Holiday Improv Celebration

with 
David Armstrong
&
Jason Perez

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:00 pm

Location:
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

RSVP HERE

It’s holiday time and so we will celebrate the holidays as only Thought Leaders can… with a comedy party.

That’s right, a time to laugh.

Join us on December 6 at 6.00 pm as the leaders of improv comedy from Improv (In)Corporation show us how our inner comedians can enable us to relax, have fun and work together in an esprit de corps.

They will start out with some fundamentals about the theories, valuable outcomes, inner challenges, personal skills, cosmic intellectual underpinnings of how improv works. All that. But enough about the fundamentals. What about the fun?

Yes, fun is on the agenda. Come and play with your Thought Leaders brethren. It’s the holidays and we’ve been through a lot recently.

Time to laugh a little, are you in?

Our comedic leaders:

David Armstrong

David has been performing and teaching improvisation for 12 years. In addition to classes from The Groundlings and Second City, he has worked at the National Comedy Theatre, serving as a performer, instructor, coach, and corporate facilitator for its team building and engagement workshops. He works with people in various industries seeking improved interpersonal skills, stimulation in creativity, or overcoming fears of public speaking.

Jason Perez

Jason, originally from Southern California, has been teaching and performing improvisation for 12 years. Jason has taught improvisation academically at Cal State San Marcos and CU Boulder as well as 8 different high schools throughout the San Diego area. He has trained and performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, National Comedy Theater, Improv Olympic, and Peoples Improv Theater.

Shopping at Retail: Revolution or Devolution? What’s in Store?

with 
Pana Diamantopoulos

Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:00 pm

Location:
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

It is not news that the retail business is being roiled by disruption, largely due to a shift in shopping and buying habits on the Internet.

Even Walmart bought Jet.com. Macy’s recently closed 125 of its stores.

So, it is curtains for retailers? Is the luxury market facing the same dynamics?

Research shows that consumers are increasing shopping in stores and buying online where it is often cheaper, more convenient and faster.  However, higher end brands find that their customers are shopping online and buying in store. For these prices, they want service and a sensory experience that relates to the products they are about to buy.

The issues facing retailers are:

  • Do they have the foresight to see and embrace omni-channel market trends?
  • Can they adapt by identifying options within those trends?
  • Have they developed strategies and executions to implement those options?

Consumers always desire to be included in a brand. However, managers must re-think how they can create value for shoppers and buyers, who are now not necessarily the same person.

pana-picPana Diamantopoulos, a prominent consultant to luxury marketers, is an expert in retail operations. She has a deep understanding of the customer journey and how to generate sales through store and product design, merchandising, customer-oriented “ceremonies,” staffing requirements and training programs.

Soon to open her own firm, Pana has worked for Chanel, Hermes and other high end brands and is often quoted in major consumer and trade fashion media, as she is known as the ‘go-to” resource for leading edge retail solutions.

We look forward to seeing you at our venue.

Please reply to this email or to RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

 

Employee Engagement: What Managers Can Do to Generate Teamwork and Productivity

with Amy Peloso

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen
Managers face the ongoing challenge of keeping their staff consistently engaged, productive and loyal. But, with a growing awareness of health and wellness, the standard tchotchkes, happy hours, and birthday cakes aren’t cutting it anymore.

Does the availability of healthy foods and activities really have a positive impact on employee engagement? Nowadays, it certainly does.

Join our discussion and learn why managers are shifting their perspective to focus on the employee in a holistic manner as a way to generate motivation and success.Amy Peloso photo

Amy, who works for ohmygreen (a wellness company that provides healthy food and beverages and wellness programs to employers) is watching the trends on both the east and west coasts and will share her insights with the group.

Amy Peloso works as the Director of Client Management for ohmygreen (www.ohmygreen.com), ensuring that clients are pleased and satisfied with their products and services. She made her rounds working in corporate America (at American Express, AstraZeneca, and Hearst Magazines), non-profit, solopreneurship and now the start-up world. She’s a keen observer and loves to educate and share her insights, experience and counsel to benefit individuals and grow companies.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please email RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

Today’s Reality: The American Luxury Marketplace Is Much Larger Than Many Marketers Believe

with Bob Shullman

Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

When one speaks with business people about the size of the American luxury marketplace, the conventional wisdom is that it is quite small, exclusive and high priced.

