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Date & Location:

Friday, February 21, 2014
The Westin Chicago
River North

320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Speakers Include:

William E. Conway, Jr.

Antonio J. Gracias

Karen Katz

Kewsong Lee



The Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center were once again delighted to host the 13th Annual Private Equity Conference.

The Private Equity Conference (PEC) is an annual event that 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 "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. There was also an exciting lineup of panel discussions, followed by a cocktail and networking reception to close out the day.

Conference Recap and Photos:

"Digging Into this Year's Private Equity Conference" - from the Polsky Center blog.

Photos from the 2014 conference can be found on our photos page.

Past Conferences:

The 2013 conference featured the following distinguished speakers: Howard Marks, cofounder and chairman of Oaktree Capital Management; Bruce Rauner, chairman of R8 Capital Partners and former chairman of GTCR; James A. Quella, senior managing director and senior operating partner of Blackstone; and John A. Canning, Jr., cofounder and chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC. To learn more, visit the 2013 PEC website or download a copy of the 2013 PEC program.

A full list of past conferences can be found on the Private Equity Group web site.




Registration is Closed

 Conference Program:

2014 Conference Program (PDF)

Click here to download the
2014 PEC program