Austin Planners Conference Agenda 2019

Working Together: Planning for Modern Times

Earn 5 hours of CFP CE AND 2 hours of CFP Ethics

Can also earn other CE depending on speaker. See below.


5:00 – 6:00 pm Main Ballroom

Keynote Speaker, Cindy Eckert, Founder of The Pink Ceiling (Bio)

Topic: Leadership and How to be an Effective Market Disrupter

Description: Imagine a Pharmaceutical CEO who has built and sold a company for over billion dollars. Did you think of a gray and black suit? Everything about Cindy Eckert is going to surprise you. From her unconventional approach and bold moves, she connects with audiences to prove that being underestimated is just an opportunity to surprise people. In each speech she walks audiences through building her companies from scratch, scaling, and selling them for a combined total exceeding $1.5 billion — and how she paid it forward by starting the Pinkubator, where she has invested $15 million into female led or female focused companies, and provided access to funding and mentorship for women. Most importantly, she details how her hard-learned lessons can be applied to your own professional endeavors, whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or building your own company. After hearing Cindy speak, audiences walk away inspired and equipped with takeaways that include the ripple effect of ownership; how empathy can be a secret weapon of leadership; and how being underestimated can be your greatest competitive advantage, and more.


9:45 – 10:45 am Main Ballroom

Kristen Schmidt, Founder + Technology Strategist + Consultant, RIA Oasis (Bio)
Topic: Is It the Tech or Is It the Process?
Presentation: CLICK HERE for a copy of a small stack of the Presentation to use to create your company’s tech stack

Description:  Kristen presents a master class in evaluating your firm’s entire technology ecosystem.  From the 4 must-have tech tools, to common workflows that are key to efficient growth, Kristen shares best practices necessary to keep up with the ever-changing tech landscape.  Through this interactive session, Kristen will bring valuable insights regarding tech optimization and how to build accountability through technology.


2:30 – 3:30 pm Breakout Sala Como

Melissa Donovan, JD, The Wiewel Law Firm (Bio)
Topic: Working with Special Needs Families – a Practical Timeline
Presentation: Pending verification from speaker

CE: 1 CFP approved, 1 CLE approved

Description: This session will educate advisors on what they need to discuss with their clients to protect special needs family members. Advisors will learn what tools are available to their clients to ensure a child’s future needs are cared for. This session will include a brief overview of public benefits, as well as more in depth discussion on special needs trusts, ABLE accounts, and guardianship.


10:45 – 11:45 am Main Ballroom

Divorce Panel: How To Be a Superstar in your Client’s Divorce
Presentation: Please contact Tasha Rock if you have any questions

CE: 1 CFP approved, 1 CLE approved

Description: Gain tips and insights on divorce options and ways you may be able to maintain healthy client relationships during and after their life altering transition. Financial Planners often have the ability to minimize some challenges of the process and assist in clients gaining peace-of-mind regarding the financial aspects of their divorce.


 Tasha Rock, CFP®, Certified Collaborative Financial Neutral & Mediator, Per Stirling (Bio)

 Kristen A. Algert, Board Certified in Family Law, Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional, and Marital Property Agreement Specialist, GoransonBain Ausley (Bio)

 Jodi Lazar, Austin Divorce and Custody Lawyer and UT Law Adjunct Advocacy Professor, Owner Lazar Law (Bio)

 Jennifer Tull, Board Certified in Family Law, Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional, & Certified Family Law Mediator, Law Offices of Jennifer Tull (Bio)

Nicole Stover, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Bio)


2:30 – 3:30 pm Breakout Main Ballroom

Brian C. Fitzsimons, CFA, Director of Small Cap Growth Strategies, Principal, Segall Bryant & Hamill (Bio)
Topic: The Investment Implications of the Millennial Generation
Presentation: Pending verification from speaker

CE: 1 CFP approved

This presentation will focus on the investment implications of the millennial generation. Brian C. Fitzsimons will provide an overview of millennials, with a focus on their preferences for (1) “earn to spend,” (2) experiences over products and (3) technology. Together, these preferences are changing consumer patterns, which in turn has significant investment implications.
A brief outline of key topics is as follows:
• Overview of the millennial generation – who are millennials and what are the demographic implications?
• How does this generation differ from prior generations (such as baby boomers)?
• What are some specific investment implications related to this group (e.g., mobile connectivity, sharing culture, analytics, machine learning creating new business models, custom experience, etc.)?
• Examples of stocks and industries that are impacted both positively and negatively by the millennial generation.
• How small cap stocks in particular can benefit from the millennial tailwinds.


