The LP Lens Part 1, Webinar: Debut Fund Preparation
October 2023 / Thought Leadership
On October 24th, Sheryl Mejia of Steward was joined by Aggie Rzamek Praczuk of MetLife and Jackie Tilton of Grata to discuss the environment for emerging private equity fund managers and GP stakes. A replay is available on demand. Grata is an innovative deal sourcing platform for the private equity industry. They periodically host informative webinars with industry leaders. Read More
Over 250 attendees tuned in to hear about the initial considerations for planning the leap from a large firm and the transformation to becoming a founder. Topics also included top questions to ask LPs as you build new partnerships and how important a track record is to the success of new fund launches.
Johara New York Forum
September 2023 / Thought Leadership
On September 26th, Sheryl Mejia of Steward was joined by Kimberly Smith (Chief Capital Formation Officer – Techstars) and Shrina Kurani (Managing Director – SNØCAP) with the conversation moderated by Donna Parisi (Global Head of Finance – Shearman & Sterling LLP). They discussed technologies that will impact our lives in the next ten years across AI, life sciences, fractional ownership models for art and the industrial transition. Read More
Johara Global is a social enterprise membership organization that connects women from the Arabian Gulf Region and globally. Johara provides female leaders and the next generation’s change-makers with a trusted support network and a platform to share knowledge, experiences and the tools to succeed in all aspects of life.
Private Equity Women Investor Network
March 2023 / Thought Leadership
On March 15, 2023, Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN) in partnership with Steward Asset Management hosted an in-person discussion with Loida Lewis, author of Why Should Guys Have All the Fun? about leadership, family, perseverance, buyouts and exits.Read More
A year after losing her beloved husband, Reginald F. Lewis, the first African American billion-dollar dealmaker, Ms. Lewis took over TLC Beatric, a global food enterprise. In her riveting story, Loida shared how her desire to realize her late husband’s vision drove her to make that dream a reality.
In her 80th year, Ms. Lewis’s memoir, on the date of the event, was the #1 New Release in Company Business Profiles in April 2023 on Amazon. Why Should Guys Have All the Fun? is an authentic story of what is possible for a working mother with love, determination and resilience.
McGuireWoods Fund Flow podcast: Filling Investor Needs with Steward’s Managing Partner
October 2022 / Thought Leadership
Steward Asset Management is pleased to share the latest edition of Fund Flow: Filling Investor Needs with host Jon Finger, Partner of McGuire Woods. He is joined by Sheryl Mejia, Managing Partner at Steward Asset Management, to discuss what spurred the creation of the firm, how Steward is differentiated in the anchoring space and why empathy for the founder’s journey is key.Read More
Sheryl shares her depth of knowledge working in asset management for large and small firms, including NY State Common’s Pension Fund, before launching Steward Asset Management and fulfilling her desire to create a wider deal pipeline for the industry. Sheryl and Jon touch on how Steward’s unique positioning in the marketplace and value-add helps them engage and build strong long-term partnerships with emerging and diverse managers.
Sheryl also shares her advice for emerging managers raising their first fund and GPs who have recently closed their first committed fund. She believes that emerging managers need to understand what need they are meeting for the investor — then listen, learn and refine their presentation. For managers who have recently closed their first fund, the best advice Sheryl gives is the need to learn how to balance leadership time effectively. She shares tips on how to avoid underestimating the effort that this balance takes.
Steward welcomes Advisory Board member Chris Hayes
October 2022 / Firm Update
We are pleased to announce the addition of new advisory board member, Chris Hayes, an influential force in the Private Equity industry, most recently at the Institutional Limited Partners Association, ILPA, which represents over 570 institutional LPs. Chris led ILPA’s efforts on fund terms – helping to create ILPA’s model limited partnership agreement. Currently, he leads global government relations at the Celo Foundation, a supporter for the builder ecosystem for Celo, a carbon negative blockchain. Read More
Women’s Private Capital Summit NY features Sheryl Mejia on stage to discuss private market allocations
November 2021 / Thought Leadership
Falk Marques Group hosted its annual event in New York. Keynote panel “LP Perspectives: Optimizing Private Market Portfolios” featured Sheryl Mejia – Steward Asset Management along with Kristi Craig – Georgetown University Investment Office, Novisi Atadika Nirschi – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Sophia Tsai – Trinity Church Wall Street and Ya Tung- GCM Grosvenor. In the session, they shared insights into how they optimize their portfolios and what it means for manager selection. LINK https://events.withintelligence.com/womensprivatecapitalsummit/agenda
Steward welcomes Advisory Board Member Melanie Santos Grant
September 2021 / Firm Update
Melanie brings a wealth of perspective and insight gained during her 20-year career in transforming and advising businesses. Melanie is the Founder of 2nd Gen Partners, an independent sponsor that accelerates the growth of agribusinesses, healthcare services and consumer wellness companies. Read More
SEO AICON Conference, Fund Formation – Stepping out with Fund I
April 2021 / Firm Update
SEO hosted the Twelfth Annual Alternative Investments Conference. Sheryl Mejia of Steward was joined by Bharath Srikrishnan, BharCap Partners, Shawn Schestag, Sixpoint Partners and Chris Keller, Moelis Asset Management.
