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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:44 am 

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We would like to introduce you the main speakers of The International iDate 2012 Conference.
In the posts below you will be able to find out the information about one of them, his activities and achievements and also you can ask your questions.

We are happy to introduce you the head of the “ Chai Expectations ” - Laurie Berzack .

Laurie Berzack will speak about - " Business Models for Matchmaking".

Some facts about Laurie Berzack :

Laurie F. Berzack, MSW Founder, Chai Expectations Charlotte, NC Laurie Berzack, founder of Chai Expectations, a personal matchmaking service for Jewish singles, has developed a state-of-the-art database software, Matchmaker Select. Laurie spent four years fine-tuning the program, which is currently being licensed and is the only one of its kind in the industry. Matchmaker Select involves a completely secure, password-protected matchmaking application, which enables matchmakers to utilize a comprehensive prospect search engine to email, track, assess, compare and more. The software features several capabilities, including prospect management, date scheduling, a transaction calendar, mass email, payment request application and reporting. Laurie’s business, Chai Expectations, was launched in 2006. Her reasons were twofold: to follow her life’s passion, and to fill a void in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. “For a thriving city that is home to so many successful professionals, there really was no resource specifically for Jewish singles who want to meet and foster relationships with other Jewish singles,” says Laurie. “I decided to build a business doing what I love most—helping people connect with each other.” Laurie began with just two dozen clients; now, her database boasts thousands of Jewish singles across the country. Chai Expectations is more than just a dating service. Laurie’s clientele share a common goal of finding their beshert, or Jewish soul mate. “When I make a match, I’m looking far beyond a first date,” says Laurie. “I’m looking ten, twenty, fifty years down the road.” Laurie and her clients have enjoyed stunning success, with 88% of Laurie’s matches translating into second dates. For many, success goes far beyond the second date—all the way to marriage, even. Chai Expectations has been featured in numerous publications, including Charlotte Magazine, The Charlotte Observer and The Mecklenburg Times. Laurie has even enjoyed international coverage in Jewish Woman International Magazine. And while nothing speaks louder than good press and a proven track record, singles know the importance of finding chemistry with a matchmaker. Laurie’s clients are drawn to her warmth, her sincerity, and her ability to put a person at ease. But it’s her dedication, determination, and straightforward approach to her clients’ personal goals that make her such an invaluable resource. Laurie’s dedication to helping people and contributing to the community is deep-seeded. She has a wealth of professional experience in non- profit fundraising through educational and social events, having worked with The United Jewish Appeal (now United Jewish Communities), Hillel at Emory University, The American Cancer Society, A Child\'s Place, Charlotte Advocates for Education, The Afro-American Cultural Center, and Jewish Family Services. Laurie is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte and a past board member of The National Society of Fundraising Executives. She is actively involved in The Charlotte Jewish Day School and Ohr Ha ‘Torah Synagogue and has completed the Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Mentor Program. She attended Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a division of Yeshiva University in New York, NY, where she earned a Masters Degree with a concentration in Community Organization. Prior to Wurzweiler she studied at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she received a BA in English and Psychology. Though extremely passionate about helping Jewish soul mates find each other, the most important thing in Laurie\'s life is her family. She\'s been married since 1994 and has two sons.

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