Speakers as of 01/08/2019--alpha by last name



Dave Berkus

Dave Berkus
Author, Speaker, Consultant,
Managing Partner at Wayfare Ventures LLC 


Dave Berkus has a well-established track record in operations, venture investing and corporate board service, both public and private. As an entrepreneur, he has formed, managed and sold successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas. As a private equity investor, he has obtained healthy returns from liquidity events in over 25 investments in early-stage ventures. He acts as board member, chairman, CEO coach or advisory board member to over 20 technology companies, both public and private. 


Ivy Ford

Ivy Ford
Head of Global Employee Experience and Development, YETI, Inc.



In the summer of 2013, Ivy came across an opportunity to join a small, but growing, outdoor consumer products company called YETI Coolers as their first, full-time Recruiter. She led the recruiting initiative for nearly 5 years helping the company's leadership team grow the business from 75 employees domestically to over 500 employees internationally.
Due to her passion for both maintaining the YETI culture and building YETI as a career destination, she was uniquely qualified to take on the role of Director of Employee Experience & Development in February 2018.  Ivy's mantra is "Do what you love and love what you do.  It's the best way to do great work!"

 

Lyn Graf

Lyn Graf

Storytelling for Entrepreneurs is an online platform and resource that helps entrepreneurs create, tell, and leverage their stories to launch and grow their businesses. Over the last 15 years we have filmed some of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet, immersed ourselves in the art and science of entrepreneurial storytelling, and learned from the best of the best on what constitutes a great story. The list includes over 500 entrepreneurs such as the founders of Whole Foods, LinkedIn, Zappos, The Knot, Paul Mitchell, Chobani and TOMS. Storytelling for Entrepreneurs provides books, online courses, blogs, videos, and content designed to help founders leverage the power of story to get results for their business. For more information, visit StorytellingForEntrepreneurs.com.


Michael Levie

Michael Levie
Founding Partner at citizenM


Michael Levie is a founding partner of Netherlands-based citizenM hotels, and heads the group’s operations. Upon graduating from ESSEC with an MBA in Hospitality Management, Michael Levie worked for various international hotel chains including Sonesta International and NH Hoteles, which took him to assignments all over the world and eventually led to the position of Vice President of Operations, giving him responsibility for managing large hotel portfolios.


 Peri Pierone

Peri Pierone
Chief Executive Officer, Eleven Software


Peri has been in B2B software since 1992 in companies large and small. He joined Eleven Software in January of 2017 and while he had extensive experience in SaaS based software he is relatively new to the Hospitality Industry.


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