Moran Pober is the founder of ABD Assets. (abdassets.com) Moran is former IDF (Israel defense forces) soldier. He has had extensive dealings with many entrepreneurial projects. He founded a company called iTips, which became a top 100 app in 100 stores around the world. He has carried out extensive consulting assignments with many companies and projects in the eCommerce and SAAS world. He’s now on the hunt for acquisitions of companies he can help turnaround, merge or help grow towards exit/IPO.
Lou Diamond is a Coach, Consultant, Master Connector, Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Motivator. Lou, who’s been a top producer at every firm he’s ever worked, has led teams at Accenture, Deloitte, Omnicom, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America to achieve record revenues year after year. He is the Founder & CEO of THRIVE, a leading consulting and coaching company focused on making the most incredible leaders and top performers even more amazing. He is certified as a Co-Active Coach by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a Cornell University graduate, passionate sports fan, avid golfer, loving husband and extremely proud parent. Through a strategic mix of coaching, mentoring and consulting, Lou and his team develop the right strategic blueprint to push today’s true disruptors to tap their core ability to connect in ways that inspire them toward unprecedented levels of success.
Rick Crossland has almost 30 years experience in building high performance teams. In particular, he is a leading national expert in developing and recruiting teams of A Players across a wide variety of industries. Rick has brought immediate results to industries including chemical, automotive, fashion and beauty, retail, insurance, customer goods, IT, business to business and manufacturing. Rick is author of the book, The A Player. He works with companies across the country to transform good companies into great companies with his unique A Player approach. Rick held positions of increasing leadership responsibility at Johnson and Johnson, ICI-Zeneca, Planters-Lifesavers, Ford Motor Company, and Limited Brands. Your company will benefit from more aligned, motivated employees who are playing their game at a new, higher level. He will show you how to attract and build a team of 100% A Players. Rick is a highly sought after expert who can show your organization what greatness really looks like.
Erik Weihenmayer astounded the world when he became the first – and only – blind man to climb Mount Everest. He is also the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent. Weihenmayer did not rest on his laurels after Everest. His life is about far more than incredible physical challenges. His mission is to face fear and overcome seemingly impossible obstacles, then help others to do the same. “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon” is Erik’s latest memoir. In September 2014, Erik and blinded Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world. He takes us to Ecuador and Peru, to Nepal and Tibet. While learning to kayak and preparing to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon – think of it as running down the expressway in a major city blindfolded – Erik finds the time and willingness to help wounded veterans, as well as other adults and children with disabilities, to climb mountains both physical and emotional.
Mina Salib - Program Manager at Future Labs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Oversee all-external activities that the Future Labs has a stake in. Tasks that fall under his domain include, facilitating meetings between Future Labs companies with industry specific mentors and investors, Future Labs offer the businesses of tomorrow a network of innovation spaces and programs that support early stage startups in New York City. Acting in a venture catalyst role, we accept high potential companies and build on their success with an approach that emphasizes success rate, sustainability, revenue, and growth. helping to oversee the AI Nexus Lab, organizing Flash Pitch, and strategizing for future partnerships and ventures. A note about Flash Pitch, flash Pitch is a monthly pitch series which gives 6 companies a chance to pitch in front of 3 top tier investors for the chance at prizes, brand awareness, and potential investment.
Peter Sheahan is known internationally for inspiring innovative business thinking and creating lasting behavior change. He has established himself as a highly successful entrepreneur with his international thought leadership practice and as the CEO of Karrikins Group , a global consultancy building and delivering large-scale behavioral change projects for clients such as Apple and IBM. Peter has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Google, Goldman Sachs, Hilton Hotels, Harley Davidson and GlaxoSmithKline. By age 30 he had already built two multimillion-dollar businesses, operating in 9 cities internationally. He has delivered more than 2000 presentations to over 300,000 people in 15 different countries. In 2006, Peter was voted the National Speakers Association’s Keynote Speaker of the Year and has since been named one of the 25 Hottest New Speakers in America, and one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the industry. He is the author of six books, including international bestsellers Fl!p and Generation Y. As a global thought leader, Peterʼs insights into business trends and the changing needs of customers and staff have made him a regular presenter on Fox Business, with appearances on ABC and BBC as well. In 2008 Peter was a featured expert in a five-part global series on Innovation on CNBC, and he has been written up in the Washington Post, CNBC, Inc.com, the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company magazine. His newest book “Matter: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value, and Become the Obvious Choice.”
