At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top United States based CEO’ operating in the Career Planning space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO and Co-Founder of Career Karma
CEO of Career Karma Co-Host of the Breaking Into Startups Podcast Previously at: AtlSchool, Honor, and Hustle Prior to Tech: Investment Banker and Professional Cellist
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About Career Karma: Career Karma helps people find career advice and job training to navigate their careers.
Co-Founder & CEO of Guild Education
Rachel Carlson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Guild Education, which helps employers design and offer education-as-benefit programs that provide employees with individualized pathways to a degree and earn credit for on-the-job training. Selected as one of Forbes’ 30-Under-30 for Education, Rachel has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Rachel lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, David.
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About Guild Education: Guild Education is a lifelong learning platform that offers classes, programs, and degrees for working adults.
Co-Founder & CEO of Zippia
Henry is the founder and CEO of Zippia, Inc. Henry is a passionate technology entrepreneur who have started 4 software companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He brought innovations to the real estate industry through Movoto.com. Prior to founding Movoto, he co-founded MediSpark, which was acquired by iScribe and then Caremark, as well as Cranite Systems, a wireless security software company. Henry has also held a number of business and product management positions at Applied Materials and FormFactor. Henry holds Master of Science degrees in both management and in engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. https://www.zippia.com
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About Zippia: Zippia offers every person access to all of their career options and how those various paths will impact their professional lives.
Lisa Skeete Tatum
CEO & Co-Founder of Landit
Lisa Skeete Tatum is the founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to increase the success and engagement of women in the workplace, and to enable enterprises to attract, develop, and retain high-potential diverse talent. Landit provides each woman with a personalized playbook that empowers them with the tools, resources, and human connections they need to successfully navigate their career path.
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About Landit: Landit is a personalized career pathing platform that enables women and diverse groups to succeed in the workplace.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of The Muse.
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About Penguin Random House, The Muse, XFactor Ventures: The Muse is an internet company that offers an online career platform that provides job listings and advice to people.
CEO & Co-founder of The Mom Project
After having her son Asher in 2015, Allison identified how universally challenging it can be for American mothers to juggle the demands of motherhood with a full-time career and decided to tackle the issue on a national scale. Prior to founding The Mom Project, Allison spent 8 years at Procter and Gamble working on go to market strategies for leading household brands with a special focus on moms during her tenure on the Pampers brand. As CEO, Allison is responsible for delivering on the company’s mission of building a better workplace for women while supporting our customers through innovative talent solutions that help them attract and retain the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives they need to propel their businesses forward.
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About The Mom Project: The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace helping women remain active in the workforce.
CEO & Founder of Levo
There is evidence that Caroline’s company Levo quietly closed down operations leaving invoices to vendors and creditors unpaid in 2019. As of 2019 and 2020, the company could not be reached when contacted for payment.
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About Levo: Levo is the largest and fastest-growing professional network for millennials.
Chief Executive Officer of Recruiter.com
A senior executive with 25+ years of experience in eCommerce at Fortune 500 and start-up environments with a history of rapidly growing businesses, capturing market share, and multiple exits. A strong emphasis in sales, market development, corporate and product strategy, marketing, and business development. Extensive management experience in payments, enterprise software, wireless and mobile software, security software, managed services and penetrating new markets for new technology solutions. Specialties: Payments • eCommerce • Marketplaces • Mobile Commerce • Alternative Payments • Business Development • Strategic Alliances & Partnerships • Sales Management • P&L Management • Strategy • Product Innovation • C-Level Sales • Small Business • Acquirers • International
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About CrowdSelling, Recruiter.com, SaleSpread, SaleSpread, Sohn Conference Foundation: Recruiter.com is a leading on-demand recruiting platform that provides flexible talent acquisition solutions for startups to the Fortune 100
CEO and Founder of HelloTeam
Tanya Bakalov is the CEO & Founder of HelloTeam, a modern employee engagement and performance management platform that is redefining the way companies engage and retain top talent. In 2005, Bakalov left her position as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and Touche to co-found SevOne, where she served as COO and Chief People Officer. Under her leadership, the company grew to more than 500 employees worldwide and generated nearly $100M annually, making it the industry leader in digital infrastructure management software. Using her experiences in scaling SevOne, Tanya created HelloTeam in 2016 to address a growing problem in the workplace: providing business leaders with data and insights needed to build strong and data-driven people strategies. In collaboration with her global team, Bakalov advances the mission to empower each individual within an organization: boosting productivity, transforming the employee experience, and enhancing overall business and company culture. Her groundbreaking work as a two-time female founder earned her several awards, including the prestigious 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award. Bakalov is also Managing Partner at VT Technology Ventures and a member of the Horn Entrepreneurship National Advisory Board at the University of Delaware. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and MIS from the University of Delaware.
