The future of private markets

Join us at PEI’s highly anticipated 2nd annual Women in Private Markets Summit: North America, returning to New York in May 2024 after a successful debut in 2023. This event, specifically designed for women in the private markets industry, offers a unique opportunity to connect, learn and grow in your career.

Connect with like-minded women across Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt, fostering invaluable relationships that can enhance your career and business prospects. Gain insights and diverse perspectives from accomplished industry leaders, paving the way for your own success in private markets. Attend forums focused on key asset classes and expand your knowledge and expertise in various private market sectors.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join more than 500 professionals from across private markets at North America’s leading fundraising and networking event for women in the world of alternatives.

What can you expect at the Summit?

Hear from industry leaders

Gain insights into how industry leaders are proactively addressing critical issues within their businesses and partnerships. Explore the evolving landscape of investor allocations in the private markets, uncover emerging trends observed by top fund managers across various asset classes, and delve into the sustained growth of secondaries, among other compelling topics.

Build your cross-asset class network

Connect with industry participants across private equity, infrastructure, private debt, and real estate. Network in-person at interactive workshops, networking breaks, an evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts. Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers.

Meet institutional investors

Hear from investors who are looking to increase their exposure to private markets and benefit from our expansive global investor community. Previous investors include AIMCo, AustralianSuper, barings, Desjardins Group, Manulife, Massmutual, PSP Investments, Temasek and many others.

Cross-asset class agenda highlights include:

  • Allocations and strategic choices for investors in private markets
  • Making co-investments work for all: balancing benefits, fees and trust
  • ESG debate: how is the U.S. faring in decarbonising private markets?
  • Private Markets: Investment Committee
  • Networking opportunities including think tanks, mentoring sessions and roundtables
  • State of Private Markets: GP Perspectives on the evolution of alternatives
  • Clean tech 2.0: private markets and the transition to net-zero
  • Democratization of private markets: the emerging landscape in the US and globally
  • The continued rise of secondaries in private markets
  • How are the leading funds in private markets tackling their DEI deficit?

2024 speakers

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A limited number of complimentary passes are available for eligible allocators and institutional investors to join the event.

To qualify for a complimentary pass, you must meet the eligibility criteria in representing a pension fund, insurance company, sovereign wealth fund, private wealth manager, foundation, endowment, family office or corporate investment division.

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Testimonials from attendees

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Lara Pollock

I really enjoyed participating at the conference and meeting and listening to all of the brilliant, accomplished women in the field of private markets.

Setter Capital

Kristina Kulikova

The conference had a great variety of educational content, thought provoking opportunities for discussions, well set up breaks to encourage networking and organ…

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Manulife

John Anderson

I was delighted to join the event as a male ally. It gave me a high quality overview of different investment strategies in the current market, access to a wide…

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Kemi-Christina Abdul

Managing Director, BlueHaven

John Anderson

Global Head Corporate Finance & Infrastructure, Manulife

Ashli Aslin

Senior Analyst Real Assets and Infrastructure, Albourne

Jennie Benza

Private Markets, General Electric Pension

Gila Cohen

Head of Global Institutional Partnerships, Monroe Capital

Anna Dayn

Managing Director, New End

Julie Donegan

Investment Director, Real Estate, CalSTRS

Cari Lodge

Cari Lodge

Managing Director, Commonfund Capital

Laurie Mahon

Former Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

Ellie Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Manna Tree Partners

Sunaina Sinha

Global Head, Private Capital Advisory, Raymond James

Leslie Vargas

Senior Portfolio Manager, Resolution Life US

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The Women in Private Markets Summit: North America will take place on May 15-16, 2024.

For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould.

charles.g@pei.group | +44 (0) 203 879 3893

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 15th

Registration and coffee
08:00 - 08:45

Registration and coffee

Welcome
08:45 - 08:50

PEI welcome

08:50 - 09:00

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Laurie Mahon

Laurie Mahon, Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Markets

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Laurie Mahon

Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Markets

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09:00 - 09:30

Keynote: Managing private markets in a fluid environment

Andrea Auerbach

Keynote:
Andrea Auerbach, Partner and Head of Global Private Investments, Cambridge Associates

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Andrea Auerbach

Head of Global Private Investments and Partner, Cambridge Associates

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Plenary sessions
09:30 - 10:10

Allocations and strategic choices for investors in private markets

Jennie Benza, Petya Nikolova, Leslie Vargas
  • Dealing with the denominator effect: to what extent are many investors still over-allocated to private markets?
  • The evolution of LPA terms: investor perspectives
  • Investor views on GP strategies including continuation funds, margin loans & NAV financing
  • Predictions for their allocations in the next decade: which strategies will see more allocations?

