2018 Finance Leaders' Conference


8 - 9 March 2018 | Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St, Chicago IL, 60601

The Finance Leaders' Conference is the only international conference for students to address their needs and concerns about finance careers. Conference attendees:

  • Learn about financial careers paths and what it takes to succeed.
  • Sharpen team, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Expand professional contacts and friends.
  • Learn from industry experts on how to achieve your career goals.
  • Participate in a Finance Quiz Bowl.
  • Visit local financial institutions, such as the Cboe Global Markets, Groupon, Jump Capital, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Morningstar.
  • Include your resume in the digital resume book given to select employers and panelists - NEW!

Attendees also have the opportunity to meet:

  • FMA student chapters representatives from around the world.
  • Finance professionals from “powerhouse” companies and numerous financial career specialists.
  • FMA International support staff
Click to view the program.

Registration is now closed.

  • Member Conference Registration: $165 USD
  • Nonmember Conference Registration + One-Year of Student Membership: $200 USD
  • Nonmember Conference Registration + One-Year of NHS Student Membership: $205 USD

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing prior 1 February 2018 for a full refund. No refunds can be granted for cancellations after 1 February 2018. Membership dues are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Hotel and Travel

All participants are required to make their own travel and hotel arrangements. FMA has reserved a block of rooms at the conference hotel (Hotel Allegro) at a rate of $125 per night (single/double occupancy room).

Registered attendees must book hotel reservations by no later than 14 February 2018 to reserve a room at the conference rate.

  • Call 1-800-KIMPTON (1-800-546-7866) and ask for the group rate under the “Finance Leaders' Conference” block.
  • Book online by clicking here and enter can enter “NFL” in the Group ID field.

Conference Program

Thursday, 8 March 2018

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Finance Quiz Bowl qualifying round
*One hour to complete once you begin the
written test portion*

9:00 a.m.

Optional Tour (Pre-registration required; Space is limited)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago or Cboe Global Markets

10:00 a.m.

Optional Tour (Pre-registration required; Space is limited)
Groupon, Jump Capital or The OCC

12:00 p.m.

Shannon Tompkins, FMA International
Dr. Ross Dickens, Student Chapter Committee Chair

12:15 p.m.

Take Charge of Your Professional Development with Chris Aquino, IMA

1:30 p.m.

Theory and Prevention of Fraud with Arlen Lasinsky, Marcum

2:45 p.m

The Future of Finance with Yvonne Hinson, AICPA and Elizabeth Pittelkow, Litera Microsystems

3:30 p.m.

Go Beyond the Resume and Interview with Raymond Mieszaniec, EquitySim

4:30 p.m.

Superior Chapter Poster Showcase
Networking Reception
Sponsored by EquitySim



















Friday, 9 March 2018

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast and Chapter Breakout Sessions

9:00 a.m.

Finance Quiz Bowl Brackets/Finals
*Sponsored by IMA

10:00 a.m.

A Recent Graduate's Perspective on a Career in Finance with Josh Goldberg, Nuveen

10:45 a.m.

Uncertain Times in Today's Economy: An Outlook for 2018 with Sam Stovall, CFRA Research

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Sponsored by CGMA, established by AICPA and CIMA

12:45 p.m.

Walk to Morningstar

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Insights on Investment Research at Morningstar












Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to view available opportunities or contact Shannon Tompkins at 813-974-2084 or [email protected].

Thank You Sponsors







Networking Reception Sponsor Quiz Bowl Sponsor Luncheon Sponsor

#FLC2018 - Follow the Conversation on Social Media

During the conference, follow FMA Students using the hashtag #FLC2018 to join the conversation.