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2019 Luncheons

International Press Club of Chicago December 2019 Program:

DATE:  Thursday, December 19, 2019

LOCATION: New Furama Restaurant, 2828 S. Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616



Another year is almost in the books and we are so happy to say that this has been a great year of activities, gatherings, and discussions. Please come joins us for the 2019 Holiday Luncheon where IPCC members and guests have one last opportunity to meet as a group before the New Year. 


Attendees can select any one of the delightful entrées from the New Furama Restaurant's lunch menu. This will be a far more relaxed luncheon strictly meant for us to sit together, chat, and discuss a few opportunities going into the New Year. We look forward to seeing you there,


Ehren Muhammad, IPCC - Director of Communications

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International Press Club of Chicago November 2019 Program:

DATE:  Thursday, November 19, 2019

LOCATION: New Furama Restaurant, 2828 S. Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

RSVP:  By Noon, Monday, November 20th

Program Fee:  $30 per person, includes three course lunch


"The Power of Your Data" 

Our Headliner this month was none than Marketing Entrepreneur and the IPCC Director of Communications, Mr. Ehren Muhammad.

Mr. Muhammad was the guest speaker for November's installment of The International Press Club of Chicago Fall 2019-Winter 2020 "Visiting Guest Speaker Series"


As Ehren said, "We are in the Information Age and its changing every second. Mr. Muhammad will be presenting ways to protect, follow, and control what happens to the world's hottest commodity - Data"

As the owner of Chicago-based digital marketing agency, EMPro, Ltd, Ehren Muhammad understands how data is being collected, stored, and used. Frequently consulting business owners on the situations that efficient and poor data management creates for their brands, Mr. Muhammad professional dedication on branding has positioned him as a subject-matter expert.


During this week's luncheon, Mr. Muhammad led an engaging presentation that had attendees actively learning how to protect, use, and even leverage the only commodity that can't be touched but its affect can shape companies and countries for years to come - our data.


To learn more about Ehren Muhammad and his background, click on the links below:




His company, EMPro, Ltd provides full-stack marketing services (website design, SEO, graphic design, online advertising, email marketing, copy writing/blogging). He leads a team of digital marketing specialist have the knowledge and network to get your brand the attention it deserves. Ehren and his team are widely respected as a dedicated resource for small businesses, non-for-profits, and entrepreneurs all over the world. Reach out to them today for a free consultation at

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International Press Club of Chicago October 2019 Program:

DATE:  Thursday, October 24, 2019

LOCATION: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard

RSVP:  By Noon, Monday, October 21st

Program Fee:  $45 per person, includes ULCC three course lunch


"All the Newsroom's Men...and Women" 

Our Headliner will be none other than Chicago's Own long term Media Personality, Political Pundit, and International Consultant, Mr. Christopher FitzHenry Robling!

The International Press Club of Chicago is proud to announce the start of our Fall 2019-Winter 2020 "Visiting Guest Speaker Series"


Our first guest speaker is nonother than Chicago's very own Christopher FitzHenry Robling's career includes experience in media, government, agency public relations and politics. He joined Jayne Thompson and Associates as its first Principal in April 2002.


Mr. Robling has executed communications campaigns for a wide variety of corporate and institutional clients, focusing on class-action defense litigation. His work has been honored by a Silver Anvil, two top awards from the American Public Transportation Association and an Addy Award. He also is a recipient of a Peter Lisagor Award for his work on WMAQ-AM, then a CBS-Infinity all-news station.


Mr. Robling led the Republican members of the Chicago Regional Transportation Task Force in 2004, authoring their Minority Report. He is a former senior official of the Regional Transportation Authority and has spoken on urban mobility issues in Paris, Stockholm and in the United States.


Mr. Robling recorded the definitive interview of Mike Royko for WBEZ-FM. He has interviewed Henry Kissinger, Tom Wicker, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gene McCarthy, then-Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Anatoly Dobrynin, Warren Buffet and Tom Wolfe, among others. Since 2004 he has been the WGN-TV Morning News Republican analyst.

Mr. Robling speaks frequently on professional and public issues and has lectured at the University of Chicago, Northwestern's Kellogg and Medill schools, DePaul and Roosevelt Universities. Mr. Robling graduated from Georgetown University and attended Northwestern University School of Law.


APD co-founder Christopher FitzHenry Robling is Principal and Vice President for Public Relations, Communications, and Government Affairs. Mr. Robling has served as an aid to several Members of Congress, a Commissioner of Elections for the City of Chicago and a senior executive of Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority. As commissioner in the early 1990s he advocated widespread adoption of imaging technology to streamline data processing in relation to election administration. At RTA, he worked with Raytheon on a groundbreaking PRT application, which led to some of the Smart Car technology being used today. He is the recipient of several awards in journalism and communications. He has been WGN-TV’s Republican analyst since 2006, an anchorman at WMAQ-AM and a longtime program host and substitute host at WBEZ-FM. Two Illinois Congressmen asked him to join their Suburban Transportation Commission, and he led the minority on Chicagoland’s 2004-5 Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Task Force. In corporate communications, he has assisted a long list of major firms in complex matters of regulation and litigation, including matters as diverse as preventing a $12 billion appeal bond to assisting the first bank acquisition using Sec. 363 of the federal bankruptcy code. He graduated from Georgetown University in economics and philosophy and studied law at Northwestern University.

