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.
Jacquelyn Aguilera is a recent graduate focused on the intersection between technology, entrepreneurship, and accessibility. At only 22, she has worked globally in healthcare and renewable energy. Her background has led her to a wide range of roles from Business Strategy Analyst to Lead Engineer in industry-shaking initiatives. In 2019, her team completed a design for the world’s first non-profit solar panel factory. Jacquelyn is currently living in Cleveland as a Venture for America Fellow where she identifies and develops incoming medical technology.
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.
It was really fun to connect with students from different schools and come together as a team to participate in all the Pitchfest activities.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
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.
The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum has allowed Beaumont School to offer programs that would not otherwise be offered due to cost. Every student is eligible to participate no matter what her financial situation. The guidance and support we receive has encouraged us to explore new opportunities for our girls and do our best to reach every student at Beaumont, showing each girl the possibilities of business and entrepreneurship.
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.
The Veale Pitchfest was a great exercise in teamwork and collaboration. It taught me how to effectively share my ideas with a large group and how to build on the great ideas of others.
By taking part in these programs my skills and understanding of the business world have deepened, giving me a head start on a business major in college.
I really liked the Business Plan Competition and have encouraged all my friends to do it. Not only was I learning about being an entrepreneur, but I also got to work with real life entrepreneurs. I learned so much.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
The Veale Venture Challenge showed me the diversity of people and ideas throughout Northeast Ohio and that there are many opportunities for individuals of all ages.
The Forum has inspired me to be more purposeful in stepping out of the classroom and connecting with what’s happening in the entrepreneurship space beyond education.
The Veale Venture Challenge introduced me to mentors who would like to help me start my company, which would be very beneficial to my future.
Learning how to pitch an idea was a great experience and a skill that I can use in business and in everyday 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.
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 learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to meet all the accomplished men who came back to our school to coach us.
Veale Startup Week taught me I can design, build, and learn new things and have fun, make new friends, and be myself while doing it!