Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Women's Leadership Forum

April 20, 2020 - April 21, 2020

The Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL


Leadership Development for Women at All Stages of an Equipment Finance Career.

Program Highlights
The ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum will feature dynamic speakers and offer time for attendee interaction and networking with other industry leaders. You’ll leave this event with valuable insights and powerful tools to enhance your career.

  • Grow your leadership skills
  • Improve your professional performance
  • Build relationships and make new connections
Who Should Attend?
This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. There are no registration restrictions for the Women’s Leadership Forum this year. ELFA is offering member and nonmember pricing in order to accommodate all who are interested in this fantastic event!

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorships provide invaluable exposure for your company. Contact Steve Wafalosky at 440-247-1060 or stevew@larichadv.com if you are interested in supporting the ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum.    

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
ELFA Members $775.00
Non Member Attendee $1500.00
Speaker/Panelist - ELFA Member $495.00
Speaker/Panelist - ELFA Non Member $495.00
Women's Council Members $495.00

View cancellation and other policies

Available Functions

Monday - April 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Dine Around - Community Table Dinner Group
Tuesday - April 21
6:15 am - 7:15 am
  Yoga Class
$25.00

Speakers

Martha Ahlers

President
United Leasing & Finance


Martha Ahlers is President of United Leasing & Finance. She has over 20 years of commercial leasing experience and started with the company in 1996. Ms. Ahlers holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. She is involved in numerous civic and community organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Evansville Executive Forum, Tri State MS Association Board, and Carver Community Daycare. She has previously served on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Board of Directors, and is currently Chair of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Board of Directors.

Deborah Baker

Head of Worldwide Leasing and Financing
HP Inc.



Maureen Carr

Managing Director
Pacific Western Bank



Jennifer Fanz

Director of Sales, US Healthcare
DLL


Jennifer Fanz, Director of Sales, US Healthcare, at DLL, is an experienced sales leader with demonstrated success in the financial services industry. She is well versed in sales, strategic planning, business development, sales management and general management.
 
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Management from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden, and she has been part of the DLL team since April 2000. Jennifer is an active member of Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), with service on the Emerging Talent Advisory Council and Women's Council. Jennifer is also the DLL US (Wayne, PA) Chapter Lead for N.O.W., the Network of Women.

Lori Frasier

Chief Human Resources Officer
CPI Card Group



Andrea Hart

Global HR Director
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation



Xiang Ji

Commercial Risk Manager
Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, Inc.



Julie Pray

VP Operations
Midland Equipment Finance



Deborah Reuben, CLFP

President
Reuben Creative, LLC


Award-winning consultant, Deborah Reuben, CLFP is President of Reuben Creative, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic process and technology consulting for lending and leasing. She has a broad equipment finance industry and professional background in both financial services (Wells Fargo and TCF) and the software industry (HCL and Linedata Capitalstream).

Author of The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook Sixth Edition, she pens many articles on technology and innovation topics. She contributes to studies and publications and frequently speaks at events inside and outside of the industry. She serves on the ELFA Board of Directors, the Monitor Editorial Board, and chairs the ELFA Tech Innovation Working Group. She is the 2019 recipient of ELFA's Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award as well as the CLFP Foundation's Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence.

With a keen eye for future technology trends, she brings forward-thinking insights and original ideas to help companies gain efficiencies and design roadmaps for the future. She consults with teams who want to see the bigger picture, explore the art of the possible, and build momentum for transformative change. Learn more at deborahreuben.com.


Alan Sikora, CLFP

CEO
First American Equipment Finance


Alan Sikora is the CEO of First American Equipment Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of City National Bank, an RBC Company. Alan joined First American in 2002 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility in credit, operations, sales and sales leadership. Alan holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Rochester. He completed his MBA at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He holds a Certified Leasing & Finance Professional designation and sits on the advisory board for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s business school. Alan has been active in the ELFA since 2002, was elected to the Financial Institutions Business Council Steering Committee in 2013 and became Chair of the committee in 2014. Alan currently serves as a member of the ELFA Board of Directors.

