Masters
ELITE LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY & TACTICS
TAUGHT BY GLOBAL CEOS & CMOS
  • 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.
  • SOPHIA AMORUSO
    CEO & Founder
    Sophia is a creative visionary and modern-day entrepreneur who has forged an unprecedented path in building a brand. She is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls that have inspired Girlboss to be one of the most exciting movements of our time.
  • 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.
  • Zoe Saldana
    Founder & President
    Zoe Saldana started her career in the arts as a dancer in NYC, which paved the way for her first role in a feature film, Center Stage. She then went on to play some of the most memorable roles of her career in films such as: Avatar, Star Trek, Columbiana, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Outside of Hollywood, Zoe is passionate about using her status to help those around her. Most recently, Zoe has partnered with UNICEF’s campaign Shot@Life to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries. In 2015, Zoe started working with another charity focused on children, Brave New Beginnings, an organization bringing essential life-saving equipment to children and their families, specifically newborns in critical need. This topic is something close to her heart especially after spending time in the NICU with her own boys. When not on location, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin boys.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Randy Freer
    President & COO
    Mr. Randy Freer serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at Fox Networks Group, Inc. Mr. Freer directly oversees revenue, distribution, operations, business development and strategy for all aspects of the Fox Television Group (which includes Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television), FX Networks, Fox Sports Media Group (which encompasses the company’s national sports channels and regional sports networks) and National Geographic Partners (which includes the National Geographic channels and brands). He is also responsible for rights acquisitions and team and league relationships on behalf of FOX Sports. He served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Fox Sports Media Group at Fox International Channels Inc. since February 11, 2011. In recent years, he oversaw the negotiations that led to new long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the USGA, as well as with the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences. Mr. Freer served as the President of Fox Regional Cable Sports Networks. He is one of two Fox representatives on the Big Ten Network board of directors. Mr. Freer served as the President of Fox Sports Networks Inc. at Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fox Sports Networks Inc. since 2001. He joined FSN as Executive Vice President, overseeing business development since 1997. He spent the prior nine years as Executive Vice President of Entertainment Sales for Turner Broadcasting System. Mr. Freer serves as a member of the board of directors of Hulu, the National Geographic Channel, and BTN (formerly Big Ten Network), representing 21st Century Fox’s ownership interests. He is also a member of the board of directors of the After-School All-Stars, one of the nation’s leading providers of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. Mr. Freer attended St. Josephs College in North Windham, Maine and graduated with degrees in both Business and History.
  • 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.
  • SHAUN WHITE
    CEO & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    Shaun is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of 24 Winter and Summer X Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding, and the lead guitarist in an LA-based rock band. He is also the CEO of his own company and the face of many others. Shaun was listed at #2 on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of 100 most powerful and marketable athletes, and was ranked on the prestigious Forbes Fab 40: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands as the 10th most valuable athlete. He takes a central role in each of his partnerships from the design of specific products for Burton and Oakley to becoming a majority shareholder of Air + Style in 2014. Shaun has also been honored for his philanthropic work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others.
  • Cristina Mancini
    EVP, Technology & Creative Strategy
    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.
  • Chris Altchek
    CEO
    Chris Altchek is CEO and co-founder of Mic, one of the leading news company for millennials in the U.S. Chris co-founded Mic out of the recognition that the old models of journalism, like many institutions, had become less engaging and relevant. While maintaining the rigor and commitment to original reporting and championing essential fact-finding, Mic has sought to give voice to critical news stories from modern and diverse perspectives. Mic reaches over 100M people every month, including 10% of all millennials in the U.S. everyday.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Craig Brommers
    SVP & CMO
    Craig Brommers is a global marketing executive who cultivates iconic brands for digital, geographic, and category expansion. As the new Chief Marketing Officer of Gap, his team's recent efforts have led to sales momentum for the iconic American retailer. These campaigns include Generation Gap, the 90s archive re-issue, and 'Fearless Beauty' collaboration with Disney. Previously, he led global marketing at Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Speedo. At A&F, his team achieved a number of digital firsts – first brand to advertise to teens on Instagram, first specialty retailer to advertise on Snapchat, and highest retailer ad recall on Facebook. At Calvin Klein, his team built on a legacy of provocative advertising with the brand’s first ever Super Bowl campaign. At Speedo, he led the award-winning 2008 Beijing Olympics campaign, featuring Michael Phelps and the controversial NASA-engineered LZR Racer swimsuit.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Peter Pham
    Co-Founder & Partner
    Peter Pham is a co-founding partner at Science a 3yr old $40M backed technology studio of which he helps build & incubate companies alongside CEO's, with recent companies like Dollar Shave Club & DogVacay. He's helped his portfolio raise over $170M in that time. Previously as an operator, he has been been a part of  building companies like PhotobucketPhotobkddedddPht, being the 5th employee was responsible for driving growth to 61M users and leading its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media. Peter He then turned his energy in helping people save money as CEO of BillShrink which which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012. He has also spent some time as a two time Entrepreneur In Residence at Trinity Ventures.
