Heather Hochrein: EVMatch Founder

Heather Hochrein Highlights

Heather Hochrein Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: Heather Hochrein, founder and CEO of EVmatch, is deeply committed to creating an inclusive clean energy economy. Heather’s care for the environment stems from an early connection to the land, fostered while growing up in a rural mountain town in Northern California.  As a young adult, she fully realized the imminent threat of global climate change and committed her professional career to creating meaningful and scalable climate solutions. Follow Heather on Twitter @hkhochrein

What motivated you to launch an EV charging network?

EVmatch grew out of a deep passion for environmental protection and the desire to drive widespread adoption of cleaner electric vehicles. The concept for EVmatch started as a group Master’s thesis project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My team and I identified electric vehicles as an important solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants, but also EV charging as a major barrier to adoption. After extensive customer discovery and market research, the idea for EVmatch was born! Through an app-based sharing application, we found we could leverage the rapidly growing private charging resources to support those without home charging access. We launched the EVmatch service in the spring of 2017 and have been steadily growing the network ever since.

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Angelou Ezeilo: Greening Youth Foundation Founder & CEO

Angelou Ezeilo Highlights

Angelou Ezeilo Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am a lover of life and culture.  Give me ethnic dance, music and food – all kinds, and I am quite a happy camper.  I enjoy travelling with my partner of almost 25 years around the globe agitating systems and creating new ones.  I get really giddy hearing about my two young adult sons’ life adventures because they will never be too old to be my babies.  I probably enjoy wine more than most- especially a good Malbec or Cabernet.  In fact, I am researching how to have my own backyard vineyard on our property in Nigeria.  Life is so precious.  I spend a lot of time loving on my family and close friends because why not!

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business? Relationships with different colleges and universities have propelled GYF onto a national platform. Once students became aware of our offerings, they spread the news to their peers. Engaging more students gives us the justification to create more opportunities with new partners- great cycle.

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Matthew McClure: The Hive Executive Chef

Matthew McClure Highlights

Matthew McClure Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: There is no greater privilege in life than to be a person who is free to be exactly who they are, and no greater responsibility as a leader than to allow others to do the same. I am both the beneficiary of that freedom, and a wholehearted supporter of creating the very same opportunity for those around me. While I am a chef by choice, definition and trade, I am also an equally devoted husband, father, team mate and friend. There is nothing stereotypical about my team in terms of appearance or behavior in the kitchen. We work together because we all share common bonds: hard work, dedication, honesty, respect for one another, a sense of community and the joy of creativity. No matter what you do or who you are, we would all do well to remember that we are only as good as those that surround and support us. The more time we invest in the care of our families, colleagues and communities, the more we all stand to gain. I love working on a team and I love working with food…everything else is just fluff.

How did you get into the industry?

I grew up in Little Rock, but I was always drawn to the natural beauty of rural Arkansas— the geography varies widely with mountains, river valleys, forests, lakes and bayous.An innate curiosity of cooking, a connection to local ingredients and where our food came from was always a part of my childhood. My father worked in finance during the week, but was also an avid outdoorsman on nights and weekends. As a result, I was surrounded by wild game and fish, and my parents were both good cooks as their mothers had been before them. This inherently led me to cooking, first in restaurants during high school where I found myself thriving on the energy of a busy service — ithad an almost addictive quality. After High School, I headed for college at the University of Arkansas, with plans for becoming an engineer. While at school, I came to learn that my heart just wasn’t in that line of study, so I turned back to what has been my lifelong passion…cooking.

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Alicia Hinze: The Buttered Tin Chef/Owner

Alicia Hinze Highlights

Alicia Hinze Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am the owner and Pastry Chef of The Buttered Tin, a bakery/restaurant in St. Paul, MN. Before opening The Buttered Tin, I almost exclusively worked as a wedding/specialty cake decorator and was known for being on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network a couple of times. Opening The Buttered Tin gave me the opportunity to not only continue making and decorating cakes but to make, from scratch of course, all my other favorite things I love so much such as pies, biscuits, breads, etc. and to create a culinary menu which was completely new to me. Being creative is and always has been a big part of who I am.

