Private Equity

Women's Initiative

The Private Equity Women’s Initiative, launched by an AIC partnership with the National Association of Investment Companies, promotes the recruitment and retention of women in our industry. We are proud as an association to represent firms that proactively work together to address challenging issues and are taking positive steps to encourage more women to thrive in private equity.

It was a two-year effort to create and build this initiative. We understand the importance of this issue, and developed a program designed to create lasting change in our industry. This included convening a Working Committee comprised of 11 senior women from AIC and NAIC firms, including members of PE WIN and representatives from SEO and Toigo. These industry leaders worked together to create the Initiative’s Guidelines and Best Practices. This framework for promoting recruitment and retention of women received wide industry input, including comments during a day of focus groups.

The Private Equity Women’s Initiative supports our new mission statement and our evolving industry, but more importantly we believe it is in the best interest of firms to recruit and promote the best talent – regardless of gender.

Industry Guidelines

The AIC endorses the below guidelines. They should serve as a model for all private equity firms.

Private equity firms should:

  • Proactively seek to recruit women at all levels and in all roles throughout the firm.
  • Demonstrate a commitment from the top of the organization the goal advancing opportunities for women and having women in senior positions across all roles of the firm.
  • Foster a culture that encourages and supports the success of women.
  • Establish specific goals and/or initiatives to increase retention.
  • Implement policies that assure the professional development and success of all employees and employ metrics to measure success.
  • Establish an infrastructure (i.e., formalized processes fostering human capital) that supports the development of all employees with regard to promotion, compensation, and career opportunities.


Best Practices

The Private Equity Women’s Initiative established Best Practices to increase the recruitment and retention of women at private equity firms. These Best Practices provide a menu of tools suggesting actions firms can take to increase gender diversity.

Click here to view the Private Equity Women’s Initiative Best Practices

Read Our Piece On Diversity As A Long-Term Strategy, By Bronwyn Bailey, Our VP Of Research And Investor Relations

Working Committee Members

  • Kelly Williams (Chair), Senior Advisor, GCM Grosvenor
  • Maura Allen, Private Equity Fellowship and Program Manager, Robert Toigo Foundation
  • Lauren Dillard, Managing Director and Head of Investment Solutions, Carlyle Group
  • Daphne Dufresne, Managing Member, JBD Holdings
  • Nia Gandy, Marketing Manager, GP Investments
  • Martina Marshall Edwards, Director, SEO (formerly)
  • Audra Paterna, Director of Human Resources, Silver Lake
  • JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Fairview Capital
  • Sarah Roth, Partner, The Riverside Company
  • Patricia Winton, Principal, Strategy and Human Capital, Arclight
  • Alisa A. Wood, Partner, KKR


Helpful Links





Level 20

KPMG: Women in Alternatives

CFA Institute – Women in Investment Management Initiative


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