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8:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:45 AM


Opening comments from Stefany Sandoval  | PE Operating  Executive, Alpine Investors

Groundbreakers RISE  | Class of 2023

9:50 AM

Workshop | Great Expectations

With Morra Aarons-Mele | Host, The Anxious Achiever

The word “perfect” has an overwhelmingly positive connotation, but it’s also a largely unattainable goal. As Winston Churchill said, "Perfection is the enemy of progress," and it's still true today. Morra Aarons-Mele will share proven skills based on behavioral science to help reset our expectations, navigate perfectionism, and get in touch with what we really want.


Anxiety happens when expectations are out of balance, ungrounded. Sometimes our expectations need to be rebalanced, just like our retirement portfolios. Sometimes we need to say goodbye to long-held expectations others put on us- from our parents to our coaches to our mentors and bosses. In this session, we will:

  • Learn how early expectations can take root and drive our goals- and also our anxiety

  • Examine the roots of perfectionism and comparison to others

  • Ask: Who are we proving ourselves to?

  • Audit our deeply held expectations

  • Work towards discovering what we truly want in our careers

  • Tips for managing team members who tip toward perfectionism

11:10 AM

In the Lead | Investor Exchange

Frontline perspectives from top allocators

In conversation with Kelly Williams

Toigo Board Member | CEO, Williams Legacy Foundation | Founding Chair, PEWIN


Elizabeth M. Hewitt | Chief Investment Officer & Senior Vice President; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Dana Johns | Head of Private Equity, New Jersey Division of Investment

11:30 AM

In the Lead | Goldman Sachs

Top finance leader in conversation with Kelly Williams

Featuring Stephanie Ivy Sanford  | Partner & Co-Head of the Americas Institutional Client Business, Goldman Sachs 

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11:50 AM


12:20 PM

Get Real: Real Times, Real Talk from Today's Finance Leaders

Moderated by Dr. Tina Opie


Taryn Siglain | Global  Head of Prime Services, State Street

Caroline Cosby | Chief Audit Executive, Vanguard

Alicia Pando | Partner & Chief Technology Officer, Adams Street Partners

Luna Yang | Vice President - U.S. Buyout Team, The Carlyle Group

Industry leaders share candid, real talk about today’s most pressing leadership challenges. Dr. Opie, author of Shared Sisterhood and a sought-after expert on equity, inclusion and navigating a path forward for institutions and individuals alike will bring her trademark style to the exchange. Bring your questions, your dilemmas, your dreams and we’ll sort through the issues together with honesty and courage.

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1:05 PM

Networking Break

Dessert Bar

Sponsored By:

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1:30 PM

Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

Moderated by Dr. Tina Opie

Sponsored By: GCM Grosvenor & Aflac

Join your tablemates as you discuss—and resolve—some intriguing scenarios. Key off the Real Times, Real Talk challenges that were raised earlier, or focus on a new set of challenges. These small group conversations are designed to bring forward rich and rewarding exchanges and deeper networking connections.

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2:30 PM

In the Lead | Cerberus

In conversation with Kelly Williams

Featuring Deirdre O'Connor  | CFO & Senior Managing Director, Cerberus 


2:50 PM

Future Forward Workshop | Caregiving Challenges

Lee Woodruff | Award-winning Co-Author (with Bob Woodruff, Former Co-Anchor - ABC Evening News)  "In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing"

Whether you are facing challenges directly in your family or supporting a team member who is, understanding the dynamic and how to best navigate is a future forward skill we can all benefit from. Lee Woodruff will share insights and ways to navigate the personal and professional challenges in navigating caregiving responsibilities. She’ll share her personal story of navigating family, personal and career challenges when her husband Bob Woodruff, co-anchor of ABC Evening News suffered a traumatic brain injury while on a wartime news assignment. Lee will touch on ways to support co-workers and direct reports facing caregiving challenges.

3:35 PM

Future Forward Workshop | AI Matters

Brandeis Marshall | Founder & CEO of DataedX Group

A quick dive into the reality of AI – what it means to us personally and professionally – and a look at ways to put it to work. This session will address key issues to consider, along with ways to get the most out of current tools for you and your team.

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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