women in senior roles in the European private equity industry in 2015
women in senior roles in the European private equity industry
Level 20 is a not for profit organisation, set up in 2015, to inspire more women to join and to succeed in the private equity industry. In the year of our launch, women occupied around 5% of senior roles in the European industry (source: Invest Europe).
Fewer women than men enter private equity and only a small proportion progress to take on leadership roles. We believe that increased participation by women, especially in leadership positions, will lead to improved and sustained investment performance. Many studies have shown a correlation between gender diversity in senior teams and higher returns on equity in quoted companies. We see no reason why private equity should be different.
Our aim is to increase the number of women in the industry and we have set the target of 20% of senior roles to be held by women.
We are delighted to have won financial support from 46 private equity firms, who are all making efforts to improve the gender representation in their organisations. The list of our supporters can be found here.