Upcoming Events


November 10, 2020 - 1:30pm

How much is the lack of diversity in corporate America costing investors and shareholders?

Countless academic studies show that diverse teams management teams outperform their homogenous counterparts. Yet, minorities and women only make up a fraction of senior leadership in the Fortune 500 and the investment management community.

Are investors and corporate boards failing in their fiduciary duties by allowing management to continue to operate in a sub-optimal capacity? Join Gilbert Garcia, Robert Raben, and Juan Martinez for a discussion moderated by Professor Russ Wermers on how the lack of diversity costs investors and shareholders from achieving optimal returns.


  • Gilbert Garcia, Managing Partner, Gilbert Hamilton Associates
  • Juan Martinez, VP/CFO & Treasurer, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
  • Robert Raben, Founder, The Raben Group

Moderated by Russ Wermers, Director, Center for Financial Policy.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Value Creation, UMD.

November 18, 2020 - 9:00am

The climate crisis poses a systemic threat to financial markets and the real economy, with significant disruptive consequences on asset valuations and economic stability. Join us as we discuss the implications for markets, regulators, across industries and indeed for fiduciaries and asset managers.

Presentation by Veena Ramani Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Veena Ramani
  • Russ Wermers, Director, Center for Financial Policy
  • Julie Hudson, Global Head of ESG Research, UBS
  • Bhanu Baweja, Chief Strategist, UBS

Read the Ceres report on climate change as a systemic risk.

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