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Women in Finance Networking Luncheon

Oracle CEO Safra Catz is bringing her own brand of female leadership to Chicago, and we invite you to experience it! On April 6, Safra is hosting a unique networking opportunity for female finance executives who want to learn what it takes to break glass ceilings and move into the C-suite. In addition to being Oracle’s CEO and head of finance, Safra has been the executive sponsor of Oracle Women Leadership (OWL) since its founding in 2006.

In addition to Safra, speakers include trailblazers such as Linda Zukauckas, Executive Vice President and Corporate Controller at American Express and sponsor of its Women’s Network initiative; Uber Chief Accountant and Controller Karen Walker; Cognizant Chief Financial Officer Karen McLoughlin; and Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Vice Chairman of the American Institute of CPA (AICPA). All will share their personal career journeys and efforts to promote diversity in finance.

Join us to learn how women at every level can conquer barriers and realize personal ambitions. It’s the perfect forum to learn, celebrate, and connect with other successful women in finance.


Women in Finance Luncheon
When: April 6, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Check in begins at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event. Reserve a spot at this lunch when you register for the Modern Finance Experience.



Featured Topics include:

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A View from the Boardroom

Only 58 female CFOs now serve at Fortune 500 companies—just 30 more than in 2000. What is holding women back from breaking through the finance glass ceiling? Join Oracle CEO Safra Catz, American Express Executive Vice President and Corporate Controller Linda Zukauckas, and Cognizant CFO Karen McLoughlin as they share their paths to the C-suite and boardroom, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

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Safra A. Catz

Chief Executive Officer

Oracle

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She has also served on the Board of Directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, since 2008.

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Linda Zukauckas

EVP, Corporate Controller

American Express

Linda has been EVP & Corporate Controller of American Express since November 2011.  In this role, Linda leads the Global Controllership and Global Tax teams, comprising 900 employees in over 35 countries.  Linda is a member of American Express’s Global Management Team and sits on several committees: Risk Management, Credit Reserve, Financial Disclosure, Basel, Data Governance, etc.  Linda is the executive sponsor of the Company’s Executive Women’s Interest Network.  Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of American Express Global Business Travel, a 50/50 joint venture between American Express and a third-party investor group.

Prior to joining American Express, Linda held various senior leadership roles at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC Inc), including Managing Director – Corporate Strategy at Ally Financial, where she had responsibility for bank strategy matters, including M&A.  Previously she was Chief Financial Officer of North America Auto Finance, Ally Financial’s largest business segment; Group Vice President – Finance, where she led Finance transformation; and Global Head of Internal Audit. 

Prior to joining GMAC, Linda held senior leadership roles at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust, including Chief Auditor of the Global Investment Bank, and Director of Audit in the Asia region, during which time she was based in Singapore.  She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Linda is active in the finance profession. She is the Past President of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International and also serves, together with other Fortune 100 Controllers, on FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting.  Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of FEI at the National level.  Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from Texas Tech University. She resides with her husband in New York City.

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Karen McLoughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Cognizant

Karen McLoughlin is Cognizant’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing the company’s worldwide Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting & Controllership, Tax, Investor Relations, Treasury, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management functions.

Prior to being named CFO in 2012, Karen was Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Transformation and Financial Planning & Analysis – leading teams that she architected and built during her time at Cognizant. During her tenure at Cognizant, Karen has spearheaded several critical transformational initiatives that made significant contributions to the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. Through this work, she developed a deep understanding of Cognizant from both financial and business operations perspectives.

Prior to joining Cognizant in 2003, Karen spent six years at Spherion Corporation (acquired by Randstad in 2011) and three years at Ryder System Inc. where she held key financial management positions. Prior to joining Ryder, she spent six years in the South Florida Practice of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buy Co., Inc.

Karen obtained her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Wellesley College and her MBA from Columbia University.

Emerging Leaders in Finance

Join Oracle's Loren Mahon, vice president, Global Finance Systems, Office of the CEO, as she interviews emerging leaders in finance on their strategies to move up the corporate ladder and encourage diversity at their respective companies.

