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Chief Investment Officer Webinar: Alternatives
Sponsored by SEI

Real estate, private equity, private credit, infrastructure, hedge funds and other alternative investments have become a significant part of institutional investors’ allocations. Are they really alternative anymore?
Join CIO for a webinar in which experts will discuss why alts—and the uncorrelated returns and potential for risk reduction they offer—should be a standard part of long-duration institutional portfolios.
Attendees will learn:
• How alts provide risk-adjusted returns;
• How different alternative asset classes have served allocators over the years; and
• The optimal strategy for positioning alts in institutional portfolios going forward.
Speakers will also address the factors to consider in selecting alternative investments.

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Speakers

Jonathan Grabel
CIO @LACERA
Jonathan Grabel is the CIO for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA). Mr. Grabel manages a $74 billion defined benefit pension fund on behalf of LACERA's 185,000 active and retired members. He also oversees the investments for the LACERA-administered $2 billion healthcare benefits program.Prior to LACERA, Mr. Grabel was the CIO for New Mexico PERA, where he oversaw the investments for the agency’s $15 billion defined benefit fund and the associated PERA SmartSave deferred compensation plan. Previously, he was a general partner at a private equity firm focused on growth-stage investments in technology, networking industries, and digital communications. Earlier in his career, Mr. Grabel was an investment banker. Mr. Grabel received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a CPA (inactive).
Victoria Vodolazschi
Director, Investments @Willis Towers Watson
Victoria Vodolazschi is a director in the Investments business at Willis Towers Watson and also serves as director of hedge fund research. Vodolazschi's primary responsibilities at Willis Towers Watson include making decisions related to investment portfolios on behalf of their institutional clients including corporate pensions, endowments and foundations.
Amy Resnick
Executive Editor @CIO
A veteran financial journalist, Amy spent nearly a decade at Pensions & Investments as executive editor and editor. She has also worked as Americas Editor of IFR magazine at the time a Thomson Reuters capital markets publication focused on capital formation. Prior to that, she spent 15 years at The Bond Buyer, the paper of record for the municipal bond market, including 10 years there as the Editor in Chief. Before joining The Bond Buyer, she worked as a state and local news reporter in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. Amy was a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied politics, taxation and infrastructure finance. She is a self-described public policy nerd. She is a member of the Journalism and Women Symposium and a mentor-editor for the OpEd Project. Amy completed the Women and Leadership executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She has a masters in journalism from the Columbia University