Monday, December 20, 2010

Kim Mills

Kim Mills' comments are from the November 2010 Strategic Marketing Conference sponsored by the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.


Susan Parker at the Strategic Marketing Conference

Susan Parker's comments are from the November 2010 Strategic Marketing Conference sponsored by the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Here are her clips.

Megan Phillips of Colorado State University

Megan Phillips is a Graduate Research Assistant at Colorado State University.

Phillips's comments are from the November 2010 Strategic Marketing Conference sponsored by the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Clips here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ulla Kjarval

Ulla Kjarval is a New York City-based photographer and food blogger who advocates for family farms and grass-fed beef. With B.A.'s in History and Political Science from SUNY Albany, Ulla has worked in politics at both the state and federal levels. Along with her sister, she founded Sheepdog Print & Design, LLC, a company specializing in web design and social media strategy that caters specifically to rural interests.

As the respected blogger behind 'Goldilocks finds Manhattan', Ulla has also contributed to blogs such as 'Goodlifer' and 'Civil Eats'. Ulla was the official policy and recipe advisor for the Grass-fed party. Her childhood on a farm in upstate New York sparked her life-long interest in family farms and the sustainability of a rural lifestyle. Ulla believes that social media holds many opportunities for farmers to promote their product and engage with the current food movement.

Here are her presentation clips.

David Becker

David Becker is an online pioneer with more than 12 years of interactive experience. In July 2009 David launched farm-to-table blog Friend of the Farmer based on the simple premise: the more we learn about how food is produced, the more we'll buy from small farms and farmers we know.

Becker is currently CEO for I Do Now I Don't, an online marketplace for previously-owned jewelry.

Prior to I Do Now Don't, Becker served as President and Chief Operating Officer for inspiration website tripling site traffic during his tenure. David also founded Backslap Entertainment, a user-generated content production and syndication company backed by Fremantle, producers of American Idol.

Before Backslap, David was President and COO of game show site, which was sold to Vivendi Universal.

Here are his clips.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kerry Trueman of Eating Liberally

Kerry Trueman is an environmental activist who has written about edible landscaping and organic gardening for the Financial Times. She served as food editor for before becoming a sustainability blogger for Participant Media's

Trueman currently writes about wholesome foods, low-impact living, and sustainable agriculture for the Huffington Post, AlterNet, the Green Fork, Air America, and Open Left. She is cofounder of, an Internet roots organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and progressive politics. Her most recent project is, a Web site for farmers, gardeners, and eaters who favor conservation over consumption.

Watch her clips.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Joe Bourdow of Cox Target Media

Joseph H. Bourdow is the prior President of Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. Bourdow's career began as a broadcaster and radio station owner, joined Valpak Direct Marketing Systems in 1978 as a sales representative, then became a successful franchisee before joining the franchisor in 1991 and becoming president in 1996. Bourdow has been responsible for the sales development of the franchise network, encompassing more than 200 offices in the United States and Canada. He also serves as executive vice president of Cox Target Media, which acquired Valpak in 1991. He stepped down as president of ValPak at the end of 2009 and will serve as a senior advisor to the company.

Watch the videos.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Rick Doody of Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group

Rick Doody is the Chairman and Founder of Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG). Doody, his brother Chris, and Executive Chef Phil Yandolino opened their first BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio in 1992. In 1998, the partners were operating eight BRAVO! units when a real estate developer asked if they would create an upscale Italian concept to be one of the centerpieces of Easton Town Center, a premier retail shopping center in Columbus. Thus, the BRIO Tuscan Grille concept was born.

BRIO was honored with the Nation's Restaurant News "Hot New Concept" award in 2002, paving the way for further development. Today, the restaurant group has 48 BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and 37 BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants, with one BRIO under construction. BBRG, which recently became a publicly traded company, continues to seek opportunities for growth and development, and Doody is often quoted, saying "the best of BBRG is yet to come."

Doody holds a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Interview clips.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hugh Mitchell of Shell HR

Hugh Mitchell became Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer at Shell on July 1, 2009.

Hugh graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland, with an MA (Hons) in Modern History in 1979. Later that year he joined Human Resources in Shell Exploration & Production in Aberdeen. Further HR and business roles followed across the UK and Brunei in both the upstream and downstream businesses.

In 1997 he became HR Vice President for the Global Oil Products business. Hugh moved to Shell headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2003 as Director International. His responsibilities included coordinating the company's worldwide government relations activities.

In March 2005, Hugh was appointed Human Resources Director of Royal Dutch Shell. He became a member of the Executive Committee in October 2007.

Interview and lecture.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chester Elton Lecture

Chester Elton is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and employee engagement expert. He is the New York Times best-selling author of several books on leadership and organizational management, including The Carrot Principle (co-written with Adrian Gostick), The 24-Carrot Manager and The Invisible Employee. Elton's books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Chester is Senior Vice President of the Carrot Culture division with the O.C. Tanner Recognition Company.

Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick's flagship book, The Carrot Principle, was based on a 200,000 person study from 1996-2006. The second edition published in 2009 included a 2008 global survey of 10,000 people in 13 countries. The results of these studies revealed the surprising advantages of recognition on employee performance, including its effects on morale, productivity and return on equity. Their collaboration, The Orange Revolution (publish date September 2010), is a follow up based on a 350,000 manager and employee survey on the power of teamwork.

Chester was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Brigham Young University.

Lecture clips here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Interview: Mark Broadhurst from Eat 'N Park

In 2004, Mark Broadhurst joined Eat'n Park Hospitality Group as director of concept development to design, develop, and open an exciting new restaurant concept for the company. Today, he oversees all new concept development and is involved in new initiatives and concept evolution across all Eat'n Park Hospitality Group brands.

Prior to that role, Mark served as director of operations for Kahunaville, an award-winning casual-themed restaurant, nightclub, and bar concept with nine locations throughout North America and two in Southeast Asia. There he was responsible for developing the chain's bar and beverage menu and program, which Cheers magazine recognized as being the Best Beverage Program in the chain restaurant industry in 2001.

Mark Broadhurst graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. After Cornell, Mark attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jeff Broadhurst of Eat'n Park

Jeff Broadhurst is the President and CEO of Eat'n Park.

Jeff Broadhurst joined Eat'n Park Hospitality Group as Director of Business Development for Parkhurst Dining Services in 1996, following a 5 year career with Federated Investors in their Chicago and Kentucky markets. In 2002, he was promoted to President of Parkhurst Dining Services, and in 2006, took over the responsibilities of President of Eat'n Park Restaurants. In 2008, Jeff became President and CEO of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree at the Cornell University Hotel and Restaurant School in 1991 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business in 1992.

Interview clips.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chester Elton: interview

Chester Elton is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and employee engagement expert. He is the New York Times best-selling author of several books on leadership and organizational management, including The Carrot Principle (co-written with Adrian Gostick), The 24-Carrot Manager and The Invisible Employee. Elton's books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Chester is Senior Vice President of the Carrot Culture division with the O.C. Tanner Recognition Company.

Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick's flagship book, The Carrot Principle, was based on a 200,000 person study from 1996-2006. The second edition published in 2009 included a 2008 global survey of 10,000 people in 13 countries. The results of these studies revealed the surprising advantages of recognition on employee performance, including its effects on morale, productivity and return on equity. Their collaboration, The Orange Revolution (publish date September 2010), is a follow up based on a 350,000 manager and employee survey on the power of teamwork.

Chester was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Brigham Young University.

Here are his clips.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Novomer's Charles Hamilton

Charles Hamilton has led the commercial development of Novomer's technology since 2006. He has been involved in the creation of several companies based on Cornell technologies and worked previously for Microsoft, POP, and other high tech firms.

Charles Hamilton graduated with honors from Cornell in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources. In 2004 he received an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and winner of the Global Social Venture Competition in London.


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Kensa Group's Tony Eisenhut

Tony Eisenhut is Co-Founder, CEO, and President of KensaGroup. He has launched seven university-derived technology start-ups since KensaGroup's inception. Tony has served as former CEO of Tarjac Inc., a supplier of finishing services to consumer goods manufacturers. He also served as Vice President of Aldi, Inc., a $40 billion international food retailer.

Eisenhut has been advisor to NextGen (Senator K. LaValle) in conjunction with New York's Task Force on Economic Development and Emerging Industries. He also served as advisor to Center for Life Science Enterprise (New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research Center for Advanced Technology at Cornell.

Tony Eisenhut earned his B.A. degree in 1988 from Cornell University.

Watch the clips.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Jaqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund

Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund. In this role, Jacqueline Novogratz is responsible for the vision behind Acumen Fund's unique approach to using philanthropic capital to invest in scalable businesses that serve the poor with life-changing goods and services.

She has led the Acumen Fund team since its launch in 2001, and under her leadership Acumen Fund has invested $40 million in over 35 companies serving 25 million low-income customers in the developing world (as of April 2009). Prior to Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership program at the Rockefeller Foundation. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank and she founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda.

Jacqueline currently serves on the Board of the Aspen Institute as well as the advisory councils of Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT's Legatum Center. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, a Synergos Institute Senior Fellow and has received honors including Ernst & Young's 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2009 CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award and AWNY's 2009 Changing the Game Award.

Jacqueline Novogratz has an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, published in early 2009.

Here are the videos.

An Interview With Eli Zabar, Food Mogul

Eli Zabar is the founder of an ever-evolving gourmet food empire in New York City. His empire includes a marketplace, bakery, cafe and wine bars.

The youngest son of Louis and Lillian Zabar, founders of the landmark delicatessen on New York's Upper West Side, Eli Zabar has made a career for himself by pursuing what interests him and following his instincts and passions. He has let his business evolve organically, finding inspiration in the food halls and open-air markets of Europe and in simply prepared dishes that use the finest ingredients available. Although he tried his hand at teaching and real estate, his first love has always been the world of gourmet food.

