Panel Speakers: Women Investing & Investing in Women

Katherine Klein, Vice- Dean Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Katherine is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management and the Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. With a passionate commitment to social impact and deep research expertise, Katherine guides WSII’s vision and strategy, partnerships, research, and faculty engagement. An award-winning organizational psychologist, she teaches course on social impact, leadership, organizational change, and research methods. She is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Katherine’s current research focuses on the effects of leadership succession on organizational change and effectiveness – including the recent study: Four for Women: A Framework for Evaluating Companies’ Impact on the Women They Employ




Amanda Agati, SVP, Co-Chief Investment Strategist, PNC Financial Services Group

Amanda is Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Strategist for the PNC Financial Services Group. In this role, she oversees all investment strategy-related activities for the Institutional Asset Management, Wealth Management, and Hawthorn (ultra-high-net-worth) businesses, totaling approximately $150 billion in assets under management, as of December 31, 2017. In addition, she helps lead the team that establishes overall strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance of client portfolios, manages the evolution of investment processes, provides thought leadership on key investment issues, and is the author of numerous publications.


Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Chief Executive Officer iNTENT Manifesto WOCstar Fund I

After 20+ years of wall street, technology, philanthropy and policy, Gayle’s (Gay-lä) boldest endeavor to date is a social campaign and venture capital fund launched to move $1Billion in capital to support women of color globally. iNTENT Manifesto, is an investment education platform based on a new approach to investing in an innovative future and changing market realities for women of color tech startups. With the upcoming launch of WOCstar Fund I, an early stage venture fund focused solely on women of color tech startups, she is transforming how local people, communities, leading foundations and investors can support, invest, and celebrate women entrepreneurs. Gayle is a graduate of Wharton and most recently a Nazarian Social Innovator-in-Residence at Wharton Social Impact Initiative.


Christian Pennotti, Global Director, Savings Groups, CARE

Christian led a pan-African initiative to advance women's economic empowerment through the promotion of CARE's signature Village Saving and Loan Association model. Directly managed multi-million-dollar portfolio and provided technical support via Access Africa team to $160M+ in VSLA-related programming across 44 countries. Areas of focus included testing interventions that deepen impacts of VSLA on women's economic empowerment; expanding financial inclusion through partnerships with financial service providers; building evidence and research to influence national and international decision makers; scaling the engagement of youth and adolescent girls in VSLAs to reshape economic opportunity; and closing gender gaps and inequality through innovative program design and effective engagement of power holders.