Ann Coulter, Time Inc. CEO & Nasdaq EVP to Share Insights With Top Business Leaders at C-Suite Conference

September 08, 2016 09:00 ET

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Sep 8, 2016) – Author, social and political commentator Ann Coulter, will be interviewed by Jeffrey Hayzlett, C-Suite Network Chairman and C-Suite TV Host at the upcoming C-Suite Network Conference in New York City, September 13. The conversation will cover how businesses will cope with a new leader in the White House after the upcoming election.

C-Suite Network, the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders, gathers executives from across the country to network, share ideas and gain valuable and actionable insights to build their own leadership and strategies. The conference connects attendees with industry experts, who share their wealth of experience and knowledge through interviews and panel discussions. C-Suite Radio’s Adam Johnson and MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg will host the program.

Time Inc. CEO, Joe Ripp will also be a featured interview guest. Ripp will discuss the company’s transition from magazine publisher to digital media giant. While Nasdaq EVP, Nelson Griggs will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Adam Johnson, on the changing landscape of corporate finance.

“As the C-Suite Network grows we continue to invite a higher caliber of speakers and guests,” said Chairman Jeffrey Hayzlett. “I’m confident that this conference in New York City will produce a powerful program that looks at the intersection of politics, business and more.”


Additional Speakers Include:

David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor
Neal Campbell, CMO of CDW
Jeffrey Hirsch, CEO of Hirsch Holdings
Danielle DiMartino Booth, President of Money Strong, LLC
Giuseppe Bausillo, Broadway Performer
Camilla Webster, CEO and Co-founder of New York Natives
Julie Lyle, CRO/CMO of DemandJump
Lisa Henderson, Managing Director, Client Services of Epsilon
Tom Butta, CMO of Sprinklr
Michael Rossato-Bennett, Executive Director of The Alive Inside Foundation
Wayne Mesker, Director of Creative Advocacy of The Alive Inside Foundation
Sudhir Kulkarni, President of Digital at Persistent Systems
Susan Stautberg, Chair and CEO of WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation
Peter Friedman, Chairman and CEO of LiveWorld
Deborah A. Bussiere, CMO/Business Development of FinTech Startups and High Growth Companies
Michael Lanning, Musician, songwriter, performer
Katie Mehnert, Founder and CEO of Pink Petro
Randy Garn, Founding Partner of Hero Partners
Julie Roehm, SVP of Marketing at SAP
Erick Schonfeld, Founding Partner of Traction Technology Partners
Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York

To learn more about the conference, click here.


About C-Suite Network
C-Suite Network is the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders, with a focus on providing growth, development and networking opportunities for business executives with titles of vice president and above.

C-Suite Network Membership brings leaders together through a private online community for executives. C-Suite Network also offers invitation-only conferences held three times per year, custom-tailored content on the C-Suite Network blog, C-Suite TV, C-Suite Radio, C-Suite Book Club, and educational programs from C-Suite Academy. Learn more at, or connect on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

My Escape from the Law

by Scott Jordan


About a decade into my law career I woke up and said, “Miserable, miserable, no end in sight!” before collapsing again deep into sleep. I don’t remember the incident (my wife will never forget it), but it signaled to me that I needed to escape from the law. Soon thereafter, I started my business SCOTTeVEST to create clothing that incorporates hidden pockets for electronics, and I’ve been successful and happier ever since.

Maybe you aren’t a lawyer like I was, but unless you are one of the lucky few people who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up — and became it — your current job is probably not going to be what you do for the rest of your life.


Whatever you are escaping from — or escaping to, for that matter — these are a few ideas from my book Pocket Man to get you started once you say, “I quit!”


Passion is the foundation

It’s a cliche to say “follow your passion,” but it’s a cliche that rings true. Passion is the foundation for knowing which direction to pursue. Many smart people find themselves “stuck” because, hell, when you can do anything how do you decide what to actually do? Passion is your first clue.

If you’re passionate about something at the start, it’ll fuel you through the ups and downs, and give you the fire to keep going through the boring parts as you pursue what it is you are supposed to be doing with your life. Don’t ignore what you are passionate about.

Patience is not a virtue…

And it’s certainly not my virtue. Most of the time when people wait for the precisely correct moment to send that email, place that call or take a leap. It has nothing to do with timing… it’s fear.

A quicker, less complete reply to an email in the next two minutes is better than a perfectly crafted one in two days. Be bold, don’t apologize. The same holds true with your career. If I had one piece of advice for my younger self, it would be not to wait as long to make my leap into my new career.

Paint yourself into a corner aka burn some bridges

Along with not waiting for the perfect moment to act, sometimes you need to stack the deck to force yourself to move forward. Book a non-refundable plane ticket (or in my case, a book tour). Turn in your two-week notice. Start moving, not pondering.

What seems like a desperate act from this end can look like a minor bump in hindsight. Create situations in which you must act to move yourself toward a career you are passionate about. Don’t give yourself a chance to chicken out.


If you accept mediocrity in any form for long enough, you become mediocre. Period.

There is a danger to not pursuing your passion and to getting stuck doing something you hate… it changes you, and not for the better. Remember the mom line: “If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.”

I escaped from my law job when I realized I would rather play Solitaire than do my work. What did that say about me as a person and as an employee? I deserved better and so did my employer. When you’re unhappy, you’re not doing your best work. Don’t get stuck that way.


Have you ever had to “escape” from a job, career or career path?




In 2000, Scott Jordan created SCOTTeVEST to solve a common and growing problem: He loved gadgets, but there was no easy way to carry, organize, access and protect them while he traveled. As more people joined the “pocket revolution” he was starting, it became clear that the mission of SCOTTeVEST extended far beyond just the multi-pocketed vest he invented.

