September 2017

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31137.mp3 Cornell McBride Jr. - President of McBride Research Labs [caption id="attachment_22897" align="alignright" width="150"] Cornell McBride Jr[/caption] M&M Products Company was in the health and beauty aids industry, selling their revolutionary product Sta-Sof-Fro. It was the first softening product developed for African-American men’s hair, and had revenues in excess of $40 million dollars and four national brands. In 1989, Cornell McBride Sr. and his partner sold M&M Products Company to Johnson Products. Cornell McBride  Jr. created The Design Essentials hair care system in 1990 for direct distribution of premium, quality hair care solutions. The collection now includes the Therapeutics Rx, Wave by Design and Colaura brands, and are sold on e-commerce websites and directly to hair salons in the United States, Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Their products are engineered to infuse hair with vitamins and protein that promote movement and manageability. Cornell was a finalist for the Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year.   Rich Allen - Founder at Tour de Profit, Recruiter, Advisor to Small Business Owners and Author of The Ultimate Business Tune Up: A Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners [caption id="attachment_22695" align="alignright" width="150"] Rich Allen[/caption] Rich Allen is passionate about helping small business owners accomplish great things.  He has worked with business owners for nearly 10 years, helping to solve their most complex problems. His goal is to help owners improve profitability, build great teams, and implement repeatable business processes. His clients build a sustainable, profitable business that can succeed even without them. Rich uses the bicycle as a metaphor for a business. It's a powerful way to look at businesses to learn what needs to be improved. Rich helps business owners have the "ride of their life" in their business. He has a radio show on KVGI Radio called "The Tour de Profit Hour" which the heroes of the American economy.   Danny Gutknecht - CEO of Pathways and Author of Author of Meaning At Work - And Its Hidden Language  [caption id="attachment_22899" align="alignright" width="150"] Daniel Gutknecht[/caption] Danny Gutknecht is CEO of Pathways, and for over 20 years, his clients have trusted him to design and execute recruiting and talent development strategies. He helps organizations tap their potential by creating meaningful places to work. He has been a speaker at SXSW, The Global Innovation Summit, SHRM and various leadership retreats. Danny has authored the book “Meaning at Work.” Previously, he served as a CEO of a national retained search firm and he served as Co-Chair of The Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  In his book, Danny takes us on a journey through the insights of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Abraham Maslow, and neuroscience to understand what meaning is, how it works and what can be done to engage it.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31136.mp3 Peter Davis - Founder & CEO, GreenPrint LLC [caption id="attachment_22726" align="alignright" width="139"] Peter Davis[/caption] Pete Davis has more than twenty years of successful management, strategic, and corporate development experience in the high-growth financial technology, marketing, and payments industries. He always seeks opportunities to leverage his experience to help others in dynamic start-up and venture-backed companies. His new firm, GreenPrint, created the world’s first reduced emission fuel program. They license a Sustainability Software as a Service marketing solution to convenience store chains (7-Eleven for example) and oil companies allowing them to sell environmentally friendly fuel. They work with over 30,000 corporate and municipal fleets globally through their Clean Fleet Program. He is also an active investor in m2M Strategies/GetOne Rewards and InSequent and has served as a board member for Vesdia Corporation, Schoolpop LLC, CauseLoyalty, LLC, Georgia Shakespeare, and Sunrise Bank of Atlanta. Pete was recently a Finalist for Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year as judged by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.   Chris Arrendale - Email Deliverability Expert and Founder/CEO of Inbox Pros [caption id="attachment_22880" align="alignright" width="150"] Chris Arrendale[/caption] Chris Arrendale has more than sixteen years of experience in the technology and software industry. He has worked directly with many different ISPs, spam filter providers, webmail providers, and partners to resolve email deliverability and privacy issues. He also maintains several professional certifications including Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge, as well as many email service provider and marketing automation certifications. Chris is actively involved with the Email Experience Council, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, the Email Sender & Provider Coalition, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association. Since founding Inbox Pros, an email deliverability and privacy consulting firm, Chris has worked with a variety of clients across many verticals solving their email deliverability challenges. He works to ensure that his client’s emails reach the inbox of their customers.   