From the President’s Desk

LaVina Branch, MPH

Manager, WC & Leave Management
McMaster-Carr Supply Company

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Welcome to the DMEC Chicago (IL) chapter. We would like to thank you for your interest in our chapter and events. Our local meetings are focused on emerging topics in disability management, allowing absence management and productivity professionals the opportunity to discuss issues with one another in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

For questions about the chapter, one of our upcoming events, or opportunities for serving on the board, please contact us at We look forward to seeing you during the year.

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If you’d like to receive email invitations for upcoming chapter meetings, please contact us at and request to be added to the chapter mailing list

If you don’t see an upcoming event listed, please check back. Meetings are added throughout the year. .


The Chicago chapter holds breakfast meetings four times throughout the year. Meetings typically feature a speaker from a local employer or service provider. The topics vary according to the industry needs and changes.

A variety of absence and disability professionals attend, including benefits, human resources, environmental health and safety, occupational health, and risk management professionals. Employers and suppliers are welcome.


All DMEC chapter meetings qualify for CPDM CEUs. Pick up your CPDM reporting form at the close of each meeting. Any other CEUs provided for the meeting will be listed on the event details page.

Meeting Location

Meeting locations vary between Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Oak Brook and a location in downtown Chicago. 


Meeting fees include breakfast. Registration fees are typically:

  • DMEC members*: $40
  • Nonmembers: $50

*All employees of a DMEC member organization enjoy a variety of benefits, including reduced chapter fees.

Please register online for each event. You can pay by credit card or select the “Pay by Check Onsite” option. If paying by check, please bring a check (or cash) to the meeting for the full registration fee. Checks can be made payable to DMEC.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions are accepted; however, these must be made by the RSVP date indicated on the event details page. To make a substitution, contact or 800.789.3632, ext. 101.

Cancellation for a refund is required by the RSVP date indicated on the event details page. To request a refund, contact or 800.789.3632, ext. 101.


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Upon request, a receipt is provided at the meeting. Members can download a receipt by logging into their DMEC Account. Select “My Account”, then “Orders”. Select the specific order and print.