2020 FSP Annual Summit

Friday, October 16, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM CDT

Welcome and FSP Strategic Updates


  • Helene Gayle, The Chicago Community Trust
  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Ariel Investments
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

New Research and Recommendations: Mercer's FSP Findings

Mercer will take us through the results of the FSP’s 2020 research on the representation and experiences of African-American and Latino members of our industry, based on input from the FSP member firms. They will share key differences observed in the talent flow and experiences of African-American and Latino employees compared to their white counterparts, and how those collective experiences have changed over the last 5 years. The research will illuminate progress made and critical areas for action going forward.


  • Bess Tschantz-Hahn, Mercer
  • Rick Guzzo, Mercer
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM CDT


10:55 AM - 11:55 AM CDT

Courageous Conversations To Achieve Advancement

New Mercer data along with recent local and national events provide a backdrop and urgency in making progress to advance the pipeline for minorities in the financial services sector. Listen and learn from panel members who will share their personal experiences driving change, creating authentic conversations, and advancing equity in the industry.



  • Yemi Akisanya, Options Clearing Corporation
  • Sandra Pesic, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Rodrigo Garcia, Illinois State Treasurer (moderator)
11:55 AM - 12:15 PM CDT

Small Group Discussions

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM CDT

Lunch Break & Mindfulness Session

12:25-12:40 PM Mindfulness Session

This 15-minute presentation provides mindfulness practices and a short guided meditation for gaining clarity, easing anxiety, and improving focus.


  • Ela Aktay, Mindfulness Instructor
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM CDT

Moving the DEI Needle: Organizational Metrics and Solutions

This session will showcase companies that have taken cultural and enterprise efforts to increase the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Speakers will discuss best practices for measuring, tracking, and communicating DEI progress and successes.


  • Melissa Donaldson, Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Andrés Tapia, Korn Ferry
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

Small Group Discussions

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CDT


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM CDT

Keynote Speaker Presentation: John Hope Bryant

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

Closing Remarks & FSP Video Reveal

Join us to hear how far FSP has come, the call to action, and where we are heading in the journey of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Stay tuned for an exciting video reveal.


  • Matthew R. Feldman and Cedric D. Thurman, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

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