Survive And Thrive Today

2018 Keynote Speakers


Top Business Speaker and Entertainment
Speaker, CEO of MoviePass, and Co-Founding Executive of Netflix

Mitch Lowe invested in and became CEO of MoviePass, Inc. in June 2016. MoviePass is a Movie Theater subscription service and is headquartered in New York City.

Mitch was a founding Executive at Netflix, Inc., serving as Netflix’s Entertainment Domain Expert and as Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances from 1998 to 2003.

In 2003 Mitch joined the investment group at McDonald’s to co-lead as COO and then as President, at Redbox, a DVD vending machine rental service, that under his leadership grew to 35k kiosks across the US with revenue growing from less than $1m in 2003 to $1.5B in revenue in 2011 with over $325m in free cash flow.

Since then Mitch has made many personal investments in start-ups primarily in the entertainment, blockchain and social space. Mitch is passionate about the success and business fulfillment of people in large businesses as well as first-time entrepreneurs.

First African American Fighter Pilot/Motivational Speaker

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results.

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Co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Reichert is co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.  He is also a Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Bill and his partners make focused investments in promising early-stage technology companies and work intensively with them to help them grow and succeed. Some of Garage’s most successful investments include Pandora Media (NYSE: P), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), and LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP).  

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Survive And Thrive Today

2018 Speakers


Cindy Chin

An Entrepreneur, Venture Strategist, and Cultural Ambassador of the Arts and Sciences

Ms. Chin is an entrepreneur, venture strategist, and cultural ambassador of the arts and sciences. As CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, she is an advisor and board member to founding startup teams, opportunity scout for VCs, investors, and LP partners, a supporter of global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems, strategic thought leader, and a sought-after speaker. Cindy is also a NASA Datanaut, an open data innovation program to promote data science, coding, and gender diversity. The NASA Datanauts program operates within the Office of the CIO at NASA Headquarters. She is also a mentor in the Google Launchpad Mentor Program, Stanford University’s Technology Entrepreneurship and undergrad programs, and a member of the faculty of the Startup Executive Academy of Silicon Castles in Salzburg, Austria.


Bestselling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in over 50 countries, and reached 25 million people. His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.

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Jesse Draper

Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures

Jesse Draper is founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of 2015 Emmy nominated television series,The Valley Girl Show. Draper is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in female founded consumer technology. Her portfolio includes the Skimm, Laurel & Wolf, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company& Sugarfina. Through her show she’s helped pioneer the way in digital media and started the initiative to interview 50% women in technology. Previously a Nickelodeon star, Draper used her comedic talents to bring an approachable feel to the technology world, has produced and distributed 500 interviews with some of the greatest minds in technology and beyond (including; Ted Turner, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jessica Alba, MC Hammer and Eric Schmidt). Draper was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Connected Women in America’. USA Today called the show “Must see startup TV”.

Marina Nicholas

European Partner

Over 25 years creating innovative products and advising Start Ups and Enterprises. As an award winning business advisor, Marina's dynamic style brings clarity, strategy and growth to inspire and transform companies. ?Awards include 'International Business Woman of the Year', 'Start Ups Women in Business', 'Business Start Up Award' and 'Best New Product' from 80 global entrants. Marina loves the outdoors and having new adventures. In the last few months adventures have included a trip to the Arctic Circle and a ski endurance challenge in the French Alps – 200km in 25 hours.

Marlon Nichols

Co-founder & Managing Partner at Cross Culture Ventures

Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), where he leads CCV in identifying game-changing entrepreneurs who are creating next-generation companies. Marlon draws from his unique professional background to drive CCV’s focus on using global trends and shifts in consumer behavior to capture high-potential investments. Prior to co-founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. He also has led successful careers in enterprise software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media and entertainment sectors. As a former professional athlete, Marlon takes a team-oriented approach to working closely with CEOs in the areas of operations and business model development to build tomorrow’s most innovative and notable enterprises.

