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Brittany Hodak    

Co-founder, ZinePak

Brittany launched ZinePak in January 2011 with co-founder Kim Kaupe. Since then, the company has grown from a two-person operation to a full-service entertainment company with a staff of eleven. In the past three years, the company has partnered with dozens of entertainers, including Katy Perry, KISS, and Taylor Swift, to sell more than 3 million ZinePak products to pop-culture super-fans in countries around the world. ZinePak sales at Walmart stores alone have topped $25 million.

Brittany has been named to Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 list, Inc.’s 35 Under 35 list, won the 2013 Stevie Award for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year, was named one of NYC's Top 25 Female CEOs by SmartCEO magazine, and received an Empact100 Award at the United Nations as one of the Top 100 Young Companies in America. ZinePak was named a Top 30 Startup to Watch by Entrepreneur in 2013, and profiled in Wall Street Journal's acclaimed Startup of the Year documentary series.

Prior to co-founding ZinePak, Brittany was an Account Supervisor at entertainment agency Fathom Communications, where she executed award-winning programs for Johnson & Johnson, LG, and A&E Television Networks. She was named to Billboard’s 30 Under 30 list for her work pairing musicians with brands. Before Fathom, Brittany oversaw retail marketing at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and other accounts as Director of Marketing for Sony’s RED division. She holds an M.S. in Marketing from CUNY Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas Schedler Honors College.

Outside of ZinePak, Brittany is a prolific writer who has contributed articles on entrepreneurship to Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Success.


Speech Topics

The Accidental Entrepreneur

How Corporate America Led Me To a Life of Entrepreneurship

Brittany never planned to be an entrepreneur, but frustrations with Corporate America left her feeling like she had no choice! In this keynote, Brittany describes her circuitous route to starting up, and why she recommends EVERY would-be entrepreneur begin in Corporate America.

Startup Success Hacks: 10 Tips to Game the System In Your Favor

Avoid becoming part of the 75% of companies who FAIL by following these 10 simple steps

In this keynote, Brittany shares her top tips to help aspiring entrepreneurs and young business owners greatly improve their chances for success. Each tip is backed up with personal experience and steps for immediate implementation. Tips include "Never take 'no' for an answer from someone without the authority to tell you 'yes'" and "If you don't have employees, you don't have a business. You have a job."

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