No woman should walk alone on her path to success. Kayo connects investors in private equity, credit, real estate and infrastructure 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 five annual summits plus virtual events, reaching 2,500 women annually in industries such as private equity, venture capital, ESG, energy and infrastructure, credit and debt, 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 communities, events, and resources to ensure no one walks alone on their path to success. She is also the host of the podcast The Weekly Knockout, a series where industry leaders help women in business turn obstacles into opportunities. Prior to founding Kayo in 2012, 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.
HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Kate Potter joined Kayo Conference Series with 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. She resides in Barboursville, VA with her husband and has a passion for her family and horses. Kate earned a B.A. from Old Dominion University.
HEAD OF SALES & STRATEGY
Amy Ursenbach joined Kayo in January 2022 as the head of the Sales and Programming teams. She joins Kayo from a 15-year career in Sales and Event Production. Most recently, Amy was the Director of Sales & Events at WorldStrides with a focus in the Band, Choir, Orchestra, Dance and Cheer performance divisions. Amy has always been a trailblazer, carving her own path to success, making her an ideal leader at Kayo. She currently resides in Staunton, VA where she fills spare time with being outdoors, hiking, hunting, running, fishing and spreading awareness for causes dear to her heart such as the National Down Syndrome Foundation and Mental Health America.
HEAD OF FINANCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Brandon Block joined Kayo in September of 2021 as the Head of Finance and Business Administration. Prior to joining Kayo, Brandon had a 20-year career in developing competitive gymnastics programs, holding various positions through the years including Head Coach, Team Director, and Program Coordinator. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies/Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. He currently resides in Charlottesville, VA and has a passion for cooking, jazz music, and hiking with his dogs.
HEAD OF MARKETING
Hannah Wynnyk joined Kayo in January 2022 and heads up the Marketing team. She joins Kayo from a 15-year career in luxury retail, most recently in a leadership role in eCommerce operations and development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and is a steward of commerce and customer experience. She currently resides in Scottsville, VA with her husband and daughter where she can be found exercising her passion for interior design, curating neighborhood relationships and volunteering on multiple Boards in her community.
Sarah Lervold is the Director, Programs 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.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Meg heads up the Business Development team at Kayo. Meg started her career in New York working in editorial and production at CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Huffington Post. She then transitioned into marketing, recently working as the Director of Investor Relations for Private Equity firm White Deer Energy. In 2019, she and her husband moved to Charlottesville, where Meg earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. They recently welcomed their first child in the fall of 2020, Finn, and have an equally high spirited boykin spaniel, Daisy. On weekends Meg can be found walking Finn and Daisy up and down dirt roads.
Lauren Lowery is the Operations Associate for Kayo Conference Series. While she has over 7 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, she most recently worked for Marriott International, successfully executing onsite events at their Aurora, CO Resort and Convention Center. Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management at James Madison University and currently resides in Charlottesville, VA.
Channing Cason is the Marketing Associate for Kayo Conference Series. With several years of experience in event planning through the retail and hospitality industry, her most recent role was in North Carolina with Marriott International in the sales & marketing department. Channing earned her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and recently completed her Master’s in Marketing through Liberty University.
why attend a kayo event
Our community creates new business opportunities and new connections
in an open, supportive, and collaborative environment.
ADVANCE YOURSELF FORWARD
We curate events where opportunities to speak, network and lead aren’t just welcomed, they are encouraged.
CONNECT WITH LEADERS
CHAMPION YOUR PEERS
Explore new deals or connect with others.
We’ve built a place where women champion each other.