The Softer Side of Finance: The Importance of Soft Skills in a Numbers-Driven World

Thursday, December 15th, 2022 | 2 to 3 p.m. EST

Field of Study: Personal Development
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
Prerequisite: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Successful completion of this program qualifies you to receive up to 1 CPE credits.

Craig Simpkins
Global Leader of Early Talent Management for Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain
Johnson Controls

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This webinar will walk through the importance of Soft skills as key members of the accounts payable industry. In accounts payable, you can use your knowledge to leverage all kinds of opportunities and take your experience and practice to stand apart from others with similar knowledge and skill sets. This dynamic presentation will provide many tips and tricks on how to leverage soft skills throughout your career journey, and how they can make the difference between advancing in your career vs staying in your current role.

Learning Objectives

  • The definition of soft skills
  • Overview of soft skills in the workplace
  • The evolution of soft skills
  • The importance of soft skills
  • Ways to improve soft skills
  • How to use soft skills to grow and develop in your career
  • Tools available to develop and improve soft skills

Speaker Biography

Craig Simpkins is a Global Leader of Early Talent Managment for Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to his current role, Craig held many Finance leadership positions at Johnson Controls, including the responsibility for the Global Finance Process and Transformation Team. He had global responsibility for the standardized and optimization of policies and procedures, management of key performance indicators, and the finance transformation process. Previously he was the director of Order-to-Cash for the North America Shared Services Center and the Procure-to-Pay organization. Simpkins has worked in Accounting, Finance, and Shared Services roles for over thirty years. He has authored and presented several whitepapers and webinars related to functions within the Shared Service environment, cultural differences, and leveraging technology to gain efficiencies within processes. He has been involved with the IFO for more than fifteen-years and has developed both CAPA and CAPP offerings during this time. A graduate in Accounting, he has a MBA in Entrepreneurship and a MS in Accounting, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and CAPP.