Tom Mulliez – Founder and CEO of iTREKKERS
Tom is a father, husband, entrepreneur, and the visionary behind iTREKKERS. Tom founded the company in 2014 after realizing that bringing together vetted professional captains and guides on one platform would help guarantee everyone a better experience in the outdoors. iTREKKERS is a combination of Tom’s desires to share his love of nature and to simplify the process of booking guided outdoor activities. His mission is threefold: to get people to experience the outdoors through iTREKKERS; to help people get outdoors, period, by providing useful tips and referrals; and to educate people about the outdoors and ways to be mindful. Tom, who earned a Bachelor in Commerce from Canada’s McGill University and an MBA in marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University, was raised between his hometown of Roubaix, France, and a small town near Atlanta. His love of nature is derived from early memories of camping in the Georgia mountains with his father. For Tom, the only passion greater than a love of the outdoors is his love of family. Tom and his wife often spend time outdoors camping, at the beach, or on their boat with their three young children.
Roopa Unnikrishnan – Author of The Career Catapult
WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD! Roopa Unnikrishnan bases her books on her research and experience in the business world – where she has been a master coach, an innovation consultant and strategist. A Rhodes scholar who completed both an MPhil in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. at the University of Oxford, Unnikrishnan also has a varied extracurricular life, being both a published poet and a world-class athlete in sports riflery. She has captained an Oxford University team and won many medals for her nation in the International arena. In 1999, she received the Arjuna Award from the President of India for her sporting achievements. Roopa Unnikrishnan builds on almost two decades of experience in roles where she has seeded and driven change and innovation in several Fortune 500 companies. Roopa has worked with Consumer Goods, Education and Technology clients, helping them establish and improve key processes around strategic planning, innovation space identification and idea development. Current clients include Estee Lauder,Johnson & Johnson, Harman Kardon, New York Presbyterian Hospitals, among others. Roopa started her career with seven years in consulting at Katzenbach Partners LLC (KPL), a New York consultancy where she was part of the early start-up team (1999-2006). Roopa progressed to be Practice Lead, Outsourcing, specializing in issues dealing with strategy development and managing people and innovative technology. Her financial services experience covers credit cards and asset management, as the strategy director at one of Citibank’s CitiCards (2006 -2007), and in her time at BlackRock responsible for strategic people efforts in the sales and marketing divisions (2012). Roopa was with Pfizer Inc. for five years, with stints as VP, Corporate Strategy and Global Head of Pfizer’s worldwide talent and organizational team for Sales (2007-2012)
Nicole Lapin – “Rich Bitch,” Finance Expert
Nicole Lapin is the only finance expert you don’t need a dictionary to understand. She got her start in finance at age eighteen, reporting from the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade for First Business Network. She went on to become the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then to claim the same title at CNBC, where she anchored the only global finance show on the network, Worldwide Exchange, while contributing financial reports to MSNBC and Today. Nicole has also served as a business anchor and correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She is a special money correspondent for The Insider and The Wendy Williams Show, as well as the host of her own show, I’ll Never Forget My First. Nicole is the creator of CASHTM, the first ever smartwatch for tracking your expenses throughout the day. She is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). Nicole graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of her class at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.