Search Fund Conference attendees watch presentation
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021 Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021

Search Fund CEO Conference

The Search Fund CEO Conference will include speakers, investor meetings and networking opportunities for search fund CEOs and frequent investors.
Open to
Stanford Community


Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Attendees will learn from successful CEOs, GSB faculty, and board experts from within and outside the search fund community about building and leading search fund operating companies. In addition, the conference will include speakers, small shareholder meetings, and opportunities to connect with peers and friends.

A final logistics email including locations, parking, and detailed agendas was sent on December 7 to all registered attendees. If you did not receive it please check your spam folder or contact


  • Applications are no longer being accepted.
  • All attendees must be approved and registered in advance. No walk-ins will be permitted, and there will be no onsite registration.
  • Payment Deadline: November 1, 2021

Tuesday, December 14th Schedule

7:30 am

Registration Opens

8:00 am – 5:20 pm

Investor Meetings

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Evening Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, December 15th Schedule

8:00 am

Registration, Coffee, and Breakfast Open

8:00 – 8:50 am

Alumni Breakfast

Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

9:00 – 10:05 am

The Power of Multi-generational Mentorship: Giving and Getting the Best

Chip Conley, Hospitality Entrepreneur, Author, and Founder of the Modern Elder Academy

10:05 – 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 – 10:55 am


Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

10:55 – 11:40 am

Why Great Leaders Use Humor, Seriously

Jennifer Aaker, The General Atlantic Professor and Coulter Family Faculty Fellow at Stanford GSB, and Co-author of Humor, Seriously

Naomi Bagdonas, Executive Coach, Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB, and Co-author of Humor, Seriously

11:40 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Start-up to IPO

Sheila Marcelo, Founder, Former CEO, and Chairwoman of, Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates, and Executive Chairwoman of The Wing

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 – 4:25 pm

High-performing Search Companies Panel

4:25 – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Evening Cocktail Reception

Investor and Board Meetings

CEOs interested in arranging investor meetings for December 14 should contact Sara Heston.

It is requested that companies refrain from holding board meetings on December 14 or 15. If you would like assistance scheduling a meeting for December 13 or 16, please contact Sara Heston. 


For those approved and registered for the conference, we recommend the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel.

Important COVID-19 Restrictions

  • By registering for this conference, you agreed to follow all Stanford University, Santa Clara County, and California State COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, which may include mask-wearing and social distancing. Due to changing conditions, updated COVID-19 information for visitors can be found here. Future public health restrictions may necessitate the postponement of the conference.
  • International Travelers: View additional requirements here.
  • To ensure the safety and public health of our Stanford University community, visitors must complete this Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation on the same day they plan to visit a Stanford campus prior to their arrival. Proof of completed COVID-19 Health Attestation is required prior to entering the event. Any visitor unable to attest is NOT approved for onsite access.
  • All visitors coming to a Stanford campus event must have a Government Issued ID and meet ONE of the following criteria: 1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR 2) receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite. 

Questions? Contact

Associate Director, Search Fund Project, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies