Full Program

Wednesday, February 28
1:00 - 7:30 pmRegistration Open

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 1
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 - 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation - Lessons From an F-14 Fighter Pilot

Carey Lohrenz, First Female U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Team-Building/Leadership/Strategy Expert & Author


The first female F-14 Tomcat Pilot, United States Navy pilot Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. As a combat mission-ready pilot, Carey’s mastery in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles can help executives and their teams triumph in the quick-paced, high-stakes world of asset management.

9:30 - 10:45am

Distribution Evolution

Kunal Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar, Inc.


Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor shares his unique perspective on the growth opportunities for asset managers and fund companies in 2018 and beyond. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this candid and personal address to the NICSA membership. Kunal’s presentation will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with the industry’s top product and distribution leaders.

Barry Mandinach
, Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution, Virtus Investment Partners
Noreen Beaman, Chief Executive Officer, Brinker Capital
Jim Bumpus, National Sales Manager, Columbia Threadneedle

10:45 - 11:00 am
Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 - 12:00 pm

#Trending 2025: Asset Management of the Future


What will the asset management industry look like in 2025? Learn how to drive growth from the most prestigious players in the global consulting market. These firms are strategically positioned to help set standards for top-tier investor service through development in excellence and capability. This panel will speak to all sides of the industry as top industry consultants weigh in on what’s trending and how best to position your firm for the future!


Paul Kraft, Partner, Deloitte

Brad Henderson, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Frank Strauss, Managing Director, Accenture
John Siciliano, Managing Director, Asset Management Advisory and Strategy Lead, PwC


12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:00 - 1:15 pm


NICSA Volunteer Awards Presentation

1:15 - 2:30 pm


Product Outlook - Where is the Puck Going?


The pace of product development has precipitated the evolution of the asset management industry and created significant opportunities for the nimblest of firms. Aligning product structures with investor demand will continue to present distinct market advantages. As the industry expands investment management practices, new capabilities and processes are required. Hear asset managers and broker dealers weigh in on the current and future environment for investment products, from mutual funds to ETFs, to liquid alternative funds.


Patrick Curtin, Managing Director, Citi


Sandy Bolton, Managing Director, Head of Investment Solutions - Managed Solutions Group, Merrill Lynch
Dan Beckman, Head of US Product, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Gary Gallagher, Head of Investment and Managed Solutions, Fidelity Institutional - Investments and Technology Solutions
Scott Howes, Managing Director, BlackRock

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:50pm

Tour the Innovation Lab | Track 1

Innovation Lab leaders converge on NICSA’s stage to discuss this hot trend in the FinTech and FinServ spaces. Get first-hand accounts of how firms are re-inventing themselves using the latest technologies, methodologies and environments.  Asset management executives and decision makers will get unique “insider” perspectives on how the industry is leveraging Innovation Labs to drive efficiency, increase sales, and improve the customer experience.

Chuck Gallant, Managing Director, Asset Servicing, BNY Mellon

Deanna Belczak, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
Timothy Butcher,
Head of The Central New York Innovation Center & Global Trade Operations, BNY Mellon
Tony Warren, Head of Strategy & Insurance, FIS


European Funds - Trends in Distribution & Regulation | Track 2

Join NICSA for a discussion on matters affecting the European Funds Industry. Mifid II and PRIIPS present new challenges for asset managers, and efficient management of data is more critical than ever to effectively meet regulatory demands. Hear important considerations for global asset managers as they navigate the regulatory and distribution challenges of the future.  This is a CAN'T MISS event for global asset managers with products domiciled in or sold in Europe. 

Lisa Shea,
Senior Vice President, Global Fund Services, Northern Trust

Lee Godfrey, CEO, KNEIP
Olivier Carre, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory Services Leader, PwC
Camille Thommes, Director General, ALFI


4:00 - 4:50pm

Advanced Analytics: A Business Case Study | Track 1 - CLOSED TO MEDIA

Get best practices and insights into the real business impact of data analytics. A panel of experts provide tangible takeaways for attendees as they review case studies of analytical models within the world of asset management. Learn how to drive growth and efficiencies in Distribution, Operations and Compliance by leveraging the data you already have.

Paul Williams, SVP, North America Head of IOO Product and Strategy, Northern Trust

Lyndsay Noble, Lead Analytics Consultant, DST Systems
Karen Walsh, Head of Retail Service Center, Putnam Investments
Jing Wang, Head of Vanguard's Center for Analytics and Insights
Bradley Moore, Director, Product Manager, BNY Mellon

Aligning Your Organization to Meet Changing Client Needs | Track 2

With the rapid transformation taking place in the asset management industry—from new product solutions, distribution strategies, and technologies, to increasing margin pressure—organizations need to evolve to meet the demands of these changes. Hear how industry leaders in distribution, asset management and operations are strategically aligning their resources to support changes in organizational dynamics to plan and prepare for the future.

Scott Smith, Director, Cerulli Associates, Inc.


Dan Cwenar, President, Data and Analytics, Access Data Corp., a Broadridge Company
Katie Firth, Head of Distribution Operations & Business Intelligence, John Hancock Investments
Kamal Bhatia, CEO & Co-Head of OC Private Capital, LLc, Oppenheimer Funds
Whitfield Athey, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Data


5:00  - 6:30 pmNetworking Reception

Friday, March 2
7:00 am - 2:00 pmRegistration Open

7:00 - 8:15 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:15 - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:45 am

Face the Membership: CEO Roundtable



John Stadtler, Partner, PwC


Jason Brady, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thornburg Investment Management
Carol Geremia
, President & Head of Global Distribution, MFS Investment Management
Mike O'Grady, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Trust


CEOs from the industry’s leading asset management firms divulge key factors impacting distribution strategy, product innovation, human capital management, and more. Get practical and actionable guidance from our expert panelists as they discuss the core components of success for today’s financial institutions. A must attend session for all areas of the asset management industry!

9:45 - 10:45 am

Regulatory Primer 2018

Regulatory powerhouses join NICSA to discuss the future of regulation within global investment markets. Leverage timely perspectives concerning the latest legal and compliance developments that are having the most direct impact to business operations and policies.

Don Andrews,
Partner & Global Practice Leader for Risk and Compliance, Reed Smith


Will Leahey, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, SIFMA
Sarah ten Siethoff,
Deputy Associate Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC
Roel Campos, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

10:45- 11:00 am
Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 - 12:00 pm

 From Here to Security: How Workplace Savings Can Keep America’s Promise

Bob Reynolds, President & CEO, Putnam Investments


Bob Reynolds, CEO of Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments will discuss America’s retirement savings challenge – and practical ways to solve it. Long an industry thought leader, Reynolds will put workplace savings plans, like the 401(k) in the larger context of capital markets, capital formation and America’s global competitiveness. He will further suggest that action to meet the retirement challenge can also spur more rapid economic growth and restore our nation’s “can-do” spirit.

Click here to learn more about Bob's book, From Here to Security

1:15  - 7:30 pm

Blackwell Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament and Fairway Reception


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