BlackLine’s Finance & Accounting Innovation Experience

LOS ANGELES, CA | SEPTEMBER 16-19, 2019

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InTheBlack Agenda Daily Schedule

Monday- September 16

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Registration Open

Registration & Information Desk - Pick up your badge and get your mobile app and/or conference questions answered.

12:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub Open

The Innovation Hub is a focal point of InTheBlack, a place to continue your journey building a world-class finance and accounting operation.

Visit the Innovation Hub to engage with industry-leading BlackLine partners like EY, Deloitte, and SAP, to name a few. Meet with BlackLine Customer Success Managers at the Customer Success Lab. In the Sandbox you'll have an opportunity to collaborate with BlackLine product experts to: explore the ins and outs of BlackLine products; give feedback on prototype designs; and connect with BlackLine solutions consultants to view demos of the products you care about.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Platinum J

Efficiency Tips & Resources for System Admins

Speaker(s): Sean Daves - BlackLine

Make life easier and your processes more efficient. This session, geared towards BlackLine system administrators, will cover topics such as: managing assignments, Account Rules, BL Data Import Template, adding tasks, reporting, new System Admin Guide, and utilizing BlackLine U and the Community.

Job Role: System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Enabling Your Data-Driven Accounting Team

Speaker(s): Stephen Wolfman-BlackLine

To enable a data-driven accounting organization, you need a foundation of quality, expansive, and relevant data and a means to continuously measure performance. This session explores ways in which your organization can improve data integrity within your finance systems and how BlackLine can help analyze business data, so your teams can focus on guiding the business with strategic insights.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Computer Software & Applications

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Georgia

Your Journey with Change Management

Speaker(s): Brandee Bible - BlackLine, Mandy Strider - Interstate Hotels

Optimization projects on both a large and small scale not only impact your processes and technology, but also your team. A project management plan transforms your technologies and processes, but an integrated Change Management Plan supports your teams through the transformation. Change Management is a structured and intentional plan to support people through change as part of a transformation journey. We will discuss how to integrate a Change Management methodology into your project plan in order to prepare and support individuals through the changes to their jobs, as well as, ensure that employees adopt, use, and optimize the change being introduced.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,CFO/CAO

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Atrium I

How to Achieve Compliance Across Teams

Speaker(s): Rob Martin - BlackLine, Evan Leung - BlackLine

From Finance and Accounting to Internal Controls and Internal Audit—learn how BlackLine Compliance benefits cross-functional teams. With our built-in cross-product integrations, compliance initiatives flow seamlessly from control performance and execution to evaluation and attestation.

Job Role: Internal Audit/Compliance,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Building a Better Business Case: Getting Your Executives Onboard with Accounting Transformation

Speaker(s): Molly Boyle - BlackLine

For accounting and finance teams, securing budget for technology can be a tall task. A compelling and robust business case is a critical requirement to starting a transformation, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In this session, we'll review how financial close solutions deliver value for customers and how you can best demonstrate that value to gain executive approval and support.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, Room: Platinum FG

How Do You Match Up?

Speaker(s): Vinayak Dhingreja - BlackLine, Donna McCollum - BlackLine, Teresa Platt - BlackLine

Are you wondering how your pass rules match up against best practices? Join this session to learn the keys to success for automating high-volume reconciliations, including pass rule guidance, data source rules, the import utility, and more. We will cover the impacts pass rules have on matching results, how "tolerances" can be used to improve results, and how you can leverage pass rules to have BlackLine do more of the analysis for you.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Game, Set, Match: Winning with Transaction Matching

Speaker(s): Vanessa English - BlackLine

Tired of ticking and tying? Experience how BlackLine Transaction Matching matches and reconciles millions of transactions in minutes. In this workshop, we will walk through how to create a basic proof of concept. Learn how simple it is to import data from an Excel file, create a match set, add pass rules, and run the matching engine. This automated solution is sure to free up time for value-added analysis.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Obtain Critical Insights with Reporting

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

This workshop will explain how BlackLine Reporting is best used to gain rich insights and trends into key metrics around financial, operational, and process-related risks. Build several reports that can be used immediately on your metric scorecards.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Automate Your Reconciliation Process with Matching & Journals

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

BlackLine Transaction Matching enables strategic thinkers to stop focusing solely on processing transactions, and to start spending more time on critical analysis. Attend this workshop to start thinking about how automatic matching can save you and your team a lot of time.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Account Reconciliations Foundations

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

This introductory workshop provides an overview of essential information when completing a reconciliation. We’ll walk through uses cases that showcase critical keys to success for BlackLine preparers, approvers, and reviewers.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Gain Efficiencies with Auto-Certification

Speaker(s): Michele Quartel - BlackLine

In this workshop, we will discuss and explore global auto-certifications, account level certifications, and best practices collected from BlackLine product experts and clients on how to best utilize your BlackLine administrator role.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,Accountant,System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Platinum J

Energy Transfer: BlackLine Administrator Best Practices

Speaker(s): Brooke Hutchinson - Energy Transfer

Join this session to learn some administrator tips and tricks from Brook Hutchinson, Analyst, Accounting Systems Support, from Energy Transfer.

Job Role: System Administrator

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Platinum AB

SunTrust: Using BlackLine Reporting to Optimize & Control the Close

Speaker(s): Trip McQuagg - SunTrust

Join this session to learn the many ways Suntrust is using BlackLine Reporting to optimize and control their close, from reviewing open items to looking at when reconciliations have been decertified and why.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Advanced Matching: In-Transit, GL Mapping, Duplicate Elimination, Import Utility & Dynamic Grouping

Speaker(s): Vinayak Dhingreja - BlackLine, Donna McCollum - BlackLine, Teresa Platt - BlackLine

For intermediate and advanced users of Transaction Matching. This session will demonstrate how to use advanced matching features to accommodate more complex business scenarios and optimize your high-volume reconciliations.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Financial Systems/IT

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Atrium I

Beyond Task Management: Practical Use Cases for BlackLine Compliance

Speaker(s): Chris Skantzaris - RSM, Taylor Dimmick - RSM, Brandon Seip - BlackLine

Learn how RSM moved beyond simple task tracking and evolved their employee and client onboarding process with BlackLine Compliance. Then join product experts to explore other practical use cases.

Job Role: Internal Audit/Compliance,System Administrator

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Controllership's Guide to Continuous Improvement

Speaker(s): Molly Boyle - BlackLine

Crawl, walk, run, sprint. Learn how to get started improving financial processes and how building a culture of continuous improvement benefits the entire accounting organization.

Job Role: Controller,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Room: Georgia

Profiles in Successful Change Management Initiatives

Speaker(s): McKenzie McClure - Aetna, Jen Arias - Switch

In modern accounting today, Change Management is essential for every organization just to keep up with automation, new rules, and regulations… and all too often, productivity suffers. Change isn’t easy. When your accountants are asked to shift the way they do their jobs, the result can often be frustration and a lack of motivation. The good news is that the finance transformation journey is not just about reducing cost, managing risks, and improving quality and efficiencies. It’s also about generating empowerment and engagement. It's about nurturing talent in your finance and accounting functions. Please join us to see how (2) of our clients present their journey with Change Management.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, CFO/CAO

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Afternoon Break

Break

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Making the Most of Your Finance Transformation Projects with BlackLine

Speaker(s): Molly Boyle - BlackLine

Institutional knowledge is a key differentiator in any effective transformation, such as an ERP upgrade. Freeing internal resources from their daily workload to support such a project is a challenge. Attend this session to learn how financial close automation solutions have helped accounting teams dedicate up to 70% of time to transforming the finance function.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Best Practices for Reporting & Dashboards

Speaker(s): Justin Sun - BlackLine

Dive into BlackLine's Homepage Dashboards and see how you can gain greater visibility into the status of your close and improve workflow and insights, whether you are a Preparer, Reviewer, Manager, or Controller.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Platinum J

Advanced Features: Notebook, Auto-Grouping, Templates & More!

