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Michelle Van Hellemont

Managing Director, Head of Business Development
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Michelle Van Hellemont

Michelle Van Hellemont is a Managing Director with experience in driving sponsor-coverage efforts and leading the firm’s private equity relationship management initiatives.

Prior to joining Accordion in early 2013, Michelle spent over 10 years in business development roles within financial services. She was a Senior Vice President at The Ambrose Group, an outsourced HR platform that partners with boutique professional firms, where her clients were private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices, and other investment managers. Previously, she managed business development efforts at Stax Inc., a management consulting firm focused on strategic consulting services for private equity firms and the management teams of their middle market portfolio companies. She started her career in sales at Bloomberg L.P. Michelle graduated from The University of Michigan with a BA in Organizational Management.

An avid networker, Michelle has a particular passion for bringing women dealmakers together. After serving almost 10 years on the board of ACG NY and founding/chairing their Women of Leadership Committee, she co-founded Exponent Women in collaboration with women across the finance spectrum to further expand the opportunity set for connecting women in finance.

When Michelle isn’t connecting great people, you can find her running, cooking up quick vegetarian meals, or recharging in the British Virgin Islands.  She and her husband live in Brooklyn with their two children.

“Action cures fear. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Something You Should Know

  • Originally came to NYC to be a fashion buyer (but was luckily saved by the finance track)
  • Makes a mean lentil curry
  • Hair curly or straight? It's as unpredictable as the weather

Noteworthy

  • Founding member of Exponent Women LLC, a content and networking vehicle for women dealmakers
  • Named one of Merger’s and Acquisitions’ Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A for 2018
  • Awarded ACG NY’s inaugural Women of Leadership Award 2016 for founding and leading the efforts of their Women of Leadership Committee