Financial Advisor Summit
June 15, 2023

Financial Advisor Summit

Breaking Away: New Approaches for Uncertain Markets  

Market volatility appears to be here to stay as the US Federal Reserve Bank works to balance inflation and slower growth, and the global banking system absorbs and reacts to a series of shocks. For financial advisors and planners, navigating the current uncertainty and risk, as well as clients’ changing needs, while building durable, profitable portfolios can often require creative solutions. In this edition of the Financial Advisor Summit, CNBC will talk with top advisors, investors, market experts, technologists, and economists about the risks ahead, potential buying opportunities, and tools advisors can use to generate consistent returns while minimizing downside.

This event has been approved for 4.5 CFP Continuing Education Credits.

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


Roger Ferguson

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is the Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Immediate Past President and CEO of TIAA. Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re and Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation. Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell and was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; Corning, Inc.; Blend, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Mr. Ferguson is also active as an advisor and board member with various private fintech companies. He serves on the boards of The Conference Board, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other non for profits. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

Sonal Desai

Sonal Desai, Ph.D. is the executive vice president and chief investment officer for Franklin Templeton Fixed Income. Dr. Desai is responsible for overseeing Franklin's Municipal, Corporate Credit, Floating Rate, Multisector, Global (including Emerging Markets), and Money Market Fixed Income teams. She is also a portfolio manager for a number of strategies, including Core Plus, Strategic Income, Total Return, Low Duration, Global Absolute Return, and Global Aggregate Fixed Income.

She is a member of Franklin Resources' Executive Committee, a small group of the company's top leaders responsible for shaping the firm's overall strategy. In addition, she serves on the firm's Management and Investment Committees.

Prior to her current role, she served as a portfolio manager with Dr. Michael Hasenstab for the flagship Templeton Global Bond and Templeton Global Total Return strategies, as well as director of research for Templeton Global Macro, shaping the team's research agenda of in-depth global macroeconomic analysis covering thematic topics, regional and country analyses, and interest rate, currency and sovereign credit market outlooks. She started her career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh, and then worked for over six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Following this, she joined the private financial sector and worked for about five years as director and senior economist for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London. Dr. Desai joined Franklin Templeton in 2009 from Thames River Capital in London.

Dr. Desai holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Delhi University and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University. She was part of the Templeton Global Bond Fund portfolio management team named Morningstar's Fixed Income Manager of the Year in Canada in 2013. In addition, she has been named to Barron's annual list of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance every year since it was introduced in 2020.

Tom Lee

Thomas is one of the most widely recognized and followed macro strategists on Wall Street. He is best known for his evidence-based work on equity markets and fast growing technologies,
including digital assets and wireless technologies. Thomas has nearly 30 years of experience in macro markets and equity research.

He co-founded Fundstrat in 2014, a research advisory firm, which has now grown to over 28 full-time employees and serves hedge funds, mutual funds and family offices in over 26 countries.

Prior to co-founding the independent strategy research boutique, Fundstrat Global Advisors, he served as Chief Equity Strategist of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and had been at JPMorgan from,1999 through 2014. And prior to that, was both a highly regarded telecommunications equity research analyst and also small-cap equity/ bankruptcy/reorg strategist (2004-2010) working at firms like Kidder, Peabody and Salomon Smith Barney.

He is a full-time contributor to CNBC and is widely quoted in the media (CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, Yahoo Finance, among others) and professionally recognized. He has been ranked consistently by Institutional Investors and held the #1, #2 and #3 position for 15 consecutive years (1998-2013). He is known for his data-driven approach (“analysis not opinions”), and clients view his work as both contrarian and highly differentiated.

He is also considered one of the most trusted and well-known authorities in digital assets by Cindicator and top 100 key names by Cryptoinfluencer.

Thomas Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School with a BSE in Economics and dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He is a CFA Charter holder.

Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was first elected on November 6, 2018, with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history and reelected on November 8, 2022. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of residents. California is poised to become the world’s fourth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Presently, her office processes more than $3 trillion in banking transactions. She provides transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts, as well as for the state’s surplus funds. Treasurer Ma oversees an investment portfolio that currently averages over $200 billion—a significant portion of which is beneficially owned by more than 2,200 local governments in California. She serves as agent of sale for all State bonds and is trustee of billions of dollars of state indebtedness.

