Insights. Connections. Momentum.

The GCM Grosvenor Small and Emerging Managers Conference, now in its 12th year, continues its mission of facilitating idea exchange and networking between managers and institutional investors in a multi-track, content-rich format.


Fairmont Chicago
Millennium Park
Chicago, IL


Tuesday, October 9
Wednesday, October 10

Featured Speaker

Sara Blakely, SPANX Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sara Blakely is the founder and CEO of SPANX, Inc. The dynamic women’s brand has revolutionized an industry and changed the way women around the world get dressed. Spanx is known for inventing smarter, more comfortable, must- haves for women including bras, leggings, activewear, undies, Arm Tights™, and of course their famous shapewear which creates the perfect, smooth canvas under clothes! Sara was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world and has been featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine. In support of her mission to empower women, Sara created the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation in 2006 and in 2013, she signed The Giving Pledge committing to donate half of her wealth to charity. Sara and her family reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Sara is a native of Clearwater, Florida, and a graduate of Florida State University.

About the SEM Conference

Since 2007, the GCM Grosvenor Small and Emerging Managers Conference has gathered and engaged a wide range of professionals specializing in private equity, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure and real assets. The event has established itself as a premier platform for industry insights by featuring expert panels discussing timely issues faced by alternative investors in the small, emerging and diverse manager space.

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