Allyson Eman – Executive Director of Venture Atlanta
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’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 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.