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MISSION:  Provide cutting-edge intelligence, state-of-the-art solutions, and valuable social-networking opportunities that facilitate our “C-Suite” 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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2018, ALL-inclusive annual dues are just $399, for about 40 - 50 events, if paid for by February 27, 2018; 

$449, thereafter.  Join here: 

(We had 48 events in 2017.)  There are NO additional per event charges!
We are a membership-style organization serving 110+ "C-Suite" / Sr. Exec. business leaders and the 160+ co.s they represent. 

We are a 501-C-6, Not-for-Profit, IL Corp.
2018 SCHEDULE, so far - Check back often for frequent updates:    


Fri., Mar. 16:  9 am – 2 pm, COMP., at the Microsoft Technology Center, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., 2nd flr., Chicago, 60601; Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  Thanks to our friends at Microsoft:  Claudia Hernandez, Business Expert, and, Brenton Hill, Customer Support Manager.

“Three Microsoft Technology Workshops” 
9 am – Noon = "Introduction to Blogging" by Marcie Hill
Noon – 1 pm = "Get to know Microsoft 365" by Terrance Gillespie
1 pm – 2 pm = "Fuel Your Business with LinkedIn" by Claudia Hernandez

Join us at the Microsoft Technology Center in the Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., 2nd flr., Friday, March 16th, for our complimentary workshops tailored to business men and women at any stage of business growth.  We will have workshops that can make a difference for your business.

If you have trouble registering, please let Claudia know immediately!  Claudia Hernandez, Business Expert, 773-836-3379; 

This event is at The Microsoft Technology Center, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph, 2nd flr.


Tues., April 10, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #282, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Habits at Work, 61 W. Hubbard St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60654; (312) 890-3223;

"Future-Proof Your Business:  The Secrets to Employee Habit Creation" 

As the world continues to change, leaders have a choice: deliberately design every aspect of your business to ensure that it is future -proof, or react to the changing world as it comes. This talk will demonstrate to leaders the need to grow, rather than find the talent that is needed to survive and thrive in future. It will make the case for why employee habits are the fundamental unit of competitive advantage and why habit design thinking is the essential leadership skill required to build highly adaptable organizations. During our time, we’ll explore the craft of Context Design, the things that surround employees and determine how they behave at work. We will share a formula for creating habits, and connect the dots between designing high performance habits in employees and the higher purpose of being a deliberate business. Our call to action is habit design thinking, used to establish and grow the capability required to make decisions that will prepare your business for the future.

REGISTER:  Registration for this monthly dinner will open the day after our previous monthly dinner meeting on Tues., March 13, 2018.


• How healthy, happy and financially secure employees provide a difficult to copy and sustainable competitive advantage to companies that want to future proof their business.

• The link between pivotal habits and employee performance at work, and how to build employee capacity to perform these pivotal habits.

• The framework to take control of the design of your company to ensure high employee engagement and performance.

"Presentations like yours come around perhaps once or twice in a career...The highest compliment a group can offer a speaker is the collective decision to invite that speaker back to speak to their management teams. In our case, we decided immediately after your presentation to invite you to return. Your work has the potential to be transformational.” – Dennis J., Chairman.

                             SPEAKER:  Andrew Sykes CEO & Founder, Habits at Work, @SykesAndrew; /andrewsykes1;; (312) 890-3223;

                             61 W. Hubbard St., Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60654.
                             "Andrew has a unique gift of storytelling and connecting with his audience in a way that gets to the heart of what is worth doing in wellness.” – Jeffrey A. Yoos, Senior VP, Alliant                                  Employee Benefits

Andrew holds over 20 years of leadership, organizational performance and business development experience. He has consulted to some of the world’s largest companies, including Shell Oil, McDonald’s, Nokia, British Aerospace, Unilever, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many others. Although his consulting experience is the source for many of his insights, Andrew’s real passion is professional speaking. He brings new and challenging perspectives to the topics he discusses, honed by his experience working around the world, and from the practical application of his solutions in his consulting work. Wherever and whenever he speaks, his goal is to leave his audience feeling moved and inspired to join him in his personal mission to make the world a more productive place. As a result, his presentations are passionate, lively and entertaining and will challenge your views on the way the world works.


Lots of additional activities, business and social events are under consideration and/or in negotiation for Members' benefit - throughout the year.


