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Women's Leadership Forum Panel Discussion: Women as Dealmakers

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hear from three women dealmakers as they share their experiences and insights of the M&A environment through a gendered lens. Panelists will discuss their own career journeys and share ideas for finding mentors, sponsors and allies along the way. The 30-minute panel discussion will be followed by networking.

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Panel Speakers


Jen Renshaw, MBA
Director, Executive Education Programs
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Jen has extensive experience in operations, program and curriculum design, new product development, marketing and business launch.  She has worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of industries including 15 years in higher education, health & human services, advertising, and consumer products in the U.S. and abroad.  


President, Walden Businesses, Inc.

Sara Burden entered the mergers and acquisitions industry in March 1991 and has been actively involved in Walden’s successful closings of small to middle market sized companies. While Sara specializes in owner representation, she has handled unique buyer representations in the national marketplace. She has represented and sold companies with sophisticated high profiles in the service sector, heavy manufacturing and distribution businesses with equal success. 


Lisa Riley, PhD, CBI, CBB, 
LINK Business

Originally from the Midwest, Lisa landed in Arizona in 2007. She became a business broker because she loves putting people together in “win-win” situations so that each party can move on to the next phase in their life. Lisa’s educational achievements include a BA from Benedictine College (KS) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (IN). Prior to working with First Choice, Lisa utilized her sales and management skills while building her and her husband’s beautiful home, along with her evaluation business.


Laura Maver Ward, M&AMI, CM&AP, CBI
Founder & Managing Partner, Kingsbridge Capital Partners

Laura Maver Ward is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners, a Midwest based middle market investment banking and M&A advisory firm. Laura has 35 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, management consulting, and executive coaching. Laura has advised hundreds of business owners on mergers and acquisitions, exit planning, financial advisory matters and business growth strategies. Laura is the current Chair-Elect and Membership Chair for M&A Source.