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[Top Women Leaders] Women and the Burden of Success With Jess Begen Galica, Founder of Reclaim Your Career
Jess Begen Galica is a corporate speaker and private coach. She helps high-performing women transform their career trajectories to find more purpose, balance, and fulfillment.
Jess has built a highly successful business career spanning almost every kind of corporate work environment, from top companies like Apple and Siemens to various startups to management consulting at Bain & Company.
After becoming a new mom, Jess pivoted, researched, and wrote about women and careers. She soon discovered that her story is not unique — building a stellar career, doing everything “right,” but waking up lost.
She went on to study the career trajectories of more than 150 highly successful women and has become an expert on career reinvention. She is the Founder of Reclaim Your Career, where she helps women launch a career change.
[EO Chicago] What Does Office Space Have to do With Company Culture? With Peter Billmeyer, Co-Founder of Bespoke Commercial Real Estate
Peter Billmeyer, SIOR, is a Co-founder and Managing Principal at Bespoke Commercial Real Estate, a company that finds, negotiates, finalizes, and extends custom real estate solutions for privately-held businesses and nonprofit organizations.
In his role, Peter prides himself on business development and creative problem solving to drive value for clients continually. He has a business degree from Oregon State University and was an Academic All-American, a four-year starter, and three-year captain of the soccer team — and eventually played professionally.
[Top Agency & Top Chicago Business Series] Digital Experience Design and the Agile Approach With Michael LaVista of Caxy Interactive
Michael LaVista is the Founder of Caxy Interactive, a Chicago-based custom software and technology company. Since 1999, they’ve been helping organizations create user-centered designs, content management systems, e-commerce, mobile application development, and much more. Over the past several decades, they have worked with clients like Motorola, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the American Dental Association.
[Top Women Leaders] Angel Investing the Smart and Healthy Way With Marcia Dawood of Mindshift Capital and Angel Capital Association
Marcia Dawood is an investor who has invested in over 200 early-stage private companies. She’s also a Venture Partner with Mindshift Capital. Mindshift Capital is a global, women-run venture firm investing in notable women-led companies solving big problems with sophisticated solutions.
Marcia is also part of the Investment Committee for the Next Wave Impact Fund, serves as a Board Member and Advisor to Zive and Misfits Bakehouse, and is an Activator for SheEO. Marcia currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Angel Capital Association.
[Top Agency & Chicago Business Series] Making Boring and Complicated Brands Come Alive With Allie LeFevere of Obedient Agency
Allie LeFevere is the Creative Director and Co-founder of Obedient, a humor branding agency. They turn businesses into unstoppable, unorthodox, unforgettable brands because they believe that standing out is not a matter of taste but of survival. Allie has spent the last decade working with brands to ensure their messaging isn’t a snoozefest.
Before starting Obedient, Allie was the VP of Engagement at a Chicago-based startup. She then jumped ship in 2014 to run her first business developing creative programs for companies like Dell, AT&T, Trunk Club, and emerging small businesses and startups.
[Top Women Leaders & Chicago Business Series] The Helpful Business With Becky Feinberg-Galvez, CEO of Candor Threads
Becky Feinberg-Galvez is the CEO and Co-owner of Candor Threads, a custom apparel company. The company was formerly known as Shop for Ties. Candor Threads first started as corporate textiles in 1982 when Becky’s stepfather, Arnie Kapp, founded the business. He began making cold calls to sell ties, winning over customers and connections from his basement office — and, more importantly — instilled the importance of speaking with candor and treating every customer as a friend.
Becky joined Candor Threads as a Marketing and Sales Manager and moved into the CEO position following her stepfather’s passing. As CEO, Becky has created steady year-over-year growth by introducing new products and implementing a customer-centered, detail-oriented approach to business.
How a Business Grew to $100 Million Using Direct Mail With Kevin Donlin, Founder of Client Cloning Systems
Kevin Donlin is the Founder of Client Cloning Systems, a company that helps executives leverage the power of direct mail, email, and warm calls. Kevin has been involved in marketing since 1994 and sold one of the first ebooks online, which was the beginning of his e-commerce journey. By the late 90s, he was a Webmaster for FedEx, where he worked with some of the pioneers of online marketing.
Since 1998, Kevin has been a copywriter and marketing advisor, delivering sales gains of more than $1 million on multiple occasions through direct mail and online marketing. He’s been interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune magazine, and many more. He’s a co-author and author of five marketing books.
[Israel Business Series] Real Life Superpowers Every Entrepreneur Should Have With Ronen Menipaz, CEO and Founder of M51 Entrepreneur Labs
Ronen Menipaz is an Israeli investor, entrepreneur, and tech advisor. He’s been a founder in the entertainment, ad-tech, and fintech space with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience.
Ronen is the CEO and Founder of M51 Entrepreneur Labs, a private equity company located in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company helps empower fearless, passionate, and creative Israeli entrepreneurs to succeed by leveraging M51’s ideas, time, and network of support.
How To Double Sales in the Next 12 Months — The Ultimate Sales Machine With Amanda Holmes and Troy Aberle of Chet Holmes International
Amanda Holmes is the CEO of Chet Holmes International, a privately held company founded by highly publicized thought leader, Chet Holmes. The organization aims to help small to medium-sized businesses grow faster, better, and smarter. They have assisted over 250,000 businesses worldwide. It’s the home to The Ultimate Sales Machine book, which was voted in the top 110 most recommended marketing and sales books.
Troy Aberle is a Coach for Chet Holmes International. He’s worked with many companies and helped them sell over $400 million. He’s used methodologies from Chet Holmes International to sell $12 million to prospects that were not interested and sold an entire year’s quota in one week. He also runs a life and business strategy company.
[Top Women Leaders] Speak Great, Sell Globally With Kerri Garbis of Ovation and Wendy Pease of Rapport International
Kerri Garbis is the CEO and Founder of Ovation, a go-to resource for professional presence and speaker development training. Through Ovation, Kerri has trained thousands of business professionals from companies such as Walt Disney and Mastercard. She helps them with presentation skills, storytelling, etiquette, and emotional intelligence. Kerri is the Author of Presentation Skills for Managers, published by McGraw Hill.
Wendy Pease is a language translation expert and the President of Rapport International, a translation and interpretation services company specializing in marketing translation. Wendy is the Author of The Language of Global Marketing: Translate Your Domestic Strategies into International Sales and Profits.