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University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC)

The University of Virginia Investing conference is held annually at Darden and investigates the lessons of the past as well as the possibilities of the future.

UVIC 2020

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30 October 2020                                                                           10AM-12PM EST

This year, via Zoom, the University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focuses attention on the role of ESG investing. We will provide an array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views on this vitally important, yet challenging, topic.

The investment world is rapidly moving towards one in which individual and institutional investors alike seek to blend environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into traditional investment evaluations. How can we invest in a more responsible way, and in doing so, make a real, positive impact on society?

Program speakers will detail approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves to invest across several ESG parameters, including conservation and protection of the environment, relationships with employees, suppliers, clients, and communities, and standards for company leadership, risk controls, and stakeholder rights.


  • Teresa Barger

    Teresa C. Barger spent 21 years at the International Finance Corporation investing in emerging markets companies in nearly all regions of the world. At IFC, among other positions, she was Division Manager for Africa, Deputy Director of Credit/Investment Review, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds. In that post, she created the first index for EM private equity and co-founded the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Ms. Barger also developed the first two corporate governance funds in the Emerging Markets, for Korea and Brazil. She was subsequently Director of Corporate Governance and Securities Market Development. In this position, she was responsible for the governance aspects of IFC investments and using governance as a value addition strategy. She also created the innovative Gemloc bond fund, index, and market development program for local currency bonds.

    Before joining IFC, Ms. Barger was with McKinsey & Company. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of American University in Cairo, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India, and ANERA. She also serves on the Advisory Councils for Princeville Global and PPI.

    Ms. Barger received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. She did post-graduate work at the American University in Cairo. She speaks Arabic and French.

  • David Blood

    David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach. Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is chairman of Dialight, Social Finance UK and co-chair of The World Resources Institute and on the boards of On the Edge Conservation and SHINE. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.

  • Jeffrey W. Ubben

    Jeffrey W. Ubben is a Founder, Managing Partner, and member of the Management Committee of Inclusive Capital Partners. Mr. Ubben is a retired Founder of ValueAct Capital, where he was Chief Executive Officer, member of the Management Committee, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Ubben also founded and serves as Portfolio Manager of the ValueAct Spring Fund. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Mr. Ubben was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years. Mr. Ubben is a director of The AES Corporation, where he is a member of the Compensation and Financial Audit Committees, Enviva Partners, LP, where he is a member of the Compensation and Health, Safety, Sustainability and Environmental Committees, AppHarvest and Nikola Corporation. He is the former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., and a former director of Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Misys plc, Sara Lee Corp., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Willis Towers Watson plc and several other public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Ubben serves on the boards of Duke University, The Nature Conservancy’s NatureVest and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and formerly served as Chair of the National Board of the Posse Foundation for nine years. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Past Events

  • UVIC 2019

    The 12th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 7–8 November 2019. The summit of industry experts and academics shared insights and predictions on the future of "alpha" – an investment strategy's ability to beat the market. The conference was hosted by Darden's Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.

  • UVIC 2018

    The 11th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 8–9 November 2018. UVIC served as a cornerstone of the UVA-wide programming dedicated to reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis. This year’s speakers and program looked to both the past and the future, and focused on what we have learned since the crisis unfolded and what we need to know moving forward. The conference was hosted by Darden's  Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management and the UVA McIntire School of Commerce Center for Investors and Financial Markets.

  • UVIC 2017

    The 10th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference explored the current economic and political landscape, discussed the history of economic booms and market collapses, identified opportunities in a changing active-passive setting and explored alternative asset classes such as real estate and hedge funds.  
    The conference built on a record-setting year in 2016 by hosting the full [email protected] Investing Challenge and also hosted a leading women in investing breakfast with Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, Elizabeth Weymouth (MBA ‘94) and President and CEO of Investure, Alice Handy.

  • UVIC 2016

    A single question dominated the ninth annual University of Virginia Investing Conference: Now what?

    After an unprecedented U.S. presidential election produced Donald Trump as president-elect, conference speakers and audience members alike wanted to know what’s next for the U.S. economy, global markets and equity investments.

    2016 Highlights included a Darden @Virginia Investing Challenge that welcomed a record 18 schools and the first-ever Darden Capital Management (and Darden school) Facebook Live streaming interviews, and interviews with speakers conducted by students.  For those who missed the conference, some recap appeared across different channels:

    • Broad conference overview, featuring video interviews with Steve Rattner and Jerome Booth available here
    • A  WSJ podcast featuring an interview with the winning team at the Darden @ Virginia Investing Challenge
    • An in-depth ‘Ideas to Action’ Piece recaps some of the broader global geopolitical panel takeaways
    • Facebook Live interviews with Darden Capital Management students now on the school’s FB page
    • The Role of the Active Investor Ideas to Action piece.   
  • UVIC 2015

    The 8th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on investing in a low-return world. Financial analysts, portfolio managers, economists, academics, students, private investors and industry executives joined together to hear from knowledgeable speakers and panelists with diverse insights and backgrounds.

  • UVIC 2014

    The 7th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on the ideas needed to invest successfully in the innovation economy. As disruptive innovation shakes up industries at an accelerating pace, investors must excel at identifying true innovation and understanding its investment implications.  

    At UVIC, Darden's top-ranked faculty convened global thought leaders and hundreds of professional asset managers and discussed the following questions:

    • What factors will drive future growth?
    • What do the answers imply for the classic tasks of investors: asset selection, portfolio allocation and risk management?
    • Which new products will truly revolutionize an industry?
    • What's ahead in digital health care, cybersecurity, energy, technology and monetary policy?