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Doreen Lorenzo: What a Cat Herder Can Teach You About Leadership

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Doreen Lorenzo is a little quirky – and not just because she lives in Austin, Texas, the city that embraces weird like no other. Her eccentricity is mostly professional (with a nod to the fact she describes herself as a kitten herder on Twitter.)

But here is the bigger bit of quirkiness: From 2013 to 2015 Lorenzo was President of New York City-based Quirky, where she oversaw product development and operations for this fast-growing invention company.

Before that, she spent 16 years at frog design, a San Francisco-based product design and brand strategy company. For seven of those years, she was the company president, driving strategy, overseeing worldwide operations and delivery, and leading the design firm to record growth.

Beyond kitten herder, Lorenzo is a business leader, advisor to multiple start-ups and a strategic thinker. Her passion: "Helping creative people succeed."

Ex-Kodak CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett Warns: Adapt, Change or Die

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Jeffrey Hayzlett describes himself as a maverick marketer in cowboy boots ... among other things.

A primetime TV and radio host, his eclectic career includes mentorship, corporate governance, brand building — and a three-season stint as a judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.

A best selling author and public speaker, he was the CMO of Kodak from 2006 to 2010. I met him in 2009, when he was helping the photography pioneer reinvent itself for a world dominated by digital competition.

During his tenure, he was responsible for Kodak's worldwide marketing operations including the design and implementation of all marketing strategies, investments, policies and processes, as well as brand development, corporate communications and public relations.

Hayzlett left Kodak in 2010 and capitalized on decades of experience in business growth, communications and marketing to create his own marketing empire.

Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash on Love, Sex & Personal Branding

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The hearts … the flowers … the throngs of perplexed men at the corner pharmacy, agonizing over a Whitman's sampler or a Hershey's Giant Kiss. It can mean only one thing: that most beloved and most dreaded of all Hallmark holidays, Valentine's Day, is near. 

So who better to turn to for real life advice on love, sex, romance — and marketing and social media strategies — than Andrea Syrtash, a dating and relationship writer, online broadcaster and author.

She is the author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband), co-author of It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating Debunked and editor of two more.

She has shared her advice in more than a dozen relationship books, on numerous popular websites and on hundreds of media outlets including The View, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show, On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, VH1 and CNN. She's also hosted multiple on-air shows and represented several popular brands, including Skype, Movado and MSN Living.

Let's just say she's an expert on love, romance … and personal branding.

MRY's David Berkowitz: The Power of Ideas and Collaboration

Ad man David Berkowitz is Chief Marketing Officer at Publicis Groupe's MRY, a New York City-based digital marketing and technology agency. He heads up marketing operations, directs the agency's communication strategy and tries to gain visibility for clients such as Visa, Coca-Cola and Adobe.

MRY, formerly known as Mr. Youth, was founded in 2002. The agency was acquired in 2011 by LBI, which in turn was purchased by Publicis a year later. MRY absorbed LBI’s North American operations when LBI combined with another Publicis digital agency, Digitas, in 2013. 

Since joining the firm shortly after that merger, Berkowitz launched pilot programs such as Mobile Week and the world's first Vineathon, "an event where people come together to create content for no reason other than to learn by doing." In addition, MRY won accolades in 2013 as Mashable's Digital Innovator of the Year and MediaPost's Social Agency of the Year.

Media Trainer Jim Cameron: How to Handle a PR Crisis

Thumbnail image for Connecting with Bill SobelNew York City area commuters are still feeling aftershocks from the deadliest train accident in the history of the Metro-North Railroad. Earlier this week, six people — five men inside the train and the woman behind the wheel of an SUV stopped on the tracks — died in the accident in New York's suburban Westchester County. 

The force of the fatal crash between the train going nearly 60 mph and the car was so severe that the electrified third rail broke off and pierced the vehicle's chassis and gas tank before penetrating the first train car and igniting a "fierce fire," investigators said Wednesday. 

At least 15 others were injured.

