Careers in Business
Jiazi Guo

At 16, Jiazi Guo moved to the US with no knowledge of English, but she was determined to succeed. Jiazi quickly immersed herself in learning and earned a full scholarship to attend UC Berkeley. There, she discovered her passion for finance and entrepreneurship and started fundraising for underprivileged children. Eventually, Ms. Guo became the head of America for LEGO Ventures, the corporate venture arm of LEGO. Although she achieved success, Jiazi felt that something was missing, and she wanted to make a more significant impact on people's lives directly. That's why she founded ETZ Soft Inc. with the mission to democratize access to the potential financial benefits of cryptocurrencies for all Americans by bringing Wall Street to Main Street and teaching people how to invest in their future. This event is co-produced by Bizworld.org

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October 17, 2023
@ 2:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
September 11, 2001
Brian Branco

September 11, 2001, was a day that will forever be etched in American and World history. That morning, Brian Branco was working on the 78th floor of the South Tower. Join us, as Brian discusses his eyewitness account of the attacks along with his survival and the aftermath.

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October 20, 2023
@ 2:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Music
Emily Stinnett

Soaring vocals and passionate lyrics are just two ways to describe singer-songwriter Emily Stinnett. A native of Las Vegas, Emily has always described herself as a country girl at heart.

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October 24, 2023
@ 1:00 pm ET
K-12
The Dangers of Socialism
Mailyn Salabarria

Mailyn Salabarria: born in Cuba and made in the USA.

For the last fifteen years, Mailyn has been a relentless advocate of individual natural rights, small government and not taking our freedom for granted. She is passionate about education and a staunch defender of parental rights. 

Mailyn has lived in the United States since 2001. She has a Law Degree from Havana University and an MS in Mass Communication and Journalism from Florida International University. She has worked as a professional interpreter and translator, has been a small business owner, and is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Currently, she is the Director of Community Engagement for Parents Defending Education and a Senior Fellow with PDE Action.

Her motto is freedom versus force. She is a mother of two.

This event is brought to the students in part by, The Dissident Project. Their mission is to connect those with firsthand insights into authoritarianism with student audiences. 

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October 26, 2023
@ 1:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Global War on Terror
Dan Holdridge

Author and motivational speaker, Dan Holdridge survived the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Join us, as we connect with Dan to hear about his story of survival and the valuable lessons he learned on this infamous day in World History.

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November 01, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Education
Janine Yass

Janine Yass is passionate about education opportunity for all students and has dedicated her life to be an advocate, leader and philanthropist who focuses on meeting the education needs of underserved students. A founder of the Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia and a founding board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership, Janine and her husband Jeff founded the STOP Awards - for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding and Permissionless Education - to reward education providers during Covid who outperformed for students. Now known as the Yass Prize to Transform Education, her mission is to ensure that every parent be given the ability to provide their students with individualized, 21st century education opportunities and the power to make their own decisions about how and where their children are educated. In 2022, the Yass Prize will make awards totaling nearly $12 million to organizations who STOP for education.