Panelists:
Jennie Benza, Investment Manager, Private Markets, General Electric Pension
Petya Nikolova,
Deputy CIO and Head of Infrastructure Investments,New York City Comptroller’s Office
Leslie Vargas
, Senior Portfolio Manager, Resolution Life US

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Jennie Benza

Private Markets, General Electric Pension

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Petya Nikolova

Deputy Chief Investment Officer, New York City Retirement System

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Leslie Vargas

Senior Portfolio Manager, Resolution Life US

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10:10 - 10:50

How are the leading funds in private markets tackling their DEI deficit?

  • Example of strategies employed by funds to address internal DEI deficits.
  • Analyzing initiatives aimed at promoting DEI within the fund structure and culture
  • Assessing the integration of DEI principles across the funds’ investment portfolios and decision-making processes.
  • Exploring the impact of DEI-focused actions on fund performance
Coffee & networking
10:50 - 11:20

Coffee & networking

Plenary sessions
11:20 - 12:00

The continued rise of secondaries in private markets

Cari Lodge
  • How is the surge in inflation and higher interest rates affecting secondaries markets?
  • To what degree is the decline in M&A activity influencing market dynamics?
  • Beyond PE: an exploration of the increase in secondaries in wider private markets
  • How will the market evolve and grow in the next decade?

Panelists:
Cari Lodge,
Managing Director,Commonfund Capital

 

Cari Lodge

Cari Lodge

Managing Director, Commonfund Capital

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12:00 - 12:35

Democratization of private markets: the emerging landscape in the US and globally

James Del Gaudio, Lisa Larsson
  • Providing an overview of the scope of the opportunity
  • Investigating potential risks associated with democratization and proposing effective mitigation strategies
  • Analyzing the impact of democratization on GP/LP alignment
  • Considering some of the innovative strategies that have been launched and what the future could bring

Panelists:
James Del Gaudio,
Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Credit, Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System
Lisa Larsson,
Managing Director, StepStone Group

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James Del Gaudio

Managing Director, Head of Private Markets, Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System

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Lisa Larsson

Managing Director, StepStone Group

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12:35 - 13:10

Clean tech 2.0: private markets and the transition to net-zero

Ashli Aslin, Tara Mei Smith
  • How has the IRA transformed activity?
  • Innovative ways to invest in an asset class outside of the usual risk/return for the asset class
  • The intersection of PE/venture/growth/infrastructure for investing in the energy transition
  • How are managers getting LPs comfortable with the different risk/return of investments?

Panelists:
Ashli Aslin, Senior Analyst Real Assets and Infrastructure, Albourne
Tara Mei Smith, ESG Integration Officer, NYC Office of the Comptroller

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Ashli Aslin

Senior Analyst Real Assets and Infrastructure, Albourne

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Tara Mei Smith

ESG Integration Officer for the Bureau of Asset Management, Office of NYC Comptroller

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Lunch
13:10 - 13:40

Lunch

Women in Infrastructure Forum
13:40 - 13:45

Opening remarks

13:45 - 14:25

The state of play in the North American infrastructure market

Kemi-Christina Abdul
  • Is the asset class living up to its reputation as a hedge against inflation?
  • Considering the performance of different sub-asset classes in the current environment
  • Where are managers seeing opportunities?

Panelists:
Kemi-Christina Abdul
, Managing Director, BlueHaven

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Kemi-Christina Abdul

Managing Director, BlueHaven

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14:25 - 14:30

Short turnaround break

14:30 - 15:10

Digital infrastructure investing

Canan Anli, Melannie Pyzik
  • The impact of interest rates and inflation on digital infrastructure
  • Are there still opportunities in an ultra-competitive space?
  • The impact of emerging technologies such as AI & machine learning on digital infrastructure

Panelists:
Canan Anli,
Senior Advisor, PMP Strategy
Melannie Pyzik, Head of Investor Solutions, Argo Infrastructure Partners

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Canan Anli

Senior Advisor, PMP Strategy

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Melannie Pyzik

Head of Investor Solutions, Argo Infrastructure Partners

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15:10 - 15:15

Short turnaround break

15:15 - 15:50

Investing in emerging technologies: hydrogen, batteries, EV & more

Vidyu Kishor, Dr. Barbara Weber
  • Examining business models in emerging strategies
  • Considering the extent to which these investments are infrastructure
  • Investigating the long-term sustainability of battery technology and electric vehicle charging solutions.

