Jim Crowley is the Chief Executive Officer for BNY Mellon | Pershing. Pershing provides business-to-business solutions to over 1,300 of the world’s most sophisticated financial services firms. Jim is the chair of Pershing’s Executive Committee and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. He leads a team of experienced professionals dedicated to helping firms operate their businesses more efficiently so they may serve their clients more effectively, while delivering a noticeably superior service experience.
Prior to becoming CEO in July 2019, he served as the firm’s chief operating officer, ensuring that Pershing had a sustainable and resilient business strategy, attracted and developed the best talent, and had the proper controls and systems in place to support its business.
In the past Jim served as Pershing’s chief relationship officer, working side-by-side with firms to help them develop their strategic vision and execute their growth initiatives.
Jim is a frequent speaker at client events and major industry conferences on business trends, strategy and transformation. He is often quoted in the business press for his broad range of industry insights and experience.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Florida State University. He is on the Board of Directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Financial Services Institute (FSI). Jim has completed the Securities Industry Institute® (SII) program, sponsored by SIFMA, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the SII Board of Trustees, where he held the role of chairman from 2007-2009.
Leslie Odom Jr.
Tony & Grammy Award-winning artist
Leslie Odom, Jr.is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning and Oscar, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy-nominated performer—with a multifaceted career that spans all performance genres: Broadway, television, film, and music.
Best known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, Leslie can be seen on the big screen in the film adaptation of the Olivier Award-nominated play One Night in Miami directed by Regina King, where he portrays and performs the songs of legendary singer Sam Cooke. For the film, Regina also enlisted Leslie to write and perform the original song, “Speak Now.”
Most recently, he released his second holiday album titled, The Christmas Album, which follows the release of Mr, his third album and first of all-original material.
Leslie can currently be heard voicing the character of Owen Tillerman in the Apple TV+ animated musical-comedy series Central Park, for which he received an Emmy nomination, as well as in the recently released filmed performance of the original Broadway production of Hamilton on Disney+.
His other upcoming projects include the feature film Music, written and directed by singer-songwriter Sia; Needle in A Timestack written and directed by John Ridley; and later this year he will star in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to David Chase’s Award-winning HBO series The Sopranos.
Additional film and television credits include the limited series, Love in the Time of Corona, which he co-starred opposite Nicolette Robinson and produced, Harriet, Murder on the Orient Express, Only, Red Tails and Smash.
43rd Treasurer of the United States
Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
Chief Executive Officer, Red River Associates
Rosie Rios is the Chief Executive Officer of Red River Associates. She served as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and was the CEO of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint, including Fort Knox. She also initiated and led the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Following her tenure, she was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University with a focus on Millennials and Post-Millennials. In August 2020 she was honored as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century.
In her role as Treasurer of the United States, Rosie’s day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing all currency and coin production activities with almost 4,000-employees in eight facilities nationwide and an annual budget of approximately $5 billion. In the first five years of her tenure, she saved over $1 billion by implementing efficiencies and innovative concepts while meeting increased production demand and increasing employee morale at record levels. Her signature currently appears on a world-record $1.7 trillion of U.S. currency out of the approximately $2 trillion in circulation worldwide.
Rosie’s entire career has focused on real estate finance, economic development and urban revitalization in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her presidential appointment in Treasury, Rosie was Managing Director of Investments for MacFarlane Partners, a $22 billion real estate investment management firm based in San Francisco. In this capacity, she was responsible for several of MacFarlane Partners’ urban investment activities including sourcing, underwriting and structuring prospective investments and all relevant due diligence as well as overseeing projects during their development and stabilization. Other real estate/urban revitalization activities include serving as the Director of Economic Development and/or Redevelopment for multiple cities such as Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro and Union City. She consulted with the City of San Francisco Public Utility Commission and reported to the Assistant General Manager for Infrastructure on one of the nation’s largest capital improvement programs. Her first job following college was as a Commercial Property Underwriter for General Reinsurance Corporation.
Rosie is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 384-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. Her portrait was officially unveiled at Winthrop House in May of 2019. She currently serves on the board of American Family Insurance, Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at Harvard and the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners. She was previously a Trustee with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). In 2019, she was appointed as a member of America 250, the Congressional Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2026. She serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees and is leading the strategic planning process. Her personal passion includes serving as Founder and CEO of EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, recognizes historical American women in classrooms across the country. She has also launched Notable Women, an Augmented Reality educational initiative in collaboration with Google. She remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area.
