• Tony Robbins
    The Nation's #1 Life & Business Strategist
    Tony Robbins is the author of six internationally bestselling books, including most recently New York Times #1 bestsellers UNSHAKEABLE: Your Financial Freedom Playbook and MONEY: Master the Game. Robbins has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time, and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars.

    He is a founder or partner in more than thirty companies in various industries, ranging from technology (virtual reality) and sports (Major League Soccer) to events and hospitality, including the #1 rated resort & spa in the Fijian islands. These companies have combined annual sales of $5 billion.
  • will.i.am
    7X GRAMMY WINNING ARTIST & ENTREPRENEUR
    will.i.am, born William Adams, is a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, and founder of I AM ™. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he also works with some of the industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, and film composer Hans Zimmer.
  • Shelley Zalis
    CEO & Founder
    Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest growing research companies in the world. As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her industry. Her most recent endeavor includes launching The Female Quotient and Girls’ Lounge which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate culture. Shelley is also the host of a new Bloomberg series titled "Walk The Talk" focused on gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive leadership.
  • Diana Nyad
    Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
    At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”
  • Steven Wolfe Pereira
    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
    Mr. Wolfe Pereira Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Neustar. Prior to Neustar, Mr. Wolfe Pereira was the Vice President of Brand Strategy & Marketing Solutions at the Oracle Data Cloud. Mr. Wolfe Pereira joined Datalogix from Starcom MediaVest Group, where he served as Executive Vice President. He serves on the board of directors of the Ad Council, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
  • KELLY SLATER
    PROFESSIONAL SURFER
    Kelly is both the youngest and oldest surfer ever to win a World Surfing Title and holds the record as an eleven-time World Champion. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, at 45 Kelly is still at the top of his game and brings his trademark vision to his role as entrepreneur. Kelly launched sustainable clothing brand, Outerknown, to create clothing with minimal environmental and social impact. Furthering his personal mission of delivering sustainable products, Kelly owns Firewire Surfboards, the least toxic surfboard on the market. He designs and competes on boards under his own imprint, Slater Designs. In 2015 he captivated the surf world when he unveiled the "perfect manmade barreling wave" with his company, Kelly Slater Wave Co.
  • MARC MATHIEU
    CMO, NORTH AMERICA
    Marc has been the chief marketing officer of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. since June 2015. He served as senior vice president of global marketing at Unilever since April 2011, where he was responsible for the development of its global marketing strategy. Marc has also overseen the implementation of pivotal programs such as Project Sunlight, the first Unilever brand consumer initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles and The Unilever Foundry.
  • DEBORAH DUGAN
    CEO
    (RED) – founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver – fights AIDS by partnering with the world’s most iconic brands including Apple, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Starbucks, Belvedere and more. Under Deborah’s leadership, (RED) has raised over $350 million for the Global Fund. 100% goes to AIDS programs that have impacted 70 million lives. Deborah’s philosophy at (RED) is to “break things.” To change the status quo, to use creativity, to constantly innovate – and to do it fast. Her goal is to put (RED) out of business.
  • BJARKE INGELS
    FOUNDING PARTNER
    Bjarke started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, he has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it "a complex and exemplary project of a new typology."
  • GARY VAYNERCHUK
    CEO
    Gary builds businesses. Fresh out of college, he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way, he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M investment fund.
  • RAJA RAJAMANNAR
    CHIEF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION 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
  • SHAUN WHITE
    Olympic Snowboarder
    Shaun is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of 24 Winter and Summer X Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding, and the lead guitarist in an LA-based rock band. He is also the CEO of his own company and the face of many others. Shaun was listed at #2 on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of 100 most powerful and marketable athletes, and was ranked on the prestigious Forbes Fab 40: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands as the 10th most valuable athlete. He takes a central role in each of his partnerships from the design of specific products for Burton and Oakley to becoming a majority shareholder of Air + Style in 2014. Shaun has also been honored for his philanthropic work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others.
  • PAM KAUFMAN
    CMO & PRESIDENT, CONSUMER PRODUCTS
    Pam is an accomplished executive who directs global strategic property planning and marketing efforts across television, digital, social, events, and partnership marketing for Nickelodeon’s iconic franchises and hit preschool properties including "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "PAW Patrol", and more. She also oversees Nickelodeon’s $4 billion-dollar global consumer products business which includes licensing programs, fashion collaborations, and retail sales and marketing partnerships.
