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Cornell Alternative Investments Conference

Verizon Executive Education Center

2 W Loop Rd, New York, NY 10044

March 15, 2024

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About the Conference

Join us to learn from leading industry professionals who will be speaking about the current landscape of alternative investments


There will be speaker panels throughout the day and a lunchtime keynote given by Jason Scheir '02.


Connect with industry professionals, Cornell Johnson MBA students and alumni during the event and join us for a drink at a post-conference networking reception held in Midtown.

Hear from graduate students representing the top business schools across the country as they present in the final rounds of the Cornell Strategic Alternatives Case Competition.

Panels & Speakers


Jason Scheir '02, Apollo

Moderated by Rob Symington MBA '92, Cornell University

Private Equity

Kirk Fleischer MBA '90, Investcorp

Kristy Khoury '12, Warburg Pincus

Mark Saadine, Bain Capital

Moderated by Hannah Tolan MBA '25

Private Credit

Chris Hunt MBA '18, Portfolio Advisors

Olga Kosters, Apollo

Andy Lee, Parallaxes Capital

Jason Rainer MBA '18, Monroe Capital

Kate Rubenstein MBA '05, Blackstone

Moderated by Kevin Collins MBA '22, HPS Investment Partners

Venture Capital

Sam Sezak '98, North Haven Capital

Josh Tanenbaum MBA '20, Rebalance Capital

Rachel ten Brink, Red Bike Capital

Sherman Williams II, AIN Ventures

Moderated by Salvador Pineda MBA '25


Bryan Beach '17, Macquarie Asset Management

Ibrahim Majeed, Ares

Sameer Shamsi, Houlihan Lokey

Ross Shulman, Partners Group

Moderated by Adam Tope '02, DLA Piper

Real Estate

Katy Mao '03, Oaktree

Brandon Perdeck, Aries Capital

Tiffany Theriault, Apollo

Peter Weiss '11, Alpaca Real Estate

Moderated by Richie Gallione MBA '24

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Cornell Strategic Alternatives
Case Competition

The Cornell Strategic Alternatives Case Competition welcomes students who are looking for an opportunity to advance their understanding of alternative investments in private equity, private credit, and venture capital. This year’s case will be a private equity case competition. The competition provides a hands-on opportunity to engage in a real-world problem, provide an impactful solution and showcase analytical and communication skills.

The competition will consist of two rounds:

  1. A virtual semi-final round consisting of a submitted video

  2. Selected teams will be welcomed to Cornell Tech to present in front of industry judges


The winning teams will be announced during the Cornell Alternative Investments Conference. This will be followed by panel sessions and networking opportunities with investment professionals at the 9th Cornell Alternative Investments Conference.

Prize Money

  • 1st Place: $2,000

  • 2nd Place: $1,000

  • 3rd Place: $500

If you have any questions regarding the case competition, please email and we will get back to you as soon as practicable.

We look forward to your participation and submissions.

Key Details

  • Team Size: 3-4 MBA Students

  • Selected team invitations notified via email on February 13

  • Entry Fee: $350 per team - fee is only for teams invited to participate; there is no fee to apply

  • Entry fee includes discounted tickets to the 2024 Cornell Alternative Investments Conference

  • Additional information, including registration instructions, detailed competition rules, and agenda will be emailed after sign-ups close

  • Case to be released on February 13 for teams to review & submit prior to the preliminary round (due 2/20)

  • Preliminary round will be judged on submitted materials and video presentation

  • Finalists will be notified by February 28

  • Finalists receive complimentary admission to the Conference

  • Finals will be held during the Cornell Alternative Investments Conference

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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