Daymond John
Founder & CEO of FUBU, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, CEO of Shark Branding, marketing consulting agency
 
An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. His marketing firm Shark Branding offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. John is also an author of two best-selling books Display of Power and The Brand Within. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show the Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. Millions of weekly viewers tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.
 
 
 
Jean Chatzky
Financial Editor for NBC’s Today show, Personal Finance Contributor for Newsweek/The Daily Beast
 
Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV.  Jean is a best-selling author, a longtime magazine columnist, and her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future.   To that end, she recently launched Jean Chatzky's Money School – online classes on crucial financial topics like saving, budgeting, getting out of debt, and planning for retirement that she teaches herself at JeanChatzky.com.

Jean is the author of eight books, including Money Rules and the recent New York Times best-seller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. Her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times (Crown Business), received the 2009 Books for a Better Life award in the Personal Finance category. She is also the author of Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (New York Times and Business Week best seller) which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s successful Debt Diet series.

Jean is a sought-after motivational speaker, as well as a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She also regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows, including The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe, and made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2009, the Consumer Federation of America awarded Jean the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education.  She has also received the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in Communications and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. The Chicago Tribune named Jean one of the country’s best magazine columnists.

In addition to her professional work, Jean serves on the board of the Children’s Heart Foundation, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. A proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women and on the board of the Kelly Writers House, also at Penn. 

Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.
 
 
 
Steve Adubato, Ph. D.
Communication Coach, Best Selling Author
 
Steve Adubato, Ph.D., enjoys a distinguished career as a broadcaster, author, university professor and motivational speaker. A trainer and coach in the areas of communication and leadership skills, Adubato also served in the mid-1980’s as New Jersey’s youngest state legislator at the age of 26.

Adubato currently anchors three PBS broadcasts — Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series; NJ Capitol Report, a news program covering New Jersey political issues on a weekly basis; and One-on-One with Steve Adubato, a compelling program giving insight into today’s world through interviews with actors, authors, journalists, CEOs, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments. Adubato also conducts in-depth interviews for NJ Today, which airs weeknights on the new NJTV and covers news, politics and policy from across the state.

These series reach more than 10 million viewers in six states (NJ, NY CT, PA, DE, MD) through a variety of television outlets including PBS stations THIRTEEN (the New York flagship station), WLIW (Long Island’s PBS affiliate), WHYY-TV 12 (the Philadelphia affiliate), WLIW WORLD, and the new NJTV. Adubato's programming also airs on FiOS1 and on TCN-The Comcast Network. Adubato has been the recipient of four prestigious Emmy Awards for his work on public television. In 1995, 2000 and again in 2001, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Adubato with Emmy Awards in the category of “Best Host.”

In addition to his work on public television, Adubato has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN, FOX News, FOX 5 in New York and CNBC as a media and communication analyst. He has also provided expert on-air commentary for NPR—National Public Radio. Adubato currently provides political commentary on 770-WABC, the #1 talk radio station in the country, as well as WOR-710 AM and has hosted on both networks.

In addition to his career as a broadcast journalist, Adubato is a Rutgers University visiting lecturer with a Ph.D. from Rutgers in the field of mass communication and a Masters from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. He is also a “distinguished visiting professor” at Montclair State University in the field of broadcast journalism. Adubato’s research and writing has focused on the role of the media in American society and the current state of journalism.

A much sought-after motivational speaker through his company Stand & Deliver, Adubato has conducted communication and leadership workshops for a variety of clients in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Stand & Deliver is a dynamic, hands-on professional development and executive coaching program, which Adubato created to help today’s professionals reach their potential as leaders.

Most recently, New Jersey Monthly magazine named Adubato one of the top five most powerful media figures in the state. In the past, New Jersey Monthly selected Adubato as one of the “50 Most Interesting People” in the state as well as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the State.” Adubato writes a weekly column focusing on communication and leadership for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s most widely circulated newspaper, which reaches over 1 million readers. He is a syndicated columnist who contributes to New Jersey Monthly, the Atlantic City Press and njvoices.com.

Finally, Adubato is the author of the books, Speak from the Heart: Be Yourself and Get Results (Simon & Schuster), which was featured in Fortune Magazine, as well as Make the Connection: Improve Your Communication at Work and at Home and What Were They Thinking? Crisis Communication: The Good, the Bad and the Totally Clueless, both published by Rutgers University Press. His fourth book is entitled You Are the Brand and examines the brand strategies of over thirty individuals and companies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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