A Northwest native, John came to appreciate the Pacific Northwest’s maritime environment, history and natural resources at an early age. At GeoEngineers, he has three interconnected roles. First, he is a technical expert in shoreline and waterfront cleanup and redevelopment. Second, as a Principal, he leads environmental teams and has a leadership role in the broader company. And finally, he manages staff and sets business development strategy for the Puget Sound Business Unit as the business unit leader for the region.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Convene, Ryan Simonetti has been recognized for his transformative achievements on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 list and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs. He was also named “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York, and was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® New York Awards. With Ryan at the helm, Convene has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine. Before co-founding Convene, Ryan was a vice president at Gramercy Capital Corp., where he was in charge of the restructuring of a billion-dollar loan portfolio, including $600 million of real estate and hospitality investments.
With nearly a decade of New York City real estate experience, Nile has closed over $65 million in career sales. Since joining Compass, he's closed north of $28 million in transactions and recently became the exclusive broker for Williamsburg's hottest New Development - The Lewis Steel Building. Prior to Compass, Nile was the President of a boutique residential real estate firm where led the company of over 20 agents and closed 250+ deals.
Debi Lynes, mother of three and grandmother to eight, began her career as a teacher of children with special needs. Through serendipity, her physician father offered her the opportunity to “institutionalize” the cardiac rehab unit of the hospital where he worked. Debi’s love of interior design was born and she decided to make to official by taking some classes and moonlighting with a friend to create unique children’s rooms.
Intellectually curious and energized by social connection, I thrive when surrounded by passion, people, and purpose. A city enthusiast raised in New York and Los Angeles, I'm inspired by the endless possibility of human and social capital. I believe in impact through civic engagement, philanthropy, and community building, both online and off.
Tricia Brouk’s passion for storytelling has shaped her worked in film, television, and theater for over twenty-five years.
Swish (Manu) Goswami is a 21-year-old serial entrepreneur, three-time TEDx speaker (signed with Speakers’ Spotlight and The AAT Project), LinkedIn Youth Editor (70K+ followers), and UN Youth Ambassador. After successfully building Technotronics and working at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital (started by NBA player Trevor Booker), Swish is now the founder and CEO of Trufan, a tech-driven media company building technology to help influencers, brands and agencies discover and reward their top fans.
Corey has been storytelling for two decades since he graduated from Millikin University with a BFA in theatre in 1996. His epiphany moment in storytelling came after he played the lead in a show at Millikin called “Jeffrey.” Three months after the show closed, Corey was called by a theatre 90 minutes away who was putting on the same show, but whose lead had fallen ill. Corey was asked to drive down immediately, block out the play that afternoon with their actors, and put on the show that evening. With the help of his previous director, Corey performed the leading role, on stage for the entire two-hour show, in front of 300 people that night. He was never afraid of taking the big swing again.
When Michael went from high school teacher to Broadway producer in under two years people started to ask him how he managed it. Michael began his career as a high school English teacher before producing Off Broadway and then on Broadway. This combination of experience in the arts and entrepreneurship led to Michael starting an arts incubator program to teach more artists about building and growing their own businesses (PLAE). Eventually, he decided to develop a workshop on networking which grew into a full time consulting practice and that became Small Pond Enterprises.
Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Entrepreneurial You (Harvard Business Review Press,), Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes. It was also a Washington Post bestseller. Her books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, Korean, and Thai.
Founder and CEO of Nomad Financial, which provides Advisory & CFO Consulting, Accounting & Bookkeeping, and Tax & Tax Advisory services to high-growth early to mid-stage companies.
Fariza Abidova is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about promoting global business collaboration to advance technological innovation.
In 2010 she established SOPHYS Corporation, a global human resource development company. Fariza currently provides global business solutions and seminars to the top 3 companies in Japan’s manufacturing, automotive, engineering, healthcare, IT and financial industries.
