A systemic game changer- fueling women founders and funders that invest in them

deca billion+ 

Anchored by an accountability platform, DECA-BILLION+ cracks the fund manager/investor code scaling capital commitments for innovation by women of all races.

A systemic game changer- fueling women founders and funders that invest in them

deca billion+ 

Anchored by an accountability platform, DECA-BILLION+ cracks the fund manager/investor code scaling capital commitments for innovation by women of all races.

the moment is now. breaking up the all-boys club.

cracking the system. 

Venture backed Innovations are the backbone of wealth building in our economy. Yet innovations built by all women of all races, orientations and capabilities get only a fraction of venture investment. 

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Led by an Alliance of Investors with Over $1 Trillion AUM

In a never-seen before alliance, over 1,400 women investment professionals, are rallying venture capital allocations towards women-founded companies.

A National Capital Pledge Campaign

Real dollars, anchored by a national pledge campaign, led by one of the largest asset allocators globally; utilizing a proven model from The Billion Dollar Fund for Women.

Powered by A World-Class Technology Platform

Executing on the pledge campaign -enabling investors to easily source, diligence and customize fund and deal investments  via an institutionally robust investment platform. 

Incentivized Visibility and Measurements

What gets measured gets done. But diversity reporting has never been truly incentivized, until now. Enhanced visibility enabled by proprietary tools will make it no longer acceptable for fund managers NOT to invest into women-founded companies.

the BUSINESS CASE

Diversifying venture capital will accelerate diversity in asset management broadly and corporate governance, female-friendly labor practices, and the availability of female life-enhancing products and services.  Our lever and mechanisms are in venture capital but the societal impacts can extend much further.

WHY VENTURE CAPITAL?

Venture Capital is Funding our Future: and we cannot exclude women

The exponential rise of technology continues to disrupt all industries. Five of the largest companies by market cap — Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook — were venture-backed technology companies, that have undoubtedly changed the way we work and live.1

Venture Capital Outperformance: and by Women as Investors

Top quartile absolute returns for venture capital have historically exceeded those for other asset
classes, yet has not become a meaningful asset allocation for many Limited Partner(LP) investors. Further Of US VC firms that scored top quartile between 2009-2018, close to 70% had women in decision making roles.

WHY WOMEN-FOUNDED COMPANIES?

Gender Venture Investment Gap is Real

Female founders received 2.8% of VC funding in 2019. This means all-male teams received the majority of all VC funding.3

Gender Diverse Teams Yield Better Returns

Yet “…businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men” - Mass Challenge4

NOT a "Dealflow issue"

From 1,500 startups evaluated, of which 42% had at least one female founder, these startups garnered an average $935,000 in VC investments, which is less than half the average $2.1 million invested in all-male teams!4

Diversifying venture capital will accelerate diversity in asset management broadly and corporate governance, female-friendly labor practices and the availability of female life-enhancing  products and services.  Our lever and mechanisms are in venture capital but the societal impacts can extend much further.

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FUNDS

Target # Women-Founded Companies

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a partnership of two leading organizations

a partnership of two leading organizations

Anna K. Snider
Head of Funds Due Diligence, Bank of America

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Anna K. Snider

Managing Director, Head of Due Diligence, Bank of America, Board Chair, High Water Women — Anna Snider is Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America. In this role, Anna is responsible for manager research across all asset classes for the wealth management businesses. She also defines and executes investment strategies focusing on impact strategy research, thought leadership and investment implementation. Prior to this role, Anna was part of the alternative investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a senior analyst in the risk management division at U.S. Trust. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management. Anna graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM(CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City.

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Managing Director, Head of Due Diligence, Bank of America, Board Chair, High Water Women — Anna Snider is Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America. In this role, Anna is responsible for manager research across all asset classes for the wealth management businesses. She also defines and executes investment strategies focusing on impact strategy research, thought leadership and investment implementation. Prior to this role, Anna was part of the alternative investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a senior analyst in the risk management division at U.S. Trust. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management. Anna graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM(CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City.

Sarah Chen
Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Beyond The Billion

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Sarah Chen

Named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Sarah’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest (and are actively deploying) beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where women founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger landscape of capital, working with the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity, collectively. Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.

