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2019 CFO Boot Camp


FEI San Francisco Bay Area is pleased to announce this year’s CFO Bootcamp – designed for senior finance professionals whose next career step is to be a CFO or for current CFOs who want to sharpen their strategic and leadership skills.
CFO Bootcamp is comprised of four main sessions covering CFO and the Law, Fundraising and Capital Structure, Managing Talent, and Your Career – to be held on successive Wednesday evenings in May 2019. Networking starts at 5:30pm, with sessions held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

In addition to our presenters and panelists, each session will also include an Executive in Residence to provide mentorship, further perspectives, and experiences/examples. Sessions will also include time for scenario sharing, problem solving, and interaction with fellow Bootcamp attendees.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Please see for the Bootcamp application and contact Sofia Perel at with any questions. The deadline to apply is 4/10/19.

Dates and Times:  Main sessions will be held on successive Wednesday evenings in May 2019: 5/1; 5/8; 5/15; and 5/22 from 5:30pm-8pm
Location:  Robert Half, 50 California Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco
Cost:  $150 for SFBA Chapter FEI members; $250 for non-members ($100 can be applied toward new FEI SFBA Chapter membership prior to 8/31/19) and for non-SFBA Chapter FEI members

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Program Schedule:

I: CFO and the Law  May 1  2.0 CPE credits (Business Law)
The CFO often has the responsibility for legal matters and is generally the primary interface with outside legal advisors. This session will cover various aspects of the law such as corporate governance, fiduciary duties, and employment law, and will include an interactive case study.
  • Moderator/Executive in Residence: Ken Schwarz, Managing Director, BrightAvenues LLC
  • Panelists: John Baum, Partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP; Kyle Chin, General Counsel, Crocus Technology; Laurie Sanders, Partner, Osborn McDerby LLP

NOTE:  This session only will last until 8:30 PM

II:  Fundraising and Capital Structure May 8  2.0 CPE credits (Finance)
A critical component of the CFO role is to manage the capital structure to ensure sufficient liquidity for a company to execute its goals. This session will cover various financing solutions from equity to traditional bank debt to venture debt, steps necessary to prepare for financing, considerations for capital structuring, and investment policies.
  • Moderator/Executive in Residence: John Moffett, Consulting CFO
  • Panelists: Adam Prescott, Senior Vice President, JP Morgan Chase; Todd Schneider, Partner, Spinta Capital

III: Managing Talent  May 15  2.0 CPE credits (Personnel/HR)
A company’s success depends on having the right talent, and the Bay Area faces critical shortages as well as competition from marquee companies and unicorns. This session will provide practical advice on addressing these issues as well as a discussion of compensation trends.
  • Executive in Residence/Panelist: Garfield Byrd, CFO, KIPP Foundation
  • Panelist: Scott Dicke, Director of Permanent Services, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

IV: Your Career  May 22  2.0 CPE credits (Personnel/HR) 
With the short tenure of CFOs and the demands of the position, this session will explore how to navigate and thrive in this environment -- including an overview of the employment market for CFOs.  
  • Moderator: Attila Bardos, Principal, Robert Half Executive Search
  • Panelists: Nick Gerostathos, CFO, Hero Digital; Julie Ruehl, CFO, Fly Leasing Limited; Rob Williams, CFO, Hornblower Cruises and Events

V:  Happy Hour/Social Event   June 12