The Changemaker Forum

8th to 12th March 2021

The Changemakers Forum

Choose to Challenge: Celebrating the Global Opportunity for Change

In the wake of a turbulent year, it’s time to talk about change. Political crises, health crises, wars of trade and weapons, the dismantling or abandonment of international agreements and conventions — our world is in repair mode. This is the time to work together: it’s the time for women to expand their global roles, and for all of us to create an inclusive, problem-solving way forward.

The iConnections Changemakers Forum is a platform for change, where guest speakers will debate with hosts and answer questions from our membership community.

We are inspired by this year’s International Women’s Day theme: Choose to Challenge. We choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements, as well as challenge gender bias, against the backdrop of investment.

Our sessions and fireside chats will focus on the themes below:

Choosing to Challenge

As part of this year’s International Women’s Day theme Choose to Challenge, we’ll highlight the ways that investors and allocators can choose to challenge gender inequality and discrimination, and how to encourage others to join them.

Investing in Changemakers

How can investors and managers further the cause of women’s equality around the world, and why should they make it a priority?

Operating as a Changemaker

Change emerges from leadership. From CEOs, COOs, CFOs and beyond, how can our senior leaders take the bold decisions we need to progress as an economy of equals?

Making Tech Equal

The technology sector’s dizzying rise has led to some fundamental questions over inclusion. We invite senior female leaders to reveal the nature of the challenge in tech, and what they are doing to make change happen today.

Charities for Change

As institutional investors, Charities and not-for-profits have a responsibility to their cause, but how can they use their power to further change in women’s equality at the same time? Are the two always mutually compatible, and how can we balance the needs of women with the stated aims of the institution?

Our Speakers

Monel Amin

CEO, Dilligence Vault

Diana Arakelyan

Chief Marketing Officer

KAREY BARKER

Karey Barker

Founding Managing Director, Cross Creek

Ron Biscardi

CEO, iConnections

Amy Chen

Amy Chen

CIO, Smithsonian Institution

Sarah Clatterbuck

Sarah Clatterbuck

Senior Director of Engineering, Google

Helen Czerski

Helen Czerski

Oceanographer, physicist and television presenter

Tilly Franklin

Tilly Franklin

CIO, Cambridge University

Karina Funk CFA

Portfolio Manager & Chair of Sustainable Investing, Brown Advisory Group

Miriam González Durántez

Vice chair, UBS Europe, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP, Founding Member, Inspiring Girls Charity

Jennifer Heller

President & CIO, Brandywine Group Advisors

Laurie Katz

Partner, GoldenTree Asset Management

Marissa King

Marissa King

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale & Author of Social Chemistry

Kim Lew

Kim Lew

CEO, Columbia University

Reena Lalji

General Counsel, Wilshire Associates

Susan Liautaud

Professor at Stanford & Founder & Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates

Gurpreet Manku

Deputy Director General & Director of Policy, BVCA

Ana Marshall

CIO, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Laura McGee

CEO, Diversio

Rahul Moodgal

Rahul Moodgal

Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, Partner, Parvus Asset Management

Michelle Noyes

Managing Director & Head of Amercias, AIMA

Dr Ruth Owen

Dr. Ruth Owen

CEO, Leonard Cheshire

Eugenia Planas

Head of Digital Services, The Bank of England

Jennifer Prosek

Founder & CEO, Prosek Partners

Sandra Robertson

Sandra Robertson

CIO and CEO, OU Endowment Management

Shelley Rosensweig

Partner, Investment Management & Private Equity, Haynes and Boone

Vania Schlogel

Managing Partner & Founder, Atwater Capital

Ted Seides

Ted Seides

Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, host of Capital Allocators podcast

Tiffany Sprague

International Development Consultant, UNDP

Dr Tara Swart

Dr Tara Swart

Neuroscientist & author of best-selling book ‘The Source’

Barbara Turner

Barbara Turner

CEO, Marcho Partners

Haiyan Zhang

Haiyan Zhang

Chief of Staff, Xbox, Microsoft

Agenda

10:00am (ET)

Choosing to Challenge

Moderated by: Rahul Moodgal, Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, Partner, Parvus Asset Management

Speakers: Amy Chen, CIO, Smithsonian Institution, Kim Lew, CEO, Columbia University, Ana Marshall, CIO, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Sandra Robertson, CIO and CEO, OU Endowment Management

Rahul Moodgal  Amy Chen Kim Lew Sandra Robertson

 

2:00pm (ET)

Ted Seides Fireside chat with Karina Funk

Moderated by: Ted Seides, Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, host of Capital Allocators podcast

Speaker: Karina Funk CFA, Portfolio Manager & Chair of Sustainable Investing, Brown Advisory Group

Ted Seides 

10:00am (ET)

Making Tech Equal: Leadership, Inclusion, and the Culture of Change

Moderated by: Victoria Turk Senior Editor, WIRED

Speakers: Sarah Clatterbuck, Senior Director of Engineering, Google, Eugenia Planas is the Head of Digital Services, The Bank of England, Haiyan Zhang, Chief of Staff, Xbox, Microsoft

. Sarah Clatterbuck    Haiyan Zhang

In Partnership with:

2:00pm (ET)

Diana Arakelyan Fireside Chat with Dr. Tara Swart: Neuroscience and Leadership

Moderated by: Diana Arkelyan, Chief Marketing Officer, iConnections

Speaker: Dr. Tara Swart, Neuroscientist & author of best-selling book ‘The Source’

Dr Tara Swart

10:00am (ET)

Operating as a Changemaker

Moderated by: Jennifer Prosek, Founder & CEO, Prosek Partners

Speakers: Karey Barker, Founding Managing Director, Cross Creek, Laurie Katz Partner, GoldenTree Asset Management

KAREY BARKER

12:00pm (ET)

Making Tech Equal

Moderated by: Monel Amin, CEO, Dilligence Vault

Speakers: Laura McGee, CEO, Diversio, Vania Schlogel, Managing Partner & Founder, Atwater Capital, Barbara Turner, CEO, Marcho Partners

Barbara Turner

2:00pm (ET)

Fireside Chat with Marissa King and Ron Biscardi on Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Moderated by: Ron Biscardi, CEO, iConnections

Speaker: Marissa King, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale & Author of Social Chemistry Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Marissa King

In Partnership with: 

10:00am (ET)

How Trade Bodies See the Challenge Ahead

Speakers: Michelle Noyes, Managing Director & Head of Amercias, AIMA, Gurpreet Manku Deputy Director General & Director of Policy, BVCA

2:00pm (ET)

Choosing to Challenge: Lessons from Science, Academia and Philanthropy

Speakers:

Helen Czerski, Oceanographer, physicist & television presenter, Miriam González Durántez, Vice chair, UBS Europe, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP, founding member, Inspiring Girls Charity, Susan Liautaud, Professor at Stanford & Founder & Managing Director, Susan Liautaud & Associates

Helen Czerski

In Partnership with:

10:00am (ET)

Shelley Rosensweig Fireside Chat with Reena Lalji

Moderated by: Shelley Rosensweig Partner, Investment Management & Private Equity, Haynes and Boone

Speaker: Reena Lalji, General Counsel, Wilshire Associates

12:00pm (ET)

Charities and Non-Profits for Change

Moderated by: Rahul Moodgal, Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, Partner, Parvus Asset Management

Speakers: Tilly Franklin, CIO, Cambridge University, Dr. Ruth Owen, CEO, Leonard Cheshire, Tiffany Sprague, International Development Consultant, UNDP

Rahul Moodgal Tilly Franklin Dr Ruth Owen

2:00pm

Ted Seides Fireside Chat with Jennifer Heller on How the World’s Elite Money Managers Lead and Invest

Moderated by:

Ted Seides, Co-Chair, iConnections Investment Institute, host of Capital Allocators podcast

Speakers: Jennifer Heller, President & CIO, Brandywine Group Advisor

Ted Seides