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Chicago Accounting & Finance Organizations: A Definitive List

BY: admin | June 21, 2019


It has often been said “it’s not what you know but who you know.”  And while these words of wisdom ring true for those with a vast network, what about those of us who are just now jumping into a new field or have relocated from another city and have no true connections to speak of?

With that in mind, we’ve put together an extensive list of Accounting & Finance organizations with Chapters in the Chicagoland area to allow local professionals that are eager to expand their network an opportunity to discover all of the great organizations that Chicago has to offer.




American Accounting Association (AAA)

“The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia.  Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications.  The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation.  Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.”


American Payroll Association (APA)

“The Chicago Chapter of the American Payroll Association is an organization on payroll professionals.  The Chicago Chapter was established in 1983 as the first local chapter for payroll professionals in the State of Illinois.  The Chapter is managed by a group of volunteers who dedicate their time and share their knowledge with chapter members.”


Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI)

“The Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI) was established in 1949 and is the Illinois State Affiliate Organization of the National Society of Accountants (NSA).  In this age of specialization, IAAI continues to fill an important niche, providing education and information to its members who serve small businesses and individuals.  Through interaction at Local Chapter Meetings, Seminars and State Meetings, members are in a position to alert clients about important tax law changes and changes in business practices that affect their business and financial activities.”


Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)

“Founded in 1903, the Illinois CPA Society is one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation with more than 24,600 members.  We are an essential partner in your success, providing you with convenient and customized education, timely and relevant information, influential advocacy, and countless opportunities to make powerful professional connections.”


Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

“IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business.  Founded in 1919, we are on the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession.  We are committed to empowering our 100,000+ members – and those throughout the rest of the profession – to strengthen on-the-job skills, better manage companies, and accelerate careers.”


National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

“The Chicago Chapter of The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. is part of a nationwide professional association with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by African-Americans and other minorities in the accounting and finance professions.”





Chicago Finance Exchange (CFE)

“Founded in 1980, CFE is an invitation only organization with over 230 members who are senior women leaders in finance across Chicago’s public, private, and non-profit business community.  CFE provides an integrated offering of professional and networking events on critically relevant topics for its members.  CFE has been named on the Chicago’s eight most exclusive business clubs by Crain’s Chicago Business.”


Chicago Financial Women (CFW)

“Chicago Financial Women is committed to expanding the professional networks of Chicago-area women in Finance.  We provide networking opportunities through professional development, educational enrichment, and social gatherings in the spirit of fun, friendship, and camaraderie.  Chicago Financial Women is a NFP organization.”


Financial Executives International (FEI)

“FEI is the professional association of choice for the corporate finance executive, and strives to be the most contemporary, dynamic and proactive organization of its kind.  FEI’s Chicago Chapter was chartered in November 1993.  The chapter has close to 500 members representing a broad spectrum of companies, operating in numerous industries.  Chapter membership provides the opportunity to interact and network with local senior financial leaders in virtually all industries and company sizes.”


Financial Managers Society (FMS)

“The Financial Managers Society was formed in 1948 when a group of Controllers from the Chicago area banded together and formed the Society of Savings and Loan Controllers with a mission to enhance the professional development of financial personnel within financial institutions.”


Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

“With more than 1,000 members, the First Illinois Chapter is the nation’s premier membership organization in the greater Chicagoland area for healthcare finance leaders.  Our members are employed by hospitals, integrated delivery systems, managed care organizations, medical practice groups, long-term and ambulatory care facilities, public accounting and consulting firms, insurance companies, government agencies and other organizations.”


Risk Management Association (RMA)

“The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services industry.  Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry.  RMA promotes and enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, operational risk, securities lending, and regulatory issues.”


Treasury Management Association of Chicago (TMAC)

“Treasury Management Association (TMAC) is a premier treasury management association in the greater Chicagoland area and suburbs for financial and treasury professionals.  Our members come from across all industries with backgrounds and experience in Cash Management, Investments, Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Insurance, Financial Planning and Treasury Strategy.”





Chicago Tax Club (CTC)

“The Chicago Tax Club, organized in 1933, is a nonprofit association consisting of individual tax professionals employed by corporations and other businesses.  The principal function of our organization is providing educational and networking events, in order to assist our members in identifying and resolving tax compliance, planning and audit issues relating to their employers.”


Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

“Established in 1943, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida, USA.  The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator.  Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal ccontrol, imormation technology audit, education, and security.  The Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) serves the Chicago Metropolitan Area.  The Chapter has over 2,000 current members.”


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