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.
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:
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.
Explore detailed session descriptions and speaker bios.
with Lisa Mensah, President and CEO, Opportunity Finance Network12:00pm-2:00pm
with CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan, CEO of Ariel Investments John Rogers, and the 2018 Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Opportunity Finance12:15pm-2:15pm
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.
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
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.
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