Maiden WinPE Collegium
February 7, 2020
The first WinPE Collegium was held on the day of the WinPE launch. The Collegium started with WinPE’s mission partners going through a diversity workshop with EY that provoked both questions and reflections. With brain juices flowing, the participants got into a closed door session to discuss and debate the key challenges and hurdles that the private equity and venture capital ecosystem faces in hiring and retaining women, and what could be possible solutions to address some of these challenges.
As the participants identified areas for action and debated steps that could be taken, the passion and commitment to the cause enlivened the room. Nothing could keep the enthusiasm down, not even knowing that the outcomes would be made public! Scroll down to read the six action items that our mission partners have collectively committed themselves and their firms to.

Collegium Outcomes

  1. WinPE partners will step up efforts for diversity in hiring by pushing for a diverse talent pipeline and incorporating a blind screening process (including redacted CVs removing names and other indications of gender, case studies). The diversity targets for inward talent pipeline will be set on a confidential basis to maintain merit and credibility in hiring.
  2. WinPE and its partners will support mid career women professionals from the industry through a structured mentorship program to be run by WinPE.
  3. WinPE partners will introduce a conversation on diversity within their firms and portfolio companies, enhancing awareness and sensitization within the ecosystem.
  4. WinPE partners will seek for their portfolio companies to measure appropriate diversity metrics and report annually.
  5. WinPE partners will ask for commitment and measurement on Equal Pay at KMP level in portfolio companies.
  6. WinPE partners will support outreach at campuses that are hiring grounds for the industry to champion awareness among female candidates.