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.

The summit will also feature panels on private equity’s role as an asset class, deal sourcing outlook, women in finance and sector updates, plus a keynote address from Subha Barry, an expert adviser, adjunct professor at Columbia University, and former senior vice president of Freddie Mac. 

For more on ACG WOL events, see “Annie’s Molly Ashby Shares Secrets of Success” and watch “More Women Likely to Emerge as Mid-Market Leaders.” 

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