This newsletter feature highlights FEI Members and Sponsors doing great things. This month we feature John Bankhurst, Business Development Director at Salo LLC. Salo has been a long-time sponsor of the FEI Chicago Chapter. John is an active member of the IDEA and Communications Committees. 

Increasing the visibility, acceptance and awareness of diverse talent has been a passion of mine for the last decade. Before joining Salo, I was a leader in LGBT employee resource groups with an emphasis on helping members of the LGBTQ community progress in their career. In 2020, the murder of George Floyd started a discussion on racial inequities and injustice, specifically in the Black community. As part of this conversation, I hosted a panel discussion on how the current issues on race and LGBTQ rights impact our daily lives in the finance and human resources worlds. I was honored to lead a discussion with a diverse group of business leaders, including FEI Chicago’s own Shari Franklin. You can watch a recording of this powerful conversation here:

It’s important to keep this conversation on racial inequality going. It is my hope and I am taking active steps to avoid having it become just a trending topic for a few weeks. I am proud to work for Salo, a talent firm specializing in accounting, finance and human resources, as we are being intentional on our DEI efforts, and ensuring that we are finding the best talent from all communities, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation and disability status. In addition, as part of the FEI IDEA Committee, I have been actively engaged in bringing about the Uncomfortable Conversations series, which has showcased thought provoking speakers and powerful conversation to the FEI Chicago Chapter.

Increasing awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ employees in the accounting and finance community is a long-time passion. I am a founding member of Out in Finance, a Chicago-based organization that unites individuals across the financial services industry to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality. We advance workplace policies across the industry; collaborate with firms on events and engaging with the community; and provide a networking forum for LGBTQ+ financial services professionals. I am currently co-chair of the Events Committee and recently hosted a panel of Big Four Leaders to talk about their experience being out in Public Accounting. You can learn more about Out in Finance here:

In addition to my involvement with FEI and Out in Finance, and I am also a Board Member of Inspiration Corporation, a Chicago-based organization to aims to end the cycle of homelessness, Ravinia Festival Associates Board and St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church.

I would love to hear from you on how you are focusing on DEI efforts in your organization – you can reach me at

FEI Chicago is proud to have John Bankhurst actively making a difference! He is another example of power of one, and why the FEI community is so vibrant and impactful.

FEI Members and Sponsors... are you or another member or sponsor doing good and valuable work that you would like to share with the FEI Community? If so, let us know at: Thank you!
Wednesday, December 9 4:30-6PM CT

Ugly Sweater Contest,
Laugh Break (w/former Second City Performers), Bingo with Prizes.

Family Members welcome!
Please note that all membership renewal invoices issued from 7-1-2020 through 6-30-2021 reflect a dues reduction of $100 for Executive and Entrepreneur categories and $50 for In-Transition, Academic and Retired categories.
As you renew, please know that FEI greatly values your membership. During these challenging times, it is more important than ever that Finance Executives (whether seated or in transition) have a robust community to lean on and resources to help us navigate the turbulence, change and uncertainty. FEI Chicago will continue to offer robust and diverse virtual offerings to help our members connect, grow and lead effectively. We look forward to your continued engagement in all that FEI has to offer!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your renewal please contact Rich Kuzmar
(312-515-1017 or or Susan Gidley (312-263-1661 or
Watch for the Chicago Chapter’s member satisfaction survey in the coming weeks. Your responses allow the Chapter to collect important feedback which will guide us in giving you more of what you want from FEI. Thank you in advance for your participation!
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FEI Chicago & Twin Citites Chapters' Tailgate Party
Monday, November 16, 2020 from 6 - 7 PM CT
Open to FEI Chicago & Twin Cities Chapter Members, Sponsors & Invited Guests
No cost to attend. Click here to RSVP.
A link to this Zoom webinar will be sent out the day of the event.    

Join the FEI Chicago and Twin Cities Chapters for a Monday Night Tailgate Party! Wear your favorite Bears or Vikings gear and grab your favorite beverage for an hour of Trivia, Prizes, Networking and Trash Talk! Registrations taken by the Twin Cities Chapter.
Here’s some exciting event news:
  • The first 50 attendees (members and sponsors who sign up from each chapter and attend) will be placed on a ‘winners list’
  • The city whose team loses the game will have their FEI chapter electronically send a $25 Amazon gift certificate to each of the 50 winning city FEI members. Each ‘winner’ must be present for the entire zoom call
  • During the tailgate, there will be breakout sessions with trivia questions (with prizes provided by Pro Image America), trash talk, alcohol, and game time food treats (courtesy of each attendee)
  • Get your team gear at Pro Image America at, and at checkout, use the code RIVALS to receive a 20% discount and free shipping
  • Attendees will have a list of all other attendees before the event, to foster post event networking opportunities.
FEI Chicago Chapter Webinar
"Managing a Tech Company in a Covid/Private Equity World"
With Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Flexera
Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:00-5:00PM CT
Open to all! No charge to attend.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Wednesday, November 18
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  

Jim Ryan is obsessed with candor, passion, professionalism, keeping score, celebrating success and giving back. He is known for driving change, developing talent and encouraging transparency, leading to Flexera consistently being named a "top workplace." Read more about Jim.
Jim will discuss his keys for managing growth, including M&A, through a global pandemic. 
FEI Virtual Career Management Group Breakfast
"Onboarding Yourself Into Your New Opportunity" 
The Overture Group - John Liacone & Bill Napolillo  
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Webinar 8:00 - 9:00AM CT
Open to all! No charge to attend.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Tuesday, December 1.
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  
"Onboarding Yourself Into Your New Opportunity"
This session on Executive Onboarding will help you onboard yourself into your new position and give you a step-by -step approach to accelerate your contribution to your new employer. You will walk away from this presentation with tools and a template to assist your transition into your new role.

