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February 2016  
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Upcoming Events

February 11, 2016
Career & Professional Development Program
Values Based Leadership

Guest Speaker
Harry Kraemer, Jr.

5:30 - 8:00 pm
Conference Center

Register Here

March 10, 2016
Dinner Program with Guest Speaker  Linda Meyers, Chair, Debt Financing and Administrative Committee, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
5:30 pm
The Standard Club
Register Here

2016 Ladder Up Volunteer Opportunities for CFE Members
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27

Click on a date to learn more and register.


The following members were recognized at the Annual Meeting for their years of service on the CFE Board

Lee Ann Hoover Navigant Consulting
Joined the Board in 2010

Lynn McHugh
Joined the Board in 2010

Donna Moore
Chicago Public Media
Joined the Board in 2008
Served as President in 2014

Cathy Jaros
The Peakstone Group
Joined the Board in 2007

By-laws Update
After careful consideration and consultation with governance experts, the CFE Board presented changes to the CFE bylaws for approval at the Annual Meeting. 


Members may view the amended by-laws on the CFE website under the membership tab.  Login is required.  Click here to download a PDF copy.

 Join a Committee

CFE offers members the opportunity to enhance the value of their membership by getting involved and joining a committee. If you are interested in getting more involved, contact a Board Member today!

Committees Include:
  • Board Access

  • Branding & Communications

  • Member Engagement

  • Membership

  • Philanthropy

  • Programs

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Chicago Connections

CFE is pleased to list various Chicago events that might be of interest to members. Be sure to check out the Chicago Connections page.

Board Access Committee News

The Board Access Committee met on December 3, 2015 and is hard at work on board readiness and other board related events. We are partnering with other organizations as well as planning CFE only events. Please check the website for upcoming events as there are too many to list here.

Interested in a board position? Have you taken the next step and submitted your board bio to the CFE office? Not sure how to put together your board bio? Click here to go to the CFE website for suggestions and resources.

The BAC is always looking for new opportunities for CFE members who have an interest in this area. If you are invited to be on a board and want assistance preparing yourself for the opportunity please reach out to the committee. We will do everything we can to help you prepare. Additionally, if you are invited to serve on a board but have to pass on the opportunity please be a “CFE Ambassador” and tell them to reach out to CFE or, better yet, pass the “lead” on to one of the BAC chairs and we will follow up on the opportunity.


Bright Endeavors
Signage is now complete on a van that honors Cynthia Lafuente, her generous gift to Bright Endeavors, and the hard work of everyone at the CFE.  





A Message from the President...

CFE in 2016: Celebrating our Past; Creating our Future

As we conclude the year-long celebration of our 35th Anniversary and the community that is the Chicago Finance Exchange, it’s fitting to look back at our many accomplishments in 2015, all connected by our refreshed Mission Statement and the theme of celebrating “Women, Success and Significance.”

• CFE’s Board adopted a 5 year strategic plan to help guide and measure the success of our initiatives and activities, organized around 3 areas of critical importance to CFE members: our brand, our resources and our community.

• Our Programs Committee planned 4 dinner meetings featuring some of the most powerful and successful women in Chicago attended by 64% of our members.

• Over 57% of our members attended 30 educational, networking, philanthropic and social events, including a special Summer Social where we were joined by 13 CFE Past Presidents,

• We created a Member Engagement Committee to help us learn more about our members and better plan events of interest to all of you. Our efforts included a member survey and the start of a member knowledge effort to better track member activity and interests.

• Fulfilling the generous bequest of CFE member Cynthia LaFuente, we made charitable contributions to both the Metropolitan Chicago YWCA and Bright Endeavors/New Moms, enabling them to continue programming for women needing a helping hand.

• Fifteen new members joined the CFE community, largely the result of efforts put in place by our Membership Committee to identify and recruit member candidates that complement and solidify our membership ranks.

• We partnered with other organizations on events of interest to our members, such as the SuperConnect networking event, and to bring recognition to our members. For example, we supported the nomination of 5 of our members for FEI’s CFO of the Year.

• To cap off all these activities, at year-end, we were named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 8 most exclusive clubs in Chicago.

Whether you attended dinner meetings, hosted events, sponsored a new member or served as a resource to other members and to the broader community, know that you brought value to CFE and in doing so strengthened the organization and I thank each and every one of you. It has been an honor to serve as your President in 2015 and I look forward to continuing to do so during the coming year. Many thanks to the other CFE officers, board of directors and the CFE administrative team for their support and commitment.

Looking forward, know that we have great plans to continue the momentum of this past year and will be convening a strategic planning retreat for the full board next month. I’ll be speaking more over the coming months of our specific plans but our efforts and activities will be focused on the third word of our organization – “Exchange.” The word “exchange” suggests an interaction and sharing of ideas which is one of the reasons we are part of the CFE community and gather here tonight. What are the experiences and ideas that you bring to our community and what ideas and experiences keep you engaged and interested? We trust our upcoming programs will continue to engage us and provoke further exchange among us all on many fronts, be it current events, personal or professional development, corporate boards, career and life transitions.

Thank you for your membership and continued support of CFE.

