Pre-Conference Workshops

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Access in-depth presentations on key financial topics at AFP's Workshops. The goal of these workshops is to provide participants with a tangible toolset to conquer specific challenges or issues in their organizations. Below is the vast array of topics that are explored at this year's workshops.

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Non-Conference attendees can register onsite for workshops at one of the Assistance counters during onsite registration hours.

Boston Convention Center & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
North Lobby, Meeting Level 1

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 20, 2019: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Workshops

Sunday Workshops

Multi-Day Workshops


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Advanced Cash Flow Forecasting: Statistical Techniques

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Approved for 7.8 CTP credits, 7.8 FP&A credits, 7.8 CPE credits 
Add $795

Statistical techniques provide extremely helpful tools for forecasting future cash flows. This seminar uses practical examples to show how various statistical methods can be used to forecast components of the cash budget. The advantages and disadvantages of each technique are discussed. The majority of the seminar covers the practical application of statistical methods using Excel; interpretation of the results is emphasized.

Key Takeaways
   •    Discover the pros and cons to different statistical forecasting techniques
   •    Learn to interpret the results of your forecasts
   •    Solidify your knowledge with practical hands-on examples

Instructor:
Bill Hu, PhD, CFA
Assistant Professor of Finance
Arkansas State University

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Structuring Treasury to Manage Global Liquidity

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Approved for 7.8 CTP credits, 7.8 FP&A credits, 7.8 CPE credits
Add $795

When businesses grow internationally, treasury faces an increasingly difficult challenge to manage global liquidity. As banking relationships, the number of accounts, currencies handled, and cross-border risks proliferate, treasury needs to evaluate the options to manage the global position more efficiently. This course examines the tools available to treasury to organize itself optimally to manage global liquidity.

After looking at what treasury can do internally, assessing the tools for managing risk and the many available banking solutions, the final challenge becomes one of putting in place a structure for managing global cash efficiently. Participants will discuss the considerations when selecting appropriate banking partners and start the process of designing an appropriate account structure for their organizations.

Key Takeaways
   •    Discover the tools available to treasury to manage global liquidity
   •    Assess the tools for managing risk and banking solutions/partners
   •    Develop a structure for global cash management

Instructor: 
Michelle Allman-Ward, CTP, Hon FCT
Managing Partner
AWA Consulting

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Painting with Numbers: A Different Perspective on the Craft and the Art of Presenting Numbers

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Approved for 7.8 CTP credits, 7.8 FP&A credits, 7.8 CPE credits 
Add $795

How well you communicate is critical to your effectiveness and your success as a professional, and make no mistake about it: presenting numerical information is communicating, just like writing and speaking. This interactive and entertaining seminar offers both a different perspective on and practical suggestions for presenting effectively all those numbers so critical to an FP&A professional’s job. Just as with writing and speaking, communicating numbers requires awareness and skill at three levels:

  1. Knowing the rules—yes, there is a grammar to presenting numbers!
  2. Having a sense of narrative flow—remember that you are telling a story.
  3. Showing respect to your audience and earning theirs— the credibility of the information you’re presenting and your personal credibility are deeply intertwined.

Key Takeaways
   •    Explore practical strategies for presenting data effectively
   •    Gain awareness of how your numbers are perceived
   •    Learn to use your data to tell a story

Instructor:
Randall Bolten
Author, CEO
Lucidity

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Decoding Your Analysis Statement

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Approved for 7.8 CTP credits & 7.8 CPE credits 
Add $795

Dive into the wealth of information contained in your bank account analysis statements. Participants learn the AFP guidelines for account analysis statements, how electronic statements work, how AFP Service Codes could and should be assigned, and perform their very own crossbank comparisons. Have accounts overseas? Learn how to gain visibility into international bank fees and what the industry is doing to make things better. Participants are encouraged to bring their own account analysis statements to begin building their own cross-bank comparison models.

Key Takeaways
   •   Learn to comprehend account analysis statements and gain visibility into international bank fees
   •   Learn the math behind how companies can use AFP Service Codes and Global Service Codes to build models for cross-bank comparisons
   •   Understand the differences in billing logic utilized by many of the largest banks

Instructor:
Dan Gill, CTP
Senior Director
Redbridge Debt and Treasury Advisory

Bridget Meyer, CTP
Senior Director, Redbridge Analytics
Redbridge Debt and Treasury Advisory

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Top Line Modeling

Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Approved for 4.5 CTP credits, 4.5 FP&A credits, 4.5 CPE credits
Add $575

Financial professionals are frequently tasked with creating effective models that are accurate and dynamic. Top-Line modeling or revenue modeling brings a specific set of challenges. The power of an effective revenue model comes from the ability to account for volatility and variable inputs. This course introduces the key techniques and best practices for building revenue specific financial models that account for seasonality and uncertainty. Through hands-on examples in Excel, participants build from scratch financial models that produce baseline and dynamic outputs in response to changes in real-world scenarios. Examples and illustrations utilize financial and treasury applications.

