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Friday Morning Breakout Sessions


Before introducing the Friday breakout sessions listed below, we would like to extend a special invitation to our female registrants to attend the second annual "Women on the RISE" panel discussion/breakfast on THURSDAY, immediately preceding the start of the opening day program. This is an opportunity to meet and hear from some RISE participants about career paths and unique considerations for women in the finance industry.

Participants on the breakfast-time discussion panel include:  Sandra Pianalto, President & CEO, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank; Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments; session moderator Stephanie Link, CIO, Director of Research & Co-Portfolio Manager, TheStreet, Inc.; and Kelly Evans, Anchor, CNBC.

"Women on the RISE" will be held in the Time Warner Flight Deck of the UD Arena at 7:00 a.m. on the opening day of the conference. Space is limited. Registered attendees should take the first bus from their hotel on Thursday morning and, after checking in, proceed upstairs to the Time Warner Flight Deck. This breakfast panel discussion will end at 8:00 a.m., in time for you to take your seat in the arena before welcome remarks at 8:15 a.m.

Look for the opportunity to sign up for "Women on the RISE" on the registration website when you sign up for your breakout sessions. Remember, ladies only!

FRIDAY – MARCH 28 – Morning

PLEASE NOTE: Breakout registration will open on Tuesday, March 4. Registrants will be sent an email that announces the opening and provides instructions for registering. You must complete your breakout registration by Monday, March 10, at which time the online registration system will close.

Session I: 8 — 9:15 a.m.
Session II: 9:45 — 11 a.m.
On our registration website, you’ll have the opportunity to select two from the following list (except where noted).

Presentation: United Nations Global Compact and Corporate Sustainability

Presented by:
Kristina Wilson, Communications Manager, United Nations Global Compact, New York, NY
Session Description:  The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative that provides a corporate sustainability framework for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. With more than 8,000 corporate signatories in over 145 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative. In addition to its work with companies and other stakeholders, the UN Global Compact was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative - a network of international investors working to integrate ESG issues into investment decision making and ownership practices. To date, PRI signatories consist of more than 1,100 asset owners, with over $32 trillion combined assets under management.

Panel Discussion: Private Equity

Moderator: Justin Wolfort, Director, Western Reserve Partners LLC, Cleveland, OH
Jonathan Q. Dries, Director, Tricor Pacific Capital, Lake Forest, IL
Rich Jander, Managing Director, Maranon Capital, Chicago, IL
Mark J. Miller, Vice President, Huron Capital Partners, Detroit, MI
Panel Description: The Private Equity panel will provide an overview of private equity funds and their investment types. The panelists will discuss fund structures, investment styles, fundraising market overview, and M&A market overview.

Panel Discussion: Fixed Income Portfolio Management

Moderator: Timothy J. Fogarty, CFA, Investment Portfolio Manager, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, OH
Michael Kemer, Portfolio Manager, ClearArc Capital, Cincinnati, OH
John A. Melville, CFA, Principal, Foster & Motley, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Patrick Morrissey, Managing Director, Great Lakes Advisors, Wintrust Wealth Management, Chicago, IL
Panel Description:  The Fixed Income Portfolio Management panel will help answer that all important question – Do bonds make sense for your personal portfolio?  Panelists will address the reasons fixed income plays an important role in a diversified portfolio, common misperceptions of investing in bonds, and how they can help provide risk-adjusted returns throughout different economic and market cycles.

Panel Discussion: Modern Portfolio Management Strategies

Moderator: Brian Antenucci, Investment Advisor, Bartlett & Co., Cincinnati, OH
Anthony Roberts III, CFA, Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, RiverPoint Capital Management, Cincinnati, OH
George G. Strietmann, CFA, Vice President & Principal, Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Panel Description: This interactive panel will provide insights into the daily life of a Portfolio Manager. The panelists will share their respective career experiences of how they became successful in the investment management industry. The panelists will provide industry best practices on how they manage client investment portfolios. This session will also explore the daily habits and preparation needed to stay ahead of the curve in the markets.

Panel Discussion: Financing New Ventures — Challenges & Opportunities

Moderator: Paul D. Cohn, Managing Director, Private Equity Regional Programs, Fort Washington Capital Partners Group, Columbus, OH
William Indest, Managing Director, Draper Triangle Ventures, Columbus, OH
Dov Rosenberg, CFA, Director, Allos Venture Capital Management, Ltd., Cincinnati, OH
Paul Yancich, Vice President, Arsenal Venture Partners, Cleveland, OH
Panel Description: Experienced venture capital investors talk about venture capital, entrepreneurship and their careers, examining what is needed to develop the skills and expertise to identify and build value in growing companies.

Panel Discussion: ETF Industry

Moderator: CJ Nesher, CIMA, CFP, Vice President, Training & Development, iShares by BlackRock, San Francisco, CA
Randale J. Honaker, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, Dayton, OH
Richard Ranck, MBA, CIMA, Regional Vice President, Invesco PowerShares, Columbus, OH
Steven G. Schwanekamp, CIMA, Investment Management Consultant, BlackRock, Cincinnati, OH
Panel Description:  An in-depth discussion of one of the investment industry's fasting growing areas.  This panel will cover all the basics of Exchange Traded Funds, including the mechanics of the industry, differences between ETFs and traditional mutual funds, and how their rise is reshaping the world of investment management.

