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Despite mounting evidence of the returns on investing in women-led ventures, only 2.2 percent of the $85 billion invested in 2017 went to all-women teams, and less than 10 percent of all venture-capital deals go to women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders. Rather than being a viewed as a pipeline program, how can the gender growth gap be approached as a market opportunity? What are the remaining challenges inhibiting investment and exacerbating funding disparities between female-led and male-led ventures? How do we prevent the undercapitalization in women's ingenuity, a trend that hinders a more prosperous society?


Katie O'Reilly
Executive Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute



Jesse Draper
Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures


David Jeffrey
Partner and Head of Europe, StepStone Global


Megan McDonald
Global Head of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets, Standard Bank Group


Mina Pacheco Nazemi
Managing Director, Barings


David Warren
CEO, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner, DW Partners