But what The Buttered Tin has really afforded me is a place to live out my values and meet people, namely our staff, who share those same values. Food makes people gather and to offer a place where people can sit, eat good food and spend time with the people they love means everything. I feel such pride in the sense of community that we have at our restaurant. Making fresh food from local farms and from farms that treat animals humanely is one another value that we take seriously. We have a list of the farms we use on our website so that our guests can always know where their food comes from. Also, using sustainable packaging for our products and making sure everything is either truly recyclable and/or compostable is another value that is important to us. We compost here at The Buttered Tin and estimate that we divert approximately 42,000 pounds of waste to compost a year that would have otherwise been trash. And lastly, but certainly not least we use the term “sustainability” to also regard our work environment. We are a place that continually strives to make this restaurant a “career” rather than a “job” by offering the best pay possible, benefits, retirement plans, continual training and a positive, respectful, welcoming environment.

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John Chambers: Former Chairman/CEO, Cisco & Founder/CEO, JC2 Ventures

John Chambers Highlights

John Chambers Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: During his 25+ years at Cisco, he helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined in 1991, to $1.2 billion when he became CEO in 1995, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named the number two “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” in 2015 from Harvard Business Review and receiving the Edison Achievement Award for InnovationChambers was also named one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,” “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” the Business Council’s “Award for Corporate Leadership,”. In his role, Chambers focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale, while also promoting the broader development of startup nations and a startup world. Chambers is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the Digital Age. 

Career Advice to those in your industry?

It’s as simple as disrupt or get disrupted. If you aren’t willing to change and evolve with the larger shifts taking place, you will get left in the dust. The key, no matter the industry, is the CEO, who has to own the transformation. They have to ask themselves how they are going to innovate differently to lead fast rather than follow slowly. They have to be willing to disrupt themselves, their leadership and their company. Two other key leadership lessons that I live by are: you’re more a product of our setbacks and how you handle them rather than your successes, and you have to stay calm in times of crisis. These two things were the key to us coming out on top after 2001

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Amanda Freeman: SLT Founder/CEO & Stretch*d Co-Founder/CEO

Amanda Freeman Highlights

Amanda Freeman Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I’m a serial wellness entrepreneur and CEO (SLT and Stretch*d), angel investor and single mom to 2 young and adorable children.  I’m honest (sometimes too honest), passionate, curious and full of business ideas.  I value experiences and love short stays at amazing hotels.  I enjoy time with family and friends, exercising, pampering, and eating peanut butter, Challah and Matcha Lattes.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

I started SLT because of my interest in the emerging category of boutique fitness, but my dislike of the options that existed at the time.  I loved the idea of studios that we devoted to offering the best version of one workout in a convenient and well-packaged way.  But, I didn’t like the results that the studio options at the time offered.  I wanted “Pilates-like results” in a fun, challenging group setting.  Thus, SLT was born.  My vision for the business has evolved over the years as we’ve grown.  At first, I wanted one studio so that I could do this workout and hoped others would also like it and make it a financial success.  Nearly 8 years into the business, with 23 studios, the vision is bigger and I hope there will eventually be 100 SLTs.

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Daunnette Reyome: Model/Speaker/Actress/Writer/Advocate

Daunnette Reyome highlights

Daunnette Reyome highlights

My Native Admission Statement: My name is Daunnette Reyome, a 16-year-old Native American student and athlete. I am an author and recently wrote two poems that are published in a book written by Catherine Connors and Amy Stanton called “The Feminine Revolution” and an essay about what it’s like to be a Native American girl in today’s society, which was published in The Omaha World Herald, Norfolk Daily News and The Lincoln Journal Star. I am a young woman who is full of life with the motivation to overcome any obstacle set in my way. Always encouraging others to be better. I am the person that gets to the top and then throws down the rope to pull up others.

Your most difficult moment throughout your career? 

I think my most difficult moment was after the Teen Vogue article and video series. I was faced with a lot of negativity and backlash for the article, the video series; everything. However, I knew what I was getting myself into when I made the decision to shoot something so controversial. However, I was not expecting grown adults to be so hateful and critical to teenagers; to our opinions. I think I was called every insult in the book and then add a bit of racism into that makes a good recipe of hate. It forced me to grow thick skin quickly and to learn to find the calm in the storm. 

