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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. 

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.

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.

The Power of F5 | Tom Tognoli

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State ’95

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State ’95

About The Talk:

Known by his friends as “Togs”, Tom Tognoli is recognized as one of the 100 most powerful people in real estate by the Swanepoel POWER 200. With over 25 years of experience, Tom is a leader and founding partner of Intero Real Estate. Watch Tom’s Biz Talk to see how he overcame the challenges of his learning disabilities to build a wildly successful business. Learn his principles for a good schedule and the power of F5: the five basic principles that take priority in his life. Tom is the author author of Intero’s Monday Morning Mojo blog, followed by tens of thousands of readers around the world. It explores and shares the principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. This talk is PACKED with gold nuggets of wisdom (from a reading list to a priority pyramid) that you can start implementing today!

6 Steps to Succeed in Marketing | Eli Libby

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Eli Libby

Marketing Director
Soul id
Chico State ’15

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Eli Libby

Marketing Director
Soul id
Chico State ’15

About The Talk:

Eli is a perfect example of how hard work and passion can excel success. In his energetic talk he shares 6 steps to become successful straight out of college. Before Eli stepped on stage as a Biz Talks speaker, he sat in the audience for the 1st annual Biz Talks event. Eli fuels his passion for marketing through three different startups. As the Marketing Director for Soul id, the social network dedicated to action sports, Eli is following his dream by working in the action sports industry. After graduating college he joined a different startup with Chris Friedland (check out Chris’ Biz Talk) and is now the brand manager of Winterial – a winter sport brand. Thanks to Libby Nelson Photography, Eli’s photography business, Biz Talks has the amazing photos seen on our website.

Creating Your Vision | Claudia Wentworth

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV
Chico State ’83

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV
Chico State ’83

About The Talk:

As the co-founder and CEO of Quick Mount PV, Claudia Wentworth spends every day bringing sustainability and business together. Claudia’s Biz Talk tells the story of her time in Associated Students at Chico State, the lessons she learned, and how she applies them to her business. Claudia has been involved in the solar industry since 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in the green building and construction industry. She has co-invented 6 utility patents and has been named one of the Top 10 Women in Solar. She perfectly pairs entrepreneurship and sustainability in business. Watch her talk to learn more about the triple bottom line and the importance of creating a vision that everyone in your business can follow.

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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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