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6th Annual Alpha Women: Thinking about Female Entrepreneurship in a Post-Covid World

October 20, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

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In 2019:

  • Only 2.8% ($3.3bn) of capital invested in the US went to all-female founded teams[1]
  • Fewer than 10% of decision-makers at venture capital firms are women[2]
  • More female-founded unicorns were established than ever before; 14.8% of all unicorns, historically, were founded in 2019[3].

While new data may indicate improvement, there is still a long way to go.

In its sixth year, the Alpha Women: Thinking about Female Entrepreneurship in a Post-Covid World event will feature women who leveraged their financial expertise to launch their own businesses, or to join a start-up. Speakers will explore the why, when, and how they went about leaving the corporate world in order to pursue their passion. Discussion will cover funding, timing, and the realities of working in a small team—and seek to answer the following questions:

  • What does it take to create or join a start-up?
  • What is the experience of female entrepreneurship?


  1. The VC Female Founders Dashboard (PitchBook, 2019)
  2. Venture capital is still very much a boys’ club (Axios Analysis, 2019) 
  3. More Female-Founded Unicorns Were Born In 2019 Than Before, Data Shows (Crunchbase, 2019)

***Please note this event is in its 6th year and is traditionally held offsite; due to the pandemic, this year the event will be held virtually.



Paulina Rogawski, TEP, CRPC, Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch



Jane Abitanta, Founder, Perceval Associates


Nancy Davis, Managing Partner & CIO, Quadratic Capital Management LLC

Jackie Elnahar, RD, Esquire,Founder of TelaDietitian (acquired by Teladoc Health NYSE: TDOC)

Jeanne Pinder, Founder & CEO, ClearHealthCosts

Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder & CEO, Landit

7:00 PM | Q&A


Maria Weitzer, CFA, Board of Director, CFA Society New York, Senior Investment Risk Manager at APG Asset Management


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Learning Outcomes

  • What are the compensation & talent management trends affecting the industry
  • How large and small companies from different facets of the finance industry are tackling the issue of a tight labor market
  • Expectations of the new generation of employees in the workplace and how companies are addressing them