Jared Lindzon: Freelance journalist, Public speaker & Media consultant

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My Native Admission Statement: When I began thinking about what I want to do with my life as a child, I decided my life would be well lived if I could “do cool shit and write about it” for a living. Today I not only write about it, I speak about it as well. Whether in the pages of Fast Company, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, the New York Times or my own website, NoWordLimit.Blog, whether on stage with rockstars in New Orleans, political analysts in Dallas or business leaders in Lisbon, my career and my life is an endless pursuit of all things a younger version of myself would categorize as cool, and the stories that result. I’m not where I am because I am a particularly talented writer and journalist; There are far too many writers who are on a much higher level of talent yet are still struggling financially for that to be true. I am where I am because I’m particularly talented at hustling. Whatever your grind, whatever your industry, the talent is only as profitable as the hustle behind it.

How did you get into the industry?

My first foray into journalism was a volunteer gig at my school paper, and I instantly fell in love with it. Within that small ecosystem of the university campus I could see how my work was received by readers everyday, and even see changes on campus that resulted from the stories I pursued. From there I went to journalism school and completed my master’s, but I really owe my career to an unpaid internship at the National Post. Though I didn’t make a penny, it was the most valuable experience of my career thus far.

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Cara Federici: The Madison Melle Agency Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: As the founder of The MADISON MELLE Agency, my team and I serve as a boutique consultancy specializing in hotel and residential mixed-use properties across the globe. My passion and enthusiasm for what I do has been described as infectious. I hand-pick my team to have that same energy and encourage us to learn and create with one another – I’m a big advocate of leading from behind, while also charting the course. I believe this combination of leadership and collaboration motivates my team to take great pride and accountability in all they do. We work to create bespoke brands hand-in-hand with owners and builds a launchpad for success - utilizing creative branding, programing and design to make each project unique. With 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry informing me, I have first-hand insights and experience within the industry that allow me provide strategic consulting.

How did you get into the industry?

I spent the first decade of my career working in-house at some of the world’s top hospitality and real estate companies. My passion and drive for each project allowed me to excel in each position, training me to be fully-versed in every aspect of the industries – from ideation, creation to implementation and operation. Once I realized I had effectively reached the top of my position at each role, I was ready to take that experience and start my own agency. This allowed to specialize in projects at every phase – whether it’s a launch or coming in partway through to optimize or refresh existing initiatives.

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Dr. Tiffany Jana: TMI Consulting Inc Founder & Author

My Native Admission Statement: I’m help build emotional bridges and walk people across the chasm of differences so they can better experience, understand, and respect each other. I’m an entrepreneur of 16 years with 3 companies and 3 books under my belt. All of them are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Public speaker, thought leader, change maker, and champion of the people—my goal is to make the hardest concepts and conversations accessible and inclusive through the written word, experiential design, and groundbreaking technology.

Most Challenging Moment?:

My most challenging moment was deciding to part ways with my ex-husband and former business partner. Even though I started the company 8 years before I invited him to join me, the pivot to diversity happened with him. It was always my intention for us to be in it together for the long haul. My core goals and values remained consistent, but the entrepreneurial desire for evolution and growth was mine and not his. It was hard and horrible, but it’s the best business decision I ever made. The companies experienced their most exponential growth following his departure.

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