BE A PART OF THE CHANGE

Change is the natural watchword of The SRI Conference and Community, because it is only through meaningful and sustained change that we will see a better world emerge. In that spirit, we’ve refreshed our logo and our website, we’ve created a more inclusive and engaging conference agenda, and we are actively working to broaden the SRI movement far beyond just our annual or regional events.

Look for an informative, engaging, and fun agenda this year with something for everyone, including special social and networking events throughout the conference. You might also want to consider adding to your conference experience with the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment Course, and the Advisor Summit Workshop.

The SRI Conference is the premier annual gathering of sustainability professionals, financial advisors, investment managers, members of mission-driven organizations, researchers, and private- and public- sector professionals who share a common goal of deploying capital as a change agent.

The SRI Conference: About Breakout Session Tracks

To provide an inspiring, engaging, and quality conference experience for all, The SRI Conference features a wide variety of breakout sessions in addition to our plenary sessions. They are organized along five separate tracks identified by icons throughout. Although not guaranteed, many sessions typically qualify for continuing education (CE) credits for CFP, CFA, and CIMA designees.

Professional Education – Sessions in this track are designed to help SRI professionals sharpen their skills and deepen their SRI knowledge base around practice building, portfolio management strategies, and other trending topics. Although not guaranteed, these sessions often qualify for continuing education (CE) credits for CFP, CFA, and CIMA designees.

ESG integration – Fixed income and equity portfolio managers will share their frameworks for the application of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics in their investment analysis, providing important insights and data for asset managers, advisors, and corporate sustainability professionals.

Impact – Participants will gain a thorough understanding of direct impact investing in mission-driven organizations, its additive role in diversifying investment portfolios, as well as best practices for impact investment issuers.

Advocacy – Asset managers will discuss challenges, successes, and trending topics in shareowner advocacy initiatives. Participants will gain a better understanding of the overall process, what it means for publicly traded corporations, and how advisors can become more active shareholders on behalf of their clients.

Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact – Participants will learn the fundamentals of SRI/ESG/Impact investing including its history and evolution, the role shareowner advocacy plays in advancing the movement, various SRI/ESG screening methods, and tips and tools for establishing and growing an SRI/ESG/Impact advisory practice. This track, along with all others, is relevant for advisors, investment managers, and professionals in the corporate space who are new to SRI and desire a better understanding how to communicate and incorporate SRI into their professional roles.

Agenda

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conference Registration / Information Desk Open


Thursday, November 1, 2018

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Conference Registration / Information Desk Open
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsor & Agenda Committee Breakfast, Overview Discussion (Invitation Only)
Steve Wallman
Mobile App Training
Adam O'Brien
Broadmoor F
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Special Session – Intentional Endowments Network (Invitation Only)
Nicole Harman, Program Manager, Intentional Endowments Network
Broadmoor D
8:30 am - Noon
Special Course – Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment 
The Center for Sustainable Investment Education, US SIF Foundation
Broadmoor E
*Additional registration fee required
11:00 am - 12:10 pm
Get to Know The SRI Conference
Learn more about the agenda and special conference tracks, check out the conference app, and enjoy refreshments.
Broadmoor C
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm
Buffet Lunch and Welcome
Broadmoor A
Sponsored by Eqis Capital Management
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Opening Plenary – The Race of Our Lives (CE credit)
Jeremy Grantham, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo
Broadmoor A
Breakout Sessions
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm
Professional Education
ESG Mutual Fund Ratings: What You Need to Know (CE credit)
Paige Chapel
, President and CEO, Aeris

Jon Hale, Global Head of Sustainability, Morningstar, Inc.
Bruce M. Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Michael Kramer,
Managing Partner, Natural Investments
Larry Lawrence
, Executive Director, MSCI

Broadmoor C
ESG Integration
Strengthening the “S” in ESG (CE credit)
Damiano de Felice, Director of Strategy, Access to Medicine Foundation
Adam Kanzer
Paloma Munoz Quick
, Program Director, Investor Alliance for Human Rights

