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Event Detail

Investing in Innovation (Ended)

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The W City Center, 172 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL  60603   (Driving Directions)

Program Description:
Over the past decade, some of the largest companies in the world grew at astounding speed, from start-up to IPO to a position of market dominance through incredible innovation. Many of these companies provided investors extraordinary gains, including Google's near 1,300% gain since its 2004 IPO! Innovators across multiple sectors such as biotechnology, transportation, and communications are capitalizing on emerging technologies and intellectual property rights, leading to transformation of our global markets. At the same time, many of these firms are developing sustainable products and business models that address climate change, energy, and other critical global needs.

Our program brings together a diverse group of individuals actively involved in the world of innovation – entrepreneurs, investors, and legal and sustainability experts. From venture capital to IPO and beyond, learn how to uncover value in technology and innovation while positioning your portfolio for growth!

You will learn:

  • Learn how intangible assets and intellectual property rights drive innovation and market value
  • Explore the nexus between sustainability and innovation across sectors through Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards
  • Catch the latest success stories from Chicago’s innovation district and high-tech incubators
  • Gain global perspectives on the changing role of innovation and technology in society
  • Hear top investment managers discuss the risks and opportunities of investing in innovation
  • Learn how innovation is driving growth in Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration
  • Discover how financial technology (FinTech), “robo advisors,” demographics and regulation are disrupting traditional financial advisory services
  • Participate in the dialogue through networking and a lively Q&A discussion


Dr. James Conley - Clinical Professor of Technology, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering

Janine Guillot - Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
Terry Howerton - Founder and CEO, TechNexus
James E. Malackowski - Chairman & CEO, Ocean Tomo, LLC


John Pletz - Senior Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business

Bruno Bertocci, CFA - Managing Director Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS
Matt Litfin, CFA - Sr. Portfolio Manager & Director of Domestic Research, Columbia Wanger
Daniel Nielsen - Managing Director, Great Lakes Advisors
Tricia Rothschild, CFA - Head of Global Advisor Solutions, Morningstar, Inc.

Members - $45 or FREE with Function Ticket
Student Members - $10
Non-Members - $65
(member pricing underwritten by CFA Chicago)

*Limited sponsorships available, contact Kaugustyn@cfachicago.org

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 2 credit hours

Attire: Business Casual

Menu: Light appetizers and refreshments

Registration: Online

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Registration & Networking
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Global Trends in Innovation and Sustainability
4:30 pm - 4:40 pm: Break
4:40 pm - 5:40 pm: The Opportunities and Risks of Investing in Innovation
5:40 pm - 6:00 pm: Informal Networking

Hosted by: Education Advisory Group

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Regular, Candidate, and Affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for Non-member or Student Member. Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations except for reservations using Function Tickets. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, Sept. 22.

Passport Program
Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Chicago member rate. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the society member rate.

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