AFP Conversations

Ira Apfel interviews corporate treasury and finance executives about their latest challenges and insights. Topics include blockchain, fintech, cybersecurity, payments, risk, FP&A, career development, and more.
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Jan 3, 2017

New year, new job? The best way to find your next career opportunity is by presenting at an industry event. Aurora Gregory explains how treasury and finance professionals can become thought leaders by presenting at AFP San Diego and other conferences.

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Dec 29, 2016

Nader Mousavizadeh advises some of the world’s leading corporations, investors, and organizations. When he speaks to clients, Mousavizadeh talks a lot about the need for organizations to master uncertainty. But is that even possible? 

In this episode of AFP Conversations, Mousavizadeh, who previously served as Special Assistant to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, explains how treasurers and CFOs can cope with the rising tide of geopolitical risk and uncertainty. 

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Dec 22, 2016

In many ways John Fruin's career encapsulates the major changes in treasury and finance. He started as an investment banker, moved to Growmark (where he still works) as a financial analyst, then moved to treasury and, ultimately, FP&A.

In this episode of AFP Conversations, host Ira Apfel interviews Fruin, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, about his multi-faceted career, managing Millennials, his challenges in FP&A, and why he volunteers so much time with AFP.  

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Dec 15, 2016

Treasurers tend to be introverts. They're always being urged to get outside their cubicle and connect with the rest of the organization.

So what happens when the treasurer runs for public office? In this episode, host Ira Apfel talks to David Damschen, CTP, on his successful campaign to become State Treasurer of Utah. Damschen, a long-time AFP member, discusses his unique challenges as a state treasurer, what it's like to campaign, and more.

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Dec 8, 2016

Relations between China and Donald Trump are off to a rocky start. But Anja Manuel, a former special assistant at the U.S. Department of State, believes we need to dial back the rhetoric – and India could be the key. In this edition of AFP Conversations, Manuel explains to treasurers and CFOs what’s at stake in the world’s two biggest emerging markets.

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Nov 30, 2016

Christine Hollinden believes that managing relationships is far more complicated than choosing the right words. In today’s AFP Conversation, Hollinden reveals the biggest mistakes we make in nonverbal communication – and how to fix them.

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Nov 22, 2016

Treasury and finance professionals heard plenty of talk about bitcoin. Now, blockchain technology is here -- and it's supposed to be a better payments technology than bitcoin. Is it? If so, when should the industry embrace blockchain? In this episode of AFP Conversations, Steve Mott of BetterBuyDesign explains the differences between bitcoin and blockchain, the promise of blockchain, and the challenges. 

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Nov 17, 2016

A senior finance manager for Kaiser Permanente, Peter Geiler explains why financial planning and analysis is so important to the enterprise. And he explains how he got into wine-making.

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Nov 10, 2016

Dan Burns, Reuters’ Economics and Markets Editor, Americas, tells AFP Conversations what treasury and finance should look for from the global economy in 2017.

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Nov 7, 2016

When it comes to lax cybersecurity, are humans the problem? No, says Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, a computer science professor. Golbeck believes better cybersecurity starts with human-centered technology. She spoke with AFP Conversations at the AFP Annual Conference in Orlando.

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Oct 31, 2016

All too often new finance leaders must learn leadership on the job. Executive coach Corrie Shanahan spoke to AFP Conversations from AFP Annual Conference in Orlando on what new managers can do to be better bosses.

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Oct 26, 2016

Jeff Johnson, CFO of Amesbury Truth in Edina, Minn., joined AFP in 2005, now he's chairman of the board. Recorded from AFP Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., Johnson discusses why he volunteers so much time with AFP. Plus, he reveals his goals in the the year ahead as AFP Chairman and CFO of a multinational corporation. 

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Oct 25, 2016

The 2016 AFP Annual Conference is the 19th for Jim Kaitz, chief executive of AFP. In this special episode live from the exhibitor floor in Orlando, Fla., Kaitz reveals his favorite session from the biggest event in treasury and finance. Plus, he previews the latest benefit for AFP members.

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Oct 22, 2016

Treasury and finance departments are under attack from sophisticated cybercriminals who increasingly use business email compromise, or BEC scams, to steal from organizations. So what happens if your treasury and finance department is BEC scammed? Michael S. Kim, co-founder of the global law firm Kobre & Kim, spoke with AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel. Kim explains what treasury and finance executives should -- and should not -- do in the event of a BEC scam.

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Oct 11, 2016

In this AFP Conversations episode, Nilly Essaides, author of a new report on AFP's all-new FP&A Benchmarking Survey, says financial planning and analysis is a function in transition.

Host Ira Apfel asks Essaides, Director of AFP's Financial Planning & Analysis Practice, about the changes to FP&A -- and how the profession and finance executives can capitalize on the changes. Plus, how does your FP&A group compare to your peers?

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Oct 4, 2016

With so many new tasks and responsibilities, it looks like corporate treasurers face a daunting future. But industry veteran Craig Martin believes corporate treasurers actually could be in line for a promotion of sorts. 

Hear Martin and AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel discuss:

  • Treasury transcending
  • Treasurers' biggest challenges and opportunities
  • Where interest rates are headed.

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Sep 26, 2016

How can finance executives navigate cultural differences on their team? Author and INSEAD professor Erin Meyer explains. Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. She has developed a framework that allows international executives to pinpoint their leadership preferences, and compare their methods to the management styles of other cultures. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Singapore Business Times, and Forbes.

Meyer is a featured speaker at AFP's Annual Conference. Learn more at

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Sep 22, 2016

In this episode of AFP Conversations, host Ira Apfel talks to Magnus Carlsson, AFP's Manager of Treasury and Payments, about the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey, underwritten by JP Morgan.

It's AFP's first e-payments survey since 2013, so much has changed. Carlsson breaks down:

  • Who was surveyed
  • The scope and focus of the survey
  • Surprises and key insights.

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Jul 14, 2016

In Part 2 of the latest podcast, Nilly Essaides of AFP talks about the return of zero-based budgeting. It's back, and this time it's much more user-friendly.

Jul 14, 2016

In Part 1 of the latest podcast, Nilly Essaides of AFP talks about the return of zero-based budgeting. It's back, and this time it's much more user-friendly.

Jul 14, 2016

AFP's payments expert Magnus Carlsson dives into the newest AFP survey on payments fraud. Wire fraud is on the rise, as are business email compromise scams. So what can treasury professionals do?

Jul 14, 2016

Jim Kaitz, chief executive officer of AFP, is gearing up for his 19th AFP Annual Conference this fall in Orlando. But even after 18 Annuals, Kaitz loves the event. What's his secret? And what does he see as the biggest leadership challenges today?

Jul 14, 2016

How do you bounce back from failure? Catherine Hoke knows. The AFP Annual Conference speaker survived a very steep and public downfall -- and bounced back stronger than ever. Hoke shares her insights in this wide-ranging discussion. 

Jul 14, 2016

In this episode, AFP Chairman and ABM Industries Chief Financial Officer Anthony Scaglione discusses his challenges as the finance chief of a multinational corporation. 

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