Event Recap: 5th Annual iConomy Expo: For The Forward Thinking
“If you are not in the conversation, you are going to be on the menu. Don’t let people make decisions for you,” said investor and entrepreneur David Ochoa. This was the overall theme at the “5th Annual iConomy Expo,” where forward thinkers and career minded individuals gathered to network, learn and grow.
The expo presented by Latin Trends Magazine was held last week at the Cuny Graduate Center in New York; and included sponsors and media partners such as The City University of New York, Time Warner, Telemundo Nueva York and many more.
The event offered a day’s worth of educational seminars and panels that were centered around topics like business, career, money, media and leadership. I had the pleasure of attending the “Social Media & Technology” and “The Entrepreneur Mind” panel discussions, which were both very informative.
The “Social Media & Technology” panel focused on some of the challenges and opportunities in the media field. “Think of things as the world has been reinvented. Blogging is one of the fastest growing professions in the world. So, whether you’re a singer, writer or have any type of skill; you can use that to build your brand online,” said panelist and technology entrepreneur Eder Holguin.
Some of the other panelist included in the “Social Media & Technology” discussion were: Yavoc Wrocherinsky (Founder and CEO of Infinity Info Systems), Sergio Alvarez (COO & Founder of Ai Media Group) and the moderator of the discussion was Luis Cuneo (Marketing Executive from IBM).
“The Entrepreneur Mind” panel concentration was primarily on raising money with investors, understanding banks, time management and attitude. “Not everything is going to go right every day. It all comes down to positive energy. Be forward thinking. Always assume positive intent. And, if you keep the positive energy, you will have success,” expressed Brad Young from Fortune magazine.
Some of the other panelist were David Ochoa (Entrepreneur and Investor), Monika Mantilla (President & CEO of Altura Capital), Jason H. Tepperman (Director of Small Business Lending Fund US Treasury) and the moderation was done by Juan Guillen (Founder & CEO Latin Trends).
Overall the event was very empowering and I can say that I honestly left with a wealth full of knowledge. I can’t wait to attend next year.