2020 Events


The Private Equity Program will be hosting a series of webinars moderated by Professor Donna M. Hitscherich

Please join us!

Monday April 6, 8 PM - Real Time Overview of the Private Equity Industry
Tuesday April 7, 7:30 PM - Is It Different This Time? Panel Discussion
Tuesday April 21, 8:00 PM - Discussion on Tech Trends and The Remote Workplace
Thursday April 30, 12:30 PM - A Scientist's View of COVID-19: By the Numbers


Monday, April 6, 2020 8:00  PM EDT

Register here (Required): 

Real Time Overview of the Private Equity Industry

with Michael Rogers, Principal, EY Transaction Advisory Services [Read Full Bio] and
Peter Witte, Private Equity Strategic Analyst, Global Makrets, EY Knowledge [Read Full Bio]


Tuesday April 7, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

Register here (Required): 

Is it Different This Time?
Discussion with Alumni from different eras

with Joyce Chang `86 (Columbia College), JP Morgan [Read Full Bio]

Stewart Gross `87 Lightyear Capital [Read Full Bio]

Steve Winograd `82, PennantPark Advisers [Read Full Bio]

Alisa Wood `08, KKR [Read Full Bio]

Tuesday April 21, 8:00 PM

Register here (Required): 

Discussion on Tech Trends and The Remote Workplace
with Tim Campos `11, CEO of Woven [Read Full Bio]

Thursday April 30, 2020, 12:30 PM

Register here (Required):

A Scientist's View of COVID-19: By the Numbers
with Sterling Thomas `16, Chief Scientist, Deputy CTO, Noblis [Read Full Bio]

Speaker Bios


Tim Campos `11
CEO, Woven

Tim Campos is the CEO of Woven—where he is applying his two decades of experience in enterprise software, big data, and machine learning to workforce productivity. Mr. Campos was one of the early executives at Facebook and served as CIO until the end of 2016. During his tenure at Facebook, he was responsible for helping to double employee productivity while also supporting over 20-times growth in Facebook’s business. Today, Facebook’s staff of more than 25,000 serves over two billion monthly users—about a quarter of the world's population. Mr. Campos sits on the board of directors for both Viavi (NASDAQ:VIAV) and Rackspace, as well as at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. One of Mr. Campos’s personal passions is closing the opportunity divide. He has also been a long advocate and board member for YearUp, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves urban youth.


Joyce Chang
Chair of Global Research, J.P. Morgan

Joyce Chang is Chair of Global Research for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, a global leader in Banking, Markets and Investor Services.  J.P. Morgan’s Global Research professionals study all sectors in which the firm does business, including equities, fixed income, currency and commodities, emerging markets, derivatives and structured finance. The global research team has been named the top global research firm for 2017 and 2018 by Institutional Investor

Joyce was most recently Global Head of Research for the Corporate and Investment Bank, a role she held for more than five years. She was previously Global Head of Fixed Income Research and began her career as an Emerging Markets Strategist. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor surveys for Emerging Markets research, earning 25 #1 individual rankings. In 2014, she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame.

Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 1999.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the Senior Sponsor for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women on the Move Network, the network for employees of Asian heritage (AsPIRE) and Nonprofit Board Service.  She has been named as one of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker since 2012.

Joyce holds an M.P.A. from Princeton and serves on its External Advisory Council for the Center for Public Policy, and has a B.A. from Columbia from where she was awarded the John Jay award for professional achievement and serves on its Board of Visitors.

Stewart Gross `87
Managing Director @Lightyear Capital)

Stewart Gross is a Managing Director at Lightyear Capital and a member of the Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Lightyear in 2005, Mr. Gross spent 17 years at Warburg Pincus, where he was a Partner and member of the Operating Committee. Mr. Gross began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Gross holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is a Trustee of Boys and Girls Harbor and a Director of the New York City Partnership Foundation.

name="rogers">;Michael Rogers
Principal, EY Transaction Advisory Services

Michael Rogers is a Principal in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice with 31 years of corporate advisory and finance experience -16 years in Big 4 management consulting (EY), and 15 years in global corporate and investment banking (Bank of America Merrill Lynch). In 2016, he became EY’s US Private Equity Origination Leader in New York.

Previously he was Global Deputy Private Equity Leader with responsibility for executing the firm’s private equity channel marketing strategy to funds and their investees in developed, emerging, and frontier markets - with a particular focus on Latin America. Michael also spent three years in London as TAS Markets Partner responsible for driving go-to-market strategies across EY’s TAS practice globally. In 2010, he designed and implemented the Capital Agenda Partner Training Program which enhanced participants’ business acumen. The program was widely adopted across service lines and firm geographies. Prior to his assignment in London, Michael was the TAS Southwest Region Leader located in Dallas where he led TAS client teams on Wal-Mart Stores and global protein leader Tyson Foods. He began his career with EY in 2001 as Managing Director in the US Corporate Finance practice (EYCF) in Atlanta focusing on M&A, capital raising and restructuring in the consumer space. Prior to joining the firm, he was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he last acted as Head of Food and Beverage Global Corporate and Investment Banking based in Chicago covering some of the largest clients in the industry. Michael received his BSM from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and his MBA from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He has completed executive education at the Harvard Business School (1998, 1999) and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2007). Michael is a Board Member of the Wake Forest University School of Business and EMPEA’s Latin America Council. 

