Thursday, September 30, 2010

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Featured Speaker:


James Ware, CFA
Focus Consulting Group



Chairs:  Steve Sapra, CFA & Dan Pomerantz, CFA


An Applied Behavioral Finance Group Event


The financial crisis over the last three years has had a significant impact on the economy and people’s lives.  It has also had a huge impact on the investment management industry.  The white paper, “After the Crash: Lessons from Adversity” by Jim Ware, CFA, details what the impact of the crash has been on the industry.  Mr. Ware, the recognized expert on leadership and culture in the investment industry, will present this significant post-crash research from nearly 100 asset management firms at this lively session. The paper addresses and answers questions like:

·         What are the important lessons to be learned from the crash? (Some are glaring and need immediate attention)

·         How can your firm’s culture get you through the toughest markets?

·         What’s changed with investment cultures post-crash?

·         How do the cultures of the best differ from the rest?

·         What factors are most important in driving high performing investment teams?

·         How do the best firms attract, retain and develop top talent?

·         How do you leverage a “sharp edge” culture (like PIMCO or Bridgewater) and differentiate yourself?

Focus Consulting Group (FCG) has been studying investment leadership and culture on a global basis for over 10 years and has written 3 books for Wiley & Sons on related topics. In 2010, FCG replenished their data base to research and understand the implications of the global crisis on the investment industry. Jim Ware has completed over 100 speaking engagements to CFA Societies around the world and is a frequent keynote speaker at the CFA Institute, Mutual Fund Educational Alliance, Investment Adviser Association, U.S. Institute and other major industry conferences.  Jim is recognized for his insightful, inspiring and entertaining presentations. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 Speaker Bio:


James Ware, CFA

is the founder of Focus Consulting Group, a specialized firm dedicated to helping investment leaders leverage their talent.

James is also a highly acclaimed industry author and international speaker on the subjects of investment leadership, culture and building high performing teams. A frequent keynote speaker at CFA Institute, Mutual Fund Educational Alliance, Investment Adviser Association, U.S. Institute and other major industry conferences, James is recognized for his insightful, inspiring and entertaining presentations.

His recent books, Investment Leadership: Building a Winning Culture for Long-Term Success (Wiley, 2003) and High Performing Investment Teams (Wiley, 2006) identify those elements of leadership and teamwork that lead to sustainable success for investment firms. James has 20 years experience as a research analyst, portfolio manager, and director of buy-side investment operations. He has been a guest lecturer on the topic of investment firm management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

His educational background includes a Masters in Business from the University of Chicago and a degree in philosophy from Williams College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.



Registration (click links below to register for the event):
CFALA Members:$20.00
Non-Members: $40.00


When:             Thursday, September 30, 2010

                         12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Lunch


 Location:       Omni Los Angeles

                        251 South Olive Street

                        Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        For directions call hotel: (213) 617-3300

 Payment Information:

Methods of payment accepted: 
Visa/Mastercard, American Express and Discover. If you prefer to pay by check please register online and select "purchase order" as your payment option and enter your last name as the purchase order number. Mail check to: CFA Society of Los Angeles, 350 S. Grand Ave, Suite 1680, Los Angeles CA 90071.


 *Credit card payments will only be accepted through the secure online registration, and not by  phone or email.




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