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May 16, 2023

3 Benefits of Attending BeyondTheBlack According to Your F&A Peers

Modern Accounting
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Zach Deming

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BeyondTheBlack is BlackLine’s annual, award-winning conference that brings together over 1,500 accounting and finance professionals. If you’ve attended in the past, you know there isn’t a better way to spend 3 days together learning, getting inspired, and having fun!

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the premier conference dedicated to modern accounting. It’s a chance for you and your peers to gather and share insights and successes and learn how to transform processes, reduce manual effort, and bring joy to the work you do.

Why Attend BeyondTheBlack?

There are countless benefits to attending BeyondTheBlack, but here are 3 great reasons you should join us in San Diego, September 11-13. And don’t just take our word for it—see what your peers are saying about the experience!

1) Attend Informative & Inspirational Keynote & Breakout Sessions

Hear directly from customer speakers from a range of industries including hospitality, healthcare, retail, automotive, and more who will share their insights, creativity, and successes when it comes to implementing and optimizing BlackLine at their organizations.

Plus, BlackLine transformation experts will share best practices and leverage their years of experience to help you map out the next steps of your modern accounting journey, whether you’re just starting out or you’re well on your way.

“There were so many informative sessions and support available both from BlackLine staff and their partners. I now have many new ideas to utilize while creating a roadmap to successfully bring our company up to date with modern accounting.” T. Favazza—P3 Health Partners

And, by attending BeyondTheBlack in person, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 15 CPE/CPD credits.

2) Network & Learn in the Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is the central gathering area of BeyondTheBlack. Whether you’re new to BlackLine, an experienced client, or a future customer, it's a great place to network, discover best practices, and learn new ideas to optimize your BlackLine experience.

“Nice conference—very informative! Love the Innovation Hub where we could have informal discussions with folks from different areas.” S. Garg—T-Mobile

Chat with customer success managers, solution consultants, BlackLine product experts, sponsors, partners, and fellow attendees—you’re sure to learn something new to take back to your team and organization.

“The interaction and presentations have been world-class. Also, the Sandbox area has been a game changer to ask live questions and get instant help.” A. Kohler—Leidos

3) Optimize Your BlackLine Solutions

Take advantage of this in-person opportunity to ask questions, learn best practices, and discover how to optimize your BlackLine experience. Even if you’re not a BlackLine client (yet!), this is a great chance to learn from other users who have been in your shoes.

“I discovered a lot of new features and possibilities I can use in my everyday work routine, and it will free up my time to do more valuable work.” V. Mucha-Chytra—Ryan Specialty

You can also design a training or onboarding strategy to meet your organization’s needs with BlackLine's global training team. You can book one-on-one sessions or sign up for the BlackLine Optimization Academy to help you build the foundation to maximize your investment.

“This is my first time attending BeyondTheBlack and I have found it to be incredibly insightful. Although we have been BlackLine users since 2018, we were not using it to its fullest potential. This conference has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and energy to want to drive change and bring ideas back with me to gain greater optimization.” M. Tammaro—UKG

You can also begin your BeyondTheBlack experience early with an optional, CPE/CPD-eligible training workshop. These interactive, live instructor-led workshops involve discussion, team activities, and hands-on exercises and are specifically curated to help you fully maximize fundamental system elements.

Bonus: Have Fun!

San Diego is a beautiful city, and we encourage you to take full advantage of the location. On top of these exclusive networking events (guest passes are available!), our host hotel will extend our discounted rate by several days before and after BeyondTheBlack, so you can turn your conference trip into a true west coast vacation.

Sponsor Welcome Reception

Connect with friends and colleagues and mingle with conference sponsors and BlackLine teams. Drinks and appetizers will be served, and then we encourage you to enjoy a San Diego evening. Grab some dinner and enjoy the views. 

‘Stay Classy, San Diego’ Poolside Party

As an homage to the movie Anchorman, we encourage you to join in on the fun and dress in your best 1970s California chic. We’ll gather at the Hyatt’s pool deck, overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay and city skyline, and enjoy drinks, dinner, music, and dancing.

BlackLine Bash on the deck of the USS Midway

Enjoy an unforgettable experience as we gather on the USS Midway’s deck to enjoy an unforgettable night of music, dining, and epic views.

Don’t Miss the Premier F&A Conference of the Year

We can’t wait to see you. Register for BeyondTheBlack today and start planning your F&A transformation adventure in San Diego.

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Zach Deming