During this engaging fireside conversation, John Rogers will offer perspectives on the key topics, including: Economy Valuations ESG Risk Factors Considerations in Assessing a New Idea Diversity and Inclusion Social Engagement Directorship
You will not want to miss this information-packed program. We look forward to seeing you there!
John’s passion for investing began at age 12 when his father began buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew at Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and over the two-plus years he worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, John founded Ariel to focus on patient, value investing within small- and medium-sized companies. While our research capabilities have expanded across the globe, patience is still the disciplined approach that drives the firm today. Early in his career, John’s investment acumen brought him to the forefront of media attention and culminated in him being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Furthermore, John has been highlighted alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Ben Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. His professional accomplishments extend to the boardroom where he is a member of the board of directors of McDonald’s, NIKE and The New York Times Company. John also serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus or alumna whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.
Jenn serves as head of Ariel’s Institutional Client and Investor Relations group, which handles all aspects of client communications, reporting and onboarding, as well as board reports, marketing materials and press relations. In addition to serving as a client liaison for our institutional portfolios, Jenn is a member of Ariel’s investment committee and works closely with our portfolio managers on client relationships. Jenn rejoined the firm in 2019, after serving as Head of Investor Relations for DreamWorks Animation and subsequently MGM Studios. In these roles, Jenn developed relationships with key stakeholders in the investment community, including institutional investors, portfolio managers and investment research analysts. She was also responsible for articulating the companies’ strategic priorities while fostering confidence and credibility among the investment community. Before DreamWorks, Jenn held senior positions at DIRECTV and various roles in Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning at Time Warner Cable and MTV Networks. Beyond Ariel, Jenn serves on the Board of Directors for Communities In Schools Los Angeles and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute. Jenn graduated summa cum laude with a BS in business administration from the University of Connecticut.