Sterling Thomas `16
Dr. Sterling Thomas is a Fellow and the Director of Advanced Analytics in National Security and Intelligence at Noblis Inc., a nonprofit research corporation with headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Thomas’ work in cyber security is focused on activity based intelligence and automation of cyber defensive strategies. His current work supports the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) (cont.) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Thomas has been working in advanced analytics and national security for the last six years supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community and the U. S. Department of Defense. As a Noblis Fellow, Dr. Thomas has been the technical lead for the Center for Applied High Performance Computing, the founder of Noblis’ Big Data Lab, and the founder and Director of Noblis’ Analytics Center of Excellence that support the U. S. Intelligence Community, and national law enforcement agencies. Programs he has lead range from human trafficking in dark web markets to infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Thomas has also been working closely with Noblis’ recent cyber sector acquisition of National Security Partners, now called Noblis NSP, from FedCap Partners, LLC and Waud Capital Partners. Noblis NSP supports Noblis’ NCPS and Big Data cyber work for Noblis’ national security clients. Dr. Thomas has been involved in multiple startups focused on analytics and biotechnology. He has been a member of several small business incubators as a resident entrepreneur and advisor. Dr. Thomas earned a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University and recently (cont.) completed an MBA from Columbia University. He sits on advisory boards at George Mason University’s School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for the Study of Bio-complexity, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Steve Winograd `82
Managing Director, PennantPark Advisers)

Steve Winograd joined PennantPark in September 2015 and is a Managing Director. He is responsible for originating, underwriting, structuring, negotiating, executing, managing, and monitoring investments for the Firm and on behalf of clients based on the East Coast.

Before joining PennantPark, Steve spent 35 years as an Investment Banker originating and executing leveraged finance, M&A, public and private equity, and restructuring transactions for private equity firms and their portfolio companies.  During this period he held senior positions in, and in some cases ran, the Financial Sponsors Groups of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, BMO Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank, and Drexel Burnham Lambert.  Steve also currently serves as an Independent Director of Shopko Stores. He previously served as an Independent Director of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, The Gymboree Corporation, and Linn Acquisition Company, LLC.

Peter Witte

Pete is an Associate Director in EY’s private equity group, leading EY’s research and analysis initiatives in the PE space. He manages a global team of industry analysts to produce insights and thought leadership designed to keep industry practitioners informed about topics and trends across a range of dimensions, including fundraising, structuring, acquisitions, value creation, and the emerging markets.

Pete joined EY in 2008 from Morgan Stanley, where he was an equities trader in the firm’s Venture Capital Services Group, working with VC funds and their LPs to provide liquidity management. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Deutsche Bank, where he managed the liquidation of over 1,000 VC and PE stock distributions. Pete is a graduate of Miami University with both a Bacherlor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. A recognized authority on the industry, Pete has been quoted in publications including Buyouts, PE Hub, The Deal, Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times on a range of topics impacting PE. He currently sits on EMPEA’s Latin America Council, and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

Alisa Wood `08
Partner, Client and Partner Group, KKR

Alisa A. Wood (New York) joined KKR in 2003 and is a member of the Client and Partner Group. She has been actively involved in the Firm’s global capital raising and business development activities, including with the creation of new products, new strategies and strategic partnerships across the KKR platform. Currently, she leads the product specialist area globally for all private markets activities. Ms. Wood chairs the Firm's Mixed Business Approval Group and is a member of the Firm's Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Group. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Wood was with Deutsche Bank’s Private Equity Group. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A from Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Moderator, Donna M. Hitscherich
Senior Lecturer, Finance at Columbia Business School
Director of the Private Equity Program)

Professor Donna M. Hitscherich currently serves as a senior lecturer of Finance, director of the Private Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Corporate Finance as well as the elective courses Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. In 2002, she was nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course. She also received the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award from the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program graduating classes in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Commitment to Excellence Award for EMBA-Americas graduating classes in 2014 and 2017.

Professor Hitscherich has also served as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School. From 1988–1990, she was an assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.

Prior to her present position as a senior lecturer at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., and Banc of America Securities. At J.P. Morgan, she helped found the takeover defense team and served as a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued by the company. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm’s fairness-opinion review committee and a major contributor to the firm’s training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment banking career, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

In addition to an MBA from Columbia Business School, Professor Hitscherich received a BS and JD from St. John’s University and is a NYS certified paramedic.