Lancor Partner, Linsay Trueman, was invited to speak on a panel discussion at the Women in Private Equity Forum by Private Equity International in London late November. Click here to check out the event recap on the Women in PE website and find out more about next year's event.
I was delighted to speak to the Women in Private Equity Forum at the end of this past year. With over 150 attendees from 60 companies, we had a rich and engaged dialogue. As we start 2018, I want to recap on my three take-aways from the event.
First, we’ve got a lot of work to do! Women are more under-represented in private equity than any other sector of financial services – and gender diversity drops as we go up the ranks. Find a sponsor within your organisation to support you as you navigate your career.
Second, “credentials give credibility.” You need to deliver on the job! A strong track record of achievement is the foundation for being successful within private equity.
Third, take opportunities when they come along. The clichés apply: put your hand up and dive in! Working with peers on challenging assignments can often be the best way to prove your abilities and build trusted relationships.
I’m excited about 2018 and look forward to placing more women into private equity funds and portfolio companies than every before.
Linsay leads CEO, C-suite, Board-level searches for private equity portfolio companies and Operating Partner searches for private equity funds. She specialises in the consumer and consumer technology sectors. Prior to joining Lancor, Linsay was a Partner at a leading executive search firm, where she led the Consumer, Retail and Leisure Practice for the firm internationally. She has a track record of placing C-suite executives and Board members into mid and large-cap private equity backed businesses. She joined Skillcapital from Monitor Company, where she focused on leading marketing strategy projects for a range of companies across Europe. Her consulting work drew upon her experience as Marketing Director of the privately-held spa and products group, the Sanctuary, and her management of Johnson & Johnson's leading skincare brand, Neutrogena. Linsay has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MA in History from the University of Oxford.