Voices of Private Equity

Business & Economics Podcasts

Voices of Private Equity is a podcast series featuring the leading voices from across the private equity industry in candid, personal conversation about the industry itself and their experience within it. Listeners will be given a unique view into the insights, strategies and thoughts of leaders in this space. You’ll want to keep tuning in to hear first-hand how the people who make high stakes decisions go about sorting through the challenges, opportunities, risks and rewards while market and political dynamics swirl around them.

Location:

United States

Description:

Voices of Private Equity is a podcast series featuring the leading voices from across the private equity industry in candid, personal conversation about the industry itself and their experience within it. Listeners will be given a unique view into the insights, strategies and thoughts of leaders in this space. You’ll want to keep tuning in to hear first-hand how the people who make high stakes decisions go about sorting through the challenges, opportunities, risks and rewards while market and political dynamics swirl around them.

Language:

English


Episodes

Do We Get a Return on Experience? (feat. Samantha Anders, ILPA)

6/17/2021
In a special episode Jen is joined by ILPA colleague Samantha Anders for a look back at our first dozen episodes. As we approach the conclusion of the first series of the Voices of Private Equity podcast, the ILPA team noticed a trend - our guests have some incredible insights to share both on life and on career all gathered from their experience in private equity. Listen in as Samantha and Jen discuss the wisdom guests have offered, from finding joy in professional life to making technical...

Duration:00:29:29

How Can LPs Successfully Modernize? (Feat. Ken Akoundi, Cordatius; Mark Steed, Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System; and Antonio Rodriguez, New York City Board of Education Retirement System)

5/20/2021
In a unique episode, Jen is joined by Ken Akoundi, Founder of Cordatius LLC; Mark Steed CIO at the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System; and Antonio Rodriguez, Director of Investment Strategy for the New York City Board of Education Retirement Systems for a discussion on the stages and benefits of integrating new technology. Ken is a private markets technology expert who has advised hundreds of investors on selecting and integrating technology; his experience has led him to a...

Duration:00:33:46

Is Private Equity a People Business? (Feat. Susanne von Gueltlingen, Siemens)

4/20/2021
Susanne von Gueltlingen, Partner in the Alternatives Asset Management unit within Siemens Fonds Invest, joins the podcast to discuss her career journey and experience from corporate finance to life as an LP in Europe. Susanne offers her take on culture in private equity. Is the commonly accepted notion that private equity careers require a commitment that comes at the expense of family obligations here to stay? Or is inclusivity driving change in work-life balance? Susanne also discusses...

Duration:00:25:49

Are LPs Setting a High Enough Bar for Venture Returns? (Feat. Tim Recker, James Irvine Foundation)

3/18/2021
Tim Recker, the Chief Investment Officer for the James Irvine Foundation, discusses how LPs should ‘think in decades’ as they approach investing in venture capital and cautions against setting too low a bar for investment returns. Tim describes his approach to manager relationships and what would give an LP comfort to invest in cases where the legal terms are not ideal. The James Irvine Foundation has a specific tilt towards emerging markets, China in particular; Tim explains how investing...

Duration:00:28:03

Are We Making Room for Diverse Voices in Private Equity? (Feat. Kimberly Woods, District of Columbia Retirement Board)

3/4/2021
Kimberly Woods, the Director of Risk and Investment Compliance at the District of Columbia Retirement Board, discusses her career path as an LP and how being a part of a mission-driven organization is important to her personally. DCRB is a relatively young and successful investment program with a keen focus on fee and expense transparency. Kimberly shares her experience on the subject and her insight on what LPs should know about performing operational due diligence. Reflecting on Black...

Duration:00:20:54

Who Should Lead the Push for Progress on Diversity – LPs or GPs? (Feat Orlando Bravo, Thoma Bravo and Theresa Whitmarsh, Washington State Investment Board)

2/4/2021
In a special conversation, originally hosted at ILPA’s Virtual Summit last fall, Orlando Bravo of Thoma Bravo and Theresa Whitmarsh of the Washington State Investment Board join Jen for a candid discussion on the specific roles that GPs and LPs are playing to advance DEI in the industry. Theresa and Orlando weigh in on the responsibility of the LP to drive GP action on DEI. Orlando shares the importance of listening to younger voices on the team and thinking not just about culture “fit” but...

