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Defining Risk: Exploring the Factors Impacting Committee Decisions
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Defining Risk: Exploring the Factors Impacting Committee Decisions Laura D Kunkemueller

When: Tuesday, August 12
From 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Where: Macy's Oak Grill
700 Nicollet Mall
12th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Presenter: Laura D. Kunkemueller
Contact: Amanda Houle

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Good governance includes managing the portfolio in the way the policy statement says it will be managed. To be effective, policy must accurately reflect the committee’s biases and expectations around a variety of risk factors. Volatility, diversification, timeframe, transparency, inflation and liquidity are factors that impact the decisions committees make and exploring how the committee will assign importance to each of these factors is an essential ingredient to the long-term success of the strategy. Our discussion will explore the articulation of the governance framework and the connection of that framework to both return expectations and risk tolerance.

About the Speaker:

Laura is a Principal and the Boston Office Business Leader at Mercer.  Prior to her current position, she served as a senior consultant at Evaluation Associates from September 2007 to June 2011. Laura works on investment policy development, asset allocation modeling, manager due diligence and search preparation, portfolio structure analysis and special projects. Before joining Evaluation Associates, Laura was an Associate Director at Rogerscasey, where she provided investment consulting to corporate defined benefit plans and foundations. Prior to that, she was the principal consultant of Kunkemueller Consulting, specializing in the creation of for-profit enterprises to fund not-for-profit organizations. Laura began her career in the insurance industry, spending more than 13 years in both underwriting and management capacities working for national property and casualty insurers, as well as for regional brokers.

Laura graduated with a BA from Princeton University and received an MBA, specializing in not-for-profit management, from Yale University. In 2012, she completed a Masters degree in change management from Oxford University / HEC Paris.  She is currently a member of the Boston Conservatory’s Board of Trustees and is a past member of USRowing’s Board of Directors.  Laura is an internationally credentialed rowing referee.