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DealBook Comes to the DealBook Summit

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Winners are grinners: Jessica Estevez and James Lebenthal are at the Times DealBook Summit to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the paper.

More than 100 of the media and finance business’s best and brightest gather on Friday in Union Square Park to enjoy cocktails and conversation, and to chew over the business of M&A and IPOs.

If you’re not familiar with DealBook, the six-month-old staff initiative for the Times’ Business section, you haven’t been keeping up with where the financial and political arms of the newsroom intersect in new ways.

The program brings together David Leonhardt, Matt Bai, and Rachel Gadbois for conversations with business leaders, investors, and lawyers.

As if DealBook weren’t a prerequisite for the experience, additional sessions will be moderated by reporters Robin Pogrebin, Brian Stelter, and Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Two new sessions added to the lineup include a panel on diversity, hosted by a panel on venture capital, where they will discuss the perceived lack of women from different backgrounds on venture capital boards, their ways of countering the stereotype, and how these directors are driving social change.

“It’s certainly not our goal to ask and answer about whether women should be on venture capital boards,” said Katelin Tilden, one of the panelists. “My question is what can we do about it?”

Andrew Ross Sorkin will moderate the session, called Ideas ‘Wall Street’ Favors.

The other new session adds a finance pitch competition, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the children’s area.

Get there early to keep as well as the best seats and a two-for-one cocktail special at the Time Out Market, featuring cookies by Ben & Jerry’s.

It is the largest gathering of power brokers in recent memory to host a multiday event in the area. Beyond the parties, speeches, and ribbon-cutting, there will be more than 90 real estate deals and IPOs, with more to come.

“Perennially, New York is the global center of corporate deals and entertainment,” said Paul Brubaker, deputy editor of DealBook. “But we are seeing it is becoming the global center of financial, tech, and media deals.”

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