ELITE LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY & TACTICS
TAUGHT BY GLOBAL CEOS & CMOS
  • Senator Barbara Boxer
    Senator
    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.”
  • JAMES CURLEIGH
    President, Levi's Brand
    James 'JC' Curleigh is a global pioneer and a passionate leader wth a proven track record. He prides himself on taking a 'start-up' approach to drive scaled opportunity across multiple industries. JC is a true brand builder and has held leadership positions at Salomon Sports, KEEN Footwear, and Levi's. He approaches every challenge (professionally or personally) with a compelling vision, high energy, and creative solutions.
  • Sarah Thompson
    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.
  • Perry Farrell
    Creator, Lead Singer Jane's Addiction
    Perry Farrell is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, best known as the frontman for the legendary alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. After forming in 1986, Jane’s Addiction became known as the founders of Alternative Rock, influencing the biggest bands of the 90’s including Nirvana, Rage vs the Machine, Alice n Chains, and Pearl Jam. Farrell also created the wildly successful touring festival Lollapalooza in 1991. Lollapalooza has since evolved into the model for modern day music festivals, with events that sell out every year in incredible cities like Chicago, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Berlin, and Paris. Farrell lives his life as a global citizen, both musically and philanthropically. He has been part of an emissary that used the band’s earnings to help free 2,300 slaves in the Sudan. He joined Tom Morello on his Axis of Justice tour to raise money for the homeless in Los Angeles, physically removed debris in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and also fund-raised for "Road Recovery" a New York NPO which helps young people battling with addiction. His strong love of the ocean and sports has driven him to donate large sums to various environmental cleanup causes, the Surfrider Foundation & the Tony Hawk foundation. He was honored at the 2015 Waterman's Ball hosted by The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.
  • Todd Hymel
    CEO
    A native of New Orleans, and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, he began his career working in audit at KPMG, eventually serving as a Senior Manager in Transaction Services practice in Chicago. In 2001, Todd was appointed to KPMG’s Paris office to handle cross-border and international Mergers & Acquisitions. For the next fourteen years, he lived and worked in France gaining valuable global perspectives in business. Transitioning into the world of direct investments, Todd joined Platinum Equity in 2003. In 2006, he co-founded a private equity firm, Naxos Capital Partners, specializing in small & mid-cap funds. In 2008, Todd joined Kering as Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and played a key role in Kering’s transition from a conglomerate focused primarily on European distribution activities to a cohesive, integrated, and international group focused on apparel and accessories. During this time, one of the many transactions he was involved with was the acquisition of Volcom. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kering’s Sport & Lifestyle Division where he also served as a director on Puma’s Administrative Board. Today, based in Southern California, he has served as the CEO of Volcom since December 2015.
  • Doug Palladini
    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.
  • RZA
    Wu-Tang Clan
    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.
  • Steve Aoki
    CEO, Founder & Grammy Nominated DJ & Producer
    Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki today stands as one of the most successful American cross-genre artists, solidified via his numerous releases, multiple awards, billions of music and video streams and innovative cross-platform projects.

    At the core of it all, Aoki is a visionary, a road he’s traveled since the humble beginnings of Dim Mak Records, the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line he founded in 1996. For over two decades, Dim Mak Records has remained one of the leading independent record labels in modern music, having served as the launch pad for global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip and The Kills, among many others. In 2014, Dim Mak unveiled its 500th release, followed by its 20-year anniversary in 2016. Today, the label counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond.

    That same enterprising mentality now drives Aoki’s ambitious Neon Future series (released via Ultra Music/Dim Mak), an ongoing thread of connected semi-concept albums that delve into Aoki’s deep interest in futurism through technology and explores timely themes of singularity, biotechnology, electronic immortality and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Officially launched in 2014 with the inaugural installment, Neon Future I (certified gold by the RIAA), followed by Neon Future II (2015), the series features high-profile collaborations with artists from across multiple genres including will.i.am, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy and others, as well as leading figures in pop culture and technology including Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne and director/producer J.J. Abrams. Originally conceived as a futuristic concept series, Neon Future is Aoki’s most pop-driven creative output to date. An innovative multiplatform approach, the Neon Future series fully encompasses all of Aoki’s multimedia properties, from his music, videos and social media all the way through the albums’ artwork, which depict Aoki in various stages of his physical transformation from man to machine.

    “Neon Future focuses on where we are going with our technology, our society, our humanity, our culture — essentially, an idyllic utopian vision of the future,” Aoki says. “I started seeing the concept of science fiction becoming science fact. I wanted to explore all that in my music with a scientific conversation, so I created the idea of Neon Future. This is my version of having this conversation with the world.”

    The Neon Future series now enters its final chapters with Neon Future III and Neon Future IV, scheduled for release November 2018 and Spring 2019, respectively, on Ultra Music/Dim Mak. The two concluding albums include confirmed collaborations with Blink-182, via their long-awaited collaboration “Why Are We So Broken”; Mike Posner, on the introspective “A Lover and a Memory”; and EDM star Nicky Romero on “Be Somebody,” featuring Kiiara.

    Aoki is renowned for his adventurous attitude toward genre-defying collaborations, which has seen him join forces with A-listers like Migos and Daddy Yankee, among many others, as well as rising up-and-comers alike. In 2016, Aoki enlisted One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson for the global hit “Just Hold On,” which they performed together on the series finale of The X Factor in the UK. Debuting at #1 in more than 40 countries, the track has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries. Elsewhere, he’s collaborated with rap star Desiigner on his remix of the BTS track “MIC Drop,” which became the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history and the first to go gold, as well as Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui for his track “All Night,” which hit #1 on the iTunes dance chart. In 2018, Aoki released the Spanish-language track “Azukita,” featuring an all-star cast of Latin pop legends: Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo, all of whom joined him for a live performance on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival.

    As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that also includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; Neon Future I (2014) and Neon Future II (2015); and his most recent album, Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017). Debuting at #1 on the iTunes Dance Albums charts, Kolony sees Aoki fully crossing into the hip-hop realm via collaborations with top rap and R&B acts including Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Migos, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, iLoveMakonnen, T Pain and more. Collectively, Aoki’s music has amassed 1.5 billion streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube.

    In addition to multiple EPs, singles, and remixes, Aoki’s 2016 Netflix Originals documentary film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead captures his career to date and chronicles his family upbringing, personal life and long-winding career from a scrappy entrepreneur to mainstage superstar. Premiering to a sold-out audience at Tribeca Film Festival, the film garnered Aoki’s second Grammy nomination in 2016 for Best Music Film and has been globally released in more than 190 countries.

    Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 World’s Highest-Paid DJs of 2018 and the World’s Hardest-Working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting over 250 tour dates per year and officially holding the Guinness World Record as the “Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year” (2012). In addition to multiple headlining tours, he’s performed at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and more. He’s also remained a leading figure in DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJs annual poll, ranking in the Top 10 consecutively over the last five years.

    Beyond music, Aoki is also a fashion designer/entrepreneur and philanthropist. In addition to collaborations with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape, Aoki debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line in 2016, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. He is also a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2012, he founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated over $500,000 to date.
  • Eric Edge
    SVP, Brand & Communications
    Eric is the SVP of Brand and Communications at Postmates -- the insanely reliable on-demand "anything" network that helps people unlock the best of their cities and lives. Before Postmates, Eric helped drive growth at Pinterest as the head of global marketing communications. No stranger to tech, he was an early member of the Instagram business team and was the first head of marketing for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He got his start with creative agencies, serving as global chief communications officer of Havas Worldwide and VP of global communications at FCB.
  • Mark Silva
    CEO & Founder
    Mark Silva has built multiple companies and a career connecting the world’s biggest and best enterprises with emerging, disruptive media, platforms and technologies. His latest venture, KITE, is a SaaS platform that helps Global 2000 corporations map, monitor and manage enterprise-wide startup knowledge & activities with one powerful system. He is an active advisor, investor and speaker at the intersection of enterprise+startups.
  • Jennifer Breithaupt
    Global Consumer CMO
    Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi, oversees a team focused on crafting distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate Citi’s industry leading card products and driving long-term brand loyalty with cardmembers across the globe. Jennifer also leads Citi’s entertainment access program, Private Pass, which brings cardmembers closer to their favorite artists through curated offerings and VIP experiences (lounge access, exclusive meet and greets etc). Through Private Pass, Citi offered cardmembers access to more than 6,500 events in 2016 featuring artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Andra Day, and Luke Bryan. Jennifer has driven innovation to amplify the concert experience and fan engagement beyond traditional means through close partnerships spanning multiple genres. 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. Jennifer’s curation goes far beyond traditional tour sponsorships and has also included album release parties and intimate preshow experiences with some of the biggest artists in music. 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. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been widely quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Ad Age, Los Angeles Times, and The Drum.
  • Jesse Coulter
    Chief Creative Officer
    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.
  • Moj Mahdara
    Founder & CEO
    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.
  • 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
  • Gus Wenner
    President & COO
    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.
  • Josh Golden
    President & Publisher
    Josh Golden was named President & Publisher of Ad Age in May 2016. His award-winning career in advertising, marketing, technology and production spans over two decades working within a wide range of industries and global companies including Xerox, Paramount, AT&T, Y&R, NBC Universal, Euro RSCG, Grey and Story Worldwide. He serves on the boards of the Kids in Need Foundation and American Advertising Federation. Golden received his MBA from the Leonard L. Stern School of Business at New York University and his B.S. in Communications from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.
  • Marisa Thalberg
    Global Chief Brand Officer
    Named 1 of the top 25 Most Influential CMOs in the World by Forbes (2018, 2017). Also the founder (2002) of ExecutiveMoms.com.
  • Rob Dyrdek
    Founder & CEO
    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.
  • Mike Posner
    American singer-songwriter, poet & record producer
    Michael Robert Henrion Posner is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer.
  • Jill Cress
    Chief Marketing Officer
    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.
  • Tony Gonzalez
    Studio Analyst, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer, NFL All-Pro Tight End
    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.
  • Brad Bentley
    EVP, Strategy and Business Development
    Brad Bentley Executive Vice President – Strategy and Business Development, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment Brad Bentley is executive vice president of strategy and business development, overseeing opportunities for AT&T relating to mobility, broadband, voice and integrated offers. Prior to this role, he was responsible for advertising, creative services, program management for mobile entertainment products including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T Digital Life and advertising sales. Bentley holds a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University.
  • Stephanie Gilmore
    6x World Surfing Champion
    Australian professional surfer Stephanie Gilmore is not only the best female surfer in the world, she is a remarkable woman. Grounded and humble, she has a holistic approach to health and well being. She is passionate about the environment, especially the fight to protect our ocean. She loves travelling, taking photos, fashion, playing her many guitars and sharing her experiences with her fans around the world. As Stephanie strives for her 7th World Title – to equal Layne Beachley’s record and become the most winning female in Surfing's history - she also leads the sport as she aims for selection in the 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Rose McGowan
    Actress, Author & 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.
  • Brenda Freeman
    CMO
    Bio coming soon
  • Kevin Demoff
    COO & EVP of Football Operations
    Kevin Demoff is in his tenth year as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Rams. In this capacity, Demoff serves as the team’s top front office executive and liaison to owner and chairman, Stan Kroenke, on all organizational matters. After serving on the working group that helped Kroenke return the Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – home to L.A., Demoff is now playing a significant role in delivering on Kroenke’s vision to design and construct the 298-acre sports and entertainment district in Inglewood that will serve as the future home of the Rams. The campus will include a 70,240 seat stadium, performance venue, retail district and office complex and is currently the largest entitled real-estate project in Southern California. Demoff also continues to lead the club on all business operations and works closely with General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Sean McVay to develop the club’s strategic plan for player signings and acquisitions.
  • Jamie Gersch
    CMO & SVP
    As Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Jamie Gersch leads Old Navy’s Global Marketing team. A high-energy, results-driven leader, Jamie is known for her strong creative and strategic capabilities and her successful management of internal creative teams and external agencies. Her personal passion is focused on ensuring all marketing components reflect the brand’s true essence and resonate emotionally with consumers. A 14-year Gap Inc. veteran, Jamie most recently re-joined Old Navy after serving as the CMO of Charlotte Russe. In her tenure at Charlotte Russe, Jamie built market-differentiating brand positioning, reinvigorated storytelling across digital channels and stores, and helped redesign the brand’s new site. Previously, Jamie served as Vice President of Marketing at Old Navy where she led the development of annual and seasonal marketing plans and oversaw the communication strategy and execution across all channels including TV, print, social/digital, PR, outdoor, windows, in-store, radio and packaging. As Vice President, Jamie helped define and deliver a more fashion-focused Old Navy, while still maintaining the integral value component of the brand. Previously Jamie spent 12 years at Gap brand where she played a significant role in building the brand and leading marketing campaigns across all Gap divisions - Gap, GapKids, babyGap and GapBody - from strategic planning to creative execution. Jamie was the driving force behind The Audrey Campaign, 1969 Denim campaigns and many of the iconic GapKids and babyGap marketing campaigns. Before joining Gap Inc., Jamie developed her marketing skills as a Marketing Manager of the Internet startup FreeSamples.com and as a PR Manager of Morgen-Walke Associates, an Investor Relations agency. Jamie graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1998 with a BA in Sociology. She lives in Marin County with her husband Jordan and three children, Sam, Noah and Abby.
  • Krishna Andavolu
    Host & Executive Producer, Weediquette
    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
  • Mindy Hamilton
    SVP, Global Partnerships & 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
    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.
  • Karin Timpone
    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. Karin joined Marriott from the Walt Disney Company and previously held leadership positions at Yahoo!, Universal Studios and the Seagram Company. She has extensive experience working in media, brand management, as well as digital product development for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Jonathan Levine
    Founder & CEO
    Jonathan Levine, 55, launched the design-driven premium audio company Master & Dynamic in May 2014.From a mere idea sparked by the products his then-teenage sons were using to a coveted brand with an increasing number of products, Master & Dynamic has been built on the same principles that drive Mr. Levine: design, art, creativity, collaboration, technology and a desire to create high-quality products that inspire.With Mr. Levine at the helm, M&D is rapidly expanding and can now be found in over 500 retailers worldwide, including luxury outlets such as Bergdorf Goodman, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Colette (Paris), Selfridges (London) and more.Mr. Levine earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • MARLIES DEKKERS
    Founder & Creative Director
    Marlies Dekkers is a WORLDZ Master, and the CEO, Founder & Creative Director of the self-named lingerie brand Marlies Dekkers. The cult Dutch lingerie artist, launched her first collection in 1993. She considers the woman’s body her canvas and with her modern straps and designs she aspires to accentuate women’s self-confidence. Through her ground-breaking designs, excellent fit and radically new feminine point of view, Marlies started a worldwide lingerie revolution. The pioneer in luxury lingerie is selling online and offline in more than 20 countries and has won numerous international awards such as ‘ELLE’s Innovator of the Year Award’, ‘Prix Vueve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year’ and the ‘Grand Seigneur Award’. Marlies is a celebrity favorite, having dressed the top A-list leading ladies in the industry. Worn by powerful female role models such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, Marlies aims to inspire and motivate smart, young girls of all backgrounds to make the most of their many talents. Marlies is a feminine feminist who has made it her mission in life to challenge women to be masters of their own destiny. Her motto: is; dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.
  • Lisa Licht
    CMO, U.S. Concerts
    Lisa Licht is the Chief Marketing Officer of US Concerts at Live Nation Entertainment, where she oversees digital marketing, creative, social media, email and promotional marketing as well as corporate marketing functions such as research and insights and strategic partnerships. Since joining Live Nation she has led the successful launch of the Festival Passport, the launch of the Live Nation Chat Bot as well as the most successful Summer Sale promotion to date.
  • Helen Vaid
    Global Chief Customer Officer
    Helen Vaid has is the Global Chief Customer Officer of Pizza Hut, Inc. Ms. Vaid oversees the transformation of the Pizza Hut in-restaurant and digital customer experience by overseeing development of capabilities that help customers have a seamless experience wherever they are and however they interact with the brand.

    Helen has her MBA in International Business and Marketing from Manchester Business School and her Bachelor’s with Honors in Change Management and Organizational Behavior.
  • David Baga
    Chief Business Officer
    David Baga is Lyft's Chief Business Officer, overseeing the fast-growing Lyft Mobility Solutions enterprise 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
  • Sean Kelly
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Sean Kelly is the CEO and co-founder of SnackNation, a tech-enabled CPG marketplace that serves today’s most innovative, best-tasting and emerging food and beverage brands to high value consumers at their most engaged moments. Sean is frequent speaker and contributing author on culture, leadership and the food industry. He co-hosts "Brand Builder", a CPG-focused podcast out scaling high-performaning teams and businesses. In addition a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30", and one of America's most promising CEO's under 35, he's been recognized by Comparably as one of the country's top 50 small-to-medium sized business CEOs. He holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.
  • Pat McLean
    CMO & EVP
    Patrick is Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer at TD Bank – America's Most Convenient Bank based in Mount Laurel, NJ. In this role, he oversees brand marketing, corporate and public affairs and integrated marketing efforts in the US. He drives the company's corporate positioning, marketing campaigns, public relations, social media and field and retail marketing programs to ensure strong connections with customers. As a champion of TD's brand to employees and the community, he also oversees TD’s internal communications and community relations efforts, including the TD Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives throughout TD's footprint. He was previously Senior Vice-President, Head of Brand & Product Marketing at TD before becoming CMO.

    Before joining TD Bank, he was Vice-President, Digital Marketing & Brand Strategy for Capital One Financial. He has also held senior positions at Verizon Communications where he led the interactive marketing organization and at Sympatico, Canada’s largest internet service provider, owned by Bell Canada where he led the marketing organization as the division's Vice-President/CMO.

    Earlier in his career, he was a pioneer in the digital media industry having launched and served in senior marketing roles for a number of start up/early stage technology and media companies.
  • Kathryn Minshew
    Founder & CEO
    Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform used by over 50 million millennials to navigate their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to attract, hire and retain great talent. She’s also the author of "The New Rules of Work," a Wall Street Journal national bestseller, and an Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in the next generation of female founders.

    Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, contributed to the WSJ and HBR, and appeared on TODAY and CNN. She has also been named to SmartCEO's Future50 Visionary CEOs and Inc.’s 35 Under 35. Kathryn worked on HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda with the Clinton Health Access Initiative before founding The Muse and was previously at McKinsey & Compan
  • Bryan Goldberg
    CEO
    Bryan Goldberg is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bustle Digital Group, the parent company of premiere women's publications Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily and The Zoe Report. Collectively, Bustle Digital Group publications reach over 80 million unique readers a month. The company's scale and demographic focus has helped it to successfully partner with over 250 major brand advertisers. Prior to Bustle Digital Group, Bryan founded Bleacher Report, the nation's largest digital sports media company, which was acquired by Time Warner in 2012. Bryan previously worked in Management Consulting and Finance and is a graduate of Middlebury College.
  • Lina Chen
    Co-Founder
    Lina Chen is the Co-founder & CEO of Nix Hydra, which is a female founded and led company that makes magical, colorful and bold mobile games popular with young women. The company's apps are enjoyed by approximately 20 million people worldwide, with the most popular apps being two pet egg games. They also recently collaborated with Tyra Banks to release the TyTyMoji sticker set app, which reached No 1 in Top Paid iMessage apps. Nix Hydra is based in Los Angeles and is VC-backed by the same investors behind Zynga, Harmonix and Fitbit. Previously, Lina negotiated international mobile deals for Grooveshark, a streaming music startup, and worked at William Morris, one of the largest entertainment agencies in the world. Lina graduated from Yale University and grew up in South Africa, where she once rode an ostrich.
  • Jason Chinnock
    CEO, North America
    Bio coming soon...
  • Atif Rafiq
    CDO & Global CIO
    Atif Rafiq is currently Chief Digital Officer at Volvo Car Group. He joined Volvo Cars in January 2017 to oversee the company’s continued digital transformation, helping to evolve how consumers interact with Volvo cars across the buying, driving, entertainment and service experience. Prior to joining Volvo Cars, he was Chief Digital Officer for McDonald’s, the world's most frequented retailer. Rafiq has held management roles at several public internet and software companies. Rafiq has advised, invested and served on the Boards of more than ten start-up companies and has also been the founder / CEO of a start-up. He is Silicon Valley veteran with a strong network in venture capital, emerging companies and large enterprises. Rafiq began his career in digital in 1996 as a founding member of the business development and corporate strategy team at AOL, the most successful company during the Internet 1.0 era. Rafiq holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He's been an active public speaker, has over 300,000 followers in social media and has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Techcrunch and Mashable.
  • Elizabeth Lindsey
    Managing Partner
    Elizabeth Lindsey joined Wasserman in 2007 and currently serves as Managing Partner. She is responsible for leading the team of global professionals who develop, negotiate and creatively activate and measure partnerships and events on behalf of all corporate clients and leading sports and entertainment properties. During Lindsey’s tenure, her division has more than quadrupled in size and has expanded both geographically into several new global regions and in service offerings, adding a robust property consulting team an Experiential Marketing arm and a deep Research and Insights practice.
  • Michelle Hagen
    Executive VP, Global Partnerships
    Currently oversee the design and creation of global partnerships in support of Paramount’s worldwide theatrical releases, with a focus on building brand marketing initiatives to drive box office, revenue and stakeholder objectives. I consider myself a storyteller. And I revel in crafting the story and finding the emotional connection between consumer, content and brand. My specialties include conceiving and realizing "the BIG idea". I use my influence, persuasion, tenacity, courage and humor to bring people together, achieve the impossible and deliver quantifiable results. I lead with heart, inspire with positivity and perseverance and I find tremendous satisfaction in developing the talents of others to become high-performing individuals and team members.
  • Robert Matthews
    Chief Integrated Marketing Officer, Gaming
    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. Robert has dedicated his career to igniting consumer passion for some of the most recognizable brands on the planet, then empowering people to share their passion with others.  His fan-centric approach helps brands create authentic consumer demand in a digital world. 

    Before joining Nintendo, Robert’s background included time in advertising agency leadership, live entertainment marketing and feature film marketing on both the agency and client sides of the business, working for leading companies such as Walt Disney and Ticketmaster. Robert and his wife, Heidi, have two children – Skyler and Sydney.  On weekends and when traveling, Robert is often seen with a camera in hand, engaging in one of his personal passions, photography.

