Business Thought Leader and Acclaimed Graffiti Artist
Drawing from his history as both a business strategist and artist, Erik Wahl will take you through an unforgettable experience of visual storytelling to unleash your most innovative thinking in business. Come watch as Wahl's on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor for the core of his message, moving you toward increased profitability, creativity and performance.
Wahl has been featured as a TED presenter and spoken at AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize. He is also the author of the number-one bestselling business book, UNTHINK, hailed as a blueprint to unlocking corporate creativity. Come early to grab your seat for this one-of-a-kind presentation.
Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine
Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 25 smartest women on Twitter, Entrepreneur's editor in chief Amy Cosper will moderate our Failure Fest panel event. She'll share her own history and experience as entrepreneur-in-residence when delving into the fears, challenges and breakthrough triumphs that make up the road to greatness.
Editorial Director at Entrepreneur.com
Ray will bring his own unique perspective to our panel with PR pros on how small-business owners can perfect their pitch to the media. Ray was previously director of business news at the FOX Business Network, where he managed day-to-day editorial operations for the channel. Before joining FOX News in 2007, he spent a decade at Dow Jones in a variety of positions, notably editor of SmartMoney.com and news editor for Dow Jones Newswires. For six years, he authored the IPO Outlook column for The Wall Street Journal and appeared daily on CNBC television. He was also a regular on-air contributor to CBS News.
Co-Founder & CEO of The Idea Village
Tim Williamson is the co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, a private, independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.
An entrepreneur by trade and by training, Williamson has successfully started and operated five entrepreneurial ventures in four different cities and has been a steadfast advocate for making New Orleans a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Williamson is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and strategies to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Co-Founder of Trumpet and Naked Pizza
Robbie Vitrano is widely known for his notable entrepreneurial and brand marketing expertise. He is also the Co-founder of Trumpet, a local branding agency, and Naked Pizza, an international franchise built on the advocacy of demonstrating the commercial appeal of healthy fast food. Both Trumpet and Naked Pizza have been recognized in the top 10 of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company in their respective categories (advertising/marketing firms and food).
Leading Digital Strategist and Social Media Marketing Influential
Falls leads digital strategy for CafePress, a publicly traded Internet retailer consistently ranked as one of the top online shopping destinations. He also continues to serve as founder and chief instigator at SocialMediaExplorer.com, an industry-leading blog and digital marketing agency. An award-winning and widely read thought leader, Falls has been noted as a top influencer in the social technology and marketing space by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Advertising Age and others. He is the co-author of two books: No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (Que 2011); and The Rebel’s Guide To Email Marketing (Que 2012).
Television Producer, Radio Show Host and Author
Grant Cardone is a New York Times best-selling author, star and executive producer of the reality TV show Turnaround King, host of the Cardone Zone radio show and is regularly seen on Fox Business, NBC and Business Insider. He was named the Top Sales Expert and a Top 10 Business Coach to follow on Twitter.
A self-made multi-millionaire that literally created himself from nothing, Cardone is the founder and CEO of three multi-million dollar companies. He is the author of five books, all written since the 2008 financial crisis, which provide the principles and techniques individuals must follow to flourish and win. Cardone has two interactive online sales training centers―CardoneUniversity.com and CardoneOnDemand.com
Attorney, CPA and Entrepreneur
Mark J. Kohler is an attorney, certified public accountant, entrepreneur, and author of What Your CPA Isn't Telling You: Life-Changing Tax Strategies (Entrepreneur Press) and Lawyers are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets (Life's Plan Publishing). Mark's principal career has been as a partner in the accounting firms Kohler & Eyre CPAs, LLP, NumberWonAccountants, LLP, and the law firm Kyler, Kohler, Ostermiller, & Sorensen, LLP, where he specializes in the areas of business, estate and tax planning.
This free event is made possible by The UPS Store
Date: January 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
New Orleans Convention Center
La Nouvelle Ballroom
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
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