Sara Hays
2016 President

Congratulations to the 2016 Board of Directors
who were elected at the January 14 Annual Meeting

(One-year terms expire at the January 2017 Annual Meeting)
President Sara Hays
Vice President Martha McGuire
Secretary Linda Klute
Treasurer Laura Pearl

(Three-year terms expiring at the January, 2019 Annual Meeting)

Judy Andringa Current Director
Margaret Annett Current Director
Linda Klute Current Director
Joan Rockey Current Director
Kathy Hosty New Director
Teresa McMahon New Director

TERM ENDS January 2017
Kim Adriano
Sara Hays
Laura Pearl
Meg Rowley
Meenal Sethna
Kim Rice*

TERM ENDS January 2018
Jo Jackson
Denise Kenny
Chris Maki
Martha McGuire
Dorri McWhorter
Lynne Pantalena

*Ms. Rice is being appointed to fill a midterm vacancy.

  2016 Board Contact Information

Personal Development and Career Management
Kickoff Event

"Values Based Leadership"

Featuring Harry Kraemer, Jr.
Executive Partner with Madison Dearborn Partners and Professor of Strategy and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management

February 11, 2016
MCHC / IHA Conference Center

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Register Here

CFE's new Personal Development and Career Management committee will focus on providing a series of presentations and interactive forums that will provide CFE Members with valuable resources to help them successfully prepare for and manage their lifetime transitions, especially as they impact professional circumstance and lifetime goals.

Committee programs and activities are always open and available to all CFE members. If you are interested in being a committee member please contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs: Kathy Hosty and Rebecca Wing.

March Dinner Meeting
Guest Speaker: Linda Meyers
Chair, Debt Financing and Administrative Committee
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Ms. Meyers is a nationally recognized corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  She leads the Firm’s Debt Finance Practice Group and is a member of Kirkland’s 15-attorney Global Management Executive Committee. Linda focuses her practice on debt financing transactions for private equity groups, commercial lending institutions, and major private and public companies.  She has been named by Crain's as one of Chicago's 20 Most Powerful Women.

  Thursday, March 10, 2016
5:30 – 8:00 pm
The Standard Club

Register Here

Sponsorships are available for the March Dinner
March Dinner Sponsor Form

27th Annual TCN Women in the Forefront Lucheon

Friday, April 15
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Hilton & Towers
200 E. Randolph, 2nd Floor

The luncheon features CFE member Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, in conversation with Sally Blount, Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

CFE is proud to be a Sponsor of the 2016 Women in the Forefront Luncheon. As such, CFE will have at one table at the luncheon. We would like to fill more! Register directly with CFE to ensure you are included at a CFE table. If you previously registered through TCN to attend and would like to be seated with fellow CFE members, please email the CFE office.

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities


The Program Committee has lined up a prestigious group of speakers who are sure to inspire & motivate exchange among attendees this year.
Mark your calendars!

March 10: Linda Meyers, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
May 12: Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General (tentative)
September 8: Meredith Jones, Women of the Street
November 10: Ed Tilly, CEO, CBOE

We will continue to seek sponsors again this year for our four dinner programs. Sponsorship provides the opportunity to strengthen CFE connections, offer colleagues the opportunity to hear leading speakers, and introduce potential members to a high caliber network of financial professionals.  
Each dinner offers two sponsor opportunities:

Exclusive Event Sponsor
- Ten complimentary registrations for this event (table of 10)
- Signage (your logo) and your marketing materials placed at all tables
- Your corporate logo on all email communications for this event.
- Your corporate logo on the CFE website, with hotlink
to your website
- Verbal recognition at the event

Table Sponsor / No Limit
- Ten complimentary registrations for this event (table of 10)
- Signage (Your logo) placed on tables
- Verbal recognition at the event

Download the schedule of programs and sponsor sign-up form

Make it a
Slam Dunk!

Bright Endeavors received exciting news that Michael Jordan selected New Moms as one of the 23 non-profits in Chicago to receive a gift from his recent law suit winnings. The gift will support their continued work surrounding young moms and their children.


Keep Up With CFE Colleagues - Member News

Donna Moore has been named CFO for the nationally recognized LEARN Charter School Network. LEARN's mission is to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. The network currently includes nine elementary schools with an annual operating budget of over $46M. As CFO, Donna will manage Accounting, Finance, IT and Facilities. Previously, Donna was CFO for Chicago Public Media, Inc.


Meenal Sethna, currently Senior Vice President, finance, has been named Chief Financial Officer for Littelfuse, Inc. in a transition that will occur at the end of March. 



Congratulations to Martha McGuire on her promotion to Executive Vice President, Capital Markets & Lease Finance, for First Bank of Highland Park.


Congratulations to Kim Hunter on being named Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations for Libbey Inc.

Laurel Bellows is thrilled again to be named Super Lawyer and Illinois Best Lawyer, 2016. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the InterAmerican Bar Association and is planning a trip to the Council meeting in El Salvador. Laurel is delighted that she was accepted into the Direct Women Corporate Board program as she seeks to sit on public corporate boards based on her executive compensation and cyber security expertise. As part of her busy new year season of executive transition, Laurel is fortunate to represent a number of Named Executive Officers and Senior Management to negotiate their new employment, retirement and separation agreements. Laurel wants to thank you for your confidence in referring friends and business associates during their difficult and/or joyful transitions.

On January 5, Anna Rappaport had an article posted to the Pension Research Council blog in Forbes, and also one in The Capital Exchange.  Read the post here.


2016 Winter Social and Annual Meeting Photos:




Top Row (left to right): 2017 board members joined by outgoing board members; President Sara Hays with outgoing board member Cathy Jaros; President Sara Hays with Teresa McMahon and Kim Rice, both joining the board in 2017.

Bottom Row (left to right): President Sara Hays with newly elected board member Kathy Hosty; members enjoy social networking before dinner; President Sara Hays with outgoing board member Lynn McHugh. 


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