Our quest for gender parity begins with Ardian
Ardian Women’s Club was launched in May 2018 by and for women of Ardian to help them develop their careers within Ardian, expand their networks and support each other to succeed as well as unite all Ardian women around common values. In collaboration with the Human Resources, the club monitors indicators of gender parity at the company including recruitment, wage equality and representation in key roles, using its findings to raise awareness of gender parity issues and prompt discussion on how to accelerate progress.
Internally, the club offers female mentoring and holds networking events and workshops to strengthen the links between Ardian’s many female employees. But it also looks to the outside world, promoting private investment as a career for women and representing Ardian in international associations active in inclusion, diversity and gender parity.
launch of the Ardian Women’s Club
core members from all Ardian offices
Our mission: Empower, Connect, Inspire
Promoting the position of women within Ardian
Creating a strong network of solidarity among female staff
Encouraging women to consider careers in private investment
“When I joined Ardian in 1998, I had unconsciously chosen to adopt a male behavior. I wanted to be seen as very engaged, not emotional, result driven. I was trying to conform to what I thought was a male environment. Now with all the initiatives at Ardian – Ardian Women’s Club, the strong management of the HR team – I am confident that we will achieve a balance and a fruitful inclusion policy.” Lise Fauconnier, Managing Director, Ardian Buyout
“What I think is very unique about Ardian is the fact that it’s founded and led by a female president, Dominique Senequier. I had the fortune to pick her brain during my career, especially when I was about to have a family. Her wisdom gave me comfort and courage to continue to pursue a very successful career in the private equity industry and at Ardian.” Sara Huang, Managing Director, Secondaries & Primaries
“You have to believe in yourself and you have to believe that you are much stronger than you can imagine.” Ada Wen, Senior Investment Manager, Secondaries & Primaries
Ardian Women’s Club: highlighting the voice of women in the private equity industry
While the proportion of women in private equity has continued to rise in recent years, there is still a long way to go before they can enjoy the same career opportunities as men. The Ardian Women’s Club exists to accelerate the advance of women at all levels of the company and create the conditions in which women can prosper in private equity as readily as men.
Find out more about the club with Stéphanie Grace, Co-chair of the Ardian Women’s Club and Global Head of Brand & Communications and Nadine Zariffa, Member of the Ardian Women’s Club, Former President of The Millennial Executive Committee and Senior Investment Manager, Buyout.
Memberships and certifications
ILPA (Institutional Limited Partners Association)
In December 2020, Ardian became a founding signatory of the ILPA’s Diversity in Action initiative, making a commitment to take new concrete steps to advance inclusion, diversity and equity, for Ardian and the financial industry more broadly.
In February 2021, Ardian joined Level 20, the organization dedicated to improving gender diversity in the European private equity industry.
The Global Business Certification standard for gender equality
Ardian has been awarded the level 2 of the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), called EDGE Move. This certification measures and assesses company commitment to gender equality through an audit of our policy and practices and a survey completed by employees on perceptions of inclusion in the workplace.
In 2020, Ardian signed France Invest’s Gender Diversity Charter. The initiative promotes gender parity within French private equity firms and the companies they support.
Investor Leadership Network (ILN)
In 2019, Ardian joined the Investor Leadership Network which addresses issues of sustainability and long-term growth. Ardian is particularly involved in issues concerning diversity in investment.
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