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