alt-day-2024Alternative Investments Day 2024 | Philadephia

Open to Members and Alumni investing PE, VC, LP and other private alternative investments

The Wharton PE & VC Alumni Association is partnering with the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program to present Alternative Investments Day in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 26, 2024. 

We are excited to return to campus and hear from Wharton's distinguished faculty and to welcome Dean Erika James who will address our community.  This half day event will deliver dynamic insights highly relevant to our peer audience of investors and allocators, and conclude with a newtorking reception. 

WPEVC Alternative Investments Day will: 

  • Bring together alumni practitioners with renowned faculty to further strengthen Wharton's position as the leader in financial economics,
  • Provide a platform for alumni to gain insight into the latest research/findings, and 
  • Encourage alumni to act as a sounding board for researchers in the exploration of new areas of inquiry or new case ideas. 


Full agenda and timing to be announced

Macro Economic Update
Joao Gomes, Senior Vice Dean of Research Centers and 
Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics

Value Creation
Kevin Kaiser, Senior Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program and 
Professor of Finance



Burcu Esmer, Academic Co-Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program and Senior Lecturer of Finance 


Real Estate Market
Maisy Wong, James T. Riady Associate Professor of Real Estate



Harris Program Update
Bilge Yilmaz, Senior Director, Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program and 
Wharton Private Equity Professor, Professor of Finance


The Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program ("Harris Program"), established in 2019, is an innovative initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania designed to expand co-curricular opportunities for Wharton students in the field and bring together alumni and industry experts through events and dynamic programming.

At its core, The Harris Program is a global hub for cutting-edge research produced by Wharton’s distinguished faculty in collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, alumni and students. This research plays a crucial role in Wharton’s leadership in financial economics. Specifically focused on alternative investments, the program supports projects that advance knowledge in this field, delivering insights strategically valuable for decision-makers pursuing excellence in investment practices. The research agenda acknowledges the impact of market dynamics, regulatory shifts, and the increasing globalization of financial services and institutions.

The Harris Program is funded by Josh Harris, a 1986 undergraduate alumnus and the founder of 26North, a next-generation multi-asset class alternatives platform. Before establishing 26North, Josh co-founded Apollo Global Management, serving as a senior managing director and director for over 30 years. Additionally, he is the founder and managing general partner of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment.


Date: Thursday, September 26, 2024
Time: 2:00 - 7:30 PM ET
Location: The Study at University City, 20 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Should you need accomodations, please book directly through the hotel at 215-387-1400 or online.




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Thank you to our Annual Corporate Sponsors