November 13, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA

“Sustainability reporting” rose dramatically from 2011, when roughly 20% of companies published reports, to 72% just three years later in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, the frequency of reporting has increased each year — now up to 85% of S&P-listed companies reporting in 2017. (Governance and Accountability Institute, Inc.)

This emphasis on reporting is in direct response to investors, who are increasingly calling for ESG as a guidepost. Learn about new platforms for ESG data and the future of the sustainable investing industry at our sixth annual Sustainable Investing Seminar on Wednesday, November 13 at Boston’s Westin Waterfront Hotel.

Reasons to Attend:
    Top Event Speakers: relevant content from top-tier leaders in the space 
   Actionable ideas: insights and tools to help you understand and integrate sustainable investing practices
     Networking: valuable connections with speakers and attendees
     Member Bonus: 8 CE Credit Hours!



Our annual Sustainable Investing seminar has become a leading venue for exposure to innovation and best practices in this rapidly growing area of investment management. Designed to help mainstream professionals, this event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights. We present large themes and connect those themes to professional practice and selectively include emerging areas of practice. And most importantly, attendees participate in a conversation including both asset owners and expert practitioners. Mainstreaming Sustainable Investing is our goal and mainstream investment professionals are our target audience. Attendees serve a range of clients from high net worth individuals and family offices through large institutional investors. They work for small firms and global asset managers. The organization and structure of the seminar consciously maintains the feel of a smaller forum to encourage conversations between speakers and attendees. At the same time, the diversity of the participants has been frequently cited as providing unique learning and networking opportunities.

AGENDA

07:30 AM - 08:15 AM   Registration Opens
     
07:45 AM - 08:30 AM   Continental Breakfast
     
08:40 AM - 09:00 AM   Welcome and Introductions
    Erinn King, CFA, Principal, Payden & Rygel and Immediate Past Chair of the Board, CFA Society of Boston
    Margaret Franklin, CFA, President and CEO, CFA Institute (Video Introduction)
    Michael Greis, CFA, Principal, Riverbend Advisors and Chair of the Seminar Committee 
     
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Keynote: An Impact Investing Conversation 
    Pamela Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable
    Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
     
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM   Performance in Sustainable Investing – Practitioner and Academic Research
    Moderator:
    James Rich, Management Committee Member, Chairperson of the Sustainable Investment Committee, Portfolio Manager, Aegon Asset Management
     
    Speakers:
    Mike Chen, Direct Portfolio Management, PanAgora Asset Management
    Abhishek Gupta, CFA, Vice President, Equity Solutions Research, MSCI
    Asha Mehta, CFA, Senior Vice President, Director, Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management
     
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM   Morning Break
     
11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   ESG Integration in Fixed Income – Investment Grade, High Yield & Municipal
    Moderator:
    Max Messervy, Senior Associate, Responsible Investment, Mercer
   
    Speakers:
    Rob Fernandez, CFA, Vice President, Director of ESG Research, Breckinridge Capital Advisors 
    Barbara J. McKenna, CFA, Managing Principal, Portfolio Manager, Longfellow
    Peter Schwab, CFA, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager - Pax High Yield Bond Fund, Impax Asset Management LLC
     
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM   LUNCH
     
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM   Bonds with Impact
    Moderator:
    June Choi, Climate Finance Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative
     
    Speakers:
    Jeffrey R. Diehl, CEO, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank 
    Aki Jain, Senior Financial Officer, Capital Markets, World Bank Treasury 
    Steven Nichols, Director, ESG Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
     
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM   Industry and Issue Forum: Toxicity
    Moderator:
    Michael Greis, CFA, Principal, Riverbend Advisors and Chair of the Seminar Committee 
     
    Speakers:
    Andrew Brady, Co-head of Stressed/Distressed Research/Sr Analyst, CreditSights  
    Tom Bruton, PhD, Senior Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute 
    Holly Froum, Litigation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
     
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM   Afternoon Break
     
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM   Putting Data to Work – Managing Climate Risk 
    Moderator:
    Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Mantle 314 Inc.
     