Key Elements of On-boarding:
  • Pre-boarding
  • Evaluation
  • Follow-up

John Liacone is Managing Director of The Overture Group and Founder of the Leadership Group (LG). Bill Napolillo is the Director of Candidate Development for The Overture Group.
FEI Chicago Chapter Virtual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4:30—6PM CT
Open to FEI Chicago Chapter Members, Sponsors
and Their Guests
Sponsors email for a code to register online. 
No charge to attend. Online Registration Only.  
Click here to register by Friday, December 4.
A Zoom link will be sent out to party goers a day prior to the Festivities.
Join the FEI Chicago Chapter as we celebrate the holiday season! We host this year’s festive gathering virtually on zoom. The party starts with our ugly sweater contest. Dress to impress with your holiday worst! Prize given for the ugliest sweater. Following this contest, we spend the next 30 minutes in a laugh break with former members of Second City, who will do some skits and improv with us. We end the party with a good old fashion game of Bingo with prizes. Get ready to yell BINGO B4 anyone else to collect your prize.  

Plan to join FEI members, sponsors and their guests for a fun and silly celebration meant to lift our holiday spirit! Family members are welcome to join in on all the festivities! We hope you will join us.
FEI Chicago Chapter IDEA Committee hosts
Uncomfortable Conversations about Race Series
"The Economic Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership"
Wes Becton, Co-Founder & CEO, George Washington Street Partners 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
4:30—6:00PM CT
Open to FEI Chicago Chapter Members, Sponsors and Their Guests
No charge to attend. Contact for code for sponsor or guest attendance.
Online Registration Only. Click here to RSVP by Monday, December 14.
A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants a day prior to this session.  

In our 4th session of the series, we are joined by Wes Becton, Co-Founder and CEO of George Washington Street Partners. Wes will share his perspective on the Economic Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership, focusing on the hard work and courage required to be an effective DEI leader… and how and why this is good for business. Wes will clarify the differences between diversity, equity and inclusion and then help you identify roadblocks to reaching your DEI goals. You can expect to leave this session with a new (or deeper) perspective on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership and a framework to build and drive strategies that will address inequity, inequality and injustice within your communities and organizations. 

This session will include a 40 minute presentation and 45 minutes of small group discussion via Zoom Breakout. 

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.
"Grow Your Personal Impact"
With Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Held October 15, 2020

Leaders are often expected to define, influence, and shape countless aspects of the world around them, yet many struggle to fully understand how to unleash the power within and have the impact they hope to achieve. Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago explored how leaders can attain their desired outcomes by growing their personal impact. As a CEO, Dorri has learned that personal impact is a differentiator in leadership effectiveness. Watch our program recording for a thought-provoking conversation to inspire and grow your own personal impact and effectiveness as a leader.  
"Uncomfortable Conversations about Race Series:
Addressing Systemic Racism" with Dr. Donna Marino​
Held October 29, 2020

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.

The Role of White Americans in Disrupting Systemic Racism 
Systemic racism is, by definition, any organization, program or policy which favors one group over another. Systemic racism exists where one population group receives a disproportionate share of opportunities, access or resources (e.g. jobs, mortgages, or education). In order to understand the origins and functions of systemic racism in America, we must understand our history and how it continues to shape society today. In this session, our 3rd event in the series, Dr. Donna Marino shared insights into our history and the role White Americans play in disrupting racist systems. 
FEI A&AB Virtual C Suite Breakfast
"FinTechs Take a Front Seat During COVID-19
with Tim Clarke, Head of Finance & Corporate Development, Amount
Held October 30, 2020

Hear how the intersection of finance and technology is changing in front of our eyes, what a leading industry professional believes is in store economically for us post-COVID & elections, and how you can position yourself to work and be successful in the FinTech Industry!
Tim Clarke is the Head of Finance and Corporate Development at Amount, a leading technology platform for financial institutions.
FEI Virtual Career Management Group Breakfast
"Building a Culture of Connection/Engagement in a Virtual Reality" with Lisa Pinion, President, Founder & Chief Strategist, Pinion Solutions Group
Held November 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a seismic shift in business. How we work, where we work and even when we work. The transition to working in a virtual environment has shown the hidden strengths and significant flaws in many organizational cultures. And the role of front line managers and leaders never been more critical in creating and promoting connection and engagement than during this pandemic. This session explored what’s working, what’s not working, and actionable steps to build or strengthen a culture of connection and engagement in a virtual reality.

Lisa Pinion is President, Founder & Chief Strategist for the Pinion Solutions Group. She is a business leader with deep expertise in strategy, culture and organizational development. 
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For the past nine years, the FEI Chicago Chapter has hosted the Chicago CFO of the Year® Awards, honoring some of Chicago's finest financial professionals. And while the 10th annual ceremony will not take place in 2020, we will be back on November 18, 2021! Save the Date!

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