MISSION: Provide cutting-edge business intelligence, state-of-the-art solutions, and valuable social-networking opportunities that facilitate our “C-Suite” / Sr. Exec. Members' and their companies' success: make profits, create jobs, and nourish growth, in a socially responsible manner. WE SERVE ALL "C-Suite" / Sr. Executives. - SINCE 1991 -
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If you are a "C-Level" executive (e.g., Chairman, Owner, CEO, COO, President, CFO, CIO, CMO, General Manager, National or Regional Sales Mgr., Managing Partner, etc.) with organization-wide, or function-wide, P/L responsibilities, and you would like to join the CEO Roundtable, please see our "Why and How To Join" page, and contact our Chairman:
Alexander "Sandy" Weissent
1415 N. Dearborn Pkwy, Suite 22-D
Chicago, IL 60610
Conceived in 1990, in early 1991, The CEO Roundtable started full, monthly dinner operations at the request of then, "GSB" Dean, Jack Gould, Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business ("The GSB" now "UChicago Booth"), with entrepreneurial help from Linda O'Bryant, then Director of Alumni Affairs for The GSB, Anita Brick, Career Counselor for The GSB, and Alexander "Sandy" Weissent, GSB '76, and President of The first ever UChicago GSB Alumni Club of Chicago, and, COO of a national health club chain. The Dean's mandate was to exclusively serve UChicago GSB alumni in "C-Level" / Sr. Executive positions (e.g., Chairman, CEO, COO, Owner, President, CFO, CIO, CMO, GM, Managing Partner, National or Regional Manager, etc., senior people, preferably with P/L responsibilities, who could add to and gain from roundtable discussions on the issues of business leadership.)
By January, 2010, all of our approximately 85 Members, were "C-Suite" / Sr. Executives, all alumni from The GSB / UChicago Booth. However, since 2010, we have also welcomed graduates from other top schools, who qualify as "C-Level" / Sr. Executive leaders of organizations, preferably who have organization-wide, or, functional P/L responsibilities.
By 2014, our 24th year, we had over 130 "C-Suite" / Sr. Executive Members from many different educational backgrounds, working in many different industries. Most executives who ask to join are clearly qualified by their current or recent past "C-level" / senior executive positions.
On December 2, 2019, we celebrated our milestone, 300th consecutive, monthly dinner meeting at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Bill Strauss, a Fed. senior economist and frequent, super speaker for us over many years, gave us his annual "Economic Outlook - 2020." 2020 is the our 30th year of non-profit service to Chicago's senior business executives.
Since January, 2010, we've also expanded our outreach to include many "partner organizations" with whom we co-sponsor events. This has greatly broadened our presentations of "timely topics" and "super speakers" for our Member and guest audiences. In recent years, our Members have enjoyed between 50 and 60 events each year, all covered by their small annual dues. In addition, several of our partner organizations have invited our Members to attend their national conferences and have waived the fees for our Members, to the total cost savings of between $1,000 to $2,000 each year for our Members to attend those conferences.
Please visit our, "Schedule of Events" tab to see the complete schedule and all the details of our timely topics, expert-super speakers, and our other social-networking events.
We are a 501-C-6, Not-for-Profit, Illinois corporation, with an all-volunteer management team and board of directors.
In addition to our 3-person, Board of Directors, we have a "Board of Advisors" and 3 Management Committees: "Membership Committee" who review the qualifications of those interested executives who may require a clarification of their titles and/or responsibilities, etc. We also have a "Topics Committee" who review the Members' regular suggestions for "timely topics" and "super speakers." In 2012, we added our "W-M-IT Committee" (Website, Marketing, and IT Committee) with rotating Members who advise us on those areas. In addition, Members often serve as "Meeting Manager" for a particular month's topic and/or speaker, usually for a Topic and/or Speaker that they suggested and that was selected for our schedule. In addition to being "timely" our topics often address the critical personal leadership and organization challenges we must address.
We are Member-focused, Member-run, and we all share equally in the success of our roundtable. Our Members have created a simple set of GOALS and RULES with our roundtable leaders over our history together. These support our MISSION and help all of us to better serve and protect our Members' mutual interests, and to better ensure our full enjoyment of our time together. Three of our more noteworthy rules are that we do NOT allow anyone at our meetings to "cold" solicit others (for donations, jobs, sales, or anything else), and, we treat any and all personal or private info we hear at meetings as confidential, and, finally, at our Members' explicit request, we do NOT allow anyone to use our membership contact info for anything other than internal CEO Roundtable business.
We are a 501-c-6, Not-for-Profit, Illinois Corp., led by volunteer, for-profit business executives and volunteer member committees. We have always tried to keep our costs to a bare minimum, but without sacrificing quality, which is one reason why our annual membership fee is so low, and our growth has been so strong.
Since 2018, our regular, ALL-inclusive annual fee has been just $399, for 50 - 60 events. We had 62 events in 2018. We accept payments by cash, check, and credit or debit cards thru PayPal. On a rare occasion, there is a minimal additional charge by a "partner organization" for food and drinks, etc.
Members also receive a $100 CASH bonus for each new, qualified guest they refer who joins the CEO Roundtable for the regular, full-year fee. There is no limit / no cap on the number of CASH bonuses Members may receive.
Members often bring executive guests to our monthly dinner meetings to introduce those potential Members to The CEO Roundtable. Our nominal, dinner-guest fee is $35 for a catered dinner with open wine bar. The $35 is REBATED to the payer once the guest becomes a full-year Member.
Annual fees help pay for ALL annual, operating, administrative, and management costs. Our one annual fee pays for our own exclusive events, additional complimentary, partnered-3rd-party business conferences, and additional activities that our Members are invited to attend. "Supporting Sponsors" and monthly dinner meeting hosts also help us sustain our operation.
Members who join on or after July 1, can pay our pro-rated, 2nd -half year dues, about half the annual fee.
In 2017, we started to limit our January and February monthly dinner meetings due to the harsh winter travel conditions, but continued with our usual "partner" events. Since our start in 1991, we have not held monthly dinner meetings in the busy vacation months of July and August, but continue with numerous, more casual, summer social-networking events, and partner events of various kinds.
We aim to repeat the same extremely high ROI for our Members in 2020. The CEO Roundtable will hold its own, Annual Corp. Meeting at the last, or the first monthly dinner meeting of the year, unless otherwise announced.