  • Katherine Keating
    Publisher
    Katherine is currently the Publisher of VICE Impact, VICE Media’s social impact vertical. She is also a host and producer for VICELAND, VICE’s cable network. Katherine is a Contributing Editor to The World Post, the international edition of the Huffington Post. She sits on the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council as a New Leader, is Vice-Chair of the Whitney Museum’s Performance Committee and was recently appointed to the Ambassador Council of the International Crisis Group. Katherine previously worked as a Policy Advisor for the New South Wales Government, Australia, in the Office of the Premier and the Office of the Planning and Infrastructure Minister.
  • Daniel Catullo
    CEO & Founder
    Daniel Catullo is one of the most influential and successful music video and live event Directors in entertainment for over 25 years. He is Founder & CEO of City Drive Studios, an award-winning film, TV and digital content studio with offices in Los Angeles, NYC, OC and Stockholm. Catullo’s roots might be in music but City Drive now has expanded to live events, comedy, scripted series, documentary film, travel and corporate projects. Catullo has produced and directed more than 250 music videos, 300 live concert & TV specials and DVD’s as well as over 100 web series & documentaries. He is a true music and film buff and his passion for his clients drives each project. Recent clients include Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Kings of Leon, k.d. lang, Brad Paisley and many others.
  • Jen Rubio
    Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer
    Jen Rubio is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away, a global travel brand designing thoughtful objects to make traveling more seamless. Since Away launched in 2016, the company has sold more than 250,000 suitcases, raised more than $31 million, and launched several new products and experiences that are inspiring more people to travel the world. She lives and works in New York.
  • Nick Foster
    Head of Design, Google X
    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.
  • Lisa Leslie
    3x WNBA MVP, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, & Hall of Famer
    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.
  • Krewella
    Co-Founders
    Electronic, singer-sister duo from Chicago.
  • Terry Virts
    Speaker, Author, Consultant, former Astronaut
    Bio coming soon...
  • Sophie Goldschmidt
    CEO
    Sophie is Chief Executive Officer at the World Surf League—home to the world’s best athletes on the best waves. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of globalizing professional sports while holding leadership and commercial roles at the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Rugby Football Union (RFU). While at the NBA, she guided the expansion of the league into Europe (Spain, Italy and London) and the Middle East (Turkey). At the WTA, Sophie brokered the $88M Sony Ericsson title sponsorship—the largest sponsorship deal in the history of women's sports. And while at the RFU, she helped raise the profile of the league resulting in 10.5 million visits to rfu.com from 2013-2014, an increase in visits from mobile and tablet devices to 45% of all traffic, and 4.2 million views of RFUtv videos on YouTube.com. Sophie was recently a non-executive director for the PGA European Tour and the Youth Sport Trust. She was named 40 under 40 by Sports Business Daily and the Leaders in Sports Leaders Under 40 Award.
  • Nick Drake
    EVP, Marketing & Experience
    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).
  • Rachel Tipograph
    Founder & CEO
    MikMak's Founder & CEO is Rachel Tipograph, the former Global Director of Digital & Social Media at Gap. Rachel has been recognized as a leading innovator across the globe, including Forbes' “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”, Marie Claire's "50 Most Influential Women in America," and Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business."
  • Craig Brommers
    CMO
    Craig Brommers is a global marketing executive who cultivates iconic brands for digital, geographic, and category expansion. As the Chief Marketing Officer of Gap, his team's recent efforts have led to traffic, customer, and brand momentum for the iconic American casual retailer. These campaigns include Gap Logo Remix featuring SZA, GapKids x Sarah Jessica Parker, Gap Holiday featuring Janelle Monáe, Meet Me in the Gap featuring Cher and Future, the 1990s Archive Re-Issue, Choose Kind with Lionsgate’s “Wonder,” GapFit x Marvel, and the 'Fearless Beauty' collaboration with Disney. His team also launched Gap for Good, which highlights the brand’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Previously, he led global marketing at Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Speedo. 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 NASA-engineered LZR Racer swimsuit.
  • Jon Boogz
    Movement Artist
    Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
  • Andrew McPhee
    Head of Camera Platform Exploration
    Andrew is a Product Leader and Inventor at Snap, where he creates products, platforms and experiences that blur the line between digital and physical realities. A recent example is Snap’s World Lens. As an entrepreneur Andrew has founded and sold multiple startups, and has invested the past decade in designing and developing new 3D and spatial technology, content formats, interfaces and end-user experiences, holding multiple patents in these fields.
  • Peter Sellis
    Head of Product for Monetization
    Peter is the Director of Product for Monetization at Snap, where he leads the team responsible for the growth of Snapchat's business and advertising platform. He was previously the COO of influencer network HelloSociety (acquired by the New York Times), the Head of Product Management for live streaming leader Ustream (acquired by IBM), and an investment professional for Science, a technology studio in Santa Monica which incubated Dollar Shave Club. He is a graduate of MIT and The University of Chicago.
  • Carola Jain
    Chief Brand Officer
    Carola Jain is the Chief Brand Officer at Spartan, the global sporting events company that challenges over a million people annually to push their mental and physical limits by joining the Spartan Lifestyle (training, nutrition, mind, merchandise and 250 events across 40 countries annually). Carola is also leading the global launch of Spartan Women, a female focused platform connecting women all over the world by promoting camaraderie and empowerment through the community's shared inspirations and experiences of overcoming the challenges of everyday life.
  • Dave Green
    CEO
    Dave Green is Chief Executive Officer for Feeding Children Everywhere, a global nonprofit with the vision for a hunger-free world. He was recognized as the Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel for the achievements that have been accomplished through his leadership at Feeding Children Everywhere. Dave also founded Full Cart, the best value in grocery-kit delivery, recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards.
  • Nick Tran
    VP, Brand Marketing & Culture
    Nick Tran is the Vice President of Brand and Culture Marketing. In his role, he is responsible for brand strategy, campaigns and activations and social media. He recently led the charge on Hulu’s ͞Better Ruins Everything͟ brand campaign that warns consumers ͞We’re About to Ruin TV for You.͟Before joining Hulu, Tran spent two years at Samsung Electronics as the Head of Brand Culture where he established a corporate partnership with Disney and integrated social media, influencer and experiential teams across Samsung’s passion pillars of entertainment, music and sports. Prior to Samsung Electronics, Tran was VP of Marketing at Stance, where he launched the Cannes Gold Lion award-winning Star Wars campaign. Prior to his time at Stance, Tran served as the Head of Digital Advertising and Social Media at Taco Bell Corp driving creative strategy, community management and campaign execution. During his tenure at Taco Bell, the brand became AdAge’s Marketers of the Year, AdWeek’s Hottest Digital Brand, and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Brands in Advertising and Marketing. In 2013, Tran was included in Social Media Week’s ͞Social 25͟ which recognizes the top influential individuals in social media and he delivered the keynote at VidCon as he was an early advocate for collaboration between brands and YouTubers. He holds an MBA from The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Ryan Friedlinghaus
    CEO
    Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs is a prodigy in the automotive customization industry. Redefining the business with a $5000 loan from his grandfather, Ryan went on to shape car culture and revolutionize the custom vehicle industry.
  • Kandee Johnson
    Beauty & Lifestyle Expert & Creator
    Through her viral YouTube transformation tutorials and inspirational videos, Kandee Johnson has revolutionized millions by giving her viewers the tools to shape their lives from the inside out. Known and beloved by a loyal, diverse and expansive audience, she can hardly walk down the street without meeting a fan whose life she has touched. Kandee is a founder and leader in the modern world of the digital beauty influence
  • Dan O'Brien
    GM of US, HTC VIVE
    Daniel O’Brien is GM of the US for HTC Vive where he manages strategy and go-to-market efforts of the VR portfolio including Vive Product Management, Sales, and Marketing of the HTC Vive. With more than 18 years in the wireless and tech industry industry, Dan brings a strong understanding of sector and retail economics, product lifecycles, and in building ecosystems of support around key products and industries. Since joining HTC in 2008, Dan has held positions including Director of Product Management for the smartphone business, Global Director of Compliance, Consumer Privacy & Security and Executive Director of Product Marketing.
  • Kelly Mullens Brown
    President
    Kelly Mullens Brown is currently President, Ryan Seacrest Enterprises (RSE) and President, RSD Lifestyle, LLC. and oversees corporate strategy, brand innovation and strategic alliances for creative entrepreneur, popular TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest and his various business and philanthropic interests. She is responsible for driving, evaluating, and executing new business development initiatives, including acquisitions, investments, and organic growth projects.
  • Philip Thomas
    President
    Philip Thomas is President of Ascential Events, the parent company of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and its associated events for the creative communications industry and Money20/20, the largest global events for Payments, FinTech and Financial Services. Philip began his current role when Ascential Events was established in August 2016. He remained CEO of Cannes Lions from 2006 until 2018 when he assumed the role of Chairman.
  • Lori Feldman
    EVP, Strategic Marketing
    Lori Feldman serves as EVP of Strategic Marketing at Warner Bros. Records, a role she has held since 2012. In this position she oversees the team that creates unique marketing platforms for the label’s artists through brand partnerships, sports marketing, music licensing for advertising, gaming and branded content, events, music video product integrations, and more. Artists across the roster, including Michael Bublé, Jason Derulo, Gary Clark Jr., Andra Day, and Bebe Rexha, have benefited from partnerships with Coca Cola, Citibank, The NFL, The NBA, Chrysler, Delta Airlines, Gap, and Pepsi among others. Feldman was named to Billboard Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 Top 100 Women in Music lists, as well as their 2016, 2017 and 2018 Branding Power Players list. She is on the advisory boards of Musicians On Call, The EveryGirl Collective, and a is a founding member of PTTOW. Having joined Warner Bros. Records in 1995 from Virgin Records; Feldman’s purview has covered radio and video promotion, music licensing for television, advertising and film, sports marketing and brand partnerships. She is continually inspired and excited by the ever-changing landscape of the music, technology and media businesses, and believes that, when brands are able to connect to consumers in an authentic fashion, through music and storytelling, everybody wins. Lori lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
  • Vikram Bhaskaran
    Head of Market Development
    Vikram worked on the first version of Pinterest eight years ago. Currently head of market development, Vikram leads industry strategy and teaches marketers how to best use Pinterest. Prior to Pinterest, Vikram worked in strategy and business development roles at American Express, L2, Walt Disney and the Corporate Executive Board. In his free time, he sits on the board of the Museum of Food and Drink. Vikram is currently saving ideas about home renovation ideas, parenting tips and summer travel inspiration.
  • Camille Hackney
    EVP, Partnership Marketing & Commerical Licensing
    Executive Vice President of Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing, Atlantic Records; Head of Global Partnerships Council, Warner Music Group
    Camille is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships for the company and 
    Atlantic’s diverse roster of top notch artists with the goal of marrying musical talent with prominent brands to create impactful campaigns and promotions. 
    She has worked with companies including Coca Cola, Kraft, Adidas, Verizon 
    Wireless, Pepsi, Microsoft, Nokia, Heineken, Samsung, Apple, AT&T, NASCAR, 
    NBA, NFL, Chrysler, Diageo, P&G, and many others.
  • Stephen Colvin
    Global Head of Bloomberg Live
    Stephen Colvin is the Global Head of Bloomberg LIVE, the company's global events division. Colvin leads the Bloomberg LIVE operation and is responsible for defining ground-breaking live event opportunities that break news, move markets and provide executive-level attendees with experiences that Bloomberg is uniquely positioned to create. He joined the company in January 2017 and is based in New York.

    Prior to joining Bloomberg, Colvin served as CEO of Robb Report Media. During his tenure, Colvin was responsible for all areas of the company's multi-platform global media business. He expanded the company's digital operation, introduced the Robb Report Luxury Lab, launched their daily newsletter, secured new international publishing partnerships while renegotiating existing ones in 10 countries, organized the Robb Report Luxury Summits in New York, Miami and LA and much more.

    Colvin started his media career in London, which included 8 years at Dennis Publishing where, as Publishing Director, he launched several successful magazine and event businesses. He moved to New York in 1995 to create Dennis Publishing US and during the next 11 years he established a financially successful and trailblazing media company that encompassed magazines, digital media, events and TV. Colvin’s more recent experience includes President of then start-up The Daily Beast and then CEO of The Newsweek Daily Beast company, as well as EVP, CBS Interactive and Executive in Residence of the venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
  • Paula Kupfer
    SVP, Global Partnerships and Promotions
    Bio coming soon.
  • Lauren Nagel
    VP, Executive Creative Director & Women’s Community Co-Chair
    Lauren Nagel is the VP, Executive Creative Director and Women’s Community Co-Chair at Pandora, the number one music-streaming service in America. By day, she leads a diverse team of designers, copywriters, and audio producers to create innovative advertising in the wild digital west, while also championing women’s leadership and empowerment in the tech, music, and media industries. Proudly representing the 11% female creative director population, Lauren aims to elevate inclusive creative leadership to amplify global stories and storytellers. Lauren’s expertise in sonic branding and creative helped Pandora drive over $500M in advertising revenue in 2017. By night, Lauren is a vocalist for improv hip-hop group The Freeze, the house band for global storytelling phenomenon Mortified, and was featured by Creative Mornings OAK for her lecture on humility and improvisation in the creative space.
  • CURT MENEFEE
    Host, NFL & UFC on FOX
    Veteran studio and game broadcaster Curt quarterbacks America’s most-watched pregame show FOX NFL SUNDAY each week as studio host. When it’s not football season, he welcomes fans as a host of UFC on FOX and also covered the network’s inaugural U.S. Open Golf Championship in 2015. Outside of sports, Curt hosted the 2016 Travel Channel show Hello Goodbye, and he is the author of sports novel " Losing Isn’t Everything", available November 1, 2016. When he is not hard at work in Los Angeles television studios, Curt is an avid traveler, having visited over 80 countries and all 7 continents.
  • Jennifer Frommer
    SVP, Creative Content
    Jennifer Frommer is an award winning Branded Content expert, immersed in creativity and technology. Jennifer has engineered award-winning campaigns combining entertainment, fashion, art and technology with some of the world’s biggest artists and brands. Known for creating content that cuts through, her central role has been developing impactful creative platforms merging art with commerce, talent with brands. Jennifer is an expert in creating visual storytelling programs, advertising campaigns and branded content stunts with brands including Jaguar, Pepsi, Samsung, Microsoft, Chevy and many others. She’s created immersive experiences with global superstars including: John Legend, The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, Eminem, U2. She is well recognized in her field for her unmatched expertise in helping brands target millennials with a unique combination of digital and entertainment assets. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at top creative industry functions including Cannes Lions, One Show, Advertising Week. Her work has been recognized by leading industry and consumer publications from Billboard to Ad Week to the NY Times. Jennifer has served on several prestigious juries including the One Show Emerging Directors Showcase. Jennifer sits on the Executive Board of WIE, an influential women's leadership network that provides professional women with the motivation and learning to succeed in their careers.
  • Isabel Gan
    Managing Director
    Isabel joined Puji Capital as Managing Director of US and is responsible for deal sourcing and partnership management. Puji Capital works with top families in Asia and US to invest in, acquire, or create joint venture with top US companies in consumer, media, and entertainment sectors. Prior to Puji Capital, she served as Head of Corporate Development for China and Director of Global Digital Business Development in Mattel. During her tenure in Mattel, She led cross-border teams to create multiple joint ventures and strategic partnerships with global top players in digital technology, entertainment, retail, and E-commerce sectors. Isabel created partnerships with Tencent, JD, Alibaba, Fosun, NetEase, and Babytree, which are top players in their respective fields. Before Mattel, Isabel led M&A and Joint Venture execution and management in Cummins, the largest diesel engine and generator manufacturer in the world. Besides investment and Joint Venture, Isabel also has substantial experience in brand building, digital marketing, and E-commerce in China. Isabel has a MBA from Kellogg Business School and dual degree in Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
  • Steve Schnur
    Worldwide Executive, Music
    Steve's hands-on approach with composer selection and score production has earned EA well over 50 soundtrack nominations, in which he has produced over 200 EA soundtrack albums. With the formation of Artwerk Music, Steve has signed alternative breakthroughs Matt and Kim, and Chromeo, amongst others.
  • 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.
  • FARA HOWARD
    Head of Marketing, Amazon Fashion
    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. 
  • Matt Ringel
    EVP
    Matt leads brand partnerships for Red Light Management, the foremost artist management company in music. The firm innovates new approaches to content collaborations, sponsorships, endorsements, commercials, and product licensing across a talent roster that includes Tiësto, Enrique Iglesias, Dave Matthews Band, Bastille, ODESZA, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and many others. Red Light Management also help brands navigate today’s exciting assortment of music festivals.
  • Rick Jacobs
    CEO
    Rick Jacobs serves as senior political advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mr. Jacobs is the CEO for Accelerator for America. Accelerator for America is a non- profit that provides strategic support to the best local initiatives to strengthen people’s economic security, specifically initiatives that connect people with existing jobs, create new opportunities and foster infrastructure development.
  • Denyelle Bruno
    CEO & President
    Denyelle Bruno is the President and CEO of Tender Greens, a fine-casual restaurant concept founded in 2006. With 28 locations, the most recent opening in New York and Boston, the company plans to expand across the eastern seaboard and beyond. Before joining Tender Greens, Denyelle was the President of Retail at Drybar and prior to that she held leadership positions at Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Macy’s and was one of a seven-member team tasked to create a retail experience for Apple Computer. Denyelle was raised in Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and Master of Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
  • Carlos Gil
    VP, Global Male Grooming, Axe
    Carlos is Vice President Global Male Grooming at Unilever. In this position, he is Axe Global Head of Brand and is leading Unilever’s Male Grooming portfolio strategy. Carlos has been leading Axe globally for more than 12 years. Under Carlos’ leadership Axe has grown to consolidate as the global leader in male grooming. Carlos is known for his progressive brand vision, strategy and his innovative integrated marketing campaigns, which have been widely awarded over the years.
  • Tim Castelli
    President, National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships
    Bio coming soon...
  • Christie Marchese
    CEO
    Christie Marchese is the founder and CEO of Picture Motion, an award winning social impact agency for film and entertainment that helps inspiring and powerful stories drive lasting change. Christie previously ran digital strategy for the social action group at Participant Media, and at Norman Lear’s nonprofit Declare Yourself. She also spent time at Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee.
  • Garson Yu
    Founder & Creative Director
    Designer and multimedia artist Garson Yu is founder/creative director of yU+co. Since 1998, yU+co has created over 150 film and television title sequences; earning an Emmy award and multiple nominations. In 2006, yU+co[lab] opened in Hong Kong specializing in new media, interactive and experiential design. Native from Hong Kong, Garson holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art and is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
  • Pete Tong
    Partner, Radio Personality
  • Ronnie Madra
    CEO & Co-Founder, 1 Oak
    Ronnie Madra is a seasoned veteran in the nightlife, hospitality, and entertainment world. He is Co-Founder and Partner of Butter Group and its leading global nightclub brand, 1 OAK, with locations across New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Dubai, and The Maldives. More recently, Madra founded EAROS, which offers a revolutionary high-fidelity hearing protection product for the nightlife, hospitality, sports, and fitness sectors.
  • Adam Mizel
    Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer, CFO
    An entrepreneur, executive and private equity / venture investor combining these skills to build successful businesses. Currently, the Chief Growth Officer / CFO of Freebird Rides, a rapidly growing company that offers rewards and cash back to consumers using UBER. Businesses and brands subsidize rides only for customers who transact with them. With our initial focus on bars and restaurants, we are a national solution to Defeat Drunk Driving.
  • Michael Mendenhall
    Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Communications Officer
    Michael Mendenhall joined TriNet in March 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Communications Officer. He leads all marketing and communications functions, including messaging, branding, advertising, demand generation, product marketing and corporate communications. Michael is a marketing and technology veteran with extensive leadership experience.

    Prior to TriNet, he most recently served as IBM’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Communications Officer for IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, leading all marketing and communications strategies for both business areas. Prior to IBM, Michael was the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Communications Officer at Flex. While at Flex, he led the successful rebranding and strategic repositioning of the company beyond an electronics manufacturing services provider to a “sketch-to-scale” supply chain solutions company, operating across 12 different industries, with 200,000 employees around the world.



    Prior to Flex, Michael was the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Fusion.io, where he helped transform its brand positioning and product alignment prior to its acquisition by SanDisk. Before Fusion.io, Michael served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Hewlett-Packard and spent 17 years at the Walt Disney Company, where he rose to President of Marketing and Synergy for Walt Disney Studios and Executive Vice President of Global Marketing for Disney Parks and Resorts.



    Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications and Speech from Emerson College.
  • Andrew Nusca
    Digital Editor
    Andrew Nusca is the digital editor of FORTUNE and a co-chair of its Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. He's a veteran of CBS, graduate of New York and Columbia universities, native of Philadelphia, and resident of Santa Monica.
  • Josh Brooks
    SVP, Brand Strategy & Marketing
    Josh Brooks is a marketing veteran in the entertainment, media, and tech space. At Jam City, Brooks oversees and maintains the studio’s game portfolio of original and IP franchises, go-to-market strategy, and integrated marketing. Brooks monumental career includes creating the first integrated marketing team at MySpace, managing the Grammy-nominated band Queens of the Stone Age, and an investment from Shark Tank’s investors on a mobile venture.
  • Derek Vandenbosch
    COO
    COO of RED in Santa Monica. Advertising and digital agency veteran, with a career spent at agencies such as Wieden and Kennedy, Razorfish and TBWA CHIAT DAY before joining RED in 2013. Derek has spent the past two decades focusing on creative and technology operations and output, product management, delivery process and overall company growth and success. He has developed deep product and marketing innovation experience, with a track record of experimenting with new technologies, new customer behaviors and new ways of building and running teams, with the intent to help companies grow and evolve with the rapidly changing marketplace.
  • Emily Zaborniak
    Executive Creative Director
    As ECD at RED, I encourage innovative thinking with a narrative heart. I help to oversee multiple accounts, to guide Creatives, and to lead cultural initiatives such as the RED Women’s Group.
  • Roni Sebastian
    Executive Creative Director
    With an emphasis on digital marketing, I sharpened my skills at some of the top agencies in New York City for 17 years before relocating to the west coast for warmer weather, new creative challenges and a bigger closet for my sneaker collection. As ECD at RED, I help guide the vision and inspire cross-discipline teams to develop brand experiences that consumers engage with and enjoy.
  • Peter Day
    CTO
    After gaining a Ph.D. in machine learning (and a brief career in academia), Peter spent 12 years working in the financial markets in a variety of roles in the quantitative finance sphere, including low latency pricing and portfolio analytics (xVA), and culminating in being responsible for equity derivatives risk and pricing technology globally for UBS. More recently Peter has left the financial markets to rediscover his roots in machine learning and is currently the CTO for Quantcast—a leading ad-tech firm that uses machine learning to target advertising in real time.
  • Richard Browning
    CEO & Founder
    Richard Browning, Founder & Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Richard is the Founder of Pioneering Aeronautical Innovation company, Gravity. Launched in March 2017 Gravity has invented, built and patented an ‘iron man like’ flight system. The dream was to reimagine an entirely new authentic form of human flight leaning on an elegant collaboration of mind and body augmented by leading edge technology. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within 7 days of launch. In the first 12 months Gravity executed 46 flight events across 16 countries including 4 Ted talks. Richard and the team are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…’.
  • Sean Moran
    Head of Marketing & Partner Solutions
    Sean Moran is the Head of Viacom’s Marketing & Partner Solutions, overseeing all advertising sales for the company's portfolio of media brands, as well as Velocity, the award-winning branded content studio, and Advanced Marketing Solutions, leading the rapid growth of all non-linear advertising revenue. Sean is a co-founder and current board member of OpenAP, the industry’s first open platform for cross-publisher advanced audience targeting and independent measurement.
  • Paul Imhoff
    Head of Marketing Communications
    Proven marketing and sales leader passionate in solving complex brand strategies, product launches, strategic partnerships, media planning, event activations, ride & drive tours, and motor sports events with clearly defined strategies that improve brand awareness, opinion, consideration and purchase intent. I've been successful at orchestrating sales and marketing campaigns from launching a luxury car brands to managing regional marketing efforts, high-end events, global brand launches, award-winning digital marketing, search engine marketing, and lifestyle marketing programs. Recognized for being an effective leader who understands that success comes from the efforts of every member on the team.
  • Joe Marchese
    President, Advertising Revenue
    Joe Marchese is President of Advertising Revenue for Fox Networks Group (FNG), a role in which he oversees linear and nonlinear sales, advertising research and advanced ad products for FNG’s portfolio of industry-leading network brands. Mr. Marchese previously served as FNG’s President of Advanced Advertising Products. Earlier, Mr. Marchese was CEO of true[X], a leading engagement advertising company, which was acquired by Fox Networks Group in 2015. Mr. Marchese is also a founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Reserve.com and Executive Chairman and founder of Human Ventures.
  • Christina Korp
    COO
    Christina Korp is known as an astronaut Wrangler. A veteran of the mainstream entertainment and media industry, she has used her experience to create and execute global space marketing campaigns such as the "Get Your Ass to Mars"(#GYATM), "Destination Mars" and "Generation Mars" product lines, with all proceeds of sales benefitting the ShareSpace Foundation. She conceptualized the Giant Mars Map™, an exciting, standards-based interactive educational tool that is gifted to schools and education centers throughout the U.S. She also co-produced the Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning ȩBuzz Aldrin’s Cycling Pathways to MarsȪ VR Experience with 8i
  • Tim Kring
    CCO
    Tim Kring is best known as the creator/producer of NBC’s “HEROES”. Tim is currently the Executive Producer/Showrunner for “TREADSTONE”, a spinoff of the JASON BOURNE films that will air onUSA Network in the fall of 2019. In 2017, Kring launched ChangeUp, Inc, a mobile app that allows consumers and retailers to round-up purchases to the nearest dollar and send the spare change to any charity in America.
  • Steve Ellis
    EVP, Ad Strategy & Business Development
    Steve Ellis is the Founder and CEO of WHOSAY, now the largest and most trusted influence marketer in the world. WHOSAY powers creative campaigns for hundreds of brands across every vertical, utilizing every level of talent, and delivers measurably superior results to every other current form of mobile and social advertising. WHOSAY has created over 300 campaigns for Fortune 100 brands such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Google, Chevrolet, Macy’s, H&M and others. Prior to WHOSAY, Steve was founder and CEO of Pump Audio Inc, a US-based music licensing company that represents independent artists and their music worldwide for placement in TV, advertising, video games and film. Pump Audio was sold to Getty Images in June 2007. Prior to 2000, Ellis spent several years as a musician and was signed to recording contracts by both independent and major labels. Steve Ellis is originally from England but moved to the USA in 1988 to attend the Wharton School of Business, where he earned a BSC in Economics and Management.
  • Alan Beard
    Chief Brand Officer
    Chief Brand Officer of Otter, Former CMO of Fullscreen (acquired by Otter) Founder & CEO of McBeard (acquired by Fullscreen)
  • Tina Guo
    CEO
    Tina Guo is an internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic/electric cellist, recording artist, and composer. She is the featured soloist in many Film, TV, and Game scores including Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Inception, CSI:NY, League of Legends, Diablo III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, III, and IV. Tina is an official brand partner with Bentley Motors, composing, performing, and producing the 2018 launch music for the luxury hybrid vehicle, Bentayga Hybrid.
  • Beth-Ann Eason
    President
    Beth-Ann oversees Innovid’s high-performing Sales, Marketing and Client Services teams. Prior to Innovid, she held several executive roles at Conde Nast, including SVP, Digital Development and SVP/GM of Epicurious. Additionally, Beth-Ann previously served as VP of Category Development for Yahoo!, as well as VP and General Manager for Doubleclick (acquired by Google). She is a founding member of W.O.M.E.N., a professional women’s mentoring program and served as a board member for the Advertising Club of New York, Online Publishers Association and IAB.
  • Mark Owens
    CEO
    Appointed CEO of Rogers & Cowan in November 2015, and CEO of now aligned IPG - FRUKT brand, Mark is in an entertainment communications, content, and brand expert. Previously, Mark served as the Chief Revenue Officer for Corbis, a Bill Gates-owned digital content, entertainment and licensing company for 5 years. While at Corbis Entertainment, he was responsible for driving efforts to connect global brands and the entertainment industry through strategic brand integration and created the Branded Entertainment Network. Mark joined Corbis Entertainment in 2012 with the acquisition of the Norm Marshall Group where he was President and handled Microsoft, Heineken and GM brands worldwide for their Entertainment strategy. Earlier in his career, he served as Managing Director at Ketchum Public Relations and Executive Vice President at Davie Brown Entertainment, responsible for brands such as Pepsi, Reebok and Mini Cooper.
  • Aaron Grosky
    COO
    Aaron Grosky is the COO of Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR company backed by some of Hollywood’s biggest players. He leads strategic partnerships and initiatives and is responsible for the growth and development of the company. Dreamscape Immersive has raised more than $40 million in funding since its inception from investors including Steven Spielberg, 21st Century Fox, AT&T’s Warner Media, Viacom, and AMC among others. Dreamscape Immersive will open its first permanent location later this year. Aaron has more than 20 years of experience spearheading transformational shifts in content creation, distribution and establishing emerging platforms that support new entertainment experiences. Prior to joining Dreamscape, Grosky served as President of Control Room, leading the company across all aspects of the live entertainment business, producing more than 100 TV specials, several of which have attracted audiences of more than 1 billion viewers. Prior to Control Room, Grosky founded Shift, a media services solution focused on transitioning media publishing businesses from physical to digital commerce, which he sold to Virgin Entertainment Group in 2003.
  • Bai Gan
    Chief Product Officer
    Bai Gan serves as Zenni Optical’s Chief Product Officer, leading the company’s overall product initiatives, including merchandising and supply chain management, OEM/ODM relations, product/collection development, new optical technology evaluation and new product launches. Additionally, Bai handles Zenni’s regulatory compliance standards and the coordination and management of offshore manufacturing teams.
  • Evan Greene
    CMO
    Overseeing marketing and brand strategy for the Recording Academy™, Greene has been the agent of change for music's biggest brand, the GRAMMY®, for the past 14 years. Working across all business units of the Academy, including charities MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Museum®, as well as membership, advocacy, and awards, Greene and his department apply expertise in strategy, advertising, marketing communications, analytics, and brand partnerships to innovate for one of today's most vital music organizations. Through careful strategic planning, influenced by both qualitative and quantitative research analytics, Greene and his team have fundamentally shifted business structure, evolving a traditional, nonprofit trade organization into a more dynamic, forward-looking business entity. With effective marketing being rooted in a good story, Greene's ability to craft a compelling narrative has cemented deeper connections both inside the organization and across the consumer landscape.
  • Jake Udell
    Founder
    I am the founder of TH3RD BRAIN - a music production company known for our management and record label. We represent artists ranging from Gallant to Krewella on the management front and artists such as NoMBe, Emmit Fenn and Thutmose on the label front. We were instrumental in the development of ZHU and Grace VanderWaal as well. I write a daily newsletter everyday at artofamanager.com
  • Mike Tunnicliffe
    EVP, Head of Universal Music Group and Brands, US
    Mike Tunnicliffe, EVP – Head of Universal Music Group And Brands oversees Universal Music Group’s new business activity related to brand partnerships, strategic marketing alliances and marketing programs for advertisers in the USA. Tunnicliffe works with the strategic marketing groups at the company’s labels and UMG’s digital, commercial and marketing departments to create new revenue opportunities for artists, labels and artists’ brands. He joined UMG on Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Effie Epstein
    Managing Partner
    Effie is the Managing Partner of Sound Ventures, an LA-based venture capital fund founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary. In this role, Effie leads investing, strategy and the day-to-day management of the fund. Prior to Sound, Effie led Global Strategy at Marsh, a multi-billion dollar division of financial services firm Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC). She's also held leadership positions across media, tech and financial services. Effie was SVP of Planning and Head of Investor Relations at iHeartMedia, as well as Head of Business Development and Strategy at CLEAR. Earlier in her career, Effie was part of Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power investment banking group as well as the Global Strategy team at NYSE Euronext. Effie earned her BA from University of Texas in Austin and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Ricky Engelberg
    VP, Brand Connections
    Ricky Engelberg is the VP of Brand Connections at Converse where his team oversees Advertising, Integrated Media, Social, and Membership. A 15-year veteran of Nike, Inc. he has helped drive the creation of Nike+, the Nike+ Fuelband, and Connected Product. He spent his first decade at Nike focused on the growth of Digital Marketing at Nike.
  • Maurice Cooper
    CMO
    Maurice currently serves as the CMO at Wingstop Restaurants, a rapidly growing, $1 billion restaurant concept with 1,200 restaurants in 10 markets globally. Maurice was previously the Global Vice President of the Holiday Inn Brand Family at InterContinental Hotels Group overseeing four brands and 3,500 hotels. He has also served as a brand leader at The Coca-Cola Company with responsibility for Coca-Cola, Sprite, Coke Zero, and several emerging ventures. Maurice holds a BA from Morehouse College, and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
  • Jenny Wu
    Founder
    Jenny is a partner at the renown Los Angeles based architecture firm, Oyler Wu Collaborative. She is also the founder and director of LACE by Jenny Wu, the leading 3D printed luxury jewelry brand. The firm is recognized for its experimentation in design, material research, and fabrication, and was the winner of Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record and the 2017 The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize recipient.
  • Ukonwa Ojo
    Chief Marketing Officer of Consumer Beauty
    Ukonwa Ojo is a proven business leader and passionate marketer with 20+ years of experience. She serves as a Chief Marketing Officer for Consumer Beauty at Coty Inc, managing over $2 Billion in sales, with US P&L responsibility for COVERGIRL, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Clairol, and Lifestyle Scenting/Fragrances and global responsibility for COVERGIRL and Sally Hansen.
  • Carlos Watson
    CEO
    Carlos is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. In 2013, Carlos co-founded OZY, the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else. Carlos brings to OZY a textured background in both business and media. He is the host of OZY’s original political documentary series The Contenders — 16 for ’16 and prime-time talk show Third Rail With OZY, both airing on PBS. Carlos is also the host of OZY’s forthcoming original documentary series Breaking Big. Previously, Carlos anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation’s largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the global head of education investment banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.
  • Tal Chalozin
    CTO & Co-Founder
    Tal guides technology development and implementation, product creation and business development activities across the company. Tal has over 17 years of development experience, including serving as an officer in the Israeli Air Force – Computer Unit and co-founding GarageGeeks. He was selected for "Top Europe's Young Entrepreneur" in 2008 and World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneer" in 2010.
  • Stephen Attenborough
    Chief Commercial Officer
    Stephen commercial activities for Virgin Galactic, part of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which is on track to become the world's first passenger-carrying commercial spaceline.

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covering brand management, sales, marketing, customer care, communications, education and outreach, and partnerships for the human spaceflight business. This has now attracted approximately 700 Future Astronauts from more than 50 countries along with $80 million in deposits. He has also been responsible for work-streams investigating -- and now building -- the non-tourism applications for the new space vehicles, particularly science research and small satellite launch.
  • Ashley Ellefson
    Head of Operations
    Ashley Ellefson is the Director of Operations at The Drone Racing League, the premier, international drone racing circuit for elite pilots. A 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Ashley has been recognized for delivering and producing all of DRL’s races from start to finish, bringing the sport of the future to life through complex, three-dimensional racecourses in iconic venues across the globe. Prior to DRL, she served as the Vice President of New Event Development at Tough Mudder, where she developed and codified all of their event operation standards including health and safety, vendor management, and live event on-site operations. Since signing on as Tough Mudder’s first employee, Ashley spent 5 years at the mud-run company, managing events in the UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Canada with attendance ranging from 5,000 - 30,000 participants. Prior to Tough Mudder she worked for two years in New Zealand, organizing conferences similar to TED Talks for more than 1,000 attendees.
  • Jordan "Jet" Temkin
    THE CHAMP: Jordan "JET" Temkin, 27, is the only World Champion DRL has ever had, winning the title in both 2016 and 2017. He’s continuing to dominate in 2018 with consistent flying and careful racing strategy. JET is known for being a relaxed competitor. He listens to music during racing, makes jokes, and comes through with major plays in high pressure moments.
  • Jonathan Harris
    President
    Harris has more than 25-years of experience shaping and strengthening consumer tech companies with extensive experience in sales and marketing, project management and business development. Recently, Harris served as Senior Vice President of Intergalactic Sales at GoPro, where he expanded GoPro's retail presence from ~2,500 doors to over 40,000 and sales from $19MM to over $1.6B over the course of his tenure. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for TrackR, the bluetooth-based item tracking device
  • Edgar Hernandez
    CRO
    As Chief Revenue Officer, Edgar Hernandez leads a team of creative strategist, consultants, and producers to inform, disrupt and execute new platforms on behalf of brand partners to engage youth culture. For the last 15 years, he's been in embedded in youth culture helping brands understand the ever-changing landscape, and it's impact on long term business goals. He and his team are currently working the 3rd Installment of ComplexCon which will be in Long Beach on November 3rd and 4th. It's a celebration of music, fashion, art, activism, sneakers, gaming, entertainment, and food with over 50,000 attendees.
  • Brad Haugen
    President
    Brad has spent his career working on big brands. From working at BBH to helping start Pencils of Promise to his near-decade as CMO of SB Projects working with clients such as Justin Bieber, Brad has been at the forefront of media and entertainment. At ATTN:, he is leading the charge to grow of one of the hottest new companies in the media space. He lives in LA with his wife and two kids.
  • Peter Crone
    The Mind Architect
    Peter Crone devotes his life to sharing insights and strategies to create an inspired life and find true freedom by awakening new levels of awareness. He helps redesign the subconscious mind that drives behavior and performance as well as uses the wisdom of Ayurveda to help people find balance through diet and lifestyle. He’s worked with entertainers, professional athletes, as well as global organizations. His commitment is to sharing his perspective that inspires the realization of a new way of being human. To go from a life of limitation and stress to one of freedom and joy.
  • Ariel Kaye
    CEO & Founder
    Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute, the fast-growing home essentials brand based in Los Angeles. Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality bedding and a good night’s sleep. The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR.
  • Amanda Demme
    Photographer
    Amanda Demme is an American photographer and creative director. Her work was described by the LA Times as "emotional and dark, even cinematic." In addition to her fine art photography, Demme has shot editorially for New York Times, Interview, New York Magazine and others. Demme conceptualized and shot the award winning July 2015 cover story "Cosby: The Women." which galvanized discussions about sexual assault on social media via #theemptychair.
  • Jen Cambridge
    VP, Frontline Systems & Experience
    Real customer service takes real people. No one knows this better than Vice President of Frontline Systems & Experience, Jen Cambridge. As a key leader behind T-Mobile’s Team of Experts strategy, she’s cutting out the robots and transfers and connecting customers to the right person—the first time. With two decades of care experience under her belt, Jen is all about turning the traditional customer service paradigm on its head.
  • Ramon Hermann
    Director of Esports
    Ramon has been an esports pioneer since he started the European esports team at Blizzard Entertainment and worked on iconic titles like Warcraft and StarCraft. Ramon later joined League of Legends publisher Riot Games, bringing esports to the U.S. college space and working with conferences like the Big Ten. Ramon is currently heading Tencent’s esports efforts in the West where he is dedicated to connecting Esports and Mobile Gaming.
  • Heidi Arthur
    The Advertising Council
    The Ad Council launched the Love Has No Labels campaign in March 2015. The goal of the campaign is to promote inclusion and acceptance of all people across ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and age to reduce bias. The campaign includes an award winning fully integrated PSA campaign by R/GA (including our viral, Emmy Award-winning Skeletons video, viral Emmy-nominated #WeAreAmerica film featuring John Cena, and latest Emmy-nominated Fans of Love film), a yearlong social media program, media partnerships, activations at events (i.e. Pride, corporate Diversity & Inclusion events) , website with tools and resources to challenge bias, and ongoing evaluation including a continuous tracking study.
  • David Gold
    VP, Global Business Strategy
    David Gold joined Vans in 2015 as Vice President of Global Business Strategy, where he is responsible for creating and operationalizing Vans’ global business strategy, partnering closely with all regions and global functions to ensure alignment and execution of strategy. He also leads Vans’ Consumer Insights, Go to Market and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability functions. Prior to joining Vans, Gold was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group and an Associate at Credit Suisse. Gold holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a master’s in International Studies from the Lauder Institute and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University.
  • Kerri Pollard
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Strategic, global executive with experience in building industry-leading, worldwide platforms in the digital marketing arena. As the former president of Commission Junction (aka CJ Affiliate), Kerri was responsible for generating over $xxxM in annual cash flow valued at $xB when acquired by Alliance Data Systems in December of 2014. Following this liquidity event, Kerri assisted with integration activities and onboarded her successor prior to a voluntary departure in July of 2015. In 2016, Kerri returned to the start-up community as chief revenue officer of e-commerce technology company, Honey, and is currently running the sales, marketing and customer success teams at community collaboration platform, Greenfly. Leveraging her rolodex along with her sales and marketing prowess, she is focused on brand amplification, rallying the team and energizing the market with Greenfly's story and value prop.
  • Art delaCruz
    Chief Operating Officer
    Art is the Chief Operating Officer of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that repurposes the skills of veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Since 2010, Team Rubicon has responded to over 280 disasters and grown from eight to 85,000 volunteers. Art served in the US Navy for 22 years and made six deployments flying the F-14 and F/A-18. He also served as an instructor at Topgun and commanded a strike-fighter squadron.
  • James DeJulio
    Co-Founder, President
    James DeJulio is the Co-Founder and President of Tongal, a global community of creators that works with networks, studios and brands to develop awesome video content for every platform. James leads the business and creative development, partnering with organizations like National Geographic, LEGO, Mattel, Disney, NBCUniversal and NASA, while building and mentoring Tongal’s community. Previously, James was a VP of Production at Paramount Pictures
  • Christian Borges
    SVP, Marketing
    I oversee all marketing efforts at true[X], and work with Pooja Midha (president, true[X]), Joe Marchese (president, Advertising Revenue, Fox Networks Group) and other key executive management across both companies to build the next generation of attention-based video ad products and capabilities that are more efficient with consumers time and attention. I’ve spent the last 20+ years immersed in the world of marketing and comms, during which time I’ve been at the forefront in developing digital brand reputation strategies from a 360-degree approach, working with multi-disciplinary teams to develop campaigns that connect and engage consumers both online and off.
  • Cory Johnson
    Chief Market Strategist
    Cory Johnson is Chief Market Strategist at Ripple. In his role, Cory focuses on managing the company’s growth and telling Ripple’s story to regulators, Wall Street, and global financial markets. Previously, Cory worked as a hedge fund portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and journalist at Bloomberg and CNBC covering technology companies. Earlier in his career, Cory ushered in startups, including theStreet.com, the Industry Standard, SLAM, and Vibe magazines
  • Erik Lavoie
    Partner, VICE & Chief Growth Officer, Virtue
    Erik Lavoie is a Partner at VICE and the Chief Growth Officer of VIRTUE. Like the integral role Lavoie played in VICEƅs transformation from a free Ƅzine into a global media juggernaut, Erik is tasked with the expansion of VIRTUE by focusing on its clients including AB-Inbev, Samsung, Unilever and Diageo. Erik graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Commerce of Advertising. He enjoys traveling, biking, and eating
  • Mary-Alice Miller
    CRO
    As CRO of Columbia Care, Mary-Alice manages all legal, compliance and regulatory matters for the organization. Prior to Columbia Care, she served as a senior legal advisor at Fidelity Investments and General Catalyst, a venture capital firm, and spent several years running a media technology startup, which she sold in 2016. She started her career at the law firm of Ropes & Gray as a corporate and transactional attorney
  • Nora Herting
    CEO & Founder
    As CEO and founder of ImageThink. Nora is passionate about expanding people’s definition of creativity–and their own creative potential. It is also what makes Nora respected for exceeding the expectations of some of the world’s biggest brands as a visual strategist, in-demand speaker and successful entrepreneur. Nora recently co-authored of Draw Your Big Idea, an Amazon best seller in creativity and psychology.
  • Toni Wallace
    Head of Music Brand Partnerships
    Driven by her passion for the intersection of music, brands and technology, Toni Wallace has spent the past 12 years creating innovative partnerships and marketing platforms for artists and Fortune 500 brands. She currently oversees brand strategy and development for UTA’s entire music roster, including chart-topping artists like Mariah Carey, Post Malone, DJ Khaled, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Guns N’ Roses, Jessie J, 21 Savage, MUSE and G-Eazy among others. Her success spans across music genres and entertainment mediums including TV, games, live, digital, social, print and retail. Wallace is also a speaker, writer, and donates her time to non-profits focused on women in entertainment and technology, new artist development and youth education.
  • Josh Machiz
    Chief Digital Officer
    Josh Machiz is the Chief Digital Officer of Nasdaq where he’s responsible for managing partnerships, corporate marketing and all of the digital content created for the Nasdaq social media channels, as well as experiential marketing and social media activations at Nasdaq MarketSite. In this role, Josh is responsible for the IPO day social experiences and social advertising for new and established Nasdaq companies. Previously, Josh was the Chief Business Officer for Frucher LLC, a consulting firm performing duties for Nasdaq and the State of New York. He joined Nasdaq in 2013, and has 10+ years of marketing and consulting experience. Additionally, he serves as a board member of GMHC and is a recipient of the 2018 Marketing Edge Rising Star Award.
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad
    Sabre Fencing Olympic Medalist, Activist & Players’ Tribune Contributor
    Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American sabre fencer, is a 2016 Olympic medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion in the sport of fencing. In August 2016, she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab and is also the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States. Ibtihaj is a 3-time All American from Duke University, with a dual degree in International Relations and African Studies.
  • Sadie Novello
    Head of Studios
    Sadie Novello runs GIPHY Studios – the Los Angeles based creative studio for GIPHY and premiere source for original, high-quality GIF creation. GIPHY is the world’s first and largest GIF & Sticker search engine and distribution platform, serving to 300M people daily. Prior to coming to GIPHY, Sadie ran digital development for Whalerock Industries, working with talent and brands to bring their digital business ideas to life. Sadie is also mother to 3 children ranging in age from 5-18, and wife to 1 husband ranging in age from 40-50.
  • Scott Moore
    COO
    Scott Moore is the Chief Operating Officer of Augeo, America's leading, independent engagement and loyalty platform. Scott founded M32 Partners, a strategic advisory practice serving clients in the AI, connected commerce, and consumer product sectors. He spent over a decade at Best Buy where he most recently served as CMO of Best Buy Mobile and led marketing for the entire company during the first phase of the Renew Blue turnaround.
  • Andrew Duplessie
    CEO
    Andrew Duplessie is a growth hacker/influencer. He is a Stanford University Startx Alumni, CEO of Tipster. He has over 250 million followers across Instagram and Facebook. He is an Advisor to Science-Inc Blockchain (Dollar Shave Club). Over the past year alone, Andrew has generated 1B+ impressions, 18M communities, and 5M app downloads.
  • James Rooke
    General Manager, FreeWheel Publishers
    General Manager for FreeWheel Publishers, the next-generation software platform used by television companies to manage their video advertising across all screens and distribution channels. James has an extensive background in the media & entertainment sector, previously working at Time Warner Cable, Ernst & Young and Capgemini.General Manager for FreeWheel Publishers, the next-generation software platform used by television companies to manage their video advertising across all screens and distribution channels. James has an extensive background in the media & entertainment sector, previously working at Time Warner Cable, Ernst & Young and Capgemini.
  • Anda Gansca
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Anda Gansca is the CEO and Co-Founder of Knotch, the leading, independent provider of real-time intelligence for marketers. Founded in 2013, Knotch has been recognized as one of the most innovative marketing technologies in the world, as it seeks to change the way global brands engage and understand their audiences. Amongst Knotch's clients are GE, JP Morgan Chase, Unilever, Prudential and HPE. A regular thought leadership contributor to the trade media and industry at-large, Anda has been named to both Forbes’ and Inc.’s annual 30-Under-30 lists, AdWeek's Young Influential List and AdWeek's Top 100 Creatives, to name a few.
  • Richard Yaffa
    CEO
    As Global CEO of Spring Studios, Richard Yaffa is a global marketing and media industry leader with over 25 years of experience at the convergence of creativity, content, media, and brands. Prior to Spring, Rich served as CEO of the consultancy RAY Media II, which focused on the development, acceleration, coordination and execution of business strategies for clients in media and content. Previous roles include CEO of GroupM Entertainment, Sports, and Partnerships, Co-Founder/CEO of The Leverage Group, and Marketing/Sales for the Columbia Records Group. Rich received his MBA from NYU and served as Adjunct Professor at The Tisch School of Arts at NYU.
  • Katie Rosen Kitchens
    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
    Co-founder of FabFitFun, Katie Rosen Kitchens has led its evolution as a female-focused media brand, from writing about great lifestyle products to getting them into people’s hands. Since launching the FabFitFun lifestyle box 2013, she has shifted her energy toward curating fresh and exciting brands for FabFitFun members and overseeing all brand partnerships and product development.
  • Peter Rahal
    CEO & Co-Founder
    As CEO and co-founder of RXBAR, Peter Rahal is responsible for aligning the company’s progressive vision, culture and strategy to build the fastest growing clean-label bar brand in the U.S.. Peter sets the tone for the 200+ employees at RXBAR by bringing to life the principles on which he founded the company. He never takes his mind off what is best for the customer and lives by the mantra, “We don’t cut corners, we add corners.”
  • Nicole Portwood
    VP Brand Marketing
    In her role as VP Brand Marketing at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nicole Portwood manages the full scope of the brand’s strategy, communication, and partnerships. Nicole brings nearly 20 years of experience to her role at Tito’s. Prior to joining, she managed media and brand communications for Jack Daniels, Grey Goose, and others. When Nicole isn’t working she’s painting, playing with her kids, or volunteering.
  • Clint Emerson
    Former Navy SEAL & International Spy Museum Consultant
    Clint is a recently retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service with the Special Operations community. He spent his military career serving under various Naval Special Warfare Commands as a Special Operator (SEAL). Founder and Managing Partner of Escape the Wolf, LLC. His company focuses on workplace violence prevention and response and crisis management for small to large global companies. He is also author of New York Times best selling book, 100 Deadly Skills, identifying bad guy tactics in order to increase good people’s security posture.
  • Nick Stone
    Founder and CEO
    Nicholas Stone is a native of Melbourne Australia who moved to New York City in 2010. He envisioned Bluestone Lane whilst attending Business School in New York, with the idea of providing a premium coffee experience that can be readily found in Melbourne Australia (but not readily in New York). Nick has extensive corporate finance and strategy experience with ANZ Banking Group Limited and UBS Investment Bank, advising and financing some of the world’s largest consumer & services companies in United States, Europe and the Asia/Pacific. Prior to banking, Nick was a professional Australian Rules Football (AFL) player for 6 seasons, having been selected in the 1999 AFL National Draft from Wesley College, Australia (High School). Bluestone Lane was founded in July 2013 by Nicholas Stone and is the fastest growing premium coffee and café brand in New York City, having opened 12 locations within its first 3 years of operations. Currently, Bluestone Lane has 33 nationally. Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Business (Banking & Finance) at Monash University, hold a Master of Applied Finance from FINSIA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Melbourne Business School and a Graduate Certificate in Treasury Management from Fordham Business School in New York.
  • Brian Kelly
    Founder & CEO
    Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG), the digital platform renowned worldwide for all points, miles and travel related tips. Kelly launched TPG in 2010 during his time as a Wall Street road warrior, where he developed his keen sense for maximizing travel experiences while minimizing spending. Since then, the company has grown into a powerhouse travel and lifestyle media platform with a team of distinguished editors and freelancers spanning the globe. With Kelly at the helm, TPG’s audience has doubled every year since the launch, expanding its editorial content to include flight and hotel reviews, curated travel guides, immersive video reviews as well as global event activations. Today, TPG has a dedicated fan base, receiving 6 million monthly readers and more than 2.3 million followers on social media. Voted Forbes #1 travel influencer in 2017, Kelly is the industry leader, shaping the way consumers and brands approach travel.
  • Deborah Curtis
    VP, Global Experiences & Partnerships
    Deborah Curtis is Vice President of Global Experiences and Partnerships at American Express. She leads the company’s partnerships, platforms and experiences across sports, entertainment, and culture. Through her impactful programs, Curtis has been recognized as Billboard's Top Women in Music, Branding Power Players, and Power 100, Variety's Power Women of NY, and was recently named a 2018 She Runs It Working Mother of the Year. Curtis holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, and a bachelor degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she currently serves as an Advisory Board Member.
  • David Clark
    EVP, Freewheel
    David Clark joins Comcast from The Weather Channel (TWC), where he served as President for five years. During that time, he managed programming, strategy and operations and led the company to earn prestigious awards including, The Governor’s Award for Excellence from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to TWC, Mr. Clark served as an Executive Vice President at The Madison Square Garden Company where he implemented sales and partnership strategies across MSG brands and served as General Manager of Fuse, MSG’s music channel. He got his start in media and advertising sales at Viacom/MTV Networks, where he led the company’s Global Marketing Partnerships group, an integrated advertising sales team that worked across Viacom’s businesses worldwide. Mr. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Tulane University.
  • Kevin King
    Global Practice Chair, Digital
    As part of the Edelman Executive Committee, Kevin holds several roles within the firm. He started at Edelman 13 years ago and for the last six years he has been the Global Practice Chair of Edelman Digital, leading what has become the largest social media agency in the world. In addition to his Digital remit, Kevin is also in charge of Edelman Labs, which is focused on innovation on behalf of the firm and their clients. During his time at Edelman, Kevin has been a pioneer in developing global social media programs and infrastructures for companies such as Samsung, Unilever, Starbucks, Activision and GE. He is passionate about the role that social media plays in brand reputation and has been on the front lines of some of the world’s most notable digital events. Kevin has spent 23 years in marketing and PR, the last 20 of which have been focused on the digital communications. Starting early in the dot com revolution, Kevin worked for web development pioneer Methodfive, where he launched the first online efforts for some of the world’s largest entertainment companies, including Disney and Fox Broadcasting. Kevin is a New Jersey native where he lives with his daughter and twin boys. He was a scholarship athlete at the University of Maryland where he received his degree.
  • Chris Williams
    Founder & CEO

