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September 2020

Virtual Wine Tasting

September 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Affinity Wine Tasting
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners
$25

Please join us for a virtual wine tasting with Chris Madrigal, the founder's grandson, and vintner of the Madrigal Family Winery, for their 2016 "Nuestra Sangre" Red Wine and 2015 Estate Petite Sirah. These wines are not available in the stores and were limited productions. However, you will have the ability to order at a discount after the event. For $25 you’ll receive two amazing bottles of wine .     Read more about these wines. 2016 Nuestra-Sangre 2015 Petite-Sirah…

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Fireside Chat: Demystifying India’s New Digital Taxes

September 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Professional Development
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

Anshu Khanna in a fireside chat with Laura Wylie discussing the global landscape of digital taxes, India’s recent and unexpected updates to its equalization levy, India’s unilateral efforts to tax the digital economy, key concerns for global technology companies, and practical suggestions for how to prepare and respond. Learning objectives: Discuss evolving global digital tax landscape with India’s stance Describe the Equalization Levy/ Digital Taxation of India and what type of clients this taxation applies to; Identify key concerns for…

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The State of the Economy

September 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Keynote
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free – $50

RSM Deputy Chief Economist Kevin Depew will discuss the outlook for the US economy as the world continues to deal with the economic impact of Covid-19. Business executives and decision makers with an interest in the real economy and financial markets will benefit from this discussion. Expect to learn the outlook for the labor market, interest rates, inflation and the path to recovery for the economy Speaker: Kevin Depew Deputy Chief Economist, National Industry Analyst Leader, RSM US LLP Kevin…

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies: The Rising Asset Class of Equity Markets

September 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hot Topic Fridays Virtual Luncheons
Who should attend: Anyone
Free

SPACs are gaining momentum. They are shaking off their reputation and becoming the hottest asset class in equity markets. But what are the risks, complexities, and challenges associated with SPACs? During this Hot Topic Friday you will have the opportunity to learn more about: Why SPACs are increasing in popularity Key Trends to Consider SPAC structure Risks, complexities, and tradeoffs Transaction considerations and challenges Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and interact with speakers during this Hot Topic…

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Covid: Where Finance and Program Intersect

September 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Affinity Non-Profit
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

How does a local non-profit service organization pivot to respond to the unthinkable? The Covid-19 pandemic was no surprise to organizations working in the infectious disease arena. None-the-less, even they were not prepared for the worst combination of worldwide crises in literally a century. Community based organizations arise to address unmet needs on a local level. Yet they have been faced with the challenges of both health and economic crises of national scope. How can they combine their financial tools…

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INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL: Connecting the Financial and IP Communities

September 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Non-Members

The Silicon Valley Chapters of LES and the Financial Executives International are pleased to co-present an interactive webinar. Registration Fee is complimentary. A webinar link will be sent after your registration. FEI Silicon Valley and the Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada-Silicon Valley invite you to participate in a groundbreaking interactive webinar on the integration of Corporate Finance and IP Management. PROGRAM: A panel of seasoned professionals will discuss a number of Intellectual Capital (IC) intersection areas including: Identifying the relevant categories…

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The Illusion of Asian Success

September 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Affinity
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

We will Analyze Bay Area Silicon Valley glass ceiling: A quantitative review;
Explore various dimensions of national culture;
Understand your personal leadership acumen: East and West.

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October 2020

How Machine-Readable Data and Artificial Intelligence Impact the Work and Careers of Financial Executives

October 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Keynote
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free – $50

Joseph Howell, co-founder of Workiva (NYSE: WK), will discuss how machine-readable data and artificial intelligence are changing accounting and financial reporting forever. Workiva provides financial reporting software as a service to over 3,500 customers in 180 countries, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500, the U.S. Government, state and local governments, Joe will also share his experience building a business as a "former" financial executive and what really happens in Sales and Marketing that the finance and accounting teams rarely…

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Part 1 – The 2020 SPAC Revolution

October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Affinity Transactions
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

SPACs or “special purpose acquisition corporations” have greatly impacted the 2020 IPO market because they are more efficient, quicker and less expensive than IPOs, and they are less linked to market timing. Seventy (70) SPACs have accounted for approximately 40% of US IPO filings and raised over $31 billion during 2020 (versus 59 SPACs in 2019 which raised $13.6B). We will explore the changing dynamics of SPACs, and their influence on capital and M&A markets. Basics of SPACs Market Trends…

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Cyber Risk, an actionable perspective for the CFO

October 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Professional Development
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

We will discuss case studies, types of attacks in various verticals. How it happened; the outcome and costs; what could have prevented it, what the entity is doing moving forward. How to acquire cyber protection; which solutions are right for your organization; the costs of hiring vs outsourcing. We will do a live exercise: Filing out the NIST five functions diagram with case specific solutions. Learning Objectives: Cyber Risk - What is it and Why You Should Care How to…

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Rising Stars – Virtual Escape Experience 