Joanna Garzilli is a global authority in spiritual transformation. She is the author of the upcoming book, “Big Miracles” to be published by Harper Elixir on Valentine’s Day 2017 and has been featured in media nationally and internationally including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, NBC, OK! TV, Kcal 9, CBS 2, LA Weekly, MTV, Huffington Post, Runway and Elle. Over the past 20 years, Joanna has done thousands of intuitive readings and spiritual coaching sessions for people from all walks of life including some notable names: Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, Monica Lewinsky, Jenna Dewan Tatum, EG Daily, Vanessa Marcil, Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Baseball and Robbie Rogers U.S. Olympic Soccer team. Joanna has been featured as a recognized speaker on the front covers of Conscious Life Expo and New Living Expo Magazines. She taught her popular workshop called “Unleash The Psychic In You” based on her book (available on AMAZON.com).
Barbara Weltman is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in taxation for small businesses, as well as the author of many top-selling books on taxes and finance, including J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes. She is also the publisher of Idea of the Day®, a guest columnist for WSJ.com and U.S. News & World Report, is quoted regularly in major publications (including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine), and hosts a monthly radio show. She has been named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers for 2011, 2012, and 2013. Big Ideas for Small Business is the ultimate Small Business Resource Center, established to be the premier resource for the small business. Barbara is the tax and law expert for Inc.com. The company launched its own radio show, Build Your Business (BYB). Each BYB show centers on a topic relevant to business owners and provides the information, discussion and resources that listeners need to meet challenges, improve efficiency and increase the profitability of their business.
Eric Termuende - Co-Founder of NoW Innovations, National Speakers Bureau Member and Author of Rethink Work
Eric Termuende is changing the way we talk about work and how we view success. As founder of The DRYVER Group, Eric has helped build a tool that quantifies culture. The tool helps organizations understand what it is their employees love about their job in order to attract talent based on fit as opposed to just brand or salary. With the help of his robust network of companies that can deliver proven results based on analyses, the workplace can be changed for the better. In the past two years Eric has spoken at over 60 events and to thousands of people about the future of work. He has been featured in Forbes, HuffPost and is an American Express and Ashoka Top 100 Emerging Social Innovator. Eric was a repeat delegate for the Canadian G20 YEA Summit in Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China, and a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum.
Gabrielle Taylor – Managing Partner at Taylor Strategy Partners and Author of Legacy of Wisdom
Gabrielle Taylor leads a strategic management consultancy based in Littleton, Colorado and is the author of “LEGACY OF WISDOM.” The book, she explains, argues that “Wisdom is not just about having experience, but also about paying attention to what your experience is telling you. If you want to gain wisdom from experience, you have to ask more questions of others and of yourself.” Wisdom may come organically due to the curveballs life throws, but it also comes by way of what we learn from others. Her path to wisdom was built on the foundation of her Grandmother Valentine’s lessons which are outlined in simple — yet effective notes throughout the book. “Many of today’s corporate leaders put expediency before such values as creativity, quality, or loyalty,” says Gabrielle. “I have been saddened over the past three decades to see how many businesses have decided that laying people off is an expedient way to improve their bottom line, as opposed to developing new revenue streams when possible. This is not only bad for the laid-off employees and their families, but also bad for companies.” In this interview, we talk about her management philosophies, but also the projects she has done, especially in the energy space.
Mark Carpenter has nearly two decades of public affairs and public relations experience covering the fields of recycling, homeland security, healthcare, energy, foundation management, and more. He has worked at Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) for the last three and a half years as a spokesperson and Senior Director of Communications, handling public outreach initiatives. Mark is a veteran of Capitol Hill, having worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. He also has experience on a number of political campaigns, trade associations, and grassroots advocacy organizations. ISRI is dedicated to spreading the truth about recycling. Many myths and misinformation exist about recycling. When Americans were presented with a list of statements, 4 true and 4 false, and asked to select those they believe to be true, less than half were able to identify those which were actually true. Regardless of fact or fiction, a new survey released by the ISRI and conducted online by Harris Poll, shows that U.S. adults do not accept common statements made about the recycling industry to be true. Over 2 in 5 Americans say detailed information about recycling is not readily available and that they have to seek it out. Mark sets us straight!
Venture and Vultures Part 2, Chapter 3, “Escort Him Out!”
This show features the second chapter of our second entrepreneurial serial podcast! The story is called “Venture and Vultures Part 2: An Entrepreneurial Thriller.” Hope you enjoy!
Chapter 1…… “Best Friends Forever” Chapter 2…… “Look Who Just Walked In!”
and now Chapter 3…… “Escort Him Out!”
Sangram Vajre has quickly built a reputation as one of the leading minds in B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, a SaaS platform for account-based marketing, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. He’s the author of “Account-Based Marketing For Dummies” and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel. As the leading account-based marketing platform, Terminus enables B2B marketers to target accounts, engage decision-makers, and accelerate marketing and sales pipeline velocity at scale. B2B marketers use Terminus to execute account-based strategies and automate targeted campaigns across multiple channels including Salesforce, PGi, Silverpop, Gainsight, Vidyard, Domo, and NetSuite.
Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston. She is an Approved Supervisor for the AAMFT, a member of the American Psychological Association, and Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a member of the International Society for Hypnosis. She is the author of the book entitled, “The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance,” and has published many articles including those on the use of hypnosis with diabetes, childhood asthma, trauma resolution, and weight loss. She is an invited author for the Family Therapy Magazine. Dr. Kershaw has presented workshops and lectures at numerous Erickson Congresses, annual scientific meetings of ASCH, Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences as well as AAMFT and has been invited to present workshops in Canada, South America, and Europe. She was also invited to Saudi Arabia to lead a medical team for trauma intervention.
Shreyas Parab is 16 years old runs two businesses. After competing at the National Spelling Bee (ranking in the top 50 spellers from across the world), Shreyas was determined to unlock his true potential and that took shape in 5 TEDx talks on topics ranging from the education system to entrepreneurship, 2 companies cumulatively valued near $75k , and thousands of dollars in investment from Fortune 500 companies and high-profile angel investors. His novelty neckwear company made Shreyas one of the youngest suppliers to a Fortune 1 Company (Walmart) and his other company, an ed-tech company, was recently acquired by a million dollar education company. He also serves on various advisory boards including on organizations/companies like: Harvards Graduate School of Education Making Care Common Project, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, HatchPad, KidBacker Enterprises. Shreyas is the Treasurer of his school and is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the International Youth Neuroscience Association. He also really loves Taylor Swift.
Soren Kaplan – Founder of InnovationPoint, an Affiliated Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC, Fast Company Writer, and Innovation Keynote Speaker
Soren Kaplan is the bestselling and award winning author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage. As a leading expert in disruptive innovation, innovation culture, and business model innovation, he works with Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Hershey, Red Bull, Philips, Cisco, Visa, Kaiser Permanente, and numerous other organizations. He has lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne Business School, and with other MBA and executive-education programs. He has been quoted, published, and interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNBC, and National Public Radio.
