The Zen Media Group Named to the 2012 Empact100 List

Here at The Zen Media Group, we are passionate about what we do. We have a dedicated, hard working team committed to putting our wide range of skills and experience to work for our clients to deliver creative and effective results. Our satisfaction comes from what we are able to accomplish for our clients – and every day we feel immensely honored to have the opportunity to work with all of the talented people who make up The Zen Media team. That’s why we are so proud to announce that The Zen Media Group and Founder/CEO Shama Hyder have been included on the 2012 Empact100 list.

Empact, an organization dedicated to supporting and recognizing young entrepreneurs, presents the Empact100 list, now in its second year. The Empact100 annually recognizes the United States’ “Top 100 Companies Founded by Young Entrepreneurs”. The honor was designed to recognize the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and perseverance of young leaders who are making a positive impact on our country’s economy and giving future leaders inspirational role models.

The final Empact100 honorees were chosen from a group of 513 founders included in the Empact Showcase. To be eligible for inclusion in the Showcase, companies must have annual revenues of over $100,000 and founders under the age of 30. This year’s Showcase members are credited with a combined $1 billion in 2011 revenue, and support our workforce by employing more than 8,000 individuals.

The Empact100 list was finalized by the 2012 Empact Academy. The Academy’s membership is made up of some of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs, including:

  • Aaron Batalion, Founder & CTO, Living Social
  • Gene Landrum, Founder, Chuck E. Cheese
  • Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member,
  • Jeff Sandefer, Founder, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore
  • Mike Delazzer, Founder, Redbox
  • Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor
  • Chuck Templeton, Founder, Open Table

As part of this honor, Shama will join the other honorees in taking part at a recognition event in Washington, D.C., at the White House on September 28, 2012. The event, where honorees will receive their awards, will include senior administration officials, and will be broadcast live on

We at The Zen Media Group couldn’t be more proud to receive this honor. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, and who helped to make this possible.


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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