Sarah ThompsonCreative Agencies

Global CEO

Sarah Thompson is Global CEO of Droga5, a creative and strategic advertising agency founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York City. The agency is a thirteen-time Agency of the Year winner and also has an office in London. As Global CEO, Sarah works alongside the leadership teams in both offices, helping Droga5 continue to capitalize on business opportunities and diversify its portfolios globally while maintaining a culture that constantly innovates and delivers breakthrough ideas.

RZATalent

Robert F. Diggs aka The RZA is a man of many talents and passions and the epitome of a multifaceted artist. He hails as rapper, recording artist, creator and founding member of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy® award-winning music producer; BAFTA nominated film composer, author, actor, director, chess aficionado, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. There is much more for the world to expect from RZA’s creative well as he continues to take us on his artistic journey while boldly revolutionizing the entertainment business. Get ready for the ride.

Raja RajamannarCredit Cards

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Raja has global responsibility for advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital, and consumer marketing initiatives. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as executive vice president and chief transformation officer at WellPoint, Inc. Prior to WellPoint, Raja served as chief innovation and marketing officer for Humana, a Fortune 100 Healthcare company. Earlier, he was with Citigroup for 15 years holding a number of roles, including global chief marketing officer, Cards and Payments; and from 2004 to 2006, Raja was chairman and CEO, Diners Club North America

Barbara BoxerGovernment

Senator Barbara Boxer is now the host of the podcast “Fight Back” which she co-hosts with her daughter Nicole Boxer. Boxer is also volunteering for the political action committee she founded called PAC for a Change, raising awareness about the importance of voting in every election and helping candidates win who will make life better for their constituents Senator Boxer was a 4 term Senator known as a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and the state of California. She retired from the senate in Jan 2017. Boxer, more active than ever, says: “You never stop loving your country in or out of public office and I want to continue to do my part.”

Steve AokiMusician

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Kelly CampbellMedia

Kelly Campbell serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Hulu where she leads Hulu’s overall marketing across the SVOD and Live TV businesses, and drives the strategic vision and voice behind the Hulu brand. Campbell leads a team of marketers who are responsible for creating and executing initiatives across Hulu’s brand, creative, performance and content marketing, as well as entertainment publicity and consumer research.

Jesse CoulterElectronics

Jesse Coulter is an award-winning innovator leading marketing and strategy as Chief Creative Officer for Samsung America. His portfolio of entertainment-driven advertising demonstrates a keen instinct for storytelling and culture, and a mandate to disrupt and provoke in the name of meaningful content. Jesse's work has garnered two Emmys, five Cannes Lions Grand Prix and an Annie, as well as being recognized among AdAge's Top 15 Campaigns of the Century.

Mindy HamiltonMedia

Svp, Global Partnership & Marketing

Mindy Hamilton is the SVP of Global Partnerships, responsible for developing global marketing partnerships and digital solutions for Marvel Entertainment's theatrical, television, digital, and publishing lines of business. She has led the charge on high-profile film deals including Audi, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Pizza Hut while also spearheading an aggressive initiative to expand Marvel's offerings in the digital space.

Rose McGowanAuthor & Social Activist

ROSE MCGOWAN is an author, director, music artist, entrepreneur, and a major agent of cultural change. As an actor, she starred in films such as The Doom Generation, Scream, Jawbreaker and Planet Terror and the longest running female led show in television history, Charmed. Her directorial debut, Dawn, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her think piece/autobiography, BRAVE, is a New York Times bestseller. Her album and visual experience, Planet 9, is being readied for release. In the past year Rose has received the DLD Impact award, been named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year, and become the first woman to be honored with the GQ Man of the Year award. Founder of the #RoseArmy, she’s emerged as a powerful voice for the voiceless and an activist who simply wants us to become the brave humans we are meant to be.