Panelists:
Vidyu Kishor, Director, Renewables and Grid Solutions, Osaka Gas USA
Dr. Barbara Weber, Founding Partner, B Capital Partners

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Vidyu Kishor

Investments Director, Osaka Gas USA

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Dr. Barbara Weber

Founding Partner, B Capital Partners

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15:50 - 16:10

Coffee & networking

16:10 - 16:50

The resilience of infrastructure debt

Mansi Patel
  • How is infrastructure debt performing in the current economy?
  • Examining the pivotal role played by infrastructure debt in financing critical projects
  • Expectations for fundraising in the next year

Panelists:
Mansi Patel
, Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Debt, MetLife Investment Management

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Mansi Patel

Managing Director, MetLife Investments Management

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16:50 - 16:55

Short turnaround break

16:55 - 17:35

Crystal ball session: what does the future hold for infrastructure?

Janice Ince, Abigail Leung, Kate Roscoe
  • The extent to which infrastructure will move further into other asset classes
  • Predictions for fundraising and deal volume in the next 18 months
  • What is the next for infrastructure?

Panelists:
Janice Ince
, Managing Director, Pantheon
Abigail Leung,
Principal, HOOPP Infrastructure
Kate Roscoe, Managing Director, Manulife Investment Management

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Janice Ince

Managing Director, Pantheon

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Abigail Leung

Principal, HOOPP Infrastructure

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Kate Roscoe

Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments, Manulife Investment Management

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Women in Private Equity Forum
13:40 - 13:45

Opening remarks

13:45 - 14:25

The state of play in North American private equity

Anne Philpott, Marina Vannucci
  • Assessing private equity’s performance in relation to other asset classes:
  • Strategies for enhancing PE returns in challenging times
  • Discussion around market innovations that managers are employing

Panelists:
Anne Philpott, Managing Director, Churchill Asset Management
Marina Vannucci,
Director, Private Equity, Swiss Re

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Anne Philpott

Managing Director, Junior Capital & Private Equity Solutions, Churchill Asset Management

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Marina Vannucci

Director of Private Equity, Swiss Re

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14:25 - 14:30

Short turnaround break

14:30 - 15:10

Dealmaking in US private equity

Lane McDonald, Julia Wittlin
  • Are valuations still too high?
  • Evaluating whether dealmaking activities are showing signs of recovery
  • Identifying hotspots and areas of opportunity

Panelists:
Lane McDonald,
Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, Omers
Julia Wittlin
, Partner, RedBird Capital Partners

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Lane McDonald

Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, OMERS

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Julia Wittlin

Partner, RedBird Capital Partners

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15:10 - 15:15

Short turnaround break

15:15 - 15:50

Considering how different strategies are faring in a more challenging environment

Catherine Hatch, Aiyu Yuan Nicholson, Sheryl Schwartz
  • Defining the mid-market: scale and strategies
  • What strategies and size of funds are faring well in a challenging market?
  • How are investors viewing different strategies on performance and DEI? And is this impacting investment decisions?

Panelists:
Catherine Hatch, Private Equity Allocator, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
Aiyu Yuan Nicholson
, Partner, StepStone Group
Sheryl Schwartz,
Chief Investment Officer, ALTI
Kavita Datta, Investor Relations and Business Development, Cebile Capital

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Catherine Hatch

Private Equity Allocator, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

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Aiyu Yuan Nicholson

Partner, StepStone Group

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Sheryl Schwartz

Co Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Alti

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15:50 - 16:10

Coffee & networking

16:10 - 16:50

Emerging manager update: how are new strategies performing?