Caroline Rees, President and CEO, Shift
Broadmoor D
Impact
The Impact Investment Dollar: Friend or Foe of Social Equity (CE credit)
Arina Abbott, Marketing, Green Alpha Advisors
Kesha Cash, General Partner, Impact America Fund
Lucas Turner-Owens, Fund Manager, Boston Ujima Project
Mark Watson, Founder and Owner, Keel Asset Management
Teresa Wells, Principal and Managing Director, Tiedemann Advisors
Broadmoor E
Advocacy
Inclusion and Opportunity: What Investors and Companies Are Doing to Promote a More Diverse Workplace
Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Lisa Hayles
, Vice President, Institutional Services, Boston Common Asset Management

Vicki Henn, Chief HR Officer, PNC
Brianna Murphy, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
Broadmoor F
Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact
From Niche to Normal (CE credit)
Sam Adams, CEO and Co-Founder, Vert Asset Management
Broadmoor Hall, Second Floor
Sponsor Presentations
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
Mirova / Natixis -  Broadmoor C
Impax Asset Management / Pax World Funds -  Broadmoor D
S&P Dow Jones Broadmoor E
Folio Financial Broadmoor F
Domini Broadmoor Hall, 2nd Floor
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Break
Broadmoor B
Sponsored by Praxis Mutual Funds
Breakout Sessions
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Professional Education
Active and Passive: How Can SRI Generate Alpha? (CE credit)
Matthew Blume, Portfolio Manager, Director of Research, Appleseed Capital 
Rebecca Carland
, Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates

Martin Kremenstein, SMD, Head of Retirement Products and ETFs, Nuveen
Scott Sacknoff, CEO, SerenityShares Investments, LLC
Broadmoor C
ESG Integration
ESG Research: News You Can Use in Your Practice (CE credit)
Julie Gorte, SVP, Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds
Jon Hale, Global Head of Sustainability, Morningstar, Inc.
Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Lloyd Kurtz
, Head of Social Impact Investing, Wells Fargo

Broadmoor D
Impact
Donor Advised Funds: My Super Power Is Impact Investment (CE credit)
Christian Braemer,  CEO and Co-Founder, Benefunder
Scott Nance
, Head of Business Development, ARK Global
Alex Neckles, Regional Director of Distribution, East Coast, Impact Assets

Broadmoor E
Advocacy
CEO Activism
Peter Kinder, Trustee, Green Century Funds
Alison Taylor, Managing Director, B.S.R.
Pat Miguel Tomaino, Zevin Asset Management
Broadmoor F
Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact
Integrating SRI / ESG Into a Traditional Practice (CE credit)
George Gay, CEO, First Affirmative
Jeff Gitterman, Co-Founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC
Max Mintz, Chief Investment Officer, Common Interests
Marlo Stil, Managing Partner, The Wealth Consulting Group

Broadmoor Hall, Second Floor
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Colorado Way: Collaboration, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
Broadmoor A
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Folio Consensus App: Connecting the SRI Community
Steve Wallman, Jan Dahms
Broadmoor A
5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Reception and Networking
Broadmoor B
Sponsored by Eventide Funds
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Dinner
Broadmoor A
Sponsored by Domini Impact Investments
7:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Moskowitz Prize Presentation
Broadmoor A
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Thoughts from The Next Generation of SRI Leaders
ESG: Centering the "S" in Our Investments and in Our Industry
Sonya Dreizler, Founder, Solutions with Sonya
Broadmoor A
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Opening Night Plenary
Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago
Broadmoor A
8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Evening Networking Event and Ice Cream Social
Broadmoor B
Sponsored by IMPAX Asset Management


Friday, November 2, 2018

7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Conference Registration / Information Desk Open
7:15 am - 8:30 am
Special Breakfast Session
US SIF Member Meeting, open to all conference participants who are US SIF members
Broadmoor C
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Buffet Breakfast
Broadmoor B
Sponsored by Crossmark Global
8:30 am - 8:55 am
Good Morning and Introduction of 2018 Scholars
Broadmoor A
8:55 am - 9:10 am
EthicMark Award & Videos
Broadmoor A
9:10 am - 10:00 am
Changing Thoughts on Climate Change
Chad Myers, Chief Meteorologist, CNN
Broadmoor A
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Thoughts from The Next Generation of SRI Leaders: Young, Radical and Candid: How Millennials Will Remake Socially Responsible Investing
Pat Miguel Tomaino, Zevin Asset Management
Broadmoor A
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall/Broadmoor B
Sponsored by Saturna Capital
Breakout Sessions
10:45 am - 11:35 am
Professional Education
Portfolio Construction With ESG Integration (CE credit)
Steve Falci, CIO, Impax Asset Management LLC
Theresa Gusman, CIO, First Affirmative
Stuart Kinnersley
, Managing Partner, Affirmative Investment Management
Tamara Larsen, Director, Perella Weinbert Partners

