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Date & Location:

Friday, February 20, 2015
The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Speakers Include:

Phil Canfield

Dan Caruso

Tony Pritzker

Joe Neubauer



The Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth were delighted to host the 14th Annual Private Equity Conference.

The Private Equity Conference (PEC) brings together financiers, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy. The PEC aims to provide high value to private equity practitioners by combining knowledge from both the industry and academia that would be hard to find in any other setting. Through a series of engaging keynote addresses and panel sessions, leading industry individuals offer expertise and thought leadership on issues important to both the financier and entrepreneur.

This year's conference was themed "Return Realization: Positioning and Timing the Ideal Exit" and featured a distinguished lineup of speakers, including: Phil Canfield, '96, Managing Director of GTCR; Dan Caruso, '89, Chairman and CEO of Zayo Group; Tony Pritzker, '87, Managing Partner of The Pritzker Group; and Joe Neubauer, '65, Chairman of the Board of Aramark. There was also an exciting lineup of panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Conference Photos:

Photographs from the 2015 conference can be found on the photos page.

Past Conferences:

The 2014 PEC was themed "Digging in: Driving Returns in Competitive Markets" and featured keynote speakers William Conway, cofounder, co-CEO, and managing director of The Carlyle Group, and Antonio Gracias, CEO/CIO of Valor Equity Partners and lead director of Tesla Motors. There was also a fireside chat between Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group, and Kewsong Lee, managing director and deputy CIO at The Carlyle Group and a former Neiman Marcus Group board member, which was moderated by professor Steven Kaplan. To learn more, visit the 2014 PEC website, download a copy of the 2014 PEC program, or read about the event on the Polsky Center blog. A full list of past conferences can be found on the Private Equity Group web site.



Registration is Open

 Conference Program:

2015 Conference Program

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2015 PEC Program