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2019 Nazarian Institute Speakers

Learn more about the incredible thought-leaders and experts that shared their pearls of wisdom at the 2019 Nazarian Institute Think Big! Conference.

Get fueled-up as some of the most successful and well-respected practitioners and industry experts share their experiences, techniques and practice-changing knowledge necessary for becoming #1 in your market. Learn more about our speakers and save your spot at the 2019 Nazarian Institute.

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Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Plastic Surgeon and Founder,Nazarian Institute

Dr. Sheila Nazarian, founder of Nazarian Plastic Surgery, is a top board-certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, entrepreneur, social media influencer, wife and mom based in Beverly Hills, CA. Besides being one of the nation’s top medical authorities, Dr. Nazarian also created The Skin Spot- a curated collection of medical-grade skincare made affordable and understandable. Additionally. she founded the Nazarian Institute as a conference to help luxury brands think BIG- Branding, Innovation and Growth. Dr. Nazarian is married to a neurosurgeon, has three children & an adorable rescue dog, and resides in Bel Air.


Bethenny Frankel

Founder of Skinnygirl, Serial entrepreneur and Real Housewives of New York cast member Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve. From becoming a natural food chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods service, to selling “Princess Pashminas” at house parties and creating the low-calorie cocktail category with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails, Bethenny has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities.

As the runner up on “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” her success then led her to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” followed by the spin-off series, “Bethenny Getting Married?” and “Bethenny Ever After…” Viewers were captivated by her wit, wisdom and humor as they followed her personal life becoming a mother and her professional journey creating the Skinnygirl empire. Bethenny has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities and graced the cover of Forbes Magazine in 2011.  She has brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to “Bethenny,” her nationally syndicated daytime talk show program. Bethenny will return as a guest shark in Season 10 of ABC-TV’s critically acclaimed series “Shark Tank.” Bethenny became an instant fan favorite last season, showcasing her entrepreneurial prowess and gut instincts alongside the panel of investors.

A true entrepreneur, to further build Skinnygirl Cocktails, Bethenny partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011 to grow her portfolio to include wines, flavored vodkas, and ready-to-drink cocktails.  Since the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails, she has expanded the Skinnygirl brand into a global lifestyle empire, featuring products for women that offer practical and stylish solutions to everyday problems. With the recent launch of the Skinnygirl Jeanswear collection in September 2018, Skinnygirl has become more than a brand, but also an attitude that helps empower women to lead healthy lives and feel strong, honest and fearless. Some of the many other Skinnygirl products include microwave popcorn, candy, salad dressings, coffee, tea, liquid sweeteners, water enhancers, and shapewear.

Bethenny started her own TV production company, B Real-ity, producing two seasons of FYI’s “Food Porn,” and was the creator, producer and star of Bravo’s hit real estate show “Bethenny and Fredrik.”

She is the five-time New York Times bestselling author of: “Skinnydipping,” “A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life”, “Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl,” “Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life”, and “I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To”. She has also authored “Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results,” the children’s book, “Cookie Meets Peanut”, and the cocktail book, “Skinnygirl Cocktails.”

Not fulfilled by business alone, Bethenny’s life’s experiences have inspired her to help other women in crisis find their own strength and resilience with the launch of B Strong, in partnership with Dress for Success. B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that provides real time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. Additionally, Bethenny established “B Strong: Disaster Relief,” collecting aid and donations from across the country to help individuals and their families affected by the recent natural disasters impacting Texas, Florida, Northern California, Dominica, The U.S. Virgin Islands and New York City. As a result of Bethenny’s efforts, B Strong has marshaled over 10 million pounds of aid to date that is destined primarily for Puerto Rico. Bethenny helped coordinate the chartering of about 54+ private planes to help deliver aid and relief to those hit hardest by the disaster. B Strong has also supported immediate aid programs in Guatemala following the Fuego Volcano eruption, North Carolina following Hurricane Florence and most recently the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael. To date, over 10,000 individuals, companies and foundations have contributed to B Strong’s efforts. Raising approximately $1.25 million in cash cards and collecting between $40-50 million worth of disaster relief to distribute, this has been called one of the largest privately-run humanitarian efforts in US history.


Tiffany Couch

Forensic Accountant and Author,

The Thief In Your Company

Tiffany Couch is CEO/Founder at Acuity Forensics, a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm based in the Pacific Northwest. She has more than 21 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 14 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience include audit, tax, and business consulting services for government entities and privately held business entities in a range of industries. She has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular contributor to multiple industry publications and has been interviewed by regional, national and international broadcast news stations. Ms. Couch is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation, and quality instruction. She also serves as a faculty member for the ACFE. With almost 75,000 members worldwide, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and the premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.
Tiffany Couch is the author of The Thief in Your Company, available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and HudsonBooksellers.com.


Deborah Deras

Motivational Speaker, Social Media Expert

Deborah Deras, M.S. is a charismatic and engaging inspirational speaker, author, and social media marketing consultant. With over 17 years of experience speaking to audiences around the globe, Deborah is committed to helping small business owners improve their social media online presence, increase their revenue and stop wasting time and money online. As a micro influencer she has participated in brand campaigns for Coca-Cola, Pinesol, Allstate and many others. She served as a spokesperson for Verizon alongside Eva Longoria, teaching technology to small business owners. She has booked lucrative speaking contracts for her own business via Social Media strategy for companies such as General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, Nasa, J.P. Morgan and State Farm Insurance. In addition, Deborah facilitates social media marketing training for small business owners for the South Bay Small Business Development Center, (SBDC) and has done workshops for the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Center and SCORE. Deborah has served as a regional spokesperson for Verizon presenting workshops to Hispanic entrepreneurs on technology strategies. You can receive her complimentary eBook on how to go from Likes to Sales at www.TheSocialMediaGoddess.com.


