2016 FOX Fall Forum Presenters

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Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian, Wells Fargo & Company

Andy Anderson is executive vice president and chief historian of Wells Fargo & Company. Over the past 39 years, he has built the Wells Fargo archives, several history museums and a modern fleet of stagecoaches. He also has managed Wells Fargo’s corporate marketing, advertising, and brand management programs, and the initial development of wellsfargo.com in 1994. He is the author of Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the Rise of the American Financial Services Industry. 
Dr. Anderson’s interest in history led him most recently to create the Wells Fargo Family History Center to help families discover their own history and cultural roots. He believes a family can better manage its legacy into future generations by understanding its past. 
Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Villanova University, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He has taught history at Ohio State, Arizona State, and Stanford universities. He received his archival training at the Hoover Institution and the Archives Institute of the National Archives of the United States.

Julia Balandina Jacquier, PhD, CFA, Founder and Managing Director, JBJ Consult

Julia is a seasoned impact investor and a trusted adviser to some of the largest high net worth families, international banks, and the Swiss and UK Governments. She started her career in 1993 at McKinsey, and subsequently held senior positions at ABB Financial Ser¬vices and AIG, where she managed the European direct private equity business. 
 For the last 12 years of her career, she has focused on impact investment. In 2005, Julia pioneered one of the first institutional impact investment funds, which she managed until 2010. She subsequently founded an independent consultancy, and has helped develop and implement a broad range of mission-driven investment programs and funds.
Julia is a member of several Boards and Investment Committees, including at SIFEM (Swiss Development Finance Institution) and Unilever, and is an adjunct professor at St. Gallen University. She is the author of one of the first books on impact investing (published in 2011) and has been a member of various industry taskforces and expert committees.

Ann L. Begler, Founder & Principal, The Begler Group

Ann L. Begler is the founder and principal of the Begler Group, a Pittsburgh consulting firm that, through its work, builds and restores human connection, fosters individual accountability, supports personal development and culminates in energized and aligned organizations.  She has consulted to, coached and advised for a range of corporations, health care systems, complex family enterprises, closely held businesses, educational institutions, professional practices, non-profit organizations and various segments of municipal government.
Her professional recognitions include being elected as a Governor to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committees of both the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, and an appointment as Chair of a Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ann has served as the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s sole mediator for the Western District, serves as member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC’s) Mediation Panel, and is a member of the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by her law degree from Duquesne University’s School of Law.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association has recognized Ann for her career of accomplishments by honoring her with the Ann X. Alpern award for her lifelong support of women in the legal profession, with the Francis Bacon Award for her leadership in the field of Dispute Resolution, and a Special President’s award for her pioneering efforts in mediation. The Women and Girls Foundation of Western Pennsylvania has included Ann with a small group of women it has recognized for lifelong work in the field of justice.

Bruce Benesh, Partner-in-Charge, Grant Thornton

Bruce is a tax partner with Grant Thornton LLP and has more than 35 years of experience in executive compensation, tax planning relating to compensation arrangements and international human resource consulting. Before joining Grant Thornton, Bruce was the partner-in-charge of Arthur Andersen’s North American and Latin American Human Capital Practice and the Divisional President of a consulting practice for a publicly traded company. 
Bruce has broad consulting experience in many industries with companies ranging from closely held family businesses and single family offices to multi-national corporations. His experience includes advising clients and executives on all aspects of strategic compensation planning, benefits and human resource issues, including competitive total compensation arrangements for executives, change of control and severance arrangements, qualified pension, stock bonus plans, life insurance planning, welfare benefit plans, and nonqualified executive compensation arrangements. 
He also has extensive experience in the design and implementation of long-term, equity-based incentive plans for single family offices, privately held and other publicly held companies. 
Bruce is a certified public accountant and a member of both national and state organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 
Bruce has written numerous articles dealing with compensation and tax issues that have been published in such journals as The Tax Advisor, Taxes, Small Business Taxation, Trusts and Estates, Tax Ideas and Journal of Accountancy. He lectures frequently on executive compensation and business planning, focusing primarily on designing incentive plans (with a special emphasis on simulated equity plans) and organizational structures to motivate corporate performance and drive growth. 
Bruce holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and a Masters in Accountancy with an emphasis in taxation from the University of Oklahoma.