​Tues., May 8, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #283, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Baird & Warner Corp. HQ,  - or -  Location TBD;  TOPIC:  TBD  (submit your ideas!)


Tues., June 12, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #284, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Baird & Warner Corp. HQ,  - or -  Location TBD;  TOPIC:  TBD  (submit your ideas!)


SUMMER BREAK from Monthly dinner mtgs in preference for more "Partner Events" and our own "Social / Networking Events"  (submit your ideas!)


NEW DATE:  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #285, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Northern Trust, 50 S. LaSalle St., First Flr., Global Conf. Ctr., Chicago, probable speaker: Carl R. Tannenbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at Northern Trust.  Carl is a super speaker / fantastic presenter and will address domestic and global business climates, political trends and how they may impact the economy, trends in interest rates and inflation and what comes next for the Fed and other central banks.  Carl plays key roles in Northern’s investment policy setting, capital planning and bank balance sheet management.  He is frequently in Washington rubbing elbows with policy makers and staying close to his Federal Reserve contacts. 

"Update: The New World Order" - (probable) presented by Carl R. Tannenbaum, EVP and Chief Economist at Northern Trust

Change is ever present, but it sometimes accumulates so quickly that systems need to be re-thought.  This seems to be one of those occasions, with geopolitics, demographics, and technology moving us away from past norms.  Disruption is creating a new set of winners and losers across industries, countries, and segments of the world’s population.  The implications of this for economic growth and financial markets will be discussed.

THANKS to longtime CEO Roundtable-Chicago Member, John B. Leo, CFA, CPWA, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Central Region, Wealth Management, for arranging and hosting this special dinner meeting at Northern Trust every year!  +1 312-444-3924 | F +1 312-630-0626 | 

SPEAKER BIO:  Carl R. Tannenbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at Northern Trust
Carl Tannenbaum is the Chief Economist for The Northern Trust.  In this role, Mr. Tannenbaum briefs clients and colleagues on the economy and business conditions, prepares the bank’s official economic outlook and participates in forecast surveys.  He is a member of the bank’s investment policy committee, its capital committee, and its asset/liability management committee.
Mr. Tannenbaum publishes weekly commentaries and is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mr. Tannenbaum spent four years at the Federal Reserve, where he led the risk section.  He was deeply involved in the central bank’s response to the 2008 financial crisis, helped to create and conduct its stress testing program, and advised senior Federal Reserve leaders on developments in banking and the financial markets.
Mr. Tannenbaum began his career in banking at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO, a global banking organization with $1 trillion in total assets.  He served for more than 20 years there as the organization’s Chief Economist and Head of Balance Sheet Management. 
Mr. Tannenbaum is a member and past Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee, the National Association for Business Economics, the Conference of Business Economists, and the North American Asset/Liability Management Association.
Mr. Tannenbaum also serves on the Board of Working in the Schools (WITS), a literacy organization that supports the Chicago Public Schools.
Mr. Tannenbaum holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in finance and economics from the University of Chicago.

As of June 30, 2017, Northern Trust Corporation had:  
$126 billion in banking assets
$7.4 trillion in assets under custody
$9.3 trillion in assets under custody/administration
$1.0 trillion in assets under management

AGENDA:  (dinner mtg at Northern Trust, 50 S. LaSalle St., ground flr., Global Conf. Ctr., Chicago, IL)
5:15 - 6:15 pm = Arrivals, Networking, Catered Dinner & Drinks
6:15 - 7:30 pm = Presentation, Discussion, Q&A
7:30 - 8:00 pm = Optional additional social - networking


Tues., Oct. 16, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #286, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Baird & Warner Corp. HQ,  - or -  Location TBD;  TOPIC:  TBD  (submit your ideas!)


Tues., Nov. 13, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #287, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Baird & Warner Corp. HQ,  - or -  Location TBD;  TOPIC:  TBD  (submit your ideas!)


Tues., Nov. 27, 2018, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Baird & Warner Corp. HQ, 120 S. LaSalle St., 20th flr., Chicago 60603 (you can also enter this bldg. around the corner at 121 W. Monroe).  This is our December monthly dinner mtg early = consecutive monthly dinner mtg. #288, since 1991.   

