How One Founder’s Changing How We Think About Food

Although Naz Riahi doesn’t consider herself a “foodie,” she’s making waves in the food industry.

Together with her business partner, Emily Schildt (also interviewed on our blog), she co-founded Bitten, a food conference that focuses on food in the context of technology, pop culture and the environment.

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Passport to Canada

Welcome to Canada!

This week, we’re hoping over the border to take a peek into the lives of four professionals living in Canada. Hailing from Montreal and Toronto, Helen, Suresh, Karine and Anthony are sports-lovers, proud parents, digital marketers and professors.

Helen Adilia Arceyut-Frixione is a content creator and community builder with over 6 years of digital marketing experience. Helen lives in Montreal and has a keen understanding of what content and messaging “spreads,” or sticks to and resonates with people.

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Why One Teacher Believes Less Is More In Branding

Christian Sommer isn’t afraid of chaos.

Why? Because chaos gives him the opportunity to do his magic. Christian’s magic is brand building and he sources his inspiration from architecture, art, film and music.  Christian’s led branding strategy for companies such as Voodoo Energy, an all-natural energy drink that encourages people to form happy moments with friends.

Christian also teaches courses on branding where he emphasizes the importance of stimulating his students and keeping them engaged. Read more about Christian’s life in Denmark including how he stays openminded, what he thinks makes for great marketing and who Christian’s connected to through his page.

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Why One Social Media Guru Doesn’t Believe in Luck

Tiffany Zamora rules the social media world.

A thoughtful strategist in work and in life, Tiffany helps brands create native, optimized content for each of their social channels.

Tiffany’s inspiration? The people she surrounds herself with. Tiffany believes in creating a network of supportive family and friends who challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Tiffany walks us through a day in her life, an unexpected lesson she’s learned and why she’s a huge fan of about.me.

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One Marketer’s Mission To Help Millennials Change the World

Amanda Slavin wants to change the way we feel about education.

With experiences building marketing departments from the ground up and activating communities to engage with brands, Amanda uses education to grow. Amanda earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and later went on to found her own company, CatalystCreativ, that helps brands tell stories that move people.

A cyclist and a foodie, Amanda balances her busy life with meditation in the mornings and making sure she gets at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Amanda describes a typical day in her life, how she stays inspired and why she loves sharing her personality on about.me.

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The Key To Changing How People Think

Michael Troiano is unstoppable.

Marketing expert and entrepreneur Michael Troiano knows how to motivate people. After being the first in his Italian family to go to college, Michael went on to work at top ad agencies in New York, attend Harvard Business School and currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Actifio.

Michael believes that success involves listening, learning, kicking ass and celebrating your wins. We can get used to that.

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Living the Music: Lissa Monet

Some people love music but Lissa Monet lives it.

It seems the Lissa has always been surrounded by music, even as a child. She recalls growing up with her parents from Trinidad & Tobago and Granada and there always being a huge Soca and Reggae presence in her home. Then, in elementary school her parents would set an alarm for her that turned on an 80’s radio station to wake her up. In high school she went to the Cardinal Academy for the Arts and studied Music. There she was introduced to classical and choral music as well as music theory and musical composition.

But her musical education didn’t stop in the classroom, she would listen to music in the shower, while studying for exams, before going to bed and on long subway rides. And so she began comparing music styles from the classical era to current music, noting the similarities and differences.

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