Speaker(s): Cyndi Rollinson - BlackLine

Take advantage of advanced features in BlackLine, such as auto-grouping, Notebook, and account reconciliation templates to automate administrative processes, improve collaboration and control across the close, and standardize and drive quality in your reconciliations.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: BlackLine Customer Enablement & Experience

Speaker(s): Lynn Viduya - BlackLine, Rita Simmons - BlackLine, Veronica Ruff - BlackLine, Susan MacMillan - BlackLine, Evan Rosche - BlackLine

Whether you are a BlackLine Administrator or end user, we want the new BlackLine Community to be your one-stop-shop for product-related resources, troubleshooting tips, virtual face-time with your peers, and access to live events in your area. You no longer need to waste time looking for these resources in different areas. The new BlackLine Community consolidates BlackLine U How To’s, Tips of the Week, Common Support Solutions, Product Documentation, and Release Notes—all in one spot!

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Adopting new technology alone is not enough. Subtle shifts in process and the application of key features can dramatically reduce time spent on reconciliations and—perhaps more importantly—ensure confidence in every substantiated balance. Attend this workshop to explore five change management practices that will ensure your reconciliations are optimized.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Overview of Task Management

Speaker(s): May Tickner-Everest - BlackLine

This workshop will walk you through the key functions and features of BlackLine Task Management. Review different use cases in action and learn how this product will help you achieve greater visibility, efficiency, and control.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Atrium I

Best Practices for Creating Efficient Compliance Workflows

Speaker(s): Joseph Bell - PRA Group

Join PRA Group as they share best practices for implementing compliance workflows to retain and centralize data, and increase visibility across stakeholders. Discover how to create an end-to-end process from control performance to control testing. Then, get all your questions answered during an open Q&A session.

Job Role: Internal Audit/Compliance

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Work in Progress: Partial Matching

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

Discover how to manually create a partial match for those transactions that are still awaiting the import of some offsetting transactions, as well as how to add and remove transactions from your partial matches.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Qlik's Vision of a Data-Literate World

Speaker(s): Nicole DePedro - Qlik

Qlik's company vision is to have "A Data Literate World." The accounting department in the SSC is striving to use this vision by using the data supplied by BlackLine to make improvements to how we use the system and become more efficient as a department. From using reports to streamline monthly close meetings to assessing auto-reconciliation rates by person, we are leveraging the data to make improvements and create efficiencies.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Georgia

Best Practices for Onboarding: Unlock These Secrets to Engage Your Teams

Speaker(s): Susanna Metzler - BlackLine, Annette Strenge - BlackLine

Making changes to your existing accounting processes is a challenge that goes far beyond implementing an automated platform. The technology itself is just one part of the process. Change management, in Finance and Accounting, is another critical aspect. If your accountants are not on board, you potentially could risk failure. Join this session to gather information and best tips to foster engagement and empowerment while promoting skill development in your finance and accounting functions. These are best practices and ‘out of the box tools’ you can apply today to add value with creative ‘fun’ to engage your users along your change management process.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, CFO/CAO

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Professional Development: Maximizing LinkedIn

Speaker(s): Roxanna Goudarzi - BlackLine, Otissa Johnson - BlackLine

Have you been wondering how to effectively use LinkedIn as an accountant? Are you fully leveraging your social networks? Whether you are new to LinkedIn or a power user, we invite you to join us for this workshop featuring LinkedIn best practices for accountants. You’ll learn everything from professional branding and maximizing your LinkedIn profile to finding and participating in relevant industry groups. This will be a working session, so remember to bring your laptop or mobile device to make real-time updates to your LinkedIn profile.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub Happy Hour

This is your opportunity to grab a beverage as we engage and celebrate our sponsors. Don't forget to get a Balance Bingo card for a chance to win great prizes!

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Room: JW Marriott, L.A. LIVE, Lobby

Welcome Reception

Join us for an evening of fun, food, and engaging conversation in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott. This is the ideal time to network with your peers as we officially kick off the conference together.

Tuesday- September 17

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Registration Open

Registration & Information Desk - Pick up your badge and get your mobile app and/or conference questions answered.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, Room: Gold Ballroom

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Customer Innovation Showcase with Therese Tucker

Speaker(s): Sarah Pflug - Domino's, Michael Hubbard - Home Depot, Davina Van Splunter - Home Depot, Michael Heeney - Quest Diagnostics, Pablo Baez - Quest Diagnostics, Mike Gruehl - SiriusXM, Tony Klimas - EY, Jane Saunders - Duracell

BlackLine has always been a company focused on innovating for our customers. This year we want to showcase some of our most innovative customer stories. BlackLine's Founder & CEO Therese Tucker will invite innovative leaders who have delivered transformational results for their companies. See how Domino's delivers data excellence by matching more than 40 million transactions every month. Home Depot thought outside of the (big) box when it built its Finance Innovation & Transformation team. Quest Diagnostics ensured its balance sheet is as accurate as its lab tests despite acquiring more then 30 companies in the last few years. Sirius XM embraced Continuous Accounting and fundamentally changed the quality of life for their team. Every business has its unique challenges. The Customer Innovation Showcase will give you something to take home with you along with new ways of overcoming obstacles and driving transformational change in your company.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Blowing the Whistle at Theranos

Speaker(s): Tyler Shultz - Theranos Whistleblower & Entreprenuer, Karole Morgan-Prager - BlackLine

How can a company acquire a $10 billion valuation built on fraud? How does a 20-something Stanford dropout deceive esteemed statesmen and titans of industry? What leads someone to defraud hundreds of employees, thousands of investors, and millions of patients on an unprecedented scale? Tyler Shultz, the man most responsible for bringing down Theranos, answers these questions and more. In a compelling conversation, Shultz takes audiences through his time as an employee at Theranos, discussing everything from his relationship with Elizabeth Holmes to his efforts to expose the truth. With humility and candor, Shultz will address the importance of corporate governance, business ethics, and the lessons the corporate world can learn from Theranos.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Behavorial Ethics

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Dell’s Digital Transformation Journey

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Hopkins - Deloitte & Touche LLC, Diane Pappas - Dell Technologies

Presented by Deloitte - Global accounting organizations are constantly challenged to be resource efficient while maintaining financial integrity. The intersection of effective governance and information technology continues to be the foundation for driving meaningful and continuous operational change. In this session, you’ll learn how Dell Technologies became THE case study in on-going, large-scale Digital Transformation through their use of enabling technologies like BlackLine and robotics. We’ll also explore how to maintain a focus on quality finance execution, process improvement, and the best investment of all: people.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 0.5 - Management Services

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Xperience the Difference

Speaker(s): David Roberts - SAP

SAP, Titanium Sponsor for InTheBlack, powers the experience of Accounting for the world’s greatest and most recognizable brands. Join the keynote to hear case studies from global retail, consumer products, and manufacturing companies that are revolutionizing the employee experience using SAP S/4HANA combined with BlackLine solutions.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 0.5 - Business Management & Organization

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Think Like a Freak

Speaker(s): Steven Levitt - Economist & Author, Stephen Dubner - Author & Journalist

Since the remarkable success of the international bestsellers Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics (more than 5 million copies sold worldwide), its much heralded authors, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, have given more than 1,000 lectures. Their books have made economic analysis and "out-of-the-box thinking" uniquely accessible and interesting. Levitt and Dubner continue to garner national media exposure. Levitt and Dubner offer story after story, with research backing each theory, that address ways to create behavior change and show which incentives work and don't work.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Room: Gold Ballroom

Lunch

Lunch

12:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub Open

The Innovation Hub is a focal point of InTheBlack, a place to continue your journey building a world-class finance and accounting operation.

Visit the Innovation Hub to engage with industry-leading BlackLine partners like EY, Deloitte, and SAP, to name a few. Meet with BlackLine Customer Success Managers at the Customer Success Lab. In the Sandbox you'll have an opportunity to collaborate with BlackLine product experts to: explore the ins and outs of BlackLine products; give feedback on prototype designs; and connect with BlackLine solutions consultants to view demos of the products you care about.

