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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 8/15/18

                                     CFE Weekly Update             August 14, 2018

In This Issue:

CFE News & Events

September 25 Dinner Program
West Suburban Book Club - Next Week
Downtown Book Club
Summer Brunch - Michigan Shores Club
Transitions Exchange Roundtable Series
Annual Clothing Drive at the September Dinner Program
Giving Back Exchange Bright Endeavors Volunteer Event
Holiday Brunch Host Needed
Career Opportunity
Mark Your Calendar!

September 25th Dinner Program with Guest Speakers Sheila Penrose and Cheryl Francis.

The Leadership & Professional Development Exchange present 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 be sharing their “lessons learned” at the dinner, which you and your colleagues won’t want to miss!

Click Here to Register Today!

Guests are welcome - $150 per ticket
Table Sponsor - $2,000
Exclusive Event Sponsor - $5,000

Click here for details on sponsorship

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

Join CFE Members for a West Suburban Book Club event featuring a 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.

Click Here to Register

Downtown Book Club: August 27 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.

Register Here

Annual Summer Brunch at Michigan Shores Club
September 9 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Annual Michiana Summer Brunch is back, but with a slight twist. This year, members will gather on the Chicago side of Lake Michigan. Join us as we close out the summer with brunch at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette, just a few hundred yards off Lake Michigan. Instead of a potluck gathering, we will be on the patio enjoying a brunch buffet.

Hosted by:
Denise Kenny

Cost for brunch, coffee, juice and tea: $25 per person.
Alcohol and other beverages will be additional. Space is limited for this event.

Register Here

For those who want to go to the Wilmette Beach after brunch, they can literally walk down to the beach, as Michigan Shores is located directly across from the Wilmette Public Beach.

Transitions Exchange Roundtable Discussion
Reboot, Rewire or Retire?
September 12 | 5:00 - 7:30 pm | The Conference Center

The Transitions Exchange invites you to the first in a series of roundtable discussions focused on career and life changes.

Reboot, Rewire or Retire?
Join fellow CFE members for a candid discussion on making important decisions about next steps. Hear first-hand experiences and exchange ideas on defining your life path.

Moderator: Anna Rappaport, FSA. Anna authored Reboot, Rewire or Retire? Personal Perspectives on Phased Retirement and Managing Life Paths at Age 60 and Beyond. She is a globally recognized expert on both financial and non-financial aspects of retirement.

This is the first in a series of Roundtable Discussions hosted by the Transitions Exchange. Although positioned as a series, each discussion will feature a new topic and moderator. Members are welcome to attend one or all sessions.

Space is limited so please register early.

Cost: $20 per person includes a light dinner and beverages
5:00 pm Check-in, dinner and networking

5:30 pm Discussion

Register Here

Clothing Drive at the September 25 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.

Click Here to Register

Holiday Brunch Host Needed

The holiday season will be here before you know it! The Member-to-Member Committee is looking for a member (or members) to host the Annual Holiday Brunch. Traditionally the brunch location alternates between the suburbs and the city. This year, we are looking for a host in the city. If you are interested in hosting, or would like more information, email


Career Opportunity

Position: President & Chief Investment Officer, Established Family Office
Location: Vancouver, WA

The President and Chief Investment Officer will work with the Chairman and Board of Directors to determine the strategic, business and investment goals and priorities for the family office and will develop, recommend and execute a cohesive vision, strategy, business and investment plan for the office to accomplish family owners’ objectives. As leader of the family office, this individual will also be responsible to ensure that all services are delivered in a high quality and cost-effective manner and will coordinate the work of external advisors to meet family needs and objectives. Click Here to read the full description

Contact: Linda Mack
800-976-0014 (office)
312-953-7809 (cell)

November 7 Dinner Program with Guest Speaker Beata Staszewski PsyD LCPC CADC, Behavioral Health Specialist and Police Training Instructor for the Chicago Police Department. Location: Standard Club

January 10, 2019 Annual Meeting & Winter Social: Location TBD

March 14, 2019 Dinner Program: Location TBD

May 9, 2019 Dinner Program: Location TBD

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