Watch the opening 1-hour session of the Kauffman Fellows Reunion VC Summit live from Kansas City on Monday, October 24 starting at 7am PDT.
Monday, October 24 – 7-8am PDT
7am PDT – Welcome to the Kauffman Fellows Reunion VC Summit
Join Kauffman Foundation President & CEO Wendy Guillies as she welcomes the Kauffman Fellows back to their roots in Kansas City and announces a major partnership between the two organizations that will accelerate the growth of venture capital ecosystems in the Midwest.
7:15am PDT – The Roots of the Kauffman Fellows Program
Kauffman Fellows was created inside the Kauffman Foundation in 1995. Phil Wickham (Charter Class), Executive Chairman of Kauffman Fellows, talks with Ewing Marion Kauffman’s closest associates about Mr. K’s desire to develop a program to assure the venture capital industry would better reflect the entrepreneurial community and to give back to society as a whole. They’ll explore the fascinating origins of the program. The panel includes:
- Mike Herman, first President of the Kauffman Foundation and President, Herman Family Trading Company
- Jim McGraw, COO of Marion Labs and former Chairman of the Board of the Kauffman Foundation
- Steve Roling, Project Specialist for the creation of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Discussion led by Phil Wickham, Executive Chairman of Kauffman Fellows
7:45-8am PDT – The Power of the Kauffman Fellows Trusted Expert Network (TENx)
Jeff Harbach (Class 16), the new President & CEO of Kauffman Fellows, talks about the amazing growth of the program and unveils his vision to create a trusted expert network with the power to change the world.