Fred White - Co-Founder and CEO of LaaSer Critical Communications [caption id="attachment_22885" align="alignright" width="150"] Fred White[/caption] Fred White has over twenty years of expertise in high visibility product management, marketing, and strategy. He saw a problem with the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and designed a solution to fix it. Thousands of lives are lost every year due to confusion about the location of 9-1-1 callers. Calls are often routed to the wrong jurisdiction and latitude and longitude information are often incorrect. LaaSer provides patented location information and call routing designed to solve the problem of an incorrect location. Simply ut, we use cell phones today and the 9-1-1 system was designed before cells existed. police and fire personnel are often sent to locations mile from the problem. At its core, the technology runs in the cloud and on any mobile device that gives accurate location information about the caller to operators immediately. Fred recently won the Small Business Person of the Year Award in Atlanta.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31128.mp3 Linda Adams - Co-founder of The Trispective Group and Author of The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations [caption id="attachment_22719" align="alignright" width="150"] Linda Adams[/caption] Linda Adams offers over forty years of experience as a HR professional having worked for several large international corporations and as a coach to the senior leadership at top North American businesses. Linda led human resources functions at Ford Motors, Hardees, PepsiCo division KFC, Level 3 Communications and Thorn Americas. She is drawn to helping teams, leaders, and organizations fully explore and leverage talent, and to that end, Linda became a Founding Partner at The Trispective Group in 2008. The company believes that their work provides the insight and tools necessary to create trans-formative change in work lives. The partners of the firm wrote a book called "The Loyalist Team," as an extension of this work. The book will make their concepts and approaches accessible so that every team can be a great team.   Gordon Hill - Professional Speaker and Speaking Consultant  [caption id="attachment_22707" align="alignright" width="150"] Gordon Hill[/caption] Gordon Hill has been an expert speaker, in some capacity, since 1957, starting as an Air Force Technical Instructor. Today, he helps speakers to create original materials based on the fundamentals. His ideas are collected on an extension YouTube channel (he was filmed over 130 videos). He was a full time professional speaker for sixteen years as a self-employed high-tech seminar developer and presenter. From 1986 to 2001, he was a Professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). He served as President of the Central Florida Chapter of NSA for two years and won their Member of the Year for 1990. In 2001, we won the George Morrisey Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also author of "The Twelve Days of Training," a parody of the Twelve Days of Christmas.   Martha Brockenbrough - Author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary [caption id="attachment_22704" align="alignright" width="150"] Martha Brockenbrough[/caption] Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and several books for young readers or YA (young adults). She serves as a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts and blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Martha is the founder of National Grammar Day, observed March 4, and she has written questions for the games Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She was also an editor of MSN.com, has interviewed lots of celebrities (Jonas Brothers and Slash), and has been published in The New York Times. Martha won a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and a Washington State Book Award for her novel The Game of Love and Death. She was also a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. One of the YA books was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Amazon Best Book of 2015, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Book for Youth, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015, a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2015, and a Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2015.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31123.mp3 Dr. George H. Schofield - Speaker, Futurist and Author of How Do I Get There from Here?: Planning for Retirement When the Old Rules No Longer Apply [caption id="attachment_22872" align="alignright" width="150"] Dr. George Schofield[/caption] Dr. George H. Schofield is a former vice president of Bank of America and senior consultant at the multinational consulting firm, Right Management Consultants. His background also includes appointments as the President of the Advisory Council to the Commission on Aging and Adult Services for the City and County of San Francisco and Past President of the California State Association of Advisory Councils. He has been on the board of directors for nonprofits in California and Florida, and currently serves on the Board of WUSF Media, the PBS affiliate in Tampa. His has a PhD in Human and Organizational Development and is Founding Principal of The Clarity Group, LLC, a consultancy that helps businesses succeed. He has been an adjunct faculty member and an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.   