Private Equity Professional, PE Workshop: How to Raise a Debut Fund
February 2021 / Firm Update
On February 25th Sheryl Mejia of Steward was joined by Nik Shah, Co-Founder of Cohere Capital, Sanjiv Shah, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, Patrick Dunleavy, Managing Director, Moelis& Co. with the conversation led by Private Equity Career News founder David Toll. Read More
Steward welcomes Advisory Board member Brad Heinrichs
January 2021 / Firm Update
We are pleased to announce the addition of Advisory Board Member, Brad Heinrichs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foster & Foster, an independent national actuarial consulting firm serving the U.S. pension community. Brad is a key resource for lawmakers regarding proposed bills that impact state and municipal pension plans. Read More
Steward publishes ESG Framework
September 2020 / Thought Leadership
The Steward team invites readers to reference our ESG Framework, which we hope will provide guidance to others in the asset management industry.Having an ESG lens helps us to better understand the long-term risks and opportunities. Read More
PE Buyouts Webinar Replay: Sheryl Mejia featured in ‘LPs Discuss: Fund Due Diligence During the Pandemic & Beyond’
August 2020 / Thought Leadership
On September 30th Sheryl Mejia of Steward was joined by David Enriquez of New York City’s Bureau of Asset Management and Jeff Weston of Arizona’s Public Safety Personnel Retirement System to discuss the various approaches and dynamics in 2020. Registration is complementary of PEI Buyouts. Replay of PE Buyouts conversation
Steward welcomes Advisory Board members Milton Irvin, Alhadi Alwazir and Steve Marks
August 2020 / Firm Update
We are pleased to announce the addition of three Advisory Board Members:
Milton Irvin brings perspective from a long career in financial services. Notable financial leadership roles include Salomon Brothers where he became the first African-American Managing Director. He has also served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Read More
Alhadi Alwazir brings experience in capital markets as well as principal investing, most recently as a partner at Eastgate Capital Group’s private equity and real estate practice. Currently, he is a Partner at Bio-nAbler, a life-science investment and advisory firm.
Steve Marks, a long-standing alternatives investor, is focusing efforts as a Partner at WhatIF 88, a group of experienced Wharton alumni with a focus on social impact, corporate governance, due diligence, and advisory services.
Steward welcomes Leroy Cody as Head of Business Development
July 2020 / Firm Update
Leroy Cody has assumed the role as Head of Business Development moving over from his role as Advisor/Operating Partner. Leroy leads business development efforts with a focus on meeting the needs of the firm’s institutional limited partners. He brings decades of industry experience in product strategy and delivery across a range of private fund strategies. “Leroy’s many years of experience in product strategy and delivery of private funds will benefit our limited partner relationships”, said Erin Shippee, COO.
Steward Asset Management welcomes Erin Shippee, Chief Operating Officer
June 2020 / Firm Updates
Steward is pleased to welcome Erin Shippee to the investment team. Prior to joining, Erin was Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in New York with operating responsibility across the platform’s multi-billion dollar fund of funds business. Read More
Steward Asset Management welcomes David Reiss as Principal, Manager Diligence & Execution
May 2020 / Firm Updates
Steward is excited to welcome David Reiss to the investment team. Prior to joining, David was a Founder and Principal at Brookville Advisory, a specialist in Credit-Distressed investments. Read More
AIF Global trailblazer award
Jan 2020 / Awards
Sheryl Mejía, Managing Partner of Steward Asset Management, started off the new year with recognition by AIF Global, an economic think tank. Sheryl received the Trailblazer Award for her work on both private and public fund investment committees. Read More
Keynote presentation at CFA Society New York, Emerging Manager Summit
Nov 2019 / Thought Leadership
Sheryl Mejía, Managing Partner, provided keynote comments to the New York CFA Society audience that illuminated Steward’s approach to building a foundational assessment, ahead of traditional due diligence steps, when evaluating emerging managers.
Contributions to AIF Global & KPMG’s sponsored whitepaper “Driving Change”
Jun 2019 / Thought Leadership
Prominent women investors including Sheryl Mejía, Managing Partner of Steward Asset Management, shared comments on how women in alternative investment organizations can help ROI soar and also move ahead in their career development. Read More