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PEWIN Foundation Announces Its First Grant Recipient: Girls Who Invest

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PEWIN Foundation, the non-profit arm of Private Equity Women Investor Network, announced the recipient of its first grant: Girls Who Invest (GWI). Launched in 2019, PEWIN Foundation leverages the philanthropic power of senior women in private equity to advance gender equality. Only 6% of senior private equity leaders are women, and only 6% of the largest institutional money managers are led by women chief investment officers. GWI aims to bring more women and non-binary individuals into investment and leadership roles through education, mentoring, and internships.

Kelly Williams, Chair of PEWIN Foundation and Founding Chair of Private Equity Women Investor Network stated, “We are thrilled to provide PEWIN Foundation’s inaugural grant to Girls Who Invest. The GWI experience inspires more women to enter the investment industry and provides a solid educational foundation for their participants, who may not have otherwise considered a career in investing.”

The PEWIN Foundation 2023 grant of $15,000 will help support the financial needs of college students interning at private fund managers and institutional investors through GWI’s Summer Intensive Program. To determine the grant recipient, PEWIN Foundation vetted multiple candidates against the criteria established by the Foundation’s mission. Members of the Private Equity Women Investor Network’s Steering Committee provided the initial contributions to launch the Foundation and funded the inaugural grant to GWI. The Foundation’s expanded fundraising efforts aim to increase future grants.

“It’s such an honor and privilege to work hand in hand with the esteemed organizations represented by members of the Private Equity Women’s Investment Network to increase representation within the industry,” said Katherine Jollon Colsher, President and CEO at Girls Who Invest. “We continue to see a strong interest in private equity from our scholars and alumni, and with PEWIN Foundation’s support, we’re excited to further support this interest and maximize our community’s impact within the space.”

The Foundation’s partnership with GWI comprises both near-term funding and long-term commitment to educating college women and non-binary individuals about private equity.

About the PEWIN Foundation. The PEWIN Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose volunteer leadership are members of the Private Equity Women’s Investor Network, the membership organization of senior women in private markets. The PEWIN Foundation’s mission aims to leverage the philanthropic power of women in private equity to advance gender equality and illuminate the impact of diversity across the financial services industry.

Mission-driven activities of the PEWIN Foundation will focus on supporting career development and education, economic equality, and entrepreneurship, under the brand, Powered by PEWIN. https://www.pewin.org/initiative/foundation/

About Girls Who Invest.

Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the investment management industry by attracting and advancing women investors, changemakers, and leaders. They are changing the face of investing through education, mentoring, internships, and a supportive, motivated community and have reached a community of nearly 2,000 alumni in just seven years.

GWI enables college students to explore investment management careers through its two tuition-free educational programs. The Summer Intensive Program combines in-residence academic training led by top university professors with a guaranteed paid internship at one of more than 100 leading investment management firms. The Online Intensive Program is self-directed and asynchronous, allowing independent learners the opportunity to master finance and investing fundamentals at their own pace from renowned training organizations.

The GWI Career Institute focuses on the long-term professional development, retention, and advancement of our alumni in investment management. GWI provides career advisory services, community building, and connections for our alumni at all stages in their careers.

Girls Who Invest’s vision is for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030. www.girlswhoinvest.org

PEWIN Announces 2023 Annual LP/GP Awards Recipients

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the preeminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, has announced the winners of its 2023 LP/GP awards. The awards were presented at PEWIN’s Annual All Members Meeting with over 150 members attending in person in Chicago.

The PEWIN Annual Awards recognizes outstanding organizations who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased gender diversity in four categories: Female Founded/Led Emerging Firm of the Year, Female Founded/Led Established Firm of the Year, Limited Partner of the Year and General Partner of the Year, and in two regions: North American and International. The firms are nominated by PEWIN Members and voted on by the PEWIN Steering Committee.

Dana Johns, Board Chair, PEWIN, said of the awards, “PEWIN is incredibly pleased to recognize Lightspring Capital Partners, Chicago Pacific Founders, Ardian, MassPRIM, Asia Alternatives, Vista Equity Partners and Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India, each of whom are leaders in empowering women in private equity. We are also grateful for the tremendous contributions of this year’s Member of the Year, Joanne Yoo, who is the Board Secretary, Membership Co-Chair, and Africa and Europe Leader of PEWIN and a Partner at Development Partners International (DPI).”

