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.
Polsky Center IIR Duane Jackson hosts an interactive discussion around SPACs.
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.
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.
Position Yourself for PE
Polsky Center IIR Kim Vender Moffat gives a presentation on how to best position yourself for a career in the private equity industry. She answer questions about her 20 years in private equity, the industry, industry trends, and how to go about finding an opportunity in private equity.
Women in PE
Polsky Center IIR Kim Vender Moffat delivers a workshop focused on women in the private equity industry. She answers questions about the industry, her background, how best to search for PE opportunities, and how women can help women to get into private equity.
A lunch and learn by Polsky IIR Guy Turner aimed at helping you understand the basics of “the deal” and venture terms. Included in this presentation is also a look at term sheet negotiations as well as answers to questions about VCIC.
Financial Modeling and Projections
In this presentation, Polsky Center IIR Guy Turner dives into sizing a market, assessing business drivers, and understanding the inputs as well as the assumptions that go into building a financial model. The presentation ends with information on how to present the financials and plans.
VC Interview Prep
Polsky Center IIR Guy Turner delivers a workshop on what to do when you get an interview. Guy also dives into how to do research on firms prior to the interview and what they are looking for when they interview you. The workshop also includes a mock interview done by Guy and a student.
Preparing for Your Summer VC Internship
Polsky Center IIR Guy Turner has a conversation about how to prepare for a summer VC Internship. He touches on what you will most likely be doing, what will be important to focus on during the internship, and what the firm considers at the end of the program when looking at long-term opportunities.