For FSI and our members, 2018 will be remembered as the year the Department of Labor’s effort to impose an unworkable fiduciary standard upon our industry finally fell by the wayside – thanks in large part to our members’ consistent support and the successful lawsuit we helped initiate to overturn the rule. It’s crucial to remember, however, that many important advocacy initiatives still lie ahead of us.
Among these are the fight to ensure that similarly misguided fiduciary proposals do not take root at the state level; ensuring that the SEC’s proposed best interest standard of care (Reg BI) not only puts clients first, but enables them to receive the advice they need to achieve their financial goals, provided by a thriving financial services industry; and continuing our ongoing pattern of actively engaging regulators and lawmakers at every level about the issues that matter to our members – a strategy that has paid significant dividends over the course of FSI’s history.
With these tasks in mind, we are excited to gather together with our members at the New Orleans Marriott from January 28-30 for FSI OneVoice 2019, unquestionably the independent industry’s foremost gathering of broker-dealer CEOs and executives. The event will open with the Advancing Women in Leadership Luncheon, a special pre-conference workshop that will include prominent female executives sharing their experiences, discussing professional development and other issues that are important to advancing the careers of women in financial services.
From there, OneVoice 2019 will officially kick off with the opening general session, headlined by award-winning host, filmmaker and entrepreneur Jay Shetty, who will discuss how in today’s fast-paced and constantly-evolving world, we can not only continue to learn new things, but learn them faster – and even unlearn them if necessary. Mr. Shetty will provide insightful examples from organizations and people that make this process look effortless.
The conference’s second day will be punctuated by an all-woman Firm Leadership Panel comprised of Valerie G. Brown, Executive Chairman of the Board of Advisor Group; Jodi Perry, President of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.; Evamarie Schoenborn, President of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services; and Mimi Bock, President of Cetera Advisors and First Allied Securities.
During the closing general session on day two, attendees will hear from Ben Casnocha – who was named one of America’s top young entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek – discussing how leaders can effectively manage talent in the ‘Networked Age.’
As always, OneVoice 2019 will also feature dedicated discussion tracks to better help attendees get the most out of their experience. These tracks will give member firm executives the opportunity to discuss important topics in an intimate setting with recognized subject matter experts and will include the following: CEO; Compliance; Due Diligence; Investment Advisory Services; Marketing, Growth and Development; Operations and Technology; and Supervision tracks.
Of course, there will also be numerous opportunities for attendees to connect with their peers, network and share best practices. We look forward to seeing everyone next month in New Orleans.
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