AP Now & Beyond: A Panel Discussion About the Future of Payables

Hear a panel of AP experts discuss how to ensure business continuity and AP excellence with AI-driven automation.


Tuesday, December 6  |  1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CT


Why attend this event?

In 2022, business processes as we knew them will recede into the past. Looking ahead, organizations will continue to adopt innovative automation strategies, refine their processes and better leverage their human resources while relying on the information provided by technology.


Join us for a live webinar event to hear a panel of AP experts discuss industry updates and how to be successful in the future of AP. Attendees will get to hear panelists including Mary Schaeffer, Debra Richardson, Kevin Permenter and Ashley Macholda dive deep into AP topics and answer key questions such as:

In what ways will AP become more integral to the strategy of the organization as a whole and how does automation play a role?

What were the biggest changes to AP this year and how can AP leaders better prepare for the future changes?

With the increasing use of technology in AP, what are the new set of skills AP managers should be training/hiring for?

So, what are you waiting for?

About the speakers

Mary Schaeffer

Founder & Publisher, AP Now

Mary Schaeffer, AP Now’s Founder, has been creating content around the AP function for 20+ years. This material takes the form of a twice-a-week free ezine, a weekly podcast, the AP Now YouTube channel with 300+ videos, a monthly newsletter, a variety of courses for accountants, and numerous webinars.

Kevin Permenter

Research Director, IDC

As a research director, Kevin M. Permenter provides insights and analysis across multiple Fintech market segments including accounting, revenue management, corporate tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury and enterprise payment management. For over 15 years, he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of strategic planning, market analysis/projections, technology evaluation, acquisitions and customer segmentation.

Debra R Richardson

Accounts Payable Consultant, Trainer and Speaker

Former AP Sr. Manager of Global Vendor Setup and Maintenance Debra Richardson now creates content and provides training and consulting services to AP and Procurement teams. A frequent speaker at IOFM Conferences and the IOFM Ask the Expert sessions, Debra recently launched the Vendor Process Training Center with 55+ live and on-demand training sessions to provide businesses the authentication techniques, internal controls and best practices that empower against a threat that is always innovating.

Cindy Dobson

P2P Sales Manager, Esker

Cindy Dobson has focused on helping organizations optimize their complex business processes for over 30 years; helping them accomplish this through automation to improve productivity, effectiveness and profitability, all while leveraging their ERP investment. She has experience with companies of all sizes ranging from the Global 2000 to SMB’s. As the Esker P2P Sales Leader, Cindy assists organizations to transform their procure-to-pay processes to achieve best-in-class status through the use of cloud automation.

Ashley MacHolda

Business Development Manager, Esker

Ashley MacHolda, Business Development Manager for Esker, a worldwide leader in digital transformation and process automation. Ashley has 5+ year experience in working with financial leaders on strategic initiatives related to staffing and technology. Since joining Esker, Ashley specializes in assisting organizations to transform their procure-to-pay processes to deliver best-in-class processes through the use of cloud automation powered by AI and machine learning.

© 2022 Esker. All rights reserved.