Financial Advisor Summit: Vision 2022

CNBC Financial Advisor Summit: Vision 2022

The CNBC Financial Advisor Summit brings forward-thinking advisors together virtually to hear from industry heavyweights about the state of the markets and to learn new and innovative ways to address the needs of their clients and their firm.

As we reach the end of the year, we look ahead to 2022 – what will be the key investment themes in the new year? How will client needs change as the world continues its return to pre-pandemic life? What new challenges await? Plus, we celebrate the 2021 Financial Advisor 100 – CNBC’s annual list of top advisory firms.

This event is eligible for 5 CFP CE credits.

To read more about CNBC’s list of top-rated financial advisory firms, visit us here.


Penny Pennington

Penny Pennington is the managing partner of Edward Jones, a leading financial services company dedicated to helping its 8 million clients turn their life plans into financial plans. Under her leadership, the firm delivers on its purpose to partner for positive impact, to improve the lives of its clients and colleagues, and together, better its communities and society.

As Edward Jones begins its second century, Pennington, as the firm's sixth managing partner, is guiding Edward Jones through a cultural renewal and strategic transformation that is purpose-driven, leader-led and team-based. The firm's approximately 52,000 associates and nearly 19,000 financial advisors throughout the U.S. and Canada are committed to meeting clients' growing desires and expectations for a trusted advisor who deeply understands their goals and guides them to meet those goals with professional advice that reflects their unique situations.

With more branch offices in more communities than any other financial services company, Pennington is seeking to lift more people up through three areas of focus: partnering for lasting financial strength, promoting healthier futures, and advancing inclusive growth. One way Edward Jones brings these priorities to life is by promoting financial wellness; through its Financial Fitness program, the firm is committed to educating 1 million learners by the end of 2025. Edward Jones believes that serving more clients in more communities, and helping them achieve more possibilities in their lives, invigorates families and futures for this generation and generations to come.

Pennington began her career with Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2000 after a 14-year career in banking and was named a principal in 2006. She held various leadership roles in the firm's St. Louis home office before being named managing partner in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and she was named No. 69 on the Fortune Most Powerful Women list.

In 2022, Pennington was elected to serve a three-year term as a large-firm governor of the FINRA Board of Governors, which oversees management in the administration of FINRA’s affairs and the promotion of FINRA’s welfare, objectives and purposes. She is an active member of the St. Louis community, serving on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Penny now calls St. Louis home after relocating from Michigan 14 years ago with her husband, Mike Fidler, and two children. She is an active member of the St. Louis community, serving on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees, the Whitaker Foundation and Executive Committee of the Chair's Council for Greater St. Louis, Inc. Penny also actively champions Edward Jones' national presenting sponsorship with the Alzheimer's Association.

Bradley Tusk

Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist, political strategist, philanthropist and writer. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Tusk Venture Partners, the world’s first venture capital fund that invests solely in early stage startups in highly regulated industries, the founder of political consulting firm Tusk Strategies, and the co-founder and Chairman of the Ivory Gaming Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. Bradley’s family foundation is funding and leading the national campaign to bring mobile voting to all U.S. elections. Tusk Philanthropies also runs and funds anti-hunger campaigns that have led to the creation of universal school breakfast programs in 8 different states. Bradley is the author of The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups From Death by Politics, writes a column for Fast Company, hosts a podcast called Firewall about the intersection of tech and politics, and is the co-founder of the Gotham Book Prize. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School.

Previously, Bradley served as campaign manager for Mike Bloomberg’s 2009 mayoral race, as Deputy Governor of Illinois, overseeing the state’s budget, operations, legislation, policy and communications, as communications director for US Senator Chuck Schumer, and as Uber’s first political advisor. Bradley received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, art historian Harper Montgomery, their two kids, and their dog, Sam. He spends his free time worrying about the Mets.

Douglas Boneparth

Douglas A. Boneparth is the president and founder of Bone Fide Wealth. Early in his career, Boneparth became one of the youngest certified financial planner professionals in the country. In 2016, he was named to the InvestmentNews Top “40 Under 40.” Boneparth is also the co-author of The Millennial Money Fix, which helps millennials learn the reasons for their financial challenges and provides the mechanics for their solutions. He serves as the CFP Board Ambassador for New York, educating the public on how financial planning with CFP professionals can help people achieve their financial goals.

Boneparth has helped his clients negotiate sales of businesses; establish legacies for future generations; purchase new homes; pay off debt; and achieve financial independence. While servicing the needs of his diverse book of business, he noticed a gaping hole in the industry: advice for millennials, his peers.

