OCTOBER 7-8, 2024

Part of the 11th Annual Private Equity Series



The Kayo Women in M&A Summit unites 300 women leaders in mergers & acquisitions, private equity dealmaking and capital markets. Over the course of two-days, attendees can expect to generate deal opportunities and immerse themselves in the narratives of prominent women in private equity as they share their experiences from the M&A trenches and provide their market outlook into 2025.

what’s new


The flagship event you know and love is coming back to Boston and has transformed into two* specialized Summits: Women in M&A and Women in Private Funds. Attendees will choose to register for the Summit that best matches their interests and role in the ecosystem. This new approach allows attendees to take advantage of even more programming and intentional industry networking than ever before.

*Registration is separate and not all-access.

Kayo Summit Attendee

“I really enjoyed the more intimate nature of the conference, as opposed to the larger 1,000+ attendee formats. Met with a lot of inspiring and powerful women.”

keynote speaker


Vania Schlogel

Vania Schlogel

Founder of Atwater Capital

The awe-inspiring keynote speaker, Vania Schlogel, Founder & Managing Partner at Atwater Capital and Chair of Brad Pitt’s Plan B entertainment company, will kick off the conference by sharing her journey, highlighting the challenges she overcame and the wisdom she gained along the way. Her insights are particularly relevant for women in private equity, making this an unmissable event.

what to expect



Borrowers will meet lenders during speed networking, structured networking and break-outs. 


Connect with investment bankers, lenders and M&A advisors to find your next investment. 


Expert speakers across the M&A markets will share insights on risks, terms, legal issues and trends. 


Become a go-to-person. Let industry leaders know about your niche and what deals to send your way. 

who should attend



Private equity investors, deal originators, portfolio company c-suite and operating partners. 


Equity and debt capital markets leaders at private equity firms and banks. 


Debt providers, including private credit and commercial bank lenders.  


Investment bankers, M&A advisors, attorneys, insurance, due diligence consultants and others. 

confirmed speakers

2024 line up

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past attendees

  • A&M Capital Partners
  • Antares Capital LP
  • Apollo Global Management
  • Ares Management Corporation
  • Bain Capital Credit
  • CenterOak Partners
  • Eurazeo Capital
  • Frazier Healthcare Partners
  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Hunter Point Capital
  • Insight Equity
  • Kelso
  • KKR
  • LLR Partners
  • Mainsail Partners
  • Moelis
  • Sheridan Capital Partners
  • Stifel
  • The Riverside Company
  • Trivest
  • and more!


Looking to advance yourself through a speaking opportunity? The agenda is under curation and our programming team is looking for speakers to take the podium.


Does your firm want to increase visibility, generate more leads and support women in M&A? Sponsorships are available for 2024 Events. Submit your information to schedule a Discovery Call.


Attendees will enjoy a luxury experience at The Newbury Boston, a landmark hotel in Boston’s Back Bay just steps away from the Boston Common. The hotel features iconic spaces where community and culture converge, is near upscale shops and trendy restaurants and is less than 5 miles from Boston Logan International Airport.


NEW for 2024! Maximize your Summit experience with a VIP pass. See who’s attending and start making connections early — VIPs receive the detailed attendee list 4 weeks in advance! 


  • All Days
  • Mon Oct 07
  • Tue Oct 08
Mon Oct 07
12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Registration Opens
12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
VIP Welcome Lunch

Take advantage of an exclusive pre-conference networking lunch and connect with fellow VIPs, speakers and sponsors. Take the stress out of planning pre-conference meetings or navigating lunch locations – you’ll enjoy spontaneous conversations over a casual meal, while making great new connections before the conference even kicks off. 

1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Dealmaker-Advisor Speed Networking

A 45-minute speed networking session where private equity dealmakers and advisors meet to share ideas and collaborate. Participation is free and by invitation only. Private equity dealmakers will have 5, 6-minute meetings with generalist and sector specialist investment bankers and other PE advisors.

1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Borrower-Lender Speed Networking

This structured networking is match-making for private equity borrowers and lenders. Private equity dealmakers (aka “Borrowers”) will have 5, 6-minute meetings with a variety of lenders, including commercial bankers and private credit professionals (aka “Lenders”).

2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Connection Café

Located at the heart of the conference, the Connection Café will be the haven outside the ballrooms. Bistro tables and grab-and-go refreshments will create a location for an intentional or spontaneous pit stop between sessions. It will be the go-to spot for attendees to refuel, gather to chat, jot notes or take a clarity break. BONUS: There will be featured snacks each day during breaks!

2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
VIP Lounge

Take advantage of exclusive lounge access to connect with fellow VIP attendees, take 1:1 meetings, enjoy light refreshments or catch up on email. Open to speakers, sponsors and VIP pass holders. 

2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
ESG & Impact Fireside Chat

An intimate, awe-inspiring conversation between two featured sustainability trailblazers.

