|Nominee||Why you believe this PEWIN member deserves recognition in 2021|
|Dana Johns||Dana is a thought leader in our industry and always supportive of women investors. She is making a leadership impact within PEWIN and her recent appointment to co-CEO is reflective of her hard work and achievements to-date.|
|Iris Zhao Fiorello||Iris should be recognized for her dedication and passion for PEWIN. She has supported the mission of PEWIN and worked tirelessly over the past year; managing many of the first virtual experiences including coordinating the virtual annual meeting, and supporting new members virtual programs. Iris was instrumental in the formation of the PEWIN Foundation and she was involved in the process to hire PEWIN’s first Executive Director.|
|Jill Kitazaki||Jill has been great about member outreach, organizing panels and ensuring continued growth of the membership base and programming.|
|Karen McCormick||Karen McCormick is Chief Investment Officer of Beringea, a transatlantic venture capital firm with more than $750m under management across its funds in the U.K. and the U.S. As well as leading Beringea’s investment team in Europe, Karen is a champion of diversity within the venture capital industry and an advocate for greater focus on ESG throughout the investing ecosystem.In 2021, Karen has led the creation of ESG_VC, a response by the venture capital industry to the urgent social, environmental, and economic challenges that are increasingly impacting early-stage businesses.The initiative, which has been spearheaded by Beringea, has brought together more than 100 VC firms across the U.K., U.S., and Europe, seeks to give entrepreneurs the tools to progress on their ESG journey. It does this in three ways: a measurement framework for early-stage companies to benchmark their ESG performance; an annual programme of events to provide start-ups with training and best-practice to achieve their ESG goals; and a bank of insights and resources to learn more about ESG.In July 2021, ESG_VC launched its measurement framework with the support of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA). This framework is now being rolled out across the portfolios of more than 20 venture firms across Europe, who will be providing the BVCA with industry-level data on the ESG performance of venture-backed businesses. Over time, ESG_VC intends to ensure that portfolio companies are provided with resources and tools to ensure that they will be able to become more sustainable, more diverse, and better corporate citizens. The initiative is free to access for any venture firm, including members of PEWIN, and their portfolio companies.In turn, Beringea has also made substantial investments in the past twelve months into businesses with a clear environmental or social purpose: Social Value Portal, a tool for measuring and maximising social impact, received Â£3m from Beringea in September 2020; Commonplace, a digital platform for gathering community insights on developments to their local area, secured Â£3m from Beringea in July 2020, and Beringea also led a $6m investment into Utilis, an Israeli-based start-up using satellite data to protect water resources globally amid the climate crisis. As well as these investments, Karen continues to work with entrepreneurs within Beringea’s portfolio through the fund’s portfolio programme, the Beringea Scale-Up Academy and across the wider venture capital ecosystem to embrace the push for sustainability and diversity.|
|Krista Hatcher||– Krista has continued to drive visibility of PEWIN from launching the Midwest chapter to now as the Co-CEO. Her dedication and focus on promoting female investors and PEWIN is inspiring.|
– Her leadership in the PEWIN fundraising campaign and PEWIN in general.
– Krista has taken on a leadership position in PEWIN and was very active in fundraising efforts which allowed us to hire our first execute director.
|Meghan Reynolds||Meghan led the sponsorship effort which produced exceptional results, all which juggling a new role and a live fundraise. She handled the process with great poise, and she’s a pleasure to work with.|
|Melissa Richlen||I am pleased to nominate Melissa Richlen for this award because she embodies the values of PEWIN and is an advocate for female investors within the private markets. The passion she brings to this is shown through her involvement in Pinklight and her support of female founders (both companies and GPs) as well as other female LPs in the space.|
|Miranda Lindl O’Connell||Miranda Lindl O’Connell is a partner, and co-leader of the ESG & Sustainability working group and deputy office managing partner of Morgan Lewis’ San Francisco office. As an attorney and advisor focused on fund formation, her skill set, work ethic, and creativity have supported women managers as they seek to establish and grow their first funds and plan for subsequent fund growth. In particular, her efforts in support of several PEWIN Women Managers and Project Pinklight participants has been transformative, allowing firms like ours to thrive even at our early stage. She contributes her time to several PEWIN events and activities and is an active member of our community.|
Outstanding PEWIN Member – 2021
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