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Investors-in-Residence

Investors-in-Residence

Investors-in-Residence

The Investor-in-Residence program provides mentorship and coaching to University of Chicago Booth students interested in learning about and pursuing careers in private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurship through acquisition. Successful Chicago-based investors are available to meet one-on-one with students throughout the academic year and host regular small group sessions and workshops.

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Focus: Private equity, entrepreneurship, career strategy and transformation, capital formation, complex financing structures, organizational dynamics/team building/leadership, decision theory, and crisis management
Program involvement: Chicago Booth Private Equity Case Challenge, and student lunch and learns

Tim Kelly, MBA ’00, is a former partner (retired) at Adams Street Partners. Kelly’s career spanned more than 30 years in private equity, law, and listed securities trading. At Adams Street, he was a senior member of the leveraged buyouts, growth capital, and special situations investment teams. Previously, he was a managing director of the equity investment team at GE Commercial Finance; a corporate lawyer and portfolio manager at Allstate; and a trader at Goldman Sachs. Kelly sponsored and was personally responsible for managing over $5 billion of private investments, and led highly accomplished teams of investment professionals across his career.

Chris McGowan

Chris McGowan

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Focus: Private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance
Program involvement: Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab (PE/VC Lab), Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC), Chicago Booth Private Equity Case Challenge, private equity workshops, student seminars, and student lunch and learns Chris M

Chris McGowan has been a venture capital and private equity investor for 25 years and is the general partner of CJM Ventures, a private equity firm focused on buyouts, growth equity, and venture capital investments in companies located near Chicago. In 2011, McGowan retired as a managing director from Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), where he co-headed their basic industries practice for the last five years of his 12-year career there and oversaw equity investments totaling over $2 billion.

Dipa Mehta, MBA '12

Dipa Mehta, MBA '12

Focus: Venture capital, fundraising, and entrepreneurship
Program involvement: Student seminars and student lunch and learns

Dipa Mehta, MBA ’12, is the head of Corporate Ventures at Advocate Aurora Health, the ninth largest health system in the US. She focuses her time on fund and direct investments into healthcare companies that are strategically relevant to the provider system. Mehta was formerly a Managing Director at Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based venture capital firm which is the investment manager to the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Funds, a collaborative investment platform with over $575 million in capital and 30 Blue Plans participating. Prior to Sandbox, she was at Amgen Ventures, the corporate venture fund of Amgen. At Amgen, Mehta worked closely with the global commercial and marketing organizations to identify companies in the digital health space for their products. She started her career in the Global Healthcare Group at UBS and the Healthcare Fund at Paul Capital Partners, which invested in late-stage pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the New York University Stern School of Business, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received the Chicago Booth Leadership Award of Distinction, and is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Kenneth O'Keefe, MBA '91

Kenneth O'Keefe, MBA '91

Focus: Private equity and healthcare entrepreneurship.

Ken O’Keefe, cofounded Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company in 1996. BPOC is a middle-market private equity firm with $1.5 billion under management. The firm invests in the healthcare industry and is currently investing its fifth fund.

O’Keefe has served on a number of private and public company boards and currently serves on the boards of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., himagine solutions, Inc. and OurHealth, LLC.  O’Keefe is a trustee and former chairman of the board of trustees of Marillac/St. Vincent Family Services, a member of the steering committee of the Chicago Community Trust LGBT Fund, a trustee of Camillus Health Concern, and a member of the advisory board of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.

Ken received a BA degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth.

Guy Turner, MBA '10

Guy Turner, MBA '10

Focus: Entrepreneurship and venture capital
Program involvement: New Venture Challenge, Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), SeedCon, venture capital workshops, and student lunch and learns

Guy Turner,MBA ’10, is a partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners (HPVP), which he cofounded in 2011. He has led investments in a number of software companies and manages HPVP’s investments in Fixer, Truss, and Zipnosis among others. Prior to HPVP, Turner worked for the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on corporate strategy across a variety of industries, served as an associate and investing Member with Hyde Park Angels, and spent his early career as a mechanical engineer with Raytheon and General Electric. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a Siebel Scholar and Kauffman Fellow. He is a big fan of fast growth and entrepreneurs who know how to make it happen, and he strives to help them as much as possible. He blogs about venture and startups at vcwithme.co.

Kim Vender Moffat

Kim Vender Moffat

Focus: Private equity, growth equity and founder-led businesses
Program involvement: Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC), student seminars, and student lunch and learns

Kim Vender Moffat has spent the majority of the past two decades in private equity as an investor, board member, and advisor to early-stage, small, and middle-market growth companies. She recently founded Rosa Partners through which she advises and partners with founders and management of private companies, investment firms, and family offices. She is a board and investment committee member at Impact Engine and a cofounder of the First Women’s Bank of Chicago. She was formerly a partner at Sterling Partners where she focused on healthcare and education services companies. During her time at Sterling, she also built and led the firm’s Investor Relations, Business Development, and Firm Strategy functions. Before Sterling, she worked at McKinsey and Company as a management consultant.

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