Management Conference 2017 Schedule

Join us to engage with distinguished speakers on crucial management topics, and to network with Booth faculty members and leading executives.

Networking and Registration

11 a.m., Fairmont Hotel

Dean's Address and Keynote Conversation

Noon - 1:45 p.m., Fairmont Hotel

Welcome remarks will be made by Douglas J. Skinner, interim dean and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting at Chicago Booth. 

Keynote Conversation

12:35 p.m., Fairmont Hotel

Tony N. Pritzker, ’87, and J.B. Pritzker, co-managing partners of The Pritzker Group, will talk about their strategy of investing private capital for the long term, of doing well while doing good, and of navigating through economic, political, and generational change. J.B. and Tony will share their approach and outlook in an illuminating discussion led by Roxanne Martino, ’88, managing partner of OceanM19.

Break/Walk to Gleacher Center

1:45 - 2 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #1

2:15 - 3:30 p.m., Gleacher Center

Join Professor Anil Kashyap as he interviews Eugene F. Fama, 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences, about the economy, financial markets, and regulation. There will be some time reserved for audience questions.

This session will cover the application of Big Data methodologies, from machine learning to pricing decisions. In collaboration with a large, online recruiting firm, we conduct a large-scale, randomized, B2B, controlled price experiment to learn demand and study optimized pricing. Of particular interest is the determination of a personalized pricing structure that targets a different price to each customer based on our demand prediction. We project that the firm would increase its profits dramatically by implementing these optimized pricing structures. In a second experiment, we test our recommended pricing structures against the firm’s de facto prices. In addition to confirming our projections, we improve the firm’s monthly profits by over 60 percent.

Over the past 10 years teaching leadership at Booth, Linda Ginzel has been developing a new framework of leadership, as a choice. She calls the approach "Leadership Capital." Leadership capital is the wisdom to decide when to manage and when to lead, combined with the courage and capacity to act on those choices. Ginzel's approach helps executives become more effective by reframing the conversation about leadership and helping them to take a more active role in building their Leadership Capital everyday.

To get the most out of this breakout sessions, Professor Ginzel recommends reviewing in advance her short article, "Leadership is A Choice," in the Chicago Booth Review and this brief video about leadership capital.

Join Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow for his session on "Designing a Good Life". 

Most people want to live a “good" life in at least three senses of the term: to do well, to be ethical, and to feel good. Behavioral Science research suggests that these three goals may be more closely aligned with each other than you might think, providing insight into how you would design your own life in order to achieve these goals.


Join Professor Robert Topel, director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State for a presentation and question/answer session with Herminio Blanco AM ’75, PhD ‘78, Former Commerce Secretary of the Republic of Mexico and Chief Negotiator of NAFTA.

Robert H. Gertner, Deputy Dean for Faculty, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Raj Kalathur, ’97, CFO of Deere & Company

  • Martha Demski, ’77 – SVP & CFO, Ajinomoto Althea, Inc.

  • Ellen M. Beatty, ’90, CFO, VP, & Treasurer, The Aerospace Corporation

Break

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

3:45 - 5 p.m., Gleacher Center

Advanced economies with the largest rise in household debt from 2000 to 2007, such as Ireland, Spain, and the United States, experienced the most severe downturns during the Great Recession. Current economic difficulties in Brazil, China, and Thailand were also preceded by a borrowing binge by households.

In this talk, Professor Sufi will highlight the importance of household debt in driving business cycles, both in the United States and abroad.


Join Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow for his session on "Designing a Good Life". 

Most people want to live a “good" life in at least three senses of the term: to do well, to be ethical, and to feel good. Behavioral Science research suggests that these three goals may be more closely aligned with each other than you might think, providing insight into how you would design your own life in order to achieve these goals.

Ronald S. Burt, Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • John Edwardson, ’72, former Chairman & CEO of CDW Corporation

  • Francisco Pérez M., '82, CEO, Quiñenco S.A.

Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Nathanael Brown, ’02, Managing Director of Wind Point Partners

  • Thomas Keck, ’97 – Partner/Head of Research, StepStone Group

  • Gil Karsten, ’07 – Private Equity Partner, Patria Investimentos (in partnership with Blackstone)

Join Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow, for a discussion with Robert Kennedy, '80, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer C-SPAN.

Steven J. Davis, William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Masaru Kato, ’82, Former Vice Chairmen of Sony Corporation

  • Edward Lam, ’97 – CFO, Li & Fung Limited

  • Sarita Singh, ’07 – Head of Retail Operations, Asia Pacific, Google Inc.

Management Conference Networking

Continue to build crucial professional connections with the Booth community and other business leaders from around the globe at our closing reception.