  • 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.
  • MARLIES DEKKERS
    Founder, Creative Director & CEO
    Marlies Dekkers, the award-winning cult Dutch lingerie artist, considers the female body her canvas. With her groundbreaking designs and radically new feminine point of view, Marlies has started a worldwide lingerie revolution. Her luxury lingerie is sold in over 20 countries, and has been worn by powerful female role models such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Adele, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Marlies aims to inspire women and challenge women to be the masters of their own destiny. Her life motto is 'dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be'.
  • 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.
  • DEREK KOENIG
    Chief Creative Officer
    Derek brings a track record of team-building, strategic acumen, and award-winning creative firepower to his position as SVP, Head of Creative at Discovery Communications. He leads the in-house creative department supporting all of Discovery’s global businesses with marketing, promotion and branded content.
  • 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.
  • Rafi Fine
    Co-Founder
    A new kind of hybrid media company, network, and entertainment studio, Fine Brothers Entertainment is hyper-focused on creating innovative programming for millennial and digital native audiences in web, TV, and film. The firm produces and distributes the most engaging, most viewed, scripted and unscripted content online, and strives to constantly bring high-quality, funny, entertaining, and insightful shows to its legion of viewers each week. Year round, FBE delivers regular daily programming online to a highly engaged audience of over 20 million subscribers that generates over 150 million monthly views. Its award-winning format Kids React and related shows Teens React and Elders React are consistently rated the top shows on the web and are regularly covered by media all over the world. Millions look forward to watching Fine Brothers Entertainment shows around the world every single day, and it does everything it can to continue to deliver top quality entertainment.
  • 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.
  • Lina Chen
    CEO & 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.
  • Camille Hackney
    EVP, Brand Partnerships & 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nicole Lapin
    Host of CW's "Hatched" & Author of Rich Bitch
    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.
  • 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.
  • RYAN CUMMINS
    CO-FOUNDER & VICE CHAIRMAN
    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.
  • Moj Mahdara
    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.
  • 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.”
  • SEBASTIAN TERRY
    Inspirationalist, 100 Things
    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!
  • 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.
  • Brian Atlas
    COO & President
    Brian Atlas is the President and Co-founder of Street League Skateboarding. He has held a major role of SLS since its inception, hired by long-time skateboarding industry veteran and TV personality, Rob Dyrdek, to write the initial league business plan in 2009 and has since led the day-to-day operations from the launch of the business to its current position as the preeminent global skateboarding competition series. As a life-long skateboarder and passionate entrepreneur, he brings an authentic understanding of skateboarding while connecting an in-depth understanding of sports media, finance, and management to the league. Under his leadership, SLS has successfully negotiated global TV rights deals with ESPN and Fox Sports, renewed exclusive contracts with the world’s best skateboarders, and helped secure Nike as the presenting sponsor of the platform. Most recently, Atlas launched the first ever OTT network for skateboarding, ETN, now available on iOS and Google play. He attended the University of Southern California for the Marshall School of Business with a concentration on Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Moksha Fitzgibbons
    Chief of Brand Partnerships
    Mr. Moksha FitzGibbons serves as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Complex Media, Inc. Mr. FitzGibbons served as an Associate Publisher and Vice President of Sales at Complex Media, LLC. Mr. FitzGibbons joined Complex in 2002, where he has been responsible for impressive year-over-year ad sales growth and has introduced a wide variety of innovative programs such as multi-tiered advertising initiatives, cross-platform sales, custom premium content ownership sections and 360 touch-point programs combining online, offline and special events.
  • 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”
  • 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.
