Aligning Operations & Finance To Strengthen The Bottom Line — The Easter Seals Approach
July 21, 2022
This roundtable is part of The OPEN MINDS CFO Consortium developed to provide executives with the tools and abilities to strategically assess and position their organizations for long-term sustainability and growth. The consortium is open to all Elite members, to learn more and sign up, visit https://openminds.com/store/cfo-consortium/.
One of the most important roles of the chief financial officer (CFO) is to bring alignment between operations and financial sustainability. Setting the right goals, having effective tools, and updating processes is the first step, but a key factor for success is communication. Connecting leadership with operational staff, analyzing data, and applying it, drives organizational strength. How the CFO communicates, and established trust is part of this process of aligning operations with financial strength. Jeff Arledge, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Easter Seals, Midwest, will share his organization’s approach to these changing needs.
Executive attendees of this session will learn how to:
- Understand the important factors for connecting operations with financial strength.
- Identify tools and metrics for driving cultural and financial transformation.
- Discuss the communication approaches and skills that can strengthen the CFO’s impact on the organization.
Jeff Arledge, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Easter Seals, Midwest
Jeff Arledge is a strategic finance and operational executive with a passion for continuous improvement, empowering highly functional teams, and leading transformational change. Throughout his career he has spearheaded several multi-million-dollar technology infrastructure implementation projects that have provided cost improvements, operational efficiencies and enhanced bottom line profitability. His professional career spans both health care and the financial services industry, his professional credentials include the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional certification from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Currently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Easter Seals, Midwest, Mr. Arledge leads the strategic initiatives for the organization as well as finance, accounting, revenue cycle, information technology, risk management, compliance, contracting/legal, fleet management, and facilities management. Since joining ESMW in April of 2018, he has led the transformational turnaround of the organization into a financially sustainable agency well positioned for future growth. A few of the current strategic initiatives include workforce management, new technology enabled supports for delivery models, and various productivity enhancement initiatives.
Ken Carr, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate
Ken Carr brings more than 20 years of finance, technology, data analysis, and reporting experience in the health and human services field to OPEN MINDS. In his role of Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice, he has served as a subject matter expert leading numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, financial analysis of services lines, and technology selection. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Carr was chief financial officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida, and led a realignment of the organization’s financial management function.
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