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November 06, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
K-12
A Career in Professional Sports
Coach Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward, Jr. is a husband, father, mentor and coach who embodies the principles of integrity, hard work and faith in God. He inspires adults and youth alike with his character and how he shows up in the world. Described as a once-in-a-lifetime athlete and human being, Charlie’s commitment to serve others is deeply respected in the sports community and far beyond. His calm demeanor and powerful leadership message of preparation, perseverance and patience set strong examples for business leaders, organizations, students and families. He continues to be highly sought after for his motivating and inspiring “Chalk Talk” keynote addresses and workshops, which he has presented around the world to teams, churches, organizations, conferences and businesses. Listed among the most outstanding college athletes in modern history, Charlie, a two-sport athlete, was a stellar quarterback in football and an equally impressive point guard in basketball at Florida State University (FSU). During his senior year, he won over 30 awards, including the Heisman Trophy, and set 19 school and seven Atlantic Coast Conference records, subsequently leading the FSU Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship under legendary Coach Bobby Bowden. After graduating from FSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Charlie was drafted twice by Major League Baseball and was a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks. He went on to play for the Knicks, helping the team consistently reach the playoffs six consecutive years from 1996 to 2001. He played eleven seasons as a leading point guard in the NBA in New York, San Antonio, and Houston, and served as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets for two years. Throughout his professional athletic career, Charlie coached and mentored students, and is now using this experience as a full-time high school basketball coach at Florida State University High School in Tallahassee, Florida. The team’s 2020–2021 season ended with an astonishing 19-2 record, and Coach Ward won the 2021 All-Big Bend Coach of the Year award. In March 2022, Coach Ward was named the All-Big Bend Coach of the Year for a second consecutive year after leading his team to win the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A Championship — earning Florida High its first state Boys Basketball title since 1963. In October 2022, Charlie was inducted as a member of the inaugural class for the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame. He is the subject of the biography "The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward," by Jon Finkel, as well as ESPN's ACC Network documentary, "Twice As Nice - The Legend of Charlie Ward," which chronicles his two-sport career as a studentathlete at FSU. Charlie Ward is a man whose greatness and grace know no bounds. He and his wife Tonja have been married for over 25 years, and they have three children, Caleb, Hope and Joshua. The Wards underwrote and produced youth development sports camps throughout the country from 1996–2006, co-produced youth music & sports events with Christian Athletes United for Spiritual Empowerment (CAUSE) at four NBA All-Star Weekends 2001–2004 and continued to quietly donate funds to churches and schools. In 2015, they established a charitable foundation, now The Charlie and Tonja Ward Family Foundation, to leave a legacy of giving back by supporting disaster relief efforts and youth character development through sports and the arts, and sharing Charlie’s inspirational message of embracing the process that leads to success.

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November 08, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
K-12
Careers in Entertainment
Roger Love

Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields. Roger has vocally produced more than 150 million-unit sales worldwide, written 3 top selling books, created multiple bestselling audio, video and online programs, and appeared as a regular in 4 major network TV shows. His Academy Award winning film coaching credits include Walk The Line, Crazy Heart, and A Star Is Born. Roger has vocal coached actors such as Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara, Zoe Saldana, Mary Steenburgen, Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell. Roger’s singing students range from The Beach Boys to John Mayer, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, Phish and Maroon 5. Roger has coached professional speaker/personalities such as Anthony Robbins, Rachel Hollis, Brendon Burchard, Simon Sinek and Suze Orman. Roger’s corporate clients include Forbes, JP Morgan, Kimberly Clark, Rock Financial/Quicken Loans, IHeart Media, Zappos, Western Digital, and countless CEO’s, entrepreneurs and Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

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November 09, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Business
Mike Dias

Mike Dias is the Founder & CEO of ScaleUp Valley since 2013. Mike is a ScaleUp CEO Whisperer and a Leadership Team Advisor since 2004. He is kindly known as the "CEO of the CEOs". Mike helps CEOs and Leadership Teams to scale from 1 to $50M ARR, 50 to 300 employees, by implementing a Leadership Team Framework that delivers clarity of vision and world-class execution with OKRs and a strong meeting cadence. During the last 10+ years, Mike had the privilege to partner with 300+ venture-backed CEOs and to work closely with 50+ Leadership Teams across the US, Europe, LATAM, and Asia. He has contributed to scale 1 IPO, 1 Decacorn, and 4 Unicorns so far. Mike Dias founded the ScaleUp Valley podcast in 2018 to host the best CEOs and investors across the world. Today the podcast has released 250+ episodes and has loyal fans across Europe and the US. This event is co-produced by Bizworld.org

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November 13, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Innovation in Business
Armando Smeke

Armando Smeke is the head of strategic planning at Grupo Posadas, Mexico's largest hotel operator. Prior to this position at Posados, Armando worked as a strategic planning director, and a human resources analytics manager. Mr. Smeke will be discussing his career and the key role innovation plays in valuing creation as well as what distinguishes leaders from the rest. 

