Gendering Your Portfolio: How Asset Owners Can Support Women Through Investing

  • October 29, 2019

  • New York, United States

  • What:

    Roundtable on
    Gendering Your Portfolio

  • When:

    11 November 2019,

    8:30am - 1:00pm

  • Where:

    Morgan Stanley office, 522 Fifth Ave, 7th Floor, New York

  • Who:

    UNCDF and Morgan Stanley

UNCDF and Morgan Stanley are pleased to invite you to the Gendering Your Portfolio roundtable at the Morgan Stanley office in New York on 11 November 2019.

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This meeting will bring together a select group of female asset owners, fund managers, VCs, and others interested in using their investment portfolios to support women-led enterprises and support opportunities for women.


08:30 - Coffee and light breakfast
09:00 - Introduction and welcome (Sharon Cunningham, Morgan Stanley)
09:15 - The MDGs to the SDGs
A historical introduction and the importance of Goal 5 on
gender equality (Esther Pan Sloane, UNCDF)
09:30 - Her Way
Filling the demand for values-based investing (Morgan Stanley, TBD)
10:00 - Coffee break
10:15 - Ways to invest in women
  1. Through a bond to support female entrepreneurs in Africa (Melanie Hawken, Lionesses of Africa)
  2. Through a private equity fund (Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact; Sarah Kunst, Cleo Capital)
  3. Through female and minority fund managers (Bahiyah Robinson, VC Include)
  4. Through actions as a fund manager (Vicky Lay, Artesian Capital)
  5. Through Morgan Stanley initiatives
11:00 - How to make a difference
Proxy voting, shareholder resolutions, and ways to drive corporate behavior (Morgan Stanley, TBD)
12:00 - Lunch and discussion

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Sharon Cunningham

Sharon has dedicated her entire career to providing highly customized life stage financial planning and investment growth strategies to individuals, families, organizations and nonprofits. Her approach includes a thorough planning process and a commitment to providing outstanding service and advice delivered with passion and integrity.

Esther Pan Sloane

Esther Pan Sloane, a U.S. national, joined UNCDF as the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications in October 2016. Prior to joining UNCDF, Esther was a U.S. diplomat for 10 years. As Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations in New York, she was on the U.S. team that negotiated the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Melanie Hawken

Melanie Hawken is founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation, a 750,000+ strong community working to grow women's entrepreneurship in Africa and supporting the start-up dreams of all women on the continent.

Jenny Abramson

Jenny Abramson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact, sitting on the boards of Ellevest,, Sempre Health and as a board observer for Neurotrack and Werk. Previously, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a tech security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held leadership roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), The Boston Consulting Group, D.C. Public Schools, and Teach for America.

Bahiyah Robinson

Bahiyah is the Founder + CEO of VC Include, an advocacy organization that connects female and diverse emerging managers in the Venture Capital and Impact Investment space with LPs that care about returns, impact and inclusion across the lens of gender, ethnicity, sexual identity and race.

Vicky Lay

Vicky is on a mission to uncap human potential. She uses her “portfolio life” of speaking, writing, mentoring, leading projects and directing capital towards positive social and environmental outcomes to do this.
As a Managing Director at Artesian, an early-stage venture capital and fixed income business with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, New York and London, Vicky is building innovation ecosystems and helping more mission-driven founders secure funding.

Sarah Kunst

Sarah Kunst is an African-American entrepreneur and angel fund investor and currently the Managing Director of Cleo Capital. Kunst began her career at Apple, was an investor at Mohr Davidow Ventures, and was on the Board of Venture for America. She is a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine.

Gendering Your Portfolio: How Asset Owners Can Support Women Through Investing

11 Nov 2019 @ 8:30am - 1:00pm

Roundtable onGendering Your Portfolio