PEWIN Marks 10-year Anniversary with Award Ceremony in New York
New York, New York — The Private Equity Women Investment Network (PEWIN), a membership organization for senior women leaders in private equity dedicated to advancing diversity and forming business relationships among women investors in the private equity industry, held its 10th anniversary all members meeting in New York.
As part of the celebration, PEWIN hosted its annual signature panel of female Chief Investment Officers from The Carnegie Corporation, New York University, Trinity Wall Street and Mercy Health, who shared insights into their investment strategies and priorities for their respective private equity portfolios. The sold out event included over 100 senior women who came together to celebrate this important milestone anniversary for PEWIN.
In her opening remarks, Kelly Williams, Chair and CEO of PEWIN, said that the organization has grown dramatically over the past 10 years and now has approximately 550 members globally, who are committed to expanding the amount of capital under control of women-led managers. “PEWIN members include the some of the most influential thought leaders in the private equity industry and we are encouraged to see our membership grow every year. PEWIN has chapters throughout the US, Asia, Europe and Africa and we have hosted 27 events in the past year. PEWIN is so pleased to provide a forum and platform for thought provoking discussions among the most senior women investors in the industry.” Williams also announced that Kate Mitchell had agreed to take on the role of Vice Chair and Co-CEO of PEWIN effectively immediately. The two will work closely together to continue to chart the path for the organization.
A number of private equity firms participated in recognizing PEWIN on this auspicious occasion, including TPG, KKR, The Carlyle Group, Kayne Anderson, The Riverside Companies, Blackstone, Providence Equity, W Capital, Welsh Carson and SilverLake. PEWIN capped off the evening by presenting awards to outstanding women who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased diversity. Awards were given in the category of Limited Partner, Women- owned General Partner and General Partner, each of whom were recognized for working to advance women in the industry. The Limited Partner award went to each of The Carnegie Corporation of New York and Maryland State Retirement System. Avante Mezzanine Partners was recognized in the women-owned category and Scale Venture Partners was recognized in the General Partner category. The PEWIN visionary award was presented to Kelly Williams for her leadership of PEWIN and her commitment to increasing the profile of women in the industry.
Speaking at the reception, Eileen Mancera Senior Managing Director at Kayne Anderson, encouraged PEWIN members continue prying open the door of opportunity for the next generation of women in the industry, saying “we have been trailblazers, clearing the path for so many other women in finance. it has been a tremendous ten years and the time is now to double down on women for the next ten.” At the event, PEWIN announced a new mentorship and education partnership with Girls Who Invest to help advance the shared goal of having 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030.