Liz Campbell, Gayatri Sarkar, Michelle Jacobi
  • Fundraising tips for emerging managers in a tough market
  • Laying the groundwork for lasting success
  • Case studies from the past 12 months

Panelists:
Liz Campbell, Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Advisors
Gayatri Sarkar
, Founder and CEO, Advaita Capital
Michelle Jacobi, Managing Director, Gatewood Capital

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Liz Campbell

Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Advisors

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Gayatri Sarkar

Founder and CEO, Advaita Capital

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Michelle Jacobi

Managing Director, Gatewood Capital

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16:50 - 16:55

Short turnaround break

16:55 - 17:35

Venture & growth investing in a bear market

Rudina Seseri, Summer Zhao
  • How have investors adapted to the different macro-environment?
  • Understanding the strategies employed by investors to navigate risk and seize opportunities
  • Evaluating the role of diversification and adaptive portfolio management

Panelists:
Rudina Seseri,
Founder & Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
Summer Zhao, Investment Director, Lafayette College

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Rudina Seseri

Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

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Summer Zhao

Investment Director, Lafayette College

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Women in Real Estate Forum
13:40 - 13:45

Opening remarks

13:45 - 14:25

The state of play in North American real estate

Maggie Coleman, Julie Donegan , Vicky Shiff
  • How is real estate performing amidst macro and market challenges?
  • In which sub-sectors and regions are there still opportunities?
  • What next for the asset class?

 Panelists:
Maggie Coleman,
Chief Investment Officer, North America, Real Estate, Manulife Investment Management
Julie Donegan, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS
Vicky Shiff
, CEO, Avrio Real Estate

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Maggie Coleman

Chief Investment Officer, North America, Real Estate, Manulife Investment Management

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Julie Donegan

Investment Director, Real Estate, CalSTRS

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Vicky Shiff

CEO, Avrio Real Estate

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14:25 - 14:30

Short turnaround break

14:30 - 15:10

Where next for logistics and industrial?

Marie-Christine Beaulieu, Geneviève Brassard, Sarah Jancot
  • Do they remain attractive for investors?
  • Finding opportunities in a crowded market
  • Innovative approaches to sustainability and value creation to drive returns

Panelists:
Marie-Christine Beaulieu, VP, Asset Management, US Industrial, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Geneviève Brassard,
Director, Real Estate Investments, PSP Investments
Sarah Jancot, Senior Investment Manager, Unlisted Real Estate, Global Logistics, NBIM

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Marie-Christine Beaulieu

VP, Asset Management, US Industrial, Ivanhoé Cambridge

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Geneviève Brassard

Director, Real Estate Investments, PSP Investments

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Sarah Jancot

Senior Investment Manager, Unlisted Real Estate, Global Logistics, NBIM

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15:10 - 15:15

Short turnaround break

15:15 - 15:50

Analyzing the current landscape of real estate debt investing

Robin Potts
  • Investor views on real estate debt during turbulent times
  • How are interest rates and inflation affecting real estate debt?
  • Predictions for the next decade

Panelists:
Robin Potts, Partner and CIO, Canyon Partners Real Estate

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Robin Potts

Partner and CIO, Canyon Partners

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15:50 - 16:10

Coffee & networking

16:10 - 16:50

Multifamily investing: trends, regulation and potential for expansion

Christine Espenshade, Maddi Sampson
  • Why are more firms targeting opportunities in multifamily?
  • The importance of regulation in attracting investors
  • Considering opportunities beyond the US in this sub-asset class

Panelists:
Christine Espenshade
, Vice Chairman, NEWMARK
Maddi Sampson, Vice President, International Real Estate, QuadReal Property Group
Erin Beitz, Senior Vice President, Residential, Rockhill Management

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Christine Espenshade

Vice Chairman Investment Sales - Multifamily Capital Markets, Newmark

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Maddi Sampson

Vice President, International Real Estate, QuadReal Property Group

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16:50 - 16:55

Short turnaround break

16:55 - 17:35

The future of offices in North America

Marion Jones
  • What will office investing look in 10 years?
  • Future-proofing your office portfolio
  • Where in the US and globally are investors seeing opportunities?

Panelists:
Marion Jones, Managing Director, JLL Capital Markets Americas

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Marion Jones

Managing Director, JLL Capital Markets Americas

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Women in Private Debt Forum
13:40 - 13:45

Opening remarks

13:45 - 14:25

The state of play in North American private credit

  • How does debt compare to other strategies in the current climate?
  • To what extent is the market concerned by the refinancing risk?
  • How are firms evolving their strategies in a challenging fundraising environment?
14:25 - 14:30

Short turnaround break

14:30 - 15:10

The rise of sponsorless deals

  • What is the appeal of non-sponsored deals for investors and borrowers?
  • How are managers sourcing deals and do they compete with banks?
  • How does a manager’s skillset differ to sponsored transactions?
15:10 - 15:15

