Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a habitual entrepreneur based in Boulder, Colorado. He’s the founder and CEO of Copyblogger Media, the company behind the Rainmaker Platform, StudioPress, Scribe, Synthesis, and the Authority training program and online marketing conference. Brian began publishing online in 1998, and by 1999 he had his first entrepreneurial success — powered by what is now known as content marketing. He went on to launch two additional offline businesses using purely online marketing and infrastructure, attaining even greater success. In January of 2006, Brian started a one-man blog called Copyblogger, which quickly evolved into an influential digital trade magazine for the online industry. Both the Guardian and Advertising Age have recognized Copyblogger as one of the most powerful and influential blogs in the world. Without venture capital or advertising, the audience that followed Copyblogger became the catalyst for the multimillion dollar tools and training company he heads today. It’s this success that’s made Brian one of the recognized pioneers of the entire content marketing industry. Over the years, people have said a lot of nice things about Brian: in 2014, Forbes named Brian one of the World’s Top 40 Social Marketing Talent and a Top 10 Online Marketing Expert. Also in 2014, Inc. Magazine said Brian was an expert marketer you should follow on social media. Brian was ranked #3 on a list of the 100 Most Influential Online Marketers of 2009. Brian was deemed the most influential blogger of 2007. BusinessWeek says entrepreneurs should follow Brian on Twitter. Dunn and Bradstreet says Brian is the most influential person to follow on Twitter for small businesses. Brian has been featured in several books: Linchpin by Seth Godin Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pulizzi The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith Brainfluence by Roger Dooley The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett e-Riches 2.0 by Scott Fox Gravitational Marketing by Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields The Referral Engine by John Jantsch Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt Repped: 30 Days To a Better Online Reputation by Andy...

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Ekaterina Walter

Ekaterina Walter led strategic and marketing innovation for Fortune 500 brands such as Intel and Accenture. Branderati, the start-up she co-founded, was acquired by Sprinklr where she now serves as Global Evangelist. Ekaterina is an international speaker and author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg” and co-author of “The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Marketing Your Brand.” Ekaterina has been consistently recognized by the industry and her peers for her innovative thinking, most recently receiving a 2013 Marketer of the Year honor (SoMe Awards) and being named #3 on The Forbes 2014 World Top 40 Social Marketing Talent. In June 2014, Fortune magazine included her in the list of the most impactful business people on social media alongside Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Warren Buffet, and others. A recognized business and marketing thought leader, Ekaterina is a contributor to leading-edge print and online publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur. Her thought leadership was featured on CNBC, ABC, NBC, FOX News, Forbes, TechCrunch, CNN, WSJ, Inc., and more. Walter holds a master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. You can find her on Twitter: @Ekaterina. Blog:...

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Steve Farber

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits and education. His third book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.”  And his first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. His newest edition, The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do, is in bookstores...

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Laura Posey

Laura Posey brings much passion to her work as Chief Instigator of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group. She is committed to helping her clients find their passion, increase their profits and enhance their productivity. If you want to move forward quickly, Laura is the one to consult. Laura is the author of several books including The Simple Strategic Plan, Six Secrets of Sales Magnets and How To Hire The Right Salesperson. She just finished a new book with Jack Canfield and Les Brown called, Mastering The Art Of Success. Laura is a sought-after international speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Laura has been featured in Business Week magazine and other publications and is the recipient of the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Businesswomen Of The Year...

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Allen Hancock

Allen Hancock earned his degree in Early Childhood Education. Although no longer teaching preschool, education remains a focus in his career. In January of 2000, Allen began a one-person consultancy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By 2008, Hancock Consulting had grown into the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: a full service Apple Specialist and Authorized Training Center. The Mac Consulting Group was sold in 2012 to The Orchard, where Allen continues to provide support for Mac users. During this time, after watching too many clients suffer data loss due to failed backups, Allen founded Watchman Monitoring, a service which allows service providers a way to be the first to know when problems arise, and helps to prevent data loss and downtime. By being an active part of the Mac community, Allen Hancock works to grow fellow consultants’ business by paying forward the knowledge and insight he’s...

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Cliff Eberhardt

Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt – receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band “Cry, Cry, Cry” (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy...

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Mike McFarland

Mike McFarland is the artistic director and co-founder of Sidestage Improv in San Diego, California. Now a renown instructor and veteran performer, Mike serendipitously began his affair with improv in 2002 when his then-girlfriend forced him on stage at a local comedy club. The girlfriend didn’t last, but she did trigger an ever-growing relationship. Twelve years and some 1,800 shows later, Mike specializes in helping individuals and organizations discover their creative potential through applied improvisation. In addition to his work on stage and in the classroom, Mike is a creative consultant for The San Diego Zoo and has a background in advertising and marketing. He spends his spare time bicycling, cultivating a reef, and laughing with his (much better)...

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Deborah Braun

Deborah Braun is a lead trainer and coach for Mike Bosworth Leadership (MBL) guiding organizations through an experiential workshop in which participants discover how to connect with, influence and inspire change in others. The methodology is a research-based framework that harnesses the power of three underused and underdeveloped communication methods: storytelling, story “tending” and connective listening. With a background in leadership development and emotional intelligence training, Deborah is passionate about working with both individuals and groups to improve performance and increase sales through emotional connection. Deborah is also the co-founder and Director of Sales for OWC Wines, an e-commerce fine wine brokerage. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California and holds her BS in Religious Studies. She also holds a Ph.D. in Consulting Psychology from Alliant International University with a focus on management effectiveness, behavior change, and the development of corporate culture in the workplace. A San Diego native, Deborah is an avid marathoner and yoga...

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Greg Crabtree

Greg Crabtree is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and financial expert. After spending five years in regional accounting and three years as Vice President of operations/controller for a local bank, Crabtree used his entrepreneurial skills to develop Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, a CPA firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build the economic engine of their business. In addition to serving as the firm’s CEO, Crabtree leads the business consulting team—helping clients align their financial goals with their profit model and their core business values. Crabtree’s community service includes Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Area Council Member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Board (2006 to 2009), ALS Association of Alabama, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Atlanta chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) past board member. Crabtree is a frequent speaker at EO Chapter events, EO’s Accelerator Money Day program and the U.S. State Department’s New Beginnings program for international...

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Emily Chase Smith

Emily Chase Smith, Esq. is an attorney, author, speaker and financial business coach based in Southern California. She’s written The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur: Navigating the Money Maze of Running Business and hosts the podcast, Money Morsels: Small Bites of Wisdom for Entrepreneurs. Emily nerds out helping business owners make financially savvy decisions as they start and grow their businesses. Emily can be found at EmilyChaseSmith.com

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Blake Eastman

Blake Eastman is the founder and head instructor of The Nonverbal Group, where he conducts independent research and teaches individuals to become more effective communicators through the identification and modification of nonverbal behaviors. In addition to his work at The Nonverbal Group, he teaches psychology at the City University of New York.

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