“The plenaries are open to all attendees and are a big highlight at the Conference.I’m especially excited about the speakers and topics that we are presenting this year,” says Donna Fabiani, OFN’s EVP of Knowledge Sharing. 

Opening Plenary 
Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 am 

Attendees will hear welcoming remarks from Julia Stasch, President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Charles Evans, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

After that, our plenary gives voice to three inspiring speakers who fit this year’s Conference theme, “CDFIs: Agents of Change.” Their stories span six decades, bringing to life critical issues of the 1960s and 1970s, and confronting head-on one of America’s greatest challenges of today. Calvin Holmes of Chicago Community Loan Fund is the emcee and our speakers will be: Jim Capraro of Capraro Consulting and a former Chicago community organizer; Sister Corinne Florek of Religious Communities Investment Fund; and Craig Nash of Chicago CRED. 

Luncheon Plenaries 
Tuesday, October 9, 12:15 pm 
Wednesday, October 10, 12:00 pm

After opening remarks Tuesday from Dan Letendre Bank of America, our Lead Sponsor, OFN President and CEO Lisa Mensah will address the crowd with a rallying cry about why, more than ever, CDFIs are needed to help heal fractures in America. 

Wednesday’s lunch plenary includes CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan’s always-anticipated address as well as the presentation of the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance to Nancy O. Andrews. The featured plenary discussion will be “A Full Court Press for Diversity: Broadening our Strategies,” an interview with John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments conducted by Lisa Mensah. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these inspiring speakers to our plenary stage,” continues Ms. Fabiani. “They bring insights to the work we do, on both broad and granular levels, and that kind of context is important if our industry is truly to live up to the label of ‘change agents.’ I think everyone will leave the Conference plenaries with much to think—and talk—about.” 

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