Short turnaround break

15:15 - 15:50

Special situations and distressed debt

Dr. Tingting Zhang, Eric Newman
  • Outlining the scale of the opportunity as more companies run into trouble
  • To what extent are managers having to adapt their skillsets in the new normal?
  • Identifying sectors and strategies where there are opportunities

Panelists:
Lexi Fallon, Special Situations, CPPIB
Dr. Tingting Zhang,
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TerraCotta Group
Eric Newman, Treasury Manager, City of Stamford

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Dr. Tingting Zhang

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TerraCotta Group

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Eric Newman

Treasury Manager, City of Stamford

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15:50 - 16:10

Coffee & networking

16:10 - 16:50

Opportunities in the growing speciality finance space

Nicole Byrns, Meggie Daoust
  • How are specialty finance companies changing business models?
  • Investigating the adoption of advanced data analytics and technology-driven solutions
  • Predictions for the next 5 years

Panelists:
Nicole Byrns
, Alternative Asset Investor, Independent
Meggie Daoust, Senior Director, Capital Solutions, CDPQ

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Nicole Byrns

Formerly, CPPIB America

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Meggie Daoust

Senior Director, Capital Solutions, CDPQ

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16:50 - 16:55

Short turnaround break

16:55 - 17:35

Corporate credit in a changing environment

Kristina Matthews, Mary Rooney, Helena Wang
  • What is driving the opportunity set for flexible capital providers?
  • How to capitalize on corporate opportunities thru market cycles
  • Outlook for public and private opportunities

Panelists:
Kristina Matthews,
Managing Director, Client & Product Solutions,Onex
Mary Rooney,
Managing Director, JP Morgan
Helena Wang
, Principal, Capital Solutions Group, CPPIB

 

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Kristina Matthews

Managing Director, ONEX

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Mary Rooney

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

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Helena Wang

Principal, Capital Solutions Group, CPP Investments

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Cocktail reception
17:35 - 18:35

Cocktail reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Thursday 16th

Invitation only think-tanks
08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

These sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.

  • Infrastructure
  • Private Equity
  • Private Debt
  • Real Estate
Plenary sessions
09:10 - 09:45

State of Private Markets: GP Perspectives on the evolution of alternatives

Elisabeth Troni
  • How are managers modifying their approaches to navigate shifts in interest rates and inflation?
  • To what extent are managers incorporating emerging technologies and innovative solutions to gain a competitive edge?
  • Anticipating and navigating forthcoming regulatory changes affecting private markets
  • Developing younger talent who are experiencing their first bear market

Elisabeth Troni, Global Portfolio Strategist, CBRE Investment Management

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Elisabeth Troni

Managing Director, Fund Manager, CBRE Investment Management

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09:45 - 10:25

Fundraising in a more challenging environment

Maya Rodriguez, Ilene Levinson
  • Developing a value proposition that articulates how you will thrive
  • Adopting an investor-centric approach: how can managers differentiate themselves?
  • Highlighting case studies to underscore your fund’s ability to adapt and excel in difficult market conditions
  • Learnings from those who have been on the road in the last 12 months

Panelists:
Maya Rodriguez, Managing Partner & CEO, AZR Capital
Ilene Levinson, Managing Director, Fund Investments, Hamilton Lane

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Maya Rodriguez

Managing Partner & CEO, AZR Capital

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Ilene Levinson

Managing Director, Fund Investments, Hamilton Lane

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10:25 - 10:35

PEI Fundraising Report

10:35 - 11:15

Making co-investments work for all: balancing benefits, fees and trust

Anna Dayn, Lara Pollock
  • Unlocking benefits for investors and fund managers
  • Fee structures in co-investing: striking a balance
  • Navigating potential challenges and considerations in co-investing
  • GP-led continuation funds: fostering alignment and transparency

Panelists:
Anna Dayn
, Managing Director, New End
Lara Pollock, Associate, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

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Anna Dayn

Managing Director, New End

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Lara Pollock

Associate, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

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Coffee & networking
11:15 - 11:45

Coffee & networking

Plenary sessions
11:45 - 12:30

ESG debate: how is the U.S. faring in decarbonising private markets?

Ekaterina Grigoryeva , Avantika Saisekar
  • Assessing the extent to which polarisation is impacting advancements in sustainability within U.S. private markets
  • Investigating how the Inflation Reduction Act has transformed the sustainability landscape
  • Comparing progress in the US and Europe: is the gap narrowing or widening?
  • How are managers dealing with investors with such contrasting views on sustainability?

