The Next Generation of CFOs

In the coming decade, opportunities for the next generation of finance leaders to step up to the C-Suite will be abundant. CFOs with strong leadership and strategy skills will thrive.

Of the 769 CFOs surveyed, 63 percent believe they need to build leadership skills to deliver against future priorities —EY

Chief executive officers rely more heavily on the CFO than on other C-suite member for strategic advice —IBM Institute for Business Value

Thirteen leading CFOs and Carlson School Executive Education leaders huddled over Minneapolis Club breakfasts from April to November to design a program preparing new and aspiring Chief Financial Officers for the ever-expanding rigors of the role. The resulting program provides frameworks, knowledge and skills that are typically not addressed on the way up the finance ladder—but are critical to a CFO’s success. 

"This program will help participants understand some real challenges CFOs face. If this program had existed when I was transitioning to the CFO role, I would definitely have signed up," says Cathy Smith, CFO of Target. 

Delivered from March to September 2017, the program’s three week-long sessions focus on strategy and creating shareholder value, communicating internally (to the Board) and externally (to Wall Street) and leading under the spotlight.  Sessions are infused with action learning projects, personal coaching, cohort activities, and insights and live case studies shared by leading Twin Cities CFOs. 

“I’m really excited about this unique opportunity for new or soon-to-be CFOs and proud to be part of this partnership between our local companies and Carlson,” says Don Mulligan, CFO of General Mills. 

Early-career CFOs, those leading significant growth and change, executives on track to become CFO, and financial leaders of significant divisions will derive the most value from the program.  

“The program is a great way to get those additional competencies, frameworks, and context in place as you’re preparing to step up.  It’s also a great way to develop a cohort of mentors and colleagues that will stay with you for the rest of your career,” says Carlson School Director of Executive Education Jody Tableporter.

The program begins in March, 2017. Learn more and register