Atlanta Conference : Growth Gurus & Speakers

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Growth Gurus & Speakers

  • Pamela Adams
  • Tina Baker
  • Paula Goodman
  • Maribeth Kuzmeski
  • Jewel Daniels
  • Lourdes Martin-Rosa
  • Marylyn B. Schwartz, CSP
  • Alison Woo

Pamela Adams, Regional Development Director Georgia
Constant Contact

 

Pamela is a technology expert with experience helping small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non profits achieve success. She has designed programs and trained numerous clients on how to enhance and improve their businesses through innovative and affordable Internet marketing strategies. Pamela uses her technology know-how and training skills to help small business and non profits in the Atlanta area maximize the power of relationship marketing.


Tina Baker
President and CEO, Cadence Group; National Partner, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

 

Tina Teree Baker is the President and CEO of Cadence Group, a Records and Information Management services firm, and has a master certification in Electronic Records Management. She graduated with honors from Georgia State University and has served as an Executive Officer of Cadence Group since its founding in 1988.

Ms. Baker's role ranges from working with clients and prospects, to providing the vision and strategic direction for the company, to promoting the internal culture and diverse workplace environment that is so important to the 50 employees of Cadence Group.

Ms. Baker has over 20 years of experience in Information Management, successfully performing as Project Manager, System Architect, Records Manager, and Knowledge Management Consultant. Known for her ability to streamline business processes, Ms. Baker is a creative thinker, offering expertise in optimizing content, people and technology. Her in-depth knowledge of records compliance and information systems, gives Ms. Baker superior skills to create efficient, compliant, and adaptable Information Management solutions.

Ms. Baker is a National Partner and Georgia Chair for Women Impacting Political Policy (WIPP) and a mentor for Georgia Women’s Business Council (GWBC). Ms. Baker serves on the Executive Team of GlobalEXECWomen and the National Advisory Board for Enterprising Women. She is a member of Collared Greens, a business and sustainability association, and a number of records and information management associations such as ARMA and AIIM. Her community service activities include mentoring women business owners, sustainability projects, Habitat for Humanity, Project Open Hands, and providing leadership for youth development activities. Ms. Baker speaks at conferences, sits on panels, and has been quoted in Strategy Magazine, EContent Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronical, and KM World. She won a Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2008.


Paula Goodman, Director of Engagement
WOLF @ Best Buy

 

Paula Goodman is the Director of Engagement for electronic retailer Best Buy’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WOLF). This newly created role includes creating leadership development opportunities for women at all levels of Best Buy’s business—from Blue Shirts in Best Buy’s stores to female executives and building business strategies to better serve female customers. She joined the WOLF team in August of this year and has made an immediate impact.

In Paula’s former role as District Manager, she was responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of District 18 in Atlanta Georgia amounting to more than $300 million of Best Buy’s $35 billion business. She also is a key leader responsible for Best Buy’s Winning With Women Strategy and most recently served as the Alpha WOLF in the Atlanta Waya Pack. She considers herself a role model and takes that responsibility to heart as she continues to build relationships and networks within Best Buy and the Atlanta community.

Paula built a great foundation of leadership skills with her service in the military. In this leadership work, she experienced a tour in Korea and Ft. Riley, Kansas and then she landed in Savannah, Ga. and began her career in retail. During that time she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University.

Originally born in New, York, Paula spent her formidable years in a small town in Virginia with her identical twin, two younger sisters and her brother. It was on her parent’s farm she developed her work ethic and her commitment to family.


Maribeth Kuzmeski, President
Red Zone Marketing

 

Maribeth Kuzmeski is the President of the consulting firm, Red Zone Marketing. Maribeth and her firm focus on designing and improving sales and marketing strategies, customer service programs and branding and differentiation strategies for companies from high producing entrepreneurial firms to Fortune 100 companies and business units. The one goal: to increase the consistent flow of sales.

Maribeth is the author of 4 books including, "The Connectors” and “Red Zone Marketing.” She has frequently appeared on TV and radio, and has written articles on marketing strategies for hundreds of publications including Business Week and Entrepreneur. She regularly speaks to audiences on topics relating to business development, marketing, and sales strategies.

Maribeth graduated with a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and has an MBA from The George Washington University. She lives in the Chicago, IL area with her husband Rich and 2 children.


Jewel Daniels, President
Daniels Communications Group

 

Jewel Daniels is president of Daniels Communications Group, a progressive Georgia-based company providing strategic marketing and corporate training services.

