Build an Authentic Career | GA x The Knock Method

Denver Campus

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station
3858 Walnut St
Denver CO 80205

Past Locations for this Event

Build an Authentic Career | GA x The Knock Method | Denver

Denver Campus

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station
3858 Walnut St
Denver CO 80205

Past Locations for this Event

About this event

Is it really possible to bring your whole self to work? How do you make career decisions that feel good and right? Is there a place for emotion and compassion in the office? Co-hosted by General Assembly and Rebecca Otis Leder, the author of the upcoming career development book, KNOCK, learn from an incredible panel of authentic leaders, like Brant Menswar, who can help you find your non-negotiable values, Eric Silverstein, who made a move from being a lawyer to a hospitality fanatic and restaurateur, Jenna Benn Shersher, whose impactful non-profit emerged after overcoming a serious health condition, and Ryan Weiss, founder of The Sanctuary Challenge and mindful daily emails, Waking Up with Ryan.

Get ready to go deep, be inspired, lean into who you are, learn how to Own it at work, and build an authentic career with this quick 45-minute panel, and join the 30 minute breakouts to meet other professionals to share ideas on authenticity and build you professional network.

Plus, this event will include the REVEAL of the book cover of KNOCK: How to Open Doors and Build Career Relationships that Matter, to be published in March 2021 and attendees will be entered to win a signed copy! (

Who needs another same old virtual call? This one will be the Best Call of the Day! Forward to friends, colleagues, and sign up to join us!

About the Speakers

Eric Silverstein

Eric is a modern day entrepreneur. He started The Peached Tortilla from a single food truck he rented from a lonchera commissary in 2010. From that single truck he expanded, eventually custom building two food trucks and launching a full service catering business. In 2014, Silverstein opened his first brick and mortar location on Burnet Rd., a full service neighborhood restaurant focused on family style dining and craft cocktails. To accommodate Peached's growing catering business, he launched Peached Social House in 2016, a 7,500 square foot event space that also houses The Peached Tortilla's catering business. From 2018-2020, The Peached Tortilla grew further, launching (1) a quick service kiosk inside Austin Bergstrom International Airport; (2) Bar Peached, a bar focused restaurant located in Clarksville; and (3). a ghost kitchen within a virtual food hall in Boise, Idaho.

Eric has been featured in a variety of publications and television shows including Kiplinger's Finance, People Magazine, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez, and The Grill Dads. Restaurant Hospitality has named him one of the "Stars of Street Food" and in 2014, Plate Magazine named him one of the 30 Up and Coming Chefs in America. In 2016, FSR named Eric one of the 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hospitality.

Eric recently wrote The Peached Tortilla Cookbook, a cookbook memoir that is set to hit shelves in May 2019.

Jenna Benn Shersher

Jenna is a 38-year-old cancer survivor, civil rights advocate, world traveler, and tiny twister who dreams big. In December 2010, Jenna was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Grey Zone Lymphoma, which at the time, affected fewer than 200 people.

Instead of surrendering to cancer, she was determined to find meaning in her suffering. In the course of her fight, Jenna figured out creative ways to leverage social media to process her experience, and in turn, create a community that became invested in her fight. In the course of a year, Jenna battled cancer and founded the nonprofit organization, Twist Out Cancer.

Today, Jenna is the CEO of Twist Out Cancer, which is an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer through creative arts programming. The organization was founded on the principle that when you share, the world opens up. What started in 2012 as a small art exhibition in Chicago for 20 Inspirations and Artists has now become an international program that has touched over 30,000 people around the world.
More information on Twist Out Cancer is available at

Brant Menswar

Brant is a core values activist, former rock star, and one of the country’s “Top 10 Motivational Speakers.” His books and podcast expand on the ground-breaking work around values-based leadership described as “disarmingly simple and incredibly powerful.” He has helped to change what’s possible for industry-leading organizations like Netflix, Verizon, Anthem, SunTrust, Microsoft, ESPN, Hilton, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and dozens more.

Passionate, engaging and transformational, Brant encourages audiences to discover their “Black Sheep Values” to enable making decisions with deliberate intention. His interactive and entertaining techniques of defining what matters most compels audiences to dive deeper into their lives and start living and leading on purpose.

Arika Pierce

Arika is a Leadership Coach, attorney, author and speaker. After spending over 15 years in corporate leadership positions, she now works with organizations to develop their Millennial professionals by ensuring they have the right tools and resources to excel in their organizations and become high-performing leaders.

She is the author of The Millennial’s Playbook to Adulting and the 7 Daily Habits of Successful Millennial Leaders and hosts The Millennial Boardroom podcast. She believes that leadership is a journey, not a destination. Through Arika’s coaching, workshops, books, online courses, and membership community, she supports the next generation of leaders in their journey. Arika holds a JD from the George Washington University Law School and a BA in political science from Louisiana State University. Learn more about Arika at

Ryan Weiss

Ryan Weiss has been referred to as LA’s premier Life Coach and Mediation Teacher. Ryan is the creator of The Sanctuary Challenge - a 60 day commitment to five daily self care practices currently being undertaken by thousands of people all over the world. Through his one-on-one and group coaching, interviews, corporate speaking and international retreats, Ryan breaks down the Spiritual and Psychological tools we all need to slow down, heal our traumatic wounds and thrive in our daunting, complicated world. You can find Ryan on instagram at @wakingupwithryan and @thesanctuarychallenge.

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