Cathy Heller

Host of Top iTunes Podcast, Don’t Keep Your Day Job

“Cathy Heller is a fire hose of inspiration. She’s the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, which was given the #1 spot on iTunes recommend list of shows for the 2018 New Year. Since the show started 20 months ago It has been downloaded close to 3 mill times. Cathy has a powerful way of communicating and making her audience feel encouraged. She’s helping people figure out how to find more purpose and joy in their work. Before podcasting Cathy was songwriting full time. After achieving success with her dream job she wanted to help others do the same

Cathy’s been featured in Variety, HuffPost , Billboard and Inc Magazine’s “top 9 podcasts”. Throughout her podcast she has interviewed creative entrepreneurs like actress Jenna Fischer, popular blogger Seth Godin, designer Jonathan Adler, make up artist Bobbi Brown, choreographer Mandy Moore, fashionista Tamara Mellon, novelist Emily Giffin, and Gretchen Rubin to name a few. Cathy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.”


Dr. Jonathan Kaplan

Plastic Surgeon and Founder,BuildMyBod Health

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in San Francisco, CA and founder/CEO of BuildMyBod Health, an online marketplace for healthcare services that allows consumers to determine cost on out-of-pocket procedures, purchase non-surgical services, and in exchange, the healthcare providers receive consumer contact info – a lead, for follow up.


Dave Murray

Senior Customer Service Experience Consultant

The DiJulius Group Dave joined The DiJulius Group after 20 years of experience in customer service, marketing, and sales, primarily in the sports and entertainment industry. Dave’s experience has varied from leading call centers and front-line team members, to working closely with key partners and stakeholders.

A former client of The DiJulius Group, Dave has been working with the Ten Commandments since the debut of What’s The Secret? in 2008. As a Senior Customer Experience Consultant with The DiJulius Group, Dave leads clients in generating ideas, turning those ideas into systems, and then implementing and executing them enterprise wide. He is also an accomplished keynote speaker full of insight and wit; leaving audiences motivated, entertained and walking away with great content to implement immediately.


Heidi Nazarudin

Founder, Marque Media

Heidi Nazarudin is Co-Founder and CEO at Marque Media, one of the fastest growing communications agencies in California. The agency manages more than 300 social media channels for startups as well as successful established brands.

She is also an award-winning influencer as @theambitionista, which has amassed hundreds of thousands of social media followers. Her exploits as a stylish, jet-setting CEO has made Heidi a media personality, and she has been featured in Vanity Fair, Who What Wear, Forbes, Entrepreneur and graced the cover of Marie Claire Malaysia.


Kara Schell

Senior Business Consultant, Sientra

Kara is a seasoned professional in healthcare administration, having worked with some the nation’s largest medical groups and private aesthetic / cosmetic practices. Kara’s career spans nearly 20 years’ in the specialties of Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Concierge Primary Care and Neurology.

She is an expert in implementing strategies that achieve cosmetic practice goals and an innovative industry leader in staff development, practice operations, marketing and luxury brand customer service training. Her passion for isolating inefficiencies and creating effective office and clinical environments has resulted in reduced costs and higher patient satisfaction for practices in the aesthetic space.


Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Founder,Gilt and Glamsquad

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is an innovator and a disruptor. She has established herself as a pioneer, leader and dealmaker in digital commerce, retail, merchandising, sales, business development and marketing. She has a proven track record building and operating early stage, fast-growing consumer-facing businesses and creating powerful brands.

Alexandra recently became SVP of Consumer Strategy and Innovation for Allergan, the bold, global pharmaceutical company and leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. She is creating new sources of revenue for Allergan’s medical aesthetics by building businesses targeting consumers in a revolutionary way never been done before in the pharmaceutical sector.

Alexandra was the Co-Founder and CEO of NYC based startup Fitz, the in-home service that organizes your closet and edits your wardrobe. After one year in operation, Fitz was sold to Tradesy, the world’s largest peer-to-peer marketplace for women’s designer fashion.

From 2014 to 2016, Alexandra was Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD, the leading on-demand mobile beauty services company. She led the company through rapid growth and raised $24M in venture capital for top tier firms including NEA, Softbank and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.

Alexandra is best known professionally as Co-Founder of the ecommerce sensation, Gilt. In 2007, Alexandra and her co-founders conceived of Gilt and revolutionized the landscape of luxury ecommerce. Throughout her 7+ year tenure at Gilt, Alexandra took on merchandising, sales, business development and marketing responsibilities. In 2016 Gilt sold to Hudson’s Bay Company.

Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked at Financo for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales.

Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Corelle Brands (previously World Kitchen, LLC) and Talalay Global Inc. She was a Board Director of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY) from 2014- 2017. She has served on the non-profit boards of the National Retail Federation Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, the Women’s Forum and Fashion Group International. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University.

Alexandra, together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).

Alexandra speaks five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian). She has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Japan.