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EFOGI Post-Covid Event 10-28-2020 (21 of


At EFOGI, we believe in growth. Growth is personal to us, but it involves two areas: personal growth and professional growth.

Professional growth, to us, is corporate growth. The growth of your organization depends on your ability to connect and build relationships. This is why we believe events and event strategy are critical to growing a business and ultimately,
your sales.

Personal growth is more than just a touchy-feely term to us. We believe in coaching and mentoring, executives to executives, to help you reach your highest level of personal performance. Releasing blocks, uncovering strengths, and strategizing for the future will help you unlock levels of success you never knew possible.

Events are the core of every organization.

We believe if businesses treated every project as an event there would be better communication, increased group involvement and impactful professional presentation.

Strategic Partners

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The Pitch Whisperer

John Livesay, aka The Pitch Whisperer, is a sales keynote speaker where he shows companies’ sales teams how to turn mundane case studies into compelling case stories so they win more new business. From John’s award-winning career at Conde Nast, he shares the lessons he learned that turns sales teams into revenue rock stars. His TEDx talk: Be The Lifeguard of your own life has over 1,000,000 views. Clients love working with John because of his ongoing support after his talk which includes implementing the storytelling skills from his best-selling book and online course “Better Selling Through Storytelling.” His book is now required reading for the UTLA (the University of Texas in LA) course on Entertainment and Media studies. He is also the host of “The Successful Pitch” podcast, which is heard in over 60 countries. These interviews make him a sales keynote speaker with fresh and relevant content.

John has been interviewed by Larry King and appeared on TV as an expert on “How To Ask For What You Want And Get A Yes.” John currently lives in Austin with Pepe, his King Charles Spaniel, who reminds him every day of the importance of belly rubs.

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CEO & Partner at Zilker Media

Paige Velasquez Budde is CEO & Partner at Zilker Media, an Austin-based agency building people-driven brands. She has been featured as a speaker on digital marketing strategy and led workshops at national venues such as Harvard Medical School, Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse, and for organizations such as Women Presidents’ Organization and Camp Gladiator.


She has led the marketing campaigns and strategies for some of the world’s most recognized authorities, including The New York Times bestseller and Fortune Magazine Senior editor-at-large Geoff Colvin, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and Hall of Fame speaker Sally Hogshead and many others. Paige has also counseled leading international brands such as Russell Stover and a2 Milk.

Her approach to people-driven marketing has been featured in many media outlets including Inc., Thrive Global, Texas CEO Magazine, Authority Magazine, Business News Daily and

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Principal & Chief Pitch Polisher with Boldt Global, LLC

Barbara Boldt is an international educator, trainer, and coach. For twenty-five years, she has been teaching and empowering global executives, managers, and entrepreneurs to deliver clear, impactful, persuasive messages. 


During the 20 plus years she lived and worked in Europe, Barbara taught executives from more than thirty-five countries how to delivery professional presentations. All this listening resulted in Barbara’s superpower: an ability to immediately identify what is not clear.  From inaccurate vocabulary to confusing structure, Barbara helps her clients create messages that land with their target audience and get the results they need.


Barbara holds an M.A. in International Relations from The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and a B.A. in Nutrition from the University of Iowa. She taught at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne Switzerland for 16 years and was awarded Best Teacher of the Year six years in a row. She currently resides in Southeast Michigan in the US.

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Co-Founder of Brand of a Leader

Marina Byezhanova is a Soviet-born, Ukraine-raised, Canada-based entrepreneur whose mission is to scale the reach of people's voices. Co-Founder of a personal branding agency called Brand of a Leader,  Marina has been quoted and referenced in such publications as,, Fast Company, Success Magazine, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Post, and has spoken to audiences of entrepreneurs and business executives in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Marina is a proud member of Entrepreneurs' Organization and is presently the Canadian Social Media Expert serving on the Regional Board of Directors.


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