After completing graduate school at Rice University, Ericka taught English and College Readiness to freshman and sophomores. In 2014, Ericka left teaching and started Project 88 Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports college advisors and vocational training in the city of Houston and beyond. Since then, Project 88 has raised almost 1.5 million dollars, and continues to support Houston-area programs that connect students to four year institutions, community college, and vocational training programs.Read More
Jodi Daniels is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional with more than 20 years of experience helping a range of businesses from solopreneurs to multi-national companies in privacy, marketing, strategy, and finance roles. During her corporate career, she proved a valuable asset to companies like Deloitte, The Home Depot, Cox Enterprises, and Bank of America where she most recently served as the privacy partner for Digital Banking and Digital Marketing. Jodi started her privacy career by creating the comprehensive privacy program at Cox Automotive. She launched an online advertising network for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Since launching in 2017, Red Clover Advisors has helped hundreds of companies create privacy programs, achieve GDPR compliance, and establish a secure online data strategy their customers can count on. Jodi makes privacy easy to understand by breaking it down into measurable steps using plain language her clients can relate to. She passionately supports the idea that privacy is more than just compliance and concern over fines. It's a human right we all deserve. She has made it her mission to help businesses build trust and transparency with this core value at its foundation. Jodi holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two little girls, and a big fluffy dog named Basil.Read More
Anne grew up on a farm in Nebraska before attending Dartmouth College. She pursued her love of science and education, which led to a formative five years as a middle school science teacher. After earning a Doctor of Education degree in Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Anne worked as a consultant for Harvard's Data Wise project where she helped schools around the country implement data-based improvement practices. From there, Anne became Chief Program Officer at Project Lead The Way, a national nonprofit and leading provider of STEM curriculum. She helped expand access to hands-on STEM curriculum and professional development to over 8,000 schools across the US.Read More
Tammy Bjelland holds a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and is a certified Master Trainer by the Association for Talent Development. She began her professional career in academia before moving into ed-tech, where she got her first remote role in 2011. Since then, Tammy has continued to help people achieve location-independent growth as the owner of a learning experience design firm specializing in online courses, the author of How to Learn Online, and now as the founder of Workplaceless, which has just launched a Remote Work Certification Program to help people work remotely.Read More
For over twenty-five years, Suzanne Reinhard has immensely influenced the luxury event and hospitality industry. With celebrity and coast to coast clientele like Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Harvey and beyond, Suzanne has been recognized as one of Atlanta's Top Wedding Experts by Modern Luxury Weddings. Beginning her culinary and service career at Johnson and Wales University, Suzanne honed her passion and talent for serving others. As her culinary and hospitality background evolved, Suzanne became an integral leader in several award-winning restaurants in the Southeast. In 2008, Suzanne made the leap from restaurants to the event world and became the co-owner of Magnolia Events and Planning. After assisting in the growth of Magnolia Events into a premier planning company, Suzanne Reinhard Events was launched in 2014. Suzanne executes an average of four to six weddings annually, allowing her the margin to give each client the service, attention and planner relationship they deserve. When she's not bustling about her home city of Atlanta or exploring international venues, Suzanne sets the planning aside and enjoys spontaneous moments with her family.
Suzanne is married to Kris Reinhard, a partner in Bold Catering and Design and Fifth Group Restaurants, and they have three children. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in hospitality, restaurant & institutional management, Kris Reinhard joined the Fifth Group team as a kitchen manager with the opening of South City Kitchen Midtown in 1993. With Reinhard’s promotion to general manager of Bold Catering & Design, he joined Steve Simon and Robby Kukler as a partner in Fifth Group Restaurants. In the years since, the trio has opened eight more restaurants in the Atlanta area: La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco, South City Kitchen in Vinings, Buckhead and Avalon, Ecco, Lure and Alma Cocina. In 2018 and 2019, Fifth Group will continue its expansion with the opening of Ecco and Alma Cocina locations in Buckhead.Read More
Jonathan is the “reasonably qualified” creative guy at Monday Night Brewing. He develops and maintains the Monday Night brand, including all design, social media and their obsession with Bryan Adams. He graduated from Emory in 2005 with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Religion. His background is in marketing strategy consulting, where he worked with some large beer brands that you’ve definitely heard of. He is married to the lovely Sarah, and has a daughter named Addie Gray and a Pit Bull-mix named Eden who comes to the brewery everyday. She’s a lover, not a fighter.Read More
With a heart for people and a passion for decor, Anisa and Casey created Truth & Co to combine their two greatest passions: family and design. As the home sets the stage for years of life and love for your family, they believe it deserves all the love, care, and attention it needs to make it the best backdrop for your family’s greatest memories.
