Commencement Speaker Announcement
]Jed Cole was a star student and varsity athlete at Vanguard School, respected by all. Jed graduated from Vanguard in 2009 and went on to attend the University of Texas where he graduated with honors from the Business Honors and Finance program. While at UT, Jed served as president of the Texas Cowboys and founded Cole Niels & Co., a start-up for custom apparel delivery that has grown to five employees. Jed continues to lead this company strategically from afar, using it as a platform for mentoring undergraduate students interested in running a start-up of their own. After graduation, Jed worked for McKinsey & Company, the world’s leading management consulting firm, where he focused primarily on operational excellence for public companies and government clients.
In the midst of managing a start-up and a full-time job at McKinsey, Jed acted on his passion for the Waco community by co-founding a real estate venture focused on Baylor student housing. In the summer before starting at Stanford Business School, Jed worked with Tom Hicks’ private equity group in Dallas, helping them evaluate operational improvements for their existing portfolio companies. Jed is
Jed is now in a dual degree program, splitting time between Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He will graduate in May of 2018 with a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard. After school Jed hopes to return to central Texas to pursue his dream of enhancing communities through the strategic use of equity investments in both private businesses and public/private real estate partnerships.