Partner Events – All Regions

Monday, April 8

IAQF & Thalesians Seminar Series: Terry Benzschawel – Financial Applications of Machine Learning

When: 6:00 PMFordham Gabelli School of Business

McNally Amphitheatre

140 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023

5:45 PM Registration

6:00 PM Seminar Begins
7:30 PM Reception

In this talk, I describe a variety of machine learning models that I have built and applied to problems in business and finance. I begin with an historical introduction to neural networks, including brief descriptions of the perceptron, and methods of gradient descent, backpropagation and regularization. I then describe single hidden-layer perceptrons built in the early 1990s to detect fraud on credit card portfolios, identify customers who will give up their credit cards, and later, for trading US Treasury bonds. I then describe recent work with deep learning networks that predict spread changes for corporate bonds, price moves from trade flows, and a natural language processing model that predicts market moves from sentiment data. Finally, I provide some thoughts on how artificial intelligence/machine learning is changing the fixed income trading business.

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April 8, 2019

Where: Goldman Sachs New York, 200 West Street New York, NY 10282 United States

Building on the success of the last Americas Trading Briefings in New York in the past several years, this half-day briefing will provide a series of panel sessions with an interactive program that addresses market needs, providing impartial, high quality content and the knowledge and experience of industry leading speakers. There are ample networking opportunities throughout the event and into the evening at the post-event cocktail party.

Briefing facts
Over 300 market participants attended the half day event in April 2018 hosted by Goldman Sachs
Senior decision makers from the buy-side, sell-side, vendor and exchanges/ECN community attend
Agenda created by industry experts to ensure it addresses the issues impacting the region’s trading community
20+ speakers participate in the panel discussions
Great learning and networking opportunities

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April 9, 2019

Where: Convene, 4 Times Square, New York, United States

Description: Bringing together: the leading conference for risk professionals and investment strategists from across the buy-side industry (institutional investors, investment and asset management firms, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance firms).

Hear from and engage with: senior professionals and heads of the largest and most innovative buy side firms. Against a backdrop of political uncertainty and volatile markets, industry leads share best practice and solutions to overcome current industry challenges.

Stay ahead and beat the market: The prospect of quantitative tightening and market liquidity is top of everyone’s agenda and, in an era of digital transformation and technological disruption, buy side firms need to remain reactive and one step ahead of the rest. This conference addresses the key industry challenges from model risk techniques, liquidity stress testing and scenario analysis through to waving farewell to Libor, to better understand the complexities of market risk and improve investment decisions. By hearing first hand practical industry advice from leading financial firms who are responding to a volatile market and preparing for the future, this is a must attend conference for any investment and risk professional.

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April 11th 2019

New York City, WBS Training (World Business Strategies) presents “Women in Quantitative Finance Americas Conference (WQF)”

QWAFAFEW can offer you 25% discount, please use the following code on the booking page “QWAFAFEW25”)



April 12, 2019

Where: New York Marriott Marquis, New York City, United States

The rise of big data, application of machine learning and other technological developments in recent years have transformed the quantitative finance industry. The Quant Conference has been conceived as a unique event to provide an educational forum for delegates to hear about current trends in the cutting-edge field of quantitative finance. We focus on in-depth content rather than sales pitches. The Quant Conference’s speaker roster of industry leaders provides insights from those pioneering these changes. The event offers a wealth of networking opportunities with professional money managers, allocators, academics and young talent.

TQC19 will take place on the 12th of April in New York Marriott Marquis and our ambition is to make it one of the best quant conferences ever. We want to give our delegates a unique opportunity to learn about the industry from those who built it.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Expert Series Spring 2019 Forum.

QWAFAFEW had 25 tickets for a discounted price of 50%. Please use link  or copy/paste



Tuesday, April 30, 2019, SQA Seminar 

SQA April 30th Seminar


Prof Harry Mamaysky

Location: Voya
230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169

What’s In the News? Using Textual Data To Forecast Financial Returns

Join us for an evening with Professor Mamaysky who will discuss how to use

Natural Language Processing techniques to forecast currency and stock returns


Summary: Prof Mamaysky will discuss two new papers which apply natural language processing (NLP) techniques to textual data to forecast financial returns. Specifically, he and his co-authors developed a classification methodology for the context and content of textual data. In a paper with Charles Calomiris, he combined unusualness (entropy) of work flow with sentiment and frequency in central bank communications to forecast currency returns. In a brand new paper with Paul Glasserman, he applies NLP techniques to news articles to forecast stock returns in the US.


Biography: Harry Mamaysky is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School, and the director of the News and Finance research initiative at the Business School’s Program for Financial Studies. Prior to his academic career, he spent quite a bit of time as a practitioner. He was formerly Head of the Systemic Risk Group at Citigroup and a member of the firm’s Risk Executive Committee, and has also worked at Old Lane, Morgan Stanley, and Citicorp.