  • SOPHIA AMORUSO
    FOUNDER
    Sophia is a creative visionary and modern-day entrepreneur who has forged an unprecedented path in building a brand. She is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls that have inspired Girlboss to be one of the most exciting movements of our time.
  • TOM PUNCH
    CHIEF COMMERCIAL & CREATIVE OFFICER
    Tom oversees the commercial content and operations for VICE’s television network VICELAND and its 12 owned and operated digital channels and mobile offerings. He leads creative for VICE’s largest partnerships including driving some of the company’s pro social efforts, including leading the development of VICE’s forthcoming IMPACTchannel to partnering with Al Gore around climate change to creating the Shopathon campaign with (RED).
  • ANDY WALSHE
    Head of High Performance
    Andy is a globally recognized leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. For more than 20 years, the Australian native has been focused on the goal of "de-mystifying talent" Andy is currently the director of high performance for Red Bull where he works with hundreds of international athletes and cultural opinion leaders, supervises a team of industry-leading scientists, engineers, physicians, and technologists to develop and implement elite performance models. Andy was the performance manager for Red Bull Stratos, leading the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking jump to earth from the stratosphere in 2012.
  • KATHY CALVIN
    CEO
    Kathy Calvin is President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. The UN Foundation, created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes, advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems.Kathy’s career has spanned the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, she served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. She previously served in senior positions at AOL, Hill and Knowlton, and U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984 she was Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary. Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World” in 2011 and listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in 2012. Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international development sectors has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership. She is a graduate of Purdue University.
  • DEREK KOENIG
    Chief Creative Officer
    Derek brings a track record of team-building, strategic acumen, and award-winning creative firepower to his position as SVP, Head of Creative at Discovery Communications. He leads the in-house creative department supporting all of Discovery’s global businesses with marketing, promotion and branded content.
  • IN-Q
    NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION
    Writer and performer IN-Q taps into music, poetry, and spoken word to create unforgettable narratives that not only inspire audiences to rethink possibility, but challenges them to ponder questions about life and the human experience. A National Poetry Slam champion, IN-Q was the first poet to perform with Cirque du Soleil and has used his verses as an award-winning songwriter, collaborating with Selena Gomez, Aloe Blacc, and Miley Cyrus.
  • GREG THOMPSON
    President
    Greg is a veteran music executive and is well known for his role at Capitol Music Group and EMI Records where he played a critical role in the development of Katy Perry, Sam Smith, and continued growth of other artists including Coldplay. He joined Maverick in June 2016 to synergize one of the finest collections of artists and managers ever assembled in music. Some of Maverick’s current roster includes Madonna, Paul McCartney, U2, The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain, Darius Rucker, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jason Aldean, The Roots, G-Eazy, Fifth Harmony, Nelly, and more.
  • COURTNEY HOLT
    EVP OF MEDIA & STRATEGY
    Courtney oversees corporate strategy, business development, brand partnerships, and commercial development. He joined Maker in 2011 as chief operating officer and in 2014, Maker was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining Maker, Courtney was an advisor to News. Corp. Digital and president of Myspace Music, a joint venture between Myspace, The EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV. Under his leadership, Myspace Music became a global leader in the digital music space, as well as the platform of choice for leading entertainment artists.
  • SID MATHUR
    CHIEF STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
    Sid leads the team responsible for executing all strategic transactions and partnerships for Mattel, With his extensive experience in business model development, brand development, strategy, finance, and global markets, Sid oversees the development of high-value partnerships, business models, new capabilities, and joint ventures for Mattel to align with brand and corporate strategies. Sid’s group oversees technology platforms & partnerships, strategic in-licensing and IP partnerships and corporate development, and the successful integration of corporate-wide initiatives into the brand and commercial organization.
  • JON BUSCEMI
    FOUNDER, HEAD OF CREATIVE
    Jon is an Italian-American designer born in New York that resides in Los Angeles. He is best known for his his eponymous brand, Buscemi. Born in 1974 in Long Island, New York, he spent much of his early childhood engulfed in hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing , skateboarding, sneaker collecting, and fashion design. At age 8, with close friends in his hometown of Uniondale, Jon started customizing clothing and hats. A true product of his environment where fashion and music and people like Dapper Dan emerged, he was right in the middle of the Long Island hip-hop movement along with the being involved in the beginnings of the New York City skateboard renaissance.
