THRIVE Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summer Webinar Series

Inclusivity and Valuing Diversity

August 10, 2023

August 31, 2023

September 28, 2023





Join us for enlightening sessions on "Inclusivity and Valuing Diversity" where we'll explore strategies to foster an inclusive workplace, enhance productivity, and support employee well-being. Gain valuable insights, practical tools, and actionable steps to create a more inclusive and diverse environment. Don't miss this opportunity to engage, share experiences, and build a more inclusive future together!


Webinar 1: August 10th | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET

DEI and Investment Opportunities 

Less than 2% of investment managers are women and people of diverse backgrounds. This is despite data that show there is a strong performance from women and diverse communities. This is a potential missed opportunity for clients and advisors. This webinar will explore different ways to help clients enhance returns and broaden investment opportunities across various DEI strategies. Clients are also demanding it and advisors who deliver it have an opportunity to improve their practices.


Catherine Chen, CIMA®, AWM, Managing Director, Financial Advisor,
RBC Wealth Management 
Michelle Schiro,
Financial Advisor,
RBC Wealth Management 


Farralon Udom, CFA®
Financial Advisor,
RBC Wealth Management 


Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management 

RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, registered investment adviser and Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.



Webinar 2: August 31st | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET  

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Sponsored by Charles Schwab Inc., Co.


Webinar 3: September 28th | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET 

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Cost: Complimentary


One CE credit will be awarded for each webinar attended. Pending approval, the following entities have accepted it for CE credit:

Investments & Wealth Institute®

Up to 3 CE credit hours for CIMA®, CPWA®, and RMA® certifications
Audit-proof, Premier CE
Uploaded to your certification record(s) within 2 weeks

CFP® Board

Up to 3 CFP CE credit hours for CFP® certifications (PENDING)
Uploaded to your CFP® record within 2 weeks

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If you miss the live event, or just want to watch it again, you can access a recording. Instructions for accessing the recording will be emailed within two weeks of each event, and it will be available for viewing for one year. You can only receive credit one time for viewing this program (live or recorded). The recording will be eligible for CE credit for Institute certifications.

Speaker Biographies

Catherine has significant corporate finance and institutional advisory experience and has been in the investment field since 1993. Before joining RBC, she was part of the SRI Wealth Management Group at Piper Jaffray for five years where she advised foundations, non-profit organizations and high net worth 
individuals on ESG investments. Prior to Piper Jaffray, Catherine worked with J.P. Morgan for almost seven years as an investment banker covering the healthcare, natural resources and technology sectors. During her tenure at J.P. Morgan, Catherine advised clients on over $5 billion of M&A, project finance and equity and fixed income underwriting transactions. She was based in the New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong offices, and has expertise in advising multi-national companies. Prior to that, she was an analyst in the International Banking Department of Chinatrust Commercial Bank in Taiwan, part of one of the largest  conglomerates in Taiwan. She performed investment analysis for a variety of project finance transactions and assisted in establishing its Hong Kong office. Catherine is a Board Member of the East Bay Community Foundation, former Advisory Board member of the Women's Funding Network, and former Board member of the Children's Council of San Francisco. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and has a BA in both Economics and History where she is a Cal Alumni Scholar. She is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a designation she earned from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association). She has passed the Series 7 and Series 66 exams, and holds a California insurance license. Catherine was recognized as a 2019 Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisor and as a 2020 and 2021 Forbes/SHOOK Best in State Wealth Advisor. She also won the Forbes/SHOOK Working Mothers Award in 2019 and 2020. Catherine is a member of the Social Investment Forum. She has sat on the firm’s Investment Advisory Group Council, is a member of the firm’s Senior Consulting Group, and is part of the Chairman’s Council in the firm (which is a distinction bestowed on high producing advisors in the firm). 

Michelle joined RBC Wealth Management with 13 years of experience in the investment banking industry, underwriting debt and equity capital raises for corporate clients, and advising clients on merger and acquisition activities. Prior to joining RBC, she was an  Executive Director at UBS in their New York and San Francisco offices. Prior to UBS, she spent seven years at RBS Securities in London and New York. She has a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and has passed the Series 7, 63 and 65 exams. Michelle is passionate about empowering women and about using the capital markets as a force for positive social and environmental impact. In 2018, she consulted for a renewable energy platform, a social justice organization, and spent a month in Siem Reap, Cambodia,  consulting for Samatoa Lotus Textiles, a social enterprise which empowers local women with consistent work, full benefits, and above average pay as they produce sustainably made textiles. She is also a former junior board member of The Opportunity Network, a New York-based non-profit which works with students from systematically underrepresented communities to achieve their college and career goals. In her free time, Michelle loves hiking, cooking, and reading. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and their 

Farralon joined the SRI Wealth Management Group with over 11 years of finance experience in trading, operations and project management in the hedge fund and financial software spaces.  She focuses on ESG analysis, client service and manager research within the firm.  Until RBC Wealth Management, Farralon’s entire career was spent at Asia-focused firms.  Farralon worked for Tora Trading Services as an Equity Finance Manager in Client Services where she supported institutional clients and managed a cross-functional team to develop an equity finance module for Tora’s investment software.  Prior to that, she worked as an Operations Manager and Trader at Evolution Capital Management, an alternative asset manager, where she developed the China Fund’s reporting, risk metrics, and operations. Farralon is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in International Relations.  She has passed the Series 7, 63 and 65 license exams from FINRA, and has earned the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing.  Farralon is passionate about inciting sound personal finance practices in her community and has authored and taught several personal finance courses.  She serves as the Chair of the Board of the Delta San Francisco Peninsula Foundation and was also Treasurer of the Board for 4 years, where she was responsible for leading the Foundation’s investment committee decisions. 


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