Deal Camp: Preparing for Private Equity
“Deal Camp offers the rare opportunity to experience the multi-faceted private equity industry alongside industry experts and professionals while gaining with unique insight into the opportunities and challenges facing the industry in the years ahead.”
Program Faculty Director Donna M. HitscherichDirector of the Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School
“Being a veteran of industry conferences, seminars, and workshops, I can safely say that Columbia Business School's Deal Camp is second to none in quality of its presenters, participants, and event organizers. By the time I left Deal Camp, I felt I had acquired a unique perspective of the private equity sector. It sharpened my technical skills and I have no doubt that what I learned will make an impact in my work at our pension fund. In fact, my office is currently working on scheduling a visit from one of the firms that presented at Deal Camp to discuss potential investment opportunities, so the camp is already yielding positive outcomes. Everyone at Deal Camp was friendly, open to dialogue, and willing to answer questions or provide additional insight. I truly feel like I made friends at the camp. It changed my perspective of business schools altogether and I am now contemplating applying to Columbia's EMBA program.”
“The material covered at Deal Camp gave me new insight into the subject of private equity. The week following the program I had a meeting in which I was able to better my position in a transaction thanks to Deal Camp.”
“I had an absolutely tremendous benefit from attending Deal Camp. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with current students as well as practitioners in [private equity].”
“All speakers [at Deal Camp] were excellent and collectively provided a robust overview on the industry and the deal process. I'm fortunate to have participated in the inaugural session and am certain the conference will be sought after in years to come.”
Years of Management Experience
Senior Lecturer, Business, Finance, and Economics
Director, Private Equity Program
Columbia Business School
Donna Hitscherich serves as director of the Private Equity Program and is a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. She teaches Corporate Finance, Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. Prior to her academic career, she was an investment banker and mergers and acquisition specialist, working with CS First Boston, JP Morgan &Co Inc., and Banc of America Securities. Prior to those roles, she was a corporate lawyer, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. She holds a BS and JD from St. John’s University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Hitscherich is also a certified paramedic in the State of New York.
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Which programs do not qualify for 25 percent tuition benefit?
- Advanced Management Program
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Are there any tuition assistance or scholarships?
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How are CIBE credits determined?
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Where do I find information on the credit value for a program?
You will find this information on each program page. Credits range from 0.5 credits – 26 credits per program.
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How do I receive credits?
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How do I check the status of my Certificate completion?
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Do CIBE credits expire?
Credits are only valid for four years (Please note: While we are not able to offer in-person programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration to complete the programming has been extended to five years.). If you have not completed your CIBE within four years, we will only count non-expired credits towards your CIBE credit total.
Does the Certificate in Business Excellence expire?
Your Certificate in Business Excellence does not expire. Once you become a certificate recipient, you will join the greater alumni community at Columbia Business School.
I’ve reached 18 CIBE credits, what’s next?
Congratulations! You should receive a digital copy of your certificate at the end of your program. If you do not receive a copy from your program manager, kindly contact your Learning Solutions representative or your program manager for next steps.
Will I receive a physical certificate?
Yes, all certificate recipients will receive a physical plaque. If you completed your last CIBE credits through an online or live online program, you will receive a plaque in the mail. We will ask for you to provide us with your preferred mailing address and our vendor will ship the plaque directly to you. We kindly ask for your patience as the processing time takes a few weeks. Please contact your program manager for the status of your plaque. If you completed your last CIBE credits through an in-person program, you will receive a plaque at the end of the program.
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Can I refer colleagues to the Certificate in Business Excellence?
If you are a certificate holder, you may sponsor up to four colleagues each year for full-price in-person programs lasting up to seven days and all full-price online programs.
Can I add the Certificate in Business Excellence to LinkedIn?
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Are there preferred pricing options available for live online programs?
Yes, preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Columbia Business School alumni am I eligible for tuition benefit?
Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.
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For select programs, there will be some assignments to complete after the end of select program sessions. Assignments will typically consist of readings, self-reflections, and brief assessments. This approach is designed to help you practice your learnings.
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We do not expect that homework assignments will take up a large amount of time to complete.
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