Angela Betancourt

Angela Betancourt is an international communications strategist and media relations expert with over 12 years of experience developing, managing, and executing comprehensive, multicultural and integrated communication campaigns and strategies within the U.S. and international markets.

Angela has experience creating and executing communication strategies and messaging for a variety of audiences including organizations, entrepreneurs, and community and government leaders to help them achieve their communication goals.

Angela holds a Masters Degree in Global Strategic Communications from Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree in Public Relations & Marketing from Barry University. She is also a 2018 Summer Fellow of the Georgetown University-Santander Bank Partnership on Social Economy. Angela is certified in market systems development, monitoring and evaluation methods, and emergency response protocols.

Noah Klein

Noah Klein is an award-winning writer with over a decade of professional writing experience. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amasia Creative Consulting Group, as well as the Chief Business Development Officer for BearTree Security, Inc. (a computer and network security company). He has developed unique, in-house practices centered around empathy in business. He believes that finding the balance between technological innovation, human-centered creative experimentation, and empathetic business skills (such as Empathetic Business Listening, Empathetic Communication, Empathetic Creative and Critical Thinking, and Empathetic Implementation) is the key to integrating the human experience in the onset of automation and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

See his writings on the integration of empathetic business practices and the 4th Industrial Revolution on LinkedIn

Jonathan Appel

Jonathan has more than 40 years of experience working with small and middle market businesses, as both a member of the management team, as the Controller and Chief Financial Officer, and as a Consultant and Auditor, to manage and improve the finance/accounting function and identify solutions to internal processes. He has significant experience in the construction, real estate development, manufacturing, service and related industries, having worked with General Contractors, Contractors, Subcontractors, Construction Management and Real Estate Development firms in Consulting, CFO, Controller and Auditor roles. In these capacities he has developed extensive expertise in a variety of accounting and financial software packages and has led, supervised and managed several systems upgrades and conversions, from the initial research, to the writing of RFPs, to selection, implementation and training.

Jonathan has worked for or consulted with (among others) a $675MM holding company consisting of a $350MM electrical subcontractor, a $250MM MEP subcontractor and a $75MM HVAC subcontractor; a $30MM General Contractor/Construction Manager; a $100MM Environmental Contractor; with a $12MM Flooring Contractor as their Interim Controller; a $20MM Window Subcontractor; with a $25MM construction Subcontractor; with an $80MM national General Contracting firm as acting CFO; as interim CFO with New York City Construction Management firm to set up their accounting and computer systems.  In these and other roles he assisted in year-end financial statement preparation including notes for outside auditors; wrote new policies and procedures, oversaw risk management and insurance requirements; helped in securing new insurance post-merger; instituted a new policy requiring purchase orders and approvals leading to multi-million-dollar savings.

Jonathan did his undergraduate studies, leading to a BS in Accounting from the State University of New York and his graduate studies at Pace University leading to his MBA in Accounting. He has had leadership roles as a member of the Board of Directors, New York City Chapter and Westchester/Fairfield Chapter and the National Committee for Chapter Development of the Construction Financial Management Association and is a current member of The Financial Executives Networking Group.