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Skillz CEO Speaks at The CFO Leadership Council Event

Our CEO and founder, Andrew Paradise, recently spoke at an event hosted by The CFO Leadership Council about the relationship between CEO and CFO. The CFO Leadership Council, a professional association whose mission is to empower senior financial executives to realize success in their careers, runs a variety of events aimed to deliver insights on business and leadership issues.

From left to right:

Theresa Cardoz (Senior Executive Recruiter & AVP, Randstad USA)

Andrew Paradise (CEO and Founder, Skillz Inc.)

Jim Johnson (CFO, Adaptive Insights)

Betty Kayton (CFO, Bastille Networks)

Sujal Shah (President and CEO, CymaBay Therapeutics)

Some of the many insights shared during this panel include how to develop a partnership with your company’s CEO and board of directors as a CFO, how to maintain a relationship when stakeholders’ objectives are not aligned, and how to understand the challenges and priorities of other parties that are part of the decision-making process.

A group of attendees enjoying the session

At the end of the session, panelists were asked to give a piece of practical advice that the attendees could take back to the office. Our CEO highlighted the importance of reaching a mutual understanding to achieve a successful relationship. He explained that it’s crucial to build a relationship beyond just the work each person contributes to the company to ensure each person has an understanding of the other’s viewpoint and values. Once this type of deeper relationship is built and nurtured, it makes it a lot easier to work together.

Post-panel networking in full swing

Following the panel, event attendees stuck around to network and dive deeper into the important points brought to light during the talk. It also provided an opportunity to begin the process of forging those meaningful connections and relationships Andrew stressed the importance of throughout the discussion.

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