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Lindsey Pollak is a nationally recognized expert on Millennial workplace issues. She serves as an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and is the bestselling author of "Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World." Her next book, focused on Millennial generation leadership, will be published by HarperCollins in Fall 2014. Lindsey has spoken and consulted for over 150 corporations, conferences and universities across the country, including Citi, ESPN, GE, Ralph Lauren, PwC, Time Inc., UBS, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Forbes named her workplace advice blog (www.lindseypollak.com/blog) one of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University and is based in New York City.
Wendy Rothman is business psychologist, and entrepreneur with 20 years experience in the business of helping people manage their careers. In addition to her academic discipline and her corporate background with IBM and the Intel companies, she has started and built 3 businesses of her own all related to workplace performance and career management. The largest of these companies grew to over $100 M in revenues, giving her a track record of success in developing people and growing organizations.
Since 2001 Wendy has been the President of Wenroth Consulting– a consortium of business psychologists specializing in leadership development, executive assessment & performance coaching as well as career transition counseling. Wendy has presented an unprecedented 6 times a year at the Harvard MBA Alumni program. She is a frequent guest speaker at the Columbia Business School where she helped inaugurate an alumni e-newsletter with an online career advice column. She is a regularly featured presenter at The Stern School of Business and the S.C. Johnson School of Business at Cornell. She is a frequent guest on broadcasts related to career management, including Cox Radio and CNBC. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Smart Money Magazine, CIO Magazine, and Newsday. She is an elected member of The Committee of 200, an organization for pre-eminent women Presidents and CEOs. She is a founding member of The Employment Roundtable, co-author of the original Five O’Clock Club books, co-author of The Full Engagement profile and The Work Style Guide. Wendy is proud to apply principles of psychology to the world of business, helping people get more of what they want out of what they do every day.
HIRE LLC helps individuals develop, maintain, and enhance their interviewing skills. HIRE helps individuals develop, maintain, and enhance their interviewing and financial skills. Our experienced staff has worked in the financial sector for firms of all sizes, including Bear Stearns, JP Morgan Chase, Guggenheim Partners, Sandler O’Neill, and more. HIRE has interviewed over 100 top executives, including CEOs, CFOs, headhunters, recruiters, and HR Directors in order to discover the secrets to interviewing and networking success.
Kylene Beers is a former middle school teacher who has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy and struggling readers into the major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is author of the best-selling When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do, co-editor (with Bob Probst and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, and co-author (with Bob Probst) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, all published by Heinemann. She taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, served as Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, and most recently acted as the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College. Kylene has published numerous articles in state and national journals, served as editor of the national literacy journal, Voices from the Middle, and was the 2008-2009 President of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is an invited speaker at state, national, and international conferences and works with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools across the US. Kylene has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association and was the 2011 recipient of the Conference on English Leadership outstanding leader award.
Roger Ervin is Senior Vice President for Global Markets at LMI, a 52 year old consulting firm specializing in business process management. Roger has worked for over 25 years in various capacities in government, academia and the private sector. Most recently, he completed an appointment with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle where he managed the state’s finances as the Secretary of Revenue. In prior years, he worked as a Principal at the law firm of Foley and Lardner and earlier founded an international consulting firm that advised Fortune 500 businesses on risk management practices in overseas operations. In the early 1990’s, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as US Commercial Envoy to Africa and as a senior diplomat in the US Department of State. He began government service as an economic policy advisor for the current Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden. Roger’s commitment to public service is also directed at the community level where serves as a director on several non-profits. He continues to teach management courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business and at the UW Department of Political Science. Roger holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Robert M. Kottler is the Executive Vice President and Director of Retail and Small Business for Iberia Bank. In this role, Bob is responsible for the Retail segment, including retail operations, product management, credit cards, sales, retail training and small business. Prior to joining Iberia Bank, Bob was Executive Vice President for Small Business Banking for Capital One Bank. In that role, Mr. Kottler was responsible for developing the Small Business Banking strategy and profit and loss management in the markets where Capital One’s banking business operates, including Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, DC, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr. Kottler earned his B.S. in Management and his M.B.A. from Tulane University. He also is a graduate of the CBA Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kottler is currently serves as the membership chair and chair elect of the Board of Directors for the Consumer Bankers Association. He is also a former Director of CFED, SBFE and the Tulane Associates and past President of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni.
