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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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.

Learn more about preventing BEC scams:

Ed. Note: Apologies for the imperfect sound quality on this one. Sorry about that!

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?

Download the survey and discover more FP&A resources at

Thanks for listening!

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.

Learn more about the Association for Financial Professionals at

And sign up now for AFP's Annual Conference at

Thanks for listening!

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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And be sure to download AFP Conversations from iTunes and Google Play! 

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.

You can download the survey at

And, if you want to learn more about e-payments, you can attend the AFP Annual Conference! Visit to learn more.


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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