Spencer BaimMedia

Spencer Baim is Chief Strategic Officer of VICE MEDIA and founder of VIRTUE, VICE’S Creative agency. He is helping steer VICE to become the most successful youth media company in the world. Spencer oversees brand strategy and research for all VICE properties and major brand partnerships including A-B InBev, Airbnb, Lululemon, (RED), and Unilever. Prior to VICE, Spencer was a brand strategist for advertising agencies Fallon and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Spencer was named one of AdAge’s Media Mavens of 2014, has sat on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Consumer Industries and is the President of this year’s Epica Awards.

KrewellaArtist

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Gus WennerPublishing

Gus Wenner is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone reaches approximately 60 million people every month across print, digital, social and events. In 2015, Wenner was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and has been named to Adweek’s 2016 Young Influentials list and Variety’s 2017 New Power of New York list.

Jennifer BreithauptBanks

Global Consumer CMO

Jennifer oversees a team focused on crafting distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate Citi’s industry-leading card products and drive long-term brand loyalty with cardmembers across the globe. She also leads Citi’s entertainment access program, Private Pass, which brings cardmembers closer to their favorite artists through curated offerings and VIP experiences. Her team has created and managed some of the most exciting marketing and branded entertainment programs, including access to more than half of the top 100 concert tours, record-setting presales, a multi-year sponsorship with NBC and the launch of the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, and most recently, a series of live virtual reality concerts that will offer fans a truly immersive experience. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of Citi’s key alliance with Live Nation – including a recent expansion of the partnership into key Asia markets – and is responsible for strategic development and execution of all branded entertainment properties and initiatives.

Lisa LeslieSports

Lisa Leslie is a 3x WNBA MVP, 2x WNBA Champion, 8x WNBA All Star, and 4x Olympic Gold Medalist. Often considered the face of women's basketball, Leslie was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Leslie is currently a co-Owner of the Los Angeles Sparks, luxury realtor, philanthropist, author, television sports analyst, mother, and wife.

Tony GonzalezSports

Former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2018 NFL Season. Gonzalez is a fixture on FOX NFL Kickoff, Fox’s hour-long NFL pregame show preceding FOX NFL Sunday, airing each Sunday at 11:00 AM ET during the NFL season.

Krishna AndavoluCable Networks

Krishna Andavolu is a journalist, producer, and versatile on-camera personality. He’s the creator, host, and executive producer of VICELAND’s Weediquette, a documentary series of empathetic, journalistically rigorous investigations into the new reality of cannabis culture in the US and around the world. Krishna helped Weediquette grow from an online column to a web series to one of VICELAND's most popular programs.

Nick FosterDesign

Nick Foster is a designer and futurist, focused on how emerging technologies will affect the lives of everyone on the planet, and perhaps other planets.

Jen RubioOther

Jen Rubio is the co-founder of Away, a global lifestyle brand designing thoughtful objects for modern travel. Before starting Away, Jen worked as the Head of Social Media at Warby Parker, where she spearheaded the brand’s early content and partnership efforts and later as the Global Head of Innovation at AllSaints. In 2015, Jen was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising. She lives and works in New York.

Brenda FreemanTechnology

A flexible thinker who brings simplified visionary ideas to her roles, driving innovation and growth for world-class brands. An ever curious, modern marketer that uses insights and analytical tools as the engine for great storytelling to incite passion and action from consumers. Brenda has earned an industry and community reputation as a people-first leader exceeding business goals in fast-paced, disruptive environments. She is an expert in business strategy, brand building, omnichannel storytelling, and social media.

Nick DrakeWireless Carrier

T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President of Marketing & Experience, Nick Drake, oversees the team that’s delivering incredible marketing, product, and customer experiences. Prior to T-Mobile, Nick served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes (for Quiksilver, Inc.), acted as Managing Director of TBWAChiatDay (Los Angeles), and held various positions within Adidas’s Global Brand Marketing and Global Sports marketing divisions. Follow him: @drakenic (Twitter) and @tmobilemax (Instagram).

