May 2015

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28309.mp3 Ellen Palestrant - Writer-Artist, College instructor, Film producer  [caption id="attachment_12902" align="alignright" width="194"] Ellen Palestrant[/caption] Ellen Palestrant is a South African-born writer and creative artist. She has nine published books and has also recently completed the documentary film: "SAMMY: THE JOURNEY" about one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust - "Sammy" - today known as Sam Harris. Her published books include: Nosedive, Johannesburg One Hundred, Remembering Dolores, I Touched a Star in My Dream Last Night, Have You Ever Had A Hunch? The Importance of Creative Thinking, Pretzel On Prozac: The Story of An Immigrant Dog, The World of Glimpse and If You Can Make It, Mr. Harris… So Can I. Previously, Palestrant has been a game inventor, hydroponic farmer, special education teacher, television scriptwriter (adult documentary and children’s animation), film producer, college instructor (English, Humanities, Creative Writing) and co-publisher of a college press.   Chris Walsh - Managing Editor at Marijuana Business Media [caption id="attachment_12965" align="alignright" width="196"] Chris Walsh[/caption] Chris Walsh is the managing editor at Marijuana Business Media, a company that focuses on a highly controversial drug and product. He oversees content for Marijuana Business Media, which provides news, industry data, analysis and information to cannabis professionals. In this capacity, he runs the industry's leading website, Marijuana Business Daily; manage a daily newsletter; edit the trade publication Marijuana Business Magazine; and program/moderate the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo and other events. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis business experts by Dow Jones, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and many others. He’s also been seen in on-air interviews ranging from CNBC to HuffPost Live.  Chris served as Founding Editor for Marijuana Business Media during the company's launch in 2011, and now leads the entire editorial team there.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28310.mp3 Spike Humer - Business Growth Strategist, Change Catalyst, Consultant, Author, and Speaker [caption id="attachment_12908" align="alignright" width="224"] Spike Humer[/caption] Spike Humer is the founder of Spike Humer International. He is an entrepreneurial business growth expert, with a primary emphasis on startups, turnarounds, and SME’s around the world. Spike helps individuals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses generate more profits, contribute more value, and accelerate their personal, professional, and organizational performance and results. Spike specializes in executive leadership, marketing, business planning, strategy setting, etc...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28302.mp3 MJ Coren - CEO, Co-founder of Publet [caption id="attachment_12884" align="alignright" width="211"] MJ Coren[/caption] MJ Coren is CEO and co-founder of a business app for content called Publet.  Every year, business content (research, white papers, case studies, thought leadership and other marketing collateral) influences more than $1 trillion in B2B sales. Most of it is still produced as PDFs that perform poorly on search, social, and mobile devices. So Publet lets any team create digital content as interactive webpages (HTML5, along with ebooks and apps) with powerful analytics to see exactly what interests customers down to the sentence. Dell, Ogilvy, The Economist Group and others are using Publet. The company just finished AngelPad 8, a prestigious New York accelerator. Prior to starting Publet, MJ reported for FastCompany and The Economist, and served an editor for CNN and Cambodia’s newspaper of record, the Phnom Penh Post. MJ is a Luce Scholar and MIT Science Journalism Fellow with a degree from Yale. Jeremy Reid - Founder and Executive Chairman at PINCHme [caption id="attachment_12887" align="alignright" width="214"] Jeremy Reid[/caption] Jeremy Reid is an Executive Chairman of the largest online community of Millennial shoppers, PINCHme. Utilizing the PINCHme platform allows manufacturers to access this highly desired target group in order to sample products, build awareness through social media, generate consumer reviews and product sales. Having now completed over 250 campaigns and delivering more than 5 million samples for such clients as Johnson & Johnson, P&G, L’Oreal, Revlon, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, and Kellogg’s, PINCHme has established itself as the leading digital hub for CPG manufacturers. Prior to founding PINCHme, Jeremy was the CEO of a Sydney based company, Redleaf Capital.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28298.mp3 Jeff Cherry - Managing Partner at Conscious Venture Lab [caption id="attachment_12874" align="alignright" width="193"] Jeff Cherry[/caption] Jeff Cherry has spent the last 29 years as a designer, CEO, educator, consultant and investor. He enjoys the creative process, both from an artistic and organizational perspective. Currently he's bringing these divergent experiences together in order to help companies develop more conscious, purpose driven business models. He helps investors build societal as well as financial value. Jeff tries to bring right and left brain thinking to problem solving, business creation and investing ideas, by asking better questions. As the Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, Jeff is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism. Working with private investors and early-stage businesses, his goal is to create businesses that are operating at the intersection of profit and purpose. He has been invited to speak at The University of Maryland, The Darden School at the University of Virginia, Yale University, Columbia University, and others on the topic of impact investing.   