Chicago CFO Award Nominations Open thru May 28!
Virtual Public Speaking, Membership Meet & Greet,
Intren CEO Sherina Edwards on Leadership
10th Anniversary Chicago CFO of the Year® Awards
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Pete Bensen of McDonald's receives the 1st Large Public Company Chicago CFO of the Year® Award. Pictured: Bob Stegmann, Ann Gariti, Pete Bensen, Mary Jo Ardizzone, Richard Steele

The FEI Chicago Chapter is accepting nominations thru Friday, May 28, 2021 for its 10th Anniversary Chicago CFO of the Year® Awards.

To qualify, candidates must be Chief Financial Officers or the equivalent in their organization and have served in their current role for at least two years as of March 1, 2021. The candidate and his/her organization must be based in the Chicago area (counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake (IL), McHenry, and Will) and all nominations must be validated and endorsed by the nominee and the nominee's CEO. Recipients are selected by a committee of independent judges who represent top leadership in Chicago business.
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Welcome All Members, Sponsors and Membership Prospects!
Join us to network, meet our new and trial members, converse with Chapter Leadership and learn more about FEI Membership Benefits! Make sure you register to join us for a Zoom Call on Thursday April 8 from 8-9am!

Here's what we will cover:
  • Introduce Chapter Leaders
  • Meet and Network with New and Trial Members
  • Highlight Membership Benefits - Answer Your Questions?

We encourage you to invite eligible prospects to join us for this start-the-day gathering.

Questions? Contact Susan Gidley at or 312-263-1661.

Share the benefits of a complimentary FEI trial membership with your Senior Finance Staff and Fellow Finance Professionals! Visit: Membership - FEI (
Must meet eligibility requirements for trial membership.
Many FEI Chapters have opened their virtual meetings to other FEI members. Look for the "OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS" image to identify these open meetings. CLICK HERE for a listing of all FEI events, many with CPE credit.
FEI Chicago Chapter Career Management Group Lunch & Learn
"Public Speaking in a Virtual World” 
with Gigi Rosenberg, Public Speaking Coach
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Webinar 12:00 - 1:00PM CT
This Lunch & Learn takes the place of our normal April CMG Breakfast.
Open to all! No charge to attend.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Tuesday, March 30.
1 CPE Credit Offered.
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  
Click Here for a Video Message from Gigi!

"Public Speaking in a Virtual World"
In this practical and lively online event, Gigi teaches participants how to show up at your online meetings with confidence, authenticity and power. Leaders learn how to keep their audience engaged and their presentation succinct so that attendees remember the message long after they’ve clicked “end meeting.” Participants leave this workshop with:
  • Techniques for keeping the audience engaged from the moment they join.
  • Ideas for how to transfer in-person meeting skills to the virtual world.
  • Tips for looking and sounding your best on camera.
  • Tools you can use right away in your next online meeting.
  • Practical advice on how to frame yourself, use body language, maintain eye contact, relax your face and more!

Gigi Rosenberg is a public speaking coach who works with executives, nonprofit leaders and technical experts to help them connect with their audiences with clarity, authenticity and warmth. Read more about Gigi.
FEI Chicago Chapter Membership Gathering
Welcome, Meet and Learn Session
Thursday, April 8, 2021
8:00 - 9:00AM CT
Open to all! No charge to attend.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Tuesday, April 6.
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  
Attn: New Members, Trial Members, All Current Members, Prospects and Sponsors
Join the FEI Chicago Chapter for our Welcome, Meet and Learn Session.

- Welcome and introduce our recent new and trial members! 
- Meet Chapter Leaders
- Overview of Benefits
- Questions Answered
-Networking Session
FEI Chicago Chapter Webinar
"Leadership Session" with Sherina Edwards, CEO of Intren 
Thursday, April 15, 2021
4:00 - 5:30PM CT
4-5PM – Leadership Presentation; 5-5:30PM – Small Group Networking Discussions
Open to all! No charge to attend.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Tuesday, April 13.
1 CPE Credit Offered.
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  
Please join us for a Leadership discussion with Sherina Edwards, CEO of Intren. Following Sherina's presentation, we will break out into small group networking discussions.

Sherina Edwards is the Chief Executive Officer of INTREN, the largest WBE utility contractor in the nation. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic direction, human resources, marketing, operations and financial performance of a US $550M private-equity owned utility contractor with 2000 employees and 14 regional offices throughout the United States.  Read more about Sherina.
FEI Chicago Chapter Career Management Group
"Managing Stress and Burnout as a Leader"
with Dr. Donna Marino, Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, & Author
Held March 4, 2021
In her work with high-achieving corporate leaders and business owners, Dr. Donna Marino discovered a collection of characteristics common among this group, that she came to term High Achievers Syndrome™ (HAS). When in balance these characteristics allow the high-achiever to thrive in their success, but when left unchecked high achievers can find themselves spiraling into exhaustion, health issues, and disrupted family relationships; all symptoms leading to burnout. In this one hour webinar, Dr. Donna shared how to:
  • Identify the characteristics of HAS ™ that makes high achievers more susceptible to burnout and the ability to identify employees that may need additional support
  • Understand the role and impact of current issues such as COVID-19 on the potential for burnout
  • Know the 3-pronged approach for preventing and recovering from burnout
  • Learn practical strategies to implement this approach on a daily basis 
Uncomfortable Conversations about Race Series
With Connie L. Lindsey, EVP & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Chicago
Held March 10, 2021

The first session in our 2021 series featured Connie Lindsey, who shared her wisdom on deepening these important conversations and making an impact on equity, inclusion and diversity within our organizations.  Listen to this must hear session!

Through our “Uncomfortable Conversations about Race” series, FEI Chicago is proud to support our members with resources and forums that better equip you to lead your business and serve your community on the important topics of equity, economic inequality, and racial injustice.
FEI Chicago Chapter Webinar
"The Five Laws of Cyber Security"
with Nick Espinosa, Chief Security Fanatic, CIO, Speaker, Columnist, Author, Radio Host, Forbes Tech Council
Held March 18, 2021

Based off Nick Espinosa’s TEDx Talk and Forbes article of the same name, this presentation dove into issues that non-technical users face. The Five Laws of Cybersecurity are designed to make everyone think and challenge that technology they use every day!
What we took from this session:
  • Just how prolific hacking and data exposure is
  • Why we need to reframe our thinking and approach to technology
  • Real life examples of serious flaws in products we know and love
  • Five easy to remember laws that will make you safer in whatever you do.
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