Kathy Leo serves as the Chief Legal & People Officer at Gilt, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's legal, human resources, and facilities functions. With over 15 years of in-house and law firm experience, Kathy is a highly skilled business lawyer whose practice has included mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, intellectual property, employment law, and commercial matters. Prior to joining Gilt in December 2010, Kathy was, from 2004 to 2010, the General Counsel of United Media and responsible for all legal and human resources matters—and, ultimately, the successful sale of the company. Previously, Kathy held in-house legal roles at PRIMEDIA and Warner-Lambert and was a corporate associate at Dewey Ballantine. Kathy holds a BA from Tulane University and attended New York University School of Law and Albany Law School where she received her JD, with honors.
Marc Reeves is the International Commercial Director of the NFL, where he oversees marketing, fan development, sponsorship and commercial efforts for the league outside of the US. Under his leadership, the league has increased its international sponsorship base by over 60%. He has launched numerous fan engagement initiatives including global Super Bowl viewing events, NFL Experience on Tour and a social media “Fanbassador” program. Prior to joining the NFL, Marc was a Vice President of IMG’s Consulting division, responsible for client management and West Coast business development. He oversaw and managed numerous corporate client accounts, including Visa, Electronic Arts, Kia Motors, 2K Sports, 24 Hour Fitness, Crown Plaza Hotels and Safeco Insurance. He advised companies in global strategic direction and marketing activation around various sports and entertainment properties, including the FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Rugby World Cup, NFL, MLB, NBA and NASCAR, as well as numerous music and lifestyle events. Marc also worked on the development and implementation of strategic sports and entertainment marketing initiatives for DHL, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s, Intel, Target and Sega, among others. Marc’s previous work experience includes the NFL Players Association, where he advised players and agents on salary cap and marketing issues, the New Orleans Saints, assisting on various football operations and marketing projects, and ProServ, where he worked in the Tennis Client Management division.
Ken Sadowsky was a principal of Atlas Distributing Inc., overseeing the non-alcoholic beverage division that he created. The division was founded in 1988 and sales were $50,000.00 that year. In 2007 sales were over $16M and the total company sales were in excess of $75M . Brands of the Atlas portfolio included Snapple, Red Bull, and vitaminwater. Under Ken’s guidance, Atlas was one of the first distributors of the above mentioned brands as well as SoBe, Hansen’s Monster, Honest Tea and others. He was a director of Energy Brands, Inc. (Glaceau) makers of Glaceau vitaminwater, smartwater, and fruitwater from 2000 to 2006 when the company sold a minority interest to The Tata Group. The company eventually sold to Coca Cola for over $4.1 Billion. He also does marketing consulting work in the beverage industry for Fusion5 Marketing Innovations (sold in 2003 to the WPP Group) and nowinc.net. Prior to forming Atlas’s soda division in 1988, Mr. Sadowsky was a consultant for the Eagle Snack Division of Williams Distributing in Springfield, MA. Ken is the Senior Beverages Advisor for Verlinvest. Verlinvest is a Brussels based investment holding company founded by family tied to Interbrew (InBev). Interbrew is now ABI (Anheuser Busch InBev). Ken advised on the Sambazon investment, and now serves on the Advisory Board. Ken is the Executive Director of NIDA, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast of the USA who are members of a trade association. Ken created the group with other charter members. He serves on the Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council (2000 – present). He is a graduate of Tulane University (1984, BA) and currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
Doug Walner has extensive experience in the technology sector. Most recently Doug was the Chief Commercial Officer of Row 44 of Westlake Village, CA where he was responsible for all consumer services for the company. Prior to that Doug served as President and CEO of PSI Services LLC., where he led the successful sale of the business to a blue-chip Boston-based Private Equity firm. Before joining PSI, Doug was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Stamps.com and held management and senior management positions with several technology companies. Doug also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for two entrepreneur seasons at the IdeaVillage located in New Orleans. In that capacity Doug provided guidance and helped over 50 local ventures.
