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Presidents Letter

November 2016

Julie Cavanna-Jerbic

Dear Fellow FEI Members,

I am so proud of our Chapter and the terrific level of member and partner engagement we have achieved! In October, we welcomed our first Marquee Partner to FEISV – Houlihan Lokey. In addition, our Careers program – Leading with Executive Presence, preceding the dinner program, had record attendance, and was very well received. We continued our evening with a “digital” Fireside chat – Silicon Valley style. Many thanks to our guest speakers Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group and Adam Draper, CEO of Boost VC for a spirited discussion on Blockchain and Bitcoin – asking “What’s in your wallet?” Is it paper, plastic or digital currency?


Our November program lineup will provide even more opportunities for development and networking. At our upcoming Careers and Chapter Dinner meeting to be held on the 15th, we will kick-off the evening with a session on Self-Branding Strategies by our resident authority and CFO Alliance coach from ExecCatalyst, Ron Yu. Following Careers, we have truly a signature Chapter Panel featuring Bob Finocchio, director at Echelon Corporation, Nuance Communications Inc., Silver-Peak Systems, and JustAnswer.com; Francis Lee, Board Chair Synaptics; and Maggie Wilderotter, Board Member Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Juno Therapeutics. Our panel will be discussing “The CFO’s role: A Board Member’s Perspective.” For this incredible group of panelists, our moderator will be Chris Forrester of Shearman & Sterling. It is the perfect time to invite a guest or colleague to expand your network and introduce interested potential new members to FEISV. Member engagement is the key to the Chapter’s success. Each and every one of you contributes to FEISV and creates a connected and thriving community!


We are seeking nominations of Chapter Members for Financial Executives of the Year, which will be awarded at our March Chapter Dinner Meeting to be held at Cisco with Prat Bhatt, Chairman of FEI. Rick Brounstein is leading a Committee soliciting nominations for submission to FEI National by December 15. Please contact Rick if you would like more information.


In November, we are continuing our Affinity Group Activities featuring Women in Finance on November 8th. Our new Rising Stars Program focused on Scholarship Alumni and FEI members “in the making” is gaining momentum and organizing activities. What a difference these next generation contributors can make to launching mentoring, development, and networking functions!


Jazz and Jingle! The FEISV Holiday Party is on December 6th at the Quadrus Center with live jazz by The Jack Conway Trio and seasonal tunes sung by "Serenade" from Masterworks Chorale. Please reserve this evening of celebration and networking on your calendars. Don’t forget to bring your spouse or guest to our annual member appreciation event.


At our recent CFO Academy, one of our graduates commented, “It takes a village to raise a CFO.” At FEI Silicon Valley, we have worked hard to create and keep that community alive. Once again, I remain proud of organization and humbled to lead a wonderful group! FEISV is truly the organization where senior level finance professionals network, develop, and advocate across generations.


See you at the November 8th Women in Finance Affinity Group, November 9th Annual Scholarship Alumni Event, November 15th Careers Session – Branding and Dinner Meeting – The CFO through the Board’s Eyes.


Warm Regards,