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                                      CFE Weekly Update              October 8, 2019

In This Issue:

This Week! Crisis and Conflict Communication for Business Leaders
This Week! Giving Back Exchange Candle Making Event

Downtown Book Club
Transitions Exchange "The Next 10 Years"
November Dinner Program - Registration is Open
Giving Back Exchange Annual Toy Drive
Member News
Lunch & Learn - Opportunity to Showcase Your Industry Expertise
Crain’s Notable Minority Executives in Accounting and Consulting - Nominations
2020 Women on Boards
Mark Your Calendar - 2020 Winter Social & Annual Meeting

Last Call to Register for this Week's A Crash Course in Crisis and Conflict Communication for Business Leaders High Stress Negotiation Experiences

Guest Speaker: Phil Andrew, Principal, PAX Group
Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Leadership & Professional Development Exchange invite you to a luncheon program hosted by the Chicago Club on the topic of Crisis and Conflict Communication for Business Leaders, featuring speaker Phil Andrew.

Phil Andrew is Principal of PAX Group and has over 21 years of experience as a Special Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He’s served throughout the Midwest, New York and overseas with expertise in crisis negotiation, undercover work, counterterrorism, national security, violence prevention, crimes against children, and social media. He gained notoriety on May 20, 1988 when he was shot by Laurie Dann in his parent’s home in Winnetka over summer break from UIUC.

He has deployed regularly on domestic and international kidnappings/hostage takings and has received numerous FBI and Department of Justice Awards. Phil has a unique personal story of resilience and survival to motivate individuals and organizations to engage is positive and effective ways. He was previously an instructor at the FBI Academy as an expert in crisis management, negotiation, behavior analysis and undercover investigations and has presented and trained clients globally.

Click here to learn more about the speaker and to register
Cost: $50 pp

Last call to be a part of this rewarding program and enjoy a fun day with fellow CFE members.

Click for more information and registration

Downtown Book Club at Rooh Chicago
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm

Join CFE members for a social book club event at Rooh Chicago. Enjoy progressive Indian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere, while discussing the book The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, by Balli Kaur Jaswal.

The British-born Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina—barely got along growing up, and as adults have grown even further apart. But on her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites.
By turns funny, heartfelt, pointed, and wonderfully insightful, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that give us wings—and roots—despite our differences.

Register Today


The Next 10 Years - A discussion hosted by the Transitions Exchange
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm

As women move towards the end of their careers there is the question of “What would I like to do for the next 10 years or the last 10 years?”

Join the Transitions Exchange after work at Bar Allegro for an intimate discussion & networking with fellow CFE members. This event registration is limited to encourage group discussion. Cash bar. Attendees will cover their own bill. Register Here

November Dinner Program: Health Disparities and the Opioid Crisis in Chicago
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Standard Club | 5:30 pm

Guest Speakers

Cara Brock
Assistant Professor
Clinical Sciences
Roosevelt University

Darlene Hightower
VP Community Health Equity
Rush University Medical Center

One cannot turn on the television, pick up a newspaper or browse online without coming across a story about the national opioid crisis. The CDC has estimated that more than 130 people die of an opioid overdose every day, so this is a serious concern for public health that impacts all of us.

Here in Chicago, a death gap exists; life expectancy for West Side residents is up to 16 years less than those living in the Loop just seven CTA train stops away. The root causes for this disparity include lack of access to education, employment and community investment. West Side United is a collaborative of hospitals, community organizations, government and residents aimed at improving health and economic vitality in 10 West Side neighborhoods. This work seeks to impact the 550,000 residents living on the West Side and to reduce the life expectancy gap by 50% by 2030.

This presentation will discuss the history of West Side United, initiatives, goals and stakeholders, while addressing some of the facts and myths surrounding the opioid crisis discussion to ensure you are armed with the most accurate information in order to advocate for changes that will make a real impact in the community.

Register Today!

CFE Regular Member: No Charge
CFE Non-Resident & Retired Member: $100
Guest: $150 when accompanied by a CFE member
Table Sponsor: $1,500 - Priority seating for 10

Giving Back Exchange Annual Toy Drive to Benefit New Moms

The Giving Back Exchange will accept donations of new toys at the November 13 Dinner Program. Currently the majority of the children in the New Moms programs are under the age of 2 (157 out of 240), and the second largest group are children 3-5, of which there are 53, and 30 children ages 6 and over. Please keep this in mind when purchasing your donations. The wish list also includes suggestions for the moms. Click for a list of suggested donations.

Congratulations to CFE board member and immediate past president Meenal Sethna on her appointment as an independent member of the Board of Directors and audit committee of SPX Corporation. Read the press release.


CFE Giving Back Exchange members and friends were recently recognized by Ladder Up for their investment of time and talent this year during tax season. Eight CFE members donated approximately 147 hours for a total economic impact of $167,420 in tax refunds to hardworking clients through Ladder Up's Tax Assistance Program (TAP). CFE members recognized by Ladder Up are: Judy Andringa, Janice Lucchesi, Linda Klute, Elizabeth Goltermann, Jo Jackson, Mary Lee Corrigan and Regina Ward.

Opportunity to Showcase Your Industry Expertise

Are you an expert in your industry? Is your industry in the news regarding a crisis, new product or regulation, growth or decline, or positive or negative headlines? Would you like to showcase your knowledge at a CFE Lunch and Learn?

We are looking for individuals that want to spearhead a discussion over lunch on the current state of their industry, their experiences and the lessons they have learned. Lunch and Learns typically run from 12-1pm in a smaller group setting (10-15 individuals) at the speaker’s office conference room. The format can be brown bag style (attendees bring their own lunch) or the speaker may choose to provide. CFE can assist with finding office space if none is available by the speaker. This is not a forum to pitch your company’s products to other CFE members, however a natural part of the conversation will highlight your talent and expertise.

Interested? Please contact: CFE President, Joan Rockey

Crain's Chicago Business is proud to announce Crain's 2019 Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law, a special editorial feature within Crain's December 2print issue and online that will profile top Chicago area minority accountants, consultants and attorneys. Your company and its executives are invited to submit a nomination survey that will help Crain's determine this year's honorees. The special section will recognize individuals for their success and accomplishments during the last 12 to 18 months. Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by Friday, October 18 to be considered. Click here to learn more and submit your nomination.

November 21, 2019: 2020 Women On Boards
4:30 - 8:00 pm | Union League Club

8th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity - Winning Together Now: How can We Engage Allies to Increase Gender Diversity

2020 Women on Boards is a national organization with the goal of increasing the percentage of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Research is clear, diverse boards have more profitable corporate bottom lines.

More than 40 corporate board representatives will be speaking including CFE members Dorri McWhorter, Donna Smith, Venita Fields, and Gaye van den Hombergh. Join the conversation!

Click here to register and view/download the event flyer.

Save the Date!
CFE's 2020 Annual Meeting & Winter Social is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020.

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