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September 20, 2021

6 Reasons to Attend the Modern Accounting Experience of the Year

Modern Accounting
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Michael Shultz

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Last year, we made BeyondTheBlack completely virtual and completely free, and attendees loved it. The conference was 12 times larger than our 2019 event, with nearly 18,000 registrants, and we received positive feedback from so many of you.

Here’s what attendees had to say:

“You did a phenomenal job with the virtual platform—I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been at several BlackLine conferences in person, and I really want to applaud your team for making this virtual conference very engaging and meaningful.”

“Attended nearly all events with cross coverage from myself and my team. All found the sessions very valuable! Especially real customer examples, which bring to life how the [solutions] are used.”

“Really enjoyed all of the keynotes and subsequent panels. Thought they did an excellent job of incorporating client, partner, and BlackLine perspectives and were well-moderated and informative.”

“While I’m completing this survey on the evening of day one, it is already the BEST virtual conference I have attended this year…it kept me engaged and focused.”

BeyondTheBlack 2021 will also be virtual and free, but for the first time, it will take place on November 16-18 around the world, beginning at 9:00 am in Los Angeles, London, and Singapore. We’re excited for you to join us and come together with thousands of finance and accounting professionals, BlackLine experts, and thought leaders for three days of innovation, collaboration, and celebration.

Here are four reasons you don’t want to miss the finance and accounting event of the year.

Reason 1: More Than 50 Hours of Unique Content

At every conference, our goal is to deliver the knowledge you need to overcome the greatest challenges your teams are facing. And we don’t need to tell you that 2021 has been another challenging year.

So, we’re bringing you three full days of informative, solution-packed sessions that include two special guest speakers, over 20 customer presentations, 10 BlackLine U workshops, and 50 breakout sessions.

Reason 2: 50 Binge-Worthy Breakout Sessions

We’re offering more breakout sessions than ever before, which will include both thought leadership and exploration of new BlackLine products and features.

Every afternoon, we’ll bring you perspectives from research analysts, alliance partners, BlackLine experts, and of course, customers, as they share best practices and content that will help you design your future. No matter your role or where you are on your modern accounting journey, there’s tangible and achievable guidance for everyone.

Reason 3: Skill Development Workshops

Our BlackLine U workshops are always among the most popular sessions at BeyondTheBlack. This year, you can master the modern accounting skills you need with ten 60-minute, deep-dive training sessions that are designed to help you get the most out of your BlackLine solutions.

You’ll learn five ways to optimize your reconciliations, the essential functions and features of Cash Application, how to gain rich insights and trends into key metrics around financial, operational, and process-related risks—and so much more.

Reason 4: Inspiring & Motivating Keynotes

Allow us to introduce you to our two special guests this year.

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and TED speaker who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. He has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years, and during his keynote, he’ll share his perspective on how we can position ourselves for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Amy Webb is a futurist, author, and professor who advises CEOs at the world’s most-admired companies, three-star admirals and generals, and the senior leadership of central banks and intergovernmental organizations. She’ll bring the same candor and humor from her TED Talk, “How I hacked online dating,” to BeyondTheBlack as she explores why “The Future of Work Is Smart (Not Hard).”

Reason 5: Free CPE/CPD Credits

With more than 40 CPE/CPD-eligible sessions and BlackLine U training workshops, attendees have plenty of opportunities to earn up to 12 free CPE or CPD credits during BeyondTheBlack. BlackLine customers who attend will also gain exclusive access to 10 additional on-demand CPE-eligible sessions in BlackLine U through March 31, 2022.

Learn more about earning CPE and CPD credits.

Reason 6: One-On-One Expert Guidance

During the conference, you can book virtual appointments with experts from Customer Success, Implementations, and Product Management. The goal of these meetings is to help you get more out of BlackLine today and throughout your journey.

It's Time to Go BeyondTheBlack

We’re slowly moving into a post-COVID world that looks nothing like it did at the start of 2020. BeyondTheBlack is a unique experience that will offer achievable steps to effectively navigate this world by automating busy work, unlocking global visibility, and becoming a business partner.

Whether you’re focused on optimizing BlackLine, adopting our solutions, or just beginning your modern accounting journey, this conference is for you.

Join us on November 16-18 to learn how to go beyond the numbers and tell the full financial story, go beyond the traditional accounting roles and transform how you work, and go beyond the ordinary and experience the extra-ordinary.

Register now for complimentary access to all the inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions, and educational workshops as we take you BeyondTheBlack.

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Michael Shultz