The Evolution of LGBT Consumerism – panel event

Presented by OPEN Finance, in partnership with Nomura.

The Evolution of LGBT+ Consumerism features four leading industry experts discussing the expanding opportunities in the LGBT economy. Hear specific industry case studies that provide insights on the progress the LGBT community has achieved in the past five years in business, media, financial, and the consumer market.

November 8, 2017

Nomura Securities International, Inc
309 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019

6:00 pm – Opening remarks
6:30 pm – Panel and Q&A
7:45 pm – Post panel networking

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Moderated by Henson Orser, Managing Director, Global Head of Senior Relationship Management, and chair of the Global Sales Executive Committee at Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank. Henson is responsible for further enhancing Nomura’s client proposition and coordinating resources to serve the firm’s highest priority global accounts. He has more than 20 years of industry experience.
Henson joined Nomura in August 2012 as Head of Sales for Global Markets Americas. Prior to his current appointment as Global Head of Senior Relationship Management, Henson was promoted in 2015 to Co-Head of Global Markets Americas. Before joining Nomura, Henson spent 16 years at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was, most recently, Head of USD Rates Sales in the Americas. From 2001 – 2009 he was the Branch Manager of RBS’ San Francisco office.
Before RBS, he worked in Fixed Income Sales at PaineWebber, and prior to that, in Institutional Futures and Options at Lehman Brothers. He began his career in Municipal Bonds Sales at Lebenthal & Co. Henson holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Princeton University, and is also a trustee for the Winston Preparatory School.

Jonathan D. Lovitz is a Senior Vice President at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), as well as Director of NGLCCNY, the New York LGBT and Allied Business Network of NGLCCIn addition to leading public affairs, media relations, supplier diversity, and advocacy efforts for NGLCC, he regularly speaks to conferences and the press about LGBT economic empowerment and the vital role business plays in creating equity for the LGBT community.
He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, The Advocate, Out Magazine, among others, and has often spoken/fundraised for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, The Trevor Project, GLSEN, the Democratic party, and more. Jonathan previously served as Director of Communications + Operations for StartOut, a national nonprofit empowering LGBT entrepreneurs; as Media Director and lead news anchor at NetworkGlobal, a leading digital news and entertainment site; and as a respected openly gay actor and news anchor for Logo TV and other major networks.
Jonathan regularly speaks to colleges and universities encouraging young people to get involved in public service and use the internet to make a difference for their communities. While business and LGBT youth causes are his primary focus, Jonathan looks for any chance to serve any community in need of a voice, including serving on multiple nonprofit Boards of Directors. Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and proudly returned to give the keynote address at their Pride Awareness Month opening ceremony in 2014.

Ben Grossman is the SVP, Group Strategy Director at Jack Morton Worldwide (IPG), overseeing the strategy practice across the New York, Boston and Princeton offices. Ben leads new business pitches and establishes vision for accounts, setting the agency’s approach to business consulting, brand planning, communications architecture and measurement. He also serves on the agency’s Global Creative Council and heads the agency’s digital and content marketing practice.
Ben has set strategy for some of the world’s foremost brands, including Subway, Liberty Mutual, P&G, Love Has No Labels, Fidelity, Calvin Klein, PUMA, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and many more. Attuned to what’s next and what constitutes best practices, he is passionate about business strategy, data-driven decision-making and creative efficacy.
Ben has presented around the world for iconic events and organizations, including SXSW, CES, Microsoft and Intel. He has been tapped for his expertise by Mashable, Yahoo! News, Chief Marketer, PSFK and BtoB Magazine, and his thought leadership pieces have garnered hundreds of thousands of views globally.

Josh Stoffregen, VP, Head of Global Communications, Prudential FinancialIn this role, Stoffregen leads global marketing communications strategy and media relations for Prudential Retirement’s people, products and services, including defined contribution, defined benefit, guaranteed retirement income, structured settlements, executive benefits, longevity reinsurance and pension risk transfer. He also serves as the project lead and spokesperson for Prudential’s groundbreaking “LGBT Financial Experience,” an in-depth look at the current financial landscape of LGBT Americans, which launched in November 2012. Stoffregen is immediate past president of Prudential’s Abled and disAbled Associates Partnering Together organization as well as a national advisor to Prudential’s Employee Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders. Stoffregen also helps create and execute various national and international press events as well as hosts the Web show “Conversations About Retirement.”
Stoffregen joined Prudential in August 2009 after spending several years in financial journalism. Prior to his current position, he held the position of managing editor at Institutional Investor. There, he managed a stable of reporters in New York and Washington, D.C. while also writing and reporting on the retirement beat. Previous to his editorship, he reported on the investment management beat for Compliance Reporter, where he covered hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles. Stoffregen has also held various contributing writer and columnist positions over the years.

Benjamin Presnell, SVP, Citi Cards Product Management, Citi
Ben Presnell has worked in the credit card industry for more than ten years and has long been a champion of LGBT workplace equality and the potential of the LGBT consumer for business.  Today, on the Global Franchise team at Citi, Ben delivers global product experiences and platforms that leverage the buying power and size of Citi’s Global Cards business.  While at American Express, Ben managed a major lending portfolio, developed new lending features for millennials, implemented CARD Act regulations, and drove customer-first thinking while taking on leadership of the PRIDE employee network.  Under Ben’s leadership, PRIDE successfully delivered American Express’ first LGBT marketing campaign with Shop Small Provincetown.  By recruiting and leveraging the assets of the PRIDE network, Ben oversaw an increase of more than 10x for the program’s budgets and impact with consumers.  He also was instrumental in the company’s transition to more inclusive benefit programs for LBGT employees and for the company’s first-time support of a friend-of –the-court brief for marriage equality.

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