7:00 - 7:30 AM St. Patrick Cathedral (1206 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth)
Registration & breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center (1300 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth)
8:30 - 8:45 AM Welcome Message & Opening Prayer
8:45 - 9:15 AM Introduction to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) & Faith Based Investing
What is faith-based investing and the history behind it? This introduction starts with the timeline and development of faith-based investing including the "Socially Responsible Investing Guidelines" from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Also, an explanation of some key terms that will be used throughout the day including: screening, proxy voting, impact investing, equity investing and fixed income investing.
9:15 - 10:15 AM Panel: Screening & Proxy Voting
Once you decide you don’t want to invest in pornography, what are the mechanics of doing that? Screening is defined as looking at company business practices, products, services, and charitable giving. You can screen for both positive and negative data points. Let’s say your investment committee wants to get started... What is the first step? You decide to invest in a company... Now it is time to make a real difference. Proxy voting is defined as casting votes as an equity owner for different company resolutions. Most investors throw these in the trash and most mutual fund managers vote in line with company management. We will talk about getting a few ballots in the mail or providing services to vote thousands--as well as answering the question: why is proxy voting important?
10:15 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 11:30 AM Panel: Impact Investing
Do you want to make a real and genuine difference? Investments can make a clear impact by supporting companies that provide safer products, clean water, and better wages--while improving the world. How? Can you, as an investor, make a difference? Speakers will discuss impactful types of equity, private, and fixed income investments. This session will cover how to get started, as well as advanced techniques.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Break & Buffet Lunch Served
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch & Keynote Speakers
Matthew Lockridge (Westwood Group)
Mike Ricci (Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota)
1:00 - 1:15 PM Break
1:15 - 2:15 PM Panel: Equity Investing
Have you felt called to implement faith-based investing in your portfolio? Are you concerned that the decision to avoid investing in certain companies will equate to a lower return and more risk? Whether you are an individual investing for yourself, you represent a large institution, or are a financial advisor with many clients, this session will provide some concrete steps on how to convert your existing equity portfolio--or enhance an existing screened portfolio.
2:15 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:30 PM Panel: Fixed Income Investing
How does a faith-based fixed income mutual fund work and how do I find them? Can investors finance projects for the Church via senior living facilities and buy them in a brokerage account? Is there a way to help a family buy their first home? Are there any "turnkey" options out there? Many practical solutions are available in the area of fixed income for individuals, institutions, and financial advisors.
3:30 - 4:30 PM Post-Conference Reception