Dealmaking is all about forging relationships, as any member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) will tell you. But women in the financial services sector often find themselves rare representatives of their gender, especially as they move up the corporate ladder of private equity firms, investment banks and other middle-market firms. To address the gender gap, about one-third of ACG chapters today aim programming at women. Mergers & Acquisitions is also focusing on female dealmakers in 2015. We recently launched a Call for Nominations for The 25 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A, the results of which will appear in the January 2016 issue of the magazine.
In the meantime, two ACG women’s events are taking place in July.
On July 15, ACG Boston’s Women's Connection is hosting an evening at the office of law firm Goulston & Storrs, which sports a view of the Boston Harbor. The event will feature Bettina Hein, the CEO of Pixability, a software company focused on video advertising and marketing through YouTube. Previously, Hein co-founded Svox AG, a speech software business that sold for $125 million to Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) in 2011. The evening will provide a chance to network over appetizers and drinks after a Q&A session with Hein.
On July 20, the northeast tri-state chapters will host a networking event, dubbed “ACG Women Meeting Together on the Hudson”on the roof of the Press Lounge (pictured), which boasts views of the Hudson River.
“This event brings together women from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut chapters and creates an expanded networking and dealmaking opportunity for attendees beyond what they’d find at a single chapter event,” says Accordion Partners’ Michelle Van Hellemont, founder of ACG New York’s Women of Leadership Committee (WOL).
ACG New York provides proof that programming aimed at women is effective. Just 3 percent of the chapter’s members were women in 2008 when WOL was founded. Today, 17 percent of ACG New York’s members are women.
Look for more coverage of programming for female dealmakers in the coming months.