Welcome to the Chicago Finance Exchange

Chicago Finance Exchange (CFE) is a community of women leaders in finance dedicated to helping members achieve success and significance in their careers, organizations, and the global marketplace.


President's Message


Sara HaysOn behalf of CFE, I'd like to thank you for visiting us. CFE has a strong history of providing a forum for high level female executives to enhance their lives both personally and professionally. We encourage you to take a look around the website to learn more about the events and activities CFE is involved in.

Welcome. We're glad you're here.

Sara Hays
2015 President
Chicago Finance Exchange



Membership is by invitation only. Our membership is comprised of female financial executives in high-level, senior management positions in the Chicago metropolitan area. Members include chief financial officers, treasurers, commercial and investment bankers, money managers, attorneys, CPAs, venture capitalists, financial consultants, financial writers and entrepreneurs, representing both national and local organizations. Our membership reflects a broad range of executive-level positions within the finance profession. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or member, click here.


Looking for High Caliber Female Board Members?

CFE members are highly experienced and well qualified to serve. Click here to learn more. 


CFE Career Page

CFE's website maintains an ongoing list of career opportunities for high level women in finance. Job postings can be viewed by members only.


Dinner & Networking Events

CFE offers high caliber programs for its members.  Guests must be accompanied by a member.

Upcoming Dinner Programs

  • July 14, 2015 - Summer Social and 35th Anniversary Celebration, National Hellenic Museum, Chicago (No Speaker)
  • September 10, 2015 - Guest Speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComEd
  • November 12, 2015 - Guest Speaker Sandra Bruce, President & CEO, Presence Health

Recent Events

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sharing successes, progress, and thought provoking ideas for its future

Venture Capitalist J. B. Pritzker’s experience leading a nationwide effort to develop an alternative investment structure, “Social Impact Bonds,” providing both financial and societal returns

Leading members of Chicago’s Private Equity community, conducting a panel discussion of the wide variety of skill sets sought in board members for portfolio companies


CFE Spotlight

Congratulations to the 2015 Board of Directors who were ratified on January 8, 2015. View CFE leadership.


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2015 CFE Michiana Brunch

CFE Board Meeting

Book Discussion - 8-26

CFE Dinner Program (Sept)

NACD Chicago Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon

CFA Society Chicago Industry Happy Hour Networking

CFE Board Meeting

SuperCONNECT 2015

CFE Dinner Program (Nov)

2015 Holiday Brunch