Shama Hyder

Founder + CEO

Known as the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company, Shama Hyder is a visionary strategist for the digital age. As CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, she has led the organization through explosive growth, averaging 400% growth annually since its start in 2009.

Under her leadership, the company has grown to include a team of 30 and clients that range from publicly held, Fortune 500 companies to privately-held small businesses and non-profit organizations across the globe. As a result of her success, Shama has been the recipient of the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award. She was also named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25” by Business Week in 2009 and one of the “Top 30 under 30” Entrepreneurs in America in 2014 by Inc. Magazine. In addition, Shama has been honored at both the White House and The United Nations as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country.

She is the bestselling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing and an acclaimed international keynote speaker who has been invited to share the speaking stage with the world’s top leaders, including President Obama and the Dalai Lama.

What makes a great brand?

The best brands are those which play into people’s identities.
They allow people to feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves.

A trusted media expert and sought-after TV personality, Shama has frequently appeared on Fox Business, CBS, CW33 and Fox News. As a thought leader, she’s been featured in many major publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine and Forbes.

Beyond her roles as a media personality, international speaker, and CEO, she also serves as a mentor to the next generation of entrepreneurs. She is passionate about empowering youth and works closely with the Young Entrepreneur Council in fostering youth entrepreneurship around the world. In 2011, she was the only woman delegate invited by the U.S. State Department to mentor tech entrepreneurs in Cairo as part of President Obama’s initiative in the region.

She holds a masters degree in Organizational Communication & Technology from the University of Texas at Austin, and prides herself on being a constant learner.

Shama Hyder

Oprah has a great section in her magazine, “What I know for sure.” What do you know for sure?


What I know about business:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

What I know about life:

“When you get to the end of all the light you know, and its time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” – Edward Teller

What I know about education:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

What I know for sure:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy..” – Hamlet, Shakespeare

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