International Women’s Day 2024 | Celebrating the Women of the CFO 4.0 Podcast!

In Business Management Software, CFO by Sophie Galtress

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Today marks the celebration of International Women’s Day!

We saw this as the perfect occasion to honor the remarkable women in leadership who have been featured on our CFO 4.0 Podcast!

As the world celebrates the achievements and contributions of women across all spheres of life, we take this opportunity to celebrate and honor the remarkable women who have shared their insights, experiences, and wisdom on our podcast platform. In this blog we highlight their stories, accomplishments, and the invaluable perspectives they bring to the table in the ever-evolving landscape of finance and leadership.

Let’s dive right in!

151. From Curiosity to Courage: Navigating the Finance Business Partner Journey with Andi Lonnen

First up, in this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro welcomes back special guest Andi Lonnen! Together they explore and reflect on the Finance Business Partner Bootcamp, where finance professionals gather to enhance their skills and knowledge. Discover the key takeaways, insights, and inspiring stories from the event.

In this episode, we cover: 

  • The importance of curiosity in the finance business partner role.
  • How to ask powerful questions without intimidating colleagues.
  • Building courage to drive change and innovate within finance.
  • Recognising the significance of soft skills alongside technical expertise.
  • Inspirational stories from finance professionals who dared to be different.

152. PE-Backed | Working in Private Equity: From Legacy Systems to PE-Backed Growth with Kim Dziuk

Next up, in this first episode of the PE-Backed series on the CFO 4.0 podcast, join host Hannah Munro as she delves into a fascinating journey of financial transformation with Kim Dziuk, the CFO of Adams® Flavors, Foods & Ingredients, LLC. Discover how Adams, a beloved brand with over a century of history, underwent significant changes and growth under private equity ownership, all while facing the challenges of legacy systems and manual processes.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Transitioning as a CFO from a non-profit business to a Private Equity environment
  • Challenges and opportunities of financial transformation.
  • Implementing ERP systems and the unexpected complexities.
  • The importance of process improvement and adapting to change.
  • Lessons learned and advice for finance leaders in similar situations.

155. PE-Backed | Unlocking Success in Private Equity: A CFO’s Guide with Dana Price 

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro chats with Dana Price, CFO of LifeLabs Learning. As a seasoned CFO with extensive experience in private equity-backed companies, Dana shares invaluable insights and practical advice on working with private equity firms, offering a glimpse into the dynamic world of finance transformation.

Here are some key takeaways from the episode:

  • Learn how to manage relationships with private equity investors and internal stakeholders effectively.
  • Discover the differences between private equity and venture capital, and how they operate.
  • Find out what private equity firms look for when considering investments and how businesses can prepare.
  • Learn the importance of asking questions, even if they seem basic, to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Discover why open and honest communication is crucial when working with private equity sponsors.
  • Learn about the “no-nos” that can hinder your career in private equity, and how to steer clear of them.

157. Fulfilling Dreams: The Role of Finance at Make-A-Wish with Sarah Watson

In this enlightening episode, join Hannah Munro in a heartwarming conversation with returning guest Sarah Watson, Director of Finance & Technology at Make-A-Wish® UK.
Explore the fascinating world where finance meets philanthropy as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of granting wishes for children facing adversity.

Here are some highlights from the episode:

  • The evolving role of finance in charitable organisations.
  • The impact of digital transformation and real-time reporting on decision-making.
  • The exciting journey of integrating cryptocurrency donations into the non-profit sector.
  • The importance of business partnering and enabling department managers to make informed decisions.
  • Sarah’s insights into the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission and challenges.
  • How you can make a difference by supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

159. A Leadership Journey at Purplebricks – Insights into Cash Burn, Resilience, and Transformational Triumphs with Dominique Highfield 

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast join Hannah Munro, in an engaging conversation with Dominique Highfield, Chief Operating Officer of Purplebricks, as they delve into the dynamics of financial and operational leadership.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Insights into managing cash burn and transformational challenges at Purplebricks.
  • Strategies for leading effectively during times of corporate and personal challenges.
  • How to foster team resilience and support during restructuring and redundancies.
  • Navigating corporate environments in both private and public sectors.
  • The importance of vulnerability and emotional expression in corporate leadership roles.
  • Advice for New C-Level Executives: Practical tips for those stepping into high-level roles.

164. Leadership Evolution: Transforming from CFO to CEO with Hannah Williams 

Join host Hannah Munro in this enlightening episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, featuring returning guest Hannah Williams, CEO of Alacrity Foundation. Dive into a detailed exploration of the transition from a CFO to a CEO role, along with insights into effective team communication, board meeting management, and much more.

Key Points Covered:

  • Team Communication: Highlighting the importance of aligning team efforts with organisational goals.
  • In-depth discussion on managing board meetings efficiently.
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback for continuous personal and organisational growth.
  • The role of mentorship in leadership development and the power of leveraging networks for organisational growth.
  • Colour Profiling in Professional Communication

We hope you enjoyed these podcast episodes! You can also listen to more episodes, and subscribe to our podcast mailing list here.

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