People and Profit: The Critical Partnership between Finance, Business, and HR Leadership

  • March 17, 2021
  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom


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The #1 one financial investment for most organizations is people.  Ensuring employee and organizational success requires a strong HR and Finance business partnership. How you invest in your people, especially in light of today’s more diverse workforce and seemingly endless opportunities for disruption, requires thoughtful and strategic planning in many areas of HR including reward strategy, technology, workforce planning, and more.

In this session you will hear more about HR’s collaborative role as a business partner, working with finance and business leadership — and how critical the HR role is during times of growth, change and transformation. The panel discussion will include executive leaders with diverse experience working in various industries.

Angela Riley, CFO, CommonBond

Angela Riley joined the CommonBond team as Chief Financial Officer in January 2021. In this role, she works with the Executive team to support the organization’s strategic direction and Mission by leading the finance, accounting and IT teams with a lens of risk management and stewardship over CommonBond’s activities.

In addition to her technical expertise and experience managing finance and administration in both for-profit and nonprofit settings, Angela brings a strong commitment to CommonBond’s mission to create equitable housing that’s affordable to all.

Angela has broad-based expertise in finance, business development, corporate governance and administration including, IT, HR, Legal and Compliance. Prior to joining CommonBond, Angela served as Executive Vice President, CFO, Treasurer & Corporate Secretary for St. Catherine University. Her previous experience includes for-profit organizations like Imperial Plastics, Northern Contours, Ball Corporation, Dain Rauscher, Honeywell and Price Waterhouse Coopers. She has also lived and worked outside of the US, including many years in Western Australia where she was a co-owner and manager of a 3rd generation family farming business, a director for the MG Indigenous Corporation, and Horizon Power.

Christopher Krusmark, SVP and CHRO, Sleep Number Corporation

Christopher Krusmark (Chris), Sleep Number setting 55, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Sleep Number, where he leads all human resources, training and learning functions. Prior to being promoted to his new role in July 2020, Mr. Krusmark served as Sleep Number's Vice President of Sales Operations, Field Services and Training where he led retail operations, sales promotions and incentives, home delivery options, the company's customer sales center and wholesale business development. From June 2006 to October 2015, Mr. Krusmark held a variety of leadership roles in finance at Sleep Number supporting sales, real estate, marketing, and product. Prior to joining Sleep Number, Mr. Krusmark worked on the financial audit staff of EY and Arthur Andersen.

Mary Jane FortinExecutive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Thrivent

Mary Jane Fortin is executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Thrivent.

In her role, she is responsible for growing the organization’s core business of life insurance, health insurance and annuities, with an emphasis on transforming the go-to-market strategy for the organization.

Fortin leads a division that includes all commercial operations of Thrivent: distribution; product management; life, health and annuity product operations; and national community and membership engagement. Her focus is on delivering a great customer experience through multiple distribution channels and helping more people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives of meaning and gratitude.  

Before joining Thrivent in 2020, Fortin was president of Allstate’s Financial Businesses and led the company’s life, annuity and benefits businesses. Her breadth and depth of experience spans more than three decades and includes leadership roles at several other financial services organizations including AIG, where she led American General, AIG’s U.S. life insurance business; and The Hartford, where she was responsible for the company’s mutual fund and 529 businesses. She began her career at Arthur Andersen, where she was a member of the financial services practice.  

Fortin serves on the board of LL Global, Inc., the non-profit parent company for LIMRA and LOMA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also is a CPA.

She and her family live in the Houston area.

A Fortune 500 organization, Thrivent had $152 billion in assets under management and advisement as of Dec. 31, 2019. In 2020, Thrivent was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for the ninth year in a row.

This program is proudly sponsored by:

$  0 - Corporate and Individual Members
$27 - Non-members

Event Schedule
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Networking
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Program

Cancellation Policy
We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees are factored into our venue/food/beverage costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

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