KC Connors, Partner, NEPC

KC joined NEPC as a Partner and has over twenty-five years of investment consulting experience.  KC is the Philanthropic Practice and Private Wealth Director for NEPC and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  KC's background includes expertise in private markets, alternative investments, portfolio construction and risk management.  In 2015, KC was named on CIO magazine’s 2015 annual ranking of the world’s most influential investment consultants as one of the top ten Specialist consultants for her endowment/foundation and healthcare expertise.  In both 2014 and 2013, KC was recognized by CIO magazine in their edition titled “The Knowledge Broker” as one of the top 25 world’s most influential investment consultants.  

Prior to joining NEPC, KC was a Principal at Jeffrey Slocum & Associates leading their healthcare practice and working with large endowments and foundations.  She was a member of Slocum’s senior management team overseeing planning, hedge funds, legal, risk management and human resources.  While at Slocum, KC developed a Healthcare Risk Model that allowed clients to adjust their debt profile, pension plan contribution risk, asset structure and asset allocation.  KC was also a member of the Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the firm’s hedge fund investment strategy, portfolio construction and operational due diligence.  Prior to Slocum, KC was a Consultant at Wyatt Investment Consulting and Ennis, Knupp & Associates.   

KC earned her M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Decision Sciences from Indiana University.  KC holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.  

KC is a frequent conference speaker on the topics of enterprise return and risk, alternative investments and balance sheet strategies.  KC is a former board member and board chair for The Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, MN and former board member for The Grace Center in Guatemala, Ripley Foundation and The Courage Center.  KC currently serves on The Jeremiah Program National Board.


Francesco D'Amico, Executive Committee, Quilvest Switzerland Ltd.

Francesco D'Amico is advising and taking care of the interests of the Bemberg family clients and third party families. He is further a member of the executive committee, responsible for all client matters and the development of Quilvest Switzerland Ltd. (QVS), the multi-family office of Quilvest.
In his role in Quilvest, Francesco has conducted a number of international estate planning and family/investment governance projects organizing and managing complex trusts, foundations and legal structures systems. Francesco is acting as trustee and protector for various clients.
Francesco has joined QVS after having founded and being CEO of the multi-family office of
Unicredit, one of the largest European banks. During the same years Francesco has led the operations (strategic planning, marketing and communication, investment products and services units) of Unicredit Private Banking ($60 billion USD, 136 private banking offices, 600 private bankers).
Francesco has been for 8 years a management consultant based in Switzerland for Price
Waterhouse Coopers specialized in wealth management strategic assignments for most of the leading international private banks and wealth managers.
Francesco started his professional carrier as private banker in a Swiss Private Bank in Switzerland. He is on the board of various family offices and trust companies advising on the strategy and operations of the offices and defining effective and enduring family governance processes.


Mitch Drossman, Managing Director, National Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Mitchell A. Drossman is managing director and the national director of wealth planning strategy at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.  In this role, Mitchell manages and leads the National Wealth Planning Strategies Group to provide objective insight to help clients align their financial and estate strategies with their goals.  Mitchell works with individuals and families in conjunction with their tax and legal advisors to facilitate wealth transfer, wealth structuring and estate planning needs that are often complex requiring customized analysis and strategies.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Mitchell was an estate planning attorney with the New York City law firm of Proskauer LLP.  Mr. Drossman is also a CPA and was formerly with the firm of Ernst & Young, LLP.  Mr. Drossman served on the Advisory Board of Practical Drafting.  He has spoken at numerous seminars including various Estate Planning Councils, NYU’s Summer Institute in Taxation, and the Florida Bar Attorney/Trust Officer Conference (2016).  Mr. Drossman has often been quoted in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, and The New York Times. 
Mr. Drossman served as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation), the NYS Society of CPAs (Chair of the Committee on Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts), the New York State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Section and Estate Planning Committee), and the Museum of Modern Art’s Planned Giving and Advisory Committee.  
Mr. Drossman received his J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as Editor of the Law Review. 

Bryan Dunn, CEO, Kinship Trust Company

Bryan Dunn is the President and CEO of Kinship Trust Company. He has worked exclusively with privately held family companies for the past 25 years.

For 14 years, until 1994, Mr. Dunn carried out a wide range of executive responsibilities at Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises in New York. At the same time, he managed Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., in Chicago, one of the country’s premier office and showroom building owners with integrated investment and operating capabilities. As chief operating officer and general counsel for these companies, he played a lead role in acquisitions, asset management, leasing, development, finance, and owner relations.

Mr. Dunn is a graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Detroit School of Law.


Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO, Chicago Children’s Museum

Starting her career at Chicago Children’s Museum as an education intern almost 25 years ago, Jennifer Farrington has never lost sight of her goal to improve children’s lives through education and the arts. As President and CEO of Chicago Children’s Museum—the city’s only cultural institution focused on young children and their families and caregivers—Farrington and her staff now reach more than 400,000 children annually through a variety of exhibits, programs, and partnerships throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago. Known for her innovative and progressive approaches, Farrington has positioned the museum as a national leader in child development and play-based learning, and as a fierce advocate for all children to have access to high quality museum experiences. Farrington is a Board member of Illinois Action for Children, an Advisory Board member of After School Matters, and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based Association of Children’s Museums. She lives, works, and plays in Chicago where she resides with her husband and two teen-aged children.


Temple Fennell, Co-Director, Harvard Kennedy School and Board Member, Keller Enterprises, LLC

Temple has more than 20 years of experience in operating businesses, direct investing, corporate finance and project finance for early-stage and growth companies.  In addition to being an active investor, Temple helps family offices and private investors develop domain expertise, investment strategy and skills to be more effective sustainability focused investors in private companies.  He co-founded "Impact Investing Strategy for the Next Generation" under the Initiative for Responsible Investing at the Harvard Kennedy School with the World Economic Forum, and helps lead the MIT “Visionary Investing” workshop programs for family offices.  He is a member of the CREO Syndicate, the Clean Energy Venture Group, and MIT’s Sustainable Finance group. Temple is on the board of the Single Family Office, Keller Enterprises LLC, an active investor in the clean energy, sustainable agriculture/food and other sectors.  Temple began his career as a Management Consultant at KMPG in New York and as an analyst for leveraged buy-out firm, Clinton Capital Corporation.  He has a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a MBA as a MIT Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Amy Francetic, SVP, New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, Invenergy LLC

With over 20 years of experience spanning startups, private equity, research and operations, Amy Francetic oversees Invenergy’s sourcing and integration of technology innovation and strategic investments that leverage its operating portfolio. She also leads Invenergy’s external corporate affairs, focusing on enhancing brand visibility and strategic partnerships. Prior to Invenergy, Francetic served as CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust. She also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems. Francetic serves on Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford.

James Gifford, PhD, Senior Fellow, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr James Gifford is a Senior Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches and researches impact investing by family offices, focusing on the next generation of family members. He is also Director of Impact Strategy at Tau Investment Management, a private equity fund that invests in garment and textile manufacturers and transforms them into sustainable, ethical and profitable enterprises. He was the founding Executive Director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, taking the initiative from inception in 2003 and building it, over 10 years, into the pre-eminent global initiative on responsible investment with 1200 signatories representing $40 trillion in assets. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment. James has a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and was named by the World Economic Forum in 2010 as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.

Randolph B. Godshall, Partner, Tax and Estate Planning Practice Group, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Randolph B. Godshall is a partner in the Tax and Estate Planning Practice Group in the Orange County office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Mr. Godshall practices in family wealth planning, including all aspects of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation.  Mr. Godshall specializes in creating plans for the transmission of individual wealth.  He advises clients how to minimize gift, estate and generation-skipping taxes on the transfer of closely-held business interests and other family assets.  He also assists clients with their charitable tax planning, advises fiduciaries regarding the administration of trusts and estates, and represents clients in trust and estate litigation and in estate tax audits.

Karen Harding, CFA, Managing Director, CTC | myCFO

Karen Harding is a Managing Director with CTC | myCFO, an integrated wealth management provider that serves ultra-affluent individuals, families and family offices across their tax, estate, investment, philanthropic, risk and family capital needs.
CTC | myCFO serves over 300 wealthy individuals and families across the United States and internationally, and oversees more than $36 billion in assets under management or advisement, with an additional $46 billion in assets under custody and administration.
Karen joined the organization in 1995 and has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry. Karen is responsible for overseeing the delivery of investment advice to clients across the enterprise, including the development and implementation of long-term investment policies, analysis of client portfolios, recommendations of appropriate portfolio allocations and the evaluation and selection of investment managers. Karen also serves as the Co-Head of the Investment Advisory Services team, chairs the Investment Advisory and Fiduciary Services Management Committee, and serves as a member of the CTC | myCFO Operating, and Family Office and Capital Advisory Services committees.
Prior to joining CTC | myCFO, Karen was a Senior Analyst and Investment Manager Specialist at R.V. Kuhns and Associates, an investment consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. At R.V. Kuhns, Karen’s responsibilities included identifying, evaluating and selecting investment managers for including in client portfolios and managing the analyst department.
A CFA charter holder, Mrs. Harding received a BA with highest honors in finance and minors in economics, French and Russian from Oregon State University, and an MBA with honors from Portland State University in Oregon. Karen is a member of the CFA Society of Portland. Karen previously served on the board of the CFA Society of Portland and served as the Vice-Chairman of Oregon State University Foundation Investment Committee.