Key Takeaways
   •    Learn how to estimate expected revenue growth rates
   •    Conduct time series analysis as well as forecasting- soothing and seasonality
   •    Ability to model revenue uncertainty using simulations and conduct regression analysis and forecasting

Instructor:
Bill Hu, CTP, FP&A, CFA, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance
Arkansas State University

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Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Real World Utility and Applications 

Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Approved for 4.5 CTP credits, 4.5 FP&A credits, & 4.5 CPE credits
Add $575

In this program, professionals learn about Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), smart contracts and cryptoassets, and how these underlying technologies can be applied to the enterprise. Topics include a comprehensive lecture on cryptoassets, including cryptocurrencies, their markets and the economics that support their use and value. We then conduct a deep dive on blockchain transaction mechanisms and smart contracts using professionally designed animations, group activities and a detailed enterprise grade platform demo. The course examines several use cases focusing on financial transactions and digital identity.  The workshop concludes with an instructor-led group activity whereby the class is organized into smaller groups to create a use case applying DLT or smart contracts. Each group presents their work to the entire classroom for further discussion and improvement.

Key Takeaways
   •    Learn the foundations of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies
   •    Understand crypto-assets and the economics that influence their value and adoption
   •    Learn about smart contracts and how to build smart contract-based applications
   •    Understand how blockchain technologies are used in specific use cases focusing on the payments ecosystem and other applications commonly applied in treasury management
   •    Design a use case and smart contract with the benefit of an instructor-led group activity

Instructor:
Mehdi Zhiri
Founder and CEO
Mosaique LLC

Marti Tirinnanzi
Blockchain Education and Consultant
Mosaique LLC

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Global Payments: Operational Excellence in Treasury

Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Approved for 7.2 CTP credits & 7.2 CPE credits
Not eligible for FP&A credits
Add $795

The disruption in global payments has accelerated during the past year, with multiple elements creating a more complex payments environment. These elements are drivers of change and include new regulatory environments in some markets e.g., PSD2, Open Banking in the UK, and Open API Framework in Hong Kong; innovative technologies and changing customer expectations. As a result corporate treasurers are living in a new time zone- Real Time Treasury. In this new environment decisions can be made faster and executed instantly. The power of this environment is facilitated by a range of new payment products including; real-time payments and reporting, blockchain based networks and solutions based on open banking.

In this course we will help you to develop your global payments strategy. We will review recent developments affecting payments in Europe, APAC and Latin America. We will explore the future of clearing and settlement systems and their imminent transformation, and the impact of the competition in cross border payments.

Key Takeaways
   •   Explain the particularities of cross-border payments and the different payment systems
   •   Apply the new payment methods to global treasury
   •   Identify the new cross-border payment initiatives
   •   Implement the benefits that the new regulatory environment based in Open Banking will bring to businesses with international operations

Instructor:
Cristina Pintado
International Treasury Specialist

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Real Time Payments 101 - The Fundamentals  

Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Approved for 4.5 CTP credits & 4.5 CPE credits
Not eligible for FP&A credits
Add $575

With all the buzz around RTP and other faster payment options in the market, as well as the Federal Reserve contemplating their role in faster payments, there is a clear need for practitioners to have a solid foundation and understanding of this new generation of payment mechanisms. As these new payment platforms continue to evolve, there will be significant and long term implications to the business community as it relates to the successful adoption and integration of real time payments into their practice. This session will provide you with the critical information to help inform your planning efforts and take advantage of the breadth of opportunities RTP can unlock for your organization. The session will also provide a solid foundation against which to assess real time payment alternatives as they evolve in the market. 

Key Takeaways
   •    Understand how new regulatory environments in Europe, APAC, and Latin America, innovative technologies, and changing customer expectations are creating an ever more complex global payments environment
   •   Explore the future of clearing and settlement systems and their imminent transformation, and the impact of the competition in cross border payments
   •    Develop your own global payments strategy

Instructor:
James Colassano
SVP, Product Development and Strategy
The Clearing House

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Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Exam Intensive Review

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 21 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Not eligible for CPE, CTP/CCM or FP&A credits
Add $1,095

AFP’s Intensive CTP Exam Review Course is a three-day review of the concepts and challenging calculations presented in the body of knowledge upon which the CTP exam is based. You’ll join other professionals focused on CTP exam preparation and learn test-taking tips that will help you succeed. This fast-moving program is intended for those who are well into their exam preparation studies and are registered to take the CTP exam in the December 2019/January 2020 testing window.

AFP Treasury Learning System is required for this course and must be purchased separately

Key Takeaways
   •    Master the concepts and calculations needed for the CTP Exam
   •    Explore test-taking tips from an expert instructor
   •    Review the body of knowledge covered by the Treasury Learning System

Instructor: 
Dr. Matthew Hill, CTP, FP&A
Director of Center for Treasury and Financial Analytics
Arkansas State University

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Treasury Management Fundamentals

Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Approved for  15 FP&A Credits & 15 CPE Credits
Not eligible for CTP/CCM credits
Add $995

Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of treasury management and get ideas for ways treasury departments can add value to your company while increasing responsibility and visibility. Participants complete a journey that begins with the overall role of treasury and its relationships to financial service providers and then continues with working capital, payments, money movement, capital markets, borrowing and investing. Cash forecasting methods, ways to identify various risks and financial management round out the general topics covered. This course also explores ways treasury departments have stepped outside normal responsibilities to expand their contributions and visibility within their companies by becoming unofficial consultants to other departments.

Key Takeaways
   •    Capitalize on transformational finance
   •    Prepare for changing technology
   •    Conquer "big data to drive insightful analysis

Instructor: 
Brad Larson, CTP
Principal
ReCa Treasury Services

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