December 11

Resilient growth | Strategies for growth and the role of the Finance function

KPMG Ignition Center | Chicago, IL

Linda Imonti

Linda Imonti

Office Managing Principal, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2913

Chicago Business leaders,

How long will the record-long economic expansion last and what signs do you need to look for to understand how the contour and magnitude of the next recession will impact your business?

Please join us to hear an economic update from Keynote speaker Constance Hunter, Chief Economist, KPMG LLP, followed by a panel discussion on strategies organizations are using for growth including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances. Finance transformation leaders will also reflect on the changing role of the Finance function in organizational strategy.

Following the panel discussion, participants will explore the capabilities of the KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago including:

  • Intelligent Forecasting story of data science as a solution in the Insights Center
  • Demo of KPMG Clara, the digital collaboration audit dashboard for clients
  • How KPMG is using alliances to innovate, enable growth, and expand our services
  • Explore the deep research of the KPMG Innovation Lab that guides our clients in developing the Finance function of the future
81% of U.S. CEOs plan to pursue inorganic growth, favoring strategic alliances and M&A.
2019 U.S. CEO Outlook survey
  • Overview
  • Speakers
  • KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago


This event is the first of a four-part series of events focused on organizational resilience, including speakers, discussion, technology demonstrations, capability assessments, and stories of how organizations are using data and analytics for strategic decision making. The topics of resilience will include:

  • Growth
  • Workforce
  • Customer
  • Technology


2:00 p.m.

2:05 p.m. 

Welcome Remarks John Rodi, Chicago Metro Partner-in-Charge, Audit, KPMG LLP

2:05 p.m

3:00 p.m.

Economic Update

U.S. CEOs express high levels of confidence in economic outlooks for the U.S., their companies, industries, and the global economy. But how long can the current economic expansion continue?

Constance Hunter, Chief Economist, KPMG LLP

3:00 p.m.

3:55 p.m.

Panel Discussion

What strategies are organizations pursuing to achieve growth?

Singh Mecker, Principal, U.S. Alliances and Innovation Leader, KPMG LLP

Joe Moawad, Principal, Advisory, Financial Management, KPMG LLP

Jamil Satchu, Principal, Advisory, Strategy, KPMG LLP

Carole Streicher, Partner, Advisory, Deal Advisory, KPMG LLP

4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions

Designing the Future | The Garage

Framing the Future – Finance Capability Assessment | Innovation Lab

Intelligent Forecasting | Insights Center

Brian Miske, Executive Director, Innovation Lab, KPMG LLP

Sean Masterson, Director, Transformation Delivery, KPMG LLP

Joe Moawad, Principal, Advisory, Financial Management, KPMG LLP

Bridget Murphy, Senior Associate, Innovation Lab, KPMG LLP

John Hair, Director, Data & Analytics, KPMG LLP

Christina Cavanagh, Manager, Financial Management, KPMG LLP

Tim Hospodar, Senior Associate, Data & Analytics, KPMG LLP

5:30 p.m. –

6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception  


Constance L  Hunter

Constance L Hunter

Chief Economist, KPMG US

+1 212-954-3396


John Rodi

John Rodi

Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute, KPMG US


Carole Streicher

Carole Streicher

National Partner in Charge, HCLS Deal Advisory, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2138
S. Singh Mecker

S. Singh Mecker

Principal, Innovation and Enterprise Solutions, KPMG US

+1 408-367-7070
Joe Moawad

Joe Moawad

Principal, Finance Transformation, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2506
Jamil Satchu

Jamil Satchu

Principal, Advisory, Strategy, KPMG US

+1 312 665 8460

KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago

Businesses today are facing unprecedented change

The intersection of human technological innovation is fundamentally shifting how and where we work, and who does the work. It impacts business models, operating models, and financial models. The insights supporting our clients’ decisions matter more than ever. Together we can spark ideas we haven’t even dreamed of yet. And turn those ideas into reality. 

What happens at the Ignition Centers?

Here we bring together our experts in design thinking, data and analytics, strategy, and  technology to collaborate on new services and help our clients prepare for and address disruptive changes to their business models.

Brian Miske

Brian Miske

Executive Director, Innovation Lab, KPMG US

+1 973-876-1591
John Hair

John Hair

Director, Emerging Technology Risk Svcs, KPMG US

+1 312-665-3606
Lia Douglas

Lia Douglas

Senior Director, OMP, Chicago, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2643

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