Robert MatthewsElectronics

Robert is responsible for end-to-end consumer marketing for Microsoft’s multi-billion-dollar gaming business, which includes the Xbox, Xbox Live, Minecraft and Mixer brands, to name a few. With more than 25 years of experience building some of the world’s most iconic and beloved brands, Robert blends his passions for gaming, entertainment and technology with his love for storytelling at scale.
In his current role, Robert oversees brand strategy, advertising, content creation, digital engagement, experiential marketing and sports alliances across a rich portfolio of products in more than 65 countries. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, Robert spent more than eight years as head of consumer marketing for Nintendo, where he oversaw the launch of more than 300 products and brands, including Game Boy Advance, Pokemon, GameCube, Nintendo DS and the global phenomenon, Wii.
Throughout his tenure, Robert has been fortunate to lead amazing marketing teams whose collective work has been recognized with more than 40 Cannes Lions, 16 Effies and hundreds of other creative and marketing awards worldwide. As a result of his team’s work, Microsoft was named Advertiser of the Year and Game Marketer of the Year at the 2016 Clio’s. In 2007, Robert was honored as Advertising Age’s Marketer of the Year.

Jason ChinnockAuto

CEO, Ducati North America

Bio coming soon...

Fara HowardFashion

Head of Marketing, Amazon Fashion

Fara Howard is the U.S. Director of Marketing for Amazon Fashion, where she is dedicated to all online and offline customer engagement, retail marketing strategy and creative execution. Prior, Fara was the global CMO of Vans and spent 11 years at Dell in creative and marketing leadership roles. Outside of the office, Fara is an avid athlete and loves doing anything outdoors, particularly if it involves her husband and three active boys, ages 6, 7 and 8.

Karin TimponeHospitality

Global Marketing Officer

As Global Marketing Officer at Marriott International Inc., Karin Timpone leads the company’s integrated global marketing and consumer relationship management strategy. This includes evolving the strategy to strengthen the relevance of Marriott’s portfolio of brands to the Next Generation Traveler. Under Karin’s leadership, the global marketing team has integrated new brands into the portfolio, grown its loyalty member base, innovated new digital marketing platforms, pioneered an industry-first content studio and global social media command centers, as well as introduced new global marketing partnerships in sports, entertainment, travel and technology.

Terry VirtsSpace

Terry motivates and inspires with stories from my time in space. These lessons are relevant to any organization - intercultural leadership, risk and crisis management, the importance of feedback, innovation, and surprising perspectives on our environment and global wealth. And of course sharing Terry's photographs from space of our beautiful planet and universe is always a favorite.

Rob DyrdekVenture Capital

Rob Dyrdek is the Founder/CEO of Dyrdek Machine - a venture studio that builds brands in media and consumer products. The portfolio includes SLS, the premiere professional skateboarding league, as well as Superjacket, the company behind hit shows produced and created by Dyrdek, including MTV’s Ridiculousness. In 2018, Dyrdek Machine has launched Outstanding Foods – innovative plant-based foods, Momentous – the highest quality whey protein, and CCCXXXIII – a groundbreaking luxury brand.

David BagaTechnology

David Baga is Lyft's Chief Business Officer, overseeing the fast-growing Lyft Business team. David joins Lyft after serving as Chief Revenue Officer at Rocket Lawyer for four years, during which he grew revenues from $2 million to over $40 million. Prior to Rocket Lawyer, David spent seven years building and overseeing record-setting sales teams at Oracle. In addition to his recent appointment at Lyft, David also actively advises startups on go-to-market strategy and is a board member for Points of Light.

Doug PalladiniRetail

Global Brand President

With more than 25 years of leadership across marketing, sales and product, Doug Palladini oversees the strategic direction of Vans’ $2.3 billion business as the Global Brand President. Palladini played an integral role in Vans’ transformation into a global icon of creative expression in youth culture, becoming the largest action sports footwear and apparel brand on the planet. A sampling of this success includes the establishment of Vans’ North America region and the development of an industry-leading marketing program that is executed consistently worldwide.

Quincy Jones
Producer, Conductor,
& Musician
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Steve Aoki Musician

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Barbara Boxer Government

Senator Barbara Boxer is now the host of the podcast “Fight Back” which she co-hosts with her daughter Nicole Boxer. Boxer is also volunteering for the political action committee she founded called PAC for a Change, raising awareness about the importance of voting in every election and helping candidates win who will make life better for their constituents Senator Boxer was a 4 term Senator known as a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and the state of California. She retired from the senate in Jan 2017. Boxer, more active than ever, says: “You never stop loving your country in or out of public office and I want to continue to do my part.”

