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WHO WE ARE

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.

About Us

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 1,500 women annually in industries such as Private Equity, Venture Capital, Energy, Infrastructure, Credit and Real Estate. They also host pop-up lunches and leadership retreats as a way to tighten their community and create continued networking and personal development opportunities.

Our Team

Lindsay Burton

Lindsay Burton

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Lindsay Burton is the Founder and Director of Programming of Kayo Conference Series LLC (“Kayo”).  Kayo curates industry events for professional women to advance themselves, connect with leaders, and champion their peers.  Kayo organizes six annual summits reaching 1,200 women annually in industries such as Private Equity, Venture Capital, Energy, Infrastructure, Credit and Real Estate.  Prior to founding Kayo, Lindsay held positions in private equity and investment banking in New York City.  She served as a Senior Associate at AlpInvest Partners, a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group, where she specialized in the sourcing, due diligence and execution of secondary private equity transactions.  Lindsay worked in the Private Fund Placement Group at Lehman Brothers where she assisted private equity managers on creating new private equity funds.  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.  

ANASTASIA ROCK

ANASTASIA ROCK

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. 

ALEXIS MACIAS

ALEXIS MACIAS

DIRECTOR OF PRIVATE EQUITY & VENTURE CAPITAL

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

 
LAURA POTTS

LAURA POTTS

DIRECTOR OF REAL ASSETS & EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Laura Potts joined Kayo Conference Series in July 2018 as an Event Manager of Real Estate, and now oversees the Kayo Women’s Real Estate Summit, Women’s Power & Utility Summit, and Executive Leadership Retreat. 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 Shepherd, Pepper.

JEN PETREE

JEN PETREE

CO-DIRECTOR 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.

WHITNEY RUSSELL

WHITNEY RUSSELL

CO-DIRECTOR 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.

SARAH LERVOLD

SARAH LERVOLD

ASSISTANT 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.

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