Anna Ferguson and Stacey Seltzer, Awards Committee Co-Chairs, presented the awards to the winners at the Awards Reception held on July 24, 2023 in Chicago. “The PEWIN leadership is very pleased to recognise the efforts that the winners have put into empowering women in private equity and venture capital. It is truly impressive to see the great work that they, and all those that were nominated, are doing in supporting gender diversity and the positive impact this has on the industry.”

PEWIN Announces 2022 Annual LP/GP Awards Recipients

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the preeminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, has announced the winners of its 2022 LP/GP awards. The awards were presented at PEWIN’s Annual All Members Meeting with over 200 members attending in person in New York and virtually.

“Seeing these impressive award winners highlights the impact female leaders are making across the PE industry and the value of having this incredible network of senior women as members of PEWIN.”

The PEWIN Annual Awards recognizes outstanding organizations who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased gender diversity in three categories: Female Founded/Led Firm of the Year, Limited Partner of the Year and General Partner of the Year, and in two regions: North American and International. The firms are nominated by 1000+ PEWIN members and voted on by the PEWIN Steering Committee. In past years, these awards have recognized the following outstanding institutions: 1315 Capital, Ancala, Asia Alternatives, Avante Capital Partners, Beringea, CalPERS, Development Partners International (DPI), Kinzie Capital Partners, Lightspeed, Luminate Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, TPG, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Hamilton Lane, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Riverside Company, Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the Cambridge University Endowment Fund.

Kirsty McGuire, Executive Director of PEWIN, said of the awards, “PEWIN is so pleased to recognize Turning Rock Partners, Hadean Ventures, MetLife Investment Management, Commonfund, Advent International and Eurazeo, each of whom are leaders in empowering women in private equity. We are also grateful for the tremendous contributions of this year’s Member of the Year, Jill Kitazaki, who is the Co-President of PEWIN and President at Denning & Company.”

Kate Mitchell, Vice Chair of PEWIN, presented the awards to the winners at the Awards Ceremony held on September 22, 2022 in New York. “Seeing these impressive award winners highlights the impact female leaders are making across the PE industry and the value of having this incredible network of senior women as members of PEWIN.”

PEWIN Announces 2021 Annual LP/GP Awards Recipients

Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the pre-eminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, has announced the winners of its 2021 LP/GP awards. The awards were presented at PEWIN’s 13th Annual All Members Meeting with over 200 members attending.

“This year’s award recipients build upon the legacy of our past winners in continuing to grow the amount of private equity activity driven by women. We are thrilled to celebrate the important role they play in transforming the private equity landscape.”

The PEWIN annual awards program recognizes outstanding organizations who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased gender diversity in three categories: Female Founded Firm of the Year, Limited Partner of the Year and General Partner of the Year, and in two regions: North American and International. The firms are nominated by PEWIN membership and voted on by the PEWIN Steering Committee. In past years, these awards have recognized the following outstanding institutions: Avante Capital Partners, Beringea, Development Partners International (DPI), Kinzie Capital Partners, Luminate Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, TPG, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Hamilton Lane, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Riverside Company, and Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Kirsty McGuire, Executive Director of PEWIN, said of the awards, “PEWIN is so pleased to recognize 1315 Capital, Asia Alternatives, CalPERS, the Cambridge University Endowment Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Ancala Partners, each of whom are leaders in empowering women in private equity. We are also grateful for the tremendous contributions of this year’s Member of the Year, Dana Johns, who is Co-CEO of PEWIN and a Senior Portfolio Manager at Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.”

Kelly Williams, Founding Chair of PEWIN, said, “This year’s award recipients build upon the legacy of our past winners in continuing to grow the amount of private equity activity driven by women. We are thrilled to celebrate the important role they play in transforming the private equity landscape.”

Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN) Names Kirsty McGuire as Executive Director

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PEWIN (Private Equity Women Investor Network) has announced the appointment of Kirsty McGuire, former General Counsel of the StepStone Group, as its first Executive Director. McGuire will complement PEWIN’s existing leadership team, which includes Kelly Williams (Chair), Kate Mitchell (Vice Chair), Krista Hatcher and Dana Johns (Co-Chief Executive Officers), Jill Kitazaki and Joanne Yoo (Co-Presidents), Iris Zhao-Fiorello (Secretary), and Sarah Corr (Treasurer).

