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    • 08/21/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Barbara Best's Home
    • 2

    Enjoy Sunday Brunch lakeside in Buchanan, Michigan. This year's host, Barbara Best, will open her home on Sunday, August 21 to welcome CFE members for a relaxing and fun afternoon.

    The brunch is pot luck. You will be asked to indicate the type of dish you will provide during registration. Simply select the registration ticket that matches your dish. Quantities for each ticket type are limited to ensure a variety of options. 

    Registration is limited to 25 total attendees. A wait list will be established should the event reach capacity. Note the start time is 11:00am Central Time / 12:00pm Easter Time.

    • 09/13/2022
    • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom Vitual Event

    The Benefits of Executive Coaching

    The Member Engagement Committee invites you to a Conversation Circle on Executive Coaching, led by CFE member, Sandra Nash.

    Ever wish you had someone outside of your organization who you could go to who could help you strengthen a specific skill or skills?  Sandra did. 

    Last year she asked her CEO if she could work with an Executive Coach to help her strengthen a few specific skills that she felt she needed in order to be a stronger CFO. 

    In her words, the experience was game-changing! During the five-month coaching engagement, she learned things about herself that gave her new perspectives and tools for to use to fast-track her development in those areas.

    Join Sandra as she shares her experience and details how working with an Executive Coach impacted her professional development. She will be joined by  Eric Herrenkohl, Managing Director and Executive Coach at AchieveNEXT.
    • 09/20/2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBD

    Join fellow CFE members for dinner and a social discussion on the book, The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles. The venue will be announced soon.

    About the book:

    Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together. A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.

    • 09/29/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Plante Moran, 10 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago

    Join CFE Board Members Kathy Graham and Toni Diprizio at the office of Plante Moran on Thursday, September 29 for a moderated Corporate Board Chat.

    Topic: How can your non-profit board experience be a value-add to corporate boards?

    • What are the most notable differences between nonprofit board experience and corporate board experience?
    • What are the most effective ways to overcome those differences?
    • What are the similarities between nonprofit board experience and corporate boards?
    • What are the best ways/practices to highlight those value adds from nonprofit boards to corporate board directors?
    • What information would have been helpful to have known before making the transition to corporate boards?
    • What nonprofit boards are still active in your board portfolio and how does having nonprofit and corporate boards add value?

    Guest Speakers: Dorri McWhorter and JoAnn Lilek

    Dorri C. McWhorter is an Independent Board Director for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ), Green Thumb Industries (OTC), William Blair Funds (mutual funds/ESOP firm), and Skyway Concssion Company (CHICAGO SKYWAY/private company/government privatization).

    Her corporate experience includes her current role as President & CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago; former CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; Partner, Crowe Horwath; Snap-On, & Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri's Nonprofit board experience includes Common Impact, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Civic Consulting Alliance, Civic Federation, Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, and Forefront.
    Click to read Dorri's full bio

    JoAnn Lilek is an Independent Board Director for Amalgamated Bank (NASDAQ), and Datum One Series Trust, a trademark of Northern Trust Corporation/mutual fund. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Milton's Distributing and Gordon Logistics/family owned wholesaler and 3PL. 

    Her Corporate experience includes roles as former CFO & COO, Accretive Solutions, private equity owned sold in 2017; EVP/CFO & Corporate Secretary, Midwest Banc Holdings, Inc; CFO, DSC Logistics, Inc. EVP, ABN AMRO. JoAnn's Nonprofit board experience includes YWCA and the Illinois CPA Society.
    Click to read JoAnn's full bio

    • 10/04/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Dominican University Parmer Hall, 7900 West Divison Street, River Forest

    The Transitions Exchange invites you join us on the beautiful campus of Dominican University for a networking reception and conversation about confidence and acceptance in the workplace, and the ways in which role models and mentors can play a critical role in making a more diverse, welcoming workplace.

    Fulfilling the mission of CFE, this is an important opportunity to engage with the next generation of female leaders, and through your experiences, inspire and inform young students towards an effective path to a rewarding career. 

    Dominican University is a place where hard-working, talented students from a diversity of backgrounds can thrive. With a student body that is nearly 70% female and more than half who are first-generation college, Dominican students face the challenges that many of us faced early in our careers. 

    • 12/06/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Wilis Towers Watson

    CFE member Kathy Graham, CEO & Founder of the HQ Companieswill moderate  quarterly Corporate Board Chats each with a panel of different CFE members who are current corporate board directors in various stages of their careers, representing a range of industries, geographies, life stages, backgrounds and ethnicity. 

    Panelists and topic will be announced soon!


