No woman should walk alone on her path to success. Kayo connects investors in energy, power, private equity, credit, and real estate through its flagship annual conferences, email newsletters, online community, and digital content.
At Kayo, we believe women should have a community that supports, elevates, and champions them. That’s why we create industry events where professional women can connect with leaders, advance themselves, and champion other women. We want women to know we’re stronger when we Trailblaze Together.
Founder Lindsay Burton previously held positions in private equity and banking in New York City, so she knows what it’s like to be the only woman in the room. Her goal was to create a place where women could join forces in a male-dominated business world and advance themselves further and faster.
Kayo currently curates six annual summits reaching 1500 women annually in industries such as Private Equity, Venture Capital, Energy, Infrastructure, Credit, and Real Estate. We also host pop-up lunches and leadership retreats as a way to tighten our community and create continued networking and personal development opportunities.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Lindsay Burton is the Founder and President of Kayo, a company designing events and resources to ensure no one walks alone on their path to success. Prior to founding Kayo in 2013, Lindsay held positions in private equity and investment banking in New York City at AlpInvest Partners, a division of the Carlyle Group, and Lehman Brothers. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Economics from the University of Virginia. She currently resides in Charlottesville, VA with her husband and two sons.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Anastasia Rock joined Kayo Conference Series in November 2018 as Director of Programming. With over 25 years in the investment management arena, Anastasia held leadership roles in client communications and marketing with American Century Investments, a leading asset manager. Most recently, she was a relationship manager at Purcell Communications, a communications firm providing consulting, investment writing, and process management services to leading financial institutions. Anastasia earned a B.A. from Oklahoma State University and was a member of the women’s varsity tennis team. A Kansas City native, with a detour in Bend, Oregon, Anastasia happily resides in Charlottesville, VA, with her husband, Eli Reichman, yellow lab, Prize, and mischievous kitty, Rafa.
HEAD OF EVENTS
Alexis Macias joins the Kayo team with several years of meeting planning experience. Prior to joining Kayo, Alexis served as the Director, Meeting Services for Easter Associates, an association management company based in Charlottesville, VA. Additionally, she served as the Associate Director and Executive Director for local medical associations. Prior to Easter Associates, Alexis lived in Chicago, IL where she handled state legislative affairs for several national medical associations. Alexis earned a B.A. from Elon University
HEAD OF MARKETING
Laura Potts joined Kayo Conference Series in July 2018 as an Event Manager of Kayo’s Real Estate Summit and now heads the Marketing team at Kayo. Laura brought several years of event planning and marketing experience to the team, most recently serving as the Public Relations Manager for the Birmingham Zoo, Alabama’s largest tourist attraction. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham-Southern College. She lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her husband, Robert, and Australian Shepherds, Pepper & Taco.
CO-DIRECTOR OF ENERGY
Jen Petree joined Kayo Conference Series in April 2019 as the Co-Director of Energy. With deep roots in the energy and service industries, Jen has held Senior level positions at Vinson & Elkins and Baker Botts, two AmLaw100 international law firms, as well as an energy technology joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Halliburton. Jen tackles special projects focused on long-term growth, including business development efforts, client relations programs and other go-to market endeavors. She earned her B.A. from St. Thomas University, and actively volunteers with the East Spring Branch Food Pantry. Jen resides in Houston, Texas and is a proud wife of a Houston firefighter, and is the mother of two amazing daughters.
CO-DIRECTOR OF ENERGY
Whitney Russell joined Kayo Conference Series in April 2019 as the Co-Director of Energy. With more than 15 years experience in the energy, service and retail industries, Whitney has yielded a unique perspective to initiate, develop and implement effective marketing plans. Most recently, Whitney partnered with an AmLaw100 law firm, to proactively drive client development activity in the firm’s new Texas offices, as well as led the firm’s incident response, environmental and workplace safety practices. Whitney earned her B.A. from Texas A&M University. She is a proud member of The Children’s Fund, an organization committed to supporting early stage Houston children’s charities. Whitney resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and two sons.
ASSISTANT EVENT DIRECTOR
Sarah Lervold is an Assistant Director with Kayo Conference Series. Prior to Kayo, Sarah worked with HackCville, a tech skills accelerator, where she planned and executed networking trips for students to connect with founders at startups in San Francisco and Austin. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
ASSISTANT EVENT DIRECTOR
Kate Potter is an Assistant Director with Kayo Conference Series on the Real Assets team and supports the Kayo Women’s Real Estate Summit & Women’s Power & Utility Summit. Kate comes with over 10 years of leadership experience in the luxury retail and manufacturing industry. Most recently, she held a leadership role for Yves Delorme, Inc., a leading French luxury linen company. Kate earned a B.A. from Old Dominion University. She resides in Barboursville, VA with her husband and has a passion for horses and obstacle course racing.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Meg joined Kayo Conference Series in March 2020 as the Director of Business Development. Meg started her career working as a journalist for media outlets including CNN, Bloomberg News and Reuters before transitioning to a career in marketing. Prior to joining Kayo, Meg served as the Director of Investor Relations for White Deer Energy, a private equity firm based in New York and Houston. Meg and her husband recently moved from New York and are now happy to call Charlottesville home. Meg graduated from The University of Virginia with a degree in English Literature.
Jenny Floyd joined Kayo Conference Series in January 2019 as an intern supporting both our private equity and energy events. She is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia studying Economics and Sociology. As the only vegan member of team Kayo, she enjoys being outdoors, trying new restaurants, and petting dogs.
Abby Clemons joined Kayo Conference Series in April 2018 as an intern supporting Kayo’s private markets events, and now supports the real assets and marketing teams. She is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia studying American Studies. Abby recently served as the President of her sorority, plays the violin, and is a world traveler.
Let's join forces. Let's trailblaze together.