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AFP Winter Seminar - February 2022

  • 16 Feb 2022
  • 08:00 - 14:15
  • ONLINE Only - Using Webex Virtual Session


  • Non-members who are attending for the 1st Time
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Association of Financial Professionals - Oregon and SW Washington

 (Please note: WebEx link will be issued in the registration email)

2022 Oregon AFP Winter Seminar 

Join us on February 16th, 2022 for our Winter Seminar where you can earn 6.0 CTP credits across our five sessions.  Our selected speakers will help update your knowledgebase around rates, International Treasury, FX, Personal Branding and an Economic Outlook.  Session descriptions and bios below. 


Global Interest Rates - Bob Lyddon

A tough year in prospect for Western financial authorities as they try to extricate themselves from a net of their own creation. How will financial authorities in the USA, UK and Eurozone try to square the circle in 2022 of price inflation, asset value bubbles, artificially low interest rates, and their own financial stimulus programs? These programs date back to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Eurozone Debt Crisis of 2011/2 and, far from being tapered off, have been massively increased during the pandemic. Not content with just that, the Eurozone has created a further layer of public-supported debt which neither the public credit rating agencies nor the EU's statistical database track back onto the public entities that ultimately back the debt. Where does that leave the Western economy going into 2022 and what could be the response of financial authorities?

Translating Global ACH - Alyssa Demers

Best practices to stand up and manage a Global ACH solution with maximum success.

Spice Up Your Secret Sauce with Executive Presence – Tomika Snodgrass

Tomika Snodgrass will talk about the 4 Cs of Executive Presence as the key ingredients in your secret sauce that will build your impact, position you as a leader, and set you apart from everyone else in your organization.  As a leader, Executive Presence is a game changer!

Hedging foreign exchange risk – what it is and why it’s important - Ashley Conrad

Session Description: This session is designed to give you the basics of hedging FX risk. We will discuss the different types of FX exposures, the most common methods of hedging FX risk and important things to consider along the way. 

Portland Economic Outlook for 2022 - Christian Kaylor

Session Description: With the COVID crisis, Portland’s economy was hit harder than the rest of Oregon and the United States. In 2021, Portland enjoyed faster growth than the rest of the United States and are carrying that momentum into 2022. We will explore the sectors of the Portland economy that were hardest hit by COVID and ask, what might Portland’s economic recovery look like in 2022?

Speaker Bios

Bob Lyddon is an experienced management consultant both privately and with PwC.

Recent engagements include:

  • Online courses for the accountancy profession on Cash Management, Liquidity Management, Treasury KPIs and AML/CFT
  • Advising Swedish and UK payment institutions on their payments and treasury operations and AML/CFT duties
  • Expert witness cases on invoice fraud and on MT202 COV
  • Advising SWIFT on opportunities and threats emanating from the establishment of the Payment Systems Regulator, the Payment Strategy Forum and NPA

Bob has been a major contributor to public debate about the financing mechanisms of the EU and Eurozone. In 2021 The Bruges Group issued Bob’s paper entitled ‘The ECB’s Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme: the undermining of the Eurozone as a free financial market, the epitome of the failure of the Euro project, and a coup d’état by the European Central Bank’. In 2020 Politeia published the book ‘Managing Euro Risk’, of which Bob was a co-author.

Between 2003 and 2016 Bob ran the central secretariat of the IBOS international banking alliance - www.ibosbanks.com – and built it out to have coverage of countries constituting 70% of global GDP.

Bob was on the faculty of trainers for the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers from 2007 until its cessation in 2017, and regularly contributes to industry conferences and periodicals.

With PwC Bob managed several programs at the time of the initial introduction of the Euro, and prior to that, in a career in international banking spanning 17 years, Bob designed the “Connector” payments network for Bank Boston and arranged numerous syndicated loans and derivatives transactions for Chemical Bank/Manufacturers Hanover and for Lloyds Bank International.

Bob Lyddon holds a First Class degree in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.


Alyssa is a Treasury Management and Payments product leader with expertise in international and U.S transactions. She has over 20years of experience directing high-performing cross-functional teams through ambiguous situations to develop strategy, quantify issues and obtain results in the financial service industry.

Alyssa is a Group Product Manager at U.S. Bank responsible for Global ACH. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Alyssa held a variety of roles at Wells Fargo including managing the international treasury management suite of products, foreign exchange payment initiation products, and leading a team of Treasury Product Consultants.

Alyssa is an Accredited ACH Professional and a Certified Treasury Professional. She holds an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Alyssa resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and two daughters.


Tomika Snodgrass is the Reigning Queen of Joy & Happiness for Executive and Entrepreneurial Women Leaders. As a happily married wife of more than 25 years and a business leader and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in relationship management, sales, coaching, and mentoring, Tomika is no stranger to having her cake and eating it too!

As a result of her relationship and business development programs, Tomika’s clients push beyond their doubts and fears, walk boldly in their purpose with an abundance of joy and happiness, and show up in every aspect of their lives fully and unapologetically, with confidence and enthusiasm.

Tomika is a Life Coach, Corporate Facilitator, and a Motivation Speaker, known to set the stage on fire, as she powerfully delivers on topics that include leadership, women’s empowerment, and the power of positivity. She has been featured in CEO Weekly, New York Weekly, and Women Winning Magazine. She is also a regular guest on a variety of international radio shows and podcasts and was chosen to speak at the world-renowned Leadership Experience Tour June 2021 Edition.

Tomika’s mission is to help every phenomenal woman to spark joy & happiness in her personal and professional life.


Ashley Conrad started her career in the FX payments business nearly 20 years ago but has spent the bulk of her career at large financial institutions working with companies to identify, quantify and manage FX risk. She has covered many different industries - from the TMT to agricultural to more traditional C&I lines of business – and at all stages of FX growth from sending FX wires to strategic balance sheet and cash flow hedging. She also provides market commentary and FX training to companies to help support their growth. Ashley resides just north of San Francisco in Marin County with her husband, three children, and their Golden Retriever.


Christian is a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department,

 specializing in the Portland area. He provides data and analysis relating to the Portland economy to local businesses, business associations, and government agencies to facilitate intelligent decision-making.

Before coming to the Employment Department, Christian worked in various positions in Oregon politics and policy. A native Oregonian, Christian has a degree in Economics from the University of Oregon.


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