He is a leading media source and influencer on millennial finance, appearing on CNBC’s On The Money and Nightly Business Report, ABC’s World News Tonight and Good Morning America, and Cheddar, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others.

Boneparth may be reached by email at Follow him on Twitter at @dougboneparth.

Charles Carmakal

Charles Carmakal is FireEye’s Strategic Services CTO and is one of the company’s leading incident response experts. He oversees a team that has helped over a thousand organizations respond to complex security breaches orchestrated by foreign governments, organized criminals, and political hacktivists. Charles has 19 years of experience helping organizations become more resilient to cyber attacks, including significant experience helping Fortune 500 organizations build and enhance security programs to combat advanced attacks. He frequently provides strategic security guidance to executive leadership and boards of directors.

Charles has conducted television and print interviews by media organizations including 60 Minutes, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, and Fox Business. Prior to joining FireEye, he served in various leadership roles within PwC in the US and Australia. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida.

Charles is serving as the Chair for the Executive Track.

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Jamil Farshchi

Jamil Farshchi is the Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax (NYSE: EFX). From breach response to business transformation, Farshchi has spent his career leading teams at some of the world’s most recognized brands.

Farshchi joined Equifax in 2018 and led an unprecedented transformation of the company’s security and technology capabilities in the aftermath of one of the most consequential data breaches in history. Good security is good for the bottom line and, in 2020, Equifax achieved record revenue of $4.1 billion — up more than 20% during his tenure.

Prior to Equifax, Farshchi was Chief Information Security Officer at The Home Depot, where he led the security turnaround for the Fortune 50 company following a high-profile breach.

He also previously served as Chief Information Security Officer of Time Warner, where he defended the company’s premier networks such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO; Vice President of Global Information Security for Visa, where he secured over $7 trillion of payment card transactions annually; and Chief Information Security Officer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he protected some of the most sensitive national security and nuclear weapon assets in the U.S. Farshchi began his career at NASA protecting emerging technologies, eventually becoming the agency’s Deputy Chief Information Assurance Officer.

Farshchi serves on the Board of Directors for the National Technology Security Coalition as well as the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech.

Gilbert Garcia

Gilbert Andrew Garcia is the Managing Partner of Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P. (GHA) in Houston, Texas. The firm manages over $17 billion in high quality fixed income securities leading the Houston Chronicle to name him the “The Texas Bond King” in various articles. Gilbert is a native Texan, graduate of public schools, and first gen college when he earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale University in 1985. After interning at Salomon Brothers in New York as a sophomore in 1983, Gilbert joined Salomon in 1985 becoming a Vice President in the mortgage department. At the firm, Gilbert saw the inception of all the products regularly utilized today including mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, interest rates swaps and medium-term notes, among other instruments. In 1990, he returned to Texas to build Cisneros Asset Management Company, ultimately becoming its President. He joined GHA in early 2002 and took over fixed income management duties with just over $200 million in assets. Gilbert became the Managing Partner in 2008 and the firm is 100% employee-owned and a certified MBE firm.

Gilbert and the firm have received numerous awards and accolades for performance and leadership from notable entities such as Institutional Investor Magazine, P & I Magazine, Houston Business Journal, National Association of Securities Professionals, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Houston Hispanic Chamber and Latino Leaders Magazine among many others. He is knowledgeable on pension issues after serving over 14 years as a trustee on two public pension funds. He is also intimately familiar with transit issues after serving as Chairman of Houston Metro; improving the financials, implementing transparency reform, re-imagining the bus network, expanding light rail and other improvements, all earning various awards including Transit Agency of the Year for North America in 2015. He is a sought-after public speaker and has chaired numerous galas and auctions for many non-profits. Most recently, Gilbert is regularly quoted and interviewed regarding diversity issues in the financial services industry. He served on two key SEC FACA committee and most recently led the Diversity & Inclusion effort.

Ivory Johnson

Ivory Johnson is the founder of Delancey Wealth Management. A Washington-based Certified Financial Planner and chartered financial consultant, he has more than 20 years of investment experience and specializes in comprehensive financial planning and portfolio management.

Johnson regularly appears on CNBC as a financial planning specialist and is a frequent blogger at He has been quoted in several publications, including US News & World Report, Journal of Financial Planning, Black Enterprise, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Investment News.