Driven by a mission to fuel women's power and influence, she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London.

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Named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Sarah’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest (and are actively deploying) beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where women founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger landscape of capital, working with the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity, collectively. Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.

Driven by a mission to fuel women's power and influence, she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London.

Shelly Porges
Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Beyond The Billion

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Shelly Porges

K. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women and Beyond the Billion. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her. Ms. Porges also served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Womens Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges co-founded six ventures including Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm. Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University. 

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K. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women and Beyond the Billion. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her. Ms. Porges also served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Womens Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges co-founded six ventures including Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm. Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University. 

Caroline Lovelace
Founder, Rose Hill Park

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Founder and Managing Partner, Rose Hill Park — Caroline Lovelace, Founder and Managing Partner of Rose Hill Park, has nearly 20 years’ experience in financial services and 15 years’ experience in alternative investments including direct venture capital, private equity (direct and co-mingled funds) and hedge funds (comingled funds). Previous to Rose Hill Park, Ms. Lovelace was a founding partner of Pine Street Alternative Asset Management and Co-Portfolio Manager for its seed fund for emerging hedge funds with a focus on woman and minority-owned managers. Ms. Lovelace was also a key element in the successful fundraise of a $200MM seed allocation from a large state pension plan.

Before Pine Street, Ms. Lovelace was a managing director of Provident Group Asset Management where she was responsible for hedge fund research, new manager selection and oversight of the due diligence process. In addition, Ms. Lovelace worked with Hedge Fund Research Inc. to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the woman and minority-owned hedge fund universe.

Previously, Ms. Lovelace spent several years with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, first in investment banking then moving to J.P. Morgan Capital, the firm’s direct private equity division, to invest in and manage a portfolio of healthcare and financial services investments. She served on the board of Directors/Advisors for several private companies.

Ms. Lovelace holds a BA (Economics) from Harvard University and an MBA (Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Caroline Lovelace

Founder and Managing Partner, Rose Hill Park — Caroline Lovelace, Founder and Managing Partner of Rose Hill Park, has nearly 20 years’ experience in financial services and 15 years’ experience in alternative investments including direct venture capital, private equity (direct and co-mingled funds) and hedge funds (comingled funds). Previous to Rose Hill Park, Ms. Lovelace was a founding partner of Pine Street Alternative Asset Management and Co-Portfolio Manager for its seed fund for emerging hedge funds with a focus on woman and minority-owned managers. Ms. Lovelace was also a key element in the successful fundraise of a $200MM seed allocation from a large state pension plan.

Before Pine Street, Ms. Lovelace was a managing director of Provident Group Asset Management where she was responsible for hedge fund research, new manager selection and oversight of the due diligence process. In addition, Ms. Lovelace worked with Hedge Fund Research Inc. to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the woman and minority-owned hedge fund universe.

Previously, Ms. Lovelace spent several years with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, first in investment banking then moving to J.P. Morgan Capital, the firm’s direct private equity division, to invest in and manage a portfolio of healthcare and financial services investments. She served on the board of Directors/Advisors for several private companies.

Ms. Lovelace holds a BA (Economics) from Harvard University and an MBA (Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Drianne Benner
Managing Director, Appomatox

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Drianne is the Managing Director of Appomattox which she joined in 2010. She has over 30 years’ experience in investment management. She is responsible for business development and client service.Previously, she was Global Marketing Director at Cadogan Management where she was responsible for overseeing firm-wide marketing and client communications for institutional and family office clients.Prior to joining Cadogan, she spent ten years, most recently as a Managing Director, at U.S. Trust Company, where she developed and led client and marketing initiatives focused on investment communications, initiated an institutional consultant relations program and serviced large institutional clients. Before that she worked at Paribas Asset Management, a global asset management firm, in a variety of roles including institutional and consultant relations to some of the largest U.S. pension funds and as a manager of portfolios in an enhanced quantitative strategy. She earned a BA from Pennsylvania State University and attended graduate studies in regional planning in international development at Cornell University. Drianne is a CFA charter holder and is a former board member of the CFA Society New York. Drianne is on the board and Finance/Investment Committee of the New York City Audubon Society; chairs the Investment Committee of the American Friends Service Committee and is on the Finance/Investment Committee of the Oysterponds Historical Society.