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Loren Mahon

Vice President, Global Finance Systems, Office of the CEO

Oracle

Ms. Mahon is responsible for driving the internal use of Oracle applications and partnering with development, IT, and lines of business in defining best practices around the use of applications and in designing operations to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, customer service, internal controls, and data integrity, especially in a shared services environment.  Ms. Mahon has spent the last 26 years at Oracle managing various functions within Oracle finance including North America finance, contracts, incentive compensation, FP&A, projects administration, order management, license management services, and customer data administration and has participated in numerous internal application development and implementation efforts. She is a frequent speaker on Business Transformation, Finance Best Practices, and Shared Services. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Mahon spent nine years in various analyst roles at several public sector and non-profit organizations. She holds Masters Degrees in Applied Anthropology and Business Administration.

Ms. Mahon currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She is currently on the Committee for Finance and IT and the Board of directors for FEI and a member of the Silicon Valley FEI chapter. She is on the Scholarship Committee for the Professional Business Women of California, a member of the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Girls, and is a member of the Executive Committee for OWL, Oracle’s Women’s Leadership initiative.

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Karen Walker

Chief Accountant and Controller

Uber Technologies

Karen is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience. She has held a variety of leadership positions giving her both broad and deep experience in finance including compliance, technical accounting, strategy, financial planning, finance operations and process design.

Karen is currently the Chief Accountant and Controller at Uber Technologies.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Southern Methodist University. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and is a novice wine collector and crossfitter. She is also an active volunteer with the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

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Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Vice Chairman

American Institute of CPAs

Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, is Vice Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs' Board of Directors for 2015-2016.

Ellison-Taylor has a lengthy history of volunteering for the profession, including serving as a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee as well as the AICPA Board of Directors where she served as a member of the Audit and Finance committees. Ellison-Taylor also worked with the Benevolent Fund, and has served as a Council representative.

She is a past Chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and has served on many of its committees, including the New Young Professional Network and Tomorrow's CPA.

Ellison-Taylor is currently the Global Accounting Strategy Director for the Financial and Professional Services Industries for Oracle America, a leader in cloud solutions and enterprise technology. In this capacity, she provides insight to help drive innovation in this important domain, particularly as the computing paradigm shifts to Cloud and SaaS.

Previously, she served as the Global Practice team leader for Health and Human Services, working with teams worldwide where she developed and executed strategies on Cloud, Big Data, Security, Fraud Prevention/Detection, Customer Experience, and Modernization. Prior to Oracle, Kimberly worked in leadership roles at numerous other major companies and organizations, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Motorola; KPMG; and Prince George's County Government, where she served as Chief Information Technology Officer.

Ellison-Taylor received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an Accounting Certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University and Master's of Science in Information Technology and a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

 

 

 

Featured Speakers


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Safra A. Catz

Chief Executive Officer

Oracle

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She has also served on the Board of Directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, since 2008.

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Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Vice Chairman

American Institute of CPAs

Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, is Vice Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs' Board of Directors for 2015-2016.

Ellison-Taylor has a lengthy history of volunteering for the profession, including serving as a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee as well as the AICPA Board of Directors where she served as a member of the Audit and Finance committees. Ellison-Taylor also worked with the Benevolent Fund, and has served as a Council representative.

She is a past Chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and has served on many of its committees, including the New Young Professional Network and Tomorrow's CPA.

Ellison-Taylor is currently the Global Accounting Strategy Director for the Financial and Professional Services Industries for Oracle America, a leader in cloud solutions and enterprise technology. In this capacity, she provides insight to help drive innovation in this important domain, particularly as the computing paradigm shifts to Cloud and SaaS.

Previously, she served as the Global Practice team leader for Health and Human Services, working with teams worldwide where she developed and executed strategies on Cloud, Big Data, Security, Fraud Prevention/Detection, Customer Experience, and Modernization. Prior to Oracle, Kimberly worked in leadership roles at numerous other major companies and organizations, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Motorola; KPMG; and Prince George's County Government, where she served as Chief Information Technology Officer.

