20 LW Speaker Bios

2020 Leadership Week

2020 Leadership Week Speaker Biographies


Matt Ahlstrand is a Vice President of Product Management and Solutions Consulting for SS&C Advent. He is responsible for helping investment managers better understand, evaluate, and leverage technology – whether with SS&C Advent’s award-winning solutions or for third-party partnerships. His product management responsibilities include steering the roadmap for the Advent Portfolio Exchange (APX), Revenue Center, Axys, and Tamale. He also leads the Americas-based Solutions Consulting team, whose depth of knowledge on industry and developing technology trends helps drive client success. Mr. Ahlstrand holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Colorado.


Karen L. Barr is President & CEO of the Investment Adviser Association. Before assuming this role in 2014, she served as the IAA’s General Counsel for 17 years, with responsibility for the wide range of legal and regulatory matters affecting the Association and its members. Prior to joining the IAA, Ms. Barr was in private practice at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where she represented clients in securities regulatory matters. Ms. Barr received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a frequent speaker on investment adviser issues.


Gail C. Bernstein is General Counsel of the Investment Adviser Association. She joined the IAA from the law firm of WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where she had been a Special Counsel in the Securities Department from 2008 until June 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Bernstein was first an associate and then a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) in Washington, DC. While in private practice, Ms. Bernstein counseled clients on all aspects of financial and securities regulation, with a specific focus on the Dodd-Frank Act and securities and derivatives law and compliance. Ms. Bernstein grew up in South Africa and earned her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982 and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. After law school, Ms. Bernstein clerked for the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and was an associate at the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin from 1989-1990, when she moved to Washington.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey T. Brown is Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. He joined the firm in 2003 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Schwab Capital Markets, L.P. Mr. Brown began his career as an option trader on the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, later serving on its Board of Governors. In 1992, Mr. Brown joined the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as Senior Counsel in the Division of Market Regulation. Upon leaving the Commission, Mr. Brown helped lead a US project to assist the Government of Romania in creating their emerging securities market. He later was General Counsel at the Cincinnati Stock Exchange and chaired the Operating Committee of the National Market System Plan governing NASDAQ securities. Mr. Brown is an alumnus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio Northern School of Law.

Christine Carsman

Christine C. Carsman joined Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG) in May 2004 and currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor. In this role, she advises the CEO and the Executive team while actively engaging in industry-related policy matters around the world, including regulatory advocacy. Previously, Ms. Carsman served as Executive Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining AMG, Ms. Carsman served as Vice President, Senior Counsel and Director of Operational Risk Management and Compliance at Wellington Management Company, LLP.  Ms. Carsman serves on the Board of Trustees for AMG Funds Family of Funds and is a Director of the AMG Pantheon Funds and the Harding Loevner Funds, Inc. She is Chair of the Board of Governors for the Investment Adviser Association, and is a member of the IAA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee. She also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the IAA’s Active Managers Council. She received her B.A. from Simmons College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


David M. Churchill is CFO and COO of Brown Advisory. He is responsible for all of the firm’s non-investment areas, including U.S. and international growth. Mr. Churchill has served in various financial and operations leadership roles throughout his career. With a focus on building world-class teams and a strong organizational culture, Mr. Churchill’s leadership extends into the community, where he serves on several nonprofit boards. He joined Brown Advisory in 1997 and co-led the management buyout transaction of Brown Advisory from Bankers Trust. Mr. Churchill received his B.S. from the University of Rochester, and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon School of Business Administration.


Nicole M. Elliott is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Elliott was a member of the senior executive team with the Internal Revenue Service acting as Senior Advisor to Commissioner John A. Koskinen. While at the IRS, Ms. Elliott was the lead executive responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Affordable Care Act implementation. In addition, she was the IRS point of contact for Congress regarding the Affordable Care Act and frequently briefed Capitol Hill staff and provided advice on legislative proposals. Prior to her work with the IRS, Ms. Elliott was a tax litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. She holds B.A. from Binghamton University, magna cum laude, a J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Dana Emery

Dana Emery, CFA, CIC, is Chief Executive Officer and President at Dodge & Cox. She joined the firm in 1983, and is a member of the Fixed Income and Global Bond Investment Policy Committees, Business Strategy Committee, and the Board of Directors. She is the Founding Co-Chair of The Credit Roundtable and a former Chairman of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the National Board of Directors of Summer Search and is a member of the UCSF Board of Overseers. Ms. Emery is a member of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc. (FIASI) Hall of Fame. Ms. Emery holds a B.A. from Stanford University.


