On behalf of Columbia Business School’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Club and The Private Equity Program, we are delighted to welcome you to our 18th annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference.

This year, our conference will draw some 750 alumni, professionals, and students to Lerner Hall for discussions which will provide a fresh perspective on both the emerging lucrative exit opportunities and the challenges that the private equity and venture capital industries are facing ahead. This balance of optimism and pragmatism is reflected in our 2012 Conference theme: 'Out of the stom but not out of the woods'.

The purpose of our conference is to educate and provide a forum for interaction between professionals, academics, and students who are active in the private equity and venture capital communities. In addition, as the Club’s largest annual event, the conference seeks to highlight Columbia Business School’s commitment to private equity and venture capital and its position as one of the leading mentors to the next generation of industry talent.

We are pleased to be offering three keynote discussions and six panels featuring private equity and venture capital professionals, their third party advisors, as well as academic professionals from Columbia Business School. By including representatives from a variety of backgrounds, our goal is to present an interesting breadth of perspectives from both industry professionals and academics.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the participation of each of our speakers, the support of our sponsors, the assistance of Columbia Business School’s faculty and administration, and the counseling and guidance of Professor Donna M. Hitscherich ’90, Director of the Private Equity Program.

We hope that you enjoy this year’s program.


PEVC Club Conference Team

Iman Navi - Navid Oreizy - Schuyler Brown - Victoria Cheng - Tina Hernalsteen - Lauren Hubbell - Laurent Hublet - Jonathan Schilowitz - Christopher Snyder


If you would like to view podcasts from last year's conference, please visit the 2011 conference webpage.




  Joseph L. Rice III

Chairman & Co-founder of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

David M. Rubenstein

Co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group

Jason Kelly

Private Equity Reporter for Bloomberg News


 Robert L. Nardelli

CEO of Cerberus Operating & Advisory Company

Gregory Rorke

Adjunct Professor in Management at Columbia Business School


Timothy C. Draper

Managing Director & Founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson