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AFP Conversations is the only podcast for corporate treasury and finance professionals. Hear treasurers and CFOs discuss: capital structure, risk management, payments, cash forecasting, FP&A, budgeting, bank relationship management, short-term investing, FX, and more!

AFP Conversations is the only podcast for corporate treasury and finance professionals. Hear treasurers and CFOs discuss: capital structure, risk management, payments, cash forecasting, FP&A, budgeting, bank relationship management, short-term investing, FX, and more!
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AFP Conversations is the only podcast for corporate treasury and finance professionals. Hear treasurers and CFOs discuss: capital structure, risk management, payments, cash forecasting, FP&A, budgeting, bank relationship management, short-term investing, FX, and more!






112. Why Ron Insana is Skeptical of Bitcoin

For nearly three decades Ron Insana has been a highly respected business journalist and author. In this episode of AFP Conversations the CNBC and MSNBC contributor offers his thoughts on blockchain (bullish), bitcoin (bearish) and how he got his start in television: "Beats the hell out of me," he says. Insana will speak at AFP 2018 in Chicago this November. Save $100 off registration when you use promo code PODCAST18 at checkout:


111. The Art of the Story With Master Storyteller Doug Stevenson

In this episode of AFP Conversations master storyteller Doug Stevenson talks about how he got his start in storytelling, his time sharing a movie scene with Chuck Norris, and how treasury and finance professionals can use storytelling at work. Stevenson is the founder of Story Theater International and creator of The Story Theater Method. He’s taught storytelling to clients at Google, Microsoft, The Department of Defense and more. He'll be a featured speaker at AFP 2018 in November. Learn...


110. Mike Walsh: Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence

Futurist, self-described global nomad, and the author of The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas, Mike Walsh helps companies design their business for the 21st century. Walsh spoke to AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel about the business organization of the 21st century and what treasury and finance professionals can do to adapt. Walsh will be a featured speaker at AFP 2018, this November in Chicago. Learn more at At AFP Conversations, we love to talk about treasury and finance....


109. Talking International Payments With Ryan Stewart of Bambora

What’s the payment landscape like outside America? Just travel to Canada and you'll see some really interesting developments -- and here to explain it all is Ryan Stewart, North American Chief Commercial Officer for Bambora, a Swedish payments company founded in 2015. In less than 3 years Bambora has more than 600 employees in 7 countries, processing more than 45 billion in Euros annually. Meanwhile, Bambora was acquired by French payments giant Ingenico in July 2017. More:...


108. Where Are All the Quick Wins for Blockchain?

In this episode of AFP Conversations Tom Klein asks, "Where are all the quick wins for blockchain?" Treasury and finance professionals increasingly are asking this question as well. Klein argues that companies are not asking a simple question: What benefit can blockchain bring in the next 3-6 months? Klein is the founder of Business Block, which helps companies implement blockchain.


106. The Secretary Turned Finance Executive: Stephanie Uhl's Improbable Career

Stephanie Uhl is assistant treasurer of Forest City Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed company with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue. But Uhl didn't start there 13 years ago as a treasury associate. Actually, she was hired as a part-time receptionist. "This was just an entry-level position to get me through college," she says. "And then it leads to a wildly different career. It's pretty amazing, don't you think?" Uhl discusses her improbable career path and has some advice -- especially for...


106: How World Vision International Leverages Treasury to Fulfill its Mission

When you think about who conducts cutting-edge treasury and finance, global Fortune 500 businesses probably come to mind. To that group, you should add World Vision International. World Vision is a humanitarian, relief and advocacy organization with more than $1 billion in annual revenue operating in approximately 70 developing nations across the globe. And yes, World Vision International is definitely on the cutting edge of treasury and finance -- so much so that last year World Vision...


105. Geetanjali Tandon: From Hotel School to Monsanto Finance Exec

Today's guest, Geetanjali Tandon, has a lot to say -- about FP&A, IT, women in finance, cooking ... even Lego. She's a well-known presence on finance social media, constantly blogging, tweeting and authoring articles. Geetanjali, who is Global IT Finance Lead for Monsanto, talked to AFP Conversations about her current role and the challenges she faces, why she's so active on social media, her interest in promoting women in finance, and her position as a Lego coach. That’s right, Lego...


104. How Allianz Life Utilizes Robotic Process Automation in Treasury and Finance

A new study from the Association for Financial Professionals found that more than half of treasury and finance professionals believe robotic process automation will have a moderate or significant impact on their work. Yet only 14 percent said they are confident their organizations are ready for risks that come with RPA. You can download the full report at Today's guest, Sarah Schaus, is ready for RPA. In fact, her treasury team has embraced it, successfully...


