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2022 Policy & Leadership Forum


Wednesday, September 28

(All times are Eastern)

12:00 – 7:30 p.m.Conference Registration


1:00 – 1:20 p.m.Welcome and Update on IAA Policy Priorities and Advocacy

2022 has been an incredibly active year for our industry and for the IAA. IAA President and CEO Karen Barr will present highlights of the work the IAA has done and is doing – with the support and collaboration of our members – to advance the interests of fiduciary investment advisers during this very prolific year for regulators and legislators.

  • Karen L. Barr, President & CEO, Investment Adviser Association
  • Gail C. Bernstein, General Counsel, Investment Adviser Association
  • Yvette Garcia, Managing Director and General Counsel, Bessemer Trust and Bessemer Securities LLC; Chair of the Board of Governors, Investment Adviser Association
  • Neil Simon, Vice President, Government Relations, Investment Adviser Association


1:20 – 1:50 p.m.


Fireside Chat with SEC Chair

  • Gary Gensler, Chair, SEC (via video)
  • Karen L. Barr, President & CEO, Investment Adviser Association


1:55 – 2:40 p.m.View from the C-Suite

Today’s challenging times are not the first these seasoned firm leaders have confronted. They will share their insights on navigating the current market, policy, and social forces shaping our environment and their outlook for the advisory industry in that context.

  • Tom Faust, Chairman, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Carol Geremia, President, MFS Investment Management
  • Jennifer Murphy, CEO & Founder, Runa Digital Assets, LLC
  • Philip Hildebrandt, CEO, Segall Bryant & Hamill (MODERATOR)


2:40 – 2:55 p.m.Break


2:55 – 3:35 p.m.


Straight Talk from Inside the Beltway

How might the elections affect investment advisers and the activity of the powerful House Financial Services Committee? What significant legislation may emerge in the next Congress? Is there hope for bridging the partisan divide in Congress? These and other issues will be addressed by an influential member of the House Financial Services Committee.

  • U.S. Representative Jim Himes, D-Conn


3:40 – 4:20 p.m.Confronting the Retirement Savings Gap

According to recent T. Rowe Price whitepaper, Race, Retirement, and the Savings Gap, only two in five Black workers participate in a retirement plan, and more than 40% of private sector workers do not have access to any retirement plan at work. Three thought leaders in the retirement space examine the glaring racial, generational, and gender-related savings gaps in the U.S. and discuss implications for policy and practices to address them.

  • Michael Davis, Head of Defined Contribution Plan Specialists, T. Rowe Price
  • Anne Lester, Retirement Expert and Keynote Speaker
  • Lisa A. Massena, Principal, Massena Associates LLC (MODERATOR)


4:20 – 4:35 p.m.Break


4:35 – 5:20 p.m.Report from Washington – Crucial Insights for Advisers

What’s happening on Capitol Hill, and how might the midterm elections affect the legislative and regulatory environment? Few can claim a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of public policy and regulatory affairs, and their impact on our industry, than this panel of Washington experts. They’ll discuss current regulatory and legislative developments – including the prospect for significant retirement savings reform – that are important to the advisory community.

  • Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc.
  • Langston Emerson, Partner, Mindset
  • James Febeo, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Fidelity Investments
  • Mara Shreck, Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, J.P. Morgan Investment Management
  • Neil Simon, Vice President, Government Relations, Investment Adviser Association (MODERATOR)


5:20 – 5:30 p.m.Recap and Preview of Thursday

  • Neil Simon, Vice President, Government Relations, Investment Adviser Association


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Welcome Reception

Enjoy refreshments and conversation with our sponsors, while catching up with fellow attendees. Sponsored by SS&C Advent.

Thursday, September 29

(All times are Eastern)

8:00-8:30 a.m.Advocacy Day Registration and Breakfast Buffet


8:30-9:00 a.m.


Advocacy Day Briefing

Neil Simon, IAA Vice President, Government Relations, will provide an overview of the day, covering any protocols or specific instructions for participants.

  • Neil Simon, Vice President, Government Relations, Investment Adviser Association


9:00 a.m.Box Lunches to Go


9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Head for the Hill!

Legislators say the voices they listen to most closely are those of their constituents – which is why member support of IAA advocacy highlighting our industry’s importance to investors, the capital markets, the economy, and their constituents is critical. We are excited that for the first time in two years we’ll be back on Capitol Hill in person for an energizing day of appointments, working to influence the debate and help shape legislation on matters that impact us.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Post-Advocacy Day Reception

Compare stories with fellow participants over a cool drink and light fare.


6:30 – 9:30 p.m.Forum Keynote Speaker Dinner: Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up

Amy Walter will serve as keynote speaker during this dinner for Forum attendees. Over more than 25 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

  • Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter


Friday, September 30

(All times are Eastern)

7:30-8:30 a.m.Forum Breakfast Buffet


8:30-10:30 a.m.


Peer Breakout Sessions: A Perennial Favorite!

Attendees will gather with peers from like-sized firms for a candid, in-depth discussion of the most pressing issues and challenges firm leaders are facing today, sharing best practices, and exploring potential “silver lining” opportunities presented by the current environment.


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.Break


11:00 – 11:45 a.m.Understanding Emerging Talent: Insights About Millennials and Gen Z

The topic of “talent management” has probably never been more relevant for our industry than it is today. Optimizing remote and hybrid work models (and all the associated elements), addressing health concerns and protocols, and managing compensation expectations are just a few of the challenges firm leaders are facing. When it comes to recent college graduates — whether millennials coming out of grad school or Gen Z entering the workforce for the first time — all of these are compounded by the daunting task of understanding a mindset that’s often markedly different from those responsible for attracting, hiring, retaining, managing, and developing this population. Bring your questions for this panel of professionals, as they share perspectives from their years of launching students into their careers.

  • Kelley Bishop, Associate Vice Provost for Career Services, The George Washington University
  • Gihan Fernando, Assistant Vice Provost for the Career Center, American University
  • Allynn Powell, Interim Director, University Career Center & The President’s Promise at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Meredith Doyle, Director of Human Resources, Fiducient Advisors (MODERATOR)


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Conference Reflections & Closing Remarks

  • Karen L. Barr, President & CEO, Investment Adviser Association


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