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BA19 - NY

The leading behavioral finance event for investment professionals


Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm EST
Venue: Manhattan Manor, 201 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 [MAP]
Price: $699 (+ BA Poker Night, $898)


“A focused event designed to spark ideas, provoke change, and explore new initiatives by asset managers and allocators alike”.

Chris Woodcock – Head of Research, Essentia Analytics


Kleinberg Kaplan




James Clear

Charles Duhigg

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and best-selling author

Charles is the best-selling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which explores the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. His newest book Smarter, Better, Faster is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think – rather than what you think – can transform outcomes and performance. www.

Brandon Snow

Brandon Snow

Principal and CIO, Cambridge Global Asset Management

Brandon leads Cambridge’s analyst team and directs the global research activities of the firm. He is also lead Portfolio Manager across several of the firm’s equity and asset allocation funds. Prior to joining Cambridge in 2011, Brandon managed money at Fidelity Investments. In 2016, he was recognized as one of Brendan Wood’s Canadian TopGun Investment Minds.

Amy Oldenburg

Amy Oldenburg

MD, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Amy is a Portfolio Specialist and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Emerging Markets Equity team at MSIM. Before moving to the investment team, she was an emerging markets equity and foreign exchange trader. Amy has also worked with Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s product development and strategic acquisitions group.

Ted Seides, CFA

Ted Seides, CFA

Host of the Capital Allocators Podcast

Ted is an experienced investor in managers across asset classes, including working at the Yale Investments Office and co-founding hedge fund of funds Protégé Partners. He is the host of the Capital Allocators podcast, a series of interviews with leading CIOs and asset managers. Barron’s named the show one of the top financial podcasts, and it has received in excess 1.5 million downloads.

Denise Shull

Denise Shull

CEO and Lead Performance Coach at The ReThink Group

A.K.A. “the real-life Wendy from Billions“, Denise is one of Wall Street’s top performance coaches with over a decade’s experience of working with professional investors and elite athletes. A former futures trader, she is founder of the The ReThink Group and is known for her work in applying neuroscience and modern psychoanalysis to investment decision-making.

Seth Wunder

Seth Wunder

Principal and PM, black-and-white Capital

Seth is the CIO and Portfolio Manager at black-and-white Capital, an activist, tech & innovation-focused hedge fund set up in 2016. Prior to this, he was a founding partner and portfolio manager at Contour Asset Management, a long-short equity fund focused on technology, media, and telecommunications. In 2017, Institutional Investor recognized Seth as one its Hedge Fund Rising Stars.

Kevin Hite

Kevin Hite

Director, Willett Advisors

Kevin has served as Director of the Hedge Fund Investments Group at Willett Advisors, Michael Bloomberg’s single-family office, since October 2013. Previously, he was a partner and managing director of Protege Partners, a portfolio manager at 3G Capital, director at Citadel Alternative Asset Management and a portfolio manager at UBS Alternative Investment Group.

Chris Woodcock
Chris Woodcock
Head of Research and Product at Essentia Analytics

Prior to joining Essentia, Chris was a technology analyst at GAM Investment Management and a hedge fund analyst at GAM Multi Manager in London. Before his career in financial services, Chris was a professional footballer with Newcastle United.

Michael S. Falk

Sara L. Hakim

Senior Vice President, Callan

Sara advises investment committees and fund sponsors on a wide range of manager allocation issues, including best-practice and excellence in manager selection, performance monitoring, and investment structure design. Prior to Callan, she spent 10 years at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting and has also worked at Vanguard and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (Willis Towers Watson). 

Tom Tully, Aperture Investors

Tom Tully

Portfolio Manager, Global Equity, Aperture Investors

Tom is Portfolio Manager of the Aperture Endeavour Equity Fund. Launched by former AllianceBernstein CEO Peter Kraus in partnership with Generali, Aperture Investors has rethought traditional fee & incentive structures by shifting the focus of investment team compensation to performance-linked fees. Prior to joining Aperture, Tom was a Senior Analyst at Kingdon Capital.

Michael S. Falk

Ken Celiano, Psy.D

Director, Even Keel Trading

Ken is a clinical health psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with traders, hedge fund and portfolio managers. His coaching takes investors on a “deep dive” into their inner market, targeting performance optimization, wellness development and even keel decision-making. Ken currently serves as performance psychologist for Praxis Capital Management in Chicago.

Michael S. Falk

Michael S. Falk, CFA, CRC

Partner, Focus Consulting Group

Michael is a multi-disciplinary consultant working with asset/wealth management firms to help them leverage their talent and investment decision-making. Prior to this he was Chief Strategist at a global macro hedge fund and CIO in charge of manager due diligence and asset allocation for a multi-billion-dollar advisory. He is the author of Let’s All Learn How to Fish… to Sustain Long-Term Economic Growth and a co-author of Money, Meaning and Mindsets.

Brian Portnoy

Brian Portnoy Ph.D., CFA

Author and Head of Education at Magnetar Capital

Brian has spent the last 25 years as an educator, investor, and strategist. Prior to joining Magnetar, he held senior research and investing roles at Morningstar, Mesirow Financial and Virtus Investment Partners. Brian’s two books, The Investor’s Paradox and The Geometry of Wealth, explore the challenges not only of behavioral science and making better investment decisions, but how money figures in to a joyful life.


Last year’s Poker Night was so popular that we’re delighted to host it again in 2019.

This exclusive event is held after the main BA19 NY conference and will allow you to put your newly learned decision-making insights to the test!

Friday, November 8  |  6pm-9pm  |  The 40/40 Club [6 W 25th St, NY 10010]

Picture of Chris Sparks, host of Poker Night at Behavioral Alpha 2019 in New York

Poker Night Host – Chris Sparks

Founder and CEO, The Forcing Function

A high-stakes professional poker player and peak performance coach, Chris was once one of the top 20 online players in the world. His company, The Forcing Function, gives investors and executives a competitive edge so that they too can excel at the highest limits.

Price: Poker Night + BA19 Conference – $898 [DETAILS]



Join other industry innovators in New York on November 8th. View conference schedule






The Empire Hotel 44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023 15 min walk to venue
The Roosevelt Hotel 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017 17 min
Park Central Hotel New York 870 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019-4038 4 min

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