Industry Series

The Alumni Association is proud to present the Industry Tower Series.   This series of events is geared towards specific industries, including Finance, Law, Medicine and more.   Events are typically hosted in a private residence, provide light food and drinks, and are centered around a speaker panel with a social networking component built in as well.

Special thanks to Director Jim Stergiou ’67 for hosting the first two Finance events in his home and to Hal Diamond ’78 for moving this initiative forward.

We are actively seeking Industry Tower Leaders from other industries to create and drive additional events of interest to our alumni.  We are also looking for new venues to hold our events, which typically host between 20-50 people.  If you have interest in either driving a sector, gathering sector speakers, sponsoring an event or helping us with a venue, we would love to hear from you.  Click here to contact [email protected]; please include “Industry Panel” in your subject line.

Click here for the complete list of Industry Events.

See below for some of our featured speakers.

LAW: February 28, 2017

  • Stephanie Bazell ’06
    Assistant Counselor to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
    New York University School of Law
    BA Psychology, Duke University
  • Igor Kirman ’89
    Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    Columbia Law School
    BA Ethics, Politics & Economics, Yale University
  • Jeffrey P. Laner ’89
    Lawyer, Law Firm of Jeffrey P. Laner
    Chair, New York State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
    Fordham Law School
    BA, Double major in Politics & History, New York University
  • Eli J. Mark ’98
    Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York
    University of California, Hastings College of Law
    BA History, University of Pennsylvania

FINANCE: January 17, 2017

  • Steven Levitt ’86, Managing Director, Co-Founder Park Sutton Advisors LLC
    Investment bank boutique serving the financial services industry. Specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic advisor. Assist organizations on valuations, succession planning, equity transition, and other strategic consulting projects. Client base consists of traditional and alternative asset managers, wealth managers, broker-dealers, fund administrators, and other related financial services businesses.
    MBA Finance, University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
    BA Economics, Stanford University
  • Vikal Kapoor ’96, Managing Partner, Head of Venture Development, Proton Enterprises
    Serial entrepreneur highly proficient in capital raising, global sales, strategy and investments. Proton Enterprises is a business incubator and non-traditional venture capital firm focusing on disruptive technologies to empower entrepreneurship. Verticals include technology, financial technology, online retailing, online marketing, business management, and logistics.
    MBA International Marketing & Business Strategy, ESADE Business School, Spain
    Masters Finance, Baruch College
    Dual Bachelors, Management Information Systems & Finance, University of Maryland
  • Jennifer Schlesinger ’08, Producer, CNBC Business News
    Producer and writer for CNBC special programming, including stories for the network’s Business Day and Primetime programming, as well as CNBC.com focusing on investigative, cyber security and feature stories. Schlesinger produced “Collision Course,” an investigative series on the trucking industry. In her free time, she writes Through the Sole, a blog on shoes.
    B.S. Communication and Business, Cornell University, Summa Cum Laude

FINANCE: December 6, 2016

  • Subash Chandra ’88, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
    Senior Equity Analyst covering the energy exploration and production (E & P) sector
  • Robert Heller ’72, President & CEO, Spectrum Gaming
    Financial and development advisory services for gaming and resort companies
    Former Managing Director, Head of Americas Gaming & Leisure, UBS Investment Bank
  • Steven Levitt ’86, Managing Director, Co-Founder Park Sutton Advisors LLC
    Investment bank specializing in M & A and strategic advisory for asset and wealth management firms
  • Jeffery Sassoon ’85, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, QTrade Holdings LP
    Former CFO, Equinox Partners
    Former Associate Director, Investments, Rockefeller Foundation

FINANCE: November 9, 2016

  • Adam Blumenthal ’78, Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
    Former Chair, Investment Committee, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
    Former Deputy Comptroller, City of New York
    Former President, Vice Chairman American Capital Strategies
  • Hamilton Lin ’96, Founder & CEO, Wall St. Training
    Instructor / Trainer: Financial Modeling and Valuation Training
    New York Society of Security Analysts
  • Harold (Hal) Vogel ’63, CEO, Vogel Capital Management
    Author of Financial Market Bubbles and Crashes, and Entertainment Industry Economics
    Former Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • Valentina Zarya ’09, Associate Editor at Fortune Magazine
    Former Intelligence Associate. Teneo Holdings
    Graduate of University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School, Summa Cum Laude