  • Kevin Hekmat
    Talent & Artist Manager
    Kevin Hekmat is a talent manager, corporate speaking agent 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.
  • 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.
  • Jesse Coulter
    CCO
    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.
  • Malena Cutuli
    Group Head of Integrated Brand Communications & Capability
    Originally from Argentina, Malena started her marketing career as a junior brand manager for Quilmes Beer (INBEV). She has experience in both agency (working on accounts like Disney and Nike) and corporate business (marketing at Telefónica, Novartis and Nestlé). Malena’s responsibilities at Shell include the corporate #makethefuture global brand campaign and ensuring cross-group brand communications excellence. She launched #makethefuture globally in 2014, which continues to gain recognition through successful activations all over the world, including the Morro da Mineira project, Best Day of My Life music video launch and the very recent 50 Night in Kenya initiative.
  • Rich Antoniello
    CEO
    Rich Antoniello is CEO of Complex Networks, a global media company and youth culture brand. In 2016 he led the acquisition of Complex by Verizon and Hearst becoming Complex Networks. The company is focused premium programming on Verizon’s go90 and through Complex Networks’ vertical brands.

    Antoniello joined Complex as CEO in 2003 and has transformed it from an influential print publication into a 360-degree multimedia platform. Prior to Complex, Antoniello was at National Geographic, and Wenner Media’s Men's Journal. He lives in New York City with his wife and two girls.
  • Mark Shedletsky
    CEO & Founder
    Currently, Mark is Founder & CEO of Vertical Mass, the leading DMP and Marketplace for audience data in the music, sports and entertainment industries.

    Previously, Mark was President of Digital for Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment; Founder & CEO, BlueHaze (acquired by XIX Entertainment in 2011); Head of Marketing for BitTorrent; Head of Marketing for MTV in Canada; Dir of Marketing MTV (US); MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.
  • Tricia Nichols
    Global VP, Consumer Marketing & Engagement
    As Global VP of Consumer Marketing at Estée Lauder, Tricia inspires a model of consumer centricity through meaningful consumer narratives & integrated experiences.  In her spare time, she is an Angel investor and Advisor to start-ups and embraces the unknown.  Prior to joining Estée Lauder, she held senior roles at PepsiCo and Gap, and started her career on the agency side. Long ago, she was an Adjunct Professor and (often) enjoys running into her former students in NYC. 
  • 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.
  • Dan Levi
    EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
    As Clear Channel Outdoor Americas EVP & CMO, Dan Levi oversees CCOA’s commitment to more transparent, data-driven advertising solutions. Named as one of Adweek’s “15 Mobile Innovators” in 2016, Dan has shepherded first-to-market innovations like Clear Channel Outdoor RADAR to establish CCOA as a major media industry trailblazer that’s pioneering advanced advertising methods of planning, buying and measuring the effectiveness of its clients’ OOH campaigns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Frommer
    SVP, Creative Content
    Jennifer Frommer is an award winning Branded Content expert, immersed in creativity and technology. Currently, Jennifer is SVP of Creative Content and Licensing at Columbia Records. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michele Fino
    CMO
    Michele has spent the past 16 years in Marketing, sales and digital content strategy at various companies such as Red Bull, Walt Disney World and most notably, 10 seasons of American Idol. At DoSomething, she oversees the strategy and execution of our marketing, scholarships, media, talent, press, creative, digital content, and social media.
  • 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.
  • Ken Hertz
    Founder
    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.
  • 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. 
  • Tracy Ryan
    CEO
    Tracy Ryan is the CEO of CannaKids, whose focus is on supplying medical cannabis oil to the seriously ill. With sights now set on clinical research, Tracy and her team are in the planning phases to start human trials on pediatrics with a top hospital this year, and has partnered with a world leading research team out of Israel to study the effects of cannabis on cancer.
  • 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.
  • Matt Britton
    CEO
    Matt Britton is America’s leading expert on the millennial generation having consulted for over half of the Fortune 500 over the past two decades. Matt's unique ability to connect the dots between the new consumer culture of today and the business trends of tomorrow is what separates him and offers unique value for his clients.

    Matt's best-selling book titled YouthNation, which debuted at #1 on Amazon's business book list has created the modern day roadmap for corporations large and small alike to approach a generation with power and influence unlike any other emerging demographic in history.

