Bo Parfet is an experienced senior executive with a focus on financial investments and social entrepreneurship. He was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Colorado State University. Early in his career, Bo was an investment banker at JP Morgan in New York City. Seven years later, Parfet co-founded Denali Venture Philanthropy to fuse his business experience with his desire to support global social change. He currently serves as the investment organization’s CEO, fostering partnerships with socially conscious entrepreneurs looking to execute positive changes in the world.
Bo also has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has a passionate interest in high-altitude ski mountaineering and is one of 85 Americans to climb all Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent. He has published two books: Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits and They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Mountain Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club (Chapter Author).
Bo participates in speaking engagements at financial conferences, educational institutions, and Explorer’s Club locations across the world. He continues to make a global impact through his involvement with civic volunteerism, for example volunteering with the Timissartok Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand to assist individuals with adventurous projects that take place abroad. He was recognized for his demonstrated commitment to social change and awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, given to individuals who have completed 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service throughout the world.