CDFIs rise up to address challenges in their communities and transform them into opportunities. We are agents of change—it’s a part of our DNA—and have been since the beginning. Our roots in the civil rights movement have taught us what social justice means, and our passion for aligning capital investments with those values puts us at the forefront of a new wave of responsible investors.

Join OFN—and 1,500 of your peers—as we celebrate our industry, share the lasting impact CDFIs have had, and discuss ongoing opportunities for success.

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Add to My Calendar 2018-10-08 8:00:00 2018-10-11 13:00:00 United States/Central 2018 OFN Conference The OFN Conference is the single largest gathering in the CDFI industry. You and 1,500 of your peers will enjoy a high-quality, practitioner-driven curriculum, strategic dialogues, and incredible networking opportunities. Marriott Marquis Chicago OFN

HIGHLIGHTS

The OFN Conference is the single largest gathering in the CDFI industry. Join 1,500 of your peer CDFI practitioners, investors, funders, and more for a high-quality, practitioner-driven curriculum, strategic dialogues, and incredible networking opportunities.

Keynote Sessions: The OFN Conference features top distinguished speakers on our general session stage. Confirmed speakers include CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan, Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments John Rogers, and President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Charles Evans. Check back for updates on speakers.

Industry Awards: The OFN Conference is the place where we recognize leadership, commitment, and innovation in our field. Awards presented on the general session stage include:

  • Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance: Our industry’s highest honor, it is presented annually to an individual who has advanced the opportunity finance field through a lifetime of action and results.
  • Native Awards: The 13th Annual Native CDFI Awards ceremony honors this year’s Circle of Honor and Visionary Leader awardees.
  • Justice Grant: Selected by the Conference Co-hosts, this award is made on behalf of OFN Conference attendees to a nonprofit organization in our host city whose mission is consistent with OFN’s core purpose of aligning capital with social, economic, and political justice.

OFN Membership Meeting: This year, OFN Members convene to cast votes to fill five open seats on the OFN Board.

Breakout Sessions: More than 90 breakout sessions across 14 tracks, including Affordable Housing, Collaborations, Financial Resources, Impact, Management and Operations, Public Policy, and more!

Networking Opportunities: From facilitated networking sessions to designated networking locations to informal networking at the expo and in the halls, you’ll love all the opportunities to interact with your colleagues from across the country.

Native Gathering: Now in its 15th year, the Native Gathering offers a focused day of learning for Native CDFIs.

Tours: Get out of the hotel and into the windy city to see CDFI impact in action. This year’s Conference tours highlight different Chicago neighborhoods, giving attendees a feel for the breadth and depth of CDFI impact, showcasing the multitude of projects funded by CDFIs in each neighborhood.

AGENDA

Explore detailed session descriptions and speaker bios.

Native CDFI Gathering and Tours

8:00PM-4:00PM

Overview of the CDFI Industry, OFN, and the OFN Conference

5:00PM-6:00PM

Welcome Reception and OFN Expo

6:00PM-8:00PM

OFN Expo

7:00am-5:30pm

Opening Plenary: Agents of Change

9:00am-11:00am

Dedicated Time to Visit OFN Expo

11:00am-12:00pm

Lunch

with Lisa Mensah, President and CEO, Opportunity Finance Network

12:00pm-2:00pm

Breakout Sessions and Tours

2:15pm-5:30pm

Native Awards Reception and Ceremony

6:00pm-8:00pm

Fun Run

6:00am-7:00am

OFN Expo

7:00am-5:00pm

OFN Membership Meeting

9:00am-10:45am

Networking Sessions

11:00am-12:00pm

Lunch

with CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan, CEO of Ariel Investments John Rogers, and the 2018 Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Opportunity Finance

12:15pm-2:15pm

Breakout Sessions & Tours

2:30pm-5:30pm

OFN Expo

7:00AM-12:15PM

Breakfast with the CDFI Fund

7:30AM-8:45AM

Breakout Sessions

9:00AM-12:00PM

Adjourn

12:15PM

TRACKS

This year’s curriculum offers sessions across 14 tracks reflecting the breadth of the CDFI Industry’s current—and emerging—financing sectors and issues. Our presenters include practitioners, investors, researchers, and subject matter experts.

Visit the Conference registration website for the session schedule and a complete list of detailed session descriptions.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
COLLABORATIONS
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AND FACILITIES
CONSUMER
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
IMPACT
MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS
NATIVE CDFIs
PUBLIC POLICY
RURAL
SMALL BUSINESS
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS

Marriott Marquis Chicago | 2121 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616

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FEES

OFN Member
$750
  • $700 with Early Bird discount

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OFN Ally

Become an Ally and save on registration!

$900
  • $850 with Early Bird discount

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General Registration
$1,200
  • $1,150 with Early Bird discount

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Start-up CDFI
$750
  • $700 with Early Bird discount

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Federal Government Employee
$400
  • No Early Bird discount

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Student
$550
  • No Early Bird discount

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OUR 2018 SPONSORS

Our Lead Sponsor

 
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Silver

Bronze
BB&T / Fannie Mae / Fifth Third Bank / Northern Trust / SunTrust Bank
Opportunity Leader
Federal Home Loan Bank System / Morgan Stanley / NeighborWorks America / PNC Bank, NA / TD Bank
Opportunity Partner

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause / Bank of the West / Capital Plus Financial / Charles Schwab Bank / CIBC / Cinnaire / Deutsche Bank / Flagstar Bank / FUND Consulting /HSBC Bank USA, N.A./ Ohio Capital Finance Corporation /PetSmart Charities / RSM US LLP / S&P Global Ratings

BECOME A SPONSOR

The OFN Conference provides an unparalleled platform for Sponsors and Exhibitors to connect and do business with CDFIs and an ever-growing audience of investors, consultants, supporters, and others. For more information , download the sponsorship brochure  or contact Amanda Joseph  at 215-320-4323.

CO-HOSTS

Accion Chicago / Chicago Community Loan Fund / Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group / Cinnaire / Community Investment Corporation / Community Reinvestment Fund, USA / Corporation for Supportive Housing / IFF / LISC Chicago / NHS of Chicago / North Side Community Federal Credit Union / Second Federal a division of Self-Help FCU / Valley Economic Development Center

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ADDRESS

Marriott Marquis Chicago, 2121 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Website

312.824.0500

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CONTACT

If you have any questions about Conference registration, please contact Jacqueline Fox.

jfox@ofn.org

215.320.4313

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