November 2019 Print

President's Report

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Welcome to the November newsletter, fall is finally here, and the holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving comes late this year, but the Chapter has a couple of events before you start the holiday party season. 

The October 15 dinner speaker was James Scott, author of AIQ – How People and Machines are Smarter Together.  James gave us some interesting insights into the future of artificial intelligence and debunked a few myths as well.  I thought this was a very interesting view of how AI got to where it is, where it may be going and how fast.  The professional development session was presented by Sirius Solutions and gave some great insights on how supply chain can add value beyond cutting costs. 

On November 19 John Rex, the former CFO of Microsoft North America, will present on the topic “CFO – How to be the Company’s Moral Compass.”  Like it or not, many times the CFO has to make some tough calls and John will give us some insights on how to expand your influence and impact in your organization while adhering to your core values.  Sense Corp will present the PD session “Seeing 2020: Digital Transformation is People Transformation.”  If you have lived through a system implementation you know it’s not just about technology, the people side of the implementation is sometimes harder and absolutely critical.  You can register for the dinner meeting and PD session here.

The 2019 – 2020 dinner meeting schedule is below, and registration for all dinner meetings are open on  We almost have all the remaining dinner speakers booked through May and we will update the website as they are locked in.

  • November 19, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020 (50th anniversary Academic Honors Day)
  • March 31, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

On November 11 our Executive Career Management lunch will be presented by Rumy Jaleel-Khan with Deloitte and the topic is “Inclusion and Diversity.”  This is a topic that is in the headlines a lot today and if you ignore this in your workplace you may be ignoring unconscious bias.  Understanding unconscious bias helps us recognize how our actions and behaviors may have unintended consequences and increase our understanding of how we each experience the world.  Rumy presented this topic at NACD earlier this year, so come hear what your board members may ask you about at the next board meeting.  The event will be held at McCormick & Schmick’s in Town and Country Center, if you work on the west (including northwest and southwest) side of town we are bringing the event to you.  If you don’t work west, it is still an easy commute just off I-10 and Beltway 8.  Click here to see the full FEI events calendar. 

If you missed it in your email, National is running a member-get-a-member competition.  Get a $50 gift card for each new member you recruit.  The member who gets the most new members vs all other chapters gets a complimentary registration to the FEI National Leadership Conference in May, 2020.  Also, all new members that join during the program will get a reduced rate for their first-year Executive category membership.  The promotion ends January 31, 2020.  If you know a senior finance executive that will enjoy our programs and membership in FEI, I encourage you to invite them to an event as a prospective member.  They will enjoy meeting fellow finance executives, networking with peers and watch presentations and topics they won’t see at other venues.  We will have over 30 events this fiscal year, all free to members, and provide over 40 hours of CPE.

Academic Honors Day

Our upcoming Academic Honors Day on February 18, 2020 represents 50 years of scholarships provided to Houston area universities by the Chapter and the FEI Houston Scholarship Foundation.  Please see a testimonial from a past scholarship winner later in the newsletter and consider giving to the Foundation before December 31, as you consider your year end charitable contributions.  Your gift will have an impact on a current student that is both excelling in school and in need of financial assistance.  You can make a contribution to the Foundation here.

National Topics

Have you ever wondered if you are paying too much for your external audit?  How about every year when you sign the engagement letter!  If you want to benchmark your organization against other FEI organizations across the United States, sign up to receive the FEI National Audit Fee Report.  You can sign up to receive the report as soon as it is published here. While we are on the subject of benchmarking, did you know that FEI National also provides a tool for you to benchmark your finance and accounting function?  You can learn more about this joint Robert Half and FERF tool here.   The annual Corporate Financial Reporting Insights Conference is next week, November 11 - 12 in NYC and if you or your staff want insights from peers and regulators this is a great conference.  National also has a new CFO Series Course that is a one-stop way for CFO’s or aspiring CFO’s to build effective organizational leadership skills and add strategic value to their businesses in a five-day course in Philadelphia in December.  There are 8 National webinars scheduled in November on topics including lease accounting, improving reporting processes, improving the close process and several more.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link

Follow us on LinkedIn:

We now have over 290 followers on LinkedIn and over 60,000 LinkedIn views of FEI Houston content and events.  When you follow the Chapter LinkedIn page you have a connection with other members through this important networking tool.  You can follow the Chapter LinkedIn page here.  Be sure to share or comment on a LinkedIn post and help spread the word about FEI Houston.

On behalf of your Chapter leadership team, I thank you for your support and participation in our Chapter. If you have any suggestions comments or just want to get together don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

John Briscoe
FEI Houston Chapter
President 2019 – 2020

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