February 26-28, 2020

Nicsa's 2020
Strategic Leadership Forum

Learn. Discuss. Develop. Gain your industry advantage.



2020 Strategic Leadership Conference

Wednesday, February 26

1:00 - 7:30pm

Registration Open

9:00am - 12:00pm

Diversity Project CEO Advisory Council Meeting

11:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibitor Move-In - Grand Salon

1:00 - 3:30pm

Nicsa Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 - 4:00pm

Nicsa and Diversity Project Committee Meetings

5:30 - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

2020 Strategic Leadership Conference

Thursday, February 27

7:00am - 5:00pm

Registration Open

7:00 - 8:15am

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:15 - 8:30am

Welcome & Chairman Remarks

8:30 - 9:15am

Innovations in Client-first Fee Structures

Featuring: Peter Kraus, Chairman & CEO of Aperture Investors

The paradigm around fee structures for asset managers is shifting amid vast industry evolution. Wall Street veteran Peter Kraus takes 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)
Jason Brady, CEO, Thornburg Investment Management 
Jylanne Dunne, Vice President, Diversity Project, Nicsa
Jeff Ringdahl, President and COO, Resolute Investment Managers

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.


Jennifer Hoopes, Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, Foreside (moderator)
Laura Gonzalez,
Head of Iberia & Americas, Allfunds

Ryan Louvar, General Counsel, Wisdom Tree
Jonathan Schuman, Head of Global Business Development, Matthews Asia
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.

Lyndsay Noble, Director of Data Science, SS&C (moderator)
Jane Conway, Digital, Data and Analytics Innovator for Investment and Asset Management Firms
Michael Demissie, Head of Advanced Solutions - Machine Learning, AI, BNY Mellon
Carlos Domingo, Co-Founder and CEO, Securitize
Michael West, Vice President, Cyber Investigations, Fidelity Investments 

2:10 - 2:30pm

Break in the Exhibit Hall 

2:30 - 3:20pm

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.

Brian Foote
Vice President, Data & Analytics, Broadridge (moderator)
Whitfield Athey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delta Data
Shonyel LyonsVice President, Enterprise Data Governance, T. Rowe Price
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.

Dennis Gallant, Senior Analyst, Aite Group (moderator)
Will Dolan
, Chief Executive Officer, Financeware
Tricia Haskins, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Platform Consulting, Fidelity

3:30 - 4:20pm

Learning Clinics

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.
John Ingold, VP, Head of Third Party Risk, T. Rowe Price
Sheila Butze, Director, Market Data Services & Corporate Procurement, Putnam Investments

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).

Scott Smith, Director, Advice Relationships, Cerulli (moderator)
Nathan Dierking, CIMA, Senior Vice President, Divisional Sales Director, Invesco
Matthew Scott, Vice President, Business Development Manager, Morgan Stanley

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Oceanview Networking Reception

2020 Strategic Leadership Conference

Friday, February 28

7:00am - 12:00pm

Registration Open

7:15 - 8:00am

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:15 - 8:30am

Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:30am

Face the Membership I - Asset Manager Perspective

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!

Deborah Hazell, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) Inc.
Ed Murphy
, President & CEO, Empower Retirement
Shundrawn Thomas, President, Northern Trust Asset Management

9:30 - 9:45am

Break in Exhibit Hall

9:45 - 10:45am

Face the Membership II - Distributor Perspective

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 wealth 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!

Sarah Hampton, First Vice President, Partner, Wealth Advisor, 6 Meridian
Steven Mattus, Managing Director, Head of Global Mandates and Investment Content, Americas, UBS
Mike McLaughlin, Director of Business Development Group – Field Productivity, Wells Fargo

10:45am - 12:00pm

Closing Keynote Speaker

Featuring: Jimmy Blackmon, Speaker, Author, Leadership Expert

Having spent 30 years leading soldiers in the U.S. Army, Jimmy Blackmon has led high-risk missions all over the world. Jimmy uses these experiences to teach others how to get the most out of teams under extreme pressure in high stakes situations. From storytelling to time management, from conducting effective meetings to holding people accountable, Jimmy helps business leaders put it all together while navigating the complexities of working in the 21st century.

1:30 - 7:30pm

Blackwell Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament and Fairway Reception

Jacaranda Golf Club | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | 1:30pm Shotgun Start