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About HelloTeam, VT Technology Ventures: HelloTeam is the all-in-one employee engagement and performance management platform for the modern workforce.
Founder and CEO of Teal
David Fano is founder & CEO at Teal.
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About Teal: Teal helps people navigate change and drive their career with confidence and purpose.
CEO and Founder of Pathrise
Kevin Wu is a Founder and CEO at Pathrise.
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About Pathrise: Pathrise is an online mentorship program for tech professionals that provides training, and advice to help in landing the next job.
Chief Executive Officer of Saba Software
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About Saba Software: We want to help transform your talent management processes to help you drive better business results and gain competitive advantage.
CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Saba Software
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About Saba Software: We want to help transform your talent management processes to help you drive better business results and gain competitive advantage.
Founder & CEO of FlexJobs Corporation
OFFICIAL BIO: Sara Sutton is passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better. For the past 12+ years, she has been the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional flexible job opportunities, and she started her career in 1995 when she co-Founded the first online entry-level job service JobDirect (sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000). Sutton has been featured as an expert on the employment market and future of work in a wide variety of media outlets, including Time, Fast Company, CNN, NBC, Forbes, Inc., and hundreds of others, as well as has been a speaker on a wide variety of employment and future of work topics at various World Economic Forum’s events, SXSW, Dell Technologies World, and many smaller scale conferences and summits. Sara deeply believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today’s workforce, and that utilizing workplace technology to support telecommuting, freelance, part-time, and flexible work will achieve societal, environmental, and economic benefits for both employees and employers. As a result, she is committed to providing education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. In addition to FlexJobs, Sara has launched an advocacy initiative, 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013; a resource for integrating remote work into business models, Remote.co in 2015; and most recently in 2016 The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), a conference that brings together organizations looking to further leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams. For her work in the employment and technology fields, she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is honored to serve on the Advisory Group for the YGL program. She also is an active angel investor with a focus on companies using technology for societal good in an impactful way. Sara holds a BA in Society, Technology, and the Environment from the University of California at Berkeley, and resides in Boulder, Colorado, USA with her two children.
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About FlexJobs Corporation, Remote.co: FlexJobs is the most trusted job service for helping people find flexible jobs – remote, freelance, part-time, and flexible schedules.
Founder and CEO of SchooLinks
Katie Fang is the founder & CEO of SchooLinks; a college readiness platform that helps students plan their post-secondary paths and districts improve their college and career readiness program outcome. Katie is a world traveler and studied abroad in four countries since the age of twelve. After her world adventures and founding SchooLinks in Los Angeles, she settled in Austin, TX to continue scaling SchooLinks. She was named Forbes Top 30 under 30 in 2018, Top Texan under 30 in 2016, the Young Woman to Watch, was on the cover of Austin Woman June 2016 issue, and was the Woman’s Way award winner in May 2017.
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About SchooLinks: SchooLinks is a career readiness platform that engages students in career education and college planning and application.
Founder & CEO of Mentor Spaces
Chris Motley is the founder and CEO of The Whether.
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About Mentor Spaces: Mentor Spaces is a community-driven mentorship platform for early career Black and Latinx professionals.
William E. Staib
President and CEO, Co-Founder of College Raptor
William E. Staib, also known as Bill, is Founder at College Raptor, Inc. William Staib serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at College Raptor, Inc. William Staib is an information technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience starting and growing technology-based companies. William Staib served as Executive Vice President of Technology at Pinnacor Inc., since joining it in August 2001. William Staib served as the Chief Executive Officer of Stockpoint Inc. since December 1998 and its Chief Technology Officer since June 1998 and also served as its President. William Staib served as Vice President of Technology at Stockpoint Inc. from 1992 to 1998. He served as a Director of Stockpoint Inc. since May 1992. In 1998, he was named as the “State of Iowa’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 1992, he was recognized for creating “One of the Six Most Outstanding Engineering Achievements in the United States” by the National Society of Professional Engineers. William Staib is the inventor of one international and two U.S. patents and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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About College Raptor: College Raptor is a higher education technology company that simplifies the college search and application process.
Founder & CEO of App Academy
Founder of App Academy.
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About App Academy: App Academy is a web development school where 98% of graduates are placed in developer roles earning an avg. of $105K in SF and $89 in NYC.
Chief Executive Officer of Keypath Education
Steve Fireng is Global CEO at Keypath Education.
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About Ad Venture Interactive Corp, Keypath Education, Nuro Retention: Keypath Education delivers programs that meet the needs of the future of work and help solve global, social, and economic challenges.
