Maha Ibrahim, 47


gen­eral Part­ner, Canaan as­sets Under Man­age­Ment: $5 bil­lion no­table deals: Kabam, the RealReal Maha Ibrahim will never for­get when a male vc shared his firm’s hir­ing strat­egy with her. they knew they should hire women, he said, but didn’t want an “Ellen Pao sit­u­a­tion,” re­fer­ring to the for­mer vc who un­suc­cess­fully sued her for­mer firm, Kleiner Perkins cau­field & By­ers, for sex­ual ha­rass­ment in 2012. Her male peer said his so­lu­tion was to hire women in ju­nior roles, with no hope of pro­mo­tion. “I was floored. I couldn’t sleep that night,” she says. With All Raise, she’s work­ing to en­sure that women en­ter­ing the field are sup­ported all the way up the lad­der. “If these women are not given the chance to suc­ceed with that level of sup­port, it will be an ex­per­i­ment gone un­for­tu­nately wrong.”

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