08-01-2023 The Practice of Wealth Management: A Peer-To-Peer Masterclass

Tuesday, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wilshire Country Club
Windsor Room
301 N. Rossmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90004

Pamela Chen, CFA, CPA — Founder & CIO, Refresh Investments
John DeFonso, CFA, CPWA®— Advisor, Aqua Capital Advisors
Terri Spath, CFA, CFP® — Founder & CIO, Zuma Wealth LLC
Ken Waltzer, MD, MPH, AIF, CFA, CFP® — CIO, KCS Wealth Advisory

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Check In
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Peer to Peer Discussion
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception

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A Wealth Management Advisory Council Sponsored Event

With the success of our inaugural peer-to-peer masterclass in 2022, we are hosting the event again in response to your support. This event is different from our past events. Attendees should expect an open, non-judgmental environment to discuss the challenges of being a wealth manager. Join us as we take a more intimate approach to the practices and decisions you make as wealth managers. At each roundtable you, as an attendee, speak directly to your peers about topics relating to the practice of wealth management. Share your thoughts and experiences and ask the questions you want answered in smaller groups. We expect a mix of knowledge levels so if you are less comfortable sharing there will be many opportunities to listen and learn. Each table will have a conversation starter to promote sharing and keep the group on topic. Join the discussion that seeks to be directly applicable and practical to your business as a wealth manager.

Be assured, this Wealth Management Excellence Summit - as always - welcomes all knowledge levels as we push to help newer and experienced practitioners alike to “bend the curve” of wealth management knowledge.

Please join us!!! When you register, or when polled via email, you will have a chance to rank your preferences among the topics. We try our best to provide everyone a chance to discuss two of your top three topics. The topics to choose from are:

  • Investments - Asset Allocation
  • Investments – Equities / Factor Investing
  • Investments – Fixed Income
  • Planning - Trusts and Estates
  • Planning – Retirement
  • Practice Management - Business Development / Retention
  • Practice Management - Client Communication & Behavior
  • Practice Management – Personal Branding
  • Practice Management – Fees / Service Levels / Operations


Pamela Chen, CFA, CPA | Pamela is Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Refresh Investments, a financial advisory firm dedicated to helping women and families manage their wealth. Her professional career spans over 30 years as a CPA and CFA Charterholder and includes Senior Portfolio Manager positions at Northern Trust and U.S. Trust where she managed assets for institutions and high-net-worth clients. Prior experience includes SSI Investment Management, as a Portfolio Manager of a long-short market neutral fund, as well as an Equity Analyst at Financial Management Advisors. Ms. Chen earned an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University as well as a BS in Kinesiology from UCLA. She is a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).Back To Top ^^

John DeFonso, CFA, CPWA® | John has been in the wealth advisory business for over 20 years providing advice, investment management, and planning. John is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and is also a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designee. John serves on the Wealth Management Advisory Board for the 2400 member CFA Society of Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Wealth Management League an invitation only, idea sharing, wealth management network. John earned his BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys traveling, having visited 50+ countries, golfing, skiing, and backcountry hiking. He and his wife are sometimes proud parents of two usually good children.Back To Top ^^

Terri Spath, CFA, CFP® | Terri Spath, CFA, is the founder and CIO of Zuma Wealth LLC, a wealth management firm focused on customized financial solutions for smart, sophisticated women. Over the past two decades of bull and bear markets, Terri served as CIO at Sierra Investments, Deputy CIO for Mercer Advisors and Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton Investments.

A renowned expert, Terri is a regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg, and a sought-after industry speaker. She has been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of publications and lauded for making complex concepts simple.

Her real-world expertise is rooted in a suite of top credentials: the CFA charter, the CFP® certification, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and an AB in Economics with Honors from the University of Michigan.Back To Top ^^

Ken Waltzer, MD, MPH, AIF, CFA, CFP® | Ken studied neuropsychology at Harvard while producing operas and orchestra concerts in his “spare time”. That’s also when he started investing for himself and his family. Ken’s experience as an active investor now spans over 40 years.

Post med school and residency, Ken worked as an internist at Harvard University Health Services, then came to Southern California to work at Kaiser-Permanente. There he served as Coordinator of Preventive Care, and director of both patient and physician education at the West LA Medical Center. He subsequently founded ConvergenceHealth, a web-based health assessment and improvement resource.

In 2004, Ken’s life-long interest in investing took center stage. He started his own financial advisory, aiming to give many different types of people the benefits of working with a financial advisor and seasoned investor. He later merged his firm with that of KCS co-founder Laura Gilman.

Ken is very active in charities. He’s served on the boards of several in the Los Angeles area, including the Santa Monica Rotary, of which he is currently vice president. Ken lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two Siamese cats. Back To Top ^^

Members Only | Registration Fees
$20 (Members)| $60 (Non-Members)

Registration is NOW CLOSED.

Payment Information
We accept the following:

If you prefer to pay by check please email info@cfala.org and request to pay by check. Your registration will be completed manually and you will receive an email confirmation.

Mail Check To:

CFA Society of Los Angeles
13400 Riverside Drive, Ste. 215
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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

Parking Information
Free Parking
Cancellations must be received in writing by 9:00 am the day prior to the event to receive a refund. No phone cancellations are accepted. Please fax to the CFALA office at (213) 613-1233 or e-mail info@cfala.org. Member “no-shows” will be billed the difference between the member fee and the non-member fee for the event which is posted on the CFALA website.
Event Chair:
John DeFonso, CFA, CPWA®
Series Chair:
Yves-Marc Courtines, CFA, CFP®
As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, the CFA Society of Los Angeles has determined that this program qualifies for 1.5 credit hours. If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary.

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