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 companies.

To address the gender gap, about one-third of ACG chapters design programs for women, such as events that feature female entrepreneurs. 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. (Send us your nominations today at www.themiddlemarket.com/women.)

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