Ann marie Houghtailing

In 2009, Ann marie Houghtailing launched her practice as a business development expert with only $5 in her pocket, a Macbook, and a truck-load of tenacity in the worst economic climate of her life. Just one year later, she was the Corporate Alliance Partner for the Institute for Sales and Business Development at the University of San Diego.

Since then, Houghtailing has developed a reputation as one of the most sought-after business development and storytelling experts in the country and speaks regularly on Narrative Leadership and how to use storytelling as a tool of influence in business with her trademarked Narrative Imprinting® process. She has trained thousands of people in 42 states and abroad, delivered a TEDx talk, and is currently working with a California men’s state prison to bring storytelling to incarcerated men as a tool of learning, empowerment and connection to the outside.

In 2018, Houghtailing will launch the Center for Corporate Storytelling with California International Business University. This groundbreaking program will offer the nation’s first academic certification in Corporate Storytelling.

Her writing regularly appears in national mainstream press outlets including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Worth, XO Jane, San Diego Business Journal, Yahoo! Finance, San Diego Union Tribune, Motherwell, and Thought Catalog.

Houghtailing has also written and performed two one-woman shows, Renegade Princess and Raising Humans. Over the last two years, Houghtailing’s Acts of Love program has donated all proceeds of her performances to worthy organizations and raised more than $35,000 for people in need.

Holly Amaya

Executive Coach

Holly Amaya draws on a multifaceted career as a journalist, attorney, and public relations maven to help high-performing professionals tell their stories and demand their worth. She is experienced in helping clients navigate a wide range of professional opportunities, from messaging and communications strategies to salary and promotion negotiations and business development.

Holly has worked with a wide array of professionals at various stages in their career and understands the complex processes around decision making, high-stakes conversations and goal setting.

Cesar Soares

Director of Development

Cesar Soares is a business development and marketing professional who specializes in connecting United States companies and brands with South American markets. He has more than 15 years experience helping companies identify business opportunities and increase revenue and sales in the international community.

Cesar has a reputation for stellar customer service and client relationships. In addition to his work with small and mid-sized companies, Cesar also has held sales and business development positions for Fortune 500 companies, including Citigroup and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Cesar lives in San Diego, CA and he is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.