The Booth Experience connected with Michael Wright (MBA ’20), one of the two Private Equity Conference Co-Chairs, to hear about his experiences planning and running the conference.
TBE: This conference is a tremendous undertaking and one of the largest events that any student group hosts. What was the overall planning process like?
MW: Planning the conference was a tremendous leadership
experience. It was both lengthy (nearly a year of planning) and involved
(averaging 25-30 hours per week during the peak period in the weeks leading up
to the event). We managed 15 first-year volunteers and coordinated with
countless other constituents (speakers, panelists, moderators, sponsors, venue
personnel, Polsky staff, attendees, and others).
Continue reading Leadership Spotlight on Michael Wright (MBA ’20), PE Conference Co-Chair
Last week, I heard from some of the heavy hitters in PE on just
that question at Booth’s 19th Annual Private Equity Conference. Hosted
by the Private Equity Group (PEG) and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation, Booth welcomed more than 400 industry professionals to the event,
including many alums in private equity. Taking place in downtown Chicago’s
Magnificent Mile, the conference, titled “Investment Thesis Evolution: Growth
to Buyout,” aimed to explore how firms are specializing and segmenting
themselves to differentiate within an increasingly competitive industry.
Continue reading Booth’s Private Equity Conference: what is the state of the industry?
“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights.
Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
Continue reading Tell Your Story: Najib Jai
I was born and raised in good ole’ North Carolina, but my mother is from Haiti and my father is from Morocco. Suffice it to say, I had a very multi-cultural upbringing. For the past three years prior to Booth, I have been in medical school here at the University of Chicago!
Last week, a subset of Booth’s Private Equity Group ventured to the West Coast on the Bay Area Trek, during which the group met with eight firms across a day each in San Francisco and the South Bay (Menlo Park and Palo Alto). The trek culminated in an informal happy hour where our group, host firms, and Bay Area alums in PE were invited to mingle, discuss the industry, reminisce about Booth, and build deeper connections. As the second-year student leader of the trek, I wanted to share my experience and provide some insights into the value of our trip.
Continue reading TREKKING TO THE BAY AREA WITH THE PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP
Greetings from Boston! This summer, I traded my view of
Chicago’s “Bean” sculpture for the city nicknamed Beantown (though I have avoided
the eponymous summer food staple due to the recent heat spell we have been
facing in the Northeast!). I am about to kick off week nine of my internship at
Providence Strategic Growth, the software-focused growth equity arm of
Providence Equity Partners. I have been lucky to have had an incredibly active
summer—both at work and at play—slotting in on a few deal teams for platform
and add-on acquisitions, attending a couple pitches and board meetings, testing
out what I learned at Booth in leadership, strategic problem-solving, and even
meeting up with our deans for a sneak peek at the new initiatives being
implemented for the upcoming year.
Continue reading From Overlooking the Bean to Exploring Beantown