Dan Niles

Dan Niles is the Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager for the Satori Fund which was launched March of 2004. He started his Wall Street career in 1990.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Niles was a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman, Inc., a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman Technology Management, LLC, the former general partner of the Funds. Mr. Niles first joined Lehman Brothers in May 2000, as the Senior Sell-Side Equity Research Analyst covering computer hardware and semiconductors.

Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Niles was at Robertson Stephens where he held similar responsibilities as a Managing Director in Equity Research until 2000. He was in Robertson’s mergers & acquisitions group from 1990 to 1997. Before starting his Wall Street career in 1990, Mr. Niles was an Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mr. Niles received a BS in Systems Engineering from Boston University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Rebecca Patterson

Rebecca Patterson is a globally recognized investor and macro-economic researcher with more than 25 years’ experience studying how politics and policy intersect with economic trends to drive financial markets.

Most recently, Rebecca was Chief Investment Strategist and an executive committee member for Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. In that role, Rebecca shaped the firm’s research agenda across geographies and asset classes, oversaw development of new strategies to help large institutional clients solve their most pressing challenges, and shared her insights via Bridgewater’s Daily Observations publication.

Previously, Rebecca was Chief Investment Officer of Bessemer Trust, overseeing $85 billion in client assets. During her time there, Rebecca was a member of the firm’s Management Committee and helped launch their Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Before joining Bessemer in 2012, Rebecca spent more than 15 years at JPMorgan. There she worked as a researcher in the firm’s investment bank in Europe, Singapore and the U.S. She also served as Chief Investment Strategist in the asset management arm of the firm and ran the Private Bank’s global currency and commodity trading desk. Rebecca’s transition to finance came after several years working as a journalist, covering financial markets, policy and politics in the U.S. and Europe.

Rebecca is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She has served on the New York Federal Reserve’s Investor Advisory and Foreign Exchange committees. She also serves on the University of Florida’s Investment Corporation Advisory Board and was Chair of the Board for three years. She currently chairs the Council for Economic Education and is a member of the board of the Bretton Woods Committee. Rebecca’s insights are frequently sought after by the media; she co-hosted the first-ever television program dedicated to foreign-exchange markets: CNBC’s “Money in Motion.”

Rebecca holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida. She was included in American Banker’s list of Most Powerful Women in Finance for six consecutive years and was named to Forbes’ 50 over 50 in 2022.

Nathan Sheets

Nathan Sheets, Ph.D., is Global Chief Economist at Citi Research. In this role, Nathan leads Citi’s surveillance and forecasting of the global economy and directs the analysis of the firm’s economics team. He interacts closely with Citi’s major institutional clients and internal risk takers, and publishes research on cross-cutting themes shaping the global economy and financial markets.

Most recently, Nathan was Chief Economist and a member of the senior investment team at PGIM Fixed Income. He also has served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs, representing the U.S. government on international economic issues. Previously, he held positions with Citigroup, as Global Head of International Economics, and with the Federal Reserve Board, as Director of the Division of International Finance and FOMC Economist. In addition, Nathan was a senior advisor to the U.S. Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He joined Citi in October 2021.

Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Candice Tse

Candice is a managing director in the Client Solutions Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and serves as global head of the Strategic Advisory Solutions team. She focuses on global capital market research, macroeconomic strategy and client engagement. In addition, Candice developed the firm's EMPOWER the Investor framework, which guides Asian, Black, female, Hispanic/Latinx and LGBTQ+ investors toward greater financial success. She also serves as head of the New York and Jersey City chapter of the Asian Network.

Prior to assuming her current role, Candice served as US head of Market Strategy and held positions in Fundamental Equity Product Management, Institutional Sales and Portfolio Administration. She joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 1998 and was named managing director in 2019.

Candice is a founding board member of the Rutgers Business School's Center for Women in Business and is a board member of the Rutgers Business School Dean’s Board of Advisors. She is also a board member for Junior Achievement of New York. In 2021, she was named to the HERoes Role Model List, as a Top 100 Future Leader for her efforts in championing women in business
and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace.

