2017-2018 Committee Chairs

Program Chair

Reeve B. Waud
Founder & Managing Partner
Waud Capital Partners, LLC


The Program Committee secures the speakers for ECC's four black-tie dinner meetings. Occasionally, the Program Committee will convene special meetings for members when notable or timely opportunities arise.

Forums Chair

Elizabeth Connelly
Industry Head, Healthcare, Higher Education and Non-Profit Banking
JPMorgan Chase Bank


The Forums Committee plans three forum meetings, which are subject-driven programs often featuring a panel of speakers, and ECC's annual Fifth Night, which celebrates a cultural or educational institution in Chicago.

Finance Chair

James P. Kolar
Central Market Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP


The Finance Committee provides oversight of ECC’s financial management to determine operational viability and financial sustainability.

Membership Chair

Bridget M. O'Keefe
Daspin & Aument LLP


The Membership Committee is comprised of approximately 85 members serving on ten subcommittees and is responsible for screening all candidates that members submit for consideration.

Questions Chair

Scott Nations
On-Air Contributor, CNBC
President & CIO, NationsShares


The Questions Committee is comprised of both standing and ad hoc members who meet before Club meetings to formulate thoughtful and provocative questions to be asked of speakers.

Reception Chair

Philippe Lavie
KeyRoad Enterprises, LLC


The Reception Committee meets, greets and assists ECC members and guests at Club meetings. Approximately 80 committee members serve as hosts or hostesses and are responsible for the smooth functioning of meetings by promoting hospitality and punctuality.

Young Leaders Chair

Kristen E. Prinz
The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.


The Young Leaders Committee plans quarterly Young Leadership Forums, which provide an opportunity for ECC members 45 years and younger to meet with senior leaders of the community to learn about their business and civic leadership experiences.