Registration Open: Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference


Registration is now open for the CFA Institute conference Alpha and Gender Diversity: The Competitive Edge, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, on 14–15 September 2016. The conference addresses how firms can attract and retain the best talent, how leaders can get the most from their global mixed teams, and how individuals can develop strategies to attain their long-term career goals.

The conference is part of the CFA Institute Women in Investment Management Initiative, an ongoing effort to build the business case for diversity in the investment profession. The initiative, which seeks to increase the number of women who join the financial profession, to retain women in the profession and influence culture from within, and to create demand for diversity as an industry imperative, is supported by a Women in Investment Management Network discussion group on LinkedIn and by networking events organized by CFA Institute and its member societies.

Last year’s Women in Investment Management conference included sessions discussing the importance of managing one’s personal branding, building networks, identifying sponsors and mentors, serving on boards, taking risks, and raising one’s visibility. Barbara Roberts, entrepreneur in residence at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School, shared her top 10 insights gained from the event, and Carla Harris, managing director and vice chairman of global wealth management at Morgan Stanley, provided the audience with five battle-tested strategies for success.

Speakers at the 2016 CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity conference include

  • Lucy Kellaway, associate editor and management columnist at the Financial Times.
  • Sallie L. Krawcheck, chair of Ellevate, a global professional woman’s network. Previously, she was head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, CEO and chair at Citi Global Wealth Management, chair and CEO at Smith Barney, and chief financial officer at Citigroup.
  • Ronald P. O’Hanley, president and CEO at State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.
  • Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute.
  • Anita Williams Woolley, associate professor of organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

The innovative presentations at Alpha and Gender Diversity: The Competitive Edge have been designed for women and men, employers and employees, and team leaders and members. Participants can attend plenary sessions targeted toward managing investment organizations and interactive workshops for individual practitioners on improving negotiating skills, developing an executive presence, pursuing corporate board service, and other career topics.

Register now, and join us in Boston.

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