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Vena Nation Week

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JUNE 14-18, 2021

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Monday June 14, 2021 - Partner Day
10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
2:00 – 2:30 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Welcome Keynote
Keynote
Hunter Madeley, Chief Executive Officer, Vena
Tina Goulbourne, Chief Operating Officer, Vena

Vena’s CEO and COO kick off Partner day with a vision and insight into the future of the Vena Partner Program

10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
2:30 – 3:30 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Global Partner Update
Keynote
Jeff Scheepers, VP, Global Partner Strategy & Operations, Vena
Gurp Gahunia, VP, Partner Channels, Vena
Alex Wood, Vice President, Global Channels, Vena

Join the global Vena Partner strategy and sales leaders as they highlight the first half of 2021 and reveal what’s in plan for the rest of the year

11:30 – 12:30 pm EDT
3:30 – 4:30 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Product Roadmap
Keynote

Andrew Stanbridge, VP, Product, Vena
George Papayiannis, Chief Technology Officer, Vena

Get an early view into the latest product roadmap and vision. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback with our product experts

12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT
4:30 – 5:30 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Mastering Data Integrations
Learn

Amal Boumoussa, Enablement Lead, Professional Services, Vena

Gain familiarity with the Vena integrations ecosystem. Learn about ETL processes, sources, channels, destinations, data transfer automation and more

1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT
5:30 – 6:30 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Building an Effective Vena Pipeline
Keynote
Gurp Gahunia, Director, Partner Success, Vena
Natasha Persad, Director, Digital Marketing, Vena

Get your sales and marketing engines roaring with insights on successful ways to sell Vena and tips on how to build a shared pipeline journey for your clients

2:45 – 3:45 pm EDT
6:45 – 7:45 pm GMT

Partner Exclusive: Solution Extensibility
Keynote
Rishi Grover, Chief Solutions Architect, Vena
Mark Erdmann, Director, Professional Services, Vena

Hear from your Vena Partner community on how they were able to leverage the Vena platform to create value-added solutions across many industries

Tuesday June 15, 2021
10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
2:00 – 2:30 pm GMT

Find the Strength in Your Numbers
Keynote
Hunter Madeley, Chief Executive Officer, Vena

Find strength in your numbers to help your business power agility, resilience, creativity and see innovation and productivity thrive in a new world of growth

10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
2:30 – 3:30 pm GMT

The Evolution of the Strategic CFO
Keynote
Darrell Cox, Chief Financial Officer, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how the strategic office of finance is evolving to connect the dots across the business and power growth while mitigating risk in an ever-changing world

11:30 – 12:30 pm EDT
3:30 – 4:30 pm GMT

The FP&A Professionals Panel
Panel
Brady Gabel, Controller, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Derrick Mason, Senior Manager of FP&A and Business Intelligence, ISN
Tika Sithiravadivel, Customer Success Manager, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn to leverage automation, effectively streamline key processes and become a strategic business partner with ISN and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation FP&A pros

12:30 – 1:00 pm EDT
4:30 – 5:00 pm GMT

Stronger Together: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Keynote
Shada McShannon, Director, People Partners and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Vena

Discover why DEI work is a business’ superpower and get practical tips for becoming a positive change agent to support your organization’s journey

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Budgeting and Forecasting Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Collaborate with other finance leaders on best practices, frameworks and approaches to better budgeting through connected people, processes and technology

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Financial Reporting Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with other finance experts to discuss how advanced reporting capabilities power ownership, insights and strategic decision making across the business

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: Effective Budget Management
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Join modern FP&A pros to share best practices, frameworks and approaches to better budgeting through connected people, processes and technology in Vena

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: Executive Reporting
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with FP&A experts to share best practices for reporting that empower business leaders to drive strategic decision making, collaboration and results

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

The CFO’s Guide to Strategic Planning
Keynote
Jacki Tiso, Founder & CEO, JMT Consulting
CPE/CPD Eligible

Discover how to overcome the tension between financial roles and a need for better data to inform decisions by following four roles to become a strategic CFO.