103. Despite Awareness and Training, Payments Fraud is at Record Levels

Everybody is concerned about payments fraud: Consumers. Law enforcement. And treasury and finance professionals. Yet, a new survey by the Association for Financial Professionals and underwritten by JP Morgan found that payments fraud is at its highest recorded level on record. Why is payments fraud reaching new heights every year despite universal concern and millions of dollars spent on law enforcement, training and tech solutions?


102: How Ripple Plans to Dominate Payments Via Blockchain Technology

Ripple is arguably the leading blockchain-based payments platform today. And it is growing: It has a new partnership to enter the payments market in China, and it is collaborating with multiple financial services companies, including American Express. Marcus Treacher, Ripple’s SVP of Customer Success, spoke to AFP Conversations about why Ripple has taken the lead in an extremely competitive market, and he discusses the company’s plans for the future. Treacher has over 30 years' experience...


101. The State of Global Risk in 2018: What's Changed and Why?

When John Drzik was last on the podcast talking about global risk, the world was a very different place. There was a great deal of political uncertainty in the United States and concerns over the global economy. Drzik is back to discuss the state of global risk in 2018 and the new study by the organization he leads, the 2018 March Global Risks Report. Drzik is president of Marsh Global Risk and Digital and chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center. Treasurers, CFOs and...


100. AFP Conversations Celebrates Its 100th Episode with CFO Anthony Scaglione of ABM Industries

What was happening in July 2016? Brexit. ISIS. And Pokemon Go, for that matter. Here's what else occurred in July 2016: AFP Conversations published its first episode -- and today we taped our 100th episode! To celebrate, the first guest from Episode No. 1 returns: Anthony Scaglione, executive vice president and chief financial officer of ABM Industries, a publicly-traded, Fortune 500 company. We’ll get his perspective on what’s changed since then. (Spoiler alert: Plenty!)


99. What Are the Three Roadblocks to Mass Adoption of Fintech?

There’s no question that fintech will disrupt treasury and finance, right? According to Eric Rosenbach, there are three significant challenges that need to be overcome before mass adoption does occur. A former Pentagon Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary of Defense, for six years Rosenbach led the Department of Defense on cyber issues, including during high-profile attacks on the United States by Iran and North Korea. He’s also a former Army intelligence officer and commander of a...


98. Why FP&A Professionals Need a Finance Transformation Roadmap

Philip Peck is passionate about two things: FP&A and finance transformation. Peck, a vice president with the Peloton Group, tells AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel why finance transformation is so important to organizations today, and he discusses the latest trends in FP&A, enterprise performance management, and business intelligence. Peck will lead a session on FP&A and finance transformation at, March 18-20 in San Francisco.


97. Why Can't Our Government Keep Pace With Technological Disruption?

Darrell West has been researching technological disruption since he founded the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution in 2010. West is concerned that our current governing processes are too deliberate and incremental to keep pace with today's rapid technological change. West spoke to AFP Conversations about his book, Megachange, and the implications of his research on corporate treasury and finance. Download more AFP Conversations at


96. AI and FP&A: Perfect Together? Maybe, Says Finance Executive Chris Ortega

Chris Ortega does financial planning and analysis for Emarsys North America, but he's increasingly interested in artificial intelligence. In this episode of AFP Conversations, Ortega discusses the future of FP&A and AI, why FP&A may be late adopters of this new technology, and the lessons he's learned on his journey from accounting to finance and employee to leader. Ortega will lead a session about AI and FP&A at, March 18-20 in San Francisco.


95. What Can a 91-Year-Old Widow Teach Finance Executives? Plenty, Says Sarah Levitt.

In her new book, Magnificent Leadership, executive coach Sarah Levitt interviewed business leaders for their insights and lessons learned. Levitt will keynote Breakthrough Treasury and Finance for corporate treasury and finance executives this May where she’ll talk about building high-performing teams. "A high-performing team is really now a baseline for what organizations and leaders need," she told AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel. You can learn more at...


94. A Distributed Ledger Startup Tries to Disrupt FX and Capital Markets Clearing

Dan Conner served in the Green Berets doing explosives and demolitions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today he runs a fintech startup, DisLedger, a distributed ledger technology firm with a patent pending. DisLedger's target markets are high volume transactions like FX and capital markets clearing. Conner discusses his goals for the company, his aspirations for DLT, and how he went from serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces to founding a fintech firm. Download more AFP Conversations at...


93. Advising Finance Executives While Fighting Cancer

Joining AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel in studio is executive coach and author Corrie Shanahan. Corrie works with clients to help them improve performance and productivity. She’s worked with the World Bank, IMF, Mars Inc., Discovery Communications, and more. A native of Ireland, Corrie also is a cancer survivor, which prompted her to write her book, "Do It, Mean It, Be It." Shanahan explains how treasury and finance executives can improve their performance at work, as well as their...