The accident hit close to home for media consultant Jim Cameron, a 19-year member of the Connecticut-Metro North Rail Commuter Council and founder of a new advocacy group, The Commuter Action Group.

Shareablee's Tania Yuki: Social Media Marketing Needs Better Data

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Tania Yuki is a lawyer who "likes making things" — and what better thing to make than a company? In 2013, Yuki founded Shareablee, a social media analytics startup that provides marketing data to companies and publications.

On her LinkedIn profile, she said she "thinks a lot about audience measurement and optimizing new platforms, and how traditional advertising and marketing can adapt to (disruptive) new ways of consuming and distributing content.”

Her goal is to "help simplify this convergence thing, keep it relevant and human, and to enable people to be reached in relevant ways by content and messages that are valuable to them, irrespective of where they are spending their time."

Fred Seibert: Ignore Anyone Who Calls Your Idea Crazy

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Fred Seibert likes to say that he's lived three FIVE lives … so far, anyway. He's been a cable TV pioneer, an ad agency owner, a TV and feature film cartoon producer, and, most recently, an Internet network executive. Oh, wait. We forgot "Jazz Cat" — a title he earned in the 1970s as the founder and head of Oblivion Records, a blues and jazz label.

In short, Seibert defines the title serial media entrepreneur. He was the first creative director of MTV, joining the parent company (then called Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company) in May 1980. And he was the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.

One of his companies, Frederator Networks, is a leading independent online media start-up and cartoon production company. Another, Frederator Books, makes digital books for kids.

He's also the founder of multiple companies, including Channel Frederator, one of the first online animation networks, Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube) and Cartoon Hangover, the home of Bravest Warriors and Bee & PuppyCat (the largest animation Kickstarter in history). He's on the board of directors of Sawhorse Media and was the first investor in Tumblr.

But there is much more to Fred Seibert.

Mark Cuban: I Don't Take Risks But I Sure Can Dance

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I've considered Mark Cuban a friend since September 1997, when I flew from New York to New Orleans to attend a broadcast news industry conference. At the event — the Radio Television News Directors Association convention — I came across a exhibitor then known as AudioNet.

Founded two years earlier by Cuban and attorney Todd Wagner, it was carving out a niche as the leading aggregator and broadcaster of streaming media programming on the web. I was intrigued by the idea of being able to listen to worldwide radio stations on the Internet so I struck up a conversation.

Two guys at the booth named Mark and Todd explained the concept — and I was hooked. So I made it a point to stay in touch. But the story was far from over.

Making EFSS More Than Just a Bucket for Content

2015-20-January-Jeetu-Patel-2.jpgOver the holidays I had the opportunity to trade some emails with Jeetu Patel on the future of the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) industry. Patel is general manager of Syncplicity, a business unit of EMC.

Prior to leading Syncplicity, Patel was Chief Strategy Officer of EMC's Information Intelligence Group (IIG). He was responsible for orchestrating and driving cross-category product vision, growth strategy, innovation agenda, cloud computing and big data initiatives. Additionally, he headed Worldwide Marketing for IIG, where he was responsible for product marketing, thought leadership, as well as competitive, vertical and solutions marketing.

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen: Science Isn't a Spectator Sport

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Dean Kamen has invented hundreds of things, including the first insulin pump for treatment of diabetes. But he'll probably be forever known as The Segway Guy.

Kamen made his fortune developing medical devices, but gained worldwide recognition in 2001 when he unveiled his Segway Personal Transporter. At the time, Kamen predicted the Segway would have an impact on society similar to that of the personal computer.

And while that claim remains debatable, the Segway has made significant inroads in niche markets. It's gained acceptance in police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses and industrial sites — despite the highly publicized and unfortunate device related death of the British tycoon who bought the company in 2009. The man, Jim Heselden, 62, accidentally steered the Segway off a 30-foot cliff and into a river while riding on his estate, about 140 miles from London.