Candice earned a BS in Marketing, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance and Management from Columbia Business School.

Brad Klontz

Bradley T. Klontz, Psy.D., CFP® is an expert in financial psychology, financial planning, and applied behavioral finance. He’s an Associate Professor of Practice at Creighton University Heider College of Business, Co-Founder of the Financial Psychology Institute, and Managing Principal of Your Mental Wealth Advisors. In addition to Money Mammoth (Wiley, 2020), Dr. Brad Klontz is co-author/co-editor of Facilitating Financial Health (NUCO, 2008; 2016), Financial Therapy (Springer, 2015), Mind Over Money (Broadway Business, 2009), Wired for Wealth (HCI, 2008), and The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge (HCI, 2005; 2008).

Dr. Brad Klontz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Former President of the Hawaii Psychological Association. He was awarded the Innovative Practice Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his application of psychological interventions to help people with money and wealth issues and his innovative practice in financial psychology for practitioners across the country.

Dr. Brad Klontz has been a columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and His work has been featured on ABC News’ 20/20, Good Morning America, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Kiplinger’s, Money Magazine, NPR and many other media outlets and professional magazines and journals.

In 2019 he was appointed to the CNBC Financial Wellness Council and in received the 2018 Montgomery-Warschauer Award from the Journal of Financial Planning, honoring the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the financial planning profession. He has partnered with organizations including Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Mutual of Omaha, and H&R Block in efforts to help raise public awareness around issues related to financial health and financial psychology.

Grant Sabatier

Grant Sabatier is the author of the international bestseller Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need (Penguin Random House), which has been translated into 14 languages. He is also the Creator of & Co-Founder/CEO of MMG Media Group.

Over the past 7 years, Grant has taught tens of millions of readers around the world to prioritize time over money, make more money, and make the most of this one life. His story and writing have been featured in over 400 international media outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, NPR, CNBC, Marketwatch, and many others. He’s also been a featured guest on ABC Nightline, the Rachael Ray Show, and NPR’s Here and Now.

Alex Trias

Alex Trias is a retired attorney. He and his wife and daughter have been living in Portugal since 2015. He is the author of the “Investment Pancake” series on and has published nearly 500 articles about tax planning, investing, early retirement, and where to find the best meals in Lisbon.

Brian Hamburger

Brian Hamburger is the founder, president and CEO of MarketCounsel Consulting, the leading business and regulatory compliance consultancy to the country’s preeminent entrepreneurial independent investment advisers. Brian is also the founder and chief counsel of the Hamburger Law Firm, a boutique law firm with its practice in virtually all areas related to the investment and securities industry, entrepreneurial and employment matters.

The MarketCounsel companies and the Hamburger Law Firm reflect Brian’s unrelenting entrepreneurial drive and genuine desire to provide an unparalleled combination of preeminent counsel and uncompromising service to the wealth management profession.

Throughout his career, Brian has been called upon to meet with members of Congress and SEC commissioners to advocate fiercely for independent investment advisers. He is a contributor for CNBC and various industry publications.

Brian is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the FINRA Dispute Resolution Board of Arbitrators and has served as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange. Brian is a chef in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and a Team Rubicon Greyshirt. He is chairman of the MarketCounsel Foundation as well as a director of Invest in Others charitable foundation and an officer on its executive committee.

A graduate of Quinnipiac College, Mr. Hamburger received his undergraduate degree with the school’s first dual major in Economics and Financial Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law where he was the recipient of a Dean’s Service Scholarship and the President’s Pinnacle Award for his role as Editor-in-Chief of the Res Ipsa Loquitur, its bi-weekly journal. Brian was among the first to earn the designation of Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) by the Wharton School and the FINRA Institute after completing his residency at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was also among the first to be awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™ (AIFA®) designation by the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Preston Cherry

Preston D. Cherry, PhD, is a certified financial planner, founder and president of Concurrent Financial Planning in Green Bay, Wisconsin and director of the Financial Planning Program and the Charles Schwab Foundation Center for Financial Wellness at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He has more than 15 years of financial services and academic experience, including financial planning, investment management, published research in top peer-reviewed journals, and extensive leadership in the planning profession.

Cherry is also an accredited financial counselor designation and a certified financial therapist. Preston has been cited by CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo Finance. He is an Investopedia 100 Top Financial Advisor, 2022 ThinkAdvisor LUMINARY Finalist, Ten to Watch in 2023, 2022 Past-President of the Financial Therapy Association, practitioner editor of the award-winning Journal of Financial Planning, and Board Member of the FinServ Foundation.

Gina Sanchez

Gina Sanchez is the Chief Executive Officer of Chantico Global and Chief Market Strategist for Lido Advisors.

Chantico Global was spun out of Roubini Global Economics in 2013. Ms. Sanchez was the Director of Equity and Asset Allocation for Roubini Global Economics. Currently, Chantico Global collaborates with Oxford Economics, the world’s largest economics consultancy. In addition, Ms. Sanchez currently serves as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Employee Retirement Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center and as an Advisory Board Member to the UCLA Anderson Masters of Financial Engineering Program. Ms. Sanchez also servers as Chief Market Strategist for Lido Advisors, an $11 billion national investment advisor based in Los Angeles

Prior to joining RGE, Ms. Sanchez spent four years as an institutional asset manager, serving at the California Endowment, a US$3 billion Los Angeles-based foundation, as managing director of public investments and at the Ford Foundation, a US$10 billion New York-based foundation, as director of public investments. In both roles, she was responsible for making asset allocation and manager selection recommendations for all external public managers, including both total return and absolute return strategies. In addition, she was a portfolio manager and strategist for eight years at American Century Investment Management in Mountain View, Calif.

She also worked in emerging markets research at JPMorgan in New York. She is frequently quoted in the media and was a recipient of Institutional Investor’s 2009 Foundations and Endowments Rising Stars Award.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a master’s in international policy studies from Stanford University.

Morgan Brennan

Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.

Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.

Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.

Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.

Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.

Contessa Brewer

Contessa Brewer is a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC appearing throughout Business Day as well as the network’s 7pm ET newscast “The News with Shepard Smith.” She covers major news stories for CNBC including presidential elections, hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic and trade wars. Her specialty coverage areas are casinos, the gaming industry and the insurance industry. Brewer joined the network in 2017 and is based at CNBC Global Headquarters.

A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Brewer is known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. While an anchor for MSNBC, she hosted daily news programs and the long-running, primetime series “Caught on Camera.” As a correspondent, Brewer has contributed reports to CBS News, CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she covered a wide range of stories including presidential elections, debt ceilings, government shutdowns, natural disasters, terror attacks and celebrity news. She began her career in Reno, NV followed by Palm Springs, CA and Milwaukee, WI.

Brewer is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. She’s narrated several audiobooks and resides in New York with her husband, twin sons and a dappled dachshund.

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.

Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans is the anchor of CNBC’s “The Exchange” (M-F, 1PM-2PM ET), the newsroom-based program for today’s investor. She is also co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” (M-F, 2PM-3PM ET), which broadcasts from the network’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

She joined the network in February 2012 as an on-air correspondent, reporting across CNBC’s Business Day programming. Evans was most recently co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and earlier, “Squawk on the Street” and “Worldwide Exchange” based in London.

Prior to CNBC, Evans was an economics reporter and “Heard on the Street” columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She also hosted the daily “News Hub” program on Evans joined the Journal in 2007 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.

Steve Kovach

Steve Kovach is Technology Correspondent for CNBC covering Apple, Microsoft, E-sports and video games for the network.

Most recently, he served as Technology Editor for, where he managed technology coverage for CNBC Digital. Kovach joined CNBC in 2018 from Business Insider, where he was Senior Technology Correspondent. He has a dual degree in journalism and English from Syracuse University.

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC’s “Fast Money” (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq’s MarketSite studio in New York’s Times Square. “Fast Money” gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. She is also the host of “Options Action,” (Friday, 5:30PM ET), a weekly half-hour program that explains the advantages of options trading.

