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Engagement Opportunities

Mitchell Peterson

Students gather in KGH White Auditorium before the PE/VC Lab Speaker Series, Fireside Chat. 4-17-18 while Heizer faculty catch up with guest speaker. (Foreground) Prof. Linda Darragh; (L) Prof. Mitchell Petersen; (R) Chuck Templeton

Mitchell Peterson

PE/VC Lab Speaker Series, Fireside Chat. 4-17-18. (L) Chuck Templeton; (R) Prof. Mitchell Petersen

Kellogg has a long tradition of significant student involvement in the educational process. The foundation of your education in business, private equity and venture capital will occur in the classroom. We expect, however, that your education will spill outside the classroom. You will have a number of opportunities to learn and get involved in leadership here at Kellogg.

Featured Events

HEIZER WQ18 Lab Talk: "VENTURE CAPITAL FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR" Ms. Harisha Haigh '02. Managing Director, Private Investments and Real Assets. Northwestern University
On January 25, 2019 - Many of our lab speakers come from the VC or PE firms as well as the entrepreneur’s in whom they invest. Who stands behind the capital that VC firms invest and what are their incentives? Ms. Harisha Haigh has managed private investments for Northwestern’s endowment for over a decade. Join us for a fireside chat where we will discuss investing in venture capital, what unique advantages (and possibly constraints) an endowment has, how she thinks about allocating NW endowment, and how the venture investing industry has and expected to change. Bring your questions and curiosity.

PE/VC Lab Speaker ; Chuck Templeton '06, Founder of OpenTable and TaskRabbit and Managing Director of S2G Ventures
On April 17, 2018 and during Kellogg’s Start Up Week, Chuck Templeton sat down with Professor Mitchell Petersen for a fireside chat, titled “Through the Looking Glass: Entrepreneur and VC.” Chuck started with TaskRabbit (a local outsourcing app for jobs around the house) and then started OpenTable in 1998, eight years before graduating from Kellogg. He was the founding chairman of GrubHub. He he has built an impressive record as an entrepreneur. and he is also an active investor. Along with Kellogg’s Professor Linda Darragh, he is leading Impact Engine and a few years ago, he joined Seed-to-Growth (S2G) venture fund as a managing director. S2G invests in the agricultural and food space. The investment focus has been described as ranging from soil to shelf or from farm to fork. He is former Army Ranger, a long distance runner and surfer. Chuck spoke about his “origin story” and shared advice to students who want to be entrepreneurs and/or venture capitalists.

Chat with Mike Gamson [LinkedIn] and Prof. Mitchell Petersen
Sept. 29, 2017. “One of the Biggest Scale Stories on the Internet."
Mike Gamson joined LinkedIn in August 2007. He currently leads LinkedIn's Global Solutions Organization across the company's 30 offices worldwide. The GSO includes various functions ranging from field sales and professional services representatives, to research analysts, account managers and operational experts. There are three primary business groups within the GSO focused on servicing corporate customers – Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Sales Solutions. Previously, Mike was Director of Product Marketing at Advent Software, a provider of enterprise software for investment managers, where he led the Trading and Order Management business. Mike began his career as an entrepreneur in Costa Rica, founding a restaurant and boutique hotel in 1996. He sold the business to American investors and joined Bank of America as a financial analyst in Chicago the following year. Mike holds a BA from Amherst College.

PE/VC Lab Speaker: Steve Vivian, Principal and Founder of Kestrel Capital
On April 9, 2015, Steve Vivian spoke on the topic of "Navigating a Career Journey." In the spring quarter, your attention begins to turn to your plans after Kellogg or your plans for your summer internship. This is a good time to help you broaden your perspective and think about what you truly want to do with your life. At the founding of Kestrel Capital Group (KCG), Mr. Vivian took the time to step-back and assess his personal and professional past; to look at his successes and failures; his strengths and weaknesses. The strategic approach of KCG was born out of this work. Mr. Vivian shared his investing model and how it is informed by having worked with and observed dozens of businesses and executive teams. He also discussed his thoughts on managing your own career path in the information age's digitized, connected, and always on professional environment. Watch the video below.

PE/VC Lab Speaker: Gordon Pan '98, Managing Partner of Baird Capital
On January 20, 2015, Gordon Pan spoke on the "Changing Landscape of Private Equity." Private equity historically has drawn from the discipline of finance. Finance is still as important as always, but the skill set and perspective that is required now is strategic, and will be more so in the next decade. Private equity investors should focus on how the firms make money and where the strategic opportunities lie, not just in structuring the next deal. In this talk, Mr. Pan turned this strategic lens on the PE industry itself and discussed the trends he sees and how you should be preparing now. Watch the video below.