The Democratize Quant mission is to turn academic insights into investment performance.

The event is a joint effort between Alpha Architect and Villanova University and serves as a complement to the long-standing MARC academic conference, which is hosted by the Villanova Finance Department. (Recent coverage of the event is available here and here.)

Benefits of the conference:

    • Low-cost admission (At-cost; excess “profits” go to Villanova)

      • Intimate environment (100 attendees; screened applications)

        • The pursuit of intellectual truth (No product-hawking; no story-telling; no jerks)

          • 7 hours of CFP® CE Credit. 1

          Who should attend? Investors looking to improve their knowledge:

            • Independent advisors

              • Family offices

                • Do-it-yourself HNW

                  • Academic and practitioner researchers

                  2020 Info

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                  MEET YOUR FACULTY

                  Jack Vogel, PhD

                  Alpha Architect

                  Itay Goldstein, PhD


                  Charles Wang, PhD


                  Eric Balchunas


                  Tommi Johnsen, PhD


                  Liqian Ren, PhD


                  Dave Nadig


                  Peter White


                  Steve Young


                  Niki Boyson, PhD

                  Northeastern University

                  Alice Bonaime, PhD


                  Wesley R. Gray, PhD

                  Alpha Architect

                  Jonathan Regenstein



                  Pre-Event (March 18th): Client-Only Executive Education

                  *Invite-Only session for strategic Alpha Architect partners*Attire: Business casual

                  *Location: 213 Foxcroft Road, Broomall, PA 19008

                  TimeEventLead Faculty
                  9:00amBreakfast N/A
                  10:00amSession 1 TBD
                  10:50amBreak N/A
                  11:00amPractical ApplicationTBD
                  11:50amBreak N/A
                  1:00pmSession 2TBD
                  1:50pmBreak N/A
                  2:00pmPractical ApplicationTBD
                  2:50pmBreak N/A
                  3:00pmSession 3TBD
                  3:50pmBreak N/A
                  4:00pmPractical ApplicationTBD
                  4:30pmBreak N/A

                  Day 1 (March 19th) Agenda

                  *Attire: Business casual

                  *Location: Bartley Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085

                  TimeEventLead Faculty
                  8:00amRegistration and Coffee Session N/A
                  8:45amDean’s Welcome and Opening RemarksVillanova Dean and Mike Pagano
                  9:00amThe Future of Financial Services Dave Nadig / Eric Balchunas
                  9:45amBreak N/A
                  10:00amAcademic Updates: Payout policy and Share Repurchases Alice Bonaime
                  10:45pmBreak N/A
                  11:00pmAcademic Updates: Investment Factors Jack Vogel
                  11:45amBreak N/A
                  12:00pmDelivering Investment AdviceNiki Boyson / Tommi Johnsen
                  1:15pmBetter Data for Better OutcomesCharles Wang / Liqian Ren
                  2:00pmBreak N/A
                  2:15pmMachine Learning Tools for Professional InvestorsPeter White and Steve Young
                  3:15pmFund Due Diligence Tools for Professional InvestorsJonathan Regenstein and Wes Gray
                  4:15pmSurprise Entertainment SessionA Secret
                  4:30pmClosing remarksWes Gray
                  6:00pmBBQ/ReceptionAA World Headquarters

                  Day 2 (March 20th) Agenda

                  *Attire: Business casual*Location: Bartley Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
                  *Here is the official schedule on the Villanova Site.

                  TimeEventLead Faculty
                  8:15Registration and Coffee Session N/A
                  8:40Opening RemarksPagano
                  8:45Dean’s WelcomeN/A
                  9:00Financial Markets SessionMultiple
                  10:15Distinguished SpeakerTBD
                  10:45Coffee BreakN/A
                  11:00Investments SessionMultiple
                  12:15Lunch and KeynoteItay Goldstein
                  1:30Corporate Finance SessionMultiple
                  2:45Distinguished SpeakerTBD
                  3:15Coffee Break N/A
                  3:30Financial Institutions SessionMultiple


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