On Friday, April 15th, the Wall Street Club hosted its first annual Private Equity panel in the Mendoza College of Business. Nick Weido, a Notre Dame class of 2012 graduate and current associate at Genstar Capital in San Francisco, helped to organize the panel. The panel consisted of Notre Dame graduates and former Wall Street Club members who are in their first or second years as Private Equity associates. Members of the panel included: Nick Weido (Genstar Capital), John Goedert (KKR), Pat Kissling (GTCR), Sam Shanley (Adams Street Partners), Andrew Alea (Vista Equity), Michael Thomas (Madison Dearborn), and Richard Si (Madison Dearborn).
The primary purpose of the panel was to expose Notre Dame undergraduates, across all class levels, to the field of Private Equity. Panelists spoke about their backgrounds, why they chose to go into Private Equity, what their day-to-day jobs are like, and what Private Equity recruiting is like. Each panelist shared their own unique background and provided useful advice for students in attendance. Numerous Wall Street Club Seniors mentioned how the panel provided invaluable insight on the Private Equity recruiting process. As Junior Joe Grady said, “The Private Equity Panel provided me with early exposure to the wide array of career options available for a Notre Dame finance graduate, as well as invaluable insights into the private equity and venture capital recruiting processes. I thought the panel was a huge success, and hope the club can continue to put on this type of event going forward.”
Following the panel, both panelists and students headed over to Legends for a more informal networking session over appetizers. The club hopes to repeat the Private Equity panel next fall and encourages any alumni interested in participating in the panel to contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.