Author, In Search of Excellence and The Little BIG Things
Global Management Guru
Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence - the book that changed the way the world does business and often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he’s still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.” His most recent effort, released in March 2010: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence. Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy—it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” His blog is ranked #9 among “The Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs.”
“Tom Peters is the most provocative and engaging (as well as annoying and threatening) management guru running loose in America today.”—CBS MarketWatch
“In no small part, what American corporations have become is what Peters has encouraged them to be.” - The New Yorker
“Peters is ... the father of the post-modern corporation.” - Los Angeles Times
“We live in a Tom Peters world.”—Fortune
“Mr. Peters is an enthusiast, a storyteller and a lover of capitalism. He says that effective management is management that delivers more value to customers and more opportunity for service, creativity and growth to workers. He is saying that the decent thing to do is also the smart thing. It’s a wonderful message.”—Paul Weaver, Hoover Institute, in the Wall Street Journalback to top
The Original "Apprentice"
You're Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life From The Winner Of The Apprentice
Several years after his introduction to America as Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, Bill Rancic continues his commitment to entrepreneurship throughout the country. Today, he is building businesses, seizing opportunities and sharing his views on how to succeed in business and in life.
Currently, Bill is developing real estate in Chicago, producing and appearing in several television programs and speaking to businesses and organizations on motivational and business topics.
Bill also regularly appears in The Board Room on NBC’s primetime show “The Apprentice,” Style Network’s reality series “Giuliana and Bill” and is the executive producer of “Airplane Repo,” airing this summer on Discovery Channel. He makes regular appearances on numerous daytime broadcast and cable television programs such as Today, The Tonight Show, The View, Rachael Ray and various CNBC programs to talk to viewers about business and entrepreneurship. He also regularly appears in many major national, regional and local print outlets throughout the country.
A published author, he wrote Beyond The Lemonade Stand to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents and abilities at an early age. All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity. Beyond The Lemonade Stand is the follow-up to the New York Times best-selling book, You're Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life From The Winner Of The Apprentice, which chronicled Bill's successful life, experience and proven advice.
A budding entrepreneur at a young age, Bill got his first taste of success by founding Cigars Around the World in a 400 square foot studio apartment in Chicago.
Highly engaged in charitable activities, Bill was recently named national spokesperson for Gradiant Gives Back – a program awarding financial makeovers to deserving families during today’s challenging economic climate. He is also an active board member for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.back to top
The Trendsight Group
Marketing To Women and PrimeTime Women
Marti Barletta is the world’s foremost speaker on marketing to women. She is the author of the groundbreaking book, Marketing to Women: How to Increase Your Share of the World’s Largest Market, now available in 17 languages; and co-author with Tom Peters of Trends. Her most recent book, PrimeTime Women™: How to Win the Hearts, Minds, and Business of Boomer Big Spenders, reveals the unprecedented buying power and joie de vivre of women in their prime (ages 50-70) and shows how marketers can tap this “silver bullet” segment’s unparalleled growth, size and spending drive to propel their brand and their business.
A Wharton MBA, Barletta founded her firm, The TrendSight Group (www.trendsight.com), to help organizations get smart about women. In the marketplace, with women accounting for the majority of consumer and business buying, she helps companies secure more bang from every buck in their marketing and sales budgets. In the workplace, as the information-driven economy fuels demand for more skilled “human capital;” as women continue to increase their educational lead; as studies confirm women’s management skills advantage; and as mounting evidence correlates more women in leadership with stronger business results on every measure, she expects renewed demand from companies seeking an edge in marketing their positions to top female talent at both the entry and executive levels.
The key to both opportunities is knowing how to better connect with female prospects and engage them to take action. Barletta has applied her proprietary GenderTrends™ model across a range of industries; clients have included Allstate, Deloitte Consulting, Ford, Frito-Lay, GE Appliances, Logitech, New York Life, Serta, Trade Secret, Toys R Us, Volvo and Wachovia. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Embrace Pet Insurance, GRAND magazine, International Mature Marketing Network and Samurai Sales Mastery.
