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what to expect
TWO DAYS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
GROW AS A LEADER
Take time to evaluate where you’re at, and learn new skills and strategies through interactive workshops and instruction.
CONNECT WITH PEERS
Sharing your challenges, experiences, and stories with other leading females will energize and inspire you on your journey.
- Jones Day
- Universiy of VA Investment Management Company (UVIMCO)
- Washington State Investment Board
- Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
- Liberty Mutual Investments
- LivCor, a Blackstone Company
- Tennessee Department of Treasury
- Maryland State Retirement and Pension System
- Leyline Renewable Capital, LLC
- Vanderbilt University
- Oliver Wyman
- Hartford Investment Mangement Co. (HIMCO)
- Link Logistics
- Utah Retirement Systems
- and more!
VP, AFFILIATED MANAGERS GROUP, 2023 ATTENDEE
“What a privilege to have been a part of this group of women!”
CEO, SPERRY WELLNESS, INC, 2023 ATTENDEE
“Very excited to be a part of the Kayo community and looking forward to the next one!”
PETREE PARTNERS, 2019 ATTENDEE
“Thank you for the amazing gift of the retreat!”
Monday, June 13 | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
3:00 PM | WELCOME REMARKS
3:15 PM | Professional Development Workshop: Spy the Lie
Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Become an expert in detecting deception in your due diligence. Presenter Susan Carnicero is a former CIA security specialist who will lead a workshop teaching investors how to “spy the lie.”
Susan Carnicero, Qverity
4:45 PM | Cocktail Reception
Our opening cocktail reception will include joint networking across our Private Equity, Credit, and ESG Summit audiences.
Tuesday, June 14 | 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET
Capital raising, allocator perspectives, fund formation and secondaries.
8:00 AM | Breakfast
8:30 AM | Opening Keynote | No Stone Left Unturned: A View on Emerging and Diverse Manager Selection
A rising number of institutional investors are committing capital to emerging and diverse led managers. Yet, there remains a trend where LPs are consolidating the number of fund relationships they manage. Where’s the balance? Jasmine Richards, Head of Diverse Manager Research at Cambridge Associates, joins us to share how her team is sourcing and conducting due diligence on managers, presenting insight across both public and private markets.
9:00 AM | Fireside Chat with kristi craig, national geographic society
Kristi Craig leads the endowment for the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Kristi joined the endowment in 2022, and has spent a decade she in the endowment world. Learn more about her career journey and what investing strategies she plans to use.
Kristi Craig, National Geographic Society
Kathryn Regan, Landmark Partners, An Ares Company (moderator)
9:30 AM | Panel | Holding on Longer: Retaining Portfolio Company Ownership
In record number, general partners explore creative options for well-performing companies reaching the end of their fund lifecycle. GPs extract additional value over time and LPs find desired liquidity. It’s a win-win situation. To name a few: long hold structures, continuation vehicles, fund-to-fund transfers, co-investments and in-kind distributions. Why are these transactions attractive in today’s market? Are LPs recommitting to new vehicles? What must GPs consider when evaluating these structures for fund management?
Anat Holtzman, The Carlyle Group
Jeanna Simeone, ArcLight Capital Partners
10:15 AM | Coffee Break
10:45 AM | Panel | Is Private Equity Still Outperforming?
Private equity is on a performance run. Returns are high despite recent dislocation and investors have more choice in the market today than ever. How are investors distinguishing top performing managers? What separates the skillful from the lucky? As we enter 2022 with an ongoing inflationary environment and geopolitical tensions in the East, are LPs doubling down on their allocations to private equity?
Luanne Good, State Board of Administration of Florida
Amy Miller, Marquette Associates
11:30 AM | Fireside Chat with Lisa Lee, Providence Equity Partners
Lisa Lee is Managing Director at PSG & Providence Equity based in New York, where she focuses on investor relations and fundraising. Lisa has found a passion for relationship building through her journey in management consulting, investment banking, and private equity. In this fireside chat, we’ll discuss the importance of investing in a professional profile.
Lisa Lee, Providence Equity Partners
12:00 PM | Networking Lunch
talent and human capital
Talent, recruiting, DEI and corporate governance.
1:00 PM | Panel | She Came, She Built, She Sold: Two Successful Exit Stories
2021 marked a milestone year for two entrepreneurs Anne Anquillare of CSC Global Financial Markets and Stacey Relton of Sanne Group. Anne and Stacey successfully sold their businesses, PEF Services and Strait Capital, to leading financial companies defining the future of private equity fund management. This conversation will explore the early days of establishing a company thesis and culture, the steps that define a successful exit and the surprises along the way. Did Anne and Stacey envision selling their business?
Anne Anquillare (CFA), PEF Services, a CSC Company
2:00 PM |Allocator-Only Closed-Door Session | Peers, Fears & Cheers
Special programming segment for allocators: Peers, Fears and Cheers! Connect with fellow-allocators, open up about your worries and obstacles, and toast to your wins and the future!
Elizabeth Burton, Hawaii Employees Retirement System
Dana Johns, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System
Palmer Garson, Silvercrest Asset Management
1:45 PM | Panel | Recruiting Diverse Talent-Ask Us Anything
In the private equity talent market, competition is fierce. Which firms are attracting top performers and why? How do you know if a firm is serious about a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion? For this “ask us anything” style panel, we have two top executive search specialists in private equity, alongside two private equity firms differentiating themselves in an effort to recruit and retain top talent. To create change, it takes a village. Bring your questions!
