Bo Parfet began his career in finance. His early professional endeavors include investment banking for J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City and research at the Financial Accounting Standards Board. While at J.P. Morgan in 2003, Parfet embarked on a journey to climb the Seven Summits: Kilamanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson Massif, Elbrus, Carstenz Pyramid, Kosciuskp, and Everest. He completed his goal in 2007 with Mount Everest and is only one of 127 people in the United States to complete the Seven Summits.
Parfet’s career demonstrates a commitment to social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In conjunction with Explores Club, Parfet founded the Seven Summits Awards Program. The initiative offers grants to students in the field of health-care related field research. He also formed a partnership between the Explorers Club and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an alma mater of Parfet. The partnership enables seasoned explorers to lecture on-campus about the invaluable lessons they’ve learned during their adventures..
Since 2012, Parfet has devoted the majority of his time to Denali Venture Philanthropy. Denali Venture Philanthropy was founded in 2010 alongside his wife, Meredith Parfet, in order to fuse their love of business with their desire to support positive change in the world. As the organization’s Head Administrator, Parfet is proud of the opportunity to continue his family history of philanthropic involvement with an eye on forward-thinking innovation. This investment organization funds entrepreneurs who are committed to social change and consciousness.
In addition to holding an MBA from the Kellogg School, Parfet holds a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Colorado State University. The Kalamazoo, Michigan native currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and children, where he takes part in the thriving start-up community.