President & CEO of Big Interview
Pamela Skillings is an author, career development expert, and co-founder of Skillful Communications, a company that provides career coaching and training for individuals and training and development consulting for organizations. Skillful has also developed Big Interview, an online job interview training system that helps clients ace their interviews and land job offers. Pam is the author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams (Random House) and has been featured as a career expert by The New York Times, Newsweek, ABC News, and other media outlets . She is an adjunct professor at New York University and frequently leads workshops on career development topics for organizations including the American Management Association, the City of New York, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is also a contributing columnist for About.com and other publications. Previously, Pamela spent more than twelve years as a marketing and human resources executive for Fortune 500 firms including Citigroup, MasterCard International, and Morgan Stanley.
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About Big Interview: Big Interview offers an AI-base job interview training platform.
Founder & CEO of Ladders
Marc Cenedella is the Founder at Leet Resumes – we write great professional resumes for free (tips appreciated!) www.leetresumes.com and Founder at Ladders – we apply to $100K+ jobs for you: ldd.rs/jobs He is the author of the largest career advice newsletter in the United States, which reaches an audience of nearly 10 million weekly. Several of his books have reached #1 on Amazon Careers Bestsellers List: www.ldd.rs/amzn A nationally renowned thought leader on careers, career management and recruiting, Marc is frequently sought out by national media organizations for his expert commentary on employment and entrepreneurialism. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Wired, and Businessweek, appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg and has spoken at Ignition, SHRM, and Internet Summit as well as Harvard Business School, Columbia University, and Yale. Previously, Marc was a Senior Vice President at HotJobs.com, where he served as lead on its sale to Yahoo in 2002 for $436 million. From Fredonia, New York, Marc holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Yale College. A list of Marc Cenedella’s social media accounts is here: o. Ladders: https://www.theladders.com/expert/marc-cenedella o. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mcenedella/ o. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/9153 o. Twitter: https://twitter.com/cenedella o. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Marc-Cenedella/e/B0040YIP54/ o. Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cenedella/ o. Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/mcenedella o. Github: https://github.com/cenedella o. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cenedella/ o. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVd-moy_xzNMUWkKEYDejQ o. Angellist: https://angel.co/marccenedella o. Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/marc-cenedella o. GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22907929-marc-cenedella o. StackExchange: https://stackexchange.com/users/1656820/marc-cenedella o. Medium: https://medium.com/@cenedella o. BusinessInsider: https://www.businessinsider.com/author/marc-cenedella o. Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=mcenedella o. Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/Marc-Cenedella
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About Ladders: Ladders is the home for $100K+ careers
Founder & CEO of Firsthand
Fredrik Marø is the Founder & CEO at Firsthand
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About Firsthand: The #1 Alumni Engagement and Mentoring Platform
CEO and Co-Founder of Goodwall
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About Goodwall: Goodwall is a social development platform for young people to connect over shared interests and discover opportunities.
Patrick F. Sullivan
Founder & CEO of Bonsai
Patrick F. Sullivan is the Founder & CEO at Bonsai.
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About Bonsai, CareerWise New York, H2, HERE to HERE, RightsFlow: Bonsai is a 1:1 video chat platform for business and career advice.
Patrick F. Sullivan
CEO and Co-Founder of Bonsai
Patrick F. Sullivan is the CEO and Co-founder of Bonsai.
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About Bonsai: Bonsai is a 1:1 video chat platform for business and career advice.
Co-founder & CEO of Upkey
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About Upkey: Upkey is a provider of remote career readiness and talent engagement tools for students, universities, and companies.
Chief Executive Officer of ExecThread
Joe Meyer is the President and CEO of HopStop, a leading location-based service that provides transit-routing and pedestrian navigation in 57 major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Russia. Prior to HopStop, Mr. Meyer was a Vice President and General Manager for AOL’s Quigo Technologies. At Quigo, a leading contextual ad network that was acquired by AOL in late 2007 for $376 Million, Mr. Meyer was responsible for on-boarding and managing exclusive partnerships with hundreds of leading online publishers including Time Inc., ABC News, CareerBuilder, ESPN, Forbes, FoxNews, USA Today, Fodor’s and several other top digital media companies. Before Quigo, Mr. Meyer was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for Onset Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meyer was a General Manager at eBay where he launched eBay’s inaugural co-op advertising program, and managed several large product categories for the e-commerce leader including Collectibles and Sporting Goods. In addition to his responsibilities at HopStop, Mr. Meyer was most recently on the Board of Advisors for Adtuitive (acquired by Etsy) and Belief Networks (acquired by BenefitFocus); and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Snooth, Spongecell and Kalexo. Mr. Meyer lives in Mamaroneck, NY with his wife and four children, and earned a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Wharton.
