NYC Sustainable Investment Conference
Thursday, October 19, 2017
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New York Open Center
22 E 30th St., NYC
*Attendance is for investment professionals only.
SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)®
Investing for a Better World
“Generating sustainable returns over time requires a sharper focus not only on governance, but also on
environmental and social factors facing companies today.”
~Larry Fink, CEO, Blackrock1
As of 2016, there were $8.7 trillion in professionally managed sustainable portfolios, representing a 33% two year growth.2 ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing is clearly on the rise. This event is designed to align advisor practices with the rapidly growing ESG landscape, and will focus on the following:
ESG Marketing and Client Acquisition – How to brand yourself as an ESG expert and attract clients interested in ESG to your practice.
ESG Data – Exploring whether ESG integration adds alpha and/or reduces risk in portfolio design.
RIA Perspectives on ESG Investing – An opportunity to learn from large RIA’s that are successfully incorporating ESG strategies into their investment process and business models.
Former President and CEO, Calvert Investments
Board of Directors, Arabesque Asset Management
Barbara J. Krumsiek currently serves on the Board of Directors for Arabesque Asset Management, and is the former Chair, President, and CEO of Calvert Investments, Inc. In 2013, Ms. Krumsiek was recognized as one of Washington Business Journal’s Power 100, one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women,” and won the “Private Sector Woman of the Year” Award from Financial Women’s Association of New York. Prior to joining Calvert in 1997, Ms. Krumsiek served as Managing Director at Alliance Capital Management L.P. (now Alliance Bernstein Asset Management Company) in New York City.
Founding Director, United Nations Global Compact
Georg Kell is the founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 9,000 corporate signatories in more than 160 countries.
As its founding Executive Director, Kell helped to establish the United Nations Global Compact as the foremost platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices. In a career of more than 25 years at the United Nations, Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives on investment, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.
Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia before joining the United Nations in 1987. A native of Germany, Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
Mr. Kell has received numerous recognitions and has been named among the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” every year since 2011.
BRUCE M. KAHN, PH.D.
Portfolio Manager – Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Bruce has over 26 years of relevant academic, environmental, and investment management experience. From 2008 – 2012, Bruce was a Director at Deutsche Asset Management where he served as an investment strategist conducting analytical research on sustainable investing. Bruce also managed a Sustainable Investment portfolio at Citi Smith Barney, across a broad mix of sectors including sustainability leaders, agri-business, clean tech and renewable energy companies.
Bruce is a Lecturer at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program and holds a PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bruce is a recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics and served in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Cameroon, (1989-1993).
Bruce currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, previously served as Trustee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Panel Discussions on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing
ESG Data Provider Panel:
Examining How ESG Data is Gathered, Integrated, and Distributed
Moderator: Gregory Elders
Senior ESG Analyst
Director of ESG Solutions
Senior Analyst and
Head of Sector Research
MSCI ESG Research
Global Head of
Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion
ESG Asset Manager Panel:
Exploring How Managers Utilize, Integrate, and Monitor ESG Data within Investment Strategies
Moderator: Sonya Dreizler
Solutions with Sonya
Founding Partner and Head of ESG Research and Advisory
Arabesque Asset Management
Board of Directors
Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
Jarislowsky Fraser Global Investment Management
Saturna Sustainable Bond and Amana Participation Funds
RIA Panel 1:
Understanding Portfolio Strategies of ESG Focused Advisors
Moderator: Steve Schueth
First Affirmative Financial Network
The SRI Conference
Co-Founder of the Matterhorn Group
Gitterman Wealth Management
President and Chief Investment Officer
Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management
Founder and CEO
Conscious Capital Wealth Management
RIA Panel 2:
Client Acquisition – Marketing Strategies of ESG Focused Advisors
Vanderbilt Financial Group
Senior Vice President
EMM Wealth Management
Jina Penn Tracy
Impact Investment Advisor
Rainbow Investment Solutions
|8:00 – 8:30||Registration and Breakfast|
|8:30 - 8:40||Welcome from Jeff Gitterman, Co-Founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management|
|8:40 - 9:45||Paul Ellis Interview with Barbara Krumsiek and Georg Kell|
|10:00 - 10:50||ESG Data Provider Panel: Examining How ESG Data is Gathered, Integrated, and Distributed|
|11:00 - 11:50||ESG Asset Manager Panel: Exploring How Managers Utilize, Integrate, and Monitor ESG Data within Investment Strategies|
|11:50 - 12:00||Greenbacker: Private Investment Opportunities in Renewable Energy|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch and Networking|
|1:10 - 2:00||RIA Panel 1: Understanding Portfolio Strategies of ESG Focused Advisors|
|2:10 - 3:00||RIA Panel 2: Client Acquisition - Marketing Strategies of ESG Focused Advisors|
|3:10 - 3:15||US SIF: The ESG Education Gap|
|3:15 - 4:00||Key Note Speaker Bruce Kahn|
|4:00 - 4:10||Jeff Gitterman closing remarks|
|4:15 - 5:30||Happy Hour and Networking|