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Dr. Matt Ganis

Dr. Matt Ganis

Matt Ganis has held many lead architectural and managerial roles in IBM over his 24+ year career. Currently Matt is a Senior Technical Staff Member (and Certified Scrum master) within the IBM Sales and Distribution organization of IBM and a member of the www.ibm.com site architecture team. He was involved in the early creation of the Internet where he specialized in Computer networks and Internet Security.

Matt is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Astronomy at Pace University in Pleasantville New York. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Information Systems from Pace University, a Master of Science degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and a Doctoral degree in Computing from Pace University.

Lauren Garvey

Lauren Garvey

Senior Manager, Community Relations and Branding and Corporate Communications
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Lauren Garvey is a seasoned communications professional with a diverse background in Advertising, Communications, Public Relations and Community Relations.  In her current role, she is responsible for advertising, branding and corporate communications for Hitachi America, Ltd. (www.hitachi-america.us) as well as all Community Relations programs.

She has spent her career working in the communications field; she has served as Director of Public Affairs for The Hertz Corporation followed by her role as Director of Media Relations for Office Depot.  She has a  proven track record of securing national media coverage in leading business publications and newspapers such as Businessweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times and USA Today.  Her media expertise includes extensive relationships with journalists nationally in business, e-commerce, education, women’s marketing, technology as well as nationally in the travel industry and the retail sector.  She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Pace University and her M.S. in Public Relations from Iona College.  Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor for Pace University and most recently taught an online Public Relations course for the University.  She resides in Westchester County.

Sarah Masters

Sarah Masters

Sarah Masters is a Business Product Manager at Google responsible for development of the DART for Advertisers Reporting suite. In this role she defines and implements product strategy leading a cross-departmental team to bring new features to market.

Prior to joining DoubleClick/Google in 2007 Ms. Masters held positions at MTV Networks, the Council on Foreign Relations and AvenueA/Razorfish. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a M.A. in International Development from SAIS - Johns Hopkins University.

Andrea R. Nierenberg

Andrea R. Nierenberg

Andrea R. Nierenberg, author and communications consultant is the force behind The Nierenberg Group.
Called a “networking success story” by The Wall Street Journal, Andrea is founder and president of The Nierenberg Group.

With a stellar 25 years as a leader in sales and marketing, Andrea is an in-demand business expert both at home and abroad. Her company partners with an array of the world’s leading businesses in diversified industries.

Andrea is the author of three bestselling books—all of which have become essential reading for businesses worldwide. Her first, Nonstop Networking: How To Improve Your Life, Luck and Career, is used by companies as a business development textbook and is a top seller at Amazon.com. Her second book, Million Dollar Networking: The Sure Way to Find, Grow and Keep Your Business, has become a textbook for her corporate training clients and has received worldwide media coverage including Smart Money Magazine, The Toronto Sun and BBC Radio (London). Andrea’s most recent book, Savvy Networking: 118 Fast & Effective Tips for Business Success, is a critical tool for professionals looking for simple ways to boost their business.

Andrea speaks in cross-cultural settings around the globe at internationally known companies and conferences, and her travels have taken her to business hubs across the U.S., Asia, Europe, India and Africa. As a respected author and quoted expert, Andrea has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Selling Power, Sales & Marketing Management, Inc. Magazine, The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, and Training & Development. Her wealth of corporate experience and expertise makes her a familiar face on television with numerous appearances on popular outlets such as Bloomberg Business Television, Time-Warner’s Fortune Business Report, Fox News Chicago, Wall Street Journal Weekend, and PBS/The Business Channel. 

Prior to establishing The Nierenberg Group, she was publisher and sales director of Target Marketing Magazine and served in “Corporate America” in sales and marketing for companies such as Macmillan Publications, Avon,Saks Fifth Avenue and Ziff Davis.

Andrea has taught her business development courses to undergraduate and MBA students at the nation’s top educational institutions, including the University of Chicago, Washington University, and New York University. She is also active in numerous professional associations, including the Executive Association of New York, the Financial Women’s Association, the Rotary Club, Advertising Women of New York and the UJA Federation.

She serves on the board for the Boy Scouts of  America-Greater New York Councils. Several years ago,she was honored by Office Depot and the National Association for Female Executives as Business Woman of the Year and also received the Direct Marketing Association of New York’s Silver Apple Award for her longstanding dedication to the industry.

A native of Illinois and a longtime resident of New York City, Andrea graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Business and Psychology.

Pattie Sellers

Pattie Sellers

Editor-at-Large, FORTUNE

Pattie Sellers has written some of FORTUNE's most talked-about cover stories, including "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), "MySpace Cowboys," Martha Stewart ("I cannot be destroyed"), Meg Whitman ("eBay's Secret"), Ted Turner ("Gone with the Wind") and Oprah Winfrey ("Oprah Inc."). Every year since its launch in 1998, Pattie has helped oversee FORTUNE's "Most Powerful Women in Business" cover package. A specialist at dissecting larger-than-life personalities, she has also profiled Treasury Secretary (and former Goldman Sachs CEO) Hank Paulson, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, investor Eddie Lampert, and various media chiefs. And she has broken ground with insightful pieces on career management issues such as ego ("Get Over Yourself!"), "Charisma: Do You Need It? Can You Get It?" and "So You Fail. So What?" Pattie chairs the annual FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business, philanthropy, government, academia, and the arts. She started at Fortune in 1984, covering the big consumer brand companies.

In Pattie's new blog, Postcards, she provides insight into the lives of "super-achievers and other powerful people" through daily commentary, career advice to readers, and guest posts from major players.