    Speakers:
    Frederick W. Isleib, III, CFA, Director of ESG Research & Integration, Manulife Investment Management
    Anja Ludzuweit, Vice President, Climate Specialist, MSCI 
    Samantha Stephens, SRI Research Analyst, Mirova
     
03:45 - 04:45 PM   ESG in Manager Diligence, Selection and Monitoring – A Deep Dive
    Moderator:
    Andrew Wetzel, CFA, Portfolio Manager, F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company Inc 
   
    Speakers: 
    Brittany Bascom, Global Head of Investment Analysis, John Hancock Investments
    Sarah Hoyt, Investment Director, Mission Related Investing, Cambridge Associates
    Kristine Pelletier, Partner, NEPC
     
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM   Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

Featured Speakers

Andrew M. Brady
Co-Head of Stressed/Distressed Research / Senior Analyst — Basic Industries
CreditSights

In the last 15 years Andrew has developed considerable expertise in analyzing crossovers, fallen angels, distressed credits, and special situations. His facility with the nuances of both the high grade and high yield markets was refined while monitoring these exposures on Wall Street trading desks and he brings a keen sense of risk assessment to his role as CreditSights co-head of Stressed/Distressed Research. Andrew is also CreditSights' Senior Basic Industries Analyst. Prior to joining CreditSights in 2003 Andrew was at Deutsche Bank (1997-2003) where he was a Vice President working on special situations and fallen angels on the crossover desk and an Analyst covering chemicals, metals and mining, and paper and packaging in the high grade and crossover portion of the credit spectrum. Before his experience at Deutsche Bank, Andrew worked at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (1996) and Aetna Inc. (1994-1996) in various roles, including work as a credit analyst covering sovereigns and consumer products. Andrew received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Seton Hall University in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1997.

Thomas Bruton, PhD
Senior Scientist
Green Science Policy Institute

Thomas Bruton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, where his research focused on cleanup of PFAS-contaminated sites. In 2017, Tom joined the Green Science Policy Institute, which works collaboratively with partners in academia, government, business, and the nonprofit sector to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in products.  Tom currently leads the Institute’s research and policy work on PFAS.  He is the author of several peer-reviewed scientific papers.

June Choi
Analyst
CPI's San Francisco Office

June Choi is an analyst based in CPI’s San Francisco office, where she focuses on climate finance, mobilizing debt capital markets for climate solutions, and mainstreaming climate action within development finance institutions. Her current projects involve analyzing China’s financial system and green bond market to improve the quality of green bonds and assisting the International Development Finance Club in operationalizing alignment with the Paris Agreement.

Previously, she worked for Climate Bonds Initiative in London to mainstream adaptation and resilience standards across all green bonds, and researched the business case for investing in resilient infrastructure in coastal cities as a graduate consultant for AECOM. She also has experience working for the China-Africa Research Initiative based in Johns Hopkins, The Nature Conservancy, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific in Bangkok. She holds an M.A. in International Economics and Energy, Resources, and Environment from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in Sociology and Asian Civilizations from Amherst College.

Rob Fernandez, CFA
Vice President and Director of ESG Research
Breckinridge

Rob, vice president, is Breckinridge’s director of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. He is also a member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. In his role, Rob leads Breckinridge’s ongoing ESG integration and engagement efforts and performs corporate credit analysis. Rob has been with the firm since 2010 and has over 20 years of research experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Rob was a senior research analyst at Opus Investment Management. Rob began his career in credit research at State Street Bank & Trust Co. as a participant in its commercial loan officer development program. Rob is a member of the Board of Overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and is a member of the advisory board for the CECP Strategic Investor Initiative. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He is a CFA charterholder and is an FSA Credential holder.

Abhishek Gupta, CFA
Vice President, Equity Solutions Research
MSCI

As part of the Equity Solutions Group at the MSCI New York office, Abhishek engages with asset owners, asset managers, consultants and ETF providers offering research insights and thought leadership on global investing and asset allocation that informs client’s investment decisions.

Over the last nine years, Abhishek has conducted quantitative research on MSCI global and regional benchmarks, factor and ESG Indexes and has spearheaded research and launch of several global MSCI equity indexes. He has authored several research publications.

Formerly, Abhishek was a member of the Risk Management Group at ICICI Bank and Morgan Stanley, where he was engaged in currency and interest rate derivative valuation as well as hedge fund risk management. He is a CFA Charter holder with a postgraduate degree in Management from NITIE.

