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Benefit Lunch Panel: Personal Branding to Grow your Career & Business
October 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Do not want to miss this amazing cohort talk on everything Branding. Personal, Corporate, City, Life, you name it, everything has branding associated with it. Proceeds from this event will benefit American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.
11:30 registration opens and networking
11:50-12: Welcoming remarks and introduce Adam Clemens to talk on Real Men Wear Pink
12:00: Lunch served and panel introduced
Kaplan is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and award-winning author of “The 10Ks of Personal Branding”. He is recognized by Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of the nation’s top business speakers.
Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, brand development, and workforce diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies.
He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shares his message to NFL players and fans annually at the Super Bowl. Prior to his speaking career Kaplan served as U.S. Diversity Programs Leader at Deloitte. Kaplan also serves on the corporate advisory board of ALPFA, the nation’s largest Latino professional association.
Brent Robertson is a partner at Fathom, a Future Design firm located in West Hartford, CT. Working with leadership teams at some of the region’s most valuable organizations, Brent champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession, and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships.
In addition to his client work, Brent is an advocate for the maker culture and is engaged with the Advanced Manufacturing, Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries, serving as a strategic advisor to the organizations that support them. With a bias toward provoking new ways of seeing the world and taking action to change it, Brent speaks at events around the country and is regularly featured in regional and national publications.
Kathy is a Vice President & Director of Marketing & Business Development with Fuss & O’Neill who coaches managers and principals on relationship based selling, project positioning, and winning new business. She has 15 years of marketing and business development experience in the A/E/C industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has embraced a client-focused business model. Whether assessing a company’s CRM system or linking sales metrics to client behavior, she continually asks the question: “What is best for the client?”
Kathy is also a contributing author of the SMPSMarketer magazine and Professional Services Marketing Journal (PSMJ). She was also the President of the Connecticut chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
David is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and visionary behind District, a modern day technology and innovation ecosystem and real estate development, as well as the co-founder and former CEO of Digital Surgeons, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients. In addition, David recently founded the District Innovation and Venture Center, a 501c3 in an effort to support the technology and entrepreneurial needs of the region.
David’s big shift to entrepreneurship started in 2006 where he co-founded Digital Surgeons and served as its CEO for over a decade. Under David’s leadership the agency delivered award-winning results for everyone from Lady Gaga to United Technologies. Today, Digital Surgeons is considered one of the preeminent privately owned agencies in the country, having won dozens of awards including the coveted Webby Award and was named Top Ten Agency for Startups.
Pastor AJ Johnson
Pastor AJ Johnson is a faith-influenced voice for urban resurgence and revival and a pace-setting champion for justice and community-wide uplift. As a trailblazer, Johnson leads The Urban Hope Refuge Church, an influential church where passionate worship and community activism meet in Hartford, Connecticut. He spearheads Small Business Night Out, a network of minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs; Calling all Brothers, a widely hailed male mentor-ship and leadership organization and Brothers Johnson 1929 Hat Company, a clothing brand reflecting strength, loyalty and distinction.