CNBC CFO Council Summit
November 28 - 29, 2023

CNBC CFO Council Summit

It’s been a year of uncertainty for corporations thanks to yet unrealized recession concerns, soaring interest rates, inflation ups and downs, and the unexpectantly speedy arrival of generative Artificial Intelligence technology. With a presidential election on the horizon and continued economic speculation, financial decision makers are facing a mounting set of challenges.   

To help wade through the murky times and prepare for 2024, we are convening our annual CNBC CFO Council Summit in November, bringing key policymakers, newsmakers, CNBC journalists, and economic experts together to engage in deep and meaningful with solution-based conversations. Hear from leaders and participate in conversations on topics that matter most to today’s leading CFOs from the state of the U.S. economy and global markets, to ways to prepare for continued growth and development of AI, to forecasting the outcome of the 2024 elections. From both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to Wall Street, we’ve got you covered.  

A culmination of our yearlong programming, the 2023 CNBC CFO Council Summit is the flagship event, bringing together members, speakers, and CNBC journalists and contributors, to tackle complicated topics. This one-of-a-kind event hosts interactive sessions, compelling panel discussions, and features global thought leaders. 

More about the CFO Council

The CNBC CFO Council is a members-only council that provides peer-to-peer connections, and convenes to address pressing issues facing Chief Financial Officers today. Along with networking opportunities and an impressive series of in-person programming, the CFO Council features the popular Fed Matters digital series, hosted by CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman. 

The CNBC CFO Council Summit is an exclusive event for members; learn more about the CFO Council and apply for membership at www.cnbccouncils.com/cfo-council/  

Read more from our CNBC CFO Council special report on www.cnbc.com/cfo-council/

Speakers

Tom Barkin

Thomas I. Barkin became the eighth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond on January 2, 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the Bank’s monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services — as well as oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s information technology organization. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee.

Barkin is a native of Tampa, Florida. He attended Harvard University, where he earned his undergraduate, masters of business administration, and law degrees.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Barkin was a senior partner and chief risk officer at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, and previously served as the organization’s chief financial officer. He oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States, led multiple functional areas, and provided strategic counsel to a diverse portfolio of clients. He also served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2009 to 2014, and was the board’s chairman from 2013 to 2014.

Barkin has served on the executive committee of Metro Atlanta’s Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Commerce Club and the Emory University Board of Trustees. He has also served in leadership roles with other civic and community organizations, including the Woodruff Arts Center and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the 21st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.

Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2023, General Brown served as the 22nd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, General Brown earned his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Texas Tech University.

General Brown has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon Instructor. His notable staff tours include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group. His joint assignments include three assignments to U.S. Central Command as Air Operations Officer, Current Operations Division; Deputy Director, Operations Directorate; and Deputy Commander.

General Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two fighter wings, and twice served as a Combined/Joint Air Component Commander with command tours at U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Pacific Air Forces.

General Brown is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours primarily in the F-16, including 130 combat hours, and has flown 20 additional fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Throughout his career, he deployed or directly supported Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation NORTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation ODYSSEY DAWN, Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, General Brown has a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, a distinguished graduate from Air Command and Staff College, a graduate of the Air War College, and served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

General Brown and his spouse, Mrs. Sharene Brown, have been for married more than 34 years, and have two sons.

Jen Easterly

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.

Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Rep. Ro Khanna

Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his second term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He also serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus.

Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world. For each job created in the high-tech industry, another four jobs are created. The tech multiplier is even larger than the multiplier for U.S. manufacturing. Rep. Khanna will work to ensure the technology sector is at the forefront of U.S. economic policy and strive to provide opportunities to those our changing economy and technological revolution has left behind. To do so, the U.S. must implement policies that will not only create tech jobs in Silicon Valley but across America. This includes job training programs, economic development initiatives, re-wiring the U.S. labor market, and debt-free college to help working families prepare for the future.

A dedicated political reformer, Rep. Khanna is one of just six elected officials to refuse contributions from PACs and lobbyists. He also supports a 12-year term limit for Members of Congress and a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Rep. Khanna was born in Philadelphia, PA, during America’s bicentennial, to a middle-class family. Both of his parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s from India in search of opportunity and a better life for their children. His father is a chemical engineer and his mother is a substitute school teacher. Rep. Khanna’s commitment to public service was inspired by his grandfather who was active in Gandhi’s independence movement, worked with Lala Lajpat Rai in India, and spent several years in jail for promoting human rights.

Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Khanna taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American Jurisprudence at San Francisco State University. He wrote the book Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future and worked as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Rep. Khanna served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board. He has also provided pro bono legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina victims with the Mississippi Center for Justice, and co-authored an amicus brief on the fair housing U.S. Supreme Court case, Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Rep. Khanna graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and received a law degree from Yale University. As a student at the University of Chicago, he walked precincts during Barack Obama's first campaign for the Illinois Senate in 1996. In his free time, Rep. Khanna enjoys cheering for the Golden State Warriors, watching movies, and traveling. He and his wife Ritu call Fremont, CA, home.

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is a National Political Correspondent for NBC News & MSNBC, reporting on the latest political developments across all platforms. For MSNBC’s election coverage, Steve consistently provides real-time analysis of voting patterns, exit polls, and electoral data. Additionally, Kornacki is the author of “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism” and host of “Article II: Inside Impeachment,” a NBC News podcast dedicated exclusively to covering the impeachment inquiry.
Kornacki began his career in New Jersey, chronicling the state’s political world for a website and co-hosting a weekly show on News 12 New Jersey, a 24-hour cable news channel.

His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Globe, Daily Beast and at Capital New York, where he’s written a series of deeply-researched profiles of prominent New York political figures. He is a native of Groton, Mass. and graduated from Boston University.

Ted Leonsis

Ted Leonsis is founder, chair, principal partner, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, one of the world’s most valuable regional sports and entertainment companies with one of the most diverse ownership groups in all of sports. He owns and/or operates seven major and minor league teams, six entertainment and athletic performance venues, two media platforms and has invested in several additional ventures. Those include the 2018 Champion NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the 2019 Champion WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Capital One Arena, and the broadcast and digital network with local TV media rights across all franchises, Monumental Sports Network.

He is also a cofounder and partner at Revolution Growth, a venture capital fund investing in growth-stage companies around the country that are disrupting multi-billion-dollar industries. He serves on the boards of governors for the NBA and NHL, the executive committee of the NHL, as well as chairing the NBA’s and NHL’s media committees. Leonsis also sits on several corporate boards, including American Express and Groupon.

In the 1980s, Leonsis launched six personal computing magazines. His early new media company, Redgate Communications, was acquired by America Online in 1994. After nearly 14 years as a senior executive at AOL, he retired from active management in 2006 and retains the position of vice chair emeritus. He is a Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker having backed prominent features including Nanking and Willie, about the first Black hockey player in the NHL. His also wrote the bestselling book, The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life in 2010.

A committed philanthropist, through the Leonsis Family Foundation, the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and his personal giving, Ted is actively involved with dozens of nonprofits – many are notably focused on stopping the cycle of hunger and poverty like D.C. Central Kitchen and the Capital Area Food Bank. Another large area of Ted’s work is in education, and he has made great contributions serving as board chair of the D.C. College Assistance Program (DC-CAP), a program which has fostered 14,000+ graduates and awarded $55+ million in scholarships to D.C. students.

Doha Mekki

On January 14, 2022, Doha Mekki was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Mekki supervises more than 350 attorneys who investigate and prosecute civil and criminal violations of federal antitrust and other competition laws. She is responsible for overseeing the Division’s civil enforcement, criminal enforcement, litigation, domestic and international policy, advocacy, and economic analysis programs, as well as the Division’s operations.

John W. Rogers, Jr.

John’s passion for investing began at age 12 when his father started buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew while in college and over the two-and-a-half years after graduation he worked as a stockbroker at William Blair & Company. In 1983, John founded Ariel to invest in undervalued small-and medium-sized companies. While our research capabilities have since expanded, his patient approach still anchors the firm today.

He received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team. John is active civically and professionally based on his belief that these engagements make him a better leader and a better investor. Beyond Ariel, he is a member of the board of directors of NIKE, The New York Times Company, Ryan Specialty Group Holdings and the Obama Foundation, and was a board member of McDonald’s for over 20 years. John also serves as Vice Chair of the board of trustees of The University of Chicago.

Sen. Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was born in 1971 in Miami, Florida as the son of two Cuban immigrants pursuing the American Dream. His father worked as a banquet bartender, while his mother split time as a stay-at-home mom and hotel maid. From an early age, Rubio learned the importance of faith, family, community, and dignified work to the good life.

