Deal Us In is a podcast brought to you by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors. Deal Us In promotes the advancement of women in private equity and finance through conversations with women leaders and rising stars in the private equity and finance space. These conversations provide both insights and practical takeaways to inform your deal work and enhance the culture of your organization. If you’re ready to drive the industry toward a more inclusive and diverse environment then, it’s time to come to the table.
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Horror Stories - Keeping the Monsters Out of Your Deal
Halloween is a spooky season known for ghost stories and other terrifying tales. At first blush, recounting transactional law tales may not fit that bill, but this episode may just change your mind. While litigators see their share of intense and stressful scenarios, what transactional attorneys see a year or two down the road when the dust settles may just frighten you.
On today’s episode of Deal Us In, 7 Mile Advisor’s Ariail Barker speaks to Susan Rodriguez and Jodie Lawson, litigation partners at McGuireWoods. On this special Halloween episode, Susan and Jodie share what transactional attorneys can learn from their litigator and government audit counterparts and provide some advice to keep your story from taking a horrifying turn.
Navigating Maternity Leave Policies in the Finance Industry
The private equity and investment banking spaces of the finance industry are often perceived as a ‘boys club,’ comprised mainly of male associates. However, as more women occupy this sector, it becomes imperative for companies to strengthen policies that are unique to women who would like to start a family while pursuing a career.
In this episode of Deal Us In, 7 Mile Advisor’s Ariail Barker speaks with Main Street Capital’s Business Development and Marketing Manager, Molly White, about maternity leave policies in the finance industry. They share their personal experiences in their respective firms, as they will both be going on maternity leave soon. They stress the importance of businesses, irrespective of size, being aware of maternity regulations and examining whether their current policies are appropriately accommodating and flexible for employees. Top management should encourage a culture that supports leaves of absence and actively combats stigmas associated with taking time off.
The Importance of Leadership Roles for Women
In this episode of Deal Us In, McGuireWoods’ Kelsey Hitchcock is joined by Christen Morand, an Ernst & Young partner handling fraud investigation and dispute services practice. The discussion examines how the culture for women has evolved over the past ten years, particularly in complex industries such as M&A. Christen shares her experience as an accounting arbitrator, positions historically filled by men.
The State of Women in Finance
Modern times have shown significant changes when it comes to women in the workplace. More females are getting promotions and career advancements compared to decades ago. Companies are implementing programs that not only support women but also promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. And, while notable gaps remain, the climate for women in the workplace is consistently improving.
In this episode of Deal Us In, McGuireWoods’ Phyllis Young speaks with Yasmin Huebinger, Senior Vice President with Capital One. Yasmin discusses her personal experiences as a career woman and a leader in her institution. She shares a number of factors that have contributed to her success, including cultivating the ability to remain calm and focused even in times of high stress. When conducting deal transactions remaining focused is paramount, along with possessing emotional intelligence – a quality too frequently missing in professional settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and go about our day-to-day lives. With more cities and states implementing stay-at-home policies for its citizens, law firms are crafting unique business continuity processes, particularly in the M&A space. Although the quantity of deals has decreased, buyers and sellers remain interested in conducting transactions despite the current crisis.
In this episode of Deal Us In, hosts Ann Dorsett and Ariail Barker speak with Amber Walsh, a McGuireWoods partner and co-leader of the company’s Women in Private Equity and Finance Initiative. She goes in-depth on the logistics of deal-making and reveals you can help your clients close deals from home or anywhere. She also provides valuable tips for those less accustomed to remote work, including cultivating self-discipline and making the effort to stay connected to colleagues and clients. She also discusses the practice of shifting transactions and processes to the digital and virtual space as well as utilizing online tools and technology.
Get to Know the Women of Deal Us In
The private equity and finance industries have evolved significantly in recent the years. While the increasing availability of information has led to a faster pace, we’re also seeing more women occupying leadership roles, and being recognized for their skills and efforts – something that was far less common a decade ago.
Deal Us In is a new podcast produced by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors, which aims to promote the advancement of women as critical leaders in private equity and finance. Through relatable conversations with professional women, especially those in under-represented corporate leadership positions, this podcast will highlight the importance of inclusion and diversity in the legal practice.