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.

2017 Annual Meeting & Winter Social
January 12, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Club of Chicago - 66th Floor Oak Room
Join us for the Annual Meeting and a Winter Social. Enjoy quality time networking with fellow CFE colleagues while learning more about CFE activities and plans for 2017. This is a Member-Only event.

Register Today to Attend


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

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

Guest Speaker: Ed Tilly, CEO, CBOE

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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Welcome to CFE's Giving Back Exchange: Introductory Call

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

Annual Holiday Brunch

Board Meeting

CFE Winter Social & Annual Meeting

Ladder Up Training for CFE Members

West Suburban Book Club

CFE Volunteer Opportunity Ladder Up 2/4/2017

CFE Volunteer Opportunity Ladder Up

Featured Members
Kate BoegeWintrust Financial Corporation
Abby SimonSonia Shankman Orthogenic School & Hyde Park Day School
Lori Dawson1922 Investments