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November 14, 2023
@ 1:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Marketing
Roman Alemania

With over 30 years of experience on both client and agency side, Roman co-founded Brooks Roman in 2010 on the notion that big ideas don't have to come from big companies. This led to his agency mantra of leveraging data to provide clarity to complex challenges. Roman has played key roles in developing the media strategy and analytics for clients such as Terminix, Purple Mattress, Flemings Steakhouse, and Guitar Center. Roman is based in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife, dog and 2 cats. This event is co-produced by Bizworld.org

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November 15, 2023
@ 7:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
The Dangers of Socialism
Daniel Chang-Contraras

Born and raised in Venezuela, Daniel Chang Contreras grew up seeing how his country decayed from relative prosperity to utter chaos, poverty, and authoritarianism under the socialist governments of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. In 2017, he did what more than 7 million of his countrymen did and fled the country that socialism destroyed.

In the United States, Daniel got a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of South Florida and is now pursuing his Masters in Political Communication at American University. Daniel is a senior member of Politiks, a Venezuelan digital media outlet that counters the Maduro regime narrative. Daniel was also a contributor to El American, and his analysis has been published in outlets like the National Review, Americano Media, Real Clear World, and France 24, among others.  

This event is brought to the students in part by, The Dissident Project. Their mission is to connect those with firsthand insights into authoritarianism with student audiences. 

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November 16, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Entrepreneurial Advice
Emile Maamary

Emile Maamary is dedicated to encouraging technology innovation to improve quality of life. He has 10 years of experience in managing financial, strategic, and operational risks to enhance enterprise value. At Blanclink, a startup developing ride-sharing software, Emile's role expanded from growth acceleration to Marketing Analytics, Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing. Emile then co-founded Steadiwear after a firsthand experience with hand tremors within his family. He decided to make it his mission to solve this issue with novel stabilization technologies inspired by earthquake design. Emile furthered his skills in Business Strategy & development, Digital Marketing & Operations while getting the business its first $1M in non-dilutive funding and revenue. Emile actively mentors and advises start-ups in the Toronto ecosystem and is passionate about tennis, football, and HIIT workouts. As a co-founder & fellow mentor, Emile views mentoring as a core value, emphasizing personal and professional growth, knowledge transfer, and community building. He firmly believes in the reciprocal benefits of mentoring and is keen to connect with start-ups in the accessibility or assistive device space.

Along with discussing his career, Emile will be discussing the following with the students:

1) How to pick the right mentor and compensate them along your entrepreneurial journey

2) How to avoid the pitfalls of launching a medical device with a start-up

3) How to ensure product market fit without millions of dollars of marketing spend

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November 28, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
The Holocaust
Ben Lesser

Ben Lesser was a prisoner in Auschwitz, Dachau, and Buchenwald Concentration Camps. He is also the last surviving occupant of the Dachau death train. Since surviving the Holocaust, he has led a successful professional life and raised a family. He is the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and Zachor Learn, a free online Holocaust curriculum for schools around the world. Join us as Ben shares his story and answers any questions classes may have.

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November 29, 2023
@ 2:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Pearl Harbor
Westin Saito

A brief introduction of the events of December 7th, 1941, these events would thrust the United States into what we now know as the Second World War.  Learn the facts that you wont hear about in your history books. Westin Saito is an Educator with Pacific Historic Parks Pearl Harbor National Memorial site, home of the USS Arizona Memorial.  Born and raised at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the men and women of the Greatest Generation taught Westin the values of cooperation, virtue, and honor.  Igniting his passion in history he studied and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He has over 12 years of experience working with educating Veteran groups, students, educators, and professional athletes from every corner of the world to understand the impacts of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

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November 30, 2023
@ 3:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Kindness
Brandon Sermeno

"Your future is whatever you make it... so make it a good one." Brandon Sermeno, is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. For the past two years Mr. Sermeno currently works for Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, where he serves as the Bilingual Wish Coordinator, granting wishes for children with critical illnesses in the state of Nevada.  Brandon prides himself in being able to help out the Hispanic community in any way he can and making a difference in the work he does.