Kim Sutton - Founder of Sutton Strategic Solutions and InfusionSoft Guru [caption id="attachment_22870" align="alignright" width="150"] Kim Sutton[/caption] Kim Sutton launched Sutton Creative Studios in 2010, and has been on the show several times. Her business services division has now branched out into its own business called Sutton Strategic Solutions, and their team has grown quickly! They propel small business success through the development of strategies and implementation of solutions, especially using Infusionsoft. She taught us before how she get 10,000 Twitter followers in 10 weeks and today teaches more about InfusionSoft. Kim recently started her own podcast call Positive Productivity.   Ava Kaufman - Founder and Executive Director at Ava's Heart [caption id="attachment_22875" align="alignright" width="150"] Ava Kaufman[/caption] Ava Kaufman has the heart of a 17 year old boy! Six years ago, she was a perfectly healthy businesswoman and mother, and in great shape. She had a simple rash that actually was a rare auto-immune disease. The disease she had is called Dermatomyositis, a connective-tissue disease that destroys muscles. For three months, she had visited the dermatologist complaining of itching on my fingers, back, eyelids and shins and she went from being a ‘super woman’ to needing a walker. Then she fell down, unconscious, was rushed to the hospital and within hours was put on life support. Ava left the hospital in four months in a wheelchair, her money embezzled by business partners, newly divorced and almost broke. Out of her transplant journey came Ava’s Heart. What started out as a promise to God has turned into an organization to help families and recipients on their personal transplant journeys. She began Ava’s Heart to help others.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31122.mp3 Stephen Melanson - Verbal Branding, Differentiation & Simplicity Guru [caption id="attachment_22856" align="alignright" width="150"] Stephen Melanson[/caption] Stephen Melanson is a simplicity modeling expert. He can simultaneously differentiate brands, unify people, and use simplicity as a business tool. His secret sauce is Verbal Branding, which is unique in the global market. He has been featured in Forbes and has worked with individuals, small firms, and Fortune 500 firms. After fifteen years in business, he can create a single basis from which to drive performance and a connected culture. The process immediately improves sales, cultural mindset (everyone on the same page), operational efficiency, and leadership alignment around strategy.   Ambica Yadav - CEO of Karna LLC [caption id="attachment_22858" align="alignright" width="150"] Ambica Yadav[/caption] Ambica Yadav has served as a Director at WebMD, a Program Manager at Totalis Consulting Group, and a Senior Manager at Constella Group. She  started Karna in 2008 which provides health services to the Federal government. The firm has been recognized as one of the top 15 "fastest growing companies" in Atlanta and Ambica was recently a finalist for the Small Business Person of the Year, named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Karna supports Federal agencies in the areas of technology, science, research, lab, communications, and management consulting. The firm is a SBA-certified 8(a), Economically Disadvantaged WOSB, and a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). The name "Karna" is inspired by a great Hindu warrior, an archer who never missed. As a company, Karna works to understand a vision for what needs to be accomplished by focusing on the milestones and work, ultimately achieving the desired results. Ambica also serves on WellStar's Board of Trustees.   Lantre Barr - Founder & CEO of Blacc Spot Media, Inc. - a WebRTC Specialist [caption id="attachment_22861" align="alignright" width="150"] Lantre Barr[/caption] Lantre Barr is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blacc Spot Media, a web and mobile development agency specializing in building solutions powered by Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC). Lantre founded the company in 2011 to create custom solutions such as enterprise platforms and mobile applications that utilize live audio and video capabilities. Six years later, Blacc Spot Media has become one of the world's leading RTC development agencies and one of only a few that focus solely on WebRTC implementations. His leadership has accelerated revenue growth by over 2000% since 2013 and allowed the company to be recently recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America for 2017. Today, he won the Atlanta Small Business of the Year Award.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31115.mp3 Alexander Jutkowitz - CEO of Hill+Knowlton and Author of The Strategic Storyteller: Content Marketing in the Age of the Educated Consumer [caption id="attachment_22807" align="alignright" width="150"] Alexander Jutkowitz[/caption] Alexander Jutkowitz is CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the U.S. and a board member of the Advertising Council. Alexander is one of the top evangelists taking marketing and communications toward a more impactful, integrated strategy. The pioneering work of GROUP SJR, which he co-founded, shows that brands who create their own stories innovate faster, inspire greater consumer loyalty, and make durable gains in their reputations. He has more than twenty years of experience in a wide array of disciplines including political pollster, digital architect, brand strategist and content creator. Alexander has worked in more than 30 countries leading marketing, communication, and political campaigns for multinational corporations, governments, non-profits, prominent individuals, and trade associations. In addition to co-founding GROUP SJR and Truffle Pig, he is the author of The Strategic Storyteller.   