August 2018 Print

President's Report

Dear Chicago Business Travel Association Members:

What a great year it's been so far! Thank you to everyone who attended the Member Appreciation Event at Pinstripes Chicago, it was a great time. As summertime is in full swing, there are a few things I'd like to highlight below as they're fast approaching.

Please also make sure to take a look at Leslie Evans Thorne's most recent article attached, and as always we thank our sponsors and contributors that make CBTA possible.

Wayne Urbanek
CBTA President

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Leslie Evans Thorne,

Managing Your Career & Role: One Important Tip

By Leslie Evans Thorne


(NOTE: I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Q3 Chapter Meeting at the Westin Chicago North Shore in September.)

If you have been reading this column, you might remember the January 2018 article about New Year’s Resolutions. Here was Resolution #1:


          I will proactively manage my career and work circumstances.


We are more than halfway through the year, and so I thought I’d ask you…how are you doing with this resolution? How well are you managing your career and current work role? What could you do better? Are there some specific tips and tools you could use to take greater control of your work?


These are some of the issues I’ll cover in September’s talk.


But, instead of making you wait until September, I’m going to give you a meaty tip here. One that you can implement right away.


Track your accomplishments.


That’s it. Sounds easy, right? But, how do you do it? When? Why is it important? And, what happens if you don’t?


First the WHY.


I work with a lot of clients who are incredible performers, who contribute tons of value to their companies, but are not recognized. Why does this happen? No one knows what they have done.


Right now, I’m working with a client who is in the renewable energy field, specifically solar. He brought in a $500 million complex deal to the company, one that the company President called “game changing,” and they are letting him go. Why? Because he is working remotely on the East Coast, while headquarters is in California, his immediate boss is disengaged, and no one really knows what my client did to bring the project to the company. He was out of the loop. So, how does this story relate to you?


You need to make sure people know what you have done, the value you have provided, your contribution.


You need to promote yourself. Actively promote yourself. I don’t mean in a self-aggrandizing, bragging way where you are talking about yourself constantly. Yuck. That’s not what I mean.


To begin, I want you to track your accomplishments. And, I define an accomplishment as anything you did that was extraordinary, something that others would recognize. Or it can be something you did that you were proud of. Even an idea you had in a meeting that no one would listen to. Or a goal that you set for yourself that you met. Large and small accomplishments. I want you to track them all.


How often? Daily.


Yep, I said daily. That would be ideal. The best way to do this is to have a planning tool, one where you set your daily goals. At the end of the day, at the top of your sheet, you can write down the three things you did that day that you feel good about.


Some of you will say that’s impossible. Or it’s too often. OK, how about weekly? The point is, I want you to be able to capture your accomplishments as close as possible to performing them. Otherwise, you’ll find that when you go back and try to reconstruct your efforts, you’ll have a harder time remembering. We are all incredibly busy and it’s not easy to recall the little things.


Do a five minute review at the end of the day. What went well? What could have gone better? What did you accomplish? And, write it down. You can do this on your way home, writing on the train, recording to your phone in the car, whatever. The point is to capture your thoughts. If daily is too difficult, then you can do it at the end of every week. Do the best you can.


The benefit is that you will have a running log of your accomplishments, those things you have done that contribute to the company, which you can share with others to promote yourself. You’ll also feel better about yourself. You’ll feel good about the things you accomplished. It’s important to acknowledge them.


Now, how do you use these accomplishments to promote yourself to others?

Ah…you’ll have to come to September’s talk to find out…until then…



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Community Outreach


  • Help decorate the Ronald McDonald House for Halloween

A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost

Thursday, Oct 11th

2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's

211 East Grand Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611

Registration details coming soon.


  • 4Q Meeting - Toy Drive for the Children at Ronald McDonald House





  • Toiletry/Clothing Drive-THANK YOU for all of the generous donations to Stop It at our  June 5th Our members’ generosity was impactful to Stop It!.


“We want to thank the Chicago Business Travel Association and specifically the Community Outreach Committee for the time and care it took to organize a donation drive on behalf of The Salvation Army’s STOP-IT Program.  Although we receive funding through a variety of foundations and governmental sources, we rely heavily on donations from individuals like you for fifty percent of our funding.