James ("Jim") Febeo is Senior Vice President and Head of Federal Government Relations for Fidelity Investments. He is responsible for the firm’s government relations, regulatory affairs and public policy efforts.  Prior to joining Fidelity, he worked as a Staff Attorney for the Consumer Bankers Association. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association and co-chairs the New England Council’s Financial Services Committee. Mr. Febeo received his undergraduate degree with honors from Emory University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.


Brian Gallagher is the Chief Administrative Officer and a Managing Director at 1919 Investment Counsel, LLC. He oversees the implementation of all facets of the firm’s strategic plan. Prior to this, Mr. Gallagher served as the firm’s Director of Investment Systems and Operations. In that role, he had oversight of the day-to-day investment operations and the firm’s technology infrastructure. Previously, he was Vice President with Legg Mason, Inc., where he oversaw investment systems for Legg Mason Capital Management. Prior to this, Mr. Gallagher served on a number of portfolio management, portfolio accounting, and trading system implementations for a variety of Legg Mason affiliates. Mr. Gallagher holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Information Systems from Elizabethtown College.


Gilbert A. Garcia, CFA, is a Managing Partner at Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P. Under his leadership, the firm has reached over $10 billion in fixed income assets under management. Prior to joining the firm, he was President of Cisneros Asset Management Company. Before that, he worked at Salomon Brothers where he was a Vice President specializing in mortgage-backed securities. Currently, he is a member of the SEC’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Board, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Dallas Police & Fire Pension Systems, a member of the Board of Directors of Sanchez Energy, and serves on the Board of Directors of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a non-profit providing summer internships on Wall Street for minority undergraduates. Mr. Garcia received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.


Kat Saunders Gregor is a tax partner and a co-founder of the tax controversy group at Ropes & Gray LLP. She regularly handles disputes with the IRS, DOL, and other administrative bodies, and assists clients in managing disputes with non-U.S. tax authorities, as well as representing public companies, private investment funds, institutional investors, private companies, and high-net-worth individuals before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and other federal and state courts. In addition to her domestic practice, Ms. Gregor is well versed in the international tax consequences and considerations of her clients. She advises on international arbitration matters with respect to tax-related issues, including the impact of bilateral tax treaties and on tax disputes, both between private parties and with governments. Her work also encompasses arbitration of commercial disputes involving tax issues, such as post-deal tax indemnification. Ms. Gregor holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.


Bomy M. Hagopian, CFA is a principal at Berkshire Global Advisors. In this capacity, she leads the firm’s coverage of the Western region. Ms. Hagopian also co-leads the firm’s Real Estate Advisory committee, and is an active partner on the Wealth Management Advisory team. She spent a number of years spearheading Berkshire’s London office, and successfully developed and expanded the firm’s international presence in Europe and Asia Pacific. She graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, with a B.A. degree in Economics.


Catherine C. Halberstadt is Co-President & Co-Chief Executive Officer of Osterweis Capital Management. Ms. Halberstadt is a principal of the firm and is responsible for the President and CEO functions related to the firm’s non-investment matters including operations, compliance, finance, technology, client relations, business development, marketing, and human resources. She joined the firm in 1994 as part of the operations team, and has progressively assumed more responsibility at the firm, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Business Administration.


