Meet The Facilitators

Cliff Holmes

Educator | Entrepreneur | Coach

Cliff Holmes has over 20 years of experience creating innovations in education. He specializes in coaching people on their journey towards career and entrepreneurial excellence and is excellent at supporting participants in making plans upwards within traditional and non-traditional career paths.

Mark Nixon

Educator | Entrepreneur | Coach

Mark Nixon is a business leader, mentor, and instructor with over 10 years experience. He’s worked across the country to help individuals, organizations and corporations build teams, meet goals, and position them to succeed for the future. He LOVES the work he does and is passionate about creating powerful results that last. 

Valerie Diaz

Educator | Entrepreneur | Coach

Valerie has been training and facilitating for over 15 years. She genuinely enjoys getting to know people’s motivation, helping them articulate their goals, and coaching them to discover their own next best steps. She truly believes there is opportunity around every corner!

Mickee Harrison

Educator | Entrepreneur | Coach

Mickee Harrison is a Chicago native who has spent the last 22 years working and living in East Tennessee. She has a passion for empowering people around her through skills building, life coaching and mentoring.Mickee loves working with BuildEd clients because she sees the potential in all people and loves to help walk alongside people as they grow and accomplish their life goals.

Mark Greenberg

BuildEd CEO & Founder | Business Owner | Education Innovator

Mark Greenberg has started over 10 businesses and has sold two. Mr. Greenberg led the first fully integrated K-12 entrepreneurship program in the country, started The World Series of Entrepreneurship, a national non-profit, and is the founder and CEO of BuildEd. Mark leads special programming and does direct mentorship by request, specializing in supporting participants in navigating all of the options in the modern economy

Sometimes last minute facilitator swaps do occur

We learn from a young age that if we work hard and keep our heads down, we will earn increasing responsibilities and pay. That used to be true when businesses felt a greater responsibility to nurture and grow their employees. But now that everything is in service to the short-term bottom line for stockholders, the rules have changed.

The world of work has changed. Few people graduate, climb onto the career ladder, then climb off decades later from a higher rung with a golden retirement watch. Most people work for many companies, in many industries, and under many different terms during the course of their careers.

Golden watch pathways have been replaced by lower pay jobs and less opportunities for career growth. Others have been broken down into small chunks of contract work. This puts people at constant risk of stagnating or even sliding backward. The middle class is shrinking, and no one is immune.

All of this means that ordinary people are able - and really, required – to shape their own career pathways.


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We understand what it feels like to struggle and are here to help you make that struggle a little easier and the payoff for your work greater.

We teach workshops that will help overcome that struggle and find new direction, focus and fulfillment in your career. From getting jobs, performing well at jobs, advancing, doing freelance work, to starting a business, our lessons will give you the tools you need to succeed in the modern economy.

Our programs are designed to help you take control of your career with a step-by-step action plan customized for your success. We will equip you with the mindset, tools, and action steps to move from where you are now to a career you can be excited to wake up to every morning.

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