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Reservations Required:   
January 7, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Loyola University, Wintrust Hall
16 E. Pearson Street
Schreiber Center, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2020. Throughout the year, the Alliance will bring you a series of programs that will highlight expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in a number of of growing industries.

Join us on January 7, as Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors, Polsinelli, Wipfli, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and host, Wintrust Commercial Banking, present a program focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. economy as it enters 2020.  

Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity.

Attendees will include C-suite executives from a variety of industries, civic and business leaders, and members of the economic and business development communities.  

Seating is limited.  Please register on or before January 3, 2020.​

2020 Economic Outlook Lunch
About Our Host and Sponsors
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California. 

Wintrust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with a common stock traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (Nasdaq: WTFC), has more than 150 Wintrust Community Bank locations in and around Chicago and northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana through its 15 community bank subsidiaries: Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, Wintrust Bank, N.A., Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Northbrook Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Schaumburg Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Village Bank & Trust, N.A., Beverly Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Wheaton Bank & Trust Company, N.A., State Bank of The Lakes, N.A., Old Plank Trail Community Bank, N.A., St. Charles Bank & Trust Company and Town Bank, N.A.

Wipfli ranks among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 1,800 associates, 41 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 60,000 clients including: Manufacturing and construction companies, contractors and developers, real estate companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, units of government, dealerships, and individuals. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation's central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District. 

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world.  The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 160 groups in 100 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. 

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Registration and Networking

Lunch Served

Keynote Introduction
​Teresa A. Faidley, Senior Vice President, Wintrust Commercial Banking  

Keynote Presentation:  2020 Economic Outlook
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Questions and Closing Remarks
Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

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