3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Exploring PE's Sustainability Challenges

With AUM over $10 billion and growing, private equity plays a critical role in influencing sustainability issues like climate change. This panel will discuss the intersection of sustainable investing and private equity, explore how ESG considerations shape investment decisions, and delve into challenges and opportunities that arise when incorporating sustainability factors into PE. Our experts will examine the different definitions of sustainable investing and untangle the complexities of balancing financial returns with the impacts on society and the environment.

3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Knockout Networking: Fireside

The segment begins with a Fireside Side chat between Imola Pinter and Julia Adams. We’ll hear about the parallel paths of these two private equity peers and longtime friends who have more than deal-making and Harvard Business School in common. Specifically, both are Hungarian-Americans with a unique background to share.

4:30 pm
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Knockout Networking: Structured Networking

Directly after the Fireside, the group breaks into roundtables for a structured dialogue to introduce ourselves, offer career issues and discuss as a group with the goal of finding solutions.

5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Close out your first day with all the connections you’ve made and insights you’ve gained. Enjoy casual networking while sipping and savoring among three thoughtfully designed food + wine pairing stations.

Tue Oct 08
6:30 am
6:30 am - 7:30 am
Morning Wellness

Join us for Morning Wellness! Start your day connecting with friends and moving your body by participating in Orange Theory Bootcamp and Yoga, guaranteeing to get your heart rate up and your creative energy flowing. Leave feeling strong & prepared to attack the day ahead!

7:30 am
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Start your morning off right by joining us for the most important meal of the day. Fuel up and take on a day of networking and programming with your new connections. 

8:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
VIP Lounge

Take advantage of exclusive lounge access to connect with fellow VIP attendees, take 1:1 meetings, enjoy light refreshments or event catch up on email. Open to VIP speakers, sponsors, and pass holders.

8:15 am
8:15 am - 9:30 am
M&A Outlook

Will we see a jump in M&A activity in 2025? Leaders in global mergers and acquisitions will tell us about current trends and key takeaways for private equity investors.

9:30 am
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Keynote Speaker: Vania Schlogel, Founder, Atwater Capital

Doing good by people is one of the secrets of success according to Vania Schlogel, Founder of Atwater Capital, a Media and Entertainment sector-focused private equity firm in Los Angeles. Vania is an extravert with a capital E who learned from her parents growing up Boise, Idaho about the importance of putting people at ease and steadfast character. Carrying these skills, she navigated a successful course from UCLA to Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance to KKR Growth Equity and to serving as Chairperson for Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B Entertainment. The next frontier is building her own company, Atwater, a next-generation private equity platform to fund the best ideas in media and entertainment while being “incontrovertibly committed to upholding her team’s character as executives and on behalf of their stakeholders.” In this Keynote, we’ll hear about several obstacles she overcame on this journey and hard-earned nuggets of wisdom for other women in private equity.

10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Connection Café

Located at the heart of the conference, the Connection Café will be the haven outside the ballrooms. Bistro tables and grab-and-go refreshments will create a location for an intentional or spontaneous pit stop between sessions. It will be the go-to spot for attendees to refuel, gather to chat, jot notes or take a clarity break. BONUS: There will be featured snacks each day during breaks!

10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
IPO Market Outlook in 2025

Can investors be optimistic about IPOs in 2025? How should private equity sponsors be preparing their companies today? This conversation amongst capital markets experts will glance at 2024 in the rearview mirror and project IPO activity in 2025.

10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Healthcare Fireside Chat

This conversation will feature a senior leader in Healthcare investing sharing an outlook for private equity investing in Healthcare.

10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Earn-Outs: Allure vs. Issues

This conversation will explore the pros and cons of the earn-out.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Borrower Perspectives

With inflation, rising commodity prices and rising benchmark rates posing a threat, how are credit market participants thinking about the impact of these issues on structure, pricing, and leverage on deal activity? This panel will take a deep dive into current trends in leveraged finance and the credit market environment from the borrower’s perspective.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Outlook for Private Equity Investing in Healthcare

This panel of healthcare private equity specialists will share which categories are most attractive, including growing areas such as behavioral health, health IT and specialty physician platforms.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Tales from the Trenches - Negotiating M&A Deal Terms

Private equity deal-makers and leading M&A advisors discuss recent deal trends, data and their own experiences negotiating acquisitions and exits in today’s M&A market.

11:45 am
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Open Networking Lunch

Details coming soon!

1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
The Human Side of Mergers

Anyone who has been through a merger and the integration process will tell you that the most challenging and interesting issues involved people – primarily, employees and customers. This panel of experienced leaders as both acquirers and targets will share stories and tips for managing human capital and customers throughout an M&A transaction.

1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
How to Succeed in Growth Equity

The growth equity community, investors, CEOs and bankers, are hopeful that 2024 will be a better year than 2022 and 2023 in terms of deal flow and exits.  Innovation combined with a favorable ratio of capital demanded to capital supplied creates promise. What are the critical KPIs for growth investors in today’s environment?  Are CEOs and investors coming together in terms of pricing?  Are players on both sides successfully navigating down rounds and other underwriting obstacles?  What is the exit environment like, and will the IPO markets open up this year?

