Diversity and Inclusion


We focus on diversity and inclusion because we want our people to thrive, so collectively we can all grow and prosper and in turn help our communities to do the same.

Our inclusion ethos is founded on the premise that harnessing our differences will create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where our talents are being fully utilized and in which our organizational goals are met. To achieve this, we believe everyone at Pantheon has a part to play:

Our Leadership

Sets the culture and policies which promote Pantheon as a diverse and inclusive place to work.

Our Managers

Have a responsibility for monitoring equality and diversity within their business area and taking positive action to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.

Making objective decisions

Being aware of unconscious bias

Our Staff

Have a responsibility for actively promoting equality of opportunity and diversity.

Respecting others

Taking time to understand different perspectives

Our approach is to be transparent, to be visible, to commit to continuous progress, to advocate, to engage with and support carefully selected external partners in our key geographic markets. During 2021, we will be publishing our inaugural report on Gender Pay Gap Reporting. This initiative, which we endorse, requires UK employers with 250 or more employees in the UK to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees.

Signatory to HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter

We are committed advocates of diversity in the workforce. We recognize that our best results are achieved when deep industry experience is met with diverse insights. That’s why over 35% of Pantheon’s departments globally are led by women. Pantheon seeks to increase the participation of women in the private equity industry through visible engagement on the issues of diversity across our global regions with local trade associations, our clients and investment managers, supported by championship of diversity awareness.

Charter Commitments

As a Signatory to the UK Government’s Women in Finance Charter, Pantheon has formally committed to four actions:

Our Target

Gender Diversity in Pantheon’s Senior Management

Pantheon’s target is to ensure that the proportion of women who are engaged in the day-to-day management and operation of our firm (identified as Global Heads of Departments and/or a member of Pantheon’s Partnership Board) is at least 33%.

Percentage of women who are Global Heads of Departments and/or a member of Pantheon’s Partnership Board. Data reported as at January 2021.

The firm’s progress in relation to the target will be published annually.

Pantheon’s Managing Partner, Paul Ward, is the designated member of the senior team responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion.

Our Global Partnerships

Pantheon proudly supports a number of organizations focused on equitable access to education and opportunity, and to encouraging women to pursue fulfilling careers in private equity. Our current focus is reviewing our global partnerships to ensure they align with our own goals and offer the potential to underpin those. Our emphasis will be on partnerships that target gender, LGBTQ+ and under-represented groups. The partnerships we form offer engagement opportunities for all employees through a set of organizations that reflect Pantheon’s holistic diversity and values.

Founded in 2020, 100 Black Interns seeks to offer internships to black students across the UK to help kickstart their career in investment management. Pantheon is participating in the campaign and is excited to welcome our first two interns from the program to Pantheon this summer.

Pantheon has supported Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) in a variety of ways over the past eight years, including participating in ‘SEO Career’, the U.S.’s premier summer internship and training program which helps under-represented groups access and develop career opportunities to transform D&I outcomes and sponsoring its annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference. In 2018, Kara Zanger, Partner, was appointed to SEO’s Limited Partners Advisory Council.

Women in Alternative Assets and WAI Network is an initiative aimed at promoting, encouraging and empowering women within the private equity fund industry in Colombia. Pantheon is a co-founder of this network, established in February 2021, alongside ColCapital and MAS Equity Partners. The network brings together more than 140 women in different positions and companies in the sector, and measures the representativeness of women by profiles of industry players, years of experience and their position within the companies in the sector.

PEWIN is an U.S. organization that provides an intimate forum for senior women general partners, limited partners and private equity professionals to network, share investment ideas, explore potential opportunities to work together and generally increase the profile of female leaders in the PE industry. Founded in 2008, this invitation-only group currently has nearly 700 members globally at the most senior levels of their respective firms. In 2021, Sara Lonergan, Principal in our U.S. Investment Team was invited to become a member of PEWIN’s West Coast Chapter.

We are delighted to be a Sponsor of Level 20, the not-for-profit organisation established to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry.
Pantheon supports Level 20’s mission to encourage greater female representation across the private equity industry with the goal of having 20% of senior positions in the industry held by women and with a particular focus on increasing the number of women in investment roles.

We support Level 20’s five key initiatives to achieve this mission: mentoring and development; networking and events; outreach; advocacy; and research. We encourage our employees irrespective of gender to be active members of Level 20 by contributing to Level 20-led research, discussion groups and outreach events and participating in the annual mentoring programme. Our firm’s engagement with these activities is led by our internal Level 20 Ambassador.

In 2020, Pantheon signed the Mindful Business Charter. Our signature underpins our commitment to adapting and supporting a culture that can have a positive impact on our employees’ wellbeing. We know that when people are stressed, they work less effectively and risk damage to their health. MBC presents a set of best practice behavioral principles to tackle and reduce avoidable stress in the workplace. The key elements of the Charter include: Openness and respect, Smart meetings and emailing, Respecting rest periods and Mindful delegation.

In 2021, Pantheon became a Member of Out Investors (‘OI’), a global organization founded with the mission to make the direct investing industry more welcoming for LGBT+ individuals. OI runs events and programs involving LGBT+ investment professionals and investment adjacent roles such as portfolio value creation, fund management and investor relations. The OI network operates through local chapters in major financial city centers and is formed in partnership with investment organizations. Current chapters include New York, London and San Francisco. The role of these chapters is to foster community, hold networking events and facilitate mentorship in the industry.


Our 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Overview