Cynthia Kasabian, founder and managing director of CKB Consultants, Inc., is dedicated to helping executives communicate with clarity to achieve outstanding results. For more than two decades she has coached CEOs and their management teams on how to create and deliver highly effective messages to the media, investors, customers, boards of directors and employees.
With an extensive background in executive coaching and corporate communications, and as an award-winning financial journalist, Ms. Kasabian has created a proprietary method of message development that she applies to media training, presentation training and communications coaching. She also provides expert counsel on crisis communications and strategic public relations.
Prior to founding CKB Consultants in 2000, Ms. Kasabian was Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Bank of America where she worked directly with Bank of America CEOs and their management teams. Her responsibilities included strategic communications, crisis communications, acquisition communications, media relations, executive speechwriting, internal communications and new media.
Before joining Bank of America, Ms. Kasabian was the business and economics reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and was editor of the San Francisco Business Journal. She also worked for The Wall Street Journal and wrote for Barron's and Businessweek.
Ms. Kasabian was a contributing writer to the book: A Guide to Financial Reporting, published by Columbia University Press. She is a contributor to PRNews Media Training Guidebooks. She has been a Conference Board speaker on the subject of Corporate Communications and served as a director on the board of Goodwill Industries.
Ms. Kasabian was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism.
Greg Berardi is a social media, PR and marketing strategist and founder of Blue Marlin Partners, which works with firms in banking, wealth advisory, family office, loan sale, mobile and online banking, crowdfunding, insurance and real estate. Prior to Blue Marlin Partners, Mr. Berardi has worked for Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, InsWeb, GCI Group, and GT Nexus (formerly Tradiant). Earlier in his career, Mr. Berardi was an award-winning newspaper reporter for 12 years at several Northern California papers. Mr. Berardi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and journalism from California State University, Sacramento. He is a Board member of Teenforce, a social enterprise dedicated to teen employment and a Trustee of the Schools of the Sacred Heart of San Francisco.
Alice Nagle is a seasoned communications coach with more than 20 years of experience advising executives at Fortune 100 companies, mid-size firms, and high-tech startups. She has expertise in executive presence, strategic messaging, and communications coaching. Ms. Nagle tailors her coaching to individual client needs.
Her experience includes working with the executive team at VMware providing individual coaching as well as hosting workshops on personal brand development for leaders of all levels, including senior executives, vice presidents, and mid-managers. She served as Communications Director at Cisco Systems for 13 years where, in her most recent role, she led a team that unified communications across the company’s 10 business functions. She also led the communications function for Cisco’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales with a global team of 20,000 people. She spent two years as a communications coach to Stanford University MBA students and is the co-author of SAVVY! The Young Woman’s Guide to Career Success.
Ms. Nagle has an M.S. degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. in psychology for U.C. Berkeley.