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum FG

A Foreman’s Trade: Turning Dreams Into Reality

Speaker(s): Bob Davenport - UHY Advisors, Terri Hall - Fresenius Kidney Care, Angela Seaborn - Nexteer Automotive

Presented by UHY - You can picture it. Your beautiful dream home. You have imagined it your entire life, and now—finally—you are ready to turn your dream into reality. But how do you ensure the picture you envision becomes reality? You definitely need to have the right blueprints, tools and materials. But even more critical is having the right foreman to bring your vision to life. Your foreman will make sure the blueprints are followed as well as make sure the right materials and tools are used. Why use a screwdriver when a drill will cut the build time in half? Your foreman needs to have the experience and expertise to troubleshoot any foreseen or unforeseen obstacles. During this session, you will hear how Nexteer Automotive and Fresenius Kidney Care were able to overcome obstacles and troubleshoot while building their BlackLine ‘dream home’ by having the right foreman for the job.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum J

Advanced Solutions to Complement SAP

Speaker(s): Michael Gilmartin - BlackLine, Carly Knoll - Campbell's, John Zimmerman - Hershey's, Michael Schmidt - Intel

Beyond its core balance sheet substantiation functionality, BlackLine has robust solutions to help organizations achieve maximum automation and integration. We'll highlight some of the platform's more advanced capabilities like clearing open items and automating journal entries, and hear successes and insights from customers like Intel, Campbell's, and more.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Game, Set, Match: Winning with Transaction Matching

Speaker(s): Michele Quartel - BlackLine

Tired of ticking and tying? Experience how BlackLine Transaction Matching matches and reconciles millions of transactions in minutes. In this workshop, we will walk through how to create a basic proof of concept. Learn how simple it is to import data from an Excel file, create a match set, add pass rules, and run the matching engine. This automated solution is sure to free up time for value-added analysis.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Georgia

Making It Count: A Day in the Life Look

Speaker(s): Joyce Lazzara - BlackLine

Just getting started with BlackLine? Join this session to learn how BlackLine fits into your record-to-report process to fill the whitespace and help you achieve a timelier and more accurate close. We will discuss how both staff accountants and business leaders can optimize their day-to-day activities to reduce transactional work and become a trusted strategic advisor.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Atrium I

Digital Transformation Success Story

Speaker(s): Ryan Prindiville - Armanino, Narges Attaran - Armanino, Rita Aughey - eXp Realty

Presented by Armanino - Armanino, along with a client, discuss real life examples and stories of implementing BlackLine (journals, tasks, and recs) in parallel with ERP projects. Topics will include why BlackLine was selected, how the implementation partner was selected, what worked and what didn’t on the project, what could have been done better in hindsight, and more.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger,  Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Accelerate Your Use of Account Reconciliations with Templates & Items

Speaker(s): May Tickner-Everest - BlackLine

Not sure which BlackLine template to choose for your reconciliations? Want to know which reconciliation template to use for better visibility, reliability, and efficiency? This workshop will give you an overview of your options and present use cases, so you can make the best choice for your reconciliations. Also, you will learn how to add, import, and manage items to your organization’s benefit.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Automate Your Reconciliation Process with Matching & Journals

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

BlackLine Transaction Matching enables strategic thinkers to stop focusing solely on processing transactions, and to start spending more time on critical analysis. Attend this workshop to start thinking about how automatic matching can save you and your team a lot of time.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum HI

End-To-End Process Automation with Smart Close

Speaker(s): Jeff Brown - John Deere

In this session, learn how Smart Close can be used to simply perform multiple functions in SAP and in conjunction with other BlackLine modules. In addition to scheduling, sequencing, and automating tasks, it can be used in conjunction with Matching and Journals to form a powerful integration.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Leveraging BlackLine for a Finance Operations Transformation

Speaker(s): Peyton Muller - EY

Presented by EY - In this session, we’ll share how EY leveraged BlackLine to standardize the reconciliation process and more closely monitor monthly activities throughout a Fortune 500’s ongoing finance operations transformation. More than just technical best practices, organization-wide transformations involve large scale redesigns across leadership, teams, and functions. We will share how EY leveraged BlackLine to standardize and gain efficiencies in the reconciliation process, transition activities between on-shore/off-shore locations in a controlled fashion, and enable self-service reporting to track progress and manage Service Line Agreements (SLA’s).

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Obtain Critical Insights with Reporting

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

This workshop will explain how BlackLine Reporting is best used to gain rich insights and trends into key metrics around financial, operational, and process-related risks. Build several reports that can be used immediately on your metric scorecards.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Account Reconciliations Foundations

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

This introductory workshop provides an overview of essential information when completing a reconciliation. We’ll walk through uses cases that showcase critical keys to success for BlackLine preparers, approvers, and reviewers.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Machine Learning for Accounting: What It Means for You & BlackLine

Speaker(s): Sapna Nagaraj - BlackLine

Machine learning is disrupting every industry. But, what does it all mean for Accounting? Join this session to gain a deeper understanding of why Accounting is a perfect candidate for applications of AI. Our data scientists will dive into how BlackLine is embedding machine learning capabilities into the integrated platform with Intelligent Matching.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Information Technology

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Georgia

Blueprint for Success: Connor Group in Conversation with SurveyMonkey CAO Dharti Patel

Speaker(s): Deepika Sandhu - Connor Group, Dharti Patel - SurveyMonkey

Presented by Connor Group - In this highly interactive session, Connor Group Partner Deepika Sandhu will have a conversation with SurveyMonkey Chief Accounting Officer Dharti Patel about the company’s successful IPO, achieving controls compliance, and how Blackline supported the process. Deepika and Dharti will discuss leading practices that other high-growth companies can leverage as they work to take their companies to the next level.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Atrium I

The Future of Accounting & Finance: Empowering the Digital/Human Workforce

Speaker(s): Andy Jones - RGP, Laura Snodgrass – RGP

Presented by RGP - The concept of the “future of work” has incited interest and excitement for decades. Increasingly, companies are looking to adopt automation for highly repetitive manual tasks to further reduce cost and provide employees with higher-value roles. Human experience and ingenuity remain critical elements of successful transformation, and today’s top talent wants to work differently. Empowering and equipping finance organizations to embrace new solutions is essential to successfully compete and thrive.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum J

Help for the Heterogenous ERP Environment: How BlackLine Complements SAP Central Finance

Speaker(s): Michael Gilmartin - BlackLine, John Zimmerman - Hershey's, Dion DiCristofaro - SAP

SAP Central Finance is an SAP S/4HANA deployment strategy for organizations with a heterogenous ERP landscape. We'll explore how BlackLine solutions complement Central Finance to jumpstart an SAP S/4HANA upgrade.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Expand Your Use Cases for High-Volume Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Trip McQuagg - SunTrust, Bob Pandolfi - SunTrust, Pablo Baez - Quest Diagnostics, Adam Dabbeekeh - Quest Diagnostics

Whether you're ticking and tying bank transactions or performing data matching for other general ledger accounts, there's no reason you should be performing these activities manually. Learn from two different BlackLine customers, SunTrust and Quest Diagnostics, about how they've automated large volumes of matching to alleviate manual intervention during the reconciliation process. Different industries, different powerful stories.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Intercompany by Design

Speaker(s): Katie Glynn - Deloitte, May Ma - Deloitte

Presented by Deloitte -The costs of a fragmented, manual, and non-standardized intercompany accounting process can be significant. It’s a process that has typically evolved over time “by default” as opposed to “by design”. Digital transformation has been a catalyst for organizations to rethink, restructure, and redesign the intercompany accounting process. In this session, you’ll learn how Deloitte’s Intercompany Accounting Framework, complimented by BlackLine’s Intercompany Hub, can help you navigate the complexities of intercompany accounting and begin your transformation journey.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Afternoon Break

Break

3:35 PM - 5:05 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Your Journey to Journal Entries with BlackLine

Speaker(s): Michele Quartel - BlackLine

Eliminate your manual, labor-intensive processes, errors, and lack of transparency with Journal Entry. Explore the various types of BlackLine journals available to you, and learn what to expect from a BlackLine Journal Entry Implementation. How and when would Journal Masters and Automated Journals be used in your organization? Determine workflow and template-logic options that can enhance efficiencies for journal entries within your organization. Finally, learn about cross-product functionality available between BlackLine Journal Entry and the Account Reconciliations, Task Management, and Intercompany Hub solutions.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Overview of Task Management

Speaker(s): May Tickner-Everest - BlackLine

This workshop will walk you through the key functions and features of BlackLine Task Management. Review different use cases in action and learn how this product will help you achieve greater visibility, efficiency, and control.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Work in Progress: Partial Matching

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

Discover how to manually create a partial match for those transactions that are still awaiting the import of some offsetting transactions, as well as how to add and remove transactions from your partial matches.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Your Bank Recs Are Automated, Now What?