Beginning with a small shop on Madison Avenue, selling pots, pans, and packaged foods, Zabar's world has evolved over the course of 35 years to include E.A.T, a gourmet deli, café, and caterer; Eli's Bread, one of the largest artisanal wholesale bakeries in the United States; Eli's Vinegar Factory, an ever-changing food hall that serves a weekend brunch New Yorker's have come to call "the best"; and Eli's Manhattan, his 20,000 sq. ft. flagship store.

In 2002, he opened TASTE, a restaurant and wine bar, which was followed by W.I.N.E., a boutique wine store that reflects Zabar's preference for affordable wines from lesser-known producers. In August 2008, he partnered with the Peconic Land Trust to reopen the historic Amagansett Farmers Market on Long Island.

Eli Zabar is a graduate of Columbia University.

Interview clips here.

Lecture: Doug Palmer, Former Mayor of Trenton, NJ

Douglas Palmer served as Trenton, New Jersey's first African-American mayor from 1990 to 2010. From 2006 to 2008, he was president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

He was born in Trenton and attended Trenton public schools. He then graduated from the Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Douglas Palmer is a graduate of Virginia's private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973.

Clips here.

Interview: Doug Palmer, Former Mayor Of Trenton, NJ

Douglas Palmer served as Trenton, New Jersey's first African-American mayor from 1990 to 2010. From 2006 to 2008, he was president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

He was born in Trenton and attended Trenton public schools. He then graduated from the Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Douglas Palmer is a graduate of Virginia's private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973.

Clips here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interview With Jim Farrell of f'Real

Jim Farrell is the founder and President of f'Real! Foods.

After graduating college in 1979, Farrell founded a company which designed and manufactured insulation systems for commercial greenhouses based on his Master of Engineering design project to reduce greenhouse energy usage by 80+%, receiving a patent for the design of the system in partnership with the Cornell University Technology Transfer Office. This business was successful for a period of time, but ultimately closed when the price of oil dropped to less than half of its late 1970s highs.

Farrell next attended Harvard Business School and received his MBA in 1985. Upon graduation from Harvard, Jim moved to San Francisco to join McKinsey & Company as a senior management consultant specializing in Corporate Strategy with an emphasis on Change Management, which focuses on moving beyond corporate strategy to accomplish successful implementation of the strategy. He later joined Dreyer's-Edy's Grand Ice Cream as General Manager of their FoodService business unit as Dreyer's-Edy's worked to successfully complete their national roll out from their West Coast roots.

While at Dreyer's-Edy's, Jim conceived of the product concept upon which his current company, f'REAL! Foods, is based. Jim founded f'REAL! Foods to pursue a new approach to making frozen blended beverages such as milkshakes, fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccinos. The concept utilizes a f'REAL! patented blender, which blends up frozen drinks right in their serving cups. The serving cups are shipped to retail locations with all of the ingredients for their drinks pre-frozen into the cups.

Jim Farrell graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Agricultural Engineering. He received his MBA from Harvard.

Here are his clips.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interview with Ted Teng

Ted Teng was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., in September 2008. In his position, Mr. Teng oversees and directs all aspects of business strategy, operations, and performance growth for the premier luxury hospitality organization. The company, which represents over 450 predominantly independent hotels, provides global sales, marketing and distribution services through an expansive network of worldwide sales and reservations offices. Based at the company's headquarters in New York, Mr. Teng also holds a seat on the board of directors.

Since joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Mr. Teng has developed and begun executing a detailed five-year business plan which focuses on strengthening the brand and driving increased revenue to member hotels. Within the plan, he has also asserted the crucial importance of dedication and adherence to quality, in the firm belief that by elevating the overall level among the collection, all hotels will benefit. Taking as his motto "Preserve, Enhance, and Invent," he seeks to honor and uphold the more than eight-decade-old traditions of the organization, while innovating to achieve greater strength and success in the future.

Immediately before joining the organization, Mr. Teng was the principal and chief executive officer of Prime Opus Partners, LP, a hotel investment and operations firm he founded in 2006. In 2005/2006, he served as executive-in-residence and was actively involved through various volunteer leadership roles at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

Throughout his 30-year career in the hospitality industry, Mr. Teng has been responsible for the growth of some of the most prominent brands in the world. For five years he was president, chief operating officer of Wyndham International, Inc., where he oversaw the core branded hotel products, as well as the company's third-party management operations, comprised of over 200 properties generating USD 2.5 billion in annual revenue.

He also served as president, Asia-Pacific, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., immediately following the merger of Starwood Lodging, Westin, and Sheraton. He oversaw the integration of that company's branded hotel operations in the region, and was responsible for the operating and financial performance of over 70 hotels and resorts in 17 countries. New projects executed during Mr. Teng's tenure included the St. Regis in Shanghai, the first international W in Sydney, the highest quality Four Points Hotel in Sydney, the Sheraton in Sapporo, and the Westin Kyoto.

