Putting female talent centre stage

Our inaugural list celebrates the impact and success of women in private markets.

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Louise Fordham (left) and Helen Lewer

That women are under-represented in the private equity industry, and particularly at senior level, will not come as a surprise to anyone.

At more than eight in 10 private equity managers, 30 percent or fewer front-office roles are held by women, according to EY’s 2021 Global Private Equity Survey. Meanwhile, the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and Level 20’s latest Diversity and Inclusion Report found that women make up just 10 percent of senior investment roles among the UK and European private equity and venture capital firms they surveyed. And while progress is slowly being made, we are still a long way from gender parity in the industry.

With statistics like these ringing in our ears, we set out to launch a report that would shine a light on the many talented women working in alternative assets. We wanted to put their achievements front and centre, and create a space to amplify their voices, highlighting their experiences and sharing insights on their areas of expertise.

At the heart of this report lies the inaugural Women of Influence in Private Markets, published this week – a list of 60 trailblazing women who stood out for their achievements over the last year, as well as over the course of their careers more widely. These women were selected by our editorial teams from more than 680 nominations. While the volume of nominations was staggering, the breadth of female talent in the industry was not at all unexpected. Although we could only pick 60 women for the list, the variety of their achievements and the calibre of all the nominees put forward are testament to women’s ongoing contribution to private markets.

Over the course of this report, you can learn more about the 60 individuals who made it onto this year’s Women of Influence list, discover how firms are stepping up their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and hear from an array of talented women who give their perspectives on the latest developments in private markets.

We hope you enjoy reading the report as much as we did making it.