Karl H. Heckenberg is the CEO and President of Emigrant Partners and its affiliated company, Fiduciary Network, and he sits on those companies’ Board of Managers. He has worked in financial services his entire career and previously worked for Merrill Lynch, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Wells Fargo, and Charles Schwab. He serves on the boards of Sarasota Private Trust Company, New York Private Trust Company, and Cleveland Private Trust Company and serves as an Executive Vice President of Emigrant Bank. Mr. Heckenberg graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Hildebrandt__Phil.jpgPhilip L. Hildebrandt, CFA,  is Chief Executive Officer for Segall Bryant & Hamill. Prior to joining SBH, Mr. Hildebrandt was Director of Marketing for CSI Asset Management, an investment subsidiary of the Prudential Investment Corporation. Mr. Hildebrandt is past Chairman of Working in the Schools, a Chicago nonprofit that promotes literacy and a love of learning for elementary school students in Chicago Public Schools. He is also is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, an organization that is committed to the strengthening of the economic and social welfare in the City of Chicago. Mr. Hildebrandt has a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Hildebrandt__Phil.jpgVishal Hindocha, CFA, is a director in the Investment Solutions Group of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). In this role, he works with clients to develop solutions and provide insights on global investment trends and best practices. His responsibilities include conducting proprietary research and helping present the firm's investment insights to clients around the world, with a focus on sustainable investing and stewardship. Previously, Mr. Hindocha served as a senior investment consultant and team leader at Willis Towers Watson. He earned a B.S. in economics from the University College London. He holds the CFA UK Society Certificate in ESG Investing and is a member of the UK's Enterprise Advisor Network.

Adam Hodge is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs for Ariel Investments. In this role, Mr. Hodge manages public and government relations and serves as the lead spokesperson for the firm and chief liaison to federal, state, and local elected officials in support of Ariel’s communications and policy goals. Before joining Ariel, Adam worked for a strategic communications consulting firm where he advised corporate and non-profit clients. Prior to that role, he was the Communications Director at the Democratic National Committee and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier in his career, Adam served as the press secretary for House Majority Whip James Clyburn and in the office of former Senator Chris Dodd. Mr. Hodge is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in government, concentrating on International Relations.


Scott Holsopple is the Chief Growth Officer at Hightower, overseeing the M&A and Advisor Success teams. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, and wealth management. Mr. Holsopple began his career at TD Securities on the Telecom M&A team before moving to Summit Partners, where he focused on growth equity investments in top financial services companies. Most recently, he worked at an international firm focused on strategic investments in the wealth management industry, leading their West Coast M&A efforts to identify top RIA firms and support existing partner firms’ M&A and organic growth strategies.


Wendy E. John is the head of global diversity and inclusion for Fidelity Investments. She is responsible for creating and attracting a more diverse workforce, tapping into the power of our differences to develop and retain talent, creating a culture of inclusion, and showcasing Fidelity’s reputation and brand as an inclusive employer and service provider. Ms. John is a 23-year Fidelity veteran who has served in several key leadership roles across Relationship Management, Client Services/Operations, Global Workforce Strategy, Program Management, Implementation, and Benefits Consulting. Most recently, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Fidelity Charitable, an independent 501(c)(3) public charity. Ms. John attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Sonia Kowal is President of Zevin Asset Management.  She brings over two decades of investment experience to managing corporate matters, business practices, and strategic planning. She also over­sees mar­ket­ing, advi­sor, and client rela­tion­ships. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Managers and the Investment Committee. She is passionate about the value of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into investments and is a frequent public speaker on the topic. Previously, she was a Senior Research Analyst and head of Ethical Investment Research Services' (EIRIS) U.S. office. She was a portfolio manager and investment research analyst in Emerging Markets at Baillie Gifford in Scotland. Ms. Kowal holds a B.S. from the University of Edinburgh and an M.S. from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is a board mem­ber of ICCR, the Inter­faith Cen­ter on Cor­po­rate Respon­si­bil­ity, a coali­tion of faith- and values-driven orga­ni­za­tions who view the man­age­ment of their invest­ments as a pow­er­ful cat­a­lyst for social change.


John Kroeger is the Director of Information Technology at Diamond Hill Capital Management. Mr. Kroeger joined Diamond Hill in 2016, and currently leads all aspects of application and infrastructure technology. He is also a member of the firm’s Operating, Information Security, and Business Continuity teams. He recently led the firm’s efforts to certify their information security program under ISO 27001, and is actively involved in the identification and delivery of long-term technology and business strategies. Previously, he worked at Huntington National Bank, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase over the course of 20+ years. At these companies, Mr. Kroeger assumed leadership roles across several business verticals including asset management; retail brokerage; trust services, deposits; and consumer lending. Mr. Kroeger received his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in 1994.