Rubio was drawn to public service in large part because of conversations with his grandfather, who saw his homeland destroyed by communism. After meeting and marrying his wife Jeanette—and earning degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School—Rubio served as a city commissioner in West Miami and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. In 2010, he won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

During his first term, Senator Rubio experienced the Washington gridlock. Efforts at reform met tough resistance from extreme partisanship and an engrained elite establishment, both of which benefited from the status quo. Senator Rubio also saw firsthand the communities the establishment had left behind: towns and cities devastated by the loss of dignified work and corroded by a culture that had forgotten the need for faith, family, and community.

But those experiences didn’t discourage Senator Rubio—they only strengthened his determination to revive the American Dream for hardworking Americans. Now in his third term, he continues to enact common-sense policies that create good jobs, strengthen communities, and protect Americans from the Chinese Communist Party.

In addition to providing award-winning constituent service, Senator Rubio has authored hundreds of new laws, including some that are truly transformational. He led the effort to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and provide health care benefits to veterans suffering from toxic burn pit exposure. He doubled the federal child tax credit for working families. He kept millions of small businesses afloat during the pandemic lockdowns, through the historic Paycheck Protection Program. And he secured generous funding for Everglades restoration efforts.

Senator Rubio also wrote and passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which represents the greatest turning point in U.S.-China relations in decades. For these achievements and more, the Center for Effective Lawmaking consistently ranks Rubio among the three most effective senators in Congress.

Fighting partisan gridlock and elite complacency is never easy, but Senator Rubio is honored to serve his country and the people of Florida. Every day, he wakes up determined to make it easier for you and your family to pursue the American Dream. He will not stop until American politics is once again centered on common sense and the common good.

Anna Bryson

Anna is the Chief Financial Officer at Doximity, the leading digital platform for doctors. Prior to joining Doximity, Anna was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ACB Capital, an investment advisory firm. She holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford in England.

Zach Davis

Mr. Davis has served as Chief Financial Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEAMEX: LNG) since August 2020. Mr. Davis also serves as a board director and Chief Financial Officer of Cheniere Partners GP, the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSEAMEX: CQP), and as a board director of the Cheniere Foundation.

Mr. Davis joined Cheniere in November 2013. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Finance from February 2020 to August 2020 and as Vice President, Finance and Planning from October 2016 to February 2020. Mr. Davis has over 16 years of energy finance experience, focusing on strategic advisory assignments and financings for companies, projects and assets in the LNG, power, renewable energy, midstream and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Davis held energy investment banking and project finance roles at Credit Suisse, Marathon Capital and HSH Nordbank. Mr. Davis received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Dave Glazer

Dave is Palantir’s Chief Financial Officer and currently leads global finance function, business operations and real estate & workplace teams across the Company. He led Palantir through numerous private financing rounds prior to guiding the company through its direct listing in September 2020. Additionally, Dave serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of a publicly traded ecommerce company. Before joining Palantir, he was a corporate securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advised technology companies on initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, venture financing and corporate governance.

Doran Hole

Mr. Doran Hole is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ameresco (NYSE:AMRC), a leading independent clean technology integrator. He is responsible for the company’s financial strategy and manages capital management, investor relations, corporate and project finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting and information technology infrastructure and security. Focused on accountability to our stakeholders and Ameresco’s relentless pursuit of a sustainable future, Mr. Hole also serves as the Executive Chair of Ameresco’s ESG Ambassadors.

Mr. Hole is driving strategic digitization efforts across the company, including responsibility for our SaaS and consulting focused business units Applied Energy Group (AEG) and Asset Sustainability Group (ASG). In addition, he oversees our application-based off-grid solar business, Ameresco Solar.

Mr. Hole has more than 20 years of experience in finance, delivering executive leadership to create and drive operations and strategy while balancing efficiency and growth in the renewable industry. His prior banking and operational leadership experience combined with expertise in accounting, tax, and international business has enabled him to establish strong credibility with equity analysts. With a focus on renewable energy, transportation, and infrastructure assets, Mr. Hole has overseen complex financial transactions as well as corporate strategy.

Mr. Hole is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences including the Power Finance and Risk Magazine Distributed Generation Roundtable and the Infocast Solar Power Finance and Investment Conference. He has represented companies at investment banking conferences and presented at capital raising venues including venture capital and angel investor conferences.