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Matt Cubbler: Inspirational Speaker, Human Performance Expert, & Leadership Expert

Matt Cubbler Highlights

Matt Cubbler Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: Your life is made up of two dates and a dash: the date you are born and the date that you die. The dash is the life you are blessed to have lived. My entire life has been about living a life of service to others. Anytime anyone has needed me, I always said “ I Got You!” This life of service was born out of being my older brother, Andy’s protector. Andy suffered with a severe stutter and was autistic. Prior to my brother dying in a car accident in 1989, there had never been anyone who called our house and asked him to come out and play or invited him to a party or a sleep over. As far as I knew, I was his best friend and my friends were his only friends. Little did I know that when he attended a camp every summer as a volunteer worker without me – he touched more hearts and impacted more lives than anyone could have imagined. Those people showed up when it mattered most – to pay their respects to Andy at his funeral. There were hundreds and hundreds of strangers at his funeral, but to Andy they were his friends and loved ones who came to tell him that they loved him. After writing my memoir dedicated to my life with my brother entitled “A Brother’s Love: a Memoir” in 2006, I made it my life’s mission to keep Andy’s legacy of love and acceptance alive by sharing his story with anyone who wanted to listen. Today, when I speak on stages, I honor my brother and the life he lived. And when I die, I want to have lived a life like my brother lived his – by Living a Life of Selfless Service Worthy of Remembrance.

Career advice to those in your industry?:

Stop being fake. This industry is littered with snake oil salesmen and those who prey on the weak or those desperate for answers.

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Kevin He: DeepMotion Founder & CEO

Kevin He Highlights

Kevin He Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am the Founder and CEO of DeepMotion, a startup based out of San Mateo, California. DeepMotion is a pioneer in the emerging field of Motion Intelligence. We are building tools for lifelike graphics using physical simulation and artificial intelligence. Our mission is to enable interactive content and expand creative capability by revolutionizing real-time, procedural simulation. Our products include a suite of 3D Motion Intelligence solutions for interactive AR and VR Avatars, autonomous interactive characters, computer-vision driven motion detection and reconstruction, and a 2D Animation Software, Creature. Also important to know is that my personal hero is my wife, who is the strongest supporter of my career and passion for virtual worlds, games, VR and motion AI—without her I would have given up many times. She encouraged me to embrace my passion as my job. That’s advice I would share with anyone aspiring to enter the space, without hesitation.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

About 15 years ago I went on the “Back to the Future” ride with my family at Universal Studios Hollywood. The ride takes place in a motorized vehicle with an IMAX movie projected onto a dome screen. I was amazed by the total sense of immersion and immediately struck by the potential that feeling had for the world of entertainment. That was my first Extended Reality experience. It was much later, in 2016, when the company bought our first VR headset (the Oculus Developer Kit 2) and ported one of our demos into VR. The demo was of a physically simulated dog that you could interact with in real-time. We added some hand-tracking with LeapMotion and, for the first time, we could reach out our own hands and actually play with the virtual pet. I remember thinking, “wow, that feels real!” For a lot of people, this demo generated a phantom sensation of touching fur when playing with the dog. I had the realization then that if we can reach out and feel the presence of a pet in simulation, we could connect with other human beings this way as well. That inspired the team to expand our simulation technology to interactive human avatars.

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Ximan Li: Filmmaker, "In a New York Minute"

Ximan Li Highlights

Ximan Li Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: As a first time female filmmaker of color, I have experienced issues both as an immigrant coming to the US for grad school and entering the male dominated story telling world of filmmaking. This film is a personal journey for me because it explores one’s identity and true self. It’s easy to lose one’s way in a busy city like New York and each of the three main characters are lost in their own way, whether it be one’s identity, being caught between two lives or a societal outcast. Two of the main goals that I wanted the film to serve is Asian representation in front of the camera and female creatives behind the lens. The three main characters are Asian American actresses and each story has a respective Asian supporting actor. The majority of key creative roles are held by driven women in film. Both Asian actors and females filmmakers are still trying to find a creative voice in film and I hope this movie shines a light on one of the many stories we want to tell.

How did you choose to be a filmmaker?

From childhood through high school, I always visualized the stories I read. Also, my father works in the television industry in China so he introduced me to a lot of western films and shows at an early age. That sparked my decision to study filmmaking in college. My education mainly focused on writing screenplays and character studies. Whenever we had a chance to make films, I found working with actors the most gratifying. That influenced my focus on directing.