  • MARCUS SHINGLES
    CEO
    Marcus Shingles leads XPRIZE Foundation, a non-profit founded by its executive chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the leading expert in designing and implementing innovative models that utilize gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive competitions, and exponential technologies to solve the world’s grandest social challenges.
  • WILLIAM KIM
    CEO
    William joined AllSaints in October 2012 with a vision to expand the brand’s global reach as well as to maximize both existing and new product opportunities across all distribution channels. He has driven growth in the core UK, US, and Asian markets, while expanding the brand’s global awareness by venturing into new territories, such as Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Most recently, AllSaints has established an exclusive franchise partnership with in the Middle East with Majid Al Futtaim and opened its first store at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai in September 2015, with stores scheduled to follow across five countries in the Middle East. Under William’s leadership, AllSaints has internally developed and launched a responsive AllSaints.com, in addition to several innovative digital projects, which have enabled the brand to further enhance customer engagement.
  • JOHN AMATO
    President
    John is a media entrepreneur and executive who is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the industry today. As president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, he helped transform the company into one of the most powerful forces on today’s media landscape, spearheading major international expansions, overseeing its rise to dominance on social media, forging strategic partnerships, and producing major brand activations including top-tier events, concerts, and festivals. Under John, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group rocketed to the top-3 biggest entertainment outlets nationally with 30 million monthly unique visitors and a social following of more than 20 million as he drove double-digit revenue rises each year of his leadership.
  • DREAM ROCKWELL
    FOUNDER
    Dream has been called a Visionary Social Engineer, her work pioneering a new style of interactive event experiences and performance that can be seen woven through threads of west coast fashion, music, and festival life. She is passionate about reforming the human experience through interactive events and the sharing of information. As a result of her years of curating leading-edge speakers and innovators of the self-empowerment revolution, she is excited to share what she's learned.
  • BERNARD ACOCA
    President
    Bernard is responsible for the management of the Teavana specialty retail and e-commerce channels, expanding the portfolio of Teavana offerings in Starbucks stores, creating global awareness for the Teavana brand, and driving tea innovation.
  • JERI WARD
    SVP
    Jeri assumed her role on May 1, 2015, becoming the first female vice president at Audi of America. As chief communications officer, she is responsible for creating, managing and executing an industry-leading public relations strategy and leading the PR communications team.
  • DIRK AHLBORN
    CEO
    Dirk is CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. and founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc. HTT designs and builds the fastest, safest, and environmentally friendly transportation system for passengers and goods. It utilizes JumpStarter’s crowd collaboration platform and is thus able to leverage technology and a 600+ team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the transportation industry.
  • MEREDITH PERRY
    CEO & FOUNDER
    Meredith is the inventor of uBeam, a technology that transmits power over the air to charge electronic devices wirelessly. The idea for uBeam was conceived while she was studying at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where she entered and won “PennVention,” the Penn invention competition that recognizes ground-breaking technological innovations. Just four weeks later, Meredith was invited to demo uBeam’s technology on stage at the esteemed Wall Street Journal “All Things Digital” Conference. She holds numerous patents related to the uBeam technology. While at Penn, Meredith served as a student ambassador for NASA, where she worked on technology to detect life on Mars, experimented in zero gravity and researched and published papers in astrobiology and medicine. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in paleobiology and wrote her thesis on astrobiology. Meredith has been included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” Mobilizers, Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, and Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment.”
  • ALEXIS OHANIAN
    CO-FOUNDER
    After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started Reddit which they sold in 2006 to Conde Nast. In 2015, he returned to a full-time capacity with Steve Huffman as the two returned to the helm of a fully independent Reddit, now the 8th largest US website. In 2016, he joined Garry Tan in kicking off the third fund for Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital firm. Alexis helped launch hipmunk (acquired by Concur in 2016) and ran marketing /pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA. He's invested in and advised over two hundred tech startups and was a parter at Y Combinator. In 2013, he wrote a national bestselling book, "Without Their Permission". 

  • BOB SAFIAN
    Editor & Managing Director
    Robert oversees editorial operations and guides advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under his leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades including the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year. Robert previously served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and was chief editor of Money for six years.
