Below are some examples of past exciting program offerings from WAM Chicago. Please visit their chapter website for photos and more information.
September 19, 2012
On September 19th, Laura Hartman and Griselda Garibay will speak with WAM about their experiences working in microfinance and education in Haiti. Hartman is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for a new elementary school in Haiti, the School of Choice / L'Ecole de Choix, which serves children living in extreme poverty. Additionally, as a member of the steering committee representing DePaul University, Hartman helped establish the organization Zafèn, a funding source for growing Haitian businesses and social projects that do not qualify for traditional bank loans. Garibay is now in charge of the ongoing process of ensuring Zafèn’s sustainability. Please join us for what will surely be an inspiring and informative event.
September 19, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Center for Financial Services Innovation:
20 N. Clark, Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60602
*Please bring photo ID to enter the building.
Registration is FREE for WAM members, $5 for students, and $10 for non-members. To register, please click here. To become a member, click here.
Please bring cash or check (made payable to Laura Pepper, Memo Line: WAM Chicago Sept. Event).
March 7, 2012
737 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60661
When: March 7, 2012 / 6-8 PM
Cost: Free for members
$10 for non-members
Light appetizers and the chance to meet other microfinance professionals and supporters.
November 12, 2009
“Microfinance and Information Communication Technologies: Delivery Channels, Elements Required, Current Case Studies”
Estelle Berger from Opportunity International
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: MB Bank, 800 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60607 US
Advance reading: White Paper by Estelle Berger titled “Switching Solutions Learning Product” which will be presented at SEEP Network Conference on November 4, 2009.
Estelle Berger is the Director of Knowledge Management at Opportunity International. She is responsible for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded learning agenda focusing on expanding microfinance services across Africa. She has worked as the CFO for MicroEnsure, created in 2005 as the world’s first and only stand-alone microinsurance agency.; she has worked in microfinance for 7 years.
September 17, 2009
"What is happening in Microfinance in the "City of the Big Shoulders"?"
Speakers: ACCION Chicago, Opportunity International, Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management, ShoreBank International, SEEP Network,
Thursday, September 17, Shorebank Offices
April 18, 2008
As part of the Chicago Microfinance Conference held on Friday, April 18, 2008, a special "Lunch & Learn on Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) International" joined interested women together. WAM International Board Member Beth Houle spoke on lessons learned from commercial banking about women in senior management and provided a forecast of microfinance management. Other leading women in microfinance also shared from their experience including Bhuvana Nataraj from Chennai, India This gathering served as the informal launch of WAM Chicago.