Mentors

Business leadership bootcamp 2018

A three day startup mentorship summit in California for a highly engaging and interactive experience that will provide a holistic and out-of-the-box exposure towards entrepreneurial success. Our 2018 edition of business leadership bootcamp is a personalized and inspiring “boot camp for entrepreneurs” that will take you from surviving to thriving.
This is truly one of the most enriching leadership conferences of 2018 in USA.

Thrive Mentors

AJ Wilcox

LinkedIn Ads Expert | Agency Founder | Speaker

I fell in love with LinkedIn Ads back in 2012. Globally recognized as one of the top LinkedIn Ads experts, I speak with, train, present, and manage advertising campaigns for executives and teams around the world. I started B2Linked.com, an agency that specializes in account management and consulting with LinkedIn Ads back in 2014. Our team manages the largest and most sophisticated accounts worldwide. We recently became official Certified LinkedIn Partners. To date, we\'ve managed >100 LinkedIn Ads accounts, spent a cumulative $100M+ on the platform, and have managed 2 of LinkedIn\'s top 5 customers. Since founding B2Linked, I\'ve been honored to be invited to speak at 30+ conventions, such as Social Media Marketing World, HeroConf, Search Marketing Expo, and Content Marketing Conference. I’ve also been honored to have been interviewed on tons of awesome podcasts, such as Entrepreneur on Fire and Social Media Marketing Podcast.

ALAN BRODY

Founder of the iBreakfast

Alan Brody is the author of Are You Fundable? the book for Entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Angel Week and iBreakfast, New York and L.A.’s longest running Digital Media Executive Networking Group. He created the Marcom Awards, the first awards program for online advertising & marketing (now ADWEEK's Icon Awards). He has been a columnist for divisions of Advertising Age and ADWEEK and now runs the monthly Startupalooza pitching forum and the Capital Raising Workshop for Startups in 8 Cities in the US. He is one of the leading personalities in a new Startup series on the worldwide ZeeTV network.

ALISON ANTHOINE

Entrepreneurial Lawyer and Business Strategist

Alison Anthoine is an entrepreneurial lawyer and business strategist who has spent most of her professional life working in and around the media business. She has been an early angel investor, trusted consigliere and/or mentor for many entrepreneurs. In addition to her solo law practice, she is currently advising a startup that is developing content about developments in neuroscience for both professional and consumer audiences. She has also recently launched a new business, EOL Navigator, to empower individuals and families in making informed choices when navigating or planning for the end of life. Earlier this year, inspired by the Women’s March on January 21, she ran as independent candidate for Mayor of Cold Spring, NY against the incumbent (who would have otherwise run unopposed) and came within 23 votes of being elected.

BRIAN Mac Mahon

Serial Entrepreneur And Investor

Brian McMohan is a serial entrepreneur and investor and has owned companies in over 35 countries. He is also the owner of Expert DOJO, who are the fastest growing startup accelerator in Southern California. At Expert DOJO early stage startups receive investment, success coaching, advice, and specialist help in all areas of their business growth. Their patented 12 step accelerator is unlike any other program available and gives direct access to specialists in branding, design, business planning, product fit, strategic planning, web development, growth hacking and so much more. In 2017 Expert DOJO brought 400 companies through their startup programs and made 4 investments. They are planning to bring 2,000 companies through their program this year and make 25 investments. All you want to know about Brian is contained in his TEDx talk - https://youtu.be/Y6f7lFy0oW0

DESIREE REID

General Manager – IMPALA INC

Desiree Reid is one of the foremost industry experts in global and multicultural business development, marketing and branding. From cosmetics, to fragrance, to fashion and entertainment, she has led high-profile and emerging brands in launching award-winning products, expanding global reach and meeting the demands of evolving markets. Throughout her 20 year career as a senior executive and management consultant, she has harnessed the power of brands’ DNA and positioned them for the ever-changing landscapes of today’s marketplace. Her experience ranges from global HBA giants like Avon, Revlon and Estee Lauder, to niche organizations like the Global Language Project, The Mission Society and MIST Harlem.

Francesca Burack

Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur
CEO, Fearless Talent Development

Francesca Burack is a respected global leader and trusted advisor to thousands of aspiring and experienced women with ambitions to rise. She is a dynamic, inspirational, charismatic speaker, not to mention a dream-chaser and goal-reacher who easily relates to her audiences and provides impactful information that can be implemented immediately. As a speaker, Francesca has inspired business audiences around the world. As a consultant, she works with companies seeking systemic change in their management practices and culture. And as a coach, she trains individuals, especially women, to fearlessly stand in their authentic power and take action with heart and conviction. She is expert at drawing out hidden talents, developing effective, strategic communication skills, and crafting action plans that can be implemented immediately.