Mark Hatch, Hatch Enterprises, Author, The Maker Movement Manifesto

Mark is the former CEO and co-founder of TechShop, author of The Maker Movement Manifesto and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew more than 40-fold raised $10’s of millions of investments, and launched locations on four continents. Mark drove TechShop to become the global makerspace leader. He has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s “Most Admired CEOs” and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.

Michael Hayden, Retired U.S. Air Force General, Principal with The Chertoff Group, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former Director of the National Security Agency

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US. 
At Chertoff Group, General Hayden uses his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses. 
Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service. 
General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Hayden is the author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University and Chairman of the Board of Delta Risk, LLC.

Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments and Board Chair for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.

Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. As president, Mellody is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust.

Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a regular column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.

Mellody is chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., as well as director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. She is a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. In 2015, Mellody was named to Time magazine’s annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.

Peter Karoff, Founder, The Philanthropic Initiative

Peter Karoff founded The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), and was President of TPI from 1989 to 2002. For 25 years, prior to founding TPI, Peter was in the insurance and real estate businesses. He has been on the board of more than 30 nonprofit organizations, including Blackside Productions (which produced the PBS series called Eyes on the Prize), New England Foundation for the Arts, and Massachusetts Business Roundtable. He was a Senior Fellow at the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Current board affiliations include the GHR Foundation, Robina Foundation, and Big Picture Learning. Peter teaches in the Global and International Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara, and has been Senior Advisor to the Santa Barbara Foundation. 
Peter is the author of The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social Change and editor of Just Money: A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy. Peter’s poetry has been published and anthologized. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia University, he received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Lesley University in 2002. He was chosen to be a McDowell Colony Fellow in 1989, and became a Purpose Prize Fellow in 2006.

Kurt Kovalick, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kurt Kovalick is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is a member of the Global M&A group and is focused on the firm’s middle-market M&A efforts. Kurt has advised numerous clients on both buyside and sellside M&A transactions, including  GE on the $11.5bn sale of its Plastics business to Saudi Arabian Basic Industries;  3M on its $1.2bn acquisition of Aearo; Bemis on its $1.5 bn acquisition of Alcan’s North American Packaging Assets; Odyssey Partners on the $1.1bn sale of Transdigm to Warburg Pincus; TRW on the $1.5bn sale of Lucas Aerospace to Goodrich; GTCR on the sale of Landmark Aviation to The Carlyle Group; Rexam on the $360mm sale of its Beverage Closures business to Berry Plastics; Newport News Shipbuilding on its $2.6bn sale to Northrop Grumman; Diebold on the $350mm sale of its Electronic Security business; Albemarle on the sale of its Metal Sulfides business to Treibacher, and its Mineral Flame Retardants business to JM Huber; and Heritage Bag Company on its sale to Novolex.

Mr. Kovalick joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2013. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch,  Kurt was a Managing Director in the M&A group at Barclays.  Kurt began his investment banking career at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. Kovalick received an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.

Stephen Martiros, Founder & CEO, Financial Building Blocks

Stephen Martiros is the Founder and CEO of Financial Building Blocks® a cloud-based financial education software platform. Stephen previously served as Managing Partner of CCC Alliance, a Boston-based network of single-family offices, He also was founder and CEO of Summitas, a software company that provides family offices and investment advisors with a secure portal for collaboration. Stephen received his BS and MBA from Babson College, where he serves on the Board of Overseers, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence developing the Babson Institute of Family Entrepreneurship, and is a recipient of the Snyder Award for Distinguished Service.

