Dr. Robert Sutton – Stanford Professor and Author of The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
Dr. Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science at Stanford. He is a co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (know as “the d school”). Dr. Sutton studies leadership, innovation, scaling excellence, organizational change, and workplace dynamics. He has published over 150 articles on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. He has written several books and his two books “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t” and “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best…. and Survive the Worst” are New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His honors include the award for the best paper in the Academy of Management Journal, the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the award for the best article in the Academy of Management Review. His book “Hard Facts” was selected as the best business book of 2006 by the Toronto Globe and Mail. Dr. Sutton was named as one of 10 “B-School All-Stars” by BusinessWeek. He was described as one of the “professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond academia.” In 2014, the London Business School honored him with the Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigour and Relevance in the Study of Management. He is a Fellow at IDEO and a Senior Scientist at Gallup.
Dana Spinola – CEO and Owner at fab’rik
Dana Spinola is the founder of a retail chain with 40 stores and counting! fab’rik is a franchised women’s fashion retailer offering trending styles with fair pieces and accessible prices. They pride ourselves on a unique, personalized shopping experience with no attitude or sticker shock. Dana left corporate America to pursue her dream of owning a clothing boutique where everyone could afford to feel beautiful, meaning high style with heart. Her concept of fashion under $100, but with high quality, and ensuring first class customer service paved the way for fab’rik’s success. She founded free fab’rik, a nonprofit organization that provides free shopping sprees for girls who need it most. Dana truly believes clothing can changes lives! She recently won the Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year.