However, research has proven that virtually everyone wants a little bit of luxury in their lives and the practical reality is the luxury marketplace is much larger than the latest BMW speeding down the highway in a TV ad or the latest Louis Vuitton designer dress featured in Vogue.

We will learn about the true nature of the luxury marketplace and the role it plays in our overall economy as a source of employment, investment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Bob Shullman PhotoBob Shullman is Founder & CEO of the Shullman Research Center, launched in 2012. His many years of practical experience as a corporate officer, management consultant and advisor in the luxury, affluence and wealth marketplaces have given him a unique perspective in these ever-evolving categories.

Prior to launching the Shullman Research Center, he gained industry recognition for transforming the Mendelsohn Affluent Survey from a publication-oriented media planning tool into today’s multi-media, consumer insights platform — the Ipsos Affluent Survey — during his tenure as CEO of Ipsos Mendelsohn.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please email RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

Business Operations Best Practices: Addressing Today’s Infrastructure Challenges to Create Systems for Tomorrow’s Growth

with Linda Kagan & Jeff Loehr

Thursday, July 7, 2016
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

Every business needs a formula.  In fact, they need many operational formulas for every part of the business to keep systems and the people who run them in sync.

While this seems obvious, in practice it is not so.

Managers are so busy running their operations that they place the development of best practices on their “someday” list.  This does not produce optimal long term outcomes.
Linda Kagan and Jeff Loehr of Stratist, a management consulting firm, will address key approaches that business managers can use to create smart revenue, which is the revenue that can be leveraged for continual growth.

Infrastructure management is the primal force that fuels product and service improvements, new market entries, sales growth, financial stability, talent recruitment and client retention.

This evening will open a door for many business managers to discover that key enhancements can easily be integrated into their operations. Linda Kagan photo

Linda Kagan is a partner at the Stratist Group.  She has over twenty years of experience as a corporate restructuring and business attorney turned business strategist.  Her focus is on implementing strategies for growth and aligning businesses with complementary partners and leveraging these strategic partnerships to enter new markets.

Jeff Loehr photoJeff Loehr is a partner at the Stratist Group.  He has experience working with teams of all sizes and at all stages of company development, from developing a strategy for tech startups to creating an innovation program for the world’s deepest mine.  He works with teams and companies to create actionable strategies and the supporting infrastructure helping them grow, innovate and compete effectively.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please email RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

Future Focus: A Primer for the New Black in Engagement and Confidence in Investing

with 
Bob Gay

Thursday, June 2, 2016
6:00 pm

Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

IMG_9613We all make investment decisions at some point in our lives. The tools to support those decisions are stuck in a complex old narrative designed to be opaque and confusing.

There has been a disruption in the investment management world in recent years with the appearance of digital finance platforms, aka, the robo advisors. They answer the question: “How am I doing?” in the industry narrative of risk/return. They are getting people visually connected to their money in a very personal way.

What will that personal financial experience look like in the future? How will the narrative transform into one that is personal, empowering, entertaining and educational. Emerging technologies in big data analytics, machine-learning and virtual reality support the presentation of your financial life in a way that fosters engagement.

Robert Gay, a top ranked quantitative analyst among institutional investors, has patented a program to create intelligence from company financial statements. It illustrates valuable relationships that prescribe action. The relationships answer the question: “Why am I doing well/poorly?”

Bob will lead a conversation for what is possible when we add a third dimension and motion to the financial experience.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please reply to this email or to RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

Cyber Security: An Issue that Keeps on Growing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza

Our Host: Dennis Cohen


Cyber security is an issue that only grows in every corner of our global garden.  Some would say it is an invasive weed with no herbicide in sight.

Every day, we face headlines in the media, from government agencies, our corporate governance departments and companies that tell us they have software to stop the problems. At every turn, there is an atmosphere of apprehension and trepidation.

What can a company do to guard itself and its clients? Can we stop the malicious organizations that steal our data, listen and gain access to our conversations and compromise the integrity of our business operations?

