The 24TH Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

at the New York Athletic Club, Manhattan, NY


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:
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Sean Cunningham
Managing Director
Christian Kallen corner
Christian Kallen
Hamilton Lane
Managing Director (Moderator)
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Scott Kleinman
Apollo Global Management
Tom Lister corner
Tom Lister
Co-Managing Partner
Beth Ferreira corner
Beth Ferreira
Managing Director
FirstMark Capital
Jessi Hempel corner
Jessi Hempel
Senior Writer
WIRED ( Moderator )
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David Carey
News Reporter
2018 Panels Include:

Limited Partner & Fundraising Perspectives

  • Robert Blaustein – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis (moderator)
  • David Chiang – Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Private Equity & Real Estate Fund Investments, $30 Billion Family Office
  • Derek Dietrich – Co-Founder & Partner, Quantum GBL
  • Joanne Douvas – Principal, GreenOak Real Estate
  • Steve Lessar – Managing Director, Co-Head Private Equity Secondaries/Vintage Funds, Goldman Sachs
  • Thomas Scriven – Managing Director, Penn Office of Investments

Middle Market Private Equity

  • Henry Nassau – Chief Executive Officer & Partner, Dechert (moderator)
  • Brian Cherry – Partner, Oak Hill Capital Partners
  • 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

Kirkland & Ellis Distressed and Special Situations

  • Steve Hessler – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis (moderator)
  • David Posnick – Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
  • Jason Scheir – Managing Director, Head of US Illiquid Opportunistic Credit, Apollo Global Management
  • Jennifer Box – Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager
  • Scott Graves – Partner, Portfolio Manager and Head of Distressed, Ares Management

Large Cap Private Equity

  • Nazim Zilkha – Partner, Dechert (moderator)
  • Carl Press – Principal, Thoma Bravo
  • David Roberts – Principal, Advent International
  • Elisabeth Dong – Principal, Bain Capital
  • Eric Friedman – Principal, Warburg Pincus
  • Sachin Bavishi – Principal, The Blackstone Group

International Private Equity

  • Christopher Field – Partner, Dechert (moderator)
  • Enrique Bascur – Managing Partner, Australis Partners
  • Eric Schaefer – Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital
  • Nicolas Marut – Partner, Levant Capital
  • Richard Blackett – Senior Advisor, Jaguar Growth Partners
  • Roberta Brzezinski – Managing Principal, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
  • Steve Sammut – Senior Fellow, The Wharton School

Venture Capital

  • Hadley Harris – Eniac Ventures, Founding General Partner (moderator)
  • Adam Rothenberg – Co-Founder and Partner, BoxGroup
  • Gary Deutsch – CFO, LiveIntent
  • Patrick Chung – Founding Partner, xFund
  • SC Moatti – Managing Partner, Mighty Capital
Event Information
8:15am – 9:00am Wharton Alternative Investments Initiatives Breakfast
9:00am – 9:45am Opening Remarks and Sean Cunningham Keynote with Christian Kallen Moderating
10:00am – 11:00am Breakout Panel Sessions
• Limited Partner & Fundraising Perspectives
• Middle Market Private Equity
• Kirkland & Ellis Distressed and Special Situations
11:15am – 12:15pm Tom Lister Keynote
12:30pm – 2:00pm Seated Lunch and Scott Kleinman Keynote
2:15pm – 3:15pm Breakout Panel Sessions
• Large Capital Private Equity
• International Private Equity
• Venture Capital
3:15pm – 4:00pm Golub Capital Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm Closing Remarks and Beth Ferreira Keynote
5:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktail Hour

Dress code:

Gentlemen – Jacket and tie required.

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

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

















Keynote & Panelist Gift Sponsor
Donated in the honor of Michele Wharton


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