Ryan Foland - Communication Strategist, International Speaker and Writer  [caption id="attachment_22811" align="alignright" width="150"] Ryan Foland[/caption] Ryan Foland coaches leaders around the world to simplify their spoken and written messaging. He helps them achieve greater impact in their communications. He is the inventor of the "3-1-3 Method," a process expressing ideas in three sentences, you then condense into one sentence and then reduce down to three words. Ryan was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top Personal Branding Expert and was named by Inc. Magazine as a Top Youth Marketer. His company, InfluenceTree, specializes in helping entrepreneurs discover, build and grow their personal brands. Ryan is a radio show host and is known as the high energy #GingerMC.    Darius Norman - Personal Credit Guru and Author of Rewriting Financial Rules: Simple keys to rewriting financial rules using credit repairing, building, and consumer reporting strategies [caption id="attachment_22814" align="alignright" width="150"] Darius Norman[/caption] Darius Norman is a Social Worker and Motivational Speaker with 10 years of experience working with individuals, families, and communities. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Religion from Morris Brown College 2003, and he went on to obtain his Graduate Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University in 2005. After entering the work force, he ran into financial troubles. His mission since he overcame these financial ups and downs is to empower others to assist them in taking control of their financial and credit issues, so they can have a secure financial future. He also works as a Social Worker at WellCare Health Plans.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31117.mp3 Rahul Puranik - Chairman of Sapphire Global Airways Inc. and President of a Maison D' Puranique [caption id="attachment_22759" align="alignright" width="150"] Rahul Puranik[/caption] Rahul Puranik was a commercial pilot but decided to pursue entrepreneurship instead. Now, he is the founder of businesses in varied sectors across the globe. He was successful in the oil sector and then the wine sector. Today, he is Chairman of Sapphire Global Airways, an international long haul cargo airline, based out of Kathmandu, Nepal. He is President of PARSS Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based company focused on trading infrastructure and development equipment in South East Asia. This includes supplying various range of products from POS systems to defense equipment to UN Projects worldwide. He is also Founder and President of Maison D' Puranique, a globally acclaimed beverage brand which is manufactured in French distilleries using hand selected barrels of cognac, 9 times distilled Vodka for Smoother and Crispier taste, Fresh Alphonso Mango Mixers and Liquer products. The brand won a Silver medal in the 2013 NY International Spirit Competition. Other signature products sold in global markets are “Puranique” Vodka, “Jus d' Manguier” Mixer, & “Dreamgirl” Vodka.   Jennifer Moss - Co-Founder of Plasticity Labs and Author of Unlocking Happiness at Work: How a Data-driven Happiness Strategy Fuels Purpose, Passion and Performance [caption id="attachment_22762" align="alignright" width="150"] Jennifer Moss[/caption] Jennifer Moss is the co-founder of Plasticity Labs, a tech startup that produces software to measure organizational culture. It then can inform leaders of their current and ongoing business emotional state, and improve employee happiness at work. Jennifer contributes to Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post and delivers talks globally on the subject of happiness and gratitude at work. She has recently appearanced at SXSW, TEDXWomen and the Chatelaine's W100. She was a Finalist in the 11th annual Female Entrepreneur of the Year Stevie® Awards for Women ,part of the American Business Awards.  Her new book, "Unlocking Happiness at Work" teaches you why and how leaders should become compassionate capitalists while ensuring that their teams thrive. The book debunks the myth that happiness at work is a waste of time. She demonstrates how happiness can deliver a more productive and engaged workforce, and can help the bottom line.   Charelle Lans - Author of Leading with Feet: "Making Intentional Steps to Live Out Your Best" [caption id="attachment_22764" align="alignright" width="150"] Charelle Lans[/caption] Charelle Lans is an Industrial Engineering Manager for Mars, Inc. where she leads Supply Lead operations for a $2 Billion pet care brand. She is responsible for driving segment performance, leading long term strategy, and solidifying funds. Charelle is also the Founder and Executive Director of Leading with Feet, a non-profit organization that inspires action through movement. She seeks to inspire the highest potential in all. She believes that every individual is blessed with the ability to provide a solution to the current and future generations. Charelle works to develop total woman wellness as the Director of Phenomenal Women's Health. The organization focuses on empowering and equipping women with resources and tools for any walk in life. Charelle is a member of the Phenomenal Women's Health,Inc., Network of Executive Women (NEW), Black Triathletes Association (BTA), and USA Triathlon Association. She served on boards of the National Society of Black Engineers, and Inroads, Inc.