2021 CFO of the Year: Venita J. Moore

(IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

Chief Financial Officer, Engaging Solutions LLC

Venita Moore is a co-founder and one of four managing principals at Engaging Solutions—as well as the CFO. She leads the fiscal management and accountability sector and is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all financial matters. That includes business planning, budgeting, forecasting and negotiations for the firm, which provides companies and organizations with support to manage finances, community engagement, customer relations and control systems. Among other duties, she provides recommendations to the CEO, other managing partners and members of the executive management team; manages the processes for financial forecasting and budgets; and oversees the preparation of all financial reporting.

Major accomplishments

Moore has restructured the company’s financial management business functions; established and operationalized internal business operations; and clearly defined systems, policies and procedures. She established a single platform for human resources, payroll and benefits; reduced the time needed to close monthly books; and acquired an indirect-cost-allocation tool that enabled Engaging Solutions to compute indirect-cost rates and allocate indirect costs to final cost objectives.

Career path

Moore started her career at the Internal Revenue Service, then became assistant commissioner at the Indiana Department of Human Services. From there, she moved to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, where she held several executive-level positions, including deputy secretary. In that role, she was responsible for operations and performance management for the largest state agency (11,300 staff) and development and implementation of the agency’s $6.3 billion annual budget.

Community involvement

Moore serves on the ethics advisory committee and leadership council of the Indiana CPA Society and is vice president of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board. She is on the board of Mt. Zion Indianapolis Federal Credit Union and is treasurer and chairman of the finance committee for the board of Indiana Black Expo.

Free time

Moore likes to travel, lounge in the pool and hot tub, watch cowboy movies and spend time with family.

If people only knew

The role of the CFO. “A CFO must allocate time to drive change,” she said.•

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