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CFE Members enjoy memorable moments at our events!

July 14, 2016 - Summer Social at the IVY Boutique Hotel

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May 19, 2016 - Dinner program: Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

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March 10, 2016 - Dinner program: Linda Myers, Chair Debt Financing and           Administrative Committee at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

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January 14, 2016 - Winter Social & Annual Meeting

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September 10, 2015 - Dinner program: Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComEd

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July 14, 2015 - Summer Social & 35th Anniversary

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June 25, 2015 - Getting on Corporate Boards, with Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

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June 4, 2015 - Neighborhood Dinners

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May 14, 2015 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Kim Taylor

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March 12, 2015 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Toni Preckwinkle

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February 2015 - Ladder Up Volunteer Days

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January 8, 2015 - Annual Meeting and Dinner

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November 13, 2014 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Jack Fortnum

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September 10, 2014 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker J.B. Pritzker

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July 27, 2014 - Michigan Brunch & Beach

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May 8, 2014 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Leslie Hindman

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March 13, 2014 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: MarySue Barrett

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January 9, 2014 - Annual Meeting & Networking Event

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November 7, 2013 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Linda Darragh

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September 12, 2013 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Dr. Ardis Hoven

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July 11, 2013 - Summer Social - Riva at Navy Pier

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May 9, 2013 - Dinner Event - Guest Speaker: Gretchen Winter

“Facing Personal, Professional and Societal Responsibilities” by Gretchen Winter, J.D., Executive Director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (the “Center”).

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March 14, 2013 - Dinner Event - Ellen Costello

On March 14, CFE welcomed Ellen Costello, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Corp and U.S Country Head.

       Ellen Costello                                                                                         Pam Piarowski, BMO, introduces Ellen Costello

      Michelle Moreno, Ellen Costello, Pam Piarowski                         Michelle Moreno making beginning announcements.

      Board Members meet with some of the newest members.       Claudia Allen (guest), Michelle Carr, & Gen Burns

     Kathleen Wayland (guest) and Susan Buchanan

      New members stand while being introduced.                                Vicki Dudley (new member) and Karen Leets

     Need name, Marie Graul and Deb Morrin                                         Guia Trutter (guest) and Judy Andringa


CFE Members Return $144,000 to the Community by Partnering with Ladder Up!

On two Saturday mornings, February 16 & 23, eighteen CFE members partnered with the Ladder Up organization to provide free tax preparation for the hardworking families in the Chicagoland area. They met at WIC-5332 W. Western and completed a total of 72 tax returns and returned $143,966 in refunds. Great job CFE volunteers! 










January 30, 2013 - "Beyond Finance: A Discussion With Maria Pinto"

On January 30, CFE members enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to hear Maria Pinto discuss her next fashion venture at The Field Museum.
Maria gave an engaging and entertaining presentation to CFE member and guests. Afterward, members viewed Maria's exhibit.

  CFE Vice President Sara Hays introduces Maria Pinto                                                         Maria Pinto

  Over 60 CFE members and guests attended the inaugural "Beyond Finance" event at The Field Museum.

                                                                                                                             Grant Thornton employees with Maria.


                                                              Thank you to our event sponsor, Grant Thornton.


January 10, 2013 - Annual Meeting & Dinner

     Networking before dinner.                                                                                Outgoing CFE President, Dorothy Bossung, 
                                                                                                                                    kicks off the Annual Meeting.

   The evening focused on quality networking time at the tables.               2013 CFE Vice President addresses the audience.  


  Guest Katie Nestlerode enjoys the dessert buffet.                       Dorothy Bossung presents outgoing board member Chris Edwards with her gift.


   Dorothy presents Leslie Grier with her outgoing board member gift.      Sara Hays presents Dorothy with her outgoing President's gift.


January 10, 2013 - Networking Workshop

Matt Anderson, President, The Referral Authority, presented a workshop on networking skills to a full audience.


Deb Morrin Introduction   Matt Anderson


November 8, 2012 - Dinner Event

On November 8, CFE welcomed Bruce DuMont, Political Analyst and President/Founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communiation. Bruce spoke about the impact of the 2012 Presidential Election. 











September 27, 2012 - Dinner Event

On September 27, CFE welcomed Charles Evans, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.









September 27, 2012 - BAC Workshop

On September 27, the Board Access Committee presented a workshop: Preparing to be a Director: Networking, Resumes and Mentoring.
CFE Panelists included Cindy Baier, Ellen Carnahan, Michelle Collins, and Lisa Haag.  The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Christensen.

Sara Hays, Board Access Committee Co-Chair, introduces the program.

Jennifer Christensen

Left to Right: Cindy Baier, Ellen Carnahan, Michelle Collins and Lisa Haag.  In back, Jennifer Christensen.