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31116.mp3 David Harder - Founder of Inspired Work and Author of The Workplace Engagement Solution: Find a Common Mission, Vision and Purpose with All of Today's Employees [caption id="attachment_22520" align="alignright" width="150"] David Harder[/caption] David Harder founded in 1990 Inspired Work. The firm is devoted to transforming the relationship between life and work and to building great environments for work. More than 42,000 people have used his system to change careers, to become better leaders, or to launch a new business. His leadership program premiered at the Walt Disney Company in 2001 and has been delivered to groups throughout the world, at organizations as diverse as Coca-Cola, HBO, the University of Southern California, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Loyola Marymount University, and others. He is a highly successful syndicated contributor to outlets that reach over six million combined readers. He is also a keynote speaker for Ultimate Software’s HR conferences throughout the country.   Jonathan David Lewis - Partner, Vice President, Strategy Director at McKee Wallwork & Company and Author of Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments [caption id="attachment_22558" align="alignright" width="150"] Jonathan David Lewis[/caption] Jonathan David Lewis is the author of "Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments." In the book, he challenges the automatic behavioral responses companies make in today's brand wilderness. He is also a Forbes contributor and a turn around expert at McKee Wallwork + Co., a creative consultancy that turns around stalled and stale brands. As partner and strategy director, he led his firm to be recognized by Advertising Age as a national leader in branding and marketing. The won the Southwest Small Agency of the Year, national B2B Campaign of the Year, and national Best Places to Work awards. His opinions are highly sought by numerous business and marketing publications, including Forbes and Advertising Age.   Chef Charles Carroll - Seven-Time Culinary Olympian and Award Winning Author of The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness [caption id="attachment_22739" align="alignright" width="150"] Chef Charles Carroll[/caption] Charles Carroll took his first gold medal in the Culinary Olympics at the age of 24 and is Past President of the World Association of Chefs Society where he logged a quarter million miles in his two-year stint. He is executive chef at one of the highest-rated country clubs in the nation, where he manages a team of 75 in six kitchens and three restaurants. The team executes 80 to 100 banquet functions a week, while maintaining incredibly high morale and a close family feeling. Chef Charles put on a cooking show for 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and he was personally commended by five U.S. presidents and invited to a reception at the White House. He is an award winning author of "Leadership Lessons From A Chef: Finding Time To Be Great" and "Tasting Success “Your Guide to Becoming a Professional Chef.”  He served as a Coach for the 2008 United States Culinary Olympic National Team, his seventh Olympic Team and he has received over seventy national and international awards, including chapter Chef of the Year in 1988, 2005 and the American Culinary Federation President’s Medallion four times from four decades, 1989, 1999, 2005 and 2014. The James Beard Foundation selected Chef Charles as one of the Great Country Inn Chefs of 1993.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31093.mp3 Karen Friedman - Communications Coach and Author of Shut Up and Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence Listeners [caption id="attachment_22544" align="alignright" width="150"] Karen Friedman[/caption] Karen Friedman is a syndicated columnist, executive communication coach, professional speaker and author. After two decades as an award-winning television news reporter, she started Karen Friedman Enterprises to help professionals become better communicators. She has provided media and speaker programs to companies around the world. As a specialist in message development, she works directly with high profile brands to turn words into powerful messages that resonate with the key audience. She traveled with Hillary Clinton to provide media and political training for women across South and Central America. Karen is adjunct faculty at Smith College’s executive program for women and hosts Speaking Of, on ReachMD.com, a communications program intended for healthcare professionals. She is frequently quoted by publications such as Forbes, the New York Times, and CNN Money.   Douglas Boneparth - Founder of Bone Fide Wealth and Author of The Millennial Money Fix: What You Need to Know About Budgeting, Debt, and Finding Financial Freedom [caption id="attachment_22551" align="alignright" width="150"] Douglas Boneparth[/caption] Douglas A. Boneparth, CFP®, MBA watched his wife and friends struggle through The Great Recession, and wanted to invest in his peers, even if they could invest in him. He founded Bone Fide Wealth as a boutique wealth management firm to specialize in helping Millennials achieve their financial goals. Douglas was named to the InvestmentNews Top “40 Under 40” and he manages more than $70 million under assets. He has been a financial practitioner for more than a decade and his new book captures the lessons learned during that time.   