Speaker(s): John Boyko - BlackLine, Allison Combs - BlackLine, Brad Roland - BlackLine

When you think of high-volume ticking and tying, your first thought is probably bank reconciliations. But the reality for Accounting is, data matching and manipulation is a large part of many processes. Join this session to learn about unique high-volume reconciliations use cases for processes like payroll, accruals, system-to-system, and cash application, that can be automated with BlackLine. You will hear from BlackLine experts on how they identify unique use cases and successfully address the most cumbersome, manual ticking and tying processes that still plague accounting teams today.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Atrium I

Optimizing a Creative Structure in BlackLine: Jacobs Engineering Success Story

Speaker(s): Jonas Melton - Riveron, Trevor Cameron - Jacob's Engineering

Presented by Riveron - Riveron and Jacobs Engineering will share how they partnered to achieve a successful BlackLine journey in a short period of time. Jacobs reconciles 32,000+ accounts monthly across 40 countries and attained 60% auto reconciliation in their first two months.?Riveron will also discuss how Jacobs tested multiple system configurations during implementation, and ultimately settled on a creative organizational and account structure. This allowed BlackLine to support both their account reconciliation and variance analysis processes. The session will close with discussion about Jacobs’ roadmap for future BlackLine initiatives.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Delivering Intelligent Finance

Speaker(s): Stephanie Miller - SAP

Presented by SAP - Finance leaders drive business transformation by reducing cost, driving process automation, and delivering financial reporting. Oxford Economics found some organizations do this better than others. Engaging people, having an open mind to change old processes that are no longer effective and implementing the latest technology are all drivers for a successful transformation. Learn more about how you can drive real change faster than ever before within your own organization.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Personnel/Human Resources

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Georgia

Finance 3.0: Beyond Data-Driven

Speaker(s): Rich Reimer - Sage Intacct, Sean Skuro - Tender Greens

Presented by Sage Intacct - From big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to the subscription economy and cloud computing, modern finance is undergoing its most fundamental transformation ever. Today, it takes a data-driven finance leader—someone who understands and embraces the promise and power of technology—to navigate this exciting, uncertain future. Attend this session and hear how Sage Intacct customers became data-driven finance leaders that proactively drive strategy and improve operations. Key learnings: 1) the technologies and skills you need to move to a digital, data-driven world, 2) how to graduate from Finance 1.0 and thrive in Finance 2.0, 3) How to “Twitterize” your reporting and analytics, 4) when you should automate and when you shouldn’t, and 5) how AI and machine learning enables Finance 3.0.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Adopting new technology alone is not enough. Subtle shifts in process and the application of key features can dramatically reduce time spent on reconciliations and—perhaps more importantly—ensure confidence in every substantiated balance. Attend this workshop to explore five change management practices that will ensure your reconciliations are optimized.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Women in Business Panel: Grit, Balance, Success & Growth

Speaker(s): Brianna Inghram - Clearsulting, Heather Vertin - BlackLine, Kelly Blasiman - CNH Industrial, Rebecca Harrell - Home Depot, Carola Mariscal - PepsiCo, Inc

Presented by Clearsulting -The goal of our panel session is to uncover how women in business have successfully achieved their career goals, while maintaining balance in both their professional and personal lives. We will be asking the panelists what success means to them and how they have achieved that success. Further, we will uncover challenges our panelists have faced during their careers and how they grew from those challenges.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Personal Development

3:35 PM - 5:05 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Discover the Versatility of Items

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

Discover how items can be created from Transaction Matching data to support Account Reconciliations, Journal Entry, and Variance Analysis, as well as provide visibility into your business through views and reports.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum J

Get the Most Out of Smart Close

Speaker(s): Sebastiaan Van Der Gugten - BlackLine, Jarred Rutherford - BlackLine, Kane Peschl - BlackLine

Many customers use RPA to automate their repetitive tasks, but with purpose-built automation for finance, customers can gain so much more. Smart Close allows users to embed RPA into their SAP financial close processes, but did you know that it also integrates with other BlackLine products to create end-to-end automated processes? Join this session with BlackLine speakers Sebastiaan Van Der Gugten, Jarred Rutherford, and Kane Peschl to learn more about the power of Smart Close, and how you can use it to maximize all 24 hours of the day and streamline your period-end close.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Lifecycle of a BlackLine Administrator

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Administrative tasks and responsibilities are critical to your overall success with BlackLine and ensure your BlackLine instance stays in optimal shape, no matter what stage of the game you are in. In this workshop, discover the various resources available to enhance your administrative knowledge.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Atrium I

Efficiency Tips & Resources for System Admins

Speaker(s): Sean Daves - BlackLine

Make life easier and your processes more efficient. This session, geared towards BlackLine system administrators, will cover topics such as: managing assignments, Account Rules, BL Data Import Template, adding tasks, reporting, new System Admin Guide, and utilizing BlackLine U and the Community.

Job Role: System Administrator

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: BlackLine Customer Enablement & Experience

Speaker(s): Lynn Viduya - BlackLine, Rita Simmons - BlackLine, Veronica Ruff - BlackLine, Susan MacMillan - BlackLine, Evan Rosche - BlackLine

Whether you are a BlackLine Administrator or end user, we want the new BlackLine Community to be your one-stop-shop for product-related resources, troubleshooting tips, virtual face-time with your peers, and access to live events in your area. You no longer need to waste time looking for these resources in different areas. The new BlackLine Community consolidates BlackLine U How To’s, Tips of the Week, Common Support Solutions, Product Documentation, and Release Notes—all in one spot!

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Control & Automate Your Flux Analysis Using BlackLine Variance Analysis

Speaker(s): Amy Kelly - BlackLine

This workshop walks you through the key functions and features of Variance Analysis. Learn how great visibility, efficiency and control can be achieved with this product. Understand the flexibility configurable Variance rules bring to your flux analysis process and reduce risk by monitoring flux at any point in your period (pre- or post-close).

