Devin McKinnon, BSC ENGINEERING, MBA - ENTREPRENEUR
Devin is a visionary. His passion for scaling businesses began working alongside his late father and older brother in their family business. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics and a MBA from Harvard, he decided to assume the role of COO over an operation of 50 people in Houston, Texas. Throughout his career, Devin has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Exxon, Texaco, Rosneft, Abu Dhabi National Oil, Nigerian National Petroleum and more.
Noel McKinnon, BSC ENGINEERING, MBA - ENTREPRENEUR
Noel is the VP of Operations of Ahava Digital Group. He is a serial entrepreneur with a degree in Management from Yale and a MBA from Harvard. His passion for entrepreneurship began in childhood. He started his first business at the age of 10 with his brother Devin, selling basketball cards for profit on the playground. Noel, upon graduating from Harvard joined his brothers in the family business. He has had the opportunity to work with most major governments and corporations worldwide. He has worked with Goldman Sachs, the United States and Saudi Arabian governments and more.
JANéT Aizenstros, MSC.D, MBA - ENTREPRENEUR
Janét Aizenstros is a Canadian serial entrepreneur with a PhD in metaphysical sciences. She is known as an author, celebrity podcaster, speaker, model and philanthropist. She has interviewed some of the world’s most recognized celebrities, authors and thought leaders on emotional intelligence. Janét has been featured on numerous media outlets globally such as SUCCESS, Oprah, Huffington Post, CTV, NBC, CBC, Women’s Post and more. She has delivered keynote speeches for companies such as Microsoft, Innovation Guelph, Mompreneurs and featured by DOVE USA for the #LOVEYOURCURLS Campaign.
From 2012 to 2013, Janét authored seven books in genres ranging from children to self-awareness. Her writings have appeared in numerous anthologies globally whilst her poetry has been recognized by the International Library of Poetry. Her children’s book series Why Mommy Loves can be found globally and has been inducted in her hometown public library archives along-side world-renowned children’s author Robert Munsch.
She is the Founder, Chief Strategist and Publisher of Ahava Digital Group and LOVE Lifestyle Publishing Group. Ahava Digital’s team has worked with companies such as MasterCard, Adidas, ReMax, ABC, Disney, Pixar, Vogue and more. In 2017, her agency and publishing company were awarded by CV Magazine as one of the fast-growing agencies and publishing houses in Canada.
Janét has been selected as one of the Top 10 Inspiring Women in Canada, and ranked as one of the Top 50 Women in Social Media in 2012. She has been nominated and received many awards including the 2013 - 2014 Shorty Awards, the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2013 – 2014, one of 2015’s Top 100 Black Women To Watch and in 2016, she was awarded as one of the Top 40 under 40.
Jessica Kaye, Lawyer
Jessica Kaye holds both a Law Degree and a Masters Degree in Business. After several years in the private practice of law, Ms. Kaye became Vice President of Business Affairs for Dove Entertainment. There she worked on both television and feature film projects as well as publishing contracts.She later founded The Publishing Mills, an audio publishing company that published approximately 200 titles. Ms. Kaye has produced three Grammy Award nominated works, including the Grammy Award-winning Best Comedy Recording, Crank Calls by Jonathan Winters.She has served as President of the Audio Publishers Association and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy for Recording Arts & Sciences, West. She is the founder of Big Happy Family, LLC, a digital distribution company for audio programming. She was the creator and editor of, and a contributor to, the short story anthology Meeting Across the River (Bloomsbury, 2005).Ms. Kaye is admitted to the practice of law in both California and Connecticut.
Carol Bavousett Mattick, LAWYER
Carol Bavousett Mattick has been practicing corporate and securities law for over 25 years, working almost exclusively with privately held companies. A substantial part of her practice involves working with company CEOs to put themselves in a position to harvest the value created in their businesses– whether through purchase of equity by key employees, a sale of the business to a third party or a strategic investment in the company by a larger company in the same or complimentary industry.
Her skill sets also include representation of private investment funds; formation and advising of registered investment advisers, particularly with respect to compliance requirements; equity raises for all kinds of businesses; seeking no-action letter rulings from the SEC; consulting expert witness engagements; representation of persons and companies in investigations by state and federal securities regulators; formation and certification of non-profit entities; and negotiating material contracts for businesses.
Carol teaches other lawyers in her areas of expertise through the continuing education programs all lawyers must take to maintain their licenses. She has been a member of the planning committee of UT Law’s Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law Problems, has been a speaker at that conference and has co-chaired it in 2010 – 2012, 2015-2016. She was a creator and co-chair of the planning committee of UT Law’s Private Companies Institute. Carol has been featured as a speaker multiple times at the State Bar of Texas’ courses in Advanced Business Law, the Essentials of Business Law and Representing Small Businesses. Carol has spoken at meetings of the ABA Section on Taxation and the ABA Section on Business Law, State Securities Regulation committee.
Carol also serves on the advisory group to the Transactional Law Center at South Texas College of Law in Houston.