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Bridging the Line of Liability by The Washington, DC CFO Leadership Council

Bridging the Line of Liability hosted by: The Washington, D.C. CFO Leadership Council Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

When: Wednesday October 30, 2019
7:30-9:30 AM
Where: The offices of BDO
8401 Greensboro Drive
1st Floor- Lobby Level Conference Center
McLean, Virginia  22102
United States
Contact: Debbie Lindner
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Program description


Bridging the Line of Liability

The role of the Chief Financial Officer has evolved dramatically over the past several years.

As a CFO, one of the most important aspects of your role is fostering an environment of prudent financial and operational accountability within your organization. This comes with key challenges, including effective communication of policies and procedures across the organization, establishing and monitoring internal controls, as well as implementing and maintaining effective financial reporting and cash management procedures.

What happens when plans, processes, and procedures are not followed, and your organization faces significant exposure?  When do you, the CFO, take control and what are the clear lines that show you seek legal counsel?


Join us on Wednesday, October 30th for “Bridging the Line of Liability” where our panel of experts will share their strategies and best practices to understand where the line of liability lies for the CFO and the best practices to bridge the line across the entire organization.


Topics to be addressed include:


  • How to balance the financial concerns of the company while effectively addressing the risk factors caused by internal and outside elements

  • Understand when to partner with in-house and/ or outside Counsel.

  • When and how to depend on your insurance partners regarding compliance issues; i.e.; crafting effective and clear policies and procedures and successfully communicating across the organization





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To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button. All CFO Leadership Council members can attend this event for free.


Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.


Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Senior Marketing Director, Washington, DC Chapter at

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 CPE credits in
Personnel/Human Resources
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

About Our Speakers


Judith Bjornaas, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ManTech

Judy Bjornaas is an executive vice president and ManTech’s CFO. Ms. Bjornaas’s responsibilities include investor relations, M&A, financial planning and analysis, auditor and banking relationships, financial reporting, government compliance, facilities and procurement. Since joining ManTech, she has been instrumental in 16 acquisitions that have expanded ManTech’s customer base and offerings.

Ms. Bjornaas joined ManTech in December 2010 as the deputy chief financial officer and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis. Previously, she spent 15 years at NCI Information Systems, in Reston, Virginia, as executive vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer. While there, she helped lead that company through a successful initial public offering (IPO). She began her career at EDS.

In 2018, Ms. Bjornaas was honored as one of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech 100 Executives. She also shares her expertise as a mentor and regular participant in groups including the Association for Corporate Growth and Women in Technology.  She is on the board of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and participates in the Women in Business committee.

Ms. Bjornaas holds an MBA degree from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration–finance from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota

Todd Conley, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Todd is a full-service construction lawyer who assists domestic and international clients on projects throughout the world. He advises clients on all aspects of construction contracting, from selecting the appropriate project delivery system through contract negotiations to project counseling and dispute resolution. Todd’s construction law practice is focused on the transportation, infrastructure, energy and multi-family housing industries, both as a transactional lawyer and litigator.

As a transactional lawyer, Todd has negotiated Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contracts, design-build contracts, construction management agreements, supply agreements and architect/engineer and construction contractor agreements.

As a litigator, Todd has protected his clients’ interests in state and federal courts, international and domestic arbitration and mediation. He has successfully resolved a wide variety of claims, including breach of contract, default and convenience terminations, differing site conditions, delay, impact, defective construction and fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

Todd has taken a particular interest in helping clients not only profit, but to do so in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way. Specifically, Todd has counseled clients in connection with the installation of air quality control systems on fossil fuel plants, with the design, construction and procurement of utility-scale solar and wind power plants and with energy performance contracting.

Todd’s clients include owners, public entities, EPC contractors, general and specialty contractors, developers, and engineering and design firms.


Bar Admissions

2002, Maryland

2003, District of Columbia

2016, Virginia



J.D., 2002, Catholic University of America

  • Catholic University Law Review

B.A., 1999, Pennsylvania State University

  • Phi Beta Kappa



Rebecca Leeds, CEO and Corporate Counsel, Black Swan Foundation Co.

Rebecca Leeds is CEO and Corporate Counsel for Black Swan Foundation Co., a nonprofit focused on providing financial and legal support to women returning to the workforce. Rebecca was formerly CFO and Corporate Counsel for Unanet and served in both roles during its recent large investment by JMI Equity. Prior to Unanet she managed the finance teams of MicroPact and n’ask, two IT focused government contractors. Rebecca was initially licensed as a CPA in Virginia in 2010. She earned her Juris Doctor from St. Francis School of Law in 2017 and passed the California bar later that year. In 2018, Rebecca was able to activate her law license in Virginia under the Corporate Counsel statute.


Christine Tarrago, Chief Financial Officer, Versar

Ms. Tarrago has more than 20 years of financial executive leadership in North America and Europe. Ms. Tarrago comes to Versar from ICS Nett, where she served as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Prior to that, Ms. Tarrago served as Vice President Finance at K12, Inc. from March 2016 until January 2017 and as Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller of Lightbridge Communications Corporation from May 2011 to January 2016. She also has had leadership positions at companies including Marlink, Siemens and ALSTOM. Ms. Tarrago has a BA and MBA from the University of Augsburg in Germany, is fluent in four languages, and is a registered CPA in the State of Illinois.


Felicia Thorpe, Assistant Vice President, AHT

Felicia Thorpe is a property and casualty risk consultant with a focus on insurance and strategic risk management for technology companies and government contractors. She has an extensive background in risk mitigation and collaborates with clients to find innovative ways to strengthen their business.

Felicia is an avid supporter of charities, including March for Babies, SIDS Walk and the Sickle Cell Association.

Prior to joining AHT in 2014, Felicia worked in the financial services and internal business consulting industries.

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