    Chris M. Williams is the Founder and CEO of the new kids media company pocket.watch. He is a true pioneer of online video having most recently served as the Chief Audience Officer of Maker Studios. Prior to Maker, Chris was the Founder and CEO of venture backed startup, Take180. Both companies were acquired by The Walt Disney Company where Chris also launched Disney Online Originals.
  • Kath Koschel
    Founder
    'Kath Koschel isn’t your normal athlete. In fact, she’s so modest she wouldn’t even consider herself an athlete. But the former Australian cricketer has more fight in her than most professional athletes ever would. Kath’s story is one of inspiration and utter strength; from a hospital bed defying a prognosis of paralysis to setting up a global movement that drives her every day desire to create a world where people are Kinder to one another. There have been more than a few significant bumps along the way, but Kath has never let the setbacks get the better of her. With her physical and mental resilience, Kath has pulled herself through challenges that most of us could not comprehend, without letting them defy her belief that we all have the capacity for Kindness’.
  • Adam Foss
    Co-Founder
    Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won” leading him to found Prosecutor Impact - a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
  • RYAN CUMMINS
    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.
  • Dan Levi
    EVP & CMO
    Dan Levi is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. He leads the organization’s overall marketing strategy and execution in support of the company’s vision of enabling advertisers and brands to captivate audiences wherever they are. Dan brings deep expertise in developing digital marketing strategies and has a proven track record of driving significant revenue growth, developing brands and creating opportunities for B2B and B2C marketing organizations. He joined CCOA from Levi Media Advisory, a consulting company he founded. Prior to launching his own firm, Levi was chief marketing officer at Captivate, and held senior-level digital marketing positions at companies including Zoom Media, Monster Worldwide, WWE and MTV. Since 2008, Dan has focused on the intersection of digital media, technology and location-based marketing through involvement with the digital place-based advertising industry. He has helped the industry’s nascent embrace of ad tech, mobile and programmatic buying opportunities, building partnerships that bridge the gap between traditional “off-line” media and the digital and mobile ecosystem that drives today’s modern marketing and advertising businesses. Dan has served as advisory board member of Digital Signage Association, chair of creative standards committee and member of the mobile integration committee for Digital Place-based Advertising Association, and member of technology innovations committee of Outdoor Advertising Association of America. He holds a BS in Marketing from Penn State University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Tracy Ryan
    CEO
    After her infant daughter's brain tumor diagnosis in 2013, Tracy Ryan founded, and is now the CEO of CannaKids which supplies medical cannabis products to patients of all ages. With thousands of patients supported around the world, Tracy, alongside Cure Pharmaceutical, has sponsored 4 years of pediatric and adult cancer research at the Technion Institute in Israel, and has a research collaboration currently underway with Dr. Anahid Jewett at UCLA.
  • Jim Kwik
    Founder & CEO
    Jim Kwik is a leader in accelerated learning with online students in over 150 countries. He is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance. For two decades, he has served as the mental coach to many of the world's most admired CEOs and celebrities. Kwik’s cutting edge techniques and impressive mental feats have made him the highly sought-out brain trainer for top organizations including Virgin, Nike, GE, Fox Studios, Harvard, and Singularity University. After a childhood brain injury left him learning-challenged, Kwik created systems to dramatically enhance his own mental performance. He has dedicated his life to helping others master their mind to strive despite the growing epidemic of information overload.
  • Jesse Kirshbaum
    CEO
    Jesse Kirshbaum has been in the trenches of the music business for over a decade. He started his career finding and developing talent. In fact, he worked with some of the biggest and most relevant artists of modern times. Jesse as extensive experience securing talent for concerts, tours and endorsement deals for his various clients and brand partners internationally. The same way he is known for helping break artists, he now focuses on building robust strategies and campaigns for big & emerging brands that wish to breaking into the mainstream zeitgeist. He founded Nue Agency (a creative boutique, recently named to Inc Mag's 500 list as the 3rd fastest growing Media Company in America)to sit at the center of culture, brands and technology. He is the host of Hot 97’s web series “Hot In Tech” and is an authority in music tech culture, as well as the executive producer of the hit digital series #CRWN. Jesse writes and curates a Beats and Bytes, one of the best weekly newsletters in entertainment. Sign up for it at www.NueAgency.com
  • Marvin Chow
    VP, Global Marketing
    For 20 years, Marvin has worked across technology, sports and entertainment. He is currently VP of Global Marketing at Google where he oversees their largest and most strategic products including Search, the Assistant, Maps, Photos, Gmail, AR/VR, Pay, Identity and AI/Machine Learning. He also oversees Google’s global efforts in Social Media and Developer Marketing. Previously, Chow held marketing, innovation and leadership positions at Nike and Nickelodeon in the US and across Asia in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai. He currently is an advisor at WayUp, Gifs.com and TheFreshToast.
  • Janna Wemmer
    Head of Social Media
    Self-starter, entrepreneurial-driven social media rocketeer. Marketing. Mobile social tech. Wife. Mom. Wine aficionado. Game cook.
  • Julie Gautier
    Director
    A child of dance and of sea, Julie Gautier connects these two worlds, roots of her life, to her third world: image As a passionate dancer, a freediving champion, a self-taught filmmaker, she uses these skills to create images and share touching and captivating dreamlike world in her video creations. Behind the camera, as she does in front of it, Julie Gautier uses instinct and sincerity as the basis of her work, offering viewers human and visual experience.
  • GT Dave
    Chief Executive Officer
    Raised with Eastern philosophy, GT Dave adopted a spiritual view of the world from a very young age. ​ In late 1994, GT’s mom, Laraine, was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. When she healed, Laraine shared with doctors that for the last two years she had been drinking a very pungent, homemade tea. The Dave’s crafted their fizzy, fermented brew with a with a Himalayan Mother SCOBY gifted by a family friend. That tea was GT’s Kombucha.​ Inspired by his mom’s experience, it became GT’s mission to make authentic Kombucha accessible for everyone, everywhere. At only 15, he began bottling his brew in the kitchen of his parents’ Southern California home and became the first to put Kombucha on the shelves in the U.S.​ ​For over 20 years, we’ve stayed true to the sacred brewing method of this ancient elixir. GT’s Kombucha is always raw, organic, small batch, handcrafted, and naturally effervescent. ​
  • Chris Detert
    Chief Communications Officer
    As Chief Communications Officer and Co-Founder of Influential, Chris Detert leads his company's marketing and PR efforts. He has played an integral role in Influential's strategic partnerships with IBM Watson and WME, the latter of which is also a key investor in Influential's recent Series B round of funding. Previous to Influential, Detert was the CEO and Founder of American Rebel PR, a PR, Marketing, and events agency, based in LA.
  • Daniel Kirschner
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Greenfly co-founder and CEO Daniel Kirschner has had a varied career holding senior roles spanning law, technology, and business, including as President of the Harvard Law Review, Senior Advisor on Internet Policy at the FCC, and Head of Corporate Affairs at Activision Blizzard. Through his experience, Daniel has come to appreciate the many challenges, risks, and opportunities corporations and brands face in creating and sharing original digital content.agazines
  • Bonin Bough
    Chief Growth Officer & Host of The Cleveland Hustles
    Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field, the host of the CNBC show, Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837. Throughout his illustrious career as one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns across digital, mobile, television, print, and experiential, including the premier of the first ever 3D printed food product, the customizable, real-time 3D printed Oreo at SXSW. As the Chief Media & eCommerce Officer at Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods), he created some of the first marketing programs across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Paramount Films, ABC, NBC, Fox, to name a few, and took precedence in fostering partnerships with startups including Instagram, Foursquare, and Buzzfeed. Prior to Mondelēz International, Bonin led digital marketing globally for PepsiCo, Weber Shandwick and Ruder Finn Interactive. He is seen as one of the top mobile marketers in the world, having been named ƈMobile Marketer of the YearƉ by the MMA. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and has been listed in Fortune Magazine’s ƈ40 under 40Ɖ, Fast Company’s ƈ100 Most Creative People in BusinessƉ, The Adweek 50 and PRWeek Power List. Bonin’s prominence as a transformative activator has helped reinvigorate traditional marketing by combining innovative tech via breakthrough brand campaigns including Oreo, Honey Maid, Pepsi, Gatorade, and countless other billion dollar brands
  • Jonathan Halvorson
    VP, Global Media, Digital & Data
    Jon Halvorson is leader of global media, digital and data marketing practice at Mondelez International, the world's largest snacking company, which makes beloved brands such as OREO, Cadbury, Milka, Trident, Ritz and Toblerone
  • 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.
  • Swen Graham
    SVP, Creative + Global Marketing
    Anthropologist of my own experience. I operate at the intersection of technology, creativity & business. I build ideas, campaigns & businesses. I have two bikes and two passports. I try to use all four as often as possible. My three favorite emojis are 😳 , 💅 & 😬 .
  • Tammy Ma
    Fusion Physicist
    Dr. Tammy Ma is a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Since obtaining her B.S. from Caltech and Ph.D. from UCSD, Tammy now leads experiments on the world’s largest laser in pursuit of thermonuclear fusion - the same reaction powering the sun, and a potentially clean, limitless energy for humankind. She recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the government’s highest honor for up-and-coming researchers.
  • Rich Goodstone
    Co-Founder
    Rich oversees Superfly’s agency services. As head of the agency offering, Rich is responsible for driving development of award-winning strategic and creative lifestyle marketing solutions for a variety of leading brands, leveraging Superfly’s unparalleled expertise driving youth-minded culture. He also develops and oversees revenue sources for Superfly’s landmark festivals with a focus on creating innovative partnerships and multi-channel brand extensions.
  • Nirvan Mullick
    Founder
    Nirvan is a filmmaker, movement maker and speaker. His short film Caine's Arcade celebrated the creativity of one 9 year old boy met by chance at a junkyard in East LA. Following Caine's Arcade, Nirvan founded Imagination.org to foster the creativity of kids worldwide. Imagination's creativity programs have impacted over 1 Million Kids in 80 Countries.
  • Jason Kirk
    Chief Business Officer & President, RightsID
    Jason Kirk is Chief Business Officer for ZEFR and President of RightsID, their industry leading rights management software for the largest media companies in the world across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Prior to ZEFR, Jason was Vice President of Content & Distribution at Ustream, Inc., the world's largest live broadcast platform with over 50M monthly users worldwide. Prior to Ustream, Mr. Kirk was GM of Video & Entertainment at MySpace, and was on the founding team of MySpace Video. In that role, he oversaw the company’s 250+ content licensing deals and 10 original series. Before that, he was a Director of Business Development at HBO. Mr. Kirk earned his degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He loves surfing, traveling, golf and lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles.
  • Chris Stefanyk
    Head of Brand Partnerships
    Chris Stefanyk is currently Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad, an entertainment company that connects over 55 million users per month to stories around the world. Prior to Wattpad Chris has held roles at Torstar Digital, Zalora and Accenture. Chris is a proud graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.
  • Shawn Gold
    CMO
    Shawn Gold is CMO at TechStyle Fashion Group, an industry leading platform created to build global, membership driven fashion brands. TechStyle distributes its own exclusive labels through a unique combination of technology, on-trend design, integrated media and membership commerce. While servicing over 4.5 million active members, they use data and personalization to increase customer satisfaction and foster never before seen efficiencies in the business of fashion. TechStyle brands include JustFab (www.justfab.com), FabKids (www.fabkids.com), ShoeDazzle (www.shoedazzle.com), and Fabletics (www.fabletics.com).
  • Charlie Engle
    Extreme Adventure Athlete, Author of Running Man & President, Charlie Engle Inc.
    Charlie Engle does the seemingly impossible. One of the world's most accomplished ultra-adventure athletes, he has competed in grueling endurance events on 6 continents. He ran 4,500 miles across Africa’s Sahara Desert, a world record featured in "Running the Sahara," narrated by Matt Damon. Running is Charlie's way of life and his salvation, helping him stay clean and sober for 24 years. Charlie's 2016 memoir, "Running Man” is a worldwide bestseller.
  • Mark Brand
    CEO, Chef, & Professor of Innovation
    Bio coming soon
  • Scott "DJ SKEE" Keeney
    CEO
    Founder - Dash Radio & Skee Sports. TV Host, DJ, entrepreneur.
  • Jeanann Grubbs
    CEO & Founder
    After a decade of working at leading ad agencies in Los Angeles, London, and Dallas, Jeanann Grubbs founded Hour One: A New-Media marketing agency that masters the ever-evolving digital landscape for brands.
  • SuChin Pak
    Journalist
    SuChin Pak has been a host and journalist since her first youth focused news magazine program for ABC News in San Francisco at the age of 16. She spent the bulk of her career as an MTV News Correspondent covering everything from presidential elections to red carpets, to long form news programs on school shootings, international disaster relief and just about every major news story representing the voice of the youth generation. She is most proud of her MTV documentary series, My Life Translated, which was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, about the complex stories of second generation Americans. She is currently hosting her third season of Open Account, a podcast about our complicated relationship to money. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and two young children.
  • Elizabeth Ross
    CEO & President
    In Liz’s 20 years of experience, she has held leadership positions at some of the world’s most forward-thinking and fastest-growing agencies, including Global CMO at IPG Mediabrands, Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe’s Digitas, U.S. President at Tribal DDB, and roles in business development at Modem Media and J. Walter Thompson. As a dynamic leader accustomed to navigating today’s complex marketing world, Liz has pioneered brand-consumer relationships for clients such as General Motors, Delta, HP, General Electric, Michelin, Citibank, IBM, Clorox, Hillshire Brands, Visa and Pepsi-Cola, to name a few. In 2008, Liz was inducted into the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Achievement and was named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age. In 2014, she was elected to the board of directors of the AAF and was named a Top 10 Mobile Marketer by the Mobile Media Association. She has also served as a Cannes juror. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University and is a proud mother of three kids. She loves challenging the norm and inspiring marketers to look into the future and become early adopters of innovative ideas and technology.
  • David Beck
    EVP, Corporate Strategy & Operations
    David Beck oversees Turner’s corporate strategy, intelligence & analytics, and corporate business affairs teams, focusing on driving fans centric IP development, programming, distribution, marketing & monetization strategies. Beck co-founded BRaVe Ventures, a media/tech advisory & investment firm, and held senior executive roles at Univision, within the Office of the CEO. He was also a member of Bain & Company’s media and private equity practices.
  • Alan Sartirana
    CEO & Founder
    Alan Sartirana is the CEO of ANTHEMIC, a creative agency whose focus is the cultivation of extraordinary experiences that inspire people and influence culture. While taking a hands-on approach to the experiential marketing, media campaigns, brand partnerships, and content strategy/ development ANTHEMIC undertakes on behalf of its clients, Sartirana is expanding the agency’s US-based multicultural programs and international growth. ANTHEMIC’s clients include Levi’s, Salesforce, Toyota, Converse, DirecTV, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ernie Ball and Burton. The 360-degree boutique agency is also the publisher of FLOOD, a web editorial platform spanning influential music, film, television, art, travel and other areas of lifestyle culture. Sartirana was the co-founder of FILTER magazine and FILTER Creative Group where he developed and executed campaigns for the Gap, Microsoft, Diesel, and PlayStation amongst others. He now brings his reputation for innovation and collaboration, established during the emergence of the digital age, to ANTHEMIC, which advocates calculated risk-taking to elevate its client brands above the clutter of the marketplace for a deeper, more enduring connection with consumers.
  • Musa Tariq
    Former Global Chief Brand Officer & VP
    Chief Brand Officer @Ford. Passionately curious Londoner living in Detroit.
  • Ricardo Dias
    VP, Marketing, Middle Americas
    Ricardo Dias knows the beer business from the ground up. He started selling suds in Brazil, where he went store to store trying to get brand placement for the global beer behemoth known today as Anheuser-Busch InBev. He recently took the role of VP Marketing, Middle Americas, based out of Mexico City, after working several years across a number of roles around the world, including England, Canada, China and the USA.
  • Russell Dubner
    CEO & President, U.S.
    Russell Dubner oversees Edelman’s U.S. region - the firm's largest operation. He joined Edelman as an entry-level account executive and remains involved with a wide range of clients. Russell has written and lectured on the tenets of enduring engagement and a narrative approach to corporate storytelling. He sits on the boards of Center for an Urban Future, Coro NY Leadership Center, and is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and GenNext.
  • Emmanuel Seugé
    Founder
    Coca-Cola executive for 19 years (SVP of Content, VP of Sports, Entertainment, and Ventures), Emmanuel started his own early stage fund in 2017, CASSIUS Family, investing in the areas of Content, Commerce and Consumer.
  • Chris Jacquemin
    Head of Digital
    Chris Jacquemin is a WME partner and leads the company’s Digital content group, focusing on distribution, marketing and windowing strategies for clients in the digital space. In his role, he leads a team in packaging content for distribution across digital platforms and developing new business models for entertainment content across all forms of media.
  • Luke Atkinson
    VP, Smirnoff Global Communications
    Luke Atkinson is VP – Smirnoff Global Communications, leading the worlds #1 premium spirit’s advertising, content and digital activity. He believes that brands grow when they matter, and has been busy for the last three years making Smirnoff matter in culture. Prior to this role, Luke was Head of Planning for Leo Burnett Sydney, during which the agency was placed in top 10 most awarded agencies globally for three years. When he isn’t plotting new communications, he explores the world and cultures.
  • Kevin Doohan
    EVP, CMO
    Kevin Doohan is a brand marketing executive with deep digital marketing expertise. Kevin’s current role is EVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Xperi Corporation. Xperi enables extraordinary experiences. The company does this by integrating its’ technology innovations into consumer electronics products. As Xperi’s CMO, Kevin is responsible for leading a global team tasked with reaching key audiences and improving their awareness of and affinity for Xperi and Xperi’s sub-brands (DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, and Invensas).
  • Jason Wagenheim
    CRO
    Jason Wagenheim is CRO of Bustle Digital Group, publisher of premier women's properties Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Jason oversees all partner strategy, marketing and advertising across platforms, as well as other high-impact programs for Bustle's partners. Jason has more than 20 years experience with some of the industry’s most celebrated brands, holding sales leadership positions at Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and Teen Vogue.
  • DR. MICHAEL BREUS
    President
    Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is one of only 168 psychologists with his credentials. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular contributor on the show (35+ times). Dr. Breus is the author of the new book The Power of When, (September 2016) his third book ( #1 at Amazon for Time Management and #1 in Happiness, #28 overall) which is a groundbreaking bio-hacking book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your hidden biological chronotype. Dr. Breus gives the reader the perfect time to have sex, run, a mile, eat a cheeseburger, ask your boss for a raise and much more.
  • Carter Reum
    Co-Founder
    Carter Reum is the co-founder of M13, a brand development and investment company accelerating businesses at the nexus of consumer products, technology, and media. M13 focuses on building emerging entrepreneurial businesses in Los Angeles, leading more than $100 million of investments over the next 5 years.