Anisa has been designing, drawing, and dreaming of homes since she was only seven years old. She began her career as a design consultant at 18 years old, advising friends, family, and clients on their home design and décor. She soon expanded her work to include larger projects such as room makeovers and full home renovations, walking with clients all the way from crafting their initial design to installing the final pieces of furniture.
As an artist, Anisa loves painting and creating unique pieces for the home and family as well. Along with her husband Casey and their four daughters, Ava, Rosa, Eleanor and Adeline, Anisa is excited for the future of Truth & Co.
Currently, Truth & Co is busy with everything from new constructions and home renovations to design consultations and room refreshers.Read More
Sam Konigsberg is the Head Relationship Builder at Sablier Watches, a wine-inspired American luxury watch brand based in Atlanta, GA. Sam joined Sablier Watches in 2013 with a passion to share Sablier's patented design and unique philosophy with the world. Sablier has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg Pursuits, Esquire Magazine and in numerous charity wine auctions across the country. Sam's attention to time is important as he is also an Investment Consultant for BlackRock. The process of balancing corporate life and entrepreneurship has taught Sam many lessons that he shares in this podcast.Read More
Kara Brown is the Founder and CEO of SmithBrown Marketing, a fractional CMO and team focused on B2B sales and marketing alignment and execution. Originally from Chicago, Brown was one of the first employees of Echo Global Logistics, the first tech-enabled freight broker. Brown was a one-woman department single-handedly managing the company’s brand, image and marketing initiatives as the company grew 3000% in just over 3 years. In 2008, she took on the role of Investor Relations and was part of the company’s successful 2009 IPO (NYSE:ECHO). This was all by the time she was 26. She was recruited by OHL (Ozburn-Hessey Logistics), at the time a $2B Nashville-based global supply chain provider with clients like Apple, Starbucks, Samsung, Sony and Remington.
A few years before OHL was bought by GEODIS in 2015, she kicked up a consulting practice in Chicago and was the fractional CMO for six transportation and transportation technology companies. In 2016 Brown and her family moved to Atlanta when she was tapped to be Rubicon Global’s first VP of Marketing. In the last two years, SmithBrown has become a part of the Atlanta B2B marketing and sales landscape. Only 2% of female founders will crack $1M in revenue, Brown and her team of six are continuously delivering value for clients and plan to break the 2% mark by the end of 2018.
Billy Boughey is a nationally recognized host and speaker who has led events for Delta, Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, FIFA, The John Maxwell Company and many other notable organizations. He is the Founder and President of the Atlanta based company: Elevate Experiences. Billy’s passion is to create world-class experiences that inspire each attendee to live and lead at a higher level. As a former baseball player at Auburn University, Georgia State University and the Philadelphia Phillies his experience includes working with many college and professional sports teams to improve their culture. His talents include keynote speaking and consulting groups on how to make their team members smile and their customers rave. He is currently writing his first book titled: “Created for Experience”, which will challenge readers to view each relationship as an opportunity for positive impact! Billy has participated in many freestyle hip-hop events and loves rap as a creative art form. Put on a beat and watch his passion to create come to life in vivid technicolor. Billy is married to Jenn and has three energetic children that you might see dancing on a stage near you!Read More
Annelle Barnett is a global executive with over 20 years of experience successfully leading company and marketing operations for multiple corporations and self-owned entities. After building a successful marketing consultancy, Annelle founded Marketing Mob in 2013. Marketing Mob connects growth-oriented marketing professionals with companies whose primary objective is exponential growth. In 2018, she expanded the company’s career offerings by launching The Marketing Mob Job Board & Community and The Mob Method, a Land Your Marketing Dream Job Masterclass. Annelle attempts to stay balanced with yoga and international travel.Read More
Jenni Catron is a leadership coach, author and speaker. Her passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults organizations on leadership, team culture and organizational health. Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. She loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis and hiking with her husband. Jenni can be found on social media at @jennicatron and at www.get4sight.com.Read More
See.Spark.Go co-founder and publicity maven, Brittany Thoms began her career in fast-paced agencies promoting national accounts through entertainment and sports-related events. With a desire to return to the city that captured their hearts— Athens, Georgia—Brittany and her husband Andy founded See.Spark.Go in 2007. Her strategic thinking and creative enthusiasm influence all of See.Spark.Go’s clients. She serves as a board member for Break Into Business and advises several other nonprofits on a regular basis. When she isn’t leading her team in winning PR strategy, she enjoys reading, playing football with her boys and enjoying life with friends and family.Read More
