McGuireWoods will host the annual McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas on April 16-17. This premier, two-day event is the centerpiece of the acclaimed McGuireWoods Emerging Manager Program and includes the highly sought-after speed-networking event, which facilitated over 1,800 formal meetings last year. We are thrilled to announce the agenda for 2024.

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7:30 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast, Ballroom Foyer

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1:1 Speed Networking with Boxed Lunches, Ballroom

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception, Ballroom Foyer

NOTE: Beverages and light snacks will be provided throughout the day. Grab and go lunch will  available during lunch hours.


7 – 7:45 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast, Ballroom Foyer

7 – 7:45 a.m.

Women in Private Equity & Finance Breakfast,
Salon C/D

7:55 a.m.

Welcome, Ballroom
Jon Finger, McGuireWoods

8 – 8:35 a.m.

Elevating Your Pitch to LPs: Crafting a Story That Resonates
Garrett Bailey, Vice President of Investments, EPIQ Capital Group
John Huhn, Founder and Managing Partner, Compass Group Equity Partners
Mary Hunt, Portfolio Manager of Small & Emerging Managers Strategy, RCP Advisors
Ryan Mahoney, Director, BPEA Private Equity
Jim Pieri, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, AHP
Rick Starling, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

8:40 – 9:15 a.m.

Strategies for Accelerating Fund Closings
and Achieving Commitment Targets

Kate Beardsley, Founding Partner, Hannah Grey Ventures
Jake Capps, Managing Partner, Meaningful Partners
Matt Klinger, Partner, Twin Bridge Capital
Shari Young Lewis, Institutional Allocator
Louis Mayer, Managing Director, 10 East
Billy Herrfeldt, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.


9:25  – 10 a.m.

Unlocking Liquidity: GP Stakes, Seed & Secondaries
Matthew Fisk, Managing Director, Private Equity Investments, Thrivent
Tim Greenfield, Founder and Managing Partner, Demopolis Equity Partners
Richard Rincon, Managing Director, Bondy Capital
Sophia Tsai, Managing Director, Trinity Church Wall Street
Jonathan Tubiana, Managing Director, Abbott Capital Management
Tom Zahn, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

10:05 – 10:40 a.m.

Opportunities for LPs to Create Change with Fund Commitments
Murielle Dawdy, Director, 50 South Capital
Andrea Hedrick, Partner, Amateras AEA
Dana Johns, Head of Private Equity, New Jersey Division of Investment
Renee Nalbandyan, Managing Director, Global Strategic & Sustainable Investments, Bank of America
Kenneth Saffold, Managing Partner, o15 Capital Partners
Abdul-Rahman Lediju, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

10:40 – 10:50 a.m.


10:50 – 11:25 a.m.

How to Choose the Right Partners for Your Fund
Will Darman, Managing Partner, Eden Capital
Neil Keegan, CEO and Managing Partner, Marlinspike
Michael Kornman, Partner, Align Collaborate
Grant Nachman, Chief Investment Officer, Shorecliff Asset Management
Zach Ruchman, Shareholder & Director of Private Investments, WMS Partners
Kevin Boardman, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

11:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Navigating the Evolving Fundraising Landscape
Rob Callahan, Partner, Head of Buyouts, Ace & Co.
Brooke Coburn, Co-Founder/Partner, Capitol Meridian
John Dickie, Partner, Co-Head of Private Equity, HighVista Strategies
Bobby Bassman, Partner and Co-Head, AEA Growth
Elizabeth Weindruch, Managing Director, Barings
Geoff Cockrell, Partner, McGuireWoods (moderator)

12:05 – 1 p.m.


1 – 4:30 p.m.

1:1 Speed Networking

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Closing Reception, Ballroom Foyer