Svider Private Equity Program

Svider Private Equity Program


The videos below are available to Chicago Booth students and alumni pursuing careers in private equity and venture capital. In order to view the videos, you will need to login with your CNET credentials. The Polsky Center’s Investors-in-Residence have delivered the content through workshops and information sessions.

PE Landscape for Career Changers
Polsky Center IIR Chris McGowan discusses the changing PE landscape and the necessary skills for career changers focused on a transition into PE.

How to Build a Strong Investment Thesis 
Hosted by Polsky Center IIR Duane Jackson, this workshop focused on building a strong investment thesis. Topics include the foundations of an investment thesis, sources to build and refine a thesis, and actionable outputs. This workshop will also discuss how a team may approach developing a proposal and thesis as it relates to the Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC).

PE Due Diligence
Polsky Center IIR Tim Kelly hosts a workshop on due diligence in private equity.

Early Stage PE Investing
Polsky Center IIR Ken O’Keefe, along with guests Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal at Bluestein Ventures and Justin Sunshine, Managing Director at General Atlantic, discuss early stage PE investing.

Dissecting the PE Industry
Hosted by Polsky Center IIR Tim Kelly, this workshop will introduce you to a multitude of careers that fall within the PE industry and also give you a brief description of the related skills that different roles require, some pros and cons of different career paths, and ways to pursue some of these positions.

PE Interview Prep for Career Changers
Professor and Polsky Center IIR Chris McGowan gives a presentation on how to do well in a PE interview. The presentation brings up interview topics to prepare for, Booth resources to engage with, and actions steps to take prior to the interview.

VC Interview Prep
Investor-in-Residence Dipa Mehta covers the process of interviewing and building out your thesis and story for roles in venture capital. She explores how best to present your background, your career interests, and your narrative when applying for internships and full-time roles in venture capital.

Intro to Corporate Venture Capital
Polsky Center IIR Dipa Mehta provides an introduction to Corporate Venture Capital and explores the goals of CVC organizations, how to structure CVC organizations, how to measure success in CVC, and how to compare CVC to traditional VC.

Sourcing and Thematic Investing
Polsky Center IIR Dipa Mehta moderates a discussion on sourcing and thematic investing. Dipa will be joined by panelists Kelly Carlquist, Vice President for Sandbox Healthcare, and Bailey Moore, Co-founder & Managing Director of Wintrust Ventures.

Polsky Center IIR Duane Jackson hosts an interactive discussion around SPACs.

On Success and Failure: Thoughts on the Business of Life
Polsky Center IIR Tim Kelly leads an interactive workshop on the importance of defining what success and failure means as one prepares for a career in business, finance, entrepreneurship, and the business of life.

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: The Basics of EQ

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