Dan D'Aquisto (Duh-qwist-oh) is the Cofounder and Chief Revenue Officer of 2ULaundry. Dan grew up in a small hockey town outside of Minneapolis, MN called Red Wing, home of Red Wing Shoes. Dan grew up playing hockey before graduating and attending the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in Marketing. After school, Dan worked in sales for a fast growing startup in Minneapolis called Sports Engine which recently sold to NBC Sports. In late 2015, Dan quit his job, packed up his car, broke the lease on his house, broke up with his girlfriend, and moved to Charlotte, NC to go all in on starting 2ULaundry. To date, 2ULaundry has raised $3M in venture capital, is a Techstars alumn, has 75 employees, live in Charlotte and Atlanta, and just recently opened the first of its kind retail laundromat in Charlotte, NC in partnership with Electrolux. 2ULaundry is looking to raise its Series A within the next 6-8 months for expansion.Read More
After losing her daughter to a terminal condition, Ashley developed a new perspective on success, life, and love. She's the founder and executive director of Love Not Lost, a nonprofit who photographs people facing a terminal diagnosis to celebrate life, preserve memories, and support people in grief. In addition to the free portrait sessions they provide, Love Not Lost is on a mission to empower others to show up and love the people they care about who are hurting too. Everyone deserves to be loved and remembered. Ashley is passionate about growth, justice, and love. In fact, the driving question she asks daily is "How can we love people better?" She is constantly working on new initiatives and resources for Love Not Lost to answer that question as well as loving her self, husband, family, friends, and community better in her personal life. She loves speaking to companies, conferences, and groups about grief, love, and making the most of the time we have. You can learn more about Ashley's story at www.lovenotlost.org.Read More
Elizabeth has a background in publishing from early roles with Seventeen and People StyleWatch and lifestyle PR where she worked on the accounts for brands ranging from Eileen Fisher to Nike to AVON. Upon moving to Atlanta from New York City in the Fall of 2014, Elizabeth launched a line of eponymous hair accessories that Spring that has largely serviced as a case study for her creative work as well as led her to be 2017 finalist in Forbes Magazine’ 30 under 30 list in retail & e-commerce. Carried in approx. 70 retail locations nationwide in its prime, the hair accessories, were also seen in publications from Bloomberg Businessweek to Teen Vogue as well as appeared on Good Morning America, HBO GIRLS, and The TODAY Show. With her businesses recently acquired, Elizabeth has refocused her time spent on growing her brand to helping others achieve similar results. Elizabeth leads the Domino team to ensure continuous development and growth of the company, which includes but is not limited to: securing new business, overseeing client related initiatives on a day-to-day basis, and developing strategic action plans for both Domino and clients.Read More
After a year of research and planning, Jeanne developed the concept of The Groomsman Suit. Day to day, she leads product design and development for TGS. Her focus on high-quality fabrics, construction and components, and meticulous attention to detail are evident in every TGS suit. Jeanne continuously advances the TGS product by leveraging her great relationships with key industry partners that she has cultivated throughout her career.
Being a passionate advocate for the TGS brand, Diana oversees marketing and branding efforts to bring maximum visibility and growth. She enjoys building relationships with engaged couples and industry partners and is committed to creating a fun, easy and thrilling purchasing experience for all TGS customers.Read More
Mr. Benton joined T. Dallas Smith & Company from its inception. He has successfully represented companies such as Gude Management, The Integral Group, E-Bay, AT&T, General Services Administration and A2D with their office space needs. Leonte is a result and relationship-oriented, high-energy, commercial real estate broker who has participated in transactions that range from a corporate mailbox to 400,000 square feet. Leonte specializes in tenant representation leasing and acquisition services for local and national companies.Read More
Matt Thomas is a fundraiser, fitness coach and storyteller. He founded Brawl for a Cause, a non-profit organization dedicated to training, equipping and inspiring everyday people to literally fight for what they believe in. He plans and promotes charity-boxing events showcasing first-timers fighting to raise funds and awareness for causes close to their hearts. He has bounced on a treetop trampoline in the Costa Rican cloud forest, was out-boxed and out-drank by a world champion in Havana, Cuba, and raced Porters down to Machu Picchu base camp in Peru. He loves people, passion and a good story, and count on him asking you what you believe in enough to take a punch for.Read More
Josh Sweeney is the founder of EpicCulture, whose mission is to help businesses build an amazing company culture. He has a deep understanding and ability to utilize hiring process and behavior analytics to create business environments that people enjoy working in. Josh is a long-standing member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and served 5 years on the EO Atlanta Board before moving into a regional role. He has worked with and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs through the EO Accelerator and LaunchPad programs.Read More