Increasing Participation of Women in Private Capital in Latin America

Increasing Participation of Women in Private Capital in Latin America will explore leadership’s role in attracting and retaining female talent, discuss practical systems and processes that support women in the workplace, and provide context in terms of industry best practices and LP expectations. The session is hosted by LAVCA in collaboration with GPCA and is exclusively open to practitioners investing in Latin America.

The “Inside Private Capital” training series is made possible through the support of DEG and FMO. 



Session 1: First-Hand Insights from Industry Veterans

Presentation and discussion – 30 minutes
In this session, the faculty will discuss why gender diversity is important fropractical and performance perspective, what has and hasn’t changed for women in the industry, and what role female representation plays in the private capital fieldThe presentation will highlight how gender-related standards are evolving and what goals modern firms should strive for in terms of policiesapproaches, and resulting representation

Session 2: Leadership’s Role in Attracting and Retaining Female Talent

Presentation and discussion – 90 minutes
In this practitioner-led discussion, the faculty will address how GP leadership can support the design and implementation of policies that create and maintain a gender-diverse and female-friendly company culturePresentations will discuss where to find female talent, which approaches attract gender-diverse hires, and how to collaboratively create and institute policies that encourage representation, retention, and internal ascension of women

Session 3: Overcoming Unconscious Bias at the Organizational Level

Presentation and discussion – 60 minutes
This session will discuss how ingrained gender assumptions impact the private equity field,  and will highlight how to be conscious of these forces and organizationally overcome them.  Faculty will provide important tips on where implicit biases might unexpectedly arise, what outcomes they can affect if left unaddressed, and how to create policies that actively circumnavigate or confront them. 



Practitioner Faculty:

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Kate Mitchell
Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Kate is a co-founder of Scale, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-stage enterprise software startups building Cognitive Applications. She and the Scale team have backed successful, high growth companies including Hubspot (NYSE: HUBS); DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), and (NYSE: BILL).

Kate is past chairman and board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and is active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, innovation, and inclusion. She co-authored the IPO section of the 2012 JOBS Act which increased access to the public markets for emerging growth companies. In 2014, Kate co-founded an NVCA initiative, VentureForward, which focuses on advancing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in the venture ecosystem. She received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work in Washington and was awarded the Private Equity Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Women in Private Equity Summit. In 2021, Kate was honored with the NVCA’s American Spirit Award for her service to the community centered around equity and diversity.

Kate currently serves on the boards of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV); Silicon Valley Community Foundation, NVCA’s Venture Forward, PEWIN (Private Equity Women Investor Network) where she is also the Co-CEO, Tuck Center for PE & Venture Capital at Dartmouth, and Meals on Wheels San Francisco. She is an advisor and speaker at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance (Stanford Law School). Kate is also an active Kauffman Fellows Mentor.
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Alisa A. Wood
Partner, KKR

Alisa A. Wood (New York) joined KKR in 2003 and is a Partner of the Firm. She leads the Private Market Strategies Group globally within KKR’s Client and Partner Group, looking after key product areas including private equity, infrastructure, energy real assets, impact, growth equity and customized products. Ms. Wood chairs the Firm’s Mixed Business Approval Group and is a member of a number of the Firm’s management committees. She has been actively involved in the Firm’s global capital formation and business development activities, including the creation of new strategies, new products and strategic initiatives across the KKR platform. She also previously sat on the Firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee for a number of years. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Wood was with Deutsche Bank’s Private Equity Group. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A from Columbia Graduate School of Business. Ms. Wood currently sits on the Columbia Business School Private Equity Board, the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the Convent of the Sacred Heart Board of Trustees, the Sloane Hospital for Women’s Advisory Committee, the PE-WIN’s (Private Equity Women Investor Network) Steering Committee, the Public Theater Board of Trustees and the Nantucket Historical Association Board of Trustees. She was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Women to Watch” in 2020.


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Mauricio Salgar
Managing Director, Advent International Colombia S.A.S.

Mauricio Salgar joined Advent in 2012 in the firm’s Bogotá office. Prior to joining Advent, he was a Vice President and member of the executive committee at Sanford, a privately held investment firm. Prior to Sanford, Mauricio was COO of Ecopetrol, the Colombian national oil company, where he was responsible for its exploration, production, refining, supply and marketing organizations and shared services units. He also served as Ecopetrol’s interim CEO for a period of time. Before Ecopetrol, Mauricio co-founded, an online travel agency, and was an associate at Booz & Co., where he advised clients that included the largest water utility in Colombia, the largest tin mine in Peru and the largest construction company in Colombia.

Mauricio received a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

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Farah Khan
Partner, Catterton

Farah Khan is a Partner at Catterton focused on Latin America. She started her career at the firm focused on North American growth equity and buyout investments. Prior to joining L Catterton, Ms. Khan was a Vice President at Sandler Capital Management where she focused on growth equity, leveraged buyouts and financings of middle-market companies. Prior to Sandler, Ms. Khan worked at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm where she focused on growth capital and leveraged buyouts in the retail and consumer product sectors. Prior to Apax, she worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where she focused on corporate finance and M&A coverage of retail, media and technology companies based in both New York and Menlo Park.

Ms. Khan is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics. She received an M.B.A from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Johanna G. Posada
Founder and Managing Partner, Elevar Equity

Johanna is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Elevar Equity.  Elevar Equity has been at the forefront of impact investing since 2006. Led by an entrepreneurial emerging markets team, Elevar seeks to connect the economic resilience and vibrancy of low-income communities with capital markets. To address issues of access and inequity, Elevar invests early growth capital in entrepreneurs and businesses that demonstrate a direct correlation between high impact and returns. The Elevar Method of investing has democratized essential products and services for over 40 million low-income households in India and Latin America, and catalyzed billions of dollars of capital into 40+ companies.


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Andrea de la Piedra
CEO & Co-founder, Aequales

Andrea de la Piedra is the CEO and Co-founder of Aequales, a  firm focused on closing gender gaps in the work environment in Latin America through research, consulting, and technology. Andrea is an international speaker, gender specialist and entrepreneur. She has been selected as one of the 101 people, ideas and things changing how we work today by the BBC (2019) and in the list of “Most Creative People” by Fast Company magazine (2020).

Andrea graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism and holds a certificate in Gender Studies from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She is also a graduate of the Competitive Leadership program at Georgetown University and from the Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America Program at the University of Columbia Business School. Andrea is a TedxLima and TedxWomen Speaker.


Inside Private Capital

Inside Private Capital trainings are designed for GPCA’s global membership. Non-members may apply to register and will be considered on a space-permitting basis. Prospective attendees include fund managers and investment professionals working with portfolio companies and executives with responsibility for fund reporting.



To receive further information on the registration process, please contact education@GPCapital. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to ensure a high level of interaction and engagement with practitioner faculty.