  • NICK FOSTER
    Head of Industrial Design
    Nick Foster is the head of Industrial Design at X (formerly Google X). X is the home of moonshot projects, aiming to make the world a significantly better place by finding radical solutions to huge problems using breakthrough technologies. Nick is also a partner at the Near Future Laboratory, pioneering work in the field of design fiction, helping build our collective understanding of the future.
  • FARA HOWARD
    Global VP, Marketing
    Fara drives Vans’ global marketing strategy and provides marketing leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. She returned to her Southern California roots to join Vans from Dell where she served in key roles for several business functions including product management, e-commerce, and creative. From 2012 to 2013, Fara led marketing for Dell's $4.7 billion North America consumer and small business division, where she oversaw strategy, digital and traditional media, CRM, and marketing analytics.  During her tenure at Dell, she established an in-house creative agency and interactive design organization which she grew to a global team of more than 200 people. Prior to Dell, she worked at PepsiCo’s Gatorade and launched its X-Factor sub-line. 
  • LEURA FINE
    CEO & FOUNDER
    Leura is a professional interior designer turned entrepreneur and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, brand, product vision, and operations. After working as the senior designer for a leading interior design firm, she launched her own business, Leura Fine Interiors, in 2013. Frustrated by the archaic business model of the interior design industry, Leura set out to democratize it by establishing a better way for clients and designers to work together. Driven by this desire, Laurel & Wolf was born in 2014 and is quickly changing the way interior design is made accessible and affordable to all. A firm believer in the power of great design and how it can transform the way people’s daily life experiences, Leura is a frequent speaker at industry events. She has been featured in numerous publications and was recently named on Forbes 2016 “30 Under 30” list for Retail & eCommerce.
  • BECKY STEIN
    Partner
    Becky co-leads the firm's consumer practice where she focuses on recruiting CEO’s and other C-level executives to cool, innovative clients. With a focus on digital talent, she works with both innovative, high growth companies as well as traditional companies who are undergoing a digital transformation. Becky joined SPMB from Korn Ferry, a leading global talent management firm, where she co-founded the firm’s digital practice. Lululemon, e.lf. The NBA, Pittsburgh Steelers, Gap, Birchbox, Glamsquad, Neiman Marcus, Target, T-Mobile, and LeTote are just a few of the clients she has worked with.
  • DR. DANIEL CHAO
    CEO & CO-FOUNDER
    Daniel has been working most of his adult life to improve people’s lives through medical research. To achieve that goal and gain the knowledge and skills required to do so, he earned a degree in biochemistry, an MS in neuroscience, and his medical degree from Stanford University. He worked as a consultant for McKinsey and was an early employee for one of the world’s pioneers in medical device development. Daniel has been at the forefront of research and device development on neurostimulation, the process of using light electrical wave pulses to activate the brain which has proven helpful to people who suffer from chronic pain or neurological disorders like epilepsy.
  • DAVID MESSINGER
    Co-Head of Marketing
    CAA Marketing is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). It has earned numerous industry accolades for developing marketing strategies and original content on behalf of its corporate clients. David also serves as the chair of the American Advertising Federation and is a member of the executive eommittee for the Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Advertising Hall of Fame.
  • MICHAEL LAZEROW
    FOUNDER
    Michael is a serial entrepreneur whose last company, Buddy Media, was acquired by salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM). He currently serves as the chief strategy officer of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, the platform for 1:1 customer journeys. It enables marketers to build a single view of the customer, plan and optimize the customer journey, deliver personalized content across every channel and device, and measure the impact on their business. Michael and his wife Kass founded Buddy Media in 2007, which pioneered a new category of software-as-a-service – the social media management suite – that became a must-buy for the world’s largest brands and agencies. Before Buddy Media, Michael founded Student Advantage, University Wire, Lazerow Consulting, and GOLF.com, which was purchased by Time Warner's Time Inc. in January 2006.
  • MARK WEINSTEIN
    SVP // Head of Customer Engagement
    Mark inspires customers to explore, experience and fall in love with Hilton by creating innovative programs, products and partnerships that drive engagement and accelerate commercial performance. He leads customer experience, strategic partnerships, CRM and personalization, and Hilton Honors, Hilton’s 60+ million member strong, award-winning guest-loyalty program. Mark oversees Hilton’s global partnership strategy, curating a network of over 140 travel, financial services, music, entertainment, sports and food and wine strategic partners and managing the Hilton Honors credit card programs. Under Mark’s leadership, Hilton launched “Music Happens Here” – featuring once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences for Hilton Honors members and content created with partners Live Nation, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Spotify.
