Co-Head of EII Markets and Investments, BlackRock
When Kara spoke with Business Insider in December, she predicted that private-equity stakeholders, be they LPs or portfolio companies, would increasingly prioritize impact investing, ESG, and diversity and inclusion efforts.
That's already started to pick up across the private-equity space in recent months, with recruiters noting a jump in firms looking to hire outsiders to help make ESG a priority. Meanwhile, Apollo Global Management brought in a new head of talent late last year, and he's been busy making moves both to build a more inclusive culture and also to look beyond traditional stomping ground for hiring to reach a broader and more diverse pool of talent.
Helander spoke with us again in July and shared how Carlyle is pushing the companies it owns to diversify its boards, with a new goal to achieve 30% diversity of all directors in Carlyle’s private-equity controlled companies by 2023, and adding an update to firm policy that at least one of the two diverse candidates Carlyle considers for each open role is Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, or Native American.
“Last year, 50% of our new hires were female,” she says. “And we reached 44% of our employee base overall as female. And we continue to monitor our progress because what you measure matters.”