2020 FMA Virtual Conference

Celebrating 50 Years of Global Finance Research & Education

19 - 23 October 2020  

FMA International is excited to announce its 2020 FMA Virtual Conference! The virtual conference will be held from 19 - 23 October 2020. Under the leadership of Dr. Reena Aggarwal, Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Finance, and the Director of the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, the 2020 FMA Virtual Conference will bring together academicians and practitioners with interests in financial decision-making and provides a forum for presenting new research and discussing current issues in financial management and related topics. 

Virtual presentations of research papers, panel discussions, and tutorials will begin Tuesday, 20 October at 8:00 AM ET and end on Friday, 23 October at 10:00 PM ET and will be hosted on Zoom. Registered attendees were sent a link and login instructions to access the Conference via our Virtual Conference App Provider, Event Pilot (by ATIV Software) on 15 October.

Links to each Zoom session will be added to the Online Planner and Conference App three (3) days prior to each program day. Five (5) minutes prior to the start of the session, the countdown timer in the session detail will change to Join Virtual Presentation. Session chairs, paper presenters, discussants and special session participants will receive an email from ATIV Software three (3) days prior to each program day containing the direct link to their Zoom session and host key. Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list.

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Conference Program

Conference Program

The conference program is now available!

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The "At-A-Glance" program is available here.

Session recordings will be made available to conference registrants after each session concludes via the Online Planner.

Keynote Address 

"Climate Risk and Investors"

Laura Starks

Charles E. & Sarah M. Seay Regents’ Chair in Finance
Co-Executive Director, Social Innovation Initiative@McCombs
University of Texas at Austin

Laura Starks is the Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair of Finance, Chairman of the Department of Finance, and Director of the AIM Investment Center in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching interests include global financial strategies, investments, valuation theory, and financial management. Her recent research focuses on the evaluation, compensation and performance of portfolio managers and the role of institutional investors in markets and corporate governance.

She has received a number of awards for her research including the 1996 Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Award from the Journal of Finance, the 1997 Western Finance Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance Award, the 1998 Financial Management Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance Award, 2001 Journal of Financial Research Outstanding Article Award , the 2003 and 2004 Financial Management Association European Meetings Best Paper Award, and the 2004 Fama-DFA Second Prize for Best Paper Published in Journal of Financial Economics.She is co-Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Management, International Review of Finance, Contemporary Finance Digest and AB ANTE, Estudios en Direccion de Empresas. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Finance Association, the Financial Management Association and the Western Finance Association. She is Past President and Fellow of the Financial Management Association International.

Professor Starks serves as an independent director for TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds, CREF Retirement Account, and previously for USAA Mutual Funds. She also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Employees Retirement System of the State of Texas. 

The Keynote Address will be held on Tuesday, 20 October from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET.

2020 Outstanding Financial Executive Award Winner

Stacey Cunningham 

President, NYSE Group

In 1984, FMA established the Outstanding Financial Executive Award (OFE) to honor individuals who have made creative and innovative contributions to the field of finance. We are pleased to announce the 2020 OFE Award Winner is Stacey Cunningham, President of the NYSE Group. Stacey will accept the award and give an address at the conference. 

Stacey Cunningham is the President of the NYSE Group, which includes the New York Stock Exchange and a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). She is the 67th President and the first woman to lead the NYSE Group in its 228 year history. 

Most recently, she was the NYSE COO where she was responsible for NYSE’s five equity markets and two options markets, leading the company’s strategy for its equities, equity derivatives and ETF businesses. Prior to serving as COO, Cunningham was President of NYSE Governance Services and served as Head of Sales & Relationship Management at NYSE. Before joining NYSE, Cunningham held several senior positions at Nasdaq. 

Cunningham began her career on the NYSE trading floor where she served as a specialist. Cunningham earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

The 2020 Outstanding Financial Executive Award Presentation and Fireside Chat will be held on Wednesday, 21 October from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET. 

FMA 50th Anniversary Address

A 50-Year Retrospective on the Z-Score Family of Models: What have we Learned and COVID-19 and the Credit Cycle

Ed Altman

Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, Emeritus, NYU Stern School of Business, Director of the Credit & Debt Markets Research Program of the NYU Salomon Center, and creator of the Altman Z-Score

This event will feature a special presentation by Ed Altman, Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, Emeritus, NYU Stern School of Business, Director of the Credit & Debt Markets Research Program of the NYU Salomon Center, and creator of the Altman Z-Score.

He will offer a retrospective view of the past 50 years of the financial markets as well as insights for the future.

Dr. Altman's presentation will be held on Thursday, 22 October from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET. 

Sponsorship and Advertising Information

Conference sponsorship and advertising information is available here. Please contact Karen Wright if you have any questions. 

 #FMAVIRTUAL2020 - Follow the Conversation

During the conference, use the hashtag #FMAVIRTUAL2020 to follow the conversation on Twitter (@finmgmtassoc) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FMA.org). 

Thank you to our sponsors