Our Advisors

We are seeking Advisory Board members who are interested in:

Leadership coaching to help us lead and steward the organization effectively

Organizational development guidance to help us scale the organization prudently

Sharing SOF with executives and partners to help us source more mentors

Investing impact capital into the organization to fund operations

Program development and education to help us create more value for students

We’ve just begun building our Advisory Board of leaders and executives
who believe in our mission and want to help us scale.

Ralph Acampora

Instructor, New York Institute of Finance

One of Wall Street's most respected technical analysts, Ralph has been consistently ranked by Institutional Investor for more than 10 years. With 47 years of experience, he is a pioneer in the development of market analytics and has a global reputation as a technical analyst and market historian.

Ralph is a Senior Managing Director at Altaira Ltd., which offers wealth management services to family offices and high net worth individuals. He is regularly consulted for his market opinion by CNBC, Fox Business, Barron’s, and others. Ralph is a trustee on the board of the Security Industry Institute and is involved in the establishment of the Securities Traders Association University. He is also the founder of the Chartered Market Technicians Association, which today has more than 80 chapters and 5,000 members globally. He also founded and was the first chairman of the International Federation of Technical Analysts.

A former director of technical research at Knight Equity Markets, Ralph worked for 15 years at Prudential Equity Groups as director of technical analysis. He worked at several of the financial industry's top firms, including Kidder Peabody & Co. and Smith Barney

He is the Co-author of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination and author of The Fourth Mega-Market, Now Through 2011: How Three Earlier Bull Markets Explain the Present and Predict the Future.

RALPH ACAMPORA
Instructor
New York Institute of Finance

Andrew Duff

Chairman and Former CEO, Piper Jaffray Companies

Andrew S. Duff has served as the chairman of Piper Jaffray Companies since 2003 and was previously the firm's chief executive officer from 2000 through 2017.

Duff joined Piper Jaffray in 1980 in the institutional fixed income sales group. He was later promoted to manager of institutional sales and trading in 1994, and then served as president of the individual investor services and capital markets areas until 1996. During the time period that Piper Jaffray was owned by U.S. Bancorp (1996 through 2003), Duff served as president of Piper Jaffray and vice chair of U.S. Bancorp for the wealth management group.

Duff currently serves on the board of directors of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the University of St. Thomas board of trustees and the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business strategic board of governors. He is a longstanding member of the Walker Art Center board of trustees, and an advisor to the board of directors of Great Clips, Inc. He is a former board member of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

ANDREW DUFF
Chairman and Former CEO
Piper Jaffray Companies

John Taft

Vice Chairman, Baird

John Taft is Vice Chairman of Baird and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Baird, he served as CEO of RBC Wealth Management, a full-service brokerage firm with nearly 2,000 financial advisors and over $280 billion in assets, for more than 10 years (2005-2016). He is a past chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he advocated for responsible financial reform.

John's other past roles include president and CEO of Voyageur Asset Management; president and CEO of Dougherty Summit Securities; a member of the board of directors of Segall Bryant & Hamill, The Clifton Group and Columbia Threadneedle Funds; and a managing director at Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood. Investment Advisor magazine named him to its 2013 IA 25 list of the most influential people in the financial industry and he made the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business list by Trust Across America in 2014 and 2015.

John is a frequent public speaker and media contributor, and has authored two books, ``Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street`` and ``A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism.``

Deeply committed to community involvement, inclusion and diversity and many other important issues, John credits his family, including his great grandfather, 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft, for instilling strong core values that shape his definition of business success and belief in the importance of treating all people with dignity.

JOHN TAFT
Vice Chairman
Baird

Past Speakers

ANDY CECERE
US Bank 
CEO & Chairman

RICHARD DAVIS
US Bank
Former CEO & Chairman

TERRANCE DOLAN
US Bank
CFO & Vice Chairman

SHARON MCCOLLAM
Best Buy
Former CFO

DEB SCHONEMAN
Piper Jaffray 
President

CATHY SMITH
Target
CFO

If you’re interested in learning more about the Scholars of Finance Advisory Board, please send us a note and we’ll reach out to start the conversation.

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