Who We Are

We are a dedicated group of marketplace leaders and professionals who aim to connect with one another to explore and develop our faith in God and grow in our leadership and service at home, in the marketplace and throughout our city.


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Convene and learn from other leaders who tackle some of the most challenging leadership and faith issues

Marketplace Leadership Groups

Explore your faith and network weekly with marketplace leaders around Chicago

Serving In The City

Serve and connect to opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others throughout our city and the world

Three Ways to Get Involved


A wealth manager holds a special role in the lives of people. Finances have the ability to provide security and enable generosity, but they can also create division and engender stress in relationships.  A wealth manager - and all those involved in capital management - often hold a role not only as advisor, but as coach, mentor, counselor and friend. When a significant life event happens, the wealth manager is one of the first people to be called upon to help.


The Wealth Management Forum is the single annual event that aims to support the role of the wealth manager. We believe grounded wealth managers who maintain a strong moral compass and who are themselves on a faith journey are a bedrock to our society.  This event strives to build up, encourage and network wealth managers together for this important role.

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Chicago Breakfast Forum

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Lisle Lunch Forum

Mr. Birley has over 30 years of experience in the personal and institutional financial services industry. Prior to co-founding Vident, he was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for Ronald Blue and Co. While serving in that role, he was responsible for leading the efforts to develop the Principled Reasoning investment philosophy that the Vident indices utilize. Prior to joining Ronald Blue & Co. in 2000, Vince was a Founder and Principal with Atlantic Capital Management, LLC, where he served as Managing Partner. Vince holds a B.A. in Business from Central College and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) certificant.

2018 Keynote Speaker - Vince Birley

Friday, October 26, 2018

Chicago Breakfast Forum - 7:30am

UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr.

2nd Floor - Michigan Room

Chicago, IL

Lisle Lunch Forum - 12:00pm

Northern Seminary

410 Warrenville Rd, Suite 300

Lisle, IL


Leadership Series

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Leadership is a lonely endeavor and the best leaders choose to regularly connect with other leaders and tackle together some of life's biggest challenges.  That's the purpose for the StraightTalk(tm) Leadership Series - connecting leaders with others who have faced difficult situations and are willing to share how they prevailed, or even failed.


The StraightTalk(tm) Leadership Series holds events two to three times a year, focusing on making each event as powerful and worthwhile as possible.


Let us know if you would like to be notified of our upcoming events here.

Cru Chicago 22nd Annual Golf Outing

Save the date - Monday, June 24, 2019

The annual Cru Chicago Golf outing celebrates influence. Each year, we award from a portion of the proceeds raised an outside organization, program or individual who has, over time, used their influence to impact positively the lives of those around them. Preference is given to recipients who have overcome significant challenges as a result of certain challenges.  Join us in 2019 for this great event!


Join a Marketplace Leadership Group

Cru Chicago believes no marketplace leader should go through life alone. We aim to connect marketplace leaders to each other and - together - we explore our faith in God and how we can lead better at home, in the workplace, and throughout our communities.


Meetings amongst marketplace leaders take place weekly in over 10 locations around the Chicago area. We also work to connect leaders to other like-minded groups that share the same philosophy that good leaders should never lead from an island.

What to expect in a Marketplace Leadership Group

Each leadership group has a unique DNA based on its leader and its members.  Group size ranges from 8 to 40, and most meet weekly on weekday mornings.


Across all groups, we strive to teach sound leadership based on the biblical principles, but participants need not have any prior Bible knowledge whatsoever.  These groups dig deep into life issues, personal challenges and its more the norm for group members to develop lasting friendships outside of the group.


If you are in the marketplace and you desire to grow in your faith, we urge you to be connected to others who desire the same thing, whether it is in one of our groups or another.

Ways we serve

Whenever one grows in their faith in God, a natural result is a desire to serve others, the community and even those around the world.  Listed below is a list of organizations that our members are involved in, giving their time, talents and resources to help grow. In our groups,we take the time to learn about our members' passion and how they make a difference in the world we live in.


This list is growing, and is updated with increased awareness and involvement.

Carpe Ventus

Learn more about our parent organization, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), and its heart for the city by going to www.cru.org and CruCity.


Cru Chicago has full-time ministry staff in all areas and for all age-groups throughout Chicago. Contact Us for more information.



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