Two conferences that I attended this year that I really enjoyed were :  Innovation Congress in the summer and most recently the Synergy Global Forum. I am so thankful to have these opportunities.  I want to thank organizers including Social Fresh and Firebrand Group for Innovation Congress.

The Innovation Congress was at the  The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. 

The Synergy Global Forum was at Madison Square Garden.

Both showcased innovators discussing ideas on how to better your business tactics and just new ways of thinking.

At the Innovation Congress, I loved hearing Amy Emmerich from Refinery 29 speak about innovation and growth – she had amazing thoughts and loved hearing from Firebrand Group about The Future of Personal Branding.

I love this article that has some practical tips from the organizers

Recently at the Synergy Global Forum I went to see two awesome speakers – Malcom Gladwell who I have seen a few times and he always leaves you thinking- you have to love his format of storytelling to a point and then Gary Vaynerchuk who I have never seen speak live but I am a huge fan.  He had a speech about gratitude and empathy and patience that was super inspiring.  As an entrepreneur there are so many times I am like stop get a full time job you will make a lot more money but then I think will I be passionate about that — I love being able to be creative and supporting emerging designers and artists and don’t want to deal with all this red tape – anyway it goes back to what Gary spoke about —- be patient – think of what I am passionate about and be grateful.

“A Master Class in Disruption” presented by Synergy Global Forum 2017 dedicated itself to offering professionals and entrepreneurs in Europe, Asia and North America an unforgettable experience  -what an amazing roster ! 

Synergy Global Forum was recently named in an article on as “the powerhouse event of the

What did I learn from Malcom Gladwell this time around:

Keep in mind this is all in my words– summarizing some of the main thoughts in my words – this speech was very eloquent and all tied together in real life –

He started with a story about two philanthropists and how they each gave money to schools. The first gave a large sum to a small school that was in some financial trouble and they invested in an engineering school. The other philanthropist / billionaire invested money into Harvard that already has a lot of money in the bank.

He also demonstrated how other wealthy investments over the last years have gone more to schools that are doing well then the schools that are not ??? so we should question that.

It worked back to the idea of the weak link in a way — it is hard to paraphrase but there was an interesting story that reflected a conclusion and mixed in there were things that really stood out – like the fact that some of the most major personal investments went to major colleges that are thriving instead of those that might need help and development.

Then he started talking sports which typically I hate sports references but he was breaking down how a soccer team can win a game and how a basketball team can win a game — and how the players interact the strong players vs the ones that might not be the star players….
Do I want to run my business like a soccer team or a basketball team ? Do I need to make sure I have the strongest players for the WIN and invest there or do I help my weaker links and invest there like a soccer team for the WIN.

Of course all tied together to reflect back to your own business – do you invest time and money into your strong links – will that help your business or do you invest it in the weaker links – I think it really depends on what type of business you are in – if you are in a “soccer” business or a “basketball” business but of course he gave us all something to think about — He has a book coming out soon – so exciting ! Check out what he is up to here :

On the second day of Synergy Global Forum I saw Gary Vaynerchuk – which was amazing-I am so grateful to have him speak live – he is powerful on video but even more powerful in person  :

  • Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook: How to tell your story in a noisy worldGary vaynerchuk

This is not the speech but there are some great notes in here that give a bit of reference to things he brought up in his speech – nevertheless you should subscribe to his newsletter and check out his podcasts he is so inspiring ! The coolest thing to see what when he asked how many people under 35 in the room how many hands went up – so many young business leaders out there.


This was the lineup :


  • Jordan Belfort, Author, Motivational Speaker and Former Stockbroker aka “The Wolf of Wall Street”
  • Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur and Founder of the Virgin Group
  • Gary Vaynerchuk, Leading Marketing Expert and Entrepreneur
  • Jack Welch, Legendary Manager and Former General Electric CEO
  • Robin Wright, World-known Star of House of Cards and Philanthropist
  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author of “The Black Swan” and “Antifragile”
  • Simon Sinek, Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, and Sought-After Marketing Consultant
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Journalist and author of bestsellers “Outliers: The Story of Success” and “The Tipping Point”
  • Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and Futurist
  • Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder
  • Guy Kawasaki, Apple Evangelist and Venture Capitalist
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, The Fox News Channel Host and Award-Winning Prosecutor
  • Amanda Cerny, Social media Influencer, Actress, ceo of livexlive
  • Maneet Ahuja, Author of The Alpha Masters and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree
  • David Tisch, Founder of BoxGroup, Co-Founder of TechStars
  • Jennifer Fonstad, Co-Founder of Aspect, former Managing Director at Draper Fusher Jurvetson
  • Brett Thomas, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CAVU Venture Partners
  • Todd Klein, Partner at Revolution Growth
  • Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Editor in Chief
  • Chieh Huang, Founder/CEO, Boxed
  • Leslie Short, Founder/CEO, K.I.M Media
  • Aubrey Marcus, CEO and Founder, Onnit
  • Ludovic Huraux, Co-Founder and CEO, Shapr
  • George Levy, Blockchain Expert and Renowned Keynote Speaker
  • Juan Garavaglia, CEO, Bitprim
  • Oz Eleonora, CEO, Zinica
  • Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO, Nue Agency
  • Bonin Bough, Producer and Host, CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles
  • Gerard Adams, Founder & CEO Fownders
  • Billie Whitehouse, CEO, Designer and Director. Wearable X                                   During the event, everyone gathered on one stage to discuss today’s most cutting edge topics related to leadership, innovation, strategy, technology, social networks and “fake news,” entrepreneurship, performance, efficiency, social responsibility, intellect and growth.


I did not get to see Richard Branson who I would have loved to see speak but was so happy for the opportunity to see the speakers I did.  Put this on your list of  your conferences for next time. Hope some videos will be posted soon and I will add to this post.

Again would like to thank Rubenstein Public Relations.

Also a shout out to HFACTOR the functional brand of hydrogen hydration water with lots of benefits from anti -oxidant to anti – inflammatory





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