Michelle Gadsden-Williams

Managing Director NA & Canada, Inclusion & Diversity Lead

As Managing Director of North America & Canada Inclusion and Diversity, Michelle Gadsden-Williams is responsible for further strengthening and accelerating the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture. Michelle joins Accenture with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion. Michelle is a seasoned diversity practitioner with experience working in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries before transitioning to financial services in 2011.

Rahul Narvekar

Founder, The India Network

Rahul Narvekar is a seasoned startup entrepreneur, having earned his stripes in Mumbai and accumulated a track record in Delhi. Most significantly, Rahul has a wealth of experience with e-commerce out of India. He has been involved with the industry from its inception to the present, and he's passionate about sharing with you all the hallowed rules that he has learnt (and broken!) In addition to startups and e-commerce, Rahul's specialities include all elements of the retail experience, be it online or physical. Rahul is also an expert in real estate sourcing, pricing, negotiation, buying, leasing, renting and development.

Ryan Foland

Communication Strategist | International Speaker | Writer

Ryan Foland coaches leaders worldwide on the art of simplifying spoken and written messaging for greater impact. He is the inventor of the 3-1-3 Method, a process whereby ideas begin as three sentences, condense into one sentence and then boil down to three words. Ryan was recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Top Youth Marketer and was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top Personal Branding Expert. Ryan’s company InfluenceTree, specializes in helping individuals discover, build and grow their personal brands. Ryan is a radio show host and is known as the high energy #GingerMC. Learn more at www.RyanFoland.com

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Sarah Zapp

An award winning journalist, relationship curator and entrepreneur

Sarah Zapp is an award winning journalist, relationship curator and entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO/Founder of Beyond Board. Beyond Board is a community of the most impactful and strategic leaders behind some of the best companies and causes in the country. Formerly, she was the Director of Strategic Relationships for IVY. As a founding employee of IVY, she helped create and build the company's nationwide Thought Leader and VIP Relations program. WIRED Magazine calls IVY, “ the next generation of leading minds” with +20K members in 7 cities across the US. As a TV host, reporter and producer, Sarah earned multiple Telly awards, 8 Emmy nominations and other local awards. She worked for Comcast as their national entertainment and political reporter interviewing some of today’s biggest names in entertainment and politics. She also executive produced and hosted her own weekly talk show, “New England Newsmakers”.


Cybersecurity Consultant

As a cybersecurity consultant, her innovative solutions consistently streamline processes, increase operational effectiveness in both commercial and government entities. As CEO of Cyber Warfighters Group, her company achieves results in innovative and robust cyber security solutions and design and implement enterprise email services, reporting tools, policies and processes. The Group’s goal is to provide Subject Matter Expert rapid deployment teams to quickly address cybersecurity incidents and support the Information Security industry, federal, and state cybersecurity requirements. Tahjar earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas A & M University Central Texas.

Tania Yuki

Founder and CEO of Shareablee

Tania Yuki is Founder and CEO of Shareablee, the leading provider of actionable competitive intelligence for social media. She began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. Since moving to the US, Tania has run an online video content network as head of acquisitions and branding and has also led product management for comScore's Video Metrix. Tania also founded Wimlink in 2008, an organization that holds regular events and seminars promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and the professional development of women.

Victoria Saucier

Impact Investor I AI I Blockchain I CEO @ Gainfy | Partner @ Ignite 500

Victoria Saucier is the CEO of Gainfy, AI and blockchain healthcare company I Managing Partner at Ignite 500, an investments group with a diversified portfolio of technology, media and healthcare companies I Founder of Bloomojo, alternative medicine marketplace I Chief Editor at Bloopost Media Group I Executive producer of SharkChain TV, pitching competition show for emerging tech companies I Mentor and advisor to companies developing blockchain and AI applications to solve inefficiencies in varies industries. Ms. Saucier has over 20 years of experience in business development and capital investments and have lead several companies through various stages of growth, from inception to a successful exit. Ms. Saucier is a public speaker and serves on numerous advisory boards. Born in Ukraine and fluent in four languages, Ms. Saucier earned graduate degree in linguistics, undergraduate in clinical medicine, business and economics.