Tuesday, August 14

Breakfast & Opening Keynote: 8:00 - 9:30 am | Law School Atrium

R.T. Rybak, President & CEO, Minneapolis Foundation


R.T. Rybak has served as President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation since July of 2016.

As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, Rybak oversees the management of nearly $800 million in assets; the administration of more than 1,200 charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses; and the average annual distribution of more than $70 million in grants. 

A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2013) in his first run for public office. Most recently he served as Executive Director of Generation Next a coalition of civic, business and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. 

He is the author of "Pothole Confidential" about his 12 years as Mayor of Minneapolis.  He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children



The Great Debate: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm | Law School Atrium


After several years of disappointing performance, active managers now have started to outperform their benchmarks. Are we now at the cusp of a resurgence of active managers outperforming passive? Or will the outflow of AUM from active to passive vehicles continue?

The Great Debate at Intellisight 2018 will feature two teams of respected investment professionals squaring off in a modified Oxford‑style debate format to address the issue of active vs. passive management. The teams will consider the following proposition:

PROPOSED: Passive management will replace active management as the dominant investment approach by the year 2025.

Moderator: James Bailey, CFA, CFA Institute President's Council Representative - Midwest

Debate Team 1: David Royal, Thrivent Financial; Sheila Berube, CFA, Independent Consultant
Debate Team 2: Susanna Gibbons, CFA, Carlson Funds Enterprise; Dan Romito, NASDAQ Advisory Services



Closing Keynote: 4:30-5:30 pm | Law School Atrium

Professor Jeremy Siegel


Jeremy J. Siegel, WisdomTree's Senior Investment Strategy Advisor, is the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Siegel has written and lectured extensively about the economy and financial markets and is a regular contributor to the financial news media. In 1994, he received the highest teaching rating in a ranking of business school professors conducted by BusinessWeek magazine. His book, Stocks for the Long Run, was named by The Washington Post as one of the 10 best investment books of all time. His latest book, The Future for Investors, is a bestseller.


Wednesday, August 15

Expert Luncheon Panel: 12:00 - 12:50 pm | Law School Atrium

Active or Passive? Or are we asking the wrong question?

Can active management strategies deliver satisfactory performance in the face of increasing pressure to lower fees? Are passive management strategies sustainable during periods of high volatility and changing market conditions? Or are there better questions we should be asking in our never-ending search for alpha?

Watch our expert panel wrestle these timely (and timeless) questions during lunch on Day 2. The panelists include:

Moderator: Evan Ramstad, StarTribune
Bob Deere, Dimensional Funds
Jessica Murray, CFA, Thrivent Financial
Scott Opsal, CFA, The Leuthold Group, LLC