Elyssa Kaplan graduated Summa Cum Laude from A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2012 with a major in Finance and an Energy Specialization. While at Tulane, Elyssa was the Vice President of the Freeman Investment Management Association (FIMA), and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority (AEPhi), and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity (AKPsi). In her free time, Elyssa volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and taught Financial Literacy through Junior Achievement. Elyssa also studied abroad in Madrid during the fall of her Junior year at the Icade School of Business. During her senior year, Elyssa participated in Burkenroad Reports and the Darwin Fenner student-managed fund. Elyssa interned in the Securities division at Goldman Sachs the summer after her Junior year and upon completion of her internship, she was offered a full-time position to join the Leveraged Finance team. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Elyssa interned at Ameriprise Financial in Philadelphia, Group SJR in New York City, and UBS Investments in New Orleans. Elyssa currently lives in New York City and is an analyst on the High Yield Bond & Distressed Debt desk at Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, Elyssa volunteers for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the inMotion foundation against domestic violence. Elyssa enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Ari Mark manages a business development team for the NBA’s Global Marketing Partnerships group, where he develops and negotiates sponsorships for the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball. He joined the NBA in 2010 as an Account Executive and has since risen to his current role as Senior Manager. Prior to the NBA, Ari worked as an agent and Director of Client Services for IF Management, a New York based talent representation firm that manages news and sports broadcasters. After graduating Cum Laude from Tulane in 2006, he began his career as an intern at IF Management, eventually representing a roster of 10 clients around the U.S. At Tulane, Ari was a double major in Marketing and Management and a member of the American Marketing Association. He interned with the Miami Dolphins and Collegiate Images, Inc. during his college summers and studied abroad at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain during his junior year. Additionally he was a Tulane Alumni Business Association Community Service Award Winner and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He currently lives in New York City with his fiancée Allison.
Curry W. Smith currently serves as Executive Director of the Young Leadership Council (YLC), a nonprofit organization focused on leadership development opportunities for young professionals through community service. Curry joined YLC from Greater New Orleans, Inc., where he most recently served as Senior Business Development Associate and previously handled communications and marketing efforts for the regional economic development organization. Prior to employment with GNO, Inc., he worked for several years at local public relations and advertising agency Peter A. Mayer. A native of Lafayette, La., he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University. He is a founding member and former board member for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO); he currently serves on the board of Prelude—a young professional organization affiliated with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra—and is an active member of 504ward. Also an avid sports fan, Curry has been a season ticket holder for the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2007-08 season. On most mornings, you can find him running along the streets of Uptown; on most evenings, you can find him at one of New Orleans’ many restaurants or at any bar with a good beer selection (hence the early morning runs).
Savanna Speciale graduated cum laude from A.B. Freeman School of Business in Fall 2011 with a degree in Legal Studies, Finance and an Energy specialization and completed her Master of Management in Energy degree in 2012. While at Tulane, Savanna was captain of the Moot Court team, co-captain of the Trading Team, and served as the professional networking chair of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the social chair of the Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) business fraternity. Savanna also studied abroad at MBA Inseec in Paris during her sophomore year. Savanna is currently in her second year of the three year Trader Development Program at BP Global Oil Americas in Chicago.
Chelsea Zesch graduated cum laude from Tulane in 2013 with a B.A. in both Spanish as well as Chinese Studies. Chelsea served on the executive board of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and was an active member of Mortar Board Honors Society, but she dedicated the majority of her time to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program, serving on the executive committee for three years and as the marketing chair for two. Her senior year, Zesch was invited to lead team development and marketing initiatives for six states’ collegiate Relay for Life events. Zesch enriched her learning experiences by interning at OportunidadesNOLA, an English as a Second Language school in the Bywater where she led marketing efforts, and by attending a 9-week language immersion program at Middlebury College. During her senior year, Zesch attended Career Wave 2013 and met several key contacts that were helpful in her career search. After graduation, Zesch interned at Grey Group in New York City and, after several weeks, accepted a full-time position as an Assistant Account Executive on the national T.J. Maxx account.
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