Management Conference

For over 60 years, Management Conference has showcased what the University of Chicago Booth School of Business does best—stretching, challenging, pushing, and questioning the theory and practice of business.

Dean Sunil Kumar will present an address at this year’s event. Following the dean's address will be Ken Griffin, CEO & founder, Citadel, who will deliver the event's keynote address, titled: "A Conversation with Ken Griffin: The Economy, Politics, and the Story of the Citadel at 25 years." Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance, will moderate.

You'll then attend breakout sessions and network with industry leaders and our world-renowned faculty. By joining in these discussions and debates on topics that affect what you do today, you'll walk away from Management Conference with ideas that you can put into practice tomorrow.

You don't need to be an alumnus to benefit from our analytical, fundamentals-based approach to management. Leaders across diverse industries will discover new ideas that are ready to make an impact. Join us to discover the unique perspectives on business issues that only Chicago Booth can offer.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Refresh your perspective at Management Conference 2016 with incisive research and bold ideas from Booth faculty and alumni who are leaders in their fields. Sessions will examine a wide range of topics that impact businesses today.

Event Pricing

General Public: $249

Booth Alumni: $199

Booth Young Alumni/Student Rate: $149

Table of 10: $1,900

Conference Schedule

Hyatt Hotel

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Registration and Networking Reception


The Dean’s Address —Sunil Kumar, Dean

“A Conversation with Ken Griffin: The Economy, Politics, and the story of Citadel at 25 Years” —Ken Griffin, CEO & Founder, Citadel. Moderated by Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance.

Gleacher Center

Breakout Sessions
Session 1 — 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

"Entrepreneurial Selling" - The five critical skills and disciplines you need now (ManCon Faculty)
"Entrepreneurial Selling" is very different from "Professional Selling," and understanding the distinctions helps entrepreneurs avoid damaging mistakes as they scale.  In this fast-paced workshop, we will explore those differences, and then dive into the critical selling skills and disciplines entrepreneurs must have to succeed.
Craig Wortmann, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

CFO Perspectives (ManCon Panel)
Moderated by Haresh Sapra, Professor of Accounting

Alumni Panelists
Ray Young, ’86, Exec Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Margaret Loebl, ’86, Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, Quaker Chemical Corporation

Economics (ManCon Faculty)
Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Issues in Retail (ManCon Panel)
Moderated by Ann L. McGill, Sears Roebuck Professor of General Management, Marketing and Behavioral Science

Alumni Panelists
Michael Osanloo, ’96, Chief Executive Officer, P.F. Chang's

Preparing Leaders for Lifelong Learning (ManCon Faculty)
The Booth School of Business launched the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership in 2015.  This Center is committed to developing a uniquely University of Chicago perspective on leadership that enhances education and managerial practice.  In this session, we revisit Davis and Hogarth’s "Rethinking Management Education: A View from Chicago.”  This article has served as a framework for situating leadership and experiential education at University of Chicago since 1992.  In this session, we enhance this framework by considering the role of identity, values, purpose and personal philosophy, as well as providing a structure for how students and managers can produce the feedback that is needed for lifelong learning.
Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management and George Wu, John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science

Technology Growth Is Slower Than You Think. Should You Be Worried? (ManCon Faculty)
Despite the inescapable talk about the speed with which technology is changing the way we live our lives and do our jobs, measured productivity growth has been sluggish for the past decade. Some contend this is a figment of measurement problems—that technological progress has continued apace (or even accelerated), but has been missed in economic statistics. This session will present evidence, however, that productivity growth really has slowed. Given the role of technological progress in spurring economic growth, the session will also explore the extent to which the current slowdown portends future problems.
Chad Syverson, J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics

Challenges in Private Equity (ManCon Panel)
Moderated by Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

Alumni Panelists
Douglas Londal, ’91, Partner and Head, Private Equity, MSD Capital, L.P.
Steven Gruber, ’81, Managing Partner, Oak Hill Capital Partners Inc.
Philip Canfield, ’96, Managing Director, GTCR, LLC

Session 2 — 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Big Value from Big Data with Marketing Analytics (ManCon Faculty)
Recent years have seen an unprecedented explosion in the breadth, depth and volume of data that firms have access to. Nowhere is this more true than in the domain of the marketing function. I this talk I discuss ideas, concepts and frameworks that aim to exploit the scale and richness of this newly available data with the goal of improving the marketing decision making process. Using real-world case studies across multiple domains I demonstrate how these frameworks help increase consumer welfare as well as firm profitability.
Sanjog Misra, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow

CEO Thinking (ManCon Panel)
Moderated by Ronald S. Burt, Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy

Alumni Panelists
Mary Lou Gorno, ’76, Managing Director, Ingenuity International, LLC
Emily Stoeckel, ’91, Chairman, The Heico Companies, LLC

Crony Capitalism (ManCon Faculty)
Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow

Issues Confronting the Federal Reserve (ManCon Faculty)
Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Improving the Design of Our Financial Markets (ManCon Faculty)
Thanks to books like “Flash Boys” and the October 2014 “flash crash” in the US Treasury market, the public is increasingly hearing allegations that high frequency trading is transforming and perhaps undermining capital markets.  Professor Eric Budish will describe his research on these issues and separate the facts from the fiction.  He will sketch his recent proposal for improving the infrastructure of financial markets and describe some of headwinds that such proposals encounter.
Eric Budish, Professor of Economics and Richard N. Rosett and David G. Booth Faculty Fellow

Issues in Biotech/Pharma (ManCon Panel)
Moderated by Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

Alumni Panelists
Robert Weist, ’81, President, Weist Associates
David Meline, ’86, Exec Vice President & CFO, Amgen, Inc.

Social Enterprise (ManCon Faculty)
Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics

Election 2016 (ManConPanel)
Moderated by Austan D. Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics

5 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

Gleacher Center, Room 621

Join faculty and alumni panelists for a networking reception to close Management Conference.