    In June 2017, Carter was appointed to the LACMA Board of Trustees as he has vested interest in shaping the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

    In July of 2017, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, hand selected Courtney & Carter Reum to work on the City's branding initiatives and partner engagements as part of the Mayor’s office EIR program. This signature Executive in Residence program was created in an effort to merge the arts and entertainment industries with traditional consumer product industries. The Executive in Residence program is an independent project created to build new opportunities for local designers, artists, and manufacturers and the knowledge & experience that Courtney & Carter offer is unmatched.

    Finally, Courtney & Carter launched Shortcut Your Startup with Simon & Schuster in January 2017 in order to share their insights and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
  • Andy Kleinman
    CEO & Founder
    Andy Kleinman, CEO and Founder of Wonder, has a deep understanding of the entertainment, technology and gaming industries, and has founded or held senior roles at a variety of leading companies over the past 15 years.

    Prior to founding Wonder, Andy served as Chief Business Officer at Scopely, one of the fastest growing mobile gaming companies in the world with hits such as The Walking Dead, Yahtzee with Buddies and WWE: Champions.

    Before this, Andy was a General Manager at Zynga, focusing on the company's International growth, business strategy, and monetization efforts.

    Andy was a partner at Three Melons, a gaming studio famous for making PC games such as LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones. The company was acquired by Playdom, which in turn was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. While at Disney, he led International Business Development for Disney Interactive, focusing on launching their gaming titles across multiple platforms around the world.

    Andy co-founded Vostu, one of the largest social gaming companies in the world. At its peak, Vostu had over 50 million monthly active users across their games on the Facebook and Orkut platforms. His first company Emepe3, founded in 1998, was one of the first and largest online music websites in Spanish, working closely with hundreds of record labels across the world, including the four majors. The company was sold to an international media holding company called FEEL in 2005.

    Andy has always had a passion for the film industry, and through his production company, Massive, advises, produces and invests in films. Andy has produced projects in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Miami, Austin, and Los Angeles, and combines his producing experience with new media. His film Jauja, starring Viggo Mortensen, won the Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. His film Blacktino, featuring Michelle Rodriguez, Daryl Sabara and Danny Trejo, was the opening night film for the SXSW Film Fesitval in 2011.
  • Tom Aronson
    Head of Digital Media
    Tom joined The Walt Disney Company in 2007 to focus on mobile marketing initiatives, including the launch of Disney Parks' first mobile application. In his current role, Tom leads a team of media strategists, planners, and buyers focused on delivering highly engaging digital and social experiences to targeted audiences interested in the Disney Travel portfolio of businesses. Additionally, his team manages key social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and Snapchat for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Before joining Disney, Tom managed award-winning advertising campaigns for Apple while at TBWAChiatDay Advertising. Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
  • Amanda Gutterman
    CMO
    Amanda Gutterman is CMO at ConsenSys, a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the Ethereum ecosystem, and co-creator of Ethereal, the leading blockchain event series. Amanda is also the founder of ConsenSys Catalyst, a marketing agency with expertise building blockchain brands. She was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016. Before ConsenSys, Amanda cofounded Slant, a digital media platform, and served as Special Projects Editor at The Huffington Post. Amanda graduated from Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work has been covered in The New York Times, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and more.
  • Michael Davidson
    CEO
    Michael P. Davidson’s interests revolve around ideas with consequences, leaders and leadership, and generational impact. He connects private sector leaders to innovative, mission-based ideas that help make the world better for future generations. As CEO of Gen Next, Michael has led the organization’s growth to eight markets with 350 Members and launchedtheir venture philanthropy to invest in a range of unique causes. Advantaged by its network of mission-driven leaders, Gen Next creates impact through inventive solutions, for instance countering violent extremism through the only global network of former violent extremists and its strategic partnership with technology titans like Google. Tasked with guiding the Gen Next membership community to make the world a better place, he is always after intellectual adventure and in search of unconventional solutions
  • Juliet Funt
    CEO
    Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. With thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools, she has become a nationally recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work.
  • Fernando Moya
    President
    Ident of Ozono, he began his career as producer of the top rock artists in Argentina, such as Fabiana Cantilo, Charly García, Divididos, Mercedes Sosa and Fito Páez, among others. Fernando is an advisor in the Music Division of T4F (Time For Fun), a Brazilian entertainment company focused on concerts, theaters and artistic events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, in which he worked from 2010 to 2016 producing shows such as : U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Cirque du Soleil, among other artists and shows. Today in Ozono is at the head of the production of: Fuerza Bruta, Soy Luna, Violetta, Mayumana, Radio Disney, Aladdin, Simona, Angela Torres, LOUTA and Victoria Bernardi among others.
  • Emmanuel Marques
    VP, Customer Engagement
    Vice President Customer Engagement at Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, Emmanuel is leading all the Media Strategy, Media Planning, Media Buying (On & Off-line) and CRM strategies that will inspire and engage consumers and will drive conversion. Emmanuel serves also as an Executive Mentor for the Disney Accelerator, advising start-ups on their product development and go-to-market strategies
  • Christopher Bevans
    Founder & Creative Director
    Christopher Bevans, the award-winning Founder of DYNE, a liminal menswear brand that he launched in 2015. Since 2003 Bevans has served as a Design Director of Nike initiating the famous Roger Federer’s (“RF”) logo, created designs for A-list celebrities and consults for companies such as: Save the Duck, and SPYDER. Today, Bevans resides in Portland, OR, where the company is headquartered. He has exhibited over a 20-year career certifying him as a modern-day pioneer.
  • Baron Davis
    Athlete Entrepreneur & Founder
    Baron Davis is a two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder. Over a thirteen-year career, he played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. An entrepreneur, investor, and businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped with the launch of Thrive Market. Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, and No Label—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heartwarming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages.
  • Mark Stagen
    CEO
    Mark Stagen is the Founder/CEO of XLN (Executive Leadership Network –www.xln.org) an exclusive network of like-minded Senior Executives partnering to achieve professional and personal development that will drive their businesses’ success and enrich their personal lives. Prior to XLN, Mark has founded, run and successfully sold several companies in the healthcare, technology and consumer product sectors. Additionally, Mark founded the Youth Business Alliance (www.youthbizalliance.com), a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing 21st century business skills and perspectives into under-served high school classrooms. Mark is actively involved in several professional organizations including YPO and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at USC and he received his BA from Yale University.
  • Andrew Herrera
    CEO
    Andrew is the founder of Remezcla.com, one of the most influential media companies focused on emerging Latin culture. In 2006, Andrew started Remezcla with a group of friends, after they saw a need to tell stories about Latin culture that weren’t being covered or supported by traditional media. Today, Remezcla is the only successful independent Latino media company started by Latino creatives, and is widely recognized as a thought leader around Latino millennial lifestyle and cultural trends.
  • Ryan Eckel
    VP, Strategy & Innovation & Co-Executive Director
    Ryan Eckel, Vice President, Brand at Dick’s Sporting Goods, is responsible for brand strategy and identity, content and campaign development, consumer insights, media strategy, integrated marketing, digital marketing, PR and private brand development. He is also an Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “We Could Be King”, the Emmy-nominated film “Keepers of the Game”, and has developed campaigns that have received Grand CLIO, Cannes Gold Lion and Gold Halo awards. Prior to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eckel spent nearly 10 years at PUMA SE, most recently as Head of Marketing for Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, where he was responsible for leading all aspects of PUMA’s brand growth and localization in those markets.
  • Hoby Darling
    President, Sports & Human Performance (SHP)
    Hoby has held senior leadership positions (including CEO) at several of the most innovative companies in the world including Nike, Converse (Nike Affiliates), Skullcandy and Volcom. He has led teams and global businesses across innovation, athlete performance, digital/technology, music and strategy. He is a passionate adventurer and can often be found on a mountain somewhere in Park City.
  • Tom Villante
    CEO
    Tom Villante is the Co-Founder and CEO of YapStone.
  • Yoni Bloch
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the CEO/co-founder of Eko, an interactive entertainment company where users shape storylines in real time. Eko was born in 2011 when Bloch and his bandmates invented technology to realize a groundbreaking music video with branching storylines. Now backed by Sequoia Capital, MGM, Intel, Sony, and others, Eko has launched a host of interactive experiences, music videos, and series, and has a packed slate in 2019.
  • Brian Atlas
    COO & President
    Brian Atlas is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dyrdek Machine, the innovative venture studio founded by master brand builder Rob Dyrdek. Prior to this role, Atlas was the co-founder, President, and COO of Street League Skateboarding and ETN Media. He drew up the business plan for Street League Skateboarding league (SLS) while studying at the USC Marshall School of Business, leading him to win both the Top Business Plan Award and the Pound the Pavement Award in 2007. During his eight year leadership at SLS, he built the original concept into the global sports media platform that it is today. Together, Atlasand Dyrdek established immediate success for the league by exclusively securing distribution with ESPN/ABC and landing significant title sponsors such as Monster Energy and Nike SB, as well as landmark multi-year partnerships with GoPro and Beats by Dre. SLS now has a substantial and diversified revenue base, millions of fans worldwide, and the support of major distribution networks in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America who broadcast the competitions throughout the year. Due to the success of SLS, Atlas was recognized by Sports Business Journal as an emerging face in the Action Sports industry.
  • Moksha Fitzgibbons
    CRO
    I have 15yrs+ of Sales/Marketing and Music/Entertainment experience. I’m currently heading up the commercial team at Valence Media—a merger of MRC (Ozark, House Of Cards, etc) + Dick Clark (Golden Globes, AMAs, etc) + The Hollywood Reporter + Billboard. We are bringing together the best content and tentpole moments in entertainment and music anchored by the most influential brands in the space.We have a massive and passionate audience across TV, streaming, cinema, digital, social and experiential. Prior to Valence I lead Sales/Marketing at Complex Media where I joined as a start up in 2002. My role expanded from individual sales contributor to Chief Revenue Officer. I was part of a core group that developed and executed on a strategy of transforming Complex Media from a traditional (print) media company to a digital first brand and successfully exited the business to a joint venture between Verizon and Hearst.
  • Kevin Hekmat
    Founder & Talent Manager
    Kevin Hekmat is a talent manager and founder of Say Something Entertainment, best known for managing internationally-recognized poet, IN-Q and New York Times bestselling author and speaker, Cal Fussman. He represents artists and speakers who focus on changing the way audiences look at their lives and how that affects their business. Kevin has worked with companies including Facebook, Lululemon, Nike, General Motors, Turner Broadcasting and many more to revitalize the content in their conferences, off-sites and events.
  • Peter Pham
    Co-Founder
    Peter Pham is a Co-Founder at Science, technology studio that incubate companies co-building them alongside CEO's, with recent companies like Dollar Shave Club which sold to Unilever for $1B and leading marketplaces like DogVacay now merged with Rover. More recently Science created 2 of the top 100 iOS Apps called Wishbone and Yarn. He's also helped his portfolio raise over $400M in that time. Previously as an operator, he has helped build companies like Photobucket leading to its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media as well as CEO of BillShrink which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012.
  • Mike Roche
    EVP, Sales & Partnerships
    As the EVP of Sales & Partnerships at REVOLT, Michael leads a team of energetic music experts in their mission to connect brands with Millennials and Gen Z-ers.  Michael has nearly 20 years experience in music and media and is skilled in branded content creation, music-driven events, and technology-fueled partnerships. He has formulated first of its kind co-sales initiatives with major players including ESPN, Jaunt VR, Twitter, VEVO, Electus, and Funny or Die. Michael was recently honored with Cablefax’s “Sales Person of the Year” and “Sales Team of the Year” for the groundbreaking partnerships that were executed in 2015 and 2016.

    Prior to REVOLT, Michael spent 13 years with Fuse and MuchMusic serving as VP of Advertising Sales and overseeing the Eastern Region's TV and Digital teams. Prior to that he opened Fuse's first ever Midwest office in Chicago.

    Michael earned his bachelor's degree from University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business and Economics. His passion for music and technology was already in focus, working with Hi Frequency Marketing, interning at Blue Note Records, and hosting his own show on WVUD's college radio station.
  • Geoffrey Woo
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Geoffrey Woo is co-founder and CEO of HVMN Inc., a leading nootropics and biohacking technology company backed by Andreessen Horowitz and other top investors. Geoffrey studied Computer Science at Stanford University and graduated with Honors and Distinction.
  • Nicole Lapin
    NYT Bestselling Author and TV Personality
    Nicole Lapin joined CNBC in January 2010 as the anchor of CNBC’s global business news program "Worldwide Exchange."

    Previously, Lapin was an anchor at CNN based in Atlanta where she reported breaking news coverage on prominent national and international stories including the Virginia Tech shootings, the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, the Mumbai terror attacks, the Hudson River plane crash and the 2008 presidential election. Lapin also interviewed CEOs, celebrities and politicians including an extended sit-down interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the thick of the state’s 2009 budget crisis. Additionally, Lapin wrote a weekly column for CNN.com.

    Prior to joining CNN, Lapin worked as a business and technology reporter for First Business Network on the floor of the major stock exchanges in Chicago. Lapin began her career as a general assignment and investigative reporter at local CBS affiliates in Palm Springs, CA, Lexington, KY and Sioux Falls, SD.

    Lapin studied European Union politics at L'Institut d'Études Politique de Paris. Lapin graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, also earning honors for a second major in political science. Lapin also serves as a global ambassador for the children’s charity Operation Smile.
  • Ken Hertz
    Founding Partner
    Ken - and his partners at Hertz Lichtenstein & Young - specialize in representing talent ain the sports and entertainment industries. The firm's clients include Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Idris Elba, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Sir Ken Robinson, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, Jason Mraz, David Blaine, Shaun White, Jamie Oliver, and Annie Leibovitz. Also a principal in memBrain - an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm - his clients include UBS, ASUS, Hasbro, McDonald's, and Logitech.
  • Chris Robichaud
    Chairman & CEO
    Building has always been at the heart of Chris Robichaud’s career. His latest endeavor, 93-North is focused on building companies that harness the next frontier of technology – Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cars (Autonomous & Electric) and Video Games and Virtual Worlds. Prior to starting 93-North, he was Co-CEO of PMK•BNC, a leading global marketing and communications agency based in London, NYC and LA. Over the past 27 years leading the agency he has amassed vast experience in both the world of entertainment and consumer brand.
  • Paul Makarechian
    CEO
    Paul is an accomplished world traveler, avid wine collector, helicopter snowboarder, and a work-in-progress fly fisherman. He is President and CEO of Makar Properties LLC, a collection of boutique resorts combining culturally-rooted hospitality experiences with high-return real estate investment. With properties in Palm Springs (Korakia Pensione, a Moroccan-style retreat named one of the sexiest hotels in America), and in Big Sky, Montana (Lone Mountain Ranch, a 100 year old guest ranch with the finest Nordic ski trails in North America), Paul’s suitcase is a battleground between sandals and ski goggles.
    He has managed over $2 billion in commercial, residential, and hospitality assets and is dedicated to curating authentic and creative guest experiences that are unique to their surroundings. He serves as Chairman of Gen NeXt and executor of the Makarechian Foundation, preserving culture, history, environment, community and art.
  • Matt Colon
    Talent Manager
    Matt  is the co-founder of Deckstar, a leading artist management company representing a diverse roster of musicians. Deckstar was established in 2007 alongside Lawrence (‘LV’) Vavra, and has become a distinguished enterprise representing artists like Steve Aoki, Blink-182, Jane’s Addiction and many others. Colon graduated as valedictorian from inner city Hawthorne High School later passing on a full ride to Harvard to stay close to home. At UCLA, he studied Business Economics with a minor in accounting. Colon began his post-college career overseeing the street marketing team for Moonshine Music, the largest dance music label in the US at the time, climbing his way up to the Director of Marketing. He later transitioned to Vice President of Marketing at the premiere electronic dance music magazine BPM from 2003 through 2008. During his time at BPM, Colon began managing local DJ and label owner Steve Aoki in 2005 which jumpstarted his career and cultivated a passion for developing artists bringing them into the next phase of their careers.
  • IN-Q
    National Poetry Slam Champion & Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter
    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.
  • Hunter Walk
    Partner
    Mr. Hunter Walk Patel is a Co-Founder and Partner at Homebrew Management LLC, which he co-founded in 2013. Mr. Walk served as the Head of Product at YouTube, LLC. He led consumer product management at YouTube, starting when it was acquired by Google. Mr. Walk originally joined Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense. He served as Director of Product Management at Google (YouTube, Video, AdSense), where he focused on Youtube. Mr. Walk served as an Executive at Linden Research, Inc. His first job was as the founding product and marketing guy at Linden Lab. He served as Founding Team Member at Linden Lab (creators of Second Life). Before graduate school, Mr. Walk was a Management Consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O‘ Brien. He serves as Director of Path 101, Inc. Mr. Walk serves as a Member of Industry Advisory Board at resolute.vc. He holds M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.
  • 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!
  • Peter Szabo
    CRO, Head of Partnerships
    Always at the intersection of technology, Brands, Music & monetization, Peter recently joined Science-Inc in Santa Monica as CRO, Head of Partnerships for the newly formed Mammoth Media – an entertainment network reaching 30% of US teens through live social video + apps.

    Mammoth builds off the success Science built as an Incubator + VC and meets teens & millennials where they are- primarily on their smartphones. It produces content & apps in-house, while also weaving Brands into the experience through innovative advertising geared to that younger audience which is accustomed to ignoring ads.

    Prior to Mammoth, Peter ran both the US Ad Sales team as well as Global Music Partnership team at Shazam and was at Pandora immediately before that. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade in radio in his native Boston. He graduated from Syracuse University and lives with his wife and 2 sons in Santa Monica.
  • Bob Gruters
    CRO
    With 25+ years of experience in advertising and marketing, Bob Gruters has a unique perspective on how we use media to inform, entertain, and improve humanity. He has worked across the advertising & marketing industry (Publicis, Conde Nast, JC Decaux, Viacom, Sony, Univision) and his media and marketing experience spans various disciplines. In 2013, Bob was tapped to launch Sean Combs' music platform REVOLT (considered to be one of the most successful platform launches in recent US history). And for 4 years he helped lead the massive & rapid growth at Facebook & Instagram focused on the Entertainment, Technology, Telecom, and Restaurant industries (including a highly successful Multicultural initiative). Currently, Bob serves as Digital Trends' Chief Revenue Officer, a prominent and highly respected premium content publisher. He joins a talented executive leadership and lauded editorial team creating brand safe, premium content that connects Fortune 500 marketers to the rapidly growing affluent, educated HENRY Millennial audience. Bob has earned a BA from Rowan University where he met his wife, Barbara. He is the very proud father of Evan, Grace, Matthew & Ryan and resides in Westfield & Monmouth Beach, NJ.
  • Xavier Kochhar
    CEO & Founder
    Xavier Kochhar is a venture investor and content personalization, structured data, and AI expert who advises C-level executives of MVPD and Direct-to-Consumer video distribution companies on their monetization, product, user experience, and data architecture strategies, while sitting on the board of video OTT, IP rights management, and blockchain technology companies. Mr. Kochhar is also the Founder of The Video Genome Project (The VGP), the content personalization engine and largest, broadest, and most granular structured database of video content (film, tv, and online video) in the industry. The VGP was acquired by Hulu in order to power personalization, recommendation, search and analytics products in advance of the company’s recently launched live, linear + VOD internet-delivered TV (dMVPD) service.
  • Darren Wilson
    President
    Darren is a strategist, entrepreneur and speaker. His contagious approach to business has resulted in over 15 years of success for his companies along with industry leading wins for clients like the NFL, Warner Brothers, Target and AT&T. He has been involved in the strategic development of over 200 new concepts. His commitment to success has returned millions of dollars in earned media and over $200MM in revenue. With a keen understanding of consumer behavior, Darren continues to demonstrate his ability to help brands forge meaningful connections with their best customers that ultimately increase brand affinity and drive sales. Darren has a conscious commitment to building brands from the inside out. He keeps purpose and people at the core of every decision. It’s his passion to help brave leaders create, build and revitalize companies that live their purpose and deliver results that change the world.
  • Bob Pittman
    CEO & Chairman
    Bob Pittman is Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., a leading global media, digital and entertainment company which includes iHeartMedia, which has the largest reach of any broadcaster in America and is also a major digital and social platform; and Clear Channel Outdoor, with over 750,000 displays in over 40 countries.

    Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises, and was COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner.

    Pittman has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, received AdWeek’s first ‘Media Visionary’ award, was named one of Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture, ” and was recognized as the eighth of Life Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Boomers.” .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deepak Chopra
    Author, Founder of Chopra Foundation & Co-Founder, Jiyo.com
    DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor at UCSD Medical School, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. www.deepakchopra.com
  • 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.
  • ALEXIS OHANIAN
    CO-FOUNDER
    Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD where he slowly realized his desire to play professional football would potentially not pan out. So, after graduating from UVA, he turned his efforts towards making the world suck less. In addition to cofounding Reddit (which he returned to in 2015 with his cofounder, leading what is now the 4th largest site in the US), he co-founded Initialized Capital, a seed stage venture fund with over $160M under management; he's the bestselling author of Without Their Permission; and an activist for the open internet. While he is still patiently awaiting the news of his starting position in the NFL, he currently spends his free time investing in startups, passionately cheering on the Washington Redskins, and facetiming his cat, Karma. His mother always told him he was special.
  • KELLY SLATER
    11-Time World Champion Surfer, Entrepreneur
    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.
  • SHAUN WHITE
    CEO & 3x Olympic Gold Medalist
    Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White began snowboarding at age six, and immediately showed an uncanny talent for the sport. By seven — the same age he was discovered by Tony Hawk at a San Diego skate park — Shaun had won a series of competitions and landed a sponsorship with Burton.