Johnson is the former director of financial planning at Scarborough Capital Management, has worked as an investment adviser with Charles Schwab and Prudential Securities, and served as an associate vice president with First Union National Bank, providing estate planning and portfolio management for high-net-worth families. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Johnson can be reached by email at Follow him on Twitter at @Ivory_Johnson.

Jeff Kotalik

Jeff Kotalik is a First Vice President, Sports and Entertainment Director, NFLPA Registered Institutional Player Financial Advisor & Senior Portfolio Manager with The Titan Group at Morgan Stanley. With over two decades of industry experience, Jeff focuses on crafting comprehensive wealth management plans for professional athletes, established and emerging entertainers, high net worth families, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs. Jeff has passionately supported USA Volleyball & USA Diving as an athlete, coach and parent for over 30 years. Jeff can be reached at Follow Jeff and The Titan Group on Twitter @TitanGroupMS

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Stephanie Link

Stephanie Link is chief investment strategist and portfolio manager at Hightower, a national wealth management firm that provides investment, financial and retirement planning services to individuals, foundations and family offices, as well as 401(k) consulting and cash management services to corporations.

Prior to joining Hightower, Link was the senior managing director and head of global equities research at Nuveen, where she co-managed the CREF Stock Variable Annuity Portfolio with $170 billion in assets, managed her own US Core portfolio with $3.7 billion in assets and oversaw 33 investment professionals who collectively managed $40 billion. Before joining Nuveen, Ms. Link spent seven years at TheStreet as Chief Investment Officer and co-portfolio manager of Jim Cramer’s Charitable Trust. Before that, she served for 10 years at Prudential Equity Group as managing director of institutional sales and director of research. She began her career at Dean Witter Reynolds in the institutional sales department.

Ms. Link earned a B.S. in finance at Boston College. She currently serves as chairperson for the Investment Advisory Council at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. She is also a board member at The Pingry School, in Basking Ridge, NJ.

As an investment professional with over 28 years of experience managing money, Ms. Link’s professional insights are frequently sought after for industry events and by the media.

What does Stephanie Link do when she’s not investing? Here’s a look in our Halftime Report “Trade Off”

Follow Stephanie Link on Twitter: @Stephanie_Link

Jon Mauney

Jon Mauney leads Betterment for Advisors, a leading digital-first wealth management platform for RIAs. After joining Betterment in 2013, Jon spent several years building software and leading engineering teams. Now, Jon spends his time working with financial advisors to build products that make their businesses more streamlined, efficient, and delightful for their clients. Jon received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kristi Rodriguez

Kristi Martin Rodriguez currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Nationwide Retirement Institute® for Nationwide Financial, leading the teams responsible for advocating for and educating members, partners and industry leaders on issues impacting their ability to have a secure financial future.

In her current role, Kristi oversees an extensive network of knowledgeable professionals who provide hands-on consultation to develop client strategies and address the major concerns America’s workers face when planning for retirement. Through timely insights, education and client-ready tools, both financial professionals and individuals are able to work directly with Nationwide to increase their awareness and knowledge of complex financial topics such as retirement income planning, health care, long-term care and Social Security.

Kristi has over 20 years of extensive experience in business-to-business and direct-to-consumer strategies and building high-performing teams. She joined Nationwide in 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing for Nationwide’s retirement plans business. Before joining Nationwide, Kristi held marketing and business leader roles at Aetna and UnitedHealth Group. Her experience includes functioning as the enterprise program lead of health care reform for UnitedHealthcare. Additionally, Kristi led a business development team working with the public sector, labor and trust and national accounts as liaison to their sales organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University as well as a Series 6 and 26 securities registrations.

Kristi is an active member of the community, working with several non-profit and social organizations that aid unserved communities throughout the country. Kristi was one of the founding members of the Ohio chapter of The National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), an organization helping people of color and women achieve inclusion in our industry. Kristi serves as a board member for Kindway, a non-profit organization dedicated to the successful re-entry of incarcerated men and women into the community. Additionally, Kristi is a member of the Board of Trustees for The American College of Financial Services.

Sheneya Wilson

The People's CPA, Sheneya Wilson, is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, and wealth educator. She has been a featured tax expert in The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, and currently serves on the Business Insider's 2021 Tax Review Board.

As the founder and CEO of Fola Financial LLC, an accounting and consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients with navigating their financial journey, she prides herself in educating and providing exceptional financial services to accelerate the growth of small business owners, real estate investors, and affluent professionals.

She is also the creator of the Tax Essentials Learning Program, an IRS certified tax course created to teach individuals how to monetize an essential skill. To her, "Education is the most powerful tool of which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela.

