Morgan First was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and headed to Boston for college where she earned her degree from Emerson College in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After graduating she started Motion Affair Planner (MAP) BOSTON a combination local city guide and planner that she printed for 3 years and sold successfully at Barnes and Noble locations across the city before switching her full-time focus to all things wine and social media. As Co-Founder and CEO of Second Glass Morgan is the networker, the press liaison and the instigator/organizer behind Wine Riot, the first wine tasting of its kinda to make learning about wine as much fun as drinking it. Morgan has been recognized for her upbeat can do attitude and success in The Boston Herald, Skirt Magazine, The Boston Globe and was most recently named of of INC Magazines 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs. You can find Morgan back and forth between Boston and LA as Second Glass expands its empire.
Jason Duff is an acclaimed speaker, real estate developer and award winning Entrepreneur. Jason graduated Ohio Northern University in 2005 and is the Founder & CEO of Community Storage & Properties, Ltd. and COMSTOR Outdoor, Ltd. and serves in executive capacities to several other businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Jason has been recognized for his contributions as a real estate developer and his role in spearheading revitalization efforts contributing to millions of dollars in new growth, appreciation, and community investment. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Global Student Entrepreneurship Social Impact Award and was featured in numerous magazines, television and radio programs. Jason resides in Columbus, Ohio where he is currently working on his first book and pursuing plans to establish a foundation which benefits global causes and initiatives.
Tracy Foster is the founder of ONA (pronounced ō’na), an emerging company that designs and sells fine camera bags and accessories. Tracy created ONA to provide photographers with stylish and discreet alternatives to the ubiquitous camera bags and accessories that she saw in the marketplace. Tracy is one of three winners in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 I Am Free Enterprise Video Contest. Through this contest she won $30,000, which helped her launch the business in June 2010. Prior to founding ONA, Tracy worked in the non-profit and education sectors, and most recently served as the Chief of Staff at a public charter high school in Washington, DC. Tracy lives in Bowie, MD, with her husband, Kmele, who is also an entrepreneur.
Tora Matsuoka is Managing Partner of Big Fish Hospitality Group which includes restaurants such as Sen and Phao in Sag Harbor, New York. The son of Kazutomo Matsuoka, a Top Division Sumo Wrestler, and Lynn Matusoka, an internationally acclaimed reportage artist, Tora was raised and educated in Tokyo and Honolulu. Tora worked at Sen from the time it was a small sushi bar when he returned to the Hamptons from Japan and Hawaii during summer breaks. First working for his father, Tora later bought his father’s shares in the company. Tora and his partner, Jeff Resnick, purchased the storefront next door to expand Sen, doubling the seating area, and in 2008 opened Phao restaurant. The restaurant has become a successful, popular restaurant hotspot, frequented by top celebrities and foodies alike. Both Tora and Jeff are actively working to open a third restaurant on the east coast, and have plans to expand their restaurant empire. Tora is single, and when he has a free moment you can find him at the gym, in yoga class, playing tennis or on the golf course. He is a generous businessman, supporting virtually all local causes with food donations and gift certificates. He remains a steadfast member of three local Chambers of Commerce and the Sag Harbor Business Association.
Tom Moore is the CEO and Co-Founder of ROCS (Responsible Outgoing College Students), a company that helps college students and recent grads find internships and entry-level jobs. Tom and his business partner Brandon Labman founded ROCS as freshman at George Mason University. Tom graduated with a degree in Government and International Politics and a minor in Business. ROCS has been in business since 2003 and has placed more than 700 people in jobs throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. ROCS has been growing strong since the days of operating out of a freshman dorm room, and now works with over 200 companies and has a staff of 6 employees that work out of their Fairfax, VA office. Tom’s success has been recognized with awards such as the 2005 Global Student Entrepreneur Award-East Coast Regional Award as well as the College Entrepreneur Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Finalist. When Tom is not working on the company you can find him volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, playing a round of golf, or coaching youth basketball.
Mona Olsen is a volunteer and founder of iMADdu (pronounced “eye-ma-do”), a young nonprofit based in Fairfax, Virginia that empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs through apprenticeship and mentorship. iMADdu stands for ‘I make a difference, do you?’ and bridges the gap between the academic and the practical in entrepreneurship instruction by providing hands-on experiences to university students through apprenticeship opportunities that impact the local small business community. Mona serves as the Assistant Director of the Mason Small Business Development Center in the Mason Enterprise Center at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Previously, Mona worked as a Worldwide Sales Analyst for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and started a consulting business that specialized in service process design, project management, systems analysis and strategic systems planning for private clubs. Mona is pursuing a PhD at George Mason University with a focus on Instructional Technology and Cognitive Apprenticeship. She holds a Masters in Management of Information Technology from The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Mona was raised and educated internationally in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and the United States. In her free time, Mona loves to take photos, connect people together, walk on the beach, and spend time with friends and family in Lista, Norway and Montauk, New York.
Arel Moodie is the bestselling author of Your Starting Point for Student Success, a book not about helping students go to college, but more importantly helping students successfully go THROUGH college to truly succeed in school and in life. Arel grew up on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, NY where he witnessed those around him being murdered and imprisoned. Being picked on, beaten up, and robbed at knifepoint were typical, harsh experiences he now credits as the force behind his success. Seeing college as his “way out”, Arel took advantage of his college opportunity to the fullest. He started his first successful internet company while in college, and served as president of four different student organizations. Arel’s college awarded him the “Albert Tillman Award”, naming him “The Most Outstanding Graduating Senior”. Now, as a professional speaker and co-owner of The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, Arel has spoken to over 65,000 students in 39 states and two countries by his 26th birthday. Arel is named one of the country’s Top Generation Y Leaders in the book Millennial Leaders as well as being featured in the #1 NY Times Bestselling book who’s got your back by Keith Ferrazzi (also author Never Eat Alone). In his spare time, Arel likes to dance and has performed with the Grammy Award winning R&B group 112. He also loves his pug and high-fives.