Wednesday, Sep 06, 2023 Thursday, Sep 07, 2023

Stanford Search Fund CEO Conference

The 2023 Stanford Search Fund CEO Conference will be held in person only and include speakers and networking opportunities for search fund CEOs and frequent investors.
Open to
Stanford Community
Stairwell at the Knight Management Center


Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Management Way
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Attendees will learn from successful CEOs, GSB faculty, and board experts from within and outside of the search fund community about building and leading search fund operating companies.

Registration is now closed.

Agenda for September 6, 2023

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Individual Company Investor Meetings

CEOs should email to schedule a 60-minute investor meeting.

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Conscious Leadership: 15 Commitments that Differentiate Winning Teams

Kaley Klemp is an executive coach and co-author of 15 Commitments to Conscious Leadership.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Expanding the Search Community

Updates from affinity groups for under-represented searchers.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Evening Cocktail Reception

Held at Cantor Arts Museum.

Agenda for September 7, 2023

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Light Breakfast with Stanford GSB Dean Jonathan Levin

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Becoming the Board Member that Search CEOs Need

Discussion on behaviors and tactics of great directors and developing your skills as a new board member.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

CEO Circles (CEOs Only)

An opportunity for CEOs to join a small group of peers to discuss topics they face in the CEO seat.

10:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Conference Sessions

In Conversation with Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of The Undoing Project, Liar's Poker, Flash Boys, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Home Game, and The Big Short, among other works.

Early Hires and Terminations

Insights from new data on building leadership teams in the first two years.

A Study of Core Values in Search

Digging Wells for The Next Generation of Search Entrepreneurs

What Can EtA Learn from PE

An exploration of the post-acquisition playbooks deployed by leading PE investors and what the EtA community can learn from their success and failures.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception 

Questions? Contact

Associate Director, Search Fund Project, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies