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Nicsa’s Rising Star Program , a new mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry, is underway! Members of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America are currently selecting nominees for consideration, and winners will be announced at the Fearless Leadership Symposium in June. To watch a video outlining the program, click here . And, here’s a quick look at some frequently asked questions about this new and exciting program: FAQs How can my firm participate? Participation in this program is a membership benefit available to Diversity ...
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Event will highlight bold business practices that are changing the face of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives Boston, MA – April 28, 2021 — Nicsa , a leading global asset management trade organization, will be hosting its inaugural Fearless Leadership Symposium virtually on June 16-17 . The Fearless Leadership Symposium is the first and only national conference focusing solely on DEI issues specific to the global asset management and funds industry. This pivotal two-day event will bring together senior business executives to explore how inclusive leadership can enhance productivity, promote growth, and impact the bottom line. ...
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Guest Blog by ALFI, a Nicsa partner. The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) represents the face and voice of the Luxembourg asset management and investment fund community. The following article was written by Michael Maldener, Managing Director & Conducting Officer at Nordea Investment Funds S.A. Nordea Asset Management is a member firm of ALFI. For several years, sustainability and ESG-tilted investing has been seen as niche, but now it has entered mainstream. What was potentially seen as a predominantly European crusade, has become a global and performance theme, fostered by the pandemic, social and environmental crisis awareness, ...
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Boston, MA – April 22, 2021 – Nicsa ’s Diversity Project North America has partnered with LGBT Great on the release of Holding Up the Mirror: Diversity Data in the Investment, Wealth Management and Savings Industry , a survey of investment, wealth management and savings industry organizations on the collection and usage of DEI data (supported by EY). As part of its mission to accelerate DEI in the asset management industry, Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America partnered with LGBT Great to deliver a comprehensive report of the survey findings to the global asset management industry. The report seeks to evaluate the current state of diversity data ...
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Boston, MA – April 20, 2021 – Nicsa is pleased to announce the launch of its Rising Star Program , a new mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry. Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America recognizes the importance of supporting emerging leaders by creating a program that not only provides recognition and exposure for diverse employees, but develops and hones the skills critical for retention and advancement of valued talent within the industry. One Rising Star will be nominated by each member firm of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America ...
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Boston, MA – April 1, 2021 – Nicsa announced the hiring of Kelly Sherrard as Executive Director and Head of Operations and Events. Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices. Nicsa member firms include asset managers, broker dealers, custodian banks, transfer agents, and other professional service firms including audit, tax, law, technology, marketing, and compliance. With broad industry participation, Nicsa serves a diverse set of industry professionals focused on a wide array of business lines including product, ...
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Those who joined together in Fort Lauderdale for Nicsa’s 2020 Strategic Leadership Forum had no way of knowing they would be attending the last industry conference before lockdown. Soon after returning home, they — along with the rest of the industry — would rise to an unexpected challenge, implementing home office arrangements while working to deliver the most streamlined client experiences possible. Come February 2021, attendees again convened for SLF, this time in a virtual manner open to all employees of corporate-registered firms. The three-day experience, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic and an era of social unrest, highlighted ...
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“Transformation is a popular term these days, and data and technology are certainly foundational to doing it successfully,” EY’s Senior Manager of Wealth and Asset Management Cheryl Boyd told attendees during a panel discussion held virtually for Nicsa’s recent SLF. “As we’ve seen financial services evolve, we’ve seen the leadership positions in the data and technology spaces do the same.” Boyd moderated the panel, which detailed how leaders are working to move their firms forward through the power of innovation in today’s ever-changing tech environment. Hans Brown, Global Head of Enterprise Innovation and CIO for Corporate Technology at BNY ...
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Between vaccine policies, office logistics, and unique threats to mental health, those leading today’s asset management industry often find themselves grappling with serious considerations. Attendees of Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum gained valuable insight on how they can support the transition to the post-pandemic workforce during a session moderated by Gayle Coluccio, Director at Aliter Investment Services. Mark Leary, Executive Vice President, Chief HR Officer at MFS Investment Management, said the vaccine represents a sense of hope for most firms. “We firmly believe at MFS that the essence of our culture (as is true for many firms) ...
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If history has taught us anything, it’s that even the largest firms in the asset management industry had to start somewhere. So how can today’s smaller firms follow in their footsteps, gaining market share against the current backdrop of fewer resources and continued consolidation? Attendees of Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum took a deep dive into this topic during a session moderated by Kevin Mahn, President and CIO of Hennion & Walsh Asset Management. “We have some modern-day Davids taking on the Goliaths in the asset management industry here with us today,” Mahn said of the panelists, who hailed from Foreside, Ironwood Capital Management, ...
