Navigating the New

MIT CFO Virtual Summit
November 19, 2020 from 8:30 am – 2:15 pm EST
November 20, 2020 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST


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About the 2020 MIT CFO Virtual Summit

Keep the change. Chief Financial Officers today are navigating change across the business ecosystem – a global pandemic that has reached every industry, new technologies that impact front- and back-end systems and new expectations that govern relations with customers and employees.  And of course, here in the U.S., a major election in early November. Register today for the 18th annual MIT Sloan CFO Summit to learn first-hand how CFOs can chart a course that navigates the new.

We have submitted 10 CPE credits for approval for both days of the conference.

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When Was the Program Introduced?

The MIT Sloan CFO Summit, started in 2002, is the nation’s premier CFO event bringing together financial executives from around the world and leading faculty from MIT. The annual event offers a day of interactive learning and thought-provoking discourse on the future of finance, accounting, and business that is not available anywhere else. It includes presentations, panels, keynotes speakers, networking and a closing reception.

What Differentiates the MIT Sloan CFO Summit?

Each year, the volunteers who plan the Summit have three goals in mind. One, to attract best-in-class speakers who represent a broad mix of industries, geographies and business stages. Two, to attract a best-in-class audience of CFOs and other financial executives from small and large companies, private and public. Three, to help all participants maximize practical education and peer networking in a convenient, one-day format.

Who Designs the Program?

The MIT Sloan CFO Summit is designed by volunteers using knowledge from professional experience and the expertise of the academicians at MIT Sloan School of Management. Conference organizers have access to vital information and a network of expert business leaders to draw from, which allows them to foster thought-provoking discussions and facilitate peer networking for their fellow executives. The Summit is part of the CXO Series produced by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association along with MIT Sloan.

Jeremy Seidman (MBA ’03) is Chair of the MIT Sloan CFO Summit.

Who Attends the MIT Sloan CFO Summit?

The MIT Sloan CFO Summit attracts 500+ CFOs and senior financial executives. In addition to CFOs, participants include CEOs, Presidents, financial executives, audit committee members, and investors. We offer 7.5 CPE credits for full day attendance.

How Many Speakers Participate in the MIT Sloan CFO Summit?

Last year the program had 10 keynoters and 30 panelists. These numbers are relatively consistent each year.

What Are Some of the Companies and Industries that the Speakers Represent?

The MIT Sloan CFO Summit brings together a diverse group of financial leaders from a wide range of industries, geographies and business stages. Prior Summits have included CFOs and CEOs from Google, Home Depot, Caterpillar, Comcast, IBM, LinkedIn, General Motors, UPS, JetBlue, and many more.

How Do I Obtain Information About Individual Programs or Request an Interview with one of the Speakers?



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The MIT CFO Virtual Summit will take place on November 19, 2020 from 8:30 am – 2:15 pm EST, and November 20, 2020 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST.

The 2020 Agenda

Thursday, November 19
Business as Usual

Friday, November 20
Business Unusual

CPE Information:

  • Program level: Intermediate
  • Approved CPE: 10
  • Field of Study: Finance
  • Program Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Delivery Method: Live/Group
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how today’s CFOs make decisions, convey those decisions with confidence, and manage with certainty
  • Learn how to weigh options, make choices and allocate both human and financial resources
  • Review the ways the equity market has evolved, including the role of technology, the evolution of shareholders and decisions made along the way
  • How to manage internal cyber security procedures and external data threats
  • Learn strategies on how to manage with conviction and maintain calm through times of uncertainty
  • The impact of near-in decisions on long-term results and vice versa

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

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Join us for the 2020 MIT Sloan Virtual CFO Summit!
November 19, 2020 from 8:30 am – 2:15 pm EST
November 20, 2020 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

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