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

Mapping Best Practices in Vena
Learn
Customer Exclusive
Michelle Sun, Training Specialist, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Whether you’re new to Vena or looking for a refresher, dive into effective mapping techniques for process variables, form variables, calculated members and more

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

New Excel Features You Need To Know With Chandoo
Learn
Purna Duggirala, Chief Excel Officer, Chandoo.org

Join fellow Excel nerd Chandoo to answer all of your questions about the newest Excel tips and tricks and take your Excel wizardry to the next level

Wednesday June 16, 2021
10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
2:00 – 2:30 pm GMT
The Ultimate Business Planning Playbook
Keynote
Tina Goulbourne, Chief Operating Officer, Vena
Burzin Contractor, Vice President, Revenue Operations & Strategy, Vena

Whether you’re new to Vena or a complete planning pro, learn how to build a peak planning organization with our operationalized business planning methodology

10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
2:30 – 3:30 pm GMT
The New World of Work With Rainn Wilson
Keynote
Rainn Wilson, Award Winning Actor, Comedian, and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Allison Munro, Chief Marketing Officer, Vena
Tracey Mikita, Chief People Officer, Vena

Join Rainn Wilson of “The Office” for a chat on how creativity and self expression create a more meaningful and collaborative hybrid work model

11:30 – 12:30 pm EDT
3:30 – 4:30 pm GMT
The Extended Planning Panel
Panel

Kristina Bittorf, Senior Manager of FP&A, Sprout Social
Mike Doerr, Controller, Royal Gold
Matt Weston, Director of FP&A, JF Petroleum
Evan Webster, Content Marketing Specialist, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how Sprout Social, Royal Gold and JF Petroleum connect the dots across the business with workforce and revenue planning and analysis

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT
The Finance-Led Collaboration Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with other finance pros to discuss best practices for enabling your business leaders with strategic insights powered by real-time data and analytics

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT
The Workforce Planning Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Share best practices for headcount planning, labor planning, benefits planning and more so you can ensure your leaders—and business—are ready for any scenario

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT
Community Connect: Building on Vena Foundation
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how to build on a budgeting and forecasting foundation with reporting, workforce planning, ICM and other best practice pre-configured solutions

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT
Community Connect: Driving Contributor Collaboration
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Share tips for driving company-wide adoption of Vena to foster a collaborative environment that enables stakeholders to own their own numbers and budgets

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT
Accounting for the Fight Against COVID
Keynote
Marie-Ève Meunier, Corporate Controller, Recochem
Guy Ménard, VP Operations & Product Management, Fluence Technologies
CPE/CPD Eligible

Find out how Recochem cut their financial consolidation, close and reporting times by 93% as they retooled their operations to help fight COVID-19

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT
Get Ready for the Next Business Cycle in Vena
Learn
Customer Exclusive
Katherine Smith, Trainer, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Master process rollover, user management/updates and data model adjustments in Vena to prepare for your next planning cycle

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT
Creating Effective Spreadsheets in Excel
Learn
Liam Bastick, Director, SumProduct

For more advanced Excel users, Liam Bastick of SumProduct walks you through his best practices for modeling and creating effective spreadsheets in Excel

4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
8:00 – 9:00 pm GMT
Life and Business Hacks With Finance Femme
Keynote
Kendra James-Anderson, Virtual Chief Financial Officer, The Finance Femme

As a virtual CFO, full-time mom and podcast host, Finance Femme will share business tips – and the occasional life hack – to help you grow your business and find more time to live life

Thursday June 17, 2021
10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
2:00 – 2:30 pm GMT

The Future of Data Transformation
Keynote
Rishi Grover, Chief Solutions Architect, Vena

Gain insight into the key trends evolving data management and analysis and what you have to do now to transform your business into an analytical organization

10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
2:30 – 3:30 pm GMT

On the Road to Growth
Keynote
Andrew Stanbridge, VP Product, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

See how Vena’s product roadmap will help you find your strength in numbers with a focus on enhancing your deployment, user experience and delivering insights

11:30 – 12:30 pm EDT
3:30 – 4:30 pm GMT

Your Growth Journey Starts Here
Panel
Andrew Stanbridge, VP Product, Vena
Mark Erdmann, Senior Director, Solutions Advisory, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Whether you’ve outgrown Excel, extended past finance-led planning or going beyond, learn how Vena’s pre-configured solutions can accelerate your path to growth

12:30 – 1:00 pm EDT
4:30 – 5:00 pm GMT

Vena Trivia: Dollars and Sense
Keynote

Take a break between sessions to test your knowledge in this finance trivia game! Everyone is welcome to join. Winners will take home prizes!

