Zack has appeared as a speaker and panelist for leading institutions (including Harvard Business School, Georgetown and Berklee College of Music), companies (from Forbes to Morgan Stanley) and industry conferences (such as SXSW, CES and the Milken Institute Global Conference). Seizing on his background—journeying from child actor to Forbes editor to book author—Zack translates the stories of the most successful names in show business into actionable advice for all sorts of audiences. He offers two presentations, "Stardust: How to make the fame economy work for you" (see above, delivered at TEDx Princeton) and "3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and hip-hop's multibillion-dollar rise" (see below, delivered at TEDx Albany), as well as custom options.

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I had a great time at SXSW Music showcase. Great questions! Thank you SXSW and Zogblog (Zack).”
- Sean “Diddy” Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, Blue Flame Marketing, Revolt TV

“Zack has been the most popular speaker I have had in my graduate classes at the New School. His self-effacing humor and authentic charm allows him to connect immediately with today’s Millennials. Zack talks their language, especially about the music industry, which nobody writes about better. He’s the Jay-Z of music industry reporters.”
- Charlie Warner, professor of media ethics at the New School

“After Zack’s presentation, I came back to several emails and notes on the wonderful lecture that he gave our young men. Even parents called thanking me and I owe it all to Zack. The boys are still talking about him, and now every speaker from now to the end of the year has some tall shoe to fill.”
- TJ Baker, Dean of Citizenship, City On A Hill Charter Public School II, Dorchester, MA

“Zack was the perfect speaker for my class at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He combines an engaging exuberance with an impressive command of his subject. The students were already familiar with the hip-hop stars and other musicians he talked about but Zack’s vivid account of the stories he had reported and the information he’d uncovered helped them see how understanding the business behind the music can be almost as much fun. As soon as he finished his talk, I invited him back for next year.”
- Janice C. Simpson, co-director of the Arts and Culture program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism