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Kelsey Raymond

CEO & Cofounder

Influence & Co.


Kelsey Raymond is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a full-service content marketing firm that specializes in helping companies strategize, create, publish, and distribute content that accomplishes their goals. Influence & Co.’s clients range from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 brands. Kelsey started Influence & Co. with two partners in 2011 and in the past eight years has scaled it to currently working with over 150 clients and employing 80 full-time employees with offices in Columbia, KC and STL.

Kelsey's experience before starting Influence & Co. includes helping launch a co-working space and club called The League of Innovators, and running a small marketing company while in college at MU. She is involved in the Columbia community as a board member with Voluntary Action Center, and a former organizer of Startup Weekend.

Mentor Statement: I have been fortunate to have a few amazing mentors in my career and I was honored when VMS asked if I would be involved, now as a mentor, to be given the opportunity to help others grow as I have been helped by so many people in our community over the years.