July 12, 2012 - Annual Summer Social

This year's members-only Summer Social was held at Quartino Ristorante on State Street. Over 70 CFE members had a great time networking and catching up while enjoying delicious Italian foods and beverages. 

Prior to the general networking event, a new member & sponsor reception was held.  Photo on left: Kathleen Hechinger
introduces herself to the group.  Photo on right: Dorothy Bossung, 2012 CFE President speaks at the reception.

                                                                                                        Arden Nagler, (need name), Chris Maki, Jo Jackson, Janna Sampson

      Dorothy Bossung, Lynne Pantalena, Cynthia Jared                         Pam Smith, Faye Feinstein, Dorothy Bossung

     Dorothy Bossung, Lynne Pantalena, Cynthia Jared                        (need name) and Michelle Smead

                                                                                                                    Jackie Hopkins and Michelle Moreno

   (Need name) and Kathy Scherer                                                          Gaye van den Hombergh, Tish Borkowski, Chris Rashid

    In both photos, left to right:  Laura Krause, Gail Menley, Sara Sirotzky, Ginger Gorden, Joyce Simon and Kay McCurdy

   Ruth Yates and Rosemarie Marino-Panico                                                             Sara Hays and (need name)

   (need name) and Cathy Jaros                                                                    Kay Torshen, Julie Durkin, and Margaret Annett




June 12, 2012 - Advisory Board Service - Networking & Panel Discussion

Thank you to our panelists and to CFE Member Kay McCurdy for hosting this event at her offices, Locke Lord LLP, downtown Chicago. Panelists shared their knowledge, expertise and perspectives as it relates to serving on an advisory board.  All board types were discussed including public, private, non-profit, and entrepreneurial companies. The varied panelist perspectives gave attendees a well-rounded overview and insight into advisory boards, from the board member role to companies creating an advisory board. Attendees enjoyed networking time before and after the presentation. CFE member Sara Hays moderated the event.

Panel Presenters

Cindy Burrell, Gaye van den Hombergh, Sara Hays (back row), Vickie Rock, Kay McCurdy, and Anise Wiley-Little





May 24, 2012 - Dinner Event

CFE welcomed Stephanie D. Neely, Treasurer, City of Chicago. 

          Stephanie Neely, Treasurer, City of Chicago
                      Stephanie D. Neely, Treasurer, City of Chicago

Dorothy Bossung at Podium   Cathy Jaros at Podium 


   Denise Kenny



March 8, 2012 - Dinner Event

CFE welcomed Barbara Gaines (Founder and Artistic Director) and E. Brooke Walters (Director of Institutional Advancement) 
from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.

              Barbara Gaines and E. Brooke Walters

   Cathy Jaros, Brooke Walters, Barbara Gaines, Michelle Carlson     Jessica Coleman, Kim Adriano (new members) & Michelle Moreno

Chris Edwards and Kirstin Wells 
   Chris Edwards and Kirstin Wells (New Member)                                        Guest & Michelle Ley

                                                                                                                Janet Gibbs (Guest), Arden Nagler, Kim Adriano

                                                                                                            Kelly Chesney and Melissa Knoll

    Dorri McWhorter and Dr. Marleta Reynolds                                        Madeleine Kisting (Guest) and LeeAnn Hoover

    Michelle Moreno, CFE Vice President.                                           Cathy Jaros, Program Committee, introduces the speakers.

    Cathy Jaros, Program Committee                                              The Standard Club, outer foyer, 2nd floor.


  The Chicago Finance Exchange thanks Barbara Gaines and Brooke Walters for sharing their time and presenting to CFE's membership.

January 12, 2012 - Dinner Event and Annual Meeting

CFE held its Annual Meeting on January 12 (despite a late snowy arrival of winter in Chicago).  As her last official duty, President Chris Edwards recognized outgoing and incoming CFE board members, and awarded the President's Award. After the Annual Meeting concluded, CFE welcomed Tom Goldblatt, Head of Business Development at Monomoy Capital, as its guest speaker. Tom spoke about networking skills and techniques.

Chris Edwards at Podium 
Outgoing CFE President, Christine Edwards, kicks off the Annual Meeting. 

Dorothy Bossung and Chris Edwards  Dorothy, Michelle and Chris
Incoming President Dorothy Bossung & Chris Edwards         Dorothy, Outgoing Board Member Michelle Carlson, & Chris Edwards

Dorothy Bossung presented Chris with a crystal vase as a thank you for serving as the 2011 CFE President.

Michelle Carlson, outgoing Board Member, was presented with a crystal award for her board service.
Outgoing Board Members not in attendance but recognized included Tish Borkowski, Maureen Culhane and Karen Wuertz.