Sarah Thompson Creative Agencies
Global CEO

Sarah Thompson is Global CEO of Droga5, a creative and strategic advertising agency founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York City. The agency is a thirteen-time Agency of the Year winner and also has an office in London. As Global CEO, Sarah works alongside the leadership teams in both offices, helping Droga5 continue to capitalize on business opportunities and diversify its portfolios globally while maintaining a culture that constantly innovates and delivers breakthrough ideas.

Todd Hymel Apparel

Todd began his career in audit in 1996 at KPMG in New Orleans. He then served as Senior Manager in KPMG’s Transaction Services department in Chicago before being appointed to the Paris office to handle transborder deals. In 2003, Todd joined the European office of Platinum Equity in Paris. In late 2006, he co-founded Naxos CapitalPartners, a private equity firm specializing in small- and mid-caps. Todd joined Kering in 2008, as Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and in 2012, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kering Sport & Lifestyle Division. Todd was appointed CEO of Volcom in December 2015. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Marisa Thalberg QSR

As the Chief Brand Officer, Marisa Thalberg leads all product and brand marketing along with all brand engagement functions. Product/concept development and management, creative, merchandising, digital/social, media, strategic partnerships, communications teams report to her, and with these teams she’s leading the global brand forward in exciting ways, toward its mission of becoming a Category of One. Today, she inspires her team and agencies to think about Taco Bell in unexpected ways, creating cultural topspin moments, including a first-ever collaboration collection with Forever 21 and making Taco Bell a destination wedding venue in Las Vegas, NV. She also flipped industry value advertising on its head, focusing the brand’s campaign on the product and experience instead of the price; creating the most elevated campaigns for the least expensive items on the menu. These successful projects are only the beginning and she is excited to continue elevating the brand. Marisa has been named one of the top 5 Social Business Leaders in the Nation by The Economist, a Top 50 Women in Marketing by Brand Innovators, an Advertising Working Mother of the Year, an Advertising Age “Woman to Watch,” 2017 Woman of the Year by She Runs It, and 2017 Top 25 CMOs by Forbes. Her favorite, however, was being selected by UNICEF as their iconic representative of U.S. working mothers for their State of the World’s Children report.

Raja Rajamannar Credit Cards
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Raja has global responsibility for advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital, and consumer marketing initiatives. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as executive vice president and chief transformation officer at WellPoint, Inc. Prior to WellPoint, Raja served as chief innovation and marketing officer for Humana, a Fortune 100 Healthcare company. Earlier, he was with Citigroup for 15 years holding a number of roles, including global chief marketing officer, Cards and Payments; and from 2004 to 2006, Raja was chairman and CEO, Diners Club North America

Doug Palladini Retail
Global Brand President

With more than 25 years of leadership across marketing, sales and product, Doug Palladini oversees the strategic direction of Vans’ $2.3 billion business as the Global Brand President. Palladini played an integral role in Vans’ transformation into a global icon of creative expression in youth culture, becoming the largest action sports footwear and apparel brand on the planet. A sampling of this success includes the establishment of Vans’ North America region and the development of an industry-leading marketing program that is executed consistently worldwide.

Jesse Coulter Electronics

Jesse Coulter is an award-winning innovator leading marketing and strategy as Chief Creative Officer for Samsung America. His portfolio of entertainment-driven advertising demonstrates a keen instinct for storytelling and culture, and a mandate to disrupt and provoke in the name of meaningful content. Jesse's work has garnered two Emmys, five Cannes Lions Grand Prix and an Annie, as well as being recognized among AdAge's Top 15 Campaigns of the Century.

Gus Wenner Publishing

Gus Wenner is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone reaches approximately 60 million people every month across print, digital, social and events. In 2015, Wenner was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and has been named to Adweek’s 2016 Young Influentials list and Variety’s 2017 New Power of New York list.