Broadmoor C
ESG Integration
Passive Vehicles: Evolution, Successes & Challenges of Employing Sustainability in Passive Strategies (CE credit)
Sanjay Arya, Head of Indexes, Morningstar, Inc.
Gregory Elders, Research, ESG, JPMorgan Indexes
Mahesh Jayakumar, Portfolio Manager, Oppenheimer Funds
James Lumberg, Co-Founder, Envestnet
Broadmoor D
Impact
Opportunity Zones: What Is the Investment Opportunity (CE credit)
Lori Chatman, President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund
Liddy Karter
, Managing Director, Enhanced Capital

Andrew Lee, Managing Director, UBS
Aaron Seybert
, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Broadmoor E
Advocacy
Measuring Impact 
Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock
Jay Eisenhardt
, Senior Sustainable Investment Product Manager, Northern Trust Asset Management

Meg Jones-Monteiro, Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Will Lana, Partner and Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management

Broadmoor F
Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact
SRI/ESG Screening: Why Aren't They All  the Same? (CE credit)
Benjamin Bailey, VP of Investments, Praxis Mutual Funds
Taham Mahimwalla,  Institutional Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management
Lionella Pezza, Lead Research Analyst, Domini Funds
Amy Thacker
, COO, First Affirmative

Broadmoor Hall, Second Floor
Sponsor Presentations
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Parnassus -  Broadmoor C
Eventide -  Broadmoor D
Praxis Mutual Funds Broadmoor E
Crossmark Global Broadmoor F
Illinois Tollway -  Broadmoor Hall, 2nd Floor
Sponsor Presentations
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm
Calvert R&M Broadmoor C
Nuveen Broadmoor D
Ashoka Broadmoor E
Matthews Asia Broadmoor F
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Buffet Lunch
Broadmoor A
Sponsored by Mirova
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
High Tech Meets High Touch – The Rise of Personalization in Digital Wealth
Steve Wallman, David Hagen
Broadmoor A
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Plenary Session
Michelle Edkins, Global Head of Investment Stewardship Team, BlackRock
Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg
Broadmoor A
Breakout Sessions
2:55 pm - 3:45 pm
Professional Education
Advancing Gender Equality by Closing the Power Gap (CE credit)
Sara Boyd, Portfolio Manager, Highwater Wealth Management
Julie Gorte, SVP, Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds
Patricia Foley Hinnen, Founding CEO, Capital Sisters International
Reena Krishnan, Strategic Advisor, How Women Invest
Broadmoor C
ESG Integration
From G to E: Managing Risk in ESG Portfolios (CE credit)
Mark Bateman, Director of ESG/SRI Research, Aperio
Yovanka Bylander, Head of North American ESG Business, ISS
Pooja Khosla, Head of Product Development, Entelligent

Nicolai Lundy, Director of Education and Partnerships, SASB
Broadmoor D
Impact
"Beyond Mutual Funds": Direct Impact Investment Opportunities (CE credit)
Melissa Cheong, Chief Investment Officer, Zoma Capital
Justin Conway
, Vice President, Investment Partnerships, Calvert Impact Capital
Hallie Gilman, General Counsel, Greenbacker

Louise Herrle, Managing Director, Incapital
Broadmoor E
Advocacy
Advocacy Update: Trending Issues
Ophir Bruck, US Network Manager, Principles for Responsible Investment
Conrad MacKerron
, Senior Vice President, As You Sow
Kathy Mulvey, Climate Accountability Campaign Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