Sara Hays was presented with the President's Award for her
outstanding contributions during 2011.

  Committee Signup   
CFE Members were asked to review committee descriptions                  Stacia Schlosser and Marie Graul
and sign up to serve where they had an interest.

 Networking General  Networking General

Networking General  Networking General

Networking General  Networking General

Networking General  Networking General

  Marie Graul & Julie Norris

Ellen Rogin Introduces Speaker  Tom Goldblatt at Podium
     Ellen Rogin introduces guest speaker, Tom Goldblatt.                   Tom Goldblatt addresses an audience of over 80 members.

January 12, 2012 - Board Access Workshop

Women on Boards: Review and Outlook
Presented by Guest Speaker Julie Norris, CTPartners

Julie Norris at Podium     Julie Norris

CFE was honored to welcome Julie Norris, Partner, CTPartners, to a special Board Access Committee event.
Ms. Norris, author of "Women on Boards: Review and Outlook" gave CFE a special presentation about her
research and findings related to the subject of women serving on boards.   

November 8, 2011 - Dinner Event

CFE was pleased to welcome Mary Tolan, CEO and Founder, Accretive Health, for the November 8 dinner program.

            Left to Right:  Lori Brown and Mary Tolan (Guest Speaker)                      Mary Tolan spoke in front of almost 100 CFE members 


           Leeann Hoover, Ginger Gorden & Denise Kenny                        Becky Sheehan, Kirstin Wells (Guests) and Chris Edwards


                   Michelle Moreno and LeeAnn Hoover                                             Mary Tolan speaking with CFE Members

October 25, 2011 - SiPi Metals Facility Tour

CFE Member Marion Cameron, President of SiPi Metals, hosted a plant tour of the facility for CFE members.  

CFE Members at SiPi Metals

Pictured left to right:
Marion Cameron, President of SiPi Metals; Michelle Moreno, Kay Torshen, Wendy Sharon, Krenna Weiss, Patty Delony, Chris Rashid, and Jo Jackson. 
Not Pictured: Leslie Grant

September 15, 2011 - Dinner Event

On September 15, 2011, the CFE welcomed Cheryle Jackson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development at AAR Corp. Ms. Jackson spoke about 
The White House Project, a 501(c)(3), aimed at advancing women’s leadership in all communities and sectors—up to the U.S. presidency—by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women.  

Dorri M., Chris E, Cheryle Jackson  
Left to Right: Dorri McWhorter, Program Committee Co-Chair, Chris Edwards, CFE 2011 President, and Cheryle Jackson, Guest Speaker 

                                                                                  Chris Rashid and Margaret Milkint        Stacia Schlosser, Meenal Sethna, Gina Rossi 



August 17, 2011 - Segway Adventure

Segway Group Photo

CFE members explore the city on Segways during the Member-to-Member special event.
Pictured left to right: Cynthia Jared, Judy Meguire, Dorri McWhorter, Margaret Annett, Lynne Pantalena

July 14, 2011 - Summer Social

CFE members enjoy networking and socializing at the 2011 Summer Social, held at Sunda New Asian Restaurant.  

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                  Leslie Grant




              Sara Hays                                                   Mary McDonnell & Karen Kane                      Kathy Shea & Connie Capone              Sara Sirotsky, Gaye van den Hombergh, 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Sandy Rouhselang


                                                                                        Donna Moore, Janna Sampson                Arden Nagler, Joyce Simon                          Ann Voss & Betty Latson
                                                                                               & Michelle Moreno                                           & Karen Gardner


                Connie Watkins, Chris Maki                  Anne Schiave & Sandy Rouhselang             Margaret Annett
                          & Karen Kane



March 10, 2011 - Dinner Event

On March 10, 2011 the CFE welcomed Anastasia Kelly, a partner in DLA Piper's White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations practice based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kelly spoke to an audience of over 100 members and guests on the "Evolution of the Role of the General Counsel in Corporate America."



March 10, 2011 - BAC Workshop

The Board Access Committee (BAC) hosted a workshop: "You are a Potential Board Candidate: Preparing for the Interview."  Dorothy Bossung moderated a panel of four who included Shan Atkins, Jennifer Christensen, Clare Metcalf and Christina Rashid. The audience gained valuable information and knowledge in preparing for the board candidate interview.


March 2011

General Member Photos and Portraits


March 16, 2010 - Dinner Event

Terry Savage, nationally known expert on personal finance, provided a dynamic and interesting presentation about the financial world. During her presentation to the CFE, Terry discussed what we really should worry about in the financial world. She focused on the current struggle between the free enterprise system and growing government intervention and control. Her overall message was positive, as she summarized, "Don't bet against America."

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