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Event Overview

October 28th, 2016 | Madison, WI

Join fellow alumni for an exciting weekend in Madison! On Friday the 28th, get an update from Nicholas Center Director, Matt Clayton and others who play an important role with the center. Reconnect with alumni, current students and board members at a cocktail reception, take part in a lively Investment Banking panel discussion at the Wisconsin Discovery Building on the UW campus. In town for the weekend... attend tailgate festivities, or cheer on the Badgers at Camp Randall as they take on Nebraska.

Who Is Invited?

  • Guest panelists, discuss how the IB industry evolved in the last five years and what lies ahead for years to come.
  • Current graduate students from Corporate Finance and Investment Banking.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and academic staff who have been practicing and teaching themes of corporate finance and investment banking.
  • Nicholas Center alumni and advisory board members. The Nicholas Center has 30 board members who serve as executives from financial services/investment banking and consulting firms, as well as corporate officers. To date we are 220 alumni strong and growing each year.

Why Should I Attend?

  • Get an update on the current state of CFIB and the Nicholas Center.
  • Attend student consulting presentations.
  • Reunite with other CFIB alumni.
  • Meet the current CFIB students, Nicholas Center staff and advisory board members.
  • Hear from the experts at the Investment Banking panel presentation.
  • Network and reconnect at Friday's cocktail reception


October 28th, 2016 | Discovery Building | University Madison Campus

7:30–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Orchard View Room | 3rd Floor

8:00–8:15 a.m. Open Remarks from François Ortalo-Magné

8:15–9:30 a.m. State of the Nicholas Center
  • Goals and future plans for the Nicholas Center from Center Director, Matt Clayton & Academic Director Antonio Mello
  • Introduction of Lisa White, how she serves the students and the Nicholas Center.
  • Executives-in-Residence Don Condon & Tom Tefft will discuss their roles and the success of the EIR Program.
  • Who's on the Advisory Board? How are they involved with students and the center?
  • Interactive discussion on best practices to engage and reconnect with our alumni.
9:30–10:15 a.m.

Student Project Presentations

10:30–11:15 a.m.

Student Project Presentations

11:30–12:15 a.m.

Student Project Presentations

12:15–1:15 p.m.

Lunch Buffet & Networking

Mesozoic Garden East | 1st Floor

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Investment Banking Panel Discussion
Orchard View Room | 3rd Floor

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Open Discussion

4:00–6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
Steinbock's on Orchard

Reinventing Investment Banking to Service Corporate Clients in a New Era

Guest Panelists:
Christopher Hopkins, Director
Sandler O'Neill + Partners (Chicago)

Peter Kies, Managing Director
R.W. Baird (Chicago)

Ben Riback, Managing Director Capital Market 
BMO (Chicago)

William P. White, Managing Director Markets
Barclays (NYC)



Ben RibackBen RibackBiographyManaging Director Capital MarketBMO Capital Markets
William P. WhiteWilliam WhiteBiographyManaging Director MarketsBarclays
Peter KiesPeter KiesBiographyManaging DirectorR.W. Baird
hopkinsChristopher HopkinsBiographyDirectorSandler O'Neill + Partners

Alumni Dinner

October 27th, 2016 | Madison, WI

On the evening of Oct. 27th, Patrick Hammes ‘07 has reserved a private dining space at L’Etoile, one of Madison’s iconic restaurants. Enjoy food made with the best farm fresh and seasonal ingredients while you network with Nicholas Center alumni and reconnect with friends.  If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Patrick at


Registration is closed! For information contact Lisa White.


Lisa M. White
Center Coordinator