Family Wealth Report Investment Summit: From Values to Value Creation – New York


Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing for Multi-Generational Families

Our 2016 Asset Allocation Summit gave guidance on how to steer families through tides of low returns, but this year we address an evolution in investment thinking which is nothing less than a sea-change.

UHNW families have always acted in the full knowledge of the huge power of private capital to effect positive change, but growing momentum has now brought Impact investing right to the top of the advice agenda. Financial returns naturally remain imperative, but families – and the institutions they stand behind – are increasingly active, and even activist, in the way they deploy their wealth.

Many wish to see their financial and non-financial objectives ever more tightly aligned, but helping families on their journey from values to value creation is a highly complex task.

Join us to discuss vital questions like “Where should Impact ‘sit’ amid broader strategy?”, “What are the key elements in the Impact ‘toolbox’?” and “How do I as an advisor deliver the right insight and expertise?

Participants will join us to discuss vital questions like “Where should Impact ‘sit’ amid broader strategy?”, “What are the key elements in the Impact ‘toolbox’?” and “How do I as an advisor deliver the right insight and expertise?


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Discussions will include:

  • Preparing for Impact: The Role of Advisors in Ensuring that Impact Really Delivers
  • An Inter-Generational Conversation: Blending Financial and Non-Financial Investment Aims to Foster Fruitful Discussions
  • Impact in Action: The Challenges of Translating Principles into Investment Practice
  • Screens, Privates and Crowds: Emerging Avenues for Impact Investing
  • Changes to Estate and Capital Gains Tax: Harnessing Impact for Gifting Strategies
  • Families with a Cause: Activism Redefined
  • Plus multiple presentations throughout the day


Date and Time

Date: Wednesday 11th October • 2017
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


Grand Hyatt New York

Address: 109 East 42nd Street New York, NY. 10017, USA


Avi Sharon

CMO, Private Wealth Solutions


Avi Sharon is chief marketing officer and a principal in the private wealth group at Blackstone. Prior to joining Blackstone, Avi was a managing director at Alliance Bernstein, where he was head of product management for asset allocation and head of marketing for the private client group there.

He is based in New York where, among other things, he has helped in the development of the firm’s global family office initiative.

Gareth Davies

Head of Responsible Investment Solutions

Columbia Threadneedle Asset Management

Gareth is responsible for the commercial distribution strategy for the firm’s Global Responsible Investment business.  He is also a founding Trustee Director of the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, which aims to grow the firm’s commitment to investing in the community.

He previously held the position of Head of Global Strategic Relations, responsible for coordinating the firm’s distribution strategy and sales from global private banking clients.

Gareth is involved in a number of industry and government initiatives aimed at directing private capital towards public good and to this end has worked closely with and advised the UK Cabinet Office and Her Majesty’s Treasury on the mainstreaming of social investment, ensuring that more mechanisms to connect private capital with public services emerge. In 2016 he was appointed by the British  Government as a member of the UK Social Impact Advice & Distribution Advisory Group.

Gareth has previously run for national parliament in Britain and has held a number of advisory and campaign positions within UK national politics for over a decade.

He has degrees from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. and Harvard University in the U.S.

J. J. Harwayne Leitner


Davis Wright Tremaine

J.J. Harwayne Leitner, counsel in Davis Wright Tremaine’s New York office, has a multi-disciplinary practice representing tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, operating foundations, public charities, supporting and “friends of” organizations, donor advised funds, social welfare organizations, and business leagues. She counsels on tax laws pertaining to exempt organizations, including private foundation excise taxes, private benefit and inurement, intermediate sanctions, lobbying and political activities. J.J.'s practice also includes the formation of new organizations and obtaining federal/state tax exemptions; nationwide state charitable solicitation issues; corporate governance matters and complex corporate transactions. J.J. also serves as outside general counsel for many clients.

John LaFleur


Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd

John LaFleur is a Director at Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., a Chicago-based global philanthropic advisory firm. He is responsible for both direct client services and outreach to the advisor community. John brings deep experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has worked on a wide array of philanthropic initiatives, integrating a variety of philanthropic tools in service of the donors’ interests, with a particular emphasis on education, homelessness, and the arts.

His background includes serving as executive director of one of Boston’s largest private family foundations where he implemented a start-up grantmaking process and launched a number of successful large-scale program related investments and donor collaborations. In addition, he a worked with an elderly private donor to transition her downtown Boston commercial property to a private foundation, which provides subsidized non-profit office space.

John has a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University. He has served as President of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, and he is a founding director of the Edward Gorey House on Cape Cod.

Josh Cohen

Managing Partner and Co-founder

City Light Capital

Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine.

Together with Justin A. Rockefeller, Josh recently cofounded The ImPact, whose mission is to increase the probability and pace of solving social problems by improving the flow of capital to businesses creating measurable social impact. The ImPact is a membership organization comprised of investors who pledge to make impact investments, track their social impact and financial progress, and share that data with others who have made the Pact.

