WHO WE ARE
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.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Courtney Vaughan is the COO at Kayo. As the COO Courtney oversees the leadership team at Kayo to ensure all departments are running efficiently, working towards united goals, and doing what we do best which is championing woman in finance! Courtney’s prior experience has been within the education industry, where she held several executive and organizational leadership roles. Over the past 15 years, Courtney has focused on organizational growth and leadership development. One of Courtney’s favorite things is working on a team that is tackling goals, learning from each other and constantly raising the bar. Courtney is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Masters in Behavior Analysis and a certificate in Organizational Behavior Management. She currently resides just outside of Richmond, VA with her husband and son. When Courtney is not working, she enjoys running and supporting the local non-profit community.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & 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.
HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Kate Potter joined Kayo Conference Series with 10 years of leadership experience in the luxury retail and manufacturing industry. Kate spearheads all event operations, including event design and executions strategy, client experience, vendor relationships, and programming. 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 FINANCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Brandon Block joined Kayo in September of 2021 as the Head of Finance and Business Administration. In the Head of Business Administration role, Brandon oversees the day-to-day Finance functions at Kayo. Additionally, Brandon oversees the HR functions, such as recruiting, onboarding, payroll management, and employee benefits management. 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.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Ashley Johnson joined Kayo in May of 2022 as Director of Programming. As Director of Programming, Ashley lends her creativity to curating exceptional content for Kayo events. She develops topics, identifies and recruits presenters and panelists, and helps to expand Kayo’s network of top women speakers. She started her professional career in the non-profit sector after earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. After discovering her love for events, Ashley transitioned into the industry and has since held positions developing and managing events in the arts, local government, state government, and most recently higher education. Ashley currently resides in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. When she is not reading or listening to a podcast, Ashley can be found dabbling in fiction writing, nature photography, and meeting friends at her favorite local eateries.
Allison O’Donnell joined Kayo Conference Series with 10-years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and general administration. Allison ensures that the Business Development Team stays on track and organized by providing high-level administrative support and completing special projects as needed. Prior to Kayo she has held positions in SaaS, manufacturing, and boutique firms. She is passionate about organization and process improvement. Allison earned her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her husband and two children.
CHANNING CASON SHIFFLETT
Channing Shifflett is the Marketing Associate for Kayo Conference Series. As Marketing Associate, Channing is responsible for the day-to-day execution of our marketing strategy and the management of our leads. 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. She currently resides in Madison, VA with her husband and doodle pup, Camo.
Grace Fox is one of the Operations Associates at Kayo Conference Series. Grace covers event logistics and serves as our sponsor client concierge. She most recently worked in the wedding industry, with several years of experience in the hospitality industry and planning events. Grace earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management at James Madison 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.