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Former Attorney Buildings a Thriving Broth Company, Eric Ersher of Zoup!

Eric Ersher is the founder and CEO of Zoup!, a Michigan-based, fast casual soup concept, formed in 1998. Zoup! fast-casual soup restaurants, a Michigan-based franchise with 100 locations across the Northern half of the U.S. and Ontario, has ventured into the retail CPG business with its launch of super-premium broth. After five (long, but full of lessons) years, the team has figured out how to compete on shelves with big-budget, Fortune 100 companies. Now in more than 4,500 stores across the country, including leading players like HEB, Kroger, Giant Eagle and Safeway, Zoup! Broth has doubled its sales over each previous year, with 2018 exceeding quarterly projections by 50%.

A former attorney and 20+ year soup industry veteran, Eric Ersher founded Zoup! in the early days of fast casual. He saw that people wanted more high-quality options than fast food and was passionate about the comfort and well-being that only really good soup could deliver. Ringing in its 20th year, Zoup! ladles in $645K average sales per location, per year, and prides itself on being all about the people and staying true to its “Zoupisms” (i.e. the foundation for its culture and operational standards).   www.zoupbroth.com

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The Power of Enthusiasm, with Joshua M. Evans

Josh Evans has worked with 100s of companies, from global firms to small businesses, including Hilton, ReMax, ConocoPhillips, Sheraton, The University of Houston, Maersk International, Renaissance, and Green Bank. He helps both people and organizations build the right kind of culture as “The Corporate Culture Cleaner.”

Josh knows that engagement leads to happier employees and more profit for their company. And when employees care, they do better work and your clients and customers get excited because they can see it and want to join in on the excitement. With 10+ years of sales experience, Josh marries his experience, knowledge and passion to help people enjoy and engage in work again, traveling the country speaking and training audiences, as well as interacting with others in his online course. He lives outside of Houston with his wife, two sons and their English setter. www.JoshuaMEvans.com

Create a Thriving, Joyful, and Prosperous Relationship with Work and Money with Christy Whitman

New York Times Best Seller Christy Whitman (media features include the “TODAY” show, People, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and more) is a highly sought-after life coach with an accredited life-coaching certification academy, hundreds of thousands of followers, and a very practical, action-based approach to applying the laws of The Secret to career, work and family balance to create tremendous abundance in people’s lives.

Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, and Propserous Relationship with Work & Money (Simon & Schuster’s Atria/Enliven Books; Sept. 2018) may sound lofty, but in all practicality, it’s a handbook that applies the big concepts found in the Law of Attraction through detailed daily actions—to achieve incremental successes that quickly gain momentum to create big wins.

Christy is a woman who really lives these teaching and is effervescent, joyful and generous. Her writing is approachable, she is transparent about her own ups and downs with these laws and she engages readers from a specifically career-focused point of view.

In the age of the side hustle and income inequality, Christy offers an alternative—an energetic shift that opens us to all that is possible through the practice of mindset and paradigm shifts. www.christywhitman.com

Founder of CariClub, Rhoden Monrose. A Millennial's Impact on the Workforce.

Founder and CEO, Rhoden Monrose moved from his native St. Lucia to New York at age 12. As a child living with his mother and sister in Harlem, Rhoden benefitted greatly from the services of nonprofit after-school programs, which helped him flourish both personally and academically, eventually leading him to the Middlesex School before earning a scholarship to Trinity College.

Rhoden learned how rewarding it was to help nonprofits while he worked at Citigroup as a derivatives trader. In 2013, he left Citigroup and founded CariClub to help other young professionals engage with nonprofits at a higher level.

