Tuesday, May 20
All Day Arrivals
3:30pm Registration Open
7:15pm Sponsor Off-Site Dinners
9:30pm Networking Reception
Wednesday, May 21
7:00am Registration / Breakfast
8:00am Welcome

Emcee: Lisa Leiter, Former Journalist, Crain’s

8:30am A Conversation with Michael Lewis, Journalist & Best-Selling Author 

Join New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis, whose newly released book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt has garnered significant attention and accolades. Lewis will discuss his insights in a lively discussion with time allocated for audience questions. His other books include The Big Short and Boomerang, narratives set in the global financial crisis, in addition to Liar’s Poker, Moneyball and The Blind Side, which became a film nominated for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards and for which Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Book signing to follow.

Moderator: HighTower CEO & Founder Elliot Weissbluth

*This session will be closed to media and journalists

9:30am Michael Lewis Book Signing
10:00am Apex Insights

Peter Lehrman, Founder & CEO, Axial

10:15am Apex Insights

Thomas O’Halloran, Partner & Director, Lord Abbett

10:30am CIO Panel: Fixed Income

In this CIO panel, the panelists will focus on the state of the fixed income markets in the US and abroad – which sub asset classes are likely to outperform and those which could be more challenging. The panelists will also focus on the macroeconomic factors that influence the fixed income markets and how these factors could affect the markets moving forward.

Panelists: John Miller, Nuveen Investments, Managing Director, Co-Head of Fixed Income; Mark Okada, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P; Jeff Sherman, Doubleline

Moderator: Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune Columnist and Author

11:30am Lunch and Presentation: Retirement Landscape, Saving, Spending and Investing

Join Katherine Roy, Chief Retirement Officer, JP Morgan as she discusses common client misconceptions and retirement challenges and provides the tools to address them, using sections of JP Morgan’s “Guide to Retirement,” which is published annually. Katherine will discuss her belief that retirement is different now than for previous generations, focusing on the four main topics from the Guide, which are Retirement Landscape, Saving, Spending and Investing.

12:30pm Speed Networking Session A

This session allows for smaller groups of attendees to interact with presenting firms on a timed basis. The smaller groups will allow for a more interactive presentation and allow the presenting firms to address specific questions from the attendees.

Session A presenting firms include:

Aberdeen Asset Management, Richard Fonash

American Beacon Advisors, John Montgomery

Corporate Life Brokers, James A. Mergens

MFS Investment Management, John Mahoney

Putnam Investments, Jyotsana Wadera-Sandhu

Schwab Advisor Services, Jake A. King

State Street Global Advisors, David B. Mazza

2:00pm Apex Insights

Tom Robinson, Managing Director, The Americas, CFA Institute

2:15pm Apex Insights

Jim O’Donnell, Chief Investment Officer, Forward Investing

2:30pm Apex Insights

Shiela Bonini, Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company and Co-Leader of McKinsey’s Sustainable Enterprise Practice

2:45pm Speed Networking B

This session allows for smaller groups of attendees to interact with presenting firms on a timed basis. The smaller groups will allow for a more interactive presentation and allow the presenting firms to address specific questions from the attendees.

Session B presenting firms include:

Chandler Asset Management, William Dennehy

Federated Investors, Michael T. Dieschbourg

Janus, Dan R. Kozlowski

Prudential Investments, Jim Di Lorenzo

RC Securities, Sameer Jain

Dreyfus, Raman Srivastava

Vertical Capital Markets Group, Michael Underhill

4:00pm Collective Wisdom – Market Outlook and Opportunities

Join this stimulating panel of HighTower Advisors who will provide their insights on global markets, asset allocation strategies and macroeconomic themes. Particular attention will be placed on current market events and applicable changes to the panelists’ strategies.

Participants: Matt Dillig, Managing Director and Partner, The Dillig-Bowen Group at HighTower, Leo Kelly, Founder and CEO, Managing Partner, Kelly Wealth Management at HighTower, Adam Thurgood, Managing Director and Partner, HighTower Las Vegas

Moderator: Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital, Senior Editor at Large

6:00pm Depart for Dinner Gala
6:15pm Cocktail Reception: Lakeview Terrace at Navy Pier
7:15pm Dinner Gala and Entertainment (Black Tie Optional): Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
9:30pm Fireworks on Terrace
Thursday, May 22
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Welcome Back – Review Day’s Agenda

Emcee: Lisa Leiter, Former Journalist, Crain’s

8:15am Presentation

Joanna Rees, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

8:45am Insights from the “Father of Modern Finance” Dr. Eugene Fama

Dr. Fama is an American economist, University of Chicago Professor and Nobel laureate in Economics, known for his work on portfolio theory and asset pricing, both theoretical and empirical. He will address these, and other topics, in a segment called Insights from the “Father of Modern Finance.”

Moderator: Mark R. Gochnour, Vice President Dimensional Fund Advisors

9:30am Insights from Simon Sinek, Renowned Leadership Expert & Best-Selling Author

Join renowned leadership expert and best-selling author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, who has been described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect.” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world - those with the capacity to inspire - he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate, and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. Book signing to follow.

10:45am C-Suite Discussion: “The Long Term Plan

Join Elliot Weissbluth, CEO of HighTower and Jack Brennan, Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO of Vanguard as these two esteemed thought-leaders discuss the strategy behind running a financial institution, drawing upon similarities in their growth and positioning as industry leaders.

Moderator: Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital, Senior Editor at Large

11:45pm Lunch & Presentation

Shahira Knight, Vice President, Government Relations, Fidelity Investments

12:45pm Apex Insights

Scott Henderson, Vice President, Portfolio Specialist, Calamos Investments

1:00pm Apex Insights

Howard Nifoussi, Vice President, Alternative Sales, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

1:15pm Apex InsightsAsheesh Advani, CEO, Covestor, Founder, Circle Lending
1:30pm Apex Insights

Greg Brogger, President, NASDAQ Private Market, Founder & Chairman SharesPost

2:00pm CIO Panel: Global Markets

In this CIO panel, panelists will focus on the state of the global markets, sharing their views on opportunities and risks.  The panel will be focused on the global equity markets, with particular attention paid to the emerging markets and using alternative investments to access opportunities.

Panelists: Jack Rivkin, Altegris, Chief Investment Officer; Zachary Karaball, Envestment, Head of Global Strategy; Edward M. Kerschner, Emerging Global Advisors, Vice Chairman & Strategist

Moderator: Kate Welling, Founder, Editor, Publisher & CEO, Welling on Wall St., LLC

3:00pm Global Macro Session: Welcome to the Global Macro Jungle

In this thought-provoking session, the panelists will discuss their views on a number of different markets, citing several pieces of economic data as they discuss their thematic plays globally.  A significant amount of time will be spent identifying points of concern globally, in addition to identifying positive trades.

Panelists: Julian Brigden, Mi2 Co-Founder and President; Jason Trennert, Strategas, Managing Partner

Moderator: Matthias Kuhlmey, Partner and Managing Director, Head Global Investment Solutions (GIS), HighTower

4:15pm Guest Speaker Tiki Barber: How to Plan Memorable Client Events

Tiki Barber is a three-time Pro Bowl running back in a ten-year career with the New York Giants, as well as a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, Sirius Satellite radio host, author of nine children’s books, and a director at First Global Xpress, an international shipping company. He co-founded Thuzio to provide an online platform that connects the public with elite professional athletes in a variety of experiences, including social events, corporate engagements and client entertaining. In this presentation, Tiki will discuss how to plan memorable client events.

4:45 Look Ahead and Final Apex Remarks

Emcee: Lisa Leiter, Former Journalist, Crain’s

5:00pm Networking Reception
Friday, May 23
8:00am Breakfast and Departures

*Agenda Subject to Change.