HarbourVest frequently lends its voice to ESG-focused forums each year, through which we share our own insights and learn leading behaviors from other practitioners. We participated in a diverse range of events across the globe in 2019 focused on issues such as responsible investing, diversity and inclusion, governance, and supporting underserved segments of the market, including diverse-led funds.

Emerging Manager
& MWBE Conference
February 15 / Albany, New York

Managing Director Craig Fowler participated in this event sponsored by the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) and hosted by the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF). Craig took part in a panel focused on helping emerging managers navigate GP/LP relationships, build their firms, and achieve investment success.

University of North Carolina –
Alternative Investments Confere
March 28 / Chapel Hill,
North Caroli

Principal and ESG Chair Chris Walker participated in a panel on responsible investing at this forum which brings together private equity, hedge fund, venture capital, and other alternative asset professionals each year to share ideas, network, and stay abreast of industry trends.

BVCA Diversity Forum
May 21 / London

Senior Advisor Kathleen Bacon provided her insights on the importance of diversity and inclusion in private equity at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association’s (BVCA) Diversity Forum event in London in May. The panel explored LP perspectives on diversity and how to monitor it during investment due diligence.

Yale Center Women’s
Leadership Program
May 31-June 2 / Beijing

Managing Director Sally Shan delivered a keynote address during this three-day program focused on improving leadership skills, building networks, and preparing for a successful transition to senior leadership positions.

Sally Shan, Managing Director

Lean in China 2019 Annual Meeting July 19 / Beijing

Sally Shan also gave a keynote presentation at Lean in China’s annual meeting entitled “Finding Your Calling in Life.” Lean in China is dedicated to advancing the goals and aspirations of Chinese women and has more than 100,000 members.

AAAIM National Conference
September 4-5 / New York City

Managing Director Sanjiv Shah, who serves as co-chair of the board of the Association of Asian-American Investment Managers (AAAIM), served as moderator on several panels at the group’s annual conference, where topics discussed ranged from diversity to emerging managers and emerging leaders. Panelists included senior leaders from the NYSCRF, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and CalPERS.

LPGP Connect 2nd
Annual Women
in Private Debt Conference
October 3 / London

Managing Director Karen Simeone participated in a panel at this yearly event titled “Innovation in the Private Debt Landscape,” which covered current trends in credit and delineated the different strategies investors can pursue.

Women in Private Equity Forum November 5-6 / London

Vice President Abigail Rayner led a networking lunch on infrastructure-focused secondaries during the Women in Infrastructure Forum.

Managing Director Valérie Handal joined a keynote panel on “Diversity in Private Equity: When Gender Balance Comes with Higher Returns."