Holly Froum
Analyst — Litigation
Bloomberg Intelligence

Holly Froum is a litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI . Ms. Froum specializes in litigation affecting the consumer and industrial sectors.

Ms. Froum has litigated complex commercial actions and civil litigation across various industries, as well as criminal cases, for more than ten years, most recently at the law firm of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP. Prior to that, Ms. Froum was an attorney at Bickel & Brewer, where she was also a litigator.

Ms. Froum earned her law degree from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Lehigh University. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Sarah Hoyt
Investment Director
Cambridge Associates

Sarah joined Cambridge Associates in 2017. She conducts manager research through the lens of impact and ESG and is based in the Boston office. Her focus spans asset classes and impact themes, and she leverages this research to support clients in activating impact and environmental, social, and governance considerations in portfolios.

Sarah has over ten years of diverse experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. She began her career advancing women’s political and economic empowerment in western Africa. She then spent four years with Conservation International in Washington DC leveraging climate change science to influence global policy. This work prompted her graduate studies at Duke University, where she focused on the link between corporate strategy, environmental and social performance, and impact investing. .

Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Sarah worked for management consulting firm Partners in Performance on operational improvement initiatives for industrial clients around the world. Sarah brings a unique blend of perspectives in environmental management and business strategy and operations to the Mission Related Investing Platform, and balances client engagement with in-depth manager research. .

EDUCATION
  • MBA, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University
  • BA, Bates College

Frederick W. Isleib III, CFA
Director, ESG Research and Integration
Manulife Investment Management

Frederick W. Isleib III, CFA, is Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research and Integration at Manulife Investment Management. He collaborates directly with US-based portfolio managers and investment analysts responsible for some of the firm's largest equities and fixed income strategies (by AUM) to integrate ESG risks and opportunities into the investment decision-making and risk monitoring process. In his role, Fred leads ESG engagements with high profile Fortune 500 companies, as well as the broader US investment universe, to foster improved ESG management standards among some of the firm's most significant holdings. He is also responsible for the generation of the thematic and top down research related to emerging ESG investment issues.

Prior to joining Manulife, Frederick was director of research of clean energy markets at Nexant Inc., where he focused on the US renewable energy markets and the development of distributed energy generation.

Previously, Frederick spent 17 years at Putnam Investments, including seven years as a global fundamental equity research analyst following the financials, technology and industrials sectors. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Society Boston.

Education: Bentley University, BS in Accounting, 1993; Babson College, MBA, 2001

Anja Ludzuweit, CFA
Vice President, Climate Specialist
Carbon Delta

Anja heads a European-based climate specialist team that works with clients on climate risk and opportunity analysis such as TCFD disclosure reporting and 2-degree alignment strategies. In 2018, she got closely involved with the 2018 UNEP FI investor pilot project, working with 20 of the world’s leading investors to assist with the implementation of forward-looking climate scenarios, models, metrics and tools. Anja was also contributing author to the UNEP FI Changing Course publication, applying Carbon Delta’s scenario methodology in the context of portfolio analysis.

Prior to joining Carbon Delta AG, an MSCI company, she worked 15 years for global market data provider FactSet in various sales management roles across continental-European markets, helping institutional investors and FinTech companies to evaluate financial content and quantitative analytics solutions and assisting with the implementation of digital innovation projects in the financial markets.

Barbara McKenna, CFA
Managing Principal and CEO
LIM

Ms. McKenna is a partner and the CEO of LIM. Additionally, she oversees LIM’s investment process, co-leading longer strategies, including Core and Core Plus. Prior to joining LIM in 2005, she was a director and senior portfolio manager at State Street Research (SSR), responsible for $14 billion of institutional fixed income accounts. As director of corporate bond strategy, Barbara was responsible for the development and implementation of corporate bond strategy across all fixed income mandates. Prior to joining SSR, she was a director and portfolio manager at Standish, Ayer & Wood. Barbara has also held portfolio management and investment banking positions at BayBank and Massachusetts Capital Resource Company, a private capital firm. She has over 30 years of experience and holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College. Barbara is a CFA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute, and a member of the CFA Society Boston. She is also a board trustee of the American Beacon Funds and a member of the N.E. Financial Services CEO Roundtable and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s External Diversity Advisory Council.

