Articles by Kelli Richards

The 4 Most Important Reasons You Need to Become a Mentor

Inc.-logoNovember 20, 2014,


When you decide to mentor someone, you really have no way of knowing how far she’ll go. Whether you shape the next great entrepreneur of our time or help someone achieve her dreams, you’ll make a difference — and that’s all that matters.

How to Create Your Own Industry to Fit Your Strengths

Inc.-logoNovember 7, 2014,


Your new industry has to reflect you because whether you’re a “collaborator genie” or a “green-energy explorer,” you’ve got all the makings of becoming your own unique brand of superhero.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Inc.-logoOctober 31, 2014,


If you’re skeptical about why a mentor would want to partner with a mentee, it may be because you don’t have a plan in place to make it worth her while. Figure out what you have to offer your mentor, and do everything you can to provide that value.

9 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression at Your First Conference

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LinkedIn Articles

Success in business is all about connections and relationships. And with more and more people working virtually and face-to-face meetings becoming fewer and farther between, the stakes have never been higher for making a good first impression.

9 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression at Your First Conference

Inc.-logoOctober 3, 2014,


Conferences and industry events are a great place to initiate, establish, and nurture valuable business connections, but if you do the work before and after, you’re much more likely to maximize your time when you’re face-to-face.

3 Essential Steps to Creating a Successful Personal Growth Plan

Inc.-logoSeptember 19, 2014,


Drawing up a plan with the counsel of trusted advisors can not only help you visualize your goals and the necessary steps to achieve them, but it can also remedy a lot of the uncertainty that held you back in the first place.

How to Harness Power Like a Celebrity

Inc.-logoSeptember 11, 2014,


Three strategies of the stars that business professionals can use to make a difference in the world and do things that truly matter to them.

Star-Struck: Tapping into the Power of a Celebrity Speaker

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LinkedIn Articles

Creating a well-designed event is a balancing act. Tapping industry leaders and controversial renegades, orchestrating brilliant panels, and throwing awesome after-parties all help draw people in, but a well-informed celebrity speaker can elevate your event to “can’t-miss” status with real punch and energy.

5 Conversation Tools For Nurturing Your Relationship With A Mentor

Forbes-150x88July 29, 2014,


We’ve all longed for a classic mentor-mentee relationship at some point in our careers. We want someone who is savvy and seasoned. We want her to provide the perfect insights and career advice that will help us reach our goals. We want someone who will guide us to our destination.

How Your Brand Can Rock the Socks Off A Music Festival

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LinkedIn Articles

The most talked-about “secret” of 2014 was Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats. Although it wasn’t officially announced until May 28, rumors swirled around the Internet for weeks.

Dear HBO, Please Keep ‘Silicon Valley’ Real

Forbes-150x88May 7, 2014,


Startup life is a hot topic in Hollywood right now. From Joshua Michael Stern’s “Jobs” to the Amazon original series “Betas,” there’s an undeniable appeal to life in Silicon Valley for those both inside and outside the startup bubble.

3 Seemingly Obvious Tech Mergers We’re Still Waiting For

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Fast Company

One of the best parts of working in the tech industry is having a ringside seat to watch heavyweights like Google and Apple duke it out for market share and to be the first to develop the next big thing.

4 Steps to Ace an Early-Adopter Culture

Entrepreneur-logoMarch 12, 2014,


In this era of rapid innovation, a new technological breakthrough can shake an entire industry in an afternoon, and consumers are hungry for the most advanced gadgets available. Businesses are constantly expected to be at the forefront of emerging technology.

4 Tech Dinosaurs That Will Finally Die in 2015

Forbes-150x88February 27, 2014,


In recent years, technology has changed the way we view work, entertainment, media, and even our workout habits. While most people are focused on what’s next for wearables, cloud computing, and syncing gadgets, few have taken the time to consider the tech we’re going to be sending into retirement in the coming years.

The Secret to Becoming a Super Connector

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LinkedIn Articles

A few years ago, a former colleague reached out to me. He was working at Cisco, helping the company organize its 25 anniversary employee celebration. For the event’s entertainment, CEO John Chambers wanted Jerry Seinfeld.