Sara Hand

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Sara Hand

Spark Growth specializes in Smart Cities/Innovation District development projects, Thought Leadership/ Experience Design, Economic Development initiatives, and cultivating Entrepreneur Ecosystems. Credentials include certifications in Business Incubation Management through the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and Agile Strategy development through the Purdue University Agile Strategy Lab.

Spark Growth co-produces Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators with The Innovator’s Forum, an initiative of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH). These agile strategy workshops empower city decision makers to peer to peer relationships, enable them to make more informed decisions, create project scalability, and improve their ROI. Workshops are supported by expert industry partners, offering a broader perspective of successful strategies, who in turn learn firsthand issues cities face, and how to better serve the needs of their city customers.

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Lee Caraher

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Lee Caraher

Her first book: Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work. Her second book: The Boomerang Principle: Inspire Lifetime Loyalty from Your Employees (even after they leave).

Lee McEnany Caraher is the founder and CEO of Double Forte, a successful national public relations, content marketing and social media firm. Double Forte works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. She is a highly sought-after communications expert known for her business acumen and insights (and her big laugh). She splits her time between the company's San Francisco and New York offices.

Lee is also an acclaimed author and recognized expert in creating high performing, positive workplaces. She became an expert in this arena after operating her own company and leading large divisions in other companies. She started Double Forte in 2002 determined to create a culture that fully supports its talent, even when they choose to move on. After failing miserably at retaining Millennials, Double Forte went back to the beginning and created a culture where all generations thrive; as a result, turnover is low, and when employees do leave, overwhelmingly they stay loyal to the firm – sometimes even returning. With her foundational work, Lee shows leaders how to create the best possible workplace culture so their employees will stay longer than they intend, and when they do leave, advocate for the company, defining a new loyalty contract and a new model of business sustainability.

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Frank Cottle

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Frank Cottle

Alliance Virtual Offices provides premium virtual office and telecommunications solutions for companies all over the world. Alliance combines three central components necessary to service mobile and work-from-home professionals: People, Place and Technology. This unique combination of products and services offers businesses significant flexibility and savings while allowing them to present the image of a prestigious, full-time office. The Alliance mission is to offer the most complete, reliable and feature-rich set of virtual office services to our global market of mobile professionals and work-from-home entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to offer the most complete, reliable and feature-rich set of virtual office services to our global market of mobile professionals and work-from-home entrepreneurs. We know that we do not succeed unless our clients do, so Alliance strives to stay ahead bring our clients the best, new products and services at a great value.

I’m the founder and CEO of the Alliance group of companies, and an experienced speaker, strategist, entrepreneur, advisor, business leader and investor.

Since 1979 I’ve been building flexible workspace companies under the Alliance brand and its predecessor companies, focusing on new ways of working that genuinely meet the needs of today’s entrepreneurs by combining three fundamental components: people, place, and technology.

My primary areas of expertise include integrating flexible workspace models to assist with corporate real estate repositioning, investment banking, finance, workplace technology, and business leadership. I’m a regular on the conference circuit and frequently consult with multinational firms to plan and formulate strategies for the future of work.

I’m always happy and willing to share my expertise and vision for the future of work through speaking engagements, interviews, panel discussions, podcasts, consultancy, and over a coffee. Let’s connect and start a conversation.

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Sam Gerace

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Sam Gerace

Build stronger connections with your customers.

Convey is a powerful connection platform that replaces business cards and static contacts with live, dynamic connections so you and your team can build stronger, more valuable professional and personal relationships.

Never again worry about running out of business cards, manually entering info, or having out-of-date and inaccurate information. Share cards with ANYONE for FREE! Instantly connect and exchange digital business cards with confidence knowing that your connections’ information will always be safe, secure, and up-to-date.

  • Live Connections – Connect with anyone quickly and easily, once connected you always have up-to-date info (any changes are automatically and immediately updated)

  • Multiple Cards - Create and share cards for every part of your busy life (business, personal, family, go wild!)

  • Send - Send cards to anyone for FREE even if they don’t have Convey, they will get an easy to download file they can add to their contacts

  • Instant Share - Share cards in person with other Convey users in an instant (it's magic!)

I am a five-time tech entrepreneur – the founding CEO of Convey™, Veritix®, Be Free® (Nasdaq:BFRE), PCXIS, and PCX Consulting Inc. Veritix is a sports and live-entertainment SaaS platform company processing over $1 billion in commerce transactions annually; Befree is a digital marketing platform company processing over $2 billion in commerce transactions annually; PCXIS®, Inc. produced public utility marketing software; and PCX Consulting, Inc., offered plant and executive information systems for heavy industry. (Veritix was acquired by AEG/AXS, Be Free was acquired by Conversant.) I have raised over $2M in angel capital, $76M in venture capital/private equity, and over $200M in the public markets for those companies. I am a Director Boxcast, and a former Director of ValueClick (NASDAQ:VCLK) and Be Free (NASDAQ:BFRE).

I work to build the growth stage ecosystem in Northeast Ohio through entrepreneurial mentoring programs at Jumpstart, Inc., Flash Starts, and in the Entrepreneurial Studies program at Hawken School; through ad hoc mentoring; and by serving on the board of the Ohio Venture Association.

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Maya Middlemiss

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Maya Middlemiss

We talk blockchain, tech, data, finance, crypto, the future of work & a lot more.

A creative communications agency for the blockchain world: If you're creating something amazing and unique which is going to change the world, let us TELL the world for you - via journalism, copywriting content marketing, press releases, and social media - in a style which will engage and excite and drive action, from your potential investors, customers and evangelists. We'll bring your vision to life and develop a strategy to share it effectively, with B2B or B2C audiences. We understand the space and collaborate with our clients as partners, aligned with your success at all times.

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