Shama Hyder, CEO of Zen Media, Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Just about everyone has a list of things they’d like to have accomplished by certain milestone ages. Maybe it’s starting a business, working their way up to a coveted position, writing a book, or achieving a certain net worth. By the time most people are 30, they have settled down and are actively working towards these goals.

It’s not as common to see someone in their 20s single-mindedly pursuing a major goal – and even less common to see them achieve, and even surpass it.

But that’s exactly what our CEO, Shama Hyder, has done.

At 29, Shama has already been the successful CEO of The Zen Media Group for six years. Having started her business straight out of graduate school, she threw herself wholeheartedly into its development. She wrote a best-selling book about social media marketing in order to establish herself in the industry. She traveled the world giving speeches in order to make a name for herself and her company. She landed spots on local and national television shows in order to broaden her reach. And Zen Media grew 400% in its first year.

So yeah, our CEO is pretty much the coolest.

And we are not the only ones who think so.

We are excited to announce that Shama Hyder has been named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 for 2015 – a select group of young game changers chosen by a panel of A list judges.

Chosen for inclusion in the Marketing and Advertising category, Shama and her 29 fellow winners are “setting the standard for new strategies and tools for brand engagement,” according to Forbes.

Here’s what they found most impressive about Shama’s accomplishments to date:

“Founded Zen Media Group in 2009. The company grew 400% in its first year. Recipient of the Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. Best-selling author of “The Zen of Social Media Marketing.” An international keynote speaker who has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama. In 2011, was the only woman delegate invited by the U.S. State Department to mentor tech entrepreneurs in Cairo.

Estimated 2014 revenue of $2 million.”

Thanks, Forbes. We think she’s pretty awesome, too.

For someone who hasn’t even hit 30 yet, we’d say Shama’s achievements are kind of amazing, and we couldn’t be more proud of our boss! And with this kind of track record, who knows what the next decade has in store, for her and for us?

If you’d like to see just what this powerhouse of a marketing guru can do for your company, contact Zen Media today. Our entire team of social, content, and SEO experts would love to discuss your needs and develop a customized strategy perfect for your business.


She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row.



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