Joe Pulizzi

November 1, 2018

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Joe Pulizzi, Founder, Content Marketing Institute 

Launch, Grow and Sell in Five Years
Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute, will discuss his unique method on how he launched his business, grew his company to $10 million in revenue, and then sold for even more five years after launch. You'll come away from this presentation with a number of marketing and business strategies to help take your business to the next level.

Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi is the founder of  Content Marketing Institute, a UBM company, the leading education and training organization for content marketing, which includes the largest in-person content marketing event in the world, Content Marketing World. Joe is the winner of the 2014 John Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Content Council.   Joe’s the author of five books, including his latest, Killing Marketing. His third book, Epic Content Marketing was named one of “Five Must-Read Business Books of 2013” by Fortune Magazine. You can find Joe on Twitter @JoePulizzi. If you ever see Joe in person, he’ll be wearing orange.


Brenda Kirk

November 1, 2018


Brenda Kirk, Senior Vice President, Product & Strategy, Hyland

Why Making Time for Strategy is Essential for Your Company's Success
Brenda will share insights on how you can manage growth, develop the right go-to-market product strategy and develop a clear strategic plan for employees. 

Brenda Kirk

Brenda Kirk joined the Sales department of Hyland in 2000. Throughout her tenure, she has been the Director of Financial Services and the VP of Sales, Americas. In 2010, she took on the newly created VP of Strategy post to help drive the company’s long-term strategic vision and growth goals. In 2016, Brenda was promoted to Senior Vice President, Product & Strategy, assuming executive leadership over the company's development, quality assurance, technical support, global cloud services and special ops teams. In 2017, Brenda took on the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Product & Strategy Officer.


Chieh Huang

November 1, 2018

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Chieh Huang, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Boxed

Culture & Business Growth

Chieh Huang

Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed, an e-commerce business that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Founded in 2013, Boxed is a middle-market company on a significant growth trajectory. It was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the next “billion-dollar startups.” The company has raised $180 million in funding and is known for its incredibly generous employee perks. In 2015, Huang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, announced he would personally pay for the college tuition of all of his employees' children.

Huang was named to Goldman Sachs’ list of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016) and to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retails Future (2017). In addition, Boxed was named Emerging E-retailer of the Year by Internet Retailer in 2016.


Girl Boss Panel

November 1, 2018

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The Girl Boss Panel will feature three women who have impacted and inspired entrepreneurs and businesses around the Cleveland region. These women include Shibani Faehnle, Founder of Bombay Taxi Boutique and Co-Founder of She In The CLE!Maria LeFebre, Founder of Your Local Girl Gang, and Stephanie Sheldon, Founder of Cleveland Flea, Indie Foundry and Creative Clubhouse. 

Shibani Faehnle is the founder of Bombay Taxi Boutique, and online accessories store with pieces that are hand-crafted by artisans in India. They carry no more than 25 of any given piece, with some pieces being truly one-of-a-kind. For Shibani, jewelry is much more than an accessory - it is a personal statement, an heirloom, a way of meaningful gifting, and most of all, a language of love between partners, siblings, friends, parents and children. She is also the co-founder of She In The CLE!, a blog dedicated to driving conversations with purpose by women in the Cleveland area. The mission is to raise the visibility and voices of women through purposeful conversations. 

Maria LeFebre is the founder of Your Local Girl Gang, a website dedicated to helping you find local women-owned businesses.  Whether you're looking for a new happy hour spot or a marketing agency, the website has you covered. Girl Gang features interviews with different business owners giving you the opportunity to get to know the woman behind the business.

Stephanie Sheldon runs the Indie Foundry and the Cleveland Flea. Indie Foundry is a place to support, celebrate and grow independent founders of fast-growing startups. They've worked with businesses such as Harness Cycle, Sacred Hour Spa and American Greetings. The Cleveland Flea runs April through October on the second Saturday of the month and is in its sixth season. About 350 vendors with high-quality goods and services share their supply with about 10,000 shoppers in a day. Businesses who started at the Flea and graduated to storefronts include Cleveland Bagel, Mason's Creamery and Brew Nuts. 


Continuing Education Credits

BizConCLE 2018 features the opportunity for attendees to receive Continuing Education Credits. Specific keynote sessions and workshops have been approved as continuing education accredited workshops for human resource professionals, CPAs and lawyers. Check back soon to see what keynote sessions are approved for CE credits. 

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The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.




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The convention is approved for 6 general hours of continuing education credits for attorneys by the Supreme Court of Ohio.