Liz Young

Liz Young is SoFi’s Head of Investment Strategy, responsible for providing economic and market insights to a variety of audiences. Prior to joining SoFi, Liz was the Director of Market Strategy at BNY Mellon Investment Management where she formulated and delivered views on macroeconomic themes and their effects on capital markets. Earlier in her career, she was a due diligence analyst at Robert W. Baird and a research analyst at BMO Global Asset Management. Liz is passionate about educating others on markets and investing in order to help people feel empowered to take a more active role in their financial futures.

Judith Casasampere

Judith Casasampere is a leading institutional sales executive for Interactive Brokers. Since 2015, she has focused mainly on Latin American and US Offshore financial advisors. She started her career at Interactive Brokers in 2001 in London, U.K., and in 2011 moved to Greenwich, CT, to manage institutional sales. She is a Certified European Financial Analyst and European Financial Advisor. She earned her degree in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Barcelona, and currently resides in Florida.

Michael Freeburg

Michael owns and manages Greenwich Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisory with client assets totaling over $2 billion in regulatory assets under management. Greenwich Wealth Management offers a wide variety of investment advisory services to high-net-worth clients and their families.

Freeburg is also the founding partner of Catalus Capital, a multi-strategy private equity firm. Since its inception in 2011, it has closed $500 million in deals with primary focus on early-stage energy storage and automotive digital technology.

From 2002-06, Freeburg was managing director at King Capital Ltd., a fixed income, investment, and trading company.

Michael began his career on the floor of the Commodity Exchange, Inc. where in 1981 he became one of the youngest members in the exchange’s history. He has held management and ownership positions in several floor brokerage and trading firms, including Floor Broker Associates, Freeburg Futures, and Custom Floor Brokerage over his 20-plus-year career as a Pit Trader.

Michael Lane

Michael Lane is Head of iShares U.S. Wealth Advisory and a member of the US Wealth Advisory and US iShares Executive Committees. Working with financial advisors for nearly three decades, Michael oversees the development of advisor centric solutions, due diligence and implementation of iShares, helping advisors build better portfolios with core, fixed income, factor and model-based ETFs.

Prior to joining iShares at BlackRock in 2018, Michael served as the Global Head of Strategic Retirement Initiatives at Dimensional Fund Advisors, responsible for the strategic development and global distribution of retirement solutions for one of the world's premier asset managers. During his 14-year tenure at Dimensional, Michael played a range of leadership roles, including CEO of Dimensional SmartNest LLC, providing customized managed account solutions for defined contribution plans. He additionally worked in the office of the chairman as well as leading the development of the retirement, broker-dealer, bank and TAMP businesses. Prior to Dimensional, Michael served as a director of advisor services at TIAA-CREF.

Michael has published three books, including Secrets of the Wealth Makers, as well as a range of articles on financial planning and advisory practices. A member of the Carson Wealth FinServ Advisory Council, he is kicking off the FinServ Foundation’s Next-Gen program – an initiative that will focus on bringing diverse talent to the financial services industry.

An '89 graduate of Binghamton University in New York, he serves as an Executive Committee member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board and received the Medal of Distinguished Service in 2019. As a former men’s tennis student-athlete at Binghamton, the tennis complex was renamed the “Lane Tennis Center,” based on his passion for the sport and involvement with the program.

Most importantly, Michael is a father of three, residing with his family in Austin, Texas.

Craig Lazzara

Craig Lazzara is Managing Director and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy for S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). The index investment strategy team provides research and commentary across the S&P DJI product set, with particular focus on the active-passive debate, factor indices, and index dynamics. Craig previously served as product manager for S&P DJI’s U.S. equity and real estate indices. These include the S&P 500® and the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, two of the most widely tracked benchmarks in the world.

Prior to joining S&P Indices in 2009, Craig was a managing director of Abacus Analytics, a quantitative consulting firm serving the brokerage and investment management communities. He previously directed marketing and client service for ETF Advisors and Salomon Smith Barney’s Global Equity Index Group, as well as for the Equity Portfolio Analysis group at Salomon Brothers. Earlier, Craig served as chief investment officer of Centurion Capital Management and Vantage Global Advisors, as a managing director of TSA Capital Management, and as a vice president and portfolio manager for Mellon Bank and T. Rowe Price Associates.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Craig is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

Frank Magnani

Frank A. Magnani is an accomplished sales and marketing executive at Interactive Brokers whose experience spans across global prime brokerage and execution services, clearing, product development, operations, risk management, due diligence, and developing strategic alliances. His primary focus is on Advisors, Hedge Funds, Proprietary Trading Groups, and Broker Dealers. Over the years, he has founded and launched several prime brokerage divisions within existing financial institutions, launched a third party marketing firm, as well as implemented the operational, trading, sales and marketing infrastructures for those organizations. Mr. Magnani’s past experience includes being Global Head of Clearing and Prime Brokerage Sales for Investec Group USA. In this role, he was responsible for sales, marketing, branding, public relations, and advertising. In addition, he was responsible for managing on site the European Offices of the American Stock Exchange based in London and Amsterdam.

