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Chicago WPF - Post-Brexit/US Elections: Protectionism, the New World Order?
Tue, March 21, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM CDT
As we enter the new year, the Women in Public Finance Chicago Chapter invites you to join in this engaging panel discussion focusing on the market outlook for 2017. With recent events such as Brexit and the US Elections, we hope to provide insight on the effects of these events and perspective on the overall market. The panel will be moderated by Joanna Horsnail, Partner at Mayer Brown LLP and Emeritus Director of Women in Public Finance. Our panelists include William Blair & Company's Olga Bitel, Economist, and Loop Capital Markets' Chris Mier, Managing Director. The event will begin with a 30-minute networking session followed by a one-hour panel discussion.
Breakfast will be served. We encourage attendees to share their thoughts to create a fruitful discussion and hope to see you there. More information regarding the panelists is below.
Joanna Horsnail, Partner
Mayer Brown LLP and Emeritus Director of Women in Public Finance
Olga Bitel, Economist
William Blair & Company
Olga Bitel is an economist responsible for economic research across all regions and sectors. She joined William Blair in 2009. Prior to this, Olga was a senior economist at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London, where she was responsible for macroeconomic forecasting and thematic research projects for international organizations and government bodies. Education: B.A., University of Chicago; M.Sc. economics, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chris Mier, Managing Director
Analytical Services Division I Loop Capital Markets LLC
Chris Mier is the Chief Strategist and Managing Director of the Loop Capital’s Analytical Services Division (ASD). Loop Capital is a full-service institutional broker-dealer based in Chicago. The ASD has five full-time professionals and is one of the largest analytics groups dedicated to municipal finance.
Prior to joining Loop Capital, Mr. Mier was an institutional Portfolio Manager in the Municipal Bond Department at MFS Investment Management. In addition, he has served as a Portfolio Manager of numerous municipal funds at Scudder Kemper Investments and Kemper Financial; prior to which he held several posts at Comerica Bank in Detroit, including credit analyst, portfolio manager and trader in the Funds Management Department.
Mr. Mier holds an MBA in Finance and Managerial Economics from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. Chris also received a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR (now CFA Institute) in 1992. He also holds Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses. Chris was elected to a 3-year term as a Director on the Board of the CFA Society Chicago the summer of 2014.
Mr. Mier is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Municipal Finance, Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.