“Economic Outlook – 2019” with speaker, William A. Strauss, Senior Economist & Economic Advisor, 35 years at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604.  

Bill is "back by popular demand" for the 6th time! 

SPEAKER BIO:  William A. Strauss, (312) 322-8151;, is a senior economist and economic adviser in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy.  He organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year.  
Strauss has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago. He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. At the latter institution, he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs.

He was recognized by the University at Buffalo as a Distinguished Alum in 2012.
His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles and Federal Reserve payments operations.
Strauss has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and quoted in the major business magazines and newspapers. He has also provided testimony concerning manufacturing issues to the U.S. Senate.
He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Business Economists; a past board member for the National Association for Business Economics; a member 
of the National Business Economics Issues Council; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo; a member of the Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth and Development, a member of the Advisory Council for the University 
of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Economic Education; a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the Council on Competitiveness; a board member of Global Interdependence Center; and a member of the Council of Great Lakes Governors Maritime Advisory Committee.
Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University. 
He is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE), the certification in business economics and data analytics developed by the National Association for Business Economics. It documents a professional’s accomplishment, experience, abilities and demonstrates mastery of the body of knowledge critical for a successful career in the field of economics and data analytics.






Wed., Jan. 17, 2018,  5:30 - 7:30 pm, COMP., at Latham & Watkins, 330 N. Wabash, Suite 2800, Chicago - In partnership with The Harvard Club of Chicago with the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago = COMP., for Members of The CEO Roundtable-Chicago who register as per instructions below.  You will be required to show an official picture I.D. when checking into this building / event.

"The North Korea Problem" with expert / speaker, Walter L. Keats, Harvard AB '67 

YOU MUST REGISTER BY NOON, TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018 by EMAIL with your contact info only to:  

With U.S.-DPRK (North Korea) relation in the news almost every day now, with talk of "fire and fury," "nuclear war," "military solutions," etc.  What are some of the facts in all this noise?  To help answer many of these questions, Walter L. Keats, AB '67, will share his insights gained from 29 visits to North Korea since 1995 as well as his ongoing involvement in the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) based in Washington, D.C. 

Some of the topics Walter will discuss include: 
a short history of how we got in this mess
why they hate us
examples of similar situations in the past that would be informative
what various organizations and governments are doing to deal with the situation
will there be a war on the Korean peninsula  ​

Walter requests:  please include your specific questions with your registration to:, by NOON on Tues., Jan. 16, 2018.
Additional Benefit:  David Howard, AB '77 will start the program with a performance of the Korean folk tune "Arirang" on the violin.

For full speaker bio, more program details, directions, map, etc.:


Fri., Jan.19, 2018, COMP., 4:00 - 5:15 pm, COMP., at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conf. Ctr., 130 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago 60601 (Partner event) 


"The Trump Presidency:  One Year Later" - with distinguished panelists, David Axelrod, Tim Naftali, Kori Schake

David Axelrod, Institute Director, The University of Chicago Institute of Politics; Former Senior Advisor, President Barack Obama
Timothy Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University; Presidential Historian, CNN
Kori Schake, Distinguished Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Senior Policy Advisor, McCain-Palin Campaign

This program is complimentary for Members of The CEO Roundtable-Chicago, who register as per instructions by the deadline.

REGISTER NOW:  Send your full name, title, co. name, address, email, and cell phone to: - Registration closes NOON, Jan. 18.  We have up to 15 seats.

The first year of President Donald J. Trump’s administration has been unlike that of any other American president. Trump’s prolific use of Twitter, willingness to reevaluate long-held policies and alliances, and populist nationalism have made a significant impact on his presidency and his party. Meanwhile, the administration’s efforts in the coming year to contain the threat posed by North Korea, deal with a resurgent Russia, and broker peace in the Middle East will help shape its ultimate legacy. How will the first year of the Trump presidency be judged by historians in years to come? Is the American presidency as an institution being changed in ways that will have an impact on future officeholders and the country as a whole?


Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, Registration: 8 – 8:15 am, Program: 8:15 am – 10 am, at Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), 550 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL; $20.00 per member & $25.00 per non-member - Make check payable to ICPAS (collected at the door), Organized by ICPAS–Chicago Metro Chapter, CPE: 2 hours for CPAs - This is NOT a CEO Roundtable-Chicago event, just one we thought you should know about.  You do NOT have to be a member or a CPA – All welcome​

"What Non-Technology People Need to Know about Cybersecurity Risk Management"    

Please join us for an informative discussion on Cybercrime.  Cybercrime is an exponentially growing threat to all organizations and people. Management of this risk is left to board of directors, executives, managers, and others to perform, and not just the technology department. This means these persons need to learn about cybersecurity and the associated risks to their organization. Laws, such as the New York (DFS-39-16-00008-A) effective March 1, 2017, apply to all organizations in banking, insurance, and financial services regulated by the State of New York Department of Financial Services.  This model law to the nation holds the board of directors as the ultimate and final legally responsible persons for adherence to all the terms in the new law.  In addition, other regulations that detail what and how tasks in a cybersecurity risk management plan are to be completed. This session presents current challenges and overview of the New York law. The SPOTT® Gap Analysis will be explained as a pragmatic tool to identify all tasks in all areas.


REGISTER: Email your contact info to: 
Questions: call JoAnn Becker at:  847-682-5665

Speaker: JoAnn Becker, MS, MBA  JoAnn Becker has 30+ years developing high performing teams in business and all areas of technology. JoAnn has performed in many different organizations preparing project/change work and delivery of ongoing services.  JoAnn is an international speaker having addressed professional associations in various industries. She’s published in the Project Management Institute Financial Services Special Interest Group, co-authored an article in the Health Information Management Systems peer review journal.  She has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS from the University of Denver Stern College of Law, a BS in Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin; and International Project Management Certificate (PMP) from 2003-2016. 


Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 8:30 - 10:00 am, COMP., via webinar or in-person at Schneider Electric (Schaumburg), COMPLIMENTARY for CEO Roundtable-Chicago Members of record by Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, at 8:30 am; Session will be presented live at Schneider Electric, 200 N. Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173, and simulcast via webinar.  (Partner Event)
"Developing New Levels of Leadership Agility"

$5 Materials Fee WAIVED for CEO Roundtable-Chicago Members, compliments of fellow Member, Elene Cafasso, CEO and Head Coach, Enerpace Executive Coaching.
REGISTER:  You MUST register 24 hours in advance, using this link to attend as Enerpace’s COMPLIMENTARY Guest:

Attend Virtually Via Webinar:  REGISTER and you will receive webinar connection info a few days prior to the event.  
Can’t make it that day?  Portions of the webinar broadcast will be recorded and made available to those registered.  Presented by Northwest Professional Development Network 

In today's business environment, agility is one of the most important capacities for today's leaders to develop. But what exactly is leadership agility? What does increased agility look like when managers lead change, lead teams, and navigate pivotal conversations? And what can leaders do to develop greater agility?
In this interactive session, leadership consultant Bill Joiner will share key findings from his in-depth research on leadership agility. He will use audio clips to illustrate different "levels" of agility and go into the four types of agility that are essential for effective leadership. He will be joined by Chicago PDN member, Elene Cafasso, who will show us how she uses tools and methods from Bill's body of work with her coaching clients.

Speakers:​ Bill Joiner and Elene Cafasso, President of Enerpace, Inc. (Member of The CEO Roundtable-Chicago)
Bill Joiner is co-author of the award-winning book, Leadership Agility, and a sought-after international thought leader on the subject of 21st century leadership. Bill is CEO of Changewise, a firm that partners with leaders to create high-performing leadership teams, implement organizational change, and transform leadership culture. Bill also co-designed the Leadership Agility 360, and his firm certifies coaches in its use. Bill has an MBA and earned his doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard University.
Elene Cafasso is a professionally trained executive coach, an executive mentor, and President of Enerpace, Inc. Elene helps rapidly growing organizations elevate their leaders at all levels, changing how they get results to produce measurable improvements in business performance. Her leadership insights appear frequently in the press, as Elene has been featured on NBC 5 Chicago news, Money Magazine, Career, The New York Daily News and Crain's Chicago Business, among others.

Who Should Attend:  Leaders desiring enhanced effectiveness in the face of rapidly increasing volatility, uncertainty & ambiguity.


Tues., February 13, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #280, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Wipfli's Conf. Ctr., 2nd Flr., 125 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606; 312.341.0100;, A multi-discipline professional services firm:  230+ partners, 1,900+ associates, 49 US offices, 2 India offices, ONE Firm.