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Drianne Brenner

Drianne is the Managing Director of Appomattox which she joined in 2010. She has over 30 years’ experience in investment management. She is responsible for business development and client service. Previously, she was Global Marketing Director at Cadogan Management where she was responsible for overseeing firm-wide marketing and client communications for institutional and family office clients. Prior to joining Cadogan, she spent ten years, most recently as a Managing Director, at U.S. Trust Company, where she developed and led client and marketing initiatives focused on investment communications, initiated an institutional consultant relations program and serviced large institutional clients. Before that she worked at Paribas Asset Management, a global asset management firm, in a variety of roles including institutional and consultant relations to some of the largest U.S. pension funds and as a manager of portfolios in an enhanced quantitative strategy. She earned a BA from Pennsylvania State University and attended graduate studies in regional planning in international development at Cornell University. Drianne is a CFA charter holder and is a former board member of the CFA Society New York. Drianne is on the board and Finance/Investment Committee of the New York City Audubon Society; chairs the Investment Committee of the American Friends Service Committee and is on the Finance/Investment Committee of the Oysterponds Historical Society.

Kim Leslie Shafer
Board Chair, Aeris

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Kim Leslie is the Board Chair of Aeris, a social enterprise that accelerates the flow of capital to good by driving accountability and transparency into impact investing. She also works as an expert witness in litigation, consults in financial services and fin-tech and serves on the Advisory Committee of a credit hedge fund. She was a Senior Managing Director in Strategic Finance at Bear Stearns until its 2008 merger, working with alternative asset managers and various structured fixed income products. Subsequently, she assisted the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in DC create its (bestselling) report and archives. In earlier professional chapters, Kim was a public finance investment banker, served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Banking Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, worked on the national staffs of two Presidential campaigns and practiced corporate law at White & Case. Her policy work in Washington engendered a lifelong interest in the beneficial power of finance and the challenge of effective regulation. Having recently joined the board of Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, Kim’s prior board service includes the Council for Economic Education, Financial Women’s Association, Women in Housing & Finance (DC) and the Alumni Association of each of her alma maters. Kim has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Post-graduate she was awarded a Corning World Travel Fellowship to explore foreign private investment and economic development issues in Asia and Africa. She resides with her husband in New York City and they have two spectacular children.

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Kim Leslie Shafer

Kim Leslie is the Board Chair of Aeris, a social enterprise that accelerates the flow of capital to good by driving accountability and transparency into impact investing. She also works as an expert witness in litigation, consults in financial services and fin-tech and serves on the Advisory Committee of a credit hedge fund. She was a Senior Managing Director in Strategic Finance at Bear Stearns until its 2008 merger, working with alternative asset managers and various structured fixed income products. Subsequently, she assisted the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in DC create its (bestselling) report and archives. In earlier professional chapters, Kim was a public finance investment banker, served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Banking Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, worked on the national staffs of two Presidential campaigns and practiced corporate law at White & Case. Her policy work in Washington engendered a lifelong interest in the beneficial power of finance and the challenge of effective regulation. Having recently joined the board of Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, Kim’s prior board service includes the Council for Economic Education, Financial Women’s Association, Women in Housing & Finance (DC) and the Alumni Association of each of her alma maters. Kim has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Post-graduate she was awarded a Corning World Travel Fellowship to explore foreign private investment and economic development issues in Asia and Africa. She resides with her husband in New York City and they have two spectacular children.

Imogen Rose Smith
Journalist

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An award winning journalist, Imogen Rose-Smith is an expert on institutional investment and sustainable asset management. She is a contributing editor to Impact Alpha, the leading publication on impact investing, and is a regular commentator on the popular Impact Alpha podcast, Returns on Investment.

Imogen was a 2017 to 2019 investment fellow at the University of California in the Office of the Chief Investment Officer to the University of California Regents. She helped design, implement and oversee the $120 billion asset owner’s award winning sustainable investment strategy. Prior to joining the UC, Imogen was a Senior Writer with Institutional Investor Magazine, where she founded and lead the publications award winning sustainable investment coverage.