Kelly Skalicky

President & CEO
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division


Kelly Skalicky is the President, CEO, and Board Director of Stearns Bank, N.A. She is the daughter of Stearns Bank founder and current Chairman, Norm Skalicky, and she’s spent her career practicing law and working in the banking industry. Her introduction to banking goes back to her early childhood when she insisted on tagging along with her father to his office every Saturday morning, then returning home with his junk mail to “play banker”.

Kelly earned her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law through its night school program, which allowed Kelly to begin learning the law as a law clerk at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office. While still in law school, Kelly had the unique honor and opportunity to be selected to serve as law clerk to The Honorable Michael J. Davis, prior to Judge Davis being appointed in 1994 to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and later serving as Chief Judge of the District Court from 2008 to 2015.

After earning her law degree and practicing in the areas of business litigation, commercial law, Indian law, and commercial transactions, Kelly began rising through the ranks at Stearns Bank by serving as legal counsel and being designated General Counsel in 2011. Kelly was promoted to President in 2018 and became CEO in 2019. As President and CEO, Kelly is focused on driving continued growth through innovative niche financing, technology-banking, and an unwavering commitment to finding a way to “Get the Job Done!”


Michelle Speranza

SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.



Scott Thacker, CPA, CLFP

Chief Executive Officer
Ivory Consulting Corporation


Mr. Thacker is the CEO of Ivory Consulting, the software and consulting company that has helped define the modern equipment finance industry with SuperTRUMP, the proven solution for modeling and pricing equipment leases and loans. Scott is the Vice Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, and a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Financial Accounting Committee.

He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and of the Association’s Operations and Technology Committee for five years, three of them as Chair, as well as the co-director of the Foundation’s Research Committee.

Throughout his more than 30-year international career, Scott has helped transform businesses through product and service innovations, new business initiatives, M&A activities, and financial transactions.

Prior to joining Ivory Consulting, Scott was a partner at Accenture and founding member of the management consulting group focused on providing solutions to the North American equipment leasing and asset finance industry. Previously, he was instrumental in creating Oracle’s now widely used Oracle Lease and Finance Management software application, and with American Airlines, where he was involved in executing aircraft, equipment and real estate leases as well as other financial transactions. Scott was a founding member of both AMR Consulting Group, an affiliate of American Airlines, and AT&T Solutions, a division of AT&T.

Scott received an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from the Wake Forest University. He is a CPA and CLFP.


Jill York

President, Head of Equipment Finance & Leasing Solutions
Fifth Third Bank



Nahid Zamir

SVP, Sales Operations
CIT



Sponsors

Forum Location

The 2020 ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum will be held at the Hilton Palmer House in Chicago, located at 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL in the popular theatre and financial district of Chicago and near Millennium Park.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms is being held for attendees of the 2020 Women’s Leadership Forum at the Hilton Palmer House. A special conference rate of $269 plus tax, single/double occupancy, is offered to attendees. Check in time is 3:00pm, and check-out time is 11:00am. Please call Reservations at (312) 726-7500, provide your arrival and departure dates and mention ELFA Room Block in order to receive the ELFA group rate.

Online Hotel Reservations

You may reserve your hotel room online through the customized reservations link at: https://book.passkey.com/e/49931689.

Make Hotel Reservations by Sunday, March 29, 2020! Reservations after this date are based on availability and may be at a higher rate. If you would also like to attend a Best Practices Roundtable or the 32nd Annual National Funding Conference, you will need to make separate reservations and contact our personal hotel contact, Yadira Quintanilla at Yadira.Quintanilla@hilton.com for assistance.

Getting There

The Hilton Palmer House is located in the popular theatre and financial district of Chicagoland. Approximately 18 miles from Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, 11 miles from Chicago Midway Airport.

If renting a car, the Hilton Palmer House has valet parking and self-parking from $47 per day.

Visiting by Metro - When taking public transportation from O'Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel. The Palmer House is on the south side of the street. From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line from Midway to downtown. Get off at the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the west side of Wabash Avenue.

For additional transportation information, please visit the hotel website at Hilton Palmer House Transport.

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Get directions



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.



If you would like information on exhibiting at this conference, please contact Steve Wafalosky at stevew@larichadv.com or 440.247.1060.

Site Maintenance

Our system is currently down for scheduled maintenance. Your member services will be available again shortly. Please check back soon.