Panelists:
Ekaterina Grigoryeva
, Environment and Social Development Specialist, The World Bank
Avantika Saisekar, Managing Director of Sustainable Investing, Wafra Inc.

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Ekaterina Grigoryeva

Environment and Social Development Specialist, The World Bank

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Avantika Saisekar

Managing Director of Sustainable Investing, Wafra Inc.

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12:30 - 13:15

Private Markets: Investment Committee

Three hand-picked fund managers will present investment case studies in this exclusive, data-driven and interactive format. Hosted by two experts, you’ll have the chance to ask questions, share your thoughts and vote on the transactions in our very own investment committee.

Networking lunch
13:15 - 14:30

Networking lunch

Networking lunch enabling you to join a group of market participants with similar interests and expertise. Attendees will have a mix of tables to choose from, each table having a host to steer discussions

Networking roundtables & mentoring discussions
14:30 - 15:30

Networking roundtables & mentoring discussions

15:30 - 15:30

Close of conference

Build your network across private markets

Join 500+ attendees in May 2024 and connect with institutional investors, fund managers, as well as the wider private markets community for two days of learning and networking. This year’s summit will once again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt Forums. Attendees will have access to all four forums.

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The in-person networking experience

Cross-asset class network

Learn from and meet with practitioners from across private markets with an agenda covering all the topics impacting alternatives. Networking breaks take place together and delegates can move freely between individual forums.

Build connections

The agenda is curated to enhance networking opportunities with small group discussions. There will be interactive working groups, breakfast think tanks, roundtable discussions, cocktail receptions and a seated networking lunch.

Meet global investors

Attendees in 2023 included over 100 investors from Japan Post Bank, GIC, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, Pension Protection Fund, Allstate Investment, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, NYSNA Pension Plan and Benefits Fund and many more.

Testimonials from previous attendees

British Business Bank

Marilena Ioannidou, Senior Investment Manager

This was a well organised event, balancing between sessions hearing from industry leaders on topics that are currently top priority, as well as allowing time fo…

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Aquila Capital

Miryam Colombo, Client Advisor

As an associate, still at the early stage of my career and eager to learn and grow in the industry, I found it really inspiring to meet other successful women w…

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Brown Brothers Harriman

Ainun Ayub, Product Head

I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the candid exchange of knowledge, and the passion that speakers and participants brought. I always leave this event feeling en…

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Past attendees

2024 speakers:

For more information on speaking in 2024, please contact Charles Gould.

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Kemi-Christina Abdul

Managing Director, BlueHaven

Canan Anli

Senior Advisor, PMP Strategy

Ashli Aslin

Senior Analyst Real Assets and Infrastructure, Albourne

Andrea Auerbach

Head of Global Private Investments and Partner, Cambridge Associates

Marie-Christine Beaulieu

VP, Asset Management, US Industrial, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Erin Beitz

Senior Vice President, Residential, Rockhill Management

Jennie Benza

Private Markets, General Electric Pension

Geneviève Brassard

Director, Real Estate Investments, PSP Investments

Nicole Byrns

Formerly, CPPIB America

Liz Campbell

Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Advisors

Maggie Coleman

Chief Investment Officer, North America, Real Estate, Manulife Investment Management

Meggie Daoust

Senior Director, Capital Solutions, CDPQ

Anna Dayn

Managing Director, New End

James Del Gaudio

Managing Director, Head of Private Markets, Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System

Julie Donegan

Investment Director, Real Estate, CalSTRS

Christine Espenshade

Vice Chairman Investment Sales - Multifamily Capital Markets, Newmark

Ellen G. Frank-Miller

Founder & CEO, WORCimpact

Isabelle Friedheim

Founder & Chair, Athena

Ekaterina Grigoryeva

Environment and Social Development Specialist, The World Bank

Catherine Hatch

Private Equity Allocator, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Janice Ince

