We were honored when Lauren Davis asked if we would host the Women in ETFs event at AA Global Headquarters (i.e. my house). The event was jam packed and we had 60+ people in attendance. One of the other perks of facilitating the event at AA Global HQ is that Lauren and Co. were hosting a “fireside chat” and we happen to have an epic fireplace. Perfect!

Attendees had the opportunity to learn from female thought leaders in our industry. I learned a lot and met a bunch of new people.

Finally, in the spirit of facilitating our firm mission — empowering investors through education — Kyle recorded the entire panel session and put the following footage together for all to enjoy:


The panel:

  1. Lauren Davis, Vice President, Media Relations, PNC (and Co-President of Women in ETFs Philadelphia) (moderator)
  2. Amanda E. Agati, CFA, Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Strategist, PNC (panelist)
  3. Ashlee Thomson, Senior Vice President, Pacer ETFs (panelist)
  4. Kathleen C. Bock, Principal and Head of Americas business, Vanguard (panelist)
  5. Perth Tolle, Founder, Life + Liberty Indexes (panelist)

About the Author: Wesley Gray, PhD

Wesley Gray, PhD
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. Next, Wes took an academic job in his wife’s hometown of Philadelphia and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management firm dedicated to an impact mission of empowering investors through education. He is a contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. Wes has published multiple academic papers and four books, including Embedded (Naval Institute Press, 2009), Quantitative Value (Wiley, 2012), DIY Financial Advisor (Wiley, 2015), and Quantitative Momentum (Wiley, 2016). Dr. Gray currently resides in Palmas Del Mar Puerto Rico with his wife and three children. He recently finished the Leadville 100 ultramarathon race and promises to make better life decisions in the future.