Talent

We highly recommend those listed below for their outstanding work. Their books, blogs, podcasts, and works are all useful and in alignment with the mission statement of the NYDLA. Please visit their websites by clicking the “More Info“ button.
Freda Thomas
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Freda is a serial entrepreneur, and a New York Certified Business Advisor, with twenty-eight years of entrepreneurial experience. She also holds an MBA in International Business Management from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College in New York City, ranked as one of the 25 top business schools in the country.

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Pamela Slim
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Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and small business strategist. She is the founder of K’é, a small business community space in downtown Mesa, where she conducts classes, hosts networking events and creates content for her virtual programs.

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Lee Cockerell
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Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. After spending more than 40 years in the hospitality industry developing skills and learning lessons in leadership, Lee Cockerell has formed a new company to share his thoughts and experiences.

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Dr. Peter Diamandis
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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine.

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Joshua Spodek
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Joshua Spodek wrote the bestseller Leadership Step by Step and coaches and teaches highly-rated, unique, effective active, experiential, courses online and in person on leadership, creativity, sales, motivation and entrepreneurship.

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Seth Godin
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Seth Godin has authored thirteen books, all of which have been bestsellers. Having founded dozens of companies, Seth writes about the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting leadership and most of all changing everything.

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Kaila Colbin
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Kaila Colbin is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for extraordinary experiences. She’s a TEDx licensee, an Ambassador for Singularity University, a Project Management Professional, and a graduate from Cornell University.

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Brad Szollose
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Brad Szollose is an organizational leadership consultant and award-winning business author. As the foremost expert on cross-generational leadership development, Brad’s programs have transformed a new generation of business leaders, helping them maximize their corporate culture and productivity in The Information Age.

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Simon Sinek
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Simon Sinek teaches leaders and companies how to inspire people. He writes, consults and speaks all of “Why”- the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us. He wrote the book Start with Why, and is a renowned columnist.

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Jody Maberry
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Jody Maberry is a marketing consultant focused on building customer experience for businesses based on ideas drawn from some of America’s favorite places. After serving as a park ranger for many years, He now help bring the outside perspective to businesses.

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Dan Rust
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Dan Rust is the author of “Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?” His writing and keynote speeches focus on career acceleration strategies for the modern workplace.

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Amber Rae
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Writer, artist, and speaker Amber Rae is building a movement around choosing “Wonder over Worry.” Her work empowers us to get unstuck, unlock our creativity, and (finally) start or finish what matters most.

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Clayton M. Christensen
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Clayton M. Christensen is the author of Competing Against Luck, he is also the author of nine books, including several New York Times bestsellers — The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, Disrupting Class, and and most recently How Will You Measure Your Life?.

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Derek Sivers
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Derek Sivers is a Writer, Programmer and Student who is fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, business, philospy and culture.

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Dorie Clark
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Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog.

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Peter Bregman
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Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and in organizations.

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Bruce White
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Dr. Bruce White has been a college professor, dean, and department chair for over 38 years. Over those years, he has mentored many students in finding majors, careers, internships, study-abroad experiences, part-time jobs and more.

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David Burkus
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David Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas. He writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, PsychologyToday and 99U.

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David Marquet
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David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader.

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Mike Figliuolo
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Mike Figliuolo is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, and is the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership and is a nationally recognized speaker and blogger.

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Dan H Pink
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Dan H Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work – including the long-running New York Times bestseller “A Whole New Mind”, and the #1 New York Times bestseller “Drive”. His books have been translated into 33 languages.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is currently the Fredrick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a research associate in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Whitney Johnson
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Whitney Johnson is the leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption. Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, along with Clayton Christensen. During her tenure as President, the CAGR of the Fund was 11.98% v. 1.22% for the S&P 500.

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Malcolm Gladwell
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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. All four of his books have been on the New York Times bestsellers list. His research and curiosity leads him to uncovering hidden truths in strange and unique hidden data.

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Adam Grant
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Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40.

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John Cashman
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Digital Firefly was founded and is currently led by John Cashman, president of Digital Firefly Marketing. He leads all day-to-day operations, including SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing.

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Anthony Zeoli
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Anthony Zeoli is an experienced transactional attorney and Partner at Freeborn and Peters LLP in Chicago. He practices law in the areas of commercial financial, securities, real estate and general corporate law.

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Rozanna Weinberger
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Rozanna Weinberger plays the most difficult music with ease and joy, as soloist at the Tribeca Film Festival, and other such venues. She has been a guest panelist at Johns Hopkins University and Julliard.

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Tim Sanders
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Former Yahoo Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders has consulted with industry leaders, governments and trade associations on sales processes, new media, leadership development and talent management.

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Michele Woodward
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In practice for over ten years, Michele Woodward is a Master Certified Coach who has coached executives across the U.S. and around the world, from Japan and Australia to Latin America and Europe.

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Tamra Excell
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Tamra Excell developed the Personalized Education Philosophy and is a co-founder of Christa McAuliffe School of Arts & Sciences.

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Chandra M. Nicol
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Chandra Montgomery Nicol is the Executive Director at Clonlara school in the Greater Detroit Area and is responsible for providing strategic and visionary leadership to the organization.

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Edward D. Hess
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Edward D. Hess, Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence spent more than 30 years in the business world. He is the author of eleven books over 60 articles, and over 60 Darden cases.

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Allen Falcon
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As CEO of Cumulus Global, Allen has a unique opportunity to combine passions and interests into pragmatic solutions that leverage leading-edge technologies and services. He gets to sit at the crossroads of small and mid-size business and cloud computing.

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Thomas Capone
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Thomas Capone has been providing telecom and technology services to Fortune 1000 clients (and technology startups) since 1983. 46% of the global $1.3 Trillion digital education and remote training markets are serviced by NYDLA sponsors.

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