Crain's 2017Business leaders in metro areas across the country face challenges in attracting and retaining top talent—something business leaders discussed in front of roughly 120 CFOs at Crain’s CFO Breakfast in Chicago.

Speakers included some of the city’s top leaders—Grubhub CFO Adam DeWitt, Flexera Software CFO Joe Freda, Cars.com CFO Becky Sheehan, Options Clearing Corp CFO Amy Shelly, and City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers.

These CFOs agree—investing in Chicago is an investment in their company’s future, but with emerging skills like data analytics on the rise, these leaders are looking for ways to find and retain top talent in order to stand out in the highly competitive Chicago marketplace.

Salo Business Development Director Matt Berra, who attended the breakfast said, “Finding exceptional talent isn’t getting any easier—and we heard that today from these CFOs. Everyone wants a candidate with specialized skills who can manage the job responsibilities, embody the company’s values and drive change, but the lack of supply and high demand for candidates creates a growing challenge for Chicago’s businesses. That’s why talent strategy continues to be important and needs to be considered alongside other key strategies.”

In addition to discussing strategies to attract and retain top talent and the skills they look for in candidates, the CFOs also discussed current trends like how revenue recognition is impacting their companies, overall economic outlook, advantages of being publicly traded vs. privately held, and other related topics.

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