Haris Stamoulis

Investor & Value Creation Advisor

Value Creator. For over 30 years, I have been trying to assist corporate clients in boosting growth and/or restructuring their business. With particular strengths in deal structuring, capital raising, valuations and financial engineering, I’ve managed through the years to develop and sustain an extensive network of business relationships in the USA and Europe. As a former professional player, coach, team executive, and owner, I’d also consider basketball an important segment in my life.

Jason Roberts

High School Teacher at Chicago Public Schools

Jason majored in mathematics at the University of Chicago with plans of becoming a mathematician but got sidetracked into launching technology startups and building high-frequency trading systems. Not wanting to leave Pasadena for San Francisco, he infamously turned down the CTO position at Uber but instead opting to work as a consultant, designed and developed much of the company\'s original real-time technology, their global \"air traffic control\" and other foundational technologies. In addition to working on Math Academy, Jason spends his time advising startups and Fortune 500 companies on their technology strategy and product roadmaps.

JENNIFER JACQUES

Managing Partner at Jacques & Associates

Jennifer represents clients in the full range of mergers and acquisitions (both buy and sell-side), venture capital and private equity investments, securities transactions, and other complex and general corporate matters. Her work has touched on numerous market sectors, including technology, financial services, healthcare, advertising, media, fashion and energy. Jennifer has been particularly active in venture capital work, where she has served as outside general counsel to several venture-backed companies and has advised numerous women- and minority-owned and led businesses. She also has significant experience in drafting and negotiating license and commercial agreements including software, technology, trademark, design and patent licenses.

John Ryan Beers

CEO, Nonnie's Nectar

Ryan Beers enjoyed a long and storied sales career before he entered the cannabis market in Denver, CO in 2009. That prior experience, paired with Ryan’s pioneering ingenuity, has lead him to create the most successful cannabis brands of their time. Between brand-launches he created a unique vaping experience in Venice Beach called Nidor: The Art of Vapor. The custom-built art gallery featured local artist’s work, and caught the eye of a 2015 up-and-comer: Snapchat. Snapchat bought Nidor and the entirety of the artwork to be used for their office space. His latest pioneering adventure is into hemp extract, creating a whole plant extract product line suitable to treat his Nonnie’s epilepsy before she passed. Today Nonnie’s Nectar is the premiere hemp CBD product line featured in many Los Angeles dispensaries and high-end health foods stores.

Lisa Chau

Marketing Director Lampix

Lisa Chau is a Director at Lampix, which creates intelligent tabletop augmented reality powered on blockchain. She has been published over 100 times in Forbes, US News & World Report as well as Huffington Post on TABLES: Technology - Academia - Business - Leadership - Entrepreneurship - Strategy. Her work includes profiling high level executives, successful entrepreneurs, established professors, distinguished creatives and award-winning authors. She is the Managing Director at Laampix, an Intelligent tabletop augmented reality Powered on blockchain

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.

Michelle Gadsden-Williams

Managing Director NA & Canada, Inclusion & Diversity Lead
Accenture

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.

Oriana Leo

Chief Strategic Officer
Future Famous Group

Oriana left pharmaceutical sales to pursue a career in entertainment, only to find there wasn\'t an efficient way to stay in \"camera-ready\" shape given her limits. Those limits were the usual culprits: time, energy, equipment - and the most disruptive one - chronic migraine. She adapted the pelvic \"tilt technique\" for proper posture and spinal alignment into a modern \"Workaholic Workout,\" allowing her to stay fit and pain-free while pursuing her dreams. She now provides TBO corporate wellness consulting, personal training, and on-demand fitness video subscriptions. Currently the spokesperson for Nonnie\'s Nectar hemp extract line, she promotes a holistic and cannabis-friendly methodology for optimal performance for new moms and serial entrepreneurs alike.

PHIL SCHNYDER

Director of Business Development for Avanquest Software

Mr. Phil Schnyder is a 20 years veteran of the software industry and currently the Director of Business Development for Avanquest Software, a leading publicly listed global software developer and publisher. At Avanquest, he helps run the software division which sells over 300 products via online and retail channels globally. Previously he was the President/CEO of askSam Systems, a developer of some of the world's most popular freeform database and information management tools. Phil helped design the askSam products that won numerous industry awards including PC World's "Internet Utility of the Year" and PC Magazine's "Editor's Choice". In 1984, Phil helped start North American Software, a software publishing company based in Munich, Germany. He is an advisor to many software startups and an angel investor.

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”.

Sweta Patel

SF Community Director

Sweta Patel, a startup growth advisor and founder of Silicon Valley Startup Marketing who has advised for more than 200 early-stage startups and high-growth companies and ressurected 144 of them. Follow Sweta on Facebook and Instagram

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.