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Join the Giving Back Exchange for a Philanthropic Partner Panel.

When: Thursday, November 9
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: Standard Club of Chicago
4th floor
United States
Contact: Debbera Hypke

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The Chicago Finance Exchange, through the efforts of the Giving Back Exchange, partners with several Chicago philanthropic organizations: Ladder Up, New Moms/Bright Endeavors, YWCA and Junior Achievement. 

CFE Members and their guests, are invited to attend this panel presentation featuring representatives from each of our partner organizations, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the Standard Club, immediately preceding the November dinner program.  Join us to learn more about these organizations and the countless lives they touch throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  Each panelist will provide an overview of their organization and an update on current activities, followed by Q&A.

CLICK HERE to see who is registered to attend.

Christine Cheng, Executive Director, Ladder Up, joined the organization in 2004 as a program associate and later served as manager of the organization’s Financial Literacy Program. As executive director, she develops program strategy, oversees program implementation, maintains, and grows partner and board relationships, and manages the day-to-day activities of Ladder Up’s small internal staff. Ms. Cheng was heavily involved in transitioning the organization’s Tax Assistance Program from pencil-and-paper return preparation to electronic preparation and e-filing in 2005, and has fostered the expansion of its Life-Improving Financial Tools (LIFT) program.  Ms. Cheng has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science from Northwestern University.

Laura Zumdahl, President & CEO, New Moms/Bright Endeavors,
a human service agency providing comprehensive services to young moms and their children in Chicago and the near western suburbs. She also oversees Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise candle company that provides transitional jobs for young moms. Laura’s professional path and involvement in the community steam from her passion to create effective and innovative nonprofits to solve social problems and develop strong leadership. Prior to joining New Moms, Laura was the Vice President of Donors Forum (now Forefront), and has served in a variety of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in legal aid, higher education, and child welfare. She serves on the boards of Chicago Jobs Council and Trinity Christian College.  Laura earned a B.A. in Sociology from Trinity Christian College; a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration; and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Laura Sailer, CFO, YWCA,
has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of business industries and occupations, Laura Sailer now oversees Finance at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Laura has focused on strengthening internal business practices and infrastructure as the 140 year old organization transforms to a 21st century social enterprise. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the Controller at United Services, a disaster restoration firm based in Lake County. Previously, she was the Head of Accounting and Platform Management for DKI, the largest disaster restoration contracting firm in North America as well as a Vice President at First Chicago Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.). She began her career in public accounting as a CPA at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young). Laura has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Ramos, Vice President, Junior Achievement,
oversees the city metropolitan program outreach and is responsible for 48% of student outreach for Junior Achievement of Chicago. She currently manages a staff of 22 and successfully impacted over 220,000 students in the Chicago area with programs and fundraising over $800K in sponsorship contributions that help K-12 students develop financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills. Maria started with Junior Achievement of Chicago as the Latino Outreach Operations Manager in October of 1996.  She earned her Master of Arts in Sociology, 2013, DePaul University, Chicago and Bachelor of Arts, 1995, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Registration for the Philanthropy Panel is separate from the Dinner Program. Click the link at the top of this page to register. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the November Dinner Program and to register.


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