Ms. McKenna has spoken at several conferences on the U.S. macroeconomic outlook, managing fixed income pensions (including LDI) and operating reserve accounts, and analyzing, trading and managing credit risk.  She has also been a guest several times on Bloomberg Television.

A supporter of exposing a wide range of students to the investment business, particularly women and diverse candidates, Ms. McKenna often speaks at colleges and designed and implemented internship and mentoring programs at several firms.  While at SSR Barbara implemented the first use of flex-time for investment personnel specifically to attract and retain women in the industry.  Longfellow has developed a return to work program to assist individuals in the reentry to the industry following an extended absence.

Asha Mehta, CFA
Senior Vice President, Director, Portfolio Manager
Acadian Asset Management

Asha joined Acadian in 2007. In her role, Asha is responsible for leading ESG research and execution and serving as the chair of our Responsible Investment Committee. Prior to joining Acadian, Asha worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and at Johnson & Johnson in a strategy role. Early in her career, she conducted microfinance lending in India. She is a Steering Committee member of the High Meadows Institute, board member of Compass Working Capital, and Global Angel of 100 Women in Finance. Asha holds an MBA with Honors from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University. Asha is a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Society Boston. She was named one of the Top 10 Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive in 2016.

Max Messervy — Moderator
Senior Associate, Responsible Investment / Responsible Investment Consultant
Mercer

Max Messervy joined Mercer in February 2018 and is a Responsible Investment Consultant in the North American Responsible Investment team. Max provides advice on sustainable investment strategies, integration of ESG factors, and sustainability trends throughout investment processes. Max is responsible for advising institutional investors and provides advice to a broad range of clients, including pension funds, endowments, insurers and other stakeholders in the investment value chain. Max was a lead co-author of recent papers on increasing institutional investors’ allocations to African infrastructure, as well as a guide for integrating responsible investment approaches into corporate retirement plans in a project with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Prior to joining Mercer, Max spent nearly four years working in the Insurance practice at Ceres in Boston, a leading non-profit sustainability advocacy organization. In that role, he worked with a range of stakeholders across the industry in making the business case for the sector to address climate and ESG risks and opportunities both as underwriters of weather risk and investors in physical infrastructure.  This involved engagement with re/insurers, regulators, non-re/insurer investors and NGOs. Previously, Max worked in various capacities with Canadian federal and provincial governments, and with other environmental and sustainability entities as an independent consultant. Max holds a Master of Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and an Honors Religious Studies degree from McGill University.

Steven Nichols
ESG Capital Markets Business in the Americas
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Steven Nichols has primary responsibility for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s ESG Capital Markets business in the Americas. Prior to joining BAML, Steven spent over 10 years in Southern Company’s Treasury, where he was a pioneer in the corporate Green Bond Market. He issued $3.5 billion in Green Bonds from 2015 to 2016, including the first by a US IG Power Company, the first by a US regulated utility, and the first Euro green bond by any US Corporate issuer.
Steven’s background in corporate Treasury provides him a unique perspective when advising clients on ESG topics such as Green, Social, and Sustainable Bonds. His other responsibilities include representing BofAML on the Executive Committee for the Green and Social Bond Principles. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Pamela J. Norley
President
Fidelity Charitable®

Pamela Norley is president of Fidelity Charitable®. Fidelity Charitable® has helped donors support nearly 278,000 nonprofit organizations with nearly $35 billion in grants since its inception in 1991.* The mission of Fidelity Charitable® is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple and effective. Prior to leading this organization, she held a number of executive leadership roles at Fidelity Investments®, including head of the Enterprise Talent and Relationships Groups with responsibility for managing Fidelity’s top institutional client relationships and for leading the talent management and recruiting organizations.

From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Norley led the Fidelity Consulting Group, overseeing strategy and consulting support to all Fidelity businesses, including its global private equity and venture capital units. Prior to that, she played a key role in launching Fidelity’s Corporate Business Development Group, supporting mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. From 2001 to 2006, she held a series of roles leading business compliance and healthcare product management and sales for Fidelity’s outsourcing businesses. Ms. Norley joined Fidelity in the Corporate Legal department in 1996 from the Legal department of Bank of America.

