December 1, 2020 – Private Equity Kelley Powell and Tech Debt 2.0 Michael C. Fillios

December 1, 2020 – Private Equity Kelley Powell and Tech Debt 2.0 Michael C. Fillios

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Kelley Powell – CEO and Partner of MacLaurin Group

I tend to invest more in the jockey, wanting them to be really
excited about the work we are doing. 

Kelley W. Powell is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of MacLaurin Group, a company providing technical and data expertise for private equity and investment groups to small to mid-market companies. With over twenty years of business building experience, Kelley is sought after for her commitment to client success and value creation. Supporting companies in growth and M&A activities, Kelley brings a unique experience from founder-led organization to multiple private equity-led cycles. Kelley is an avid mentor, angel investor, and chairwoman for the da Vinci Center for Innovation Angels Advisory Board at VCU. She’s also a board member of the Richmond chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, and in 2020 was appointed by Governor Northam to serve as a member of the Virginia Council on Women. Kelley’s new book, Courage to Lose Sight of Shore: How to Partner with Private Equity to Grow Your Business with Confidence, aims to give business owners a better understanding of their company’s story and themselves as a leader, so they can decide whether private equity is the best route for them, and learn how to scale the business alongside their new partner.

Michael Fillios – Founder of IT Ally and Author of Tech Debt 2.0™

The first line of defense against cyber attacks is your employees
and they are the ones that can give away the keys to the kingdom, 

Michael C. Fillios, Founder and CEO of IT Ally, LLC., is a global business technology executive with significant IT transformation, change leadership, and operational experience. IT Ally, LLC. is a C-Suite IT and Cyber Advisory firm for small and mid-size businesses. In 2020, Michael founded IT Ally Institute, a nonprofit organization providing small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) access to knowledge, research, and practical tools to improve their tech bottom line. Michael is a four-time CIO and senior global business and technology executive with 25 years of experience in industries spanning pharmaceutical, automotive, engineering, software, and management consulting. In his first book, Tech Debt 2.0™: How to Future Proof Your Small Business and Improve Your Tech Bottom Line, drawing on his expertise in IT, finance, and change leadership, Fillios explores why SMB leaders often overlook IT as a strategic asset, and shows how to prevent tech debt from escalating.