined will be responsible for the gradual, but inevitable driving down in FX Costs.


Harnessing the Power of Virtual Account Management to Streamline Cash Management

As corporates around the world think about connectivity, structures, and the treasury of the future it is vitally important to build something that not only meets current demands, but also positions the company and its stakeholders for growth in this rapidly evolving cash management landscape. This session shares best practices in reducing banks, accounts, and eliminating all balances on hand to revolutionize cash management practices utilizing virtual account management. Attendees walk away with invaluable insights into leveraging internal and external resources to implement a best-in-class cash management structure that optimizes cash receipts, cash concentrations, and payment execution in the U.S.

Real-Time Treasury: Preparing to Make Smarter, Faster Decisions

With the rise of emerging technologies such as APIs and machine learning, Treasurers are recognizing the need to become more real-time to manage the expectations of their digitally transforming organizations. Key treasury functions such as cash positioning, forecasting, payments, and investing are evolving as bank and ERP APIs integrate treasury platforms into a real-time network of systems. In this session, a panel of industry experts discuss what real-time treasury really means, the stages we can expect to see over the next 5 to 10 years, and how emerging technologies are influencing are influencing how treasury is performed.