NAIC Perspectives

Women in Private Equity

Perspectives is a video web series hosted by the National Association of Investment Companies that provides a look into the world of diverse investment managers and the industries in which they do business. Important industry news, the latest trends, and groundbreaking transactions are discussed by the industry professionals and influential deal-makers who make them happen.  Select a topic below to view videos related to that topic.

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Women in Private Equity

A Viable Career Path For Women Equity
Alisa Amarosa Wood
Alisa Amarosa Wood, Member, Client and Partner Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., says women make up only about 18% of the entire private equity industry, and roughly 9% of the senior levels. A greater emphasis on communicating to women the viability of a career choice in private equity while they’re in school as well as greater tools, resources and retention programs at firms could go a long way towards improving these numbers.
Problems with the Pipeline
Maha Eltobgy
The lack of female representation within the private equity industry is a result of a problem with the entire pipeline – applying for a job, being interviewed, retained and promoted. Maha Eltobgy, Head of Investors Industries, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC, says there are few women represented in every phase of that process, giving the impression that this is an industry not very friendly to women.
Recruiting Women to Private Equity
Melody Rollins
Melody Rollins, Partner and Head of Client Service & Business Development of Brightwood Capital Advisors, explains why there are so few women in the private equity industry and what can be done to ensure a healthy pipeline of female talent to recruit and retain at firms of all sizes. Brightwood provides flexible capital solutions to U.S. based small to medium-sized enterprises
It Begins with Intentionality
Patricia Miller Zollar
To see greater female representation within the private equity industry, according to Patricia Miller Zollar, Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, there must be a marshalling of resources directed towards greater representation. She also lays out some of the things firms need to do to help recruit and retain greater numbers of female professionals.
Getting The Message Out To Women
Alisa Amarosa Wood
When it comes to recruiting best-in-class talented women into the private equity industry, there’s a bit of a communication breakdown. Alisa Amarosa Wood, Member, Client and Partner Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. details some of the industry efforts under way to market to, recruit and mentor women to order reduce the current gender gap.
A Complex Multi Pronged Issue
Bronwyn D. Bailey
The reasons for the dearth of women in the private equity industry is twofold, according to Bronwyn D. Bailey, Vice President – Research & Investor Relations, American Investment Council. The greatest contributors to this underrepresentation are recruitment practices that have looked to the same sources for talent over the years and a lack of programs and policies within firms that help with retaining those already in the industry.