Nicsa Announces Final Speaker Lineup for Annual Fearless Leadership Symposium

By Nicsa Admin posted 05-07-2024 10:25 AM


Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America, an initiative that champions DEI as a strategic business priority within the asset and wealth management industry, is pleased to announce its impressive speaker lineup for its upcoming Fearless Leadership Symposium.

The event will be held in NYC on June 12 and is an ideal opportunity to hear from asset and wealth management firms, broker dealers, and an extensive group of professional service firms. View the agenda here.

The event will feature industry trailblazers discussing the pivotal issues shaping the DEI journey. The conference promises to be a powerful and inspiring event, where business leaders convene to discuss hard-hitting issues specific to the industry, including utilizing AI, battling fatigue, and developing strategies of influence.

The following speakers have been confirmed to participate in the conference:

Bob Adams

Chief Operations Officer, Fidelity Investments

Omar Aguilar, Ph.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Schwab Asset Management

Thomas Arnold

Partner, Leader in Asset Management Technology Consulting, Wealth & Asset Management Consulting, EY

Erika Irish Brown

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent, Citi

Gary Casagrande

Senior Vice President - Head of US Fund Administration, Northern Trust

Myra Chen

Data, Insights and Analytics Leader, Capital Group

Nick Cherney

Head of Innovation, Janus Henderson Investors

Ryan Christianson

Vice President, Responsible Investing, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Carol Fulp

CEO, Fulp Diversity LLC

Byron Pitts

Anchor & Chief National Correspondent, ABC News

Eugene Smith

Diversity Project Manager & Chief of Staff to The Global Head of Diversity and Talent, Citi

Kwesi Smith

CEO, Greenwood Project 

Michelle Thompson-Dolberry

Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, MFS

Lazaro Tiant

Sustainable Investment Analyst, Schroders

Cinda Whitten

Head of Global Investment Operations, Nuveen

The event will close with a ceremony and networking reception honoring Nicsa’s 2024 Rising Stars, diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset and wealth management industry. More about Nicsa’s mentorship, networking, and career development program can be found here.


The Fearless Leadership Symposium is open to all industry participants interested in advancing DEI, including business leaders, hiring managers, DEI practitioners, HR professionals, and next gen industry participants. Registration for the conference is now open.