CEO AND CONNECTION CATALYST
Nicole Casanova’s 1995 Masters was on Targeted Marketing on the Web and she was an early founder in three San Francisco startups, Homestore (Move.com), Lycos and Mypoints. All went public. All are still in business. From employee number three to a team of 2000+, overselling a $350k quota by $6.5 mil and negotiating one licensing deal that surpassed a decade’s worth of one company's total revenue, she’s seen rapid growth first hand.
Intrigued with behavior change, she created Shift, a game that shows people why they do what they do. It was sold in hundreds of stores, used in psychology practices, offered in workshops and as an online game with multi-player video chat. And, after working with clients from HP and Coca-Cola to Stephen Covey, she knows the best ways to change behaviors and make them stick - critical for developing the rock star entrepreneurial mindset.
She is a startup junkie that loves working with Digital, Tech, Media, LOHAS, socially conscious and women-led companies to uncover and execute on the lever points that will catapult them to success. Whether it’s strategic monetization, messaging or partnerships, Nicole gives them the tools to create massive traction and drive serious revenue. An all out advocate for serving rather than selling, she believes that when we cultivate great relationships we develop the best businesses.
COO AND MAGIC MAKER
Carrie Silver-Stock, MSW, LCSW, is an award winning author and founder of Girls With Dreams.com, a site where girls empower one another to build their best lives and make a positive impact in the world. As an advocate for women, girls, and entrepreneurs, she has served in many roles including adjunct faculty, radio show host, speaker and contributor. Carrie is currently working on many world changing projects including Casanova Ventures, Empowering a Billion Women 2020 (EBW2020) and Worldblu. Carrie is a founding member of the Billionaire Girls Club, a group igniting women to create billions in impact for global good. Carrie has appeared on numerous media outlets including NBC, FOX, CBS. Her most recent book is called Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide and Why and How to Break the Stress of Silence. Carrie lives in St. Louis with her husband, two boys, and her dog Mojo.
For the past 30 years, Mr. Abai has successfully founded and led several public and private US and global organizations. His focus on cutting edge technologies – including Big Data, mobile enterprise, SaaS, cloud computing, Internet/Social Marketing & Robotics, – and their effective use within organizations have delivered measured results to his companies and his clients. Mr. Abai coauthored the book Data Strategy, has published many articles, and was an adjunct professor of Computer Science at UCLA for nine years. Majid is frequently invited to provide lectures at national and international conferences. Mr. Abai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Management.