Women in Private Equity & Venture Capital Initiative


Wharton Women in PE & VC Initiative
The Wharton Women in PE & VC Initiative connects a uniquely powerful group of Wharton and UPenn alumnae investing private equity and venture capital by creating a confidential peer environment to encourage open discussion, guidance, networking and best practice sharing.
Founding Committee Members
Kathryn (Katie) Stokel 
Abbott Capital
  Leslie Golden 
(W’89, WG’96) 
Digital Bridge & Digital Colony
Elaine Chan 
Harvard Management
Ashley Ciaburri 
Bessemer Trust
Karen Griffith 
DreamIt Ventures
Lisa Myers 
Zeena Rao 
ICV Partners



We believe that by helping senior PE & VC alumnae achieve greater success as investors today, we can pave the way for future alumnae to be better prepared and represented at all levels of PE & VC investing.

Critical Elements of the Network:
•    Empower other women. 
•    Include women and men in the Wharton/UPenn investor community. 
•    Ensure confidentiality and create trust / intimacy. 
•    Facilitate exchange of ideas across generations. 



Upcoming Events

Senior PE & VC Alumna Dinner, November 2019


Past Events:

June 2019: Luncheon w/Kim Lew (W'87), CIO, Carnegie Corp of NY 
April 2019:
Women's Meet-Up at the PE & VC Alumni Dinner - Driving Gender Balance in PE & V(4/4/2019)

October 2018: Leading Negotiations - An Inside Out Approach
June 2018:  Luncheon with Anne Dinneen (WG'10), CIO,
Hamilton College

January 2018: Roundtable discussion with Girls Who Invest Co-Founder Seema Hingorani
September 2017: Maximizing Interpersonal & Business Relationships in the Investment World
June 2017: Wharton Women in PE & VC Kick Off Reception, NYC

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If you are a Wharton or UPenn alum currently investing LP, GP or VC funds and are interested in learning about upcoming events, please email us at smcalaine@wpevc.org to be added to the invitation list.