Malcolm Gladwell to Headline BlackLine’s Annual User Conference

‘InTheBlack’ also set to feature presentations from The Hackett Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Nasdaq and Caesars Entertainment sharing insights on modern finance and accounting

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 14, 2015 – Malcolm Gladwell, award-winning author of five New York Times bestsellers – including The Tipping PointBlink and Outliers, will deliver the opening keynote at BlackLine’s 2015 Annual User Conference, InTheBlack, which runs November 15-18, in Atlanta. This year’s conference theme, entitled ‘Now New Next’, explores the tremendous business value to be achieved by joining the Modern Finance revolution, leveraging cloud-based technologies to dig deeply into the vast array of complex financial transactions at the heart of all businesses.

In his Monday morning presentation, Gladwell, named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s ‘Top Global Thinkers’, is expected to draw on his years of experience as a celebrated journalist, author and speaker. Additional InTheBlack speakers include senior finance executives from current BlackLine customers including The Coca-Cola Company, Nasdaq and Caesars Entertainment.

This year’s four-day agenda is designed to help customers, prospects and partners explore the business benefits that accrue from Modern Finance transformation. Companies harnessing BlackLine’s cloud-based platform are realizing more accurate, faster financial closings; extraordinary workflow efficiencies; more secure regulatory compliance; and improved predictive capabilities.

Day one of the conference also features William Marchionni, practice leader at leading advisory firm The Hackett Group, who will share Hackett’s insights on the latest trends in the modern transformation of the Office of Finance. A third keynote, entitled “Employee Theft: Fraudsters Adapted, Did Your Controls?” will be given by Tim Tribe, practice leader, forensic & litigation services, at REDW LLC.

At InTheBlack 2015, clients from around the world are given an opportunity to:

  • Learn first-hand best practices from BlackLine’s customers and internal team of experts;

  • Learn how experienced BlackLine customers are using BlackLine products and services in innovative, industry-focused applications

  • Preview major new BlackLine products and platform enhancements;

  • Directly influence BlackLine’s future product plans.

BlackLine provides a suite of tightly integrated applications and packaged solutions that automate and accelerate the financial close and other key accounting and finance processes. Leading companies of all sizes are now integrating finance controls and automation solutions as part of their efforts to transform legacy, back-office operations into world-class, Modern Finance organizations with greater efficiencies and reduced compliance risk.

InTheBlack is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. For more information, please visit or contact BlackLine Senior Vice President of Marketing Howard Goldstein at