Working Capital Summit

Virgin Hotel, Chicago – October 18, 2018

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join the cash flow revolution

Companies all around the world are dealing with the need to transform if they are to compete in a digital world. That’s a given. But, of course, the need for transformation brings about the need for cash.

This leads to the big question. How do companies move from out-dated working capital programs to innovative, cash optimizing solutions in a way that is cost-effective and simple for all involved?

What to expect

Join us at the Working Capital Summit where you will:



from the Fortune 500 gamechangers who are transforming their cash flows



how emerging technologies are enabling companies to free up cash



insight using AI to understand the opportunity that lies within your supply chain


Bringing together some of the best financial minds in the world, the Working Capital Summit features a full day of actionable advice, networking opportunities, fresh ideas, and more.

October 18, 2018

10:00am - 10:30am

Arrivals & Networking

10:30am - 10:45am

Here's to the gamechangers

Here’s to the gamechangers. For too long archaic processes and functional silos have meant that cash has been trapped in supply chains globally restricting innovation and growth. At the Working Capital Summit we are bringing together the gamechangers who are redefining how their companies optimize working capital, leveraging technology to unlock this critical resource and put it to work.

10:45am - 11:15am

Keynote: The cash revolution

25 years ago VISA led the revolution in retail payments. Hear from Elizabeth Buse, former VISA executive and widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in finance as she describes the transformation that took place. In this seminal keynote, Elizabeth will reveal the way in which the world’s most successful companies combine ground-breaking technology with business scale and learn how the B2B payments and cash flow space is ripe for a similar revolution.

11:15am - 12:00pm

Technology - the working capital game changer?

Long time practitioner in working capital and supply chain management, Tom Mathis, Industry Advisor to KKR, will share the challenges and limitations he’s faced when trying to transform the working capital management of businesses who perform Accounts Payable functions the way it has been for decades with little or no innovation or investment. In the absence of technology the task is often overwhelming. However, with the latest innovations in SaaS early payment platforms Tom has been able to implement successful working capital programs that transformed the companies, and their supply chains, for the better.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

Take the opportunity to meet fellow Gamechangers exploring similar projects, interact with Taulia’s executive team and technical experts and meet with the speakers.

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Driving real cash value through the supply chain

Traditionally, working capital programs have been regarded as one-hit wonders giving a single cash injection onto the Balance Sheet. However, Andrew Wilson, former working capital lead at AstraZeneca argues that companies that take this approach to early payment programs are leaving a huge amount of value on the table. In this thought-provoking session, learn how by leveraging technology companies can transition from delivering a one-time working capital gain into an on-going strategy that frees up cash and lowers costs for all parties in the supply chain.

1:40pm - 2:20pm

Beyond DSO, the wider benefits of technology-enabled Receivables acceleration

Huawei breaks the urban myth that it’s only small suppliers that really benefit from early payment programs. In this session, René Pereira, VAD of Finance and Operations, will describe how Huawei reaps the benefits of participating in a technology-enabled Supply Chain Finance program, not only through significantly shorter Days Sales Outstanding but from the process efficiency gains that technology delivers when transacting with one of their key customers.

2:20pm - 2:50pm

Networking Break

An opportunity to charge your cell phones and top up on caffeine!

2:50pm - 3:30pm

A new détente: how banks and Fintechs are collaborating to deliver innovative funding opportunities

With the rise of Fintech the question was who would win – the established old guard or the new upstarts? Hear from Massimo Ortino as he sets out a very different view where the more innovative banks are developing an ecosystem driven approach and providing companies with exciting new funding mechanisms that are enabling them to unlock more value across their supply chains.

3:30pm - 4:10pm

Artificial Intelligence as a gamechanger

Technology has transformed the ‘art of the possible’ in working capital management. Today with partners like Taulia, companies have become connected, financial information is easily exchanged and every company in the supply chain can choose when to be paid. Yet the reality is technology-led innovation is just getting started. Hear from Brady Cale, Taulia’s CTO who will share a sneak peek into the future of working capital. A world where companies have unparalleled visibility over their cash positions, where Artificial Intelligence optimizes every interaction across payables, receivables, and inventory and where companies can get paid when and how they choose.

4:10pm - 4:50pm

P2P automation: the keys to opening up the cash flow opportunity

Ignite the possibilities of working capital optimization by understanding the operational rails for supplier activities. This is exactly what Airgas did when they worked with Taulia to automate their PO delivery, confirmation, and invoice submission processes for their suppliers. Learn how the procurement team onboarded hundreds of suppliers who now have 600k+ invoices annually automated through their Taulia program. The success of this program has resulted in the opportunity to improve EBITDA with dynamic discounting.

4:50pm - 5:10pm

Gamechanger Awards

5:10pm - 5:20pm

Closing Remarks

5:20pm - Onwards

Networking Cocktail Reception

Join us afterward for a chance to recap on the day, network with your peers and enjoy a few cocktails on us!


The Venue

Virgin Hotel Chicago
203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA




What are you waiting for? Register today and take the first steps in learning how you can drive change for your business and free up millions of cash.

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