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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  • 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...