The company has an impressive client list that includes the Center for Disease Control/MACRO, the City of Hinesville, Clayton State University, Effingham Board of Education, the Georgia Summit of African American Business Organizations, Gulfstream Aerospace, Henry Medical Center, IKEA, Savannah State University, Savannah Technical College and US Military-Fort Stewart.

Daniels is the founder of Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs, a global network of practicing professionals and business owners. She is also an author, penning the books "It Takes Tenacity, 15 Power Moves to Survive the Wilderness and Weather the Economic Storm" and “The Enterprising Entrepreneur, 10 Powerful Life Lessons for Achieving Business Success” which speak volumes about leadership, weathering tough times and reaping the rewards of successfully piloting your dreams.

Her accomplishments include recognition as one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40” in Business and Politics by Georgia Trend magazine and the Savannah Business Report & Journal, as well as receiving recognition from Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes and US Rep. Jack Kingston.

As a speaker, she has presented before the Congressional Black Caucus, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Divas United, Blacks in Government, the GWEN Conference, and other professional groups.

She is the first Black woman accepted to Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and is a graduate of Hampton University as well as New York University's Public Relations Institute. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Savannah Technical College, a trained Bible instructor and says her life’s greatest accomplishment is raising her daughter Jynnah.


Lourdes Martin-Rosa, Founder
Government Business Solutions LLC

 

After more than ten years of lobbying in Washington, D.C. on behalf of small business & government procurement, Lourdes Martin-Rosa began to see that a void in representation existed for small businesses. She had traveled several times to argue for the rights of her clients and had won her fight. She had navigated through the maze of federal proposals and contracts and knew her formula would work for other small businesses. This is when Government Business Solutions (GBS) was born.

Lourdes founded GBS with the knowledge that the federal government is the single largest procurer in the world. Small business not only had a right to a piece of this pie, but by the government’s own standards, small businesses were entitled to a portion of this work. From her years of experience Lourdes learned two basic things small businesses needed to do: 1) as a small business you must have an “edge” in order to compete with larger more experienced companies and 2) you must take advantage of every tool the federal government offers small businesses, while making yourself known to the right people within the government…perseverance is everything.

Small business owners began to approach Lourdes for her advice and consultation on what they could do to gain the “edge”. Her answer was clear, certify your small business. The Small Business Administration offers one of the most aggressive certification programs available; the 8(a) Business Development Program. Having this certification was the first step in eligibility for the over $200 Billion annual dollars that go to small business from the federal government contracts. GBS began to offer consulting services that included certification services for Woman-owned, Veteran-owned, Hub-Zone small businesses, GSA Schedules Preparation, federal government marketing services, Government Agency Solutions and other consulting services geared specifically to small businesses.

Lourdes also serves as Advisor on Government Contracts to American Express OPEN®.


Marylyn B. Schwartz, CSP
President of Teamweavers Seminars

 

Speaker, trainer, business-life coach, educator, author and former vice president of a Fortune 500 company, Marylyn's career spans 32 years and 5 industries.

Marylyn is president of TEAMWEAVERS and is known nationwide as a real estate speaker/trainer and expert in the field of sales and team/management development. She is an author and a Business/Life Coach. She is a Master Trainer for Leader's Choice(TM), the most successful agent-training program to come along in 20 years. She's also an independent trainer, motivational speaker and consultant in many other facets of sales and corporate development. Marylyn is a certified meeting facilitator and has attained the prestigious designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the International Federation for Professional Speakers. Established in 1980, the CSP designation is the speaking industry's international measure of professional platform skill, and fewer than 10% of the members are awarded this designation. It is conferred only on those accomplished speakers who have met the strict criteria.

Marylyn's articles have been published in such noted periodicals as Communiqué, The Ultimate Matermind, Crain's Business Week, Mobility Magazine, Real Estate Today, Professional Speaker, Realtor® and Training Magazine. She is a featured columnist at www.RealtyTimes.com and monthly contributor to the RISMedia website.


Alison Woo
Founder, NewMediaMavens.com

 

Alison Woo is a journalist with extensive experience in television, print, radio and online media. She has worked for CNN Headline News, Emmy-Award winning anchor Linda Ellerbee and freelances for national news organizations, including Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business.com and MSNBC.com.

An alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Alison was an executive producer and writer for television stations in New York, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Charlotte and Atlanta. She was a contributing writer for The Weekend Entrepreneur (Entrepreneur Press, May 2006) and Women’s Wire Web Directory (Macmillan, 1997).

Alison is currently a member of the International Coaching Federation and has trained at the leading coaching organization in the U.S.—The Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of eWomen Network, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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