Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States, will be a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Invest In Women Conference, sponsored by Financial Advisor and Private Wealth magazines.

The Invest In Women conference, planned for May 3-4 at The Hyatt Regency Dallas, is the leading forum nationwide to explore, discuss and learn about issues that are meaningful for women financial advisors and female clients. "We are honored to have the former First Lady speak at our event," said Dorothy Hinchcliff, the conference director and managing editor of FA and PW magazines. "Laura Bush is recognized as one of the nation's most popular first ladies and has been a leader on issues concerning health, education and literacy. She has been a strong advocate for the need for greater opportunities for girls and women around the world."

The Invest In Women conference also will feature a keynote address by Alicia H. Munnell, one of the most well-known retirement experts in the United States. Munnell is director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and a professor at the college's Carroll School of Management. Her most recent book, coauthored with Charles D. Ellis and Andrew D. Eschtruth, is Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What To Do About It.

In her role at Boston College, Munnell is involved in research on issues that are important to financial advisors and their clients. An August 2015 working paper she coauthored looks at retirement gaps: the optimal ages to which people in four socioeconomic groups would need to work to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living versus their planned retirement ages. The paper also looks at whether these gaps come from poor circumstances or poor planning. Her current research projects include looking at why workers retire before they plan, whether households increase their savings when their kids leave home, and the impact of Massachusetts health insurance reform on labor mobility and retirement.

The Invest In Women conference also will feature a large roster of financial advisors speaking on issues that are important to their peers in their everyday practices. Following the event, well-known author Nick Murray will present a workshop, "The Retirement Advice Conundrum: Reconciling Emotional Wants And Financial Needs." The 7th Annual Inside Retirement conference, also sponsored by FA and PW magazines, will be held May 5-6, also at The Hyatt Regency Dallas.

FA and PW magazines are owned by Shrewsbury, N.J.-based Charter Financial Publishing Company (CFPN), a multimedia organization that publishes magazines and websites and produces conferences, webinars and videos.