Launched in 2015 in NYC and San Francisco, with more cities rolling out in the coming months, CariClub already has over 1,500 millennial members, and CariClub clients, including Citgroup and Deloitte, span financial services, consulting, legal and technology sectors. The CariClub network includes more than 1,000 non-profit organizations. CariClub was recently named by Built in NYC as one of “50 Startups to Watch in 2018,” and Rhoden was recently featured on Cause Artist as one of “14 Social Entrepreneurs of Color Making History Through Social Innovation.” CariClub was previously named by CB Insights as one of “21 Nonprofit and Charity Tech Startups to Watch.” www.cariclub.com

Tales and Lessons From 20 Years at the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship, Pascal Finette

In The GuruBook, 45 of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and leaders speak out.
They write in a down-to-earth way about innovation, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership.

No matter whether you are a one-person business, a growth entrepreneur, a leader or you simply have an interest in the book’s themes, you are invited inside to play, create growth and change the world.  www.thegurubook.org

Pascal Finette is the Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. Previously he held leadership positions at Google.org, Mozilla and eBay, built technology startups, launched a Venture Capital firm, and is the posse leader at TheHeretic.org & GyShiDo. Pascal keeps himself busy doing a few too many things.  www.finette.com

Dr. Oleg Konovalov, author of Corporate Superpower: Cultivating a Winning Culture for Your Business

Oleg Konovalov is a management consultant with extensive experience in international business. Operating businesses in the UK, Scandinavia, and Russia has given him a superior understanding of how business works across different cultures and has made him adept at dealing with challenges common and uncommon alike. His projects have been mentioned in The Times and Fishing News International.

He is constantly analyzing the market, looking for tiny ripples of a new concept that he can capture or a niche that he can fill. His goal is to share this knowledge and skill with others, wanting readers and clients to be confident in their capabilities, willing and able to get to the next level through improving their understanding and engaging their creativity. Oleg views the world as bright, multidimensional, fascinating, and full of potential. www.olegkonovalov.com

“Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and The Road Map to Change”, Hilarie T. Gamm

Hilarie T. Gamm pulls the curtain back on the wizards of America’s technology industry to simplify the current American technology landscape for every reader.

“Billion’s Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Road Map to Change” is an explosive, must-read about the inner workings of the U.S. tech industry. The impact of H-1B Visas, offshore labor, education, and globalism are exposed as Gamm educates the masses on the history of U.S. technology and the crisis that was Y2K.  By simplifying political science, economics, and civics concepts, Gamm connects the dots on the causes and effects of our tech industry downturn, painting an eye-opening portrait of what the future holds if corrective action isn’t taken.

More than a political or social science commentary, “Billion’s Lost” finds its place among the best historical and political non-fiction works for its clear explanation of how offshoring millions of U.S. technology and engineering jobs opened a gateway placing our economy, national security, and educational system at risk.
Although the ramifications are dire, all is not lost. The book concludes with a powerful chapter, “The Road Map to Change,” a list of 20 national, actionable ideas that can turn things around and return growth, prosperity and technological prowess back to the United States of America. BillionsLostBook.com

The Language of Being with Josselyne Herman-Saccio

Friends are fighting. Families are fighting. Politicians are fighting. Has humanity really been reduced to arguments over who’s right and who’s wrong? Landmark seminar leader Josselyne Herman-Saccio invites us to consider learning a new language: the language of being.

For over 37 years, Josselyne has led programs for Landmark Worldwide, an international training and development company, for the past twenty four years, programs designed to inspire effectiveness and creativity in others enabling them to make their own dreams come true as well as make the world a better place.  www.landmarkworldwide.com

Allen Adamson, Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast Changing World

Allen Adamson is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Metaforce with over thirty
years of experience in building iconic brands. He is the author of three previous books—
BrandSimple, BrandDigital, and The Edge—and writes a monthly column on branding
for Forbes.com. JOEL STECKEL is an expert on marketing research and branding
strategy, with numerous journal articles to his credit. Professor Steckel is currently Vice
Dean for Doctoral Education at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he has served on
the faculty for more than twenty-five years. Both authors live in New York City.  www.shiftaheadbook.com