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Ahmed Bhuiyan: Groupon Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Ahmed Bhuiyan Highlights

Ahmed Bhuiyan Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I build relationships. Like most first generation immigrants, knowing where I came from and seeing the hardships my parents went through by leaving their family and friends to come to a new country to give my sister and I a better life absolutely inspires me and drives me to be a better version of myself. My aspirations are to help people around me, help those that are less fortunate and make a difference in their lives and my community. I would like to open a school in Africa or South Asia where kids can come to learn for free. I would also like to teach those underprivileged in developing nations skills to succeed and take themselves out of their current socioeconomic situations. I believe in the phrase “give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish then he will feed his family for life.” However I would like to add to the phrase: “give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and then what to do with the fish/how to market, package and sell the fish then he will feed his family for life.”

Industry Opportunities & Challenges?

A big industry opportunity is cutting down on the noise to instead offer truly personalized content. We get a lot of deal emails, trip planning suggestions and travel content, but are they relevant? If I am a solo traveler then family travel deals or trip planning content are not relevant to me and similarly if I am a budget traveler then luxury travel deals or content are not interesting. Everyone is claiming to have personalized content or using artificial intelligence, but no one is doing it properly yet. Whoever figures it our first has a big opportunity. And a big industry challenge is sustainability. Travel is an amazing experience so naturally we are seeing people travel more as cost of travel and reachability are getting better. However with increased tourism brings new challenges to infrastructure, local culture and the surrounding ecology. Italy, Peru, Spain and Thailand are some recent countries to limit or prohibit tourists from certain over touristy places—more are to come.

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Shama Hyder: Zen Media CEO & Best Selling Author

Shama Hyder Highlights

Shama Hyder Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: My fourth-grade teacher awarded me the superlative of "Most Curious” in front of the whole school.  At the time, I wasn't sure if it was a compliment or her annoyance at my endless stream of questions. Either way, it hasn't been a trait that eased with time. If anything, my fascination with the world around me has only increased with each passing year. Perhaps, that is what led me to start my own company, Zen Media, at the age of 22, and allowed me to turn it into a globally renowned name in the world of marketing.  Or, perhaps, it is why I chose to write my graduate thesis on a small network called Twitter which only had 2,000 users at the time. That same "curious itch" is what has motivated me to write two best-selling books and to share my constant knowledge and passion with the world in the form of my columns and books and tv shows. My biggest aspiration is to help brands and individuals thrive in the digital age, and my biggest concern is that perhaps we as a society will fall victim to technology rather than truly be empowered by it. 

Career advice to those in your industry?:

Just published a mega-piece on career advice for anyone who wants to go into marketing on my Forbes column: https://www.forbes.com/sites/shamahyder/2019/04/18/so-you-want-a-career-in-marketing/#3e5aac1d19d6

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Allison Sutter, M.Ed: Best selling author & Contemporary spiritual teacher

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Allison Sutter Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am a best selling author and contemporary spiritual teacher, highly acclaimed for my ability to seamlessly blend spirituality and practical self-help information making it relevant to daily life. I’m able to take challenging spiritual concepts and explain them in a way that is logical. So much of spirituality is esoteric and be hard to apply to daily life. Its can seem far removed from every day life. I take “woo-woo” topics and help clients makes sense of them in everyday life, such as “Why does this [insert bad this here] keep happening to me?!” and “How do I change it from the inside out?” My aspirations are really quite simple. I want to continue to grow as a spiritual being having a physical experience. I aspire to know more than I did yesterday, about myself, my thoughts, beliefs and what I’m capable of, so that I can share my experiences with others. I strive to always have enough money for good food, comfortable shelter and travel. I would love to write more books, children’s picture books and adults self-help, and it would be icing on the cake if books helped someone else in some positive way.

Career advice to those in my industry?

This will sound harsh, but it doesn’t mean to be. It also doesn’t apply to everyone; I’m generalizing when I say ….. Personal development coaches, life coaches and self-help gurus can stop telling their clients what to do and when to do it. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be some type of system in place that the coach has set up. There should be. You need to have a structure of some sort set up or there’s confusion on the part of the client. Where things go wrong is when the coach doesn’t understand or trust that everyone has an inner guidance system that is their best source of advice as to what to do, what action steps to take, next. Where I see a need for change in the idea that is a person doesn’t follow the advice of the coach that they won’t ever be successful. That’s simply not true. Having steps, or a system, in place is critical for student success. However, this system might not be ideal for every client you enroll. With Accelerate Your Mojo, I understood that for a system to work, and be viable for the masses, it has to be easily personalized. For example, if setting goals doesn’t work for a client but all you have in your box of trick is goal setting, can the system be changed to accommodate this clients unique needs?

