Wharton Women in Investing Conference 2024

On January 26, Wharton Women in Investing held its third annual conference at Convene in New York City. The conference theme was growth and good governance as investors.

“The Wharton Women in Investing Conference epitomizes our dedication to advancing diversity and inclusion within the investment community. Our goal at the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program is not only to facilitate a rich learning environment but also to highlight the vital role of women in shaping the future of the investment landscape. By bringing together a distinguished lineup of speakers and panelists, the conference has provided our MBA students and attendees with unparalleled insights into the complexities of investing and leadership. It presented an opportunity to engage, inspire, and empower the next generation of investment leaders.”

-Burcu Esmer, academic co-director of the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program

The Wharton Women in Investing conference banner with participants in the background.

The Wharton Women in Investing conference is an empowering event sponsored by the Harris Program, designed for women and allies eager to navigate the dynamic world of investing. This conference offered a unique platform to connect with industry leaders, gain invaluable insights, and explore the latest trends in investing.

Wharton Women in Investing curated an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, through the help of Harris Program co-director Burcu Esmer. Below, morning keynote speaker Alisa Wood, Partner at KKR, speaks in conversation with moderator, Elizabeth Qian.

Wharton Women in Investing conference Keynote Speaker Alisa Wood in conversation with moderator, Elizabeth Qian.

The conference also included panel discussions on female leadership, investing across strategies, ESG & sustainability, value creation, and portfolio ops with speakers from Carlyle, Warburg Pincus, Apollo, L Catterton, Springboard Growth Capital, GIC, Viking Global, and more.

Below, Katrina Rowe moderates a panel discussion with Lori Wach, Tracey Gamble, and Liz Gordon on female leadership in investing.

An engaged audience watches a panel discussion on female leadership in investing at the Wharton Women in Investing Conference.

Between networking opportunities, participants continued learning from keynote speakers. Below, afternoon keynote speaker Pauline Brown, WG, founder and author of Aesthetic Intelligence, addresses an engaged audience.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker Pauline Brown addresses an audience at the Wharton Women in Investing conference.
Participants engage in conversation at the Wharton Women in Investing Conference

Conference participants were able to network and engage in discussions between panels and keynote speakers.

Conference participants post with the Harris Family for Alternative Investments banner.

The Harris Family Alternative Investments Program sponsored the Wharton Women in Investing Conference.

Conference participants mingle between events.

Wharton’s Women in Investing was founded in January 2021 by a group of MBA women who are passionate about improving gender diversity within the investing industry.

The closing keynote speaker event featured Ida Liu, WG, Global Head of Citi Private Bank and Sarah Chen-Spellings, Beyond the Billion Co-founder and Managing Partner.

Closing keynote speakers Ida Liu and Sarah Chen-Spellings address an audience.

Thank you to everyone who attended the third annual Wharton Women in Investing conference! View the full conference agenda here.

Learn more about Wharton Women in Investing here.

Learn about the Harris Program for Alternative Investments here.