Keith A. Lee is President, Chief Investment Officer, and a Senior Portfolio Manager at Brown Capital Management. He is a member of the firm's board of directors and is also chairman of the Management Committee, the governing body of the firm. Mr. Lee is a trustee of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a member of the Board of Governors of The Center Club of Baltimore. He is a former member of the Loyola University-Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management Board of Sponsors and a former trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, where he served on the museum’s investment committee. Mr. Lee holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia.


Charles Mahar, AIF®, is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Tealwood Asset Management, where he leads the investment team, as well as the firm’s long-term strategy. Mr. Mahar has been serving institutional and individual investors for nearly 30 years, and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. This designation includes the study of legal standards required by fiduciaries to prudently manage investment decisions. He joined Tealwood in 1995 after thirteen years in the investment business with Smith Barney and Dean Witter. He is a graduate of Coe College with a B.A. in American Studies and is a lifelong scholar of market and world history. Mr. Mahar serves on the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association, and as an Emeritus member of the Minnesota Historical Society’s investment committee.  

Micheale ProvineMichael C. Provine J. D. LL.M. is a Managing Director at Cary Street Partners Investment Advisory LLC. Mr. Provine’s duties encompass supervision of the CSPIA’s Summit NJ team of representatives focused on client relationships, emphasizing all aspects of financial, estate, tax, and retirement planning, along with his own management of client relationships nationally. From 2000 to 2019, Mr. Provine was a Principal at Tradition Capital Management, LLC in a similar role and also as Chief Compliance Officer, with prior service as Senior Vice President at Brundage, Story and Rose, LLC in New York. From 2009 to 2018, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association. Mr. Provine received his B.S. in social sciences at St. Joseph University, and his J.D. and LL.M (taxation) degrees at Temple University School of Law.  


Brian J. Rebhun is a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and leads the firm’s Asset Management tax practice. He specializes in the State and Local Taxation of hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, mutual funds and broker-dealers. He advises clients on complex structuring and transactional issues and also specializes in representing taxpayers including partnerships, corporations, and individuals in New York State and New York City audit matters. Mr. Rebhun has also authored numerous articles on state and local taxation. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Monmouth University, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.


David Reynolds, CFA, is a Vice President with Berkshire Global Advisors. Mr. Reynolds has extensive M&A and valuation experience across the wealth management, investment management, real estate, infrastructure, and securities sectors. He assists with transaction execution on a number of global Berkshire assignments and co-leads Berkshire’s junior banker development program. Mr. Reynolds graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics.


Keith Robinson is the Managing Partner of Focus Consulting Group and brings over 27 years of global investment experience to his consulting and coaching work at FCG. As an expert in human resource and talent management at Allstate Investments, UBS, and Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Robinson was selected to develop a cutting edge leadership development program for Northern Illinois University. His specialties include: Management and Leadership Development, Compensation, Succession and Talent Assessment, Organizational Design, and Performance Management. He is the co-author of various white papers and was recently published in Smart Biz magazine for his work on “Managing the Human Portfolio.” He holds an M.B.A. from University of Illinois and graduated summa cum laude with a business degree from Western Connecticut.


John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder, Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments. Mr. Rogers founded the firm in 1983 to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Early in his career, his investment expertise brought him to the forefront of media attention, including being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Outside of Ariel, Mr. Rogers is a board member of McDonald’s, NIKE, and The New York Times Company, and a board member of the Barack Obama Foundation, among many other endeavors. He is a graduate of Princeton University. In 2008, he was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus or alumna whose career embodies a commitment to national service.


Mara L. Shreck is a Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Affairs for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. She has responsibility for directing the firm’s advocacy strategy on emerging regulatory policies impacting these businesses globally. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2013, Ms. Shreck was in the law department at the Investment Company Institute (ICI) in Washington, DC. Ms. Shreck led industry-wide regulatory policy and advocacy efforts on matters affecting asset managers, and represented ICI members before legislators, regulators, and standard-setters in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to ICI, Ms. Shreck was an Associate at Ropes & Gray, where she provided counsel to mutual funds boards and represented clients in various litigation matters. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs.


