Agile Operations Summit: That's a Wrap!By Kathleen Burns
Looking back at the highlights from Lola.com’s sold-out conference for finance & operations professionals
A year in the making, Lola.com’s first-ever Agile Operations Summit, which took place on November 6 in Boston, was a total success. We had the pleasure of hosting numerous impressive presenters, including Marcus Wilson, Co-founder and CEO of NOBULL; Jack McCullough, Founder and President of CFO Leadership Council,; and Emmanuelle Skala, SVP of Customer Success at Toast, among many others. We were blown away by the insight and advice that our speakers shared with a packed audience of finance and operations folks.
The theme that resonated throughout the day was that finance and operations processes touch every part of the business. Speakers also highlighted that it’s time for finance to be proactive, and we learned the importance of integrating values and priorities into everything we do. One question was repeated and discussed throughout the day: How can CFOs get to a point where they can say yes, but in the right way?
Thank you to all our fabulous speakers who made the event inspiring, informative, valuable, and fun!
Here are some of the highlights.
Keynote speaker, Barbara Corcoran, “Shark” on ABC’s hit reality TV show, Shark Tank, was a huge highlight. Her credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group, now New York’s largest real estate company. Some of her advice? Hire happy people - don’t hire for talent, hire for attitude. Fire complainers, but not the critical people. The complainers will kill your business, the critics can help you grow. Fun is good - people bond over being silly, and it makes people want to work for your company. And get passed your failures. Everything substantial happens on the heels of failure - that’s when all her best ideas came about.
Jack McCullough encouraged CFOs to be a “CF-Know,” and not a “CF-No.” His advice for how to get there? Number one is being proactive, not reactive. Where can you find opportunity to move forward, instead of waiting around for problems to arise or regulating final terms? As a finance professional, be both the strategic voice and understand the financial objectives. You should be the most ethical person in the company and should set the tone for the rest of the organization.
Jackie Glenn, Founder and CEO of Glenn Diversity and HR Solutions taught us about the dimension to diversity, including race, gender, and religion. Her biggest take away from her experiences? Without diversity, there is not innovation.
Coffee Cup Collective helped us make this a reduced waste event. What does that mean? It means reusable coffee cups, digital agendas, and recycled materials. We are proud to say that 90% of the items taken out of the summit will be either reused or recycled.
A huge thanks to all our sponsors who supported us in this first Agile Operations Summit! Top Tier Sponsors: Teampay, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), and Cathay Pacific. And our Event Sponsors: Fyle, Poppin, Boston New Technology, MineralTree, Botkeeper, The Predictive Index (PI), Robin, Compt, Thnks, Acciyo and VentureFizz. You helped make it possible!
If you attended, please reach out to us with your feedback! We’ll look to making next year’s event bigger and better. Stay tuned for details!