Bonnie Ross-Parker - CEO and Business Connection, Marketing Expert of Xperience Connections [caption id="attachment_12876" align="alignright" width="157"] Bonnie Ross-Parker[/caption] Bonnie Ross-Parker is the founder of The Joy of Connecting, a networking organization designed to work better for women. She found that traditional forms of networking just were not working for the majority of women. In April, 2013, the group transitioned to Xperience Connections. Bonnie is a connector and is known as “America’s Connection Diva.” She is always thinking about how she can help others achieve their goals and dreams by introducing them to other powerful people who share their enthusiasm and passion. Xperience Connections offers business women multiple ways to expand business, participating at XC in your area or meeting  with professional women to share resources and build profitable relationships. XC is a proven system that establishes your credibility as a leader in your community. She has established strong alliances with The National Networking Company, The Women’s Information Network and The Direct Selling Women’s Alliance.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28297.mp3 Geoff Wilson - President & Founder of 352 Inc., Serial Entrepreneur and Author of BarelyManage.com [caption id="attachment_12860" align="alignright" width="202"] Geoff Wilson[/caption] Geoff is President and Founder of 352 Inc., a digital product development agency. He started it 15+ years ago out of his dorm room at the University of Florida. 352 Inc. now employees 85-people and creates complex websites, software and marketing campaigns for clients ranging from start-ups to prominent brands like Microsoft and Wells Fargo. 352 has offices in Atlanta, Tampa and Gainesville. He aso has owned 3 Ben and Jerry's franchises. He is passionate about growing businesses and coaching entrepreneurs and runs a website called Barely Manage that shares his unique management philosophy. It's a new approach to project management which dramatically increases innovation, quality, customer satisfaction and employee morale.   Marc Brodeur - Founder of Brode Electrolyte Vitamin [caption id="attachment_12862" align="alignright" width="192"] Marc Brodeur[/caption] Marc is the founder of Brode Electrolyte Vitamin. It is ike Gatorade or Pedialyte, but in pill form. Just add it to any liquid and get the electrolytes that you need. The ultra-portable product is packed into a smart, poppable tablet form, that you can take with any drink, any time. Marc Brodeur is a former NYU baseball player and ultra-busy double-major who was tired of letting dehydration slow him down, and he thinks Brode serves as the ultimate solution to a packed schedule. Formulated with a medically calibrated combination of five essential electrolytes, Brode will change the way you think about hydration. It gives you the electrolytes you need, without the sugary, candy-colored sports drink, and makes it easy to control and maintain your hydration. It was even listed at #3 in BuzzFeeds 17 Cool New Startups That Will Change Your Life!   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28289.mp3 Nihal Mehta - Mobile Entrepreneur, Uber & AirBnB Investor, and Founding General Partner of ENIAC Ventures [caption id="attachment_12843" align="alignright" width="200"] Nihal Mehta[/caption] Nihal Mehta is a Founding General Partner of Eniac Ventures, a mobile venture firm. He founded five startups and has invested in more than 100 since 1999, Nihal is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. As the founding CEO, Nihal grew LocalResponse's revenues 2153% over a three year period, which placed the company at #204 (#14 in NYC) on the 2014 Inc. 5000's Fastest Growing Companies and #67 on the 2013 Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies. Prior to LocalResponse, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies, which was acquired by Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal's investment portfolio includes Admob (sold to Google), Airbnb, HotelTonight, Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber. In 2013, Nihal was named a semi-finalist for "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, and in 2012 a top 100 "Coolest People in NY Tech," by Business Insider. VentureBeat named him a "NYC tech influencer" and New York Enterprise Report named him a top 10 New York City "Game Changer."   