Outside of the office, Ms. Norley volunteers her time as a Trustee of the College Foundation Board at the University of Virginia, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Points of Light, the largest global volunteer organization established by President George H.W. Bush and as a Board member of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.

She formerly served on the Executive Women’s Council for the Dana Farber Institute; United Way’s Women’s Initiative; University of Virginia’s Board of Benefactors; Boston Ballet’s Board of Directors; the board of the Greater Boston Food Bank; the Temple University School of Law; and The Wall Street Journal’s Taskforce for Women in the Economy. 

Education

  • Bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia
  • Juris doctorate from the Temple University School of Law
  • Participated in Harvard Business School’s Global Women’s Leadership Program and Columbia Business School’s Global Relationship Management Program

* From Fidelity Charitable's inception in 1991 through December 31, 2018. Fidelity Charitable® is the brand name for the Fidelity Investments® Charitable Gift Fund, an independent public charity with a donor-advised fund program. Various Fidelity companies provide services to Fidelity Charitable. The Fidelity Charitable name and logo and Fidelity are registered service marks of FMR LLC, used by Fidelity Charitable under license. 773860.2.0

Kristine Pelletier
Partner
NEPC

Kristine joined NEPC in 2008, with investment experience dating back to 2002.  Kristine is a member of NEPC’s Endowment and Foundation consulting practice and focuses on leading research efforts for our philanthropic clients.  She works with clients on developing investment policies, conducting asset allocation studies with a focus on integrating spending requirements, investment manager due diligence, and research projects.  Kristine is the Co-Head of NEPC’s Impact Investing Committee. Kristine is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on the topic of Impact Investing. She is often featured and quoted in industry publications, including Institutional Investor.

Prior to joining NEPC, Kristine was employed at Wellington Management Company, LLP working as a Research Associate in the Equity Portfolio Management department.  She also previously worked as a researcher and grant writer for Think:Kids, of Massachusetts General Hospital.  Outside of work, Kristine spends much of her time volunteering with the Student Leadership Training Program, where she serves as an advisor and former board member.

Kristine earned her M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, and her B.A. from Simmons College.

James Rich
Management Committee Member, Chairperson of the Sustainable Investment Committee, Portfolio Manager
Aegon Asset Management

James Rich is a portfolio manager on the Sustainable Fixed Income strategy and chairperson of the Sustainable Investment Committee. James helped develop the Sustainable Fixed Income strategy and is involved with the development of several of the firm's ESG/sustainability-focused fixed income strategies. James is also head of US restructuring and a portfolio manager on the Credit Opportunities strategies. He applies his bankruptcy and restructuring expertise to the firm's exposure to global stressed, distressed and special situation securities. He is a member of the Aegon Asset Management US Management Committee. Prior to his current role, James worked in private equity at Madison Dearborn Partners and in private equity and investment banking at Morgan Stanley. He has 16 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2008. James received his Sc.B from Brown University and his MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. James maintains his Series 3 registration with the National Futures Association.

Fran Seegull
Executive Director
U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.  The Alliance works to increase awareness of impact investing in the United States, foster deployment of impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem.  <>
Seegull was the Chief Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—a donor advised fund focused on deploying impact investing capital across asset classes.  Seegull also oversaw product development and managed the Global Sustainable Agriculture and Microfinance Plus Notes. <>
Previously, Seegull was Managing Director at Funk Ventures, an early-stage impact venture capital firm. She also served as Vice President of Business Development at Novica, an online retailer of products made by artisans in developing economies.  <>
Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard College at Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Investment Committee of Align Impact, the Investment Advisory Committee of RSF Social Finance and the Advisory Council to the Case i3 Initiative on Impact Investing at Duke University.  She tweets on impact investing at @franseegull.

