Endowment & Foundation Forum 2017

Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston, MA
November 6, 2017 - November 7, 2017

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The 19th Annual Endowment and Foundation Forum will provide a forum for fluid exchange of ideas concerning portfolio planning and investment strategies. Rather than focusing on a particular investment style, this conference will tackle issues that are most germane to the nation's endowments and charitable foundations by examining critical investment topics, as well as highlight the need to align fiscal strategy with values and missions. Participants and delegates will speak on a range of issues, including necessity for non-profit governance for endowments, means of capturing alpha in a portfolio, methods of choosing money managers, and problems of ethics and liability in fiduciary planning. Our program will also address the pros and cons of investing in equity, fixed income, alternative, and real estate products. By targeting industry sectors, guest speakers and participants can gain a greater understanding of how organizations can utilize and dovetail with trending investment strategies.
UNIQUE CONFERENCE FORMAT
This conference will feature dialogue driven panel discussions led by representatives of endowments, foundations, and consulting firms. In order to maintain the educational value of our events, we prohibit any use of PowerPoint presentations during panel discussions. *Only Standalone Speakers will be allowed to use PowerPoints during their presentation. All other PowerPoint Presentations can be added to our Mobile App by submitting a PDF/PPT document to an Opal Associate. Speakers must keep in mind the educational objective of this event. Speakers will NOT be allowed to market specific products or services during presentations.*

Current as of November 6, 2017

6:30am

Exhibit Setup / Registration Desk Opens

All confirmed pre-registered delegates must approach the Registration Desk to check in and pick up conference badges. Business Cards are required to retrieve badges.

7:00am

Networking Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:

JKMilne Asset Management

8:10am

Welcoming Remarks

8:15am

Investment Outlook for Endowments and Foundations

Moderator

S. Michael Sury, Lecturer in Finance, UT Austin, CEO, INDORUS Holdings, LP

Panelist

Travis Pruit, Principal, US Business Leader Not-for-Profit Outsourced CIO, Mercer

Panelist

Maciej Antosik, Vice President, Director of Finance, Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Panelist

Brian Dana, Principal, Meketa Investment Group, Inc.

Panelist

K. Thomas Liaw, Professor of Finance, St. John's University

9:15am

Investment Officer Roundtable: Endowments and Foundations over $400 Million

Moderator

Cathy Konicki, Managing Partner, NEPC, LLC

Panelist

Phil Morgan, Chief Investment Officer, Earlham College

Panelist

Matthew DeAngelo, Investment Manager, Drexel University

Panelist

David Marone, CFA, Investment Associate, Virginia Tech Foundation

10:00am

Long Term Investing in Disruptive Innovation

Catherine Wood, CEO/CIO, ARK Investment Management

10:30am

Networking Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:

Emerge Capital

10:45am

Pinpointing Trends in Real Estate Investing

Moderator

Biff Pusey, Senior Wealth Advisor & Portfolio Manager, Keel Point (MFO)

Panelist

Michael J. Acton, CFA, Managing Director, Research, AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Panelist

Stuart J. Boesky, Chief Executive Officer, Pembrook Group

Panelist

Joshua Benaim, Founding Principal, Aria Investment Group

11:30am

Can We Breathe Yet?

William Jarvis, Managing Director, Market Strategy & Delivery, U.S. Trust

12:00pm

Improving Control Over Your Core Fixed Income Returns And Risk Exposures

What 30+ years of investing has taught me

John Milne, CEO, JKMilne Asset Management

12:30pm

Standalone

Fanglu Wang, Senior Managing Director, Managing Partner, CITIC Capital Silk Road Fund

1:00pm

Networking Luncheon

2:15pm

Seeking Alpha in Today’s Fixed Income & Credit Markets

Moderator

Heather Myers, Partner, Aon Hewitt

Panelist

Tom Ball, Chief Investment Officer, Asper Foundation

Panelist

Shannon L. Saccocia, Executive Managing Director, Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Strategy, Boston Private

Examining Risk Measurement to Risk Management

  • The Limitations of Standard Deviation and Correlation
  • Using Downside Capture and Sortino Ratio in a Rising Market
  • Evaluating Investment Managers using Sharpe and Information Ratios
  • Managing Index Risk in a Benchmark Driven World
Moderator

Kevin Nichols, Senior Investment Management Consultant, The Forma Group – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Panelist

Max Giolitti, Chief Risk Officer, Verus

Panelist

TBA, Financial Risk Group

Panelist

Adam Schenck, Principal, Managing Director, Milliman

Panelist

Jimmie Lenz, Principal, Financial Risk Group

3:00pm

Constructing a PE/Venture Playbook

Moderator

Brian Smiga, Partner, Alpha Venture Partners / Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Panelist

