The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania would like to invite you to

The 24TH Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

at the New York Athletic Club, Mahattan, NY

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018



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?

Past Keynote Speakers Include:
Josh Harris corner
Josh Harris
Apollo Global Management
Sr. Managing Director, Co-Founder
Bennett Rosenthal corner
Bennett Rosenthal
Ares Management
Co-Head of Private Equity, Co-Founder
Annie Lamont corner
Annie Lamont
Managing Partner
Henry Kressel corner
Henry Kressel
Warburg Pincus
Special Limit
Andrea Kramer corner
Andrea Kramer
Hamilton Lane
Managing Director
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David Mussafer
Advent International
Managing Partner, Co-Chairman
2017 Panels Include:

Operational Value Creation

  • Homaira Akbari – CEO, AKnowledge Partners
  • Martez Moore – Chairman and CEO, Moore Freres & Company
  • Victor Vescovo – CEO, Insight Equity
  • Jim Sisco – President, ENODO Global

Venture Capital

  • Adam Rothenberg – Partner, Box Group
  • Ben Weinberg – Partner, SGE
  • Louis Toth – Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
  • Rick Heitzmann – Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
  • Ryan Feit – CEO & Co-founder, SeedInvest
  • Adam Plotkin – Partner, ff Venture Capital

Distressed & Special Situations

  • Upacala Mapatuna – Chief Investment Officer, Victory Park Capital
  • Matt Nord – Senior Partner, Apollo Global Management
  • Matthew S. Levitties – Managing Director, Versa Capital Management, LLC
  • Su Yeo – Principal, WL Ross & Co.
  • Joe Laughlin – CEO, Transworld Systems
  • Steve Hessler – Partner, Kirkland & Ellils

Middle Market Private Equity

  • Benjamin J. Daverman – Managing Director, GTCR
  • Loren Easton – Managing Director, American Securities
  • Gene Gorbach – Principal, Arsenal Capital Partners
  • Winston Song – Principal, Vestar Capital Partners
  • Henry Nassau – Partner, Dechert LLP

Emerging Markets Private Equity

  • Adiba Ighodaro – Partner, Actis
  • Andre Bhatia – Managing Partner, ACON Investments
  • Umang Kajaria – Principal, Apax Partners
  • Sashi P. Reddi – Founder & Managing Director, SRI Capital
  • Saqib Rashid – Principal, Abraaj Group
  • John Markland – Partner, Dechert LLP

Entrepreneurship through Acquisition

  • Andrew Saltoun – CEO, Integra Partners
  • Ashley Giesler – Partner, Anacapa Partners
  • Coley Andrews – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Pacific Lake Partners
  • Timothy Bovard – Founder & CEO, Search Fund Accelerator
  • Jason Schneiderman – Partner, Perkins Coie

Large Cap Private Equity

  • Ameya Agge – Partner, Apax Partners
  • Carl Press – Vice President, Thoma Bravo
  • Parker Hayden – Principal, The Carlyle Group
  • Geoffrey Tresley – Vice President, CVC Capital Partners
  • Mark Thierfelder – Partner, Dechert LLP

Diversity in PE

  • Aditya Humad – Managing Partner, KIC Ventures
  • Bruce Eatroff – Founding Partner, Halyard Capital
  • Mark Solovy – Managing Director, Monroe Capital
  • Meena Thever – Director, BlackRock
  • Sarah Stasny – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Limited Partners Perspective

  • Antoine Drean – Private Equity Industry Entrepreneur
  • Kathryn Stokel – Mannaging Director and COO, Abbott Capital
  • Robert Blaustein – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Michael Hacker – Managing Director, AlpInvestPartners
  • Paul Lanna – Partner, Coller Capital
  • Roger Huang – Principal, CPPIB