1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Exit Strategies

Private equity dry power has reached an all-time high, exceeding $3 trillion, including over $2 billion in unexited assets. Pressure for successful exits is mounting. How does this environment compare with past cycles? What creative solutions have PE firms explored? What is the outlook for 2025?

1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
What's My Legacy? The Next Chapter for Dealmaking Pioneers

Despite reaching the pinnacle of their industries, a generation of accomplished women still yearns for further growth and impact. In this panel, pioneering deal-makers from investment banking and private equity backgrounds will reveal how they are leveraging the next chapter of their careers to shape a lasting legacy. By sharing lessons learned, forging valuable relationships and mastering essential skills, these influential leaders will illuminate their strategies for making a profound impact in the next phase of their professional journeys.

1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Opportunities & Obstacles for Consumer Facing Companies

This panel of private equity investors specializing in consumer will share their outlook for the sector and the best plays in today’s market. Consumer goods companies that benefited from elevated demand during the pandemic are reexamining their operational strategies as consumers become more strategic about spending and look for value in their purchases. This shift is driven by deflationary price pressure, production costs, a tight labor market and increasing borrowing costs.

1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Acquisition Finance

The art of a private equity deal is often in the challenging phase of obtaining the appropriate mix of financing that offers the lowest cost of capital. Dealmakers, capital markets leader and lenders will discuss various alternatives available to finance an acquisitions today and tips for deal-makers struggling with this puzzle.

2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Growth: KPIs that Matter Most

Have an issue you’d like help solving? Love to problem solve and brainstorm others’ obstacles? Empower Hour promises to be the most useful problem-solving discussion you’ll ever attend. Each roundtable will identify obstacles then collectively prioritize the issues to tackle. Attendees will lean on the collective wisdom of the group and walk away with solutions, ideas and resources to even the thorniest of issues.

3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wind-Down Walk

Join your peers for a 60-minute, off-site guided walk through the Boston Common on October 8th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. See Boston’s beautiful scenery and connect with fellow attendees.












LP tickets include a general pass, plus:

– VIP access
– 8 hours of networking
– 8 hours of content

Limited Availability

Fee-Earning LPs must register with a general or VIP ticket



General tickets include:

– Meals + Welcome Reception
– 8 hours of networking
– 8 hours of content



VIP tickets include a general ticket, plus…

– Access to VIP Lounge
– Attendee list in advance
– Media kit

company approval letter

It shouldn’t be such a burden to request company approval to attend an innovative industry event. That’s why we created a ready-to-send company approval letter template, just for the 11th Annual Private Equity Series events. Complete the brief form to download this helpful resource and mark it off your to-do list!

frequently asked questions

Are the tickets All-Access Passes?

This year, the Private Equity Series is comprised of two separate events: the Women in M&A Summit and the Women in Private Funds Summit. Passes must be purchased separately for each event. A pass to one is not transferable to the other Summit.

How do I book my hotel room at The Newbury Boston?

We’ve secured a room block at The Newbury Boston. Prices start at $545.00 per night. This block will sell out, so we recommend booking your room early. Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive a direct link to book.

What is a VIP ticket?

A VIP ticket comes with access to the attendee list, media kit, a VIP lunch, and access to the VIP lounge.

What is the attire?

The Summit adheres to a business professional dress code. 

How can you help me with internal approvals?

Yes, we’ll be drafting a letter that you can share with your managerContact ashley.cramer@kayoconferenceseries.com for help with internal approvals.

Will I receive the attendee list in advance?

Sponsors and VIP ticket holders receive the attendee list in advance in Excel and PDF format. All other attendees can access the attendee list via the Event App up to one week before the event.

What professional level is this intended for?

We see a variety of experience levelsAttendees at the Private Equity Series are typically mid-to-senior level to senior level professionals.

What is your refund policy?

After purchasing a ticket, refunds are not available. Tickets may be transferred to another individual at Kayo’s discretion up to 3 days before the event. In the event of a cancellation, we are no longer offering credits to future events.

Are group discounts available?

Yes. We offer a 20% discount on groups of three or moreContact ashley.cramer@kayoconferenceseries.com to request a special code for your group or to request an invoice. 


We’re here to help! Contact hello@kayoconferenceseries.com for any other questions. 


more than a conference



Quality over quantity. We curate audiences so there is a diverse mix of partners, clients and peers who connect easily and authentically.


We believe individuals should take ownership over their professional development. Our events offer educational topics and industry knowledge.


Connection is a fundamental human drive. People thrive in community and struggle without it. Be championed by your peers!


“Always full of great content and amazing connections!”


“Very thoughtful!”


I left with a great network of women, who I know I can reach out to anytime!”