Forum for Institutional Investors: Protecting Shareholder Rights; New Orleans, LA — April 10-13, 2019

 2019 Forum

About our Keynote Speakers




Adm. Mike Mullen
United States Navy (Ret.), Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Considered one of the most influential chairmen in history, Admiral Mike Mullen served under Presidents Bush and Obama. Since retiring from the Navy, Mullen has joined the boards of General Motors, Sprint and the Bloomberg Family Foundation and teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He looks at how today’s geopolitical issues and economic trends directly impact America’s national security.


Ronan Farrow
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, lawyer and government advisor

Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations
— and tap the promise — of a new generation. Twice named one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy by Forbes Magazine, he was the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 2018. Farrow is a Yale Law
School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Preet Bharara
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Preet Bharara served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, where he earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors” (The New York Times). As US Attorney, Bharara supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant US Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

Speaker Faculty

Faculty members pictured here are confirmed for April, with additional speakers to be announced.

Shaamini Babu
Partner – Saltzman & Johnson, Counsel to the Pension Trust
Fund for Operating Engineers
(Alameda, CA)


Frank Burney
Partner – Martin & Drought, P.C.
(San Antonio, TX)
Joseph Burns
Partner – Martin & Drought, P.C.
(San Antonio, TX)
Mary Pat Burns
Partner – Burke
Burns & Pinelli, Ltd.
(Chicago, IL)

Commander William Cook
Trustee – City of Miami
Police Relief and
Pension Fund


Jim Coyne
Business Manager –

The Chicago Journeymen
Plumbers Local Union 130 UA

Amy Crane
General Counsel –
Rhode Island Office of
the General Treasure
Jeff Dana
Solicitor – City of
Providence, RI
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Carolina de Onis
General Counsel – The
Teacher Retirement
System of Texas

Hans Ek
Deputy CEO – SEB
Investment Management AB


Jesse Evans, Jr.
Director – City of New
Orleans Employees’
Retirement System
Michael Herrera
Senior Staff Counsel –
Los Angeles County
Employees Retirement
Pedro Herrera
Partner – Sugarman
& Susskind, P.A.
(Coral Gables, FL) 

Ron King
Member – Clark Hill PLC
(Lansing, MI)


Robert Klausner
Principal – Klausner,
Kaufmann, Jensen & Levinson
(Plantation, FL)

Danial Lam
Managing Director –
Legal & Business
Development, Ontario
Municipal Employees’
Retirement System

Kevin Lindahl
General Counsel –
Fire & Police Pension
Association of Colorado

Lou Mandarini
Executive Director –
Massachusetts Laborers
Benefit Funds

Senior Legal Counsel –
Blue Sky Group
(The Netherlands)
Tiffany R. Reeves
Shareholder – Boerner
Van Deuren S.C.
(Madison, Wisconsin) 
Cindy Rougeou
Executive Director –
Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System
Lori Schnall
In-House Counsel –
Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association
Doug Snyder
Managing Director –
Starboard Value LP
(New York, NY) 

Elmira K.L. Tsang
Deputy Attorney General – Counsel to Employees’ Retirement System
of the State of Hawaii 

    Not pictured:
Cathy Smith
General Counsel –
Retirement System
of the Virgin Islands 
John Weinstein
Allegheny County Employees’
Retirement System
Steve Wolosky
Partner – Olshan Frome
Wolosky LLP
(New York, NY)
Mark Zigler
Partner – Koskie Minsky LLP
(Toronto, Ontario)  


For more information, please contact Amanda Rekemeier,
Director of Client Relations, at
or at (212) 554-1451 with any questions.





The registration fee for this seminar is $625 per person.

The registration fee is intended to cover meals and entertainment in conformity with many jurisdictions' gift/gratuity limitations or restrictions, and represents our best estimate at the pre-event stage.  If you are not governed by these restrictions, you may choose the "Registration fee waiver" option provided on the online registration form.

For qualified institutional investors from the United Kingdom and Europe, the registration is automatically waived unless required by your jurisdiction.




BLB&G has reserved blocks of rooms at two nearby hotels:
Hotel Indigo (877-394-5763) 
Block code: BLB 

April 10-11: $149 per night 

April 12: $159 per night

Click here to reserve a room online.

King or queen rooms available.


Hampton Inn – Garden District (504-899-9990)
Block code: BLB 

April 10-11: $159 night 

April 12: $179 per night

King or double rooms available.