Rave Reviews: Jessica O. Matthews @ IIDA

“Jessica O. Matthew’s energy, ambition, and overall message at such a young age is an inspiration that can be applied to any one in any industry. She takes her personal life experiences and challenges and discusses her process to developing solutions that are beyond our average, everyday mindsets. I booked her for an event in 2017 with 500+ attendees, and again in 2018 with even more attendees - both audiences were on their feet in a standing ovation. People are still talking about it! I would happily book her again in 2019, 2020, etc.”

-International Interior Design Association - October 2018

Rave Reviews: Soon Yu's best-selling book "Iconic Advantage"

Innovation expert Soon Yu has released his first book Iconic Advantage to rave reviews and on the Amazon best-seller list. Adam Grant says "This book explains why some brands are built to last and others seem doomed to perish. It’s a framework that every marketer can put into play right away."

In Iconic Advantage, Soon takes a look at some of the world’s largest brands to uncover the secrets of creating iconic properties and maximizing the value they create. Further, he reveals to readers the universal principles of iconicity—creating noticing power, enhancing staying power and driving scaling power—to immediately unlock iconic value in their existing products and stack the odds in their favor in developing new properties.

Check out more on the book and get your copy here on Amazon!

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Rave Reviews: Clint Smith named to Forbes' 2018 30 Under 30 List

2017 has certainly been a standout year for Clint Smith, with his 2016 poetry collection Counting Descent, winning the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He's a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. He was recently named to the EBONY Power 100 2017 list under "The Luminaries". And this week was announced as a 30 Under 30 Media star for Forbes.

As a featured voice of Crooked Media's popular podcast "Pod Save the People" and one of our most popular speakers, Clint has much to share with us on historical perspectives and the use of poetry as a means to ask about the world—something he often dissects both on the show, in his writing, with his studies and certainly his speeches.

Check out this reflective video and short performance of his piece "What the cicada said the black boy":

Rave Reviews: Soon Yu at priMED

“Soon Yu recently spoke at our corporate Sales and Marketing retreat. His energy, enthusiasm, and love of business (and life) was contagious.  Soon immediately had the teams full focus and attention, something that is quite a feat with our team of opinioned and strong personalities.  He proceeded to take us through a fresh and innovative ideation session around our business, strengths, and signature moments which included a breakthrough ideation process. His ability to help our team take a step back from the day to day stress of a growing company and focus on the higher level value that we provide to our customers was refreshing and extremely insightful. I would highly recommend Soon to any business looking for a charismatic, energetic speaker who will energize your team while helping to bring clarity to the key differentiators that help to drive corporate success.”

- priMED Medical Products - January 2017

Rave Reviews: Luvvie Ajayi on the cover of ESSENCE {Special Edition}

While this isn't our traditional review of a speaker event, we couldn't help, but share this exciting cover of ESSENCE magazine's May 2017 Issue featuring our own Luvvie Ajayi (top row, second from left) in the company of some amazing women empowering others and changing the world. For the first time ever, ESSENCE honored 12 women on its cover who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America. Luvvie is doing exactly that through writing, blogging and speaking about these issues, and more, around the world.

Click here for more on the announcement!