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Exponent, a new group of women dealmakers, brought together 200 women from private equity funds, investment banks, entrepreneurs and advisors for the Exponent Exchange, featuring Sallie Krawcheck as the keynote speaker. Previously the CEO of Wall Streetbanks, including Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Citi Private Bank, Krawcheck serves as the CEO of Ellevest, an online investing platform for women. Mergers & Acquisitions participated in the event as an in-kind sponsor, and editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn moderated Spotlight Panel, From Startups to Showtime: Investment Case Studies. In addition to drawing top speakers who discussed compelling content, Exponent Exchange attracted an impressive group of sponsors, including Apollo, Baird, BDO, Merrill Corp. and Moelis & Co., demonstrating high interest in initiatives aimed at providing dealmaking opportunities for women as well as recruiting and retaining women in the M&A industry. The July 12 event was held at Second, a sleek venue in midtown Manhattan. After her talk, Krawcheck networked with the group’s founders: Cortney Stapleton, Bliss Integrated Communication; Marilyn Adler, Medley Management; Michelle Van Hellemont, Accordion; Justine Mannering, Alantra Partners; Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest; Amy Ludwig Weisman, Sterling Investment Partners; Astrid Soto, Agro Imports U.S.; Sarah Robson, Comvest Partners; Nanette Heide, Duane Morris LLP; and Lou Halstead, Exponent Women LLC.