The Feldberg Holiday Party was held on December 1, 2017 at the Avery Lounge on 100 Riverside Blvd. Hosted by Jennifer North and Marc Lessner, the night saw over 25 Feldbergs and their significant others including Michael Smeets and Lucy Smeets' little one, Celine get together to celebrate the holiday spirit. The Feldbergs head into the holidays waiting for the class of 2020 to be announced and full of lots of great career and personal news!
On March 3, 2016, the Feldberg Community was privileged to engage with William Bardeen (CBS ‘04), SVP of Strategy and Development at the New York Times. Scott Asher (Feldberg ‘09), hosted the event over a casual dinner at his office near Columbus Circle.
Mr. Bardeen, who oversees a team of 20 people handling all M&A, Strategy, and Corporate Development for the Times, was very interested in the Feldbergs' backgrounds and what united such a diverse and dynamic group. After the participants introduced themselves, Bardeen gave context around the changes in the news delivery industry and how The New York Times has become progressively leaner to focus on its core competency providing premium news content.
The majority of the dinner was spent discussing topical questions and digging deeper into Bardeen's perspective about the past, present, and future of the news industry. Bardeen gave frank and candid answers on how The New York Times thought about many of the challenges it faces daily -- how to engage millennials, how to evolve its revenue model while maintaining high engagement and broad readership, how to deal with pervasive and vicissitudinal competition. He also elaborated on his personal journey through some of the most turbulent periods of the company's storied history, including its near collapse during the financial crisis.
Meeting with Bardeen gave the Feldbergs an inside look into how difficult working in the media industry can be with the advent of the internet and the "all information should be free" model that many of its denizens operate using. Many of the Feldbergs commented afterwards that Bardeen's unique experience in play a key role shepherding the Times through this period as its leader of strategy gave him a truly unique and enlightening perspective. His belief in the importance of the Times and its journalistic mission spoke to everyone in the room.
Victor Eng (Feldberg '17)
On October 29th, the Feldberg Community had the opportunity to share the evening with Keith Sherin, CEO of GE Capital CBS EMBA ‘91. Claire Burke, CBS ‘15 was gracious enough to host us at her lovely home. Walking in I was somewhat surprised how intimate the setting would be. The Fellows gathered up in the living room, Mr. Sherin took out some large white sheets of paper, and literally began walking us through the process of how he managed the unraveling of GE Capital. He explained the obstacles he had to overcome and the unique pressure that his team had to face. Mr. Sherin proceded to discuss the regulatory obstacles and out-of-the-box strategies he led his team in executing in order to complete the successful divestiture of GE Capital’s asset totaling more than $200 billion. Mr. Sherin left us in awe at his ability to speak so granularly about the details of the events and his holistic understanding of all the various components surrounding GE’s diversified businesses and its eye toward software. This experience embodies the opportunities provided to the Feldberg Fellows. We are all appreciative of having Mr. Sherin come in, spend his evening with us, and further our education outside of the classroom.
Daniel Rudyak CBS ‘17, David Johnson CBS ‘17, and Laura Kornhauser CBS ‘17
Feldbergs gather at the beautiful home of Russ and Judy Carson.
Professor Robert Willens, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and 2008’s Adjunct Professor of the Year, joined the Fellows for breakfast on June 11, 2015 for a discussion on transactions and taxes.
In addition to Professor Willens, guests included: Michael Kopko (Oscar, Feldberg '09), Lenore Petteruti (JPM Morgan Alternative Investments), Garrett Jones (Greenlight Capital, Feldberg '11), Scott Asher (PDT, Feldberg '09), Lauren McKenna (UBS, Feldberg '14), Brian Thomas (PDT, CFO), Josh Saltman (Baron Capital, Feldberg '10), Aaron Wasserman (Baron Capital), and Jason Aronson (Feldberg '16).
The group covered important tax topics including inversion, roll-ups, spin-offs, and advanced conveyance of NOLs. A primer for the event is available here.
The next Masters in Business event is already in planning with a tentative target for sometime in October 2015. Look out for our back to school drinks before then!