Annual Conference

The NASP Conference brings together more than 500 financial services professionals from across various sectors to learn about the latest concepts, trends and solutions to pressing community issues. It takes place across 3 days with specific tracks for pension plan professional development, African infrastructure and investment and institutional and municipal investing.

2019 30th Annual Pension & Financial Services Conference Recap: 

More than 500 attendees, including plan sponsors, asset managers, and other investment professionals joined NASP in Baltimore to learn about a myriad of topics - including the growth of artificial intelligence, ESG investing, diversity of corporate boards, urbanization and risk-mitigation strategies. 

2019 Conference Program

Conference highlights include:

  • David Rubenstein moderated an Industry Leader Panel with CEOs John Rogers, William Stromberg and Shundrawn Thomas on Wednesday morning.
  • Chloe McKenzie, founder of BlackFem and On A Wealth Kick, LLC gave a millennial perspective on financial education and building wealth in the younger generations at Tuesday’s lunch.
  • On Monday, The U.S. and Africa Women Rising Panel expanded a timely and imperative conversation, highlighting women from both Africa and the United States who are shaping the world of investing from their respective seats of influence.
  • Plenary Sessions included: Predictions from CIOs, State of the African American & Latino Investment Industry and more!

Monday, June 24

Our first day brought together business CEOs, senior executives, and political leaders from Africa’s major corporations, pension funds, money center banks, and various other pools of capital to engage in a transformative exploration of opportunities. The Summit was designed specifically for senior professionals – partners, managing directors and C suite executives – in asset management, investment banking and corporate finance who have an interest in understanding, exploring and capitalizing on the opportunities that exist with our African counterparts. 

The summit covered a variety of topics which included real risk vs. perceived risk as it pertains to investing in Africa, bridging the gap between U.S. & local asset allocators and exploring innovative capital markets solutions for Africa & emerging markets. Lunch featured an informative U.S. and Africa Women Rising panel which focused on women from both Africa and the United States helping to drive measurable, meaningful and impactful change through and with their investments. Panelists included CEO of Pugh Capital, Mary Pugh and Fatima Vawda, CEO of 27Four who shared their paths to success, vision for the future, asset allocation plans and investment strategies.

Many conference goers took advance of the opportunity showcase and speed networking held later in the day. The 1:1 speed networking was held between GPs and institutional investor advisory members. The panel of institutional investors reviewed a panel of GP presentation in an off-the-record-discussion on the factors that influence investment decisions. 

Tuesday, June 25

Tuesday morning featured speakers and panels across two tracks: The NASP Institute (TNI) and the Professional Development Series (PDS). NASP Institute speakers covered topics which included Decoding Investment & Finance Jargon, Understanding Capital Markets Assumptions and benchmarking non-traditional investments. Speakers in the Professional Development Series track covered the best ways to establish internal and external sponsorship/ mentorship, how to cultivate a powerful professional network and the value of building your personal brand.  

The Joyce Johnson Award Luncheon featured keynote speaker, Chloe McKenzie, founder of Black Fem and Wealth Kick, LLC.  Chloe provided a millennial perspective on financial education and building wealth in the younger generations. NASP honored Sidney Dillard, Loop Capital Markets Partner with the Joyce Johnson Award. 

More than twenty-five conference attendees took advantage of career coaching offered by representatives from several of our sponsors, including Cerberus, Diamond-Hill, Nationwide, and Adaptive Growth Leadership. 

The day concluded with the NASP Black Tie Awards Gala where conference attendees enjoyed an evening of entertainment while celebrating 30 years of programming focused on diverse investment professionals.

NASP honored Brian Collins and Daniel Woodall with Pacesetter Awards. Brian serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement System. Daniel Woodall is the Business Manager of the Laborers Local 135 in Philadelphia, PA.

The Travers Bell Award was presented to Leona Bridges, Commissioner of the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System.

The Maynard Jackson Award was presented to Andre Rice, Founder and CEO of Muller and Monroe Asset Management. Andre serves on the Chicago Cook Workforce Innovation Board, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.

Finally, Orim Graves was presented a special award for his tireless work and commitment as NASP Executive Director. 

Wednesday, June 26

The final day of the conference brought us panels on active and passive investing, investment in U.S. transportation modes and predictions from CIOs on the top performing asset classes of 2019. Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of the The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein moderated the Industry Leader Panel with CEOs John Rogers, William Stromberg and Shundrawn Thomas. 

This year’s conference was quite successful, and if you joined us (or even if you did not) we hope to see you at next year’s conference in Chicago June 15-17, 2020. If you are interested in serving on the conference planning committee for our 30th Annual conference next year, please contact Marshay Hall at 202-371-5535 or [email protected].