Brian Nick

Brian has over fifteen years of experience analyzing economic and market data and developing investment strategies for client portfolios.

As Chief Investment Strategist, Brian is a member of Nuveen’s Global Investment Committee, where he works closely with the firm’s investment leaders to identify investment trends and provide insights on events driving market activity. He is also a voting member of the asset allocation committee of Nuveen’s parent company, TIAA. Previously, Brian served as Head of Tactical Asset Allocation for UBS Wealth Management Americas, and as a senior investment strategist at Barclays Wealth. He began his career in the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Economics from New York University, and holds the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® (CAIA®).

William Nicklin

Bill has led Horsesmouth through multiple decades of industry innovation in helping financial advisors build better businesses to serve their clients and communities. Through its pioneering products and services combining education, marketing and technology, Horsesmouth has become the trusted partner of advisors across the financial services industry. Bill previously worked as an analyst at Gartner and served on the board of the NYC chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization. He graduated from Penn’s Management & Technology program with degrees from the School of Engineering and the Wharton School

Dick Pfister

Dick has over 25 years of experience in the wealth advisory and financial services with an emphasis on diversifying traditional portfolios with alternative strategies. In 2015, he founded AlphaCore, which has become a leading wealth advisory and financial technology firm. He serves as AlphaCore’s CEO and managing member of the Investment Committee. Throughout his career he has successfully navigated changing market conditions on behalf of hundreds of entrepreneurs and investment professionals.

As a partner at Altegris, Dick democratized access to elite asset managers previously not available to the mainstream investor. In 2010, Dick and his partners sold Altegris to a Fortune 500 company.

Earlier in his career, Dick started as a technical analyst and floor trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He managed the Global Trade Desk for Dean Witter Reynolds. In addition, Dick is a part of the inaugural class of Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts. (CAIA)

Dick provides investment insight to the San Diego Foundation Investment Committee, the USD Emerging Leaders Council and served as a board member for Voices for Children, a charity focused on helping foster children throughout San Diego.

He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of San Diego, and is an Inaugural member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA).

Robert Worthington

Robert is a Managing Director and Head of Independent Wealth Solutions at iCapital. He brings to the role a broad array of alternative investment experience in the areas of sales, sales management, investment products, and general company management. Prior to joining the firm, he held senior positions at Brookfield Asset Management, Hatteras Funds, JPMorgan Asset Management, and Undiscovered Managers. Robert has been actively involved in the creation, structuring, and sales of alternative investment products since 2001. He obtained a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

Deirdre Bosa

Deirdre Bosa is anchor of CNBC’s tech-focused franchise, “TechCheck,” based out of the network’s San Francisco Bureau. Previously, she was anchor of the network’s daily program, “TechCheck,” that ran from April 2021 to February 2023. Before that, Bosa served as a technology reporter, owning stories on the biggest names in tech from Amazon to Alphabet, key players in China’s tech scene like Alibaba and Huawei, and Silicon Valley’s largest disruptors from Airbnb to Uber to WeWork. Prior to that, she was a frequent presence on air and online as a CNBC contributor, reporting out of Vancouver, Canada.

Bosa joined CNBC in 2012 covering the markets and economies of London and Singapore. She has co-anchored morning programs including “Squawk Box Asia,” “Squawk Box Europe,” and “Worldwide Exchange.”

Prior to CNBC, Bosa was an anchor and reporter for CCTV News International based in Beijing, as well as a contributor to Fox Business News. Deirdre also worked for several multinational corporations including Barrick Gold in Toronto and Rio Tinto in Shanghai.

She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and University of Hong Kong’s Masters of Journalism program.

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere, and he wants to help you find it. He is host of CNBC's "Mad Money," (M-F, 6PM ET) featuring lively guest interviews, viewer calls and most important, the unmatched, fiery opinions of Cramer himself. He serves as the viewer's personal guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing—navigating through both opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind—to help them make money.