    In 2002 Matt founded MRY, a digital and social media marketing services agency, which he would grow from a one-person startup to a global powerhouse with over 500 employees. Over the course of Matt’s 14-year career at MRY, the agency he founded helped prominent Global corporations including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motors, Visa, and Google develop innovative strategies and successfully launch products aimed at the Millennial Generation. In 2011, MRY was acquired by the Publicis Groupe.

    In 2016, Matt joined Crowdtap as CEO. a company he incubated and spun-off from MRY in 2011. Crowdtap creates technology which allow for deeper engagement between brands and consumers. Its products foster real-time insights, consumer generated content, and deeper relationships for brands looking to shift the marketing process to a most collaborative one with a brand’s biggest advocates. Named one of America’s most promising companies by Forbes, Crowdtap services over 100 of the most prominent brands and agencies in the world.


    Learn more about Matt at www.MattBritton.com.
  • Chris Robichaud
    CEO
    Building has always been at the heart of Chris Robichaud’s career. For the past three-decades, he has helped build many client brands, while in the process building PMK•BNC into a leading Global agency. Today, PMK•BNC is the leading authority in Popular Culture and Entertainment with a staff of more than 300 professionals in New York, Los Angeles and London. Over the course of his three-decade career in the industry, he has developed a strategic, long-term vision that has led to incredible client success, as well as impressive growth, diversification and the international and digital expansion of PMK•BNC.
  • Steve Schnur
    Worldwide Executive, Music & Marketing
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lori Feldman
    EVP, Strategic Marketing
    Recently named to Billboard Magazine’s 2016 Top 100 Women in Music, as well as Billboard’s 2016 and 2017 Branding Power Players lists, Lori Feldman has worked across many verticals, including radio and video promotion, music licensing, sports marketing and brand partnerships. Her expertise is finding alternative methods of marketing music, and creating opportunities which further develop artist’s careers, through brand partnerships, music licensing, video games and Sports. She joined WBR in 1995 as VP of Music Video Marketing. In her current role as EVP Strategic Marketing, Feldman and her team create brand partnerships, sports, gaming and licensing opportunities for WBR artists including Michael Bublé, Gary Clark Jr., Andra Day, Bebe Rexha and many more across the WBR roster of talent. She recently spearheaded partnerships and synch campaigns with Coca Cola, Citibank, Chrysler, Delta Airlines, Gap, Pepsi and more. Lori is continually inspired and excited by the ever changing landscape of the music and media business and believes that massive change creates extraordinary opportunity every single day.
  • Paul Makarechian
    CEO & Co-Founder
    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.
  • 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 plays a major role in creating innovative partnerships and relationships that enable iHeartMedia to reach a larger consumer base across key sectors including telecommunications, automotive, tablets and smartphones, gaming consoles, wearables, and more. Under her leadership, the iHeartRadio app is available across more than 60 unique device platforms and has been downloaded more than 650 million times. Prior to her current role, Michele was the president of partnerships and local activation, where she identified and developed compelling strategic alliances and marketing programs for iHeartRadio, the company's streaming music and digital radio platform, and its key distribution and content partners.   
  • 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.
  • Jeff Miller
    Head of Creative Strategy
    Jeff Miller is the Global Head of Creative Strategy at Snapchat. In this role, he leads a team that delivers the best mobile ads to drive business results. Before Snapchat, Jeff served as Gatorade's Director of Digital Strategy. Under his leadership, the brand created award-winning content ft. Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Usain Bolt. When off the clock, Jeff loves singing karaoke and dancing with his daughter (Pia).
  • 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.
  • Daniel Batista
    President & COO
    Daniel Batista has over fifteen years experience in the media & entertainment industry and specializes in startups at the intersection of media and technology. Mr. Batista is currently President & COO of BeSe, a next-generation media brand founded by celebrity Zoe Saldana. BeSe’s mission is to be the voice of cultural pioneers reflecting and shaping our collective history.
  • Nick Tran
    Head of Brand Culture & Social Media
    Current Head of Brand Culture for Samsung. Former VP Marketing at Stance, Inc. Former Head of Social Media and Digital Advertising for Taco Bell.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IN-Q
    NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION
    Writer and performer IN-Q taps into music, poetry, and spoken word to create unforgettable narratives that not only inspire audiences to rethink possibility, but challenges them to ponder questions about life and the human experience. A National Poetry Slam champion, IN-Q was the first poet to perform with Cirque du Soleil and has used his verses as an award-winning songwriter, collaborating with Selena Gomez, Aloe Blacc, and Miley Cyrus.
