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 is a connector, trainer and coach – Bridging Online + Offline Relationships. Duron is 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 six twitter chats in the world for business, #brandchat – recognized by Mashable, Cision, MarketingLand and Simply Measured.
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
Skip Weisman – Monday
Skip is The Leadership & Workplace Communication Expert working with business leaders in virtually every industry from banks to plumbers, improving individual and organizational performance by transforming interpersonal communication at, and between, all levels. Skip is a professional speaker, training, coach and consultant on the topics of leadership and workplace communication. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, past president of the New York State NSA chapter, a member Toastmasters, and he speaks regularly at national and regional conferences as a keynote presenter or breakout session contributor on his signature topic The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication, and related communication topics.
Crystal is a social media marketing strategist, international speaker, co-founder of Socialtunities—a social media instruction brand that trains Gen Ys to Boomers on the strategic use of social media, and the author of The Social Media WHY: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter , YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business. Crystal has a weekly social media segment on Fox television. She has been hired by companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE and has spoken to companies around the globe including Alcatel-Lucent, Kia, and Wells Fargo. Crystal is recognized for her unique ability to communicate advanced technology concepts in simple terms for her audiences and is hired for keynotes, workshops, and webinars. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook.
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.
Nance Rosen – Tuesday
Nance is the author of Speak Up! & Succeed, and an expert on business communication who teaches at UCLA Extension, and speaks all around the world to audiences on social media and career trends. Nance is a former marketing executive at The Coca-Cola Company and currently is CEO of NanceSpeaks and executive publisher at PegasusMediaWorld. She has appeared on CNBC and regularly contributes to media outlets including the New York Times, ABC, CBS radio, Investors Business Daily, MediaPost and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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 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.
Brian Horn is long time entrepreneur, co-host of The Authority Alchemy Show and writer for The Huffington Post on the topic of authority marketing. He is also a 3 time best selling author that has helped many top celebrity entrepreneurs with their online branding and marketing. Horn has been profiled and featured on the Wall Street Journal, The Howard Stern Show, Perez Hilton, ABC, Forbes, Advertising Age, and dozens of other media outlets. Inc Magazine named him an “emerging business leader to watch”. Brian’s goal is to find the magic in each of his clients, help them position it, get national media attention for it, and leverage that attention into more customers and profits. He is also an in demand speaker that has traveled the world entertaining and educating audiences. Brian is a devoted husband, proud father, innovator of “authority marketing”, and an advocate for children with Down syndrome.
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.
Skip Freeman is the president and chief executive officer of The HTW Group (Hire to Win), an Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan Area Executive Search Firm. In that capacity, he is consistently among the top executive recruiters in the nation, on the basis of total candidate placements. Over the last decade he has successfully completed more than 400 executive search assignments. Specializing in the placement of sales, engineering, manufacturing and R&D professionals, he has developed powerful techniques that help companies hire the best and help the best get hired. Skip can be reached at email@example.com or through the LinkedIn Group Job Hunting Power.
Richard Kirby – Thursday
Richard is an executive career consultant, speaker on career strategies, and author of Fast Track Your Job Search (and Career!). He managed teams for more than 25 years in Corporate America before the 2002 founding of Executive Impact, a leading career services firm. Richard’s diverse corporate experience ran the gamut from engineering to human resources to marketing to sales within employers that ranged from a Fortune100 to a VC-funded entrepreneurial startup. At Executive Impact, Richard has helped hundreds of executives and professionals successfully navigate our transformed 21st century job market over the last 11 years. Richard’s expertise includes career assessments and goal setting, personal marketing/branding, resume enhancement, strategic networking and job interviewing, and “contrarian” job search methodologies. He is a Board Certified Coach (in careers) and Certified Management Consultant.
Katie works with Fortune 500 companies to help them generate new ideas based on consumer insights at Ideas To Go. She’s worked with creativity guru Edward de Bono and uncovered new ideas across North America and Europe. Prior to that, she earned a Masters degree in Creativity and Innovation from the Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking in Malta, was certified as a Lateral Thinking trainer, and studied at the TRIZ Institute in St Petersburg, Russia. She writes the leading innovation blog, GetFreshMinds.com.
Robin has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and teamed with executives in rapidly growing startup companies in the Silicon Valley, creating HR teams who helped to build incredibly talented organizations and mold strong collaborative, goal aligned cultures. As an expert resume writer and recruiter, Robin has been on both sides of the hiring process and has a keen understanding of the employer’s needs and their approach to reviewing resumes. As Co Founder of FiredUP Careers, Robin brings her entrepreneurial talents, along with her broad range of expertise and insight to those who seek career advice. With her complimentary blend of career expertise in HR Management, Recruiting, Staffing and Coaching – Robin is an ideal coach for anyone who is open to creative possibility and possesses a forward-thinking mindset.
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.
Dr. White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. For the past 20 years, he’s improved numerous businesses, wealthy family estates, and non-profit organizations. Dr. White is coauthor of the book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, written with Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages). Based on their extensive research and expertise, Dr. White and Dr. Chapman have developed a unique way for organizations to motivate employees that lead to increased job satisfaction, higher employee performance, and enhanced levels of trust. Through his company, Appreciation at Work, his organization helps you effectively communicate appreciation to co-workers, leading to higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships, and decreased burnout. Follow him @drpaulwhite or his company on LinkedIn .
Nathaniel Broughton – Friday
Nathaniel is a partner with Plus2 Capital, a small private equity firm focused on acquiring software and technology companies. As a founder, he built and successfully exited LakeRentals.com, Plus1 Marketing (Inc 500 award winner), Spread Effect, and SuretyBonds.com. Nathaniel is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in both marketing and private equity. He has lectured at San Diego State University, UCSD, Saint Louis University and developed and taught a course for the University of San Diego. He lives in La Jolla, CA with his wife and son.
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
Leslie is a career design expert who has been helping people find or create work that fits their lifestyle goals since 1998 through her website Work-At-Home Success. She is the author of The Work-At-Home Success Bible and Jobs Online: How To Find a Get Hired to a Work-At-Home Job. She speaks regularly on career-related topics including telecommuting and home business. She has appeared as a work-at-home expert on The Daily Buzz, CNN.com, Redbook, Women’s World, Today’s Parent and in a host of other media outlets. Leslie has a BA in Psychology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and an MSW from California State University, Sacramento.
Beth Kuhel, M.B.A., C.E.I.P., is a career coach specializing in millenials. Her weekly column is sponsored by Executive Education at Weatherhead School of Management. Beth 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. Connect with Beth on Twitter @BethKuhel
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+.
Nicole Smartt – Sunday
Nicole is the Vice President and Shareholder of Star Staffing. She was recently recognized and awarded as a North Bay Women in Business Leader. She is also the youngest to be awarded the Forty under 40 award by the North Bay Business Journal recognizing top business leaders in the community under the age of 40. She has been featured and her work published in Forbes, AOL Jobs, Wall Street Journal, and many others. For more details, go to NicoleSmartt.com!