In February, I had the opportunity to attend the 17th Annual Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference, hosted by Booth’s Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center. As someone who spent time in the industry prior to Booth but has been unplugged from the world of PE over the past couple of years, I’m especially thankful for events like these for keeping me abreast of all that’s happening in the private equity space and for preparing me for my eventual return to the industry.
This year’s event was jampacked with a diverse set of keynote speakers and panels, addressing topics ranging from new fund formation to buy and build strategies, and everything in between.
Continue reading From my Notes: PE Conference Takeaways
Every fall, teams of first year Boothies interested in pursing careers in investment management represent Booth in various MBA stock pitch competitions across the country. These events are a great way for students to hone their investing and stock pitching skills ahead of internship recruiting season, get valuable feedback from industry professionals who judge the competitions, and network with students from other MBA programs.
This year’s groups made Booth very proud and brought home some impressive top finishes! Booth teams finished first in the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge, and came in second at Columbia’s CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge and the Cornell MBA Women in Investing Conference.
First-year students Ankush Sharda, Diego Gavito, and Lior Shachaf, who represented Booth at the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition, were interviewed by Forbes Magazine, where they discuss their winning pitch of Hawaiian Airlines Stock. Check it out!
Congrats to all the Boothies who competed this year!
One aspect of Booth that keeps surprising me day after day is the incredible access to speakers on campus. On any given day, it is not unusual to find multiple top executives, entrepreneurs, and investors from all corners of the business world on campus sharing their experience and advice with students.
Continue reading Ins-and-outs of Asset Management and Planning Booth’s Investment Management Conference
One of the major draws to Booth for me was its structured program that would allow me to work on my “soft” skills (or as Booth’s Leadership Development office calls them, “action” skills), like teamwork, public speaking, and leadership. The Leadership, Effectiveness And Development (LEAD) program at the beginning of my first year allowed me to do just that: I had a chance to study how my personality affects my leadership style, understand the default role I tend to play within a team, and practice giving a persuasive speech to my classmates.
These skills and insights were immensely valuable and came into play for me numerous times throughout my first year and my summer internship. So I decided that being a leadership facilitator in my second year would be a perfect way for me to “pay it forward,” while continuing to work on my own leadership skills.
Continue reading Phase II of My Leadership Development Journey at Booth