The 2023 CFO Forward Summit at Harvard University
Mindset for a New Era
When & Where
May 10-12, 2023
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

About the Summit


CFOs have never been more empowered to make faster, bigger, broader decisions. As a result, there is tremendous potential for them to take a prime role in leading the business through volatility. But there is also pressure to do it well. And for the CFO, this is the moment to demonstrate strong leadership and decision-making capabilities.

This is the reality for CFOs in the era of total enterprise reinvention. External forces are changing fast—from the economic and geopolitical climate to regulatory requirements for risk, compliance and ESG. Decisions are interconnected and should be grounded in real-time data analysis. To thrive, every part of the business needs to transform at compressed speed, not over multiple years. The imperative is to simultaneously optimize operations and drive growth through technology, data, ways of working, and customer engagement. But the usual playbooks no longer apply.

Success demands becoming a transformative CFO. To explore what this means, Accenture is collaborating with Leadership for a Networked World at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard to convene the 2023 CFO Forward Summit on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

This year’s theme—Mindsets for a New Era—hones in on effective strategies to lead the complex, parallel transformations that culminate in new and better growth and value creation. Summit sessions will illuminate how CFOs:

  • Create the new transformation playbook. Discover how to bring transformation initiatives together to execute at pace and scale, managing multiple transformations at the same time.
  • Unlock the data conundrum. Get control of data by unleashing the power of scenarios and establishing effective roles and governance across finance and the enterprise.
  • Become the chief storyteller. Learn to communicate effectively with the CEO, Board, shareholders, Wall Street and others across the enterprise to support investments in delivering today, while building for tomorrow.
  • Build a strong finance team. Explore fresh approaches to develop a diverse, high performing team with the skills and enabling culture necessary to engage in multiple, complex, high-speed transformation efforts.
  • Prepare now for what’s next. Stay ahead of the ongoing technology revolution with practical advice for monitoring emerging technologies and measuring return on investment.

Who Should Attend?

The CFO Forward Summit is one of the foremost academic research programs and events for CFOs, focused on reinvention of the Finance function and the broader enterprise. The Summit combines case studies from current executives, insights from academic research from across Harvard University, and expertise from industry experts. Summit attendees learn through case studies, peer-based problem-solving, and topical workshops designed to create transformational solutions.

Admission & Participation

Summit participation is limited to Chief Financial Officers. All other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Individual participants are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses.

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