Women in Alternatives: In, Up and Beyond

NAIC developed the Women in Alternatives (WIA) initiative to improve the representation of diverse female professionals in the alternative investment industry.

Our Goal

Increase Female Representation in the Alternative Investment Industry

A 2023 study by Preqin, a leading provider of data in the alternatives industry, reported that females represent only:


Of All Professionals in the Alternative Investment Industry



Of Professionals in Senior Positions

Supporting Diverse Women in All Stages of Their Careers

Through partnerships with the American Investment Council (AIC) and The Robert Toigo Foundation, we created a three-part In, Up, and Beyond strategy to support ethnically diverse women in all stages of their careers.


Getting a broader number of ethnically diverse women “In” the industry.

Paradigm Changers
Internship Program


Helping ethnically diverse women with 7-12 years of experience rise “Up” in their careers.

Up Fellowship Program
Mid-Career Mentorship


Providing training and support for women seeking to launch their own alternative investment firm.

Beyond Program
First-Time Fund Manager Support

To learn more about Women in Alternatives initiatives, please contact wia@naicpe.com.

Program Advisory Committee Members

Nina Boone
North America Leader, Diversity & Inclusion
Korn Ferry
Maria Jelescu Dreyfus
Founder & CEO
Ardinall Investment Management
Daphne Dufresne
Managing Partner
Kathlika Fontes
Director of Investor Relations
Grain Management
Renae Griffin
Executive Director
GCM Grosvenor
Jeri Harman
Founder & Chairman
Avante Capital Partners
Shana Johnson
Principal, Strategy, & Corporate Development
GCM Grosvenor
Maura Reilly Kennedy
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman Private Equity
Mina Pacheco Nazemi
Managing Director
Barings Alternative Investments
JoAnn H. Price
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Fairview Capital Partners
Carmen Rojas
Director of Investor Relations
GenNx360 Capital Partners
Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon
Managing Partner
Avante Capital Partners
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri
Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer
Nia Gandy White
Astra Capital Management

Thank You to Our Sponsors


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina McIntyre at tmcintyre@naicpe.com.