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Michelle Mekky: Mekky Media Founder

Michelle Mekky Highlights

Michelle Mekky Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I have more than 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist and PR executive, leading award-winning marketing and PR campaigns for some of the nation’s biggest brands and diverse businesses—from start-ups to global powerhouses. I think that after all these years in the industry, what I’ve learned about myself is that I know how to tell a good story. I can take a company or a person and right away identify what’s newsworthy about them and what will be of interest to the media. That’s a valuable service that I can offer in my business, and it’s an important skill to have for anyone who wants to to excel in the PR world. “Every day is a new day.” I like that I have the opportunity to start over again each morning. Of course there are times that I beat myself up, whether it’s business related or about my self-care, like eating unhealthy food or not sleeping enough. But I try to remember that tomorrow I can put forth my best effort once again. I usually meditate and get myself in the right frame of mind to start over. I’m grateful for every new day.

How did you get into the Industry?

My experience with the industry really it started in high school when my English teacher recommended I try for a position at the school newspaper. I had never tried journalism before and once I got into it I absolutely loved it. I eventually became editor-in-chief and set my sights on studying journalism in college. I ended up going to Northwestern University, because I lived close by, and it had the best journalism school in the country. The school had a television studio, and I had the opportunity to anchor news shows. That experience inspired me to purse a career in broadcast journalism. It was only after working at Fox for 12 years that I started to really think about PR. I had been pitched by so many publicists as a senior producer, and I felt that I had developed a knowledge of what it would take to be good at PR. So I decided to cross to the other side.

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James Sun: Beautytap Founder & CEO

James Sun Highlights

James Sun Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am an entrepreneur, managing partner, and angel investor of several companies. I’ve been a fan of good skincare since I was a little kid. My mom was probably a big influence on that. I would rub my face with the inside of orange peels thinking that the acid will neutralize the oil on my face. Then, as I progressed my career in consumer tech, it was a natural progression to start an omnichannel online/offline business within the hot beauty sector. Originally, the inspiration for the business was to allow anyone around the world to discover and purchase cross border beauty products. This is still the vision, but we are realizing the importance of omnichannel since touch and feel are a huge part of beauty discovery. Now, after launching our first brick-and-mortar store, our vision is to maintain a physical presence where people can try samples from all types of products in person before making a final purchase online.

What’s next? In the next 18 months, we plan on opening up 5 more flagship premium stores and more than 50 automated popups so customers can touch and feel the products before making a purchase. We are also planning to launch some new product lines as we have found some gaps in the market through our data points. Lastly, we are launching an online television show called BeautytapTV that will feature top beauty experts and celebs sharing the latest on their beauty and skincare secrets. This show will launch in December 2018.

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Chris Paquette: DeepIntent CEO & Co-founder

Chris Paquette Highlights

Chris Paquette Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am a technologist and innovator who serves as CEO and Co-founder of DeepIntent, an AI-powered marketing platform. At DeepIntent, we deliver frictionless service. Our goal is that our services are delivered without stress and our customers find delight in the simplicity of working with DeepIntent. I’ve always maintained that the easiest way to earn motivation is to build an environment that correctly aligns talent with projects and roles that challenge and force people to learn new skills. When combined with keeping members of the team as close to the client as possible, the team at DeepIntent sees their own growth and the value of their work reflected in the value they’re delivering daily to our clients.Never settle; always keep learning. If you’re in sales, expose yourself to the tech side. If you’re in tech, learn what motivates the clients. You can always apply learnings from various parts of the business to your current role.

Emerging Industry Trends? What we see happening, like many others in the industry are predicting, is a convergence of martech and adtech. It’s quickly becoming impossible to talk about one without talking about the other. Conversations and topics related to this are identify graphs, data onboarding, 1:1 deterministic audiences, personalized messaging, all together comprising what we call Intelligent Programmatic, which DeepIntent is building.

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Simon Tam: Entrepreneur, Author, Musician, Activist, & Troublemaker

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Simon Tam Highlights

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My Native Admission Statement: I’m a self-proclaimed artist, activist, author, and troublemaker who likes to shake things up with unconventional conversations fueled by compassion. I’m known for starting the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band, winning a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, having the world record for most number of TEDx talks, being a serial entrepreneur, and relentlessly fighting for marginalized communities. I believe all of our actions should be grounded in our values and that apathy is not compatible with love. My biggest success so far is inspiring another generation of Asian American artists and activists through my work. Also, getting shout-outs from Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My aspiration is to never be complacent in the face of injustice. I would be honored to be able to continue doing the work that I do.

How did you get into the industry?

I first stepped into the worlds of involved with arts and activism when I made the decision to start The Slants, an Asian American band that would provide a bold portrayal of our community’s culture. Little did I know that this would resonate with so many others. That got me involved with numerous organizations which taught me about public policy development, social justice, and grassroots community activism. That eventually put me on the path to the Supreme Court, to fight for civil rights and civil liberties. Running a band is also like running a startup: you have to find your target audience, raise capital, build a brand, find distribution, and so on, so it was also a great lesson in entrepreneurship as well. I leveraged that experience to start multiple other businesses, both in and out of the entertainment industry. This helped me learn ideas like strategic philanthropy, purpose-driven companies, and addressing problems with unconventional solutions. If you ever want to learn how to be a jack-of-all trades, just go on tour with a punk band: you’ll learn survival techniques real quick.

Dr. Kate Stone: Novalia Founder & Creative Scientist

Dr Kate Stone Highlights

Dr Kate Stone Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I’m a creative scientist, I have a first degree in electronics and a PhD in Physics, but what I enjoy the most is working with what and who is around me combined with our skills and knowledge to creatively express ideas and develop products that are impactful in some way to other peoples lives. I am passionately myself, love adventure and quite addicted to disappearing into the wilderness and sleeping on top of a mountain or deep in the forest when its twenty below despite being terrified every time! I want to create products that do not have an ego, product experiences that are magical, with technology that is invisible. I want the experience to be about the person using it and not about what it says about the person who created it. I also want to create products and experiences that are not just about removing friction from someones journey, products that sometimes slow a person down and help them connect with a moment, good friction in a product experience can make a moment meaningful, memorable and mindful.

Your most difficult moment at the Business?

I feel like the most difficult times are when you don’t know how you can move on over a hurdle and onto the next step, where you feel that you are not an expert at what you need to do and feel totally out of your depth. What I have realised though is many of the greatest things ever achieved where by first timers, people without the skills or training that would otherwise have told them not to even attempt what they are trying to do. Every pioneer is the first to tread in places no one has stood and do the things no one knows how to do, I use this thought to inspire me continue doing what I do.

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Stephen Harvill: Creative Ventures President & CEO

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My Native Admission Statement: Great ideas need to lead to great strategies and great strategies need to DIRECTLY impact a company's goals. My company creates that formula - idea to strategy to impact. We have 35 years of success working with Fortune 100 companies around that simple formula. We do this through SEVEN core strategic programs that we present and teach. We also consult in the application of these strategies to the operations of our clients. The discipline of being able to create a new idea, a perspective around a problem, solution, or skill set needs to be learned and my background in science has provided just that. I can take an original or existing idea and take an organization through the three part IDEA JOURNEY. This is a simple process that creates enrollment and begins with “I get it”, moves to “I value it”, and ends with “I can apply it in the context of what I do”. We want to be a valued partner for every company we work with. A valued partner transgresses single engagements and develops deep relationships. From a personal side, I am a surprisingly private person and love time with my family. I love being outside and have been an athlete since I was eight.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?

After college I was lucky to land in the ski resort design business and soon discovered the high levels of complexity around the various elements of design, construction and management. I offered a simplified version of one aspect of the business and that success launched Creative Ventures. Complexity if the single greatest barrier to success. It leads to an overall lack of engagement around ideas, strategies, and projects. I learned how to simplify even the most complex models and applied that commitment to simplification to Creative Ventures. My vision for the company was small. Yes, small was my primary strategy. I wanted a low overhead model that allowed us the luxury of choosing only the projects we wanted to pursue. The freedom of scale creates a staggering level of opportunity IF you understand how to be successful and small. It has been a great formula for over 35 years.

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Esamatti Vuolle: Finnair.com Product Owner

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My Native Admission Statement: I love innovating and implementing new for customers never forgetting best possible customer experience. I would say that the best experience is effortless experience so that customers does not even recognize it when it happen, like a magic. I get things done and I have ability to transform something strong into something superb. My passion is to change the world through digital experience.

How did you get into the industry?

Travel industry has always fascinated me. In travel we are making timeless memories and giving positive impact to people’s life’s. We are also huge enabler for both business and people to make world smaller and open for possibilities to everyone – everyday. We also give people permission to dream and make those dreams come true. Travel planning is one of the biggest getaways in today’s hectic everyday.

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