Rosemary Sagar, CFA, CIO, Kingdon Foundation

Panelist

James D. Seymour, Managing Partner, Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC

Panelist

John Schaetzl, Lead Non-Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation

Panelist

Seth Taylor, Ph.D., MBA, CFO and Co-Founder, Mass Innovation Labs

The Art of Manager Selection and Due Diligence

  • When to hire and when to fire a manager
  • How do you identify talent?
Moderator

Bruce L. Graham, Vice President, CAPTRUST

Panelist

David Plants, Chief Investment Officer, Grace Cottage Foundation

Panelist

Andrew Parrillo, Founder and Managing Member, Newport Capital Advisers LLC

Panelist

Chris Solarz, Managing Director, Cliffwater LLC

Panelist

Devon Francis, Senior Consultant, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC

4:00pm

Networking Refreshment Break

4:15pm

Impact Investing: Values Based Asset Allocation

Moderator

Tami Kesselman, Chief Strategist, Aligned Investing Global

Panelist

Noradeen Farlekas, CEO and Founder, Social Equity Investment Solutions

Panelist

Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Panelist

Anthony Rust, Chair - Investment Committee, Trustee - Board of Trustees, Warren Wilson College Endowment Fund

Panelist

Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners

Navigating the Evolving Real Asset & Energy Market

Moderator

Nina Streeter, Director, Asset Management, Abbot Downing

Panelist

Andrew Goldsmith, Head of Institutional Sales & Consultant Relations, Tortoise Capital Advisors

Panelist

Jared Fuller, Head of Private Capital and Real Assets, Prime Buchholz

Panelist

Kaarsten Turner Dalby, Senior Vice President of Ecosystem Services, The Forestland Group, LLC

Panelist

Matt DenBleyker, Senior Vice President- Research, Fund Evaluation Group

5:15pm

Trends in ESG Investment Strategies and SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) Strategies

  • What types of investment opportunities are available?
  • How do sophisticated investors incorporate SRI/ESG frameworks into their decision-making?
  • Must investors give up returns when making investments that have a positive impact?
Moderator

Kyle Johnson, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, CA Capital Management, Cambridge Associates

Panelist

Carol Jeppesen, Senior US Network Manager, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)

Panelist

Kristine Pelletier, Senior Consultant, NEPC, LLC

Panelist

Megan L. Fielding, CIMA® Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Nuveen

Panelist

Christian McDonald, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Kennedy Capital Management, Inc.

Non-Correlated Asset Investing

Moderator

Jim Schnorf, Investment Committee, Eastern Illinois University Foundation

Panelist

Craig Thomas, Managing Director, Verger Capital Management LLC

Panelist

William Corry, Senior Managing Partner, Corry Capital Advisors

Panelist

TBA, Monashee Capital Partners

6:15pm - 7:15pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by:

U.S. Trust

7:00am

Registration/Information Desk Opens

All confirmed pre-registered delegates must approach the Registration Desk to check in and pick up conference badges. Business Cards are required to retrieve badges.

7:15am

Networking Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:

Pacific Ridge Capital Partners, LLC

8:15am

Opening Remarks

8:15am

Reversing a Nightmare and Serving as “Keeper of the Dream”

As fiduciaries we are charged with meeting a higher standard of care. So what do you do when you step into a fiduciary role and realize that things are terribly wrong? 

This is a story of protecting donor intent and honoring fiduciary responsibilities above all else.

Takeaways include:

  • How to engage in an independent fiduciary review and the importance of these reviews as a regular course of business.
  • Self-reporting fiduciary violations to the Attorney General.
  • Making financial decisions as a fiduciary during the zone of insolvency.
  • What is D&O for anyway?
  • How can your Investment Consultant best support a Foundation during this time?
  • Rebuilding public trust and confidence while ensuring this never happens again.

Vanessa Bechtel, President & CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation

Bonnie Gilles, Chief Financial Officer, Ventura County Community Foundation

Jim Rivera, Chief Compliance Officer,Ventura County Community Foundation

8:45am

Investment Officer Roundtable: Endowments and Foundations up to $500 million

Hear from Investment Committee members of the nation’s greatest organizations with under $500 million in AUM. What makes them unique from their larger counterparts?

