300+ Institutional Investors, Endowments, Fund of Funds, Managers and Consultants Gather with Minority- and Women-Owned Funds in NYC for Consortium 2012

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“Showcasing What’s Ahead” Focus of 9th Annual Event Including The Bootcamp for New Emerging Managers, New Women’s Power Lunch

This signature conference attracts the most active investors in the emerging manager arena responsible for nearly $2 trillion AUM.

Over 300 investors, including the representatives from the nation’s largest public pension plans, state treasurers and chief investment officers (CIOs) from dozens of states, foundations, endowments and fund of funds are meeting today with emerging managers at Consortium 2012 to explore investment strategies and today’s investment landscape. Event keynote by long-time civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN), and lunch keynote Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate for the City of New York, will examine the proven returns diverse and emerging investment firms are delivering.
    Now in its ninth year, the annual gathering includes two companion programs—The Bootcamp for emerging managers and the Women’s Power Lunch. The events will be held in New York City, June 13-14th with all sessions taking place at The Intercontinental New York Times Square.
    “With this year’s theme of Showcasing What’s Ahead, Consortium underscores our focus on spotlighting experienced and recently launched emerging managers, as well as key industry issues relating to investing with diverse and emerging managers,” said Renae Griffin, Founder & Principal, RG & Associates. “This signature conference attracts the most active investors in the emerging manager arena responsible for nearly $2 trillion assets under management (AUM).”    
    Consortium 2012 includes a mix of fast-paced, informative and highly interactive general sessions featuring noted thought leaders, top CIOs and breakout sessions addressing sector investment strategies and operating best practices. Now in its third year, The Bootcamp is a forum geared for emerging manager funds launched in the past 24 months. The focus is on delivering advice and expertise for successfully navigating today’s tight fundraising market and operational challenges. New this year is the Women’s Power Lunch, a two-hour event for women LPs and GPs to foster new connections and dialogue.
    In addition to Sharpton and de Blasio, confirmed speakers and panelists at Consortium 2012, The Bootcamp and Women’s Power Lunch include:
Randall Yanker, Senior Partner & CIO – Alternative Asset Managers, L.P.
Deborah Harmon, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Artemis Real Estate Partners
Haydee Celaya, Co-Founder and CIO – Avanz Capital
Barry Chase, Managing Principal – AVP Advisors, LLC
Edward Powers, Managing Director – BAML Capital Access Funds
Joseph Schlater, Chief Executive Officer – Busara Advisors
Carol Baldwin Moody, Senior Investment Officer – California Public Employees Retirement System
Solange Brooks, Portfolio Manager, Investments Executive Unit – California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Thomas Shingler, Vice President – Callan Associates, Inc.
Peter Braffman, Partner – Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group
Kelly M. Williams, Managing Director/Group Head – Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group
Stephan Nicoleau, Managing Partner – Critical Value Advisors
Francis Idehen, Director, Private Markets – Exelon Corporation
Wanda Felton, Vice Chair – Export-Import Bank of the United States
David Grain, Chair of Investment Committee – Florida State Board of Administration | Grain Management
William C. Thompson – Governor Cuomo's MWBE Team, Former NYC Comptroller
Rhonda Smith, Executive Director – Houston Municipal Employees Pension System
Kenyatta Matheny, Investment Officer, Emerging Managers – Illinois Teachers Retirement System
Ashmi X. Mehrotra, Portfolio Manager – J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Lawrence Unrein, Managing Director – J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Michael Elizondo, Executive Managing Director – Long Wharf Real Estate Partners
Ranji H. Nagaswami, CFA, Chief Investment Adviser – Mayor's Office of Pensions and Investments, New York City
Carla Harris, Managing Director – Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Kristin Finney-Cooke, Senior Consultant – NEPC, LLC
Marc Gross, Investment Officer for Emerging Manager of Manager – New York City Comptroller's Office
Yvonne Nelson, Head of Real Estate – New York City Retirement Systems
David E. Ourlicht, Commissioner & Trustee – New York State Insurance Fund & NYCERS
Tyson Pratcher, Assistant Comptroller – New York State Office of the Comptroller
Bryan Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer – North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and CIO – Nubuke Investments LLP
Von Hughes, Managing Director – Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC
Judy Chambers, Investment Consultant – Pension Consulting Alliance, Inc.
Christy Fields, Managing Director – Pension Consulting Alliance, Inc.
Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Executive Vice President – Piedmont Investment Advisors
Lofton Holder, Managing Partner – Pine Street Alternative Asset Management LLC
Reza Ali, Founder and Chief Investment Officer – Prosiris Capital
Raza Bokhari, Managing Partner – RBx Capital, LP
Craig A. Huff, Co-Chief Executive Officer – Reservoir Capital Group
Brian O'Neil, Chief Investment Officer – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Kristi Craig, Senior Vice President, Business Development – Small Business Investor Alliance
Greg Henry, Manager of Investments – Southern California Edison
Jose Fernandez, Partner – StepStone Group
Stuart Bernstein, Investment Manager – Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director – The Carlyle Group
Richard Wayner, Principal – The Keffi Group
Frank Ahimaz, Chief Investment Officer – The Museum of Modern Art
Garth Timoll, Principal – Top Tier Capital Partners
Michelle Davidson, Managing Director – TorreyCove Capital
C. Earl Peek, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Financial Institutions, Domestic Finance – U.S. Department of the Treasury
Sean Greene, Assoc. Administrator for Investments & Special Advisor for Innovation – U.S. Small Business Admin.
John Alouf, Director of Private Equity – Virginia Retirement System
Reginald Sanders, Director of Investments – WK Kellogg Foundation
Jeffrey Straayer, Senior Investment Manager – Wyoming Retirement System
Thomas Williams, Executive Director – Wyoming Retirement System

Members of the press interested in The Consortium contact Janet Falk at 347-256-9141 or Tisha Dore at 760-505-9676. Additional event information is online at http://rgameetings.com/12c/.

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