The 24TH Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

at the New York Athletic Club, Mahattan, NY

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018


Conference Overview

Over the past two decades, Wharton students and alumni have built a leading forum for Private Equity and Venture Capital professionals to share ideas and discuss the future of the industries. The Conference is one of the most recognized student-run events of its kind, and among the largest professional conferences for Private Equity and Venture Capital worldwide.

This year, the conversation will take place through the lens of Separating from the Herd. The Private Equity and Venture Capital industries have become increasingly crowded. Ample capital and ever-more funds compete for opportunities in a low-return environment. How does a firm overcome the trend towards converging returns and separate itself from the herd?

2018 Keynote Speakers Include:
Scott Kleinman corner
Scott Kleinman
Apollo Global Management
Co-President, Lead Partner for Private Equity
David Pakman corner
David Pakman
2018 Panels Include:

Venture Capital

  • Gary Deutsch – CFO, LiveIntent
  • Joanne Chen – Partner, Foundation Capital
  • Yujin Chung – Partner, SignalFire

Kirkland & Ellis Distressed and Special Situations

  • Amy Rice – Senior Vice President, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Jason Scheir – Managing Director, Head of US Illiquid Opportunistic Credit, Apollo Global Management

Middle Market Private Equity

  • David Gorton – Managing Director, Head of Business Development & Investor Relations, Tailwind Capital
  • David Tayeh – Head of Corporate Investment, North America, Investcorp
  • Jason Miller – Partner, Olympus Partners
  • Spyro G. Alexopoulos – Managing Director, Golub Capital
  • Tiffany Clay – Vice President, L Catterton

Large Cap Private Equity

  • Sachin Bavishi – Principal, The Blackstone Group

Limited Partner & Fundraising Perspectives

  • Andrew Kwee – Co-Founder & Partner, Quantum GBL
  • David Chiang – Global Head of Private Equity and Real Estate, Soros Fund Management
  • Joanne Douvas – Principal, GreenOak Real Estate
  • Steve Lessar – Managing Director, Co-Head Private Equity Secondaries/Vintage Funds, Goldman Sachs

International Private Equity

  • Saqib Rashid – Principal, The Abraaj Group
  • Yann Pambou – Head of Africa, Principal Investment and Private Equity, Swiss Re Direct Investments
Event Information

Dress code:

Gentlemen – Jacket and tie required.

Ladies – Permitted attire refers to business suits, tailored pant or skirt ensembles, and dresses.


Event schedule:

8:30am – 9:15am Breakfast
9:15am – 10:30am Opening Remarks & Keynote 1
10:45am – 11:45am Breakout Panel Sessions
12:00pm – 1:30pm Seated Lunch & Scott Kleinman Keynote
1:45pm – 2:45pm Breakout Panel Sessions
3:00pm – 3:30pm Golub Capital Coffee Break
3:45pm – 5:00pm Keynote 3 & Closing Remarks
5:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktail Hour

Room block:

The PE/VC Conference has reserved a block of rooms at the Penn Club in NYC. Please contact Natalya Martynuk by February 21, 2018 to reserve a room at a discounted rate.

Natalya Martynuk
Group Reservations/Front Desk | The Penn Club of New York
30 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212-403-6648 | Email: group@pennclubny.org







Thank you to our incredible sponsors

MBA Conference Team
Bobby Rosenbleeth corner
Bobby Rosenbleeth
Erica Gluck corner
Erica Gluck
Kate Salzman corner
Kate Salzman
Patrick Elyas corner
Patrick Elyas
Conference Team
Alexandra McLaughlin corner
Alexandra McLaughlin
Blair Melocik corner
Blair Melocik
LP & Fundraising Perspectives
Blake Boardman corner
Blake Boardman
Middle Market
Chong Ni corner
Chong Ni
Elizabeth Qian corner
Elizabeth Qian
Large Cap
Geoffrey Lim corner
Geoffrey Lim
LP & Fundraising Perspectives
JJ Caffey corner
JJ Caffey
Venture Capital
John Pennington corner
John Pennington
Venture Capital
Justin Karfo corner
Justin Karfo
Katie Miller corner
Katie Miller
LP & Fundraising Perspectives
Kyle McGinnis corner
Kyle McGinnis
Leigha Field corner
Leigha Field
Matt Circle corner
Matt Circle
Middle Market
Matt Potter corner
Matt Potter
Large Cap
Max Francois Poncet corner
Max Francois Poncet
Milo Tong corner
Milo Tong
Negin Navab corner
Negin Navab
Ramy Matar corner
Ramy Matar
Rohit Gupta corner
Rohit Gupta
Rooshy Roy corner
Rooshy Roy
Large Cap
Sabah Shaikh corner
Sabah Shaikh
Samantha Stowers corner
Samantha Stowers
Distressed & Special Situations
Steven Kozhimala corner
Steven Kozhimala
Middle Market
William Guo corner
William Guo
Distressed & Special Situations / Operations
Yi-Jie Wang corner
Yi-Jie Wang