Rene Shimada Siegel is founder and president of High Tech Connect, a specialized consultant placement firm for marketing and communications experts. The company started 15 years ago as a home-based business and now represents more than 1000 select consultants around the world for more than 400 clients, ranging from technology, consumer and medical industry giants to high-growth firms and startups. In her ?free? time, Siegel is also a soccer mom to three busy teenagers. She is a frequently requested speaker on topics such as starting your own business and marketing your unique personal brand.