Small Business Expert and Best-Selling Author of It's Your Biz
A woman of many talents, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.
An Internet pioneer, Solovic was the CEO and co-founder of one of the first video-based Internet sites, a company she grew from it’s infancy to a million dollar plus entity. In 2006, she accepted the Stevie Award (the Oscar’s of business) on behalf of the company for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees; that same year the company was voted the Best Investment Opportunity at a Venture Forum in the Silicon Valley.
A media personality, Solovic is a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosted a syndicated radio program, It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly as a small business expert on Fox Business, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break”, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and many other stations across the country. She hosted her own PBS special called "Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World." In addition to television and radio appearances, Solovic is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, Entrepreneur, AT&T Business Circle and FoxBusiness.com.
Solovic was recently named in the Top 10 of both SAP’s “Top 51 Potential Human Influencers” and she consistently ranks in the top 5 of the “Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter.” She has written four bestselling books which have been translated into multiple languages.
Solovic received the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry. Additionally, she has won numerous awards for small business journalism include recognition from the SBA.
Solovic is a member of the Advisory Board for the John Cook School of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University where she also served as an adjunct professor on entrepreneurship in the MBA program. She served on the National Women’s Business Council, which counsels the President, Congress, and the SBA on issues affecting women business owners. She is a past board member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University, the Women Presidents’ Organization, Women Impacting Public Policy and the Institute for the Economic Development of Women. Currently, she is mentoring women entrepreneurs in Rwanda.
Solovic started her career as a news anchor and reporter. Her corporate career took her to the C-Suite level of a Fortune 100 company becoming the first female executive in the company’s financial services division. She obtained a law degree from Saint Louis University and is Of Counsel with the firm Junge & Mele, LLP in New York City.
Speaker on different generations in the workplace and communication.
David Stillman is a generational expert and an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. He is co-author of two best-selling books on the generations at work including When Generations Collide (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace (HarperBusiness). He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as in Fast Company, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among numerous other national publications. David has received rave reviews from Fortune 100 companies including 3M, American Express, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, GE, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pfizer, and many more. His creative communications work earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival and the much coveted CLIO Award. He was named to the prestigious list of “Forty Under 40” movers and shakers by The Business Journal and most recently as one of 200 to Watch.
Prior to launching his work on the generations, David worked for ABC television in New York City for PrimeTime Live. Later with CBS radio, he embarked on a round-the-world trip covering such topics as the end of apartheid in South Africa and the fall of the former Soviet Union.
Diane Sawyer from ABC said it best, “David will help you see the world through the eyes of a different generation.”
Strategic Brand Manager, Award-winning Global Brand Builder & Consultant
Sasha Strauss speaks from two decades of experience in brand strategy and brand development for corporations, nonprofit organizations, philanthropies and universities. His unique and proven perspective on how brands should be built and communicated is the foundation for his educational pedagogy and Innovation Protocol’s approach to brand development.
In addition to teaching graduate brand strategy and marketing courses as USC and UCLA, Sasha is a trusted keynote speaker for companies like Google, Nestle, LEGO and American Express. His ability to inculcate brand truth is the reason NPR, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal seek his perspective as a brand authority on topics related to market dynamics, culture, and innovation.
Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.
Currently a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the "Midas Touch." Mark was recently featured as one of the "World’s Top Executive Coaches" by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the "Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015" by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.
A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s "Most Admired Companies" achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to "Most Admired Leaders."
Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth.
Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centers and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs.
Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum, is a member of the Clinton Initiative, and an executive coach for TED Fellows.
A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and eSurance. He has been a Board Member for many well known technology, biotech and retail companies, including: Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA-based diagnostics for clinical management of cancer treatment.
Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and a total of ten Tony nominations, including Peter and the Star-Catcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.
Mark lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Manhattan with two extraordinary women – his wife Bonita and their daughter Vanessa.
Leading authority on human potential, sales and leadership. Author of The Psychology of Achievement.
Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He is among the top speakers, trainers and seminar leaders in the world today. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Sales, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.
Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and 58 other countries worldwide. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of 52 books that have been translated into 38 languages. Brian has written and produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into 27 languages.
Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.
He has traveled and worked in over 100 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. Brian is happily married and has four children. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California.
Brian is the president of Brian Tracy International, and Business Growth Strategies, an internet based company that helps businesses of all sizes increase their sales and profitability by implementing the best practices of top businesses worldwide.
Self-Discipline Strategist, Best-Selling Author of Take the Stairs, and Speaker on Leadership, and Sales Techniques
Rory Vaden is the New York Times best-selling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, on Fox News national television and in several other major media outlets. As a world-renowned speaker, his Tedx talk has been viewed nearly 2 million times, he is a 2x World Champion of Public Speaking Finalist and he was recently named as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world by Inc Magazine.
He is the Co-Founder of Brand Builders Group and the host of the Rock Solid Reputation podcast, a forum in which he teaches people to build and monetize a rock solid reputation™.
Runner & Best-selling Author and Speaker on Peak Performance and Sales
An elite ultra-runner and internationally awarded business strategist, Dan Waldschmidt is considered to be one of the top sales thinkers in the world. His book EDGY Conversations has sold over 250,000 copies around the world and hit the Amazon best-seller list on 3 different continents.