  • BRENT BUSHNELL
    CEO
    Two Bit Circus is a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company and creators of STEAM Carnival, a traveling event to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brent is on fire about using play and spectacle to inspire inventors and is passionate about rebranding STEM learning to STEAM with the inclusion of art and creativity. He is motivated by the power of group games and interactive media to bring people together in fun and meaningful ways. As a UCLA-trained engineer, he is a hands-on maker who uses rapid prototyping to turn vision into reality. He's board president of Trash For Teaching, an LA-based non-profit focused on upcycling clean corporate waste into art supplies for kids.
  • TERRY HARDY
    CO-FOUNDER
    Terry is currently the president an founder of both Sunka Entertainment and Zosea Media LLC. Sunka Entertainment is a leading action sports talent management and production company that currently represents 11X World Champion surfer Kelly Slater and 2014’s third ranked surfer John John Florence.  Zosea Media LLC is a private equity holding company that owns and operates the World Surf League.  Prior to founding Sunka & Zosea, Terry owned and operated Sonar Entertainment and Slam LLC, where he created and executive-produced the hit MTV series "Viva la Bam", several MTV specials, Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Faction 28”, Tony Hawk’s “Boom Boom Huck Jam”, and consulted on the MTV & Paramount Pictures “Jackass” franchise.  Over the last 15 years, Terry has leveraged traditional and non-traditional media, as well as strong relationships with standout youth lifestyle personalities, organizations, brands, and networks, to build a leading media and business resource in youth lifestyle.
  • CHRISTINA ALEJANDRE
    VP & General Manager, eSports
    Christina joined Turner Sports in March 2016 as general manager of ELEAGUE and vice president of esports. In this role, she leads the development and strategy for ELEAGUE, a transformative esports competitive gaming organization. She is responsible for business operations, content, and program strategy for ELEAGUE, as well as the pursuit of new esports opportunities.
  • DAVID ANDREW WALLACH
    VOCALIST & SONGWRITER
    As one half of Harvard-bred indie pop duo, Chester French, David-Andrew Wallach (or D.A. Wallach, professionally) rose from obscurity when he and bandmate Maxwell Drummey's 2007 demo attracted the attention of both Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. The band became the subject of a bidding war and eventually signed with Williams' Star Trak label, where they released their eclectic 2009 debut, "Love the Future". With his keen sense of melody and penchant for classic pop arrangements, D.A. became a versatile collaborator with a number of acts outside of his work with Chester French. In 2010, he was tapped by Williams to co-write the song "The Way It Is (Vector's Theme)" for the movie Despicable Me, and the following year, he joined up with Jamaican producer Supa Dups to release a handful of singles under the name D.A. and the Supa Dups. Following Chester French's 2012 LP Music 4 Tngrs, Wallach began working primarily on solo material, releasing his first two singles, "Farm" and "Glowing," in 2013 on Capitol's Harvest Records imprint. His piano-led solo work leaned heavily on classic pop styles from the '60s and '70s, calling to mind forebears like Paul McCartney and Elton John. Working with a number of collaborators like Pharrell Williams and songwriters Dan Wilson and Diane Warren, he recorded his debut LP, Time Machine, which was released by Harvest in October 2015.
  • OLIVER LUCKETT
    CEO & FOUNDER
    Oliver founded theAudience, one of the leading social-media content publishers in the world, which works with celebrities and companies to develop and execute innovative social-media programs. He was recently featured in the PBS Frontline documentary "Generation Like."
  • WERNER BRELL
    Chief Engagement Officer
    Since January 2017, Werner Brell is Samsung Electronics America’s Chief Engagement Officer. In this role, Werner spearheads Samsung’s passion point marketing efforts across social and digital media to drive new and innovative efforts to bolster consumer engagement for the brand.  Werner comes from Red Bull where he served as President of Red Bull Media House North America where he built and led a world-class team to develop and drive Red Bull’s successful content and digital media efforts with a coveted young audience.
  • JOHN TERZIAN
    CO-FOUNDER
    A Southern California native and graduate of prominent universities USC and Pepperdine Law School, John Terzian brings a wealth of experience to hospitality and nightlife. Having grown up in Los Angeles, Terzian has a plethora of close-knit industry relationships that have stemmed from his professional background and entrepreneurial business affairs. Terzian and The h.wood Group has changed nightlife in LA with a signature style of ‘making moments’, that geared his venues and events quickly to become the destinations for A-list buzz celebrities and top influencers.
