Join Leading Coaches on Aug 28th for free expert conversation on how to scale your business with author and CEO Marissa Levin

Next Leading Coaches’ Mastermind Call

will be Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (12:30pm Eastern/9:30am Pacific)!


Have you ever wondered about how to build an advisory board or how to coach leaders of organizations who are faced with wanting to grow by creating an exceptional advisory board to inject genius into the organization and create break through growth?
Then you won’t want to miss this call with Marissa about how to SCALE!
Marissa Levin rocks – see her full bio below.  She’s one of my own advisers as a member of my mastermind group. She has a proven track record (as CEO, her company, Information Experts is a 17 year old global strategic communications/ education/ human capital firm that’s forecasting $20 million for 2012), and in the last year has started a new firm (she’s also CEO of Successful Cultures) and published two books (“My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged and the new one that I’ve asked her to share with us:  Built to Scale: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards)
Marissa’s the first to come to market with a model and a book (based on experience and research) for privately held businesses to implement advisory boards.  It includes the worksheets/templates, and processes that owners from start-up to $15 million can follow to surround themselves with who they need to get them from where they are now to where they want to be. She’s bootstrapped her firm for over 18 years, and her Board was instrumental in her growth.
SCALE (in the book title) stands for Select, Compensate, Associated, Leverage, and Evaluate/Evolve/Exit.
By sharing her journey, her lessons, and her model, her vision/dream is to transform the small business landscape. She want to transform how business owners think, operate, and grow their businesses.
In addition to sharing her personal experience of my board search and implementation, she surveyed 100+ business owners, and interviewed 25 biz owners as well as board experts. For example, she interviewed an expert in equity compensation to share how business owners can give equity to board members that is performance-based and mitigates risk. – perfect for the start-up that is bootstrapping and has limited cash reserves. This information has never been captured before and presented in an implementable model format.

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During the call, you can chat with us live on the wall over at our Facebook Page.


Marissa Levin founded her first company Information Experts, a global strategic communications and education firm, in 1995. She launched her firm with no outside funding after working for a man that capped her annual net worth at $34,000. 17 years later, Information Experts is forecasting $20 million for 2012. Marissa has led her firm through the implosion of the telecom and internet industries (her initial two primary markets), 9/11 terrorist attacks which shut down the DC business region, two recessions, one government shut-down, the collapse of the auto, finance, & housing markets, and two cancer scares – while raising two sons as a hands-on mom.
As CEO of Information Experts, Marissa leads the effort to define, shape, and evangelize the organization’s values, mission, vision, growth strategy, brand, and corporate culture. Marissa has led the organization’s entry into the federal market to achieve a sizeable presence in 17 agencies, while maintaining a strong presence in the commercial market. Under her leadership, Information Experts has won more than 100 awards for creativity & leadership, was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2009, 2010, and 2011, and won the SmartCEO 2010 GovStar Industry Star Award.
Marissa’s passion of mentoring other business owners motivated her to launch Successful Culture in June 2011. Through Successful Culture she applies her 17 years of experience to help business owners build extraordinary organizations to attract and keep top-level talent & customers, which results in high growth.
She is the author of “My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged,” an e-book that provides specific strategies on how to build an culture that fosters employee loyalty, engagement, and excitement, and highlights the need for the CEO to always own the organizational culture.
She is also the author of “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards”. The book leads businesses owners through her patent-pending SCALETM Model to strategically select, compensate, associate, and leverage advisory boards for breakthrough growth.
Marissa was named as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 SmartCEO Smart 100 participant by SmartCEO Magazine, which recognizes the top 100 CEOs in the region, and was named as a 2008 BRAVO Award winner, which honors the region’s 25 most influential women CEOs. In 2011, she was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the SmartCEO Hall of Fame for outstanding and exemplary leadership.
She was named as one of Washington’s Top 100 Technology Titans for 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine. She was a finalist for the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and for the 2004 Women in Technology Entrepreneur Leadership Award, and was also named as a finalist for the 2009 national Stevie Awards in three categories: Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses; Employer of the Year; and Women Helping Women.
Marissa was selected as one of greater Washington’s “Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal, which honors the region’s “most influential and powerful” women executives. In addition, she was nominated for the Women President’s Organization (WPEO) Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate Award. Marissa has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, Working Mother Magazine, Washington Woman Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, Inc. Magazine, BisNow, Fortune, and on many TV networks as a successful woman business owner and working mother.

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