Managing Director, Pantheon

Michelle Jacobi

Managing Director, Gatewood Capital

Sarah Jancot

Senior Investment Manager, Unlisted Real Estate, Global Logistics, NBIM

Marion Jones

Managing Director, JLL Capital Markets Americas

Vidyu Kishor

Investments Director, Osaka Gas USA

Lisa Larsson

Managing Director, StepStone Group

Abigail Leung

Principal, HOOPP Infrastructure

Chenkay Li

Managing Director, Direct Equity Investments, Hamilton Lane

Ilene Levinson

Managing Director, Fund Investments, Hamilton Lane

Cari Lodge

Cari Lodge

Managing Director, Commonfund Capital

Laurie Mahon

Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Markets

Kristina Matthews

Managing Director, ONEX

Lane McDonald

Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, OMERS

Eric Newman

Treasury Manager, City of Stamford

Aiyu Yuan Nicholson

Partner, StepStone Group

Petya Nikolova

Deputy Chief Investment Officer, New York City Retirement System

Mansi Patel

Managing Director, MetLife Investments Management

Anne Philpott

Managing Director, Junior Capital & Private Equity Solutions, Churchill Asset Management

Lara Pollock

Associate, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Robin Potts

Partner and CIO, Canyon Partners

Melannie Pyzik

Head of Investor Solutions, Argo Infrastructure Partners

Maya Rodriguez

Managing Partner & CEO, AZR Capital

Mary Rooney

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Kate Roscoe

Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments, Manulife Investment Management

Rabah Sadruddin

Portfolio Manager, Private Funds & Asset Management , AIMCo

Avantika Saisekar

Managing Director of Sustainable Investing, Wafra Inc.

Gayatri Sarkar

Founder and CEO, Advaita Capital

Maddi Sampson

Vice President, International Real Estate, QuadReal Property Group

Sheryl Schwartz

Co Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Alti

Rudina Seseri

Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

Vicky Shiff

CEO, Avrio Real Estate

Tara Mei Smith

ESG Integration Officer for the Bureau of Asset Management, Office of NYC Comptroller

Elisabeth Troni

Managing Director, Fund Manager, CBRE Investment Management

Marina Vannucci

Director of Private Equity, Swiss Re

Leslie Vargas

Senior Portfolio Manager, Resolution Life US

Helena Wang

Principal, Capital Solutions Group, CPP Investments

Dr. Barbara Weber

Founding Partner, B Capital Partners

Julia Wittlin

Partner, RedBird Capital Partners

Dr. Tingting Zhang

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TerraCotta Group

Summer Zhao

Investment Director, Lafayette College

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The Women in Private Markets Summit North America provides a unique opportunity to connect with over 500 institutional investors and fund managers from across private markets.
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Sessions not to be missed - Wednesday 15th

Plenary sessions
09:30 - 10:10

Allocations and strategic choices for investors in private markets

Jennie Benza, Petya Nikolova, Leslie Vargas

General Electric Pension, New York City Controller’s Office and Resolution Life share their views on the evolution of LPA terms, GP strategies including continuation funds, margin loans & NAV financing and predictions for their allocations in the next decade.

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Jennie Benza

Private Markets, General Electric Pension

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Petya Nikolova

Deputy CIO and Head of Infrastructure Investments, New York City Comptroller's Office

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Leslie Vargas

Senior Portfolio Manager, Resolution Life US

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Plenary sessions
12:00 - 12:35

Democratization of private markets: the emerging landscape in the US and globally

James Del Gaudio, Lisa Larsson

Discover the scope of the opportunity and the potential risks as well as how democratization will impact GP/LP alignment. Discussion to be led by Moonfare, StepStone Group and Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System.

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James Del Gaudio

Managing Director, Head of Private Markets, Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System

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Lisa Larsson

Managing Director, StepStone Group

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Sessions not to be missed - Thursday 16th

Plenary sessions
10:35 - 11:15

Making co-investments work for all: balancing the benefits, fees and trust

Anna Dayn, Lara Pollock

How can investors and fund managers unlock the benefits of co-investing? Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and New End discuss fee structures, alignment and transparency to get the most out of co-investing.

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Anna Dayn

Managing Director, New End

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Lara Pollock

Associate, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

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What to expect at the summit?

Connect with your peers

Build lasting relationships and exchange valuable perspectives with other investors through networking breaks, round table discussions and social events.

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Hear from the biggest names in private markets and discover where they are seeing opportunities and how they are tackling market challenges.

Meet with the best and brightest funds

Build your network of fund managers and catch up with your current managers to maximise your returns.

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Connect with and benchmark against your investor peers. Take part in roundtable discussions, think-tanks and investor-focussed sessions to explore private market opportunities so you can come away with strategies to generate the highest returns.