Balancing Sustainability And Prosperity In Emerging Markets. The rapidly growing importance of emerging economies demonstrates our interconnectedness and threatens the future of the planet.  Can our resource-intensive lifestyle adjust to allow for consumption by others?  Can our hard-earned knowledge enable emerging nations to leapfrog to a sustainable development model?  This session will help conference participants understand the historic transformation that is currently underway, outline some of the investment opportunities, and highlight the global challenges to the very concept of sustainability.

Political Spending-Corporations And Campaigns. The landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that removed many limits to corporate political expenditures may have significant and lasting impacts on the balance of power between government, corporations and citizens. This session will consider the impacts of the ruling from the perspective of investors. Panelists will discuss how investors can make informed decisions, what investors can do to protect their rights and the value of their investments, and how this development will likely affect transparency and corporate accountability.

Embracing Social Media To Grow Your Business. This marketing session is designed to help financial advisors and planners deepen relationships with existing clients and earn new ones by embracing social media opportunities.  Practical concepts and strategies that conference participants can put to work immediately to grow their businesses will be included.

Advanced Asset Allocation: Can ESG Portfolios Deliver?
The integration of ESG considerations into the design of investment portfolios for socially conscious investors is evolving quickly.  Experts will discuss state-of-the-art portfolio construction aimed at achieving optimal diversification, mitigating market risk and positioning portfolios with the highest level of probability for top-notch risk-adjusted returns.

Beyond GDP-Toward Qualitative Growth. The key challenge of our time may be transforming the global economic system from one striving for unlimited quantitative growth to one that is ecologically sustainable and socially just, without generating human hardship through more unemployment.  A panel of global experts will discuss the enormous challenges as well as the potential solutions to this dilemma, and help investors understand both how to help with the transition, and how to position portfolios to profit from the inevitable shift.

When... Where...
We're expecting about 650 people to join us November 18-21, 2010 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio for what will be the 21st SRI in the Rockies Conference. This annual event is produced by First Affirmative Financial Network in collaboration with many SRI industry product and service providers, and non-profit organizations working on issues of importance to socially conscious investors.  It's not too late to join us!

And Why...

The conference offers unparalleled networking and educational opportunities for those on the cutting edge and those who have been in it for the long-haul.  With so many thought leaders and innovators gathering in one place, SRI in the Rockies is the ideal venue for everyone involved-or anyone looking to get involved-with integrating ESG analysis into the investment process.

SRI in the Rockies is also a place to meet, mix, and mingle with the industry's leading product and service providers.  And if all that's not enough, the winner of the 2010 Moskowitz Prize, the only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative research in the field of socially responsible investing, will be awarded at SRI in the Rockies.  The winning study is selected by a panel of judges from academia and the investment industry.

There will be no better place than the 2010 SRI in the Rockies Conference to gain a deep understanding of the key issues that concern socially conscious investors.  I sincerely hope you will join us in San Antonio.

Steven J. Schueth is president of independent registered investment advisor First Affirmative Financial Network LLC. First Affirmative specializes in socially responsible, sustainable, and transformative investing, and supports a nationwide network of investment professionals who work with socially conscious investors. Schueth is a former director and spokesperson for the non-profit Social Investment Forum.  He can be reached at [email protected]. 


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