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Conference History

We are very proud to be in our 11th year of hosting the Small and Emerging Managers Conference, and we are honored to have engaged so many GPs and LPs in this important area of alternative investing. Over the years, the SEM Conference has evolved with the SEM investing landscape, featuring distinguished keynote speakers and spirited discussions in cities across the U.S. Attendance has more than doubled since our first SEM Conference in 2007, as more investors and managers recognize the impact that small, emerging and diverse managers may have on portfolios.

Chicago833 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: President Barack Obama

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Chicago714 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

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Chicago683 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners

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Chicago557 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation

San Diego432 Registrants

Keynote Speakers: Michael J. Acton, Managing Director, AEW Research, AEW Capital Management, L.P. and Steve Case, Co-Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, America Online

Dallas512 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: David Robinson, Co-Founder, Admiral Capital Group

Charlotte452 Registrants

Keynote Speakers: Hugh McColl, Co-Founder and Chairman, Falfurrias Capital Partners

Chicago451 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: James Bell, Chief Financial Officer, The Boeing Company

Detroit364 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: Moctesuma Esparza, Chief Executive Officer, Maya Cinemas

Los Angeles305 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: Steward A. Kohl, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Company

Houston306 Registrants

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Alphonso Jackson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Keynote Speaker titles are reflective of affiliations at the time of the keynote address.