about us

Meredith Parfet
President
Bo Parfet
Founder

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bo's fire to push boundaries and challenge the status quo have guided him to academic, professional, physicial and personal heights.  He began his career in finance as a Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board and then transitioned to being an investment banker in corporate finance for J.P. Morgan.  It was during his time on Wall Street that he started an around the world journey to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent, which he completed with Mount Everest in 2007.  Having tackled some of the world's the highest peaks, Bo next decided to explore the challenges of entrepreneurship.  He and a partner started a successful real estate company, Iconic Development, which specializes in environmentally friendly development and revitalization of multi-family and commercial assets serving niche demographics.

 

Bo is an active philanthropist and innovator in the area of social entrepreneurship.  In 2004, in conjunction with Explorers Club, Bo established the Seven Summits Awards Program that rewards top students with grants to perform healthcare-related field research. At the same time, he also formed a partnership between The Explorers Club and The Kellogg School of Management that enables seasoned explorers to lecture on-campus about the invaluable leadership lessons that they’ve learned. In 2013 Bo founded Denali Venture Philanthropy to formally fuse his love of business with his desire to support positive change in the world.

 

Bo holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Chicago’s Northwestern University, and a BS in Economics from Colorado State University.  He is a published author including, Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits and They Lived To Tell The Tale: True stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club.

Meredith is a passionate philanthropist and entrepreneur.  The child of globally-oriented, small-business owners who were save the world types; no one ever told her you couldn't run a company one day and fly off to Africa to work on global health the next.   She began her career in finance, earning securities licenses, developing skills in portfolio theory, asset allocation and alternative investments, eventually managing a hedge fund-of-funds as the COO.

 

While earning her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2007, Meredith was a leader in a groundbreaking partnership between Northwestern University and the Gates Foundation to develop low cost HIV diagnostics for developing countries. After extensive product development work and field research in East Africa, she transitioned to full time employment as a Global Product Manager for a leading HIV drug.  As a part of her work in Africa and other developing countries she designed and implemented an award winning program that trained more than 3,000 doctors in advanced HIV/AIDS topics. She also founded a toy library at the Tshwaranang Orphan Center in Johannesburg, RSA.  

 

In 2012, after a move back to Boulder, Colorado, Meredith jettisoned her start up and marketing experience to a marketing consultancy she founded called Practika, where she works with mid sized companies to develop pragmatic, resonant marketing campaigns.  She splits her time between Practika and Denali Venture Philanthropy.

 

In addition to her MBA, Meredith holds a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University.  She is a British American Project 2009, Fellow, nominated for and selected to participate in an annual international conference around sustainability and global resource limitations.