Michael E. Kitces
Chief Financial Planning Nerd, Kitces.com
Michael Kitces is the Chief Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning and helping to make financial advisors better and more successful.
In 2010, Michael was recognized with one of the FPA’s “Heart of Financial Planning” awards for his dedication and work in advancing the profession.
Chief Operating Officer, BNY Mellon | Pershing
Emily Schlosser is the Chief Operating Officer for BNY Mellon | Pershing. In this role, Emily ensures Pershing has the people, systems, procedures and operational controls in place to effectively grow and serve its clients, while maintaining financial strength and operating efficiency. She shares responsibility with the Chief Executive Officer for all Pershing affiliates globally and is a member of Pershing’s Executive Committee.
Emily joined Pershing from Goldman Sachs, where she was head of change for the company’s Global Markets Division. In that role, she led the transformation of the institutional client experience as well as major initiatives aimed at driving new revenue streams, building scale, and managing risk and regulatory obligations.
Prior to her tenure at Goldman Sachs, Emily served as COO of Corporate Services at E*TRADE, leading client service, participant engagement, technology, marketing, operations, risk, finance and human resources. Both firm revenue and assets under management increased under her direction. Emily has held a progression of leadership positions in her career that honed her expertise in digital and organizational transformation.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics, graduating cum laude from Bucknell University, and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Bestselling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, Fortune's 40 under 40, and Oprah’s Super Soul 100.
He is the author of multiple #1 New York Times best-selling books that have sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and the Wall Street Journal and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai. His new book is THINK AGAIN: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (February 2, 2021).
Adam's TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 20 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He hosts "WorkLife", a chart-topping TED original podcast; writes on work and psychology for The New York Times; and serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon. He has over 3 million followers on social media and shares monthly insights in his newsletter, GRANTED.
Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is giving the secret to getting ahead?" He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He curates the Next Big Idea Club along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities. He is also the cofounder of Givitas, a knowledge collaboration platform that makes it easy to give and receive help in five minutes a day, and an angel investor in startups in HR and culture, technology, and consumer products.
Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has received awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards.
Chief Legal Officer, BNY Mellon | Pershing
Joan Schwartz is the Chief Legal Officer, Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee for BNY Mellon | Pershing. Joan develops and leads Pershing’s legal strategy. She manages a global team of lawyers responsible for all legal issues and regulatory requirements for the firm’s broad array of products and services. She is also chief advisor to Pershing’s Executive Committee.
As an advocate for Pershing clients and the financial industry, Joan works with regulatory bodies to help assess the implications of proposed regulations. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and regularly meets with clients to advise on the impact of changes and how to manage risk. She and her team work with business partners throughout the firm to ensure there are protocols in place for risk management, including the protection of client data and client assets, anti-money laundering and all areas of corporate governance.
Joan began her career as an attorney in the financial services industry with Prudential Securities Inc. and was with Wachovia Securities LLC and First Clearing LLC before joining Pershing in 2008. Joan is a member of SIFMA’s Compliance and Legal Division and past chair of SIFMA Clearing Firm Committee.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Chief Information Officer, BNY Mellon | Pershing
Ramaswamy (Ram) Nagappan is the Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon | Pershing. With more than 30 years of information technology experience, Ram oversees the firm’s technology product management and digital experience delivery for wealth management solutions. As a member of Pershing’s Executive Committee and BNY Mellon’s Technology Executive Council, he is closely involved in setting the firm’s strategic direction.
A spokesperson on technology trends and issues, Ram has been featured in a number of technology and financial publications and on Bloomberg Radio. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at industry events and conferences. Ram has been instrumental in developing many award-winning solutions. Most recently, Ram was recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT Leader and by the New Jersey Technology Council as “CIO of the Year.”
Prior to assuming his current role, Ram served as managing director and chief technology officer at DLJdirect and CSFBdirect, pioneers in online internet brokerage. He also played a significant role in establishing iNautix Technologies India Private Limited at Chennai, India, a technology affiliate of BNY Mellon that provides an array of technology development service. In these roles, Ram’s work was focused on business areas including clearance, settlement and trading order management, as well as market making. Before joining Pershing, he was a technology consultant to Guardian Life Insurance, Bakst International and Data Software Research Corp.
Ram is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Operations & Technology Advisory Committee and has served on technology advisory committees for various national securities exchanges.
A graduate of Anna University Chennai (India), Ram earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication. He has also completed the Securities Industry Institute® (SII) program, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Multiple Award-Winning Journalist, Author and Neurosurgeon
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Dr. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the opioid crisis, Pandemic outbreaks, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and medicinal marijuana.
