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Susan Wolford is managing director and group head of the Business and Educational Services Group at BMO Capital Markets. She has been an investment banker for over 25 years, leading a variety of financing and merger-and-acquisition transactions across many industry groups. For the past 12 years, she has focused on the educational services industry, working with pre-K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning companies. Prior to joining BMO, Wolford worked at First Union, where she co-headed the Educational Services Group. Previously she was a partner and senior vice president in the Media and Entertainment Group of Kidder, Peabody & Co. She has served on the boards of a number of educational institutions, including the Dean’s Advisory Council of Villanova School of Business and the Investment Committee of The Pennington School. Wolford is a graduate of Villanova University and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where she was named an International Fellow.