From 2012 to 2015 Imogen served as an advisor to the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights foundation on their program concerning institutional asset owners, ESG and human rights. In 2015, Imogen was part of a delegation that worked successfully with the Obama White House and the Department of Labor to achieve changes to the DOL’s guidance for corporate and union pension plans concerning the consideration of ESG factors (the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance) in investment decision making.

Imogen has a BA in American Studies from the University of East Anglia, including a year abroad at UC Berkeley, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. She serves on the advisory committee of Girls Who Invest, a not-for-profit focused on increasing the pipeline of women investment professionals, and is a trustee of ALTSO UK, a not-for-profit which helps disabled children in developing market countries. She is the co-founder of Combinate Capital, a diversity focused venture capital initiative, and a principal of and impact investment advisor to Gravity Exists, an impact investment and advisory business. She lives in Brooklyn and Orient, NY with her husband.

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Imogen Rose Smith

An award winning journalist, Imogen Rose-Smith is an expert on institutional investment and sustainable asset management. She is a contributing editor to Impact Alpha, the leading publication on impact investing, and is a regular commentator on the popular Impact Alpha podcast, Returns on Investment.

Imogen was a 2017 to 2019 investment fellow at the University of California in the Office of the Chief Investment Officer to the University of California Regents. She helped design, implement and oversee the $120 billion asset owner’s award winning sustainable investment strategy. Prior to joining the UC, Imogen was a Senior Writer with Institutional Investor Magazine, where she founded and lead the publications award winning sustainable investment coverage.

From 2012 to 2015 Imogen served as an advisor to the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights foundation on their program concerning institutional asset owners, ESG and human rights. In 2015, Imogen was part of a delegation that worked successfully with the Obama White House and the Department of Labor to achieve changes to the DOL’s guidance for corporate and union pension plans concerning the consideration of ESG factors (the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance) in investment decision making.

Imogen has a BA in American Studies from the University of East Anglia, including a year abroad at UC Berkeley, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. She serves on the advisory committee of Girls Who Invest, a not-for-profit focused on increasing the pipeline of women investment professionals, and is a trustee of ALTSO UK, a not-for-profit which helps disabled children in developing market countries. She is the co-founder of Combinate Capital, a diversity focused venture capital initiative, and a principal of and impact investment advisor to Gravity Exists, an impact investment and advisory business. She lives in Brooklyn and Orient, NY with her husband.

Alissa Desmarais
Executive Director, High Water Women

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Executive Director, High Water Women — Alissa Desmarais brings over 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and human resources management both globally and locally. She has worked with some of the best New York City organizations. Her accomplishments include closing six-figure revenue deals and managing a budget of over $5M at the City Parks Foundation, securing $1.5M in unrestricted gifts for Synergos, and increasing service revenues at Creative Alternatives by 42%. She has successfully organized and managed top tier events working with international figures such as David Rockefeller, Kofi Annan and Queen Rania of Jordan. Under her leadership the New York Public Radio gala grew by 32%. Her honest, practical, can do attitude, coupled with her strategic approach will help us guide HWW into a new phase of growth.

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Alissa Desmarais

Executive Director, High Water Women — Alissa Desmarais brings over 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and human resources management both globally and locally. She has worked with some of the best New York City organizations. Her accomplishments include closing six-figure revenue deals and managing a budget of over $5M at the City Parks Foundation, securing $1.5M in unrestricted gifts for Synergos, and increasing service revenues at Creative Alternatives by 42%. She has successfully organized and managed top tier events working with international figures such as David Rockefeller, Kofi Annan and Queen Rania of Jordan. Under her leadership the New York Public Radio gala grew by 32%. Her honest, practical, can do attitude, coupled with her strategic approach will help us guide HWW into a new phase of growth.

