Location & Date

St Peter's in the Loop (Basement)
110 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois
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Fri. September 19, 2014
to Wed. September 24, 2014

Contact & Other Information

Notre Dame Club of Chicago
224 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 380
Chicago, IL 60604
(p) 312-922-4663
(f) 312-922-4664
e-Mail Event Organizer

Price: $5 at the door (donation for church)

  September Networking Breakfast  
Hosted By: Notre Dame Club of Chicago


Join us for our next Networking Breakfast on September 18th!

St. Peter's in the Loop (basement) 110 W. Madison, Chicago

Event Details

Doors Open 7:15  am 
Open Networking: 715 - 7:45  am
Formal Program: 7:45 - 8:45  am 
Adjourn Promptly at 8:45, but room open until 9:15 am

$5 donation to the church at the door (please do not pay online).

Event Hosts

Michael S. Melbinger

Mike Melbinger is a partner and chair of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice in the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP.  He also is the author of the CCH treatise Executive Compensation, writes “Melbinger's Compensation Blog” for CompensationStandards.com, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.

Michael Marrion
Michael Marrion is currently a vice president with the tenant advisory services group of Transwestern in Chicago. Over his career, Mr. Marrion has gained extensive knowledge of the tenant representation process.  Prior to joining Transwestern, Mr. Marrion was a senior associate with Grubb & Ellis Company in Chicago. There he concentrated on tenant representation services in the Chicago metropolitan market and represented a variety of organizations including national law firm Ogletree Deakis, the British Consulate and the Alzheimer's Association. Previously, he spent four years in the airline industry where he was involved in the development of executive air carrier, Indigo, and then lead sales strategy efforts at United Airlines.

John Levitske
John Levitske is a managing director with Duff & Phelps, Chicago office and is part of the firm's Global Forensic Services practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in business valuation and forensic accounting. John focuses on complex business valuation matters, and the resolution of valuation and accounting disputes arising from merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, business ownership, shareholder rights and corporate governance issues. He serves as a firm co-leader for M&A Purchase Price Disputes & Commercial Arbitration Services.

Joe Dondalski

Joe Dondalski is CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, with a designation as a CPA that has a team of six at Merrill Lynch, where in joined in 2003. In his 35 years of experience, he has helped clients transition through the tough times.  He has worked through the Federal Reserve raising interest rates 10% in six months’ time, three stock market crashes, and three bond market loss years. Joe uses his expertise to help individuals in Medicine and Medical Technology with a minimum net worth of $1mil, and has worked on portfolios above $1 billion dollars. Joe has written Annual Reports in a Fortune 200 company, he has 15 years of experience on the Institutional side of money management, he’s risked his own capital as an Angel Investor in Tech companies, has started Tech companies, and began his career in the Tax department of the largest public accounting firm in the world-KPMG.

Kate Harken


Kate Harken, born and raised in the western suburbs and current Rogers Park resident, graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in English and Gender Studies. Immediately following graduation, Kate began a career in advertising and spent nearly 12 years in business development and account management for a healthcare-focused marketing communication firm. In early 2013, Kate transitioned into the nonprofit world to become The H Foundation's first full-time executive director. The H Foundation is a Chicago-based nonprofit that focuses its fundraising efforts on supporting basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She has successfully led the Foundation to two record-breaking fundraising efforts over the past 18 months. Kate has been an active volunteer and board member for Catholic Charities, Off the Street Club, The H Foundation, and Chicago Cares. 

Interested in sponsoring a breakfast?
Every cent of the $5 admission is a donation to the church to support the services it provides to those who work in the Loop and to the many who are less fortunate than most ND alumni.

Sponsors ensure that we are able to provide a light breakfast and coffee for attendees. They receive
name and/or logo placement on this page and on the Club's calendar. Sponsors will also receive verbal recognition at the event. Please contact director@ndchicago.org for more information.

Over the past ten years our networking events have successfully helped our alumni make new connections.

Here are just a couple of testimonials: 

"I really enjoyed the networking breakfast this week. As someone new to Chicago and a young alum ('09) I was kind of intimidated going into it but as soon as I got there I immediately felt at home. The amazing thing to me was how willing everyone was to help each other out. Everyone was very welcoming and genuinely interested in helping people get connected. The format is great because you're able to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time and there are plenty of opportunities for follow up meetings and connections.I would definitely recommend these events to fellow young alumni looking to establish connections in the community and getting tied into the ND family." - Liam Larkin

"Thank you for hosting such wonderful networking events. I attended the Networking Breakfast hoping to connect with people who could help with my job search. I already had an interview scheduled for later that day.  At the Networking Breakfast, I met somebody who was familiar with the company I was interviewing with and he gave me invaluable advice that helped prepare me.  The interview went very well and I made the list of finalists. I will keep you posted on whether I get the job.  If I do, I will always attribute a big part of my success to the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and the ND alumni network." - Tim Scott

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