Art of Leverage Interview with Holly Hamann

Holly Hamann has helped launch six tech companies in the social media, video, and software spaces. She has spoken at over 100 conferences and marketing events, is a regular contributing writer on influencer marketing and entrepreneurship for Huffington Post, Fast Company, Forbes CMO, Chief Marketer, and is an American Marketing Association “Marketer of the Year” recipient. Holly is the co-founder and CMO at TapInfluence, a cloud-based influencer marketing platform serving brands and agencies.

She has helped launch six tech companies in the social media, video, and software spaces and specialize in SaaS software marketing, content marketing, influencer marketing, team management, thought leadership, strategic relationships, company and product launches, public speaking, published writing, and quantitative analysis. Holly has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington College with graduate studies in telecommunications at Johns Hopkins University.

You can find Holly on Twitter: @hollyhamann or on her blog hollyhamann

Art of Leverage Interview with Angela Lee

Angela Lee is an educator, entrepreneur, and angel investor.  She has started several companies in the education sector.  She is the Assistant Dean of Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School where she teaches Leadership and Strategy courses. Angela has 15 years of experience in marketing strategy and innovation and her work has been featured on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, Forbes and CNBC.  Angela is passionate about entrepreneurship and has started several companies the education sector. She is an investor and the founder of 37 Angels, an angel investment network that trains women to invest in early stage start-ups. The network funds early stage startups (led by both men and women) and reviews over 2,000 start-ups a year. She is a veteran in the art of management consulting with her strong leadership and strategic skills. Angela has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

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You can find Angela on Twitter: @angelawlee or @37Angelsny

Art of Leverage Interview with Georgie Benardete

Georgie Benardete is a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is a Co-Founder and Head of Strategy of, a universal cart for digital publishers to monetize their content seamlessly. Previously, she was Managing Director at Multicultural Capital, an independent financial consulting company focusing on renewable energy. Benardete started her career at OPIC, Coopers & Lybrand and JP Morgan. A committed environmentalist, she founded, Turkey's largest green portal. She is also part of Al Gore's Climate Project as a speaker, a founding member of the Charly Alberti R21 Foundation in Latin America and a LEAD International Fellow. Benardete is an active investor in Belle Capital USA, an early-stage VC fund that promotes investments in companies with strong female leadership, and is a Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Benardete earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service (with honours) from Georgetown University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.


Art of Leverage Interview with Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale.  She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series.  Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as's "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech."  Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list "The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30."  You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).


Art of Leverage Interview with Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens.

She is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

Her latest books, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World was published in September 2013. In addition, she wrote a free companion e-book for high school boys, entitled The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want and a school edition entitled, The Guide: Managing Jerks, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want

Wiseman’s other publications include Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, that address the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents, and the young adult novel Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials. She is the author of the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12. She also writes the monthly “Ask Rosalind” column inFamily Circle magazine, and is a regular contributor to several blogs and websites.

Each year Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. She was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying. Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the US and abroad. She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign and an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman. She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign and has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Good Morning America, Al Jazeera, and NPR affiliates throughout the country. A sought-after speaker, Wiseman’s presentations transcend cultural and economic boundaries in her appeal to ensure children’s and teenagers’ well being. Her engaging and forthright delivery promises to capture audiences and inspire them to build positive relationships among each other.


Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Masterminds & Queen Bees: Teaching Social Competency in Middle School & High School Students
Social Justice & Ethical Leadership
Media Literacy
Queen Bees & Wannabes: Navigating Girl World
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Navigating Relationships with the Adults in Your Child’s Life

Art of Leverage Interview with Claudia Batten

US-based Kiwi Claudia Batten will openly admit she is digitally obsessed. From her roots in commercial law, she has been a founding member of two highly successful entrepreneurial ventures. As part of the founding team of Massive Incorporated, a network for advertising in video games, she helped pioneer “digital” as a media buy. Massive was sold to Microsoft in 2006, where Claudia then spent 3 years scaling the in-game network. In 2009 she co-founded Victors & Spoils, the first advertising agency built on the principles of crowdsourcing. After two years in market, V&S was majority acquired by French holding company Havas Worldwide. 