  • ROSS MARTIN
    EVP, Marketing Strategy
    Ross oversees the company’s marketing, consumer intelligence, innovation, business development and creative strategy teams.  Previously, Martin founded and ran Scratch, Viacom’s creative strategy and consulting division.  HE joined Viacom in 2004 as the first Head of Programming for MTV's Emmy and Peabody Award winning college network, mtvU.
  • JUSTIN WENIGER
    CEO
    Justin and his partner, Ryan Doherty, built WENDOH through connected ventures ranging from print including Vegas Seven, Nevada’s #1 weekly -- to entertainment, with several critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, in step with the digital age, WENDOH’s online services stimulate and innovate. Continuously adapting with demand and opportunity, WENDOH remains true to its community, recently acquiring the burgeoning Life Is Beautiful festival. A 3-day multi-stage music show with art and culture exhibits, it features 40 prestigious speakers, all sharing their inspirational journeys to living a beautiful life. For Justin, this is core business and key ground for connecting millennials with social and experiential opportunities. 
  • DAVID KWONG
    Magician, Puzzle Creator, Writer, Producer
    With his expertise in enigmas and magic, David delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of “puzzles and prestidigitation.” A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), he routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications. He concludes his one-man show with his original crossword puzzle magic trick. David is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show “Blindspot.” He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film "Now You See Me". Other films David and his Misdirectors Guild have worked on include "The Imitation Game", "Ant-Man", "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation", and "The Magnificent 7".
  • MARLIES DEKKERS
    Founder & Creative Director
    Marlies Dekkers, the award-winning cult Dutch lingerie artist, considers the female body her canvas. With her groundbreaking designs and radically new feminine point of view, Marlies has started a worldwide lingerie revolution. Her luxury lingerie is sold in over 20 countries, and has been worn by powerful female role models such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Adele, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Marlies aims to inspire women and challenge women to be the masters of their own destiny. Her life motto is 'dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be'.
  • JIMMY SMITH
    Chief Creative Officer & Chairman
    Throughout his career, Jimmy – a 2012 Fast Company magazine Top 100 Most Creative member – has worked his magic in a variety of roles as a copywriter, creative director, author, TV writer, video game creator, film and record producer. His work has been recognized for its fresh advertising approaches (One Show, Cannes, D&AD, ANDY, Time magazine), for its TV show originality (Emmy nomination - Gatorade Replay) and for its beauty (Stiftung Buchkunst International Book Art Competition, Copenhagen Museum of Applied Arts - Soul of the Game). And in 2013, Jimmy added TV show talent to his list of accomplishments, as he appeared as a judge on VH1’s reality show, “Model Employee.”
  • WINSTON BINCH
    Chief Digital Officer, North America
    Winston is considered one of advertising’s most innovative creative technologists and exploration is a thread that runs throughout his career. After starting out in the ‘90s as guitarist in an indie band called Stereobate, Winston became director of production at SonyClassical.com. Then, after digital services like Napster disrupted the music industry, he joined R/GA as a senior producer. From there his path led him to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in 2005 with the brief to help "turn this great idea company into a technology innovator." In 2011, he moved to Deutsch, with the goal to make innovation the core of everything the agency did. Since joining Deutsch, Binch says the agency’s digital revenue has increased from 3% to 40%. Now, they are building up their in-house production capabilities to match their in-house technology resources, all with the goal of creating a high-tech, high-concept creator culture.
  • SHARON PROFIS
    Executive Editor, CNET
    Sharon Profis is director of CNET How To, hosts "You're Doing it All Wrong", and produces CNET video. You can also find her making sense of tech on CBS News and elsewhere. In her spare time, she's chef and host of "Farm to Fork" on PBS and throws pop-up dinners in San Francisco.
  • RYAN WILSON
    STREET ARTIST
    THANKYOUX became well known on the streets of Los Angeles for his large iconic Warhol wheat paste signing THANKYOUX underneath in a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol’s aesthetic of rebellious integrity. The name accidentally became the artist’s identity. Inspired by the pop tropes and bright colors of that NYC art scene, THANKYOUX has exhibited paintings and sculptures in London, Los Angeles, Miami and in New York. He’s created large installations at the Sundance Film Festival, painted a custom car for Lexus, and collaborated with Sanrio for the Hello Kitty Art Show. THANKYOUX is also a DJ/producer and has released original tracks and remixes through Dim Mak Records and Casablanca Records and has performed all over the United States.
