The 6th Annual Pan-India Booth Alumni Retreat

Reconnect. Relax. Recharge.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Chennai, 27–29 Oct 2017

Register to attend

Over 140 have registered already!



ABOUT

There are 400+ Chicago Booth alumni in India, making a difference as corporate executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and change agents in various industries and sectors.

The annual Pan-India Booth Alumni Retreat (Pibar), hosted in a different city each year, brings a sizable fraction of them together, for a weekend of networking, learning, and fun. Earlier editions were held in Delhi (2012 & 2014), Mumbai (2013), Bengaluru (2015), and Goa (2016).

This year, we're continuing with the well-received extended format introduced last year: Of making the retreat a day longer (Friday evening to midday Sunday) and inviting spouses/significant others and kids also to attend, with family-friendly activities to engage them.

PROGRAM

Speakers & Panelists

Dean Madhav Rajan, who recently assumed the office of dean of Chicago Booth, will be making a keynote address on 28 Oct 2017.

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Madhav Rajan Dean, Chicago Booth

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P.N. Vasudevan MD & CEO, Equitas Bank

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Rajesh Raju Partner, Kalaari Capital

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Prabhakar Tadepalli President & COO, Tyfone, Inc.

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Kavil Ramachandran Professor, ISB, Hyderabad

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Payal Chawla Founder, JusContractus

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Samir Sood Founder, Venture Highway

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Divya Tongya Partner, Smart Value Ventures

Stay tuned for updates as we confirm the participation of more exciting speakers and panelists.

Back to Booth Course

Take advantage of a continuing-education opportunity: An optional Back to Booth classroom course, "Designing a Good Life," on Friday, 27 Oct 2017 (10am – 6pm), before the evening kick-off of Pibar. (Separate registration is required for Back to Booth; see below.)

Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth, has graciously agreed to fly into Chennai just to offer this all-day classroom course that draws on his research and courses on social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment.

Designing a Good Life

This course rests on the simple assumption that you want to live a "good life," in three senses of the word. First, "good" in the sense of being successful. Second, "good" in the sense of being ethical and honorable. Third, "good" in the sense of feeling good, living a life rich in happiness, meaning, purpose, and well-being. If you wanted to increase your odds of living a good life in all three senses, what would you do? If you wanted to lead an organization that not only did well but did "good," how would you lead it? If you wanted to manage a team that also lived a good life, how should you manage them?

The goal of this course is to change the way you think about yourself and others, giving you insights and tools that help you design a good life for both yourself and others.

Provisional agenda

The items marked in bold below ARE happening. (The generous breaks are to enable ample time for networking.)
Timings are subject to change. Keep visiting every week for an updated agenda.

Friday, 27 Oct 2017

Back to Booth with Prof. Nick Epley (optional; separate registration is required.)

Venue: ITC Grand Chola

Chennai: Culture+Shopping Tour (optional and priced separately)

For family members/guests of Back to Booth course attendees and also Pibar attendees who arrive in Chennai early

See Tour options below for details and indicate interest while registering online.

Check-in window at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mamallapuram

DIY tour of Mamallapuram (just minutes away)

For family members/guests of Back to Booth course attendees and also Pibar attendees who arrive in Chennai early

Welcome reception, dinner, and drinks

Saturday, 28 Oct 2017

Beach (walk/jog), pool, yoga, meditation, or gym

Breakfast

Startup Journeys: Moderated townhall discussion

Break: Mingle over coffee/tea & snacks

Panel 1: De-Coding Digital India

Break: Lunch and networking

Panel 2: Challenges in Family Businesses

Panel 3: Transforming Oneself, Transforming India

Break: Mingle over coffee/tea & snacks

DIY tour of Mamallapuram (just minutes away)

Panel 4: Chicago India Angels: Taking Wing

Beach activities (surfing/boat ride/jet ski ride)

Beach breeze, pool, gym, or networking

Keynote address by Dean Madhav Rajan

Dinner & networking

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017

Beach (walk/jog), pool, yoga, meditation, or gym

Breakfast

Cooking Demo and Team Cook-Offs

Break: Mingle over coffee/tea & snacks

Understanding the Venture Capital Landscape

Closing lunch and passing the baton to Pibar 2018

Pondicherry Tour or Thanjavur + Pondicherry Tour (optional and priced separately)

See Tour options below for details and indicate interest while registering online.

LOCATION

Chennai

A sleepy city until the 1980s, even while being the 4th largest in India, Chennai today is a bustling blend of the traditional and the contemporary. Popularly known as the land of temples and filter coffee, Chennai is also the largest cultural, educational, and economic center in south India. It was the only Indian city to feature on The New York Times' list of 52 Places to Go in 2014 (it was #26), on Lonely Planet's list of Top Ten Cities for 2015 (#9), and National Geographic's list of the Top 10 Food Cities (#2) in the world.

Here's The Madras Song , a 4-minute-long tribute to Chennai (previously known as Madras):

Venue

Pibar 2017 will be held at the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, a breezy beach-side resort (set over 44 manicured acres) in Mamallapuram, a Unesco World Heritage Site, about 55 km south of Chennai airport.


