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Event Schedule

June 21, 2023 | 4 pm - 8:30 pm EST | Rochester Institute of Technology | Wegmans Theatre

Fruity Cocktails

Happy Hour

4:00-5:00 PM

Join us to kick off the event with beverages, hor'dourves, and networking. 


Event Emcee

David Mammano

Host of The Optimize Show

TEDx Speaker | Author | TV/Podcast Host | Adjunct Professor

Optimize Speakers


Dr. Dee Kimbrel: Sustaining Actionable DEI through Authentic Leadership

Dr. Dee Kimbrel is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Kimbrel Management Consulting


Dr. Kimbrel is a visionary leader who has worked as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, educator, entrepreneur, and administrator for the last 17 years. Some of her highlights and strengths include organizational strategy, leadership development, consulting, public speaking, coaching, and corporate training.


Mac Trivedi: Capvia

Mac Trivedi is the Founder & CEO of Capvia.


Over the past decade, Mac has worked with thousands of businesses across the country and found that the process for small and medium-sized businesses to get financing is loaded with friction. Based on this problem in the market, Trivedi built a platform that simplifies the way businesses access capital.


Leo Linder: Optimizing Your Business For Growth 

Leo Linder is the Founder & CEO of Emerge

Leo is the CEO and founder of Emerge and is responsible for the overall health, culture, and vision of Emerge. The company serves a global clientele, spanning from the Fortune 500 to boutique global start-ups, and specializes in helping “Businesses Do More Business”.  Emerge has helped generate billions of dollars in incremental revenue for some of the world's most recognized brands. 


Leo will share how some of the best brands in the world grow their people, performance, and profit! 

OptX Speakers


Maria Kast: Creating a Culture of Discernment and Intention

Maria Kast is the Founder & Lead Coach of CORE Leadership

Maria is a 3x business owner and small business coach who’s been helping solopreneurs and CEOs with a team consistently grow their businesses since 2010.

She is empathetic, emotionally intelligent,  a creative problem solver, and an experienced business owner and coach.  


In 2019 she developed her CORE proprietary process that teaches an intuitive, yet structured approach for growing a business.  This CORE process has provided multiple six-figure results for both her and her clients.

Maria elevates entrepreneurs to find, trust and follow their inner coach so they creatively build their business with ease and flow.


Kevyn Rustici: Evolving Business Culture and HR to Engage the Multi-Generational Workforce

Kevyn Rustici is the AVP of Strategic Human Capital Consulting at Gallagher Benefit Services

Kevyn began his/her career in 2013 and joined Gallagher in 2021. Kevyn hosts two podcast series, Timeout with Leaders and #HRevolution, focused on leadership and the future of HR. From his experience working in the world of technology, at ADP and Toshiba, he is always looking for the most efficient and effective way to do the administrative work, to free up time to be strategic when it comes to a business’s people


Amy Gurske: sayhii

Amy Gurske is the Co-Founder & CEO at sayhii.


sayhii activates every individual each month with something to do, something to try, and a point of context for how they fit into the organization and culture. sayhii learns each of your people as individuals. And then, continues to activate them as they grow in the organization.



Host, David Mammano will host a panel of our speakers to answer your questions. 

Panelists: Leanne Reed, Delaney Berardi, Amy Gurske, Maria Kast, and Kevyn Rustici.

Join Us For An Afterparty

MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room

300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

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