Studies show that diversity is a social good and good for business. But the
percentage of senior employees who are women at private equity firms
“Unacceptable,” said McGuireWoods partner
Amber Walsh, who spearheaded creation of the firm’s
Women in Private Equity and Finance Initiative with the help of women lawyers from McGuireWoods’ corporate practices in
the U.S. and London and enthusiastic support from senior leadership and
practice chairs throughout the firm.
“There’s a critical need to build and expand business relationships to
promote the advancement of women in the private equity and lending
sectors,” said Walsh, chair of McGuireWoods’ Healthcare Department.
As part of the
initiative, women investors from PE firms and McGuireWoods lawyers come
together to facilitate relationship-building through industry-focused
events that provide substantive educational and networking opportunities to
help expand business opportunities. McGuireWoods also connects women
investors with women business owners through a network database built by
Thought leadership is another avenue for women in PE to highlight their
knowledge. So the initiative spotlights women leaders in private equity as
part of its
“Women in Private Equity to Know” series — Q&As that profile women leaders and inspire other women to
pursue PE careers.
To recommend a woman in PE for a future profile, email Amber Walsh at email@example.com.