Today, his company has made over $50 million and developed a full line of tech-enabled, multi-pocket clothing for men and women that helps keep you organized, safe from pickpockets and always connected to your tech. His first book “Pocket Man” describes how entrepreneurs can use their unique passion for their products to leverage media to launch and sustain their businesses the way he built SCOTTeVEST.

The Pushes and Pulls in the Retirement Decision

By: Rob Pascale

When we’re faced with the decision as to whether or when to retire, virtually all the factors we have to consider can be looked at as having either “push” or “pull” qualities. Some things that occur in our lives pull us to retire, while others push us out of the workforce. Whether we’re pushed or pulled into retirement can impact on how well you adjust to that lifestyle.

As a general rule, pulls are good and pushes are bad. When you’re pulled into retirement, you’re enticed by the lifestyle; retirement is seen as the logical next step and something to look forward to, and you usually take that step by choice. Being pushed into retirement means the decision is often forced upon you, regardless of how you feel about your job. You are essentially thrown out of the workforce without much choice in the matter.


Here are some examples as to what we mean. Two of the most important considerations for retiring are money and health.

  1. Financial security works as a pull factor. Once we have achieved financial critical mass, we’re no longer obligated to continue working. So if we decide to retire, it’s because we see its benefits. Those who retire without the means to afford it, on the other hand, are almost certainly pushed in that direction.
  2. Health is mostly a push factor. While some people might consider retiring because their good health allows them the mobility to live well, the reverse is more often the case. Individuals suffering from serious illness or functional impairment may no longer feel they’re capable of doing their jobs, and so retirement becomes the only feasible alternative.

Personal factors, such as values, aspirations, and thoughts about how life would be like outside of work can be one or the other. Personal issues act as pulls if they have a positive tone, such as when retirement is seen as an opportunity to pursue new goals. However, negative feelings, such as wanting to retire because we dislike our job, operate as pushes.

Leaving a bad environment just to “get out” is a very different proposition from moving to a new environment because you expect benefits.

Many retirees who have been pushed into retirement tend to run into adjustment problems right from the start. They often have little advance warning, so they’re mentally and emotionally unprepared for the event. Without the right mindset – to become retirees in their heads — they’re less likely to make the psychological break from their careers. Furthermore, they’re likely to feel angry, resentful, unappreciated, and abandoned as a result of their circumstances, and these feelings might interfere with their ability to develop a new lifestyle.


In our survey of 1400 retirees, one of our respondents, a police chief who was forced to retire, described how he was prevented from enjoying his retirement because he could not come to terms with the events that led to it.  According to Charles,

“I was consumed with the way my career ended. I was running the work lives of a number of people and now I had nothing. This was not just a job to me; it was my life and identity. It was just too much for me to accept, because I didn’t come to that out of my own choice. It took me years to finally give all this up and start living again.”

In contrast, those retiring by choice have the benefit of knowing in advance when they will retire. They don’t have the stress of an “off-time” exit, so they have a better opportunity to plan their futures, as well as adopt the right attitude. They often begin distancing themselves from their careers while still in the workforce. They use the last few months at work to break away from their worker identities, while building up their connections to the retirement role.

In our own survey, we found choice retirees (i.e., those pulled into retirement) have more going for them than just time to prepare. They are motivated and passionate about things they want to do in retirement. They believe these activities will be rewarding, sometimes even more so than their jobs were. Those forced to retire, in contrast, are much less enthusiastic about how they will spend their time. It’s not uncommon for them to feel they cannot find interesting things to do and just don’t know what to do with their time.


What really differentiates pulled and pushed retirees, and successful retirees from less successful ones, is a positive attitude. Retirees do better if they maintain a positive frame of mind and are proactive in developing a fulfilling lifestyle. A negative attitude, in contrast, deters us from seeing the benefits of retirement and limits our motivation to create a personally meaningful lifestyle. Unfortunately, that’s often the attitude held by forced retirees.

To be sure, there are forced retirees for whom the situation is not so dire. They like their job and don’t intend to retire soon, but have a sense that retirement may be thrust upon them. When it happens, they’re not completely caught off guard. Some may even have come to terms with the inevitable before it actually happens, and have already started mentally preparing themselves for leaving the workforce. Because they made the right mental adjustments, they’re better equipped to handle the retirement experience


If you’re a forced retiree, you can best serve your own interests by coming to terms with your circumstances as soon as possible. Assuming your financial situation makes retirement a realistic option, the first step is to acknowledge that your retirement’s a done deal and you have to get on with your life. Dwelling on how badly you feel about being thrown out of the workforce serves no good purpose whatsoever. It will only inhibit your ability to move forward.

Once you’ve accepted your fate, you need to embrace the idea of retirement.

Begin the process of breaking your emotional connection to your job by thinking of yourself as a retiree. At the same time, work on developing the right frame of mind, by imagining the positives of the retirement lifestyle, such as freedom from stress and schedules. Turn your attention to how you will live in retirement, thinking about future opportunities. Work on making specific plans for your future, because these are critical for success.

Of course, none of this will guarantee that your retirement won’t have its downturns and disappointments, or that it will be as satisfying as your career. But it does put you on the right path so you won’t start your retirement in a mental state that will slow your adjustment down to a crawl.




Rob Pascale, PhD, founded Marketing Analysts, Inc, a quantitative market research company, in 1982. Dr. Pascale retired from full time responsibilities at MAi in 2005 at the age of 51. Throughout his 25-year tenure as president of MAi, Dr. Pascale was directly involved in over 5000 research studies for more than 50 of the largest corporations in the world, and has polled well over 2 million consumers.