One of the longest-running events of its kind, the SEM Conference aims to raise the visibility of small, emerging and diverse investment managers, while providing institutional investors access to these managers. The event has helped forge long-lasting relationships by facilitating connections between managers and investors in a welcoming community of talented industry colleagues.
Last year’s conference sold out, with more than 800 registrants. We look forward to another successful turnout in Chicago this fall.
As part of GCM Grosvenor’s broad investment activity across alternative investments, the firm has developed specific expertise in funding and serving as a catalyst for small, emerging and diverse managers. GCM Grosvenor’s cumulative commitments to, and current investments with, these investment managers total approximately $16 billion. Through active support of diverse investment programs, hosting of Consortium (which showcases women and diverse managers) and sponsorship and participation in targeted conferences, it is a strong advocate for diversity in the broader financial services industry.
We are very proud to be in our 12th year of hosting the Small and Emerging Managers Conference, and we are honored to have engaged so many GPs and LPs in this important area of alternative investing. Over the years, the SEM Conference has evolved with the investing landscape, featuring distinguished keynote speakers and spirited discussions in cities across the U.S. Attendance has almost tripled since our first SEM Conference in 2007, as more investors and managers recognize the impact that small, emerging and diverse managers may have on portfolios.
President Barack Obama
Madeleine K. Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Robert F. Smith
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners
President, Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation
Michael J. Acton
Managing Director, AEW Research, AEW Capital Management, L.P.
Co-Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, America Online
Co-Founder, Admiral Capital Group
Co-Founder and Chairman, Falfurrias Capital Partners
Chief Financial Officer, The Boeing Company
Chief Executive Officer, Maya Cinemas
Steward A. Kohl
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Company
The Honorable Alphonso Jackson
Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Keynote Speaker titles are reflective of affiliations at the time of the keynote address.