Diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, has risen to the forefront of priorities for the middle market over the last year. Our Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A say they are committed to leaving the door more open than it was when they walked in, to borrow a phrase from Vice President Kamala Harris.

Sharing their strategies and insights are: Julia Karol, president & COO, Watermill Group; Julie Kampf, CEO, chief possibilities officer & board talent champion, JBK Associates; Dena Jalbert, founder and CEO, Align Business Advisory Services; and Melissa Mounce Mithal, managing director, leadership talent & diversity, GTCR. Watch the video panel discussion, which was featured at M&A’s Most Influential Women Speak virtual event on Feb. 24. For more, see The 2021 Top 25 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.