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Third Annual Women in Alternative Investments Career Forum

November 08, 2019
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
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Join WAVE for our third annual forum to learn, engage and network with industry veterans across the spectrum of careers (buyout, VC, LP, placement agents, FOFs, distressed, real estate, private credit) and continue to expand the "pipeline" of talented women in our industry.

The headlines and studies are pervasive on the gap in women in PE & VC and the value to diversity. The WAVE forum will provide a unified platform leveraging support from affiliated industry groups, to help encourage women to lean into and persist with the business. The forum will also efficiently help employers begin to solve the continued issue on finding qualified female candidates across all levels of our industry.

General registration is now available. Spots are limited, register today!

The student application process closed as of September 20, 2019.  Students were notified by October 7 if accepted. For any questions, please email [email protected]
Given the high volume of applications that WAVE received for this event, WAVE cannot provide feedback on submissions that were not accepted. All resumes (including those not selected for in-person attendance) will be included in a resume book provided to sponsors.

• Premier exposure to private equity professionals and undergrad through post-MBA students from around the country.
• Extensive networking opportunities.
• Increased brand recognition through event cross-promotion and event materials.
• Access to insights in the private equity industry through panel discussions and Roundtable discussions. Roundtables will be led by table captains, who will be the panelists, sponsors and industry veterans, helping to provide better direct access and more targeted conversations with the candidates.
• The Expo portion of the event permits one-on-one interaction with attendees and the ability to showcase your portfolio companies, which is valuable to those organizations looking to hire and/or share additional information about their business or organization. A floor plan of table locations will be available to make meeting targeted groups more efficient.

- 380 candidates applied from 50+ universities
- 46 Expo tables and 425 registered attendees
- 203 students attended; 75% from out of the NYC area
- The generosity of our sponsors allowed for a hotel room and travel stipend for the out of town students

“I was amazed at the quality of the event, from the speakers to the many talented women in attendance to the structure of the day.  I got the opportunity to connect with a number of bright young women with whom I’ve already begun a real dialogue.”  Cornell Capital

“I strongly recommend the Career Forum for any student who doesn't know much about private equity or the alternative investments industry. It's a great way to learn from professionals and grow your network!”

"We happened to be hiring for a couple post-MBA positions at the time, and the resume book you put together in conjunction with the conference was very helpful to us, as we had a goal of building a more diverse candidate pool. Not only was the quantity of resumes quite robust, the quality of the individuals was very strong as well. We interviewed about 35 candidates for the position and ended up hiring 2 individuals whose resumes we sourced from the WAVE resume book."  50 South Capital

“I really appreciated the networking aspect and the fact that the attendees included students from both grad and undergrad as well as professionals. I also liked how a bunch of firms, speakers/panelists took part in the event to give information/advice.”

“Thank you for your hard work organizing, this was one of the best and relevant student conferences I attended during my MBA!”  Olya Vasilenko, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

"The WAVE Career Forum was highly interactive and provided us with great access to young highly motivated intelligent professionals seeking to further their careers in finance; we quickly found a perfect candidate and will be back in 2019."  Backcast Partners Management, LLC

Any organization in the alternatives industry that is looking to hire and/or interact with enthusiastic, qualified and highly educated women. The conference attendees who are participating as candidates will be pre-screened. The candidates will have backgrounds ranging from undergraduates through 2-3 years post MBA (including analysts/associates from investment banks, management consulting firms, accountants, lawyers, operators, marketers, etc.)

Welcome Remarks & Keynote Speaker: Nicole North - Partner, Executive Talent, Lightspeed Venture Partners

8:20 to 9:05 am - 'Leading Ladies in Alternative Investments' Panel:
Moderator: Elizabeth Weindruch, Managing Director, Barings
- Elizabeth Jourdan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Mercy Health
- Sarah Kim, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
- Ginger Lew, Managing Director, Cube Hydro Partners
- Kathryn Regan, Partner, Landmark Partners

9:25 to 10:10 am - 'Learning from the Experts: Breaking into Alternative Investments' Panel:
Moderator: Laura Hill, Vice President, Alternative Investments, Advocate Aurora Health
- Caitlin Fitzmaurice, Managing Director, UVIMCO
- Winnie Liu, Vice President, Lindsay Goldberg
- Stewart Long Davis, Senior Associate, Roark
- Alexa von Tobel, Managing Partner, Inspired Capital

9:25 to 10:10 am - ‘Learning from the Experts: Introduction to Careers within Alternative Investments’ Panel:
Moderator: Nicola Halsall Idehen, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Vistria Group
- Roanne Daniels, H&F Partner (Operating Group), Hellman & Friedman
- Lana Lewin, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
- Angela McCoy, Vice President, PSP Capital Partners
- Francesca Whitehead, Associate, Global Impact Team, KKR

10:30 to 11:15 am - 'Male Perspectives on Diversity' Panel:
Moderator: Chris Keller, Partner and Portfolio Manager, Archean Capital Partners
- Ryan Bailey, Managing Partner, Pacenote Capital
- Gero Wittemann, Partner, Hg
- Darren Friedman, Partner, StepStone Group
- George Suttles, Director of Research, Commonfund Institute             


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Dartmouth College
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Yale University