Cramer is also co-anchor of the 9 a.m. ET hour of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET) and the founder of TheStreet, a multimedia provider of financial commentary.

He graduated from Harvard College where he was president and editor-in-chief of the prestigious daily, The Harvard Crimson. After graduation, he became a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat and later for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, where he covered stories ranging from homicides to sporting events.

Cramer is a former hedge fund manager and founder/owner and senior partner of Cramer Berkowitz. His compounded rate of return was 24 percent after all fees for 14 years at Cramer Berkowitz. He retired from his hedge fund in 2001, where he finished with one of the best records in the business, including having 36 percent-plus year in 2000.

He helped Steve Brill launch American Lawyer magazine before attending Harvard Law School and earning a law degree. Upon graduating and passing the New York State Bar Examination and being admitted to the N.Y. State Bar, Cramer joined Goldman Sachs in sales and trading. While at Goldman, Cramer wrote for The New Republic about stock market issues.

In December 2013, he published the book, "Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully," in which he creates a guide to high-yield, low-risk investing. Cramer is also the author of "Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even," "Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich," "Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich," "Jim Cramer's RealMoney" and "Confessions of a Street Addict."

Sharon Epperson

Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms.

As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.

Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. In September 2018, she and her family established “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection and innovative treatments.

Epperson is a lead contributor to “Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.,” a multi-platform financial wellness and education initiative at CNBC in partnership with the micro-investing app Acorns, and developed its companion 8-week learning course and weekly newsletter, “Invest in You: Money 101.” She also contributes to NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News as well as and

Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.

Epperson has numerous industry and civic awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Savvy Inspiration Award from the non-profit, financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies. She won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.

An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her professional development courses for graduate students.

Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.

She currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.

Eamon Javers

Eamon Javers is CNBC’s Senior Washington Correspondent, focusing on the role of money and influence in Washington, D.C. He also reports on the U.S. Department of Justice and its Antitrust division’s expected battle with Big Tech. Javers joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation’s capital and appears on the network’s Business Day programming.

Previously, Javers was a White House reporter for Politico, where he covered the intersection of Wall Street and Washington. He conducted investigations of the administration’s financial bailouts and economic stimulus efforts, broke news about the presidency of Barack Obama and authored trend stories on Washington.

Prior to joining Politico, Javers was a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine writing extensively about Washington lobbying, including the Jack Abramoff scandal and unearthed previously unknown incidents of corporate espionage. He also was an on-air correspondent for CNBC, where he covered the intersection of business and politics. Javers’ articles have appeared in Fortune, Money, Congressional Quarterly and He began his career at The Hill, a weekly newspaper (and website) covering Congress.

Javers is author of the book “Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage,” which revealed a never-before-reported CIA policy allowing active-duty officers to moonlight in the private sector.

He has appeared as an analyst on each of the major broadcast networks, all of the major cable television news networks, the BBC and National Public Radio.

In 2014, Javers was named a finalist in the Gerald Loeb Awards explanatory category for his coverage of how market-moving financial data is released. In 2006, Javers received an Award of Distinction in investigative journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Follow Eamon Javers on Twitter @EamonJavers.

Tyler Mathisen

Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.

Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."

Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."

Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.

In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.

A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.

JJ Ramberg

JJ Ramberg is the co-founder of Goodpods which is solving discovery for the podcast industry and on the founding team of NewAtlantis Labs which is addressing biodiversity loss in our ocean. JJ was named one of Inc Magazine's Female Founders 100 and Goodpods was honored as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies. JJ spent over a decade as the anchor of MSNBC's Your Business and is the author of two books, the best-selling It's Your Business and the children's book The Startup Club.

Jen Rogers

Jen Rogers is an award-winning financial reporter and anchor. Most recently, she was the host of The Final Round, Yahoo! Finance’s live daily close-of-market show and Time for Change, its program focused on issues of diversity and social justice in the business world.

Before joining Yahoo! Finance, Jen spent more than a decade in television -- at CNN, MSNBC, and Reuters. She has had a front row seat for the biggest tech and finance stories of our time and has interviewed a who’s who of business leaders, including Warren Buffett and Elon Musk.

Jen is a runner, a reader, and a cancer survivor. She co-founded Comedy vs Cancer, an annual event which raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she also serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Rhonda Schaffler

Rhonda Schaffler has been reporting on business for NJ Spotlight News since 2016. Previously, she worked as an anchor and reporter for CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg.