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About ExecThread, HopStop.com: ExecThread helps hiring companies and recruiters connect with other professional people.
Founder & CEO of Sales Bootcamp
James Nielsen is the chief executive officer of [Sales Bootcamp](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/salesbootcamp), an in-person sales bootcamp that trains individuals with little or no sales experience to earn entry level sales jobs in tech. Previously, he worked as the vice president of global sales and customer success at Wizeline. Nielsen was also employed as the vice president and director of sales at Ustream and Ooyala respectively. Nielsen holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
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About Sales Bootcamp: Free training to earn your first tech job in sales.
Co-Founder & CEO of DreamJobbing
Burton Roberts was born pushing himself in everything he does in life – always looking for the next challenge and life changing experience. A true entrepreneur, adventurer, sportsman, and world traveler, he has checked off more items on his bucket list than most people will in their lifetimes. In 2004, Burton changed career paths to pursue his passions and hit the ground running into the entertainment world. He quickly proved naysayers wrong with success of his first show that he sold to Fox. Seeing the potential in a bigger partnership, he and close friend and fellow traveler Alex Boylan joined forces to form Around The World Productions in 2007 (www.aroundtheworldproductions.com) and went on to break ground creating online interactive shows with multiplatform distribution. Shows include Around The World For Free, Jeff and Jordan do America, and Catching Tail, as well as hundreds of episodes domestically and internationally for clients such as CBS, Rachael Ray, Sportsman Channel, the Boy Scouts of America, and Travel Channel to name a few. They have traveled the world from end to end and their countless, and crazy, stories have kept the travel bug at bay. Burton was also the CEO and host of the Yacht Channel which was the ultimate dream job that took him around the world from the south of France to the Seychelles. His typical office was aboard multi-million dollar yachts at sea including aboard venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ $100M+ sailboat The Maltese Falcon.
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About DreamJobbing, Texas Triggers, The College Tour: DreamJobbing is a robust digital platform that broadcasts one-of-a-kind “job”.
Founder & CEO of Cluster
Kim Taylor is the Founder & CEO of Cluster. 2x Founder with a previous exit. Solver of real problems.
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About Cluster: Connecting engineers to Industrial Tech careers in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense
CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of RMI. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
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About Energy Web Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI): Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.
CEO of ACT
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About ACT: ACT is an independent, non-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management
Co-Founder and CEO of Placement
Sean Linehan is the Co-Founder and CEO at Placement.
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About Placement: Fly through your job search. Access career coaching, live workshops, and magic tools at Placement.com.
Founder & CEO of EcSELL Institute
Bill Eckstrom is a business owner, executive, entrepreneur, outdoorsman, Husker fan, cyclist, student, husband, and father. His primary passion can be stated in one word: Growth. More specifically how coaches, leaders and managers impact the growth and performance of individuals and teams. This passion ignited Bill to found the EcSell Institute, a research based organization that works with leaders in sales departments to help them understand, elevate and measure coaching’s impact on team performance. EcSell’s science and programming on the role of the leader as a coach has been changing the behaviors, activities and performance of organizational teams around the world. Bill spent his first 13 years in personal production, began his sales management career in 2000 with a medical equipment company and rapidly climbed the ranks, being named the U.S. Director of Sales in 2003. In late 2004, Bill was lured away to become Sr. V.P. of Business Development for a publicly traded healthcare organization. By 2008 the organization’s stock price had doubled and new sales revenue had grown 280%. Bill is a renowned keynote speaker, has been featured on the cover of industry magazines, author of countless research based articles, e-books, white papers and recently took the TEDx stage in front of 1,800 people. He and an EcSell colleague are also in the final stages of publishing a book to share the company’s findings and research on the behaviors, activities and financial impact of coaching on sales teams. Growth is also woven into the fabric of Bill’s philanthropic life, evidenced by his involvement in therapy dog work. He and their Labrador, Aspen, are becoming heavily involved in working with the elderly, hospital patients and anywhere the presence of Aspen’s wagging tail and soft soul brings a smile. Bill’s home is Lincoln, NE with his amazing wife Kerstin. Together they have three beautiful children, Will Jr., Claire and Maddie.
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About EcSELL Institute: EcSell Institute provides growth solutions to sales departments by focusing on and working with sales leaders.
Founder & CEO of Dreamers & Doers
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About Dreamers & Doers, Founders Pledge: Dreamers & Doers is a private collective for extraordinary entrepreneurial womxn.
Founder and CEO of Harbor
William Rueter joined Advent International in 2012. He previously worked in the Financial Sponsors Group at UBS in New York.
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About Advent International, Harbor: Harbor is a digital tools to help advisors turn leads into prospects.
