Rudy Karsan – Keynote Speaker
Nothing excites Rudy Karsan more than a great idea which he can grow and, in doing so, help change the world. He personally did that with Kenexa, which he founded and grew over 25 years to a billion-dollar enterprise, following which it was acquired by IBM in a record deal. Having also started a bunch of other companies along the way—some of which were successful while others were not—Rudy believes that entrepreneurship is something to be cherished and enjoyed to the fullest, as it’s an exhilarating journey. He is also passionate about job creation through meaningful work for all, as he believes that is the key to a fabulous future for humanity. A self-confessed geek, Rudy is inspired by out-of-the-box technology that is in sync with his constant endeavor to help make people’s lives better in some way. He possesses the rare combination of a strong background in actuarial science with the ability to dream big, which has paved the way for his success as an entrepreneur. Together, these paved the way for his new venture, Karlani Capital, an operating fund that aims to “enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting and potentially useful to people.” Rudy has been recognized multiple times for his entrepreneurial and humanitarian achievements and is the author of a New York Times bestselling book, “We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement,” which illustrates many of his personal beliefs with respect to organizational and career success. Rudy attributes his personal success to the unconditional support of his family, which he considers his greatest achievement.
Samir Malik – Panelist
Samir Malik joined Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company in 2015 as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Genoa’s Telepsychiatry division. Samir is responsible for developing and executing the expansion of psychiatry services both within and outside of centers that Genoa serves today. Previously, Samir was Co-founder and CEO of 1DocWay, a New York City-based telepsychiatry company, which expanded access to mental healthcare in rural America. Samir and his team built the technology-enabled-services company from scratch, treating 25,000 patients before being acquired by Genoa in November of 2015. Prior to 1DocWay, Samir held the title of President of Signature Healthcare, and CEO of ZipCare Transportation, two healthcare service companies he started prior to founding 1DocWay. These two endeavors have grown in the past 3 years from two employees to over 100, while improving access to healthcare in markets and populations in need of mental health access. From 2010 to 2012, Samir was the Director of Strategic Planning at CenterPointe Hospital, a 150-bed health system in St. Louis, Missouri, where he designed and built a new model for outpatient mental health programs across 3 states. Prior to CenterPointe Hospital, Samir’s career began with McKinsey & Co as a Business Analyst, where he focused on a wide range of strategic and operational initiatives for large organizations both inside and outside healthcare. While there, Samir served as a McKinsey Hospital Institute Fellow. Samir received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude, a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Penn with distinction, and a Master’s of Business Administration at Wharton in Healthcare Management.
Cort Davies – Interactive Guest Speaker
Cort Davies will be conducting an exclusive workshop at the IPN BootCamp on getting out a new product into market! Read below to learn more about Cort Davies’s professional background. Cort Davies runs a successful marketing consulting firm that focuses on helping startups and entrepreneurs take their product to market, get in front of the right prospects, and eventually make them happy customers. He has gleaned his expertise from 10+ years in digital marketing and creating several businesses of his own. If Cort learns something new today he considers the day a success. His relationships with people drive him. His passion for learning, teaching, and sharing keep him going. He loves to grow and help those around him grow as well. This passion has translated to his professional life by helping companies, primarily in the startup ecosystem, to learn and grow. He considers himself a “growth hacker” using both his engineering background and marketing agency experience to develop analytical measurable go to market strategies for companies in need. Cort really enjoys the excitement and the intensity of the startup world and gives much of his time to mentor early stage companies out of Northeastern University’s IDEA program as well as Mass Challenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator. This helps him keep a pulse on the industry while constantly learning new inexpensive growth hacks to help early stage companies with little to no funding. If you want to chat with Cort about startup marketing strategies, his huge Audible.com audiobook collection, golf, or the Red Sox feel free to drop him a line.
Nick Reshamwala – Guest Speaker
Nick is currently the Global Director, eCommerce and Mobile Technology at Michael Kors. Prior to this he was the Digital Strategist/COO of Xtopology for 4 years in which he lead and direct all operational areas of digital marketing and digital strategy that empowers brands, agencies, media companies, mobile operators, and enterprise class companies to engage customers, users and subscribers to drive interaction, loyalty, and increased sales. He is an experienced executive with 13+ years of experience designing, building, selling and implementing high impact business solutions. Effective at leading and managing large teams while enhancing customer satisfaction, implementation and support services, product launch programs, and overall operations.