Aliza Licht is a brand marketing and communications executive in the fashion industry with twenty years of experience and a passion for brand storytelling, content creation, digital innovation, and influencer marketing.
Aliza started her career with editorial stints at Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire and ultimately spent seventeen years creating the global brand strategy for Donna Karan and DKNY. In 2009, she intuitively knew that social media was going to change the world. Before any other fashion brand had stepped into the social game, Aliza created an anonymous Twitter personality called DKNY PR GIRL. DKNY PR GIRL pioneered authentic voices in social media and ultimately captivated the attention of 1.5 million people around the world across platforms. In 2011, she revealed herself as the person behind the handle, which resulted in over 230 million global impressions, including a full-page feature in The New York Times. Continue reading Aliza Licht on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam
Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Her perennially waitlisted course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion, is breaking new ground in an MBA program already famous for innovation.
In 2015, Leah was given the role of Women in Management Facilitator at Stanford business school. As Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training program, founded by the Dalai Lama, Leah developed the curriculum to train more teachers to meet a growing interest in compassion as it applies to people’s work, family, community, and selves. Her first book, How We Work, is published by HarperCollins.
Leah has consulted in many different settings in addition to Stanford Business School, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans.
At HopeLab, a Drucker award-winning research and development nonprofit based in Silicon Valley founded by Pam Omidiyar, Leah previously directed the contemplative education initiative. She now consults for the Omidyar Group’s 21st Century Leadership Initiative as well as the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Germany Kent is an inspiring journalist who has paved the way for youth across America. She’s fostered a national conversation about cyberbullying at the prestigious Stamps Scholars Conference at Georgia Tech and in schools and media stations across the country. Continue reading Germany Kent on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam
Elizabeth Suarez is a management consultant and expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Leadership. She is highly regarded as an author, speaker, facilitator, coach, strategist, trainer and mediator with an expertise in providing an amicable environment where difficult issues can be successfully addressed and resolved. Continue reading Elizabeth Suarez on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam
Marc Emmer is an author, speaker and consultant . He is recognized as a thought leader throughout North America and an expert in strategic planning. Marc recently published his second book, Momentum: How Companies Decide What To Do Next. He founded Optimize Inc., a California-based consulting firm in 2002 and has grown an impressive client list that includes public companies such as CB Richard Ellis, Justice Stores (formerly Limited Too), Superior International and mid-market companies in a diverse range of industries including financial services, health care, technology and energy. Continue reading Marc Emmer on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam
“Bulldog ballerina” and attorney Avery Blank is an impact strategist helping individuals and organizations to achieve their business, career, and policy goals through advocacy and strategic positioning to unlock hidden opportunities. Avery has worked in industry, government, academia and non-profits and has appeared in journals and publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, TIME, Fortune, Lean In, and many more. She speaks on women’s leadership, millennials, strategy, careers, policy, and politics and has spoken at Campbell Soup Co., the U.S. Department of State, Oxford University’s Power Shift Forum, the Women in Strategy Summit, as well as for Harvard Law School. Continue reading Avery Blank on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam
In his bestselling Introduction to Personal Branding, Mel Carson provides a short crash course (the book should take less than an hour to read or listen to) on what personal branding is and how to take your first steps toward perfecting your personal brand. The book provides actionable tactics you can employ immediately in order to start becoming more memorable within your career niche and grow your network. Continue reading Mel Carson on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam