Professional Matchmaking & Date Coaching Worldwide Conference 2014
Please join us for the 2014 International Matchmakers Federation's Conference sponsored by the Matchmaking Institute. A gathering of personal matchmakers, introduction services and dating/relationship coaches from all over the world. The 2014 conference will be held in New York City.
April 25th and 26th - 2-day conference in New York City
April 24th - Pre-conference coaching & matchmaking business Boot Camp
* Inquire about this training counting towards matchmaker certification.
THE 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Learn from experts & industry leaders attending the conference including:
Rachel Greenwald is a NY Times bestselling author of "Find A Husband After 35" and "Have Him at Hello". She is an internationally renowned Dating Coach and Matchmaker, and blogs for The Huffington Post. In 2010, she won NBC's reality dating show "The Match Off", and has appeared often in the media, including The Today Show, CNN, Nightline, The Steve Harvey Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Rachel has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Paul Carrick Brunson (also known as The Modern Day Hitch) has become internationally recognized as one of the most successful matchmakers and relationship coaches. As a pioneering African-American matchmaker in the world, Paul has served over 400 clients directly and collectively through live events and social media matched over 3,000 people on dates.
David Wygant is recognized as the world's premier dating authority. David has directly impacted the lives of thousands of people in many countries with his books and audio courses, public-speaking engagements, one-on-one coaching, and media appearances. For more than 10 years, David has served as an advisor to actors, celebrities, multi-millionaires and everyday people on how to transform the quality of their lives by meeting "that special someone".
Melanie Gorman is the Senior VP of YourTango Experts. Her journey into the world of helping and healing began after graduate school when she started teaching a workshop created by Dr. John Gray (author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus). In 2001, she was asked to join John's team to create a "coaching program" based on his body of work.
In 2009, she joined the YourTango team to create their Expert's program. As an expert in the world of content marketing, she teaches members how to leverage the internet to drive interest to their business. In addition to her daily work building the Expert's program and mentoring members, she also coaches Experts on how to create virtual income, gain brand recognition and get off the roller coaster of constantly looking for clients and instead, create a business where clients are looking for them!
Paul Falzone is the CEO of eLove Matchmaking which boasts 60 locations and growing, recently named to Inc Magazine's list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America with a three year growth rate of 133%.
Lisa Clampitt, LMSW is the Founder and owner of the Matchmaking Institute, professional matchmaker, owner of VIP Life, Licensed Master of Social Work and Author of "MAKE ME A MATCH, the 21st Century Guide to Finding & Using a Matchmaker"
Violet Lim is CEO & Co-Founder of Lunch Actually, Asia's first lunch dating company that aims to help busy professionals find love by arranging one-to-one lunch dates with compatible matches among the pre-screened clientele who meet each other's dating criteria. The Malaysian and Hong Kong office follows in the success of Lunch Actually's premier operations in Singapore, started in April 2004. In February 2004, Violet attended a matchmaking course and seminar conducted by the Matchmaking Institute, New York City, that prepared her for her new career in matchmaking and gave her insight into the dating and matchmaking industry. She is the first Asian to be certified by the Institute.
Lori Zaslow and Jennifer Zucher, professional matchmakers and BRAVO TV's Love Brokers, founded Project Soulmate, Manhattan's premier matchmaking service for elite singles. Lori had spent 12 years as an executive recruiter, most recently for the powerhouse family of companies including JBCStyle- focusing on the fashion and retail industries.
With a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management from New York University's Stern School of Business, Jennifer mastered the Manhattan real estate landscape for over 12 years as a principal at Plaza Real Estate Group. Beginning Project Soulmate with her childhood friend feels like natural extension of that endeavor..
Jennifer Zawadzinski is a strategic public relations professional based in New York City. She iscurrently PR Director at the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group where she has spent six and a half years building brands like Southern Living, Coastal Living, ALL YOU, LIFE and This Old House. Prior to that, she was public affairs manager for TIME where she publicized breaking news, special issues, high-profile conferences and red carpet events. Previously, she handled press for Details, Men's Health, Shape and Wired magazines. She has an M.A. in English from the College of William & Mary. Jen is single, loves ethnic men, is open to fix-ups and would gladly field any question about PR or her love life.
Jasbina Ahluwalia is the leading Matchmaker and Dating Coach for South Asian Singles. She founded Intersections Match, the only National Matchmaking & Dating Coaching Firm for South Asian Singles. She is also a Co-Founder of myiMatch.com (to launch in 2013) - an Online Dating Community and Social Network for South Asian Singles. Jasbina was one of the finalists in OPRAHS search for a new TV Host. She has received worldwide press including in Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., San Jose Mercury News, Live TV and Radio. She has a JD from The University of Michigan Law School, and formerly practiced law in Chicago and San Francisco.
Kim Rosenberg, President and Founder of Mixology-Matchmaking with a Twist, got her start in the industry working several years at a prominent international, exclusively heterosexual, matchmaking company. Kim created Mixology after finding a crucial need for matchmaking services in the gay and lesbian community. Kim has recently been honored in Washington Business Journal "Top 40 Under 40" and in Bethesda Magazine for her work. Kim was also a featured expert in WJLA ABC7 News, Smart CEO Magazine, SheWired, Washington Blade, About.com, Washington Life Magazine, and on Oxygen network's Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, and various other TV shows matching featured guests.
