Faculty

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Meet Patti Pokorchak, MBA

Patti is an award winning marketing and sales executive, with 30+years of experience at IBM, Siemens, and many start-up companies in North America and Europe.

As a serial entrepreneur of 10 businesses since 1992, she helped start and run a 7-figure 20-employee software company for 10 years before opening a thriving garden centre and hobby farm just outside of Ottawa, Canada.

Patti was NOT a born salesperson. She was a shy introverted programmer who stumbled into sales as a way of escaping corporate life. Making six-figures by the time she was 25, she decided that there had to be more to life than climbing the corporate ladder. Wanting to live a life with no regrets, she left Toronto for a year of travel in Europe and returned 9 years later to Ottawa. Finally, after a 30-year detour, she returned to her hometown of Toronto.

Patti says “If I can be a farmer, then you can be anything you want to be — with some basic sales and marketing skills that is.” She loves to make your passion profitable with her proven practical advice.

She is the author of the soon to be released book “The Accidental Farmer: Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur!” tales of her entrepreneurial life with lessons for all.

After selling millions of dollars, Deutsch mark and pounds sterling worth of “stuff”* to 25+ countries, she finally accepted she was a pretty amazing sales professional.

Patti now loves to sell and has deconstructed her million dollar success strategies to help other entrepreneurs develop their businesses and sell more effectively, with more skill and confidence.

Her coaching has helped clients close bigger deals, faster, and for more money by being confident and clear in their value that they provide to others.

 

Kelly Farrell

Meet Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the founder of Teach Me Social. Her mission is to empower small business entrepreneurs to take control of their own digital media presence to maintain an authentic voice for their brand.

A well-travelled and well-read individual, Kelly’s experience in the marketing and Social Media realm extends over 15 years. Kelly is also a certified Teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers and has enjoyed over 10 years in professional teaching and educational leadership roles. Kelly has worked with teachers and students alike to produce unique and innovative projects that bring together current technologies, creativity, and education.
Her experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst also providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.

Teach Me Social has been providing valuable Social Media and digital marketing training to small business owners since 2012. Teach Me Social delivers online training opportunities as well as full-service packages designed to help small business make the most of their marketing budget using a variety of digital and social media platforms.
 

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Meet Rosa Lokaisingh

After 25 years of working as a Banker, Recruiter, Employment Coach, Business Liaison and a Business Innovation Connector, Rosa became passionate about accelerating growth in the Small to Medium sized Business sector. She does this by focusing on coaching entrepreneurs and business owners on Effective Networking Skills, that transforms the way they grow their business with ease and joy. Her education in Business Management, Business Administration, Personnel Management, Public Relations and Acting has impacted her roles and methodology in business.

Currently, Rosa is the Founder & CEO of Connecting YOU.

Connecting YOU provides coaching, workshops, and events on Networking so that entrepreneurs can learn how to network strategically and leverage their connections, support each other, and strengthen their circles of influence, to achieve their revenue goals.

Rosa has been interviewed on several radio talk shows recently and is currently being sought after for speaking engagements at various events around the Greater Toronto Area. She is known in the community for volunteering her time with organizations that provide education, coaching, and mentoring to millennials, internationally trained professionals, women, and entrepreneurs.

Being an advocate for collaborating and growing communities for the last decade, Rosa believes that we can all thrive and prosper together if we connect, collaborate and take responsibility for building stronger business communities.

“Doing things right will get you the right results” (Rosa Lokaisingh)