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CFE Weekly Updates

In an effort to streamline communications and limit the number of emails our members receive, CFE produces a Weekly Update Email.  The Weekly Update is designed to keep members informed about upcoming events, career opportunities, and member news.  Members may submit news items to the CFE Office,

Weekly Update 6/19/18

                                    CFE Weekly Update               June 19, 2018

In This Issue:

CFE News & Events
Summer Social - Invite Prospective Members
Downtown Book Club
West Suburban Book Club
September Dinner Program - Guests Welcome!
Annual Clothing Drive at the September Dinner Program
Giving Back Exchange Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event
Member News

Enjoy a summer evening in the city at one of Chicago's newest rooftop venues. This indoor/outdoor space allows guests to enjoy stunning views of the city along the Chicago River, regardless of the weather. The evening includes food, drink and good company!

Invite prospective members to attend as your guest.
Do you know someone who would be perfect for CFE and is interested in joining? Consider inviting them to the Summer Social. The Summer Social is an ideal setting to introduce member candidates to fellow CFE members, and satisfies the attendance requirement in the application process. Click on the link below to add a guest to your registration. Questions about CFE membership guidelines or the application process? Click here to learn more.

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Downtown Book Club: July 25 at Athena Restaurant
5:30 - 7:30 pm

CFE members will gather at Athena Restaurant in Greek Town, for a social discussion on the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

The storm was coming....

Shadow spent three years in prison, keeping his head down, doing his time. All he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and to stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his scheduled release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

On the plane ride home to the funeral, Shadow meets a grizzled man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A self-styled grifter and rogue, Wednesday offers Shadow a job. And Shadow, a man with nothing to lose, accepts.

But working for the enigmatic Wednesday is not without its price, and Shadow soon learns that his role in Wednesday's schemes will be far more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. Entangled in a world of secrets, he embarks on a wild road trip and encounters, among others, the murderous Czernobog, the impish Mr. Nancy, and the beautiful Easter -- all of whom seem to know more about Shadow than he himself does.

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West Suburban Book Club: August 22 at Pappadeaux, Westmont
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join CFE Members for a West Suburban Book Club discussion on the book Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir by Steve Rushin.

"Funny, elegiac... a remarkably sunny coming-of-age story about growing up in a Midwest world." --- NPR

This is a story of the 1970s. Of a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon, with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Of brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons. Of growing up in a magical era populated by Bic pens, Mr. Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles, light sabers and those oh-so-coveted Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes. And of a father--one of 3M's greatest and last eight-track salesmen--traveling across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home.


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September 25th Dinner Program at the Standard Club of Chicago

The Leadership & Professional Development Exchange welcomes Guest Speakers, Sheila Penrose and Cheryl Francis, co-founders of the Corporate Leadership Center, a unique, collaborative business-academic forum that augments and accelerates the development of tomorrow's corporate leaders and advances business leadership practices.

Does your organization have a women’s affinity group?

Are you ready to mentor your firm’s next generation female leaders?

If yes, here’s an opportunity to host them at the September dinner. Many high profile Chicago area firms utilize their Leading Women Executives program, which focuses on leadership effectiveness of high-potential female talent at the inflection point between middle management and executive leadership.

Cheryl and Sheila will share their “lessons learned” at the dinner, which you and your colleagues won’t want to miss!

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Guests are welcome - $150 per ticket
Table Sponsorships - $2,000
Event Sponsorship - $5,000

Email Deb Hypke at for more information.

Clothing Drive at the September 25th Dinner Program
CFE Partners with The Cara Program for 7th Year

It's time to clean out your closet!
The Giving Back Exchange is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Clothing Drive to support women (and men) who are training to enter the workforce and build a life of self-sustainment. The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen the community, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

Donations will be accepted at the September Dinner Program. Click here for more information about The Cara Program, including a list of suggested donation items.

Giving Back Exchange Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event
October 18th | 9 am - 12:15 pm

The Giving Back Exchange invites you to participate in a volunteer session at Bright Endeavors to make candles alongside women participating in the New Moms program. The New Moms program assists adolescent mothers attain financial literacy and self-sufficiency by providing intensive training and a pathway out of poverty for young mothers in Chicago as they transition into quality, permanent employment. Participants gain job skills as they produce premium soy candles and bath products.

The Bright Endeavors young moms will teach us how to make candles and then we can all work together making candles to fulfill their holiday season orders.

Space is limited. Please RSVP soon to reserve your spot in the group. This is a terrific opportunity to volunteer with your fellow CFE members. Volunteers will receive a confirmation email with directions and additional details. Volunteers are invited to gather at Inspiration Kitchen for lunch following the volunteer event.

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Member News

Anna Rappaport coauthored two essays on phased retirement from the employer and the public policy perspective.The Society of ActuariesSecuring Future Retirements Essay Collection by Anna Rappaport and Tim Driver was published in June, 2018.

The first on public policy: Working Longer to Improve Retirement Security: Improving Public Policyby Anna Rappaport and Tim Driverwas selected as a prize-winning essay.The essay on employer issues is Working Longer to Improve Retirement Security: Addressing Workplace Issues by Anna Rappaport and Tim Driver offers insights for employers. Anna describes herself as a phased retiree.

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