2022 CSMFO Annual Conference

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers


Ben Nemtin

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 10:45 – 11:45 am

Whether you need to set bigger goals or reach the ones you already have, Ben will help you get from “ambition” to “accomplishment.”
Ben’s message of radical possibility combined with his “5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible” will leave you not only inspired, but also equipped with tools to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. His system of achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning “dreams” into “projects” and creates inspiration through action and accountability. Each conference attendee will have the opportunity to “Discover” – Your Own Dreams and add them to our CSMFO “Dream Wall”.

About Ben Nemtin –

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?, and a star of MTV’s highest rated show ever on iTunes and Amazon called “The Buried Life.” As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News.

In his first year of university, Ben was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball at the White House to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation,” and Oprah declared their mission “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed keynote speaker, Ben has headlined business conferences and Fortune 100 leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from AIG, Anthem, Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. Ben is recognized as one of the World’s Best Motivational Speakers, as well as one of the World’s Top Organizational Culture Thought Leaders by Global Gurus (2019, 2020).

Lindsey M. Piegza, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Chief Economist • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Wednesday February 16, 2022 | 2:45 – 4:00 pm

Last year during our virtual conference, Dr. Lindsey Piegza gave a very well received Economic Outlook at one of our concurrent sessions. With economics playing such a big role in our agencies today, we have invited Lindsey to share her current economic insights with all our conference attendees as one of our featured speakers. She will look at the current state of the economy amid the pandemic and what it means going forward for overall growth, interest rates, and monetary policy. She will also examine the changing global and political environment and how it will affect the economic recovery going forward. Join us on Wednesday afternoon for this significant session on the economy.

About Dr. Lindsey Piegza –

Dr. Lindsey Piegza is the Chief Economist for Stifel Financial. She specializes in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets, and monetary and fiscal policies. Prior to her role with Stifel, she was the Senior Economist for an investment bank in New York City for eight years with consulting clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A highly sought-after speaker across national and international forums, Lindsey is often quoted in the business press. She is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and Fox Business, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. Lindsey is also a monthly op-ed contributor for The Hill.

In addition to her role with Stifel, Lindsey is an instructor at the Pacific Coast Banking School, a member of the Chicago Federal Reserve Advisory Committee, SIFMA Economic Advisory Roundtable Chair, co-chair of the NABE International Roundtable, and a well-respected author. Lindsey has published numerous academic papers in prestigious journals such as the Harvard Business Review and in textbooks from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Lindsey is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), American Economic Association (AEA), and the Economic Club of Chicago. She was also named a 2019 Women of Influence by the Chicago Business Journal. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University in political science and economics and earned her Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York. Lindsey is a native of Chicago and is based in Stifel’s downtown Chicago office.

Chuck Gallagher

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Ethics in the workplace is a serious matter, but talking about it doesn’t have to be “business as usual.” Chuck Gallagher learned a lesson about ethics, choices, and consequences the hard way—but now he shares his experience so that others don’t have to go down the same road.

Each choice we make and each step we take provides the foundation for our future. Wherever you are right now — regardless of the circumstance — your choices define who you are and the outcomes you will live. While your employees may be aware of this on some level, do they truly realize the power behind the choices they make on a daily basis? More importantly, what’s the risk to your organization if they don’t? In this compelling presentation, Chuck starts by setting the scene with his own story…and ends by setting the stage for your organization’s ethical success.

Chuck will also present a concurrent break-out session following his featured presentation on Thursday, where he will look at the many “Faces of Fraud.” Plan on joining us for both important sessions.

About Chuck Gallagher –

Chuck Gallagher has appeared on CNN, CBS, and NPR radio programs. His business insights are sought after for his strong position on ethics and ethical leadership. Chuck’s focus is business—but his passion is empowering others. His unique presentations on business ethics clearly demonstrate that he brings something to the platform not often found in typical business speakers. Chuck’s personal experience in building businesses and sales teams while leading companies provides a practical and powerful framework for ethical success.

Chuck’s new book, SECOND CHANCES: Transforming Adversity into Opportunity, has received numerous endorsements and has been described as one of those rare books that effectively bridges the gap between personal accountability and business success.

Check out Chuck’s video on his presentation and his breakout session.

Marques Ogden

Friday, February 18, 2022 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on Friday as Marques Ogden discusses strategies on how to successfully seize opportunities even when you have lost everything. Learn strategies and techniques to push through adversity and how to overcome self-doubt and fear. Discover how to become a better leader. Learn how to create real value, and increase your chances for success. Stick around for this inspiring closing session.

About Marques Ogden –

Growing up in a single-parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marcus learned how to define his values and set goals. He attended Howard University from 1998-2002, where he played Division I football. Marques then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan’s footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for five years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens, and Jaguars.

Following his NFL career, Marques started Kayden Premier Enterprises, a construction company in 2007, which quickly escalated to being a multi-million-dollar construction firm. In 2013, it all crashed down around him when Ogden got involved with a bad business deal and he ended up losing everything. Looking back on that situation now at the age of 37, he realized that he was an ineffective leader. He did not have a mentor/coach to guide him in how to continually grow his booming business. Today, Marques’s passion is keynote speaking, and executive coaching others on how to look at their vision with a “clear” set of eyes.