15 Aug August 15, 2016 – Marketing Zen’s Shama Hyder, SMB Tax Advice w John Pollock & An Innovation High School w James Watson
Shama Hyder – CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, Best Selling Author of Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age and Forbes & Inc – 30 Under 30
Shama Hyder is founder of The marketing Zen Group, a global online marketing and digital PR company. She has aptly been dubbed the “master millennial of the universe” and “an online marketing shaman” by FastCompany.com, and is an oft-quoted social media expert. Shama has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, and hundreds of blogs and social media outlets. She’s also an accomplished international speaker and hosts her own Web TV show, Shama.TV. The show addresses new media marketing topics, trends, people, and relevant perspectives. She formed The Marketing Zen Group in 2009. Since then, the company has grown to include a team of 30 and clients that range from publicly held, Fortune 500 companies to privately held small businesses and non-profit organizations. Since its start in 2009, average company growth is 400 percent. In 2009, Bloomberg Businessweek honored her as one of the Top 25 Under 25 entrepreneurs in North America. In 2010, Hyder won the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. In 2011, Entrepreneur magazine featured her as one of four Super Sonic Youth, dubbing her a “zen master of marketing.” . Also in 2011, she was the only woman delegate invited by the U.S. State Department to mentor tech entrepreneurs in Cairo as part of President Obama’s initiative in the region. She was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of Movers and Shakers for 2015.
John Pollock – Integrated Tax, Business & Financial Planning from the CEO of the Financial Gravity, Inc.
John Pollock is the founder and CEO of Financial Gravity, a SMB tax and financial planning service. John has been featured in Forbes Magazine and is a frequent contributor on television and Radio. John wrote the book “The Nest Egg Cookbook – Your Recipe for a Comfortable Retirement” and he contributed to the books “Secrets of a Tax Free Life,” and “Tax Breaks of the Rich & Famous.” John is also a featured speaker at conferences around the country.
James Watson – Co-Founder at The New School – Atlanta
James has taught a wide variety of mathematics and economics in the past decade, at Ben Franklin Academy and The New School. Between teaching stints, James worked for several years teaching entrepreneurship with Village Capital. Traveling to numerous countries, he designed and launched entrepreneurship curricula with this social enterprise incubator. A professional composer and performer, James serves on the Board of the Atlanta Music Project, has developed high school music departments, and has worked with local theater Dad’s Garage. James has a BSC in mathematics from St. Andrews University in Scotland and was a Bobby Jones Scholar at Emory University.