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Outside Investment & Financial Events
(Not sponsored by CFA Society Chicago)

Format: Our conferences include a three-track presentation schedule with thirty minute presentations per company and scheduled one-on-one meetings for qualified investors. A keynote lunch presentation is also scheduled for each day with a distinguished financial leader. Our conferences host approximately 50 to 70 presenting companies ranging from ~$100M to ~$5B market cap with an average of ~$800M at each event.  In 2021, we had 200 companies present, 1,000+ investors attend, and over 1,500 one-on-one meetings scheduled. For more information visit: About IDEAS Investor Conferences. 

Company Selection Process: Unlike traditional investment bank-sponsored conferences, our events are sponsored by money management firms and we generate our presenting company list largely based on the suggestions of our sponsors and other buyside relationships, focusing on under-followed and under-appreciated companies.

Schedule: 55+ publicly traded companies are expected to participate in this event and presenting companies will take part in 1×1 meetings & feature a group presentation. To view the presenting list, click here – 2022 Midwest IDEAS Presenting Companies  (this is a dynamic link and will reflect future additions) 

Sponsored by Investors. For Investors. To learn more about our sponsors, please click here.

Date: August 24 & 25, 2022

Time: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Each Day (Come and Go)

Location: The Gwen Hotel (discounted hotel reservations available here) – 521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 645-1500

Hosted By: IDEAS Investor Conferences

Contact: Lacey Wesley, Vice President & Managing Director of IDEAS Conferences, 817.769.2373, lwesley@threepa.com

Fees: Waived for CFA members (Email Lacey Wesley at lwesley@threepa.com; must include you are a CFA society Chicago member)

Behavioral Finance Exchange Podcast

The Behavioral Finance Exchange podcast features leading experts in the field of behavioral finance. Hosted by James Valentine, executive director of the Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance, the podcast series helps investment professionals identify and take steps to minimize the most prevalent psychological biases and aversions that hinder investment decision-making.

Platforms: Google, Spotify, Apple, Breaker

Hosted By: DePaul’s Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance

Contact: James Valentine

CFA Society Chicago Partnership with the Greenwood Project

The Greenwood Project is a Chicago-based non-profit whose mission is to introduce minority students to careers in the finance industry. They support scholars from high school into their early career, serving as an educational resource and opportunity generator. The Greenwood Project’s programs include summer courses for high school students that focus on finance topics, specifically financial technology. Their flagship program is a 6-week college internship program where students are matched with prestigious internship opportunities and provided with support to help them achieve at the highest levels in their roles.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • • With the continued impact of COVID-19 lingering in our industry,their most pressing need is for companies to take on virtual volunteers for our summer 2020 internships. This year, they are two-week long virtual internships where a team of 5 scholars tackles a project submitted by an employee or team.

    • Volunteer to lead Virtual Career Talks, where volunteers discuss their career pathway and answer questions from our students.

    • Volunteer to lead workshops for our high school institutes coming up in July and August. These workshops range from soft-skills (like Verbal and Written Communication) to industry-specific sills (like Company Valuation).

Date: Ongoing

Time: Contact Greenwood Project

Location: Virtual

Hosted By: Greenwood Project and CFA Society Chicago

Contact: Charles Turner, program coordinator, at charles.turner@greenwoodproject.org or submit a form on the Greenwood Project website. If you sign up using the online form, please make sure to mark “Other” under the “How did you hear about this volunteer opportunity?” question and note CFA Society Chicago in the comments section. 

Fees: Volunteer Opportunity