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There’s no doubt that last year’s events caused a paradigm shift in the way we foster meaningful connections with clients and prospects. Despite the challenges, the agile professionals in our industry have found clever ways to adapt to new operating environments. “Wholesalers are leveraging technology more skillfully than they ever have,” said Jeff Duckworth, Head of Intermediary Distribution at John Hancock . “Even the folks who were the most resistant to technology realized they had to get on board or be left behind. I think that’s made them better, opening their eyes to the benefits of embracing change.” Duckworth was one of three experienced ...
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The Diversity Project North America 2021 DE&I Perception Survey of the Asset Management industry is live! As part of the Diversity Project North America's continued efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the asset management industry, this survey is being conducted with EY to measure the industry’s perception of key diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) trends. Please visit this link to participate in the survey. Key takeaways will serve to identify gaps and measure progress as the industry moves forward on the path toward a more inclusive working environment. The survey is ...
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Boston, MA – March 2, 2021 — Nicsa announced its Volunteer of the Year honorees at the Strategic Leadership Forum last week. Nica’s Volunteer of the Year Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of members who are especially dedicated to servicing the Nicsa community. “Each year, Nicsa recognizes volunteers who have tirelessly committed to furthering our mission of advancing best practices within the global asset management industry. We are proud to present the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards to this group of exceptional professionals. and thank them for their efforts to support the Nicsa community and the broader industry,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, President ...
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Boston, MA – February 22, 2021 — Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum will take place via a virtual platform from February 24-26 and will feature some of the industry’s most influential innovators. The theme of this year’s SLF is “2021: The Year of the Relationship.” The event will bring together industry thought leaders to explore dynamic and diverse perspectives on building the skills and tools necessary for creating (or re-creating) meaningful engagement with employees, advisors, investors, and the communities we serve. Featured speakers include: Robert S. Kapito , President and Director of BlackRock Terri Fiedler , President & Chief ...
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Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum will take place Feb 24-26. This year’s theme is “2021: The Year of the Relationship”. The program will focus on building foundations for authentic engagement with employees, advisors, investors, and the communities we serve. The virtual conference will feature 15+ hours of educational content covering all facets of the global asset management industry. The speaker lineup features leading experts from a diverse set of asset management firms, broker dealers, and an extensive group of financial services firms. Featuring: Robert S. Kapito , President and Director of BlackRock Terri Fiedler , President & ...
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A leader of one of the world’s premier providers of global investment management, risk management and advisory services, Robert Kapito is an industry innovator and thought leader on best practices in investment management. He was the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Wharton Leadership Award, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation’s 2010 Semper Fidelis Award. Mr. Kapito will speak directly to the Nicsa membership on trending issues facing the asset management industry during the 2021 Nicsa Strategic Leadership Forum on February 26. View more information about Nicsa’s Closing Fireside Chat with BlackRock's President & Director, Robert S. Kapito . Mr. ...
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Nicsa has been hard at work shaping the agenda for this year’s Strategic Leadership Forum. Planning is well under way and a terrific program full of rich, value-added content is taking form. Nicsa encourages all members to join us in tackling 2021: The Year of the Relationship at the Nicsa SLF from February 24 - 26. The Strategic Leadership Forum is one of the most important efforts of the association, and Nicsa is extremely thankful for the group of talented industry leaders that have volunteered to help shape the content of this educational event. We are especially pleased to have three industry visionaries at the helm to oversee the development ...
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Trade association president and CEO Jim Fitzpatrick explains why 2021 is 'year of the relationship.' Read the full article from Fund Intelligence here . #PressRelease #DiversityProject #PR-DiversityandInclusion ​​​
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Boston, MA – December 15, 2020 — Nicsa, a leading asset management trade association, today announced the winners of the 2020 Nicsa NOVA Awards, which recognize excellence in innovation and leadership within the asset management industry. The 2020 award winners are as follows: Lifetime Achievement Award Paul Schott Stevens, President & CEO, Member of the Executive Committee & Board of Directors, Investment Company Institute (ICI) Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry - Robert L. Gould Award Michael Woodall, Chief of Operations, Putnam Investments President's Award for Outstanding Service to the Asset Management ...
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Nicsa members received an in-depth look at current distribution trends during a Webinar Wednesday event moderated by Lesley Keefe, Managing Director at EY. The session, held early November, featured panelists from EY’s wealth and asset management business consulting practice. During the second half of 2019 and early 2020, EY conducted research focused on two perspectives: asset managers as product manufacturers and wealth managers as their intermediaries. Nicsa’s Product & Distribution Committee participated in the initiative and were a key source of insights for EY’s research. The study unveiled six key distribution trends, which the panel explored ...
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