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IIR Workshop: EQ – Becoming a Leader Part 1 – With Polsky IIR Tim Kelly, MBA ’00

Join the Polsky Center’s investor-in-residence (IIR), Tim Kelly, MBA ’00 for a lunch-n-learn focused on becoming a leader.  

Tim has been involved in private equity for nearly three decades in senior leadership and investment management roles with Allstate Insurance Company, Heller Financial, GE Capital, and Adams Street Partners. Tim began his career with Goldman Sachs & Co. in Chicago where he traded over-the-counter (OTC) securities and managed the office’s OTC market expansion efforts. He went on to manage billions of dollars in private equity related investment programs and to complete hundreds of successful international partnership and direct equity and fixed income investments. He is proud of an extensive global network of general and limited partner relationships he developed throughout his career as a result of his personable interaction style, objectivity and candor, and desire to help others succeed. His vast industry knowledge and experiences transcend finance, investments, law, international business, and complex capital formation structures. 

Recently, at the age of 54, Tim achieved a life-long goal when he received his Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University with a dissertation topic focused on how private companies become entrepreneurially oriented. He has an insatiable appetite for continuously learning as evidenced by, in addition to his Psychology doctorate, an undergraduate degree in Economics from Dominican University, magna cum laude (1982); a law degree from The John Marshall Law School, summa cum laude (1987); and, an MBA (Economics and International Business) from the University of Chicago/Booth. Tim has been an adjunct professor of undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance, Economics, and Ethics; and, is a writer and speaker on finance, leadership development, decision theory, organizational culture, and legal topics. Tim retired from active private equity investment activities in 2013. He now consults in the areas of leadership development and private equity firm operational and organizational optimization, in addition to managing his family office’s investments and philanthropic endeavors. 

Lunch will be provided and the session will start promptly at 12:00pm, so please arrive early to grab food and find your seat. 

This is an IIR program workshop. The IIR program provides mentorship and coaching to University of Chicago Booth students interested in learning about and pursuing careers in private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurship through acquisition. Successful Chicago-based investors are available to meet one-on-one with students throughout the academic year and host regular small group sessions and workshops.

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