Meeting Information
Tuesday August 18, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting

Time Zone: US CDT

Please Register (by Monday morning, August 17th) to receive the Zoom link that will be sent to you before noon that day.

If you miss the deadline, or do not receive the link (make sure you check your SPAM folder), please contact Steve Eschbach. Registrations after deadline will be waitlisted and will require special dispensation from various supreme powers that may be allowed if time and effort can accommodate (we are all volunteers that provide this service so chances of this happening are extremely remote). Also, it is important for you to show up at this meeting on time - please make an effort to do so as the formal remarks will begin as close to the 6:00 PM CST start time as possible.

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Topic: Considering Consulting - A New Path Forward!

Speakers: Mary Cook, Managing Director of Salo Chicago and Jim Doyle, Sales Director of Salo Chicago

When it comes to our careers, it often feels like we are constantly choosing. Between stability and flexibility. Chasing a dream or getting a paycheck. Advancing at work or spending time with family. But what if you didn’t have to choose? What if you could consistently be in the driver’s seat and working on roles that are fulfilling, that meet your needs and provide you with a variety of meaningful experiences?

If you have you been curious about considering consulting, then we encourage you to attend this session where Mary Cook, Managing Director and Jim Doyle, Sales Director and the team at Salo will host a panel discussion and provide you with insights and perspectives on “What would you want to know about consulting?” along with “How does it work and what do you need to do to get started?”

Learning objectives will include the following:

1) Exploring a career as an interim project-based finance and accounting consultant
- Variety of clients, industries and deliverables
- Building trust, credibility and respect
- Flexibility and work-life-balance
- Salo profile (skills based) vs Resume (chronological)
- Interviewing: Interim role vs Permanent hire

2) The mindset of the “how” and “why” clients think about and execute leveraging Salo’s finance and accounting consultants for interim projects
- Elastic costing models
- Deliverable based consulting with a defined scope, timeline and deliverables
- Covering a leave (medical, maternity or a key performer leaves the company)
- Solving problems with SME’s (subject matter experts)

Speakers' bios:

Mary Cook is Managing Director of Salo Chicago, a finance, accounting and human resources staffing and consulting firm with offices in Chicago and Minneapolis. In her role as Managing Director, Mary leads a growing team that helps businesses solve complex finance challenges by connecting senior finance leaders with experienced finance or HR consultants.

Mary most recently held Chief Financial Officer positions at Pampered Chef and Sears Holding Corporation along with senior finance roles at Chrysler Corporation and Spherion Technology. These diverse roles gave her experience in finance, operations, change management and information technology within the multi-level marketing (MLM), retail and automotive industries. Mary began her career at Andersen Consulting in their change management practice. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Michigan State University.

Mary is a member of the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), as well as Financial Executives International (FEI), where she is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Chapter’s CFO of the Year Awards Host committee. She is also a Board member and Treasurer of the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council. Mary lives in North Barrington with her husband and two children.


Jim Doyle has 20+ years of experience in public accounting (Arthur Andersen), corporate (Blockbuster and CNA Insurance), consulting (Huron Consulting Group and DLC) and business development at Salo.

Both Mary and Jim and their team at Salo leverage their vast networks to help Fortune 500, middle market and not-for-profit CFO’s tackle their high priority and strategic initiatives.

SALO | Let’s get solving.®

Additional meeting details are as follows:
(1) Dress code: Business Casual from the waist up (or as far as your video camera can capture).
(2) Coffee and Donuts/Bagels/Pastries will be served by you and you alone.
(3) Parking – Your parking lot, driveway or garage is the best option.
(4) Suggested donation: $0.00 (for this event; see below for supporting The FENG in general).
(5) Bring 0 printed copies of your resumes/handbills/business cards but have them ready electronically for subsequent distribution.
(6) Be sure you can modify/edit the name that appears in your video window so that we can refer to you by your preferred name rather than, “Dad’s Cell Phone,” “iPhone 10XR,” or “,” or whatever the default name of your device is when logging into Zoom for the first time.’
(7) Structured networking will follow the formal presentation; be sure to use your 2-3 minutes

This meeting is virtually sponsored by SALO LLC (our special thanks to them!):

Jim Doyle
Sales Director
c: 312.371.9024
SALO | Let’s get solving.®

Alumni members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the discussion - it is a great way to give back to the group, and to maintain and build your network.

We hope to see you at the FENG meeting. If you have any questions please contact:

FENG Downtown Chicago Chapter Chairs:

Steve Eschbach
(also Co-Chair of the Madison/Milwaukee Chapter)
(312) 550-9965

Matt Oey
(312) 255-1887

Jerry Scherer
(708) 805-3300

FENG Chicago (Suburban) Chapter Chairs:

Steve Blondell
(also Co-Chair of the Madison/Milwaukee Chapter)
(847) 651-3560
For meeting information, please contact:

Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965
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