Claudia recently cofounded Broadli with Ale Lariu and Mary Abraham to redefine how we use digital connectivity to power networking. Broadli can be downloaded at 

Claudia graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 with degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce. At Russell McVeagh she specialized in contract, IP, and technology law before moving to New York in 2002. She became the youngest person appointed to the New Zealand Government’s Trade and Exchange US Beachheads Board in 2007.

Claudia has achieved great success in the US market, but remains a strong supporter of the New Zealand start up scene. She participates regularly across the ecosystem on boards, advisory groups and as a very active mentor.  In 2013, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University in recognition of her commitment to New Zealand and her achievements in tech. In 2014 she was the youngest ever recipient of the World Class New Zealand Supreme award in honor of her dedication and drive in support of New Zealand entrepreneurs.

She embraces a feminine approach to business, bringing to the table intuition, a focus on team, and a drive for results. Claudia is a passionate advocate for what she calls the Squiggly Line, the often uncomfortable path to achieving exceptional outcomes. She is a believer in taking big leaps and having bad days all in the name of making the impossible possible. As Claudia likes to reference, she’s built a few planes while flying them. 

She is a regular speaker on the future of marketing, the impact of connectivity, and on building businesses of the future. Batten’s experience has informed her business savvy, while her appetite for new challenges, unerring sense of timing and intuitive handle on the pulse of the industry guarantee that she will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Check out her blog: Stilettos in the Boardroom and The Squiggly Line

Art of Leverage Interview with Dr. Patricia Klauer


Patricia is a Doctor of Chiropractic; a specialist in Enterprise Information Architecture; and a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the meditative arts who has been meditating for 30 years and using meditation as an essential foundation for her career. In her technology career, Patricia is an expert in designing data warehouse architecture for large-scale enterprises and has worked with companies such as Genentech, Wells Fargo Bank, McKesson Corporation, Fidelity Investments, UNDP United Nations Development Programme, NCR, Swiss Bank, Barclay’s Bank and First Boston Corporation to name a few. In this capacity she founded Eclipse Data Systems, a large-scale data integration and data warehousing firm; is co-author of “Building Data Warehouses for Decision Support,” published by Prentice Hall and was a founding member of Social Fusion, a non-profit organization that networks individuals and organizations to promote social entrepreneurism worldwide.

As a visionary leader, Dr. Klauer brings a breadth and depth of experience, insight and understanding to every initiative. As an experienced information architect she seeks to bridge the divide between IT and business to emphasize core business objectives and foster alignment, communication and resilience into the technology platforms she designs. Through transparency and collaboration her technical solutions not only support business needs, but delight the business community and evoke pride and sense of stewardship from IT.

After 20 years of experience in data warehousing she has discovered the biggest challenges are not technical, even though that is where the focus and the money is spent. The true challenge is always personal and organizational – and organizational is always personal. Almost always the “solution” required is a shift in the current mental model and an alignment of many influencing factors. Building resilient frameworks that serve business objectives are very similar to the need to individually cultivate resilience in your personal life - balancing health, home, friends and work in a way that not only sustains you as a person but enlivens, enriches and empowers you and all others you touch. 

Patricia has designed practices to cultivate personal resilience specifically oriented towards professionals who are too busy to meditate but need it the most. She understands this culture and the daily challenges because she has personally lived this way and continues to serve her own corporate clients in the technology world.  The ‘Walk in the World’ program empowers others to discover their own personal resilience, which she describes as the capacity to find balance and equanimity in the face of extreme stress, manage their energy and discover inspiration, insight and creativity.  She guides others to tap into their own hidden inner resources through simple and natural mind body practices and apply these practices on a regular basis. She is inspired and committed to share with others her direct experience and how to cultivate resilience into your personal and working life.