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 

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
2016 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.

November 10, 2016 Dinner Program:
How CBOE Evolved to Become a Leading Global Trading Center

Guest Speaker: Ed Tilly, CEO, CBOE



Click Here to Register


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

September 8, 2016 Dinner Program
Women of The Street: A Panel with Meredith Jones Moderated by Terry Savage

Meredith Jones          Terry Savage

Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (and How You Can Too)

Panel Discussion featuring women from the book:
Fran Tuite, Portfolio Manager, RMB Capital Management LLC
Connie Teska and Kelly Chesney, Founders, Pluscios Capital Management
Lea Zell, Founder and Principal, Lizard Investors
Thyra Zerhusen, Founder, Fairpointe Capital

Click here to see event details, photos, and comments.

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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CFE Dinner Program Featuring Guest Speaker Ed Tilly, CEO CBOE

CFE Holiday Toy Drive

Downtown Book Club Event

2020 Women on Boards 6th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity

12/8/2016 » 12/9/2016
Gender Equality in the C-Suite and Boardroom 2

Annual Holiday Brunch

Board Meeting

Featured Members
Lori Dawson1922 Investments
Lydia WahlkeVice President, General Counsel Chicago Cubs
Suzi AlexanderTax Partner, KPMG LLP
Abby SimonSonia Shankman Orthogenic School & Hyde Park Day School