ACG NY Forward Networking Series


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May 18, 2023 6 PM - 8 PM EDT

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We look forward to a very special session of the Forward Networking Series open to all. Join us for an evening focused on the often-elusive element of successful DE&I efforts – INCLUSION. We will tap into the DEI expertise of Michael Baran, Chief Executive Officer at Iris Inclusion who can speak with authority on SAE (subtle acts of exclusion) and John Stewart Founder and Managing Partner of MiddleGround Capital who will share his experience with MiddleGround’s DEI efforts on Inclusion. John continues to break ground in the middle market regarding his approach to human capital and culture. The conversation will highlight ways we can all take a part in enhancing DEI efforts, specifically inclusion, within our workplaces.

When: Thursday May 18th

Where: AllianceBernstein, 1345 6th Ave, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10105


  • 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Presentation - Interactive Dialogue & Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.   Networking

This event is SOLD OUT.
Click here to register for the next ACG NY Forward Networking Event on August 24th.

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Michael Baran

Michael Baran

Iris Inclusion
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michael Baran is a social scientist and CEO of Iris Inclusion, an award-winning DEI speaker, author, and practitioner who has been supporting organizations and their DEI efforts for 20 years. Read more here.

John Stewart

John Stewart

MiddleGround Capital
Founder and Managing Partner

John Stewart is the Founding & Managing Partner of MiddleGround where he is responsible for the overall management of the firm. John started his career as an hourly line worker at Toyota Motor Corporation and held numerous management and executive positions over an 18-year career. John made the move to private equity in 2007, joining the prior firm as an Operating Partner. Over the next 10 years, John was progressively promoted throughout the organization and became a Partner in 2016. Throughout his career, John has worked on numerous transactions and served on the Board of Directors of over 25 businesses across both middle market and Fortune 100 companies. Read more here.


Elise Chowdhry

Optimum Advisors LLC
Event Secondary Body

ACG New York Forward was established to offer Young Professionals 35 and younger with the resources needed for professional growth. This group is designed for mid-level professionals focused on M&A and deal making in the Tri-State area. Our mission is to promote young professionals in the deal making space with a networking forum where they can comfortably meet and network with peers in the industry. This group will help you grow as a leader and learn from mentors who will help guide you into the next stage of your career.



MAY 18, 2023

AUGUST 24, 2023


Hosted by: ACG
New York

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