Cláudya Toledo is the founder and CEO of A2Encontros, the biggest matchmaking company in Brazil. In addition, she is the author of 4 books and known in Brazil as the top matchmaker in the country. Her company is responsible for over 5,000 couples and transforming over 30,000 people through their workshops. Today, A2Encontros has over 12,000 clients across four different states in Brazil.
Dan Slater is a widely published author of journalism and creative nonfiction. A former legal affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he is currently a contributor to Fast Company and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Men's Health, and GQ. Slater is a graduate of Colgate University and Brooklyn Law School. LOVE IN THE TIME OF ALGORITHMS is his first book.
& more special guests will be announced soon!
THE 2013 AGENDA
Pre-Conference Boot Camp: Thursday 25th April
9am - 10am
10:30am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
1pm - 2pm
2pm - 4pm
4pm - 4:30pm
4:30pm - 5pm
Introduction to the Field of Matchmaking:
- Role of the matchmaker
- Participants' career experience is reviewed
- Matchmaking Career Goals reviewed
Matchmaker Sales Process:
- Build an effective and successful sales process for your company that fits with your personality
- How to relate to, understand and sell to different types of people
Networking and building or expanding a database:
- Maximize current network's potential - Review of every day opportunities
- Techniques to expand a network
Matchmaking Business Models:
- Presentation of various Matchmaking business models
- (Students write own model for the class Business Models II)
Lunch and prep for presentations
Matchmaking Business Models II:
- Students present and review business plans including pricing structure and services (due to larger class size not all students will be able to present their business plan for review)
Marketing Coaching Products to Clients with Rachel Greenwald
- Strategies to best market and sell your coaching packages with best selling author, Rachel Greenwald
How to give the tough feedback: (date and relationship coaching skills for matchmakers)
- Tools to help matchmaker client’s in dating, romance, and relationships.
- How to successfully deliver difficult feedback to help clients become better daters and change negative patterns.
Boot Camp review
Conference: Friday 26th April
8:15am – 9:00am
9:00am - 9:15am
9:15am – 11:15am
11:30m – 12:15pm
12:15pm – 1:15pm
1:15pm – 2pm
2:00pm - 2:30pm
2:45pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm – 4:00pm
4:00pm – 5:00pm
5:15pm - 7:15pm
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Introduction by Lisa Clampitt
The power of networking to grow your Business plus a meet and greet speed dating event - Hosted by HurryDate
Rachel Greenwald - Coaching Female Clients for Success
David Wygant - Coaching Male Clients for Success
Paul Falzone & Terry Fitzpatrick of eLove - Q & A on Managing Difficult Clients, Complaints & Refunds
Melanie Gorman - Know What to Write and Where to Make Your Company Shine
Technology: the new generation of networking for matchmakers
Roundtable Discussions - Managing your database and converting leads into sales
Session A: Matchmaking Technology: Spend Less Time and Earn More Money with Jason Silver
Session B: Date Coaching Roundtable with Bela Gandhi of Smart Dating Academy
Session C: Content Marketing Bootcamp with Melanie Gorman
Session D: Working with High End Clients with Lisa Clampitt & Beth Mandell
Full open bar cocktail Reception (with hors d'oeuvres) hosted by Dan Slater
Conference: Saturday 27th April
8:15am - 9am
9am – 10:00am
10:10am - 10:50am
11am – 11:45pm
11:45am - 12:45pm
12:45pm - 1:15pm
1:15pm - 2:00pm
2:15pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm
4:15pm – 5pm
Paul Carrick Brunson - How to Become a Social Media Celebrity
Lori Zaslow & Jennifer Zucher - Getting on TV and the effects of media exposure on your matchmaking
International Panel (Matchmakers from over 5 different countries): Cultural Tips From Around the World - How to Expand Your Niche Market
Jennifer Zawadzinski - How To Pitch Yourself To the Press: Public Relations Secrets From an Industry Pro
Jeetendr Sehdev – Crafting Your Identity for Success
Kim Rosenberg - The Growing Gay Market: Differences between working with straight and gay clients.
Beth Hooper - Why Image Is Everything- For You & Your Clients
Sales Panel - Finding the right Sales strategy for you and your business. (Speakers TBD)
Conference Wrap-Up & Networking
The conference will be held at:
Helen Mills Event Space
137 West 26th Street
between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10001
Wyndham Garden Chelsea
37 West 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
SPECIAL RATE (Mention 2013 Matchmakers Conference at reservation)
Single rooms king bed: $239
Double room two queen beds: $269
For reservations, please call 212-243-0800.
We have an alternate hotel near the new event space:
The Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Avenue
125 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
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2-Day Conference April 25-26, 2014
Before 31st August $500
Before 31st December $700
Before 31st January $750
Before 28th February $800
Before 15th March $850
Before 31st March $900
Before 13th April $950
Before 20th April $1,050
On the door/after 20th April $1,250
There is a $50 fee which is non refundable. We can offer a refund for the remaining portion up to February 1st. After February 1st, the entire payment is non refundable.
Pre-Conference Boot Camp (April 24, 2013)
* Inquire about this training counting towards matchmaker certification.
Before 31st December $600
Before 20th April $750
On the door/after 20th April $900
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