In addition, Lee is a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” (M-F, 2PM-3PM ET).

Previously, Lee was co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and host of “Money in Motion Currency Trading” and "Option's Action". She also covered investment banking, hedge funds and private equity for the network.

Lee has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including “Rise of the Machines (2013),” “Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat”(2011), ”Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing” (2009) and ”Porn: Business of Pleasure” (2009). In 2008, Lee reported and anchored a one-hour documentary, “Made in China: People’s Republic of Profit,” from Beijing and Shanghai. She reported extensively for the network on China from the country’s growth to its challenges to the opportunities for U.S. businesses.

Lee received a 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination in 2009 for a CNBC Special Report: “Is Your Money Safe? The Fall of Lehman Brothers,” for which she co-anchored. Lee also has been nominated for two Emmy awards in Business News. In 2007, she was recognized for her report, “The $50M Con,” about a college student-turned scammer who ran a fake hedge fund and was ultimately caught by the FBI. And in 2003, she was nominated for her reporting on the proxy voting of mutual funds.

Prior to joining CNBC in 2004, Lee worked for Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News.

Before her career in television, Lee was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Her cases focused on the banking and credit card sectors.

Lee graduated with honors from Harvard College with a bachelor of arts in government. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.

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.

Kristina Partsinevelos

Kristina Partsinevelos joined CNBC in May 2021 and serves as the Nasdaq reporter for the network, based at the Nasdaq and CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. She covers the Nasdaq, semiconductors, ESG and precious metals, and her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms.

Prior to CNBC, Partsinevelos was a business correspondent and economist for three years at the Fox Business Network, covering everything from technology, to the White House, to the Federal Reserve and reporting in the field around New York City during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also reported from South Carolina in the eye of Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm, in September 2018.

Prior to that, Partsinevelos worked for Global News in London, BNN Bloomberg (Canada’s Business News Network), CTV News Channel and CBC Edmonton covering the latest financial news, including the retail, tech, and automotive sectors.

She is fluent in French and received her MBA from the University of Oxford’s Saȉd Business School. She also has a master’s in journalism from Carleton University.

Follow Kristina Partsinevelos on Twitter @KristinaParts.

Bob Pisani

A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has covered Wall Street and the stock market for over 25 years. Pisani covered the real estate market for CNBC from 1990-1995, then moved on to cover corporate management issues before becoming On-Air Stocks Editor in 1997. In addition to covering the global stock market, he also covers initial public offerings (IPOs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial market structure for CNBC.

Pisani is also the author of “Shut Up and Keep Talking: Lessons on Life and Investing from the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange,” which tells a series of captivating stories that reveal what he has learned about life and investing.

In 2017, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Security Traders Association of New York for “dedication to the Association and the Industry.”

In 2013, Pisani won Third Place in the National Headliner Awards in the Business and Consumer Reporting category for his documentary on the diamond business, “The Diamond Rush.”

In 2014, he was honored with a Recognition Award from the Market Technicians Association for “steadfast efforts to integrate technical analysis into financial decision making, journalism and reporting.”

In 2010, Pisani was an Webby Award Honoree from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences for ‘Best Business Blog.’

Prior to joining CNBC, Pisani co-authored “Investing in Land: How to Be a Successful Developer.” He and his father taught a course in real estate development at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987-1992. Pisani learned the real estate business from his father, Ralph Pisani, a retired real estate developer.

Matthew Bartolini

Matthew Bartolini is a Managing Director at State Street Global Advisors and Head of SPDR Americas Research. He manages a team responsible for the product research and analysis of SPDR ETFs, and the development of market outlooks, investment themes, and portfolio implementation ideas to help clients understand the market landscape and achieve their desired investment outcomes.

Matthew graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Economics and earned his MBA at Northeastern with concentrations in Investment Analytics and Corporate Finance. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analysts designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He also holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 licenses.