Broadmoor F
Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact
Introduction to Shareholder Activism (CE credit)
Michael Passoff, CEO, Proxy Impact
Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century
Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement, First Affirmative
Broadmoor Hall, Second Floor
Sponsor Presentations
3:55 pm - 4:15 pm
First Affirmative Broadmoor C
Tumbleweed Houses Broadmoor D
OppenheimerFunds Broadmoor E
Eqis Capital Management Broadmoor F
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall/Broadmoor B
Sponsored by Trillium Asset Management
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Elections, the SEC and Congress: What's Ahead on the Policy Front for Sustainable Investors?
Lisa Gilbert, VP of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen
Robert Jackson, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Jonas Kron, SVP and Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
Lisa Woll, CEO, US SIF / US SIF Foundation
Broadmoor A
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Shaping the Next Generation of ESG Leaders: A Journey from Intern to CEO
Benjamin Allen 
Broadmoor A
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Highlights of the 2018 Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends
Meg Voorhes, Director of Research, US SIF
Broadmoor A
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dinner Reception and Exhibitor Fair
Broadmoor A & B
Sponsored by Calvert Research & Management
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Celebration: Friday Night Party
Broadmoor B


Saturday, November 3, 2018

7:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration / Information Desk Open
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Special Breakfast Session
Indigenous Peoples
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Breakfast | Topic Tables
Broadmoor A
Sponsored by Matthews Asia
9:30 am - 9:40 am
Thoughts from The Next Generation of SRI Leaders: Conference Scholars
Broadmoor A
9:40 am - 10:30 am
Closing Plenary: Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability
Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School
Mary Gregory, Sustainable Investing Specialist, Brown Advisory
Broadmoor A
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall/Broadmoor B
Breakout Sessions
11:10 am - Noon
Professional Education
Emerging Market Exposure: A Gap in SRI Portfolios Worth Filling (CE credit)
Kurt Lieberman, CEO, Magni Global Asset Management
Michael Lear
, Vice President, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Jan Schalkwijk, Investment Advisor, JPS Global Investments
Vivek Tanneeru, Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia
Broadmoor C
ESG Integration
Responsible Fixed Income: Emerging Trends & Approaches (CE credit)
Patrick Drum
, Portfolio Manager, Saturna Capital
Vishal Khanduja, Vice President, Calvert Research and Management

Vikram Puppala, Portfolio Manager, Sustainalytics
Broadmoor D
Impact
The Opportunities and Challenges of Incorporating the SDGs into Portfolios  (CE credit)
Bill Burckart, President and COO, The Investment Integration Project
Danelle Chung
, Principal, Pi WealthPlan

Adam Bernstein, ESG/Impact Analyst, Gitterman Wealth Management
Megan Wallingford, Manager of Advisory Services, Sustainalytics
Broadmoor E
Advocacy
The Attack on Shareholder Rights
Julie Goodridge, CEO, NorthStar Asset Management
Sanford Lewis, Director, Founder, Shareholder Rights Group
Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel and Head of Strategic Research and Analysis, ISS
James McRitchie
, Publisher, CorpGov.net

Broadmoor F
Introduction to SRI/ESG/Impact
SRI Advisor Best Practices
Steven Ellis, Founder and President, Colorado Capital Management
Ken Jacobs
, Advisor and Consultant, Impact Investors
Jane Lewenthal
, Senior Vice President - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
Bela Robbins, Director of Operations, Impact Investors 

Broadmoor Hall, Second Floor
Noon - 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch & 2018 SRI Service Award Presentation
Broadmoor A
Sponsored by Vert Asset Management
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
The Transformative Impact of Blockchain (CE credit)
Theresa Gusman, CIO, First Affirmative
Amit Pradhan, Executive Chairman, Zero Labs
Mark Potkewitz, Policy Director, Center for Urban Business and Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School
Eugene Yun, Founder and Strategist, SymVerse
Broadmoor A
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm
Wrap Up and Appreciations
Broadmoor A

 

Select conference sessions  may be eligible for CE credit for CFP, CFA, and CIMA designees.
The SRI Conference agenda is subject to change without notice.

Purple = Plenaries
Gray = Networking Breaks, Registration, and Information Desk
Green = Meals
Blue = Sponsor Presentations

Each year, The Center for Sustainable Investment Education at the US SIF Foundation presents this in-depth course on SRI fundamentals.


The US SIF Foundation's 
Center for Sustainable Investment Education offers Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment as an introductory resource for investment advisors, financial planners, and other financial professionals who want to learn the basics of sustainable, responsible, and impact investment.

