Blackstone Blog

  • May 06, 2015

    Second Annual Blackstone Industrial Energy Summit Held at Gates Corporation

    Last week, Blackstone held its second annual Industrial Energy Summit, a summit that brings together companies from across Blackstone’s portfolio to share best practices, techniques and tools with the goal of improving energy performance and reducing costs. This year, the summit was hosted at Blackstone portfolio company Gates Corporation in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Six other Blackstone portfolio companies were also in attendance, including Service King Collision Repairs Centers, PGI Specialty Repairs, Performance Food Group, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Utility One Source, and Acushnet Company. The companies came together to focus on energy challenges that transcend sector, and to apply their proven solutions across the portfolio.
  • May 06, 2015

    Blackstone Employees Volunteer with New York Cares

    Last weekend, 98 Blackstone employees from across the firm volunteered with New York Cares to help clean-up and revitalize New York’s Riverside Park. Together, the Blackstone team beautified a half an acre of the park, filling 5 truckloads with woody debris and planting 110 Sumac plants.
  • Apr 28, 2015

    Blackstone Hosts 2015 Future Women Leaders Program in New York and London

    This month, Blackstone hosted the 2015 Future Women Leader’s Program for undergraduate women at our New York and London offices. This marks the 3rd class of Future Women Leaders in New York and the inaugural class in London. The program is designed to give sophomore women early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking opportunities, and skill-building sessions.
  • Apr 27, 2015

    Introducing the Blackstone Working Parents Network

    Last fall, the firm launched the Blackstone Working Parents Network, a wellbeing initiative being piloted at Blackstone’s London office. The goal of this program is to support Blackstone parents as they balance their family lives with fulfilling careers.
  • Apr 23, 2015

    Blackstone Extends Maternity Leave to 16 Weeks

    As reported today in the Wall Street Journal, Blackstone is proud to announce that the firm’s maternity leave has been extended to 16 weeks in support of the many exceptional women at the firm and those we hope to attract. The financial services industry has historically struggled to recruit and retain women, but by instituting robust policies that support working mothers and all employees as they integrate their work and family responsibilities, we hope to help make asset management a more attractive industry for women. Our hardworking employees balance incredibly active lives, and Blackstone is proud to support important priorities both in the workplace and at home.
  • Apr 10, 2015

    Center Parcs Announces Plan to Build Holiday Village in Ireland

    Last week, Blackstone portfolio company Center Parcs announced plans to develop a €200 million holiday village on a 375-acre site in Ireland. The project, expected to open in 2019, will create 750 jobs during construction followed 1,000 permanent jobs, and is estimated to contribute €32 million annually to Irish GDP once operational. To read the full press release, please click here.
  • Apr 02, 2015

    Blackstone’s Sean Klimczak Named to World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2015

    Blackstone’s Sean Klimczak has been named a member of the 2015 class of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. This group is selected from around the world and from all sectors of society in recognition of their outstanding leadership, through which they have demonstrated their commitment to improving the state of the world.
  • Mar 19, 2015

    Steve Schwarzman: What I’ve Learned

    Blackstone’s Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Steve Schwarzman recently visited his alma mater, Harvard Business School, to speak with a group of 60 HBS women and participate in an interview with Professor Josh Lerner as part of the 21st annual Venture Capital & Private Equity conference. Below, we’ve compiled some of the lessons that Steve shared during those conversations.
  • Mar 18, 2015

    Family Wealth Report Names Blackstone “Best Alternative Asset Manager”

    Last week, Blackstone was proud to receive the “Best Alternative Asset Manager” award at the Family Wealth Report awards ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, awarded to an investment manager with an alternative investments range suitable for the high net worth community. To view the full list of awards, click here.
  • Mar 17, 2015

    Annual Chairman's Letter 2014: The Art of the Long View

    “Blackstone has always been managed with a perspective of achieving successful growth over the long-term … Our management has consistently sought to focus on the best outcomes for our businesses and investments over a period of years rather than on the short-term impact.”
  • Mar 04, 2015

    Blackstone’s 2015 Future Women Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications

    Blackstone’s Future Women Leaders Program is a unique 1.5 day experience among financial firms, giving current sophomore women (graduating in 2017) early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking, and skill-building sessions.
  • Feb 20, 2015

    BX WIN Volunteers with SEO Scholars

    Since September 2014, seven Blackstone employees, all members of BX WIN, have volunteered as one-on-one mentors for 11th grade students through SEO Scholars. SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college, with a 95% college graduation rate.
  • Feb 19, 2015

    Blackstone’s Joan Solotar Speaks with Australian Financial Review’s Tony Boyd

    Blackstone’s Joan Solotar, Head of External Relations and Strategy, was recently interviewed by the Australian Financial Review. “I would love to have more women in my meetings,” she says. Read the full article and learn more about Blackstone’s effort to recruit and retain talented women at the firm.
  • Jan 15, 2015

    Byron Wien’s Surprise for 2045: A More Peaceful World

    Every January for the past 30 years, Byron Wien has published his “Ten Surprises” for the coming year – ten events that the average investor would only assign a one out of three chance of taking place, but which Byron believes is “probable,” having a better than 50% likelihood of happening.
  • Dec 23, 2014

    Congratulations to Kyle Negrete: 2014 Peter G. Peterson Award Recipient

    The 2014 recipient of the Peter G. Peterson Award for Excellence in Business and Community Service is Kyle Negrete, an Analyst at GSO. The Peterson Award honors the many contributions of Blackstone’s Co-Founder, Peter G. Peterson, and is given annually to an employee who has shown a deep commitment to excellence inside and outside the firm. Recipients are nominated by their peers and chosen by Blackstone’s Executive Committee.
  • Dec 22, 2014

    Blackstone Named "Private Equity Firm of the Year" by The Oil Council

    The Oil Council, the world’s largest network of oil and gas executives, recently named Blackstone “Private Equity Firm of the Year.” To view the full list of awards, click here.
  • Dec 17, 2014

    Blackstone 2014 Global Volunteer Days

    In 2014, Blackstone employees worldwide gave back to their local communities through Blackstone’s Global Volunteer Days organized around the world. Over the course of the year, more than 1,100 Blackstone employees from eight of our offices participated in volunteer events, donating a total of 3,963 hours to various organizations.
  • Dec 12, 2014

    Blackstone Participates in Movember to Raise Funds for Men’s Health

    More than 40 employees from across business groups at Blackstone recently participated in the Movember Foundation’s annual campaign, which “challenges men to grow moustaches during the month of Movember (formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs,” which support men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Attends First Meeting of National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, recently attended the first organizational meeting of the 2014-2016 National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on which she was selected to serve. NACIE advises the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.
  • Dec 09, 2014

    Blackstone Honored at the 2014 American Financial Technology Awards, CTO Bill Murphy Wins “Best Technology Executive, Buy Side”

    For the second year in a row, Blackstone was the only firm to win multiple awards at the American Financial Technology Awards (AFTAs). Hosted by Waters Magazine at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Monday evening, winning the “Best Technology Executive, Buy Side” award was Blackstone’s Chief Technology Officer, Bill Murphy, and "Best IT Integration Initiative” award for “BX Workflows,” which streamlined business processes for Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, which Blackstone acquired in 2013. The AFTAs recognize excellence in the deployment and management of financial technology within the asset management and investment banking communities.