Eric Kutcher

Eric serves as McKinsey’s chief financial officer and is a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council (our global governance board) and the operating team in service of the firm and its partners. Since joining McKinsey, Eric has served technology, media, telecommunications, and industrial companies across the value chain, including large telecommunications operators, prominent software companies, leading technology conglomerates, and semiconductor companies. As the former global leader of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, Eric has led transformations across the globe and helped build its capabilities and perspectives across this sector. He was instrumental in the firm’s initiative to serve early-stage, business-to-business technology companies.

Deeply committed to McKinsey’s gender research, Eric helped establish the firm’s partnership with Lean In—a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women—to develop a holistic diagnostic and longitudinal benchmark to understand how McKinsey can help companies create an environment for women to succeed in the workforce.

Eric is also a member of the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, where he has played an important role advancing our work in corporate growth. As a thought leader at McKinsey, Eric is a sought-after speaker and author.

Examples of Eric’s recent work include the following:

-leading a complete turnaround of one of the world's largest storage companies—including strategy, M&A, integration, and transformation—doubling the size of the company

-guiding the platform transformation of a leading business-to-business software and media company, including rebasing costs, developing platform strategy, executing the transition plan, and redesigning the organization

-steering the restructuring of a midsize software company, including the transformation office, pricing execution, backend process redesign, sourcing, and strategy

-leading the sales transformation of one of the world's largest tech companies, building capabilities to develop and sell solutions for analytics and digital

-leading an analytics-driven growth program for one of the world’s largest telecom operators

-leading a holistic performance transformation of a leading telecom equipment provider

Outside of McKinsey, Eric serves on the boards of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Hopkins School, and he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. Eric is an avid and competitive golfer, skier, and Yankees fan.

Eric earned a MENG degree in financial engineering and operations research and a BSc degree in material science and engineering at Cornell University.

Tom Mireles

Tom Mireles serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mireles joined Murphy in 2005 as Senior Staff Analyst and has earned roles with increasing responsibilities, including Senior Manager Planning & Business Development, as well as Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere and later Eastern Hemisphere. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Technical Services in 2018 and elected to his current role in 2022. Mireles received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the London Business School. In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dave Stephenson

Dave Stephenson oversees Airbnb’s global finance and employee experience functions. As CFO, Dave is responsible for Airbnb’s financial management, planning and reporting, accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, corporate and business development, and procurement teams. His responsibilities for Airbnb’s employee experience function include recruiting, talent and leadership development, compensation and benefits, as well as operationalizing Airbnb’s design for employees to Live and Work Anywhere.

Prior to joining Airbnb, Dave spent 17 years at Amazon, where he was Vice President and CFO of their Worldwide Consumer Organization. Dave also served as CFO of Amazon’s International Consumer business and led finance across many areas of the company, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), North America Retail, and Merchant Services.

Dave holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BS in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University. He is an Airbnb host in Washington State.

Jay Voncannon

Jay Voncannon is the Chief Financial Officer of CoorsTek, a global leading advanced technical ceramics producer serving the semiconductor, armor & defense, automotive and industrial markets. He joined CoorsTek in January 2018 and has helped shape its vision of making the world measurably better. Jay also helps develop CoorsTek culture by fostering and developing the challenge process within the company.

Prior to joining CoorsTek, Inc., Jay was the Chief Financial Officer of Koch Equity Development, the merger and acquisition arm of Koch Industries from 2010 - 2017. Jay held executive financial leadership roles across Koch Industries for over two decades there, during which time, he was responsible for over $25 billion in acquisitions and key investments.

Prior to his time with Koch, Jay spent several years with KPMG as an auditor, consultant, and fraud investigator.

Jay was named the Denver Business Journal’s large company CFO of the year in 2019. He and the management team of CoorsTek were named one of the Best Managed Companies for 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Deloitte and the Wall Street Journal.

Joe Atkinson

Joe Atkinson is Vice Chair, Chief Products & Technology Officer of PwC US. Joe is responsible for leading the firm through the next wave of digital transformation. This includes accelerating our growth in go-to-market products and digital solutions, as well as the firmwide technology capabilities. Previously serving as the Chief Digital Officer, Joe defined and executed the vision to digitally enable the firm, and better leverage technology and talent to bring greater value (and experience) to our people and clients.

Jamil Farshchi

Jamil Farshchi is the Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax (NYSE: EFX). From breach response to business transformation, Farshchi has spent his career leading teams at some of the world’s most recognized brands.

