William Blair today kicked off its 43rd Annual Growth Stock Conference, a three-day event featuring nearly 260 companies and hosting almost 730 clients from around the globe.

The 43rd Annual Growth Stock Conference, held at Loews Chicago Hotel, will feature companies spanning the market-cap spectrum in seven sectors—consumer; energy and sustainability; global industrial infrastructure; global services; financial services and technology; healthcare; and technology, media, and communications.

“Against the backdrop of today’s uncertain economic environment, our Growth Stock Conference now more than ever showcases William Blair’s steadfast commitment to researching and investing in quality growth stock companies that can stand the test of time,” said Scott McLaughlin, William Blair’s head of equities.

In addition to the formal presentations by the management teams of presenting companies—nearly 75% of which will be represented by the highest ranks of management (chairman, chief executive officer, president, or chief operating officer)—William Blair has scheduled more than 5,000 one-on-one meetings between clients and management teams.

“The breadth of presenting companies and unparalleled access to top executives are hallmarks of our conference,” noted John Kreger, the firm’s director of equity research. “Year after year, we hear from our clients that this event is one of the premier forums for the exchange of high-quality investment ideas.”

Brent Gledhill, president and CEO of William Blair, added, “our clients value our creativity, thought leadership, and intellectual capital, especially in such uncertain markets. In addition, because of strategic team investments over the past several years, our platform can serve clients in new and expanded ways. Our independence, the strength of our balance sheet, and our diversified, global business model allow us to stay focused on our clients in challenging markets like today’s.”

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William Blair is the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

* Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.