In 1988, Ilise Benun was fired from her second job after college. Instead of looking for a new job, she angrily vowed to never work for anyone again. Anger, regardless of what fuels it, is an immensely powerful emotion; how it is channeled can have an immediate (and often positive) impact on one’s life, as well as long term repercussions. It certainly did for Ilise. Fast forward to 2017, and Ilise has successfully reinvented herself from a language major working in the fashion industry into The Marketing Mentor!
As the Marketing Mentor, Ilise provides business coaching and accountability for creative professionals who want more control over their business. She’s happy to work with clients one-on-one in person, online or via the telephone. In addition, Ilise is a Programming Partner for HOW Design Live; host of the HOW Design Live Podcast; an instructor for CreativeLive.com; program developer for the Freelancers Union, and most recently, she functions as part-time faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a national speaker, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, and host of the Marketing Mentor Podcast. Moreover, she is the author of 7 business books; lead author on the Marketing Mix and Creative Freelancer blogs; and she publishes Quick Tips, and hosts an online store from Marketing-Mentor.com.
In business, Ilise practices what she preaches, and shares insights gleaned from years of observation and personal experience. She is all about forging meaningful connections, and holds to the belief that nothing beats the power of in-person interactions for cementing relationships. Bear in mind, that whenever you’re interacting with Ilise, you have her full attention. She enjoys working closely with people interested in evolving and growing, and finds the process of facilitating the process gratifying. True mentor that she is, Ilise doesn’t hand out solutions on a silver platter; one needs to be committed to the process to derive full benefit. A bit of advice? Pay close attention to what Ilise says, because she’s not the type to ‘blow smoke’ or pound you over the head with direction. If you’re not paying attention or ready to receive, you can miss her subtle suggestions. Suggestions that if you grab hold of, and run with, can have life changing effects on your perspective and by extension your business.
When she’s not working, (read: gently guiding a client toward their destiny) Ilise enjoys cooking and walking her dog Fanny Brice (named for a character in her favorite childhood movie – Funny Girl). Ilise also enjoys reading; listening to podcasts and watching documentaries, pastimes all influenced by her love of history, and desire to keep abreast of the current political climate.
For all of Ilise’s success, she remains an infinitely warm and approachable person, attributes that underpin her success as a business coach, author and national speaker.
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About the Event
Revolve Conference embraces, promotes and fosters the interdependence between Experience Design, Strategy, and Marketing disciplines. The event will feature innovative designers, creative thinkers, savvy marketing technologists and top-notch business strategists who will inspire you to do great work, move your ideas from concept to execution, and perhaps change your perspective on how you position your brand.
Moreover, Revolve delivers timely, relevant content, and provides opportunities for you to make connections that you’d deem valuable, both personally and professionally.