SPEAKERS

In an effort to continually add value for attendees, we will discuss Catholic Networking specifically and how it might be different than other avenues.  We will then implement a "helping each other in community" approach at our tables.  Please attend this important meeting.

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

Alison Henderson is proud to be one of only twenty-two Certified Movement Pattern Analysts in the world. This unique specialty was the answer to how she could blend her theatre-behavior observation with an accurate and highly effective tool for the entrepreneur and business leader.

As a theater director and acting coach, she examines what motivates characters to take action. The same applies to people in business. Identifying what motivates you and your employees benefits your organization by increasing efficiency of teams and clarifying communication to reach company goals. Morale is boosted and company culture improves.

Jim and Tely Nagle are Catholics and owners of the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook; a hotel whose register listed Prince Charles and Frank Sinatra.  When this couple saw a bright future for a vacant property that still carried an iconic brand, Jim and Tely Nagle bought The Drake Oak Brook in 2013 and took a hands-on role in its
renovation. They weave their faith into the renovation and management of the hotel.

Christopher Gomez is a partner at Davide Gomez & Associates, retained
executive search firm from Oak Brook. He was raised the 5th of six children from a strong Catholic family. His family started the Spirit Hockey Camp a breeding ground for vocations and faith based sports.

John Spitkovsky is a Co-founder and CTO of MS Consulting Services, Inc., an enterprise-class IT Consulting Services firm started in 1996 and located in Oak Brook, IL and specializing in onsite and cloud-based IT infrastructures.

John is a strong believer that our faith informs and guides our daily actions and encourages us to develop authentically strong, personal relationships with others, and this certainly includes employees, customers and vendors.  He is active in his parish and community of St. John of the Cross in Western Springs, IL as a Lector, in the Men's Club, and as the Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop.

Karl Maurer is a financial planner and wealth management advisor in Oak Brook, Illinois, with over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. From 1998 to 2008 Karl served on the board of Catholic Citizens of Illinois and was editor of their weekly e-newsletter.

He currently serves as a member of the advisory board. He has written extensively on Catholic issues and events. Karl and his wife Gayle live in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago and are active members of St Joseph Rockdale IL parish.

Peggy O’Flaherty is Founder and President of Creating Space, LLC. Peggy is a certified Spiritual Director from The Christos Center in Minnesota. Peggy is prayerfully attentive to how discernment and spirituality are integrated into daily living. Her core areas of support include expanding faith in families, helping those struggling with infertility or abuse, caring for aging parents and nurturing parent/child relationships.  Her credentials include 30 years of faith formation, a B.A. from DePaul University, extensive experience in bible studies, adult faith formation, project management, business development, and life experiences as a wife, mother, daughter and friend.

Peggy is also the owner of Growing The Faith and the OneParish Catholic platform.   Growing The Faith developed the OneParish Catholic App, to help parishes grow stewardships, communication, engagement and evangelization.   Over 200,000 Catholics world-wide use OneParish daily as a form of faith formation and prayer.     Peggy is also owner of an International skincare company that is currently the #1 selling brand in the United States..   More information can be found on her website....   www.creatingspaceinyourlife.com

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Meeting Prayer

As we gather this morning, and continue our journey of faith, we invoke the Holy Spirit to guide and watch over us.  We give thanks to all those who have made this Catholic impact group possible, while we open our hearts to God’s love as He has brought us here to grow in faith, hope, and love.  We thank you Lord Jesus for the opportunity to connect with each other as we build business relationships – here, in our work places, and in our parishes.  Allow our Catholic principles to help form our conscience and guide our hearts as we grow in discipleship, while sharing our thoughts and ideas.  We place our trust in you, Lord, to open our minds so we can all strive for collaboration and unity.  Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated servant/leadership for all of us…..so too, allow us to grow in humility like the Blessed Mother, so we can be servant/leaders after the Heart of Jesus Christ. 

We pray for all those who are sick or suffering in anyway, and we pray for those who are seeking employment.  We ask all this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.