Neil A. Simon is Vice President for Government Relations for the Investment Adviser Association. He has a leading role in the formulation and communication of IAA’s views on legislative and regulatory issues important to the investment advisory profession and is responsible for advocacy before the U.S. Congress. Before joining the IAA, he was Director of Government Relations for the Financial Planning Association. From 1998 to 2003, he served as executive director of the National Franchise Council where he led an innovative public-private compliance partnership between national franchisors and U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Prior to that, he was counsel in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP (now known as Hogan Lovells). Mr. Simon received his B.A. magna cum laude in government and international relations from Clark University. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Burnie Sparks, CFA, serves as President and Director of Bailard. Prior to joining Bailard in 1981, he managed institutional and high-net-worth investment portfolios in BankAmerica Corporation's Capital Counseling Division and Trust Department. Mr. Sparks has been a member of the investment committee of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, as well as a member of the Hillsborough Schools Foundation Board, where he held positions on the finance and underwriting committees. He was a member of the Business Advisory Council and, for seven years, the worldwide TEC (The Executive Committee) organization (now known as Vistage). Mr. Sparks earned his B.S. from Stanford University and performed his graduate work at San Francisco State University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco. He also serves on the Investment Adviser Association Board of Governors.


Jonathan Stern, CFA, is a Partner at Berkshire Global Advisors, currently co-leading the firm’s Traditional Investment Advisory practice. He has extensive experience across traditional investment management, alternatives, wealth, and securities sectors, having completed over 65 transactions while at Berkshire. Previously, Mr. Stern was at First Union and a predecessor bank, First Fidelity Bancorporation, beginning in 1984. He has expertise in the corporate finance area focusing on M&A and capital planning, and was a Senior Vice President responsible for acquisitions and divestitures in the northern part of First Union’s franchise. Mr. Stern graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Economics and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers University. 

Andrea Stimmel

Andrea Stimmel, CPA (inactive), is Chief Operating Officer at Mairs & Power. In this role, she oversees the daily operations of Mutual Fund and Advisory Operations, Human Resources, Office Administration, Information Technology and Investment Management Support. Ms. Stimmel joined the firm in 2004 as an Accounting Manager and was appointed Director of Operations and Treasurer in 2008. She served as the Chief Compliance Officer from 2012-2016.  Beginning her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP, she went on to serve as Audit Manager in the financial services area. Later, she joined Target Corporation as an internal audit manager.  Ms. Stimmel earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Lafayette College, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

John StreurJohn Streur is President and Chief Executive Officer for Calvert Research and Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management specializing in responsible and sustainable investing across global capital markets. He is also President and a trustee of the Calvert Funds, as well as a director of Calvert Impact Capital and member of its Risk Management Committee. He guided the creation of the Calvert Principles for Responsible Investment, the Calvert Research System, and the Calvert Indices, and has placed focus on investment research and emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors integrated with investment decisions. Before joining Calvert Research and Management in 2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer with Calvert Investments. Previously, he was President, Director, and Principal of Portfolio 21, and spent 20 years at AMG Funds (and its predecessors), a firm he co-founded and where he served as President, CEO, and Chair of the Investment Committee. Mr. Streur earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Blaine Townsend, CIMC, CIMA, serves as an Executive Vice President and the Director of Bailard Wealth Management’s Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing (SRII) group, as well as a portfolio manager of Bailard’s small value ESG equity strategy. Mr. Townsend is on both Bailard’s fundamental and SRII investment committees, conducts social research, oversees corporate engagement efforts and maintains client relationships. Prior to joining Bailard in 2016, he was a partner and a senior portfolio manager with Nelson Capital Management. Mr. Townsend started his career in Socially Responsible Investing in 1991 at the Muir Investment Trust, the nation’s first environmentally screened bond fund. Later, he moved to Trillium Asset Management, where he managed socially responsible and sustainably focused portfolios. Mr. Townsend currently serves as an Advisory Board member for The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


James Ware, CFA, is the founder of Focus Consulting Group, a firm dedicated to helping investment leaders leverage their talent. He is a  frequent keynote speaker at CFA Institute, Mutual Fund Educational Alliance, Investment Adviser Association, U.S. Institute, and other major industry conferences.  His most recent books are, Type, Talent and Teams (2018), Lessons in Leadership (LOL) (2018), and Money, Meaning, and Mindsets (2017). Prior books include, Investment Leadership: Building a Winning Culture for Long-Term Success (Wiley, 2003) and High Performing Investment Teams (Wiley, 2006). Mr. Ware has 20 years’ experience as a research analyst, portfolio manager, and director of buy-side investment operations. He has been a guest lecturer on the topic of investment firm management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a degree in philosophy from Williams College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.


