25 Jul July 25, 2018 – Up My Influence Josh Elledge, New Growth Models Ralph Welborn and Search for Belonging Howard Ross
Josh Elledge – Navy veteran, newspaper columnist, and founder of UpMyInfluence.com
Josh Elledge is Navy veteran, newspaper columnist, and founder of UpMyInfluence.com – the site helps turn entrepreneurs into media celebrities increasing their authority, influence, and revenue. He also founded SavingsAngel.com, which has grossed more than $6M in sales of less than $500 in advertising. He’s focused on helping entrepreneurs attract the perfect audience through influence and authority. With a little bit of his own PR fairy dust (thanks to Josh’s U.S. Navy journalist experience), he became an influencer with his own digital consumer advocacy & lifestyle brand.
Ralph Welborn – CEO of CapImpact and Author of Topple: The End of the Firm-Based Strategy and the Rise of New Models for Explosive Growth
Ralph Welborn has spent over twenty-five years providing business and technology advisory services to both private and public sector organizations globally. He has held a variety of leadership positions, including CEO of Imaginatik, the market-leading innovation advisory, and platform company; leader of IBM’s Strategy & Transformation business in the Middle East and Africa; senior vice president at KPMG Consulting; as well as a co-founder of an e-commerce company. The common thread in much of Ralph’s work is the design and deployment of new business models to capture explosive growth. His work draws from both wicked problems and works in healthcare transformation, new models of public-private partnerships, and digital banking. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in global public policy and a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from Boston University.
Howard Ross – Founder at Cook Ross, Inc. and Author of Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart
Howard J. Ross is the founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, a diversity, and inclusion consulting company. He’s considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing Unconscious Bias. He is one of the nation’s leading diversity consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change. From 2007 to 2008, Howard served as the Professor-in-Residence of Diversity at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute at Bennett College for Women, where he became the first white male to hold a professorship in Diversity at a historically black women’s college. Howard serves on the Diversity Advisory Board for the Human Rights Campaign and he is a regular guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, the Washington, DC NPR affiliate station.