Nia White
Partner, Astra Capital

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Nia Gandy White is a Partner and the Head of Investor Relations and External Affairs for Astra. Prior to joining Astra, she was a Marketing Manager at GP Investments, a $5 billion Brazilian private equity fund, and an Investment Principal in the Investor Development Group at Actis, where she helped to raise a $1.7 billion global private equity fund, a $1.4 billion global energy fund and a $300 million Sub-Saharan African real estate fund. Prior thereto, Ms. White was a founding partner at MAP Capital, an advisory private placement firm, and Serenity Hospitality Group, a branded entertainment company. She began her career in high yield research focusing on telecommunications at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was a Vice President in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Ms. White serves on the New York Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and as an advisor to the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). Ms. White received a BS in Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Nia White

Nia Gandy White is a Partner and the Head of Investor Relations and External Affairs for Astra. Prior to joining Astra, she was a Marketing Manager at GP Investments, a $5 billion Brazilian private equity fund, and an Investment Principal in the Investor Development Group at Actis, where she helped to raise a $1.7 billion global private equity fund, a $1.4 billion global energy fund and a $300 million Sub-Saharan African real estate fund. Prior thereto, Ms. White was a founding partner at MAP Capital, an advisory private placement firm, and Serenity Hospitality Group, a branded entertainment company. She began her career in high yield research focusing on telecommunications at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was a Vice President in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Ms. White serves on the New York Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and as an advisor to the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). Ms. White received a BS in Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ariane de Vienne
Global Head Asset Owner Strategy, Institutional Shareholder Services 

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Ariane de Vienne is Global Head of Asset Owner Strategy at Institutional Shareholder Services. She is leading a global mandate to deepen ISS’ relationships with asset owners and consultants across ISS. Before that, Ariane was Head of ESG Strategy Americas, and part of the leadership team establishing ISS ESG as the leader and gold-standard in the responsible investment industry. Ariane joined ISS via oekom research in May of 2016. Having begun her banking career in Germany, Ariane gained extensive experience with her own impact and ESG consulting businesses in Hong Kong and New York.

Prior to that she was Managing Director at Guggenheim Investment Advisors LLC and served as Senior Vice President at David J. Greene and Company as well as in several Managing Director roles at JPMorgan Chase, leading multi-disciplinary teams. Ariane serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations focusing on social impact as well as ecological issues, including the US Board of The Climate Group. She is also an Ambassador to TBLI, a Dutch-based organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits and opportunities of ESG and impact investing.

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Ariane de Vienne

Ariane de Vienne is Global Head of Asset Owner Strategy at Institutional Shareholder Services. She is leading a global mandate to deepen ISS’ relationships with asset owners and consultants across ISS. Before that, Ariane was Head of ESG Strategy Americas, and part of the leadership team establishing ISS ESG as the leader and gold-standard in the responsible investment industry. Ariane joined ISS via oekom research in May of 2016. Having begun her banking career in Germany, Ariane gained extensive experience with her own impact and ESG consulting businesses in Hong Kong and New York.

Prior to that she was Managing Director at Guggenheim Investment Advisors LLC and served as Senior Vice President at David J. Greene and Company as well as in several Managing Director roles at JPMorgan Chase, leading multi-disciplinary teams. Ariane serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations focusing on social impact as well as ecological issues, including the US Board of The Climate Group. She is also an Ambassador to TBLI, a Dutch-based organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits and opportunities of ESG and impact investing.

why we are different

Our process of commitments, support, visibility, and leadership will normalize and institutionalize investment in women entrepreneurs, ensuring it is no longer socially, politically, economically, or morally acceptable to disenfranchise them. 

  • LEVERAGING THE STRENGTH OF BEYOND THE BILLION & HIGH WATER WOMEN
  • ANCHORED BY AN ALLIANCE OF INVESTORS READY TO SET THE TONE FOR THE INDUSTRY
  • PROPRIETARY TOOLS TO DRIVE INVESTMENT DOLLARS

because equality can't wait

Our strategy specifically dismantles barriers that women entrepreneurs/founders and fund managers face in accessing capital and networks; fast tracks women of all races in finance and entrepreneurship and thereby in tech by making women part of the most influential  VC club and give them equality in the sphere of influence that powerfully drives society, and wealth-creation.

 

While our mechanisms will dramatically increase the participation of women as founders and VC-fund managers, the knock-on effects will be even more powerful within broader spheres of finance and business.  Indeed, to the extent our culture lionizes unicorn creators, facilitating more lionesses will change society’s view of what women can do and what we all lose when their potential is stymied by implicit and explicit bias.