"How You Personally and Your Company Can Take Advantage of the New Tax Code" 

Topics:  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  Individual Changes, Estate, Gift, & EST, Business Taxation, and YOUR QUESTIONS.
Speakers:  Rich Salter, Partner, Northbrook office, and, Joshua Graham, Tax Manager, Chicago Wacker Dr. office.  
Host:  Larry Horwich, Partner, CPA, CVA, ABV, Wipfli LLP, Office: 312.341.0100; 125 South Wacker Drive, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606; | 

5:15 - 6:15 pm = Arrivals, Networking, Catered Dinner & Drinks
6:15 - 7:30 pm = Presentation, Discussion, Q&A
7:30 - ????? pm = Optional additional social - networking



​Wed. & Thurs., Feb. 21 & 22, 2018, at The Ritz Carlton, COMP., $495 Conference Fee WAIVED for CEO Roundtable-Chicago Members of record by Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2018, compliments of fellow Member, Rick Mason, Partner, McGuire Woods.  Conference at The Ritz Carlton, Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611:  (Partner Event)

 "15th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference" 

Conference site:
The healthcare and life science markets are in a period of dramatic change.  Despite this change, successful private equity funds can still execute deals and achieve capital growth by implementing the right strategies in the right markets.  Join us at this premier two-day healthcare-focused investments conference as we continue to explore new ways to successfully close transactions and achieve growth.  This year’s conference will again include presentations by companies seeking investment or financing.

REGISTER:  Members must send their name, title, co. name, email, cell ph. no., and that you are a CEO Roundtable-Chicago Member, to:  Claudia Gunderson,

Conference Topics:​ 
- Current Views From Senior Lenders 
- The Next Wave of Consolidation in PPM Models I: Podiatry, Allergy and Fertility  
- Behavorial Health I: Autism, IDD and Related Investments  
- Emerging Models in Urgent Care Investments  
​- Opportunities for Investing in Distressed Provider Service Businesses

Complete list of topics: ​
Who Should Attend:  C-level executives, Private equity funds, senior and mezzanine lenders, investment bankers, consultants and principals in the healthcare and life sciences industries
For more info:  Rick Mason, +1 312-750-3527:, or, Karna Pruiett, +1 312 849 8137;

Sponsors:  McGuireWoods LLP, With approximately 1,000 lawyers and 20 strategically located offices worldwide, McGuireWoods uses client-focused teams to serve public, private, government and nonprofit clients from many industries including automotive, energy resources, health care, technology and transportation; RSM US LLP; Cain Brothers; CCO Healthcare Partners; Duff & Phelps; Farragut Square Group; Marwood Group.​


Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 12 PM - 2 PM, Executive Briefing and Networking Lunch, at Soho House, 113 N. Green St., Chicago, IL 60607; The Belt Room.

“9 Digital Trends Dominating the Enterprise in 2018”  -  This "Partner Lunch Event" is COMP. and Invite-Only

From Ivan Pavlov to Ronald Reagan, and Sacred Cows to Fast Followers, we’re covering the top trends impacting every organization in 2018.  Drawing on inspiration from some of history’s most groundbreaking ideas and its greatest thinkers, we’re bringing together a room full of cross-industry senior executives, like yourself, to get a jumpstart on your 2018 digital initiatives.  Join Paul Heckel, VP of Customer Experience, for this executive briefing over lunch at Soho House. Together with our panelists, he’ll dig deep into the 9 macro trends impacting every organization across: buyer engagement, digital innovation, and enterprise transformation.

REGISTER and details:

From AI to Design Systems, we’ll arm you with the amo you need to become the smartest executive in the room.
Topics include:
2018 is the year in which the backend becomes a bottleneck to delivering great CX
AI experiments that begin in a lab, will die in the lab
Consumers are being further conditioned to expect more conversational, automated, and self-service experiences
Enterprise-wide innovation matures through the concept of “mobilizing the masses”

Our all-star panel will not only weigh in on these trends, but open up the conversation with the audience to discuss the implications for the enterprise in the year ahead.
12 PM - Arrive at Soho House
12:00 - 12:15 PM = Networking and Introductions
12:15 - 1:45 PM = Lunch, Panel and Audience Q&A
1:45 - 2:00 PM = Wrap up and Networking
This event is invite-only for a limited number of executives and space is limited.

