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Steve Mariotti believes in the power of entrepreneurship to eradicate poverty and transform society.
An entrepreneur, teacher, author and lifelong student, Mariotti is best known for starting the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) based on the insights he gained from teaching in some of New York City's toughest public schools in the '80s. Through his own teaching and through NFTE's international presence, Mariotti has helped more than a million students discover the power of business ownership. Verne Harnish, founder of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization, now known as Entrepreneurs' Organization, and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, called Mariotti "one of the greatest teachers of our time."
From the World Economic Forum in Davos to the pages of the New York Times, Mariotti has spent decades fighting for the rights of entrepreneurs everywhere.
A prolific writer, approximately 1.2 million copies of Steve's books, textbooks and workbooks have been sold or donated worldwide. His latest book, a memoir entitled Goodbye Homeboy was ranked #1 on Amazon.
A native of Flint, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College.
CEO - Founder
A leader in the worlds of finance, publishing, marketing, and brand management, Michael Alexander Beas spent more than 12 years in Fortune 500 companies before becoming an entrepreneur. Today, he is the co-founder of Altas Elite, the founder and CEO of eBook Marketing Solutions, and the CEO of the leading dance music magazine Raver.
An expert in book marketing, Michael has personally rebranded more than 1,000 books and made them bestsellers. He has written and published over 7,000 articles and has personally conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in dance music. Michael is passionate about disrupting his industry--and helping writers and music producers do the same. His extensive background in coding and SEO helps his clients breakthrough the digital landscape.
Prior to founding his own businesses, Michael worked in revenue-generation for leaders in the banking, telecommunications, and commercial business insurance industries, including Citibank Financial, Lucent Technology, AVAYA Communications, and Liberty Mutual.
Michael holds degrees in Business Administration, Business Management and Marketing from Nova Southeastern University. The author of two books, he is a dedicated reader and publisher, with many more books on the way.
Chief Operations Officer
Storyteller/filmmaker Dar Dowling of Greenwich Village, NYC, is the creative force behind a series of documentaries and scripted works that have made a strong impact at festivals in the US and Europe and positioned her as a new, talented voice in the film world. Her projects — off-center snapshots of the human condition that are alternately gritty, tender, quirky, and powerful — are unlike most things you’ll see on the big screen or small. From the provocative docs Hey Mom, What’s Sex?, Double Take and Apocalection to scripted dramas like By Any Means, Dowling engages audiences in frank, moving discourse on what it means to be alive and engaged at this very moment, using wild, wonderful characters and a frank, unsullied film style to distill the essence of each conversation. Currently she is putting finishing touches on Hineni, a documentary that follows one transgender man’s conversion to conservative Judaism, and is in preproduction on a new film focused upon the stark reality of human trafficking.