CEO of PageUp
Mark Rice is the CEO at PageUp.
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About PageUp: Cloud-based Unified Talent Management Software
Scott W. Steffey
President & CEO of Career Education Corporation
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About Career Education Corporation: Career Education Corporation is a dynamic educational services company committed to quality, career-focused learning and led by passionate
CEO of Selected
Co-founder and CEO of Selected, mobile/web developer & entrepreneur, former COO of iMentor.org, Goldman Sachs & Princeton alum
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About Selected: Selected is a matching platform for job-seeking teachers and hiring K-12 urban schools.
Co-Founder & CEO of Planet Expat
Yamin acquired robust operations, finance and project management skills through his experiences at Alcatel, Deloitte and AXA. He successfully led numerous global technology and process improvement projects, generating significant savings and growth opportunities. He is also a serial entrepreneur and an expert in early start-up development. Fluent in French, English, Arabic and Spanish, Yamin studied or worked in 5 countries, building a strong personal network over the past 10 years. He firmly believes in PlanetExpat and in the benefit of a world full of opportunities for young students.
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About Planet Expat: 1) Expert coaching to maximize your professional profile & boost your career 2) Connects talent with innovative international companies
Chief Executive Officer of Kurt Salmon
Brooks Kitchel is chief executive officer of Kurt Salmon. He was most recently managing partner for Kurt Salmon North America and head of the firm’s prestigious Global Retail and Consumer Group. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the retail and consumer products industry to his role. Named one of Consulting magazine’s Top 25 Consultants for Client Service in 2009, Mr. Kitchel’s expertise covers execution of major change efforts focused on both growth and cost-cutting.
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About Kurt Salmon, Kurt Salmon, Kurt Salmon: Kurt Salmon is a global management consulting firm dedicated to building the market leaders of tomorrow—whatever tomorrow might look like.
Co-Founder, President & CEO of Yellowbrick
Empowering the next generation of talent through globally accessible and equitable programs in partnership with the world’s leading universities, brands, and employers.
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About Yellowbrick: Empowering the next generation of talent to achieve their calling by tapping into passion points
Chief Executive Officer of ELEVATE U
Bevon Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of ElevateU, a talent acquisition and business development platform focused on connecting experienced candidates, transitioning military veterans, colleges, and high schools. ElevateU provides its members with a competitive advantage in entering today’s job market. Bevon started his career in the US Navy, and was recruited by Lockheed Martin to lead the US Navy Sonar Arrays Project, he was one of 4 Engineers assigned to Spawar. He simultaneously launched the first GDPR social media platform in 2016 which connected users in over 162 countries. teaches yoga.
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About ELEVATE U, Hashtiv: ElevateU is a collaborative intelligence network connecting professionals, employers, schools, and cities to an all-in-one solution.
Co-Founder & CEO of Skillist
Ananth leads strategy, sales, and business operations for Skillist. He has deep strategy and leadership experience across private and public-sector organizations from his time at Bain & Co, the KIPP Foundation and UC Riverside.
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About Skillist: Skillist is a venture-backed, mission-driven startup that connects untapped talent to in-demand jobs.
Meghan M. Biro
Co-Founder & CEO of TalentCulture LLC
Meghan M. Biro is a globally-recognized leader, talent management and career strategist, and social community catalyst. As founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, she has worked with hundreds of companies, from early-stage ventures to global brands like Microsoft, IBM and Google, helping them recruit and empower stellar talent. Meghan believes that, for companies to succeed in the 21st century world of work, they must build dynamic cultures that are hardwired to social media. This creates ongoing real-time communities, not only within an organization, but also with its partners and customers, both current and potential. As an ever-evolving, cross-pollinating, idea-sparking culture takes hold – leadership, unity, morale, flexibility and performance improve. Meghan began her recruiting career while working on a research team at Yale University and then moved into software technology business markets. She is a leader with a passion for sharing ideas – and creating thriving communities that serve both organizations and people. As a humanist, for Meghan it all comes down to people – social media is at heart a human tool. It connects us and takes collaboration to a whole new level. Meghan lives what she preaches about social communities. With vision and passion for the human dynamics that drive business success, she founded TalentCulture, and has grown the community and its flagship #TChat Twitter presence to unparalled popularity. She also co-hosts a weekly #TChat Radio program with TalentCulture co-founder, Kevin W. Grossman, and serves as an advisor to other Twitter interest groups, such as #HRTechChat. Along the way, Meghan’s living metaphors for today’s networked organizations have become standards for best practices in social community engagement and development. She writes about these strategies and principles as a regular contributor at Forbes.com. Her ideas have also been featured in other innovative blogging communities such as CBS MoneyWatch, Dice, SHRM, Monster, Mashable and Glassdoor. While Meghan has her finger on the world’s digital pulse, she also embraces traditional media. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, has been a featured speaker at global leadership conferences and forums.