Suzanne Finnegan

Suzanne is responsible for the underwriting approval of all transactions for BAM insurance. Before BAM, she was an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and prior to that, was the Chief Municipal Underwriting Officer at FSA. She joined FSA from MBIA where she was the Vice President and Manager of the General Surveillance Department. She is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Municipal Analysts Group of NY. She holds a B.S. from St. John’s University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

Shawn Lese

Shawn serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Funds Management for Nuveen Real Estate’s ~$90 billion Americas platform. He leads a team of seasoned portfolio managers in driving investment performance and partnering with our clients on their current and prospective real estate investments. In addition, as Chief Investment Officer, Americas Shawn oversees the end-to end investment process. He is a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team and Americas Investment Committee.

Prior to joining the business in 2015, Shawn served as a managing director on the capital markets team of Grosvenor Fund Management. Shawn has also worked as an officer in Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment banking group. Additional experience includes positions at Lazard, JPMorgan and Sullivan & Cromwell. He entered the industry in 1998.

Shawn graduated with a B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Tom McLoughlin

Tom McLoughlin is Head of Fixed Income Americas, focusing on the taxable and tax exempt fixed income markets and on areas of public policy. In his current role, Tom manages an interdisciplinary team covering taxable and tax exempt strategy, corporate credit, preferred securities, closed end funds, and municipal bonds.

Tom has spent 37 years in the fixed income markets and prior to joining UBS in 2010, served as CEO of National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation. Prior to his tenure at National, he held a number of positions at MBIA Insurance Corp., including Head of Global Public Finance and manager of the U.S. Western Region. Earlier in his career, he served as a vice president at Legg Mason where he advised local governments throughout the US on the sale of municipal bonds. Prior to his tenure at Legg Mason, he was Assistant Director of the Government Finance Officers Association and a senior credit analyst at Moody’s Investors Service. Tom began his career as a staff member in the New York State Senate and the U.S. Congress.

Tom is a former chairman of the California Society of Municipal Analysts, former Governing Board Member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and a member of the Society of Municipal Analysts.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree from the George Washington University.

John Moninger

John Moninger is a managing director and the head of U.S. Distribution at Allspring Global Investments. In this capacity, he leads Allspring’s retail sales, institutional sales, platform development, client service, and consultant relations teams. He is responsible for leading efforts that identify ways to serve the firm’s existing and prospective client base. Prior to joining Allspring, John was with Eaton Vance Distributors as a managing director of retail sales where he set the strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of all intermediary distribution and relationship management. Before that, John was the executive vice president of advisory and brokerage consulting services at LPL Financial. Earlier roles for him include director of investment services at UBS Financial Services and cash management with AllianceBernstein. He is on the board of the Seal Family Foundation and is also actively involved with the Money Management Institute as former Chair of the Board of Governors. John began his investment industry career in 1994. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kutztown University. He has earned the Certified Private Wealth Advisor and Certified Investment Management Analyst designations.

Alison Shimada

Alison Shimada is a senior portfolio manager and the head of the Total Emerging Markets Equity team at Allspring Global Investments.

She joined Allspring from its predecessor firm, Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM). Prior to her current role, she served as a senior analyst covering areas of developing Europe and Africa. She began her responsibilities at WFAM as the head of equity research for the developed markets international equity team and as a senior investment analyst for Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Alison joined WFAM after serving as an investment officer of the University of California Regents­Office of the Treasurer. Her prior experience also includes serving as a portfolio manager specializing in Malaysian equities at Commerce Asset Fund Managers and as a senior equity analyst covering Japanese securities at Fidelity Investments Japan. Alison began her investment industry career in 1985.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political economies of industrial societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Bryant VanCronkhite

Bryant VanCronkhite is a senior portfolio manager and co-team leader for the Special Global Equity team. Prior to this, Bryant was a senior research analyst on the team. Earlier, Bryant was a mutual fund accountant for Strong Capital Management. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in professional accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of CFA Society Milwaukee and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bryant has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

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.

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.


Fed Notes: Where we go now

Fresh off the June 14 FOMC meeting, we’ll speak to a top Fed watcher who will share his view on what the latest decision means for markets. 

