The Nicholas Center Speaker Series seeks to bring world-class senior executives and finance professionals to campus to engage with our graduate and undergraduate students on important issues in the world of finance. Our speakers include CEOs, CFOs, hedge fund, venture capital, private equity and M&A professionals as well as top performers that are in the earlier stages of their careers. Our speakers provide a vital connection for us to the latest industry developments and real-world applications. If you are interested in speaking, please contact Brad Chandler.

2019-2020 Academic Year Speakers

Selection of speakers for this academic year is still in process. We will provide an update shortly on upcoming speakers. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ricky Sandler, Founder / CEO/ CIO, Eminence Capital
  • Kevin Conroy, CEO, Exact Sciences
  • Roberto Morales, Portfolio Manager, Adage Capital
  • Kristi Peterson, VP and Corporate Controller, SC Johnson
  • Bob Flannery, CFO, UW Health
  • Dipo Fadrian, Senior Consultant, IBM Watson Health

2018-2019 Academic Year Speakers

  • Peter Gunder, Chief Business Development Officer, American Family
  • Jim Chanos, famed contrarian investor, Kynikos Associates, L.P.
  • Jeff Elliot, CFO, Exact Sciences
  • Cara Lombardo, M&A and Activism Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Dan Kelly, CFO, American Family
  • Ryan Corbett, Hedge Fund Investor, Brahman Capital Corporation
  • Michael Bress, CFO, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Patrick Hammes, Private Equity Founder / CEO, Hammes Partners
  • Susan Kreh, CFO, Johnson Controls Power Solutions
  • Julie Beck, CFO, Nova Chemicals
  • Chris Prestiagiacomo, Portfolio Manager, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Tom Tefft, Executive in Residence, former President of Medtronic’s Neuromodulation business and current Board member at American Family
  • Don Condon, Executive in Residence, former CEO, senior executive and current Board member at Manitowoc Corporation
  • Nathan Dau Schmidt, CFO, Home Gauge
  • Ross Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Baird Investment Banking
  • Andrew Mullvain, M&A, American Family
  • Thomas Nye, Principal, Generation Growth Capital
  • David Hanley, Senior Associate, Innosight
  • Heather Pahl, Executive Director in Finance, Clarios
  • Antonio Mello, Academic Director, UW Nicholas Center
  • Michael Hilfiker, MBA student, UW Nicholas Center
  • Jacob Smith, Principal, 30 Ventures (venture capital)
  • Nathan Keohn, Finance Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Joshua Rosenbaum, Investment Banker and Author of #1 Best Selling Investment Banking book