“Kirsty brings energy and vision to support PEWIN’s leadership and will accelerate the momentum the organization has achieved to date”

“Kirsty has a long history of demonstrating her passion for PEWIN’s mission to increase the profile of women in private equity, including active engagement with PEWIN’s recent sponsorship campaign,” said Kelly Williams, Founding Chair, PEWIN. “This is a major milestone for PEWIN, as it continues to be the most trusted and supportive network for senior women in the private equity industry since 2008. Today we have over 800 members in 11 chapters around the world.”

“Kirsty brings energy and vision to support PEWIN’s leadership and will accelerate the momentum the organization has achieved to date,” said PEWIN’s Vice Chair Kate Mitchell. “She will be driving some of our most successful initiatives including PEWIN’s accelerator program, Project Pinklight, which has mentored 26 fund managers who have raised $1.8 billion across 16 funds, the annual CIO Roundtables, the Toigo Rise mentorship program and the PEWIN Foundation.”

McGuire is a seasoned corporate attorney and business-minded advisor with over 18 years of experience structuring and closing sophisticated commercial transactions both in-house and within major US law firms on behalf of publicly traded and privately held domestic and international organizations. Kirsty was formerly the General Counsel of the StepStone Group. Prior to joining StepStone, McGuire was a corporate attorney with over 11 years of experience at leading firms including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paul Hastings and Credit Suisse. McGuire also serves as a committee member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She received her JD with honors from the George Washington University Law School and her BS in Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and Management from the University of Virginia.

“I have been an active member of PEWIN for many years. I am thrilled to help lead PEWIN and empower the most senior women in private equity,” said McGuire. “PEWIN members are some of the most remarkable and highly engaged women in financial services. It is an extraordinary network of women with so much opportunity and impact. My goal is to help grow this organization and expand PEWIN’s reach globally as the premier membership organization for women in this space – it is an unparalleled network built by women for women.”

PEWIN Announces 2020 Annual LP/GP Awards Recipients

 

New York, NY; September 23, 2020 – Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the pre-eminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, has announced the winners of its 2020 LP/GP awards. The awards were presented at PEWIN’s 12th Annual All Members Virtual Meeting. It was their first virtual meeting with over 200 members attending.

The PEWIN annual awards program recognizes outstanding organizations who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased gender diversity in three categories: Female Founded Firm of the Year, Limited Partner of the Year and General Partner of the Year, and in two regions: North American and International. The firms are nominated by PEWIN membership and voted by the PEWIN Steering Committee. In past years, these awards have recognized the following outstanding institutions: 1315 Capital, Avante Capital Partners, Luminate Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, The Riverside Company and The Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Kelly Williams, Founding Chair and co-CEO of PEWIN said of the awards, “PEWIN is so pleased to recognize Kinzie Capital, Development Partners International (DPI), Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Hamilton Lane, TPG and Beringea, each of whom are leading by example in their support, promotion and amplification of the outstanding women investors who exist in the global private equity industry. Through the efforts of each of these firms, it is our hope that the amount of assets under management by women in the industry will continue to increase, as they demonstrate the outstanding returns achieved by women investors especially during these unprecedented times.”

51Labs VLog: Pioneer & One of the Most Powerful Women in Finance – Kelly Williams

Jordan Selleck, Founder, 51 Labs, interviewed PEWIN Founder and Co-CEO Kelly Williams

Project PINKLIGHT
PE accelerator program for women-led funds
Formalized support, including: Panel of LPs & GPs for cold pitches
Feedback on fund structure
Toolkit (e.g., references, potential LPs, diligence questionnaires)

First two funds:
Kinzie Capital Partners, LLC, led by Suzanne Yoon
Prelude Growth Partners, co-founded by Neda Daneshzadeh

PINKLIGHT started by Kelly Williams, Founding Chair and Co-CEO of Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the pre-eminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity.