Roger Ferguson, TIAA Former President & CEO, CNBC Contributor
Interviewer: Kelly Evans, CNBC “The Exchange” Anchor & “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor

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What in the World is Happening

Rising interest rates, inflation and tight monetary policy continue to be major factors when it comes to global growth in 2023. In this session, we’ll talk to global-macro experts about current headwinds facing Europe and the US—be it fears of more trouble in the sector, ongoing armed conflicts, or labor shortages—as well as potential opportunities including the Asian rebound led by China. 

Gina Sanchez, Chantico Global LLC CEO, CNBC Contributor
Nathan Sheets, Citi Research Global Chief Economist
Moderator: Melissa Lee, CNBC “Fast Money” & “Options Action” Host 

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The Rate Stuff: Where Should You Be in Bonds?

With questions surrounding future Fed moves and the possibility of a soft landing for the economy still up in the air, it’s tough to know how much to allocate to fixed income in your portfolio. While 2022 claims about the death of the 60/40 portfolio appear now to have been somewhat exaggerated, finding the right mix of stocks and bonds still has no easy answer. In this session, a top investment officer in fixed income shares how she sees the market moving and where she’s putting money to work right now.  

Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Chief Investment Officer
Interviewer: Bob Pisani, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent

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A New Look at Munis: Strong Credits, Stronger Returns

Sponsored and programmed by Build America Mutual

Municipal bond yields are at or near their highest levels in a decade, providing a rare opportunity for individual investors to realize strong long-term yields, often with no state or Federal income-tax liability. But the sector can carry unexpected risks. A look at the channels investors can choose from when taking on municipal bond exposure, and the questions to ask to limit long-term credit concerns. 

Suzanne Finnegan, Build America Mutual Chief Credit Officer
Tom McLoughlin, UBS Chief Investment Office Head of Fixed Income, Americas
Moderator: Jen Rogers, Financial Journalist 

Money is Emotional: Navigating Big Feelings in Financial Planning

Making sound financial decisions is not always a straightforward process, as major life events—the death of a loved one, loss of a job, contentious inter-family relationships—can often carry a psychological element that complicates financial decision-making. We’ll examine common emotional responses to financial stress and the best ways to navigate them.

Preston Cherry, Concurrent Financial Planning Founder & President
Brad L. Klontz, YMW Advisors Managing Principal 
Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

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Investing in AI: What to Consider

Artificial intelligence may prove to be the most disruptive and significant change in technology in a generation. As more companies are moving to incorporate AI into their core businesses, the space appears to be ripe for investment, but carries no shortage of risk. Find out how one top tech investor is assessing what a winning strategy looks like in this emerging space.

Dan Niles, Satori Fund Founder & Portfolio Manager
Interviewer: Steve Kovach, CNBC Technology Correspondent 

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Top Regulatory Issues Facing FAs

Staying up to speed on regulatory and compliance changes can be challenging, and being prepared can save time, money and peace of mind. We’ll talk with Brian Hamburger of Hamburger Law LLC and MarketCounsel Consulting, who draws on 20-plus years of experience guiding clients through complex regulatory and investment hurdles. He’ll offer his thoughts on some of the latest SEC regulations—including issues around the 2022 marketing rule, cybersecurity, talent acquisition—as well as breaking down the 2023 SEC exam priorities. 

Brian Hamburger, Hamburger Law Founder & Chief Counsel
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC Co-Anchor “Power Lunch” & Vice President, Events Strategy

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Let There Be FIRE: Inside a Financial Movement

The FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) phenomenon continues to gain steam as a growing number of increasingly younger, extremely online investors commit themselves to an ethos of frugality and around-the-clock work to be able to live financially stable, work-free lives as soon as possible. Hear from a FIRE adherent currently living his dream and how he achieved his financial goals. 

Grant Sabatier, Author of “Financial Freedom”
Alex Trias
, Retired Attorney, FIRE movement advocate
Moderator: Kristina Partsinevelos, CNBC General Assignment Reporter

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Breakout Sessions

Opportunity in Equities: A 2023 Outlook


Disagreement over monetary policy and misunderstanding of the impact on the equity markets might seem like a problem for investors. In fact, both create opportunity. A discussion about the state of both emerging and U.S. equity markets and ways to capitalize on what’s influencing them now and through the rest of 2023. 

