Sydney, 23 February 2017: Women working in
Australia's venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) sector
have an important role to play in encouraging more women into the
industry, which will only benefit from greater gender diversity
according to Clayton Utz partner and PE specialist, Kounny
Speaking today as part of a panel discussion at the Women
in VC Forum 2017 hosted by InnovationAus.com on how the VC
sector can encourage greater female participation and engagement,
Kounny said both men and women working in the industry should
actively promote VC as an exciting and viable career path. There
was also an opportunity for industry employers to consider
introducing and promoting initiatives specifically to attract
women, such as paid parental leave and flexible work.
"All the research points to diversity - not just of gender,
but of thinking, culture, personality - as a driver of strong
business performance. The VC and PE industry has historically
attracted far more men than women. I think there are a few reasons
for this: women self-selecting out of a career in the sector due to
misconceptions about the nature of the industry and its being
dominating by a 'boys' club' mentality," said
"The industry has matured and attitudes have changed.
There's a lot more acceptance and recognition of what women can
bring to the table, and we've seen several women lead the way
in carving out successful careers as venture capitalists and
entrepreneurs. Hopefully we're now at a tipping point where
we'll start to see more women attracted to the VC sector and
the career it offers."
A private equity specialist, Kounny is one of Clayton Utz'
newest partners, having been promoted on 1 January. She began her
career at Clayton Utz and decided to specialise in private equity
"It was the area where I felt most engaged - I liked the
type and variety of work and the fact every deal is different and
interesting. It's very fast paced and you're dealing with
very intelligent, sophisticated dealmakers. It's a dynamic,
exciting area of practice."
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