LP insight –> Teacher Retirement System of Texas now has 12 female managers in their portfolio

Video –> Brendan McCarthy

51 Labs is a NY-based marketing agency focused on middle-market private equity, investment banking firms, lenders, and other service providers. Jordan Selleck (Founder) is a recovering banker turned serial entrepreneur. He also founded a non-profit helping Navy SEALs get jobs. His wife, Jing, supported the family for two years while having their first child and holding a demanding job in corporate law.

Connect with Jordan Selleck on LinkedIn or email

PEWIN Announces 2019 Annual Awards Recipients

New York, NY; May 22, 2019 – Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the pre-eminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, has announced the winners of its 2019 awards. The awards were presented at PEWIN’s 11th Annual All Members Meeting in San Francisco, California on May 22, 2019.

The PEWIN annual awards program recognizes outstanding organizations who are transforming the private equity industry by supporting increased gender diversity in three categories: Women-Owned Firm, Limited Partner and General Partner. The firms are nominated by PEWIN membership and voted by the PEWIN Steering Committee.

Kelly Williams, Founding Chair and co-CEO of PEWIN said of the awards, “PEWIN is so pleased to recognize Luminate Capital, 1315 Capital, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and The Riverside Company, each of whom are leading by example in their support, promotion and amplification of the outstanding women investors who exist in the private equity industry. Through the efforts of each of these firms, it is our hope that the amount of assets under management by women in the industry will continue to increase, as they demonstrate the outstanding returns achieved by women investors.”

Women-Owned Firm of the Year

An award given to firms that are majority-owned by a woman or women and manage third party capital. Two women-owned firms are sharing this honor this year: 1315 Capital and Luminate Capital.

1315 Capital

“We are grateful to the members of PEWIN for the support we have received since the inception of 1315 Capital. Our focus from the very beginning has been on providing expansion and growth capital to healthcare companies, and we now have over $500 million under management across two funds. PEWIN’s Project Pinklight formalizes aspects of the support and guidance that was instrumental in getting 1315 Capital off the ground.”

Luminate Capital Partners

“Our team at Luminate is working hard to establish our firm as a leader in the software private equity market and deliver returns for our investors,” commented Hollie Haynes, Founder and Managing Partner. “We have been honored to have the help and support of a tremendous group of early supporters from the Limited Partner community including members of PEWin.”

LP of the Year Award

An award given to an institutional limited partner who has demonstrated commitment to encouraging and supporting female investors in the private equity industry. The recipient of the 2019 LP of the Year award is the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Teachers Retirement System of Texas

“Teacher Retirement System of Texas is thrilled to receive PEWIN’s LP of the Year Award. TRS takes great pride incorporating diversity & inclusion initiatives into all touchpoints of our investment and cultural strategies. This is exemplified through the increasing number of women-owned firms involved in TRS’ Emerging Manager Program, now at 12 managers. Furthermore, TRS also has over $2 Billion committed in Real Estate to the woman-owned Banner Oak Capital Partners,” commented CIO Jerry Albright.

“Internally, TRS also benefits the talents of the next generation of female leaders throughout our Private Markets programs which put the focus on TRS as a partner of choice. Some highlights of our success in this area include senior women on Private Equity and Real Estate Teams. Furthermore, TRS has a woman leading the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure portfolio and Special Opportunities portfolio. It also should be noted that the past two recipients of TRS’ internal Investor of the Year have been women. Thank you for recognizing TRS’ commitment as top contributing LP.”

GP of the Year Award

An award given to a private equity firm that has demonstrated a commitment to advancement of women in the industry through its own internal practices as well as through its investment portfolio. The recipient of the 2019 GP of the Year award is The Riverside Company.

The Riverside Company

“We’re proud of the leadership role that women play within our firm and our industry,” said The Riverside Company Co-CEO Stewart Kohl. “We’re convinced that we are a better firm because of it. We embrace diversity and inclusion in all forms both within Riverside and at our portfolio companies because we know it significantly enhances our core mission of value creation.”

Four PEWIN Women Raise a Total of $1.5 Billion for their Respective Funds

New York The Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), the pre-eminent organization for senior-level women investment professionals in private equity, announces that PEWIN Members – Adele Oliva (1315 Capital), Hollie Haynes (Luminate Capital Partners), Kristina Heinze (ParkerGale) and Kate Mitchell (Scale Venture Partners) – have each successfully closed a new fund.

