Four days of high-quality conversation.

IMPACT 2016 will give you lots to think about, talk about, and take back to your firm.

Monday, October 24

8:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Registration

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Education Sessions

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Keynote Session

Politics, the Markets, and Your Clients

Jeffrey Kleintop
Senior Vice President and Chief Global Investment Strategist
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Liz Ann Sonders
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Greg Valliere
Chief Political Strategist
Horizon Investments

5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m.

Welcome Reception in The Exchange

7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Regional Dinners

Tuesday, October 25

7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in The Exchange

7:15 a.m.–7:45 a.m.

Showcase Stage

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Keynote Session

Opening Remarks by

Bernie Clark
Executive Vice President and
Head of Schwab Advisor Services Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

A Conversation With

Walt Bettinger
President and
Chief Executive Officer
The Charles Schwab Corp.

Conversations That Connect Us in the Digital Age

Sherry Turkle
Director
MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Education Sessions

9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Extended Education Sessions

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn in The Exchange

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Showcase Stage

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.

Showcase Stage

12:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Extended Education Sessions

1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Education Sessions

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Break in The Exchange

4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Showcase Stage

4:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.

Keynote Session

The Geopolitical Forces Influencing Our World

Ian Bremmer
President
Eurasia Group

5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Reception in The Exchange

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Registration

7:15 a.m.–7:45 a.m.

Showcase Stage

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in The Exchange

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Keynote Session

IMPACT Awards® Presentation

Jon Beatty
Senior Vice President
National Sales and Relationship Management
Schwab Advisor Services and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Bernie Clark
Executive Vice President and Head of Schwab Advisor Services
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

On Malcolm’s Mind

Malcolm Gladwell
Author and Staff Writer
The New Yorker

9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Education Sessions

9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Extended Education Sessions

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn in The Exchange

11:00 a.m.

Book signing with Malcolm Gladwell in Schwab Center

Malcolm Gladwell

Don’t miss your chance to talk to the amazing Malcolm Gladwell and get a free signed copy of his book David and Goliath. (NOTE: Books for the first 200 people only)

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Showcase Stage

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.

Showcase Stage

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Education Sessions

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Break in The Exchange

4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Showcase Stage

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Keynote Session

The Long and Short of It

Robert Reich
Economic Analyst, Advisor to Presidents, and former Secretary of Labor

Alan Simpson
Co-founder, Campaign to Fix the Debt; former U.S. Senator; and
Co-chair, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Final Night Event

Celebrate with others in the field as you make major-league memories at Petco Park. It’s your chance to enjoy the area at its finest, set to the music of two Grammy Award-winning SoCal originals: Jason Mraz and Los Lobos.

Thursday, October 27

7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Registration

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in The Exchange

8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Education Sessions

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Brunch in The Exchange

Selfies with Magic Johnson

Get people talking at home when you show them your selfie with Magic Johnson! He’ll be in The Exchange from 9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m. for as many as we can get to!

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Keynote Session

Game Changer: From the Court to the Boardroom

Earvin “Magic” Johnson
NBA Hall of Famer, Businessman, and Philanthropist

11:45 a.m.

Conference Close and Boxed Lunch

Hear from leading conversation starters.

This year’s premier speaker lineup ranges from financial industry experts and leading academicians to all-star athletes, bestselling authors, and much more.

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Final Night Event at Petco Park
featuring Grammy Award Winner

Jason Mraz

Final Night Event at Petco Park
featuring Grammy Award Winner

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has amassed a youthful and diverse fan base around the globe. He has spread his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound through not only his recordings and vibrant live performances but his activist and philanthropic efforts as well.

Jason has earned numerous diamond, platinum, and multiplatinum certifications internationally for his various releases; made pop history with his record-breaking classic singles “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up”; racked up two Grammy Awards among four nominations; won a prestigious Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award; won Teen Choice and People’s Choice Awards; and sold out amphitheaters and arenas around the world, including such iconic venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, London’s O2 Arena, and the Sydney Opera House in New South Wales, Australia.

Watch his music video here.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening at Petco Park, featuring the music of two Grammy Award-winning SoCal originals: Jason Mraz and Los Lobos.

Wednesday, October 26
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

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Final Night Event at Petco Park
featuring Grammy Award—Winning Group

Los Lobos

Final Night Event at Petco Park
featuring Grammy Award—Winning Group

Los Lobos

For more than 30 years, East L.A.’s Los Lobos has been one of America’s favorite and most prolific bands, gracefully moving across genres and building a loyal fan base with unforgettable live performances.

The quintet boldly brought Chicano roots into the musical mainstream through an irresistible mix of Tex-Mex, blues, country, folk, and old-fashioned rock and roll. They provided the musical backdrop for the films La Bamba and Desperado, the first of which produced the band’s runaway #1 hit, “La Bamba.” Los Lobos is also well known for its studio collaborations with such musical icons as Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band has amassed numerous industry accolades over its illustrious career, including three Grammy Awards.

Watch a Los Lobos music video here.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening at Petco Park, featuring the music of two Grammy Award-winning SoCal originals: Jason Mraz and Los Lobos.

Wednesday, October 26
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

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General

What is the purpose of the IMPACT Awards program?

Independent investment advisors have fundamentally changed the financial services landscape by providing client-centric, independent advice to affluent investors. Established in 2006 by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”), the IMPACT Awards honor firms that have advanced the industry and have achieved success through exemplary business practices.

