Dan Schawbel – Founder
Dan Schawbel is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press) and the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan Publishing), which combined have been translated into 14 languages. Both bestsellers were published before Dan’s 30th birthday. Dan is a columnist at both TIME and FORBES, and has been featured in over 1,000 media outlets, such as “The Today Show” on NBC, “Street Signs” on CNBC, “The Nightly Business Report” on PBS, “The Willis Report” on Fox Business, The Economist and Wired Magazine. He’s spoken at Google, NBC Universal, McGraw-Hill, Oracle, Harvard Business School, MIT, Time Warner, IBM, and CitiGroup. Dan was named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010, the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2012, and BusinessWeek cites him as someone entrepreneurs should follow on Twitter.
Maria Elena Duron – Editor-in-Chief
Maria is a connector, trainer and coach – helping passionate founders and executives to get a profitable return on relationships. Duron is marketing coach and chief strategist with Know, Like and Ignite Relationship Development Firm. Maria Duron has earned the Texas Governor’s Excellence in Small Business Award, Texas Person of Vision Award, Best of Texas Team Building and Training Award and Business Women of the Year. Duron created and moderates one of the top twitter chats in the world for business, #brandchat – recognized by Mashable, Cision, MarketingLand, Social Media Examiner, and Simply Measured. Connect with Maria Elena on Twitter @mariaduron .
Debra Benton – Monday
Debra has been helping great individuals and organizations get even better for over 20 years. TopCEOCoaches.com ranks her in the World’s Top 10 CEO Coaches noting she is the #1 female. As a onference keynote speaker she is routinely rated in the top 2%. Her client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of executives in companies ranging from Microsoft, McDonald’s, Kraft, American Express, Merrill Lynch, United Airlines, and PricewaterhouseCoopers to the Washington Beltway and U.S.Border Patrol. She is the author of The CEO Difference (McGraw-Hill, Feb. 2014) and nine other award-winning and best-selling business books including The Virtual Executive and Executive Charisma. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. She has been featured in USA Today, Fortune, The New York Times, and Time; she has appeared on Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS with Diane Sawyer. To learn more Debra advising leaders, coaching, facilitating a workshop, or speaking: www.debrabenton.com
Kristen Vanstrom – Monday
Kristen believes that the greatest mistake of all is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little. She wants to help women in business with her self-esteem tips, branding advice, and digital marketing guidance. Kristen is a diehard entrepreneur, television personality, and content specialist. Over the past four years, she worked as National Director of Marketing for a popular online wedding flower retailer, founded and sold an online burlesque clothing store, and even made an appearance on reality television. She also currently works as the Director of Content Management at Slicktext.com. When it comes to business, Kristen wants to encourage women to embrace their intelligence, and stop apologizing for their mental capabilities.
Gary J. Nix – Tuesday
Gary J. Nix is a marketing strategist who resides at the intersection of brand development, tech and experience design. In his work, he as taken his credo, “the brand is a promise,” to create a platform known as BRANDarchy: a customer-centric method of thinking that leads businesses to higher revenue through integrated marketing communications. His experience working with companies such as MasterCard, Nike and Conde Nast Publications has led him to be featured in publications such as Econsultancy, Momentology, CIO.com and Inc. Additionally, as an adjunct professor at Fashion Institute of Technology, he educates students on marketing and communications principles that relate to students’ lives now and after graduation. You’re likely to find him on Twitter in various industry chats and expressing his opinion on various subjects.
Ceren Cubukcu – Tuesday
Ceren is a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States. She has received her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the Dual-Diploma Program of Binghamton University. She found her first full-time job as an IT Advisory Associate at KPMG LLP New York City office six months before her graduation and worked on this position for a year. Afterwards, she received a scholarship from Bentley University to study her MBA degree. She has graduated from her MBA degree with a distinction and received three job offers before her graduation. After her graduation, she worked as a Business Systems Analyst at Merkle Inc, a CRM agency for two years. She recently founded her consulting business to help more international students find jobs in the US in addition to her self-service digital event ticketing platform, Etkinlik Fabrikam (My Event Factory), to offer her webinars. You can follow her via Facebook or contact her via www.cerencubukcu.com/contact.