Peter Schwab, CFA
SVP and Portfolio Manager of the Pax High Yield Bond Fund
Impax Asset Management LLC
and
Senior Vice President
Pax World Funds

Peter Schwab is SVP and Portfolio Manager of the Pax High Yield Bond Fund at Impax Asset Management LLC and a Senior Vice President at Pax World Funds. Peter is also a member of the portfolio management team of the Pax Balanced Fund.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a Managing Director on the High Yield Bond and Loan Team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Peter joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a Senior Sector Analyst in 2000 and was promoted to Director of High Yield Research in 2010. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Peter was an Investment Associate in the High Yield Group at Putnam Investments and a member of the High Yield Research Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from Union College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA charterholder, a member of CFA Society New York, and holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Peter Schwab is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

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Samantha Stephens
SRI Research Analyst
Mirova

Samantha Stephens has been a member of Mirova’s Responsible Investment Research team since 2015, specializing in energy, including renewables, oil & gas, and energy efficiency. She became liaison to the global equity investment committee in 2016 and has represented Mirova Research in the U.S. since April 2019. Ms. Stephens has authored several important pieces for Mirova, including its climate change scenario alignment method, primers on carbon accounting, and position papers. She received her BA in Physics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and her MS in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris, in Jouy-en-Josas, France.

Andrew B. Wetzel, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Opportunities and Fossil Fuel Free - Low Carbon Equity Strategies
F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company

Mr. Wetzel, a CFA charterholder, is responsible for management of the firm’s Sustainable Opportunities and Fossil Fuel Free – Low Carbon Equity Strategies. Mr. Wetzel also oversees the firm’s research efforts, from fundamental security, sector, market and thematic work to the integration of ESG analysis throughout the investment process.

Since joining F.L.Putnam in 2003, Andrew has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment process from fundamental research to portfolio management. As a Portfolio Manager, Andrew has focused on fundamental active equity management with a specialization in sustainable investing. Throughout his career with the firm, Andrew has helped clients align their investment portfolios with their values or missions and has guided F.L.Putnam’s approach through an increasingly complex sustainable investing landscape.

Andrew is an active member of the CFA Society of Boston, in a leadership role focused on the Society’s Sustainable Investing Initiative. Andrew also serves on the Finance and Sustainability Committee at Roca, Inc., a non-profit focused on reducing recidivism in populations of the highest risk young men in eastern and central MA and Baltimore, MD.

Laura Zizzo
Founder & CEO
Mantle 314 Inc.

Laura Zizzo is CEO of Mantle314 Inc. (Mantle), a management consulting firm focused on climate-related risk and opportunity. She is a lawyer and strategic advisor with deep climate-expertise. Drawing upon her interdisciplinary background, she has been leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future for nearly 20 years. Laura started her legal career with a prominent Bay Street law firm before founding the first law firm in Canada focused on climate change in 2009 and Mantle (formerly called Zizzo Strategy) in 2015. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the move to the low-carbon economy and has become a leading voice on the imperative to adapt to a changing climate.

She is a pioneer on the use of legal and policy principles to guide adaptation and resiliency to climate change. She has experience in the development of innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, frameworks for climate adaptation and resilience, legal and policy research related to sustainability and climate change and stakeholder consultation.

Margaret Franklin, CFA

President and CEO, CFA Institute

We thank Margaret Franklin, CFA, for the video below, presented at our 7th Sustainable Investing Conference on November 13, 2019. In her message, Ms. Franklin discussed how sustainable Investing is not only an opportunity to drive the bottom line of companies and share prices for investors, it also gives us a chance to put our capital to productive use and address opportunities and challenges facing our society and the global economy.

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About Seminar Sessions

Keynote: An Impact Investing Conversation
  • Pamela Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable
  • Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

Performance in Sustainable Investing — Practitioner and Academic Research
A range of papers and studies have found that companies with high ESG Ratings have higher profitability, lower risk, and lower volatility. This session will analyze the relationship between ESG and risk and return and go beyond correlation to a discussion and exploration of causation.
  • James Rich, Management Committee Member, Chairperson of the Sustainable Investment Committee, Portfolio Manager, Aegon Asset Management — Moderator
  • Mike Chen, Direct Portfolio Management, PanAgora Asset Management
  • Abhishek Gupta, CFA, Vice President, Equity Solutions Research, MSCI
  • Asha Mehta, CFA, Senior Vice President, Director, Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management, Inc.