Dan has spent his life attempting (and often achieving) the outrageous. He got the usual entry-level sales job right out of college, but then he changed the sales process, boosted revenue $50M, and became CEO by the time he was 25. After expanding offices and driving even more growth over the next few years he would go on to sell that technology company to a much larger competitor, delivering tremendous value to the shareholders.
Known as an industry disruptor, Dan refuses to accept business as usual – making him an unconventional, yet highly effective, strategist to some of the world’s largest companies.
After founding (and then selling) his technology company, several Fortune 100 companies began to recruit Dan for senior executive level positions. But instead of joining a big company, Dan decided to build a consulting company to provide strategy to the most powerful companies in the world. Through his advice & coaching he’s helped multinational organizations conquer the world.
Dan shares his insights daily on his popular blog which Dow Jones called "one of the top sales blogs anywhere in the world." He has also a popular contributor to Business Insider and has been published in Forbes, INC Magazine, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Italia and dozens of other popular magazines around the world.
Having devoted years to studying over 1,000 of the world’s most unlikely high performers, he understands exactly what it takes to disrupt an industry, create a new conversation, and drive massive success.
Marc Wayshak is the best-selling author of three books on sales and leadership, Game Plan Selling, Breaking All Barriers, and, his latest, The High-Velocity Sales Organization. Out of frustration from a lack of any real data-driven or science-based sales approaches in the marketplace, Marc developed the Game Plan Selling System, which utilizes the best available data and science to help organizations close more sales.
He is a regular online contributor for Inc, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post Business and salesforce.com Blog, and he holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from Harvard University.
While studying for his undergraduate degree in social sciences at Harvard, Marc suddenly lost all his college savings in a stock market crash. Compelled to have to help pay for college, Marc started a small marketing company. Little did he know, he was about to embark on a journey filled with challenges. He would soon learn just how hard it was to have to sell in order to survive.
During that time, Marc made tens of thousands of cold calls per year, spoke to sell, asked for introductions and did everything else necessary to make sales. The social scientist in him was shocked by how little data and science was incorporated in the commonly use selling approaches.
Thus began a journey of searching for the real data and science behind selling. As he went along, he began to learn what worked and what didn’t. He also found some powerful mentors who taught him to use the data to look at sales from a completely different angle. Studying under these mentors, Marc experimented with the very sales techniques that now make up the Game Plan Selling SystemTM.
By using these data-driven and science-based techniques, Marc created exponential growth for his marketing business, turning it into one of the fastest-growing event marketing companies in New England. The expanding client list soon included corporations such as Subway Sandwich Shops, ExxonMobil and Getty Oil. As his company grew, Marc served as captain of Harvard’s rugby team and was selected as an All-American rugby player.
These experiences as a top athlete further shaped his sales philosophy, as he discovered many similarities between closing the sale and winning on the field. After selling his business at just 23 years old, Marc began teaching data-driven sales strategies to organizations both large and small.
Today, Marc Wayshak is known as America’s Sales Strategist. He shares the powerful data-driven and science-based strategies of the Game Plan Selling SystemTM through writing, consulting, and training. Marc travels the world helping organizations and entrepreneurs transform their sales.
Chris Westfall is widely recognized as an expert on sales marketing, branding and leadership – with an international coaching clientele. He is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results on four continents. As a keynote speaker and business coach, Chris has worked with Fortune 100 companies, technology giants, business owners and high-growth organizations around the world. He’s coached clients onto Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den (that’s Shark Tank in Canada) and Shark Tank, Australia. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post. Keynote clients include Cisco, HP, Transwestern, RE/MAX, Unilever, DISCOVER CARD, The Jewish Federations of North America, and hundreds of other organizations.
Passionate about helping tomorrow’s leaders, Chris is the author of Leadership Language: Using Authentic Communication to Drive Results, BulletProof Branding and The New Elevator Pitch: The Definitive Guide to Persuasive Communication in the Digital Age. He’s publisher of The Millennial CEO, as well as six other business books. He has spoken at dozens of universities, including the University of Chicago, SMU, Kansas State, The University of Pennsylvania, OSU, Ball State, Texas A&M and more.
Desi Williamson shows people that they can do extraordinary things if they have the proper perspective. With 25 years on the front line in sales, management, marketing and building multi-million dollar businesses, Desi is an expert at helping organizations increase productivity through empowered people and his accomplishments are many.
Williamson has successfully developed the potential in people for powerhouse corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing, Johnson Wax Company and Cadbury Schweppes. A seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur, he led an organization through major restructuring, developed and executed major marketing and diversity initiatives, and has built successful businesses including a real estate investment company.
Desi teaches organizations how to raise their standard of performance, develop better leaders, and become masters of change rather than victims of circumstance. From someone who has been in the trenches, he presents concrete ideas and solutions to the challenges you face, inspiring people with the knowledge and tools to stretch beyond their comfort zone and discover new opportunities. He is the author of a best selling video learning system for personal development, three audiocassette programs and a book titled Get Off Your Assets! How to Unleash the Power in You.
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