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Evan Bayh     James P Hickey     Byron Trott


The Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth were delighted to host the 15th 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 "Navigating Industry Cycles: Investing in an Evolving Market" and featured a distinguished lineup of speakers, including: Evan Bayh, Senior Advisor of Apollo Global Management; James P. Hickey, MBA '82, Principal at Vista Equity Partners; and Byron Trott, AB '81, MBA '82, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of BDT & Company. Opening remarks were given by Greg Moerschel, Managing Director of Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company. There was also be an exciting lineup of panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Conference Photos:

Photographs from the 2016 conference can be found on the photos page.

Past Conferences

The 2014 PEC 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. To learn more, visit the 2015 PEC website or download a copy of the 2015 PEC program. A full list of past conferences can be found on the Private Equity Group web site.


Date & Location

Friday, February 19, 2016
The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654


Registration is Closed

Conference Program

2016 Conference Program

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2016 PEC Program