Registration for Career Summit 2018 is now closed. Students who are interested in attending but have not registered are welcome to stop by the registration table in the Hicks Student Center atrium before the session they would like to attend. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits, especially on Saturday. See the Career Summit schedule online by clicking on ‘Agenda.’
A distinguished group of alumni will join Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists for Career Summit 2018. The event is two days of practical preparation April 6 and 7 at the Hicks Student Center for Life after K. Mike Soenen ’92, a partner with Valor Equity Partners, continues our series of features highlighting our speakers for the event. To learn more, visit our Career Summit 2018 news story.
Mike Soenen ’92
Partner, Valor Equity Partners
Mike Soenen ’92 joined Valor in 2015 and serves as a co-head of its operations group, focusing on active management of portfolio companies in conjunction with existing management teams. His additional responsibilities include investment prospect generation, investment structuring and execution and due diligence of potential acquisitions. Mike serves as a member of Valor’s Investment Committee and as a director of Manduka, one of Valor’s portfolio companies.
Before joining Valor, Mike served as a senior advisor and co-investor in numerous private-equity transactions. Previously, Mike served as chairman, chief executive officer and president of FTD Group Inc., a leading provider of floral and specialty gift products. FTD Group Inc. was a private-equity transaction led by Leonard Green & Partners.
Mike previously held positions as president and chief operating officer of FTD Inc., president and CEO of FTD.com, and vice president of marketing of FTD Inc. Before FTD Inc., Mike worked at Perry Capital LLC and Salomon Brothers Inc. Mike also served on the Board of Directors of Rewards Network Inc., Youbet.com and OptionsXpress.
He currently serves on the board of All Weather Inc. and Motorsport Aftermarket Group. In 2011, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Kalamazoo College.
Mike is scheduled to speak during the following sessions of Career Summit 2018:
- Dinner and Opening Plenary, 6 p.m. April 6
- Start-Up 101: From Dream to Successful Venture, 10 a.m. April 7
- Building a Company: How Founders Launch and Grow Companies, 10:45 a.m. April 7
- Mentoring Matters: What You Gain from Trusted Advisers, 11:30 a.m. April 7
- Charting Your Course: How to Make the Most of the Career Summit, 1:30 p.m. April 7
Other Scheduled Speakers
- Bill Duane ’94, retired superintendent of well-being, Google
- Brad O’Neill ’93, CEO and co-founder, Depot Global Inc.
- Carolyn DeWitt ’04, president and executive director of Rock the Vote
- Drew Dumsch ’90, founder and president/CEO of The Ecology School
- Ed Hortelano ’83, global vice president of research and development at Loparex
- Esperanza Cantú ’11, project leader in the Data Planning and Evaluation Division at the Detroit Health Department
- Hilmon Sorey, managing director at ClozeLoop
- Janete Perez, co-founder at Present
- Kris Davidson, business owner, Kris Davidson Photography
- Lindsey Haswell, co-founder and executive VP at Depot Global Inc.
- Timasha Woods ’07, global human resources business partner at Amgen