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. 

Chicago Finance Exchange Named as a Top Business Club in Chicago

CHICAGO (August 20, 2015) - Chicago Finance Exchange (CFE) has been named one of Chicago’s 8 most exclusive business clubs by Crain’s Chicago Business. This recognition is a result of the thought leadership programming and enriched networking events conducted for the invitation only organization, which counts as members over 230 senior women leaders in finance across Chicago’s public, private, and non-profit business community.  

Read the full press release.

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.

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 for event details and to register

Click Here to read the Press Release

Thank You to our September Dinner Event Sponsor:



2016 Past Dinner Programs


May 19, 2016: CFE Welcomed Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General as the guest speaker.
View Program Photos and Download the Presentation (Member Login Required)

CFE Spotlight

Congratulations to the 2016 Board of Directors who were elected on January 14, 2016. View CFE leadership.

View the 2016 Board Election Press Release.

CFE Members in the News

CFE members Sara Hays and Roberta Lane were quoted in a May 28th Crain's article, "Women's Work? Non-profit CFO." Read the entire article here.

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Book Club West Suburban

A Panel with Meredith Jones Moderated by Terry Savage

5th Annual Clothing Drive to Benefit Cara

Book Club - Downtown

Powerful Strategies That Stick - The Executives' Club of Chicago

Breaking Through Bias

Board Meeting

Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event

Featured Members
Suzi AlexanderTax Partner, KPMG LLP
Abby SimonSonia Shankman Orthogenic School & Hyde Park Day School
Ann BehrensEquity Partner, Mueller & Co.