Caroline Woods

NYC-based video presenter and producer with extensive experience in all areas of television and digital video development and production, including anchoring, reporting, writing, producing, interviewing, editing, social media, hiring and team development. Organized, detail-oriented and collaborative leader with comprehensive experience in business news, media training and startups.



Welcome Remarks 

Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor and Vice President, Events Strategy 

Advisor Insight: The State of the FA Profession in 2022

As Managing Partner at Edward Jones, Penny Pennington oversees 19,000 financial advisors and sets the strategic direction for the firm, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022. In her short time at the helm, Pennington has led the firm to redefine retirement planning to include a focus on health, purpose and family, and committed Edward Jones to ambitious diverse representation goals to place more women and people of color into roles as leaders and financial advisors. Pennington kicks off the FA Summit to talk about the current state of the FA profession and its future.

Penny Pennington, Edward Jones Managing Partner
Interviewer: Kelly Evans, CNBC “The Exchange” Anchor and “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor
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Vision 2022: Opportunities and Trends

Investors poured into hot trends like electric vehicles, sports betting and
cryptocurrency in 2021. Will regulators slow their growth in the year ahead? Or will government go-aheads give them more room to run? Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist who focuses on startups in regulated industries. Find out how he thinks potential state, local and federal policy changes may impact investments in these hot industries.

Bradley Tusk, Tusk Venture Partners Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Interviewer: Leslie Picker, CNBC Reporter
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U.S. Stocks in 2022

Has inflation peaked or will it get worse? What will the Fed do and who will be running it? Does the pandemic officially end? The answers to these questions set the stage for our conversation about the opportunities and challenges ahead for investors in the year to come. Our experts weigh in.  

Stephanie Link, Hightower Chief Investment Strategist & Portfolio Manager
Liz Young, SoFi Head of Investment Strategy
Moderator: Bob Pisani, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent

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The Lightning Round

“Mad Money” host Jim Cramer brings the show to the FA Summit, delivering his quick take on hot stocks and sectors to watch in 2022. Featuring questions from the leaders of some of the firms on CNBC’s FA 100 List.

Moderator: Jim Cramer, CNBC “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” Host and “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor
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Navigating Uncertainty: How to Find Opportunity in 2022


There is a long list of factors influencing investing outcomes in 2022: Deceleration of economic growth, the Fed and inflation, shifting consumer spending habits, productivity growth, and the bottom lines of corporations. As 2021 comes to a close and a new year is upon us, how can financial professionals navigate the uncertainty and find market opportunity for investors? 

Brian Nick, Nuveen Chief Investment Strategist
Interviewer: Jen Rogers, Financial Reporter 


To Build Back Better, or not to Build Back Better 

Depending on what Congress does or doesn’t accomplish in the final month of 2021, 2022 could bring sweeping changes to US tax policy, entitlements, retirement planning and more, with implications for the wealthy, the middle class, and small business owners. Or it could not. How do advisors plan for that? Hear from expert advisors on how they’re steering their clients through uncertain times and preparing them for the possibility of major changes.  

Jeffrey Levine, Buckingham Wealth Partners Chief Planning Officer
Sheneya WilsonFola Financial Founder and CEO
ModeratorSharon EppersonCNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent 
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Don’t fight it: Rising rates, peaking inflation

Has inflation peaked or will it continue to rise? Will the Fed start raising rates in May? June? Or later? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of fixed income markets in 2022. In this session, we’ll try to chart the course for a potentially volatile year ahead for bonds. 

Gilbert Garcia CFAGarcia Hamilton & Associates Managing Partner
Interviewer: Leslie Picker, CNBC Reporter

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Breakout Sessions

Integrating Alternative Investments Into Client Portfolios 


Successful and sophisticated financial advisory firms and their high-net-worth clients continue to look for innovations and opportunities in alternative investments to meet the growing need for greater diversification, and alternative sources of return and income with less correlated asset classes. The panel discusses recent product developments, managing potential challenges, and strategies to help investors capitalize on the increasing potential within alternative investments. 

Dick PfisterAlphaCore Wealth Advisory Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Robert WorthingtoniCapital Network Managing Director, Independent Wealth Solutions 
Moderator: Rhonda Schaffler, Business Anchor 


Smart Solutions for Complex 2022 Investment Challenges 


Investment advisors face multiple challenges managing global assets. As cross-border complexities evolve, it’s an important time to look ahead and examine how technology can help assess risk, reduce overhead and commissions, and enhance trading capabilities. This discussion will focus on ways to overcome investment challenges both now, and in 2022. 

