March Madness is Divinest Sense

March Madness is just two days away, and we’ve already got over 300 readers participating in our annual bracket contest. Go here for full details on how to play, and what you can win.

We’re also closing in on our first-ever Buyouts Madness event, which begins Thursday morning at Thomson Hall (195 Broadway in NYC). It’s a networking event for junior private equity pros, with content in the morning and beer/basketball in the afternoon (watching, not playing). There are a few tickets still available, which you can buy online for just $195.

I’ll be moderating two of the morning discussions, with Bain Capital’s Steve Pagliuca giving a keynote about similarities between doing mega-buyouts and owning the beloved Boston Celtics. Here is the event’s full agenda:

8am: Registration Opens: bagels, doughnuts, other good stuff

8:30: Keynote Address from Steve Pagliuca, managing director of Bain Capital and co-owner of The Boston Celtics.

9:00: Building A Network; Sourcing Your First Deal
Moderator: Dan Primack, Founder,
Philip Carpenter, Senior Managing Director and Partner, Bear Stearns Merhcant Banking Partners
Joe Osnoss, Director, Silver Lake
Karl Peterson, Principal, TPG Capital
Jason S. Friedman, Managing Director, Marathon Asset Management

10:00 Coffee Break (more doughnuts!!!)

10:30 Managing Your Career
Moderator: David Toll, Editor, Buyouts Magazine
Karen Beyer, Vice President, The Blackstone Group
Denise Palmieri, Director of Client Relations, Pinnacle Group International

11:00: What It Takes
Young dealmakers who’ve rapidly risen through the ranks talk about what’s needed to ascend in today’s hyper competitive industry. Dealing with internal politics, how to get to lead your first deal, and staying awake during that 3 AM conference call with Hong Kong—hear all the latest do’s and don’ts.

Moderator: Dan Primack, Founder,
Mark Johnson, Principal, The Carlyle Group
Jonathan Korngold, Managing Director, General Atlantic
Jeffrey Goldfaden, Principal, Warburg Pincus

Noon: Tipoff
Network with industry colleagues while watching all of the NCAA men’s tournament games on flat screen TV’s from the opening tip-off. Complimentary food and drinks.