Prior to the Starwood merger, Mr. Teng was the president of Asia-Pacific for Westin Hotels, where he was credited with having achieved significant growth in the number of hotels, including the launch of notable new flagships in Sydney, Melbourne, Guam, Kuala Lumpur, Awaji Island, Taipei, and Shanghai. Before coming to Westin, he was with ITT Sheraton, where he served for 14 years in a variety of senior and strategic capacities in operations, finance and development in North America, Hawaii and Asia. Most notably, Mr. Teng successfully negotiated the first ITT Sheraton equity investment in China in a multi-use project that included today's St. Regis Beijing.

Ted Teng is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He has an MBA from the University of Hawaii. Born in Shanghai, China, he grew up in Hong Kong and emigrated to the U.S. at age 13. He became an U.S. citizen at age 18.

Watch the clips!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dan Brown Interview

Dan Brown is the Associate Executive Director at Franziska Racker Centers, Inc.

Video here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Terry and Mary MacRae

Terry MacRae began Hornblower Cruises & Events in 1980 as a two-boat operation on San Francisco Bay. Since then he and his wife, Mary, have built Hornblower into a 50-boat, $120 million company with 1,000 employees that serves about six million guests each year. Emphasizing customer service, safety, and teamwork, the firm has emerged as the market leader in each of the seven California ports it serves. Hornblower guests are treated to stunning nautical venues and exquisite cuisine for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other major celebrations.

As a result of Hornblower's success in the hospitality and maritime industries, the MacRaes decided to make competitive bids for National Park Service concessions serving the popular icons Alcatraz on San Francisco Bay and Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York Harbor. Alcatraz Cruises commenced service in September of 2006, and Statue Cruises commenced operations in January of 2008. These concessions have contributed to the growth and stability of the company.

In 2008 Alcatraz Cruises launched the nation's first hybrid ferry-a 149-passenger vessel powered by a combination of wind turbines, solar panels, and an efficient diesel electric drive. Hornblower is completing the design and approval for a new hydrogen powered hybrid vessel for use in New York Harbor.

Terry is a recognized expert in the design, renovation, construction, and operation of passenger vessels, and in the marine, fine dining, entertainment, and tourism industries. He holds a BS degree in mechanical/environmental engineering from the California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Mary holds a BS degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

We have video from both a an interview and a lecture.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Quilter's Corner

Cindy Slothower & Linda Van Nederynne are co-founders of Quilters Corner. Quilters Corner was opened by 5 women in the summer of 1995 and the business has been expanding ever since.

In addition to a shared love of quilting, the founders all also have busy families, with a total of fifteen children among them. As a group they came together with varied professional backgrounds and life experiences: math teacher, farmer, paralegal, traffic engineer, arts administrator. None had owned or run a business before but all had a passion for quilting.

Clips here!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Ed Abel from the ABEL Business Institute

Ed Abel is the founder of ABEL Business Institute.

Abel has invested more than three decades learning how to build a successful, thriving business. At age 24 with a $5,000 loan and the energy and passion of a young entrepreneur, Ed was ready to take on the world. And he did, only to emerge seven years later at the top of a $36 million organization with 585 employees. Inspired by the challenges that led him to success, Ed went on to build other multi-million dollar businesses, yet he missed the passion he experienced "in the trenches" of his formative years.

Determined to find a way to educate and advise others in the construction and sustainability of a vital business, he founded ABEL Business Institute. Over the course of this process, he developed The SkillPreneur Business System, a systematic approach to the construction, maintenance, and growth of a business--an approach that has become the philosophy and methodology of ABEL Business Institute.

Ed Abel is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies at New York University (NYU) as well as the Director of the business division at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). At iPEC, Ed directs the business division that is responsible for supporting the graduate coaches in their business development process.

Watch clips here.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Guest Speakers a Hassle? Go Virtual.

There is really no substitute for an outstanding guest speaker. You know – the one that really understands and responds to what you need, is entertaining, arrives regardless of weather and will pay for his/her own travel expenses.

The truth is that the guest speaker business is full of ups and downs. When someone is terrific, you can’t beat it. But it can be expensive, both in terms of time and money.

If you want to cut down on expenses, inviting ONLY the guest that you know you can count on, there is still a great way to bring the real world into your classroom.

I’ve been promoting eClips for years as an alternative – a sort of “virtual guest speaker” approach if you will. And I had so many people asking me to “just pick the best clip on [whatever topic] for me!!” that I have done just that. For anyone teaching business planning,we have a new DVD. That makes using eClips a bit easier.

Note: I do not think video content can replace an in-person presentation, but it can be even better in certain ways: video clips are short and focused, placed where you want it, provides different faces to mirror the mosaic of students in your classroom, allows you to play and replay if you want a certain emphasis and finally, you can have students enjoy listening outside of class.


Business Planning DVD from eClips on Vimeo.

(Via Prof. Deborah Streeter's blog)

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Hugh Simms is a Los Angeles designer with a signature "Ivy League Grit" style and a belief that intelligence can come equipped with a strong arm and a hasty mind. He draws from his personal experiences to design for the Modern Renaissance Man. As CEO and Head Designer of HUGH SIMMS, Simms is focused on developing the company into a global brand with the eventual launch of a full line of men's, women's, and children's apparel.

Simms's first release, The Caulfield Collection, features neckwear with classic English prep school patterns, custom hand-dyed and disheveled patchwork and a fabric switch at the tail of the tie.

A believer of American craftsmanship, Simms prides himself on having his accessories and garments handmade in Los Angeles and being part of the fashion revival of the once thriving LA manufacturing industry.

After serving as General Manager for Phillips Beach Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland, Simms deep love for design lead him to become an independent designer working on various projects. His entrepreneurial family, and strong desire to showcase his talents and designs, led him to Los Angeles where he attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

Hugh Simms received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. A distant grandson of Lord Baltimore, founder of Maryland, Simms prides himself on his East Coast roots.

here are his clips.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ryan McCarthy of Ceres Hospitality, LLC

Ryan McCarthy is an Associate at Ceres Hospitality, LLC. He has over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry including operations, branding, strategic planning, and real estate transactions.

Prior to his role at Ceres, McCarthy was the finance manager for startup apparel company, Hugh Simms. In this role, McCarthy created the legal, financial, and logistical structure of the company, sourced all materials and managed manufacturing and vendor relationships and handled all equity and debt accounts.

Ryan McCarthy is a graduate of Cornell University.

Clips here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

David Sprague

David Sprague is co-founder of tax and accounting firm, Sprague and Janowsky.

David Sprague is a graduate of Cornell University.

Videos here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Millicent Stephenson

Millicent Stephenson is one of the Directors of MasTech Training Ltd. MasTech Training Limited delivers accredited and bespoke training to professional electricians and has been running for 4 years. Its clients include ABB, Birmingham City Council and the Ministry of Defence. Prior to going into business she was employed at FE Colleges and Adult Education teaching Business Studies, IT and training teachers in the art of delivery.

Her entrepreneurial span includes music as a semi-professional musician and teacher. Playing the saxophone for over 20 years her unique blend of gospel jazz has been called "gazz" by her listeners. Millicent believes that her playing is music for the soul and has delighted hearers in corporate events, weddings, festivals and the church. She has shared the stage with greats such as Courtney Fadlin, Andy Hamilton and Soweto Kinch. She plans to release her first CD later this year. Millicent takes time to pass on her vast musical experience by teaching piano, saxophone and recorder at a primary school in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Millicent is married to Michael who is the other Director of MasTech Training Ltd.

Here are the videos.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Matthew Glucksberg

Matthew Glucksberg is a Professor and Chairperson of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.

Matthew Glucksberg received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University.

Clips here!.

Paul Polak

Paul Polak is president of International Development Enterprises (IDE), a nonprofit, poverty alleviation organization he founded in 1981. IDE pioneered the development and marketing of affordable technologies within developing countries. The Technology Museum of Innovation named IDE-International a Laureate for its development of "Easy Drip" a truly affordable micro-irrigation system for the rural farmers in developing countries. In 2004, Paul was awarded Ernst & Young's "2004 Entrepreneur of the Year" award in the category of social responsibility.

As a result of technologies like "Easy Drip" and facilitated market entrance, IDE families have increased their net annual income by more than $200 million annually. Recently Polak was honored by Scientific American as one of the Top 50 innovators in 2003 for his work pioneering poverty alleviation worldwide.

In 2007, Polak founded D-Rev, an organization created to design affordable technology for dollar-a day customers and developing markets where they can be sold profitably and sustainable at a fair market price.

Paul Polak received his MD from the University of Western Ontario and practiced psychiatry for 23 years.

Here are his clips.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit's goal is to help people find meaningful jobs - quickly and simply - and to succeed beyond measure once they get there. In February 2010, she was named as the Wall Street Journal's newest career columnist and writes the Reinvent column that anchors the nationally syndicated Sunday Journal and appears weekly on

Also a current columnist for Metro US, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don't Teach Corporate in College (Career Press 2004 and 2009), How'd You Score That Gig? (Random House/Ballantine, 2008), Success for Hire (ASTD Press, 2008), MillennialTweet (SuperStar, 2009), and New Job, New You (Random House/Ballantine, 2010). Her book on the top myths of business success is due out from Penguin/Berkley in spring 2011.

Alexandra Levit is a member of the Business Roundtable's Springboard Project, which is advising the Obama administration on current workplace issues. She graduated from Northwestern University.

Here are her clips.

Paul Hudnut

Paul Hudnut is Director of the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program at Colorado State University and teaches entrepreneurship classes at the College of Business. He is also Co-Director of CSU's Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health & Environment and serves as Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Hudnut is a visiting instructor in entrepreneurship at the Bordeaux Business School and Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Hudnut's background and interest is in building companies, technology transfer, and intellectual property in the bioscience, energy and information services industries. He is particularly interested in business models which emphasize an entrepreneurial approach to global issues of environment and health.

