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CFO University Returns to UHD

Where Risk Meets Reward: UHD Hosts FEI Houston Conference

by Kay Medina


In the famous tune "The Gambler," Kenny Rogers once crooned, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold FEI Houston logo 'em.”

For executives in finance, these lyrics especially ring true. This year, FEI Houston’s business conference, CFO University, chose the theme, “Casino Royale: Raising the Stakes on Financial Leadership - Where Risk Meets Reward.” Hosted by UHD, the one-day conference from 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2024, includes dynamic sessions ranging from topics like, “Navigating the High Stakes in IT” and “Be the House: Decision Making in a High Stakes World.”

Located at UHD One Main Building (OMB), the annual event provides training curriculum for aspiring financial executives and chief financial officers. Attendees can expect more than ten esteemed speakers, panel-style discussions, and a variety of networking opportunities.

As a highlight, the agenda includes a research presentation from Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) Professor of Finance, Dr. Rahul Verma. In this riveting session, Dr. Verma will present his paper, co-authored with Dr. Arpita Shroff, Associate Professor of Accounting, on “ESG Risks and Market Valuations: Evidence from the Energy Sector.”

UHD students studying Accounting and Finance are welcome to register for the full-day conference. Registration costs $50 for current FEI members and strategic Partners, while attendance cost for non-members is $150. If you’re interested in attending CFO University 2024, register by clicking the link below.  


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit