The Return of Manufacturing to NY and the Growth of Workforce Development

with Rob Sanchez

October 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Rob Sanchez  - picRob Sanchez is a Yale Club member and the Chief Strategy Officer of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator and factory dedicated to providing emerging independent fashion designers with the resources to move their designs into the marketplace.

Manufacture New York is committed to the development of a sustainable workforce as a vital sector of the local industry and a beacon for talented fashion professionals to live and work in New York.

Rob sees that the local economy, which at one time included a significant design sector, can stake a claim as a center for design and manufacturing. His organization believes that a resurgence is possible through the organic growth of smaller companies who are committed to sustainable workforce expansion.

Current conventional wisdom has it that fashion manufacturing jobs are the domain of overseas providers. However, Rob is one of the leaders in the fashion industry who see tangible benefits for consumers, corporations and municipal agencies to reverse this trend.

This event is an opportunity to listen to the new wave of thought and action in the fashion industry as traditional paradigms are updated with an eye towards collaboration and sustainability.

Rob has started four different companies and worked for two additional startups.  In his last company, Fashioning Our Industry, Rob began a fashion focused pitch event, resulting in the successful funding of two companies. He also worked for the New York Angels, an angel investment group, evaluating over 25 companies, performing due diligence on five private deals, and participating in over $5,000,000 in raised funds.

In addition to his work with Manufacture New York, Rob is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Law.  Previously, Rob founded Fashioning Our Industry, conference on law, business, and finance for fashion designers that resulted in the successful funding of two companies.   He holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School where he focused on Business Law, Fashion Law, and Entrepreneurial Law and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Yale.

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Integrity: An Access to Effective Leadership


with Christopher Gates

Thursday, September 18, 6 pm

In a one-hour fully interactive conversation, Christopher Gates, a member of the Yale Club, introduces a new model of integrity developed by a group of leadership scholars led by Werner Erhard and Michael Jensen, which you can read HERE.

Chris shares how applying this new model of integrity provides access at any moment to power, freedom, and peace of mind in any area that calls for effective action.

Christopher C. Gates, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, supports individuals and family groups with wealth management. As a volunteer, he works as a leadership coach with grassroots community leaders in Northern Ireland, Israel, and the US. As a hobby, he has appeared as an actor on TV and in film. He lives in New York City and Aspen, CO.

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The Power of Branding: You don’t buy a brand, you join a brand

With Clotaire Rapaille, CEO and Founder of Archetype Discoveries Worldwide

July 1st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Rapaille - photoDr. G. Clotaire Rapaille is an internationally known expert in Cultural Archetypes, Creativity and Innovation. His unique approach to marketing combines a psychoanalyst’s depth of analysis with a business people’s attention to practical concerns.

He has written more than fourteen books. His most popular book, The Culture Code was #9 on the bestseller list of Business week and has been translated in twelve languages. His work has been lauded in both corporate and academic circles

Cultural archetypes pre-determine how members of a culture perceive their world and react to it.  Every element of a culture has an archetype and every cultural archetype has a code that explains why people do what they do.

Early childhood imprinting sets the stage for the assimilation of these cultural archetypes, which form the basis for decision making on a deeply reptilian and unconscious level.  Breaking the code for these archetypes can benefit companies and organizations from a variety of perspectives, including: product development, marketing, advertising, public relations, research and development and customer service.

Dr. Rapaille has discovered codes for over half of the world’s Fortune 100 companies, and has done work with brands from diverse sectors, such as automotive, consumer goods and financial services.

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to listen to an expert on human behavior share his vision about the consumer unconscious, and how best to appeal to our reptilian minds.

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Story Telling: The Secret to Engagement and Leadership

with Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, Inc.

Tuesday, June 3rd

Jerome Deroy  picJerome Deroy leads Narativ, a company that trains leaders and their teams in the art and science of storytelling. Through their learning of a breakthrough process, speakers are empowered to change people’s attitudes and behaviors, enhance their sales effectiveness and communicate dynamically with their constituencies.

Currently, many people in the public eye are encouraged to tell stories as strategy to connect emotionally with their audiences, whether in person or via the media. However, the question is: what is the best way to tell a story? What is the key that opens the lock so the audience does not just hear but listen, feel and respond?

Narativ has answered these questions through a singular approach that trains speakers to leave the interpretation, emotional value and power of a story to the listeners’ imagination.

Through their work with Narativ, major international companies have produced outstanding results in communication channels vital to their growth.

This evening will be an immersive experience that will turn the usual storytelling dialog upside down as you will learn principles and methods that will enhance the power of your communications.

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Opportunity Culture: What is it, how it’s built, and where it can take your business

Mark Monchek - picTo stay competitive, today’s businesses must be able to discover opportunities, evaluate them quickly and launch the right ones.

Companies that are known for thriving regardless of the economy (like Apple, Google and Zappos) have a specific methodology that enables them to adapt quickly and effectively.

At this May 6th event, you will be immersed in a powerful interactive program that will highlight the key principles used by successful companies to build cultures of opportunity and outline a step by step process that will help your company do the same. Participants will be taught how to build a culture of opportunity and become skilled at seeing, evaluating and implementing opportunities that spur sustainable growth.

Mark Monchek, President of Opportunity Lab, founded this company out of a passion to empower conscious leaders to build great companies that make a difference in the world. Mark has spent 25 years of growing entrepreneurial businesses and non-profit enterprises.