Hudnut is a founder and director of Envirofit International, Ltd., which was a TechAward laureate in 2005 and was recently recognized by Stanford Social Innovation Review for its innovative approach for commercializing environmentally friendly technologies in the developing world.

Prior to joining CSU, Mr. Hudnut was an executive at Heska Corporation, U S WEST Marketing Resources and PR Pharmaceuticals.

Paul Hudnut earned his BA from Colorado College and his law degree from University of Virginia and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1991.

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Scott Meyer of 9Clouds, Inc.

Scott Meyer is the Chief Outreach Officer at social marketing firm, 9 Clouds, Inc. 9Clouds is a social media marketing firm that connects small to mid-sized businesses to their customers with cutting-edge tools for online intelligence gathering, monitoring, strategy building, and engagement.

After Scott graduated from Luther College in 2001, he spent four years in Europe obtaining a masters degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Tromsø, Norway, teaching English in Spain, and teaching political philosophy and methodology in Norway. While teaching he helped create an online network connecting peace researchers around the world.

Clips here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Twitter Updates

Recent Twitter updates: For more news and updates, visit eClips.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Jacqueline Robinson, owner of PR Crowd

Jacqueline Robinson is the owner of PR Crowd.

Watch her clips.

Sarah Mayo-Evans of Peach Recruitment

Sarah Mayo-Evans is the owner of Peach Recruitment. Peach Recruitment is an independently owned agency specializing in the provision of temporary, contract and permanent office staff. Sarah took up her first recruitment consultant role in 1999 and set up Peach Recruitment in 2002. Sarah also owns and runs Peach Legal.

Sarah Mayo-Evans has a degree in law from London Guildhall University.

Here are her clips.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal is the Founder of Super Sprowtz, LLC, a story and concept she has been developing for more than three and a half years. The concept for Super Sprowtz grew out of a menu she designed for her restaurant, Slice, an organic pizzeria that she co-owns with her twin sister Miki in New York City, where they just opened their second location (

As a wellness advocate and an active athlete, she speaks to public school children across New York on the benefits of nutrition and healthy eating. Agrawal has extensive film experience spanning the commercial, music video and feature length formats and has produced for film greats such as Michel Gondry, director of "Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind." She is currently producing a feature film, "The Western Front," about American foreign policy in Iraq. The film incorporates animation, motion graphics, and live-action, and has just been accepted at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Agrawal has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years, only taking time off to open her first restaurant with her twin sister. She worked as an agent for commercial videos, representing directors such as George Lucas and the Coen Brothers, and has a broad network in the film and television community.

Radha Agrawal's comments are from the panel "New Approaches to Marketing in the Post-Web 2.0 World" that was given during Entrepreneurship at Cornell's Celebration in April 2010.

Radha Agrawal earned her BS from Cornell University.

Web Marketing panel clips.

Rachel Doyle of Glamour Gals

Rachel Doyle is the President and Founder of GlamourGals Foundation, Inc. GlamourGals is a nonprofit organization that connects young volunteers to the elderly in unique and rewarding way. Through GlamourGals, teenage girls provide complimentary facials and makeovers to women in nursing homes, assisted living, and senior centers across the country.

In recognition of her work in founding GlamourGals, Doyle was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CBS's The Early Show. In addition, Doyle's work has been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Glamour, and CosmoGirl . She was named one of the first "CosmoGirls of the Year." She was also the recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award in 2001.

Rachel Doyle is a graduate of Cornell University.

Marketing panel clips.

Friday, July 02, 2010

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gun Sirer, Cornell University

Gun Sirer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University.

Sirer works on self-organizing systems, which span operating systems, networking and distributed systems. He likes building things, especially systems that have some principled reason for why they should work. His current projects involve peer-to-peer systems, systems support for ad hoc networks, and operating systems.

Sirer's comments are from a panel on Information Technology Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in April 2010.

Gun Sirer received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and an M.S and Ph.D. from University of Washington.

Sirer's panel discussion clips.

John Belizaire from BestFirst

John Belizaire is the co-founder of FirstBest and is an accomplished enterprise software entrepreneur with a track record of new venture development and management success.

Prior to co-founding FirstBest, he was senior director of business development and strategic planning for BEA's Ecommerce applications division, where he grew annual revenue to over $150 million. Before BEA, Belizaire co-founded The Theory Center, a leader in Java-based component software for enterprise applications. As CEO, he grew the company from inception to $10 million in revenue. BEA Systems acquired the company in 1999 for over $160 million. He was previously lead architect for Intel's digital enterprise group, where he was responsible for the industry's first implementation of network quality-of-service technology for personal computers.

Belizaire's comments are from a panel on Information Technology Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in April 2010.

Belizaire holds a BS and Master's degree in computer science from Cornell University. He has also completed the Wharton Business School's Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jon Aizen, co-founder and COO of Dapper

Jon Aizen is the co-founder and COO of Dapper, managing U.S. operations and strategy for the company in San Francisco. He has been founding and working for web companies since 1994. He has extensive experience with managing large-scale, high-profile web projects, as well as operations and business development. His previous experience includes Alexa Internet and the Internet Archive.

