All Speakers

Tucker Bryant


The Poet’s Keys: A Guide to Unlocking Innovation The world is seemingly one disruption away from shaking the very foundations of our successes to their bones. After spending a decade alongside world-class innovators at institutions like Stanford and Google, Tucker Bryant has discovered an unexpected perspective professionals can adopt to confront the future with confidence: the outlook of a poet. Bryant shares powerful tools poets have relied on for millennia to escape their comfort zones and innovate through language - tools that allow treasury and finance professionals to achieve enhanced creativity, collaboration, and competitive advantage in their work.

Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon

L.E.A.P: The Extraordinary Method for Boosting Productivity and Navigating Uncertainty

Progress only happens in one direction: forward! When ambiguity arises, you can either flee, pause, or charge ahead blindly. Creativity Strategist, Natalie Nixon, shares a straightforward approach to boost productivity and confront uncertainty.

By Leveraging, Envisioning, Asking, and Prototyping, treasury and finance professionals gain clarity, essential tools for proactive planning, and actionable strategies to move forward through uncertain times.

Kelvin Coleman


The 5th Domain The world faces a dangerous combination of known and unknown cyber vulnerabilities. Today, we encounter strong and rapidly expanding adversaries utilizing new tools and techniques with ever increasing technical capabilities. Let’s call these the good ol’ days because securing the future, especially in the workplace, will be the real challenge. This session focuses on the rise of artificial intelligence, its impact on the cybersecurity of payment infrastructures and what payments professionals can do to combat the bad actors. Additional discussion includes how the proliferation of the Internet of Things will challenge our capacity to protect data.

Hamza Khan

Hamza Khan - Spotlight Keynote

Ideas into Action: Defeat Procrastination & Unlock Breakthrough Productivity

Disengaged employees cost the world $7.8 trillion annually in lost productivity and the misalignment between an employee's and an organization's values accounts for the lion's share of this disconnect. However, with a strong sense of shared purpose, employees are more likely to stay focused, energized, and committed to their work, even when challenged to do more with less. In this dynamic keynote, attendees receive action-oriented insights, highlighting real-world best practices for reclaiming & optimizing productivity, while learning how to separate fatigue from depletion, reframe stressors and synchronize personal and organizational objectives. With the right tools and methods, treasury and finance professionals can strategically pair purpose and productivity to better support transforming ideas into action.

Dr. Jennifer Aaker


The Serious Business of Humor, Humanity & Resilience

There is a misconception in today’s corporate world: that treasury and finance professionals must suppress their sense of humor in the work environment to be taken seriously. On the contrary, research tells a different story. Building on her bestselling book, Humor, Seriously, Jennifer Aaker delves into the behavioral science of humor, and why it fuels creativity, fosters resilience, and strengthens teams and organizations. Aaker shares stories from inspiring leaders and tactics that can be deployed to bridge the trust gap, cultivate cultures of levity, unlock agility in the face of change; including concrete tools for embracing humor with a purpose in your personal and professional life.

John Drechny


Why the Merchant’s Voice is Critical in Payments Innovation

The Business to Consumer landscape has seen a rapid shift in payment transactions from the use of checks and magnetic strip cards, with most taking place at a physical location, to technology-enabled, faster payments, same day ACH, cryptocurrency, tap transactions, digital wallets and PayFacs, to name a few.  In the face of these developments, it’s critical for merchants to also have a voice in the development of this evolving payment ecosystem. CEO of the Merchant Advisory Group, John Drechny discusses the current payment landscape and how merchant collaboration is leading to better outcomes.  

Aswath Damodaran


Narratives and Numbers: Where Story Meets Valuation in Finance

The world of finance is divided into two camps. One is solely focused on numbers and believes that only data matters and that imagination and creativity are dangerous distractions; the other builds on the stories they tell about projects, investments and companies, and the untold wealth these things will bring. Each side believes it has a monopoly on the truth and looks with contempt at the other, but they are both right and wrong. Stories matter, but only if they are supported by data. Conversely, numbers are empty, unless they include a compelling narrative. Renowned professor and author Aswath Damodaran discusses the process by which narratives are built, checked against reality and converted into valuations. 

Olivia Fox Cabane


Charisma and Leadership: The Science of Trust, Influence and Rapport

You only get one chance to make the right first impression. Within a few seconds, people judge your level of intelligence and trustworthiness. For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. This talk covers the science of charisma; the keys to making fantastic first impressions, and the secrets to having that "Wow effect", that "boardroom presence" to quickly establish credibility, trust, and rapport.

Pandit Dasa


Stress Management for Work-Life Integration

Anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, fatigue, high blood pressure and anger are just a few of the physical symptoms of stress. Stress not only affects your body, but also creates behaviors that can lead to social withdrawal. This keynote explores the nature of our mind and the various factors in our lives that cause us stress. Treasury and finance professionals learn simple meditation techniques that can nourish the mind, which will lead to increased focus, greater productivity, improved relationships and better health.

Erica Orange


Reimagination in a Time of Change

The circumstances of the last 3 years accelerated many previously developing trends at an exponential pace (e.g., distributed and hybridized work; increased use of AI, etc.). It also magnified existing issues such as the limits of short-term thinking, changes in trade, evolving technology and the impact of various supply chain disruptions. It is imperative that treasury and finance professionals successfully analyze such anticipated changes to better invest in capabilities that won't be out of date by the time they are in-place. In the face of an ever-evolving technological landscape, Erica Orange shares strategies for challenging core thinking to better identify and translate trends into actionable strategies, while creating new future-proofed opportunities for your organization.

Giselle Kovary


Different Generations – Different Approaches to Work: Maximizing Team Collaboration

Each generation (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials & Gen Zs) possesses unique identities that translate into different behaviors in the workplace. It is important for treasury and finance leaders to understand their own identities and those of their team and peers to maximize collaboration and drive positive outcomes. This keynote explores how generational identities translate into behaviors and the techniques that leaders can employ to improve collaboration and performance throughout their organizations misunderstood aspects of past events.

John Cena

AN23_John Cena Headshot

In Conversation with John Cena: Be A Work in Progress

John Cena attributes his success to remaining completely authentic and his never give up attitude, but his path to becoming who he is today was far from easy. From being bullied as a kid to having to sleep in his car, Cena never let his challenges define him. Achieving blockbuster success across multiple industries, Cena shares inspiring stories from his unique journey and how authenticity, positivity, hope and the drive to continually challenge himself has shaped his career.

John will be available for photos in the exhibit hall for a limited time after his keynote!

Malcolm Gladwell


Sunday Keynote