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December 04, 2023
@ 1:00 pm ET
K-12
Entrepreneurial Success
Eugenio Riveroll

Eugenio Riveroll earned his Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and his MBA from Cornell University in New York. After a few years as Co-founder and Managing Partner of a music and live-events company, Eugenio led the Business Development efforts for Buzzurbano, Mexico’s first group buying platform, which after a successful launch and scale-up, was acquired by a major global player. His entrepreneurial endeavors led him to co-found Dat's Why, pioneers of the Geo Behavioral Analytics in Latin America who, through its proprietary platform, collect, transform and deliver high-quality insights to assist businesses and governments in making informed decisions. The company grew from an initial small local operation in Mexico City to currently serving over 100 hundred customers in 14 countries of the region through specialized software and data as a service product. Additionally, Eugenio actively contributes to sustainable mobility conversations at institutions like UNAM and supports budding entrepreneurs as a mentor in MassChallenge. 

Along with discussing his career, Mr. Riveroll will be discussing the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make and the main watch outs to look out for when starting a business.He will also explore with the students the reasons why 90% of startups fail within 2 years of creation.

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December 07, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Business
Daiana Hidalgo

Daiana Hidalgo is a Global award-winning Ivy League-educated product development leader with 15+ years leading as a strategic and versatile product development and production executive. Experience in platform thinking, creating strong partnerships, balancing pragmatism with forward-thinking leadership, and maintaining a pulse on market trends. Originally hired by Tory Burch in 2005, while a startup, as one of only two people in production. Since 2006 helped led the brand’s footwear line, growing the line from 0 to over three million pairs sold annually today. Expert in outsourced, in-house product development and production with process development, systems upgrades, and PLM program prowess working with manufacturers in Asia, Italy, Spain, and Latin America. In her recent role as Senior Director of Product Development at Tory Burch LLC, she plays an instrumental role in elevating the product development process. Sets and achieves ambitious growth strategies while assembling and nurturing high-performing teams. Proficiency in driving product strategy, promoting cross-functional collaboration, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, on-time products are hallmarks of her skillset. Her communication acumen is an asset as she engages effectively with stakeholders, facilitating operational improvements that drive success. Daiana is a subject matter expert in entrepreneurship and continues to provide consulting services to startups and mentorship for High School Students. She is open to speaking on Women, entrepreneurship, DEI, product and business development, fashion and the Latino/a community. Daiana is based in New York City and is active with the Latino/a community. She continues to be a business advocate and women empowerment role model for the students she mentors. Daiana will be speaking about navigating business at a startup company. 

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December 13, 2023
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
The Power of Positivity
Mike Diamond

Mike Diamond is an Author, Television Personality, Director, Life Coach and Interventionist. Known for his work on the hit TV shows NY Ink and Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, which is currently nominated for a Logie Award for Best Reality Series. Although immensely successful in a multitude of industries, Mike has persevered through his own adversities. This helped lead him to becoming a published author. In his books, Mr. Diamond taps into his own history to offer profound insights and inspiring wisdom to his audience. This ability has attracted a large following who eagerly immerse themselves in his wisdom, embarking on a path toward self-enhancement and empowerment. In his commitment to aiding those who gravitate towards him, he has unveiled a fresh literary creation titled "A Dose of Positivity," which complements his earlier work, "7 Steps to Forge an Indomitable Mindset." In this discussion with the students, Mike will discuss the power of remaining positive during difficult times. 

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February 08, 2024
@ 1:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School

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For information about participating as a guest speaker or having your class participate, please email Ralph Krauss