Professor Mamaysky’s research interests lie in asset pricing, market frictions, and the role of information in financial markets. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, and he has presented at numerous academic and professional conferences. He earned his PhD in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Jiang Wang and Andrew Lo.


5:30 p.m. Cocktails & Networking

6:00 p.m. Presentation

7:00 p.m.Cocktails & Networking



SQA Members: Regular or Academic – $50
Transitional or Student – $30
Non-Member Affiliated – $70
Non-members – $90

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May 1, 2019

When: 5:00 PM

You are invited to our inaugural mentorship event on May 1st. This event will consist of two parts: a panel of women industry leaders on the importance of mentorship for all levels of individuals, followed by breakout sessions with each panelist for deeper, interactive conversations. Our confirmed speakers include:

Sue Thompson – EVP Head of Distribution, State Street

Amy Whitelaw – Head of Portfilio Management for US and Canada, Blackrock

Maureen Upton – Consultant and Independent Director, Janus Henderson Investments

Moderated by – Jen Levesque VP Institutional Accounts, ALPS

To further our “connection” efforts, Denver WE will be launching a Mentorship Match program, starting in June.  Indications of Interest forms will be emailed to members the week of May 6, following our Mentorship event.  Our goal for this initiative is to continue our efforts to help finance professionals grow both personally and professionally through a seamless matching process that aligns these goals.

Please join us on May 1st from 5:00-8:15 pm for this wonderful event!

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May 2, 2019

Skytop Strategies presents, “Impact Investing” Event, Washington, DC

Discount Code for QWAFAFEW is QWAFAFEW2019

May 16, 2019

Skytop Strategies presents, “Sustainability and Risk Management” event, Arlington, VA

Discount Code for QWAFAFEW is QWAFAFEW2019


May 8, 2019

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Porter Kitchen & Deck
150 N. Riverside Plaza
Address 2
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States



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May 17, 2019

Where: St. John’s University’s Manhattan campus, New York, United States

FMA International

The Ninth Annual FMA Applied Finance Conference will be hosted at St. John’s University’s Manhattan campus located in the heart of one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The Conference is much smaller and more focused than the FMA’s traditional meetings and includes a relatively small number of papers to provide ample opportunity for presentations and discussion by participants.


May 21-22

Main Battle of the Quants     Registration:

Description: Battle of the Quants “BIG DATA”, May 21-22, New York City Public Library

The 14th Annual Battle of the Quants  “ BIG DATA” is a two day event combining the best in Quantitative Finance and Big Data. The packed agenda includes extensive networking, pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings, presentations and a Data Awards Gala. Attendees are Quantitative Hedge Fund Managers, Data Scientists, BIG DATA Providers and Systematic Institutional Allocators. Discussions and panels focus on the future direction of Artificial Intelligence, the evolution of hedge funds use of new Data Sets and how the investor allocates capital in the AI/Big Data space. We hope you can join us in “Leading the Discussion in Quantitative Finance and Connecting the Humans Behind the Machine.



May 22, 2019

Capital Link’s 18th Annual Closed-End Funds & Global ETFs Forum at the Metropolitan Club in NYC.

Jan van Eck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Eck Associates Corporation will deliver the Luncheon Keynote Address at the Forum.

May 30th, 2019
New York Athletic Club
New York, NY

VETS Indexes and Military Times host

Employing US Vets Conference

Co-hosted by VETS Indexes and Military Times, professionals in the ESG community are invited to the Employing U.S. Vets Conference on May 30th at the New York Athletic Club. The event will include discussions of best practices related to veteran employment, recognition of companies going above and beyond for Vets and their families and lots of opportunities to network.

More than ever, current members and Veterans of our military are transitioning from the military and seeking civilian careers. There are about 27 million people in the military-connected community, including active duty personnel, reservists, military families and veterans. This vast talent pool represents significant opportunities for organizations looking to hire qualified and hard-working employees and has become an integral segment of the Human Capital portion of the Social pillar within Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG). But to take advantage, companies need to know their stuff.

There are a limited number of discount passes (50%) for QWAFAFEW members: please use this link to access the discount passes:


June 3 – 4, 2019

Inside Smart Beta and Active ETFs, Boston, Massachusetts

Save 10% courtesy of QWAFAFEW! Quote VIP code: FKF2266QWA



June 13, 2019

Bank America Merrill Lynch, New York, United States

CQA – Chicago Quantitative Alliance

The CQA Quantitative Trading Seminar is a half day event and we have set a tentative date of June 13, 2019 in NYC. The meeting will be held at the offices of Bank America Merrill Lynch. The agenda will be available in May. Members and guests can register on the CQA website beginning May 1, 2019.

The event will begin at noon with a box lunch being served. Please bring your photo ID for entrance as there will be a security desk check-in before entering the Conference Center. The first speaker will start at 1:00 p.m. and and continues until 5:00 p.m. After the presentations, the will be an on site reception with cocktails and snacks.

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June 19 – 20, 2019

Battlefin Discovery Day, New York, NY