    Shaun turned pro in snowboarding at 13, pro in skateboarding at 17, and by the time he’d won his first Olympic gold medal at 19, he was a household name, matching his intensity on the board with an effortlessly magnetic and outrageous presence that helped him land the cover of Rolling Stone twice.

    With continued triumphs in snowboarding and skateboarding — gold medals at 2006 and 2010 Olympics, 10 ESPY awards, record-breaking 15 X Games golds — Shaun steadily built up his businesses. After joining forces with Burton he began creating eyewear for Oakley and — at 14 — partnered with Target and ultimately expanded that relationship into clothing, footwear, accessories, and home goods lines.

    Shaun donated a portion of his earnings to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Boys & Girls Club. Born with a heart defect that demanded he undergo two major surgeries before his first birthday, Shaun is closely involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has granted 17 wishes since 2008.

    In 2014 Shaun became the majority shareholder in the snowboarding/music festival Air + Style, and helped it grow into a three global stops in Austria, Beijing, and L.A.

    In 2016 Shaun purchased a stake in Mammoth Mountain, Snow Summit, June Mountain, and Bear Mountain where he is developing programs that educate youth about being active and make snow sports more accessible to city kids.

    Featured on the cover of Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2016, Shaun recently moved into the next phase of his fashion career, launching a men’s line with Macy’s.

    Now training for the 2018 Olympics in Korea, Shaun says, “I’m more excited about snowboarding than I’ve been in a long time — like that thrill and that fight is building up again. I feel like I’m just getting started — like I’m just now getting a true grasp of what I’m capable of.”
  • Cristina Jones
    Head of Trailblazing Marketing
    An acknowledged expert in bridging the creative aspects of technology and storytelling, Cristina Mancini leads the newly-formed Technology & Creative Strategy group at 20th Century Fox. Mancini’s overall approach centers on the importance of the human experience intertwined with technology, not just the fundamental capabilities of technology. Incorporating a variety of design approaches, including user behavior research, Cristina sets the stage for the creation of authentic relationships and deep connections between audiences and storytellers – between humans. While the principles of great storytelling have not changed since the birth of language, technology, as a creative partner, is shaping the ways in which stories are now found and told. In this environment of constant change on many dimensions, Cristina continues to explore how the most basic human art form, creating and sharing stories, will evolve alongside the convergence of AI, experiential platforms and the Internet of Things.
  • Connie Nielsen
    Co-Founder & President / Actress
    Danish-born actor, Connie Nielsen’s achievements in the arts range across leads in films such as the Academy Award winning “Gladiator,” the critically acclaimed “Brothers,” “One Hour Photo,” and “Demon Lover”, and is the recipient of Best Actress Awards of San Sebastian Film Festival, Bodil Awards, and Empire Awards, among others. In 2010, Connie Nielsen co-founded Human Needs Project with David Warner to create one-stop-shop sustainable services for slum residents.
  • 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).
  • BJARKE INGELS
    WORLD RENOWNED ARCHITECT
    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."
  • Marc Ecko
    Chief Brand & Creative Officer
    Marc is an entrepreneur (though he hates that word), fashion and media guy, angel investor, advocate for creators, and education reformer. He founded Marc Ecko Enterprises in 1993, the original parent entity that yielded Ecko Unltd., Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Zoo York and a host of global fashion trademarks, which was sold to Iconix Brand group in 2009.
    Marc is also the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Complex Media, the world’s leading provider of fashion, entertainment, lifestyle, and product trends to young male tastemakers. Complex Media includes 110+ websites that generate more than 1.4 billion page views and 135 Million unique visitors per month.
    Ecko serves as an emeritus board member to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Big Picture Learning and Tikva Children’s Home. He lives in NJ with his wife and three kids.
  • Debbie Sterling
    CEO & Founder
    Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in STEM. She was added to Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list and inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Entrepreneurship.
  • Meridith Valiando Rojas
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Meridith Valiando Rojas is Co-Founder and CEO of DigiTour Media, the largest producer of IRL (“in real life”) live events featuring social media talent and pop stars beloved by Generation Z.  She has produced 300+ events worldwide, helped launch the careers of top digital talent like Baby Ariel and Jack + Jack and was recently named to both Variety’s Power of Women L.A., Cynopsis’ Top Women in Digital awards, and Cosmos Fun Fearless 50. DigiTour investors include Viacom, Ryan Seacrest, Guy Oseary, and Conde Nast.
  • Jamie Gutfreund
    Global CMO
    Jamie leads Wunderman’s global marketing and communications initiatives. Partnering with Wunderman’s leadership team, Jamie is responsible for building innovative programs to drive awareness of Wunderman’s unique blend of creativity and data.

    Over the span of 20 years, Jamie has served as a dynamic and motivating business catalyst. Most recently, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Deep Focus, where she managed the marketing and communications efforts for the agency. She was also responsible for the growth and expansion of the Cassandra Report, the leading syndicated research study of young consumers.

    A frequent public speaker, Jamie’s commentary on culture and millennial marketing strategies can be found in such publications as AdWeek, CNBC, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • 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).
  • David Sable
    Global CEO
    David Sable is Global CEO of Y&R, one of the leading global marketing communications companies. An early digital entrepreneur, he is tapped for marketing and digital expertise around the world. A Gamer, Grandpa, Hippie, Music and Art lover, Book Buyer – physical & e-, World traveler, Blogger and Podcaster, David was named one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses by Fast Company, a LinkedIn Top Voice 2016, and is a passionate Believer in collaborating to Change the World.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and was also involved in the beginnings of the New York City skateboard renaissance.
  • 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. 
  • Mike Farah
    CEO
    Mike Farah is the CEO of Funny Or Die, the premier comedy brand known for creating award-winning, high-quality content with a global audience of more than 70 million. He has won two Emmys as executive producer of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” and was recently named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Farah is a graduate of Indiana University. From 2002-2004 he was a food expeditor at The Standard, Hollywood.
  • Rebecca Fielding
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Rebecca is an Ambassador for Cultural Diversity and a Travel Entrepreneur. Believing that travel has the power to change the world through uniting people from different cultures, she founded DNA Unwrapped and in turn created a globally unique way to travel. Following a successful career as a Human Rights advocate Rebecca has taken her vision from strength to strength earning a reputation for creating a new travel trend. At theheart of her brand is the belief is that cultivating understanding startsby experiencing new people and places. By testing DNA to reveal our geographical origins her teams designthe most personal journeys in the world for people to visit the places they are really from.
  • Luis Justo
    CEO
    Luis leads one of the biggest music festivals in the world, playfully dubbed the "World Cup of Music."  Rock in Rio celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 and has hosted international editions in Lisbon and Madrid, as well as a U.S. debut in Las Vegas. Luis was previously CEO of Osklen, a successful multinational Brazilian fashion brand, and worked for Fleming Asset Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He believes that success comes from a very close connection to the consumer by establishing positive brand reputation.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Shechtman
    CEO & Founder
    Rachel Shechtman is the founder of STORY, a NYC concept store known for its ever-changing model. A fourth generation entrepreneur, Rachel began her career as a consultant, launching Cube Ventures as a retail and marketing consultancy that advised brands ranging from TOMS to Kraft Foods to JC Penney, AOL, and the CFDA.

     In 2011 Rachel launched STORY as a space that took the point of view of a magazine, changed like a gallery, and sold things like a store. Now a top retail destination, STORY has worked companies including Target, American Express OPEN, and P&G, as well as over 4,000 small businesses. Rachel is a frequent speaker on retail and has been recognized by the media including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under  40, Crain’s Under 40 and was named Ad Age’s 50 Most Creative.

    Rachel remains a supporter of emerging business models, serving on the advisory boards of Birchbox, Girlboss, the Director's Council at Wharton’s Baker Retail Center and the American Express OPEN Digital Advisory Board. In 2016, Rachel joined the Board of Directors of National Retail Federation (NRF).
  • Kelly Stoetzel
    Content Director
    Kelly Stoetzel serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Quantified Impressions, LLC. Ms. Stoetzel directs the TED experience, including oversight and selection of all speakers, and runs TEDActive at TED Conferences, a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading” in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • MEREDITH PERRY
    CEO & FOUNDER
    Meredith Perry is the inventor of uBeam, a technology that uses ultrasound to transmit power over the air to charge electronic devices wirelessly. Using a patented system, uBeam is the only wireless power system that can safely charge multiple electronic devices wirelessly at a distance. Meredith founded uBeam in 2011 while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. 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. Meredith has been included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” Mobilizers, Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment.” She has also been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” and is the recipient of Elle Magazine’s Genius Award.
  • Greg Ashlock
    West Coast Division President
    President – West, iHeartMedia, the leading multi-media company, reaching more than 260M monthly listeners via broadcast in the US. Responsible for programming, marketing and sales across all platforms (including digital, social, mobile, experiential and broadcast) for everything west of the Mississippi. Passion for entertainment with a career that started in sports (Dodgers) and has continued in music (iHeartMedia). Board member for BMI and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.
  • Jesse Genet
    CEO & Founder
    Jesse is the founder and CEO of Lumi.com. Lumi makes it easy for businesses to order the branded packaging and supplies they need to ship their products. Genet has been an entrepreneur since she was 16. She’s raised over a quarter million dollars on Kickstarter, was featured on Shark Tank, appeared on HSN, and participated in the Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator. She studied Industrial Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and lives in an Airstream trailer.
  • Christian Martinez
    Head of US Multicultural Sales
    Christian Martinez is Head of US Multicultural Sales at Facebook; an effort which brings to market digital and social marketing scale to the US multicultural marketer. He joined the company in June 2013 to lead the companies sales initiatives focused on the US Hispanic market, and has since then expanded the offering to include broader multicultural solutions. Prior to Facebook, Christian spent 13 years at Univision Communications where he was VP of Network TV and Interactive Sales for the South East and South West regions. In that role he was responsible for leading the only integrated sales office in the country, in which he oversaw a team of network TV and digital sellers focused on providing clients a fully integrated, cross-platform approach. Christian, has led traditional, digital, programmatic, mobile and eCommerce efforts in the USH space. Christian is a graduate of the University of Florida and resides with his wife and two children in Miami.
  • Walter Delph
    Partner
    20+ years as an entrepreneur, operator and investor at leading startups and corporations.
  • Alan Beard
    CMO
    Alan Beard is CMO of Fullscreen Media and co-founder of social media creative agency, McBeard. In his role as Fullscreen CMO, Beard oversees marketing strategy and operations across the business serving creators, brands and consumers. McBeard was acquired by Fullscreen in 2015.
  • Andrew Essex
    CEO
    Andrew Essex is the Chief Executive officer of Tribeca Enterprises, a multi-platform storytelling company based in New York City, and the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. Until 2015, Andrew Essex was the Vice Chairman and founding CEO of Droga5. He is author of “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die and the Creative Resurrection to Come”
  • Tim Nolan
    Executive Creative Director
    Tim Nolan was named Executive Creative Director for A+E Networks in 2016 for all brands under A+E Networks. He is responsible for overseeing all creative marketing efforts.
    Nolan is focused on ensuring a strong creative consistency across every A+E brand around the world.
    Nolan is a graduate of Ramapo College. For six years, he has served on the conference committee board for PromaxBDA, the global community of professionals engaged in the marketing and promotion of television and video content.
  • Adam Bierman
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Adam Bierman is chief executive officer and co-founder of MedMen, a leading cannabis management and investment firm based in Los Angeles with operations and exposure across North America. Mr. Bierman is a leading voice for institutional practices, and for clear and reasonable regulations in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. He is co-chair of the Policy Council at the National Cannabis Industry Association, the industry’s leading trade organization. He has been featured on various news outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and others. In 2010, Mr. Bierman and partner Andrew Modlin founded MedMen. The Firm offers turnkey management services. It also makes strategic investments across the U.S. and Canada while its operational expertise ensures assets perform at the highest level. Mr. Bierman is a longtime supporter of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), helping launch the Pledge 4 Growth campaign with the advocacy group in 2015.
  • Shing Tao
    CEO
    Kai-Shing Tao has served in a directorship capacity for Remark Media since the Company's public listing in 2007. After being elected Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer in October 2012, he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. Additionally, Mr. Tao is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Star Capital Management, L.P., a private investment group. Prior to founding Pacific Star Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Tao serves on the Board of Directors of Paradise Entertainment Limited (HK:1180). He earned his undergraduate degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
  • Barrett Lyon
    VP, Research & Development
    Barrett Lyon is Vice President of R&D for the Neustar Security Solutions’ portfolio. He spearheads the development of innovative new solutions for the company’s industry-leading DDoS, DNS and cybersecurity offerings. Mr. Lyon is a serial entrepreneur and a well-respected cybersecurity thought leader with experience building leading edge network services and infrastructure. Mr. Lyon created the first successfully managed service to defend enterprises from DDoS attacks at Prolexic Technologies, a company he co-founded.
  • Alex Hofmann
    President, North America
    Alex is President of musical.ly North America, the world’s fastest growing entertainment social network. He joined the company shortly after its launch in 2014, when co-founder Alex Zhu asked him to lead the app’s expansion efforts. Within three months, app downloads increased from 200 to 500,000 per day and has grown from 20,000 users to over 200 million users globally. Alex was featured in Variety Magazine as one of “30 Execs to Watch” in its 2017 Digital Entertainment Report.
  • Hasan Piker
    Producer & On-Air Talent
    Turkish-raised, Hasan Piker is one of the youngest political commentators in the US. Known for his unique “no-holds-barred” approach, Hasan covers entertainment, politics, and news around the world for The Young Turks. Hasan’s segment, The Breakdown, provides detailed analysis on the top news stories of the day. These short clips are widely shared on social media and demonstrates Hasan’s ability to resonate with millennials through his satirical approach to news and politics. His political writings can also be found on The Huffington Post.
  • Pooneh Mohajer
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Pooneh Mohajer is the Co-Founder and CEO of tokidoki, a global lifestyle brand which is known for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters. Pooneh also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that was sold to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA in 1999. Pooneh has a BA from Vanderbilt University and a JD from California Western School of Law. Pooneh currently serves on the Inc. Magazine Media Board of Advisors.
  • Miles Rogers
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Miles Rogers is the Chief Strategy Officer of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront cost to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Wheels Up offers guaranteed availability on its fleet of new King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft and a cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app. Since joining Wheels Up in 2014, Rogers has played an integral role in the marketing, branding, and business development of Wheels Up working with numerous Fortune 500 companies, media outlets and Wheels Up Ambassadors including Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Russell Wilson, Sidney Crosby and many others. Previously, Rogers was Senior Vice President at Marquis Jet and NetJets from 2004-2014. Marquis Jet introduced the first-ever fractional jet card program and generated over $4 billion in revenue, culminating in its sale to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010. Rogers and his team finished first in sales from 2004-2010 as well as in the year of acquisition and continued to build one of the largest networks in the private aviation industry.
  • Mark Shedletsky
    CEO & Founder
    CEO of Vertical Mass, the leading Consumer Data Platform for the Entertainment and Sports industries. Previously Head of Digital XIX Entertainment, Head of Marketing at BitTorrent, and Head of Marketing at MTV.
  • Tricia Nichols
    Global VP, Consumer Marketing & Engagement
    As Global VP of Consumer Marketing at Estée Lauder, Tricia is driving consumer centricity through micro-storytelling, engaging experiences and digital innovation. Prior to joining Estée Lauder, she held senior marketing roles at Gap and PepsiCo. In her spare time, Tricia is an Angel investor and Advisor to start-ups in mobile video, entertainment and hospitality. She started her career on the agency side and was once an Adjunct Professor.
  • Cliff Plumer
    CEO & Founder
    Cliff is currently CEO of The Void, a leading location based virtual reality company that recently participated in the Walt Disney Accelerator program. Prior to joining The Void, Cliff was President of Jaunt Studios. He began his VR career as an early investor and advisor to Oculus. Prior to his VR ventures, Cliff had a long career in the film industry as CTO of Lucasfilm and CEO of Digital Domain.
  • Anissa Frey
    VP, Custom Solutions & Head of Marketing
    Anissa Frey is the VP Custom Solutions/Head of Marketing NA for DailyMail.com, the world’s largest English speaking newspaper website. She oversees marketing strategy and custom content solutions for clients. Prior to DailyMail.com, Anissa was the VP Branded Content at Condé Nast Entertainment, responsible for the publications branded content and partnerships and at NBCUniversal, where she was the VP, Client Solutions for the women’s cable networks – leading integrated client solutions.
  • Bob McCuin
    President, Sales
    Bob McCuin is president of sales for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. He oversees Clear Channel Outdoor’s strategy to drive innovation and growth across its business lines and brings extensive experience leading media sales organizations to greater performance across national and local markets. Bob joined Clear Channel Outdoor from TownSquare Media, third largest owner of radio stations in the U.S. As SVP, Sales for Townsquare, he developed a cross platform sales organization yielding local, regional and national sales growth in all channels. Prior to that, McCuin was Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment (now iHeartMedia), New York City, where he oversaw sales for the company’s six radio stations in New York and their digital operations and created an integrated sales structure that resulted in revenue growth ahead of the market for each of the three years he held that position. Prior to that, he guided WEEI to leadership in the Boston market and created the first dedicated sales organization for CBS’s flagship sports outlet in Chicago. In his spare time, Bob enjoys coaching youth sports and participating in all manner of outdoor activities, including running marathons.
  • Eric Jacks
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Eric Jacks is the Chief Strategy Officer at Collab – a leading content and creator studio representing top social media talent. He is responsible for corporate strategy, business development and innovation, while also overseeing all brand, agency and entertainment partnerships. Prior to Collab, Eric held positions as head of the Entertainment and Intellectual Property group at Rogers & Cowan, Lifestyle Talent Agent at CAA and various Executive Producer and Brand Strategy roles at top media companies and agencies including broadcast.com, Yahoo!, RAPP and Tribal DDB. Eric’s career accomplishments include the creation of award-winning campaigns and strategic partnerships for brands such as ABC, Billboard, Dreamworks, The Grammy’s, musical.ly, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, The New York Times, Coca-Cola, Ford/Lincoln, PepsiCo, Samsung, Sony and Victoria’s Secret.
  • Brad Grossman
    CEO & Founder
    Brad Grossman, as the founder and CEO of ZEITGUIDE, advises some of the world's top creative and business visionaries on how to stay relevant and prolific in the face of rapid cultural change. Grossman's work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Financial Times and he has authored articles in Forbes, Inc., Fortune and Chief Executive magazine.
  • Benji & Joel Madden
    The Madden Brothers
    Benjamin and Joel Madden, also known as The Madden Brothers, hail from the suburbs of Washington D.C. and are known internationally for fronting their band  Good Charlotte. The band formed in a garage while the brothers where in high school and signed a major label record deal shortly after. The brothers have not only written chart topping hits for themselves, they can also be found in the credits of over a dozen other artists’ recordings.

    In true Madden Brothers fashion, the pair have been a hit in the television world, hosting their own MTV show and residing as judges on The Voice Australia for multiple seasons. With bit parts in several major motion pictures and other TV appearances across the last dozen years, the Maddens don't stop there.

    In 2014 the concept of a greater involvement in the business was cemented with the formation of MDDN, a process driven music management and media company, for artists by artists, with an emphasis on empathy and fairness.  There the brothers work with a team of specialists to further the vision of new and established artists. 

    The Maddens currently split time between residences in New York and Los Angeles, occasionally headlining Good Charlotte tours and large scale festivals. They can be found on a daily basis, ideating and activating concepts and strategies that are changing the face of business as we know it and impacting popular culture on a global scale.
  • Heather Hartnett
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Heather Hartnett is the CEO and founding partner of Human Ventures — an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds industry-changing companies. Heather leads the core team at Human that supports each portfolio founder with the beginning stages of building. She was recently featured in Business Insider as “the first female-led startup studio” bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene and changing the face of early-stage Venture Capital.
  • Alexandra Patsavas
    Principal
    Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded Chop Shop Music Supervision in 1998 and quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including: Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., Gossip Girl, Mad Men, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Patsavas’s current Music Supervision projects include television series "Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Lucifer,” and “Riverdale”. She has been profiled in Wired, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Billboard, NPR, and MTV. Patsavas currently serves as Chair of MusiCares.
  • LeeAnne Stables
    President, Worldwide Marketing Partnerships & Licensing
    LeeAnne Stables is responsible for all corporate partnerships and brand integration in Paramount Pictures films. Since joining the studio in 2005, Ms. Stables has worked on over 120 films and negotiated many of the movie industry’s most high profile brand marketing pacts delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in support to the studio marketing campaigns. Her work has received numerous marketing and film industry awards for brand tie-ins for major film franchises including Star Trek, Transformers, and Mission Impossible and others. She is a respected force in film marketing circles for deftly bridging the creative needs of filmmakers and top talent with global brand marketers. She is a frequent industry speaker, and served as head of the Executive Jury for the Clio Entertainment Awards. In a dual executive role, Ms. Stables also heads the studio’s licensing division overseeing all consumer product licensing of the studios’ movie releases and merchandising of Paramount’s legendary classic film properties. Ms. Stables background in the film, television, and entertainment industry includes executive positions at Universal Studios, E! Entertainment television and Sega GameWorks. She began her career as a radio news reporter in Florida, and in NYC at several major advertising and promotion agencies . Ms. Stables is a graduate of Florida State University, where she was elected Vice President of the Student Body.
  • Bernie Cahill
    Founding Partner
    Bernie Cahill co-founded the integrated management company ROAR, LLC. Cahill established ROAR’s music division and manages artists including icons such as the Grateful Dead, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band, Dutch superstar Oliver Heldens, GRAMMY nominee Morgan Page, GRAMMY Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Dwight Yoakam, Dead & Company, Ben Rector and Bob Weir. Cahill is also a key member of the company’s talent management team, co-managing a talent roster that includes Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, David Alan Grier, Aisha Tyler, Luke Bracey, Cobie Smulders, and Ken Watanabe, among others. Cahill is a former IP lawyer, specializing in artist representation, digital rights management and IP licensing. He is also actively involved in a number of philanthropic causes, including Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground and he co-chairs the USO Entertainment Advisory Council.
  • Brett Sirianni
    Co-Founder
    Brett Sirianni is a master of art, design, web, digital marketing, and world’s fastest one liner comebacks. This Australian native has held positions at some of the most innovating brands in the industry such as Stance, Billabong, Hurley, Von Zipper, Nixon, and is the co-founder of the social media firm Social Supply Co.
  • Benoit Vatere
    CEO & Founder
    Benoit, CEO and Founder of Mammoth Media, is on a mission to redefine Media where Mobile comes first. Senior executive with over 15 years of strategic, tactical and management experience in the Online and Mobile Industry. Deep experience in executing large scale online acquisition campaigns across channels. A visionary leader with deep cross-functional experience in technology, sales and operations.
  • Corey Spiegel
    CRO
    Corey Spiegel has 20+ years of entertainment advertising and sponsorship integration expertise having held senior positions overseeing advertising sales, marketing, integrations and brand partnerships for prominent media companies. She is now the Chief Revenue Officer of the greatly anticipated new entertainment platform, The Blast.

