CNBC CFO Council Summit
November 30, 2022

CNBC CFO Council Summit

CFOs have a lot on their plate right now. Crippling inflation, the need for a comprehensive corporate cyber security strategy, a shift toward stakeholder capitalism, and increased competition between the United States and China. There has never been a more pressing need for a forum in which to discuss these business challenges.  

A culmination of our yearlong programming, the 2022 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 including, Former White House Press Secretary and MSNBC Host Jen Psaki, the Cato Network’s Senior Director of Security Strategy Etay Maor, and retired U.S. Army Colonel Sean Hannah, now a Thayer Leadership faculty member.  


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/


Tarun Chhabra

Tarun Chhabra serves as a Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Technology and National Security on the National Security Council. From 2015-2017 he served as NSC Director for Strategic Planning and Director for Human Rights and National Security issues in the Obama Administration. He was a senior fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy as a nonresident fellow with the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at the Brookings Institution. Chhabra worked at the Pentagon as a speechwriter for two Secretaries of Defense from 2013-2015. Chhabra has been a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and a graduate fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Chhabra was on the staff of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s high-level panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change and worked in the executive office of the UN Secretary-General.

Tarun Chhabra earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, an M. Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University (Merton College), where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. from Stanford University. Chhabra studied at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations as a Fulbright Scholar. Chhabra was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and is a first-generation American.

Sean Hannah

Sean has been a part of Thayer Leadership since its inception, he holds a prestigious Endowed Chair and Full Professorship of Management at the Wake Forest University School of Business. Sean served in the Army for 26 years, including as the founding Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), the Army-wide center for character-based leadership; the Director of Leadership and Management Programs at West Point; and an Infantryman in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and the US. He served in combat with the lead unit of 3d Armored Division inDesert Storm, where his unit received the Valorous Unit Award; Operation Sea Signal (Cuban Boat Lift crisis), and the coordination cell for Joint Task Force Los Angeles (LA Riots). He was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and after the attack was assigned as the Budget Director of Resource Services-Washington, the organization that sustained the highest casualty rate in the attack, and led the reconstitution of that organization. He has served from tactical to strategic levels, having worked for two Chiefs of Staff of the Army and an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Dewardric McNeal

Dewardric L. McNeal is Managing Director and Senior Policy Analysts at Longview Global, LLC, an international boutique firm that provides strategic guidance, policy analysis, and government relations services to clients seeking to better understand or shape complex and challenging global geo-political events and long-term trends.

He is a former Obama Administration appointee to the U.S. Department of Defense where he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy working on East Asia and China security relations with the United States. He was appointed by President Obama in May 2009 after serving on the 2008 Obama for America Campaign’s Asia Advisor Team. Prior to joining the Obama Administration he served as the Assistant Director for International Programs at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Brookings Institution’s first foreign joint research center, which is located in Beijing at the Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy.

After leaving the Obama Administration he joined the senior management team at OIC International, an international development organization with offices and partnerships throughout sub-Saharan Africa. As Director of Global Strategy and Policy, he was the principal strategic advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer at OIC International responsible for the organization’s China engagement and Africa growth strategy and advised the organization on policy and strategic matters.

His early career included positions as the Special Assistant to the Director of Information at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and as an analyst in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Dewardric serves on the board of the American Mandarin Society. He has deep knowledge of international affairs, trade and security policy and has an extensive network and relationships in Washington, Beijing, and capitals throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa.

He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A. International Affairs), and studied at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and studied Mandarin at Nanjing University.

Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki is an incoming MSNBC host and former White House Press Secretary for President Joe Biden.

Prior to her time in the Biden White House, Psaki was a long-time advisor to President Barack Obama. She served as a traveling press secretary on his first long-shot campaign, and later served as the White House Communications Director for the final years of the Obama presidency. Psaki also served as the administration’s public face on the global stage during her tenure as the State Department Spokesperson, traveling the world with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Pat Toomey

Senator Pat Toomey joined the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania in 2011 on a platform of economic and job growth, restoring fiscal responsibility, and creating stronger, safer communities.

Sought out by his colleagues for his views on financial reform and budgetary issues, Senator Toomey was labeled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a leading voice on money matters."

During his time in the Senate, Senator Toomey has successfully led efforts to cut taxes for families, make our business tax code more competitive, end wasteful federal spending, and protect children from abusers.

The senator serves on the Senate's Banking, Budget, and Finance committees.

Senator Toomey previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years. Honoring his pledge to limit himself to three terms, he did not seek re-election to the House in 2004.

In addition to his public service, the senator has also worked in the financial services industry, served as president of the Club for Growth, and owned and operated a small restaurant chain in the Lehigh Valley with his brothers.

A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in the Lehigh Valley with his wife, Kris, and their three children.


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