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Building Valuable Relationships at the Entrepreneurship Summit

The relationships I’ve built with W&L’s entrepreneurs at the Summit have evolved into a peer group I now turn to for advice.

Carol O'Kelley '91Carol O’Kelley ’91

Traveling to my first Entrepreneurship Summit at W&L, I looked forward to an agenda packed with information-loaded sessions on topics ranging from fundraising to scaling. I quickly realized that as helpful as the sessions were, an even greater learning opportunity came from hearing the experiences of the other entrepreneurs.

Running a company is certainly rewarding, but it can also be lonely work. The relationships I’ve built with W&L’s entrepreneurs at the Summit have evolved into a peer group I now turn to for advice. Not only can I count on their experience and counsel, I know we share a common value system based on our W&L experiences.

Technology allows us to stay in touch throughout the year, but I look forward to reconnecting in-person at the Summit each fall, as well as expanding the circle with newcomers. I’m always amazed by how much there is to learn not only from my fellow alumni, as well as from the students in the Connolly Entrepreneurship Program, who have unique perspectives on everything from marketing to collaboration.

Carol O’Kelley ’91
CEO, Salesfusion