  • SEBASTIAN TERRY
    Founder
    Known worldwide for pursuing his list of 100 Things to do before he dies, Sebastian’s 100 Things has grown into a global movement connecting complete strangers to help each other achieve meaningful dreams. We all have the ability to help someone in need, we just don’t know how. Well now we do!
  • ROB WIESENTHAL
    CEO
    A former Sony and Warner Music Group exec, Rob comes from a long line of entertainment industry professionals and has a sincere appreciation for aviation and its heritage. With Blade, he's built a system where well-heeled travelers can book helicopter and seaplane rides from New York City to the Hamptons, Nantucket, Jersey Shore, and Miami simply by using an app. There's also the option to take Blade Bounce, a quick, five-minute ride to any of the New York area airports.
  • SCOTT FELDMAN
    CEO & PRESIDENT
    Scott is the Ari Gold of the restaurant industry. With a brash demeanor and a mouth that moves a mile a minute, Feldman – known to friends as “Scottie O.” – is considered the uber-agent for celebrity chefs, negotiating deals for clients like Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and Andrew Carmellini. He's earned a rep as a powerhouse who goes to the mat to get his clients what they need – even if it means renting a $10 million estate for an exclusive “Two-Twelve Access House,” just so they have a comfortable place to chill at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
  • DANIEL FLYNN
    CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
    Daniel, best selling author of the unconventional Chapter One, heads up Thankyou – a social enterprise that exists to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases. What began with bottled water to fund water projects and tackle the World Water Crisis now includes over 50 consumer products across water, food, body care, and baby products that fund safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs, food aid, and maternal and child health programs across 20 countries. With 100% of profit going to projects, Thankyou has given more than $5.5million to help over 775,000 people in need.
  • JIM MC KELVEY
    INVENTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, ARTIST
    Best known for co-founding Square, Jim is also a master glass artist and teacher with the world’s top glassblowing textbook. He co-founded one of the nation’s top glass centers and has designs in both the Smithsonian and MoMA. In 2013, Jim founded the nonprofit LaunchCode Foundation to fix the shortage of programmers. He is currently working to preserve journalism and creative work.
  • SAL MASEKELA
    Commentator, Journalist, Musician, Producer
    Sal is best known for his work presenting NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series; ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, which he hosted for 13 years; his cultural reporting in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup; and hosting E!’s Daily 10. He is currently executive producing and appearing as host in VICELAND’s highly-anticipated docu-series, VICE World of Sports, which premiered April 27th, 2016. A native of New York, Selema’s flair for entertainment emerged at an early age as he toured the world with his father, South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela. His own band, Alekesam, shares the name of his first film which chronicles his relationship with his father and their connection through music, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. His creative aesthetics also extend into fashion through his clothing company, Art of Craft, which donates a percentage of every sale to charity. Selema is often called upon to apply his encompassing and captivating style of hosting to live events, including YouTube’s Brandcast in New York and Paris, YouTube Live on Stage from the Kennedy Center, and Google’s Zeitgeist.

  • NICK BARTLE
    CMO
    Nick is responsible for leading marketing and communications programs that accelerate listener growth and engagement and support the company's goal of giving listeners the most personal music experience in the world. Nick was previously at LinkedIn, where he served as vice president of member marketing and communications. In this role, he drove marketing communications to the professional networking site’s 450 million plus members. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Nick was senior director of marketing communications for Apple for more than four years, where he played key roles in the marketing and advertising of multiple successful product launches, including the iPhones from 4s to 6 Plus, iPad Air and the Apple Watch. Earlier in his career, Bartle held senior roles at BBDO, Goodby, and Silverstein & Partners developing digital, print and television campaigns for Starbucks, New Balance, E*TRADE and HP. His favorite Pandora stations are Miles Davis Quintet, Buena Vista Social Club, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Questlove Supreme.
