Do you know a woman who is a rockstar in the venture capital industry? Let us know about her.
We are now accepting nominations for our third annual Women of Influence in Private Markets, which celebrates 60 women working across private markets, including 10 each in venture capital, private equity, private debt, infrastructure and real estate.
Click here to fill out an online nomination form. The deadline is March 22.
Nominees should be leaders who have made an impact in some way. For example, they may have launched their own firm. Tara Bishop and Lise Birikundavyi, who were honored on last year’s list, co-founded Black Opal Ventures and BKR Capital, respectively. Our 2021 honorees included Noramay Cadena, who co-founded Supply Change Capital.
We also want to recognize women who have made an impact over a long period of time. Annie Lamont, a 2022 honoree, co-founded and has been instrumental to the success of growth equity firm Oak HC/FT, which has grown to more than $5.3 billion in AUM.
Nominees don’t necessarily have to work at a venture capital firm. They may also work at service providers, such as law firms and placement agents, or limited partners, such as pension funds and other institutional investors. Olivia Steedman, a 2021 honoree, is global head of Teachers’ Venture Growth, an arm of the $242.5 billion Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
We are particularly keen to hear about women who are helping other women or underrepresented groups. We honored JoAnn Price in 2021 for her pioneering work investing in diverse managers. Price co-founded and is managing partner of fund of funds manager Fairview Capital Partners.
Charmaine Hayden, a 2021 honoree, is founding partner of GOODsoil VC, which invests in sustainability tech start-ups in Africa. She looks to minimize funding disparities among underrepresented groups by investing in diverse teams.
Then there is Maneesha Ghiya, a 2022 honoree, who founded FemHealth Ventures. She invests in start-ups focused on women’s healthcare, a market that she said has been “under-invested and overlooked” for too long.
All of these women have made remarkable strides in their careers They have set an example for young women thinking about careers in finance and have knocked down obstacles for others who may follow. Please help us to identify even more women of influence.
For more details about the nomination process, go here.