Celebrating Women in Private Equity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today is International Women’s Day and the American Investment Council is highlighting women throughout the private equity industry. These women play a crucial role in building stronger businesses and supporting female entrepreneurs.

Pam Hendrickson, Chair of the Board, American Investment Council – “It’s Women’s History Month and I am delighted to feature a video of women working so hard in our industry to help build businesses across America.”

Suzanne Yoon, Founder & Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners: “Private equity has a real opportunity to empower women across America.”

Tracy Streckenbach, Operating Partner, Gridiron Capital: “What’s most exciting is watching the acceleration that happens when smart entrepreneurs suddenly have access to colleagues and mentors who can support them.”

Gina Peyton, Partner, Capital Formation, Castlelake: “To me, private equity means a family of diverse, intelligent, ambitious, and courageous individuals who openly share, collaborate and support one another without reservation.”

Dina Dwyer-Owens, Former Chairwoman and CEO, Neighborly: “I’ve been fortunate to have partnered with multiple amazing private equity groups over the past almost 20 years. And it’s benefited our family, our team members, and all through our communities.”

Addie Gundry, Founder & CEO, Pluie: “The monetary investment from a private equity firm has accelerated our growth and set us up for future success.”

Jeri J. Harman, Founder & Chairman, Avante Capital Partners: “Private equity means empowerment to me, empowerment to hire more women and minorities in our firm.”

Lauren Mulholland, Founding Partner, MiddleGround Capital: “Private equity has empowered me to blend both my strengths and my interests into a single career.”

Helee Lev, CRO, Goby: “Private equity has given me personally confidence, discipline, and a playbook for excellence and success in my business.”

Shirley Somuah, Principal, Cardinalstone: “The most fulfilling part of my job is knowing that every entrepreneur that I partner with has the potential for sustained economic impact in our communities. That to me is the essence of private equity.”

Pam Hendrickson, Chair of the Board, American Investment Council: “Private equity is investing in the next generation of female leaders who are looking to make a difference in their own communities.”