Mark Graban - Speaker, Consultant, Blogger, Author of “Lean Hospitals” & “Healthcare Kaizen,” Part of the Team at KaiNexus
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of “Lean Healthcare,” as a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger. Mark is also the Vice President of Improvement & Innovation Services for the software company KaiNexus. He is the author of the book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (Productivity Press), which was selected for a 2009 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, the first healthcare book to win this award, and is being translated into eight languages. Mark has also co-authored a second book, titled Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements, which was released in June 2012 and also a Shingo Research Award recipient in 2013. A newly revised and condensed edition, The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization was released in August, 2013. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Leanthat benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Mark has worked in automotive (General Motors), the PC industry (Dell), and industrial products (Honeywell). At Honeywell, Mark was certified as a “Lean Expert” (Lean Black Belt). Since August 2005, Mark has worked exclusively in healthcare, where he has coached leaders, staff, and teams at client sites around the world, including medical laboratories, hospitals, and primary care clinics. From June 2009 to June 2011, Mark was a Senior Fellow with the Lean Enterprise Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that is a leading voice in the Lean world. Mark served as the LEI’s “Chief Engineer” for healthcare activities, including workshops, web & social media, and other publications. Mark is a popular speaker at conferences and private healthcare meetings. Mark has spoken and coached organizations across the U.S., in multiple provinces across Canada, and other countries including Finland, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, and China. He has guest lectured at schools including MIT, Wharton, the UT Health Science Center Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course, and Ohio State University.
Peter A. James - Business & Leadership Coach ☆ Strategic-Growth Consultant ☆ MinorityCoach.com | HCGconsol.com
Peter A. James
Peter A. James is passionate about helping Organizations, Startups, and Business-Minded Individuals increase sales and revenue through improved collaboration and teamwork. Peter provides onsite training, onsite workshops and individual and team coaching which focuses on strengthening your leaders and ultimately, your employees – which in turn, will increase sales and revenue. He is a student of company culture and leadership’s affect on it. As a result, he can provide specific insight that will allow you and your organization to breakthrough human capital barriers. Since 2009, Peter has worked with numerous companies and business professionals as they traverse various human capital obstacles and roadblocks, which prevent them from achieving success in their business. He is a Certified Leadership Coach and Employee-Engagement Consultant. Peter is an Entrepreneurship Professor and is getting his Ph.D.
Liz Davidson has been with us before, and she is on the show today to talk about the financial changes afoot because of the Trump presidency. This is the most political Jim has been, ever. Liz is CEO and Founder of Financial Finesse, which provides millions of Americans with access to unbiased financial guidance through workplace financial wellness solutions. In 1999, she spearheaded the movement to institutionalize financial wellness programs in the workplace and has influenced legislation around requirements for financial professionals to ensure they work in the best interest of investors through the fiduciary standard. As an advocate for investors, Liz is a pioneer of the financial wellness movement. She lays out the ways that workers can find their own financial security in her book, “What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know About Your Money,”published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Additionally, Liz has been tracking and analyzing trends in employee financial issues for over 15 years and provides commentary to Financial Finesse’s corporate clients as well as to human resources and financial media. She also publishes a column on Forbes.com around employee financial issues. She won the Women of Influence Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Leadership 500 Excellence Award by HR.com, and the 2015 Eddy Award for Pensions & Investments and many more.
Brian MacNeice is an expert in high performance and advises leading Irish and international clients on driving improvements in performance focus and culture. Brian has led assignments with clients in a diverse range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, enterprise development, financial services, software and technology. He was previously founding Director of Genesis Ireland and led many of Genesis’ engagements with business clients and leading sports organisations. Prior to that he worked with Andersen, Deloitte and Vision Consulting. Brian has led much of Kotinos’ research into high performance and is a regular speaker on the topic at business conferences and seminars. His research has taken him all over the world to study what the best institutions in the world have in common and includes the New Zealand All Blacks, Médecins sans Frontières, Kenyan Olympic athletes, IMG Academy, the Kirov Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music and others. He is an IRFU National Panel referee officiating in Ireland and Europe and a selector for the Irish National Cricket team.