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Introducing Vena Nation Week’s Keynote Speakers

April 17, 2020 Evan Webster  
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When we announced Vena Nation week last month, we made a promise to deliver a free, all access virtual learning and conference experience that would bring industry experts and thought leaders together for insightful, meaningful discussions. That’s why we’ve assembled a world-class lineup of keynote speakers to help business leaders and finance and operations professionals plan for today and tomorrow—on top of all the CPE-accredited training sessions, one-on-one coaching meetings and peer-led panel discussions that Vena Nation week has to offer.

Starting May 12, tune in to Vena Nation week to learn something new from every one of them.

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Ryan Patel

A renowned expert on scaling businesses for success through digital transformation

Keynote Title: How to Navigate Uncertain Times

Date: May 12, 2020 at 12 PM ET

Ryan Patel is a trusted authority on global business, political economy and planning for long-term growth. An expert on scaling companies and driving cross-functional collaboration, Patel found success as VP of Global Development at the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry, where he transformed the company into an international powerhouse between 2011 and 2016.

Since then, Patel has served in executive, advisory and board member roles for several companies across all areas of business. He’s currently a Senior Fellow and Board Director with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He’s also a frequent contributor to a number of acclaimed business networks and publications, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, Fox Business, The Hill, TD Ameritrade Network and more.

When it comes to strategic growth initiatives, Patel is one of the business world’s leading voices. In his Vena Nation week keynote, he’ll discuss his predictions and outlook on the economy—and also provide some guidance for navigating the road ahead.


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Jack McCullough

President and founder of the CFO Leadership Council, author of Secrets of Rockstar CFOs

Keynote Title: Secrets of Rockstar CFOs

Date: May 13, 2020 at 11 AM ET

Jack McCullough is a widely recognized thought leader and ambassador for the CFO community. Over the course of his career, he’s served as CFO at 26 different startups and raised more than $200 million in capital. In 2006, McCullough founded the CFO Leadership Council, a professional organization that’s dedicated to supporting and empowering senior finance executives through community, education and career development initiatives. He’s also founder and chair of the MIT Sloan CFO Summit.

In October 2019, McCullough published his first book, Secrets of Rockstar CFOs. The book is based on the insightful conversations he’s had with more than 40 elite CFOs—from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 multinationals—providing readers with a roadmap for excellence in the CFO role. He is frequently quoted in the press for his insights on financial leadership.

Of all his professional achievements, McCullough considers his role as a mentor to be the most fulfilling. During his Vena Nation week keynote, he’ll discuss what he’s learned from high-performing CFOs and share what they do differently, revealing their secrets to success.


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Alex Banayan

Author of the #1 international bestseller, The Third Door

Keynote Title: A New Mindset

Date: May 14, 2020 at 11 AM ET

Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. When he was just 18 years old, Banayan ventured out of his college dorm room and embarked on a seven-year mission with one goal in mind: uncovering the success stories behind some of the world’s most influential people.

Over the course of his journey, Banayan sat down with icons like Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Warren Buffett, Steve Wozniak, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones and many more. He learned that the path to greatness in life is never linear and that successful business people never take the easy route. He chronicled his findings in his book, The Third Door, which was released in 2018. 

Now an acclaimed speaker, Banayan shares his unique framework for success with corporate leaders around the world. His keynote at Vena Nation week will reveal what he’s learned from some of the world’s most successful business leaders about the skills needed to maintain a growth mindset even in the most uncertain times.

Join Us for Vena Nation Week, Starting May 12

Agile business planning is more important than ever, and these keynote speakers—along with all the other industry experts and thought leaders who will be coming together during Vena Nation week—will provide a variety of perspectives that will help you plan for today and tomorrow with confidence. Join us online starting Tuesday, May 12 at 11 am ET to learn, train, discover and earn CPE credits at the same time.

Get your All-Access pass to Vena Nation week today for insights from Ryan, Jack, Alex and other industry experts and thought leaders. You’ll also have access to CPE-accredited training sessions, peer-led panel discussions and other helpful resources to help you plan confidently for today and tomorrow.

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