Panel Discussion: Wealth Management and Registered Investment Advisory

Moderator: David Nienaber, CPA, CFP, Financial Planner, Foster & Motley, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Michelle Stroh, CFA, CFP, Portfolio Manager, Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc., Columbus, OH
Jeremy Sutton, Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs, Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Venier, CFP, Senior Financial Planner, Plante Moran Financial Advisors, Southfield, MI 
Panel Description: Panelists will explain the scope of their individual practices and examine the current trends in wealth management overall (e.g., growth, demographics, drivers). Particular focus will be on the concerns facing today’s wealth management clients, how advisors assist clients in addressing those issues, and some of the general investment themes now being discussed with clients.

Presentation: IPO Readiness — Considerations for Going Public

Presented by: 
Jessica Green, CPA, Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young LLP, Columbus, OH
Adam Moyer, Senior Manager-Americas FAAS, Ernst & Young LLP, Cincinnati, OH
Session Description: This session will focus on business, risk management, and regulatory matters before, during, and after companies decide to make their initial public offerings (IPOs). Adam will share practical examples of success and pitfalls of the IPO journey and talk about current trends in the global IPO market. This session will only be offered once, during Session II, at 9:45 a.m. 

Workshop: Forex Trading Simulation

Presenter: Jeremy Wagner, Head Forex Trading Instructor, DailyFX, New York, NY
Workshop Description: Forex (short for foreign exchange) is one of the largest and most influential markets in the world. $5.3 trillion is traded each day in Forex.  This workshop will start off with the basics of FX such as a pip, lot, and how to read quotes.  Then you’ll learn about the unique characteristics of FX, various ways to analyze the market, and different strategies that the small investor and large institution use to trade the market.  As time permits, there will be discussion on how the central banks have potentially created an emerging market crisis and how it could impact the value of the U.S. Dollar. Students only. Due to the limited capacities of our trading simulations, attendees are prohibited from signing up for both this morning Forex simulation and the afternoon Futures trading simulation. One simulation per customer while space is available!

Panel Discussion: Hedge Funds

Moderator: Michael Tanzer, Senior Research Analyst, DG Capital Management, Boston, MA
Michael Earlywine, Head Trader North America, Ecofin Inc., New York, NY
Benjamin A. Jagoe, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Huizenga Capital Management, Oak Brook, IL
Timothy Piechowski, CFA, Portfolio Manager, ACR Alpine Capital Research, St. Louis, MO
Panel Description: This panel will provide an overview of the industry, discuss the risk/return profile of hedge funds as an investment style, and compare/contrast different styles of hedge funds. The panelists will also discuss the different roles within a hedge fund, as well as profile who investors might be. 

Panel Discussion: Sales and Trading

Moderator: Daniel Schaefer, Foreign Exchange Associate, PNC Capital Markets Group, Chicago, IL
Stephanie Arling, Director, Institutional Fixed Income Sales, Citigroup, Chicago, IL 
Kerry Stealey, Managing Director, Foreign Exchange Sales, PNC Capital Markets Group, Cleveland, OH
Paul B. Toth, Managing Director, Foreign Exchange, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, PA
Panel Description: The Sales and Trading Panel will be focused on the sales and trading industry as a whole, the role of a sales person vs. a trader, impact of recent regulations, and strategies for career development.

Panel Discussion:  Establishing a Student-Managed Fund

Moderator:  Jason T. Greene, Ph.D., Professor of Finance, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Ryan Cahoy, Managing Director, Rise Display, Inc., Shawnee Mission, KS
Philip G. Chick, Assistant Vice President & Treasurer, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Steven A. Dennis, Ph.D., Aarestad Endowed Chair of Financial Services, Director of the Financial Services Institute, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Stephen P. Huffman, Ph.D., CFA, FRM, Professor of Finance, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Bradford L. Long, CFA, Research Analyst, DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C., Chicago, IL
Panel Description:  In response to numerous requests, this panel was assembled to examine variations in the structure, funding, and administration of a student-managed fund, and its academic value in a university setting. Dr. Greene is co-author of the recently released book, "Trading and Money Management in a Student-Managed Portfolio." As a member of a leading investment consulting firm, Mr. Long can speak to issues related to the responsibilities, such as due diligence, of an institutional money manager. Ryan Cahoy, through his work at Rise Display, has accumulated a storehouse of data related to the infrastructure of university trading labs. Dr. Dennis and Dr. Huffman are faculty advisors to the student-managed funds at their respective universities. Mr. Chick can offer insights into how a student-managed portfolio fits into investment decisions made by university trustees as they relate to the management of a university's endowment fund.

Presentation:  Futures 101 - Expanding Your Opportunities

Presented by:
Emily Terzis, Manager, Senior Corporate Marketing & Event Specialist, CME Group, Chicago, IL
Curt Zuckert, Manager, Channel Partner Management, CME Group, Chicago, IL
Session Description: Hosted by CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, this session will be an interactive overview of CME Group’s business, risk management fundamentals, and current topics in the futures markets.  Educational resources and career opportunities within the industry will also be discussed. Time for Q&A will be allotted during the session.

Panel Discussion:  Treasury and Corporate Finance

Moderator:  Thomas Dharte, Vice President, Cold Heading Company, Warren, MI
Derick Doe, CPA, CTP, Group Treasury Manager, Flint Group, Plymouth, MI
Greg Packard, CPA, CFA, Assistant Treasurer, JBT Corporation, Chicago, IL
Joseph Zehenny, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, DRT Holdings, Inc., Dayton, OH
 Panel Description:  Panelists will examine capital markets, cash management, corporate financial management, and risk management, offering students a glimpse at various career paths within the corporate treasury profession.