Simon T. Bailey

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Alexander Blass

One of today’s most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and innovators, Alexander Blass is a visionary who has improved and inspired countless lives across the globe. He invented and launched person-to-person charitable giving on the Internet, a revolutionary technology adopted in dozens of countries around the world. Blass is most famous for is leaving a high ranking position at a venture capital firm to make a real difference in our world and the lives of other people. After getting tired of seeing countless stories in the news of good people in need, he decided to do something about it.

Blass invented, patented and launched RealityCharity, the world’s first person-to-person giving website and philanthropy community commonly known as the “eBay of Giving.” RealityCharity became an overnight sensation when it appeared around the world in the Associated Press on its launch day and continues to change lives around the globe everyday. It has received over 6 million hits and hosted thousands of fundraisers ranging from wounded veterans, to cancer patients, to disaster victims, supporting fundraisers in 50 countries.

The grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander is one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various audiences. He has traveled to 50 countries and enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and fascinating experiences.

Wharton-educated and an Oxford MBA, he also received the Influential Marylanders Award, recognizing the top 50 people in the State up to the Governor.

Mr. Blass is also the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award as well as the prestigious international WebAward for Outstanding Achievement, and has been honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the renowned Wharton School of business.

PROGRAM TOPICS

PRICELESS STRATEGIES FROM AN INNOVATOR:
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In a constantly evolving world and today’s challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and strategies of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations. Grasp some of the challenges you must overcome to foster a thriving culture of innovation. Learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET AND BEAT THE COMPETITION
Alexander Blass teaches strategic methods for market domination and how to stay ahead of your competition. International case studies and best practices are studied across multiple industries to uncover what has differentiated the companies that have dominated their markets from those that have become defunct. Learn how to create unparalleled excitement and free publicity and media coverage for your products and service. Craft highly valuable, innovative and sophisticated buzz marketing and viral campaigns for your brand’s endeavors, which harness and grow your community of loyal customers and render your competition obsolete.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0:
HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.

FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

Complete Biography

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as President of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based in Baltimore.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development & entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, SME Advisor Middle East, Private Sector Qatar, and many more.

Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks is, and always has been, a service enthusiast! She began her multi-million dollar cookie gift and mail order company Cookies From Home literally from scratch, nearly 30 years ago. As the Corporate Cookie Queen, Brooks is in good company with Famous Amos and Mrs. Fields. She recently sold Cookies from Home to focus full time on her Service Enthusiasm, Leadership, and Intuitive Mastery series. Although she is a sales and marketing guru, Brooks is best known as a die-hard Service Enthusiast, where she can ‘raise the bar’ of service excellence in your company… and in your world. Read more

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen, CSP energizes, motivates and inspires business owners and managers to make positive changes to increase business growth and build profits. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and humor make her a dynamic presenter. She has built and sold numerous highly successful companies in diverse industries and now teaches the lessons of success with her insightful business-building strategies to companies around the world. Debbie teaches others how to move past limited personal beliefs that may be holding them back from reaching their peak potential in business and in life. Read more

Michelle Rosado

Michelle Rosado has a message of inspiration and empowerment for your audience, as well as an engaging style that will make your entire organization strive to new heights by helping them to discover their own inner strength both personally and professionally. Internationally recognized as “The Woman of Empowerment“, Michelle has overcome some incredible life obstacles, including surviving a physically and mentally abusive relationship, as well as escaping the World Trade Center just seconds before her offices were destroyed. Read more

Charles P. Garcia

Supercharging audiences with positive energy, Charles P. Garcia provides invaluable takeaways for individuals, which will help them break through their perceived limitations and pursue extraordinary success. Speaking from true experience Garcia has a life story that is both eclectic and inspiring. He grew up in the Republic of Panama, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, founded an investment banking firm that grew from three people into 60 offices in 7 countries and serves as one of the youngest members of a Fortune 500 board, among other accomplishments. Read more

Ariane de Bonvoisin

Walking away from a successful corporate career Ariane de Bonvoisin transformed her life, believing that from any change something good will come.
In her best selling book The First 30 Days, Ariane outlines the nine principles of change that successful people know in order to navigate transitional times. De Bonvoisin shares with audiences her unique background; she grew up and worked in over a dozen countries, distinguished herself with degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford and worked for companies including BCG, Bertlelsmann, Sony, TimeWarner and Charlie Rose, but she wasn’t happy until she was able to balance her goals with her passion to help others.

Now with a successful book, her Change Nation show, a magazine column, weekly appearances on radio and TV, and through her own upcoming TV series, de Bonvoisin is determined to help others make or face any life change with optimism. Authentic, passionate and capable of touching audiences the world over, she is truly a next generational force with a foot in both worlds- one who can talk to peoples minds and touch their souls. Ariane de Bonvoisin’s amazing journey from corporate darling to entrepreneur, author and ‘transformationalist’ can inspire and help anyone contemplating or experiencing any life change.

 

TOPICS

The 9 Principles of Change
Change is the most important life skill and survival tool for the next decade. After interviewing thousands, Ariane de Bonvoisin reveals the nine habits of people who successfully navigate change, whether it is personal or professional. In a lively, and engaging manner, de Bonvoisin gets her audience to look at change differently, to evaluate their own ‘change quotient’, how to handle emotions such as fear, doubt and impatience and multiple ways to strengthen their ‘change muscle’. She discusses what makes the difference in people and companies who can handle any change. Companies are inspired to look at how good they and their employees are at navigating change and how this is rapidly becoming a core competency. She leaves her audiences with optimism, practical tools and ways of making any change easier.