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International Press Club of Chicago May 2019 'Memorial Day' Special Program:

Presented in partnership with the International Women Associates - Turkish Culture Area

 DATE:  Wednesday, May 29, 2019

TIME:  11:30 a.m.   Networking & Buffet Lunch

            12:15 p.m.   Program and Q&A

              1:30 p.m.   Conclusion

LOCATION: Turkish Consulate Conference Room, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. Suite 2900

RSVP:  By Monday, May 27th. 

Free to both IPCC and IWA members and guests. Seats are limited. Registration required 


"Untold Stories of the Forgotten War: The Turkish Brigade, North Star"

On Memorial Day we honor the soldiers who lost their lives serving their country and fighting for a noble cause.  This May, in collaboration with the Turkish Consulate in Chicago,

the International Press Club of Chicago proudly presents a very special luncheon program.

Our guest speaker Donald Sender, a military historian, scholar, and IPCC Board Member, will share his memories as an intelligence officer, tell untold stories of the courage that Turkish troops exemplified during the Korean War, and remind us of the kinship the United States, Turkey, and South Korea have in their shared history.

Please join us as we commemorate the fallen soldiers and heroes of the Korean War and remember their ultimate sacrifice for their nation and a better world together with the Consuls General of Turkey and South Korea, and the Midwest Regional Director of the US Army Public Affairs Office.

We encourage you to share this event with your friends and colleagues. The event is free. Seats are limited and registration is required.  Please submit your RSVP and complete the registration prior to Monday, May 27, 2019, to secure your seat.

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International Press Club of Chicago April 2019 Program:  

DATE:  Thursday, April 18, 2019

TIME:  11:30 a.m. Networking | 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Guest Speaker  

LOCATION: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard

RSVP:  By Noon, Tuesday, April 16th

Program Fee:  $45 per person, includes ULCC three course lunch 


International Press Club of Chicago is proud to announce Dr. Hande Ozdinler, Associate Professor at the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University, as our Guest Speaker for the month of April to present "Communicating Science and Art with Media".

Dr. Ozdinler is an Associate Professor at the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on Lou Gehrig's disease and is currently working to develop treatment strategies for this devastating disease. She is also a painter, the inventor of OzdinART, a new form of EBRU.  She recently received Trademark both for the name and the technique, as it is a novel form of painting.  Together with her husband Dr. Ozyurt and many other friends, they initiated Art Loves Science Foundation, a nonprofit, to promote science with the love of art.  Dr. Ozdinler also serves as an International Press member since 2001 and the Board Member since 2018, reporting on issues related to science and technology.  Therefore, Dr. Ozdinler is in this rare position where she connects the worlds of science and art, and she feels the need to communicate developments in both domains effectively to the public. 


Please join us on this special IPCC luncheon.  We will cover topics on how to communicate with press about issues related to science and technical innovations and what press members could do to expedite community interest to both science and art, as these are the two important pillars that holds us together and moves us forward.  Our members and guests will have the chance to examine some OzdinART paintings, and Dr. Ozdinler will be available to answer questions about recent advancement in ALS research.


Please click following links for more info on Dr. Ozdinler's Faculty Profile, Feinberg LabALS Research and Art Loves Science Foundation.


International Press Club of Chicago March 2019 Program:

DATE:  Wednesday, March 20, 2019
VENUE: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard


Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mathew Gregory, Director of Office, Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA) Midwest, presents "Life and Experiences of a Career Military Public Affairs Officer in Unsettling Times"  
International Press Club of Chicago is proud to announce LTC Mathew Gregory as our Visiting Guest Speaker for the month of March!

LTC Gregory is a Career, Active Duty Army Officer assigned as the Chief of Staff of Public Affairs Midwest.  As such, he is the pre-eminent United States Army Public Affairs Officer for not just Chicago, but for a major portion of the United States West of Pennsylvania and East of the Rockies’ (some would say, East of Downtown Hollywood)!

Fresh from his last posting as the Director of Public Affairs at NATO Headquarters, Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, LTC Gregory found himself and his young family thrust into this new, but highly enviable assignment, one into which he has grown and developed at an amazing rate…as exemplified by his rigorous, nearly non-stop travel schedule!

With numerous other postings throughout the United States, including one in Alaska, which may have, in some small way, prepped him for our Chicago Winters, along with his military training, which began with a degree from the Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) followed Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Pathfinder School, along with a host of others, it’s not hard to see how he has flourished in this position!  

Join us on this special occasion to hear more about LTC Gregory's {click here for Bio} lifelong experiences and current involvements as the Director of OCPA.

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International Press Club of Chicago January 2019 Program:

DATE:  Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm  

VENUE:   The Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago.

455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. Suite 2900 Chicago 60611



Film screening and reception on the occasion of the
International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
‘’The Story of Lina Amato’’

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