A panel of experts from various cyber related industry sectors will offer their perspectives and knowledge on this vital issue:

  • Chris Moschovitis, tmg-emedia, strategies and practices
  • Galya Datskovsky, Vapor Stream, products
  • Shawn Bernabeu, HUB International, insurance
  • Jerry Ferguson, Baker Hostetler, law

Our moderator will be Anna Murray of tmg-emedia, who specializes in software development.

This is an opportunity for attendees to listen to industry leaders who have a deep understanding of the ways in which business managers can defend and protect their organizations in the continual struggle with cyber security issues.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please reply to this email or to RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

The Democratization of the Media: PR for the Rest of Us

with 
Jess Todtfeld

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Baker Hostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza
Our Host: Dennis Cohen

Jess Todtfeld PicWhat if public relations were not the exclusive domain of the largest firms with large PR agencies? What if the power of the media was available to everyone?

With the plethora of outlets now available, there has never been a better time to harness and leverage the power of the media.

Jess Todtfeld, President of Success in Media is a television producer, media/PR consultant, bestselling author and Guinness record setter for being interviewed 112 times in 24 hours.

He will lead an interactive conversation about the range of PR options and tools that support corporate messaging and delivery.

Jess will demonstrate how to get media and PR exposure and describe easy-to-implement strategies and tools to create your own media campaign.

He will answer these relevant, timely questions:

  • What would it mean if your prospects and clients could experience what you do before you ever talk to them?
  • How would it help if your most satisfied clients spoke about your work (instead of you) on videos others could see?
  • Are there ways internet media can help you get traditional press?

Jess provides an insider’s perspective on the new opportunities and strategies at our finger tips.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.

Please email RSVP@TMGR.COM to let us know you plan to attend.

Please check in with the security desk in the lobby when you arrive.

 

The Changing Face of Sales in an Information-Heavy Society

Jill S - 1

with 
Jill Schiefelbein

Monday, November 2, 2015
6:00 pm

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
Phillips Nizer LLP
666 Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street
28th floor

Information about businesses is being produced at an unprecedented rate, but not all of it is accurate, nor is it being consumed. This is the era of information overload.

Statistics show that 81% of potential clients are doing at least one cursory search on a supplier before taking the first meeting.

But with so much information being presented, how does a company get accurate, compelling information into the hands of their intended audience and increase its consumption?

How do you rise above the noise? How do you help spread knowledge and empower your prospective clients? Is there a clutter cutter in the offing?

Jill Schiefelbein, owner of The Dynamic Communicator and contributor to Entrepreneur, has a unique take on the changing face of sales that involves the intersection of communication, education, and technology.

A former business communication professor, Schiefelbein’s talk presents the facts on our present information economy and provides strategies for navigating the clutter.

We look forward to seeing you at our new venue.
Please reply to this email or to RSVP@TMGR.COM 
to let us know you plan to attend. 

You will need to check with security at the front desk when you arrive.

Thank you to Bruce Turkle of Phillips Nizer for hosting us!

New York Architecture 2.0 What Urban Planning and Design is Possible for a Livable City

with Kent Johnson

October 6, 6:00 pm, Yale Club

Kent Johnson PicNew York is experiencing significant growth in the real estate sector with a number of competing entities seeking to live and work here.

Some may argue that this trend is a spur to the continued viability of the city as a desirable economic marketplace.

Others would say that the quality of life is at risk, with development run amok, placing the desires of a few ahead of the life style interests of the many.

All can likely agree that the long term architectural planning and design of the built environment has been largely ignored for the sake of the short term building goals.

Kent Johnson, Principal of milktrout, an architectural firm, has a unique take on the future of New York real estate that weighs the demands of real estate developers with the goals of environmental and human interests.

His talk is an inquiry into the viability of current architectural ideas and their impact on a livable urban environment.

Milktrout designs for residential and commercial spaces and has as one of its goals the re-purposing of buildings to effect sustainability of the built environment.

We look forward to seeing you at the Yale Club. 

Please check with the front desk on the exact meeting location when you arrive.