The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

By Stephen P. Konstans Senior Vice President & Financial Officers Practice Leader Today’s chief financial officer manages far more complex and wide-ranging responsibilities than in decades past. In addition to the traditional numbers side of the job, finance leaders are now organizational strategists with expertise in technology, risk management, human resources, analytics and geopolitical trends. To explore the changing role of the chief financial officer, we invited a panel of […]

Disruptive Business Models: Innovative Ideas Transforming Industries

Disruptive Business Models: Innovative Ideas Transforming Industries

In a technology-enabled, globally interconnected world that often feels like it is set on hyperdrive, business leaders must always think a few years ahead to anticipate and prepare for whatever is coming next. Proactively capitalizing on disruptive ideas—at exactly the right time—has become the key to beating the competition and earning the hearts and minds of customers. To explore the topic of disruption, we invited four forward-thinking business leaders to […]

A Look Ahead to 2019–USMCA (the new NAFTA) and Economic Growth

A Look Ahead to 2019–USMCA (the new NAFTA) and Economic Growth

Whether it will be called “the new NAFTA,” “NAFTA 2.0” or its official name—the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)—the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement is expected to have a big impact on American and global business. To break down some of the potential effects of the pending trade agreement on area businesses and the economy overall, we invited three outstanding business leaders to serve as panelists at our fourth-quarter Spotlight […]

UT Dallas: An Economic Engine for the Region

UT Dallas: An Economic Engine for the Region

Communities that attract high-tech businesses that drive economic growth often have one thing in common: a major research university. The University of Texas at Dallas is rapidly expanding to fill that void within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. To learn how UTD is driving economic growth in North Texas region, we invited Dr. Richard C. Benson, the fifth president of The University of Texas at Dallas, to speak at our third-quarter […]

Richardson’s Telecom Corridor and Economic Development Partnership: North Texas Business Drivers

Richardson’s Telecom Corridor and Economic Development Partnership: North Texas Business Drivers

Business is booming in North Texas, and the City of Richardson is no exception. Located just north of Dallas, the thriving community boasts an ideal mixture of small-town community and big-city business. The city’s unique vibe—combined with its strategy to attract and retain successful businesses—has made Richardson a hot North Texas job center. At our Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast on June 19, we welcomed Don Magner, First Assistant City Manager of […]

A Forward Look to 2018

A Forward Look to 2018

If there were three words that best describe 2017, they would be: disruption, rollercoaster and change. This year’s biggest headlines featured high-profile mergers and moves, positive stock market trends, proposed tax reform legislation, big impacts from social media, unprecedented cyber security threats, fires and storms, and America’s worst mass shootings to date. After a year like that, what can we expect in 2018? At our Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast on December […]

Future Focus: Macro Trends and Their Global Impact

Future Focus: Macro Trends and Their Global Impact

Macro trends, largely driven by innovation in technology, are rapidly changing the landscape of our professional and personal lives. The way people interact with each other and the world is vastly different today than it was 10 years ago, and will likely be completely different a decade from now. Understanding technology and trends that are now in the pipeline equips businesses to ride the waves of change that will benefit […]

Winning the War for Talent

Winning the War for Talent

It’s been nearly 20 years since McKinsey & Company first introduced its groundbreaking study, The War for Talent, highlighting the importance of recruiting the best leaders as a strategic business challenge and a critical driver of corporate performance. The talent war wages on today, but conventional warfare has changed, thanks to increasing diversity, technological advancement and a more mobile and global workforce. Remaining competitive in the war for talent requires […]

Cross-Border Business in a Changing Global Environment

Cross-Border Business in a Changing Global Environment

Multinational companies must be continually well informed of the varying business laws and regulations of every country in which they operate. Those with operations in the United States are paying particular attention to the proposed legislation changes coming from our new presidential administration. Such changes could have a dramatic impact on cross-border business models for these multinationals. In Pearson Partners’ Q1 2017 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast discussion, we asked a panel of […]

A Forward Look to 2017

A Forward Look to 2017

The election is finally behind us, but many American business leaders still feel that uncertainty lies ahead in the coming year. In Pearson Partners’ Q4 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast discussion, we asked a panel of legal, business and economic experts to share their thoughts on changes we might see in 2017 and beyond. Our esteemed panelists included: Robert A. Estrada, Senior Managing Director, Dallas, Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc. Maribess […]