Community Development Financial Institutions: At the Crossroads in Wisconsin

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Community Development and Policy Studies division and the Helen Bader Foundation are pleased to invite you to a workshop entitled, Community Development Financial Institutions: At the Crossroads in Wisconsin. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 1, at the Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee. We would be pleased to have you and/or a senior member of your staff, join us for this important event.

This seminar seeks to bring together Wisconsin's community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to provide an opportunity to learn about and from each other, network, understand the state of the industry, explore issues of common concern and find ways in which the industry may move forward in unity and through collaboration. This conference features panel discussions on approaches to CDFI sustainability and the benefits and drawbacks to taking a collective approach to issues of common concern; a luncheon keynote address by CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell (invited); as well as representatives from the CDFI Fund who are available to provide technical assistance.

Admittance to this workshop is by invitation only. Seating is very limited. Register today!

 
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12:00 AM

Last Updated: 11/30/2010

11/16/14
8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Kathryn J Dunn, Community Investment Officer, Helen Bader Foundation
Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director, Community Development and Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:15 AM
Introduction of Attendees

An interactive discussion focusing on introducing all attendees and having each share some brief background about their CDFI's mission and geographic focus.

Moderator
Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director, Community Development & Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
10:15 AM
Break & Networking
10:30 AM
Panel Discussion: Approaches to CDFI Sustainability

CDFIs take diverse approaches to provide affordable credit, capital and financial services to underserved populations and communities. This panel draws on research to measure the social impact, financial performance, and institutional sustainability of varying types of CDFIs, and examples of cooperative organizational models both within and outside the community development arena designed to improve efficiencies and impact.

Moderator
Michael V Berry, Director of Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists
Robin Newberger, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kirsten Moy, Director of Scale Initiatives, Economic Opportunities Program (EOP), Aspen Institute
Saurabn Narain, Chief Fund Advisor, National Community Investment Fund
12:00 PM
Buffet Lunch and Luncheon Address
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Kathryn J Dunn, Community Investment Officer, Helen Bader Foundation
Luncheon Address
Donna Fabiani, Executive Vice President, Knowledge Sharing, Opportunity Finance Network
1:30 PM
Panel Discussion and Open Forum: Do We All Play in the Same Sandbox?

How different are Wisconsin's CDFIs from each other? Do we approach funders, underwrite risk, share risk, obtain and service customers in completely different ways? Can we learn things from one another and from other states? Are there any economies of scale to be found? The panel will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to taking a collective approach to issues of common concern facing CDFIs doing business in Wisconsin. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts to help enlighten our discussion.

Moderator
Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director, Community Development and Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists
Melanie Stern, Coalition Coordinator, New York Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions
Salli Martyniak, President, Forward Community Investments
Karl Pnazek, Vice President, Lending, CAP Services
3:30 PM
Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director, Community Development and Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Hotel

There have been no hotel rooms booked. You are responsible for making your own travel reservations and plans.

Parking

The Helen Bader Foundation welcomes you to use their complimentary parking available in the Historic Third Ward parking structure, located one block south their offices at the southeast corner of Chicago and Water Streets (enter on Chicago). Please take a ticket as you enter the structure, and the Foundation will be happy to offer validation.

Meals

A complimentary continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be available. The Helen Bader Foundation keeps their facility kosher (including tables), so they request that guests do not bring in outside food.


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