Darden Private Equity Speaker Series

Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management

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Private Equity Speaker Series

Each year, the Darden Private Equity Club and the Mayo Center for Asset Management convene leading private equity practitioners at the intersection of several industry hot topics. This year we will be hosting several guests as part of a speaker series occurring through the fall and spring semesters.


10 April 2024: Pop-up session with Allan Vartelas, Darden '85 (Co-founder and Managing Partner, Nebrodi Partners)

28 March 2024Industry Trends and Speaker Series wrap-up with John Loverro, Darden '00 (Partner, Lexington Partners)

21 March 2024: Pop-Up session with Peggy Roberts, Darden '01 (Managing Partner, The Riverside Company)

21 February 2024: Virtual Women in PE Panel led by Allie Laborde, Darden '15 (Principal, The Stephens Group) with the following panelists: 

24 January 2024: Search Funds/ETA with Emily Holdman (Managing Director, Permanent Equity) *in partnership with the ETA club

FALL 2023

15 November 2023: John Fruehwirth, Darden '96 (Managing Partner, Rotunda Capital Partners)

9 November 2023: Mark Pacala (Operating Partner, Healthcare Private Equity). Mark is a tenured business professional with over 30 years of general management and private equity experience in healthcare and consumer services companies.

Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Past Events

  • 2023

    2023 Conference: 23-24 March

    Event Summary from The Darden Report
    Photo Album

    Agenda Overview:

    DPEC President's Opening Remarks, Sukari Brown (MBA '23)

    Remarks Honoring Susan Chaplinsky and Her Impact, John Fruehwirth (MBA '96), Rotunda Capital Partners

    Fireside Chat on Global Infrastructure Investing with Jose Maria Zertuche, BlackRock  (Moderated by Professor Elena Loutskina)

    Panel on Investing Opportunities and Considerations in Healthcare with Church Moore, Kelso and Frank Winslow, Quad-C (Moderated by Taylor Cole, Harren Equity Partners)

    Keynote Speaker (virtual), Jose E. Feliciano, Clearlake Capital (Moderated by John Loverro, Lexington Partners and Sukari Brown (MBA '23))

    Panel on the Current State of Private Equity: "Exploring Investment Activity, Trends, and Challenges" with John Alouf, Virginia Retirement System and Caitlin Fitzmaurice, Selby Lane (Moderated by Schon Williams, Mercer Alternatives)

  • 2022

    Brief Synopsis of the 2022 Conference

    Keynote Address


    RubensteinDavid Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman, Carlyle

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    Robert HarrisModerated by Robert S. Harris, C. Stewart Sheppard Professor of Business Administration, UVA Darden




    ESG and Private Equity

    Elizabeth LewisElizabeth Lewis, Managing Director and Deputy Head of ESG, Blackstone




    Joseph AcevedoJoseph Acevedo, Managing Director, BlackRock Alternative Investors, BlackRock




    Jason ScottJason Scott, Managing Director, Renewable Resource Group, Co-Chair, CREO Syndicate




    Matthew McBradyModerated by Matthew McBrady, Professor of Practice, UVA Darden




    State of the Industry and Moderated Q&A


    David FannDavid Fann, Vice Chairman, Aksia




    John LoverroModerated by John Loverro ('00), Partner, Lexington Partners




    Perspectives: Founding and Building a Private Equity Firm

    Erik ScottErik Scott, Co-Founder and Partner, Avance




    John FruehwirthModerated by John Fruehwirth ('96), Managing Partner, Rotunda Capital Partners