Living Healthier – How to Transform the Health of Your Employees and Your Company
Tough times inevitably lead to bad habits and health challenges. Having healthy employees is rapidly becoming a competitive advantage and a core value for companies. Founder and CEO of the First 30 Days, Ariane de Bonvoisin helps de-clutter all the information about health, offering a dozen steps that really make a difference. She shares information from over 50 health experts she met and interviewed, from traditional doctors from Harvard to the Dalai Lama’s physician. Audiences will learn tips not often talked about, from food combining, to acid/alkali balances in the body, to cleansing, to building the body’s natural immunity. She is bold, bright and funny when it comes to discussing her research on health leaving audiences laughing, being amazed, and motivated by a sense of possibility based on real facts and simple daily changes to incorporate into their lives.

A Foot in Both Worlds – Combining Business and Spirituality
For so many, ambition and living spiritually– money and meaning– don’t go together. They require a difficult choice. Companies can’t do good, contribute and be profitable. Individuals can’t live spiritually, have a corporate job and a great relationship. Ariane shows us the misconception of this either/or framework so many companies/people have and inspires us to consider a new model. She reveals a new lens for us to look through in how we make important choices, what it means to live consciously in everything from relationships, to work to how we treat our health. She gives practical examples of how to combine the material and spiritual calling in day to day choices and how to live in this ‘real’ world. In a world where more people and companies are wanting to live consciously and have a sense of meaning, Ariane’s discussion will leave anyone with a sense of possibility, inspiration and clarity.

Full Biography

Ariane de Bonvoisin is the Founder, CEO and Chief Change Optimist of First30Days, a New York City-based media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes, both personal and professional and social or global. The company, which launched its web site, first30days.com, in February 2008 currently features

60 life change subjects, including those relevant to our times such as losing a job, selling a home, starting a

business, dealing with depression, smart investing,

reducing debt and getting divorced. She also hosts a popular on-line show, ChangeNation, where she interviews experts and thought leaders on all aspects of life changes. With a degree in economics and international relations

from the London School of Economics at the age of 19, Ariane began her professional career at The Boston Consulting Group and worked in over a dozen countries during her tenure. After receiving an MBA from Stanford

University, she moved to New York, working with media companies Bertelsmann and Sony.

In 2000, she joined Time Warner as the Managing Director of a new $500 million digital-media venture fund. The

Fund’s mission was to take equity stakes in early-stage, potentially strategic, technology companies. Prior to her launch of First30Days and time at Charlie Rose Productions, Ariane spent a year as a Senior Advisor on a

Humanitarian Project, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AFRICA.

The project involved the top 100 photojournalists placed in the 53 countries of Africa on a single day. Ariane had a monthly column in Redbook magazine and AdAge, is currently MSN’s Life Change Expert, a contributing editor to BusinessWeek.com, a Life Balance expert for Health Magazine and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows, including NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN Radio and ABC News Now. She is a Huffington Post contributor and has written articles for media outlets including Yahoo, Town & Country, Advertising Age, the New York Daily News, Reader’s Digest, MSN and Media Bistro, among others. She has also been written about in Oprah magazine and USA Today.

Ariane’s most recent book entitled, “The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier” was published by Harper Collins in May 2008 and reached the bestseller list on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Ariane embarked on a national media and speaking tour for the book. A Spanish edition was published in December 2008 by Spanish by Rayo, a division of Harper Collins and the book has now been translated in over a dozen languages. She is currently finishing her next book, A Foot in Both Worlds; Walking a spiritual path while fully being in the world.

Ariane speaks frequently around the country and abroad on issues of personal and professional change and the topic of consciousness and spiritual life. She has spoken at events including Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, the Pennsylvania’s Governors Conference, the Houston and Boston Leadership Conferences, the Health Conference in NYC, the IDB in Washington and international conferences. She also loves speaking to kids and youth of all ages.

She is also an accomplished athlete, having been a competitive swimmer, a ski instructor, and a runner in a series of marathons and triathlons. She also reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2001, accompanied a group of students to Antarctica in December 2002. She was most recently part of a documentary movie called The Highest Pass (www.thehighestpass.com)- a motorcycle journey through the highest roads in the Himalayas, that premiered in August 2011; a journey to discover that our Highest pass is always within the heart and beyond the mind.

Rich Hart

Rich Hart

Personal & Business planner, developer, visionary, extremist and ultimate funny man who keeps his listeners dancing on the head of a pin!

Rich is a high powered cutting edge business innovator who visualizes opportunity as a defined focused choice. Technology grounded Baby Boomer geared to high level Multi-Marketing and bold Branding concepts to make lasting impressions. Rich is a progressive entrepreneur who realistically captures today’s Personal to Business development plan in order to perform less and achieve more while generating Focused Outcomes. Read more

Mellanie True Hills

Mellanie True Hills

Mellanie offers electrifying programs that energize attendees and provide them with tools and techniques for creating permanent changes. We look forward to providing you with a program that attendees will never forget and that will make a permanent change in their lives.

As you get ready for your event, what messages do you want attendees to take away with them? That our hurried and hyperbusy lifestyles can put us at risk, but that they have the power to make changes that will protect them? That they need to put themselves first so that they will be there for others? Read more

Liz Goodgold

Speaker and author, Liz Goodgold is a fiery redhead with over 20 years of experience in marketing and branding. She is the author of RED FIRE BRANDING: Create a Hot Personal Brand and Have Customers for Life and DUH! Marketing. Liz’s talks are the epitome of “edutainment” – blending information, education, humor, and real-world examples. This fireball of energy takes issues directly from her audience, demonstrating how branding is the key to boosting business. Read more