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News and announcements featuring CFE and our members will be posted here for three months.  Members are encourage to share career announcements, speaking engagements, publications, awards, personal achievements and board appointments.  News items will be featured in the Weekly Update, on this page, and on CFE's LinkedIn Page

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April 2020
Congratulations to CFE member Marsha Cruzan on being honored as one of Crain's Chicago Business 50 Notable Women Executives Over 50. The honorees, nominated by their peers, all hold c-suite or equivalent roles and are based in Chicago.

March 2020

CFE member Kathy Scherer has been named Deloitte's new Managing Partner and will lead the city's largest accounting firm office.  Her new role, as she puts it, is to be CEO of Deloitte's Chicago region and further the firm's cross-functional goal of assembling the best teams for client service. The job also has an ambassadorial function, representing the firm to local civic and nonprofit groups.  Congratulations Kathy!
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Congratulations to CFE members Irene Sudac and Betsy Goltermann on being recognized by Crain's Chicago among the 2020 Most Notable Women in Manufacturing.   

Crain's Notable Women in Manufacturing spotlights highly accomplished professionals who are making a difference in the traditionally male-dominated field. They mentor women one-on-one and support employee resource groups and professional associations. 

January 2020

Congratulations to CFE member Venita Fields of Pelham S2K on being named one of the 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.  View the announcement on LinkedIn.

October 2019
Congratulations to CFE member Laura Skarnulis on being named to Crain's Chicago Business list of 50 Notable Women in Health Care. As chief operating officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties, Laura Skarnulis has spearheaded efforts to transform how board-certified physicians complete their continuing certification. 

September 2019
Congratulations to CFE member and Past President Meenal Sethna on your appointment as an independent member of the Board of Directors and audit committee of SPX Corp. Engineered Solutions.  Ms. Sethna currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Littelfuse, Inc. She is also on the Board for the Chicago Finance Exchange in the role of Immediate Past-President.

August 2019
On August 6th, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Illinois League of Women Voters, CFE member, Laurel Bellows, spoke at their annual luncheon entitled Rhetoric vs. Reality: Why the Time is Now for Equal Pay. Laurel talk addressed solutions to the chasm between the compensation of women and men in the workplace.  Specifically, her remarks focused on disrupting the myth women are paid fairly according to their professional choices. 

July 2019
Board Member, Jan Promer and team won their section of the Chicago Race to Mackinac. This was Jan’s 29th race! Jan was part of the crew of Eagle USA 38006 and they won the Section 5/Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division coming in at 49:54:19, beating the 2nd place by approximately 7 seconds and 3rd place by approximately 42 minutes! Section 5 was comprised of 17 boats of similar size and speed. Eagle USA 38006 also placed 5th overall in the large boat racing division. The large boat racing division was comprised of 114 boats ranged from 35 to 70 feet in length. Congratulations to Jan!

CFE Member Anna Rappaport was awarded first prize in the Society of Actuaries essay competition for her article, Retirement Success and Elder Orphans.  The publication shares thoughts and opinions on the current and potential impact that structure, roles and dynamics of families have on retirement security.

Congratulations to the following CFE members on being included in Crain's Notable Women in Finance. According to the article, finance has been one of the toughest fields for women in terms of reaching senior leadership positions. Recent research by Catalyst shows that globally, women held only 12.2 percent of CFO roles in 2018. In the world of alternative investments—hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, and private real estate funds—only 13 percent of CEOs were women. A look at Crain's Notable Women in Finance should be cause for optimism. A number of the 30 women profiled are steering the financial functions of their companies and nonprofits. Role models for the next generation, to be sure.

Pictured L-R: Vicki Dudley, CFO, vice president and treasurer, TTX; Joan Rockey, Principal and CFO, CastleArk Management; Marie Winters, Senior vice president, Northern Trust Asset Management; Sarah Winters, Senior vice president, chief tax officer, Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago.








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