Past events

08/16/2022 Ravinia Festival Outing: Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes
08/10/2022 How to Lead in a Hybrid Environment
08/03/2022 Financial Strategies to Support your Brilliant Life
07/28/2022 Summer Social
07/28/2022 Head Shot Photo Session at Summer Social
07/19/2022 Corporate Board Chat
07/12/2022 Downtown Book Club
06/07/2022 Neighborhood Dinners
05/26/2022 Dinner Program with Guest Lori Goltermann
05/19/2022 The Post-COVID Office Takes Shape
05/17/2022 The New Frontier of Digital Assets - Part II
05/12/2022 Member Engagement Conversation Circle
05/05/2022 Geopolitical Trends & Issues
04/26/2022 Downtown Book Club
04/21/2022 Bubbles-n-Bites at Maria Pinto's M2057 Studio
04/20/2022 Becoming an Empowered Label Reader
03/30/2022 The New Frontier of Digital Assets
03/29/2022 West Suburban Book Club
03/24/2022 Corporate Board Chat
03/17/2022 Encore Presentation: Seize the Moment (because it's finally here)
03/17/2022 Lunch-n-Learn: Seize the Moment (because it's finally here)
03/03/2022 Downtown Book Club
02/25/2022 Capital Markets Economic Update
02/24/2022 West Suburban Book Club
02/10/2022 Winter Social & Annual Meeting
02/07/2022 Conversation Circle - How the Cannabis Industry is Evolving
02/05/2022 Ladder Up Tax Volunteer Day
01/27/2022 Ladder Up Training for CFE
01/20/2022 Downtown Book Club
12/12/2021 Virtual Holiday Brunch
12/12/2021 Holiday Brunch
12/01/2021 West Suburban Book Club
11/18/2021 November Dinner Event
11/16/2021 Downtown Book Club
11/16/2021 Philanthropy Partner Panel: Lunch-n-Learn
11/09/2021 The Likability Dilemma
10/27/2021 Money, Power, and Purpose: Aligning your Finances with Your Future
10/12/2021 West Suburban Book Club
10/08/2021 Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event
09/29/2021 Downtown Book Club
09/23/2021 Dinner Program with Guest Speaker Linda Coberly
09/23/2021 Member Engagement Mini-Mixer
09/16/2021 Bubbles-n-Bites with Maria Pinto
08/30/2021 Yoga for CFE
08/19/2021 West Suburban Book Club
08/02/2021 Downtown Book Club
07/27/2021 Summer Social
07/11/2021 Summer Brunch
06/24/2021 Neighborhood Dinners
06/17/2021 Empathy in Leadership: Why it Matters
06/14/2021 Downtown Book Club
06/10/2021 West Suburban Book Club
06/02/2021 Lunch-n-Learn with Dr. Maria Carrillo, Alzheimer's Association
05/19/2021 A Survivors Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions
05/13/2021 May Dinner Program: Guest Speaker Dr. Vicki Medvec
04/29/2021 Pizza Party with Steve Dolinsky
04/22/2021 West Suburban Book Club
04/14/2021 Flowers for Dreams: Floral Arranging Workshop
04/07/2021 Downtown Book Club
03/18/2021 Spring Break Happy Hour
03/09/2021 Leadership & Culture with Frances Frei: An L&PD Exchange Event
02/25/2021 How Private Company Investors Leverage Networks and Operating Talent to Drive Exponential Growth
02/18/2021 Downtown Book Club
02/17/2021 Leadership & Professional Development Exchange TED Talk Roundtable
02/11/2021 West Suburban Book Club
01/27/2021 Annual Market Outlook: In Transition - Opportunities Emerge from the Disruption
01/21/2021 Annual Meeting & Winter Social
01/14/2021 Downtown Book Club
12/13/2020 Holiday Brunch
12/10/2020 West Suburban Book Club
12/09/2020 Château de Pommard Wine Tasting
11/19/2020 Downtown Book Club
11/18/2020 Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn
11/12/2020 November Program with Guest Speaker Lt. General Nina Armagno
11/05/2020 Leading and Managing Remotely: A Best Practices Exchange
10/29/2020 West Suburban Book Club
10/28/2020 Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn
10/15/2020 Live Virtual Cooking Experience with Truffle Shuffle
10/01/2020 Downtown Book Club
09/23/2020 Creating a Paycheck in Retirement
09/17/2020 September Program with Guest Speaker Julie Howard
09/10/2020 An Evening with Maria Pinto
08/26/2020 West Suburban Book Club
08/18/2020 Summer Social at the Chicago Yacht Club
07/27/2020 Downtown Book Club
07/15/2020 Your “Personal Marketing Plan” for Long Term Career Success
07/08/2020 The Rise of Cryptocurrency
06/30/2020 Virtual Neighborhood Dinners
06/25/2020 West Suburban Book Club
06/11/2020 Downtown Book Club
06/03/2020 Sensory Wine Tasting Experience with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh
05/27/2020 Aging Care: A Member-to-Member Roundtable Discussion
05/20/2020 Wealth Management for Women: Key Concepts to Consider
05/13/2020 Downtown Book Club
05/07/2020 Wine & Wills Virtual Event
05/04/2020 Take Care of Your Heart Virtual Program
04/29/2020 West Suburban Book Club Event
04/24/2020 Economic and Market Outlook Update
04/23/2020 Women Owned Businesses: The Financing Dilemma Key Points
04/15/2020 Downtown Book Club Event
03/13/2020 CFO Placement Statistics and Fundamentals
02/26/2020 West Suburban Book Club Event
02/22/2020 Ladder Up Volunteer Day
02/12/2020 Downtown Book Club Event
01/29/2020 2020 Capital Markets Update - Breakfast
01/28/2020 The Next Ten Years Part II - A Transitions Exchange Conversation
01/22/2020 Andy Warhol Lecture and Exhibit
01/16/2020 2020 Winter Social & Annual Meeting
01/16/2020 Ladder Up Training for CFE
12/18/2019 West Suburban Book Club: Holiday Sparkling Pairing Dinner
12/15/2019 Annual Holiday Brunch
12/10/2019 Downtown Book Club Event
11/14/2019 November Dinner Program
10/29/2019 The Next Ten Years - A Transitions Exchange Conversation
10/11/2019 Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event
10/10/2019 Crash Course in Crisis and Conflict Communication for Business Leaders – High Stress Negotiation
09/25/2019 West Suburban Book Club
09/25/2019 Drinks with CFE Leadership
09/16/2019 2019 September Dinner Program

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