Entrepreneurs Conference and Awards

April 18-19, 2024

The ZoneofGenius.com Entrepreneurs Conference and Awards, is a celebration and recognition of entrepreneurs thriving in their zone of genius.

Produced and hosted by Ramon Ray, and headlined by Seth Godin, this event is a special gathering of leaders, non-conformists, box breakers and risk takers.

The event brings together a curated gathering 
of business owners, authors, entrepreneurs,
investors, non-profit leaders, and educators
– all in support of entrepreneurship.


Day 1 – Zone of Genius Reception (evening)

Day 2: Zone of Genius full-day conference, with main stage speakers, from morning to late afternoon. 
Awards ceremony takes place in the evening, following the conference

Who should attend

This special event is for those who will make impactful connections and learn from others who are operating at their highest potential.
The winners of the 2024 Zone of Genius Award are selected by a panel of judges. There are seven award categories.
Winners will be recognized on stage in front of their peers and given the Zone of Genius Entrepreneur Awards.

Opening Session with Ramon Ray


Ramon Ray is unapologetically positive and he’s the publisher of ZoneofGenius.com. He’s 5x entrepreneur and author of 5 books including “Celebrity CEO”, about personal branding for entrepreneurs. Ramon’s interviewed all 5 Shark Tank Sharks, graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy and interviewed President Barack Obama.

How to Successfully Scale Your Next (or Current) Business

Success and scaling means different things to different people. In this power packed session, we’ll explore what it takes to take your business to the next level YOU want it to go. Scaling for you might mean going from a bedroom to a home office or might be going from a co-working space to a suite of offices in a sky scraper.

Speakers – Linky Ugeh, Executive Editor, Minority Business Review; Cate Luzio, Founder, Luminary

Cate Luzio

Founder, Luminary

Linky Ugeh

Linky Ugeh

Editor, Minority Business Review

How Hustle and Perfection Are Hindering Your Success. Special Live Audience Workshop with Seth Godin

As entrepreneurs we often think its the HUSTLE, HUSTLE and HARD WORK alone that makes a successful business. That is not the case. Also, one of the things stopping business owners from moving forward is the fear that they’re not ready, that it’s not “perfect enough”. Seth Godin is the premier thought leader on starting, scaling and growing a business and will help us overcome these challenges.

Seth’s been a freelancer, a corporate worker and an entrepreneur. His 24 (or more) NY Times Best Selling books have spanned from marketing, sales, to mindset and more. He’ll unpack his decades of experience and help you in your business. Bring your questions, this is a two-way dialogue with YOU and Seth

Speakers – Seth Godin and Ramon Ray, publisher, ZoneofGenius.com

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Author, speaker, thought-leader

Ramon Ray

Ramon Ray

Publisher, ZoneofGenius.com

Powering Your Innovation with Kyle Scott, SellIt.com and NaThanya Ferguson, USPTO

Innovation in business is a MUST. Ensuring you SELL that innovation to your customers is a must. Join two experts – Kyle Scott, Serhant Ventures and SellIt.com; and NaThanya Ferguson, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for this powerful conversation and insights for your business.

Speakers – Kyle Scott, SellIt.com and NaThanya Ferguson, USPTO; hosted by Brian Moran, Small Business Edge

Brian Moran

Small Business Edge

NathanYa Ferguson

NaThanya Ferguson

Director, Innovation Outreach Division, USPTO

Kyle Scott

Kyle Scott

SellIt.com and Serhant Ventures

Frederick Royall III

JP Morgan Chase

Open Mic of Entrepreneurship – Your Best Tips and Strategies – 3:15pm

If this was late at night in a bar, we’d call it “open mic karaoke”. However it’s the Entrepreneurs Conference and Awards so it’s OPEN MIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP. This is your chance to hear from each other. To hear the best tips and insights in business from YOUR PEERS. Leadership, marketing, sales, AI, technology, hiring, loneliness, mindset and more. This is THE SESSION to get the best tips from your peers.

Award Categories


You shine as a leader to your team. Your team clearly recognizes you as an exceptional leader who seeks to develop other leaders, mentor, give constructive feedback, is humble and confident, and pro actively seeks to empower others. You seek to help others succeed. You delegate and help others perform at their very best.


You are committed to making the world a better place by aggressively improving your community. You are very active in giving back to your community (time, money or otherwise). You can show clear evidence of how you’re helping to uplift your community.


You have been able to innovate and use this innovation as a competitive differentiation for success.


You are leveraging content creation (podcasts, books blogs, video or etc) to succeed as an entrepreneur


You’ve been able to unlock the levers of success in your business. This success has resulted in your business being profitable, enabling you to generously pay yourself and your team. Your business is a smooth running machine and is an example of using business as a tool to live the life you want.


You have overcome incredible odds stacked against you. You are still on a journey of success and all is not perfect. But you have used the obstacles against you as a stepping stone to move forward. Your mindset is one of a warrior and not a worrier. You recognize that your struggles have made you stronger. Your fears have propelled you forward. Regardless of what you have or are going through you are a champion.

Best Brand for Entrepreneurs

Are you a brand that supports entrepreneurs. Maybe it’s your products or services that are perfect for business owners. Maybe it’s your grants or other programs that make your brand extra special for entrepreneurs. This is the award for you.

Entrepreneur Community Leaders Award

Aisha Taylor

Sistah's In Business

Clayton Banks

Silicon Harlem

Don Winter

Compass Media Group

Brian Moran

Small Business Edge

Paulina Lopez

Business of WE

Jessica Walker

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Adrian Miller

Adrian's Netwok; Sales trainer

Ruchi Pinniger

Watch Her Prosper

Legacy Award in Entrepreneurial Leadership

This special category is comprised of entrepreneurial leaders, who over the years have a proven track record of success in entrepreneurship, giving back and an example to all

Lamar Tyler

Lamar Tyler

Traffic, Sales and Profit

yacov wrocherinsky

Yacov Wrocherinsky

Orion Global Solutions

Precious Williams

Pitches By Precious, Shark Tank personality and award winning pitch expert

Scott Simons

Scott Simons

Carter Myers Automotive

Kedma Ough

Author, Target Funding

April Youngblut


Robert Shegog

Recorder Media Group

Glenn Lundy

Glenn Lundy

Founder, 800% Elite Automotive Club

Brian Hess

Brian Hess

The Pavement Group

Bridget Weston


Our Sponsors

Registration Information

Genius Tickets

Includes Day 1 reception, Day 2 full event and awards. Network and learn from other Zone of Genius attendees and speakers

$ 549.00 /limited time

Seth Godin Private Meetup and Genius Tickets

Special gift package, Seth Godin books, photo-opp with Seth and other surprises!

$ 1249 /Includes Event Experience

Seth Godin Private Meetup

Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend bonus time with marketing guru and serial entrepreneur Seth Godin in an intimate, small group setting. In this VIP experience, you’ll get to interact with Seth and like-minded business owners to get your most pressing questions answered around business, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

This is a unique experience designed especially for you.
Register today to secure the best price for the Zone of Genius Awards.

This is the event you’ve been waiting for!

We offer a full, 100% refund on your ticket if you’re unable to attend and you let us know by Jan 31, 2024

Accommodation and Travel

The event takes place in midtown NYC in Manhattan. The venue location will be announced in the coming weeks.
We suggest planning to spend two nights in New York City.
One night to enable you to attend the VIP reception on the evening of day one.
The second night to attend the full day conference and awards the next day and evening.
Feel free to bring your family or significant other to enjoy New York City with you before or after the event.

It’s a special occasion you don’t want to miss!

We can’t wait to meet you live and in-person in New York City.

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