6th Annual Women of Leadership Summit


Event Details


January 17, 2019 12 PM - 6:15 PM EST

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel


Alexa von Tobel

Founder, Managing Partner
Inspired Capital

Stephanie March

Actress, Philanthropist and Co-Founder of SHESPOKE

Rebecca Perkins


Jo Becker

New York Times

Moderator, Consuelo Mack

Anchor, Executive Producer and Managing Editor
Consuelo Mack WealthTrack on Public Television

Felicity Conrad

Co-Founder & CEO

Sarah Kauss

Founder & CEO

Stephanie Sarka

CEO & Co-Founder
1 Atelier

Moderator, Linda Filardi

Senior Director and Associate General Counsel
Capital One

Jennifer Buczek Ezring

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Erica Frontiero

Managing Director
The Carlyle Group

Christine Harrington

Managing Director
Apollo Global Management

Heather Lamberton

Managing Director

Neha Shah

Houlihan Lokey

Jane Summers

Latham & Watkins

Moderator, Stacy Sonnenberg

Managing Director, Public Sector & Infrastructure / Global Sports Finance
Goldman Sachs

Amy Brooks

President, Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer

Maureen Hanlon

Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc.

Danielle Maged

Former EVP Global Solutions
Fox Networks Group

Elizabeth Schneider

Podcast Host and Chief Normal Wine Person
Wine for Normal People

The ACG New York Women of Leadership Summit brings together women in the middle market deal-making community for a day focused on networking and knowledge sharing. In its sixth year, the Summit will focus on a variety of key issues influencing current markets and offer the perspectives of women leaders about positioning themselves for future success. After a content packed afternoon beginning with a networking luncheon, a keynote speaker and a series of breakout panels, the program will end with an evening cocktail reception.

As ACG WOL prides itself on being the premier forum for women finance professionals, The Summit is designed as the must attend event to take the pulse on what to expect in 2019. We expect 200+ professional women in attendance.

Programming Details

Founders Panel
We are looking forward to an incredible discussion with female entrepreneurs from familiar brands!

Keynote Speaker: Alexa Von Tobel, CFP® is the founder and former CEO of LearnVest.com, the Chief Innovation Officer of Northwestern Mutual, and the New York Times-Bestselling Author of Financially Fearless and the forthcoming Financially Forward (May 2019). Originally from Florida, Alexa attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School before launching LearnVest with the goal of redefining the American approach to personal finances. Alexa is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. She has been featured as a financial expert in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, InStyle, Glamour and on the Today show, Good Morning America, ABC News, Bloomberg News, and more.

Northwestern Mutual acquired LearnVest in 2015, which was quickly followed by the birth of her first child. She has made a career out of making personal finances more approachable for the modern consumer and has set an impressive example as an entrepreneur, writer and visionary.

Breakout Panel #1: The Changing Nature of the Debt Markets and Private Equity: 2019 Predictions
How has the billions of dollars of private debt changed the nature of the debt markets?
Are there dynamics and characteristics about this fundamental change that have not been tested for fully explored in a downturn?
How do private equity firms differentiate between the numerous investors in the market when selecting lender groups?
We are at an inflection period with respect to credit agreement terms: Is the focus on documentation that the end of 2018 experienced here to stay? Check out this panel for the answers!

Breakout Panel #2: The Business of Sports
A discussion with senior women throughout the sports industry on some of the biggest issues facing sports as a business today from changes in how media is consumed and its impact to the bottom line to the evolution of sponsorships towards activation with Teams’ fans rather than simply signage to eSports and what it means for the traditional sports landscape.  Additionally, we will discuss the growing opportunities for women in sports and what it is like to be a woman in the sports industry.

Fireside Chat

Expect a deep dive into the business and life experiences of the Co-Founders of SHESPOKE!

As an actress of film, television and stage, Stephanie March has appeared in the Tony-nominated revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio and Boy's Life; the films Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Invention of Lying, Why Stop Now? and The Treatment; and TV shows 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy and Rescue Me. Stephanie is perhaps best known for her long-standing role as ADA Alexandra Cabot on Law & Order SVU, where she met her business partner Rebecca Perkins, the head makeup artist for the show. The two bonded over their love of makeup and their mutual desire to create a unique beauty brand, which is how SHESPOKE was born.

SHESPOKE represents the freedom of makeup creativity, the playfulness and joy that comes with it and the subsequent voice that emerges from it. Our team of color experts guides clients through the bespoke formulation process, which involves mixing, tweaking, testing and trying on. Once the right shade is agreed upon, the formula is then finessed to be the ideal texture, opacity and aroma that the client prefers.

SHESPOKE is also about community; it’s a place where you can also get your makeup done, free of pedantic artists, pushy sales pitches and any and all snobbery.

Wine for Normal People Closing Session
In this fun but educational session, author, educator, and sommelier Elizabeth Schneider, host of the Wine for Normal People podcast, will talk to use about how to deal with wine in a business setting. She'll discuss topics like: how to give the wine list a haircut so you can quickly narrow down a huge book to a few choices you can handle,  and some important business wine etiquette tips. We will end with a helpful, hands-on tasting, where Elizabeth will show you how to break down what's in your glass so you can better communicate with wine shop people and sommeliers to get the best wines for you. Elizabeth will field any and all wine questions in the session, as well as afterwards.