    Corey previously served as Chief Advertising Officer for Earl Enterprises, where she ran national advertising sales for Earl's many properties, including Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Buca di Beppo restaurants and the launch of the social media platform, Collide.

    Prior to Earl Enterprises, Corey spent nearly a decade as Vice President of Digital Sales at Warner Brothers where she managed a multi-million dollar transcontinental sales team across all categories for the Warner Brothers Television Group’s titles, including “Ellen”, “Extra”, TMZ, DC Entertainment, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes.

    Earlier in her career, Corey was Senior Vice President of SD Media where she ran west coast advertising sales for print and digital titles including Playboy. She also managed all integrations and advertising for the iconic Playboy Jazz Festival for 15 years signing prestigious and premium brands to “Official Sponsorship” positions.

    Corey got her start in advertising working on account management and media buying and planning teams at DDB Needham Worldwide Los Angeles and Wells Rich Greene agencies in New York City.

    She is a native of New Jersey and a holds a degree in advertising from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Billie Whitehouse
    CEO
    Billie Whitehouse is the CEO, designer and director of Wearable X. Billie was once compared to Elon Musk in Business Insider because of her specializes in the combination of hardware, software and apparel for wearable technology products. Known for her development of Nadi X and Fan Jersey recently presented at Super Bowl 50, Billie is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives.
  • Paul Conroy
    Co-Founder & Managing Head
    Paul Conroy is the Managing Director of venture-incubation firm Plus Foundry whose roster of clients includes Zoe Saldana, Hayley Williams, and Vans, among others. Prior, Conroy was Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer at The Agency Group, now UTA Music. Paul was also previously CEO at Dyrdek Enterprises, which was founded by professional skateboarder turned entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek, and held ownership positions in Crush Sports, Good Fight Entertainment, and Ferret Music.
  • Nancy Spector
    Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator
    Nancy Spector shapes the Guggenheim’s global strategy, overseeing creative programming for the institution and its international affiliates. She has organized exhibitions on Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Tino Sehgal, and Maurizio Cattelan. She is a recipient of five International Art Critics Association Awards and a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for Youtube Play, a Biennial of Creative Video.
  • Kerrin Roberts
    Board Director
    Kerrin has more than 20 years experience of working in global corporate communications and integrated marketing across a wide range of sectors and clients both in agencies and in-house roles. Kerrin has worked with Shell, Bayer, FedEx, Norton Rose Fulbright, Unilever, P&G, Quintiles, Sony, Barclays, Kodak and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T).

    He has worked in London, New York, Hong Kong and Atlanta and has been involved in running global campaigns to raise company’s brand and corporate reputations, as well as the sales of products and services. Recently he has worked closely with Shell to launch and deliver their award-winning #makethefuture campaign.

    Prior to joining J. Walter Thompson, Kerrin specialised in PR, creating and executing impactful earned traditional and social media campaigns at three of the top global PR agencies – Edelman, Ogilvy PR and Ketchum.

    While in PR he has specialised in a range of corporate communications activities from reputation building programmes, corporate acquisitions and mergers and global CSR programmes, as well as crisis preparedness and response, internal communications and thought leadership programmes. Kerrin has also specialised in media interview and presentation skills training for senior executives and experts around the world.

    He started his communications career in-house at CNN after five years working as a solicitor in the City of London.

    Kerrin sometimes turns his communications skills from the office to the stage, particularly revelling in comedy and tapping his love of Shakespeare.
  • Kaitlin Villanova
    Global Digital Director
    Kaitlin is the Global Digital Director for Burton Snowboards based in Burlington, VT. In this role she is leading the 40 year old snowboarding and lifestyle brand into a new dimension of digital and innovation, creating a true Digital Center of Excellence within the global brand. Prior to joining Burton Kaitlin spent time at companies like Oracle and Yahoo getting versed on the ad-tech & enterprise solutions landscape. Before that Kaitlin lead Business Development at Brooklyn based digital agency Carrot Creative (recently acquired by Vice). Kaitlin is a snowboarder, yoga enthusiast, amateur chef, and a transplant to the lovely town of Burlington Vermont where she lives with her husband Taylor and Boston Terrier named Keller.
  • Emma Quigley
    Head Of Music & Entertainment
    With a wealth of music industry expertise, Emma Quigley joined PepsiCo as Head Of Music & Entertainment in September 2014 – Emma’s focus is to continue to evolve and grow the brand’s storied relationship with music and within pop culture – Super Bowl, Empire, The Sound Drop and numerous artist led campaigns and retail programs are just a few of her highlights to date. Emma began her career in the UK working for independent labels Acid Jazz and Independiente, holding the role of, Head Of International, at both labels - During that time, Emma played a critical role in establishing a new global cultural movement in the creation of the Acid Jazz brand, and was a key member of the team working with Travis, who’s album “ The Man Who” is one the biggest selling albums of all time in the UK. In early 2001 Emma moved to Universal Music, initially as a consultant for Polydor Records, and then as, Senior Director, at UMGI for the Island Def Jam label, directly responsible for some of the biggest selling albums world-wide during that time. In 2003 Emma moved to New York City, beginning her new role as, Vice President Marketing, for 19 Entertainment (creators and producers of American Idol). Emma was a core part of the team that transformed the way people viewed television - American Idol became a cultural phenomena, one of the most successful shows in the history of television, creating groundbreaking viewer engagement and brand integrations. From 2009 to 2014, Emma held the position of, Vice President Global Priorities, at EMI Records / Capitol Music Group, creating global success stories for her artists and selling millions of records in the process. Throughout her career, Emma has worked with and achieved tremendous success with an impressive roster of artists including: U2, Jay–Z, Lady Antebellum, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, George Michael, Lionel Richie, Travis, LL Cool J, The Bee Gees and Thirty Seconds To Mars.
  • Sarah Weichel
    CEO
    Sarah Weichel is one of the leading independent global digital talent managers. With more than six years working at the executive-level in the space, she is credited for being one of pioneers behind this ever-growing trend of harnessing the power of audience and developing strategy around content creators. Sarah is the strategic force behind some of the industry’s most popular and successful content creators including Lilly Singh, Sophia Amoruso, Jon Cozart, Madilyn Bailey and Asap Science. Her expertise is in growing the careers and overall global presence of her clients across, social, digital and traditional platforms via innovative branded and entertainment content deals. In addition to being a talent manager, she is also an executive producer on cutting-edge digital distribution including projects like, Camp Takota, Electra Woman Dyna Girl and A Trip To Unicorn Island. She also helped launch Hello Harto, one of the first crowd-funded social influencer campaigns, raising more than $200K to have the project green-lit and go into production
  • Brian Seth Hurst
    President, Chief Storyteller
    Brian Seth Hurst is regarded as a leading innovator, and producer in Virtual Reality. He works with television networks, brands and content creators to strategize, package, produce and distribute high quality VR. He is producer of “My Brother’s Keeper,” a cinematic VR narrative for PBS inspired by the PBS Civil War Drama, “Mercy Street,” named as one of “The 5 Virtual Reality Film’s You Should Experience Right Now” by TIME.com.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell
    SVP, Strategic Partnerships
    Elizabeth is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Brand Partnerships at First Access Entertainment where she leads all partnership efforts & positioning of its roster of musicians, fashion models, actors, artist, chefs, and athletes. Prior to FAE, Elizabeth has worked with and looked after some of the world’s most influential brands including but not limited to Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Agassi, Nokia & Roc Nation. Elizabeth has facilitated & brokered their partnerships across entertainment, fashion, technology, and music. She also co-created and secured distribution for Michelle Williams Believe Home product line, Judy Joo’s Food Products & Kim Kimble’s Professional Hair Care line via her consulting business True Brand Karma in 2016 which is now part of the FAE family. 
  • David Bonthrone
    CRO
    Banker turned marketing guy. Strategic and digitally cultured global marketing leader with agency, client side and start up experience who can create demand for a company’s products and services. Entrepreneurial business development professional. P&L experience in strategic brand development, traditional, digital, direct and retail medium. Innovative and analytical thinker. Category experience in CPG, technology, software, pharmaceutical, fast food, financial services, retail and automotive categories. Widely traveled, well networked and multi lingual. Committed husband, father, brother and son. Proud holder of the world's most creative marriage proposal.
  • Brian Lehmann
    Photojournalist
    Brian Lehmann is a photojournalist who has worked in over 35 countries around the world. A graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, he is a Fulbright scholar and is published magazines and newspapers around the world, including The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine. He is one of just 100 photographers with the passcode to NatGeo's Instagram account, which he is willing to sell, for the right price. In his hometown of Lincoln, Brian is a part of a $2 million endowment from Howard G. Buffett to document poverty around the world through the University of Nebraska.
  • Amrit Singh
    Chief Political Correspondent & Host
    Amrit Singh is a television host, journalist, writer, and documentarian. At REVOLT, he anchors the news department and interviews thought leaders and artists of all genres. He also appears regularly on Bravo TV's "Then & Now with Andy Cohen." Amrit lives in Los Angeles.
  • Ryan Detert
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Ryan Detert is the CEO of Influential, an A.I. influencer technology that matches brands and ad agencies with influencers, based on transparent data and machine learning. Influential is a Developer Partner of IBM Watson and has industry leading clients including Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Sony, Toyota, and many more. Influential has offices in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, and New York City. Previous to Influential, Detert was an influencer himself with more than 30 million followers across Instagram and Twitter.
  • Katy Saeger
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Katy Saeger is CEO of Harmonica, an agency in the sweet spot where PR, social, influencers and content work magic together. From Madison Avenue to Silicon Valley to Mt. Everest, Katy has followed her heart across a 20-year career building and scaling Fortune 10 companies and garage start-ups alike. Harmonica clients include icons of wellness, technology and culture such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Life is Good, PepsiCo, Saje Natural Wellness and WPP. Find Katy in Los Angeles, New York and at Harmonica.co.
  • Katie Kulik
    Global SVP, Ad Sales & Marketing
    Katie Kulik is an 18-year sales and marketing veteran, a digital native, and Global Senior Vice President at CBS Interactive. She has spent most of her career in the digital technology space and is an expert in spotting new tech trends before they become mainstream. She excels at taking these insights and creating new products that she brings to market at scale with predictable, sustainable results. She understands how to connect brands with customers anywhere.

    Kulik directs a worldwide team of more than 170 professionals dedicated to building major campaigns for brands across CBSi’s ecosystem of screens, from desktop to mobile and social platforms. She leads marketing innovation and global revenue for the world’s largest premium digital content sites including: CNET, Gamespot, TVGuide.com and others. She represents over 14 brands, across 4 business units, with a combined reach of 300 M global unique monthly visitors.
  • Katie Benner
    Reporter
    Katie covers startups and venture firms for the New York Times, where she writes about the impact of innovation on the real world and profiles top industry leaders. She has also appeared onstage at the Aspen Security Forum, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Techonomy, Personal Democracy Forum and Collision Conference.
  • Michele Laven
    President, Strategic Partnerships
    Michele Laven is the President of Strategic Partnerships for iHeartMedia. She oversees Business Development, Marketing Solutions, Activations and innovative partnerships across key sectors to drive revenue and listenership. Laven leads the company’s automotive efforts and partners with auto manufacturers to create the next generation of the digital dash. Under her leadership, iHeartRadio is now available across more than 100 unique device platforms and over 100 million registered users.
  • Jessica Stacey
    VP, PR, Events & Store Marketing
    Jessica Stacey is the Vice President of Public Relations, Event + Field Marketing at Sephora, the specialty retailer which has transformed the global prestige beauty shopping experience, and is owned by the world-leader in luxury products LVMH. Jessica joined Sephora in 2006 as the Director of Public Relations and today oversees Public Relations, Event + Field Marketing, which includes communications strategy, social media, store localization strategies, in-store and offsite events, and cross-channel initiative support. Before Sephora, Jessica held in-house and agency communication roles in New York, London and Sydney.
  • Andrew Duplessie
    Founder
    Andrew is a founder and growth hacker. He owns and manages over 30 “theme” instagrams, with a total reach of 150 million followers. He is the Founder of Tipster (Stanford University Startx incubated) and Rise (incubated by Science-inc) . Andrew focuses on working with influencers/celebrities and building audiences/products (monetizing them). Andrew has also appeared in films and tv, including a co-staring role for an episode of American Horror Story.
  • Paul Benigeri
    Head of Ecommerce
    Paul graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science in 3 years. After that, he spent a few years working in cryptocurrency where he ran mining operations, algorithmic trading efforts, mining pools, and a social payments startup. Paul also founded Reactiflux, a community of 20,000+ active React developers. Paul started biohacking six years ago and has extensive experience with intermittent fasting, nootropics, exercise, and measuring biomarkers. Paul joined HVMN in 2015 and spends the majority of his time running ecommerce.
  • Chris McCormick
    CMO
    Chris McCormick is Chief Marketing Officer of Starkey Hearing Technologies. Since joining Starkey Hearing Technologies in 1988, Chris McCormick has worked and excelled in multiple sales, service and marketing positions with Starkey's mission in mind – to serve our customers better than anyone else. His deep knowledge of Starkey and our customers and consumers allows Chris to lead our marketing efforts to a new and unified global level. His leadership and vision drive Starkey's strategy to strengthen our brand loyalty and values to our customers and their consumers.
  • Constance Schwartz-Morini
    Co-Founder & Partner
    When partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment Constance Schwartz says that she can handle anything, she isn’t kidding. Schwartz spent a decade working as a marketing and branding executive at the NFL. Schwartz worked her way up in the NFL, one of the world’s most well-known brands, holding positions in television programming, corporate sponsorships, special events and sports management. From there, she joined The Firm, a high-profile artist and talent management company. Creating the first strategic marketing and sponsorship division at The Firm, Schwartz was responsible for identifying and securing partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. In addition, she also added client manager to her responsibilities leading the team that oversaw rapper Snoop Dogg’s career. In 2010, Schwartz joined forces with retired NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and launched SMAC Entertainment (Sports, Music and Cinema), a multi-dimensional talent management, music, branding and production company. Currently, Schwartz oversees a multitude of television projects setup with primetime cable and broadcast networks, including ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid”, AUDIENCE Network’s “Religion of Sports”, and NFL Network’s “Tackle My Ride”. She also engineered the launches of Collection and MSX by Michael Strahan, two men’s clothing and accessory lines with J.C. Penney. Constance Schwartz is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, and resides in Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Andy Tu
    CMO
    As CMO, Andy leads DEFY Media’s corporate, consumer, and integrated marketing initiatives. DEFY’s premier brands – SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies, and AWEme – have forged deep connections with an audience of over 70MM YouTube subscribers and 100MM social followers, with content that is viewed across 20+ OTT and streaming video platforms. Andy also guides the company’s multi-platform publishing strategy as well as market research, bringing award-winning ideas to numerous leading brand partners.
  • Jabu
    Transformative International Artist, Social & Global change
    Jabu is an accomplished International artist from South Africa who has exhibited worldwide. Brought up in the Apartheid era, Jabu uses his art to transcend his experience of growing up in an unfriendly world to create his own world instead—one that embodies positivity and interconnectivity, made all the more vibrant by diverse colors and unified activism. ‘Jabu calls his work “Transformative Art” because he chooses themes and subject matter that inspire social change. He focuses on creating beauty and balance while bringing attention to causes he is deeply passionate about. HIs “Wildlife Series” promotes the protection of endangered species and the environment. Jabu’s “Nelson Mandela Series” is a contribution to Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Mandela had a profound effect on Jabu growing up as a young man in South Africa and his selfless great spirit motivated young people to join in the fight to liberate themselves from the shackles of apartheid. His courage and bravery helped light the fire in Jabu to fight for global freedom and peace in a non-violent and inspiring way.

    Jabu has been featured in a number of notable magazines and news outlets such as Style and Fashion magazine in the UK, Transformative Art for Global Causes: Perreault Magazine, Featured artist at Arts Row, American Express Summit, Hollywood Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Nylon Magazine. He was also featured at the Sundance Film Festival in Morgan Spurlock’s show commemorating 33 years of Sundance.
  • Michael Rosen
    VP, Sales
    As VP of Sales, Michael Rosen oversees all sales initiatives at Foursquare across brand and agency partners. Michael is a key evangelist in the areas of mobile, programmatic buying, and big data.

    Prior to Foursquare, Michael was Chief Revenue Officer at First Look Media, a media company started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Michael also ran online and mobile sales strategy and marketing for AT&T AdWorks, including AT&T’s ad networks, owned & operated sites, and cross-screen addressable products. His team generated triple digit revenue growth year-over-year.

    Michael serves on the executive board of the Newhouse 44 and Upstream Group Seller Forum advisory board. He received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He previously served as co-chair of the IAB’s Sales Executive Council, on the Board of Directors of the Financial Communication Society, Ad Council´s Media Steering Committee, and Online Publishers Association.
  • Mari Takahashi
    Producer & Host
    Mari serves as host/producer of SMOSH Games, the award-winning gaming brand & extension of digital empire SMOSH. It became one of the fastest-growing channels to reach 1MM on YouTube & now has over 7MM subs and 3.2MM social followers. With well over 1.7MM social followers, she is a passionate gamer, digital creator & social media expert. In Spring 2016, Mari competed on CBS’s hit show Survivor.
  • Chris Bennett
    CEO
    Wonderschool is a network of boutique early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best centers with the warmth of an in-home program. We make it easy for teachers to start and operate these programs and for families to find them. Wonderschool is venture funded by First Round Capital, Cross Culture Ventures, Soft Tech VC, Lerer Ventures, 500 Startups, eVentures, FundersClub, and a number of Angels.
  • Michael Tennant
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    Michael most recently served as the Head of Branded Content in the US for PHD Media, where he helped the agency win Ad Age’s 2017 Media Agency of the Year, leading content strategy and execution for brands like Google, GSK, Delta Airlines, and the Volkswagen portfolio. Prior to then, Michael led branded content for the CocaCola company and various brands in the P&G portfolio. Michael began his career in youth entertainment where he held various content, marketing and brand partnership roles for MTV and VICE.
  • Chris Bruss
    President
    Chris Bruss is the President of Funny Or Die. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Bruss directly oversees Sales, Ad Operations, and Partner Content – the award-winning Branded Entertainment division he started 7 years ago. Bruss has been with Funny Or Die since 2009, and during that time pioneered a more sophisticated strategy for translating the process between the world of agencies/brands and the comedy/content community.
  • Sean Evans
    Host, Hot Ones
    I host a YouTube show called Hot Ones. It's the show with hot questions and hotter wings.
  • Michael Eisner
    CEO
    Michael is the Founding Partner and Chair of Eisner Jaffe, which he established in 1999. His practice focuses on providing high level strategic advice and guidance on complex deal structure, negotiating deals and transactions in each practice area of the Firm, and managing commercial and civil litigation in high stakes, high visibility conflicts. His clients range from individuals to international corporations, operating in industries including film, television and cable, music, technology, intellectual property, fashion, art, franchising, finance, securities offerings, and real estate transactions.
  • Donna D'Cruz
    Spiritual BEing Advocate
    Born in South India, raised in Australia, Donna D’Cruz has created DIP INTO BLISS, built on 15 years’ worth of learning, teaching, and experiences – it’s a modern approach and fresh take on Self-enquiry and meditation designed to bring you back to YOU. Her personal journey and experiences with spiritual masters of the ancient and modern wisdom traditions makes her uniquely qualified to create bridges between worlds inviting audiences to embark on new paths of self-exploration and discovery.
  • Suchit Dash
    President
    Suchit is the President of Dubsmash, the entertainment app used by 200 million people around the world that allows you to record yourself over a famous quote. Suchit manages business, content and partnerships globally and is based in Brooklyn.
  • Susy Ryoo
    Venture Partner
    Suzy Ryoo is Venture Partner at Atom Factory and new early-stage venture fund, Cross Culture Ventures. In addition to finding and investing in talented entrepreneurs, she creates opportunities for founders of iconic startups from within the Atom Factory angel fund & Cross Culture VC portfolios (such as Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Warby Parker, Spotify, Beautycon, theSkimm, ATTN:, Gimlet Media, Skurt, WeTransfer, Thrive Market, Wonderschool and Yumi). Suzy (and team) have spent the last nine months on a “Culture and Code” tour, discovering and engaging in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Atlanta, Detroit and Miami. Passionate about community, diversity and inclusion, Suzy serves on a technology advisory board for Delta, the advisory council at the USC Marshall Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies as well as on the board of directors for a non-profit called URBAN TxT (Teens Exploring Technology), which encourages young men of color in South LA to become catalysts of change in urban communities via technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Megan Colligan
    President, Domestic Marketing & Distribution
    Megan Colligan is President of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing for Paramount Pictures, a position she has held since 2014, having previously served as Co-President of Domestic Marketing and Distribution. In her current role, Colligan spearheads the worldwide marketing and distribution efforts for many of Paramount’s most successful franchise properties, including “TRANSFORMERS,” “TERMINATOR,” “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE,” and “STAR TREK”. She oversaw marketing efforts for the Academy Award® nominated films “FENCES”, “ARRIVAL”, “THE BIG SHORT,” “ANOMALISA,” “INTERSTELLAR,” “SELMA,” “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET,” and “NEBRASKA.”
  • Lesley Chilcott
    Producer & Director
    Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker and a producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include the rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary. Chilcott directed the feature documentary, A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD which played in theaters, the UN in Geneva, and ran for several months at the World Expo Milan. Her viral short film CODESTARS garnered over 20 million views online and was the number one video on YouTube for two days. In 2015 Chilcott released the documentary CODEGIRL, the first movie to have its premiere on YouTube before going to theaters and other outlets.
  • Brian Owens
    CMO, Red Bull North America
    Brian is the EVP, Chief Marketing Officer for Red Bull North America and President of Red Bull Media House North America. Red Bull is one of the world's most innovative lifestyle brands, known for inventing the energy drink category and pioneering a unique blend of sports, culture, content, influencer, and event marketing.
  • Michael Nyman
    CEO & Chairman
    Michael has established himself as a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and brands. Today, he leads one of the largest and most influential communications, marketing and consultancy firms in the world of popular culture and entertainment. Michael, a 29-year veteran, led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity power PMK, in the fall of 2009. He is responsible for operating and charting the future course for the 300-person firm, with a roster of more than 1000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients, across three offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Michael, a graduate of USC, has architected award-winning campaigns and advised clients ranging from Samsung and Condé Nast to Activision, Shonda Rhimes, and Beats by Dre. He sits on several boards, including the California Film Commission and the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • BOB SAFIAN
    Editor & Managing Director
    Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014.
  • Leonard Armato
    Founder & CEO
    As Founder and CEO of Management Plus Enterprises, Armato has been a visionary leader and trailblazer in creating, positioning, and building "high growth" brands and at the forefront of the convergence of sports, entertainment, marketing and technology. MPE created a formula for converting celebrity into "brand" by launching and building Shaquille O'Neal's brand with a powerful coalition of marketing partners and positioning Shaq as a "tech influencer". Armato also developed the "Golden Boy" brand for Oscar De La Hoya, now the industry leader in boxing promotion. MPE also specializes in using music as an engine to build value in brand platforms and amplify their relationship with their consumers
  • 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.
  • 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 & Partner
    Terry is the Co-Founder of WSL Holdings, Zosea, and SURK LLC. These private entities own and operate the World Surf League, Kelly Slater Wave Company, Outerknown, and Firewire. Terry is also the co-founder of PTTOW. Prior, he owned Sonar Entertainment and Slam, where he created and produced the hit MTV series Viva la Bam, Bam’s Unholy Union, MTV specials, Sirius Satellite Radio “Faction”, and Tony Hawk’s “Boom Boom Huck Jam”. 
  • 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
    Recording Artist, Investor
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • THANKYOUX
    STREET ARTIST
    ThankYouX first became well known on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009 for his large iconic Andy Warhol spray paint stencils. Signing "Thank You X" 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, New York and Hong Kong. Now using his Street style in a more abstract way, he has been getting new attention for his geometric mixed media cube paintings. Most recently, Diesel used ThankYouX’s art in their “Make Love Not Walls” Campaign. He will also collaborate with Adidas this Summer on an “LA” inspired customer gifting series. Last year, he teamed up with MTV for a traveling Virtual Reality art show based on the US Presidential Election. The show went to each of the debates as well as The White House. He was the official Visual Artist of the 2016 Global Citizen Music Festival in New York & during Art Basel Miami 2016 ThankYouX created a special installation for Soho House using a Samsung 360 camera inside of an interactive art booth. ThankYouX recently held a solo exhibition in New York City and is currently working on an exhibition for Fall 2017 in Los Angeles. In 2018 his exhibition work will travel to Berlin, London & Hong Kong.
  • 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 is one of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs under 30. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of the social enterprise Thankyou, which operates in the FMCG industry and gives 100% of its profits to funding projects that will help end global poverty. Daniel is also author of the best-selling Chapter One that raised $1.44m in 28 days using an unorthodox 'Pay What You Want' model to fund the future of Thankyou.
  • JIM MCKELVEY
    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.

