While diversity and inclusion continue to garner attention, recent data shows little tangible change in senior representation for women in finance. It’s time to take responsibility as individuals, organizations, and an industry.
This 1-day educational program combines programmatic learning and extensive industry research to bring actionable solutions to senior leaders in the private markets.
GEC By the Numbers
Participant Gender Split
Changing Culture from Within
Deepening the conversation and engaging with the systemic issues at the root of inequality in finance
Learning tools and best practices that have succeeded in yielding measurable positive impact
Committing to ourselves and each other to measurably champion inclusive values, behaviors, and culture
Who Should Attend?
Senior leaders who have the passion and authority to effectuate change
Individuals willing to participate in highly interactive sessions
Professionals who can take responsibility for implementing change in their firm and reporting progress metrics to the Consortium
Program requirement: Gender-balanced participation by firm
1-day program & networking event the evening before
Post-program engagement option to participate in individual and group follow-up sessions
Certificate of completion issued by Tuck School of Business
Access to GEC research and data and participant-based case studies & best practices
Inclusion in press release on firms committed to changing gender equity
Use of GEC logo on your firm’s website and marketing materials
$9,500 | 2 participants
$14,500 | 4 participants
“The GEC program was well curated, organized and challenged our views on gender diversity. It was great to collaborate with peer firms and have the guidance of Dr. Punam Keller. I love the accountability to delivery and action!”
Global Head of DEI, CVC Capital Partners
7:45 – 8:30 | BreakfastOptional light breakfast & networking
8:30 – 9:00 | Welcome, Program Overview | Dr. Punam KellerIn this introductory session, we will share firm and individual challenges and solutions from the Tuck Study on Gender Equity in the private markets. Morning sessions will focus on firm dynamics. Afternoon sessions will focus on gender bias in group and individual decision-making. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Gender equity challenges and solutions vary by firm AUM • Compare your current gender equity initiatives with recommendations from the Tuck Study.
9:00 – 10:15 | Framework for Strategic Alignment | Dr. Adam KleinbaumIn this session, we will examine the fundamentals of organization change: When organizational elements are well-aligned and mutually reinforcing in service of the organization’s strategy, strong organizational performance ensues, but such alignment also creates inertia, making change challenging. Meaningfully embedding gender equity into your organization requires consideration of – and may require concerted changes to – disparate organizational elements. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Establish a framework for making organizational change and explore how it can be applied to an asset manager • Understand how leaders can proactively shape policies and structures in their organizations to enhance gender equity.
10:15 – 11:30 | Tuck Study on Gender Equity in the Private Capital Markets | Dr. Punam KellerIn this session, we will share the key findings from the Tuck Study on Gender Equity in the private capital markets. We will discuss the data from hundreds of male and female investment professionals from firms with a wide range of AUM (<$15M to >$20B). The Tuck Study identifies the most common gender equity challenges along with the most popular gender equity opportunities in the private capital markets. The findings from the Tuck Study reveal the most impactful gender equity initiatives for firms of different sizes. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Understand the opportunities and challenges faced by private markets firms • Consider which gender equity initiatives your firm will pursue in 2024.
11:30 – 11:45 | BreakBreak
11:45 – 12:30 | Panel Discussion on GEC InitiativesPast GEC participants will discuss their experience implementing gender equity initiatives within their organizations, including the challenges they faced, success they experienced, and how their gender equity program is evolving because of their ongoing participation in the GEC. Panelists and moderator to be announced.
12:30 – 1:30 | LunchLunch & networking
1:30 – 2:45 | Gender Dynamics at Work | Dr. Adam KleinbaumWhen our beliefs, expectations, and reactions to a person reflect patterns elicited by gender rather than something specific to the individual and his/her situation, the interpersonal interaction is informed by gender dynamics. When gender dynamics emerge, people typically think they are just reacting to the person; they don’t realize that gender – their own gender and the gender of those around them – informs their reaction, and that’s where knowing the research can help. This session will explore strategies to combat the negative impacts of gender dynamics. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Understand key research findings on gender dynamics at work • Explore best practices to address the negative impacts of gender stereotypes.
2:45 – 4:00 | Decision Traps | Dr. Punam KellerIn this session, we examine a number of well-documented psychological traps (e.g., overconfidence) that undermine business decisions. In addition to reviewing the causes and manifestations of these traps, we offer some specific ways you can guard against them in the decision process (framing the problem, gathering information, reaching conclusions, and learning from feedback) to ensure that the decisions you make are sound and inclusive. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Become aware of common decision traps • Discover the reasons and solutions for each decision trap.
4:00 – 4:15 | BreakBreak
4:15 – 5:30 | Participant CommitmentsParticipants will discuss takeaways from the day and brainstorm initiatives to bring back to their firms. Each firm will present their initiatives to the group and provide context as to why those initiatives were selected.
5:30 – 6:00 | Certifications and Closing Remarks | Dr. Punam KellerParticipants receive their GEC Certifications. Dr. Punam Keller gives closing remarks.
We have curated a best-in-class group of academic and industry leaders, each committed to fostering inclusivity in finance by contributing their expertise, influence, and authenticity. Participants will roll up their sleeves and engage with our highly interactive, skill-building curriculum.
DR. PUNAM KELLER
Faculty Director at Tuck School of Business, GEC and Center for Business, Government, and Society, Charles Henry Jones Professor
Punam Keller is the Charles Henry Jones Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an expert on behavior change with a focus on persuasion and decision traps. An award-winning researcher with extensive consulting experience, she has researched gender-related decision-traps (e.g., Gender and Risk: The Emotional Fluctuation Effect), and has consulted with several PE firms to develop and implement gender equity action plans.
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DR. ADAM M. KLEINBAUM
Associate Professor at Tuck School of Business
Adam Kleinbaum, Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, is an expert on how firms change with a focus on organizational consequences of social network structure. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has several co-authored research projects on gender equity in firms including: 1) Left but Not Forgotten: How Mobility Grants Women License to Broker, 2) Scouting and Schmoozing: A Gender Difference in Networking During Job Search, and 3) Discretion Within Constraint: Homophily and Structure in a Formal Organization.