  • FARA HOWARD
    Global VP, Marketing
    Fara drives Vans’ global marketing strategy and provides marketing leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. She returned to her Southern California roots to join Vans from Dell where she served in key roles for several business functions including product management, e-commerce, and creative. From 2012 to 2013, Fara led marketing for Dell's $4.7 billion North America consumer and small business division, where she oversaw strategy, digital and traditional media, CRM, and marketing analytics.  During her tenure at Dell, she established an in-house creative agency and interactive design organization which she grew to a global team of more than 200 people. Prior to Dell, she worked at PepsiCo’s Gatorade and launched its X-Factor sub-line. 
  • 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.
  • DAVID MESSINGER
    Co-Head of Marketing
    CAA Marketing is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). It has earned numerous industry accolades for developing marketing strategies and original content on behalf of its corporate clients. David also serves as the chair of the American Advertising Federation and is a member of the executive eommittee for the Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Advertising Hall of Fame.
  • MARK WEINSTEIN
    SVP // Head of Customer Engagement
    Mark inspires customers to explore, experience and fall in love with Hilton by creating innovative programs, products and partnerships that drive engagement and accelerate commercial performance. He leads customer experience, strategic partnerships, CRM and personalization, and Hilton Honors, Hilton’s 60+ million member strong, award-winning guest-loyalty program. Mark oversees Hilton’s global partnership strategy, curating a network of over 140 travel, financial services, music, entertainment, sports and food and wine strategic partners and managing the Hilton Honors credit card programs. Under Mark’s leadership, Hilton launched “Music Happens Here” – featuring once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences for Hilton Honors members and content created with partners Live Nation, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Spotify.
  • BRENT BUSHNELL
    CEO
    Two Bit Circus is a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company and creators of STEAM Carnival, a traveling event to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brent is on fire about using play and spectacle to inspire inventors and is passionate about rebranding STEM learning to STEAM with the inclusion of art and creativity. He is motivated by the power of group games and interactive media to bring people together in fun and meaningful ways. As a UCLA-trained engineer, he is a hands-on maker who uses rapid prototyping to turn vision into reality. He's board president of Trash For Teaching, an LA-based non-profit focused on upcycling clean corporate waste into art supplies for kids.
  • TERRY HARDY
    Co-Founder & 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.
  • MIKE TUNNICLIFFE
    EVP, Brand Partnerships USA
    Mike is an evangelist for the power of music to help transform brands and oversees Universal Music Group and Brands (UMGB) which is is a music strategy partnerships and activation agency inside Universal Music Group, USA.  UMGB works closely with all UMG Labels, artists and management to deliver transformational music based marketing solutions, platforms, experiences and content, across all brand categories. Prior to UMGB Mike was the global chief marketing and growth officer for WPP’s GroupM.
  • ERIK OBERHOLTZER
    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.
  • 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.
  • Xavier Kochhar
    CEO
    Xavier Kochhar is the Founder and CEO of The Video Genome Project® (The VGP), a company whose mission is deeply rooted in the belief that the world's data should be accessible for all to use. The VGP is the largest, broadest, and most granular structured database of video content (film, tv, and online video) in the industry. The VGP and its underlying structuring technology have had massive implications not only for video content curation tools (such as search, recommendation, and personalization), but also for developers, publishers, content providers, marketers, and users all over the world who utilize any form of video content.
  • 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.
  • Jim Kwik
    Founder
    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.
  • 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
  • Jesse Kirshbaum
    CEO
    Jesse Kirshbaum has been in the trenches of the music business, specializing in securing talent for concerts, tours and endorsement deals for his various clients and brand partners internationally. He founded Nue Agency (a creative agency, 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 new web series "Hot In Tech", an authority in Music Tech culture, news and events. Jesse has a weekly column on Okayplayer called "5 Things You Need To Know in Hip Hop Tech”. He is also the executive producer for the hit interview series #CRWN. @JesseKay on Twitter & Instagram
  • 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.