He holds a degree in computer science from Cornell University.

Video clips.

Social Entrepreneur Josh Tetrick

Josh Tetrick, a social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker, has led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.

After earning defensive rookie of the year as a linebacker with West Virginia University, Tetrick applied his energy on the field to solving big problems off the field. Whether mobilizing the UN Global Compact in Kenya, leading a sustainable supply-chain initiative with Citigroup or leading the development of McGuireWoods LLP's global climate change strategy, Tetrick is committed to finding fresh solutions to old problems. Most recently, he led the reform of Liberia's investment laws while working in the office of the President of Liberia.

Presently he is the founder and CEO of 33needs, an investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs to crowd-sourced investment capital.

Josh Tetrick, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University.

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Deborah Muller, founder and president of HR Acuity, LLC

Deborah J. Muller brings more than 20 years of employee relations and workplace investigation experience and expertise to her role as Founder and President of HR Acuity, LLC.

Prior to founding the firm, Muller held HR leadership positions in numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Honeywell, Citibank and Marsh & McLennan, where she developed a seasoned approach to conducting workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct. She has been instrumental in leading fact-finding cases involving a wide range of complex investigations, including sexual harassment, discrimination and inappropriate use of company funds. In her senior HR roles, Muller was also responsible for strategic organization redesigns, extensive change management initiatives, coaching and development of senior executives, and performing due diligence and integration activities for company acquisitions.

Deborah Muller earned a BS degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a MA from the University of Maryland.

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American Innovative's Adam Hocherman

Adam Hocherman founded American Innovative in 2003 and currently serves as the company's president. In addition to running day-to-day operations, he is the inventor of many of American Innovative's consumer products.

Prior to founding American Innovative, Hocherman was the VP Engineering at Syncline, Inc., a Boston-based firm specializing in web-based GIS (Geographic Information Systems) solutions. A member of the management team, he was principally in charge of the company's engineering department. In addition Hocherman served as the primary client engagement manager for most of the large-scale project work completed at the firm. Before Syncline, Hocherman spent several years as part of Accenture's (formerly Andersen Consulting) Internet Center of Excellence in Boston. The Internet Center (or ICE) was part of a then-fledgling network of niche development arms within Andersen Consulting responsible for the very first Internet technology projects procured by the global firm. At the ICE center Hocherman was responsible for the architecture and development of large-scale, Java-based enterprise internet projects.

Adam Hocherman's comments are from a panel entitled Rising Stars: The "Early Days" of Promising Young Entrepreneurs that was given during Entrepreneurship at Cornell's Celebration event in April 2010.

Adam Hocherman holds both a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.


Dana Lampert of Wiggio

Dana Lampert is a Cornell University student and co-founder of is a free, online toolkit that makes it easy for students to work in groups. It offers simple functionalities, such as a shared calendar to coordinate meetings, the ability to send mass text messages, a shared document folder, instant polling capabilities, and free conference calls.

Dana Lampert expects to receive his undergraduate degree from Cornell Univesity in 2008.

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Tom Schryver, CFO of e2e Materials

Tom Schryver is CFO of e2e Materials, a leading venture-backed clean tech company. e2e's proprietary biocomposites are biodegradable, 100% natural with zero toxins, and provide superior strengths at lower weights than toxin-laden wood composites.

Schryver has extensive experience providing financial and strategic services and advice to technology transfer startups. His most recent role was as vice president, finance and operations at Novomer, a green materials company commercializing innovative polymer technology developed at Cornell University. Prior to Novomer, he was director of finance for the Triad Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the Foundation, including accounting, audit, and investing the Foundation's $250 million portfolio.

Tom Schryver's comments are from the panel discussion entitled Investing in the New Economy: The Changing Landscape and its Funding Models from Entrepreneurship at Cornell's Celebration event in April 2010.

Schryver has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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William Rosensweig from Physic Ventures

William Rosenzweig is co-founder and Managing Director at Physic Ventures. He focuses on creating and building early-stage opportunities that bring science to consumers in the areas of prevention, wellness and sustainable living. Will is currently on the board of directors of Attune Foods, EnergyHub, GoodGuide, and Pharmaca.

Will was previously co-founder and Managing Director of Great Spirit Ventures, a venture fund focused on the consumer-driven health sector and co-founder and CEO of Brand New Brands, a functional food accelerator fund.

Earlier in his career, Will actively participated in creating successful food and consumer-driven health companies as an investor or member of senior management. In 1990, Will co-founded and served as President, CEO, and Minister of Progress of The Republic of Tea, an award-winning specialty tea company that is often credited with creating the premium tea category in the United States. The company grew very rapidly and was acquired in 1994. In 1995, Will was named Senior Vice President of Odwalla (1994-1997), the nation's largest fresh juice company where he directed the brand and strategy of the company. His prior work experience includes roles as Vice President of Nakamichi (1985-1989); Partner and CEO of Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries (1998-2001); Chairman of (1998-2001); and Co-Founder of Venture Strategy Partners(1997-2000). He also worked on the founding team of LeapFrog, a leading education and toy company. In 2004, he founded Kingdom of Herbs, a purveyor of organic products for home and garden at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Will was on the faculty at the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley from 1999 to 2006, where he taught the MBA course in Social Entrepreneurship.