Moderator

Sebastian Grzejka, Senior Consultant, NEPC, LLC

Panelist

Thomas Heck, CIO, Ball State University Foundation

Panelist

James Higgins, Chief Investment Officer, Randolph Foundation

Panelist

Leslie Greis, Chair of the Investment Committee, Boston Museum of Science

9:30am

Employment Compliance Considerations for Endowments & Foundations

Samantha Wellington, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Trinet

10:00am

Size Bias

Mark D. Cooper, CFA, President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Pacific Ridge Capital Partners, LLC

10:30am

Networking Refreshment Break

 

10:45am

Guidelines for an Effective Governance Structure

Moderator

Joel Mittelman, Investment Officer, Fiduciary Trust Company (MFO)

Panelist

Thomas Donahoe, CIO and Executive Director, Wethersfield Foundation, Inc.

Panelist

Thomas Tritton, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ohio Wesleyan University

Panelist

Stephen Viederman, Finance Committee, Christopher Reynolds Foundation

11:15am

Investment Outsourcing vs. Insourcing

Moderator

John Daly, Vice-Chairman Investment Committee, Culinary Institute of America

Panelist

Nanci D. Morris, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Kidderbrook Group

Panelist

Poorvi Parekh, Director of Outsourced Investments, Canterbury Consulting

Panelist

Bernard Reidy, Managing Director, Philanthropic Sales Executive, U.S. Trust

12:00pm

Philanthropy: Greatness in Gifting 

This panel will cover best practices and highlight the importance of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Moderator

Richard Marker, Co-Principal/Founder, Wise Philanthropy and University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Panelist

Shawn Castellanos, VP, Individual Giving & Major Gifts, American Heart Association

Panelist

Juliette Cho, Director of Development, Pencils of Promise

Panelist

Scott Fifer, Founder & CEO, GO Campaign

Panelist

Keith Kaplan, Co-Founder, Tesla Foundation

12:45pm

Consultant Q&A

 

Boxed lunches will be provided for delegates to bring into this session

Moderator

Thomas Forma, Senior Vice President, Senior Institutional Consultant, The Forma Group - Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Panelist

Ellen Petrino, Senior Consultant, Mercer

Panelist

Matt Seney, CFA, COO & Deputy CIO, Wainwright Investment Counsel

Panelist

Peter Gerlings, CFA, CAIA, Senior Vice President, Segal Marco Advisors

1:30pm

Closing Remarks – Conference Concludes

1star
Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Seaport Lane, Boston, MA, United States
617-385-4000

King $305
Double/Double $305
*Prices exclude taxes. Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.45%) and fees which include a $1.00 per room, per night Service Fee and a $2.00 per room, per night Hotel Fee.
  • Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.

Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
Asset Managers $2,695
Service Providers $2,695
*** Family Offices (Single/Multi), Endowment, Foundation, Non-Discretionary Consultant, and Hospital/Healthcare Fund Complimentary*

*** These include: organizations that are solely investing on their own behalf in alternatives and do not sell any alternative investment products or services to clients including; sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, private clients and treasury.

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are solely investing on their own behalf can be verified for a complimentary pass. Solution Providers or Fund Providers to 3rd parties will not be able to receive complimentary access. As investment portfolios/strategies are constantly changing, we reserve the right to re- verify past delegates for future complimentary passes.

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  • New Investment Styles and Strategies
  • Economic Outlook for Endowments and Foundations
  • Multi-Year Planning Mechanisms
  • Challenges facing Endowments and Foundations
  • The Art of Manager Selection and Due Diligence
  • Asset Allocation: Identifying the appropriate asset classes for your portfolio
  • Risk Management
  • Fixed Income and Credit Markets
  • New Wave of Alternative Strategies
  • Private Equity Investing
  • Impact Investing
  • Governance Insights
  • Real Estate
  • Real Assets
  • Philanthropy and Program Related Investments
  • Sustainable investing and fiduciary duty
  • CIO Outsourcing
  • …and many more!
  • The Changing Investment Landscape for Endowments & Foundations
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Financial Planners
  • Accountants
  • Hedge Funds
  • Fund of Funds
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Equity Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Private Equity
  • Insurance Companies
  • Broker Dealers
  • Industry Service Providers
  • Alternative Investment Managers

Investors/Allocators vs. Managers/Service Providers

    Investor/Allocator Breakdown

      This Forum manages to stay on task and disrupt my humdrum thinking about topics that persists in their relevance to our investment community. I never feel that I have wasted my time. Fern Jones

      Gallop Jones Associates, Inc.

      We enjoyed the independent perspective provided by actual E&F investors and others in the space that invest in private equity. Ben Stoddard

      Senior Investment Analyst, Virginia Tech Foundation

      This event was clear, pertinent, and to the point. I will return regularly. Thank you for assembling the talent and topics. Mark Virello

      Chief Financial Officer, Laboure College