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Automating High-Volume Reconciliations Panel with Customer Experts

Speaker(s): Chris Beltran - Nike, Trip McQuagg - SunTrust, Sarah Pflug - Domino's, Mike Gruehl - SiriusXM, John Boyko - BlackLine

Join a panel of high-volume matching experts as we explore their individual experiences using the powerful automation engine. The session will feature an interactive Q&A with customers from various industries, where they will share their unique use cases and give you a chance to ask your own questions.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, Controller, System Administrator, Financial Systems/IT

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum J

Automating Your Close in SAP with Smart Close

Speaker(s): Carly Knoll - Campbell's

Preparing, approving, and posting manual journal entries during the month-end close can add time, stress, and risk. Some companies record hundreds, or even thousands, of manual entries every month and are turning to technology such as robotic process automation to decrease errors, shorten the close, and allow accounting teams to focus on more strategic tasks. In this session, learn how Smart Close complements existing functions in SAP by triggering, executing, and monitoring SAP closing tasks and workflow inside SAP, so you can spend your time focusing on exceptions and reports.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Best Practices: Optimizing Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Barry Sack - BlackLine

Join us in this session to obtain best practices for taking your account reconciliations to the next level of excellence, while mitigating risk. Along with standardized reconciliation templates, account rules, and other tools, we'll discuss various ways to manage your end-to-end close process, enabling continuous analysis. This approach will spur improvement in quality, accuracy, and efficiency within your Finance and Accounting functions.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Lease Accounting Lessons Learned & Day 2 Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Mark McDonald - CoStar Real Estate Manager

Presented by CoStar - Experts with top accounting and consulting firms estimate that as many as 1 in 4 lease accounting compliance projects have experienced significant challenges with getting to the finish line. Whether still assessing the impact of lease accounting changes or reworking a troubled implementation, organizations can take a more strategic approach to lease accounting compliance—including Day 2 reconciliations with Blackline—by reviewing the best practices and insights from hundreds of successful transition projects.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Accounting

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Georgia

7 Key Success Factors to Optimize BlackLine for Finance Transformation

Speaker(s): Jaap van Iersel - Genpact, Tammy Coley - BlackLine, Sean Bennett - BlackLine

Presented by Genpact - Do you have a comprehensive finance transformation roadmap? Have you faced challenges when implementing critical software or process changes and would like insights on how other organizations have overcome them? Join Genpact and BlackLine's Accounting Innovations Team as we share insights based on our experiences with shared clients. We’ll give you seven best practices and takeaways that you can embed in your own plans to make sure your transformation roadmap delivers a future-ready finance and accounting organization.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Room: Gold Ballroom

BlackLine 80's Bash

Pull out your craziest 80s attire and can come prepared to dance the "Cabbage Patch" before you glide into "The Moonwalk" at this year's BlackLine Bash - featuring the Spazmatics! This fun-loving cover band combines outstanding musicianship with creative flair and style for an evening of high energy and entertainment.

Wednesday- September 18

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, Room: Gold Ballroom

Breakfast

Breakfast

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Registration Open

Registration & Information Desk - Pick up your badge and get your mobile app and/or conference questions answered.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Mistaking Chaos for Complexity: Rethinking the Accounting Experience

Speaker(s): Pete Hirsch - BlackLine, Fred Li - BlackLine, Stephen Wolfman - BlackLine, Brandon Seip - BlackLine

When was the last time you used a rolodex or called a travel agent? Did you recently opt to go the library instead of asking Google for some information? Believe it or not you can still buy ledger paper online!

Technology has transformed so many of our activities and freed up our time to focus on other things. How we spend our time at work is directly correlated to the value we add to the business. Yet enterprise technology can seem daunting, systems are not built to naturally work with another, data lives in silos, and bringing it all together is often manual and chaotic.

This chaos is often mistaken for complexity because it is we humans that historically had manage it. But in reality, “machines” and software are ideally suited for managing the chaos, so we can focus on the truly complex in our daily jobs.

This session will show how BlackLine’s product innovation is focused changing the experience of F&A professionals with technology that connects your systems, provide visibility across every process, runs intelligently and automatically, and importantly, easy for you the users.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Information Technology

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Duracell: A Giant Leap Into the Digital Era with EY Accounting Performance Acceleration

Speaker(s): Eloise Wagner - EY, Jane Saunders - Duracell

Presented by EY - Excel templates passed here and there through emails. Binders full of account reconciliation data. Manic close periods. For Duracell, this was the recent past—and with the help of BlackLine and EY, all that was left behind in a matter of months, through an accelerated but flexible approach that started in North America and spread globally. Over 90% of accountants spend time on slow and error-prone manual processes, but with EY Accounting Performance Acceleration, powered by BlackLine, capitalizing on the full power of digital is easier and quicker than ever. Discover how Duracell gained efficiency, visibility, and control with greater automation on just the first step of their journey.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

Break

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

The Finance & Accounting Innovation Journey Framework

Speaker(s): Tammy Coley - BlackLine

A framework to guide your Finance and Accounting Transformation Journey. A blueprint to measure your current state, prioritize goals, and build out a roadmap of targeted quick, medium and long-term activities for a successful journey to your end game.

The framework focuses on 5 key areas:
1. Define and prioritize your goals (end game)
2. Identify the KPIs to track progress
3. Assess the 5 Core Finance & Accounting Processes
4. Design a roadmap
5. Monitor progress

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 0.5 - Business Management & Organization

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Transforming the Financial Close at Kimberly-Clark

Speaker(s): Katie Vanpelt Stein - Genpact, Jonna Denton - Kimberly-Clark, Vivek Saxena - Genpact

Presented by Genpact - Digital technologies have long been a core element of Kimberly-Clark’s finance function. Jonna Denton, GPO Accounting to Reporting at Kimberly-Clark, joins Genpact leadership to share insights from the journey towards an on-demand financial close. Hear how the company combined deep technical and digital skills with detailed industry and finance knowledge to deliver faster, sharper reporting insights, greater balance-sheet accuracy, and improved productivity with BlackLine. Take invaluable lessons back to your finance team so you can transform your reconciliations process, too.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Internal Audit/Compliance, System Administrator, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 0.5 - Management Services

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Room: Diamond Ballroom

Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King

Speaker(s): Billie Jean King - Legend, Susan Otto - BlackLine

Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World Team Tennis. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for men and women in sports and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.

Born in Long Beach, California, she first played tennis at the age of 11 in the public parks of southern California. King won her first of a record 20 Wimbledon titles when she captured the 1961 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles Championship with Karen Hantze in 1961. She went on to win 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles during her career. On September 20, 1973, she empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history—the Battle of the Sexes. This match is remembered for its affect on society and its contribution to the women’s movement.

King was named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life Magazine, and in 2009, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

In 2014, in partnership with Teneo, she launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Internal Audit/Compliance,Financial Systems/IT

12:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub Open

The Innovation Hub is a focal point of InTheBlack, a place to continue your journey building a world-class finance and accounting operation.

Visit the Innovation Hub to engage with industry-leading BlackLine partners like EY, Deloitte, and SAP, to name a few. Meet with BlackLine Customer Success Managers at the Customer Success Lab. In the Sandbox you'll have an opportunity to collaborate with BlackLine product experts to: explore the ins and outs of BlackLine products; give feedback on prototype designs; and connect with BlackLine solutions consultants to view demos of the products you care about.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Room: Gold Ballroom

Lunch

Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Professional Development: Maximizing LinkedIn

Speaker(s): Roxanna Goudarzi - BlackLine, Otissa Johnson - BlackLine

Have you been wondering how to effectively use LinkedIn as an accountant? Are you fully leveraging your social networks? Whether you are new to LinkedIn or a power user, we invite you to join us for this workshop featuring LinkedIn best practices for accountants. You’ll learn everything from professional branding and maximizing your LinkedIn profile to finding and participating in relevant industry groups. This will be a working session, so remember to bring your laptop or mobile device to make real-time updates to your LinkedIn profile.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Accelerate Your Use of Account Reconciliations with Templates & Items

Speaker(s): May Tickner-Everest - BlackLine

Not sure which BlackLine template to choose for your reconciliations? Want to know which reconciliation template to use for better visibility, reliability, and efficiency? This workshop will give you an overview of your options and present use cases, so you can make the best choice for your reconciliations. Also, you will learn how to add, import, and manage items to your organization’s benefit.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Game, Set, Match: Winning with Transaction Matching

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

Tired of ticking and tying? Experience how BlackLine Transaction Matching matches and reconciles millions of transactions in minutes. In this workshop, we will walk through how to create a basic proof of concept. Learn how simple it is to import data from an Excel file, create a match set, add pass rules, and run the matching engine. This automated solution is sure to free up time for value-added analysis.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Atrium I

