Industry Panel: Venture Capital & Private Equity

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in the investment industry❓ Spend an hour learning about careers in venture capital and private equity! 💰 Hear from an expert panel of industry professionals who work as venture capitalists, shareholders, equity lenders, investors, and more. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists.

12pm – 12:20pm: Lunch & networking
12:20pm – 1:15pm: Panel + Q&A
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Additional networking with panelists

This year’s panelists are:
⭐ Brandan Fitzgerald ’19, Software Investor, Five Elms Capital
⭐ Dan Kerr, Partner, Flyover Capital
⭐ Don Lennard, Senior Consultant, DeMarche
⭐ JoAnna Meunks ’17, CPA, Director of Business Development, ^exponent
⭐ Kelly Sievers, Managing Director, Women’s Capital Connection

This panel will take place in person in Bloch Executive Hall, Room 330. 🍕 Lunch will be provided.

Bandan Fitzgerald ’19
Brandan Fitzgerald is a software investor at Five Elms Capital, a leading growth equity firm that invests in fast-growing B2B SaaS businesses. Five Elms partners with growing, founder-owned software and services businesses, providing capital and resources to help companies accelerate growth and further cement their role as industry leaders. Brandan splits his time between meeting founders, running due diligence processes, and supporting portfolio companies.

Dan Kerr
Dan Kerr is a Partner at Flyover Capital where he leads new investment efforts. He is a passionate believer in the opportunity to build more world-class, venture-backed startups in the region. Each year he speaks with hundreds of founders around the region and supports several Flyover portfolio companies at the board level. Before Flyover he held roles at several Kansas City-area startups (iModules and Rhythm Engineering) and in the financial services sector (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and UMB).

Don Lennard
Bio forthcoming

JoAnna Meunks ’17, CPA
JoAnna started her career as a CPA at Grant Thornton, a global public accounting firm, after graduating from UMKC with dual degrees in Accounting & Marketing. She later joined the 2020 national cohort of Venture for America which led to her next role in Capital Markets at Five Elms Capital. Now, JoAnna is building a tech-enabled services startup, Exponent. Exponent is creating playbooks, tools, and networks to connect finance & accounting professionals to opportunities within Venture Capital, Private Equity, and high growth companies.

Kelly Sievers
Bio forthcoming

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