Nicsa’s “Face the Membership” Session to Feature Two of the Industry’s Most Influential Women

By Nicsa posted 27 days ago


Asset management executives from over 50 firms will gather at Nicsa’s virtual General Membership Meeting to discuss some of the most timely and pertinent topics affecting the global asset management industry. As always, the much anticipated “Face the Membership” session is expected to provide valuable insight into industry trends from the perspective of industry thought leaders and innovators.


Tyler Mathisen, CNBC’s co-anchor of the popular “Power Lunch,” returns to the Nicsa stage this year to moderate the highly anticipated session, featuring two of the industry’s most powerful thought leaders: Jennifer Johnson and Mellody Hobson. Both are on Barron’s 2020 list of The 100 Most Influential Women in Finance.


Jenny Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. As president and CEO, Ms. Johnson is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the business, and she will set long-range strategic objectives and drive corporate priorities.


In 2014, Ms. Johnson was one of ten executives named to Money Management Executive's inaugural list of Top Women in Asset Management and was chosen by her peers as one of's Most Influential Women in Fund Management. Ms. Johnson received the 2012 Robert L. Gould Award presented by global investment management association Nicsa, recognizing outstanding achievement in helping the mutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadership and technology. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area business.


Mellody Hobson is Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments, LLC. As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. She has conducted extensive research on minority investing patterns and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation, including Starbucks Corporation; JPMorgan Chase; Quibi; DreamWorks Animation; and Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs.


In 2019, Ms. Hobson was awarded Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.


Join us as Mathisen uses his vast experience in financial journalism to lead two of the industry’s most powerful executives through a discussion around the latest industry trends and challenges. The session will cover timely and essential business themes, including the pandemic, the election, social unrest, the global economy, and the path forward for the asset management industry.