2018 MMI/Morningstar Sustainable Investing Financial Advisor Forum

October 2, 2018 | Chicago
Morningstar Headquarters | 22 W. Washington Street | 7th Floor

Staying Ahead of the Sustainable Investing Curve

The sustainable investing space is evolving rapidly. Not a week goes by without another article documenting the burgeoning demand from clients, the announcement of a major hire by an industry-leading firm, or the availability of more ESG-related products.

If you are like many other Financial Advisors, you probably find yourself fielding more and more questions from clients about how they can align their investments with their values. Ask yourself:

  • Do I have a game plan for incorporating sustainable investing into my practice?
  • Am I keeping pace with the proliferation of sustainable investment options?
  • Do I have the expertise and tools to properly evaluate these options, integrate them into client portfolios, and measure their sustainable impact?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, join us in Chicago on October 2nd. The Money Management Institute and Morningstar invite you to a unique, one-day forum for Financial Advisors committed to “staying ahead of the curve” and moving from theory to practice in implementing sustainable investing for their clients.

The program for this highly interactive event features:

  • Practical know-how and guidance to take advantage of the sustainable investing opportunity
  • An all-star lineup of industry experts and advisors who have successfully integrated ESG into their practices
  • Small-group sessions where you can share information and ideas with other forward-looking advisors
  • Potential CE credits for CIMA®, CPWA® and CFP® professionals

Invest one day to make your practice more “sustainable” – we hope you will join us in Chicago.

Questions? Please contact MMI at events@mminst.org or (646) 868-8500.

Can’t make it to the Forum? Go to www.hvst.com/organization/mmi-morningstar to join the MMI/Morningstar Sustainable Investing Initiative community and receive ongoing updates and thought leadership.

Additional Information



9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Opening Remarks

Tim Williams, Director, Education Initiatives, Money Management Institute
Julie Koska, Director of Product and Program Management, Sustainability, Morningstar

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Behavioral Finance Perspectives on Sustainable Investing

Gain important insights into how investors act in the real world – and how these decisions shape the larger discussion around sustainable investing. Attendees will participate in an interactive exercise that illustrates what happens when clients and Financial Advisors have misaligned incentives.

Andrew Porter, Director of Behavioral Finance, Merrill Lynch

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking and Refreshment Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Having the Initial Client Conversation

How can you apply the concepts of behavioral finance to real-world client conversations? Hear firsthand from a panel of your Financial Advisors counterparts how they navigate client conversations about sustainable investing, with a specific focus on what does – and doesn’t -- work.

Fred Gabriel, Editor, InvestmentNews

Ronald G. Albahary,
CFA, Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Advisors 
Noel Pacarro Brown, CIMA®, CPWA®, The Pacarro Group at Morgan Stanley, Financial Advisor, First Vice President, Investing with Impact Director, Family Wealth Advisor, Senior Investment Management Consultant, Morgan Stanley 
Joel J. Moore, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Financial Advisor, Global Institutional Consulting, The J & R Group, Merrill Lynch

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Understanding the Investment Solution Landscape

Go behind the scenes with the experts for a wide-reaching survey of today’s investment landscape and what it can – and should – take for an investment option to be considered sustainable.

Jon Hale,
Ph.D., CFA, Global Head of Sustainability Research, Morningstar
Anna Snider, Managing Director, Head of Due Diligence, Chief Investment Office, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Merrill Lynch, a division of Bank of America Corporation

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
A Portfolio Manager’s Perspective

Gather additional perspective and insights about how to have the sustainability conversation with your clients and prospects. Hear lessons from the asset management point of view on introducing, advising, and reviewing ESG-specific mandates. 

Brian Meath,
CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Solutions, Russell Investments

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Performance Assessment and Reporting

Evaluating performance attributes and other key data points for use in portfolio construction can be daunting. In this session, a panel of industry data experts shares insights into the critical KPIs to consider when evaluating and reporting on sustainable investment options.

Kristina Van Liew,
CIMA®, Managing Director, Institutional Consulting Director, Graystone Consulting, Morgan Stanley

Jeff Cohen,
Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Kevin Ranney, Director, Product Strategy and Development, Sustainalytics

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Why ESG Integration is Essential for Fixed Income Investors

Del Anderson,
CFA, Senior Vice President and Credit Analyst, PIMCO

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break

2:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Roundtable Exchange – From Theory to Practice: Implementing ESG

Get ready for ESG speed dating! These interactive roundtable sessions are designed to help you share information, ideas, and inspiration. Choose the three topics that resonate with you the most. You’ll rotate from group to group and spend 20 minutes debating each topic with your peers. At the end of the session, attendees will reconvene for a report out of the best insights on each topic. You will gain fresh perspective and tips you can put to immediate use when you return to the office.

