Starting with a $180,000 deficit in the post 9/11 tourism slump, Levent leveraged creativity, hard work, and strategic partnerships to build Elite Travel, a $100 million travel agency that continues to be at the top of its industry to date. Levent's business practices have garnered her international recognition and an extensive list of honors and awards including: 3 time recipient of Business Journal’s Fast 50, Top 30 List of Women-Owned Businesses for 16 years in a row, and winner of the Best of the Best American Express Global award for 6 years straight. A gripping speaker, Levent goes beyond inspiration, equipping attendees with the concrete tools they need to start or expand a business in even the most adverse climate. While other travel agencies were succumbing to the advent of online search engines and post-9/11 woes, Tammy Levent grew her company, Elite Travel, into a 100-million-dollar business. But economic setbacks are just a fraction of the obstacles the respected entrepreneur and branding expert has overcome. As a speaker, best-selling author, and highly sought-after consultant, Levent inspires and teaches others how to build and leverage strategic partnerships along with her other tried-and-tested techniques for turning failing businesses around and growing brands from scratch. At age 17, Levent co-founded 7 Islands Shipping, a leading export company. Following her love of diamonds, she sold 7 Islands and opened up a jewelry store. However, an armed robbery stripped Levent of her inventory and her savings. Just a few months later, a car accident killed her grandmother and left Levent’s two young children in the Intensive Care Unit. With $180,000 in business and medical debt and mouths to feed, Levent jumpstarted her career in the travel industry, equipped only with a phone line, a fax machine, and a relentless drive to succeed. Mixing sharp business acumen with interpersonal savvy, Levent sought and formed numerous partnerships to build Elite Travel into one of the top travel groups in the nation. Today, she is an internationally known name within the travel industry, though her proven techniques and strategies have helped her cross over to numerous other industries as a speaker and consultant. She is a 3-time recipient of Business Journal’s Fast 50, Top 30 List of Women-Owned Businesses for 16 years in a row, winner of the Best of the Best American Express Global award for 6 years straight, and multiple Magellan and Travvy Awards for most Innovative Travel Agency. Levent is seen by 30 million households during her weekly travel segment, JustGoTrav, on NBC Daytime. Additionally, she is the author of the best-selling book Sink or Swim and a contributing author to Women Who Mean Business. The best speakers are the ones who’ve struggled for every dollar they earned, and have almost drowned in the vast ocean of life before they learned to swim. The ones who hit rock bottom and lived to tell about it. Those are the ones you want to hear and learn from. They’re real. They’re impressive, and they’re where true inspiration begins. Tammy’s one of those people and she has something to share. Surviving a violent robbery that forced her business to close and left her with mounting debt, and then within weeks after that, losing her grandmother in a car accident that left Tammy’s two young children with severe injuries, she had to dig deep to find her inner power to survive – and thrive. You’ll want to hear it. She’s written about it, she’s been televised on it, and now she’s available to tell you her story. Hear how she not only survived, but built a multimillion dollar business from scratch. When she’s done, you’ll be inspired. She became a master entrepreneur, an author of two best-selling books, Sink or Swim and Women Who Mean Business, a highly sought after motivational speaker, and the recipient of many awards including: a 3 time recipient of Business Journal’s Fast 50, Top 30 List of Women Owned Businesses for 16 years in a row, winner of the Best of the Best American Express Global award for 6 years straight and multiple Magellan and Travvy Awards for most Innovative Travel Agency. Her most recent endeavor is her new segment JustGoTrav that airs weekly on NBC Daytime Show Nationally alongside Emmy Award Winner Jerry Penacoli. But there’s more. Tammy Levent is not just here to motivate you and others with her success story. What sets her apart from other keynote speakers is that when you walk out of her presentation, you will not only be inspired to live your dreams, you will be taught just how to do that. She’s a rare gem in the often chaotic and difficult world of business. She will take you by the hand and teach you her ways to success. Tammy’s greatest asset, and the foundational tool she’s used to bypass every obstacle the economy has ever thrown at her, is her knowledge of leveraging strategic partnerships. It’s the topic of her most requested keynote address, and her specialty. She not only built her business around strategic partnerships, but rebuilt her life when she had nothing left. And she will teach you all about it. Then, she will hand you your very first strategic partnership. Yes, you will leave the premises with a tool to build yourself a potential empire. With Tammy’s experience as a sales expert and business strategist, she specializes in building brands that can grow businesses from scratch. She shares this vast knowledge at every event she speaks at. Every keynote speech is uniquely created to meet the needs and goals of the conference or business in which she is addressing. Due to her vast business experience, she can relate to any and all audiences. She will meet, match and engage her viewers for an experience unlike any other keynote speaker.