Sarah Landrum – Wednesday
Sarah Landrum is a freelance writer and Digital Marketing Specialist. She is also the founder of Punched Clocks, a site dedicated to sharing advice on navigating the work world. Passionate about helping others find happiness and success in their careers, she shares advice on everything from the job search and entrepreneurship to professional development, and more! Follow her for more great tips on Twitter and Google+.
Elinor Stutz – Wednesday
Elinor is the CEO of Smooth Sale, LLC, a sales training company. She teaches how to apply relationship selling skills to every endeavor including interviewing, writing a book, and building your business. Elinor is the author of the best-selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results” published by Sourcebooks. Her book was featured in TIME Magazine, translated into multiple languages and sells worldwide. Elinor’s new book, “HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself On Interviews” is based upon years of community service teaching job-seekers how to land the job they desire. An international speaker, audiences term Ms. Stutz as both inspirational and motivational and claim through her insights they more readily found success. You may find her teaching webinars for entrepreneurs, training corporate sales teams and teaching students and job seekers how to interview best.
Alex Freund – Thursday
Alex is a career and interviewing coach known for publishing his extensive list of job-search networking groups via his web site www.landingexpert.com. Alex is prominent in a number of networking groups; he does workshops on resumes and social media, makes frequent public presentations, teaches a career development seminar and publishes his blog focused on job seekers. Alex had a successful career as corporate director at the headquarters of Fortune 100 companies. He graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and managed some 35 different departments as a part of Facilities Administration or Support Services. Alex has extensive experience at interviewing people for jobs. He is an expert in preparing people for interviews. He lived on three continents and speaks five languages.
Beth Leslie – Thursday
Beth Leslie writes careers advice for everyone from university undergrads to seasoned professionals. She works at Inspiring Interns, the UK’s leading graduate recruitment agency which specializes in finding candidates their perfect internship.
Jeff Shuey – Friday
Jeff is a veteran in the Enterprise Content Management industry. Over the past 20 years he has worked with customers and partners to design, develop and deploy solutions around the world. Jeff is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances at Winshuttle. He has worked for Microsoft, FileNet (IBM), K2, Captaris, Open Text, Kofax and Kodak. He speaks and blogs about ECM and the Intersection between Social, Mobile and Cloud Computing.
Susan Gilbert – Friday
Susan uses her laser focus knowledge to coach and provide online marketing and social sharing programs for authors, speaker, experts and small businesses. An entrepreneur since 1987, Susan has evolved years of traditional business experience into several cutting edge projects which includes her digital marketing company,Online Promotion Success. Author and publisher of several books including “The Land of I Can,” and “KLOUT SCORE: Social Media Influence, How to Gain Exposure and Increase Your Klout,” Susan combines online marketing with strategic thinking to create successful programs. Working most often with authors and entrepreneurs, she understands promotion at a personal level as a regularly quoted resource in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine and many more. Follow her Digital Marketing Tips at her blog: www.SusanGilbert.com
Beth Kuhel – Saturday
Beth Kuhel, M.B.A., C.E.I.P., is a career coach specializing in millennials. She writes about career strategies and improving the workplace for The Huffington Post, The Personal Branding blog, TinyPulse.com and Sharkpreneur magazine, and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and BusinessInsider.com. Her weekly career column is sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Connect with Beth on Twitter @BethKuhel or bethkuhel@
Nathaniel Boughton – Saturday
Nathaniel works in online marketing and private investments. He and his wife, Kristi, I live in La Jolla, CA with their son, Gage. In between trips to the beach, he’s always actively investing (real estate/established companies), networking and looking for new acquisitions. Connect with Nathaniel at NathanielBoughton.com .
Ken Sundheim – Sunday
Ken is the CEO of KAS Placement Sales Recruiters, a sales and marketing recruitment agency specializing in helping job seekers further their careers through finding them challenging and rewarding positions at progressive, visionary and growing organizations. Ken is also a hands-on NYC Recruiter at the staffing company. Connect with Ken via Google+.