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10 Reasons To Attend Vena Nation Week 2021

May 7, 2021 Marisa Iacobucci  
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Remember in-person events? We miss them too. That’s why for this year’s Vena Nation week, we wanted to capture that same sense of connection, networking and excitement of learning, collaborating and growing together as a community of finance, operations and business leaders—all from the comfort of your home.

So what’s different for Vena Nation week 2021? For starters, it’s happening in June this year, from June 14–18. This year’s conference has more live and interactive events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with thought leaders, influencers, industry experts, like-minded business leaders and your peers. Our exciting lineup of keynote speakers are gearing up to share their insights, experience and success stories.

If you’re new to Vena, you’ll get to see Vena in action with a preview. For Vena customers, get all the training you need to enjoy extended use of our business planning ecosystem. There will be customer roundtables, industry roundtables, Q&As with Vena experts and a brand new CFO Confidential breakout. Geek out with other Excel nerds, test your knowledge in trivia sessions and have your say by submitting your questions and requests in advance of sessions. We’re even saving a few surprise celebrity guests just because we can all use some exciting news and a bit of cheering up these days.

If you haven’t already reserved your spot, here are 10 reasons for you to attend Vena Nation Week 2021.

1. Discover the Strength in Numbers

We designed our virtual conference experience with the purpose of helping you harness your strength in numbers, this year’s Vena Nation week theme. As we come together—data, technology, systems, storytelling, creativity, experts, teams and communities—through collaborative learning and growing all week long, you’ll hear stories of resilience and innovation and be inspired to build your own plan to grow. 

2. Enjoy a Unique Plan To Grow Experience

Your conference experience is going to look different this year. Building on the success of last year’s first-ever digital Vena Nation week experience, Plan To Grow has been reimagined with a mobile-friendly user experience focused on personalization and discovery, empowering Vena Nation week attendees to learn, connect and grow in their own way.

There will be a lot more live and interactive events to attend this year. Enter breakout rooms and discover many more opportunities to connect virtually with others in our customer and industry roundtable discussions. Also new this year, you’ll get to meet Vena Partners who are always ready to guide you on your journey to growth.  

3. Learn and Earn CPE/CPD Credits

Looking for a chance to sharpen your skills while also earning CPE/CPD credits? You can earn up to 30 credits and all you have to do is attend our live events. This year's event features 20 sessions, 80 live conversations and over 100 industry experts to help you earn those credits. The content will cover a wide range of finance, accounting and business planning topics, including:

  • The power of connected data sources to plan, report and analyze across the business. 
  • How to drive company-wide adoption in a collaborative environment to enable stakeholders to own their own numbers and budgets. 
  • The future of data transformation and what you have to do now to transform your business into an analytical organization.

Powering your professional development doesn’t get any easier than this!

4. Participate in Live and Interactive Virtual Meetings With Planning Pros

Find new ways to connect and grow as you learn from global industry experts and thought leaders—without having to leave your desk. Network as much as you want with other business planning professionals through live training, Q&As and interactive roundtables. Here are some of the topics and discussions you can enjoy in real time:

  • How to complete your month-end close faster and with more accuracy.
  • How to take charge of your sales compensation planning reporting and analytics to drive better sales performance.
  • How to use integrations to connect data from different source systems for holistic analysis and operational efficiency.

5. Enjoy a Curated Experience

Need help planning your Vena Nation week schedule? Leave it to us. All you have to do is choose the track that best aligns to your role or interest and we’ll carefully curate an agenda to help maximize your time and event experience. Track options include:

Executive: Explore innovative business planning strategies that drive long term-performance and results, mitigate risk and set your organization up for continued growth and success.

Operations Expert: Uncover new opportunities to foster cross-functional alignment, streamline process efficiency and excellence, plan with intention across your business and drive continued collaboration that delivers business value at every step along your growth journey.

Finance Pro: Learn and develop new budgeting, forecasting, financial modeling and analysis techniques to transform your FP&A processes, gain cross-functional alignment across your business, unlock the creativity in finance and become a more strategic partner to the business.

Partner: Discover new ways to enhance your partnership with Vena—let’s continue to be better together as we explore product roadmap strategies, dive into platform evolution discussions and foster partner-led collective brainstorming sessions.

Build Your Own: Not sure which track makes the most sense for you?
Build your own! Get a little bit of everything with a customized track designed for you, by you.

6. Be Inspired by Keynote Speakers

Vena’s Co-founder and Chief Solutions Architect. Vena’s CEO, CFO and COO. Mark Donovan, President of Kansas City Chiefs. Wattpad’s Chief Business Officer Jeanne Lam. Kendra James-Anderson, Virtual CFO and Founder of The Finance Femme. They’re all gearing up to share the stage with many others. This year’s roster of motivational and leadership speakers are bringing plenty of unique perspectives and experiences to the table—the evolution of the strategic CFO, the new world of work, the ultimate business planning playbook, building a winning culture and more.

Packed with inspiration and new ideas, each keynote promises to deliver insights you can use to help your business power agility, resilience and creativity so you can thrive in a new world of growth.

Click here to check out the full schedule of Vena Nation week keynotes.

7. Get Exclusive Insights From Finance and Operations Experts

Looking for insights and best practices from leading experts to help power your plan to grow? You’ll get a team of business planning experts at Vena Nation week to provide exclusive training. Join the FP&A Professional, Extended Planning and Beyond FP&A panels which will include something for everyone, regardless of experience level.

8. Unite With Other Excel Nerds

We know how much you love Excel and how you want to join forces with others just like you. It’s the reason why we partnered with some of the most influential Excel experts for Vena Nation Week to bring you the ultimate Excel Nerd experience. That’s right. You get to unite with your fellow Excel enthusiasts and learn from the legends themselves. 

Four sessions. Four hours. Digital training, strategy and Excel tips and tricks. Exciting, right? We know. Together, you’ll get to discover:

  • How to use Excel effectively
  • How to become a spreadsheet pro
  • How to tell stories about your business through data
  • How to work with Vena to power your plan to grow
  • More Excel features to geek out over

9. Play, Win and Find Balance

Who says finance and operations pros don’t know how to have fun or chill out? Show everyone how it’s game on in our trivia sessions and win prizes along the way. Be a part of the social conversation by live tweeting your conference experience. Have your say in Q&As by submitting questions in advance. Take a moment to breathe and soak it all in by participating in one of our guided meditation sessions.

10. Enjoy the Company of Celebrity Guests

Which celebrity guests will be joining us? Stay tuned and be the first to know. When you register for Vena Nation week, we’ll keep you in the loop and make sure you’re on the list when we make our special guest announcements.

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