Alana Muller is a networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, and the author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and companion blog. Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking for anybody interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their community, seeking to advance their career or looking to build social relationships, has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around networking while creating a game plan to get out there and connect.
Alana loves connecting with people around the world and sharing stories on topics such as networking, entrepreneurship, and women in business. She has been a contributor to Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, CNBC, and other publications and was a featured speaker at TEDxOverlandPark.
Alana is the former President of Kauffman FastTrac, a global provider of training to aspiring and established entrepreneurs, giving them the tools, resources and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation whose mission is to advance entrepreneurship as a key to growing economies and expanding human welfare.
Additionally, Alana spent a number of years as an executive with Sprint Corporation in a variety of general management roles, including marketing, corporate strategy, and wireless data product marketing. Alana also assisted Sprint Corporation with executive and leadership development, serving as Director of Talent Management and, her favorite title, Director of Entertainment.
Alana has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Mike and Karen Herman Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Smith College. She is actively engaged in the community and serves on a number of corporate and volunteer boards including Morningstar Communications, Swartz and Associates, the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, the Jewish Community Foundation and the Smith College Club of Greater Kansas City. Alana was recognized as a 2013 NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal and a 2012 Influential Woman by KC Business magazine.
While Networking is a true passion, Alana's favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, Marc Hammer, their gorgeous son, Ian, and their sweet Yorkie, Cinco. Together they travel the world, eat amazing food, read books, make new friends, and simply hang out.