Shama Hyder

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In a tweet: Shama is a trailblazing, award-winning entrepreneur who has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age.


Shama Hyder is a visionary strategist for the digital age, a web and TV personality, a bestselling author, and the award-winning CEO of Zen Media – a global marketing and digital PR firm. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Shama has also been honored at both the White House and The United Nations as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country.


Shama is the bestselling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing, now in its 4th edition, and Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age. An acclaimed keynote speaker, Shama has delivered keynotes in over 20 countries and spoken for recognized brands including Movado, Chase, Tupperware, and Inc 5000.


As a result of her success, Shama has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. She was named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25” by Business Week in 2009, one of the “Top 30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs in America in 2014 by Inc. Magazine, and to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of movers and shakers for 2015. LinkedIn has named Hyder one of their “Top Voices” in Marketing & Social Media for four years in a row. Her online videos were awarded the “Hermes Gold Award for Educational Programming in Electronic Media” and most recently she was given the “Global Empowerment Award for Marketing and Technology” by Anokhi Media.


As the CEO of Zen Media, she and her team help brands to make meaningful connections with the modern-day customer via influencer marketing, experiential and digital storytelling — and then turning those into bottom-line results. Notable clients include Chase Business, The US Navy, DFW Airport, MaryKay, and Tupperware.


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THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS: Understanding Trends Today That Will Help You Win Tomorrow


  • Discover the trifecta that has changed business forever
  • Understand how evolving customer expectations have changed the playing field
  • Learn how technology (automation, AI, social networks, etc.) will change the landscape of business and communications
  • Uncover how your competitive landscape is dramatically different than you thought
  • Discover innovative tools you had no idea existed, and case studies of brands utilizing them successfully


MOMENTUM: How to 10X Your Business and Brand in the Digital Age


  • How to 10X your ROI by making small tweaks
  • Key principles to transform your current approach into an effective, struggle-free, ROI-driven strategy
  • What exactly to stop doing that’s wasting your resources – and where to focus instead
  • How to reach a greater audience than ever before with half the effort
  • Attract more customers, increase referrals, and be recognized as a leader in your field


CLOSE BEFORE YOU CONVINCE: How to Sell in the Digital Age


  • The three things that will out-perform your competition every time
  • Why loyalty is a lie and what you should focus on instead
  • The great data delusion and how it’s keeping you from success
  • A key strategy that will increase traffic, leads, and sales
  • How to leverage video content to connect with customers, land referrals, and close new deals
  • Lower cost per acquisition and cut your sales cycle in half, all while learning the metric that matters more than ROI


THE DIGITAL YOU: Leadership and Personal Branding in the Digital Age


  • Learn the five principles for building a compelling personal brand and finding your role in the digital landscape
  • Establish yourself as a thought leader across audiences — with customers, employees, and stakeholders alike
  • Generate better results from your leadership efforts as a result of growing your platform
  • Attract and retain your best talent as a direct result of your thought leadership
  • Be invited to the right proverbial deal tables more often

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"Shama was the highlight of our event as the closing keynote speaker! She understood our audience and delivered great value. Not only that, she’s smart, clearly spoken, professional, funny, and easy to work with. Highly recommend!"


“We were honored to have Shama grace our stage at the Inc GrowCo Conference. Her session was one of the highest-rated of the conference. In fact, one of our attendees called it 'by far the most informative session of the conference!' Thanks again for delivering great value to our audience."


“On behalf of the Alliance of Technology and Women (ATW), I want to thank you for delivering a fantastic presentation on Tuesday night. You kicked off our summer setting a high standard for our series. From a quantitative perspective, you were a hit with nearly 100% rating the event excellent. From a qualitative perspective, there were comments such as: great topic and very valuable and interesting real world example of how social media is being used.”


“Shama is the perfect blend of professional and yet real. Her ability to simplify complex subjects and capture a crowd with her magnetic personality is unparalleled.”

  • What is your favorite quote? "You did then what you knew. When you knew better, you did better." - Maya Angelou
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Being listed as one of Forbes 30 under 30 Movers and Shakers.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Chasing after my toddler and two giant puppies!
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I wear many hats! Along with being a CEO, I am a best-selling author, media correspondent for Forbes, Inc, and more, and wrote my thesis on Twitter when it had two thousand users...