As a recognized international authority on marketing to women, women in leadership and women’s growing role in shaping the 21st century, Barletta has been quoted on CBS, ABC, MSNBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, Fast Company, TIME, Business Week, Entrepreneur and many other publications worldwide. Her dynamic style, command of her subject and passion for her topic have made her a popular speaker at hundreds of companies and professional associations. Audiences note that her lively keynotes and workshops deliver fact-based information, eye-opening insights and instantly actionable ideas, and are both entertaining and memorable.back to top
Selling to Men, Selling to Women
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a Consultant, Author, Gender Strategist and the President of YWomen. Jeffery’s 30 years of business experience include roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble and Alberto-Culver.
The first 15 years of Jeffery’s unique career focused on Sales Management, Customer Management, Category Management Supply Chain and Regional Marketing. For the past 15 years he has he led a series of initiatives focused on Senior Leadership Development, Understanding the Significant Role of Women in Organizations and Creating Integrated Diversity Leadership Strategies.
Jeffery is also author of the book Selling to Men, Selling to Women. A featured keynote speaker, his work regarding gender differences in the sales process has been used in Tom Peter’s new work Xellence Always. He has been a contributing writer to the Tom Peters Times, Women2Women Link and PINK Magazine.
A passionate advocate in the development of women in leadership, he currently sits on the Simmons Business School’s Business Advisory Board, and has held National Advisory Board positions for Women’s Food Service Forum (Executive Programming), The Network of Executive Women (Co-Chair Multicultural Conference), and Linkage Inc. (The Summit on Leading Diversity and The Women in Leadership Summit)
He has taught Business Communications at Georgia State University and has been a Guest Lecturer at The Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University.back to top
Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World's Most Powerful Consumers
Bridget Brennan is a pioneer in developing business strategies that appeal to women, the world's most powerful consumers. She is the CEO of business strategy firm Female Factor, and author of the acclaimed book Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World's Most Powerful Consumers (Crown Business, July 2009). Her book was called “essential reading” by The Wall Street Journal and “required reading for anyone burdened with a Y chromosome” by Fortune Small Business. It was named a "Top 10 Marketing Book of 2009" by MediaTrust. A recipient of numerous industry awards, Bridget was named U.S. Public Relations Agency Practitioner of the Year by PR NEWS for her work in applying gender psychology to communications.
Bridget has served as an instructor at Northwestern University's Graduate Program in Marketing Communications in the Medill School, and has guest lectured at the Kellogg School of Management, the top-ranked business school in the U.S., and at industry conferences worldwide. She is a member of the Forbes Executive Women's Advisory Board.
She developed her expertise as an agency executive, creating programs for major clients such as Whirlpool Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Pizza Hut, Colgate-Palmolive, United Airlines and AT&T, among others. Previous to founding Female Factor, Bridget ran the consumer marketing practice of Edelman’s Zeno Group, and founded that agency’s Speaking Female division. Bridget is a founder of the Marketing to Moms Coalition, a member of the Network of Executive Women and the National Speakers Association. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she is based in Chicago.back to top
Broadway's Smash Comedy About The Sexes
Defending the Caveman is a hilarious play about the ways men and women relate to each other. Without taking sides, this insightful comedy discusses the ongoing battle for understanding between the sexes. Caveman was written by comedian Rob Becker over a three year period during which he made an informal study of psychology, sociology, and prehistory.
Originally opening in San Francisco in 1991 Defending the Caveman soon moved to Dallas. After a year in Dallas—now an irrefutable comedic phenomenon - Caveman went on to sold-out engagements in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Chicago, before opening on Broadway in 1995. Running two and a half years, playing 702 performances at the Helen Hayes Theater, Caveman entered the record books as the longest running solo play in Broadway history.
Still holding that record today, Defending the Caveman has gone on to become a worldwide hit that has been translated into 18 different languages and performed in more than 45 countries. Couples all across America (and around the world) are in love with Defending the Caveman.back to top