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Female Leadership in Investing

Dive into the discourse on female leadership in the investment sector with our panel, which highlights the impact and advancements driven by women at the helm of finance.

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Katrina Rowe - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Katrina S. Rowe is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on representing domestic and international sponsors on forming, marketing and operating private investment funds covering a wide spectrum of sectors, geographies and strategies, including buyout, credit, distressed debt, infrastructure, real estate, energy and mezzanine. Katrina also has significant experience working with sponsors on co-investment arrangements, joint ventures and separately managed accounts, as well as structuring, regulatory and compliance matters. In addition, Katrina has represented institutional investors in making investments in private funds.

Investing Across Strategies

Explore the dynamics of diversified investment strategies with our expert panel, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities within Venture Capital, Growth Equity, Private Equity, and Public Markets.



Carrie VanFleet - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Carrie M. VanFleet is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on advising sponsors of private investment funds, co-investment vehicles and separately managed accounts, covering numerous sectors and strategies, including buyout, credit opportunities, mezzanine and real estate funds. Carrie has also advised both sponsors and institutional buyers in connection with strategic investments in private investment firms.

ESG & Sustainability

Join us for a compelling discussion on ESG & Sustainability, where industry leaders will examine the integration of ESG into the investment process and investing sustainably.



Shawn Xu - Partner, Lowercarbon Capital

Shawn is a Partner at Lowercarbon Capital, and aims to be the first believer in audacious founders who are building bold solutions to the climate crisis.


Shawn has built an accomplished track record as an investor at the early stage. Immediately prior to Lowercarbon, Shawn was a Partner at On Deck’s venture fund and accelerator, where he backed companies in 20+ countries and earned a founder NPS of 100. Before this, he was on the investing teams at Floodgate and First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, and was ranked in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital. Shawn has personally partnered with ~50 companies to date and brings with him a wealth of knowledge on helping founders go zero to one, from ideation to product-market fit.


Before he was an investor, Shawn was a startup executive who led international expansion for companies such as Square. Shawn is also involved in political activism, and previously served as a tech policy advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Shawn holds an MBA/MA in International Affairs from Wharton and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. Shawn is a Silicon Valley native and is based in San Francisco (although his colleagues would argue he’s more often based out of a plane). When he’s not hustling on behalf of the entrepreneurs we’ve partnered with, you can find him lost on travel adventures (ask him about his North Korea story), organizing happy hours and dinner parties, or nerding out about comic books.

Value Creation through Portfolio Operations

Learn how to drive value creation within portfolio companies through strategic operational enhancements in our "Value Creation through Portfolio Operations" panel. Our experts will reveal key tactics for boosting performance and achieving sustainable growth in today's competitive markets.

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Keri Schick Norton - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Keri Schick Norton is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Keri regularly represents private equity firms, private companies and public companies on mergers and acquisitions and other complex transactions, including significant leverage buyouts, minority investments, carve out transactions, joint ventures and cross-border transactions. Keri also counsels clients with respect to governance, securities and other general corporate matters.

Keri teaches an intersession course as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law on corporate transactions.

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