In 2016, Fariza launched her second start-up, Trusted Corporation, an online B2B community and search engine, that helps companies access business opportunities worldwide through cross-border and cross-industry collaboration.
Chris Winfield – Editor at large at Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, columnist for TIME, Business Insider and INC. and a show host for Entrepreneur – knows this: looking out for yourself will only get you so far. But building relationships will get you further…
His writings have also appeared in Business Insider, TIME, Buffer and other top-tier publications. Chris has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC’s Today Show, USA Today, ABC News, Fast Company, Fox Extra, Forbes and over 200 other media outlets. Chris has shown clients – including people from companies like Disney, Bai Brands, Virgin, Intuit, Cali’Flour Foods and countless high profile entrepreneurs & authors – how to leverage their connections with the media and influencers for credibiility, authority & profit.
Spot Chris in the wild, doing intros at his NYC networking event, Unfair Advantage Live, and taking confessions from lonely hedge-fund managers while standing in line for groceries (he’s just that kind of guy).
Erica Keswin is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, writer and professional dotconnector. Her forthcoming book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business and Just Might Change the World, will be published by McGraw-Hill in the fall of 2018. Check here for book tour dates. In the meantime, Erica’s work and insights can be seen in varied media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Mogul, and Conscious Company. Keswin is the founder of The Spaghetti Project, a platform devoted to sharing the science and stories of relationships at work.
Steven Miller is a marketer, art consumer, and partnership director, but above all, he is a believer in the power of making the right connections. Over the last decade, he has created partnerships and opportunities that have launched new brands, designed award-winning licensed products, and created million in revenue by seeing connections that others miss. From being a case manager for adult schizophrenics to leading North American and UK partnerships for today's #1 networking app, Shapr, Steven's passion for finding a common thread has changed his approach on everything from business to personal growth. It is not about what is in it for you, it is about what is the best for everyone, and he is striving to find that in every interaction and problem he encounters.
Join host Chris Schembra in this week's episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Conversations, as he welcomes performer and entertainment producer, activist, community leader, and former Disney Mouseketeer, Ray DeForest, who may also be known to some as his popular theatrical character, Doris Dear. Winner of the 2016 MAC Award, actress and comedienne Dear has been featured in numerous movie and TV productions, and has starred in her own sold out cabaret-style shows.
Darrah Brustein is an author and two-time founder with a payment processing company spanning 38 states and a networking events company which serves 30,000+ people. She contributes to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global on networking, entrepreneurship and creating a life of your own design, and has been featured in over 300 press outlets including Time, CNN, Inc, Huffington Post, Fox, and Mashable (all built on the back of her network). She's on a mission to help others who are disenchanted with "sleep when you're dead" culture and chasing others people's definitions of success to build a life of their own design.
Kati Venturato has been on a lifelong introspective journey of self-discovery - to truly “know thyself” - that at times has been with purposeful intent and at other times has been quite accidental. Through varied life experiences in parallel pursuits, whether via her non-linear career in technology, or via her personal accomplishments in the fighting, dancing, theater and story-telling arts, Kati has challenged herself to not only self-discover and assimilate, but to play with various mediums for truthful self-expression. She will admit, however, that this journey has not been easy for her.
Eric Termuende is on a mission to change the way we talk about work and get fulfillment from it. A bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Eric is co-founder of NoW Innovations, and Lead Content Strategist for True Calling Canada., Eric has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Thrive Global, the Huffington Post and many others. In 2015, Eric was recognized as a Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally by American Express. Eric sat as Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He is a former Canadian G20 YEA Delegate, representing Canada in Sydney in 2014. Eric is currently signed by the National Speakers Bureau and travels the world talking about the future of work and multiple generations in the workplace. In 2016, Eric spoke at TEDxBCIT in Vancouver giving his presentation entitled ‘Bigger than Work.’ Eric has worked and spoken with clients across the world. His new book, Rethink Work is now available on Amazon.
Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout to build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016), and Life After College (Running Press, 2011).