Maury Rogow - CEO of Rip Media Group, Produced 400+ commercials, 3 Feature Films, 80 brand launches & Author of Rise of the Entrepreneur [caption id="attachment_12846" align="alignright" width="192"] Maury Rogow[/caption] Maury Rogow has successfully launching products and grown revenue at high-tech companies like AT&T, Lucent, Cisco Systems, GeoTel, Watchfire, and Avaya. Eight years ago, he started Rip Media Group to help new companies increase sales by producing branded commercials, and amplify brands globally with digital marketing campaigns. His company, Rip Media Group, has produced over 400 commercial videos and product launches. We help start ups as well as worldwide brands. He is also author of "Rise of the Entrepreneur," "90 Seconds to Impress," and "The 6 Lessons for Producing a Winning Commercial."   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28284.mp3 Eva Ho - General Partner at Susa Ventures [caption id="attachment_12833" align="alignright" width="192"] Eva Ho[/caption] Eva Ho is a serial entrepreneur and founder, and now a venture capitalist. Eva was a founding executive at Factual, a leading location data provider in Los Angeles. She was the head of marketing for Applied Semantics, a company that sold to Google in 2003, and then was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google and Youtube for 5 years. Eva also co-founded Navigating Cancer, a health startup, in 2008 which is now based in Seattle. She is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurs in her role as advisor and mentor at WebFWD, MuckerLab, Common Crawl, and newMe Accelerator. Eva is active in the non-profit sector, serving on the boards of First Descents, Iridescent and Whole Child LA. As the co-chair at Iridescent, she focuses on building STEM literacy and capacity for the underserved K-12 population. Eva holds an MBA from Cornell and a BA from Harvard.   Kimberly Alexander - Transformational Speaker, Mentor & Author of The Results Map: Business and Life Strategies to Get What You Want [caption id="attachment_12838" align="alignright" width="240"] Kimberly Alexander[/caption] Kimberly Alexander has over 20 years experience as a career Corporate Executive, but gave it up to launch her business as a transformational speaker and mentor for women.  An expert in personal development, leadership and training, Kimberly has worked strategically with entrepreneurs and companies to identify opportunities and development for further growth. Her first book, "The Results Map," an Amazon Best-Seller, will drive action and increase results in any business. Complete with tools, principles and exercises that can be adopted for life, "The Results Map" provides simple yet powerful strategies.  Written based on successful tactics Kimberly developed to lead teams to success and top ranked levels within an organization, this refreshing book will take the guess work out of how to build a successful business. She won the Leadership In Motion Award in 2013.       ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28275.mp3 Michael Parrish DuDell - Bestselling Author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business, Keynote Speaker & Millennial Expert   [caption id="attachment_12806" align="alignright" width="182"] Michael Parrish DuDell[/caption] Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, speaker, and the bestselling author of "Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business." It is the only official business book from the show. He was recently ranked as one of the top three most popular business authors by Amazon.com. Michael is also a recognized Millennial generation expert and business pundit. He has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, The New York Times, WABC, Business Insider, Yahoo, and Forbes where he frequently contributes. Prior to this, he helped Seth Godin launch a publishing company and worked with GE on the relaunch of ecomagination.com.   Jay Whitney -  Owner of Business Broker, a Mergers and Acquisitions Firm  [caption id="attachment_12811" align="alignright" width="200"] Jay Whitney[/caption] Jay Whitney helps clients buy privately held businesses, most of which are not even listed for sale. And, he can help clients sell their businesses. Most of the transactions he concludes are in the range of $500,000 to $20 million. For most people, buying or selling a business is usually one of the most important and complicated transactions in their life, so his goal is to help clients avoid making financial mistakes. Jay also helps business owners with tax-wise Exit Planning, Business Succession, and Business Valuations. Since 1992, he has worked with clients in many industries, including distribution, manufacturing, services, construction, technology and others.       ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28276.mp3 Michael Luckman - College/University Speaker and Author of Overpowering Fear-Defeating the #1 Challenge in Sales and Life [caption id="attachment_12798" align="alignright" width="202"] Michael Luckman[/caption] Michael Luckman has over forty-five years in business starting as a salesperson, then marketing innovator and serial entrepreneur, Michael is today a successful and dynamic speaker, trainer and mentor. In his live talks and bestselling book, "Overpowering Fear," he opens up his life and the lessons learned to help his listeners uncover their own fear and then overpower them. As Michael describes in his book, “My greatest regret in life was that I never had a mentor. Someone who would have taken an interest in me, given me honest feedback and guided me along life’s path of challenges and triumphs.” Michael is now that mentor to millions of college students under the guise of “Papa Mike,” that wise grandfather figure many of us wish we had.   Dr. Howard Kunreuther - Risk Avoidance Expert [caption id="attachment_12801" align="alignright" width="155"] Dr. Howard Kunreuther[/caption] Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor and a Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School.  He co-directs the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.  He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. Professor Kunreuther is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, receiving the Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001. He recently served on the National Academy of Science / National Research Council’s panel on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters, and on the New York City Panel on Climate Change as part of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency report released by the New York City Mayor's Office in June 2013.   He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Assessment Report and served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management for 2011-2012.  His recent books include At War with the Weather (with Erwann Michel-Kerjan), winner of the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association in 2011; Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response (with Michael Useem);  Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with Mark Pauly and Stacey McMorrow); and Leadership Dispatches: Chile's Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster (wth Michael Useem and Erwann Michel-Kerjan).       ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28273.mp3 Allyson Eman - Executive Director of Venture Atlanta [caption id="attachment_12768" align="alignright" width="189"] Allyson Eman[/caption] Allyson Eman has over 20 years of marketing, sales and communications experience, has worked with several start ups, and built a company into a nationwide brand. At SouthStar Funding, she was responsible for all marketing and communications during a decade there, and she helped grow it to be one of the most reputable wholesale mortgage lenders in the country. The company received many accolades including A+ Employer, Fastest Growing Privately Held Company and was on Inc. 500 list. Allyson also has consulting experience and helps small businesses get their companies up and running. Currently, Allyson is the Executive Director of Venture Atlanta, which is the premier investor showcase in Georgia. The conference brings Georgia's most innovative technology companies together with venture capitalists from around the country. It is an opportunity for anyone who works with emerging technology companies or investors to network, interact and make great connections. The Atlanta CEO Council, the Technology Association of Georgia, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber were founders of this event, which is almost a decade old and attracts just under 900 angels, VCs, and thoughts leaders per year.   Ken Blanchard - Leadership Expert, Thought Leader and Best-Selling Author of The New One Minute Manager [caption id="attachment_12772" align="alignright" width="216"] Ken Blanchard[/caption] Ken Blanchard's books have improved careers worldwide. He wrote the iconic 1982 classic, "The One Minute Manager," with Spencer Johnson. It sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades, Ken has authored or co-authored 60 books with combined sales totaling more than 21 million copies and his groundbreaking works have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005, he was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time. He has a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, and shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches and consulting services. Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. Ken is a former trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.   Sharon Lechter - Business Strategist, Mentor and Bestselling Author of Think and Grow Rich for Women  [caption id="attachment_12776" align="alignright" width="210"] Sharon Lechter[/caption] Sharon Lechter as a business strategist for elite entrepreneurs, a bestselling author, philanthropist, and international speaker. In 1997, Sharon co-authored the international bestseller "Rich Dad Poor Dad," along with 14 other books in the "Rich Dad" series. For 10 years, she served as CEO of the Rich Dad Company and turned the brand into an international powerhouse. In 2008, she was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the powerful teachings of Napoleon Hill, just as the economy was faltering. She released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including "Think and Grow Rich," "Three Feet from Gold," and "Outwitting the Devil." Her latest project, "Think and Grow Rich for Women," expands the brand into new areas. A life-long education advocate, she is the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization. Sharon was appointed to be the first President of the United States Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and she served both President Bush and President Obama, advising them on the need for financial literacy education. She is the recipient of the Spirit of the Children Award and with her husband was recognized as an Arizona “Power Couple.” Sharon was also named as a 2005 Woman of Distinction by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.   ...