The Back to Booth course (10am–6pm, Friday, 27 Oct 2017) will be held at the ITC Grand Chola, a short drive away from Chennai airport.
Course attendees who have also registered for Pibar will be shuttled to the resort in time for the Friday evening reception.

Tour options

Pibar attendees who have not been to India before, let alone South India, may want to sign up for one of these optional tours before the Friday-evening start or following the midday-Sunday conclusion of Pibar 2017:

CHENNAI: CULTURE + SHOPPING
Day tour (10 sign-ups already*)
Why Chennai:

The land of temples and filter coffee! A bustling blend of the traditional and the contemporary. Immerse yourself in the culture and take back with you things from Chennai.

Day-long tour:
  • 10am pick-up from the Back to Booth venue.
  • Shop at a couple of major shopping districts: T. Nagar (sarees and jewelry) and Khader Nawaz Khan Road (upscale boutiques).
  • Stop for lunch on the way.
  • Return to Back to Booth venue by 6pm, to board shuttle to Pibar venue, or direct drop-off at Pibar venue.
PONDICHERRY
1 night/2 days (12 sign-ups already*)
Why Pondicherry:

Quaint seaside town with French colonial legacy preserved in its French Quarter. Popular with tourists for its colonial ambiance, eateries, and Auroville, a "universal township."

Day 1:
  • Leave Raddison Blu Resort Temple Bay after lunch.
  • Take in the French Quarter.
  • Dinner by the seaside promenade.
  • Spend the night in Pondicherry.
Day 2:
  • Tour charming Auroville on the way back to Chennai.
    (We can arrange for a drop to the airport as well.)
Inclusions:
  • Transport in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Hotel accommodation and breakfast.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
THANJAVUR + PONDICHERRY
2 nights/3 days (11 sign-ups already*)
Why Thanjavur:

Ancient capital of the Chola Kingdom. A major tourist destination in Tamil Nadu today (2 million tourists a year), renowned for its cultural heritage, art (Tanjore paintings), temples, and rice fields.

Day 1:
  • Leave Raddison Blu Resort Temple Bay after lunch.
  • Stop at a historic temple.
  • Stay overnight in Thanjavur, in a heritage bungalow.
  • Take in village life.
Day 2:
  • Morning village walk.
  • Visit Gangai Konda Cholapuram.
  • Back to the resort for some rest before a late check out.
  • Stop at Pichavaram, Asia's largest mangrove forest, for an evening boat ride.
  • Overnight at Pondicherry. Take in the French Quarter.
Day 3:
  • Tour charming Auroville on the way back to Chennai.
    (We can arrange for a drop to the airport as well.)
Inclusions:
  • Transport in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Hotel accommodations and breakfast.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.

* Number of sign-ups as of 28 Aug 2017

To learn more, even customize, and book any of these separately-priced tours:
Write to info@Pibar.in
(preferably before making any air travel arrangements)

REGISTER

Who's Invited

Chicago Booth & other U Chicago alumni, current Executive MBA students, Accelerated Development Program – India alumni, and their significant others and kids are welcome to attend Pibar 2017.
Registration for the Back to Booth course is open only to Chicago Booth alumni, current Executive MBA students, Accelerated Development Program – India alumni, and other U Chicago alumni, not to spouses or guests of alumni.

Who's Coming

Number of confirmed registrations, as of 28 Aug 2017:
141 (93 alumni, 39 significant others or adult guests, and 9 kids)
(click to view live list; excludes private registrations)


Projections based on pre-registration surveys conducted in June and July:

Pricing

PIBAR 2017
27–29 Oct 2017 (Friday evening–midday Sunday)

  • Pricing while rooms (~90) last:
  • Full program + All meals + Resort stay (2 nights):
    Single room (just you): INR 12,000/night
    Exclusive double room (you & a companion): INR 14,000/night
    Shared double room (with another attendee): INR 7,500/night
  • Full program + All meals (no resort stay):
    INR 14,000/adult attendee

Transport to/from hotel and optional resort activities (e.g., boat ride, surfing) will cost extra.

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BACK TO BOOTH COURSE
10 AM – 6 PM, Friday, 27 Oct 2017

  • Pricing while seats (~40) last:
  • Course + Lunch + Post-course shuttle to resort:
    USD 200*

* Back to Booth is supported by the Fred G. Steingraber / A.T. Kearney Endowment, which subsidizes the course for alumni. Therefore, course registration is open only to Chicago Booth alumni, current Executive MBA students, Accelerated Development Program – India alumni, and other U Chicago alumni, not to spouses or guests of alumni.

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CONTACT

For general information: info@pibar.in

For media enquiries: pr@pibar.in


Organizing committee

Patrick Martinent, Programs
Vikas Singh, Hospitality
Jawahar Vadivelu, Back to Booth
Sarath Naru, Cheerleading
Sathya Narayanaswamy, Outreach
Navneet Agarwal, Budget
Akshay Sethi, PR
Anil Kumar, Chairman

With the support of:
Rajeev Mecheri, Dan Venkatesan, Gowri Shanker, Vikash Varma, Amrit Sahasranamam, CK Han, Abhilash Misra, and the Chicago Booth Alumni Relations office

and:
Meena Naru, Abirami Jawahar, and Sindhu Shanmugam


To all those who laid the foundation before us, brick by brick, for a thriving Booth India community, we say, "Salut!"