Heather Picken - Entrepreneur Catalyst and Bestselling Author of  Woman On Fire Entrepreneur: How to Own your Power, Profit from your Passion, and Create Prosperity [caption id="attachment_22756" align="alignright" width="150"] Heather Picken[/caption] Heather Picken is the Entrepreneur Catalyst and renowned success and business coach and Bestselling author with her third book, Woman On Fire Entrepreneur: How to Own your Power Profit from your Passion and create Prosperity. She leads teams and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to create a global impact through her brand, La Dolce Vita: The Formula For Fabulous Living ™, which teaches the science, psychology, and philosophy of living the sweet life. Heather combines the latest technology and neuroscience in helping her clients create massive visibility with their product, service and mission. She has appeared on many TV & Radio stations including ABC, CW, CBS, FOX, and Hay house Radio. Heather also hosts a national show called La Dolce Vita: The Formula For Fabulous Living™, where she interviews entrepreneurs and leaders across the world, breaking down the success formula for life mastery and business success. Heather says with this formula you can create your fabulous vision, mission, and purpose and live an inspired life that leaves an impact in the world! Her focus is on helping Thought Leaders find their fabulous and  build a business that lasts. She does that by breaking down the formula of successful business leaders using science, psychology, and philosophy.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/31086.mp3 Cammie Dunaway - Fit Matters Guru and Author of Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job [caption id="attachment_22529" align="alignright" width="150"] Cammie Dunaway[/caption] Cammie Dunaway has been a global chief marketing Officer and brand consultant for some of the biggest brands around. Most recently, she served as the U.S. President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of KidZania, a global leader in children’s education and entertainment. Previously, she served as EVP of Sales and Marketing at Nintendo and as CMO at Yahoo! She also spent more than a decade with various leadership positions at Frito Lay. Cammie sits on the Board of Directors for Red Robin, Nordstrom FSB, and Marketo, She has been featured in Ad Age, Forbes, USA Today, CIO, CNet, Game Source, New York Daily News, The New Yorker, and Venture Beat. A frequent speaker, she has presented in front of groups at the Conference Board’s Summit on Corporate Brand and Reputation, TEDx, and Venture Beats Growth Conference, and at such organizations including General Mills, LinkedIn, Pay Pal, and Unilever.   Andie Kramer - Law Partner at McDermott Will & Emery and Author of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work Andrea Kramer JD, (“Andie”) is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. She concentrates in derivatives, taxation regulation and design, financial products, Dodd-Frank implementation, energy and commodity trading, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution. Praised for her significant contributions to tax policy, she is an influential voice in her field. While a practice group leader in financial products, trading, and derivatives for the firm, Andie is also a prolific author and global speaker in great demand. Andie is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law and she has served in senior management positions and has in-depth experience with all aspects of personnel management including recruiting, hiring and firing, individual and team supervision, compensation, and promotion. For more than 30 years, she has worked to promote gender equality in the workplace, mentoring literally thousands of women, and serving as sounding boards for others. With her husband, she has jointly written more than 30 professional and gender related articles and book chapters, collaborated in presenting many workshops, and spoken together to a variety of business groups.   Steve Kardian - Self-Defense Expert and Author of The New Superpower for Women: Trust Your Intuition, Predict Dangerous Situations, and Defend Yourself from the Unthinkable [caption id="attachment_22692" align="alignright" width="150"] Steve Kardian[/caption] Steve Kardian is a self-defense and criminal expert who regularly appears on television and in print. She has been on Dr. Phil, Inside Edition, Fox & Friends, CNN, the Today Show and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Men’s Journal.  Through his organization, Defend University, he has taught over 200,000 women easy-to-use self-defense techniques and strategies.  Steve believes that every woman is capable of decreasing the chances that she will be seen as an easy target, and increasing the chances of effectively protecting herself. He is a career law enforcement officer, life-long martial artist and has been training members of law enforcement since 1981. His passion for safety and self defense inspired him to start Defend University and the Women's Self Defense Institute, a research group dedicated to creating leading edge strategies and techniques in the area women's safety and self defense.   ...