Interested in a particular topic or trend from our report?  Submit your questions in the registration field to help shape the agenda.
Questions:  Reach out to Solstice's Director of Marketing, Dan Ptak, 

Meet the Event Panel:
Paul Heckel, VP of Customer Experience, Solstice
David Gervase, Head of Retail Emerging Products & Digital Payments, Citi


Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm, COMP. PARTNER LUNCHEON with Keynote Speakers / Panelists:  Senator Tammy Duckworth; Lt. General Kenneth Hunzeker, U.S. Army (ret.); Ambassador Christopher Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2009-2010); at The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601; for registered Members of The CEO Roundtable-Chicago. 

Partner is our friends at U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Will McIntee, Midwest Regional Outreach Director,; 1129 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

"America’s Global Leadership Forum: Threats & Opportunities in the 21st Century"

Join us for a dynamic lunch discussion with Senator Tammy Duckworth on the positive impact of global affairs programs in Illinois.
This is an invitation-only event. Lunch is provided and attendance is free, but registration is required.


If you have any questions, please contact Will McIntee, at or 202-730-4172 


Wed., Feb. 28, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, COMP. for CEO Roundtable-Chicago Members.  Event at First Capital Financial Concepts, 225 W. Washington St., Suite 1550, Chicago.  Invite from our friend, Chuck Villano, Managing Partner of First Capital Financial Concepts

"How to be Prepared for Retirement" 

Wouldn't it be nice to know you are prepared to make the retirement decision any time?  It can be harder than expected to navigate a retirement that offers purpose, value and meaning?  If you feel unprepared and unsure of what lies ahead for you and your retirement future, then this is for you.  Join us for light refreshments & hors d'oeuvres along with interactive discussion and workbook take-aways on how to prepare for your best life in retirement. 

Presented by First Capital in partnership with:  Hunken-Ewing Financial Group and Jackson National.  This event is beyond financial planning and is a must attend to create the life you really want.

REGISTER:  Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot:  847-398-9000.
Questions:  Charles A. Villano, J.D.*, CFP®, CLU®, LUTCF, Managing Partner, First Capital, 847-398-9000 Ext. 101


Mon., Mar. 5, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, COMP. Open bar & finger food, with email registration to Peggy Eppink, at Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr., Rm 621, Chicago 60611; We are invited by our friends at UChicago Booth – The Initiative on Global Markets – The Myron Scholes Global Markets Forum  

“The Misthinking of Globalization – Past, Present, and Future”

This talk will challenge the way you think about globalization. Everyone knows globalization is a process -- driven forwards by falling trade and communication costs – that is integrating national economies around the world. This view is incomplete.

This provocative talk argues that globalization should be viewed as two processes, not one. The first is the traditional view where more goods crossing borders integrates economies. The second started with the ICT Revolution made is feasible for G7 firms to unbundle their factories and shift some production stages to low-wage nations. To coordinate the whole, G7 firms brought their firm-specific know-how along with the off-shored stages. Flows of know-how, investment, training, services and people that used to happen only inside factories in G7 nations are now a part of international commerce.
The resulting North-to-South flows of know-how transformed global economic realities – giving rise to the Emerging Economies, the commodity super-cycle, and much more.
The talk concludes with conjectures on what this means for future globalization. It argue that digital technology will bring globalisation to the service sector via machine translation, better substitutes for face-to-face, and international freelancing platforms like

REGISTER:  The cost is $5, but FREE for CEO Roundtable-Chicago Members who register by emailing the following info to:  Name, Preferred Email Address, and that you are a Member of The CEO Roundtable-Chicago.  

Questions: Peggy Eppink, 773-834-8029

Speaker Profile:  Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva since 1991, President/Director of CEPR since 2014, and Editor-in-Chief of Vox since he founded it in June 2007.
He was visiting professor at Oxford (2012-2015), and MIT (2003). In terms of government service, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush Administration (1990-1991) on leave from Columbia University Business School where he was Associate Professor. He did his PhD in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman with whom he has co-authored several articles. He advises governments and international organisation around the world, and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was published in November 2016 by Harvard University Press.

The Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) is housed at the U of Chicago Booth School of Business.   