As a response to the integration of the independent investment advisor and independent retirement plan provider communities in 2014, an award was added to recognize the unique achievements this group has brought to the retirement plan industry. In addition to the recognition, the awards program provides independent investment advisors and independent retirement plan providers with an opportunity to learn what leading firms are doing by sharing the winners’ best practices and achievements.

What are the IMPACT Awards categories?

Learn more about each IMPACT Award.

How many awards will be given?

One winner will be selected for each of the four awards.

Will winners receive any prizes?

Winners of each award category will be honored at the ceremony, with each firm receiving a trophy and a $15,000 donation to a charitable organization of the winner’s choice. The selection of each winning firm’s charity is subject to Schwab’s approval.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the IMPACT Awards?

Learn more about the eligibility requirements.

Does my firm need to have a relationship with Schwab to be eligible to be considered for an IMPACT Award?

Yes. To be considered for an IMPACT Award, firms must use Charles Schwab, Charles Schwab Advisor Services, or Charles Schwab Bank to custody client assets.

Nominations

How do you participate in the IMPACT Awards program?

Nominations for 2016 are now closed. You can sign up to receive email notification when 2017 IMPACT Award nominations are being accepted.

Is there a limit to how many nominations I can make?

You may nominate your firm once in each category for which you qualify.

If I participated in previous years, can I participate again?

Yes. We encourage you to participate every year. Best-in-Business and leadership Award winners, however, will not be allowed to participate in any category for five years; previous Pacesetter Award winners may not participate in the Pacesetter IMPACT Award category again and must wait five years to participate in either of the other three award categories. Winners of the Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award must wait five years before they are eligible for another award in any category.

Is there a fee to participate?

There are no fees to participate in the IMPACT Awards program.

Can I nominate my firm in more than one category?

Yes. You can nominate your firm once in each of the categories for which you qualify. However, multiple nominations for the same firm for the Best-in-Business IMPACT Award, Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award, Pacesetter IMPACT Award, and Trailblazer IMPACT Award are not permitted.

Am I able to provide supplemental materials in addition to the nomination form as part of my award nomination?

At the time of nomination, only a completed form will be accepted. Later in the process, Schwab may ask for additional information.

What if I do not complete the data requested on the nomination form?

All fields must be completed for a nomination to be accepted.

May I submit my nomination via regular mail?

No. Only nominations received through the online nomination form will be accepted.

May my firm use a previously published case study to fulfill the essay portion of the Best-in-Business IMPACT Award, Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award, Pacesetter IMPACT Award, and Trailblazer IMPACT Award nomination?

Nominations may include previously produced content that is owned by the firm; however, information that is copyrighted by another source cannot be used. Nomination information must be included in the official nomination form.

Timeline and notification

What are the program deadlines?

Nominations for 2016 are now closed. You can sign up to receive email notification when 2017 IMPACT Award nominations are being accepted.

When will the winners of the IMPACT Awards be announced?

The IMPACT Awards will be presented at IMPACT 2016, a leading industry conference taking place October 24–27 in San Diego, California. Information about the winners will be posted online after they are announced at the conference.

How will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified in August via phone. Winners will be announced at the IMPACT Awards ceremony at IMPACT 2016.

Will runners-up be announced?

Only one winner for each category will be announced. No runners-up will be selected.

Judging

How will winners be selected?

Entries will be reviewed to ensure that they meet all eligibility requirements and Schwab criteria. The remaining finalists will then be judged by a distinguished panel of leaders from across the business world and financial services industry who understand the challenges and opportunities facing today’s investors and those who serve them. These judges will convene to review finalist nominations and select the winners in each category. Final selection will be subject to acceptance of the IMPACT Awards terms and conditions and final approval by Schwab. In granting its final approval, Schwab will be guided by the criteria for the IMPACT Awards program and will also consider which candidates best exemplify the prestige and purpose of the awards and reflect Schwab’s reputation in the marketplace for integrity, service, and value. Schwab has absolute discretion in approving the winners, and Schwab’s decisions in all matters related to the awards and the IMPACT Awards program are final.

What criteria will be used to decide the winners?

Nominations for the 2016 IMPACT Awards will be evaluated based on the firm’s ability to demonstrate success in the following areas:

Best-in-Business IMPACT Award

  • Business planning
  • Technology strategy
  • Practice management and employee development
  • Client loyalty

Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award

  • Business planning in the retirement industry
  • Technology strategy in the retirement industry
  • Practice management and employee development
  • Client loyalty

Pacesetter IMPACT Award
Demonstrated accelerated growth in tandem with the following:

  • Business planning
  • Technology strategy
  • Practice management and employee development
  • Client loyalty

Trailblazer IMPACT Award
Demonstrated change in helping the industry reach new heights, for example:

  • Focused understanding of the unique needs of a specific client segment and a developed, innovative approach to serving them (i.e., a new business model, marketing strategy, or strategic plan)
  • Made a difference in the community though programs to educate new audiences about financial planning
  • Helped shape the industry’s future through advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., or involvement with industry associations
  • Made strides in attracting and cultivating the RIA industry’s next generation of talent
  • Awards and/or other distinctions

How will Schwab use the information provided through the nomination form?

Information you provide will be used to review and judge your nomination for the IMPACT Awards program. Schwab and the judging panel will maintain the confidentiality of your nomination. Schwab will not sell information collected. See the IMPACT Awards terms and conditions for more information.

How will objectivity be maintained in the selection process?

Schwab will use the eligibility criteria to review all nominations received. Once Schwab confirms the finalists, a judging panel of industry experts will select the winners for all four awards. All IMPACT Awards winners are subject to Schwab’s final approval.

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