Recognizing that diversity yields better investment decisions and higher returns, several middle-market firms and organizations have launched programs aimed at recruiting and nurturing women, including investment bank William Blair, law firm Duane Morris and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). (For more, see The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.)

“We have found that it’s critical to have a diverse deal team, including women, in order to provide competitive solutions and creative ideas to our clients,” says William Blair managing director Beth Satterfield. The Chicago investment bank houses the Women’s Advisory Council, an internal program that aims to provide leadership development opportunities to female employees. 

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