Prior to cofounding City Light Capital, Josh led direct investments for a family office in St. Louis, and worked with the SV Group, a private debt fund. Before becoming an investor, Josh was the Director of Business Development for Mobility Electronics (NASDAQ: IGOI). He began his career as an investment banker in the technology group of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in San Francisco. He is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations including the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, QuestBridge, Shalom Learning and the Redwoods Initiative.

Julie Shafer

Head of Strategic Philanthropy & Purpose Investing

Family Wealth Advisors Bank of the West, BNP Paribas Group

Julie Shafer is Head of Strategic Philanthropy andPurpose Investments 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.


Liz Luckett

Managing Partner

The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund (TSEF)

Liz Luckett is the lead Portfolio Manager and Managing Director for TSEF. She has an extensive background in technology, data, market research and philanthropy. Before joining TSEF, Liz was Director of Impact Investing at the Pershing Square Foundation where she oversaw mission aligned investments for the $400M foundation. Prior, Liz served as Senior Vice President at Citigroup where she worked on building research products and partnerships based on credit card data and then oversaw the marketing and product development of Citi’s business cards. Before Citi, Liz was an entrepreneur, co-founding Fulcrum Analytics (formerly, Cyber Dialogue), a predictive data modeling, market research and software firm. Liz began her career with the Gartner Group as a technology analyst focused on data security and industry standards, then joining the executive team where she worked on M&A for the company.

Liz serves on the board of directors of Root Capital and the Columbia University Trustee Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.  She also is on the board of directors for Aunt Bertha, First Access and Angaza. She received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University in England.

Ned Dane

Senior Vice President, Head of Private Client Group

Oppenheimer Funds

Ned Dane is Senior Vice President and head of OppenheimerFunds’ Private Client Group. He joined the firm in 2014 and is leading the effort to expand and strengthen the channel’s industry presence in the private bank, single family office, and bank trust channels.

Previously, he was head of Ultra High Net Worth Client Solutions at Merrill Lynch, and also held senior leadership positions within the firm’s Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions businesses. Ned was also President of AXA Advisors LLC, and served in leadership roles in both retail and institutional distribution at Putnam Investments.

He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder, a Chartered Retirement Plan CounselorSM (CRPC®) and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses. Ned has a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire and is involved in several cultural, philanthropic and educational institutions, including The Frick Pittsburgh, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees; and the Helen C. Frick Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Foundation, where he is a board member.

Randy Kaufman

Senior Vice President


Randy Kaufman is a Senior Vice President, focusing on EMM’s strategic growth as well as client relationship management. Randy’s expertise includes estate and income tax planning, pre-deal planning, multi-generational issues, impact investing and philanthropy.

Previously, she worked at Evercore Wealth Management as a Wealth Advisor, and at Federal Street Advisors, where she managed the firm’s Family Office Services. Randy also spent seven years at LongVue Advisors, a multi-family office that she co-founded, and six years with Fleet Bank and its predecessor, BankBoston, where she was the founder and managing director of the Wealth Strategies Group in Fleet Bank’s Private Client Group.

Before becoming a wealth adviser in 1998, Randy held various investment banking and tax structuring positions at J.P. Morgan and practiced corporate tax law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She has been a featured speaker over the years on numerous topics, including behavioral finance and philanthropy, the integration of business and personal issues and estate planning strategies.

Randy earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Chicago, and her Bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College.

Raúl Pomares


Sonen Capital LLC

Raúl Pomares is the Founder of Sonen Capital LLC, where he operates across the firm’s overall business activities, while focusing on client management, business development and industry leadership.

Prior to co-founding Sonen, Raúl served as a Managing Director at Springcreek Advisors, where he was in charge of the firm’s portfolio strategy. Previously, Raúl was a Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Wealth Management, where he developed integrated multi-manager portfolios for institutional and high net worth clients. Raúl applied his expertise across a broad range of impact investment themes to create an integrated manager research and portfolio construction methodology for investors.

Raúl is an internationally recognized speaker and author on sustainability and impact investing. He is the co-author of Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation, published in 2009 by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He received his B.S. in International Business Management from the University of San Francisco.  He is fluent in Spanish.

Susan Winer

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd

Susan is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., a global philanthropic advisory firm headquartered in Chicago. For 17 years, she has worked with donors as well as the advisor community to help them better understand and undertake impactful philanthropy using all of the available tools in the philanthropic toolbox across the spectrum of philanthropic vehicles.

Susan brings a unique skillset resulting from her almost 25 years of work with established non-profits and family-owned businesses as the President of Stratenomics, Inc. In this capacity, she worked with closely-held and family-owned businesses to find solutions to both market and operating challenges and to ensure stable and manageable growth. This depth of experience ensures the integration of best practices in philanthropy in the family enterprise and institutional services side of the firm’s service offerings.

Earlier in her career, Susan served as Vice President of the Chicago Board of Trade, the first woman in a senior position at the Exchange. She is a prolific writer and currently writes a monthly article for Family Wealth Report on philanthropy. She has served on the faculty of the Institute for Preparing Heirs®, and she has been a presenter at numerous workshops and conferences.

Susan has a B.A. from Wayne State University, attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, and successfully completed the mediation program at the Center for Mediation Law in California.