Mergers & Acquisitions names the 2021 PE Leaders in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including Khalida Ali, director of diversity and inclusion for Vista Equity Partners.
The phrase “conscious inclusion” carries the weight of individual responsibility. It implies that inclusion is an active and continual process. It is also the name of Vista Equity Partners’ DEI initiative, which is aimed at combating unconscious bias in the workplace. This effort is marked by its direct approach to supporting a diverse community at the office. Founded in 2000 by CEO and chairman Robert F. Smith, Vista is one of the oldest Black-led PE firms in the U.S. The firm invests in enterprise software, with a focus on sustainability initiatives, with $77 billion of assets under management. The firm recently acquired Power Factors, a software company serving the renewable energy industry.
Ali joined Vista in 2019. She is responsible for developing and delivering strategies for the firm to foster diversity and nurture inclusion. For Ali, building an inclusive work culture is imperative for any firm to reach peak performance. Ali shared some insights with Mergers & Acquisitions in this Q&A: