Panel Discussion: The Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success
Stacy Martin advises entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established business owners and their teams. In 1995, she co-founded Metropolitan Research Associates (MRA) and led as CEO, to support Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Inc., Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, as well as emerging biotechnology companies in new drug development process. Stacy and her business partner successfully negotiated the sale of MRA to a large health care company in 2008.
Joseph C. Nastus, a tireless community advocate, founded Grant Supply in North Brunswick. The business was eventually sold. Joe has organized volunteer efforts for Elijah’s Promise, Jersey Cares, The Special Olympics, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Polio Plus, Gift of Life and many more charities.
Jasmeet is a serial entrepreneur and ‘Modern Marketing’ expert with deep roots in technology and data analytics. He is currently CEO of YibLab, which is one of the fastest growing marketing technology and solutions provider, ranked Top 50 among fastest growing companies in NJ. YibLab combines data, technology and storytelling to help clients make the most effective use of their marketing budgets. Jasmeet has over 15 years of experience building and scaling marketing operations for both small and large companies. He is an advisor and mentor to startups and incubator programs, and is often quoted in media & trade publications.
10th Annual Next Level Conference for Entrepreneurs
Becoming an Extraordinary Entrepreneurial Leader
Investment Management Enterprise
Building Extraordinary Teams to Fuel Your Business
The Odd Couple: The Secret to Building a Powerful Leadership Team
Twyla Garrett is an entrepreneur, corporate speaker, and compelling author. She has spoken at the White House and is known for her notable (sometimes 100% self-funded) business deals as much as she is for providing excellent opportunities to individuals facing immense challenges. Feeling the entrepreneurial itch, Twyla left the federal government and started her own management consulting firm, Investment Management Enterprise (IME).
Ethan Chazin works with organizations to help them plan, launch, grow and succeed by delivering innovative approaches to employee empowerment, business development, strategic planning, organizational best practices, leadership, learning and management education. Ethan has conducted programs at over 50 colleges and universities. He has 20 years of expertise in strategic planning, marketing, sales, business development, client relationship building, communications, employee enrichment, and strategic planning gained through a career spent in top Fortune 500 companies.
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Resilience is Everything: Using Roadblocks to Fuel Your Success
As the CEO of Unbound, Polly Rodriguez has always been drawn to turning terrible experiences into great ones for customers. She’s now the CEO of Unbound, a sexual well being company that is making sex better for women everywhere by providing a sophisticated, reliable, and affordable shopping experience.
Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, a global asset, expense and procurement management firm. In May, the company was ranked the 3rd fastest growing women-owned/led companies in the country. She grew her company from nothing to $6.7 million in 2014 and to $49 million in 2016. Avis is a nationally recognized thought-leader and global speaker. Her first book, "Necessary Inclusion," was released in January 2017.
Avis Yates Rivers
Founder & CEO
Technology Concepts Group International, LLC
FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Are Your Really Ready for the Next Level: The Truth about Scaling Your Business
Chief Community Officer
Emmet Dennis is the Chief Community Officer at Sundial Brands. In this role, he leads the strategy for Community Commerce, the company’s purpose-driven business model. Sundial is a certified B Corp and holds a Fair for Life social and fair trade certification.
In 2015, Sundial was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States and received the 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year Award from WWD/Beauty Inc. In 2017, the Company made its debut on the Black Enterprise Magazine's BE 100 List as the 10th largest black-owned business in America with revenue of $300 million. In November 2017, the Company was acquired by Unilever. As part of the agreement, Unilever and Sundial are creating the New Voices Fund with an unprecedented initial investment of $50 million to empower women of color entrepreneurs. The intention is to scale the Fund to $100 million by attracting investments from other interested parties.
SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS SPEAKERS
Next Level Conference for Entrepreneurs
Thursday, January 25
Mastermind Circles with Continental Breakfast (invitation only)
Pitch Bowl (registration required)
8:30-9:30 am General Conference Check-in
10 am Welcome
10 am-11:50 pm Morning Plenary Sessions
11:50-12:40 pm Recipe for Success Panel
12:40-1:40 pm Networking Lunch
1:40-2:50 pm Keynote Speaker
3-4:45 pm Afternoon Plenary Sessions
4:45 pm Closing Remarks
Networking in the Aviation Grill (on your own)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Now is the time to chart your course for an extraordinary 2018 business year. The 10th Annual Next Level Conference for Entrepreneurs offers business owners the opportunity to gain concrete strategies and tactics that will boost your bottom line.
The evening includes:
Best Chef Food Expo & Competition (one hour open bar)
Reflections from Last Year’s Winner
Presentation of Awards
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, January 26
Next Level Competition & Awards
Join us to honor those reaching new entrepreneurial heights and those that support them.