Women’s Investment Management Leadership Summit 2017

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Times Square, New York, NY
September 14, 2017

52 days left

The inaugural Women’s Investment Management Leadership Summit will be held alongside the Emerging Managers Summit in New York City.

The summit will showcase female leaders in the investment management industry, at all stages in their career. Staying true to Opal Group's spirit of productive networking and educational programs, we welcome all participants from the industry (including men!), to listen to a speaker platform of strong female leaders. Our mission is to provide an inclusive atmosphere where women can voice their knowledge on investment portfolio management, investment trends, express their opinions on issues such as gender equality, and provide insight to women in earlier stages of their career.

Current as of July 21, 2017


Exhibit Setup / Registration Desk Open

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.


Continental Breakfast


Opening Remarks


Investing in Gender Diversity: How to support the expansion of this idea in the industry


Investor Roundtable: Investment Styles and Strategies


Carol Schleif, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Abbot Downing (MFO)


Carol Pepper, CEO and Founder - Pepper International LLC (MFO)


Candice Beaumont, Managing Director, L Investments (SFO)


Elizabeth Burton, Senior Investment Analyst, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System


Networking Refreshment Break


Presentation by our Charitable Partner: Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has served more than 462,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Northern Iraq. With a long-term vision for sustainable change and development, WfWI works with the most marginalized and socially-excluded women so they have the skills, networks, and tools they need to rebuild their lives, communities, and nations. Through Women for Women International’s comprehensive 12-month program, women learn about their rights and health, and gain key life, vocational, and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from trauma and poverty.

Speakers TBA


Leveraging Your Resources for Success in Business and Life

How do the world’s most successful leaders find and utilize leverage in their everyday life?

Gwen Collins, Independent Director Alpha Governance Partners LLC, formerly Federal Reserve Board, Former Assistant Director, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Impact Investing

  • Impact Investing: Is it the “female” way to invest? Is this sector less male dominated than other asset classes, such as PE, Hedge Funds?
  • Can women be more successful in this sector? What improvements does the impact industry need in order to live up to its potential?
  • What should/could women in finance learn from men and vice versa?
  • Gender Lens Investing (GLI): What women focused sustainable/impact strategies do you see? Why are they necessary to begin with?

Susanne Bregy, Managing Director - Rhodanus Capital


Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Co-Founder and Principal, Blue Haven Initiative (SFO)


Marcia Nelson, Managing Director, Alberleen Family Office Solutions (SFO)


Networking Luncheon

Keynote Presentation: The Future of Finance: Emerging & Empowered

Keynote Speaker

Erika Karp, Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Cornerstone Capital Group


Who is your “Wendy Rhoades”?

As a High Profile Family Leader/CEO/Executive, it can be lonely at the top. Whom do you have as a professionally experienced, impartial, and trusted advisor that you can rely on to help with your most pressing challenges, business issues and opportunities?
Please join us for this interactive and thought provoking interview session to learn how having your own Performance Coach/”Wendy Rhoades” can create immeasurable financial and personal returns.
Amy Brodsky is a high profile performance coach and family dynamics expert to CEOs, Families, Celebrities and Professional Athletes. Stacey Alcorn is CEO and Founder of Laer Realty, a writer for INC Magazine and Huffington Post, and bestselling author, and a client of Amy’s.


Amy Brodsky, Founding Partner - Sky Partners LLC


Stacey Alcorn, CEO - Laer Realty Partners


Cultivating the Next Generation of Women Leaders

This session seeks to uncover the challenges faced by young professionals in the investment management industry. What opportunities are on the horizon? How do you support the next generation of leaders with gender diversity in mind?


Linda C. Mack, President and Founder - Mack International, LLC


Phyllis Weiss Haserot, President & Founder - Practice Development Counsel


Susan Schoenfeld, CEO and Founder - Wealth Legacy Advisors LLC


Catherine Lee Clarke, CFA, Vice President, Senior Investment Advisor, Sentinel Trust Company






Networking Refreshment Break


Networking Refreshment Break


Investment Trends in Private Equity & Venture Capital


Carolyn Kim Allwin, Managing Director - AVG, LLC (SFO)


Adena Hefets, Senior Associate - DFJ


Nisa Amoils, Partner - Scout Ventures


Erica Lill, Investor Relations - Kereitsu Capital


Nicole Gresham Perry, Managing Partner, Carpere Group, Board Member, Friends of Women's World Banking/USA


Exploring the Advantages of Investing in Women-Run/Owned Funds

This session highlights the unique opportunities in investing with Women-Run/Owned Hedge Funds.


Abigail Laufer, CEO - Ferguson Family Office (SFO)


Cynthia DiBartolo, Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

Join us and unwind with fellow industry professionals for refreshments & hors d’oeuvres.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square Manhattan, Broadway, New York, NY, United States

Traditional King $369
*Prices exclude taxes. Rates are subject to prevailing taxes which are currently 8.875% New York State Tax, 5.875% New York City Tax and Occupancy Tax / Javits Center fee of $2.00 per occupied room and $1.50 charged to support the expansion of the Javits Center per room per night. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
  • 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
Managers & Service Providers $2,895
Family Offices (Single/Multi), Endowment, and Foundation Complimentary*
Pension/Union Trustee, Administrator, Director or Officer / Non-Discretionary Consultant Complimentary*

Family Offices (Single/Multi), Endowment, Foundation, and Non-Discretionary Consultant can be verified for complimentary access

*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.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities info@opalgroup.net
  • Family Offices
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Financial Planners
  • Accountants
  • Tax Planners
  • Estate Planners
  • Philanthropy Specialists
  • Family Business Experts
  • Succession and Generational wealth Planners
  • Asset Protection Specialists
  • Trust Companies
  • Tax Efficient Portfolio Managers
  • Long-Term Care Specialists
  • Hedge Funds
  • Fund of Funds
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Equity Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Academics
  • Private Equity
  • Insurance Companies
  • Luxury Companies – Private Jets, Automotive, Executive Car Service, etc.