1:30 – 2:30 pm Breakout Main Ballroom


Ivan Barretto (Bio) and Megan Campbell (Bio), RIA Compliance Concepts LLC
Topic: Protecting Your Aging Client Base
Presentation: CLICK HERE for a link to the Presentation

CE: 1 CFP approved

Description: With the increasing retirement of the baby boomer generation, comes a rise in senior vulnerability and financial exploitation cases.  This presentation will cover the latest Senior Safe Act immunity provision and conduct and interactive advisor/client simulation to identify the red flags of diminish capacity and financial exploitation.    We will discuss the proper reporting requirements to the appropriate regulatory agency.


3:30 – 4:30 pm Breakout Main Ballroom

Kahne Krause, Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors (Bio)
Topic: Sustainability Investing: Enhancing Your Offering
Presentation: Please contact Kahne Krause if you have any questions

CE: 1 CFP approved

Description: Sustainable investing has seen tremendous growth in the last decade. More and more advisors are trying to understand the opportunity while also navigating the jargon. In addition to discussing current ESG trends, this presentation will explore how advisors are incorporating a sustainable investment offering into their practice.  Why it might be both a differentiator today as well as an expected offering in the future. We’ll touch on common challenges advisors face (real & imagined) in integrating a sustainable approach with specific solutions.


3:30 – 4:30 pm Breakout Sala Como

Brad Zucker, CFA, CAIA, iShares Product Consultant, BlackRock (Bio)
Topic: Factors, What are They and How Can They Help When Managing Portfolios
Presentation: CLICK HERE for a copy of the Presentation

CE: 1 CFP and IWI (which is CIMA, CPWA and CIMC)

Description: Factor investing has helped institutions achieve efficient portfolio outcomes for decades, and recent innovations in the financial services industry has enabled all investors to access these strategies. This presentation explains the what & why of factor investing, and how factors may help clients achieve their financial objectives.


1:30 – 2:30 pm Breakout Sala Como

Ross McGoodwin, DPL Financial Partners (Bio)
Topic: The Power of Commission-free Guaranteed Income
Presentation: CLICK HERE for a copy of the Presentation

CE: 1 CFP approved

Description: Ross will guide us through the significant shift currently underway in the insurance industry to fee-based products. Learn how Commission-Free insurance turns Guaranteed Lifetime Income from an expensive benefit to an invaluable planning tool. By repricing insurance through the elimination of commissions, variable annuities, fixed indexed annuities, and immediate income annuities can all be used to generate a stream of lifetime income for your clients during retirement. Understand the considerations, methods, and academic and psychologically proven impacts of incorporating guaranteed income into your fee-only practice.


12:00 – 1:00 pm Main Ballroom

Tom Barnett, Hartford Funds (Bio)
M.I.T. Age Lab, 8,000 Days
Presentation: Please contact Aaron Junk if you have any questions


Description: With today’s rising lifespans, we could be facing roughly 20 or more years in retirement, which is approximately 8,000 days. Once thought of this way, it becomes clearer that retirement is not an end, but rather a new, complex, and unknown phase of life, during which so much could happen. Instead of planning for ‘retirement’ as a single state, it may be beneficial to reframe the conversation to reflect a four-phased concept of retirement.


7:30 – 9:30 am Sala Como

Melissa Kemp (Bio)
Topic: CFP Ethics

CFP’s New Ethics Course
Presentation: This presentation cannot be published

CE: 2 hours of CFP Ethics credit approved

Description: The new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct takes effect October 1, 2019, elevating public trust in CFP professionals.