All Sessions

Wednesday, February 26
1:00 - 7:30 pmRegistration Open
9:00am - 12:00pm
 Diversity Project CEO Advisory Council Meeting
1:00 - 4:00pm
 Nicsa Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 - 4:00pm
 Nicsa and Diversity Project Committee Meetings
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, February 27
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 - 8:15 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:15 - 8:30 am
Welcome & Chairman Remarks
NICSA Chairman, Dan Houlihan, Northern Trust

8:30 - 9:15am

Innovations in Client-first Fee Structures

The paradigm around fee structures for asset managers is shifting amid vast industry evolution. A Wall Street veteran will take a deep dive into what investors are paying for performance, what’s incentivizing portfolio managers, and how the asset management business model is evolving to address structural shifts.
9:15 - 10:15am

Projections and Predictions 2020

What will the asset management industry look like in three, five, ten years? What will growth look like among increased industry consolidation? Moderated by one of the industry’s top market research firms, a tenured group of CEOs representing a diverse array of asset managers and distributors reveals how they are coping with fee pressure, product differentiation, M&A, and shrinking shelf space. Get insights into how leading firms are setting the bar for top-tier client service and investment management. A not-to-be-missed session for executives strategically positioning their firms for growth in an evolving and fiercely competitive environment. 

Paul Kraft, Lead Partner, US Mutual Fund and Investment Adviser Practice Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP (moderator)

10:15 - 10:45am
Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45 - 11:15am

Global Viewpoints

Join a panel of global financial markets experts for a discussion on matters affecting the funds industry. Distribution, data management, and regulatory demands take center stage for global asset managers navigating challenges and opportunities for 2020.  Get global perspectives on the future of investment management and leverage timely insights concerning developments having the most direct impact to business operations and policies. An essential event for asset managers with products domiciled in or sold in international markets, including Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Laura Gonzalez,
Head of Iberia & Americas, Allfunds
Camille Thommes, Director General, ALFI

11:15am - 12:00pm

Race to 2020: No Ordinary Election Season

Featuring: Candida "Candi" Wolff, Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Citi

With the 2020 presidential race in full swing, investors and industry participants alike brace for the potential outcomes of the election season. What’s the impact to the broader economy and financial markets in particular? Join Candi Wolff of Citi for an in-depth and candid look at today’s unique political landscape and the future impact on the global asset management industry

12:00 - 1:00pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 1:15pm
 Nicsa 2020 Update - President's Address
1:15 - 1:30pm
 Nicsa Volunteer Awards Presentation
1:30 - 2:10pm

Tech Talk

Technologists take the NICSA stage to debate and explore the top technology trends that are reshaping the asset management industry. Come learn how all these technologies rely on key data and digital assets in your firm.
Beyond Blockchain:The potential and disruption Distributed Ledger Technology and Tokenization will bring to the industry.  What are they and what do they mean to your firm.  Learn how these technologies have already begun to impact our industry and where they are headed in the near future.

Behavioral Biometrics and Fraud Prevention: With advances in real time digital risk engines, fraud prevention is being taken to the next level by combining behavioral biometrics with the vast amounts of data collected around every day transactions and customer interactions.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Beyond buzzwords, AI and ML are driving advancements from the back office all the way to portfolio management helping automate operational processing, investment decisions , and much more.

2:10 - 2:30pm
Break in the Exhibit Hall
2:30 - 4:20pm

Learning Clinics

Track 1: Managing Analytics Project: Balancing Business and Technical Expertise

Data Scientists - Are They Really Unicorns?

In today’s data driven environment, asset management firms are trying to find the perfect balance of business and technical expertise in their data analytics team. This session will focus on critical aspects around ensuring your team has the right skillset to be successful, including a description of ideal candidates that have business domain expertise coupled with technical skills to manage data.

  • What actually is a Data Scientist, and does your firm have one or need one?
  • What is a Data Science Translator, and does your team need one?
  • Achieving the technical skills to navigate to an increasingly complex technical landscape from data management to business intelligence and advanced analytics.
  • Identifying gaps within your current team.
  • Considerations for team structures using individual data scientists versus groups with specialized technical and business skills.
  • How culture and team structure can impact these decisions, including centralized vs decentralized business intelligence as well as insource vs. outsource and onshore vs. offshore.

Todd Neese, Vice President, Head of Business Intelligence, Janus Henderson Investors

Track 2: Distribution Disruption
Join us for an interactive clinic focused on FinTech firms and their impact on the asset management industry. Explore the evolution and disruption of the distribution landscape. HNW firms are going further downstream with digital advice offerings while some digital offerings are going upstream. Wealth management firms are becoming more proprietary in asset management, while some asset managers are getting into wealth management. What are the forces driving the disruption of traditional market segments and what is the future of “coopetition”? Find out in this not-to-be-missed educational clinic.

Track 1: Vendor Governance Oversight
Asset managers are relying more and more on service providers to perform critical functions that have historically been handled in-house. The enhanced need for risk management has led to more formalized and centralized vendor governance. Explore the practical challenges of implementing an effective vendor oversight program with a panel of experts that will provide perspective from both sides –asset management firms who have outsourced key functions, and the service providers they've hired to perform these functions.

Marc Lotti, Partner, Division Head, Cybersecurity and Risk, ACA-Aponix (moderator)
David Cook, Manager-Procurement, SS&C Technologies, Inc.
Dawn James, Head of Third-Party Risk and Governance, Vanguard Group, Inc.

Track 2: The Evolving FA Practice
Join an interactive platform for discussion around the trends impacting financial advisors. Our panel of experts will tackle a plethora of critical issues such as: succession planning for aging FAs; packaged models versus customized models; desktop and third party tech applications; and wrappers (funds, ETFs, etc), relationships (brokerage, fee based), and services (planning, etc).

4:30  - 6:30 pmOcean View Networking Reception
Friday, February 28
7:00 am - 12:00 pmRegistration Open
7:15 - 8:00 am

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:15 - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:45 am

Face the Membership

Featuring: Guy Adami, One of CNBC's original "Fast Money Five" and Wall Street Veteran 

Join Nicsa for a unique opportunity to hear thought leaders in global asset management share perspectives on 2020 business planning in an intimate and informal setting. Attendees will hear a discussion around the latest business trends and challenges. A must attend session for all areas of the asset management industry!

Ed Murphy, President & CEO, Empower Retirement
Shundrawn Thomas, President, Northern Trust Asset Management

9:45 - 10:00 am

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:00- 11:00 am

The Future of Product

Product development innovation has created significant opportunities for asset managers. Evolving business models, margin pressures, and new investment management demands are driving the development of new capabilities and processes. In this session, leading product and distribution experts weigh in on emerging trends in both active and passive investment products. Get the latest insights on asset allocation models, ESG investment trends, alternative investments, non-transparent ETFs, the “race to zero”, new FA business models, Reg BI, and other trends that are shaping the future of product within the global asset management industry.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Closing Keynote Speaker


1:30  - 7:30 pm

Blackwell Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament and Fairway Reception