Lindsay Ting, Trilantic North America
2:30 PM | Panel | Is EQ the Key to Deal Making?
M&A and restructuring is not just about term sheets – it’s often more about managing human emotions and relationships. Dealmaking requires high speed conflict resolution, interpersonal interactions and overcoming operational challenges. What’s the secret to staying clear-headed and rational during high-stakes conversations and tense situations? How do you manage your emotions, and those of your clients in hairy environments?
Veda Eswarappa, Great Hill Partners
Stephanie Ivy Sanford, Goldman Sachs
Tiffany Kosch, Centergate Capital
4:00 PM | Optional Group Activities
Walk the Boston Harbor
Meditation & Breathing Exercise
7:00 PM | Day Closes - Dinners
Wednesday, June 15 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET
M&A, due diligence, capital markets, sector spotlights and private equity strategies.
8:00 AM | Breakfast
8:30 AM | Opening Keynote | Private Gone Public
TPG’s IPO marked the first big stock debut of 2022. What is next for the IPO market? What trends are arising and what do others need to take into account as they consider going public? Paige Weiser, VP of Equity Capital Markets on TPG’s Capital Markets team, shares the story of TPG’s public listing amidst a hot private equity market, a volatile IPO market, and key lessons learned.
9:00 AM | Panel | New Records, New Challenges
Deal volume and count may be on fire, but new challenges keep private equity firms on their toes. How will antitrust, FTC and DOJ scrutiny and labor shortages impact the dealmaking environment? How will increased investor focus on ESG reporting impact the factors assessed before closing on a deal? What must be considered if labor shortages and inflation persists for the unforeseeable future?
Jane Levy Vance, Cove Hill Partners
Claudia Gast, Global Technology Acquistition Corp.
9:45 AM | Fireside Chat | Jill Granoff, Eurazeo
Jill Granoff is Managing Partner of Eurazeo and CEO of Eurazeo Brands, leading strategy for the firm’s global consumer growth equity division. A beauty, fashion and retail industry expert, Jill held previous executive positions at Estee Lauder, Victoria Secret and Liz Claiborne. Jill also was CEO of two publicly listed companies, walking Vince through its IPO before joining Eurazeo. In this fireside chat, we’ll explore Jill’s journey as her team helps shape the future of the consumer market.
10:15 AM | Coffee Break
11:00 AM | Breakout | Merger Integration: How to Prevent a Culture Clash
Critical decisions make or break a post-merger integration. Sponsors and management teams must work in tandem to unlock value and realize new revenue growth. In a merger, how is team talent preserved and supported? What role is technology play a role in driving efficiency? In the spirit of avoiding a clash of culture, what’s the future of merger integration?
11:00 AM | Breakout | No limits: Investing in Technology's Path of Disruption
Technology continues to disrupt society – touching every industry, geography and consumer end market. The opportunity set is large, but so too is competition and appetite. What sets apart performance from the best technology companies? Is technology viewed as a sector or an industry? Is every company a “tech company”? This panel will explore why LPs and investors continue to back the next generation of software, internet, semiconductors and tech enabled service investments.
Sophia Popova, Summit Partners
Stacy LaMontagne, Cherry Bekaert
Elizabeth De Saint Aignan, Sun Capital Partners
11:00 AM | Breakout | Private Equity Finance: Who's Lending?
Private debt fundraising remains healthy. Sponsors have substantial dry powder to deploy and the size of loans from a single lender is skyrocketing. What’s happening in the syndicated loan market? What are lenders worried about and how are borrowers demands changing in the private equity finance market?
Linda Rowland, Landmark Partners, An Ares Company
Dev Vallabhaneni, Antares Capital
11:50 AM | Breakout |The True "Value" in Value Creation
Value creation comes in many forms – cost reduction, talent swaps, product development, pricing strategy and technology enhancements – to name a few. But what does it really take to remain competitive in the market today when multiples are at record highs? How does a private equity firm prioritize its objectives? How much risk are investors and management teams willing to assume to drive growth?
Jaimee Michaud, Advent International
Lenore Champagne Beirne, Bright Ventures
Michelle Noon, Clearhaven Partners
11:50 AM | Breakout | investing with impact
Today’s impact investors are solving tomorrow’s challenges. Focused on marry financial and social returns, the leaders in the industry are addressing environmental sustainability, economic disparities, and our population’s health. The entrepreneurs presenting solutions require patient, long term capital. How is private equity stepping up to back the next generation of change makers?
Chavon Sutton, Cambridge Associates
11:50 AM | Breakout | Middle Market Dealmaking: Frenzy Continued?
The middle market crushed 2021 – both in deal count and value. Now that we’re nearly halfway through 2022, who’s winning and who’s losing? How long is it taking to complete deals? How are firms navigating due diligence? Which companies are firms focused on purchasing? What’s the impact of inflation, rising tax rates, supply chain disruptions, and cybersecurity?
12:45 PM | Networking Roundtable Lunch
1:45 PM | Closing Fireside Chat with clarissa berman, Frazier healthcare
Is private equity meeting the need of providers, patients and payers? Affordability, streamlined operations and data-driven solutions are in high demand. In this fireside chat, Clarissa Berman an accomplished investor at Frazier Healthcare, shares her perspective on the need for transformation in medical devices, mental health and healthcare technology sectors.
Clarissa Berman, Frazier Healthcare