“When we launched PEWIN over a decade ago, certain business magazines claimed that there were only four top women working in private equity. We set out to create an organization to help change this dynamic and this perception,” explained Kelly Williams, the Founder, Co-CEO, and Chairman of PEWIN. Today, PEWIN is a global organization with over 600 members representing institutions with over $2.5 trillion in assets under management. Supporting diversity has become increasingly critical in private equity and venture capital as studies show that diverse-owned private equity firms outperform their relevant benchmarks.

“We are so proud of Adele, Hollie, Kristina, and Kate, who have all each successfully raised multiple funds. These incredible women have led the charge of change, setting an example for our membership and the industry of what can be accomplished,” said Krista Hatcher, PEWIN President.

Given that nine out of ten fund managers are male according to Morningstar, these successes represent notable progress and are representative of the talent of the 600+ PEWIN members around the world.

PEWIN Steering Committee member Adele Oliva, is a Founding Partner of 1315 Capital, LLC, an expansion and growth equity firm that invests in commercial-stage medical technology, healthcare service, and specialty pharmaceutical companies. 1315 Capital raised over $300 million for its second fund, bringing total assets under management to $500 million. Adele commented, “Over the last decade as an active member of PEWIN and attending the Women’s Private Equity Summit, I had the opportunity to build deep relationships with limited partners and general partners. Their advice and guidance were invaluable in the founding of 1315 Capital.”

PEWIN member Hollie Haynes is the Founder and Managing Partner of San Francisco-based Luminate Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in growing enterprise software companies. Luminate successfully raised $430 million for its second fund and now manages over $700 million. We are very pleased with the investor response to Fund II which exceeded our expectations,” Holly commented. The new fund was much easier to raise than the first, which, she said, took nearly three years and 500 LP meetings.

PEWIN Events Committee member and Partner Kristina Heinze is a founding member of the Chicago-based private equity firm ParkerGale, LLC, which focuses on investing in profitable, founder-owned technology companies and corporate carve-outs. ParkerGale closed its second fund at $375 million, exceeding the original target of $300 million, and now manages over $600 million. Kristina commented, “The overwhelming interest we received for the fund is a satisfying recognition of what we are building here at ParkerGale. We are excited to start looking for new companies to add to the ParkerGale family over the next few years.”

PEWIN’s Co-CEO and Vice Chair and Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley-based firm Scale Venture Partners Kate Mitchell invests in software companies that are looking to scale. Scale Ventures raised its sixth fund and has backed successful, high growth companies, including ExactTarget (Salesforce), DocuSign, RingCentral (NYSE: RNG), and Box (NYSE: BOX). According to Kate, “Fund VI is a $400 million fund that will continue our strategy of investing in software companies that are creating the future of work”. Founded in 2000, Scale Venture has more than $1 billion under management.

PEWIN Launches Boston Chapter

Boston – 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 the inaugural event for its new Boston Chapter on November 1.

The more than 40 guests included senior women investors from across New England, representing a good mix of both General Partners across private equity strategies and Limited Partners from endowments, pensions, fund of funds, consultant gatekeepers, wealth managers and other organizations. PEWIN hosts numerous member events each year globally, which focus on networking and education for its members. PEWIN also actively supports women-oriented causes and organizations, particularly in the field of finance. The PEWIN Boston Chapter co-chairs are Geraldine Alias, Portfolio Manager at Choate Investment Advisors, and Sarah Samuels, Managing Director at Wellesley College.

To launch this new Chapter, Kelly Williams, Chair and CEO of PEWIN, joined the event to discuss the mission, growth and success of the organization over the past ten years. She commented “we are excited to welcome our colleagues from Boston to PEWIN. The growth of the organization over the past 10 years evidences the deep desire of women leaders in our industry to come together and support each other and continue to encourage women to seek careers in Private Equity.”

Founded in 2008, PEWIN has grown substantially over the past decade and today has nearly 600 members around the world committed to expanding opportunities for senior women in Private Equity to network and find ways of doing business together, with the goal of attracting and keeping women in the industry. Members are Managing Directors, Partners, or in roles of similar responsibility at their respective firms. With the opening of the Boston Chapter, PEWIN now has a presence in 10 locations across the United States, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.