Alison Shimada, Allspring Global Investments Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Emerging Markets
Bryant VanCronkhite CFA, CPA, Allspring Global Investments Senior Portfolio Manager, Special Global Equity
Moderator: JJ Ramberg, Financial Journalist
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The New Norm in Real Estate


Investors are concerned with seeing empty offices, rising interest rates, and market volatility. A discussion about the changing real estate market, and why a nuanced approach to investing in real estate is essential, including evolving and alternative sectors, focused asset management, and nimble acquisition strategies.

Shawn Lese, Nuveen Real Estate Chief Investment Officer and Head of Funds Management, Americas
Interviewer: Jen Rogers, Financial Journalist
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Balancing Caution and Courage: An ETF Market Outlook


How do investors strike the right balance between optimism and pessimism given the economic uncertainty they’re facing with threats of recession and evolving monetary policy? A discussion about investment opportunities and challenges, as well as strategies to help position portfolios 

Matthew Bartolini, CFA, CAIA, State Street Global Advisors Head of SPDR Americas Research
Interviewer: Caroline Woods, Financial Journalist
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View From Wall Street: Forecasting the Last Half of 2023

Get insight into the second half of 2023 and weigh the chances of a bear market or a bullish case for equities when Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors shares
his investment strategy now and what he’s keeping his eye on down the road.

Tom Lee, Fundstrat Global Advisors Managing Partner
Interviewer: Melissa Lee, CNBC “Fast Money” & “Options Action” Host

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Portfolio Construction in Difficult Times

Building durable portfolios to withstand market volatility, and the occasional unforeseen Black Swan event, can be tricky. The standard 60/40 model can provide some semblance of stability, but it cannot always help investors seize gains when conditions are ripe, or prevent losses when things go sideways. We’ll look at how investors can make the most of the good times and the bad, by building portfolios that can capitalize on opportunity while minimizing risk.

Candice Tse, Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Advisory Solutions
Interviewer: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor

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Your Money, Your Legacy

Impact investing is important to many people, and helping clients support their social and philanthropic passions can be more involved than just simplifying taxes. It pays to have a deeper understanding of motivations, what drives investment decisions, and the legacy clients hope to leave behind. In this session, we’ll look at how FAs can better understand how and why clients support causes, and the best ways to help them achieve success in a financially prudent way – including teaching the next generation of investors how to do it.

Rebecca Patterson, Council for Economic Education Board Chair
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent 

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An Economy on the Edge

Recent bank failures and climbing interest rates have posed considerable risks to California’s already fragile economy – the fifth largest in the world. Meanwhile, soaring state tax revenues and billions in federal Covid relief have fueled record budget surpluses over the past two years. We speak to the Golden State’s top banker, who’s been responsible for managing its assets and investments every step of the way.

Fiona Ma, CPA, California State Treasurer
Interviewer: Contessa Brewer, CNBC Correspondent 

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A Conversation With Cramer: Tips to Survive, and Thrive, in a Tough Market

Jim Cramer and Tyler Mathisen close out our FA Summit discussing the latest opportunities in a tough market and a brief view into the CNBC Investing Club. 

Jim Cramer, CNBC “Mad Money” Host & “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC Co-Anchor “Power Lunch” & Vice President, Events Strategy

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FA Exchange

Second Half Insider Outlook: Recession or Rally?  

Live from the New York Stock Exchange, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent Bob Pisani takes your questions and delivers the low-down on what investors are thinking about for the rest of 2023 – and into 2024.  

Moderator: Bob Pisani, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent 

CNBC Pro – Information, Access and Insights  

Join Fundstrat Global Advisors managing partner, Tom Lee, as he shares his best investing plays and top picks for a market-beating portfolio.  

Tom Lee, Fundstrat Global Advisors Managing Partner
Moderator: Kristina Partsinevelos, CNBC Correspondent


Premier financial advisors discuss the risks ahead, potential buying opportunities, and tools advisors can use to generate consistent returns while minimizing downside


Top advisors, investors, market experts, technologists, and economists


Hear from financial experts and network with the nation’s top advisors


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