Welcome to the Chicago Finance Exchange

Chicago Finance Exchange (CFE) is a community of women leaders in finance dedicated to exchanging ideas, experiences and expertise for the success of our members, and the betterment of our community and the global marketplace. 

Founded in 1980, CFE is an invitation only organization with over 230 members who are senior women leaders in finance across Chicago's public, private, and non-profit business community.  CFE provides an integrated offering of professional and networking events on critically relevant topics for its members.  CFE has been named one of Chicago's eight most exclusive business clubs by Crain's Chicago Business. 

President's Message 

On 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.

Martha McGuire
2017 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.

March 16, 2017 Dinner Program
Guest Speaker: Jana Schreuder, COO, Northern Trust
5:30 pm Cocktails & Networking
6:00 pm Dinner
University Club of Chicago

A Career Journey: A Woman's Perspective on Leadership & Change


A lot has taken place for Jana Schreuder since joining Northern Trust as an employee benefits accountant in 1980 and her current role as its Chief Operating Officer. The industry has changed. The contributions of women have changed. Jana has seen a lot.

Please join us for a conversation to learn more about Jana's professional and personal amazing journey. Jana will share her thoughts on the challenges she faced as a woman in the wealth management industry, the risks she took, the lessons she learned, and the hard decisions she made. Learn how these can help shape future women leaders of tomorrow.

In addition to being Northern Trust's COO, Jana serves as Director of Entrust Datacard Corporation, Chicago Public Education Fund, and Lyric Opera. She is also a member of The Committee of 200 (C200) and Co-Chair-Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD). Jana has been recognized on numerous professional lists including Crain's Chicago as one of Chicago's 20 Most Powerful Women.

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Past Dinner & Networking Programs (click here to see details from past CFE programs)

January 12, 2017 Annual Meeting & Winter Social
Held at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago
Congratulations to the 2017 Board of Directors and Officers as announced to the membership at the Annual Meeting.

2017 Executive Committee (L-R): Past President, Sara Hays; Treasurer, Joan Rockey; President, Martha McGuire; President-Elect, Meenal Sethna; Secretary, Linda Klute.

CFE Spotlight

Congratulations to CFE Member Laura Pearl on being appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois for a three-year term. In a press release the Governor commented, "Pearl’s background and years of experience in business will bring an excellent perspective to the board." Read the full press release.

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