Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management's 2005 Private Equity Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at the James L. Allen Center at the campus of Northwestern Evanston. The conference creates an open, interactive forum for students, alumni and principal investment professionals to discuss trends and lessons learned, as well as debate current hot topics in the private equity industry. The conference will examine investing in specific industries, ranging from early stage to late stage investing, as well as focus on alternative forms of private equity such as mezzanine and distressed investing. Kirkland partner Meg Gibson will moderate the Corporate VC panel addressing "Why Venture Capital Investing by Corporations Makes Sense." The panel will examine the strategic and financial relevancy of venture capital investments by large corporations.