But let's get back to Kamen, whose resume extends far beyond the Segway. The son of an illustrator for Mad Magazine and Weird Science, Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and an autodidact who advocates for science and technology.

PwC's Pete Winkler: Exploring Global Opportunities

Thumbnail image for Connecting with Bill SobelPete Winkler has more than 20 years of marketing, brand strategy and management consulting experience. 

He's spent much of his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he has held several key positions.

He served as Global Marketing Director of PwC’'s Entertainment and Media Practice, leading all marketing and business development efforts and overseeing PwC’'s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, a leading industry’ market forecast.

He was also a management consulting director in PwC’'s Entertainment and Media Advisory Practice, where he specialized in advising multinational companies on the impacts of digital technology and industry convergence. His clients included some of the leading international entertainment and media conglomerates, as well as top software, telecommunications and technology services companies.

Now he's Priority Clients Leader for PwC’s Central and Eastern European region, overseeing client relationships, market targeting and new business growth initiatives.

Ekaterina Walter: Success Is a Team Sport

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The most influential Renaissance man in digital marketing is quite likely a woman.

Ekaterina Walter not only has an attention-getting title — global evangelist at Sprinklr — but is also a passionate marketer, bestselling author and highly regarded international speaker.

She's also proud of her roles as a wife and mother, enjoys dancing, camping and seeing the world, and "tweets with a European accent."

After spending more than 10 years as an integrated marketer and social media leader at Intel and Accenture, she went on to become the co-founder and CMO of Branderati, which was acquired by Sprinklr earlier this year. Somewhere along the way, she found time to write two books, "Think Like Zuck" and "The Power of Visual Storytelling" and also gained recognition for her innovative thinking.

Bill Sweetman Explains What's in a (Domain) Name

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You know what they say about a rose by any other name. But Bill Sweetman doesn't believe it. He thinks calling a rose anything but a rose is a major marketing mistake.

Suffice to say Sweetman both knows and enjoys names, especially in the online context. A domain name strategist, he's the president and "lead ninja" at Name Ninja, a Toronto, Ontario-based boutique domain name consulting firm. Besides giving him the opportunity to enjoy a badass title, 18-month-old Name Ninja gives him a chance to indulge a longtime obsession with names and naming.

He said he's amazed at how many companies "still fumble the ball" when it comes to having a coherent domain name strategy ... and "wants to throw up" whenever he sees a big brand promoting itself using a Facebook URL instead of its own domain name.

GE's Linda Boff: Content Created to Help Is What Sells

Thumbnail image for Connecting with Bill SobelLinda Boff is a digital explorer, Mad Men enthusiast and modern art lover. She's also executive director of global brand marketing at Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric, where she's responsible for GE's global advertising and digital marketing along with the company's brand and design strategy.

Boff said she focused on "embedding meaningful marketing strategy and instigating change" throughout the global conglomerate.

Previously, Boff was CMO of iVillage Properties, part of the NBC Universal (which was previously part of GE). Boff joined GE in early 2004 with 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising and communications including senior roles at Citigroup, the American Museum of Natural History and Porter Novelli.

In 2012, she was named B2B Magazine’s 2012 Digital Marketer of Year. A frequent speaker at digital and social media industry events, she lives with her husband and two children in suburban New York City.

Keeping Up with Evolving Business Processes

Thumbnail image for 2014-08-December-OfficeBeverlyGoodwin.jpgAbout a dozen years ago, many companies adopted rolling budgets as a way to update their financial outlook constantly instead of waiting for the end of the quarter or year. Essentially, they viewed each new month as the start of a new year, allowing them to adjust to the future based on trends of the recent past.

Ah, the good old days. Today things move much faster, not just with budget planning but with virtually every business process in almost every large company.

John Burton, CEO of Nintex, argues that this evolution in business processes stems largely from the explosion in unstructured data that allows teams of employees to react to new data, the needs of mobile workers, price changes, social media or other factors that come into play.

CMSWire asked him to share his point of view from the helm of a company that creates workflows for about 5,000 clients.

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