New York Alumni Gathering

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Registration for this event is now closed.

Please join IIT President John Anderson and IIT Provost Alan Cramb for a networking reception hosted by Elizabeth Byrnes (M.S. PSYC '81, Ph.D. '83) and featuring Chris Hayward (EE '87) and Professor of Finance and Associate Dean John Bilson.

Goldman Sachs
12 Floor, South Lounge
200 West Street
New York, NY 10282

Event Timeline
5:30-6pm: Registration

6pm: Welcome and program
7-8pm: Reception

Please enter through the south entrance. Advance registration required for entrance into the building. All names will be included on a guest list in advance; no walk-ins.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Meet our Speakers

Elizabeth Byrnes
Host and Speaker
Liz is global head of Technology Infrastructure (TI) Software Development, where she is responsible for developing and integrating software solutions that help TI run, operate and manage risk. She is a member of the Americas Technology Diversity Committee, the Women in Technology (WIT) Steering Committee and the Infrastructure Career Development Committee. Liz is also an MD sponsor of the Technology recruiting team for the Illinois Institute of Technology. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Liz was first vice president at Merrill Lynch, where she spent 11 years in various leadership roles within Global Research and Economics Technology, Technology Crisis and Change Management, Global Institutional Sales Technology, and Global Equity Trading Technology. Before that, she worked at Bankers Trust and Manufacturers Hanover Trust in technology leadership positions. Liz earned a PhD and an MA from Illinois Institute of Technology and is an active member of the alumni association. She also earned a BA from Allegheny College.

Chris Hayward

Chris is a managing partner and chief operating officer of Highbridge Capital Management. He is chairman of the Operating Committee and a member of the Highbridge Executive Committee. Chris has management oversight for key functions of the firm including finance, operations, legal, compliance, strategy, human resources, and technology. Prior to joining Highbridge in May 2010, Chris held senior positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently as managing director and chief operating officer for Global Equities Markets. Hayward joined Merrill Lynch from Bankers Trust where he held senior positions in global risk management. He started his career as a digital telecommunications engineer at AT&T Network Systems/Bell Labs. Chris is a board member of the education-focused non-profit organization PENCIL. Chris holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. in finance and public policy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

John Bilson
John  is a professor of finance and associate dean at Illinois Institute of Technology. John has recently returned to IIT after spending two years at the Melbourne Business School. Previously, he was the director of the Financial Management Program at the IIT Stuart School of Business. Before joining the Stuart School, John was a senior vice president at The Chicago Corporation where he was responsible for establishing the financial futures trading group TCC Futures Management. He has also served as president of BetaSoft Management and as vice president of Trading Development Corporation. John received his Ph.D. in international economics from the University of Chicago in 1973. He subsequently taught in the economics department at Northwestern University and became a member of the research department of the International Monetary Fund. In 1976, John returned to the University of Chicago as an associate professor and, subsequently, as a senior lecturer in international economics and finance in the Graduate School of Business. At this time, he was a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting appointments at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. John is the editor (with Richard C. Marston) of Exchange Rate Theory and Practice (1984, University of Chicago Press) and has published over thirty articles in the areas of international finance, international economics, and risk management. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds master's and bachelor's degrees in economics from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

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