Our Drop-In Center is open two days a week as a safe place for young female-identified individuals who may have been commercially sexually exploited to access resources, build community and share a meal.  Each day the STOP-IT Drop-in Center is open, we provide participants with access to needed items such as hygiene products, gift cards, housing items and clothing.  Therefore, the ability to provide basic and needed items such as these means so much.  The items that were collected from the drive are what we need replenished most often, so we are beyond grateful for this abundant donation.  Please extend our sincere gratitude to all who donated an took park in this wonderful effort.”-  Jennifer Harvey, LSW, Anti-Trafficking Specialist and Drop-In Coordinator


  • Lawndale Community Academy and Wood Family Foundation.         

On June 15th members of the Community Outreach committee celebrated the end of the School Year with Students from the Lawndale Community Academy.   Games were played, faces were painted and everyone shared lots of laughs at this fun-filled day. (Photos attached-if there isn’t room no problem)



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Welcome New Members

Leslie  Andrews

CDK Global

Erika  Brum


Becky  Bunnin

Courtyard Chicago Magnificent Mile

Maria  Cesario

Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites West Loop

John  Dale

BCD Travel

Gillian  Gilbreth

Foley & Lardner, LLP

Shannon  Mckinney

Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites

Barbara  Poczatek

Emirates Airline

Jay  Sandifer

Bridgestreet Global Hospitality

Lisa  Silvey

Options Travel

Nick  Wambach

Langham Hotels

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Calendar of Events

Q3 Chapter Meeting

September 10, 2018
7:30 AM CDT to 12:00 PM CDT

Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60090

Dave Hilfman, SVP United Airlines – On the Future of Travel

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Golf & Croquet Outing for DePaul Scholarship Fund

September 10, 2018
12:00 PM CDT to 8:30 PM CDT

Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090

7th Annual Golf Outing benefiting DePaul's School of Hospitality

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Decorate the Ronald McDonald House for Halloween

October 11, 2018
2:00 PM CDT to 5:00 PM CDT

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's
211 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Join us for a volunteer event!

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Q4 Holiday & Charity Event

December 06, 2018
3:30 PM CST to 7:30 PM CST

W City Center
172 W Adams St,
Chicago, IL 60603

Support the Wood Family Foundation & Our Toy Drive!

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Our Q3 Chapter Meeting and Golf & Croquet Event is fast approaching, so register today!


We also encourage you to renew your membership for 2019, and tell your friends! Please see below for more information:

Help is on the way!

Ever get into a situation where you’ve been talking up CBTA to a friend or colleague and almost (oh, so close) have them ready to sign up….and then they ask if we have anything that they can use for talking points with their boss? And then you sigh and ask them to go to the website for some great information.

We recognize that it is not always easy to show your boss the website and ask for approval to join.

With this in mind, the Membership Committee has worked on just such a document!  In a few short days you will be able to access the document for print, email via pdf, website, and of course, through the Membership Committee directly.

You’ll be able to share some quick points with your referrals in a short, one-pager that is easy to use (and spread!).

Please let us know what you think! 

Email: or Phone: Susan Bruzan, Membership Chair at 773-714-1285

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Special Events

CBTA’s Golf & Croquet Event 2018

The 2018 Q3 Golf & Croquet Event will be taking place on September 10th, 2018 immediately following the Q3 Chapter Meeting. This year we are taking our talents to the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, IL.


Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090


To support students at the DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership.
DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership
and for fun!

We are looking forward to seeing all our CBTA Members out for a day of Golf or Croquet to support our partners at DePaul University. Last year we raised over $10,000 in scholarship funds for students at the DePaul School of Hospitality Leadership.

We cannot do it without our CBTA Members so register to play with friends, co-workers and customers. Your registration includes a lunch prior to the event, your round of golf, GPS guided golf cart and dinner reception after the event.  

You can register to play at: Golf & Croquet Outing Registration



We also cannot do this without the support of our sponsors! Last year we had a record number of attendees and look to see even more of our members out there on September 10th. Our event sponsorships are a great way to promote your business, engage with our members and support a great cause.

SPONSORSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE (and sell out quickly): 2018 Golf Outing Sponsorship Catalog

Or contact us directly with questions at

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