The course offers a unique blend of instruction and scenario-based learning that will enhance your ability to incorporate SRI into investment portfolios and client conversations. The course includes topics such as:

  • Incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data into security analysis
  • The latest sustainable and impact investment trends
  • Techniques for marketing and communicating your expertise


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articipants receive a certificate of completion, and the course also typically qualifies for continuing education credit for various industry designations. There is an additional charge for this session. Register here.

 

 

 

Join us for SRI • 29!

The Advisor Summit Workshop is an extension of The SRI Conference and is presented by First Affirmative Financial Network.  The workshop is designed to provide financial planners and investment advisors with the tools they need to successfully integrate SRI into their practices for the long term.


The workshop will feature in-depth tutorials on a variety of topics including:

  • Portfolio construction
  • Risk management
  • Shareholder advocacy
  • Practice management

Attendees also have the opportunity to network with, and learn from experienced SRI advisors in a more intimate setting after the close of the main conference.

The Advisor Summit Workshop is typically approved for between four and six hours of continuing education credit for CFP designees, and one hour of continuing education credit for CIMA designees.

Advisor Summit Workshop Agenda

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Economic Forecast: Trade War or Skirmish? (CE credit)
Mel Miller, CFA
Broadmoor A
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Strategy & Culture Workshop
Amy Thacker
5:10 pm – 6:10 pm
First Affirmative Compliance Workshop
(REQUIRED for First Affirmative IARs and staff)
Kathy Lewis

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reception with Cash Bar
Cheyenne Lodge
7:00 pm 7:20 pm
Awards and Recognitions
Cheyenne Lodge
7:20 pm – 7:45 pm
Why We Do What We Do
Cheyenne Lodge
Bob Dreizler, Danielle Burns, Krista Strohoffer
7:50 pm 9:00 pm
Dinner
Cheyenne Lodge
DON'T FORGET: SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR TONIGHT!

 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk Open Colorado Hall
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast

Colorado Hall D/E
Meet the Managers
8:30 am - 8:45 am
 
Green Alpha, Garvin Jabusch, Colorado C
Trillium, Colorado F
Meet the Managers
8:50 am - 9:05 am
First Affirmative, Colorado A/B
Jantz Management, Chris Jantz, Colorado C
Stance Capital, Bill Davis, Colorado F
Meet the Managers
9:10 am - 9:25 am
JPS & Just Invest,  Jan Schalkwijk, Vijay Rao, Colorado C
Wasmer Schroeder, Justin Land, Colorado F
9:35 am - 10:50 am
Advisor Update: 2018–2019 and Beyond
George R. Gay
Colorado Hall A/B
10:50 am - 11:05 am
Break: Colorado Hall Pre-Function Area
11:05 am - 12:15 pm
The Future of SRI Investing
Theresa Gusman, Geoff Considine
Colorado Hall A/B
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
Colorado Hall D/E
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Best Practices for Tax Management (CE credit)
Michael Angell, Georgette Frazer, Chris Schrobilgen
Colorado Hall A/B
Using Alternative Investments in Client Accounts
Blaine McLaughlin
Colorado C
Advocacy Workshop
Holly Testa
Colorado F
2:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Using an Optimizer to Address Social Exclusions without Giving Up Performance (CE credit)
Geoff Considine
Colorado Hall A/B
The DOL Rule is Dead: Long Live the SEC Rule?
Kathy Lewis
Colorado C
ERISA: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities in the 401k Market (CE credit)
Greg Moerchen
Colorado F
3:40 pm - 3:55pm
Break: Colorado Hall Pre-Function Area
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Secret Sauce: Inputs into the Digital Wealth Services Platform
Theresa Gusman, Jim Hester
Colorado Hall A/B
Using Alternative Investments in Client Accounts
Blaine McLaughlin
Colorado C
Advocacy Workshop
Holly Testa
Colorado F
5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Sequence of Returns Risk: Market Impact on Retirement Income (CE credit)  
R. Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA
Colorado A/B
ERISA: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities in the 401k Market (CE credit)
Greg Moerchen
Colorado F
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Dinner
Explore the many fine dining venues The Broadmoor has to offer!
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Focus Group Dinner
~ By Invitation ~
Schreyvogel Room (Broadmoor South)
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
First-Timer Dinner: Up Close and Personal
~ By Invitation ~
Remington Room (Broadmoor South)
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