Dr. Gupta is the host of “Vital Signs” for CNN, as well as the host of CNN Original Series "Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta," which follows Dr. Gupta's travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier, and happier. Dr. Gupta also stars in the HBO Original Documentary "One Nation Under Stress," which examines why life expectancy is declining in the United States.
Since 2001, Dr. Gupta has covered the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. In 2017, Dr. Gupta reported from the front lines of a breakdown in the medical infrastructure of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. He also broke the news about Senator John McCain's diagnosis with Glioblastoma. In 2016, Dr. Gupta told the exclusive story of the separation of craniopagus twins Jaden and Anias McDonald, “Separated: Saving the Twins”. Dr. Gupta extensively covered the Flint, MI. water crisis and Pulse nightclub shooting. That same year he moderated a panel with President Barack Obama on the Opioid crisis. When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Dr. Gupta flew into Kathmandu to cover the aftermath. 2014, he traveled to Conakry Guinea Africa to investigate the deadly Ebola outbreak that would soon find its way the US for the first time.
During the rollout of Healthcare.gov in 2013, millions experience glitches in the online portal. Dr. Gupta spoke exclusively with the HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius about the magnitude of the botched website for which she took responsibility. A mysterious illness in Cambodia, killing children sent Dr. Sanjay Gupta there in 2012.
In 2011, Dr. Gupta reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, adding clarity and context to the human impact and radiation concerns. In 2010, Dr. Gupta reported on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmy®s. His distinctive reporting in 2010 also included live coverage on the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan.
Dr. Gupta joined CNN in the summer of 2001. He reported from New York following the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2003, he embedded with the U.S. Navy's "Devil Docs" medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first battlefield operation performed during the war and performed life-saving brain surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan.
Dr. Gupta contributed to the network's 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005, Dr. Gupta contributed to CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, revealing that official reports that Charity Hospital in New Orleans had been evacuated were incorrect. His "Charity Hospital" coverage for Anderson Cooper 360° resulted in his 2006 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Feature Story. That year, he also covered the 2006 Lebanon War. In 2004, Gupta was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 155,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for CNN. In 2015, Gupta was again awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for his enterprise reporting showcased in the primetime documentaries, "WEED."
Dr. Gupta's passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch "Fit Nation," CNN's multi-platform lifestyle initiative on his weekly series, "Sanjay Gupta, MD", which was nominated 4 times for a daytime Emmy award.
In addition to his work for CNN, Dr. Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery and is a Certified Medical Investigator through the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Before joining CNN, Dr. Gupta completed a neurosurgical fellowship at the Semmes Murphey Clinic and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 1997, he was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as a special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Dr. Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes and serves as an Executive Producer for the HBO Documentary Unit. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, "Chasing Life" (2007), "Cheating Death" (2009) and "Monday Mornings" (2012).
In 2003, Dr. Gupta was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" and a "pop culture icon" by USA Today. That same year, he also won the Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers Association. In 2004, the Atlanta Press Club named him "Journalist of the Year" and in 2009, he won both the first Health Communications Achievement Award from the American Medical Association's Medical Communications Conference and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). In 2010, Dr. Gupta was honored by John F. Kennedy University with its Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness. 2011, Forbes magazine named him as one of the "Ten Most Influential Celebrities." In 2012, Dr. Gupta delivered commencement in the "Big House" at his alma in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2014, Dr. Gupta was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In 2018, Dr. Gupta launched the Gupta Family Initiative in Health Communications at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
Julie is a Senior Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, a unit of Bloomberg L.P., covering the Fintech and Payments sector. Her research spans global fintech companies including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Square. She is responsible for financial analysis of major corporations in the sector, as well as industry analysis that identifies key trends, interprets timely data points and tracks relative valuation.
Julie has spent nearly 10 years at Bloomberg, first as a Financial Products manager, and later as Director of Research for the Government and Litigation team, which she introduced at Bloomberg Intelligence. Before taking over Fintech coverage, she initiated dedicated coverage of Latin America equities for BI, with a focus on consumer companies in Brazil, Mexico and Chile.
Prior to joining the firm, Julie was a Vice-President at Morgan Stanley, where she worked as an equity research analyst for 10 years (1998-2008), most recently as head of the IT Services equity research team. From there, Julie took on a role building and managing a start-up business that provided Washington data and analysis to Wall Street, leading to a similar role at Bloomberg in 2011.
Julie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BSc in Finance from Rutgers College. She is also President of the Englewood Cliffs Education Foundation.