Managing Wealth Through a Pandemic

Insights from the Front Line
Please note that this event will be through Zoom. Login information will be provided in the reminder email closer to the event
Hosted by: CFA Women's Network

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a serious threat to global health but also to the economy, investments and communities. How is the shutdown and our new virtual world affecting business and client relationships? This webinar will give insights into what investors should be doing now to minimize risks, manage consumer confidence, and leverage the resources introduced in the government stimulus package.

Our panel will breakdown the different types of clients, discuss their investment approach during a health crisis and extraordinary financial market volatility, provide recommendations for current allocations and give their thoughts on alternative investments. They’ll also provide insight into the following:

  • Client experiences with unemployment insurance and government funding including the Payroll Protection Program
  • Opportunities within financial planning, estate planning and gifting strategies 
  • Advice for clients with the 2020 election 6 months away 
  • Differences in investing related behavior among genders and age groups 
  • Advice for young professionals interested in a career in wealth management

Moderator: Elizabeth Martinez, CFA - Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Bank of America Private Bank

Jenifer Aronson, CFA - Managing Partner, Mosaic Fi, LLC
Sunitha C. Thomas, CFA - Senior Vice President and Regional Portfolio Advisor, Wealth Management, Northern Trust

Members - FREE 
Nonmembers - FREE
(member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 1 credit hour

Registration: Online
Zoom login information will be provided in the reminder email closer to the event.
Registration closes at 5:00 PM on May 6, 2020.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CT: Program
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*Distribution of presentation slides is at the discretion of the speaker and may not be available for this event


Elizabeth Martinez, CFA, is a senior vice president and portfolio manager with Bank of America Private Bank in Chicago. Martinez works closely with high- and ultra-high-net-worth clients to develop and implement tailored investment initiatives to pursue their goals and priorities. She brings a seasoned perspective to the capital markets, supporting clients in navigating dynamic investment conditions relative their unique risk parameters, tax circumstances, and personal objectives.

A strong communicator and natural educator, Martinez supports clients in making informed decisions about their investments, helping them weigh multiple factors relative to their goals. She is adept in diverse asset classes, including traditional and alternative investments, such as private equity, hedge funds, and private markets. Drawing on the extensive research and investment capabilities of the Private Bank, Martinez strives to help clients mitigate risk during volatile environment. She brings a profound service ethic to her work, pursuing each client’s long-term well-being through her ongoing diligence and responsiveness. 

Previously, Martinez was a director and senior portfolio manager with BMO Private Bank in Chicago, where she worked for more than 17 years. Passionate in her commitment to education, she has taught at the secondary-school level, earning recognition as an Outstanding Educator.. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has worked in investment management since 1995. Martinez is a member of the CFA Women’s Advisory Group within CFA Society of Chicago. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor in finance at DePaul. She earned her M.S. in finance with Distinction from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and her undergraduate degree in finance with High Honors, also from DePaul.



Jenifer Aronson, CFA, is managing partner with Mosaic Fi, LLC. Aronson has over 20 years of experience with some of Chicago’s most recognized investment firms, including Northern Trust and UBS Brinson Partners. Most recently, she worked with family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals advising them on their investment portfolios, tax and estate planning, and other financial related matters.

Aronson holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, is a member of CFA Institute and a member of CFA Society Chicago. She is a member of the Society’s CFA Women’s Network Advisory Group and previously served as a co-chair for the Society’s Professional Development Advisory Group. She received a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. in finance and economics from the University of Chicago.

Sunitha C. Thomas, CFA,
serves as a senior vice president and regional portfolio advisor in the Wealth Management business unit at Northern Trust. Thomas advises clients on optimizing their asset allocation and identifying investment opportunities in the context of their overall balance sheet and unique goals. She also serves in a leadership capacity on Northern Trust’s National Investment Committees (Investment Policy and Investment Selection.) Thomas has a diversified financial services career having previously served as the segment leader of Wealth Advisory Services, where she was responsible for strategic development and execution nationally in the $20-$200 million client wealth segment. Prior to that, she was the associate director of equity research in Northern Trust’s Asset Management business.

Thomas also worked as an analyst at both Putnam and Fidelity Investments covering global investment opportunities in both the equity and debt markets. Along with extensive due diligence travel to Latin America and Asia, she completed an expatriate assignment in Hong Kong following the Asian debt crisis. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Harris Theater. Prior to that, she has served as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Music Institute of Chicago, co-chair of the Distinguished Speakers Series of the CFA Society Chicago, and trustee of the National Kidney Foundation of Chicago. Thomas received a B.A. in economics and B.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago. She also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Chartered Financial Analyst and the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designations.


*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
This event is complimentary for both members and nonmembers. Registration online is required and closes at 5:00 PM on May 6, 2020.

CFA Institute CE Qualified Activity
This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Professional Development Program.

5/7/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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