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CalPERS and CalSTRS to Host Forum on May 10 in Sacramento, CA

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) are jointly hosting the 2017 Diversity Forum on May 10. The forum brings together investment and corporate executives to discuss ways to capitalize on the experiences, strengths, cultures, and education of today’s diverse modern workforce. With recent research linking Diversity and Outperformance, it is more important than ever that executives understand how to increase diversity and build an inclusive culture.

The day-long forum, held at the Sacramento Convention Center, is tailored for corporate board members and executives, diversity officers, institutional investors, investment companies, and representatives from academic institutions. It will feature keynote speeches from John W. Thompson, the chairman of Microsoft Corporation, and Helena Morrissey, founder of the 30% Club, an organization which works towards gender balance on boards to increase corporate performance. The event includes a panel discussion with Harvard Professor Frank Dobbin, a leading researcher on diversity initiatives. Recently named one of the most influential women in San Francisco, Gabriela Parcella, chairman, president, and CEO of Mellon Capital Management, joins a panel to discuss her work with BNY Mellon Global Diversity and the Inclusion Council.

Executives and Board members from CalPERS and CalSTRS will hold panel discussions with executives from the Blackstone Group, CFA Institute, Legato Capital Management, McKinsey & Company, and State Street Corporation. Panelists will cover a number of topics including the importance of corporate board diversity, building diversity in an organization, and the impact of mentorship. The forum includes ample time for networking to collaborate on common challenges. The inaugural Diversity Forum, held in 2015, provided the same successful mix of educational panels and networking opportunities.

Registration is $375 per person with a discounted rate available for public pension funds and not-for-profit organizations. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information, including a full agenda and registration details, can be found at: 2017 CalPERS & CalSTRS Diversity Forum.

View a short video with Ted Eliopoulos, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer regarding the forum.

About CalSTRS

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $202 billion as of February 28, 2017, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans. CalSTRS also provides disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California’s 914,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

About CalPERS

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.8 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at approximately $312 billion. For more information, visit www.calpers.ca.gov.

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