Duration:00:34:38

Does Manager Skill Actually Matter? (feat. Steve Kim, Verdis Investment Management)

1/21/2021
Steve Kim, a partner at Verdis Investment Management, gives an in-depth look at how this ninth-generation family office incorporates data into a long-term investment horizon. In the last decade, publicly available data on private markets has increased dramatically, but many limited partners don’t know how to best utilize the information in setting their allocation strategies and evaluating individual managers. Steve describes Verdis’ approach to accessing data and the all-important...

Duration:00:23:21

What Do the US Elections Mean for Private Equity? (Feat. Brett Palmer, Heather Slavkin Corzo and Chris Hayes)

12/17/2020
In this special episode, Brett Palmer of the Small Business Investor Alliance, Heather Slavkin Corzo of the UN PRI and AFL-CIO, and ILPA’s Chris Hayes, break down the implications of the recent US election for the private equity industry. With two Senate races hanging in the balance, the shape of Congress is yet to be determined. No matter the outcome of the Georgia run-off elections, our guests agree that bipartisanship will be essential to any policy moves by the Biden Administration. Has...

Duration:00:33:37

A Window Into the Future (Feat. Stephen Whatmore, QIC)

11/24/2020
Stephen Whatmore, the head of global private capital for the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) reflects on his career path in private equity and some of the challenges of managing US-based assets for an Australia-based institution. In a world that is rapidly changing, Steve discusses the important role that technology and innovation strategies can play in a private markets' portfolio. Steve examines specific ways our lives have changed in the digital era, and how QIC positioned itself...

Duration:00:20:59

Succeeding Through ESG (Feat. Adam Black, Coller Capital)

11/5/2020
Adam Black, the head of ESG and sustainability for Coller Capital, reflects on how environmental, social and governance issues were received in the industry when the concept was first introduced, and the importance of putting ESG issues intocommercial terms. ESG issues are coming to the fore in private equity, but the industry still struggles both with defining ESG and applying consistency in implementation and metrics. Adam explains why a focus on measurable outcomes, rather than a...

Duration:00:27:34

Pushing for a Rethink (Feat. Neal Malik, K-1 Investment Management)

10/26/2020
Neil Malik, founder and CEO of K-1 Investment Management, discusses how Sponsors For Educational Opportunity (SEO), a non-profit dedicated to engaging individuals that have historically been underrepresented in the financial services sector, helped launch his career in private equity. As the private equity industry places increased focus on diversity and inclusion efforts, Neil explains how K-1’s culture allows the firm to recruit individuals without ‘traditional’ private equity resumes. He...

Duration:00:24:36

A Front Row Seat to Change (Feat. Melissa Ma, Asia Alternatives)

10/8/2020
Melissa Ma discusses her experiences as a co-founder and managing partner of Asia Alternatives, the longest-lived women-founded private equity firm, and reflects on the progress that the private equity industry has made in becoming more diverse and inclusive over the last 15 years. In a time of geopolitical uncertainty, capital allocators are assessing the trajectory of the relationship between the world’s two largest economies – the US and China. Melissa offers her take on how the...

Duration:00:30:34

Showing Up and Leaning In (Feat. Neil Randall, Texas Teachers Retirement System)

9/21/2020
Neil Randall, Managing Director of Private Equity at the $160 billion Texas Teachers Retirement System, talks about the importance of embracing innovation, showing up and staying focused on what matters most as an LP in helping GPs in their own evolution.

Integrating Value with Values (Feat. Tanya Carmichael, OTPP)

9/4/2020
Tanya Carmichael, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan’s Managing Director of Global Funds and former ILPA chair discusses how she found her way into the private equity world and who helped her get there. As environmental, social and governance factors continue to gain prominence within the industry, Tanya discusses how she came about to understand the importance of ESG, and how she worked to implement ESG into the OTPP investment process. Within the context of today’s environment, Tanya...

Duration:00:21:31