8 Events CFOs Should Attend in 2023

With networking less common and more valuable today than in the past, CFOs and their teams should consider attending some events this year.
Adam ZakiApril 24, 2023
8 Events CFOs Should Attend in 2023
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With companies now hosting their events to drive sales leads and boast their own products, deciding which events are worth the time of finance teams can be tricky. There’s also a new dimension in events: The value for organizations may be more than the event’s content, but also as a place for teams to connect in person, a seldom opportunity in a hybridized or remote working format. 

This year, there are some well-run events that finance teams with the budgets and willingness to attend should consider. Below are eight events that should be on the radar of CFOs and their teams.

1. Fintech Nexus — New York, NY

May 10-May 11

The Fintech Nexus USA conference in New York (formerly LendIt Fintech) may be interesting for CFOs looking to expand their networks outside of corporate finance. The conference features keynote presentations, panel discussions, and exhibitions on digital lending, blockchain, credit scoring, and regulatory compliance. Although not CFO-centric, the $3,295 ticket will provide access to speakers from traditional finance and fintech companies, exploring topics like embedded finance, conversational AI and the customer experience, and real-time payments.

2. Finovate Spring — San Francisco, CA

May 23-May 25

Not only is this one of the few upcoming events on the West Coast, but Finovate Spring also provides CFOs an interesting opportunity to network with venture capitalists and angel investors interested in fintechs. In one of the show’s most highly coveted events, company representatives have seven minutes to showcase their latest products and services to the audience, highlighting their innovative features and value propositions. Financial institutions and investors make up the bulk of attendees. For those wishing to spend all three days at the event, the total price to get in the door is $2,978 per person.

3. Gartner CFO Conference — National Harbor, MD

May 31-June 1

The CFO conference by Gartner next month has a focus this year on helping CFOs complete their digital transformations within the finance department. The event features the thought leadership of Gartner’s experts, and tracks include FP&A, digital transformation in the controllership, and the strategic reallocation of resources. The content, plus the opportunity to connect with CFOs from across the country, makes this event popular. Standard admission is $3,800.

4. CFO Leadership Conference 2023 — Boston, MA

June 6-June 8

For CFOs looking to meet more CFOs, this is the place to be. From former Enron CFO Andy Fastow’s keynote to sessions by the CFOs of AstraZeneca and Fenway Sports Group, this event hosted by the CFO Leadership Council is great for those looking to brush up on the latest trends in corporate finance or meet old colleagues or new CFO connections in person. The show’s general admission price is comparatively low compared to other events, at $1,495 per person for CFO Council non-members. 

5. GreenFin 23 — Boston, MA

June 26-June 28

Are you looking at new ways to talk about, drive, and implement sustainability? The GreenFin conference may be highly beneficial. This event focused on sustainable financing and investing and includes tracks on corporate reporting, the ESG ecosystem, and innovations in ESG data collection and analysis. CFOs pushing for greener practices and focusing on transitioning their company to climate-friendly operations will find valuable networking opportunities and content. Standard admission costs $3,500. 

6. CFO Forum — Kansas City, MO

August 14-August 15

This event hosted by the Independent Community Bankers of America is for banking industry CFOs and finance teams. For the $895 non-member fee, CFOs and controllers of financial institutions get learning opportunities in tax and accounting strategies, risk management, cybersecurity, and regulatory compliance. This day-and-a-half event is one of the most budget-friendly on this list, and attendees are able to earn CPE credits.

7. Finovate Fall — New York, NY

September 11-September 13

Similar to the spring event in California, the Finovate New York event provides networking opportunities in fintech and other developing areas of finance. The abundant product demos let CFOs see what products are available, what works, and what doesn’t. Also, what’s better than New York after Labor Day?

8. Money 20/20 — Las Vegas, NV

October 22-October 25

As showcased in the name itself, Money 20/20 is focused on the future of money and finance as a whole. In previous years this show tended to be dominated by the trendiest financial products of the time, from payments to crypto. However, due to its attendance figures, solid reputation, and some of the best after-parties the finance industry offers, this event can be a great opportunity for a team that likes to work and play hard.