How a Revolution of Integrated Cloud Technology is Changing the Financial Close

Speaker(s): John Head - Host Analytics

Presented by Host Analytics - With Host Analytics you will learn:

• What is financial digital transformation
• Why should you consider integrated cloud technologies
• What you can do to transform your financial close

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Computer Software & Applications

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Obtain Critical Insights with Reporting

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

This workshop will explain how BlackLine Reporting is best used to gain rich insights and trends into key metrics around financial, operational, and process-related risks. Build several reports that can be used immediately on your metric scorecards.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Account Reconciliations Foundations

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

This introductory workshop provides an overview of essential information when completing a reconciliation. We’ll walk through uses cases that showcase critical keys to success for BlackLine preparers, approvers, and reviewers.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Implementing, Troubleshooting & Optimizing BlackLine with Aetna

Speaker(s): McKenzie McClure - Aetna, Kelly Harper - Aetna

Join this session to learn about Aetna's finance transformation journey, including their experience successfully implementing and optimizing BlackLine Account Reconciliations. In addition, discover how Aetna found creative use cases for Task Management, such as gaining executive oversight and tracking journal entries.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accounting Manager,Accountant

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum J

Be SMART: Innovate with BlackLine

Speaker(s): Ana Minter - RSM, Doug Tramp - Zurich

Presented by RSM - “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford. How can YOU impact your company’s, your team’s and your own individual objectives by maximizing your BlackLine investment? We will walk you through innovative strategies for optimizing BlackLine by highlighting case studies, including Zurich’s BlackLine journey and ‘How to Solve for Parallel Ledgers/Why You Don’t Reconcile an Account Twice (or 3 or 4 times!)’. Further learn how to leverage leading practices from our SMART optimization plan so you, too, can achieve noticeable results.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Georgia

Getting Creative with BlackLine

Speaker(s): Brandon Raborn - Vaco, Matt Smith - Motiva, Susan Parcells - Vaco, Cheryl Lutz - Vaco

Presented by Vaco - Did you know that BlackLine can be used for so much more than its original use cases? The power of tools like Account Reconciliations, Matching, and Task Management creates opportunities outside of the traditional finance and accounting activities. Join this session to hear about some unique ways you can use BlackLine to gain even more efficiency within your organization. Vaco’s seasoned professionals, Cheryl Lutz and Brandon Raborn, will show you options for reconciling quantities in BlackLine along with some different ways to use Matching and Task Management. We will also have the privilege of hearing from a Vaco client who has embraced change and is finding creative ways to be even more efficient.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manger,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Machine Learning for Accounting: What It Means for You & BlackLine

Speaker(s): Sapna Nagaraj - BlackLine

Machine learning is disrupting every industry. But, what does it all mean for Accounting? Join this session to gain a deeper understanding of why Accounting is a perfect candidate for applications of AI. Our data scientists will dive into how BlackLine is embedding machine learning capabilities into the integrated platform with Intelligent Matching.

Job Role: Future of Accounting,What's New with BlackLine,Transaction Matching

CPE Credit: 1 - Information Technology

1:15 PM - 2:05 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Making Sense of Intercompany Solutions from BlackLine & SAP

Speaker(s): Katie Thayer - BlackLine, Elizabeth Milne - SAP

Understanding the various intercompany solutions available for SAP customers is no easy task. We'll compare and contrast the SAP Intercompany Financial Hub by BlackLine with other SAP solutions like SAP ICR. We'll also explore how Intercompany Hub complements an SAP Central Finance deployment strategy with extended functionality.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum J

Ensuring Success with Your RPA Implementation to BlackLine

Speaker(s): Brad Barton - Mosaic Business Services

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can do a lot to make our lives easier, but the process of learning new technology like RPA can be daunting. To ensure employee buy-in and the success of your RPA implementation, it’s important to start by identifying the limitations in your current processes and assessing the areas where RPA can best support your teams. Join Brad Barton of The Mosaic Company as he walks through Robotic Process Automation (RPA)—what it is, how it works, and how it can benefit your organization—and most importantly how to select business processes that are ripe for RPA optimization.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum HI

How Can Intercompany Hub Support an End-To-End Intercompany Transformation

Speaker(s): Ralph Canter - KPMG, Quintin Dykes - BlackLine

Presented by KPMG - KPMG will present with BlackLine to highlight where Intercompany Hub (ICH) can help support a total intercompany process transformation. KPMG will present its proprietary intercompany process decomposition and discuss the opportunity for process automation to help fully automate the intercompany process. Specific sub-processes of the intercompany decomposition will be discussed in detail and used as use cases by BlackLine to highlight how ICH provides automation capability. The scope will include both SG&A and COGS intercompany transactions. Ample time will be allocated for audience questions.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Atrium I

How Best-Of-Breed Gives You an Advantage Versus the Mega-Suite

Speaker(s): Jordan Kelley - BlackLine

Learn more about how BlackLine's solutions and partnerships can give you the same advantages (and save you money!) as a mega-suite. While it may seem that maintaining one software stack is safer and easier to maintain, BlackLine's integration with best-of-breed partners allows customers an improved user experience.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: BlackLine Customer Enablement & Experience

Speaker(s): Lynn Viduya - BlackLine, Rita Simmons - BlackLine, Veronica Ruff - BlackLine, Susan MacMillan - BlackLine, Evan Rosche - BlackLine

Whether you are a BlackLine Administrator or end user, we want the new BlackLine Community to be your one-stop-shop for product-related resources, troubleshooting tips, virtual face-time with your peers, and access to live events in your area. You no longer need to waste time looking for these resources in different areas. The new BlackLine Community consolidates BlackLine U How To’s, Tips of the Week, Common Support Solutions, Product Documentation, and Release Notes—all in one spot!

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum AB

SiriusXM's Continuous Accounting Journey: The Power of Process Integration

Speaker(s): Mike Gruehl - SiriusXM

When SiriusXM set out to achieve end-to-end automation for their accounting processes, their transformation project expanded well past optimizing account reconciliations. After all, booking journal entries, tying out transactions between data sources, and reporting and analysis are all part of the reconciliation process. Join this session to learn how SiriusXM takes a Continuous Accounting approach to their processes using BlackLine's integrated platform.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager, Controller

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Georgia

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Moving Beyond Account Reconciliations with Home Depot

Speaker(s): Patrick Hill - The Home Depot

BlackLine is a unified cloud platform with a suite of products that work individually or operate together to create a powerful accounting ecosystem. Like any strong team, BlackLine solutions work better together to deliver visibility and automation to your close. Join Home Depot in this session about the use of BlackLine as an integrated platform and learn how they moved beyond Account Reconciliations to optimize additional processes with Task Management, Journal Entry, and Variance Analysis.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accounting Manager,Financial Systems/IT

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Integrating Journals with the Financial System Landscape

Speaker(s): Carly Knoll - Campbell Soup Company, Ronald Mendoza - Delaware North

When the Finance and Accounting teams at Campbell's and Delaware North selected BlackLine as their solution for the financial close, the organizations immediately embraced the opportunity to use multiple functionalities for maximum automation and integration. Carly Knoll, Senior Manager, Finance Systems and Strategy at Campbell's and Ronald Mendoza, Senior Analyst, Finance Systems at Delaware North will highlight how their teams have automated multiple journal entries and improved their end-to-end close process.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Afternoon Break

Break

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum HI

Enabling Your Data-Driven Accounting Team

Speaker(s): Stephen Wolfman-BlackLine

To enable a data-driven accounting organization, you need a foundation of quality, expansive, and relevant data and a means to continuously measure performance. This session explores ways in which your organization can improve data integrity within your finance systems and how BlackLine can help analyze business data, so your teams can focus on guiding the business with strategic insights.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Computer Software & Applications

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Adopting new technology alone is not enough. Subtle shifts in process and the application of key features can dramatically reduce time spent on reconciliations and—perhaps more importantly—ensure confidence in every substantiated balance. Attend this workshop to explore five change management practices that will ensure your reconciliations are optimized.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

