Pravina Raghavan

Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Community Economic Development, Empire State Development

Pravina has 15+ years of experience in providing advisory services to businesses in the start-up, growth, expansion and maturity phases of development. Pravina Raghavan is the Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Community Economic Development for Empire State Development (New York State).  Prior to joining Empire State Development, Pravina was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce where she worked on a vast number of economic and operational issues across the Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Pravina was the Deputy Associate Administrator of Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration and was responsible for Small Business Investment Companies Program which provides investment funds to private equity funds with $22 BN under management, Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and High Growth Entrepreneur initiatives and she was also the District Director for SBA New York District Office which supported around $1BN in small business lending and assisted over 3M small businesses in NYC.

Before joining the federal government, Pravina was a Vice President with MTV and BET Networks in Content Distribution and Marketing, where she was responsible for contract negotiations and marketing for 23 channels. Previously, she was a small business owner of a strategic advisory firm that assisted companies in their quest for growth.

Prior to owning her own business, Pravina was the Business Development Director for Misys PLC, one of the largest banking software companies in the world. She was also an associate at an investment bank, Broadview International, in London. Prior to Broadview, Pravina worked for seven years at AT&T in several finance and management roles, including her last five years as M&A Director for Europe.

Pravina has an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University and a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked in over 15 countries around the world and is familiar with five languages.

Session Title
From Passion to Action – How to Turn Your Idea into a Successful Business

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Women Lead & Learn @ NY Expo

David Meltzer
1:30 pm Keynote
CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, Forbes “Top 10 Keynote Speaker“, Award-Winning Humanitarian, and National Best-Selling Author

David Meltzer has spent the last 25 years as an entrepreneur and executive in the legal, technology, sports and entertainment fields. With expertise across many industry verticals, David’s background has uniquely positioned him to become a world-renowned thought leader.

David is a CEO, entrepreneur, life coach, motivational speaker, author, student, and philanthropist.

David has created a platform that allows him to communicate with everyone from college students to c-suite executives by using his overarching principles for business and life: gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication. Utilizing these four principles every day allows David to live by his mission, “make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.â€?

Keynote Presentation
7 Principles for Success: How to Thrive in Your Business and Life

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote Theater


Innovation v. Entrepreneurship: Lesson’s From Small Business Influencer David Meltzer

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Room #2 - Business Growth

Bill Walsh
3:45 pm Keynote
Venture Capitalist & Business Coach

Bill Walsh is the CEO/Founder of Business Coaching/Venture Capital firm Powerteam International. Bill hosts and speaks at events all over the world! His passion is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to create massive success. He loves to help people understand specifically what it takes to build successful companies.  He is an accomplished author, speaker, radio personality and movie celebrity.  He has a very successful background in finance and marketing. He has spent two decades working with start-ups to major global brands increasing sales, productivity and overall success. He is an innovator with a remarkable ability to determine and dictate success strategy to seize global market opportunities. As a global speaker he is known for inspiring the audience while delivering excellent content that every audience can immediately put to use to increase sales, revenue and productivity.

Author of the Best Selling Book “The Obvious”

Ranked int Top 30 Business Coaches of 2016 by GURU Magazine

Voted Top Speaker at Harvard University Event
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/noA_gGb3Zo4

Keynote Presentation
Success by Design: How Innovative Marketing Rules the Business World

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote Theater

Noah St. John
Best-Selling Author
Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Noah St. John helps people make money: Since 2009, he’s helped his clients add over $109 Million in sales.

Noah is the only author in history to have works published by Hay House, HarperCollins, Mindvalley, Nightingale-Conant, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher.

A highly in-demand keynote speaker, Noah is famous for inventing AFFORMATIONS® – a new technology of the mind – and helping people make more money and have more fun.

As the leading authority on how to eliminate limiting beliefs, Noah delivers live events and online courses that his clients call “mandatory for anyone who wants to succeed in life and business.â€?

He’s the author of 14 books that have been translated into a dozen languages.

Noah’s engaging and down-to-earth speaking style always gets high marks from audiences. One of the world’s most sought-after experts on business and personal growth, Noah also appears frequently in the news worldwide, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The Hallmark Channel, NPR, Parade, The Jenny McCarthy Show, Entrepreneur On Fire, Woman’s Day, Los Angeles Business Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Forbes.com, Selling Power and The Huffington Post.

Session Title
Your D.R.E.A.M. Success Formula: The Unexpected Path to Business Mastery

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Room #4 - Entrepreneurship

Maisha Walker
Inc. Magazine
President, Message Medium and The Internet Strategist, Inc. Magazine

Maisha Walker is Founder and President of Message Medium, a digital marketing agency that helps successful brands harness the power of digital to achieve aggressive growth.  She has been creating digital marketing campaigns and building Web sites for more than 20 years.

Maisha recently completed a 5-city tour with Microsoft Bing and is a featured online columnist with Inc. Magazine. She created “The Internet Strategistâ€? and grew it to the highest trafficked blog on Inc.com in less than 1 year.  Her blog has been quoted and featured by such diverse brands as Business Week, Guy Kawasaki, Rieva Lesonsky (the former editor of Entrepreneur magazine), the American Marketing Association and even celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton.

Maisha focuses on helping small businesses launch digital marketing campaigns, but has also been wooed to work with large clients including Mars Chocolate, Columbia University, Princeton University, Carver Bank, Unilever, WJ Detusch the owner of Yellow Tail wines, the founders of Absolute Vodka, NBA player Kyle Lowry and Save the Children.

She has toured the country educating entrepreneurs with companies like Microsoft Bing, JP Morgan Chase, Deluxe and Capital One and has been featured in Forbes, Bnet, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, on Fox News and on NBC news among others.

In 2008, Maisha received the sole nomination from the New York City Small Business Commissioner for the annual New York Enterprise Report Awards, winning a finalist spot for innovation and excellence in Sales and Marketing. In 2010 she was named one of NV Magazine’s Movers & Shakers. In 2016 the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Best in the Business award.

Maisha has personally conducted more than 500 classes and workshops on Digital Marketing, Social Media, Search Engine Optimization and Web site design, in partnership with Princeton University, George Washington University, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Inc. magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, SCORE, Deluxe Corp, SAP and a host of other organizations.

She attended Princeton University and received her B.A. in French and Italian and began her love of coding at the early age of 9.  She is passionate about teaching brands how to navigate the digital landscape toward achieving aggressive growth.

Session Title
Search Engine Optimization: How to Get a Page 1 Listing in Google

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Room #5 - Marketing

Nicole Williams
Founder and CEO of WORKS

Nicole Williams is the Founder and CEO of WORKS, founded in 2006 with the help of Michael Loeb, co-founder of Priceline and the Synapse Group.  WORKS brought to life Nicole’s vision of a business that not only helps young women create the careers of their dreams but also supports the companies attempting to recruit and retain them as employees, as well as the businesses that are interested in providing them products and services aimed at enriching their lives.

Under the WORKS banner, Nicole has authored three bestselling books: Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career SuccessEarn What You’re Worth, Penguin and Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, Hachette.  She has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Ford Motor Company, Banana Republic, The Limited, and Proctor & Gamble, on hiring, retention and marketing programs. Nicole’s career advice has been covered in national media, and she was official spokesperson for LinkedIn for four years.

Session Title
Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Business Success

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Room #3 - Women Lead & Learn