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LIAA Seminar: Thriving Through Change: Lessons from Life and Lauder
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The Lauder Institute Alumni Association is very excited to bring you our first live seminar on February 25th in New York City from 6pm to 9pm at McKinsey’s New York offices where three of our most successful alumni will share with us the secrets to their success, how much of their success they attribute to their Lauder experience, as well as other life lessons they have gathered.

2/25/2015
When: February 25th
From 6PM to 9PM
Where: McKinsey’s New York offices
55 East 52nd Street
Floor 21
New York, New York  10022
United States
Presenter: Paul Aris (Moderator), Keith Abell (Speaker), Claude Pupkin (Speaker), Steve Stuut (Speaker)

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LIAA Seminar: Thriving Through Change: Lessons from Life and Lauder
With Speakers: Keith Abell (Lauder 86), Claude Pupkin (Lauder 88), Steve Stuut (Lauder 86)
Moderated by: Paul Aris (Lauder 87)

The Lauder Institute Alumni Association is very excited to bring you our first live seminar on February 25thin New York City from6pm to 9pmat McKinsey’s New York offices. Three of our most successful alumni will share with us the secrets to their success.

Together their careers have spun over 5 continents, and they have lived and worked in over 10 countries. They have worked for some of the most prestigious firms on Wall Street from Blackstone, to Citibank, to Goldman Sachs, to JP Morgan, to Morgan Stanley, as well as some of the top consulting firms from McKinsey to Braxton.

They have helped take US centric companies like Sprint, and help them grow into global players. They have also started new companies creating a $20 billion money management firm from scratch, launched new clean energy ventures, and helped Chinese investors gain better access to the U.S. commercial real estate market.

Come learn how much of their success they attribute to their Lauder experience, as well as to other life lessons they have gathered. Some of the questions that will be addressed include:
  • What drove them to make the changes they made from one firm to another or from one industry to another?
  • Did they have a grand plan for all their career moves, or was it driven by changing market conditions, or trying to better balance family and work?
  • How have they managed to always land on their feet, and how have they used time in between jobs to spot the next opportunity?
  • How do you become a successful turnaround artist for tech companies, both large and small?
  • How do you keep yourself warm hiking in Nepal with no trees within a hundred miles?
  • What is the key to being a successful investment banker in Latin America, and how does that help prepare one to thrive working for a family controlled company back in the US?
  • How do you collect unpaid receivables in Nigeria versus South Africa versus Tibet?
  • How do you negotiate telecommunication contracts with top Asian and European Carriers?
  • How different is it to negotiate business ventures in Mongolia versus Israel?
  • How important is a spouse to help you balance life and work?

Agenda:
6:00pm– 6; 45 pm: Networking over Cocktails & Buffet Dinner
6:45 pm -7:45 pm: Presentations by Featured Speakers
7:45 pm -8:15 pm: Q&A
8:15 pm -9:00 pm: Follow-On Reception (More Networking and Cocktails)

Location:
McKinsey & Company, 55 East 52nd Street, Floor 21, New York City, NY, 10022
Cost: $50 per alumni

Speaker Bios:

Keith W. Abell is co-founder of Sungate Asset Management, a real estate investment company responsible for leading $800 million of acquisitions of office properties in New York City on behalf of private Chinese families since 2011, including the General Motors Building and Park Avenue Plaza. He was formerly Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of GSC Group, an alternative investment management firm which he grew from inception to over $20 billion of assets under management. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of The Blackstone Group. Before that, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. He is Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Claude Pupkin has served as Executive Vice President of IDT Corporation since January, 2014 where he manages Corporate and Business Development. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Energy Ltd. a NYSE-listed unconventional energy company spun off from IDT and as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for Net2Phone, a publicly-traded affiliate of IDT. Prior to joining Net2Phone in 2003, Mr. Pupkin’s career included more than 17 years of finance, investment banking and accounting experience. Immediately prior to joining IDT, Mr. Pupkin led JP Morgan Chase’s Latin America Telecommunications, Media and Technology Investment Banking business. He also worked for several years at Morgan Stanley & Co. and Citibank as an investment banker, assisting Latin American companies raise capital from the international debt and equity markets and executing strategic transactions. He began his professional career as a CPA with Ernst & Young.

Steve Stuut is a board director at TruePosition, a mobile geo-location software company owned by Liberty Media. As CEO of the company for 8 years, he took their E911 technology to international security markets and successfully included the company in the spin-off of Liberty Broadband Corp. Prior to that he was CEO of Broadband Innovations, a venture-backed provider of digital cable television technology, for which he raised $30m in venture capital and ultimately sold to Motorola. He was also COO of ComStream, a satellite equipment provider with 70% of revenue in international markets, and led the strategy at Sprint to enter the wireless market. He also managed the Americas Telecommunications Practice at McKinsey, did strategy consulting at Braxton in the UK and Booz-Allen in Germany. Back when he had a real job, he designed military laser systems at Raytheon and Northrop Grumman.

Paul Aris, CFA runs a wealth management practice at Merrill Lynch focusing on serving the needs of affluent individuals and their families. He helps develop appropriate financial plans, investment strategies, and estate plans to help his clients achieve their financial objectives. He was formerly a Vice President in JP Morgan’s Private Bank. Before that, he managed a hedge fund focused on special situations investing. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Chase Securities helping institutional clients hedge their market risks via derivatives, and a Capital Markets Specialist at Salomon Brothers. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the LIAA, and is the Chair of its Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development.

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