Farshchi joined Equifax in 2018 and led an unprecedented transformation of the company’s security and technology capabilities in the aftermath of one of the most consequential data breaches in history. Good security is good for the bottom line and, in 2020, Equifax achieved record revenue of $4.1 billion -- up more than 20% during his tenure.

Prior to Equifax, Farshchi was Chief Information Security Officer at The Home Depot, where he led the security turnaround for the Fortune 50 company following a high-profile breach.

He also previously served as Chief Information Security Officer of Time Warner, where he defended the company’s premier networks such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO; Vice President of Global Information Security for Visa, where he secured over $7 trillion of payment card transactions annually; and Chief Information Security Officer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he protected some of the most sensitive national security and nuclear weapon assets in the U.S. Farshchi began his career at NASA protecting emerging technologies, eventually becoming the agency’s Deputy Chief Information Assurance Officer.

Farshchi serves on the Board of Directors for the National Technology Security Coalition as well as the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech.

Morgan Brennan

Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.

Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.

Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.

Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.

Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.

Eamon Javers

Eamon Javers is CNBC’s Senior Washington Correspondent, focusing on the role of money and influence in Washington, D.C. He also reports on the U.S. Department of Justice and its Antitrust division’s expected battle with Big Tech. Javers joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation’s capital and appears on the network’s Business Day programming.

Previously, Javers was a White House reporter for Politico, where he covered the intersection of Wall Street and Washington. He conducted investigations of the administration’s financial bailouts and economic stimulus efforts, broke news about the presidency of Barack Obama and authored trend stories on Washington.

Prior to joining Politico, Javers was a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine writing extensively about Washington lobbying, including the Jack Abramoff scandal and unearthed previously unknown incidents of corporate espionage. He also was an on-air correspondent for CNBC, where he covered the intersection of business and politics. Javers’ articles have appeared in Fortune, Money, Congressional Quarterly and Slate.com. He began his career at The Hill, a weekly newspaper (and website) covering Congress.

Javers is author of the book “Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage,” which revealed a never-before-reported CIA policy allowing active-duty officers to moonlight in the private sector.

He has appeared as an analyst on each of the major broadcast networks, all of the major cable television news networks, the BBC and National Public Radio.

In 2014, Javers was named a finalist in the Gerald Loeb Awards explanatory category for his coverage of how market-moving financial data is released. In 2006, Javers received an Award of Distinction in investigative journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Follow Eamon Javers on Twitter @EamonJavers.

Steve Liesman

As CNBC's senior economics reporter, Steve Liesman reports on all aspects of the economy, including the Federal Reserve and major economic indicators. He appears on "Squawk Box" (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET), as well as other CNBC programs throughout the business day.

Liesman joined CNBC from The Wall Street Journal where he served as a senior economics reporter covering monetary policy, international economics, academic research and productivity. At the Journal, Liesman previously worked as an energy reporter, and Moscow bureau chief. He won an Emmy for his coverage of the financial crisis and was a member of the reporting team recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for stories chronicling the crash of the Russian financial markets.

Prior to joining the Journal in 1994, Liesman was the business editor for The Moscow Times, where, as the founding business editor for the country's first English-language daily newspaper, he helped create the publication's stock index, which was the country's first. Liesman also has worked as a business reporter for both the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla.

Liesman holds an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Tyler Mathisen

Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.

Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."

Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."

Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.

In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.

A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.

Leslie Picker

Leslie Picker joined CNBC in February 2017 as a reporter covering hedge funds, private equity and asset management. She is based at CNBC Global Headquarters, and her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms.

Picker has interviewed some of the most prominent investors on CNBC, including Citadel’s Ken Griffin, Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, Omega Advisors’ Leon Cooperman and Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman. Her investigation into Puerto Rico’s debt crisis won a Society for Advanced Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) award and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award in 2018.

Previously, Picker was a reporter at The New York Times where she covered deals. Her beat encompassed mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, venture capital, private equity, restructuring and shareholder activism. Prior to The New York Times, Picker was a reporter at Bloomberg News where she reported on initial public offerings. There, she also contributed to Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio. Prior to becoming a reporter, Picker was a segment producer for Bloomberg Television. She began her career as a booker at Fox Business Network.

Picker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, graduating with honors, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in finance.

