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    Johnathan Cohen

    Jonathan Cohen is a 20+ year marketing, innovation & business development c-suite executive and serial entrepreneur; experienced "change agent" with companies from startup to 200+; proven and well-known leader in innovation, advertising, and marketing technology.


    Cohen is currently the Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer and Investor at Indiegogo; and the Founder and Chairman of the Peter Guber and Tony Robbins funded The Trillions Company. Agency of Trillions’ crowdfunding practice was acquired by Indiegogo on May 19, 2017.


    Prior to AoT, Cohen was the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of SocialChorus (Advertising Age, 2012 #3 fastest revenue growth U.S. Social Media Agency) and Founder, Chairman and CRO of YouCast Corporation which was acquired by Halogen Media Group on April 27, 2011 through Kohlberg Ventures.


    Elatia Abate

    Elatia Abate is Co-Founder of Sharpen Workshops, an  entrepreneur and thought leader on the future of work, career design, and building cultures of creativity and innovation. She works with organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 to early-stage start-ups. She is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, having recently delivered a TEDx titled, “Pioneering The Future of Work.” She teaches in the Continuing Studies departments of Stanford University and University of Toronto. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. In a former life, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones & Company, and Global Director Talent Acquisition at Anheuser-Busch InBev. She received both her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

    Eduardo Placer

    Eduardo Placer is a Keynote Speaker, Social Entrepreneur

     and Global Community Builder.  He is the CEO and Founder of Fearless Communicators. He was a professional actor for 15 years, working all over the country in over 38 plays and musicals. 

    Clients include HBO, Google, Bank of America- Merrill Lynch, Yale University, The Juilliard School, and the Wharton School of Business. Private clients include Industry Leaders, CEO’s of start up companies, UN

     Diplomats and social activists.  Fearless Communicators launched A Fearless Force: Public Speaking for Visionary Women Leaders in May of 2016 with a commitment to creating 40 events in 40 cities all over the world.

    Eduardo has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego. Eduardo also loves #hashtags and suffers from an acute case of showtunitis.


    Matt Johnston

    Matt Johnston is currently an Innovator-in-Residence at Trillions, having been part of the Agency of Trillions team sold to Indiegogo last year. Matt has provided social innovation coaching and consulting to hundreds of founders and founding teams. Matt spent his early career developing large-scale business intelligence software and has held senior operating roles in multiple technology startups, including Persistence, Panoratio, Alloptic, and Zodiac Interactive. As the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Kinetic Fin, the groundbreaking Social Innovation and Design firm, Matt led breakthrough program initiatives for companies like Ferrari, Mondelez, Cisco, and Facebook. Matt has also served as a strategic advisor for dozens of social innovation startups including Local Motors, the world's largest open-source car design company. Matt's work has been featured in academic case studies on Enterprise Gamification and Social Marketing, and Matt has lectured at Harvard Business School, Kauffman Center, and Babson College on the Social Innovation and Collaborative Entrepreneurship. He is also a frequent guest speaker about social innovation at Tony Robbins' global business training program, Business Mastery. 

    Maggie Viola

    Maggie Viola is the Co-Founder of Sharpen Workshops, former Vice President at Brainswitch Advertising and current Owner at Viola, Inc., a specialized strategic marketing consulting firm in South Florida. Maggie also manages Business Development at Pulse Creative, NYC. She is quite the instigator, innovator, an image maker with a passion for people and conscious business practice.  Born and bred New Yorker, she is savvy, cultured and quick on her feet. With 18+ years of experience in creative marketing and product development, she works with Global brands such as PepsiCo, BOSCH, Canon, Black & Decker, SONY and many more. Maggie has the ability to think big while integrating relevant details to output strategically aligned creative ideas with proven success.  She began her professional career in fashion at Phillips Van Heusen, NYC then went on to create her own clothing line, wrote and and recorded music with major label artists and even at one point drove a pedicab in NYC. Not much she won't try once. Life is about the experience for Maggie.  


    “Little sparks ignite huge flames… hand me the matches! ” – Mag

    Jacob Peñaranda

    Jacob Peñaranda is the President and Chief Experience Officer at Smartprison.io, pursuing his true passion of helping people create a life of possibility. A serial entrepreneur, with unparalleled mastery in sales, Jacob brings true passion and strategic know-how to the table every time. From the moment he purchased his first Tony Robbins book with a pack of cigarettes behind bars in 2008, to becoming a member of the Tony Robbins Platinum Partnership today, he has taught himself how to manifest his desires into reality, even against the strongest of odds. Jacob currently co-creates with possibility makers around the world.

    Brady Johns

    Brady Johns has spent 20 years leading sales and operations for some of the world's largest tech companies on four continents. He has established, led and managed metrics and processes for billion dollar divisions of Dell, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. Most recently he has taken those same skills to start-ups One Affiniti in Australia and the newly Google Funded Mist Systems. He has done all this while maintaining his own multi-millionaire real estate portfolio in the US and Australia. In his spare time he has climbed four of the world's highest mountains and traveled to sixty-four countries. How do you create billion dollar businesses and actually increase your amount of free time? His secret is no secret. Brady is a master of Business operations and Business Management Systems. From him we will learn to: Establish clear metrics, Manage those metrics with cadence and Build a team that can run the business in your absence.

    William " Chip" Corely

     Chip recently authored, Financial Fitness: The Journey from Wall Street to Badwater 135. Professionally, he is a money manager with 1DB Asset Management, and founder of 1st Discount Brokerage (1DB.com), a full-service client-centric investment firm. His job consists mainly of research, investment allocation, strategy, and management. As a researcher, his focus is on economics, market history,  and relevant investment selection.  


    "I try to make sense out of what's going on in the world in order to make wise investment decisions for clients' portfolios. I am an expert contributor for Equities.com and write weekly on LinkedIn, check me out there." - Chip