Ethan Carlson Joins Boston CFO Leadership Council Steering Committee


Ethan Carlson

Woburn, MA – July 7, 2015 – Carlson Management Consulting today announces that Ethan Carlson, CEO and Founder, has joined the Steering Committee of the CFO Leadership Council, Boston Chapter. Carlson Management Consulting is an award-winning Cloud solutions and services firm, delivering ‘best in class’ SaaS Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and value-added consulting services to organizations of all sizes. The CFO Leadership Council, formerly known as The CFO RoundTable, is a community of senior financial executives dedicated to developing strong leadership at all professional levels, from Controller to CFO.

“I’m excited to become a member of the CFO Leadership Council Steering Committee for the Boston Chapter. The CFO Leadership Council is the premier organization helping to cultivate world class finance leadership skills in the greater Boston area. As someone who has attended and presented at a number of their events, I’m very impressed with their focus not only on elevating the role of finance but also their dedication to community service. I’m looking forward to contributing to their high quality programs that help our peers in finance build the necessary leadership skills that make Boston companies competitive on a global scale.”

“We are thrilled that Ethan has chosen to join our Boston CFO Leadership Council Steering Committee this year,” said Becky Blackler, President, The CFO Leadership Council. “Ethan has been a longtime member of our organization, and embraces the impact we have on our community of senior financial executives. We look forward to Ethan’s contributions to our innovative programs, which will inspire and empower the Boston community to reach higher and grow further than they thought possible.”

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Join Carlson at the CFO Leadership Conference in Waltham, MA

Join-Carlson-at-CFO-Leadership-Council-400-200Join Carlson and 250 finance professionals from around Boston and beyond for the CFO Leadership Conference on May 20th.  Carlson is once again sponsoring this year’s event at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. In this full-day program, The CFO Leadership Council will address pragmatic and practical leadership techniques member CFOs voted as the most critical to their success, including leading through volatility, leading those who don’t want to be led, and leading future generations toward success. This is one of the premier events for Massachusetts-based finance executives so you won’t want to miss it.  For more information and registration link, visit the CFO Leadership Council.  Please come by our booth to learn about Adaptive Insights, BlackLine, and our other solutions and services.

Interview with Becky Blackler, Executive Director of the CFO RoundTable

Carlson-at-CFO-RoundTable-243-160I recently attended a CFO RoundTable event at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. I had heard positive reviews about the organization so when Ethan Carlson, CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, asked me to take his place due to a business trip abroad, I jumped at the chance. I was very impressed with the well-attended event. The keynote presentation was provided by Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, who spoke in a sobering yet often humorous manner about the growing debt crisis in the country. I also had the opportunity to meet Becky Blackler, the Executive Director of the CFO RoundTable, and followed up with her to learn more about the organization that she directs.

David: Hi Becky, can you tell us about the history and mission of the CFO RoundTable?

Becky: The CFO RoundTable was founded in the Boston area by Jack McCullough in 2006. Jack had been the CFO of a technology start up and was dissatisfied with the networking and education opportunities for CFOs in the area. Most events were focused on big companies and were heavily attended by service providers. He decided to establish the CFO RoundTable based on a simple model: use people’s time wisely, minimize the number of sponsors, and create quality content based on the needs and suggestions of members. The model has clearly worked as it has gone from 20 members meeting informally to four operating chapters with over 400 members. Each chapter has a steering committee comprising CFOs or senior executives that design the content. The committee asks members what topics they want to cover and then creates the program based on their feedback.

Since launching new chapters in different cities, what we’ve found is that no two programs are the same. For example, a popular program of ours is “The Habits of Highly Effective CFOs,” which we’ve produced in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. While the speaker profiles are generally the same, the areas in which our CFOs like to focus the discussion are very different, which leads to a more robust discussion on the role of the CFO and best practices to improve.

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