October 13, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Rising Stars
Who should attend: Chapter Partners Chapter Board Members Rising Stars
Free

A new Rising Stars Activity, October 13th @ 5:30 PM Virtual Escape Experience Please note, this is a first come first serve basis.  Limited to 12 people (8 Rising Stars and 4 FEI Members), we will keep a waiting list. The most advanced remote team building escape game. Incorporating a virtual assistant, remote controllable props, live host over video conference, and puzzles in the real world & the digital world. Moonshot is the only massive remote team escape experience on…

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New Member Meetup

October 15, 2020 @ 4:00 am - 5:00 am
New Member Meetup Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

Come join your fellow new members to learn more about getting the most from your membership, while mingling with your fellow new members. Bring a friend who you think would enjoy our activities and benefit from our programs, and who is eligible to join FEI.

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Chef’s Virtual Master Cooking Class – Thai inspired – Family Style

October 22, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners
$25 – $35

Please join us for a virtual Master Cooking Class. Family Style Presentation of a Thai Style Meal Coconut Soup | Shrimp | Kaffir Lime Leaf Pan Fried Fish | Nam Jim (garlic, chili, lime sauce) Wok Tossed Greens Black Rice | Coconut Milk Download full menu with shopping list, click "Experience Packet 10.22.20" Experience Packet 10.22.20   Theo Rosenblatt is a professionally trained chef and wine connoisseur who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. From a young age, Rosenblatt developed a…

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Robert Half, ACGSV & FEISV’s 21st Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

October 26, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Golf
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Non-Members
$110.00 – $250

      Escape from Zoom and Get Outside! Please support a great cause, and enjoy great networking opportunities all at the same time. This year we are adding Association for Corporate Growth, Silicon Valley (ACGSV) as a co-sponsor! Not only will your participation benefit our scholarship fund, it will also enable you to spend time and develop deeper relations with your clients or prospects, and build relationships with FEISV & ACGSV members. There will be amazing prizes thanks to…

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Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for Finance and Accounting

October 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Non-Members
Free

“Good ideas with great execution are how you make magic. And that’s where OKRs come in.”         --Larry Page, co-founder of Google You may have heard about Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) which were popularized by legendary investor John Doerr. So why do many leading companies swear by this goal-setting technique? Join us and betterworkstm to demystify OKRs and learn how your finance and accounting team can benefit from this renowned methodology. In this session, you will…

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November 2020

Financial Officers Forum (FOF)

November 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Financial Officers Forum (FOF) Virtual Luncheons
Who should attend: Anyone
Free

FOF focuses on issues faced by senior finance professionals (e.g. CFOs, Controllers, VP Finance) who currently provide consulting services to companies. Attendees develop topics for discussion primarily reflecting current client situations and share best practices, personal experiences and their connections, all entirely on a confidential basis – similar to a Vistage format. This Affinity Group should be of interest to all CFOs, Controllers and their advisers, regardless of industry sector. Also you may be interested in what consulting CFOs are…

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Rising Stars – Important Trends in Tech M&A Dealmaking

November 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rising Stars
Who should attend: Chapter Partners Chapter Board Members Rising Stars
Free

There are some interesting changes going on especially with private equity increasingly being a factor in M&A deals, including all types of technology. Used to be PE firms preferred more traditional industries, but now many PE firms specialize in rolling up software, med tech, data analytics, etc. Laser focused by sector. Also the rise of “SPACs” or special-purpose acquisition companies to do a non-traditional public listing as a way to exit. DATE:  Tuesday, November 10th @ 6:30 PM PLACE:  Virtual…

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Virtual Wine Tasting

November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Affinity Wine Tasting
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners
$25 – $50

Please join us for a virtual wine tasting with Sbragia Family Winery. 2016 Gamble Chardonnay (Napa Valley) and the 2014 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley). For $25 you’ll receive two amazing bottles of wine . Note: Registration closes October 22nd at 3pm so we can have time to ship your wine. A little History: Read more about Sbragia Family Winery  

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How COVID Accelerated Cisco’s Finance Operations

November 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Keynote
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free – $50

COVID-19 brought about an incredible clarity of focus and speed of internal change that transformed how Cisco Finance operates today. This session covers the technological advances, system optimization, process simplification, communication transparency and relationship strengthening benefits experienced as our entire employee base adjusted to working remotely. Today, the fact that we are operating at a level well beyond where we were in March demonstrates the power of eliminating the noise and concentrating solely on the critical business drivers and outcomes.…

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Mitigating International Business Risk Through Due Diligence

November 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Keynote
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free – $50

There have been dozens of corporate scandals involving senior executives in the last few years; resulting in major fines and penalties from U.S. regulators. How do you protect your company, shareholders and employees from “bad actors”? What actions are you taking to protect your company’s board of directors from undue risk? Learning Objectives: In this presentation we will address the human angle in due diligence; criminals, executive misconduct, bad actors and how to identify them. Examine risk exposure points in…