The Myron Scholes Global Markets Forum is part of the Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) and is generously sponsored by Myron Scholes.

For info you can contact: 
Executive Director:  Brian Barry, Clinical Professor of Economics,
Co-Directors:  Christian Leuz, Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance, and Accounting,
Amir Sufi, Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy,
Staff:  Peggy Eppink, Associate Director, Tel: 773.834.8029; Fax: 773.834.2151;


Tues., March 13, 2018, Monthly Dinner Mtg. #281, 5:15 - 7:30 pm, at:  Multiple, Inc., 845 W. Washington St., 4th flr., Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 846-6944;; Get Directions:; Hosts:  Andy Eltzroth, Principal, M: 630.222.5353;, Kevin Krueger, Principal & Creative Dir.,, and, Speaker: Dave Mason.

"How to Successfully Achieve Change In Your Life and at Your Company"

Change or be changed
Whether you’re a leader in business, government or education, making change happen is the name of the game.  The alternative—having change forced upon you—pretty much sucks, so it’s more important than ever for leaders to find ways to overcome the instinctive resistance people feel when it comes to letting go of what they know and moving toward what they don’t know.  
The Formula for Change, also known as Gleicher’s Formula, is a succinct way of breaking down the process of organizational change into its key elements.​ 

Virtually every organization - every person wants to change something for the better: a product or service, a reputation, market share, a way of thinking or working, an outlook or a bottom line. Or all of the above.  Luckily, there’s a formula to help the process, a succinct way of breaking down the process of change into its key elements.  

Speaker:  Dave Mason,; Principal and Strategy Director at MULTIPLE Inc.; Co-Founder+Chief Innovation Officer at PowerPlayer Inc.; Co-Founder Cusp Conference LLC.; Co-Founder ForthLevel. 

Born in England. Raised in Canada.  The things he learned as a CJFL quarterback, while working in a women’s prison, a forensic psychiatric hospital and a subatomic physics laboratory and while coaching high school football naturally prepared him to start a design firm immediately after graduating from college in the late 20th century. He subsequently co-founded internationally recognized Chicago/Vancouver-based SamataMason in 1995, which was renamed smbolic in 2010.  He Co-founded Chicago/Vancouver/Atlanta-based Multiple Inc. in 2013.

​REGISTER:  Registration for this monthly dinner will open the day after our previous monthly dinner meeting on Tues., February 13, 2018.


Wed., Mar. 14, 2018, 5:15 - 7:00 pm, COMP. with email registration to, at Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center, Prudential Plaza, 130 East Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-726-3860; map We are invited by our friends at The Council and Amila Golic, Dir. Corp. Programs; This event is part of the Global Economy Series.

“The Puzzle of Growth and the U.S. Economy” with Harvard Professor, Martin Feldstein
Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research

The bulls have been raging and the economy has added jobs year after year, yet productivity growth has remained stubbornly stuck for more than a decade. Years after the financial crisis—and despite a high-tech innovation economy—this productivity paradox continues to bedevil economists, businessmen, and policymakers around the world. Is the productivity paradox due to a mismeasurement of our modern digital economy, or must we face up to persistent productivity doldrums? And what will be the fate of the US economy more broadly over the next few years as the Federal Reserve transitions from Janet Yellen to Jerome Powell and finally normalizes monetary policy? What impact will the recently passed tax cut have on growth?    

Context:  Background reading and multimedia:
·         Why the pessimists are wrong about the new US tax law, Martin Feldstein, Harvard Business Review, January 26, 2018
·         Productivity data: Why the numbers don't add up in the digital age, Gillian Tett, Financial Times, November 3, 2017
·         Boom vs. doom: A debate on the future economy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, December 5, 2017

REGISTER BY NOON ON TUES, MAR. 13:  FREE for Members who register by emailing the following info to: = Name, email, mobile ph. #.

5:15 p.m.  Registration
5:30 p.m.  Presentation and Q&A
6:30 p.m.  Networking reception
7:00 p.m.  Adjournment

                                  SPEAKER:  Martin Feldstein, The George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

                                 He served as president and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008 and continues as a research associate of the NBER. From 1982 through 1984, Martin Feldstein was                                            chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan's chief economic adviser. He served as president of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006,                                          President Bush appointed him to be a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to be a member of the President's                                    Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association.                                      He holds degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University.