Wednesday, November 6, 2013
8:00 am – 11:30 am CST
353 North Clark Street, 4th Floor Conference Center, Mesirow A&B
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Join Mesirow Financial’s Deputy Chief Economist Adolfo Laurenti and insurance industry experts for a forum on the economy’s impact on the nonprofit sector and state unemployment tax and funding options for 501(c)3 organizations and government entities/municipalities. With continuing strains on funding for nonprofits, your organization has alternative options to save on unemployment tax costs.
|8:00 – 8:30
||Registration and continental breakfast
|8:30 – 8:45
||Welcome and introductions by Jennifer Gavelek
|8:45 – 10:00
||Adolfo Laurenti–The Economy’s Impact on the Nonprofit Sector
|10:00 – 10:10
|10:10 – 11:15
||Cecilia Piazza– Funding Options for State Unemployment Taxes
|11:15 – 11:30
Adolfo Laurenti develops ongoing economic research and commentary critical to supporting clients and contacts of Mesirow Financial. Adolfo authors Themes on the Global Markets, a periodic newsletter providing insight into trends, issues and the forecast for the global economy. As an expert on the European economies, Adolfo is a new face in demand by the financial press and among local media. He also lectures at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Adolfo was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for 2011. He was an Earhart Foundation Fellow in 2002. He received a Washington Society of Investments Analysts Scholarship and a Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Academia from the Economic Club of Washington D.C.
Adolfo is a graduate of Bocconi University Business School in Milan, Italy. He specialized in industrial organization as a visiting scholar at the Center for Industrial Economics in Copenhagen, Denmark, and concentrated in financial economics at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Adolfo earned his master of arts degree in economics from George Mason University, where he also pursued doctoral studies.
Adolfo serves on the board of the National Association for Business Economics and is a member of both the American Economic Association and the Chicago Association for Business Economics. He is also a board member for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.Jennifer Gavelek, CPCU, ARM-Mesirow Financial
Managing Director and Insurance Nonprofit Practice Leader
Jennifer Gavelek is a managing director within Mesirow Financial’s Property and Casualty Insurance Services Practice and the Nonprofit Practice Leader. She is a specialist in evaluating, marketing, developing and servicing insurance and risk management programs. Jennifer works with risk managers and underwriters to negotiate and secure comprehensive, cost-effective coverage for clients. In addition to her active role in sales and client relations, Jennifer was involved with the in-house risk management for each of Mesirow Financial’s four divisions and quality control of the Insurance Division for more than 10 years.
Jennifer’s specialties include program assessment (analysis, planning, control and financing) and specialty coverage lines including professional liability, management liability and security/privacy. She has strong analytical, organizational, planning, interpersonal and negotiating skills with the ability to effectively communicate. Jennifer incorporates strategic solutions to achieve clients’ risk management objectives while maintaining expectations and business processes. She finds creative solutions to complex problems and partners effectively with clients, insurance carriers, risk management professionals and claims services.
Jennifer joined Mesirow Financial in 1996 and began her insurance industry career in 1990. She holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designation and is currently pursuing an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. Jennifer earned a bachelor degree in finance from Northeastern Illinois University.Cecilia Piazza-First Nonprofit Group
Vice President of Member Services
Cecilia Piazza earned a bachelor of arts in business with a concentration in human resources from St. Xavier University. She has over 20 years of combined management experience in the U.S and abroad. Cecilia was a key individual responsible for staff, training and development of new products for the largest employer in New Zealand; successfully completing their management graduate program and traveling extensively throughout the country. After returning to the U.S. she broadened her experience to include the nonprofit sector and insurance.
Cecilia has 14 years of service with First Nonprofit Group. Her successful oversight of a multi-million dollar program has resulted in the steady growth of the unemployment membership and a vital team of support personnel. Cecilia has been twice published in Nonprofit World magazine regarding the benefits of unemployment financing. She is a member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Cecilia continues to travel extensively across the U.S presenting to large and small groups about unemployment insurance and effective ways to manage this responsibility. Her knowledge and background in human resources, enhanced by several years of operational experience working directly with nonprofits, certified public accountants, attorneys, and consultants, has had a direct financial impact on the bottom line of nonprofit agencies.