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    Biz Talks is an event entertainment company that empowers career-curious students through inspirational talks by accomplished alumni.

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Check out the newest Biz Talks, and some of our top favorites from the past. 

There is No One Path to Success | John Sims

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow ’77

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow ’77

About The Talk:

John Sims presented at the very first Biz Talks event while he was President of Global Sales at Blackberry.We hand-picked him to close for the diversity of his experiences. He has business experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, management, SAP, and technology. John’s Biz Talk will share 4 secrets to get the most our of your career and help you advance quickly. His story serves as a perfect example; going from studying accounting in law in Glasgow, Scotland, to President of Global Sales in California. Learn from  his experiences with building a foundation in your education and choosing a company to start out with. John Sims’ Biz Talk is the piece of inspiration you need to get moving in the right direction.

The Freedom in Sales | Greg Chagaris

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Greg Chagaris

Co-Founder
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’69

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Greg Chagaris

Co-Founder
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’69

About The Talk:

After graduating from Chico State, Greg started his career working for companies like Shell and Xerox, where he became experienced in sales. Later, he learned how to sell intangibles at Dataquest before ultimately founding Outsell, Inc. in 1994. Outsell is a research and advisory firm for publishing, media, and tech companies. Today, Greg leads Outsell’s strategic global business development. Greg’s talk will inspire you with the passion he has for sales; finding freedom in the work he does.

Taking The Road Less Traveled | Chris Friedland

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State ’99

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State ’99

About The Talk:

As the first Biz Talk ever, Chris set the stage for all future speakers with his high energy, comedic attitude, and intense passion. Chris founded Build.com while attending Chico State and Build now generates over half a Billion dollars in revenue a year. He shares his experience with starting a company in college, and explains why you should take the entrepreneurial path. Since earning 10’s of millions from the sale of Build.com he has invested in several college start ups, while remaining Build’s CEO. One of his investments, MarketFleet, is where he joined forces with another Biz Talks speaker, Eli Libby (watch Eli’s talk – 6 steps to Marketing Success) to build on his success with e-commerce platforms.  Chris offers inspiration for building a startup while in college – who knows, your college startup might become his next investment.

Business for the Return on Humanity | Kim Box

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State ’83

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State ’83

About The Talk:

Kim graduated from Chico State with a degree in Management and a minor in Computer Science. Since then she’s produced an emmy-award winning film, started a nonprofit, built an inspiration-based website, and much more. Her full biography is available at her website. Watch Kim’s Biz Talk to learn about a business principle called “Return on Humanity” and hear how she’s transformed her career to live and work with purpose. Her inspiring talk will reveal the keys to social entrepreneurship; building a business with an impact. For more insight, read her book, Woven Leadership: The Power of Diversity to Transform Your Organization for Success.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Michael Bryant

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State ’98

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State ’98

About The Talk:

Michael only needed to 23 months at LMGW (the #1 Tax preparation firm in the Silicon Valley) before making partner! His inspiring, Dr. Suess-themed Biz Talk will take you away from the traditional path laid out for accounting majors. Michael  found both an Accounting degree and his wife while at Chico State. He succeeded in those difficult classes with friends and other members of Beta Alpha Psi, accounting society. From there he took on a number of different roles and made major accomplishments including growing revenue by 500% as CFO of Leasing Express, Inc. His Biz Talk will motivate you to follow your heart and your work style to the career that’s right for you.

Our Mission: Empower Students

Biz Talks is an event entertainment company that empowers career-curious students through inspirational talks by accomplished alumni.

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Give back to your alma mater by delivering a high-energy speech full of stories and wisdom that will inspire business students about their future careers.

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Bring Biz​ ​Talks​ ​to​ ​your​ ​campus​ ​and​ ​make a last impact on your students or peers while promoting your campus by showing off your most successful alumni.  

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