2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ANNUAL FAMILY DINNER
6:00PM – 9:00PM
THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Ms. Goodwin joined us following the September 2018 publication of her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, a culmination of her five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

State of Illinois

The November luncheon celebrated the service of America’s veterans and active service members. Our guest speaker was Illinois’ U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years. Representatives of the member organizations spearheading our Veterans Working Group (VWG) joined the meeting and were available to answer questions. The mission of the VWG is to make Chicagoland one of the best places in the nation for returning veterans to enter the civilian workforce and build a career.

Friday, October 12, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB

David Axelrod and Reince Priebus

SPEAKERS:


David Axelrod

Senior Political Commentator, CNN, and Host, The Axe Files
Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011)

Reince Priebus

White House Chief of Staff (2017)
Chairman of the Republican National Committee (2011–2017)

In advance of the November 2018 mid-term election, we invited leading political strategists from each party to discuss their thoughts on the political climate in our country and share their views on the expected election outcome and its implications for the future. We welcomed David Axelrod, a 35-year veteran of politics and journalism and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and Reince Priebus, former Chairman of the Republic National Committee and Chief of Staff to Donald Trump, for a fireside chat three weeks before the election.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB

Steve Easterbrook

President and Chief Executive Officer | McDonald’s Corporation

Steve Easterbrook has been President and CEO of the world’s largest restaurant company since 2015. Easterbrook is recognized for leading McDonald’s turnaround by sparking the evolution of its company culture with McDonald’s global system of franchisees, suppliers, and employees moving with greater speed, efficiency, and purpose to satisfy the rising expectations of today’s customers in their 37,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries. As part of this process, McDonald’s moved their headquarters to downtown Chicago from Oak Brook in June 2018.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB
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Dennis Muilenburg

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer | The Boeing Company

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

LUNCHEON
11:45AM – 2:00PM
JW MARRIOTT
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Neighborhood Jobs Connection Meeting

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:


Mary Dillon

Chief Executive Officer | Ulta Beauty

Includes Panel Discussion

Friday, April 27, 2018

LUNCHEON 
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB
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Toni Preckwinkle

President | Cook County Board of Commissioners

Update on Cook County: Jobs, Healthcare, and Economic Development

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB

Innovation and Development: The Future of Cities

 

MODERATOR:


Robert A. Wislow

Chairman | CBRE Chicago


SPEAKERS:


Benjamin Breslau

International Director, Research | JLL, Inc.

David Reifman

Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development | City of Chicago

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB
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Janice K. Jackson, EdD

Chief Executive Officer | Chicago Public Schools

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LUNCHEON
12:00PM – 1:30PM
THE CHICAGO CLUB

The Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Will it Mean?

 

MODERATOR:


Deborah L. DeHaas

Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner for the Center for Board Effectiveness | Deloitte US

 

SPEAKERS:


Austan Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics | University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Carl R. Tannenbaum

Executive Vice President and Chief Economist | Northern Trust

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