Scott Wapner

Scott Wapner is host of CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” (M-F, 12PM-1PM ET) and “Closing Bell” (M-F, 3PM-4PM ET), which broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange. Wapner is known for interviewing some of the world’s most influential investors, drilling down into stocks and sectors and navigating viewers through breaking news and market moves during and after the trading day.

He is also the author of “When the Wolves Bite,” which documents the battle between billionaire investors Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn over Herbalife.

Emily Wilkins

Emily Wilkins is a CNBC correspondent for the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau, covering Congress, key regulatory issues and policies that impact American businesses and the economy.

Prior to CNBC, Wilkins, an award-winning journalist, served as a reporter for Bloomberg Government, where she covered breaking news coming out of Washington and Congress with a focus on House leadership. She previously reported on education and labor for both Bloomberg Government and CQ Roll Call.

Wilkins graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. She currently serves as the Vice President of the National Press Club and she lives in D.C. with her fiancé.

AGENDA

6:00pm ET

Interactive Networking Dinner

8:45am ET

DOORS OPEN

9:00am ET

WELCOME

WHAT IF CHINA WINS?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has called America’s tense relationship with the People’s Republic of China a “conflict on six key fronts—geopolitics, diplomacy, culture, technology, commerce, and trade.” But after President Xi Jinping’s trip to San Francisco this month, President Biden reiterated the “competition, not conflict” messaging and said that the relationship between the two nations seems to be in better shape than it’s been in years. Senator Rubio joins us to discuss his current view on China and what he thinks needs to be done to ensure America remains in the lead. 

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R) Florida Interviewer: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent

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WHAT IF THE FED WHIPS INFLATION AND THERE’S NO RECESSION?

It’s been the economic question of the year: Can the Federal Reserve orchestrate a “soft landing” for the economy and bring inflation back to its target range without causing a recession? So far, yes, but for how long, and when will we know we are out of the woods? Plus, when will the Fed start getting pressure to cut? A critical conversation with a 2024 FOMC voting member. 

Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President and CEO  

Interviewer: Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter

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WHAT IF INTEREST RATES HAVE PEAKED?

Ariel Investments’ John Rogers may have called it in January. The venerated investor with a 40-year history of outperforming benchmark indexes said the U.S. economy would avoid a recession this year and the stock market would post a 10% gain. He’s well on his way to being 100% correct, as news of flattening inflation has sparked a new rally, and a consensus that interest rates are headed lower.  

Rogers shares the sectors and even individual companies he thinks stand to benefit from such an environment.

John W. Rogers, Jr., Ariel Investments Founder, Chairman, Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer 

Interviewer: Scott Wapner, CNBC Host, “Halftime Report” and “Closing Bell”

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WHAT IF INDIA IS THE ANSWER?

Representative Ro Khanna has said when dealing with China and Russia, America’s relationships are critical. The United States’ relationship with India has warmed considerably over the past year, with Presidents Biden and Modi trading state visits in June and September and committing to more economic and technological cooperation in the future, on everything from the global semiconductor supply chain to cancer research to nuclear energy. As a co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, Khanna will play a key role in ensuring ongoing cooperation between the two countries.  

Rep. Ro Khanna, (D) California  

Interviewer: Emily Wilkins, CNBC DC Correspondent

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MEMBER PANEL: ENERGY

America’s transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy will run right through the CFO’s office, as CFOs balance their company’s present-day realities with a desire to meet long-term carbon footprint reduction goals. The transition was never going to be linear, but current economic conditions—stable oil prices, rising interest rates, and a steady flow of government incentives into renewables—have made things considerably messier. Our trio of energy-sector CFOs take the stage to bring some clarity to the situation.  

Doran Hole, Ameresco EVP and CFO 

Zach Davis, Cheniere Energy EVP and CFO 

Tom Mireles, Murphy Oil EVP and CFO 

Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor  

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WHAT IF THE DOJ LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD?

The Biden administration has argued that robust enforcement of antitrust law can lower prices for consumers, raise wages for workers, and promote innovation throughout the economy. But critics of the policy (including many CFOs) say the administration is using a radical interpretation of the law to stop most mergers. Rather than suing to block every deal, though, the Department of Justice has been using investigative powers to make the process of merging cumbersome and costly. Is it achieving the desired effect? A leading anti-trust official explains what all CFOs should know before they pursue a deal.  