David Wasserman is the U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan newsletter, The Cook Political Report, and a contributor to NBC News. He has shared insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics – where he taught a seminar on redistricting and electoral geography and was named a Pritzker Fellow in 2019.  Prior to joining the The Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website. In that role, Wasserman led the publication to correctly predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006.  Mr. Wasserman’s data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends, the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections. Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently called him "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night." Mr. Wasserman holds a B.A. in government with distinction from the University of Virginia.


Jane Williams is Chair and Co-Founder of Sand Hill Global Advisors. She advances the firm’s business development goals and advises on its strategic direction and, as a member of its Executive Committee, is responsible for oversight of Sand Hill's compliance function. Ms. Williams participates in industry panels and organizations dealing with topics of best business practices, she is a member of the Fidelity Investment Advisors’ Council, and is Past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association. She has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal. She was named to the Top 50 Women in Wealth by Wealth Manager Magazine in May 2010 and to Barron’s List of Top Women Financial Advisors in the nation in both 2014 and 2015.


Patricia E. Williams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a partner in the Managed (Human Resources) Services Department of consulting firm Marcum LLP, where she co-leads a team of 15 human resources generalists. Ms. Williams brings over 25 years of experience to her practice, using a strategic approach to help clients develop policies and procedures that result in a more efficient human resources function and an improved ability to attract and retain quality staff. She has particular expertise in facilitating productive collaboration between organization leaders and staff and is skilled in employee relations, mediation, benefits administration, professional development, and policy development. In addition, Ms. Williams’ team supports clients in a variety of human resources related service areas including, training, compensation, human resources assessments, and payroll management. Her previous experience includes roles as Human Resources director for Goodwill Industries International, director of Human Resources and Administration for the Public Welfare Foundation, and executive director of a local nonprofit serving young adults with learning disabilities. Ms. Williams holds a B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University and a Masters of Education from Lehigh University.


R. Kelly Williams, Jr. is President, Chief Operating Officer, and Principal of Atlanta Capital Management Company, LLC.  He also serves as Chairman of Atlanta Capital’s Management Committee and as Chief Compliance Officer.  Through Atlanta Capital's relationship as a majority owned affiliate of Eaton Vance Corp.(EVC), Mr. Williams serves as a voting trustee of the EVC Voting Trust. He also serves on the Eaton Vance Enterprise Risk Management Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, and as a member of the Senior Compliance Team. Prior to joining Atlanta Capital in 1996, Mr. Williams worked as a Senior Accountant and CPA with Arthur Andersen LLP in Atlanta. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. in Accounting from Auburn University, and an M.B.A. from Emory University. 


Michele Woodward is a Master Certified Coach who has coached executives across the U.S. and around the world. A former Reagan White House official and corporate executive, Ms. Woodward works primarily with senior executives who want to be more effective in their work, grow their strategic vision, and expand their leadership skills. Before becoming a coach, Ms. Woodward led a strategic communications and marketing consulting business in the late 1990s, working with technology start-ups and high-tech firms in the Washington, DC-area. Before that, she was a senior executive with the Wexler Group, a leading lobbying and public affairs firm, and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO. Among many other interesting roles, Ms. Woodward was Lead Press Advance in the Reagan White House, and Director of Press Advance for Dole for President ’88. She has authored several books and has appeared as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and PsychologyToday.com.


E. J. Yerzak, CISA, CISM, CRISC, is Director of the Cyber IT Group at Ascendant Compliance Services, the consulting services division of Compliance Solutions Strategies (CSS). In this capacity, Mr. Yerzak assists advisers to hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, pension advisers, and retail investment advisers in bridging the gap between compliance and cybersecurity risk management. In addition to assisting with compliance program annual reviews, risk assessments, and mock exams, he assists firms in assessing and managing their cybersecurity risk – from network vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and social engineering testing to onsite cybersecurity assessments of financial firms and private equity portfolio companies. Mr. Yerzak holds B.A.s in both English and Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Colgate University, a M.S. in Computer Information Technology from Central Connecticut State University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law.