Will is the co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business (Doubleday 1992, 1994), a bestselling book that chronicles the start up of a new company and how an idea becomes a busines.

Will Rosenzweig's comments are from the panel discussion entitled Investing in the New Economy: The Changing Landscape and its Funding Models from Entrepreneurship at Cornell's Celebration event in April 2010.

Will Rosenzweig received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

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Angela Mwanza - Investing in the New Economy

Angela Mwanza is Senior Vice President at UBS. Previously, she was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management managing a team that advises wealthy individuals and their families, charitable organizations, endowments, and corporations on sophisticated strategies to preserve, grow and transfer wealth. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mwanza worked in a similar role at Fleet Private Clients Group, having begun her financial services career at the J.P.Morgan Private Bank where she managed the U.S. Mutual Funds Desk.

Angela Mwanza holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Konstanz, Germany and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Monday, June 28, 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tien Tzuo, CEO, Zuora, Inc.

Tien Tzuo is the Chief Executive Officer at Zuora, Inc.

Tien was one of the "original forces" at, which he joined in 1999 as the 11th employee, when the company was still operating out of a house on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. In his 9 years there, Tien held a variety of executive roles in's technology, marketing, and strategy organizations, including building out the product management & marketing organization, serving as salsforce's first Chief Marketing Officer, and most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.

Tien personally oversaw the vision, direction, and design of the first 17 releases of's award winning product line, including overseeing the launch of and the AppExchange. In 2004, Tien was named CMO of the Year Finalist by the CMO Council and BusinessWeek Magazine. Tien is also widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in the software-as-a-service industry. His podcast on the Secrets of Salesforce is widely cited and has been downloaded over 250,000 times.

Tien Tzuo holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master's in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Doug Rowan

Doug Rowan has served as President and CEO of Imaging Solutions Corporation, a Kirkland, Washington-based consulting company established to help companies plan strategy, find customers and identify funding for their digital content related products and services. The focus over the past year on been on helping retailers, manufacturers and service providers reach Today's Mom through social media, television and branding. One of the companies that Imaging Solutions has been helping is ZoomAlbum which provides a family of innovative products through which consumers and professionals can produce very high quality photo albums using ink jet printers in the home or stores.

From August 1998 until February 2002, Doug also served as Founder and CEO of Impli, Inc., a company installing flat panel computer screens in checkout lanes at supermarkets to entertain and advertise to shoppers waiting to checkout. During 1998 and 1999, Doug also worked with a group to prepare "A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress� which was published in 2000. Prior to this, Doug was recruited by Bill Gates and served as President and CEO of Corbis Corporation from 1994 to 1997. At Corbis, Doug oversaw the acquisition of the Bettmann Archive, established the Corbis brand and migrated the Corbis business from off-line licensing and CD-ROMs to the current Corbis online licensing business. From 1991 to 1993, Doug served as President of another image content and software pioneer, AXS Optical Technology Resource of Berkeley, California. AXS developed and sold software to manage photographs for the top 25 newspapers in the U.S., signing exclusive content agreements with organizations such as the Brooklyn and Frick Museums, among others. AXS was an early leader in metadata with newspapers and others. Before that, Doug's experience includes serving in executive positions for AMPEX of Redwood City, CA, from 1988 to 1990; MASSCOMP of Westford, Massachusetts from 1984 to 1988; and IBM from 1962 to 1984.

Doug Rowan received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Cornell University.


David Fischell, CEO, Angel Medical Systems

David Fischell is the CEO of Angel Medical Systems. Fischell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded nine biomedical device companies in the last 15 years, including Angel Medical Systems, a company which has developed an implantable heart attack detection and patient alerting system.

Other companies include Neuralieve, Inc (2002) to develop Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation systems for Migraine Headaches; and NeuroPace, Inc. (1997) to develop implantable brain pacemakers to treat epilepsy.

David Fischell was at Bell Laboratories in 1979 where, for 11 years, he performed and directed a wide range of research and development projects. He left Bell Labs in 1991 to work full time on medical devices. He currently holds 85 issued U.S. patents, and has published numerous papers in the fields of telecommunications, cardiology, radiobiology, and radiation dosimetry.

David Fischell's comments are from a panel entitled "Bootstrapping to Success: Starting a Business on a Shoestring and a Prayer" that took place during Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in April 2010.

David Fischell earning his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University.

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Harry Hill, President Of Oak Lawn Marketing

Harry Hill is the President of Oak Lawn Marketing.

Harry Hill's comments are from a panel entitled "Bootstrapping to Success: Starting a Business on a Shoestring and a Prayer" that took place during Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in April 2010.

Harry Hill received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

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