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Author Archives: Cristina Silingardi

DE&I Implementation & Strategy

DE&I Implementation – Good Intentions vs. Strategies that Drive Results The vcfo team regularly meets with leaders to understand their business challenges and opportunities and how we can help to navigate them successfully. Our conversations are usually broad and focus on the why and how of their businesses. These interactions often lead to discussions about …

Budget Methodologies: Analyzing the Advantages & Disadvantages

Budgeting Methodologies

When I served as a panelist for the webinar, “Budgeting Basics: How to Build a Strong Budget,” we discussed a variety of topics, including how budgets affect profitability, when to start building next year’s budget, planning frameworks and the company stakeholders who need to be involved in the process. One vital aspect of budgeting is …

What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

Understanding the Rise of ESG – What Business Leaders Need to Know In just the past year, searches in Google for “ESG” have more than doubled. If you’re a business leader who has not yet become acquainted with this trending acronym, you should get to know it. For those already familiar with ESG, you’re likely …

Labor Force – Employing the Disabled

Disabled Professionals in A Business Setting

The Labor Force That Some Don’t See – Employing the Disabled We’ve heard it for some time now. The labor market is tight. Unemployment is low. Finding the right talent is tough. Certainly, the pandemic has caused many to opt-out of employment for a variety of reasons – substantial unemployment benefits, health concerns, family care, …

Nonprofit Leadership In Times Of Crisis

image: clients of a food bank benefit from nonprofit leadership

Nonprofit leadership can be particularly hard-hit by unforeseen crises. In most instances, they face these challenges with lower financial reserves than most – reserves that could help them weather the storm were they more substantial. As supporters and contributors contend with personal and business concerns of their own, fundraising efforts languish and donations drop. As …

Diversity and the Bottom Line

Why CFOs Should Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In my conversations with many C-suite executives, I have observed that diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are often approached by organizations and the leaders within them as a “feel-good” initiative – the right thing to do. Diversity is so much more than that. The tenets of diversity …

Case Study: How this Textile Manufacturer Increased Cash Available by $3,125,000 with a Simple Balance Sheet Optimization

Financial Consultants in Texas

Do YOU have $3 million of cash hiding in plain sight? The vcfo team worked with a client in the manufacturing industry selling products to automobile paint and textile customers. We were looking for ways to increase their cash available. By digging into their financials, we determined that they were carrying 90 days of finished …