He started the firm on the principle of “Doing Well By Doing Good” and constantly strives to empower leaders to build companies that are more sustainable, more profitable, and that make life better for their employees, customers, and local communities. Mark has worked with leaders from Google, Apple, and The New York Times (among many other high profile organizations).

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Commercial Banking and Crowd Funding: Vital Resources for Capital in a Rebounding Economy

Ed Sirlin

Something old, something new … to borrow a phrase, has relevance to today’s investment opportunities.

Companies seeking investment funding to grow their business have viable and attractive choices of capital sourcing.

Commercial banking, perceived in recent years as somewhat stodgy, is making a resurgent return.  Traditional banking provides the funds required for companies to invest and enhance business outcomes. This formula is being rediscovered as commercial banks are single minded about this approach.

Crowd funding, originally seen as serving artists and emerging musicians, has recently taken a star turn for credentialed investors. The investment community has noticed that crowd funding is no longer an adolescent and instead, is an adult, offering significant value to those who understand it.

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Ed Sirlin, Senior Vice President of Signature Bank, a commercial bank,  and Scott Miller, Partner of Kantor, Davidoff, Mandelker, Twomey, Gallanty & Olenick, P.C., a law firm, which advises companies about capital raising transactions, including crowd funding.

They will lead a discussion of trends in sourcing capital and how these resources can positively impact corporate and economic growth cycles.

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Fast-Track Workshop: 10 Innovative Ways to Transform Your Business Challenge

Mitchell Rigie, innovation consultant, corporate trainer, speaker and coauthor of the book, SmartStorming: The Game-Changing Process for Generating Bigger, Better Ideas, will share 10 proven ways you can innovate your product, service or business process in 2014.

Come prepared for an informative and interactive evening. You are encouraged to bring a real-world business challenge and discover new ways to improve, evolve, or transform it using the same types of creative problem-solving approaches that innovation-driven leaders like Apple, Google, and Nike use to stay on the cutting edge of their industries.

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  • What makes innovation so essential to your business success
  •  Why innovation is the “New Darwinism” in business
  • Understand the 3 most common types of business or product innovation
  • 10 ways you can innovate your product, service or business process
  • How to think and act more innovatively every day

Mitchell is a partner in SmartStorming LLC, a groundbreaking innovation consulting and training company that has worked with many of today’s most innovative companies, including: Google, Under Armour, NBCUniveral, Siemens, Diageo and Omnicom. Their SmartStorming Brainstorm Leadership training has been taught to MBA candidates at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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The Collapse of the NY Publishing Industry and the Rise of Self-Publishing

Michael LevinMichael Levin, President of Business Ghost, a prominent ghost writing firm for business professionals, has extensive experience in the publishing industry.

The publishing industry, historically based in six major companies in New York, has experienced significant dislocation in recent years, as the balance between writer, publisher and reader has shifted.  The Internet as a means for distribution has placed much more power in the hands of online retailers and writers.

Some will argue that readers reap huge benefits, as books, whether digital, print-on-demand or standard printed format, are offered at a fraction of traditional costs.  The traditional publishing business model, once unassailable, is proving to be pivotal in creating the industry’s decline.

Michael sees enormous opportunities for writers, nimble enough to change the way they conduct business and for readers whose shopping experience is vastly enhanced, defined by choice, browsing, access and price.

In Michael’s view, publishing is not over even as traditional publishing is receding rapidly into memory.

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Becoming Ginger Rogers: Business and Life Lessons from the Ballroom

OCTOBER 1, 2013 (Room TBA), 6:00pm

Patrice Tanaka

Patrice Tanaka, author of Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO has found an unexpected resource for personal and business growth.

Through the experience of ballroom dancing, Patrice has learned invaluable life and business lessons.  The top five are:Headshot

  • Be fully present in body, mind and spirit
  • Perfectionism is overrated – and inhibiting
  • Practice failing so you can succeed more quickly
  • How to partner for success
  • Visualize your goals as the first step toward achieving them

This talk will turn ballroom dancing inside out and leave us with information to use as we drive to success in our own personal and professional lives.

In addition to being an author, Patrice is the Chief Counselor & Creative Strategist of Padilla CRT, a New York and Minneapolis-based public relations agency.   She is a veteran of startups, acquisitions and multiple corporate mergers.  She is now poised to share what she’s learned with others who seek to expand their approaches to business growth.

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The Affordable Health Care Act:
Current Prognosis and our Health Care Future

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 (Room TBA), 6:00pm

Kyle Healy
Vice President Group Benefits – Lenox Advisors

The media continues its voracious buzz about the pros and cons about The Affordable Health Care Act.  Politicos and pundits debate what should have been, what should be and what will be as we all try to understand the impact of Obamacare.

Kyle Healy, Vice President Group Benefits at Lenox Advisors, a top finanKyle Healy picturecial management firm, has extensive experience with benefits and labor issues.  He is uniquely qualified to address this timely and profoundly important topic.

Many managers, in both public and private sector organizations, are unsure about how to proceed in the era of health care exchanges, or marketplaces, that offer choices of plans and options.  The exchanges promise corporate efficiency versus the often-criticized inefficiency of the current health plan protocols.  But the questions are many, and the path very complex.

Please join us to hear how Kyle, sees how Obamacare will impact virtually every American company and individual in both broad and narrow ways.

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