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We have TWO EVENTS in December, on the 2nd, AND, the 9th:

Dec. 2:  Tuesday, at The Fairmont Chicago Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, 5:30-7:15 pm.  This is a comp., 3rd-party, partnered event, for CEO Roundtable Members.  REGISTER:
email your name and "CEO Roundtable Member" to: by 5p, Mon., Dec. 1.

"Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, Geeks, and the Digital Revolution"

Super Speaker:  Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute.  This is a complimentary, 3rd-party, partnered event with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Aspen Institute.  (Not a dinner mtg.)
email Nick Brand your name and "CEO Roundtable Member" by 5p, Mon., Dec. 1.

What makes a mind inventive? And why do some inventive minds—like the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of the world— succeed so magnificently where others fail? We have all heard the popular success story about the genius in a garage who through hard work and a bit of eccentricity is able to transform his ideas from obscurity into world-changing innovations. According to Walter Isaacson, however, innovation may not be a loner’s endeavor. What lessons can we learn from the uber-successful few inventors, hackers, geniuses, and geeks that may help the next generation of innovators turn their visionary ideas into disruptive reality?
Walter Isaacson is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN, the Editor of TIME magazine, as well as the Chair emeritus of Teach for America. He is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
@WalterIsaacson @AspenInstitute

Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 
5:30 p.m. = Registration and cash bar reception (Dinner not included)       
6:00 p.m. = Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. = Adjournment and book signing
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Below is our regular, second-Tuesday of the month, dinner meeting #251, at McGladrey, One So. Wacker Dr., 6th flr., 5:30-8p.  REGISTER BELOW.

DEC. 9:  Tuesday dinner
"How We Studied Our Customers and Built the World's Most Popular Museum"

with David Thurm, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institute of Chicago; CEO Roundtable-Chicago regular, monthly, second-Tues., dinner mtg #251:  5:30 – 8 pm, at McGladrey, One South Wacker Dr., 6th flr.  REGISTER FOR THIS DINNER MTG BELOW, AS USUAL.

David will share with us how he and his staff studied their patrons, cleverly collected info, analyzed it, and very effectively changed their customer service and patron interactions to become the world’s most popular museum!

Speaker / Bio:  David Thurm, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-443-3620;

David Thurm joined the Art Institute of Chicago as Chief Operating Officer on March 1, 2010.  In this role he is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Art Institute including Marketing, Financial, Exhibitions, Registration, IT and Digital, Human Resources, Visitor Services, the shops and catering, Physical Plant, Security and Design & Construction.

David  The Art Institute from the New York Times, where he held a wide range of senior positions throughout his 27-year career including Senior Vice President for Operations, Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer of New York Times Digital, and Vice President Production.  Throughout his career, David has also been responsible for real estate and construction from highly automated production facilities to The Times’s new 52-story hdqrtrs building designed by Renzo Piano.
David has a BA from Harvard College and a JD from the New York University School of Law.  He is active in a number of organizations that foster architectural design and sustainability including service on the Boards of the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League of New York, and he has been elected to honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.  

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Dear Members,

You can now renew your membership for 2015 at THE SAME RATE as for 2014, IF you renew BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2015 = $550, ALL-inclusive for:

  • about 40 total events
  • TWO FREE dinner guests* (normally $75 each), and in 2014, for
  • about $3,000 worth of partners' waived, conference fees

2015 (Jan. - Dec.), will be our "25th Year Celebration!"

You can pay by check, or PayPal / Credit Card (button at very bottom of this page).  PayPal adds a small processing fee. 
The PayPal annual dues button @ $550 will be available ONLY THROUGH THURSDAY., JANUARY 1, 2015.
  After that it adjusts to $625.

As always, the sooner you renew, the higher up on the "FIFO" Members list you'll be when we have a limited number of FREE tickets to give out for extra special events - that are in addition to the 40 events. 

Thank you
to all 131 Members for your continuing, loyal support.  It's a pleasure serving you!  We've had a GREAT, value-packed year together!

Kind regards,
Sandy  C: 312-399-1901312-399-1901; O: 312-751-2153312-751-2153; 

REGISTER for our next dinner mtg here, or PAY YOUR DUES BELOW:
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As always, the sooner you renew, the higher up on the "FIFO" list you are when we have limited tickets to give out for special events. 

2015 ANNUAL DUES: $550*, if pd BEFORE January 1.
2015 ANNUAL DUES are $625*, if paid AFTER Jan. 1, 2015.
Paying dues indicates knowledge of, and agreement to honor the Members' Rules.  

or, PayPal / Credit Card:

$550* includes TWO (2) FREE dinner meeting guestsworth $75 each = $150 Members' bonus gift in 2015 = by check,
payable to "CEO Roundtable" and mailed to:  Sandy Weissent, 1415 N. Dearborn Pkwy, Unit #22-D, Chicago, IL 60610.  Paying dues indicates knowledge of, and agreement to honor the Members' Rules.  
PAY DUES BY PayPal / Credit Card (click "Pay Now" button):
$563* includes the PayPal processing fee* AND, TWO (2) FREE guests worth $75 each = $150 Members' bonus gift in 2015.*  Paying dues indicates knowledge of, and agreement to honor the Members' Rules.

 This "Pay Now" annual dues @ $563* button will be avail. THRU THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015.  The 2015 annual dues will be $625, plus PayPal's fee, if paid AFTER THURSDAY., JANUARY 1, 2015.  Paying dues indicates knowledge of, and agreement to honor the Members' Rules.
* FREE GUESTS:  The annual fee includes TWO (2) FREE dinner meeting guests (valued at $75 each
), FREE ONLY for qualified, "C-Suite" potential Members, who have told you they plan to join the CEO Roundtable. 
when your "C-Suite" Membership-qualified-guests JOIN FOR A FULL YEAR, you get a $75 cash-back-bonus for each of them.