3:35 PM - 5:05 PM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Discover the Versatility of Items

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

Discover how items can be created from Transaction Matching data to support Account Reconciliations, Journal Entry, and Variance Analysis, as well as provide visibility into your business through views and reports.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum J

Intercompany Transformation: Understanding the Value Drivers & Business Case

Speaker(s): Steven Lucier - BlackLine, Ryan Will - BlackLine, Scott Stewart - Intercontinental Exchange, Sara Kashalena - Cimpress

Intercompany has become very challenging for many global organizations, most notably due to increasingly strict regulations. To complicate things further, intercompany is a cross-functional process that involves multiple departments beyond Accounting (i.e., Tax, Treasury, FP&A, BU Finance, Legal, etc.). How do you engage all these departments to baseline & benchmark the expected benefits from an intercompany transformation? Do you know all the value drivers to consider by stakeholder and how to categorize these benefits (i.e., cost savings, productivity gains, cost avoidance, compliance)? Join BlackLine for a presentation on building a comprehensive intercompany business case and learn how our customers have realized these benefits in their transformation enabled by the Intercompany Hub.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, CFO/CAO, Controller, System Administrator, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Georgia

One Close Under BlackLine, Integrated, with Visibility & Automation for All

Speaker(s): Dennis Lee - BlackLine

BlackLine solutions are at their most powerful when used together to deliver visibility and automation to your close. Join this session to learn how to get the most out of BlackLine's suite of integrated products, with an emphasis on Account Reconciliations, Task Management, and Variance Analysis.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant

3:35 PM - 5:05 PM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Automate Your Reconciliation Process with Matching & Journals

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

BlackLine Transaction Matching enables strategic thinkers to stop focusing solely on processing transactions, and to start spending more time on critical analysis. Attend this workshop to start thinking about how automatic matching can save you and your team a lot of time.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum FG

How to Accelerate & Optimize Your Close

Speaker(s): Zach Hoogerland - BlackLine

In today’s data-driven world, accountants are tasked with doing more with the same resources, in less time—all while maintaining the agility to look into and understand the financials at a transactional level. Join this session to learn why it’s more important than ever to optimize your close and ensure your journal entries aren’t muddying the water.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Management Services

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Atrium I

Zero to Hero: Consolidation Integrity Manager

Speaker(s): Wendy Peck - BlackLine

Join this session to learn about how BlackLine Consolidation Integrity Manager (CIM) centralizes and automates tedious processes, like the GL accounts to Consolidated results reconciliation. Hear from a Solution Consultant to get a better idea of the implementation process and best practices for this heroic product.

Job Role: System Administrator,CFO/CAO,Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 5:05 PM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Your Journey to Journal Entries with BlackLine

Speaker(s): Michele Quartel - BlackLine

Eliminate your manual, labor-intensive processes, errors, and lack of transparency with Journal Entry. Explore the various types of BlackLine journals available to you, and learn what to expect from a BlackLine Journal Entry Implementation. How and when would Journal Masters and Automated Journals be used in your organization? Determine workflow and template-logic options that can enhance efficiencies for journal entries within your organization. Finally, learn about cross-product functionality available between BlackLine Journal Entry and the Account Reconciliations, Task Management, and Intercompany Hub solutions.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Overview of Task Management

Speaker(s): May Tickner-Everest - BlackLine

This workshop will walk you through the key functions and features of BlackLine Task Management. Review different use cases in action and learn how this product will help you achieve greater visibility, efficiency, and control.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Transaction Matching: Domino's Plans the Project

Speaker(s): Sarah Pflug - Domino's, Teresa Platt - BlackLine

Want to have a successful Transaction Matching implementation? Planning and design is key, especially when it comes to automating high-volume reconciliations. In this session, we’ll get you off to the right start with insight from both BlackLine and Domino’s. We’ll discuss project planning and design, as well as best practices and lessons learned from a successful implementation.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,Controller,System Administrator

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Lifecycle of a BlackLine Administrator

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Administrative tasks and responsibilities are critical to your overall success with BlackLine and ensure your BlackLine instance stays in optimal shape, no matter what stage of the game you are in. In this workshop, discover the various resources available to enhance your administrative knowledge.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum HI

BlackLine Dashboards, Reporting & Connectivity: What's New & Product Roadmap

Speaker(s): Justin Sun - BlackLine, Austin Venhuizen - BlackLine

Join this session to learn about what's new in the BlackLine platform, including new and improved dashboards, reporting APIs, and even more connectors. BlackLine product managers will walk you through these new capabilities and close with a product roadmap presentation.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Atrium I

Achieving a Connected Close

Speaker(s): Steve Soter - Workiva, Rob Blake - BlackLine

Presented by Workiva - Investing in reconciliation and reporting solutions can automate financial close processes, resulting in a new wave of productivity for accounting and finance. Workiva and BlackLine experts will share best practices for a faster close and connecting your systems for more powerful close capabilities.

Job Role: Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller, Accounting Manger, Financial Systems/IT

CPE Credit: 1 - Computer Software & Applications

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Match Made! Keys to a Successful Matching Implementation

Speaker(s): Sarah Pflug - Domino's, Chris Beltran - Nike, Teresa Platt - BlackLine

Implementing Transaction Matching doesn't have to be as overwhelming as you think. You've planned the project, but what's next? In this session, we'll take you through the secrets to having a successful implementation. And what's better than to learn from the experts themselves? Domino's Pizza and Nike will present their specific experiences implementing and showcase how Transaction Matching works at an intermediate level, including technical integrations like WebAPIs.

Job Role: Accounting Manager,Controller,System Administrator

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Georgia

Breaking the Box Office Without Breaking the Close

Speaker(s): Laura Hill - Cinemark

It's a misconception that a company must be at their wit's end before adopting finance automation. The reasons for adopting BlackLine are many, and tend to vary from company to company. For Cinemark, the main reason was to increase the quality of their reconciliations during the close. Hear about why they chose BlackLine, and how our Account Reconciliations solution has added newfound visibility, accuracy, and efficiency to their close process.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: Professional Development: Maximizing LinkedIn

Speaker(s): Roxanna Goudarzi - BlackLine, Otissa Johnson - BlackLine

Have you been wondering how to effectively use LinkedIn as an accountant? Are you fully leveraging your social networks? Whether you are new to LinkedIn or a power user, we invite you to join us for this workshop featuring LinkedIn best practices for accountants. You’ll learn everything from professional branding and maximizing your LinkedIn profile to finding and participating in relevant industry groups. This will be a working session, so remember to bring your laptop or mobile device to make real-time updates to your LinkedIn profile.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum J

Elevate Your Point-Of-Sale Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Georges Benaym - BlackLine

The reality for retailers is that we live in a world where consumer payment options seem endless. And for accounting teams, more payment types mean more data sources, which translates into a significant amount of ongoing manual effort to reconcile point-of-sale data. Join this session to learn how BlackLine's integrated accounting automation solution can help ensure accuracy of revenue transactions and elevate your POS reconciliations to the next level.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant

4:35 PM - 5:25 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Matching & Journals: What's New & Product Roadmap

Speaker(s): Eric Zellner - BlackLine, Donna McCollum - BlackLine

Join this session to learn about what's new in Transaction Matching and Journal Entry. BlackLine product managers will walk you through new product capabilities and close with a product roadmap presentation.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Room: Grammy Museum & The Novo

BlackLine Close Party

This year we’re celebrating music’s rich history at the Grammy Museum. You’ll have full access to all of their exhibits and can enjoy stunning views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign on the modern, outdoor terrace.

To continue the fun at Club Novo, adjacent to the Grammy Museum, for an exclusive performance by Grammy-winners KC & the Sunshine Band.

