AU Women’s Philanthropy Board Symposium to feature Bronner as keynote speaker

AUBURN – The Women’s Philanthropy Board, in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences, will host its sixth annual Spring Symposium on Monday, April 7, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Featured speakers will be David G. Bronner, CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama; John Manley, managing director, equity strategist for Smith Barney’s Private Client Division, New York; Alabama’s State Treasurer Kay Ivey; and co-founders of Feed Projects, LLC Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson (

The title of this year’s symposium, “Today’s Decisions for Tomorrow’s Money,” reflects the Women’s Philanthropy Board’s commitment to providing educational activities supporting the achievement of financial and philanthropic aspirations,” said June Henton, Dean of AU’s College of Human Sciences.

Registration for the symposium is $75 and includes the 12:30 p.m. lunch. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $750. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. To register, contact Sidney James Nakhjavan at (334) 844-9199 or e-mail

Make checks payable to the Auburn University WPB for the Spring Symposium and mail to: AU College of Human Sciences, Women’s Philanthropy Board, 210 Spidle Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.

Bronner, the symposium luncheon keynote speaker, has served as CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama since 1973. For the RSA, his investment projects include Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and the development of hotels and conference centers throughout Alabama and in Tampa, Fla.  Under his direction, RSA funds have increased from more than $500 million to more than $29 billion, making the RSA the largest financial organization in Alabama, the 42nd largest public pension fund in the world and the 14th largest internally managed pension fund in America.

Manley will be the morning symposium keynote speaker. Affiliated with Citi Smith Barney for 22 years, he is a seven-time member of the Institutional Investor All-American team, a supervisory analyst and a chartered financial analyst. He is a frequent commentator on various networks including CNN, CNBC and PBS and has appeared on Wall Street Week. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, USA Today, Barron’s, Business Week and Time Magazine.

Other speakers for the event will include: Jera Stribling, executive director of the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation; Maru Pichardo, managing director of Pichardo Management in Moreles, Mexico; Katye Deleshaw, financial advisor, Smith Barney, Montgomery; and Dave Dennis, CEO of Specialty Contractors Inc. and three-term chairman of the New Orleans Federal Reserve Board.

Women’s Philanthropy Board corporate partners Alabama Power, Moore Wealth Management, AU Office of Outreach, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Citi Smith Barney, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and the Flower Store have helped underwrite the event.

Contact: Sidney James Nakhjavan, (334) 844-9199 (, or
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