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The podcast featuring finance leaders driving change within their organizations.

Sep 29, 2023

Brett and Jack draw parallels between the challenges faced by our three featured Planning Aces as they seek to optimize the talent resources and processes in their different organizations.

The pressure to align strategy and execution is increasing, and all three CFOs share their responses to these external...

Sep 27, 2023

Roughly 20 years ago, Neha Krishnamohan arrived as a college freshman on Duke University’s Durham, N.C., campus, intent on pursuing a career that would someday grant her the agency to develop a product or therapy capable of solving a healthcare problem.

Having grown up among family members with different careers...

Sep 24, 2023

It was late 2020 when Michelle Hook ended 17 years of fruitful career-building at Domino’s to accept a CFO appointment at fast casual restaurant chain Portillo’s.  

“The two things that I was looking for were to be passionate about a new brand and to feel a culture fit,” recalls Hook, who adds that she had long...

Sep 22, 2023

Not unlike that of many of his CFO peers, Derrek Gafford’s career path has been shaped in part by geography—specifically, by having its origins in a city that was at once home to a state college, the corporate headquarters of a marquee company, and a Big Four accounting office populated with new college grads.


Sep 20, 2023

We are near the end of our discussion with CFO Svai Sanford when he permits us to unlock one last door to his past.

Unbeknownst to us, 20 minutes earlier, Sanford had handed us the key to its lock in the form of a short story.

The story had begun with Sanford receiving a job offer, to which he had replied, “Are you...