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Thursday, October 17 • 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Lunch Plenary: A Conversation with New and Graduating CEOs

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Being the non-family staff leader of a multi-generational family foundation is a privilege and honor. The path to engaging and furthering a family’s philanthropy is a special experience—but it can also be tough. This special conversation for CEOs, board members, and donors will feature a discussion between two highly respected CEOs in the process of exiting their long-time roles alongside two new CEOs just entering this role.

Lunch is available at 12:15 pm - the session begins at 1:00 pm.

For those attending the off-site visits at 2 pm, please sit towards the rear of the room (tables noted with reserved signs) to exit the session early. Thank you!

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Thursday October 17, 2019 12:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611