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SPEND CULTURE STORIES PODCAST

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Your company culture might attract talent, but your Spend Culture will make or break your company.

Spend Culture Stories is a female-hosted and produced podcast that helps finance leaders learn the tactics, strategies, and processes to build a proactive Spend Culture.

Learn how to pick the right tools, implement the most efficient processes, and how to develop the right people to transform the Spend Culture of your organization for the better.

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RECENT EPISODES

Listen now to our recent interviews with industry leading finance, procurement and operations leaders.

EPISODE 26

Measuring The Impact of Finance Digital Transformation

Nilly Essaides, the Senior Research Director of Finance at the Hackett Group chats with us and discusses what digital transformation looks like for the finance function, how tech will impact future work and what the trends look like for 2020 and beyond.

Speakers: Nilly Essaides, Senior Research Director, The Hackett Group

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EPISODE 25

WTF Is the Uniform Guidance Policy and How Does it Affect Procurement?

In this episode, Veronica Cook, the Audit Senior Manager at Peterson Sullivan shares all you need to know about the Uniform Guidance in a straightforward and engaging way, and how to align your procurement procedures with the UGC.

Speakers: Veronica Cook, Audit Senior Manager, Peterson Sullivan

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EPISODE 24

How People Can Make or Break Your Spend Culture

Mason Brady is a finance and operations leader who is passionate about empowering finance leaders to act as strategic partners within an organization. In this episode, Mason shares how an inquisitive mindset can bridge departmental gaps, and why people are the key to building a better spend culture.

Speakers: Mason Brady

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PAST EPISODES

EPISODE 23

Going Public as a Late Stage SaaS Startup

In this episode, Barry Jahansetan, serial CFO for late-stage SaaS startups, shares his learnings for what a SaaS startup needs to know before going public, including the top KPIs to take note of, when to implement technological tools, and how to scale your finance leadership team to get IPO ready.

Speakers : Barry Jahansetan

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EPISODE 22

From Seed to Series B: How Startups Should Build a Finance Function

In this episode, Jim Gellas, the VP Finance of Kruze Consulting and former Head of Finance at Xero shares the biggest red flags to look for when it comes to internal controls in a scaling company, and how to prepare your people, financial processes, and systems to scale with your organization.

Speakers: Jim Gellas

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EPISODE 21

How This CEO is Changing Banking and Personal Finance with AI

In this episode, Jake Tyler, the CEO of Finn.ai, talks conversational banking, scaling a business effectively with spend culture, and balancing growth perspectives while also being financially responsible.

Speakers: Jake Tyler

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EPISODE 20

How to Take Your Cannabis Business Public

In this episode, Sabas Carillo, the CEO of Adnant Consulting shares his insights with Aoife Kelly on KPIs to track and what to look out for when going public in cannabis, and how Spend Culture in cannabis will evolve.

Speakers: Sabas Carillo

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EPISODE 19

How to Land Your First CFO Role

In this episode, Lisa Rangel, executive resume writer, job search expert, and executive recruiter extraordinaire shares the secrets behind a well-written resume for a C-level finance hire, as well as key considerations to ace your interview as a new CFO.

Speakers: Lisa Rangel

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EPISODE 18

How to Build a Profitable Cannabis Business

In this episode, Steve Gormley, the President and CEO of International Cannabrands, Inc. shares his perspective on running a profitable cannabis business, considerations on taking a cannabis business public, and the KPIs investors look for.

Speakers: Steve Gormley

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EPISODE 17

What Cannabis CFOs Need to Know About Bill 280E

Bruce Joliff, cannabis CPA and CFO for hire, shares his insights to establishing internal controls and compliance requirements for tax bill 280E for cannabis CFOs.

Speakers: Bruce Joliff

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EPISODE 16

What Technological Tools Do Cannabis Business Owners Use?

Scott Berdell, the CEO of cannabis business Stryps and former dispensary CFO shares his views on software and technological tools that cannabis business owners use, and his learnings on operating a successful business.

Speakers: Scott Berdell

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EPISODE 15

Cash Flow Lessons Learned from a Cannabis Dispensary Owner

In this episode, Chris Cody, CEO of Highly Functioning and former cannabis dispensary owner shares his insights on how to manage cash flow and the mistakes cannabis small businesses make when it comes to operations.

Speakers: Chris Cody, Carlo Alvarez

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EPISODE 14

What Cannabis Businesses Owners Need to Know About Accounting Practices

In this episode, Andrew Hunzicker, the founder of DOPE CFO shares his insights on best accounting practices for cannabis businesses under strict compliance laws, and how to win in a growing industry.

Speakers: Andrew Hunzicker, Founder, DOPECFO

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EPISODE 12

How to Align Spend Culture With Your Company Culture

In this episode, Jon Brodsky, the Country Manager at Finder.com shares his insights on understanding the why behind company spending, how to manage multi-locational teams, and how to align your culture with company spend processes.

Speakers: Jon Brodsky, Country Manager, Finder.com

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EPISODE 11

Why a Deloitte Accountant Made the Switch From Big Four to Tech Startups

In this episode, Brittany Nasso, the Controller at Voices.com shares how to drive change and efficient processes that are positive on the bottom line, and also how she made the switch from big four firms to leading finance teams in fast-growing companies.

Speakers: Brittany Nasso, Controller at Voices.com

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EPISODE 10

The President of Procurious Shares How to Advance Your Career In Procurement

Tania Seary is the president and founder of Procurious.com, the world’s first online community dedicated to procurement and supply chain professionals, which now has 60,000+ followers and members in 140 countries. In this episode, Tania shares how to create a fulfilling career in procurement, embracing diversity, and what the next generation of procurement professionals need to know.

Speakers: Tania Seary, Founder of Procurious

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EPISODE 9

Former Director of P2P At Coca-Cola Shares How to Track Company Spending

Lilia Stoyanov is the CEO of Transformify.com, a recruitment platform. Prior to founding Transformify, Lilia led a team at Coca Cola, where she implemented digital transformation processes in P2P. In this episode, Lilia shares mistakes companies face when it comes to tracking company spending in the procure-to-pay cycle, and how to evaluate the best P2P Solution.

Speakers: Lilia Stoyanov, CEO of Transformify.org

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EPISODE 8

A Museum CFO Shares The Hidden Costs Behind a Jackson Pollock Painting

Kate Motonaga is the COO/CFO of the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. Prior to joining MoCA, Kate led finance teams in billion dollar companies in steel, mining, and CPG. In this episode, Kate shares the secrets within the world of world-class museums, such as the hidden costs behind Jack Pollock paintings, and being a female CFO in a male-dominated function.

Speakers: Kate Motonaga

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EPISODE 7

The Tech Stack of a CFO - Why ERPs and One Size Fits All Solutions Are Dying

Paul Riegel, CPA, CGA is the Regional Director at the CFO Centre, a firm that provides the skills and experience of large company CFOs to small & medium sized enterprises on a part-time basis. In this episode, Paul shares the red flags to look for when it comes to poor spend management, and the tech stack recommended for CFOs to cultivate a healthy Spend Culture.

Speakers: Paul Riegel

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EPISODE 6

UCLA Law CFO Shares How To Get Promoted from an Accounting Assistant to a CFO

Steve currently serves as the CFO and Assistant Dean at UCLA School of Law where he has worked for the past 21 years. Steve oversees the $90 million budget and 200+ staff at UCLA Law. Learn about how Steve started out as an assistant accountant, the secret tools to level-up your game as a finance leader, and what it takes to be the CFO of a world-renowned law school.

Speakers: Steve Yu

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EPISODE 5

IBM's Head of Digital Procurement Shares Why Your Tech Stack Shouldn't Inform Your Purchasing Strategy

Hans is the Head of Digital Procurement at IBM, and has over 25 years of professional experience working within and with Fortune 150 or start-up companies. Opinionated, passionate and experienced, learn what Hans thinks of the future of procurement and why automation is a tool, not a goal.

Speakers: Hans Casteels

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EPISODE 4

A COO/CFO's Advice on Scaling Your Nonprofit's Purchasing Process

Rob Dibacco is the COO/CFO of The Arizona Charter School Association. Learn how Rob manages the financial operations of a non-profit organization, how to implement a purchasing process for educational institutions, and how to scale spend management sustainably.

Speakers: Rob Dibacco

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EPISODE 3

What Jack Welch Taught This CFO About Leadership

In the seventies and eighties, GE was the training grounds for overachievers who would go on to head other companies and challenge the status quo. One of these leaders is Michael Dinkins, who also happens to be one of the most visible faces in the community of Corporate Finance.

Speakers: Michael Dinkins

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EPISODE 2

How This VP Finance Breaks Workplace Silos

Peter Gebert is an unusual Finance leader. Right from his beginnings as an accountant working at mining sites in the Arctic Circle, to his astonishing successes leading finance for billion-dollar tech and biotech companies in the Valley, Peter has shown contempt for workplace silos. Learn how Peter works side-by-side with every department in the company to steer companies into new and path-breaking directions.

Speakers: Peter Gebert

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EPISODE 1

Why This CFO Entrusts Every Employee With Their Own Credit Card

Lindsey Head is the CFO of J Public Relations - and she has figured out her way to financially manage an efficient and lean PR agency. Rather than asserting controls or pushing a budget onto the operations itself, Lindsey truly believes that giving her employees the power to make decisions from the bottom up is the culture she wants to promote as a CFO - a proactive spend culture.

Speakers - Lindsey Head

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