Wharton PE & VC Alternative Investments Day 2018

WPEVC | Wharton Alternative Investments Day
Open to Members / Alumni investing PE, LP & VC funds  

Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Association is pleased to announce   

Wharton PE & VC Alternative Investments Day 

connecting PE & VC alumni with the latest research and ideas from
the new Alternative Investments Initiative

We invite members and alumni who are managing PE/VC, LP or alternative investments to join us on campus to exchange ideas with the leadership of the Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative.

The goal of the annual WPEVCA Alternative Investments Day at Wharton is to: 

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

We are excited to bring you this opportunity.  We believe alumni engagement is critical to the success of this intitiative, which is designed to expand the School’s research, build critical synergies between industry and academia, and enable publications and conferences that will bring together the most renowned researchers, business experts, and industry professionals working in alternative investments.  Agenda and registration details below. 


  Thursday, September 27, 2018 

  3:00 – 7:00 pm




  • 3:00 pm  Registration

  • 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm  Concurrent Discussions: 

    1) Infrastructure Investments - Professor Kevin Kaiser 
    ​2) Preview PE Topics for Academic Research - Professor Esmer

  • 4:20 pm - 5:00 pm  Concurrent Discussions:  

    1) Operational Efficiency in Private Equity - Professor Kevin Kaiser 
    2) FinTech & Blockchain - Professor Sarah Hammer

  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm  Fireside Chat:

    Bilge Yilmaz, Wharton Alternative Investment's Initiative and Dean Miller, Wharton PE & VC Alumni Association Board Member

  • 5:45pm - 7:00 pm  Reception
The Study at University City
20 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA
(Room Location TBA)

About the Alternative Investment Initiative

For more than 130 years, the Wharton School has been a leader in business education, committed to making an impact on the world through the creation and dissemination of business knowledge and the development of leaders of integrity. In pursuit of this goal, the Wharton School has launched the Alternative Investments Initiative, which will expand the School's research, curriculum and public engagement - all focused on the alternative investments space. The Initiative will bring together practitioners, alumni, students and Wharton’s renowned faculty and further strengthen Wharton’s position as the leader in financial economics.