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December 2020

Transitioning From For-Profit To Non-Profit And Making Your Desired Impact On The World

December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

Have you ever thought about shaking up the social sector with your industry experience? Do you ever wonder if being a nonprofit leader is the career transition you need? Are you interested in questioning the status quo in the social entrepreneurship arena? If any of these questions resonate with you, then this is the panel for you! Learning Objectives: Breaking down the myths of making the transition from profit to nonprofit Tips/Advice on how to make this transition successful The…

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Part 2 – SPAC – An Interview with Jonas Grossman

December 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Affinity Transactions
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

Join us for an interview with Jonas Grossman. Craig Lilly of Reed Smith will be interviewing Jonas Grossman, President of Chardan. While at Chardan, Jonas and his team have underwritten, acted as M&A advisor, and self-sponsored more than 80 special purpose acquisition corporations or “SPACs”. During 2020, SPACs have accounted for over 40% of US IPO filings and raised over $60 billion. We will take a deep dive into SPACs and the current M&A environment including SPAC economics, trends, advantages…

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Leadership Gift

December 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners
Free

In appreciation for your continued support for FEISV your leadership team would like to give you a token of our appreciation. Everybody loves food. Especially when it is delivered. During this crazy time, we want to take extra care in making sure our gift gets to you. Please register to receive this gift and let us know the best option to send you the electronic gift card for DOORDASH.

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World Wise – Working in a World that is Local, Global, In Person, and Virtual

December 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Professional Development
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Non-Members
Free

Working in a World that Is Local, Global, In Person and Virtual In today’s global business environment success depends as much on the building personal relationships as it does on technical expertise. However, working with clients, partners, consultants from around the world may not be easy. Backgrounds, cultures and approach to doing business vary. In addition we now engage virtually even more than in person. Building connections is challenging but not impossible. At the conclusion of this interactive program participants…

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Employment Law Considerations in M&A/ Operations – Update on AB5 & AB2257

December 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Affinity Transactions
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

On both the buyer’s and the seller’s sides of a corporate merger or acquisition, employment law considerations can significantly impact the dynamics of negotiations and transactions. Consultation with skilled employment counsel throughout a transaction is critical. But equally important is an understanding of the typical employment law considerations that can affect negotiations and transactions. Independent contractor and employee classification is one such consideration, and is a particularly dynamic area of developing law. Learning objects: Early in the deal process: What…

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January 2021

Financial Officers Forum (FOF)

Friday, January 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Financial Officers Forum (FOF) Virtual Luncheons
Who should attend: Anyone
Free

FOF focuses on issues faced by senior finance professionals (e.g. CFOs, Controllers, VP Finance) who currently provide consulting services to companies. Attendees develop topics for discussion primarily reflecting current client situations and share best practices, personal experiences and their connections, all entirely on a confidential basis – similar to a Vistage format. This Affinity Group should be of interest to all CFOs, Controllers and their advisers, regardless of industry sector. Also you may be interested in what consulting CFOs are…

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Rising Stars – The Path to CFO

Tuesday, January 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rising Stars
Who should attend: Chapter Partners Chapter Board Members Rising Stars
Free

Zoom in and learn from the accomplished experts. DATE:  Tuesday, January 12th @ 6:30 PM PLACE:  Virtual TOTAL COST:  FREE.  All these events are sponsored by FEI, for Rising Stars. All you have to do is come and participate. Speakers: Robert Worthington Partner, Practice Leader, Bay Area Hardesty An accomplished senior financial and operations executive with 25 years of progressive experience in establishing and leading global finance, sales operations, strategy, legal and HR teams at high-growth, hardware, manufacturing, and software…

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Taking Fintech to the Bank

Thursday, January 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Keynote
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free – $35

Why is the finance industry getting disrupted? Which parts of the industry are most vulnerable? Who will do the disrupting? What technologies are most important and why? The talk will look at these questions and more and you will walk away with a holistic view of how finance and technology are colliding. Learning Objectives: understand why the finance industry is ripe for disruption become familiar with the technologies that are most likely to disrupt finance articulate a simple framework for…

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OKRs, Goals, and Why Start with Why

Tuesday, January 19 @ 3:00 pm
Professional Development
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Non-Members
Free

OKAs, Goals, and Why Start with Why? With the growing popularity of OKRs and other formalized goal setting systems, why do many teams still report misunderstandings around goals and metrics? How is it that some teams can achieve their metrics but still feel unsuccessful? The simple answer is that OKRs, KPIs, and similar systems are tools that are only as effective as their users. If you are interested in a more useful answer, join us for a deeper look into…

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Member Mixer

Thursday, January 21 @ 4:00 pm
New Member Meetup Special
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests
Free

Come join your fellow new members to learn more about getting the most from your membership, while mingling with your fellow new members. Bring a friend who you think would enjoy our activities and benefit from our programs, and who is eligible to join FEI.

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