Connect with alumni through the decades...register to attend!

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Connect with GP and LP alumni at this year's virtual PE & VC Alumni Forum 4/6 and 4/7.  A decided advantage of virtual is our ability to readily gather investors from around the globe at one event! 

 

Join a dynamic, interactive engaging program for our entire PE & VC alumni community.  Each day includes a plenary session, concurrent roundtables and structured networking to help you leverage the Wharton community and build valued relationships.

 

What to Expect:
Gather in our virtual ballroom with investor peers to listen, learn and contribute to discussions on trends, challenges & opportunities in today' s market. Our platform mirrors a live event, allowing face to face 1:1 or small group meet ups. 

 

 

Schedule of Forum Events

      TUESDAY APRIL 6 (Eastern Time)
2:45p   European Meet-ups (Optional)
3:30p   Open Networking by Class Year & Other Thematic Topics

4:30p

  SPACs: Outlook and Impact for Private Equity & Venture
      
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Lisa Myers (W'89)
Clerisy & 

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Consumer
Brian Schwartz (W'89)
H.I.G. Capital
Mark Stone (WG'91)
The Gores Group
Grant Miller(C'91)
Cowen & Company
5:30p   Roundtables by Asset Class 
Build new connections and gain insights from peer investors in 3 concurrent, facilitator-led roundtables: 
 
   
Private Equity: Keeping Competitive in Today's Market
Rising multiples, rising adjustments increasing fund sizes, SPACs and sectors to watch.
  • Rene Benedetto, Managing Director, Certares Management (WG'98)
  • Vivek Jain, Principal, H.I.G. Capital (WG'14)
  • Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, Managing Partner, K6 Investments (W'90) 
  • Aaron Maeng, Principal, American Securities (WG’14)
  • Katie Stitch, Managing Director, W Capital Partners (W'03)
    Convergence of Private Credit & Special Situations
COVID impact on investments & portfolio, rate & investing environment and hot industries / areas of opportunity.
  • Jared Bernheim, Principal, The Carlyle Group (W'08)
  • Vikas Keswani, Managing Director and Head of North American Specialty Lending, HPS Investment Partners (W'03)
  • Elizabeth Ko Youn, Managing Director, Crescent Capital Group (WG'07)
  • Abel Osorio, Partner, Turnspire Capital Partners (WG'12) 
  • Tom Radford, Principal, Falcon Investment Advisors (W'07)
   

Growth/Venture Capital: Where are the opportunities? 

  • Joanna Arras, Partner, Baird Capital (WG'14) 
  • Vik Chawla, Partner, Fifth Wall (W'11)
  • Larry Contrella, General Partner, JMI (W'08)
  • Michael Kopelman, Partner, Edison Partners (WG'05, C'97)
  • David Spiro, Principal, Insight Partners (W'14)
6:30p onward   Regional Asia Meet-ups (Optional)
     
     WEDNESDAY APRIL 7
3:00p   SPAC Roundtable
    Continue the conversation with peers and SMEs on launch strategy, deal sourcing, competitive dynamics, target acquisition and exiting through a SPAC, with ample time to discuss the topics of greatest interest to the community.
   
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Amanda Abrams
FinTech Masala
Anna Nekoranec (WG'91)
Align Private Capital
Kevin Shmelzer
Morgan Lewis
Hope Taitz (C'86)
Aequi Acquisition
     

4:00p

  Economic Recovery & The Path Forward: Neel Kashkari & Jay Clayton
   
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Neel Kashkari (WG'02)
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    Jay Clayton (L'93) 
Former SEC Chair &
Chairman, Apollo Global
Management

 

5:00p

 

Investment-themed Table Topics & Open Networking with Alumni

Connect around the investment topics of most interest to you:

  • By industry: Industrials, Consumer, SaaS, Business Services and Health Care
  • By Function: Operating Partners, Business Development, Fundraising
  • By Deal Topics: Due Diligence, COVID Valuations, Deal Terms
  • Additional topics to be added based on attendee interest
          
    THURSDAY & FRIDAY APRIL  8 - 9
Wharton PE & VC Conference
    The Wharton PE & VC Club is hosting the student conference following our Forum.  LEARN MORE
  • Keynotes: Mike Milken (Chairman, The Milken Institute) & Seema Hingorani (Founder, Girls Who Invest and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley)
Alumni can register for both events via the link below. 
     

 

Thank you to our Forum Sponsor

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Meet Class Year Ambassadors


WPEVC PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

Bruce Eatroff, Halyard Capital (WG'89) 
Joanna Arras, Baird Capital (WG'14) 
Ben Chideckel, Blackstone (W'13) 
Willy Guo, Marathon Asset Management (WG'19) 
Vivek Jain, H.I.G. Capital (WG'14) 
Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, K6 Investments (W'90) 
Anna Maria Nekoranec, Align PrivateCapital (WG'91)
Abel Osorio, Turnspire Capital Partners (WG'12) 
Tom Radford, Falcon Investments (W'07) 
Jennifer Signori, Neuberger Berman (WG'13) 
Meena Thever, Bridge Investment Group (WG'08) 

 
CLASS YEAR AMBASSADORS
 

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Tom Courtney, The Courtney Group (WG'90) 
Ryan Wierck, Granite Bridge (W'94) 
Rob Driscoll, Driscoll Holdings (WG'95) 
Mark Solovy, Monroe Capital (L'96) 
Rene Benedetto, Trivergence (WG'98) 
Dean Miller, Novitas Capital (WG'99)

 

00s
Matthew Storm, CV Advisors LLC (WG'00) 
Dave McCoy, RCP Advisors (WG'04) 
Ari Gendason,
Continental Grain (WG'05/W'97) 
Tom Radford, Falcon Investment Advisors (W'07) 
Amit Sachdeva, AlpInvest Partners Ltd. (WG'07) 
Adrian Ironside, Guardian Capital Partner (WG'08) 
Meena Thever, Bridge Investment Partners (WG'08) 


10s & 20

Debroah Reich, Varagon Capital Partners (W'11) 
Ben Chideckel, Blackstone (W'13) 
Joanna Arras, 
Baird Capital (WG'14) 
Vivek Jain,
H.I.G. Capital (WG'14) 
Yibai Haney, Resan Partners (WG'16) 
Shubhra Jain, Cota Capital (WG'17) 

Willy Guo, Marathon Asset Management (WG'19) 

Viswa Maramreddy, MiddleGround Capital (WG'20) 

 

 

 
     
 

Register to Attend
 

 

MEMBER RATES         NON-MEMBER RATES
Forum Only

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 Forum +
Membership
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$25 $50 $80 $105

 

* Membership eligibility provided below.

Issues with registration, email jsimons@wpevc.org
A link to our virtual ballroom will be shared with registrants in advance.

 

 

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

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* Membership Eligibility:

WPEVC is open to PE and VC investment professionals investing third party capital from committed funds AND who are graduates of Wharton or UPenn. P​rivate equity professionals include those investing venture, growth, mezzanine, buyouts, private debt, or secondaries from a dedicated fund or institutional limited partners of funds and professionals who manage third party fund-of-funds targeting the private equity space. Funds must be closed at the time your application is submitted.

 

Questions, contact:
Stephanie McAlaine, smcalaine@wpevc.org or Jennifer Simons, jsimons@wpevc.org