William (“Bill”) Burckart,
President, The Investment Integration Project (TIIP)

Scheduled Roundtable Topics
1. Active vs. Passive Implementation: The Sustainability Differences
Moderator: Abdur Nimeri,
Senior Vice President, Senior Investment Strategist, FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds

2. ESG Models and Model Marketplaces
Moderator: Ali Caffery,
Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Envestnet

3. Preparing for the Sustainable Investing Conversation: Know Your Clients, Platform, and Products
Moderator: Noel Pacarro Brown,
CIMA®, CPWA®, The Pacarro Group, Morgan Stanley

4. The Discovery Phase: Process, Approaches, and Tools
Moderator: Philip Palanza,
Senior Research Analyst, State Street Corporation | Center for Applied Research

5. Investment Recommendations: Navigating Performance, Risk, and Sustainability Objectives
Moderator: Anthony Eames,
Vice President, Director of Responsible Investment Strategy, Eaton Vance

6. Ongoing Management: Monitoring and Reporting on Sustainability Performance
Moderator: Leola Ross,
Phd, CFA, Director, Investment Strategy Research, Russell Investments

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Tim Williams, Director, Education Initiatives, Money Management Institute
Julie Koska, Director of Product and Program Management, Sustainability, Morningstar

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception

Featured Speakers

Anthony Eames Fred Gabriel Jon Hale
Anthony Eames
Director of Responsible Investment Strategy
Eaton Vance
Fred Gabriel
Jon Hale 
Ph.D., CFA
Global Head of Sustainability Research Morningstar
Abdur Nimeri
Senior Vice President
Senior Investment Strategist
FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds


Andrew Porter Anna Snider Kristina Van Liew
Andrew Porter
Director of Behavioral Finance
Merrill Lynch
Anna Snider
Managing Director
Head of Due Diligence
Chief Investment Office
Global Wealth & Investment Management
Merrill Lynch
Kristina Van Liew
Managing Director
Consulting Director
Graystone Consulting
Morgan Stanley










Calvert, FlexShares, BOA Merrill Lynch


Sponsorship Opportunities

Align your firm with this high-profile initiative to educate Financial Advisors about Sustainable Investing and integrate it into their practices. You will build brand awareness and relationships with forward-thinking, growth-minded Financial Advisors focused on meeting client needs and positioning their businesses for the future. 

Please review the available packages and contact Joan Lensing (jlensing@mminst.org or 646-868-8518) to reserve your sponsorship as soon as possible.

CE Credit

Investments & Wealth Institute® has accepted the 2018 MMI/Morningstar Sustainable Investing Financial Advisor Forum for 6.0 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA® and CPWA® certifications.

Hotel Suggestions

The following hotels are suggested options near the Forum (located at 22 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).

The Alise Chicago
1 W. Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (312) 940-7997
Distance to Morningstar: Across the street
Hotel Website

Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago
100 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 236-1234
Distance to Morningstar: 5-minute walk
Hotel Website

Kimpton Gray Hotel
122 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 750-9012
Distance to Morningstar: 10-minute walk
Hotel Website

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 W. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601  
Phone: (312) 372-7200
Distance to Morningstar: 10-minute walk
Hotel Website

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel 
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 726-7500
Distance to Morningstar: 10-minute walk
Hotel Website

Registration Fees

Registration Type Registration Date Registration Price
Early August 7-31, 2018 $195
Standard September 1, 2018 - Onsite $295


Cancellation/Transfer Policy

All cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Full refunds minus the $50 cancellation fee will be granted for cancellation requests received prior to 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. After that time, no refunds will be granted. Your registration can be transferred to another individual at your firm without penalty. To cancel or transfer your registration, please contact MMI at 646-868-8500.


Attendee Registration:
events@mminst.org or (646) 868-8500

Speaker Registration:
Laura Payne
lpayne@mminst.org or (646) 868-8510

Fees & Billing:
Samantha Lustig
slustig@mminst.org or (646) 868-8516

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Joan Lensing
jlensing@mminst.org or (646) 868-8518