Conference Schedule

Friday, May 3, 2019

Arrival and Registration

11 a.m., Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago

Dean’s Address

Noon, Fairmont Hotel, Imperial Ballroom

Welcome remarks by Madhav Rajan, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting at Chicago Booth.

Keynote Conversation

12:35 p.m.: Keynote Conversation

Keynote Conversation with Howard S. Marks, CFA, ’69, co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management. Moderated by Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Gleacher Center

Event moves to Gleacher Center, 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago


2–2:15 p.m.

First Breakout Sessions

2:15–3:30 p.m., Gleacher Center

Ellen A. Rudnick, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Jason C. Brown, ’09, Founder & CEO, Tally Technologies
  • Jai Das, ’99, President & Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
  • Nicole P. Farb, ’09, Cofounder, Darby Smart
  • JP Gan, ’99, Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Capital 
  • Rattan Khosa, '79, President & Founder, Amsysco Inc. 

Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; John Edwardson Faculty Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • Kevin Connelly, ’79, Chief Executive Officer, Spencer Stuart
  • Kunal Kapoor, ’04, Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar, Inc.
  • Scott Myers, '94, Chairman, President and CEO, Rainier Therapeutics 

Christopher McGowan, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, moderates a discussion featuring:

Brent Neiman, Professor of Economics, moderates a discussion featuring:

  • John Olin, '91, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • James Z. Li, ’99, CEO, E. J. McKay & Co

Presenter: James E. Schrager, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

It is hard to name a sector that will not be dramatically affected by artificial intelligence (or machine learning). Yet learning about this new technology is not easy: most courses and books teach a watered-down version of what engineers should know. Just as knowing how an engine works is neither necessary nor sufficient to understanding how to drive, an engineering understanding is not what a businessperson looking to deploy these tools needs. This tutorial provides a functional, rather than mechanistic, understanding of artificial intelligence. It will give a brief taste of how one might identify use cases and/or recognize bogus claims.

Presenter: Sendhil Mullainathan, Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science


3:30–3:45 p.m.

Second Breakout Sessions

3:45–5 p.m., Gleacher Center

Douglas J. Skinner, Deputy Dean for Faculty and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, moderates a discussion featuring:

Machine-learning algorithms are rapidly increasing the ability for computers to perform some types of cognitive tasks, and also helping machines become better at performing physical tasks. These developments have caused observers to worry that we have finally reached the age when technology will create mass unemployment. Hear clinical professor of economics Michael Gibbs discuss these developments, the implications for public policy, and which jobs are at high risk of automation.

Presenter: Michael Gibbs, Clinical Professor of Economics

Ralph S.J. Koijen, AQR Capital Management Professor of Finance and Fama Faculty Fellow, moderates a discussion featuring:

Professor Budish will describe his recent research paper, "The Economic Limits of Bitcoin and the Blockchain", which uses just a few simple economic ideas to show that bitcoin, while ingenious, is economically limited. For bitcoin to become an important part of the global financial system, it would either have to get dramatically more expensive to utilize (and it is already expensive at 0.3% of global energy) or it will get attacked. He will also describe some of the open research questions about blockchains.

 Presenter: Eric Budish, Professor of Economics

Chicago Booth professor of behavioral science Jane Risen is an expert in stereotyping and prejudice. She will present her findings on friendship formation, based on her research at a summer camp that aims to reduce intergroup conflict between Israeli and Palestinian teens. She will share her results highlighting the importance of meaningful, shared experiences, and discuss how repeated and intimate interactions can help us form friendships that overcome our divisions.

Presenter: Jane L. Risen, Professor of Behavioral Science and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow