Vision 2020 Think Tank – Women Leaders in Private Equity & Venture Capital

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 5:30pm-7:39pm
Location: Skadden, Arps Offices
525 University Avenue
14th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Please join us as a participant in the next Vision 2020 Think Tank for an engaging discussion with top women-led funds in private equity and venture capital.

The Vision 2020 Project is a ten year national campaign to advance women’s economic and social equality. Delegates from all 50 states collaborate to: (1) increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, (2) advance women’s economic security and achieve pay equity, (3) educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership and civic engagement and (4) engage and educate women voters and increase women’s participation in the political process.




Katey Caldwell

Founder & General Partner
22nd Street Ventures

Katey Caldwell is the Founder and Managing partner of 22nd Street Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in a new generation of companies tackling our present and future quality of life. 22 partners with pre-seed and seed stage Y Combinator founders to build great companies of the future built upon not simply providing products or connectedness, but on the fundamental wellbeing and quality of life of consumers. After spending nearly a decade working in marketing for multimillion dollar brands, startups and being a founder herself, Katey understands what truly drives brand and start-up longevity— People want to live longer, healthier, more meaningful lives at work and at home: and 22 will make this happen. Katey received her BA in English from UCLA.


Shauntel Garvey

General Partner
Reach Capital

Shauntel Garvey is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital where she funds people and ideas that empower learners, parents and educators across the educational spectrum. Shauntel currently serves on the boards of Schoolzilla, Holberton School, and Abl. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund. Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble where she developed product innovations, designed supply chains, and managed technology partnerships for the global laundry business.

Shauntel received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.


Veronica Wu

Managing Partner
Hone Capital

Veronica Wu is the Founder of Hone Capital, a venture firm launched in 2015 with initial backing provided by China Science and Merchants Capital Investment Management Group (CSC Group). Today, Hone Capital manages capital for other institutional investors. Veronica launched Hone Capital to become one of the leading firms leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning. Hone’s mission is to deliver a more consistent performance from the venture asset class by creating a better beta managed product, in an industry which has otherwise delivered returns inconsistently for decades to institutional investors. Veronica’s initial focus was to develop a strong partnership with AngelList to begin accessing a high volume of deals in the Silicon Valley eco-system and combining that with machine learning to drive optimal deal selection.

Prior to Hone Capital, Veronica served as Vice President of Tesla Motors overseeing its China Operations, and drove the launch of the company’s first car into China market in 2014. Prior to Tesla, Veronica led the launch of Apple’s Education and Enterprise business in China from 2006-2013, growing it from inception into a multi-billion dollar business. Previously, she held senior positions at Motorola and McKinsey & Company. Veronica holds a BS from Yale University in Applied Mathematics, and an MS & PhD in Industrial Engineering Operations Research from UC Berkeley.


Melinda Hightower

Executive Director
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Melinda Hightower helps individuals and families navigate the challenges associated with growing and sustaining wealth across generations. She has specific expertise in advising public company executives, venture capital and private equity principals, and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Melinda served as a Vice President at ICONIQ Capital and before that was a tax attorney with Skadden Arps.

Melinda received her BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, her MBA from the University of Chicago, and her JD from the University of Virginia.


Sara L. Terheggen (“Dr. T”)

California Delegate,
Vision 2020 Project
& Founder
The NBD Group

Dr. Sara L. Terheggen is a leading advisor with significant business, strategic and legal expertise having advised on corporate and private equity transactions with an aggregate value of over $100 billion. Dr. T is the founder and managing director of The NBD group, a new type of business and legal solutions corporation, 100% founded and owned by a woman. She also serves on the Investment Committee for Atwater Capital, and media and entertainment private equity fund. Prior to founding The NBD Group, she was an equity partner at a top law firm.

In just 9 months since NBD’s founding in March of 2018, we have handled over 20 transactions for clients with an aggregate transaction value of over $1.5 billion. The NBD Group was also just selected by Acquisition Finance Magazine as the Independent Private Equity / Securities Advisory Firm of the Year and Dr. T was awarded as one of their Gamechangers of the Year.

Dr. T is a frequent speaker and writer on topics such as private equity and venture capital, corporate governance, IPOs, innovation, equity and leadership. She has been recognized more than 30 times making her one of the most decorated corporate advisors of her time. Dr. T also sits on several boards and works tirelessly in her community with organizations and initiatives focused on equity. Dr. T received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Berkeley.


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