About the SEM Conference

Twelve Years of Facilitating Connections

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.

GCM Grosvenor's Commitment

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.

SEM Conference History

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.


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833 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
President Barack Obama


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714 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
Madeleine K. Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State


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683 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
Robert F. Smith

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners


557 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
Mellody Hobson

President, Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation


432 Registrants
Keynote Speakers
Michael J. Acton

Managing Director, AEW Research, AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Steve Case

Co-Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, America Online


512 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
David Robinson

Co-Founder, Admiral Capital Group


452 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
Hugh McColl

Co-Founder and Chairman, Falfurrias Capital Partners


451 Registrants
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James Bell

Chief Financial Officer, The Boeing Company


364 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
Moctesuma Esparza

Chief Executive Officer, Maya Cinemas


305 Registrants
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Steward A. Kohl

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Company


306 Registrants
Keynote Speaker
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.