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Amber Walsh: Women in Private Equity

June 11, 2019

In this episode of Deal Talk with 7MA host Ariail Siggins talks with Amber Walsh, a partner at McGuire Woods. Amber discusses women in private equity, the impact of getting more women involved, compares how men and women network, and the way work-life balance has changed now that women have more control in the boardroom.

Amber leads a team of nearly 50 attorneys heading up McGuire Wood’s healthcare practice. During her career, Amber has primarily focused on private equity-backed health care; working for portfolio companies and investors. She also founded and leads McGuire Woods’ Women In Private Equity Initiative.

Amber starts this episode off with how she founded McGuire Wood’s Women In Private Equity Initiative and the importance of having more women involved in private equity. (3:03) Ariail and Amber then discuss studies talking about the differences in how men and women network. (11:17) After founding McGuire Wood’s Women In Private Equity Initiative, Amber talks about the change she would love to see come out of initiative over the next five years. (17:41)

Women’s role in private equity is changing. Amber discusses this change and talks about the most impactful relationships she’s developed in her career. (20:19) Amber then wraps up this episode with a discussion on the evolution of work-life balance over the past ten years as women have become increasingly involved in boardroom decision-making. (26:16)

For more information on the Women In Private Equity Initiative, visit or email Amber at


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