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About TalentCulture LLC: TalentCulture is a media outlet and marketing and communications consultancy dedicated to elevating the World of Work.
CEO and Founder of WITI
Carolyn Leighton founded WITI in 1989 as a worldwide e-mail network for women in all technology sectors. At the time WITI was established, Carolyn Leighton was President of Criterion Research, a research consulting firm for the high tech industry which she founded in 1984, as well as chair of the Core Competency Database Project at Stanford University. Due to Carolyn Leighton’s leadership and vision, WITI has grown to be the premiere brand and worldwide organization dedicated to empowering women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. Carolyn Leighton has 35 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur. In addition to WITI, she founded four start-ups in the high-tech, legal sectors and, most recently, the pet industry. She attended the University of Michigan and has a bachelor’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Carolyn Leighton was named one of the “Top 100 Women in Computing” in 1997 and 2000. In addition to her continuing work with WITI, Carolyn Leighton now runs a dog camp on the central coast of California.
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About WITI: WITI is the premier global organization helping tech-savvy women attain their professional goals.
CEO of Pathways
Danny is CEO of Pathways. For over 20 years clients have trusted Danny to design and execute recruiting and talent development strategies. He has one aim: helping organizations tap their potential by creating meaningful places to work. Previously, Danny served as CEO of a national retained search firm. He has also served as Co-Chair of The Greater Phoenix Economic Council where he co-authored and passed state legislation for tort reform in trauma cases.
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About Pathways: Pathways Platform is a Technology-Enabled Services in Recruiting, Engagement & Employee Development
Founder & CEO of Story2
Award-winning author, educator, and entrepreneur Carol Barash holds degrees from Yale (BA, summa cum laude), UVa (MA), and Princeton (PhD) and has spent 20+ years innovating EdTech. In 2014, with support from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and investments from Techstars and Kaplan Ventures, she founded Story2 to improve speaking, writing, and collaboration and to accelerate cross-border communication. More than 200,000 students, businesses and organizations around the world have used her patented Moments Method® software to outperform competition in admissions, career development, and personal writing and to launch new products and companies.
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About McGraw-Hill Education, Story2: Story2 is a provider of a platform used to expand speaking, writing, and collaboration through online storytelling.
Founder & CEO of Tenlegs
Amit is the Founder & CEO of Tenlegs, a global art & media network. Tenlegs helps arts schools & organizations to build their communities and serves innovative creative needs of world’s leading brands. Prior to Tenlegs, Amit was a Partner with Booz & Company (formerly known as Booz Allen Hamilton) based in the New York office. His experience spanned service industries including Media, Financial Services, and Technology. His clients included leading companies across United States, European Union and Asia. He is a hands-on dad, movie fanatic and nyc foodie.
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About Stripe, Tenlegs: Tenlegs provides an innovative platform to institutions, spanning community engagement, student success, career services, and more.
CEO of Fuel50
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About Fuel50: Fuel50 is the AI-powered opportunity marketplace that delivers internal talent mobility and workforce reskilling.
CEO of iGrad of Vireo Labs
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About : Building a career matchmaking app and platform to reinvent the $7B+ recruitment marketing sector.
Maggie Chan Jones
Founder & CEO of Tenshey
Maggie Chan Jones is an award-winning CMO and the Founder and CEO of Tenshey, a tech-enabled startup dedicated to advancing gender diversity through executive coaching for female leaders at all career levels. A trailblazer for women in technology, Maggie was the first woman to be named Chief Marketing Officer of SAP and has held leadership positions at Microsoft, Level 3 Communications, and Sun Microsystems. Frequently recognized as a thought-leader, Maggie was named one of the “world’s most influential CMOs” by Forbes. She’s a recipient of a Women of the Decade in Marketing, Branding and Communication award by Women Economic Forum, acknowledged for creativity and storytelling by the CMO Club Awards, and named a Top Ten Most Interesting B2B Executives, Woman of the Year, among others. Maggie received her undergraduate degree in business from Binghamton University and holds an MBA degree from Cornell University, where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Johnson NYC Club. She resides in NYC with her husband and their four-legged kid, a miniature poodle named Charlie.
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About Avast, Tenshey: Empowering female executives and leadership teams
President, Chairwoman and CEO of TalentGuard
Linda Ginac is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TalentGuard. Prior to TalentGuard, she founded a successful career development franchise, The Ginac Group, serving clients across the U.S. and Canada since 1999. Prior to this, Linda was Vice President of Product Strategy at Cofiniti, where she was instrumental in pioneering Cofiniti’s global entry into collaborative financial planning using cloud-based technology and helping to prepare the company for a successful exit. Linda also served as marketing executive at pcOrder collaborating with the team that led the company from an start-up to a NASDAQ-listed public corporation. In prior leadership roles, Linda served as Vice President of Marketing at EPSIAA, where she led global expansion of the brand through acquisition by Fiserv, Vice President of Business Development at Computer People and numerous leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation.
