LPs & GPs empowering women and under-represented minorities on all sides of the table.

January 15-17, 2020 | The Sanctuary, Phoenix, AZ

Equity Summit is an invitation-only gathering that will bring together 100 thought- leading LPs and GPs for intimate, off- the- record conversations that will drive industry change, resulting in more investment in women GPs and under-represented minorities.

Joining Equity Summit will be a diverse set of LP’s with perspectives representing endowments, foundations, funds of funds and family offices — and GPs representing the top leading new firms as well as existing funds.

Equity Summit 2020 will take place January 15-17, 2020 at Sanctuary Resort and Spa just outside Scottsdale, in Paradise Valley, Arizona.


Equity Summit was founded by three accomplished women who have lived and worked in technology for the past decade — as engineers, heads of product, and as founders.

As they began their investment careers, they observed that women partners have not had the same access to the venture capital ecosystem as men. Collectively, they determined that the best way to change that, was to create a high level forum for discussion, to address these issues, and begin to forge important relationships between GP’s and LPs — with the aim of driving change in the industry, resulting in more investment in women GPs.


Mar Hershenson
Managing Partner
Pear VC



Katie Rae
CEO and Managing Partner
The Engine


Trae Vassallo
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Defy VC


Wednesday, January 15

2:00 p.m.    Registration & arrival reception

6:00 p.m.    Welcome dinner & drinks

Thursday, January 16

7:00 a.m.    Sunrise yoga

8:00 a.m.    Breakfast

9:00 a.m.    Wake-Up Activity

11:30 a.m.    Lunch & presentation

1:00 p.m      Un-Conference Conversations

4:00 p.m      Walk & talks

6:30 p.m.     Cocktails, dinner & presentation

Friday, January 17

7:00 a.m.   Mountain hike

7:30 a.m.   Walk & talks

8:30 a.m.   Breakfast & 1x1 Meet ups

9:00 a.m.   Un-conference conversations

11:00 a.m.   Closing Lunch & wrap-up


Hotel Information

Sanctuary Resort and Spa
5700 East McDonald Drive | Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
P: 855.245.2051



Guest room rates range from $419, with Casitas and Suites from $499-$699.

An $18 daily resort fee for Casitas and Suites includes:

  • Self-parking

  • Local shuttle service

  • Bellman gratuities

  • Housekeeping nightly gratuities

  • Access to spa, pool and fitness facilities

  • Nightly turndown service

  • Coffee in the lobby each morning

  • In-room Nespresso Vertuoline coffee and tea kettle

  • Bottled water

Accommodations — All Suites and Casitas feature the following amenities:

  • Fili D’Oro linens; robes and flip flops

  • Simmons Felicity Pillow Top mattress

  • Exclusive Molton Brown in-room amenities

  • Bath with candles, signature bath salts and soaps

  • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board

  • High speed wifi internet access

Guest Room Types

Terrace Casita:

  • 875 sq ft

  • Offers a King bedroom, table and chairs

  • Full bathroom with indoor soaking tub

  • Private outdoor shower

  • 330 sq ft patio functions as an outdoor living room

Spa Casita:

  • 650 sq ft

  • 1 King bed

Mountain Casita:

  • 500 sq ft

  • 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds

Camelback Casita:

  • 500 sq ft

  • 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds

Suite types

Camelback Suite:

  • 1-bedroom featuring 1,000 sq ft

  • 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds

Spa Suite:

  • 1,200 sq ft

  • 1 King bed

Mountain Suite:

  • 1-bedroom featuring 1,000 sq ft

  • 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds


Invited participants can make hotel reservations through the online registration form.


Air travel

The closest airport to Sanctuary Resort and Spa is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is located approximately 10 miles from the resort.

Alternatively, you may consider flying into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), which is located approximately 40 miles (50 minutes) from the resort.

Ground Transportation

Car Rentals:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers all major car rental companies. For further information, you may contact the City of Phoenix Rental Car Center Information Desk at 602- 683-3741, open from 8:30am - 5pm (MST), Monday - Friday (except holidays).

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport offers car rentals from Alamo National, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Pegasus. Please follow the following link for more information: http://www.gatewayairport.com/rentalcars

Resort Parking:
Self-parking at the resort is covered in your $18/day resort fee if staying on property

Driving Directions:
You can find directions to Sanctuary Resort  and Spa from Sky Harbor International Airport at: https://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/resort/map-and-directions/

Taxi Service:
Taxi services in the area are reportedly not very reliable. Alternate providers are recommended, such as Lyft or Uber.  Please consult your Lyft or Uber app upon arrival for current fares and information.

The estimated Lyft and Uber fares one-way from PHX to Sanctuary Resort ranges from $20-$98 depending on the company and vehicle selected.

The estimated Lyft and Uber fares one-way from AZA to Sanctuary Resort ranges from $38-$170 depending on the company and vehicle selected.

Limousines & Shuttle Services:
Limousine and shuttle services are also offered in the area and can be booked through the Sanctuary Resort Concierge (480-607-2323) between 8:00am - 5:00/6:00pm (MST.)

Weather in Scottsdale during the month of January is slightly cool, with average temperatures ranging between 67°F to 45°F.


Dress Code

Dress for Equity Summit is casual. No need for a suit or sports coat, although a light sweater or jacket is recommended for any evening outdoor activities.

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To become a sponsor contact sponsor@equitysummit.co