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • ERIK OBERHOLTZER
    CEO & 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.
  • 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.
  • Ivy Cavic
    Talent Manager
    Ivy Cavic is a leader in the entertainment industry with experience spanning over 15 years. As the founder of ROAR’s digital talent department, Ivy is responsible for building the careers of some of YouTube’s most innovative. Her clients include Kandee Johnson, who is revered as one of the platform’s originals, and Veronica and Vanessa Merrell (THE MERRELL TWINS), who are among some of the first influencers to break into traditional media. In addition to her work in the digital space, Ivy also heads ROAR’s television talent department and is part of the management team of prolific actors including Alice Braga, Aisha Tyler, and Chris Hemsworth. Through her expertise and insight, Ivy has shown her ability to close the gap between the traditional and digital media industries.
  • Andrea Kinloch
    SVP, Business Development
    Bringing her acute business savvy and incredible foundation of marketing and branding experience from the entertainment and digital industries to the role, Andrea drives the strategy for revenue and growth through, new distribution channels, and strategic brand partnerships -- forging new and long-lasting relationships and creating seamlessly integrated programming for FBE's clients and massive audience.
  • Seth Maxwell
    CEO & Founder
    Seth is the Founder & CEO of The Thirst Project, the world's largest YOUTH water organization. The Thirst Project has made a bold commitment to ending the global water crisis. Seth has spoken at TED, the United Nations, and currently serves the United States Department of State as a member of their U.S. Speaker Program. Seth is currently is one of the activists who hosts CNN's cause-based millennial activism news show "AsipreIst." Seth was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" in 2014, and has been honored with the Vh1 Do Something Award.
  • Roger Love
    Voice Coach
    Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields. He has written 4 top-selling books , including the 2017 best-seller, Set Your Voice Free, and been a regular on 4 major network TV shows, including ABC' s new show, ENCORE premiering September of this year. Roger has vocally produced more than 100 million CD sales worldwide, and coaches singers like Gwen Stefanie, John Mayer and Selena Gomez, as well as speakers like Anthony Robbins and Brendon Burchard.
  • Bill Miller
    SVP
    Bill Miller is a Senior Vice President at Business Roundtable and oversees all outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration on behalf of the association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations.
  • Jean Philippe Rosier
    Partner
    Educator, TEDx speaker and consultant. Perestroika's partner, which is a school of creative activities based in five mains cities in Brazil. He is a graduate of Kaospilot, Denmark’s alternative business school where mastered “How to Create Learning Spaces”.
  • Jason Beckerman
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Jason's 15 years of enterprise software experience spans the marketing, SaaS, and financial services industries. As CEO, Jason oversees Unified's product, technology, operations, and organizational strategy. His team has managed hundreds of millions of dollars of social marketing investments for the world's largest brands. Working with brands, publishers, and partners in the marketing community, Jason implements organization-changing technology solutions that deliver clear business results
  • Seth Solomons
    CEO, North America
    Seth guides Wunderman’s 43 offices in North America, bringing 20-plus years of experience in analytics, strategy, planning, CRM, integrated marketing and technology. Based in New York, Seth is an innovative and dynamic leader who has provided guidance for brands ranging from NIKE, Inc. to L'Oréal Paris to Verizon. Seth comes to Wunderman from R/GA, where he was President, U.S. Under his leadership, R/GA New York won 29 Lions and was named 2015 Agency of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Prior leadership roles include serving as CEO at CRM365, working alongside partners including Google and Facebook, and as global chief marketing officer for Digitas.
  • Michael Temkin
    CEO & Roustabout
    Michael Temkin is the CEO of Rabbit. With a focus on cross-platform communities, he was an early innovator in communities built around content. Michael was also co-founder and CEO of Augniscient, an educational technology startup focused on machine learning. Michael studied Physics at Harvard. When he’s not working, Michael can be found playing guitar or passionately cheering on the Yankees
  • Sudhin Shahani
    Executive Chairman
    Sudhin is an entrepreneur, venture capital investor and start-up executive. He serves as the Chairman & CEO of Surf Air, the first ever All-You-Can-Fly air travel club offering members private and ticketless travel with unlimited access
  • Chris Jacquemin
    Head of Digital
    Chris Jacquemin is a WME partner and leads the company’s Digital content group, focusing on distribution, marketing and windowing strategies for clients in the digital space. In his role he leads a team in packaging content for distribution across digital platforms and developing new business models for entertainment content across all forms of media.
  • Marc Graser
    Head of Editorial, Creative & Content Marketing
    Marc Graser is Marriott International's Editorial Director, and works closely with the 30 hotel brands and loyalty programs that represent the world's largest hotel company. As a content marketing expert, Graser uses all platforms and media formats to tell stories that inspire travel and create raving brand fans. Previously, he spent 16 years covering the entertainment industry for Variety and Advertising Age in Los Angeles as a reporter and Senior Editor.
  • Lisa Tanzer
    President
    Lisa has a long history with Life is Good having served on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation for more than 20 years. She was formerly head of marketing at Life is Good and was honored to be promoted into the position of president in 2016. Previously, Lisa held executive level positions in the entertainment, toy and education space. Prior companies include Hasbro, Gillette, Staples and start-ups.
  • 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.
  • Aaron Levant
    Founder
    As the founder of Agenda, the worlds leading global creative lifestyle fashion trade show, Aaron Levant is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and street wear tastemaker who paved an unconventional road to success that mirrors the attitude of his present day accolades.

    At the age of 17, Levant ditched high school and injected himself into the street wear industry with an internship at the iconic LA brand, GAT. With his head down and working, Levant intuitively observed his surroundings and soon realized there was a need for a certain style of trade show – a non-traditional yet affordable space for brands to curate their message and effectively sell their product. At just19 years old, he launched Agenda, giving brands a creative hub that invited retailers inside each of their worlds.
    Agenda quickly spiraled into expansion and, what started as a 30 brand satellite trade show, exploded into a 1000+ global force that included powerhouse names such as Vans, Nike, and Quiksilver. In 2008, Levant’s Agenda brand survived the midst of the hard hitting recession which cannibalized many of his competitors. This realization led him to believe that he was onto something.

    Levant continued to expand the Agenda brand and today counts Agenda WMNS and Agenda Emerge as part of his overarching umbrella of incubators in the global forum of street culture and fashion. Forbes and Hypebeast have recognized Levant and Complex ranked him one of the most powerful people in street wear.

    In 2012, Agenda merged with Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading events organizer, and Levant became its SVP and Head of Fashion where he oversees Agenda, Capsule and his newest venture, ComplexCon.
    The concept for ComplexCon came about in 2015 as an idea between Levant and Complex Magazine founder Marc Ecko. They both recognized an untapped space within the online to offline experience and launched the joint venture with Complex Networks in November 2016 over a two day weekend in Long Beach, CA. In March 2017, it was announced that ComplexCon will return to Long Beach on November 4th and 5th.
  • Sabrina Kay
    CEO
    Dr. Sabrina Kay is a self-made serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a Chancellor of Fremont College, she implemented her dissertation from the Wharton School, Professional Action Learning®, to modernize professional education and the 21st century workplace. From fashion and the arts to banking and finance, Sabrina started and exited six successful entrepreneurial ventures, has received numerous awards, and served on over 30 different charitable and civic boards.
  • Ryan Immegart
    EVP, Global Marketing
    Ryan Immegart began his career in 1992 as Volcom’s first sponsored snowboarder. From 1995, he served as the Director of Volcom Entertainment, the company’s music division that he founded with Richard Woolcott. In 2010 he was promoted to VP of Marketing and is currently the EVP of Global Marketing. He has 5 kids and a passion for surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, music, art and technology.
  • Robbee Minicola
    President
    Robbee Minicola leads Wunderman's Seattle office delivering RM analytics and creative for T-Mobile and Microsoft. Robbee also spearheads Wunderman's AI Services globally providing AI solutions for marketers. She is a former executive from Microsoft and was the CEO of TiVo in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Rob Willey
    CMO
    Robert Willey is the Chief Marketing Officer of Spring responsible for building the brand and driving growth across all channels. Robert believes you accomplish what you measure and is inspired by the convergence of fashion brands and growth marketing. Previously he was Vice President of Marketing for TaskRabbit, a late stage venture backed startup, where he ran all parts of the marketing team to establish the brand as a leader in the sharing economy. His 15 years of experience also includes roles as the Head of Digital for the sustainable soap company method as well as consulting and agency leads for global campaigns with Cadillac, Nike and Proctor & Gamble. 

    Rob has his BS from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, MBA from Columbia University, and resides in New York City with his wife, son and French bulldog. 
  • J.G. Rives
    Co-Host
    Rives is a poet and multimedia artist with six talks on TED.com. He likes what everybody like: houseplants, motorcycles and the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Richard Greenfield
    Managing Director, TMT Analyst
    Research Analyst trying to figure out how to invest in the rapidly colliding worlds of media and technology. Media Futurist, Angel Investor, Gadget Lover, Husband & Father of 3 Girls.
  • Michael Davidson
    CEO
    Michael P. Davidson connects successful leaders to dynamic mission-based organizations that help make the world better. He is the CEO of Gen Next, a national exclusive organization of successful individuals engaged with ensuring future generations have access to great opportunities.
  • Matt Wolf
    VP, Entertainment
    Matt Wolf is responsible for Coca-Cola’s gaming strategy, partnerships and initiatives across all brands. Wolf identifies opportunities to authentically integrate the Company’s brands into gaming culture, sharing value to the gaming community while driving brand loyalty and building Company business.
    Wolf taps over two decades of videogame industry experience to lead the Company into all forms of gaming including eSports, mobile, social and console. As a videogame industry veteran, entrepreneur and Primetime Emmy Award winner, he has helped shape the way consumers play by contributing through key roles in creative development, marketing, and business/content strategy. His work has also been recognized at Cannes, Webby Awards and SXSW.
  • Joe De Sena
    Founder & CEO
    Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan Race, Inc. De Sena has been an entrepreneur since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age 8, to starting a t-shirt business in high school, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, De Sena is a living definition of "entrepreneur." De Sena is the New York Times bestselling author of SPARTAN UP! A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life and SPARTAN FIT! 30 Days. Transform Your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit. He is also the host of the Spartan Up! Podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. For information about a Spartan Race in your area, visit www.spartan.com.
  • Lily Knowles
    VP, Product Marketing
    With nearly two decades of experience heading up marketing for major technology brands, Lily leads all aspects of marketing for VIZIO, including brand, retail, digital and product marketing across VIZIO’s portfolio of hardware, software and services. Her focus on driving innovation around brand engagement has led to creation of unique platforms and campaigns such as VIZIO Fandemonium, Slam Dunk Poetry with Blake Griffin, TVP and the AFI Filmmaker Challenge.
  • Andrew Sugerman
    EVP, Disney Publishing & Digital Media Worldwide
    Andrew leads a global team of storytellers charged with creating stories across multiple formats and platforms. He oversees creative, operations, and strategic direction for the Publishing & Digital Media business at The Walt Disney Company and manages its $3 billion retail publishing, social media, digital products, digital influencers, and digital short form video efforts, along with commercialization channels that span retail, advertising, distribution, subscription, and more.
  • Jonathan Simpson Bint
    CRO
    Jonathan came to the US in 1993 and launched a number of highly successful products including web portals IGN.com and DailyRadar. Jonathan became president of Future US and oversaw a period of significant growth for the company fueled by acquisitions in the games, music and sports markets as well as overseeing the company’s success in becoming official publisher to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Jonathan joined Twitch in September 2011 where he led the company’s hugely successful in-game integration program.
  • Ben Hindman
    CEO
    Ben Hindman is Co-Founder and CEO of Splash, ​the event marketing software ​used by over half of the Fortune 500. Prior to Splash Hindman was head of events for publishing giant Thrillist, where he produced everything from mystery fly-aways to full-scale concerts. He is also a co-founder of Summit Series, the renowned invite-only destination event for the greatest minds in tech. A recognized marketing and event industry thought-leader, Hindman has participated in panels for the University of Pennsylvania, SaaSter and SXSW, among others. He is also a guest contributor to a variety of publications, including: Media Post, Huffington Post and Ad Age.
  • Andre Harrell
    Vice Chairman
    Andre Harrell serves as vice chairman of REVOLT Media & TV, a post he assumed in 2014 after being appointed by REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales and chairman Sean Combs. An entertainment powerhouse with credentials spanning film, television, music and branding, Harrell has helped influence and create urban and Millennial culture around the world. In this role, Harrell oversees the REVOLT Music Conference (RMC), which welcomed 70 speakers and hosted 800 attendees during October 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. In his role, Harrell also creates new opportunities for REVOLT with technology companies, brands, and the music industry, as well as helps reinforce the network’s position as the new #1 name in music, largely focusing on business development, outreach and strategic partnerships.

    For four decades, Harrell has been one of the leading entertainment entrepreneurs and cultural ambassadors of our time – as a member of the early 80s pioneer rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde; a film and television producer; founder of Uptown Records; Chairman of Motown Records; and founder of Nu America advertising agency. 

    With the founding of Uptown Records and Management, Harrell launched the careers of not only Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and the Boyz, Jodeci, Al B. Sure, Anthony Hamilton, The Lost Boyz, Teddy Riley and Guy, but also mentored the hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs.  Known to have the midas touch when it came to discovering and developing talent, Harrell was responsible for changing the sound of R&B music and crossing artist and executives over into what was then known as "pop culture".  By the end of 1994, Billboard Magazine ranked Uptown second amongst all the major labels for the number of charted R&B singles and fifth for the number of R&B charted albums.

    While serving as the chairman of Uptown Records, Harrell also created and produced “New York Undercover,” the first multicultural major network television drama ever, starring Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, and Lauren Velez. He also simultaneously executive produced STRICTLY BUSINESS, famous for being one of the first films to showcase the socio-economic diversity among African Americans, starring Halle Berry in her first leading role.

    In 1995 Harrell became the president and CEO of Motown Records. During his five-year tenure, he not only oversaw the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Queen Latifah but also launched the careers of 98 Degrees and Mario Winans, and is credited for increasing the scale of executive compensation for black music executives throughout the industry.  

    After leaving Motown, Harrell became president of Bad Boy Records overseeing the careers of Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, 112 and breaking new artist like Black Rob, Shyne Po, The Dream, and Carl Thomas.  While at Motown, Harrell worked with Bono and Bobby Shriver to introduce the (RED) campaign for HIV/AIDs awareness among the urban market in addition to producing Urban Aid for LifeBeat at Madison Square Garden, a benefit concert televised on BET and MTV. 

    Harrell founded Nu America Records and launched the career of one of today's leading vocalists and chart-toppers, Robin Thicke.  After four decades, having a hit record in each, Harrell continues to have his hand on the pulse of music, recently executive producing the biggest single in the history of radio with Robin Thicke and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines," the most played radio song in 2013.  

    As part of his Nu America vision, Harrell produced the hit movie HONEY where once again he launched the career of another famous actress, Jessica Alba, by casting her in her first starring role.  Most recently, Harrell produced and appeared in the MTV hit reality series “Making the Band.”  
  • Joe Marchese
    President, Advertising Revenue
    Joe  leads operations in non-linear advertising products and services for 21st Century Fox’s global portfolio of channels. He was appointed to his current position after the company he founded, true[X], was acquired by 21st Century Fox (21CF) in 2015.  true[X], the leader in engagement advertising technologies, is now a part of the advanced advertising products division that Mr. Marchese oversees. Recently tapped as a 2016 Media Maven by Advertising Age, and listed at #38 of the Variety Gotham 60, and soon to be inducted into the American Advertising Federation Class of 2016 Hall of Achievement, it's clear that Joe is considered by many as a leading entrepreneur and one of the more progressive, provocative thought leaders helping to shape the future of advertising and media. Joe is also the founder and chairman of the reservation and payment app, Reserve and the NYC based tech studio, Human Ventures, and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media and the board of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute.
  • Jill Manchester
    SVP, Marketing & Brand Strategy
    A passionate leader and true candy enthusiast, Jill relishes her role leading Marketing and Innovation at Ferrara Candy Company and disrupting the confectionary industry. Jill passion is challenging the status quo and developing new products and brand activations to reach the ever changing confections consumer. An industry veteran and innovative social marketer, she likes to push the envelope creating new ways of communicating her brand's story and engaging with consumers. Jill lives and works in the world of possibility always asking "what if".
  • Greg Suess
    Founding Partner
    Greg Suess is a founding partner of ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based talent management company. ROAR manages leading musicians (Three-time GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band, The Grateful Dead, Bassnectar), actors (Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Ken Watanabe, Cobie Smulders, Luke Bracey), comedians (David Alan Grier, Aisha Tyler), entertainment & lifestyle companies (VICE, Cinedigm, China Branding Group), and experts, icons, and family offices engaged in entertainment and lifestyle initiatives.

    He is a partner at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP (www.glaserweil.com) and serves on the Board of Directors of Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD) and Camp Southern Ground, Inc. (Zac Brown’s non-profit).
  • Georgina Pazcoguin
    The Rogue Ballerina
    Georgina is breaking glass ceilings in the world of Ballet. Celebrating a 16 year career with world renown New York City Ballet, she aims to be named the company's first female Asian American Principal dancer. A steadily rising star, she is an ambassador of her art form across the platforms of Ballet, Broadway, and Film. Known as the "The Rogue Ballerina" she empowers those not fitting the "balletic ideal stereotype" with her story of success and rise to Soloist. In addition to her many credits including award winning film “New York Export Opus Jazz”, Ivy in the revival of “On the Town” and originating the role of Victoria in the 2016 revival of “Cats”, Georgina is a passionate activist for foundations Orphaned Starfish, Arteamor, Creative Visions and the Hidden Tears Project using ballet as a universal language tool raising awareness and impacting social change.
  • Eric Johnson
    EVP, Global Advertising Revenue & Sales Operations
    Eric Johnson is the EVP of Global Advertising Revenue & Sales Operations.   In this role, Johnson leads the U.S. and international multimedia ad sales team efforts.  He is responsible for all sales activity across all of ESPN’s businesses, including the ESPN television networks, ESPN Print and Digital Media, X Games, ESPN Syndication Events, ESPN Audio, ESPN Deportes, and espnW.  Outside of the U.S., he works directly with ESPN’s sales offices in Buenos Aires, San Paulo, London, Singapore, Sydney and Miami, Fla., to drive revenue for ESPN’s international properties.
    In 2008, he was named #25 on the Mediaweek 50, a list of “the most indispensable executives shaping the future of media,” and was CABLE-FAX’s 2010 VP & Above Sales Person of the Year (Honorable Mention).  Additionally, under his leadership, ESPN’s multimedia sales teams have been honored by a 2012 Jack Myers survey that ranked ESPN’s #1 among TV sales organizations (tied with ABC).  This follows a recognition in 2008 from min (Media Industry Newsletter), which named Johnson’s team the “Multiplatform Sales Team of the Year.”
  • Ed Haslam
    CMO
    With experience in digital media, network infrastructure, and enterprise BI and SaaS. Ed has been a founding executive of venture-backed technology companies, responsible for launching the product, company, and brand, along with developing the channel-to-market, building international teams, and business strategy. Recently, Ed headed marketing for YuMe’s video advertising IPO. He also has led product, advised startups and VC firms, and coded large-scale optimization systems.
  • Ed Gold
    Head of Advertising
    Edward Gold is Head of Advertising for the State Farm Insurance Companies headquartered in Bloomington, IL, and has been with the company since 2003. He has over 25+ years of marketing, media and sponsorship experience. Edward’s primary responsibility is to oversee the development of State Farm’s media and sponsorship strategy, planning, and execution across all State Farm product lines and customer segments.
    While at State Farm, Edward has overseen partnerships with the NBA, Disney/Pixar, ESPN, Major League Baseball, Telemundo, and Apple. He has expanded State Farm’s media efforts in traditional, online, and new media, through innovative thinking while achieving business goals.
  • Brian Calle
    Editor
    Brian Calle is the opinion editor of the Southern California News Group, overseeing opinion content for its 11 newspapers and websites including The Los Angeles Daily News, The Orange County Register, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, Daily Breeze in Torrance, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The Sun in San Bernardino and Redlands Facts.
  • Aron Levitz
    Head of Wattpad Studios
    As Head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content created by Wattpad Stars, the biggest influencers on the platform. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.

    Previously, as Head of Business Development, Aron helped establish the company’s monetization strategy and launched Wattpad Brand Stories, a native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.

    Throughout his career, Aron has connected the entertainment industry with emerging technology and mobile platforms. As Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Xtreme Labs, Aron developed business and mobile strategies for the world’s top media brands including MTV. Prior to Xtreme Labs, he was Director of Entertainment and Global Content Acquisition at BlackBerry where he worked with artists and other talent, as well as launched innovative music, movie, TV, and gaming services.

    Aron received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo.
  • Chris Hagedorn
    CEO, Hawthorne
    Chris leads The Hawthorne Gardening Company, Scotts Miracle Gro's cannabis focused subsidiary. In that role, he has lead the formation of the world's largest hydroponics supply company, with brands like General Hydroponics, Vermicrop, Gavita Professional Lighting, Botanicare and Aerogrow International. Prior to HGC, Chris held marketing leadership roles and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
  • Brad Jenkins
    Managing Director / Executive Producer
    Brad Jenkins is an expert at turning belly laughs into beltway advocacy. As Funny Or Die’s Managing Director and Executive Producer in Washington D.C., Jenkins manages creative campaigns and political strategy for non-profits, foundations, and national brands. Before joining Funny Or Die last year, Jenkins spent four years serving as President Obama’s Associate Director in The White House Office of Public Engagement. From The White House, Jenkins brought together creative executives, thought leaders, and some of the world’s biggest stars to advance the President’s agenda—culminating in the Emmy-award winning “Between Two Ferns” interview on the Affordable Care Act.