Monique Woodard: Venture Capital Investor at Cake Ventures
Monique Woodard is an early-stage investor at the intersection of technology and newly powerful consumer groups. As the Founder and Managing Director of Cake Ventures, Monique invests in the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends. She invests in companies with global ambitions who are creating technology products that meet the needs of tomorrow’s internet users.
McKeever Conwell: Managing Partner at RareBreed Ventures
McKeever “Mac” Conwell II is a software engineer by trade and was a former DOD contractor with a top-secret clearance. He was a two-time founder with an exit and a failure. Next Mac moved on to the venture capital world via the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as part of their Seed Investment Team. During his four years there, Mac amassed experience leading an initiative to create the Minority Business Pre-seed Fund, the first and only, at the time, state-backed pre-seed fund for women and minorities in the country. The program institutionalized the friends and family round for black-, women-, and minority-led startups and was subsequently funded long-term by the state of Maryland. In September 2020, Mac founded RareBreed VC, a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems.
Richard Wells: Managing Director at Insight Partners
Richard Wells will be leading this discussion with our esteemed speakers. Richard is one of the executive sponsors leading Insight's efforts to develop relationships with and support of diverse leaders of early stage funds. A leader in venture capital Richard, and Insight's Partners, operate with the core belief that fair and equitable access builds a stronger and more successful investment ecosystem.
Richard has over 20 years of experience in investing and advising managers of high-growth technology companies. He joined Insight in 2005 and focuses on investments in application software, infrastructure management, DevOps, and cybersecurity.
Richard has sponsored over 26 investments at Insight and has realized 15 acquisitions and 2 IPOs. He has sponsored investments across the United States, Europe, and Israel.