Fall 2019
Columbia Business School Private Equity Program

Message from Donna M. Hitscherich ’90, Senior Lecturer in Discipline and Director of the Private Equity Program

Dear Friends of the Private Equity Program:

Greta and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe summer.  In this our second Private Equity Program newsletter, we highlight some of the events that have occurred at the Private Equity Program since our January newsletter and some of the events we are working on for the fall.  

We hope that in reading the newsletter you will think about some of the ways you may wish to engage with the Private Equity Program.  Perhaps you have an idea for programming, wish to sponsor an alumni or student event, have a research idea you would like us to pursue, wish to become involved in the February 15, 2013 Annual Private Equity Venture Capital Club Conference, or would just like to become more engaged with the Private Equity Program in general.  We welcome all of your suggestions and would be pleased to hear from you.

Your support of the Private Equity Program is critical to the fulfillment of our mission to bring together financial theory and practice in the private equity industry.  As you will see in the newsletter, we have been making strides in our mission.  We hope you will reach out to us at the contact numbers below as we strive to continue to build the Private Equity Program and connect an ever increasing number of our alums interested in the private equity industry.  Our next newsletter will be in September and we do hope to hear from you before then.
Kind regards,

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Donna M. Hitscherich
Office: 212-854-0763
Email: dmh9@columbia.edu
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Greta Larson
Office: 212-854-7989
Email: gl2304@columbia.edu
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Visit our web site: www.gsb.columbia.edu/privateequity
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2012 - 18th Annual PE/VC Conference

The sold-out event - "Out of the Storm but not Out of the Woods" was held on February 3, 2012. Featured speakers included Joseph L. Rice III, Chairman & Co-founder of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; David M. Rubenstein, Co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group; Robert L. Nardelli, CEO of Cerberus Operating & Advisory Company and Timothy C. Draper, Managing Director & Founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Six panels were offered on a variety of topics ranging from venture capital to the current state of the LBO.

The annual "Carried Interest" newsletter highlighting the panels and speakers 18th Annual Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference has been published on the Conference web site.

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Morning Keynote with David M. Rubenstein Co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Joseph L. Rice III Chairman & Co-founder of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice speak to Jason Kelly of Bloomberg News
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Private Equity Program on Twitter

The Private Equity Program is active on Twitter, posting the latest news from the private equity industry and other items such as research and events related to Columbia and the Business School.
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Donna M. Hitscherich is also active on Twitter, posting news articles of interest to the community, and for students taking her courses.

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News Coverage of the 2012 Conference

Visit the slideshow of the event and the web page for a collection of photos, videos, tweets, and news coverage of the event.

 2012 conference team with keynotes

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Highlights since January's newsletter

2012 - Annual Dinner, May 7

The Private Equity Program was proud to sponsor a table at Columbia Business School's 36th Annual Dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria on May 7. More than 800 people gathered in support of the Annual Dinner, which raised $3 million in unrestricted funds for the Business School’s programs and activities.
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The Capital Deployment Decision - Alumni Event April 4, 2012

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On April 4, 2012 the Private Equity Program held a discussion panel at Alston & Bird LLP, The Capital Deployment Decision: M&A Marketplace and Deal Technology. The panel was moderated by Professor Donna M. Hitscherich `90, Director of the Columbia Business School Private Equity Program with panelists Stewart K.P. Gross `87 Managing Director, Lightyear Capital; Patrick Severson `01, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC; Alexander A. Shahidi `92, Partner and People Leader, Americas Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP and James H. Sullivan, Jr., Partner, Alston & Bird LLP Corporate Transactions and Securities Group.

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Private Equity Recruiting at Columbia

The Private Equity Program has been meeting with recruiters and private equity professionals to discuss how the Program in cooperation with The Career Management Center can best help in providing top talent. We have received valuable feedback from many of you. If you are a recruiter or private equity professional interested in discussing Columbia recruiting or have comments or questions, please contact us.


We are always on the lookout for more ways to engage and re-engage our Columbia Business School private equity community.

If you have an idea for new programming or sponsoring an event, please contact the Program by clicking this link.

If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting any of the events "on the drawing board" below, please contact the Program. We welcome all suggestions.

2013 - 19th Annual PE/VC Conference - SAVE THE DATE!

The 19th Annual Conference is scheduled for February 15, 2013 at Lerner Hall. Please save the date.

For more information on how you can participate, please contact the Program and we will direct you to the appropriate student conference leaders.

Private Equity Program Advisory Board

Jeffrey Barber '01

Managing Director, TA Associates, Inc.

Kenneth A. Buckfire `87

CEO and Managing Director, Miller Buckfire

Jeff Bunder 

Global Private Equity Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Stewart K.P. Gross `87

Managing Director, Lightyear Capital

Rebecca John '01 

Partner, Lexington Partners

Adam Reinmann '04

Principal, Onex

Alisa A. Wood `08 

Managing Director, KKR