Leslie Pine, Managing Partner, The Philanthropic Institute

Leslie Pine, Managing Partner at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), participated in founding TPI in 1989, and has been the principal architect of TPI's creative approach to program design and strategy, helping funders and corporations develop new and more effective approaches to the issues that concern them.
Leslie also oversees TPI's ongoing assistance to a number of foundations and corporations. She has helped clients to develop and launch a range of philanthropic strategies including grants initiatives to stimulate innovative solutions to education, health and other social issues. Her corporate work has included design of signature initiatives and creative models to promote employee giving and community engagement. Other areas of expertise include foundation assessment, using evaluation to inform strategy, and foundation planning that engages internal stakeholders as well as external expertise and wisdom.
Prior to joining TPI, Leslie’s work focused on policy research and analysis in the academic and governmental sectors. She was the Senior Health Analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration & Finance, responsible for assessing the state's most critical health priorities, and developing effective strategies and resources for meeting those needs. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, and received a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Karen Reynolds Sharkey, National Business Owner Strategy Executive, U.S. Trust

Karen Reynolds Sharkey is the National Business Owner Strategy Executive with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Headquartered in New York City, Karen directs the bank’s strategy, outreach and offerings to entrepreneurs and their family members nationwide. She leads the bank’s strategic vision and tactical initiatives for this fast-growing constituency, promoting an optimal client experience.

Closely attuned to the needs and priorities of business owners, Karen works with Private Client Advisors and specialists to provide thoughtful guidance and innovative research on critical issues including business succession, liquidity strategies, expansion financing, wealth transfer, investments and legacy fulfillment. She fosters close collaboration across the enterprise, streamlining the intersection of personal and professional priorities so that clients can focus on what matters most to them.

Karen joined U.S. Trust in 2010, serving as a Market Executive for Metro New York and was a member of the Metro New York leadership team. In this capacity, she was responsible for business development and relationship management, advising high net worth clients, family offices and foundations on investments, credit and wealth transfer. She also headed the Private Business Owner initiative for the market, a precursor to her national leadership role. Previously, Karen spent 17 years with the Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan. She holds an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business and her B.A. in Economics and History from Rutgers College.

Karen serves on the advisory board of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School, the board of directors of the New York Women’s Foundation, and the advisory council of the Riverside Symphony. She is regularly quoted by national publications and was a contributor to The Owner’s Journey, a white paper published by the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School in collaboration with U.S. Trust.

Barbara Roberts, Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School

As Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, Barbara speaks and writes about all stages of entrepreneurship from start up through exit and on family business governance and succession planning.  Barbara works with family-held companies as a board member or consultant and as NY Chair for Tiger 21, the peer learning group for high net worth people.  She is a founder of the Family Business Institute of Women Corporate Directors and developed the NYCEDC’s program for succession planning for business owners not born in the U.S.

Trained as an economist, Barbara began her career on Wall Street and became the first woman on the board of Dean Witter.  She then was hired as President/CEO of three family-owned companies, preparing each for sale or merger.  A Harvard case study tells the story of how she lead a 60-year-old photography agency with revenues of $7 million to sell for $70 million by developing one of the first digital delivery systems for photographs and championing the use of non-white models.  As President/CEO of Acoustiguide, she lead that family-owned business from analog to digital delivery of award-winning audio content for museums and historical sites and merged it with Espro.


Julie Shafer, Head of Strategic Philanthropy & Purpose Investments, Family Wealth Advisors, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas Group

Julie Shafer is Head of Strategic Philanthropy and Purpose Investing for Family Wealth Advisors, the ultra-high net worth division of Bank of the West Wealth Management. She helps personalize giving strategies for families and individuals through the exploration of giving goals and motivations and creates customized strategies that are effective and measurable to allow not-for-profits to quickly develop a model of sustainability and impact.
Ms. Shafer has more than 20 years of experience working with philanthropists, foundations, not-for-profits and corporations both nationally and globally. Prior to joining Bank of the West, she led a highly successful Strategic Philanthropy Consulting firm which specialized in efficient, thoughtful and effective strategic planning for donors and grantees. She previously served in several senior not-for-profit executive positions including Director of Development at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases UCSF and as Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation.
She holds a B.A. from the University of California and a MFCC from University of San Francisco.


Daniel C. Tarlas, Senior Managing Director, Asset Consulting Group LLC

Dan is a principal at ACG, directing and orchestrating firm-wide initiatives.  He also oversees ACG’s private client advisory practice, which includes family offices, high-net-worth investors, endowments and foundations, and much of his time is spent with new business development activities and ongoing client relationship management.  Prior to joining ACG in 1992, Dan worked in the brokerage sector of the financial securities industry where he coordinated investment strategies for high-net-worth individuals and corporations.  Dan is a member of ACG’s Investment Committee, which establishes the framework for the firm’s investment philosophy and oversees the internal processes used to ultimately make investment recommendations to clients.  Dan received a degree in Communications from the University of Tulsa.  He brings 33 years of investment experience to ACG’s clients, is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis and the CFA Institute.