The 2020 CFA Institute Wealth Management Conference will feature practitioner-oriented educational sessions across a broad spectrum of topics carefully chosen to meet the needs of those engaged in managing private wealth.

Hosted by CFA Institute, CFA Society Seattle

Wealth Management combines rigorous, investment-oriented sessions with sessions on tools and strategies important to private wealth management, including financial planning, practice management, and client relationship management. The conference draws a global audience and includes opportunities to network with other delegates, as well as a select group of relevant vendors.


Thomas J. Boczar
Thomas J. Boczar CFA

Thomas J. Boczar, CFA, is senior managing director, strategic initiatives, at Lombard International. Previously, he was CEO at Intelligent Edge Advisors. Mr. Boczar has written more than 50 articles on single-stock concentration risk management and the tax-efficient monetization of various forms of concentrated wealth, and he has co-authored a reading on the topic that is part of the CFA Program curriculum. He holds an LLM degree in taxation and an advanced certificate in estate planning from New York University School of Law and MPAcc, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Miami.

Arden O'Connor
Arden O’Connor

Arden O’Connor is CEO of O’Connor Professional Group, which she founded to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, and learning and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, she is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal. Ms. O’Connor remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, and C4 Recovery Solutions. Previously, she served as a board member and chair of the Justice Resource Institute and a board member of the Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston. Ms. O’Connor maintains professional affiliations with the Boston Estate Planning Council, Worthy Circles, and the Family Firm Institute. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Richard Peterson
Richard L. Peterson

Richard L. Peterson is CEO of MarketPsych, a behavioral economics consultancy. He coaches wealth managers to improve their decision making and client relations. The Associated Press has called Dr. Peterson “Wall Street’s Top Psychiatrist.” He has developed popular financial personality tests, has published widely in academic journals, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Behavioral Finance. Dr. Peterson’s book Inside the Investor’s Brain was called “a seminal text” by Barron’s, is in six languages, and was named one of the top financial books of 2007 by Kiplinger. Additional books include MarketPsych and Trading on Sentiment. He earned arts and electrical engineering bachelor’s degrees (cum laude) and a doctorate (cum laude) in medicine from the University of Texas. Dr. Peterson carried out his post-doctoral research at Stanford University and is board certified in psychiatry.

Carol Schleif
Carol Schleif CFA

Carol Schleif, CFA, is the deputy chief investment officer of asset management at Abbot Downing, where she is responsible for helping create and communicate the firm’s asset management strategy. Previously, she served as regional chief investment officer for the Midwest region for Abbot Downing and was a partner and investment principal at Lowry Hill. Ms. Schleif has served as director of investment research and senior analyst at John G. Kinnard & Company and as a research officer at First Trust Company. She began her career as a market strategist at Piper Jaffray & Hopwood. For several years, Ms. Schleif wrote a monthly column for Twin Cities Business Monthly, and she currently writes a quarterly column for Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine. She has also written for Physician’s Money Digest, Estate Planning, Minnesota Law & Politics, and Arizona Business. Ms. Schleif has frequently lectured on a variety of topics, has been featured on CNBC and, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and by Bloomberg and Reuters, among others. She is a past board member of CFA Society Minnesota and recently attained the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. Ms. Schleif graduated summa cum laude with dual bachelor’s degrees in business and equestrian science from William Woods University.

Scott Welch
Scott D. Welch

Scott D. Welch is the chief investment officer of Model Portfolios at WisdomTree Asset Management. He is also a member of the WisdomTree Asset Allocation and Investment Committees. Previously, Mr. Welch was the chief investment officer of Dynasty Financial Partners. In addition, he was a co-founder and the chief investment officer of Fortigent, LLC. Mr. Welch also spent more than 12 years on Wall Street, where he focused on capital markets, corporate finance, and derivatives. He is a frequent speaker on wealth management, portfolio management, and the macroeconomic and investment landscape and is an award-winning author of numerous articles in a variety of industry trade journals. Mr. Welch holds the CIMA designation, as well as the Investment Strategist, Advanced Investment Strategist, and Alternative Investments Certificates from the Investments & Wealth Institute (IWI). He is on the Board of Directors of IWI, the Advisory Board of the ABA Wealth Management and Trust Conference, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Wealth Management and the IWI Investments & Wealth Monitor. He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Brian Wesbury
Brian Wesbury

Brian Wesbury is chief economist at First Trust Advisors L.P. He has been a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Chicago Fed, is a regular attendee of the Economist Roundtable Luncheon at the Chicago Fed, was chief economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress, and was named a fellow of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Mr. Wesbury’s writing appears in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs, and he appears regularly on Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC, and BNN Canada TV. He has been ranked as the top US economic forecaster by the Wall Street Journal and one of the nation’s top 10 forecasters by USA Today. Mr. Wesbury began his career at the Harris Bank and has served as vice president and economist at the Chicago Corporation and senior vice president and chief economist at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson. He is the author of The New Era of Wealth and, most recently, It’s Not As Bad As You Think. Mr. Wesbury received the University of Montana’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He received a BA in economics from the University of Montana and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.




The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


CFA Institute has arranged for a special group rate at the Westin Seattle. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel. You must refer to the “CFA Institute Wealth Management Block” when contacting the hotel at +1-206-728-1000. Reservations should be made by Monday, 2 March 2020 to take advantage of the discounted rate. The CFA Institute rate at the Westin Seattle is USD 238.98 inclusive of taxes and fees, subject to availability.

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