Here is the quick low down: We have been nominated by Empact 100 as cool entrepreneurs. Agree? Please hit this link and click LIKE! That’s all. Oh – and you have our undying gratitude!
You know how movie stars who have been nominated for an Oscar get an early morning wake-up call with the good news – at, like, 5 am or something? And then they laugh with Jay Leno about how sleepy they were, or tell David Letterman about how they spit out their coffee when the phone rang…
Well, we didn’t have to get up quite so early to find out that we at Zen Media have been nominated for the Oscar of the business world – the Empact Showcase!
No, we won’t get a little naked golden man to take home – instead, we have the chance to be recognized at the United Nations Headquarters in New York! And what exactly might we be recognized for? Oh, just for the fact that our founder and CEO, Shama Kabani, is one of the top entrepreneurs under 35 in the nation whose business brings in revenues of over $100,000. That’s all.
Okay, so maybe we spit a little coffee in our excitement. This is a pretty big deal, after all. And want to know something really cool? We already won this award, last year! That’s right – Shama and Zen Media were chosen to be on the 2012 Empact100 list, and presented with an award during a recognition ceremony at the White House. Not too shabby, eh?
So what does the United Nations have to do with this award, anyway? Well, Kathy Calvin, the president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, explained the connection: “To help solve global problems, we must tap into the entrepreneurial spirit and turn the challenges of this generation into opportunities. Entrepreneurs on the Empact Showcase are powerful examples of the significant impact that can be made by young people around the world.”
Entrepreneur Magazine is, fittingly, the media sponsor for the Empact Showcase. And the final decisions are made, believe it or not, by none other than…the Academy! Okay, so it’s not the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – but that wouldn’t make sense, anyway! It’s the Empact Showcase Academy, made up of top entrepreneurs from across the country, including:
- Gene Landrum, Founder, Chuck E. Cheese
- Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member, Priceline.com
- Jeff Sandefer, Founder, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore
- Mike Delazzer, Founder, Redbox
- Chuck Templeton, Founder, Open Table
- Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel
- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos
Pretty cool to get kudos from these guys, right? We think so, too! We’re extremely proud of what we do here at Zen Media, and we’re so excited to be recognized for our work. Plus, we wouldn’t mind the complete and total awesomeness of accepting an award at UN Headquarters!!!
Out of the hundreds of nominees last year, Shama Kabani was chosen as one of the very best. This year, we need your help to make it happen again! If you want to help send Shama to walk the red carpet at the UN, please vote for The Zen Media Group here!