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Special Women-Only Networking Event at Modern Finance Experience

Connect with your female peers to strengthen your network

Women in Finance Networking Luncheon

All female attendees at Modern Finance Experience are invited to join a special networking program on Tuesday, April 11 that unites powerful finance leaders and up-and-coming finance professionals in a forum just for women.

Grab the Power to Make Change

Are you ready to learn what it takes to grab the power to make change? Then join us for this very special networking program on Tuesday, April 11 that unites powerful finance leaders and up-and-coming finance professionals in a forum just for women. You'll hear from finance trailblazers such as Kathy Waller, EVP and CFO of The Coca-Cola Company, and head of Coke's award-winning global women's initiative; and Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, the first female African-American chairman of the American Institute of CPAs. Get ready to be inspired!

Agenda at a Glance

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Check In

12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m.

Ivgen Guner, SVP of Global Business Finance, Oracle

Ivgen Guner is the Senior Vice President of Global Business Finance at Oracle. She is responsible for providing decision support to all business units, strategic planning, financial analysis, business intelligence system management, and management reporting.

Ivgen has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and executive management experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Oracle in 1996, Ivgen was with Unisys Corporation for 13 years. At Unisys, she was instrumental and an integral part of the Burroughs/Sperry merger, which formed Unisys, while also holding various financial management roles.

Ivgen holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and graduated from the Ankara University, Turkey, with a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Food & Fermentation Technology.

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A View From the Boardroom
Kathy N. Waller, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Moderator: Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Chairman, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oracle

Kathy N. Waller is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Kathy Waller is responsible for leading the company's Global Finance organization and representing the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. She oversees M&A, Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Accounting and Controls, Reporting and Analysis, Real Estate and Risk Management.

Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a Senior Accountant in the Accounting Research Department and assumed roles of increasing responsibility including Principal Accountant for the Northeast Europe and Africa Group, Marketing Controller for the McDonald's Group, Vice President, Chief of Internal Audit and Vice President, Controller.

In addition to her responsibilities at The Coca-Cola Company, she serves on the boards of the Monster Energy Company, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B de C.V. and the Board of Trustees of Spelman College. She also serves on the advisory board of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business, and the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) Board of Directors.

Kathy is actively involved with several women's initiatives. She formerly served as the founding Chair of The Coca-Cola Company's Women's Leadership Council and helped develop the company's highly successful Women in Leadership Global Program.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Kathy worked for Deloitte. She received her Bachelor's and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester and is a CPA.

Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, is chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Certified Public Accountants for 2016-2017, and the global accounting strategy director for the financial and professional services industries at Oracle. Previously, Kimberly served as the global practice team leader for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to Oracle, she held leadership roles at numerous other major companies and organizations, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Motorola, KPMG, and Prince George's County Government. Kimberly 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.

She 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 a master's of science in information technology and Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

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 Kimberly Ellison-Taylor as she sits down with Kathy Waller of The Coca-Cola Company to discuss their paths to the C-suite the lessons learned along the way, and their respective commitment to diversity and inclusion in finance and across their organizations.

12:45 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Emerging Leaders in Finance
Shannon Castellanos, Vice President, Accounting & Finance, The Wonderful Company
Amy Guay, Chief Financial Officer, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians
Moderator: Christina Kite, Vice President of Finance, Oracle

Shannon Castellanos is the VP, Accounting and Finance for The Wonderful Company, overseeing all aspects of accounting, finance and payroll, as well company-wide finance initiatives. She is currently leading the project to move the various Wonderful business lines to a global chart of accounts from multiple independent ERPs, preparing them for the transition to Cloud Financials later this year. Shannon joined FIJI Water, a Wonderful Company iconic brand, in January 2008 as a key member of the Finance organization prior to moving to the parent company in 2014. She earned her BS from Boston College and is a CPA in the state of California.

Christina Kite is vice president of finance at Oracle, currently serving as global finance business partner for the North America Technology Division. She brings to Oracle more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 50 and government organizations, including positions as senior vice president of strategy and operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, CFO of the corporate real estate division at Goldman Sachs, and vice president of finance at Cisco. In 2007, Christina was identified by Treasury and Risk Management Magazine as one of the top 100 people in Finance, and one of the top 25 Security executives by Security Magazine. Christina graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Management Science and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Join this interview with emerging leaders on the strategies used to take their finance careers to the next level, and their efforts to create a culture of diversity at their respective organizations where women and innovation both thrive.

1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Wrap Up and Thank You

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.