  • DONNY MAKOWER
    President
    A co-founder of RED with over 16 years of digital experience, Donny’s responsibilities include leading the success of client services, strategy, operations, new business efforts, and company vision.  Donny lives at the intersection of strategy, digital, product, and user experience, and consistently moves brands towards a better future. Always combining his intuition with his know-how of industry trends and proven strategies, he has successfully developed RED’s diverse portfolio of innovative, global brand clients.  Donny is also an ongoing contributor to the digital industry, often being interviewed and serving as a frequent panelist and session speaker at various conferences including SXSW, Digital Hollywood, Casual Connect, and Disrupt Tech LA. 
  • RYAN CUMMINS
    CEO & CO-FOUNDER
    Ryan's Omaze is a cause marketplace that raises money and awareness for charity by offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In the years since its creation, it has disrupted traditional models of fundraising and simultaneously raised millions for charity through campaigns ranging from the chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, to riding in a tank and crushing a car with Arnold Schwarzenegger, to walking the red carpet on a date with George Clooney. Prior to launching Omaze, Ryan pursued his passion for using storytelling to create social impact as the executive producer of content for “Decade of Difference”, the Clinton Foundation’s globally televised concert event featuring stars of film, music, politics, and sports. Before that he created Untitled Thinkers, a media property based on a series of intimate conversations he filmed with 120 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, Pulitzers and Internet Pioneers. Ryan started his career in cause content as the first director on “Live Earth”, the largest concert ever thrown, featuring 150 artists in seven major cities all on the same day.
  • RALPH SIMON
    CEO & Chairman
    Ralph is acknowledged as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment & content industry. Over the last 18 years, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the mobile entertainment, mobile health, and mobile content industry, while playing a central role in its impact and presence around the world. Ralph heads the London-based Mobilium Global Group, which provides high-level strategic counsel and guidance to brands, media companies, and professional organizations across the entire mobile spectrum, from mobile handset makers and telco operators, to technology companies, media companies, healthcare organizations, movie studios and TV networks, global music, and You Tube artists and TV personalities, ad agency groups, brands, and platform providers around the world.
  • MIKE TUNNICLIFFE
    EVP & Head of Universal Music Group, Brands
    Mike is an evangelist for the power of music to help transform brands and oversees Universal Music Group and Brands (UMGB) which is is a music strategy partnerships and activation agency inside Universal Music Group, USA.  UMGB works closely with all UMG Labels, artists and management to deliver transformational music based marketing solutions, platforms, experiences and content, across all brand categories. Prior to UMGB Mike was the global chief marketing and growth officer for WPP’s GroupM.
  • ERIK OBERHOLTZER
    CO-FOUNDER
    Erik co-founded Tender Greens in 2006 in Culver City, California, a fine-casual restaurant concept with 24 locations and growing. Himself a chef, Erik manages a growing team of talent along with some exciting new brands. He is the founder of the Tender Greens Sustainable Life Project, a culinary internship program for emancipated foster youth.
  • MAXIMILLION COOPER
    CEO & FOUNDER
    Maximillion Cooper is the founder and CEO of the Gumball 3000 rally, an annual British 3,000-mile (4,800 km) international celebrity motor rally which takes place on public roads with the idea to combine cars, music, fashion, and entertainment. He is an entrepreneur, skateboarder, and race car driver.
  • CLAIRE WINELAND
    FOUNDER
    Claire founded Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc , a non-profit organization supporting children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of 13. At 15, she co-wrote bestseller “Every Breath I Take, Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis. Now 18 years old, Claire’s inspirational model for others living with CF has led her to be a TEDx Speaker and receive multiple awards including Fox Teen Choice Awards 2015, Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, and winner of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year” among others. She has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Huffington Post, ABC News, People, Cosmopolitan and more. Claire’s most recent project, The Clairity Project, intends to “shed some light on what it’s really like to be sick, and hopefully change the way we view illness and those living with it.”
  • SHIZA SHAHID
    CEO & FOUNDER
    The Malala Fund is organization that helps women around the world get access to education. Shiza has taken on the job of harnessing the energy, attention, compassion, and celebrity amassed behind Malala into a movement that creates change.
  • BRETT LOUDERMILK
    MASTER SWORD SWALLOWER
    For over a decade, Brett has toured the world as a professional sword-swallower. Dubbed a "master showman" by Neil Patrick Harris, he has performed at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, The Montreal Comedy Festival, Kids Choice Awards, and at Speigelworld's Vegas Nocturne in Las Vegas. Brett has performed for private events and hosted engagements for Moby, Patrick Stewart, and Paul Reubens. In addition to his own performances,he has created and consulted for events on stage and on television around the world.