BIBA conference features Bill Ackman

BIBA conference features Bill Ackman

Left to right: Alex Beshansky ‘17, President, Katherine Will ‘18, Vice President, Eric Lee ‘16, Bill Ackman, President Kerry Healey, Drishti Chhabria ‘17, Hannah Kim ‘16, VP of Finance and Chris LoGrippo ‘16 pose for a photo at the BIBA Investment Banking Conference.

On September 18, the Babson Investment Banking Association (BIBA) held its annual Babson Investment Banking Conference. The conference, now in its third year, featured finance leaders Bill Ackman and Chris McMahon as keynote speakers.

Each year, the BIBA conference attracts alumni, parents and students from Babson and nearby colleges to the Sorenson Theater. In fact, this is the third consecutive year that it has been sold out. BIBA co-president Christopher LoGrippo attributes the success of the conference to its high-profile keynote speakers.

LoGrippo, along with co-president Eric Lee, were able to secure the speakers by meeting with President Healey, who used her connections at Harvard Business School to convince Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, to come. According to LoGrippo, the biggest challenges coordinating the conference were bringing in the panelists and marketing the event to the greater Boston area.

The conference was intended to advance BIBA’s mission of increasing Babson’s prevalence in the finance and banking industries. “BIBA’s mission is to improve Babson’s name on Wall Street… to help the banks think of Babson when they recruit,” LoGrippo said.