ESG Integration in Fixed Income - Investment Grade, High Yield & Municipal
Three portfolio managers - specialized in investment grade, high yield and municipal credit - explore the value of ESG integration in fixed income from the perspective of a manager with a medium to long-term investment horizon. Topics of interest include ESG for proper risk management, ESG integration in fundamental credit analysis, overcoming weak ESG disclosure in high yield securities, perspectives on issuer engagement and climate change in a portfolio context.
  • Max Messervy, Mercer, Senior Associate, Responsible Investment — Moderator
  • Rob Fernandez, CFA, Vice President, Director of ESG Research, Breckinridge Capital Advisors
  • Barbara J. McKenna, CFA, Managing Principal, Portfolio Manager, Longfellow Investment Management Co LLC
  • Peter Schwab, CFA, SVP, Portfolio Manager - Pax High Yield Bond Fund, Impax Asset Management LLC

Bonds for Impact: An Issuer's Perspective
Three executives discuss bonds with impact - green/blue/sustainability bonds - from an issuer's perspective. The executives represent a diverse issuer base and are backed by decades of experience working at corporations, local agencies and supranationals. A conversation led by a specialized analyst will cover topics including rationale for issuance, perceived pricing advantage, additional costs and investor appetite.
  • June Choi, Climate Finance Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Steven Nichols, Director, ESG Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Jeffrey R. Diehl, CEO, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
  • Aki Jain, Senior Financial Officer, Capital Markets, World Bank Treasury

Industry and Issue Forum: Toxicity
Responsible use of chemicals is essential to the creation of products used by consumers worldwide. Some chemicals found in everyday consumer products are known to harm human health and the environment. Public awareness of these toxics continues to increase, posing serious risks and potential legal liabilities for the companies involved. Most of these chemicals are outside the traditional regulatory and safety systems. The science can seem bewilderingly complex. The risks to investors are often difficult to analyze and quantify. This panel will provide investment professionals a framework to navigate the chemistry and then take a deeper dive into the legal and investment implications of PFAS and glyophosphate - two chemicals in the headlines today.
  • Holly Froum, Litigation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
  • Andrew Brady, Co-head of Stressed/Distressed Research/Sr Analyst, CreditSights
  • Tom Bruton, PhD, Senior Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute

Putting Data to Work – Managing Climate Risk
With the emergence of a range of new frameworks, standards, and regulations, this panel will explore how asset managers are using 3rd party providers and building in-house capabilities to address TCFD reporting requirements and the market expectation for climate scenario and risk analysis.
  • Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Mantle 314 Inc. — Moderator
  • Fred Isleib, Director of ESG Research & Integration, Manulife Investment Management
  • Anja Ludzuweit, CFA,  Vice President, Climate Specialist, Carbon Delta
  • Samantha Stephens, SRI Research Analyst, Mirova

ESG in Manager Diligence, Selection and Monitoring – A Deep Dive
A growing body of research points to improved risk management and thus better risk adjusted returns when integrating ESG analysis into an investment process. The apparent benefits of ESG integration are driving what seems like an explosion of uptake by institutional investment managers.

Recent estimates of ESG-aware institutional equity products point to nearly 60% of all actively managed assets with some level of awareness. Other surveys point to more than ¼ of professionally managed assets integrating ESG in some way. While ESG awareness is becoming mainstream within the institutional market, it is unclear how much of this is greenwashing.

Two trends appear to be firmly in place – growing demand for ESG integration from asset owners and a drive by managers to integrate ESG to differentiate themselves. Consultants and diligence experts sit at the center of these trends. Topics our panel will discuss include approaches to ESG integration process diligence, insights into exclusionary and inclusionary approaches used by some managers in tandem with ESG risk rankings, and best practices and strategies.
  • Andrew B. Wetzel, CFA, Portfolio Manager, F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company — Moderator
  • Brittany Bascom, Global Head of Investment Analysis, John Hancock Investments
  • Sarah Hoyt, Investment Director, Mission Related Investing, Cambridge Associates
  • Kristine Pelletier, Partner, NEPC

Sponsorship Opportunities

Last year's Sustainable Investing Seminar drew over 200 attendees from firms such as MSCI, Oppenheimer Funds, Pax Works Management LLC, Trillium Asset Management,
and T. Rowe Price. 

Interested in Sponsoring the
2019 Sustainable Investing Seminar? 
Contact Caitlin Goudreau.