2021 Virtual Finance Leaders' Conference

3 - 5 March 2021

The Finance Leaders' Conference is the only international conference for students to address their needs and concerns about finance careers. Join us for three half days as conference attendees:

  • Learn about financial career paths and what it takes to succeed.
  • Hear from thought leaders on topics such as ESG investing, Fintech, market trends, corporate ethics, and diversity & inclusion in the finance industry.
  • Expand professional contacts while visiting exhibition booths and learning about career and internship opportunities.
  • Learn from industry experts on how to achieve your career goals.
  • Participate in a Future Trader's Competition. 
  • Include your resume in the digital resume book given to select employers and panelists.

Attendees also have the opportunity to meet:

  • FMA student members from around the world.
  • Finance professionals from “powerhouse” companies and numerous financial career specialists.
  • FMA International support staff


Registration is now closed. For questions, please contact FMA Student Programs


  • Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Friday, 5 March 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)

We will have the musical talents of Matt Bauer before and after the start of each day. 

To view the full agenda in PDF, click here

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

12:00 Noon Welcome & Kickoff
12:10 PM - 12:40 PM

Future Traders Demo*

*Highly encouraged if participating in the competition on Friday morning

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Career Success in the Digital Age

Lisa Beaudoin, IMA

Loreal Jiles, IMA

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM


Derek White, Google

David Yermack, New York University

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Disruption & Innovation in Banking

Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond

Patrick Sells, NYDIG

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair & Exhibits


Thursday, 4 March 2021

12:00 Noon Welcome Back!
12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Interview Prep and Industry Overview

Tuck Northrop, Wall Street Prep

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Is it time to buy or bail?

Craig Johnson, PSC

Sam Stovall, CFRA

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Diversity & Inclusion

Sean Baker, EY

Bevon Joseph, Greenwood Project

Amy Perkins, InsideARM

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Financial Planning

Chris Fils, Raymond James

Laura Mattia, Atlas Fiduciary Financial LLC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair & Exhibits


Friday, 5 March 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Future Traders Competition, Sponsored by NASDAQ
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM


Ting Cheung Ho, S&P Global

Rochelle March, S&P Global

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote Address: Fraud, Lies & Hermes Ties

Aaron Beam, Former CFO of HeathSouth Corporation

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


Who's Who

Click here to view biographies for the panelists participating in the Virtual Finance Leaders' Conference.

Keynote Address 

"Fraud, Lies, and Hermes Ties"

Aaron Beam, Former CFO of HealthSouth Corporation 

Mr. Beam was a co-founder of Healthsouth and the company’s first CFO. From 1984 to 1996 he helped grow Healthsouth into a Fortune 500 company. However, in 1996 he took part in an accounting fraud at the company that resulted in one of the largest corporate frauds in the history of the United States. In 2003 he pled guilty to the crime and was sent to federal prison.

He began his public speaking career in 2008 and as of 2018 has spoken to over 500 different groups. These include universities, associations, companies, churches and civic groups. His primary message is about corporate fraud, who is actually responsible, how they take place, and what can be done to prevent frauds such as Enron and Healthsouth. While Mr. Beam does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he does hope his speeches will motivate people to live a more ethical life.

Mr. Beam is also an author. His first book “Healthsouth: The Wagon to Disaster” was published in 2009. His second book was published in 2015 “Ethics Playbook: Winning Ethically in Business.” He graduated from Bossier High School and LSU in 1967. Today he lives in Loxley, Alabama with his wife of 47 years, Phyllis.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To view sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Shannon Tompkins at 813-974-2084.