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Gravitas Trends.

  • Andaz Hotel on Fifth Avenue 485 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

Please join us for our 9th Annual Gravitas Trends event on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. This thought leadership event brings together CEOs, founders, COOs and CTOs to discuss critical operational issues and trends impacting hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles today and tomorrow.  For more information about this event, please email Carling Pinckney at  

ATTIRE: "Smart Casual" (aka Jackets Only)




Political Landscape

Richard Baker, President & Chief Executive Officer, Managed Funds Association

Scaling Your Business with Technology                                                                           

Eash Sundaram, Chief Information Officer, JetBlue

Identifying, Assessing & Prioritizing Risk                                                                              

Patrick Howard, EVP, Enterprise-wide Head of Market Risk, BNY Mellon



Advanced Analytics & Cognitive Computing: Redefining Big Data

Brian Walter, Watson Global Transformation Partner Global Leader, Wealth Management, Banking & Financial Markets, IBM WATSON GROUP

Zachary Frayne, Chief Technology Officer, TPG-Axon Management, L.P.

  • Big Data & Watson: Applications in the Financial Industry
  • Leveraging Watson to Enhance Performance

Distinguishing Your Business with Effective Branding                    

Mich Bergesen, Global Director, Landor Associates

  • Why is Branding Relevant to Alternative Firms?
  • What Makes A Brand A Strong Growth Platform in this Space?
  • Who in Your Industry is Doing It Well?
  • Branding Through Market Cycles: Building An Evergreen Identity

Creating Value & Relevance Through Innovation            

Kurt Brungardt, Chief Information Officer & Managing Director, MSD Capital, L.P.

  • Why is Innovation Relevant?
  • Risk Taking & Understanding The Competition 
  • Best Practices: The Importance of Iteration & Failing Faster

Cybersecurity: Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Mark Adams, Vice President of Corporate Development, eSentire, Inc.

  • The SEC & Cybersecurity Initiative
  • Recent Industry Cyber-Attacks
  • Best Practices
Earlier Event: October 6
PE Thought Leadership Dinner.
Later Event: November 18
Thought Leadership Dinner.