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Nicholas Center Alumni Events

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Each year, the Nicholas Center hosts an annual Advisory Board Member & Alumni Meeting, typically held in October. For more information on future board and alumni events, please email to be added to our newsletter and invitation list.

Nicholas Center alumni are encouraged to join the private Nicholas Center Alumni LinkedIn group.

Nicholas Center Don Condon Speaker Series

The Nicholas Center Don Condon Speaker Series seeks to bring world-class senior executives and finance professionals to engage with our graduate and undergraduate students on important issues in the world of finance. Speakers include CEOs, CFOs, and hedge fund, venture capital, private equity, and M&A professionals, as well as top performers in the earlier stages of their careers. They provide a vital connection to the latest industry developments and real-world applications. If you are interested in speaking, please contact Barb Bolens, Nicholas Center director.

Don Condon

The Nicholas Center Speaker Series is named after the late Don Condon, former CEO and board member at Manitowoc Corporation, long-time Nicholas Center advisory board member and Executive-in-Residence, and coach, mentor, and friend to many. Don was actively engaged with the center and enjoyed helping students advance their careers in finance. He was a regular speaker series speaker and was honored with the Wisconsin School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. Don also created the Don and Linda Condon scholarship fund, which provides support to a CFIB student each year.

2019-2020 Academic Year Speakers

  • Ricky Sandler, Founder / CEO/ CIO, Eminence Capital
  • Kevin Conroy, CEO, Exact Sciences
  • Roberto Morales, Portfolio Manager, Adage Capital
  • Ricky Sandler, Founder / CEO/ CIO, Eminence Capital
  • Kevin Conroy, CEO, Exact Sciences
  • Roberto Morales, Portfolio Manager, Adage Capital

2018-2019 Academic Year Speakers

  • Peter Gunder, Chief Business Development Officer, American Family
  • Jim Chanos, famed contrarian investor, Kynikos Associates, L.P.
  • Jeff Elliot, CFO, Exact Sciences
  • Cara Lombardo, M&A and Activism Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Dan Kelly, CFO, American Family
  • Ryan Corbett, Hedge Fund Investor, Brahman Capital Corporation
  • Michael Bress, CFO, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Patrick Hammes, Private Equity Founder / CEO, Hammes Partners
  • Susan Kreh, CFO, Johnson Controls Power Solutions
  • Julie Beck, CFO, Nova Chemicals
  • Chris Prestiagiacomo, Portfolio Manager, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Tom Tefft, Executive in Residence, former President of Medtronic’s Neuromodulation business and current Board member at American Family
  • Don Condon, Executive in Residence, former CEO, senior executive and current Board member at Manitowoc Corporation
  • Nathan Dau Schmidt, CFO, Home Gauge
  • Ross Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Baird Investment Banking
  • Andrew Mullvain, M&A, American Family
  • Thomas Nye, Principal, Generation Growth Capital
  • David Hanley, Senior Associate, Innosight
  • Heather Pahl, Executive Director in Finance, Clarios
  • Antonio Mello, Academic Director, UW Nicholas Center
  • Michael Hilfiker, MBA student, UW Nicholas Center
  • Jacob Smith, Principal, 30 Ventures (venture capital)
  • Nathan Keohn, Finance Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Joshua Rosenbaum, Investment Banker and Author of #1 Best Selling Investment Banking book