Doha Mekki, United States Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division 

Interviewer: Leslie Picker, CNBC Senior Finance and Banking Reporter 

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12:30pm

LUNCH STRATEGY SESSIONS

AI FOR CFOs

Sponsored by Workday

Generative AI promises to reduce costs, improve customer experience, increase productivity, and generate greater margins. Perhaps the best way to understand those benefits is for CFOs to find ways to use AI right now to improve their own performance. With AI set to automate tasks across all business functions, here’s a conversation about how it can change the way you get work done. 

Joe Atkinson, PwC Vice Chair – Chief Products & Technology Officer & TEC Member
Susan Caminiti, CNBC Content Editor
Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell Overtime” Co-Anchor

CYBERSECURITY: ENDURING THREATS AND NEW RISKS

Sponsored by U.S. Bank

A year ago, CFO Council members participated in a workshop on ransomware in which they unanimously decided to pay a ransom to cyber criminals rather than hold out and risk prolonged, costly business interruption. Now, the arrival of ChatGPT has made it even easier for hackers to exploit company weaknesses, with recent devastating attacks on Clorox and Caesars as prime examples. We assess the new cyber risk landscape, and what resources CFOs can deploy to try to mitigate those risks. 

Jamil Farshchi, Equifax Chief Information Security Officer & TEC Member
Steve Lewis, CNBC VP, Senior Executive Producer, Strategic Content & CNBC Councils
Moderator: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent

1:45pm

Main Programming Resumes

MEMBER PANEL: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Once we hit the second year of the generative AI revolution, CFOs will have to make some decisions, including about which AI tools to invest in, and how to integrate them into their organizations safely and securely. Hear from three members whose companies were using artificial intelligence long before 2023 about how they’re making the most of the breakthrough technology in the year ahead.  

Anna Bryson, Doximity CFO
Eric Kutcher, McKinsey & Company Senior Partner and CFO
Dave Glazer, Palantir Technologies CFO
Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell Overtime” Co-Anchor

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WHAT IF YOU GET HACKED?

Let’s face it: You are going to get hacked. The question is, how good are your company’s cyber defenses? Good enough to minimize business interruption and potential harm to your employees, customers, and shareholders? We’ll get actionable advice and best practices for large firms in a discussion with the head of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  

Jen Easterly, United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director

Interviewer: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent

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MEMBER PANEL: WORKFORCE

The workforce is on the brink of a revolution fueled by societal, technological, and demographic shifts. CFOs need to be prepared. National immigration policies, company remote work policies, and developments in AI will impact who is hired, and how they work. Three CFO members from different industries share projections on their future workforce and how they’re preparing for the shift.

Jay Voncannon, CoorsTek CFO
Dave Stephenson, Airbnb CFO
Moderator: Leslie Picker, CNBC Senior Finance and Banking Reporter

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WHAT IF IT’S NOT BIDEN VS. TRUMP?

If the last few years have taught CFOs anything, it is to anticipate all possibilities—including the highly unlikely. In his signature style, NBC News National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki talks about the contentious races, the polls, and one of the most consequential elections of our time. 

Steve Kornacki, NBC News and MSNBC National Political Correspondent
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy

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WHAT IF GLOBAL CONFLICT SPREADS?

Less than a week after he was sworn in as America’s highest ranking military officer, General C.Q. Brown faced a shift in the geopolitical calculus. A war in Israel and Gaza resulted in the United States pulling assets back from the Pacific, and a balancing of the needs of Ukraine with those of Israel. While improving relations in China could help cool tensions in Asia, the defense industry supply will still be taxed, causing concern the U.S. military is overextended. The new chairman has his work cut out for him.     

Gen. Charles Q Brown, Jr., 21st Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Interviewer: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell Overtime” Co-Anchor

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What if Washington Becomes the Sports Capital of America?

It’s been a tough year for Washington sports teams. The Capitals and Wizards both missed the playoffs and the Nationals finished last in their division. Ted Leonsis owns the Capitals and Wizards, and the WNBA’s Mystics and while he’d love to see more winning, he’s committed to the DC area. He’s even said he’d love to add an MLB team to his DC portfolio. We’ll talk to the renowned investor and entrepreneur about why he’s all in on the Nation’s Capital. 

 

Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Chairman, Principal Partner and CEO and Revolution Growth Co-Founder   

Interviewer: Scott Wapner, CNBC Host, “Halftime Report” and “Closing Bell”

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5:00pm

Cocktail Reception

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