Jill Cress Cable Networks

Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners. In this role, Cress oversees the global brand vision, driving all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the marketing strategy for the brand and its entities around the world. Cress was tapped as CMO in 2016 after a long tenure at MasterCard, bringing with her a depth of consumer insights expertise that is helping her revitalize this world-renowned brand.

Jason Chinnock Auto
CEO, Ducati North America

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Moj Mahdara Health/Beauty

Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon Media, has built the company into a globally-recognized community for Gen Z and Millennial content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands. Mahdara’s successes have been nationally recognized, being named in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire’s “Top Female” lists in 2015, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” list, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Digital Players” in 2016 as well as WWD’s 2017 Digital Power Posse List.

Jennifer Breithaupt Banks
Global Consumer CMO

Jennifer oversees a team focused on crafting distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate Citi’s industry-leading card products and drive long-term brand loyalty with cardmembers across the globe. She also leads Citi’s entertainment access program, Private Pass, which brings cardmembers closer to their favorite artists through curated offerings and VIP experiences. Her team has created and managed some of the most exciting marketing and branded entertainment programs, including access to more than half of the top 100 concert tours, record-setting presales, a multi-year sponsorship with NBC and the launch of the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, and most recently, a series of live virtual reality concerts that will offer fans a truly immersive experience. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of Citi’s key alliance with Live Nation – including a recent expansion of the partnership into key Asia markets – and is responsible for strategic development and execution of all branded entertainment properties and initiatives.

Nick Foster Design

Nick Foster is a designer and futurist, focused on how emerging technologies will affect the lives of everyone on the planet, and perhaps other planets.

Mindy Hamilton Media
Svp, Global Partnership & Marketing

Mindy Hamilton is the SVP of Global Partnerships, responsible for developing global marketing partnerships and digital solutions for Marvel Entertainment's theatrical, television, digital, and publishing lines of business. She has led the charge on high-profile film deals including Audi, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Pizza Hut while also spearheading an aggressive initiative to expand Marvel's offerings in the digital space.

Bobby Kim Apparel
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Over 15 years, Bobby Kim, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Hundreds grew an independent, Los Angeles-based creative project into a worldwide men’s apparel label, fueled by his online magazine and strategic brand narrative. In 2017, he premiered his directorial debut, BUILT TO FAIL, a documentary on streetwear, and launched Jennifer, a casual womenswear brand. He is currently writing his first book, detailing how The Hundreds was built.

Nick Drake Wireless Carrier

T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President of Marketing & Experience, Nick Drake, oversees the team that’s delivering incredible marketing, product, and customer experiences. Prior to T-Mobile, Nick served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes (for Quiksilver, Inc.), acted as Managing Director of TBWAChiatDay (Los Angeles), and held various positions within Adidas’s Global Brand Marketing and Global Sports marketing divisions. Follow him: @drakenic (Twitter) and @tmobilemax (Instagram).

Brenda Freeman Technology

A flexible thinker who brings simplified visionary ideas to her roles, driving innovation and growth for world-class brands. An ever curious, modern marketer that uses insights and analytical tools as the engine for great storytelling to incite passion and action from consumers. Brenda has earned an industry and community reputation as a people-first leader exceeding business goals in fast-paced, disruptive environments. She is an expert in business strategy, brand building, omnichannel storytelling, and social media.

Craig Brommers Retail

Craig Brommers is a global marketing executive who cultivates iconic brands for digital, geographic, and category expansion. As the new Chief Marketing Officer of Gap, his team's recent efforts have led to sales momentum for the iconic American retailer. These campaigns include Generation Gap, the 90s archive re-issue, and 'Fearless Beauty' collaboration with Disney. Previously, he led global marketing at Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Speedo. At A&F, his team achieved a number of digital firsts – first brand to advertise to teens on Instagram, first specialty retailer to advertise on Snapchat, and highest retailer ad recall on Facebook. At Calvin Klein, his team built on a legacy of provocative advertising with the brand’s first ever Super Bowl campaign. At Speedo, he led the award-winning 2008 Beijing Olympics campaign, featuring Michael Phelps and the controversial NASA-engineered LZR Racer swimsuit.

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