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About TalentGuard: TalentGuard provides a suite of talent management software to help companies and HR managers better engage and retain employees.
Co-founder / CEO of Acendre
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About Acendre: Acendre is a worldwide leader in cloud-based talent management software.
CEO of Find My Profession
In 2015, Mike Podesto founded Find My Profession. Find My Profession specializes in Executive Resume Writing and has become very well-known for their innovative approach to job searching. They call it their Career Finder Service. Read more about Mike Podesto here: https://mikepodesto.net/ Read more about Find My Profession here: https://www.findmyprofession.com/
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About Find My Profession: Executive Resume Writing Service & More
CEO of Simplicant
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About Simplicant: Modern SaaS platform for growing organizations to easily find, engage and hire top talent with agile recruiting practices.
Co-Founder, CEO/CTO of TransparentCareer
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About TransparentCareer: TransparentCareer is building the next-generation career management platform for job seekers and employers.
CEO & Co-Founder of The Suite
George is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of The Suite. He founded The Suite in order to fundamentally change the world of executive hiring and facilitate connections based on the alignment of Vision & Values. Prior to founding The Suite in 2019, George spent several years in the executive recruiting space where he was fortunate enough to advise some of the world’s leading VC & PE backed businesses on talent.
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About The Suite: The Suite is a career management & networking platform for executives.
CEO and Co-Founder of Thine
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About Thine, Volta Talent Strategies: Thine is a SaaS company that provides pre-hiring assessments for the modern law firm
CEO & Co-founder of Imperative
Aaron Hurst is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Imperative.
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About Imperative: Imperative connects and supports employees as peer coaches, enabling employers to transform careers and cultures.
CEO of Boulo Solutions
Delphine Carter is the CEO at Boulo Solutions.
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About Boulo Solutions: Boulo Solutions creates a platform that bridges professional women and goal-driven companies who hire talent for project-based work.
Founder & CEO of thelighthouse
Courtney Brand is the Founder and CEO of thelighthouse. Prior to thelighthouse, she worked as a Management Consultant for 5 years in New York, Shanghai, and Beijing, selling and delivering digital strategy projects to top clients including Alibaba, Apple, Mercedes, Porsche, and Danone. At 23, Courtney was transferred to PwC’s Shanghai office to help launch the firm’s new digital and innovation consulting practice in China which became the second highest revenue-generating team. As the Founder and CEO of thelighthouse, she is working to empower professionals with the network, insights, and support to thrive in their ever-changing careers and the fast changing world of work. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and French and graduated from Georgetown University.
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About thelighthouse: Personalized career insights empowering professionals to thrive in the fast-changing world of work
Founder and CEO of ClearlyNext
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About ClearlyNext: Career Education and Services Start-up
CEO of TalentEarth
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About TalentEarth: Talent Earth is an online employment networking platform designed to connect talented individuals with jobs and work opportunities.
CEO and Founder of Intelivate
Kris Fannin is CEO and Founder of Intelivate, a consulting firm specializing in workforce transformation through integrating leadership strategy, business process and training. Entering its second decade, Intelivate is the professional manifestation of his boundless unconventionality. Kris Fannin is not only its face but also the passion that fuels the company to evolve with each client and partnership. Both transformative and empathetic, Kris connects your vision with the approach that will transform roadblocks into results.
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About Intelivate: Intelivate’s workforce solutions integrate leadership strategy, business process and training for powerful business transformation.
CEO of ThinkOptimal
Dave McNasby is the Founder & CEO at SkillsFirst.
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About OptimalResume.com, SkillsFirst, ThinkOptimal: ThinkOptimal is a job resource company helping students and career centers to build career applications.
Co-Founder & CEO of benobe, LLC
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About benobe, LLC: Benobe is an application suite that targets on the process of career awareness and investigation for high school students.
Co-founder and CEO of Overgrad
With a background in both technology and education, Ryan spends his time at Overgrad building relationships with universities and high schools around the country. Prior to his current role, Ryan was a high school math teacher in St. Louis with Teach For America and a technology consultant with Deloitte. Ryan is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied General Engineering. A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, Ryan knows what it means to stay committed to a dream despite the circumstances.
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About Overgrad: Overgrad is an online platform that enables high school students to set long-term college and career goals.
