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Creating an Award-Winning Culture with Gen Gaps in Mind by The Nashville CFOLC

Creating an Award-Winning Culture with Gen Gaps in Mind Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM

When: February 13, 2020
7:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Where: Baker Donelson
1st Floor Event Facility
211 Commerce St #800
Nashville, Tennessee  37201
United States
Contact: Jennifer Langley
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Program Description:

Today’s economic climate provides employees with many career options which makes attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent increasingly challenging. Businesses are finding it difficult to find and keep employees and keep them engaged and productive, especially top performers who have been approached with competitive opportunities.

Join us for “Creating an Award-Winning Culture with Gen Gaps in Mind,” where our panel of experts will address these challenges and provide insights into how to successfully recruit, maintain and motivate top talent. Our speakers will share their first-hand experience, their lessons learned, and share practical solutions attendees can utilize within their organizations. We’ll focus on compensation and benefits, professional development, recruiting strategies and how to create a work environment that will maximize the performances of a multi-generational workforce.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to recruit, attract and retain top talent
  • How to develop skill sets and maximize employee performance
  • Invest in the workforce and measure the ROI of employee retention programs
  • Employment trends that CFOs should be aware of 




KYLE ALLEN, Managing Partner, Vaco

As Vaco Nashville’s Managing Partner, Kyle oversees our Music City team and its day-to-day operations. He puts his heart and soul into making sure every one of our corporate clients gets the attention and service we promise and then some. He believes – and exemplifies- the idea that you don’t gain clients when everything is going great; it’s when you rush in to handle a crisis that you’re truly of service. He also plays a hands-on role in placing rockstar consultants in Accounting and Corporate Finance projects.

Kyle is a self-described “recovering” Certified Public Accountant, having started his career with the Nashville office of Ernst & Young. In 2012, we made the brilliant decision to recruit him, and it’s been a match made in heaven ever since. He took the reins as managing partner in 2017 following years of dedicated effort and measurable success for our clients.

A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, Kyle earned both his B.S. in Accounting-cum laude and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville.  He is actively involved with several community organizations, sitting on the board of directors for both Safe Haven Family Shelter and Association for Capital Growth (ACG). He volunteers his time at Fellowship Bible Church, is an active member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, coaches a variety of youth sports, and dreams of someday breaking par in golf. Kyle and his wife Courtney have put down roots in Brentwood, TN, and miraculously keep up with the sports scheduling matrix for their three children, Paxton, Caitlin, and Blake.


BRYCE P. JENNEY, Business Performance AdvisorInsperity

Companies of all sizes struggle with growth.  But, small- and medium- sized companies are forced to do more with less while competing with larger companies who have seemingly inexhaustible resources.  Meanwhile, the smaller firms still have to contend with the same regulatory demands that their larger competitors are better equipped to handle.

In his capacity as a Business Performance Advisor with Insperity Bryce focuses on enhancing a business’s People Operations, and delivers other value added services in core verticals to aid with their growth strategy.  Through these efforts, Bryce levels the playing field by giving entrepreneurs access to all the HR and administrative benefits, personnel, and infrastructure of a large company while taking much of the burden of human capital demands off their hands.

Prior to Insperity, Bryce spent much of his career in the financial services arena acting in both a Private Wealth and Transaction Advisory capacity.  It is here where he first saw the direct impact non-strategic People Operations can have on a business’s enterprise value, and ability to execute on a transaction.

Outside of work, Bryce also serves as the Chairman of the Board of CreatiVets, stays active in the community through his church, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Madeline, and son, William.


PHILIP PALMER, Learning and Leadership Development, Bank of America

Philip Palmer is a Learning Delivery Manager within Bank of America’s Learning and Leadership Development where he currently leads the Enterprise Manager Development/Global Human Resources Learning Delivery team.


Palmer has been a learning and development professional for over a decade and he has most recently been focused on serving the needs of our enterprise audience with building skill in leadership and manager behaviors. As an active HR leader he has also led the diversity and inclusion efforts around intergenerational diversity in Atlanta since 2017.


In addition to expertise in Bank of America’s leadership and coaching models, Philip has received certifications from multiple organizations focusing on leadership development and behavior change and is an accomplished speaker and coach.  


CHRIS SIMMONS, Board Director; Public Speaker; PwC Managing Partner (former); Award Winning Diversity Leader and Author

Chris Simmons, a native of Tennessee, rose to the highest levels of leadership at PwC, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest professional services firm in the world.  His career involved several distinctly different leadership and management functions.  He was the head of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions department and specialized in selling off assets to other companies; for 7 years, he was the partner-in-charge of the Washington DC region, where he led over 3,000 employees and was responsible for a $600 million revenue budget; and he was the firm’s national head of diversity, or Chief Diversity Officer, for three years.  As the head of diversity, Chris took the firm in directions which were bold and repeatedly resulted in Top 10 or better national honors for major employers.   Today, PwC is a member of the “Diversity, Inc.”  Hall of Fame and is a recognized trailblazer in generational, gender, racial, and GLBT diversity.  Additionally, Chris was the first African-American since the merger creating PwC to be elected by national vote of his fellow 2,000 plus partners to the firm’s national governing board.

Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and Harvard Business School, where he obtained an MBA.  Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Executive Leadership Council (highest ranking corporate blacks in US), Association of Latino Professionals, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Historymakers  and the Economic Club of Washington.  


PATRICK THOMAS, Director, Accounting and Finance Client Solutions, Vaco

As a Volunteer State Native, Patrick utilizes his accounting & finance background to solve clients’ issues by providing the best consultants on an interim basis.  He is a husband who enjoys playing a round of golf whenever he can, and he is a master of Karaoke.


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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program 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 at a one-time cost of $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 Jennifer Langley, Southeast Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

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


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:



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