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Intentional Networking is Networking the Right Way with the Right People

Networking intentionally means not just having conversations, but instead, taking the extra steps to make the most of your professional relationship building at each point of the networking process. Upper Network coaches specialize in preparing you to reach out to professional contacts, assisting to find the right people to network with, and helping develop and maintain quality relationships. In short our coaches help you find your career opportunities, by meeting alumni who have achieved greatness in your field. We coach you to network the right way with the right people.

Download our iOS UpperNets Relationship Manager App to manage key relationships or Click Here to use our SRM UpperNets Web Relationship Manager.

Our iOS app UpperNets or SRM UpperNets Web/Mobile Web Application is a platform from which people manage a career building group of personal relationships. These Relationships Under Management or "RUMs" come from current personal contacts, or are provided to the user via our coaches. This service is revolutionizing the way you are supported in your search for mentors, internships, and jobs.

By coaching students to network intentionally, Upper Network coaches not only assist students in finding internships and jobs, but also in creating lasting and impactful professional relationships.

You Can Expect to:

What We Do

Network with capable alumni in your career field.

What We Do

Receive 24/7 on-demand access coaching support and personalized networking coaching.

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Secure long-term mentoring relationships.

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Gain skills needed to build and maintain a professional network.

Our Team

Wade Garard
Founder and CEO

Wade started his own fundraising consulting business in 1994 and for 12 years planned, organized and managed 42 capital campaigns for nonprofit organizations including universities, arts organizations and fraternities. He sold his business in 2006 and then served for six years as executive director of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, a $40 million foundation in Indianapolis and the largest foundation in assets in the fraternity and sorority world and ran Phi Psi’s $21 million comprehensive campaign from start to finish.… Read More

Kaki Garard

Kaki was partner of a fundraising consulting business from 1994 until 2006 where she directed all prospect research, client communication and campaign services. In the late 2000's Kaki served as Centennial Campaign Director for… Read More

Paul Barada, Sr.
Ask Paul Resident Expert

Paul served for fifteen years as one of Monster’s experts for more than a decade and specializes in salary and negotiation tips. With more than 30 years experience as a business owners (and eight as a municipal court judge), Barada brings a wealth of real-world experience to Upper Network’s tips and questions board, where he provides solid advice grounded in realities of how the hiring process really works.… Read More

Brett Klein
Director of Strategy

Brett has spent ten years in the investment field and currently works as a senior consultant for RainMaker Securities, LLC, a full service mid market merchant banking platform with a focus on emerging growth technology issuers. Brett graduated from Indiana University with a degree from the Kelley School of Business. Brett is a current board member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Housing Corporation and chairs the Alumni Relations Committee and Mentoring Committee. Two years ago Brett, along with Upper Network Founder Wade Garard, spearheaded an initiative… Read More

Kevin Wiley
Partner & Strategic Coaching Director

Kevin has enjoyed a 30-year career in the logistics industry where he consistently developed successful individuals and teams in a variety of business environments, motivating them to high levels of performance. His career set the foundation for his civic involvement and Kevin has played a key role in the leadership of several public forums on governmental issues in the Hoosier state. These include the non-partisan Concord Coalition, where forums have been held at Purdue University, Valparaiso University and Ball State University over the past several years.… Read More

Dheepa Maturi
Founder & Partner

A graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B., summa cum laude) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D.), Dheepa practiced law in a variety of contexts, including a large law firm, a medical office and a large hospital system, before transitioning into entrepreneurship and taking a new product from conception to market entry. Dheepa now focuses on volunteer leadership activities and investing in retail and disruptive technology ventures.

Doug Harlan
Founding Partner & Board Member

Doug and Wade Garard founded Kirkwood Group in 2009 as both a consulting and investment venture. As a leader in one of the most dynamic and philanthropic families in the Midwest, Doug spends the majority of his time leading Harlan Companies as well as Harlan Bakeries where he serves as executive vice president. Doug and his brother Hugh started Harlan Bakeries in the early 1990s as a one-store-front retail bagel deli and have grown into a contract manufacturing baking industry force with $350 million+ in annual revenue.… Read More

John Green
Founding Partner & Board Member

John has over 20 years experience in the commercial real estate industry and a passion for downtown Grand Rapids, MI. John is also president and chairman of the board of Founders Brewing Company and is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, recently ranked the 2nd Best Brewery in the world by John Green, Doug Harlan and Wade Garard are contemporaries from their college days at Indiana University and members of Phi Kappa Psi. Doug, John and Wade have worked… Read More

David Willkie
Founder & Partner

Willkie is the founder of Willkie Ventures, a specialty investment and financing company. He is is a native Hoosier who is proud to have grown up on a farm in Rush County. As a former economic adviser for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Willkie was responsible for nine treaties that became law over a three-year period. Willkie was also responsible for issues of finance, trade and international taxation.… Read More

Scott A. Jones
Partner & Board Member

Scott has been an entrepreneur, inventor, strategiest and venture capitalist for 25 years. At the age of 25, he co-founded his first company serving as Boston Technology’s Chairman and Chief Scientist while obtaining patents for technologies that now enable telephone companies worldwide to offer voice mail on a massive scale to over two billion people. The company merged with Comverse Technology for $843 million. He also founded internet-based music service company Gracenote, now utilized by Apple, Yahoo, and Sony. Gracenote services are… Read More


The skills I learned in the Upper Network program (especially the idea of making touches and moves) has helped me expand my network and carry myself much more confidently when emailing and speaking to higher individuals.

Tommy Yoon, Beta Theta Pi, Indiana University ‘16

My coach did an amazing job with creating a timeline and tasks for me to complete each week. The aggressiveness my coach had, and his determination for me to succeed with obtaining an internship was a great boost of confidence for me and made this process extremely exciting and eye-opening.

Austin Schulman, ’15, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Indiana University

My coach was always accessible when I needed time to talk and he was very responsive to all questions. I was exposed to contacts in a variety of industries which was a positive. I was consistently amazed on who the Upper Network research team was able to uncover in our alumni network and beyond.

Jake Barry, Kappa Sigma, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ‘16

I was presented with ideas that I had never considered before and my coach was a constant source of support and encouragement. It was truly amazing to have someone to help talk to me through this whole process, especially with it being my first time I was looking for an internship. Upper Network had my back.

Kelsey Johnson, Indiana University ’17 - School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Civic Leaders Living Learning Community

The key to the success of my search was my Upper Network coach keeping me accountable for tasks on a weekly basis. Being part of the program definitely got me to network more than I might have on my own. I have a summer internship as a result of the connections through the program.

Jacquelyn Bales, Indiana University ’17 – Union Board

Upper Network did a great job of researching and finding alumnae that were accessible to me and who also had public relations connections. My coach did a fantastic job of keeping consistent contact with me throughout the whole process. I would not have my summer internship without Upper Network and I am extremely grateful for them and the hard work they put into my search.

Emilee O’Hair, Delta Gamma, University of Oklahoma ’16

Upper Network was very good at helping me establish the necessary connections to find an internship this summer. They were there every step of the way, willing to help me in any way possible. I was surprised how quickly and easily I obtained an internship using Upper Network coaching services.

Morgan Murphy, ’17, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Civic Leaders

Contact Us

Do you want to learn more about how Upper Network can help you or a family member, call Kaki Garard at 317-331-4000 or email

Interested in sponsoring students or wanting to explore our alumni partnership program for schools, universities, fraternities/sororities and athletic programs, contact Kevin Wiley, Business Development at or call 317-418-8967.

5201 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46268