Looking for a fresh face with an unusual take on business and media? Want to learn Jay-Z’s business secrets, but don’t have a private jet to fly him to your event? Zack’s talks explore those areas through the lens of his unique background, journeying from child star to Forbes editor to book author. 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.
Zack has appeared as a speaker at Harvard Business School, Berklee College of Music, the New School, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown and others. He’s also served as a source for CBS’s 60 Minutes, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC, Bloomberg, Good Day New York, Reuters, MTV and other print, radio and video outlets. He has become a go-to speaker and panel moderator at private functions for companies like Forbes and Morgan Stanley and industry conferences ranging from SXSW to SF MusicTech to TEDx to CES.
To inquire about Zack’s availability for a speaking engagement or for moderating a panel discussion, please send your request via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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