Judith Casasampere, Interactive Brokers Institutional Sales, Latin America
Frank Magnani, Interactive Brokers Global Institutional Sales
Michael Freeburg, Greenwich Wealth Management Founding Member
Moderator: Jen RogersFinancial Reporter 

Sifting Through the Noise and Finding Portfolio Balance 


The pandemic has contributed to an investing environment fraught with market volatility, new trends, and inflation. As such, financial advisors are looking for a steady stream of guidance on new market opportunities. The challenge: sifting through what’s important in-the-moment as opposed to for the long-term? In this session, we’ll discuss investment themes to watch in 2022, and ways advisors can guide clients in the right direction. 

Michael LaneBlackRock Head of iShares U.S. Wealth Advisory
Craig Lazzara, S&P Dow Jones Indices Managing Director and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy
Moderator: JJ Ramberg, Business Journalist 


The Evolving Role of the Financial Advisor


We invited advisors who are top financial educators in their communities to be interviewed at each stop on Rolling Stones 2021 tour. We learned their roles have expanded–they’re providing clients with increased guidance, education, and extensive retirement planning in an effort to help them feel both secure and optimistic about their futures. This session reveals the results of those conversations, and the ways advisors are helping people manage their entire financial lives.

William T. Nicklin, Horsesmouth Chief Executive Officer
Interviewer: Caroline Woods, Business Journalist 

What Millennials Want in a Financial Advisor 

As Millennials begin to inherit $68 trillion in wealth from their Baby Boomer parents, surveys show that the young generation is not interested in the services of Financial Advisors. Data from the Federal Reserve shows that more than two-thirds of wealthy Americans under age 45 with at least $500,000 in net worth are “self-directed” when it comes to managing their wealth. A recent Wall Street Journal headline may have said it all: “Thanks for the golf invite, but you can’t invest my money.” Can they be won back?   

Jon Mauney, Betterment for Advisors General Manager
Kristi Rodriguez, Nationwide Retirement Institute Senior Vice President
Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

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Cyber Risk, Inside and Out

When it comes to cybersecurity, FAs need to consider protecting their clients’ personal data and their personal investments in equal measure. In this panel, two cybersecurity experts talk macro and micro cyber risk, from how to think about cybersecurity when choosing investments, to how to defend client assets from increasingly complex forms of attack.  

Jamil Farshchi, Equifax Chief Information Security Officer 
Charles Carmakal, Mandiant Chief Technology Officer
Moderator: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent
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The Inevitable Crypto Conversation

In August, Delancey Wealth Management founder Ivory Johnson argued in an op-ed on that Bitcoin, in small amounts, can benefit client portfolios, with acceptable amounts of risk. “Many asset classes that are now commonplace in a portfolio were at some point considered far too volatile for the average investor.” 2021 is the year crypto refused to be ignored. Ivory Johnson and Doug Boneparth joins the FA Summit to help prepare FAs for the inevitable moment when a client asks about crypto.

Douglas Boneparth, CFP, Bone Fide Wealth LLC President
Ivory Johnson, CFP, Delancey Wealth Management Founder
ModeratorDeirdre Bosa, CNBC TechCheck” Co-Anchor
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Opportunity Plays: The New Era for College Athletes and Advisors

A landmark Supreme Court decision this year forced the NCAA to allow its student athletes to use their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) for personal financial gain. Hanna and Haley Cavinder, twins on the Fresno State women’s basketball team who built an enormous social media following, cashed in immediately by signing multiple endorsement deals. And since one of the four pillars of the NCAA’s NIL policy is that “athletes can use professional service providers to help navigate NIL activities,” the new era for college athletics brings with it a new opportunity for FAs to bring in young clients.

Hanna and Haley Cavinder, Fresno State Basketball Players
Jeff Kotalik, Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment Director
Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
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FA Exchange

Join the conversation on camera for these interactive, topic-based sessions led by industry leaders.  Share your thoughts, ask questions, exchange ideas, and network with event speakers, our FA Council members, and your peers. 


FA Exchange: The Next Generation of Investors
Continue the conversation about new asset classes, changing retirement goals, the “great wealth transfer” and how those factors shape conversations with prospective clients.

Featured Guest: Kristi Rodriguez, Nationwide Retirement Institute Senior Vice President
Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent


FA Exchange: Market Trends 2022
Live from the New York Stock Exchange, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent Bob Pisani takes your questions and delivers the low-down on what traders are thinking about and worrying about in the year ahead.

Moderator: Bob Pisani, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent


Event Ends