Ann Arbor’s U-M to Host Michigan Private Equity Conference, Women Who Fund Forum

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will host the 14th annual Michigan Private Equity Conference and the fifth annual Women Who Fund Forum Oct. 24 and 25 at its Ross School of Business. Together, the conferences attract more than 300 private equity and institutional finance professionals from across the U.S.
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U-M’s Ross School of Business will host the Michigan Private Equity Conference and the Women Who Fund Forum. // Image courtesy of the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will host the 14th annual Michigan Private Equity Conference and the fifth annual Women Who Fund Forum Oct. 24 and 25 at its Ross School of Business. Together, the conferences attract more than 300 private equity and institutional finance professionals from across the U.S.

The half-day Women Who Fund forum will take place Thursday, Oct. 24 at the U-M Golf Course Clubhouse. It will focus on the health care industry investment landscape as it relates to venture capital and private equity.

Mary Tolan, founder and managing partner of Chicago Pacific Founders and founder of Accretive Health, is set to open this year’s forum. She served as CEO of Accretive Health from November 2003-April 2013 and led the initial public offering of the company, earning it a $1.2 billion market capitalization.

The U-M Private Equity Conference kicks off with a dinner reception on the evening of Oct. 24 and will feature remarks from Jim Davidson, co-founder and managing director of Silver Lake, a global technology investing company. Davidson has been an adviser to and investor in technology companies for more than 30 years.

On Friday, Oct. 25, the half-day Private Equity Conference will host speakers and panel discussions that focus on the growth of private equity in the health care sector, alternative strategies private equity firms are employing to get in on deals, and tools for de-risking deals. Tolan will join the panel at the conference, which will also include David Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Lorient Capital; Scott Cowan, partner at DLA Piper; Daniel Lee, partner of Comvest Partners; Troy Phillips, partner of Beecken Petty O’Keefe and Co.; and Gary Blitz, senior managing director and co-practice leader of Aon Transaction Solutions.

“These two great industry niche events foster valuable connections among our alumni and professional members of the private equity and investment community that attend primarily from Chicago, New York, and the greater Midwest,” says David Brophy, professor of finance and director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. “From Michigan to the larger Midwest region and across the United States, the connections made at these events lead to deals that make a positive impact on the economy.”

Online registration is open through Wednesday, Oct. 23. Event details and registration for the Women Who Fund Forum ($95) are available here and for the Private Equity Conference ($225) are available here. For sponsorship information, contact Mary Nickson at mnickson@umich.edu or (734) 615-4424.

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