American women’s fashion designer Nanette Lepore will talk about founding and growing her company – and turning down offers from private equity firms -- at the ACG New York Women of Leadership Summit on Thurs. Jan 23.

The summit, held at the Time Life building in New York will feature a luncheon and fireside chat between Mergers & Acquisitions editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn and Lepore. The designer started her namesake fashion line, which is known for bright colors and signature silhouettes, with $5,000 in New York City after moving from Ohio. Today, the company is still privately-held, although it has received interest from investors. Lepore will share her thoughts about private equity and about women’s issues, including balancing work and family life.

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