Anjan Thakor, WFA-CFAR Director, Director of Doctoral Programs and John E. Simon Professor of Finance

​​WFA-CFAR Finance and Accounting Conferences

WFA-CFAR brings the most exciting research being conducted in finance and accounting to Olin Business School, and into the domain of practitioners.

WFA-CFAR brings together students, alumni, faculty, and professionals from the Olin Business School community and beyond to share cutting-edge research, discuss current topics in finance and accounting, and network through a number of events, including the following conferences:

Organizational Higher Purpose Conference

video This invitation-only conference will consider the power of organizational purpose and how it relates to personal and organizational outcomes. Researchers who have investigated the topic and practitioners who have undertaken the journey will provide insights and perspectives in a series of expert panels on different aspects of higher purpose. Designed for senior leaders who want to learn more about higher purpose and how it can benefit their organizations, you’ll be invited to participate in the discussion, exchange of ideas, and contribute to the insights that emerge from the day, cohosted with Bauer Leadership Center and Barry Wehmiller Cos, Inc.

Corporate Finance Conference

Each autumn, Olin Business School and WFA-CFAR serve as co-hosts for an annual Corporate Finance Conference that examines topics such as corporate investment decisions, capital structure, payout policy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate control and organization, corporate governance, private equity, banking and financial intermediation, and international issues in corporate finance. The conference includes a practitioner session where executives from the top companies participate in discussions analyzing today’s most important financial topics. The event also includes a PhD poster session with students from across the country.

Nick Dopuch Accounting Conference

Since 1988, the accounting faculty at Olin Business School have hosted a two-day annual accounting conference. Renamed in 2006 by Washington University and Olin to honor Professor Nick Dopuch, the purpose of this conference is to create an environment where accounting research is the focal point. Participants include faculty from renowned institutions as varied as MIT, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania.

Wealth & Asset Management Research Conference

The Wealth and Asset Management Research Conference convenes researchers and practitioners who share the common goal of better understanding the capital markets. The conference will feature emerging research from leading universities, discussed by industry experts, with the goals of providing researchers timely, real-world insights and facilitating market participant access to actionable research that can drive superior client outcomes.

This conference is targeted to:

  • Asset managers across all asset classes;
  • Wealth managers, traders, and investment bankers;
  • Capital Markets and Asset Pricing researchers at universities and in industry;
  • Advisory professionals responsible for investment strategy/asset allocation;
  • Regulators, policy makers and data providers; and
  • Executives responsible for pension and endowment management.

WFA-CFAR Events

New events coming soon.