thinkBIG! Summit Speaker Profiles
Shane Feldman helps audiences activate the leader within and connect more authentically with colleagues and customers. As the Founder & CEO of Count Me In, Shane is the visionary behind the world’s largest millennial-led movement. Over the past decade, Count Me In has initiated tens of thousands of projects worldwide, contributing a value of over $2.6 billion to the global economy through service. Shane has been featured by Larry King, Dr. Oz, Forbes, People Magazine, and his documentary TV series from A&E follows his community building work. He has worked with some of the world’s most dynamic companies including Google, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney Company, and been recognized by The White House, The Prime Minister of Canada, and The United Nations for his achievements in community leadership, and for empowering human connection to optimize planet, people and profit.
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Justin Lafazan is the Co-founder and CEO of Next Gen Summit, the premier community and conference for millennial entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2014, Next Gen Summit has served as a vehicle to bring together the world’s most talented young entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and inspire each other, and give them the resources they need to be successful.
Justin is an experienced entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, investor, and best-selling author.
Claire Coder is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to ensure everyone has access to menstrual products, Aunt Flow stocks hundreds of companies across the world with their 100% organic cotton tampons and pads. Coder launched her first company at age 16, designed a bag for Vera Bradley that sold out in 24 hours, and has her own line of GIFs. The 22-year-old founder has been featured in TeenVogue, Forbes, and starred in TLC’s Girl Starter Season 1. When she is not jamming out to Macklemore, she is pretending like she knows how to run Google ads.
Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, and media personality who runs UYD Management – a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As someone who has lived on 4 continents, he is an authority in communicating effectively across cultures. In addition to that, he’s been named a “Top 40 Millennial Influencer” by New Theory magazine. He hosts the popular As Told By Nomads podcast and his book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.
Bryan Wish is the Founder and CEO of BW Missions, whose clients have included Allen Gannett, Rick Smith Founder (Axon/TASER), David Schnurman, Nir Eyal (Author Hooked & Indistractable), Kairos, and the Atlanta Hawks & Braves. He spends his waking hours empowering visionaries and brands to build a path connecting their message to the people who care about it. Realizing the world is a lonely place, Bryan’s work is rooted in helping others find their belonging and
believes the faster people can find the path to the people that understand them, the faster they can accelerate their dreams forward.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
I always thought Ohio is a state that’s not in my future, but Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing showed me just how much the people of Cleveland care about students.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned that it’s worth it to take risks and devote your time to something that may or may not work out in the end.
I would tell my friends to enter the Veale Pitchfest competition because there are so many things that can be learned from it, not just about business, but about life.
Executive Coaching Day before the Veale Venture Challenge finals was a great experience and set me on the path of wanting to be an entrepreneur.
The executive coaches were enthusiastic and gave useful and critical suggestions to improve student plans and presentations! The judges at the final competition were very experienced and offered excellent questions to the students.
I’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I realized while attending Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing that even a high schooler can come up with a million dollar idea.
I keep coming back to the Young Entrepreneur Market and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing a customer’s face light up and getting satisfaction from selling something. I love that feeling.
As a high school student, it’s hard to know where to get started. The Young Entrepreneur Market is a great place to start your business.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
Through this program I made more contacts than I could have ever imagined and learned about the business community and all of the opportunities Cleveland has to offer.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
The best part of the Veale Pitchfest was hearing everyone’s personal ideas and then coming together as a team to create the overall pitch.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!