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Data Visualization Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with industry professionals and discuss how to unify real time data from across the business to drive insights and growth with data visualizations

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Automation Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Discover how finance leaders are maximizing time and efficiency by investing in process automation to increase ownership throughout the business

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: The Power of Connected Data Sources
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Between ERP, CRM and HRIS, learn how other finance leaders are connected across source systems to plan, report and analyze across the business

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: Data Visualization
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with modern FP&A pros and discuss how to unify real time data from across the business to drive insights and growth with data visualizations

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Financial Planning in the Subscription-Based Economy
Keynote
Thomas Ho, Director of Professional Services, Prolytics Consulting Group
Gilbert Tsai, Financial Analyst, FP&A, BlueCat
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how Vena works to fit the unique needs of the subscription-based business model for SaaS organizations

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

The New Modeler Experience
Learn
Customer Exclusive
Michelle Sun, Training Specialist, Vena
Rachel Taguicana, PM, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how the new Vena Modeler offers ways to maintain your data model with a simplified layout, more detailed data controls and easier attribution

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

The Ultimate Excel Shortcuts with Chandoo
Learn
Purna Duggirala, Chief Excel Officer, Chandoo.org

Hack the grid you know and love. Chandoo will walk you through the tips and tricks you need to know to become a true master of Excel

4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
8:00 – 9:00 pm GMT

A New Era of Storytelling With Wattpad
Keynote
Jeanne Lam, Chief Business Officer (Platform), Wattpad

Learn how Wattpad elevates the voices of authors globally by leveraging their Machine Learning technology

Friday June 18, 2021
10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
2:00 – 2:30 pm GMT

Planning Best Practices for Fast-Growing Companies
Keynote
Thomas Krolak, Senior Manager, FP&A, Vena
Snehal Shah, VP, FP&A and Corporate Development, Fusion Risk Management

Revenue growth, funding rounds, hiring sprees, oh my! Join Snehal Shah and Vena’s own Thomas Krolak to learn helpful tips for planning at high-growth firms

10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
2:30 – 3:30 pm GMT

How To Build Winning Teams With the Kansas City Chiefs
Keynote
Mark Donovan, President, Kansas City Chiefs
Hunter Madeley, Chief Executive Officer, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Join Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan in this fireside chat to learn how finding success on and off the field starts with building a winning culture

11:30 – 12:30 pm EDT
3:30 – 4:30 pm GMT

The Beyond FP&A Panel
Panel
Devendra Kalwani, Senior Finance Manager, Capstone Infrastructure
Christine Harms, Corporate Controller, Arizona Cardinals
Matt Thickson, Assistant Controller, Vena
Evan Webster, Content Marketing Specialist, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

Learn how Capstone Infrastructure, Arizona Cardinals and Vena’s finance pros standardize processes, systems and reporting to serve as strategic business partners

12:30 – 1:00 pm EDT
4:30 – 5:00 pm GMT

Supercharge Your Data With Vena and Microsoft
Keynote
Rishi Grover, Chief Solutions Architect, Vena
Ashvini Sharma, Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Keyur Patel, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Join Rishi, Ashvini and Keyur to learn how you can transform your data strategy with the combined might of the Microsoft Power Platform and Vena’s Growth Engine

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Sales Planning Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with industry peers and discuss how to take charge of sales compensation planning, reporting and analytics to drive better sales performance

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
5:00 – 6:00 pm GMT

The Account Reconciliations Exchange
Live & Interactive Roundtable
CPE/CPD Eligible

Discuss best practices for completing your month-end close faster and with more accuracy alongside industry peers

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: Account Reconciliations
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Discuss best practices for completing your month-end close faster and with more accuracy alongside fellow finance and accounting professionals

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Community Connect: Sales Planning and ICM
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Customer Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Connect with industry pros and discuss how to take charge of your sales compensation planning, reporting and analytics to drive better sales performance

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

CFO Confidential
Live & Interactive Roundtable
Executive Exclusive
CPE/CPD Eligible

Join CFO Confidential and connect live with fellow finance executives. Talk about what’s working and what’s not. Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to gab

2:00 – 2:30 pm EDT
6:00 – 7:00 pm GMT

Guided Meditation
Keynote

In this guided meditation, Cassandra will demonstrate how effective the practice of Mindfulness can be when applied to work and home situations

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

Connect Your Data Using Integrations in Vena
Learn
Customer Exclusive
Katherine Smith, Trainer, Vena
CPE/CPD Eligible

This instructional session will teach you how to use integrations to connect data from different source systems for holistic analysis and operational efficiency

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
7:00 – 8:00 pm GMT

Effective Data Storytelling in Excel
Learn
Liam Bastick, Director, SumProduct

Liam Bastick of SumProduct walks you through his tips and tricks on how to power storytelling in Excel with qualitative and quantitative data