Founder & CEO of Social Assurity
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About Social Assurity, The School of The New York Times: The Leading Social Media Advisory Service for College Admissions and Career Advice
Carol Fishman Cohen
CEO, Co-Founder of iRelaunch
Carol Fishman Cohen is CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, the leading and most comprehensive career reentry resource. iRelaunch is a strong advocate for the unique value that returning professionals bring to the workforce, and for the employers that hire them. iRelaunch has connected with a national network of over 13,000 people through more than 185 return to work programs and presentations. Carol is the co-author of acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track, a returning professional herself, and a practitioner immersed in the career reentry space for nearly 15 years. A graduate of Harvard Business School and mother of four, Carol’s return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Carol has connected with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus, and has engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their perspectives, and the risk they associate with hiring people returning from career break. Carol speaks globally about career reentry strategy. She has been tracking career reentry programs of all types since 2008 and has been studying the use of “professional internships” as a top career reentry strategy since that time. Returning professional internship programs are emerging as a special category of progressive action for reintegrating professionals back into the workforce at a later life stage. Carol’s 2012 research report about returning professional internships was the first to recognize the emergence of the internship as a powerful return-to-work strategy for both employers and returning professionals, and was the basis for a series of articles Carol wrote on the topic for Harvard Business Review. Her article “The 40 Year Old Intern,” was selected as an “HBR article that changed the way I think” as part of HBR’s 90th anniversary recognition of HBR articles that made the biggest difference in readers’ and contributors’ lives. Carol made her second appearance on the Today Show in a segment on this article. Carol was named a 2014 “40 Women to Watch over 40” Honoree. She is regularly featured in the national press as a commentator on career reentry topics. Back on the Career Track was one of Library Journal’s Best Business Books of 2007 and received 4 out of 5 stars from Business Week. To this day, it continues to receive excellent reader reviews. Originally published by Hachette, it is now published by Amazon and has been translated into Dutch and Korean.
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About Harvard Business Review, iRelaunch: iRelaunch offers products and services that enable professionals who had a career break to find jobs.
Founder/CEO of Homiee
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About Homiee: We provide personalized college and career recommendation for students, based on their personalities.
Karen Maria Alston
Founder , CEO & President of The Spectrum Circle
Karen’s favorite mantra is “Trust the Process.” Karen is an award winning, nationally recognized marketing & branding executive and entrepreneur. Recognized as a social impact leader, brand builder, innovator, storyteller, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is a nationally recognized award winning proven expert. Currently, Karen is the Chief Marketing Officer for Eagle Academy, a network of charter schools in Washington, DC. In addition to being a senior executive and member of the leadership team at her current employer, Karen has a boutique branding and marketing agency founded in 2002. In 2015, Karen added to her entrepreneurial journey and founded the innovative women’s professional development educational platform, The Spectrum Circle (www.thespectrumcircle.com). Sought after for her marketing, entrepreneurial and political knowledge Karen is a frequent TV and media contributor and has been featured on several outlets including, The Today Show, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BOLD TV, TV One (News One Now with Roland Martin), and numerous other podcasts and radio interviews. Karen is an international acclaimed public speaker and commentator on a range of topics including management, marketing, authentic leadership, diversity, wellness, women’s empowerment, branding, sexual harassment, (#metoo), gender bias & inclusion, and the glass ceiling. Karen has received dozens of awards for her accomplishments in leadership, marketing, entrepreneurship, branding, and wellness. Karen is a member of American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. Karen Maria Alston received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Howard University, an Executive Education Certificate in Branding and Design from Harvard University, an Executive Education Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and has completed two leadership programs at Harvard Business School. In 2017, an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School for the Women’s Leadership Forum. In 2018, an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School in Authentic Leadership. In 2019, a Modern Storytelling Certificate from Yale.
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About The Spectrum Circle: The Spectrum Circle is a educational professional development content platform for women to connect and share experiences.
Founder and CEO of Priizm
Meghan Kuhn is the founder and CEO of Priizm.
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About Priizm: Priizm helps people who want to optimize their lives by offering affordable, immediate access to top vetted coaches.
Co-Founder/CEO of Smaller Than 500, Inc.
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About Smaller Than 500, Inc.: Smaller Than 500 is a small company job search web app that helps small business owners and career searchers connect.
Founder & CEO of Vocatio
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About Vocatio: Vocational Media & Talent Marketplace
Founder & CEO of Vocatio
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About Vocatio: Vocational Media & Talent Marketplace
CEO of Zolent
CEO & Investor of Zolent.
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About Zolent: Zolent helps you to make money Easier. it’s Joyful to use as website or even as mobile application.
CEO / Co-founder of Majorwise
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About Majorwise: Software company designed to find students jobs, internships, and volunteering.