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President's Message

September 21, 2018


Worldwide cognitive/artificial intelligence systems have moved beyond the early adopters to mainstream, industry-wide use case implementation.


Early adopters in banking, retail and manufacturing have successfully leveraged cognitive/AI systems as part of their digital transformation strategies. These types of strategies have helped companies personalize their relationships with customers, thwart fraudulent losses and keep factories running.  We are seeing more local governments keeping people safe with cognitive/AI systems. There is no doubt that the predicted double-digit, year-over-year growth will be driven by even more decision makers, across all industries, who do not want to be left behind.

Robotics is Real and we’re Living it!

Find out what all the BUZZ is about at our October monthly meeting!  Our speakers will talk about why they chose to implement Robotics in their Finance Department.  Find out what functions they focused on, how they created governance, RACI, intake forms along with piloting and change management.  They will also discuss lessons learned, who sits on various committees and next steps to enhance the process they already have in place.


Speaker Bio:  Sarah Schaus, Assistant Treasurer and AVP, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sarah Schaus is AVP and Assistant Treasurer for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Her responsibilities include cash management, cash operations, accounts payable, unclaimed property, and suspense/cash reconciliations. She is also a past president of the MNAFP. She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Speaker Bio:  Heidi Winger, Finance Transformation Specialist, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Heidi Winger is a Finance Transformation Specialist at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Her responsibilities include process reengineering opportunity identification and execution, program and project management, change management, workshop facilitation, and development of process control and monitoring programs. She is Green Belt certified and Black Belt Trained.


You can register here for our meeting.


Hope to see you there!

Sue Kubis

President of MNAFP
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