Ellison-Taylor received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an Accounting Certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University and Master's of Science in Information Technology and a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

 

 

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Loren Mahon

Vice President, Global Finance Systems, Office of the CEO

Oracle

Ms. Mahon is responsible for driving the internal use of Oracle applications and partnering with development, IT, and lines of business in defining best practices around the use of applications and in designing operations to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, customer service, internal controls, and data integrity, especially in a shared services environment.  Ms. Mahon has spent the last 26 years at Oracle managing various functions within Oracle finance including North America finance, contracts, incentive compensation, FP&A, projects administration, order management, license management services, and customer data administration and has participated in numerous internal application development and implementation efforts. She is a frequent speaker on Business Transformation, Finance Best Practices, and Shared Services. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Mahon spent nine years in various analyst roles at several public sector and non-profit organizations. She holds Masters Degrees in Applied Anthropology and Business Administration.

Ms. Mahon currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She is currently on the Committee for Finance and IT and the Board of directors for FEI and a member of the Silicon Valley FEI chapter. She is on the Scholarship Committee for the Professional Business Women of California, a member of the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Girls, and is a member of the Executive Committee for OWL, Oracle’s Women’s Leadership initiative.

 

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Karen McLoughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Cognizant

Karen McLoughlin is Cognizant’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing the company’s worldwide Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting & Controllership, Tax, Investor Relations, Treasury, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management functions.

Prior to being named CFO in 2012, Karen was Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Transformation and Financial Planning & Analysis – leading teams that she architected and built during her time at Cognizant. During her tenure at Cognizant, Karen has spearheaded several critical transformational initiatives that made significant contributions to the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. Through this work, she developed a deep understanding of Cognizant from both financial and business operations perspectives.

Prior to joining Cognizant in 2003, Karen spent six years at Spherion Corporation (acquired by Randstad in 2011) and three years at Ryder System Inc. where she held key financial management positions. Prior to joining Ryder, she spent six years in the South Florida Practice of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buy Co., Inc.

Karen obtained her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Wellesley College and her MBA from Columbia University.

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Karen Walker

Chief Accountant and Controller

Uber Technologies

Karen is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience. She has held a variety of leadership positions giving her both broad and deep experience in finance including compliance, technical accounting, strategy, financial planning, finance operations and process design.

Karen is currently the Chief Accountant and Controller at Uber Technologies.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Southern Methodist University. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and is a novice wine collector and crossfitter. She is also an active volunteer with the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

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Linda Zukauckas

EVP, Corporate Controller

American Express

Linda has been EVP & Corporate Controller of American Express since November 2011.  In this role, Linda leads the Global Controllership and Global Tax teams, comprising 900 employees in over 35 countries.  Linda is a member of American Express’s Global Management Team and sits on several committees: Risk Management, Credit Reserve, Financial Disclosure, Basel, Data Governance, etc.  Linda is the executive sponsor of the Company’s Executive Women’s Interest Network.  Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of American Express Global Business Travel, a 50/50 joint venture between American Express and a third-party investor group.

Prior to joining American Express, Linda held various senior leadership roles at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC Inc), including Managing Director – Corporate Strategy at Ally Financial, where she had responsibility for bank strategy matters, including M&A.  Previously she was Chief Financial Officer of North America Auto Finance, Ally Financial’s largest business segment; Group Vice President – Finance, where she led Finance transformation; and Global Head of Internal Audit. 

Prior to joining GMAC, Linda held senior leadership roles at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust, including Chief Auditor of the Global Investment Bank, and Director of Audit in the Asia region, during which time she was based in Singapore.  She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Linda is active in the finance profession. She is the Past President of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International and also serves, together with other Fortune 100 Controllers, on FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting.  Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of FEI at the National level.  Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from Texas Tech University. She resides with her husband in New York City.