August 23, 2018 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy! 

This Issue’s Topics:

  • JOB: Midland Trust Company: Marketing Manager
  • FinTank Monthly Blockchain/Crypto Meetup
  • FREE: 1 Million $ Global Start-up Challenge
  • FREE: Baker Tilly: Privacy Risk: Navigating New Data Privacy Regulations
  • Trade Canada – Chicago!
  • FREE: Investment Network’s Digital Assets Working Group (DAWG) Meeting
  • Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD) Chicago Sexual Harassment Workshop

Job Opportunities:

Midland Trust Company: Marketing Manager
Sales/Marketing – Chicago, Illinois

Midland Trust Company is looking for an innovative Marketing Manager to join our sales and marketing team. Midland is a thriving organization that has been in business since 1994.  The Marketing Manager is charged with planning and execution of a focused marketing strategy that helps Midland sell its financial services to specific, targeted partner groups. The Marketing Manager will work closely with the sales team to support event marketing, lead generation, lead conversion and sales support/enablement.

Midland currently has a very strong inbound marketing program and has a consistent growth rate. We are looking for a strong marketing supervisor to help spur additional, measured growth, particularly among our partner channels. This approach will require multiple strategies that will involve attracting, educating, nurturing and converting partners who refer investors.

For more information or to apply, click here.


FinTank Monthly Blockchain/Crypto Meetup
Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM
Illinois Tech (IIT) Downtown Campus, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL

Our special guest speaker will be Donnie Benjamin, Chicago Region Lead for ConsenSys, the largest, purest blockchain company in the world with over 900 employees. ConsenSys builds, consults, and launches decentralized applications using Ethereum.

Prior to joining ConsenSys, Donnie worked in operations at Google, customer service at Qualtrics, and as Chief of Staff at Future Finance. He graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from West Point, served as an Army intelligence officer for five years in three countries and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

For more information, contact Alan Savage at or 630-881-5737 or click here.

FREE: 1 Million $ Global Start-up Challenge
Friday, September 7, 2018, 4:00-8:00 PM
UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Ave., Chicago, IL  

We are very excited to launch the 1 Million $ Global Start-up Challenge. This is an event that you cannot miss. The hottest Chicago start-ups will be presenting at this event. The CXO Roundtable is another highlight !!!


04:00 PM        Opening: Welcome Speech and Introduce $ 1 Mn Challenge

04:15 PM        Presentation on Vizag Fintech Festival from Fintech Valley Team

04:30 PM        Startup Pitch Sessions : 25+ Startups do 5 min. presentation followed by Q&A

07:00 PM        CXO Roundtable

08:00 PM        Networking

To register, click here.

FREE: Baker Tilly: Privacy Risk: Navigating New Data Privacy Regulations
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8:00-9:30 AM
Baker Tilly, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

With GDPR now in force and Google and Facebook facing massive lawsuits, organizations face mounting pressure to demonstrate they are safeguarding private information. Recent hearings on enacting U.S. privacy legislation and California’s newly passed privacy law only serve to heighten the need for organizations to ensure a risk-based approach to protect, respond to, and address a widening list of data privacy regulations and requirements.

This discussion focuses on how your organization can prepare for enforcement, ongoing monitoring and compliance in an evolving regulatory landscape.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore current and developing privacy regulations and emerging risks that impact oversight;
  • Identify potential data pools and systems affected by GDPR and other privacy regulations;
  • Assess the impact of the rights and requirements defined by GDPR and how they apply to your organization; and
  • Evaluate your current cybersecurity program in the context of your ability to address privacy regulation requirements.

To register, click here.

Trade Canada – Chicago!
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 3:30-8:00 PM
theWit, 201 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 

Learn more about Canadian capital markets and the latest developments in:

  • Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange equities
  • Montreal Exchange derivatives
  • Capital market analytics from our TMX Insights team


3:00     Registration

3:30     Welcome, Luc Fortin, Montreal Exchange & Global Head of Trading

3:40     Presentation – The Canadian Marketplace: Unloved and Underappreciated Candice Bangsund, Fiera Capital Corp

4:10     Panel Discussion on issues relating to Canadian Equity and Derivatives trading

4:30     Cocktail Receptio 

For more information, click here.

FREE: Investment Network’s Digital Assets Working Group (DAWG) Meeting
Wednesday, September 14, 2018, 12:15-1:00 PM (feel free to bring a lunch)
191 N. Wacker Dr., 10th Floor Conference Center, Conference Room A, Chicago, IL

Join us for a discussion on Navigating the Radical Effects of Blockchain in: Banking, Real Estate, Insurance and Financial Services. The speakers include: Debbie Hoffman, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.; Leigh Curry, North American Title Insurance Company; Joe Hernandez, Chicago Blockchain Project; and Andrew Gaiziunas, Turbadium.

Contact Kathy Petrusek ( to RSVP or RSVP to the invite that was sent out to DAWG members. If you are not a current DAWG member, but want to become one, please let Nicole know at

Illinois CLE credit has been applied for and is pending.

Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD) Chicago Sexual Harassment Workshop
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:30-8:30 PM
Union League Club, 65 Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Due to popular demand, this event has been rescheduled for October 4, 2018. Women in Listed Derivatives is presenting an interactive and informative workshop on Sexual Harassment at work in the #MeToo Era. This event will be conducted by Jennifer Schoen Gilbert of Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., a law firm dedicated to defending employees’ civil rights including against sexual harassment. The workshop will provide an open ended discussion and practical tips and tools for employees. The workshop is open to all and is designed to elicit discussion on this important topic. A networking reception will follow.

The issue of sexual harassment is getting some much-needed attention this year as big names are being called to answer for bad behavior. But it isn’t always an outrageous act that triggers a sexual harassment claim in the workplace. A 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) report found that sexual harassment remains a persistent problem in the office. The #MeToo movement has ignited a powerful dialogue about sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of misogyny in the workplace. While many employees are emboldened by the movement, it remains difficult to confront the situation without the fear of facing retaliation. All men and women deserve to work in an environment that they feel safe and secure in, and that starts with cracking down on sexual harassment in the workplace.

To RSVP, click here.

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