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Michelle L. Collins

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Happiness Is Self Sufficient And Thus The End Of Action.

Birthplace

Born:
3/27/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Happiness Is Self Sufficient And Thus The End Of Action.

Birthplace

Born:
3/27/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Michelle Lynn Collins was born on March 27, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1978, Collins graduated from the University of Chicago laboratory schools, where she attended since the first grade. She then went on to earn her undergraduate degree in economics from Yale University in 1982 and her M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1986.

Collins began her career in 1986 at William Blair & Company, a Chicago-based investment firm offering investment banking, asset management, equity research, institutional and private brokerage and private capital to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. Collins primarily advised clients on public equity offerings. Her clients were primarily in the direct marketing, distribution and retailing industries and included Henry Schein, Inc., CDW Corporation, Lands’ End, Inc., Coldwater Creek, Inc., and United Stationers, Inc., among other public and private companies. Collins also advised clients on mergers and acquisitions. In 1991, Collins advanced to become a Principal Partner in the Corporate Finance Department of William Blair & Company. In 1997, Collins left the company to start a private equity firm with John Svoboda, called Svoboda, Collins, L.L.C. From 1998 to 2006, Collins served as Managing Director of Svoboda Capital Partners, L.L.C. She was also an Advisory Board member and still serves in that capacity, although she no longer serves as the managing director. The firm focuses its investments on business service companies and value-added distribution businesses. It has over $250 million of capital under management which it invests in middle market companies either through management buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations, or growth equity investments. In addition, Collins was a board member and director of CDW Computer Centers, Inc., from 1996 to 2007. She served as CDW’s Audit Committee Chair for seven years and previously served on their Compensation Committee. From 1999 to 2004, Collins was a board member and a director of Coldwater Creek, Inc., a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, and gift items. Collins has been a board member and past president of Chicago Sinfonietta, helping to restructure the Sinfonietta’s business model and placing it on a more secure financial foundation. In 2003, Collins became a director and board member of Molex, Inc., a global manufacturer of electronics, electrical and fiber optic interconnection products and systems.

Collins is a trustee of The Field Museum, the Chicago Historical Society, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, the Erikson Institute, the Chicago Urban League, the YMCA, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Renaissance Schools Fund. Collins is also a member of several professional and civic organizations in Chicago, including The Chicago Network, The Chicago Finance Exchange, Women Corporate Directors, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and the Henry Crown Fellows Program of Aspen Institute.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michelle L. Collins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michelle L. Collins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michelle L. Collins describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michelle L. Collins describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michelle L. Collins describes her mother's community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michelle L. Collins describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michelle L. Collins describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michelle L. Collins talks about her surname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michelle L. Collins describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michelle L. Collins describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Michelle L. Collins describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michelle L. Collins recalls the role of music in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her parents' lessons about the importance of family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michelle L. Collins describes her parents' role in the South Side community of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michelle L. Collins talks about the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michelle L. Collins remembers her early interest in mathematics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her mentors at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michelle L. Collins remembers her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michelle L. Collins describes her high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michelle L. Collins describes her social life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Michelle L. Collins remembers her high school coursework at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Michelle L. Collins talks about her prom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michelle L. Collins talks about the Jackson Park Highlands District of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michelle L. Collins remembers the activism in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michelle L. Collins recalls the notable residents of the Jackson Park Highlands District of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michelle L. Collins remembers Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her classmates at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michelle L. Collins describes her coursework at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michelle L. Collins recalls joining the men's squash team at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michelle L. Collins remembers Yale University President A. Bartlett Giamatti
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michelle L. Collins recalls the notable figures at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michelle L. Collins describes her position at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Michelle L. Collins remembers her decision to attend the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her class at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michelle L. Collins describes her coursework at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michelle L. Collins remembers her professors at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michelle L. Collins reflects upon the importance of networking in business school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michelle L. Collins recalls joining William Blair and Company, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michelle L. Collins describes her role at William Blair and Company, LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michelle L. Collins describes her role at William Blair and Company, LLC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her colleagues at William Blair and Company, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michelle L. Collins describes her clients at William Blair and Company, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Michelle L. Collins recalls her work with McWhorter Technologies, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Michelle L. Collins describes her work with CDW Computer Centers, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Michelle L. Collins remembers founding Svoboda Collins, L.P.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Michelle L. Collins describes her work with Coldwater Creek, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Michelle L. Collins talks about her corporate board memberships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Michelle L. Collins describes her investment philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Michelle L. Collins remembers founding MC Advisory LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michelle L. Collins describes her work with minority business clients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michelle L. Collins talks about successful minority businesses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michelle L. Collins shares her advice for business students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michelle L. Collins reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michelle L. Collins describes her role at the Chicago Sinfonietta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michelle L. Collins describes her civic engagement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michelle L. Collins describes her involvement in professional organizations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michelle L. Collins reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michelle L. Collins reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Michelle L. Collins describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Michelle L. Collins talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Michelle L. Collins reflects upon the influence of her parents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Michelle L. Collins describes how she would like to be remembered