Ursula Mentjes

Ursula Mentjes is an entrepreneur and sales expert. She is the Founder and President of Sales Coach Now, a professional sales coaching and training firm. Her work focuses on sales team coaching and management, entrepreneurial coaching and Neuro-Linguistic programming. She is a two time best-selling author, writing several books on how to grow sales. 

Mentjes’ expertise has earned her several awards including the SBA’s 2014 Women in Business Champion. She’s also won the 2013 Willow Tree Extraordinary Example and Extraordinary Entrepreneur Awards. Her clients include Aflac and New York Life.

Founder and President of Sales Coach Now

Areas of Expertise: Sales Team Coaching, Sales Team Management, Entrepreneurial Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Location: Apple Valley, MN

Contact Location:

Email: Ursula@salescoachnow.com 

Phone: 949-838-6542

Heard presenting for Sales Coach Now Live (2009)

Sixcia Devine

Sixcia Devine is a small business growth expert. She is the Regional Development Director for Southern Florida and US Hispanic Markets for Constant Contact. Her work focuses on entrepreneurship, social media outreach, new marketing technology, business planning and connecting general markets to Hispanic markets. She has held important positions at business and marketing consulting firms and organizations. Devine has written several publications including  Tapping Into The Hispanic Market: Connect. Engage. Innovate. She has also won the Providence Business News 40 Under 40 Award twice.

Regional Development Director for Southern Florida and U.S. Hispanic Markets 

Areas of Expertise: Small Business Growth, Entrepreneurship, Social Media Outreach, New Marketing Technology, Business Planning, Connecting General Markets to Hispanic Markets

Location: Boca Raton, FL

Contact Information

Email: sdevine@constantcontact.com 

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Linda McGill Boasmond

Linda McGill Boasmond is owner and president of Chicago-based Cedar Concepts Corporation. CCC processes raw materials for use in a wide variety of personal-care, household, industrial, and agricultural products marketed under several household brand names. Her customers include Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Citgo Petroleum and Boeing.

She runs the country’s first and only African American, woman-owned chemical manufacturing plant. Her company just completed the process of constructing the first ground-up chemical manufacturing facility within the City of Chicago in over fifty years.

Read a Q&A with Boasmond by the consumer goods company Unilever and industry publication Crain’s Chicago Business.

She has been named 2015 Woman of Excellence by the Chicago Defender, 2014 Manufacturer of the Year by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturers. Boasmond is a board member of ‘Girls 4 Science,’ and a board member of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

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Areas of expertise: small businesses, entrepreneurship, women in science, chemical manufacturing

Location: Chicago, Ill.

Contact Information:

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Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia University, as well as the director of the Global Leadership Matrix program, which she launched to promote knowledge of leadership in a global context.

Iyengar is one of the country’s top experts on choice–how people perceive it, and how they respond to it. Her award-winning book “The Art of Choosing” looks at what shapes our decision-making and the far-reaching consequences of our choices.

Iyengar’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. She has spoken on NPR’s Morning Edition and given two TED talks about the Art of Choosing and How to Make Choosing Easier.

S.T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Art of Choice, Perceiving and Responding to Choice, Global Leadership, Thinking Globally, Entrepreneurial Creativity

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info: Please contact Iyengar’s assistant, Sarah Chae (preferred method)

Email: sheenaiyengaroffice@gsb.columbia.edu

Or, you can contact Iyengar directly

Email: ss957@columbia.edu

Phone: (212) 854-8308

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Morning Edition: Dating Study Says Singles With Options Go For Hotties

Iyengar’s TED Talk: How to make choosing easier

Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of the Chicago-based tech company The Starter League, which trains young entrepreneurs in web design, development and coding.  According to Sales-Griffin, the goal of The Starter League is to “empower passionate people to learn software development, web design and user experience in order to solve meaningful problems through technology.” 

His work consulting start-ups and non-profits earned him a spot on 2013’s The Root 100 list honoring the top influencers of the year. He has discussed his entrepreneurial expertise with the business podcast Tasty Trade and is an enthusiastic advocate for technological innovation.


Co-founder and CEO of The Starter League

Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups, Web Design & Coding, Technology Innovation

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact Info:

Email: neal@starterleague.com

Featured on Tasty Trade: Bootstrapping with Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League

Featured on Tech Cocktail: Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League on Working Your Passion

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the “chief [technology] evangelist” of Canva, an online graphics-design tool. He’s also an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In his past, Kawaski has served as adviser at Ustream, Inc. and StumbleUpon. Along with all of this, he founded Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack of popular topics on the web,” and Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm.

Kawasaki is a noted speaker as well as the author of over ten books, including APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book and Enchantment; The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

Chief Technology Evangelist of Canva

Areas of Expertise: Technology, Apple, Inc., Business, Investing, Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Social Media, Marketing

Location: San Francisco, CA

Contact Info:

Email (preferred): guy@alltop.com
Phone: (650) 387-9271
Twitter: @guykawasaki

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Wait Wait…: Tech Guru Guy Kawasaki Plays It’s Not My Job

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Felicia Joy

Felicia Joy is the founder of Joy Group International, a business strategy, marketing and development firm. According to her bio, she previously worked as a crisis management and communications executive in several industries, including aviation, energy and social services.

From 2004 to 2012, Joy developed and taught entrepreneurship, business and marketing courses at Emory University’s Continuing Education program in Atlanta, GA. She is also a CNN and Black Enterprise business contributor.

Founder of Joy Group International

Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Success, Business, Career Development, Women, Youth, Empowerment, Crisis Management, Communications & Marketing

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Phone: (646) 535-7774
Email: felicia@joygroupinternational.com
Twitter: @feliciajoy

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