Thursday- September 19

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Room: Gold Ballroom

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Room: Platinum Foyer

Registration Open

Registration & Information Desk - Pick up your badge and get your mobile app and/or conference questions answered.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Room: Plaza II

BLU Workshop: Gain Efficiencies with Auto-Certification

Speaker(s): Michele Quartel - BlackLine

In this workshop, we will discuss and explore global auto-certifications, account level certifications, and best practices collected from BlackLine product experts and clients on how to best utilize your BlackLine administrator role.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Platinum AB

Forging the Path to Automation with Account Reconciliations

Speaker(s): Deen Wright - BlackLine

Join us in this session to obtain best practices for taking your account reconciliations to the next level of excellence while avoiding unmitigated risk. In addition to adding that level of automation along with standardized reconciliation templates, account rules, and other tools, we'll discuss various ways to connect your end-to-end process with continuous analysis. This approach will enable continuous improvement in quality, accuracy, and efficiency within your Finance and Accounting functions.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Atrium III

BLU Workshop: Lifecycle of a BlackLine Administrator

Speaker(s): Charity McKinsey - BlackLine

Administrative tasks and responsibilities are critical to your overall success with BlackLine and ensure your BlackLine instance stays in optimal shape, no matter what stage of the game you are in. In this workshop, discover the various resources available to enhance your administrative knowledge.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Plaza III

BLU Workshop: Work in Progress: Partial Matching

Speaker(s): Emanuele Siano - BlackLine

Discover how to manually create a partial match for those transactions that are still awaiting the import of some offsetting transactions, as well as how to add and remove transactions from your partial matches.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Platinum HI

Quality Reviews: Getting the Audit Score You Want

Speaker(s): Susanna Metzler - BlackLine

Join this session as we recognize the “Top Ten” issues in account reconciliations and how to conquer them. This simple ‘out of the box’ process can be implemented to impress internal auditors, while captivating externals! Check out this eye-opening approach for performing quality reviews to assist in building internal partnerships. In addition, create a win-win that improves effectiveness, key KPIs, and quality within your account reconciliations.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Controller, Internal Audit/Compliance

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub Open

The Innovation Hub is a focal point of InTheBlack, a place to continue your journey building a world-class finance and accounting operation.

Visit the Innovation Hub to engage with industry-leading BlackLine partners like EY, Deloitte, and SAP, to name a few. Meet with BlackLine Customer Success Managers at the Customer Success Lab. In the Sandbox you'll have an opportunity to collaborate with BlackLine product experts to: explore the ins and outs of BlackLine products; give feedback on prototype designs; and connect with BlackLine solutions consultants to view demos of the products you care about.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Room: Plaza I

BLU Workshop: Discover the Versatility of Items

Speaker(s): Dan Alvear - BlackLine

Discover how items can be created from Transaction Matching data to support Account Reconciliations, Journal Entry, and Variance Analysis, as well as provide visibility into your business through views and reports.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

CPE Credit: 1.5 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Platinum FG

To Visibility & Beyond: Blast off with Reporting

Speaker(s): Dennis Lee - BlackLine

Visibility into materiality, certification status, timeliness, workload assignment, quality of work, and your accounts undoubtedly improves your close process. Find out how BlackLine can help you see the forest for the trees.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Georgia

Thinking Big with Tasks

Speaker(s): Cheri Hewlett - BlackLine

Learn how you can increase control, automation, and reportability around your process checklists. During this session, we will discuss how these features can help reduce your PBC burdens, and we will share some tips and tricks to help you get your processes under better control.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Room: Atrium II

BLU Workshop: BlackLine Customer Enablement & Experience

Speaker(s): Lynn Viduya - BlackLine, Rita Simmons - BlackLine, Veronica Ruff - BlackLine, Susan MacMillan - BlackLine, Evan Rosche - BlackLine

Whether you are a BlackLine Administrator or end user, we want the new BlackLine Community to be your one-stop-shop for product-related resources, troubleshooting tips, virtual face-time with your peers, and access to live events in your area. You no longer need to waste time looking for these resources in different areas. The new BlackLine Community consolidates BlackLine U How To’s, Tips of the Week, Common Support Solutions, Product Documentation, and Release Notes—all in one spot!

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, System Administrator

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Room: Platinum HI

How to Get the Auditors off Your Back

Speaker(s): Evan Leung - BlackLine

Learn our tips and tricks for achieving timely, efficient, and non-disruptive audits. Forgo never-ending lists of PBC requests and follow-up meetings, and instead have required process flows, policies and procedures, and supporting audit documentation ready at your fingertips.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Controller, Internal Audit/Compliance

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Room: Platinum AB

Recs, Tasks & Variance: What's New & Product Roadmap

Speaker(s): Rob Blake - BlackLine

Join this session to learn about what's new in Account Reconciliations, Task Management, and Variance. BlackLine product managers will walk you through new product capabilities and close with a product roadmap presentation.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Room: Platinum FG

Best Practices for Reporting & Dashboards

Speaker(s): Justin Sun - BlackLine

Dive into BlackLine's Homepage Dashboards and see how you can gain greater visibility into the status of your close and improve workflow and insights, whether you are a Preparer, Reviewer, Manager, or Controller.

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,CFO/CAO

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Room: Georgia

Navigating BlackLine for Beginners

Speaker(s): Andrew Sonnabend - BlackLine

Join this session to learn the ins and outs of navigating Blackline with one of our Product Managers. We'll cover the basics of the Atlas Grid, review customer success tips, and answer any additional questions you have!

Job Role: System Administrator,Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller,Financial Systems/IT

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, Room: Platinum HI

How to Achieve Compliance Across Teams

Speaker(s): Rob Martin - BlackLine, Evan Leung - BlackLine

From Finance and Accounting to Internal Controls and Internal Audit—learn how BlackLine Compliance benefits cross-functional teams. With our built-in cross-product integrations, compliance initiatives flow seamlessly from control performance and execution to evaluation and attestation.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Controller, Internal Audit/Compliance

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, Room: Platinum AB

Quarterly Frequencies: Forward-Looking Approaches to Managing Your Reconciliation Workload

Speaker(s): Susanna Metzler - BlackLine

In this session, you'll discover innovative ways to help ensure the accurate and timely completion of your account reconciliations. We'll share how to take advantage of the month 3 Quarterly account reconciliations, by effectively streamlining these across the Quarter to avoid late adjustments and material issues. This two-pronged approach promotes a positive workload balance for your team throughout the Quarter while generating improved KPIs and results. Your auditors will find this very impressive.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Internal Audit/Compliance

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, Room: Georgia

How to Automate Journal Entries & Save Time

Speaker(s): Eric Zellner - BlackLine

Learn how to further streamline journal entries with Automated Journals. We'll walk you through various use cases, including monthly rent, payroll, bank service charges, and depreciation or interest expenses, and how to set them up. Additionally, learn how to reduce workflow bottlenecks by streamlining recurring journal entries with Journal Masters.

Job Role: Accountant,Accounting Manager,Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM, Room: Platinum FG

Use Variance Analysis as Your "Watch Dog"

Speaker(s): Deen Wright - BlackLine

Automate the monitoring of account balance and activity fluctuations as they occur, rather than waiting until the period end to uncover anomalies. With BlackLine Variance Analysis, you can proactively contribute to the narrative in the numbers. Automation technology serves as your built-in "watch dog" to alert you immediately to fluctuations and helps ensure the timely identification and remediation of issues.

Job Role: Accounting Manager, Accountant, CFO/CAO, Controller

CPE Credit: 1 - Business Management & Organization

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM, Room: Platinum DE

Innovation Hub BALANCE YOUR BINGO SHEET drawing

Make sure to stop by the Innovation Hub before you depart this year's InTheBlack to see if your name will be drawn for one of our great Balance Your Bingo Sheet prizes:

PRIZES:1st prize – $1,000 Amex Card
2nd prize – $500 Amex Card
3rd prize – $250 Amex Card

*Winners must be present to win.

LOS ANGELES, CA | SEPTEMBER 16-19, 2019

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