  • 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, Chrome, Photos, Gmail and Google AI. Previously, Chow held marketing, innovation and leadership positions at Nike in the US and across Asia in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai. He has worked in marketing at Nickelodeon, Reebok and MVP.com, a start-up founded by Michael Jordan and John Elway. He currently is an advisor at WayUp, Gifs.com, TheFreshToast and CapitalG.
  • 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.
  • Darren Wilson
    President
    Building professional and personal connections. I love helping my family and children achieve their goals and dreams ... and I love helping brands forge meaningful relationships with their customers.
  • Coltrane Curtis
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    Team Epiphany is an award-winning, full-service consumer marketing agency specializing in brand strategy, social media amplification, and public relations. Coltrane’s unique talent for brand-building, celebrity alliances and strategic program execution has been utilized by a host of industry leading clients including Nike, Google, HBO, Heineken, Tequila Avión, Original Penguin, JBL and many more.
  • Yoni Bloch
    CEO & Founder
    Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Eko, a media and technology company pioneering a new medium in which stories told in live action video are shaped by viewers as they unfold. Eko has partnered with media companies, independent creators and top brands to create experiences for highly-engaged, digitally native audiences, and has positioned itself as the leading tech platform for the creation and delivery of interactive entertainment. Eko was founded by Bloch and his band in 2011 after they wanted to create a unique music video that fans would want to play over and over again. When they discovered that no technology existed that would support their vision of online seamless interactive play, the co-founders set out to develop such technology themselves. Under Bloch’s leadership, Eko has created interactive videos for Coca-Cola, Shell, Subaru, Fox TV, ESPN, and others, as well for numerous musicians, including Bob Dylan’s wildly acclaimed interactive music video for “Like A Rolling Stone.” Eko Studio, which provides the company's authoring tools free of charge, is also home to a large and growing community of creators. Eko investors include Innovation Endeavors, Intel Capital, Marker, MGM, NEA, Samsung, Sequoia Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and WPP. In Israel, Yoni is a successful rock musician and performer with three top-selling records. He has produced and recorded tracks for Israel's biggest artists, composed music for TV, film and theater, and was a judge in the Israeli version of “American Idol.” He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
  • 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.

    Stephen was invited by Richard to join Virgin
Galactic as the company's first full-time 
employee in 2004 to put in place the 
commercial foundations of the business and 
to create a new market for private space 
travel. He now leads the company’s
 commercial activities based out of London 
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nirvan Mullick
    Filmmaker, Speaker & Social Entrepreneur
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mark Stagen
    CEO
    Mark Stagen is the Founder/CEO of the Youth Business Alliance (www.youthbizalliance.com), a non-profit organization, funded by area businesses and professionals that focuses on bringing 21st century business skills and perspectives into the classroom by leveraging business partnerships and resources from the community.  Mark is the Founder/CEO of Emerald Health Services, one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the nation. Emerald provides healthcare staffing services to hospitals throughout the nation.  Prior to founding Emerald, Mark co-founded, a later sold, Telecore, a technology engineering and design firm that architected, deployed and maintained high-speed data networks nationwide.  He has received numerous business and community awards including: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Inc. 500, and the LA Business Journal. Mark is actively involved in several professional and philanthropic causes including: YPO, StartEngine and the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year program as a Judge. Mark received his BA from Yale University.
  • 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".
  • Jason Kirk
    Chief Business Officer
    Jason Kirk is the Chief Business Officer for ZEFR, a video technology company helping the biggest rights holders and brands in the world maximize video opportunities across social platforms.  In this role, Jason oversees the company’s business development, rights management, channel sales, client solutions and influencer divisions. Clients include nearly every major Hollywood studio and TV network, all the music majors, multiple Fortune 100 brands and platforms that include Google, Facebook and SoundCloud. 
  • 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.
  • Dr. Michael Breus
    The Sleep Doctor
    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 ground breaking 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.
  • 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.
  • Derek McCarty
    CMO
    hmbldt is a health and wellness company providing innovative cannabis-based therapies via proprietary dosage technology and targeted formulas. hmbldt is recognized as a disruptive force in health and wellness and was named by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2016. Before hmbldt, Derek worked in advertising at top agencies including Anomaly, 72andSunny, and BBH.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    President, Ultramarathon Runner & Author of "Running Man"
    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.
  • 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.
  • Bob Gruters
    Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions - US
    Bob is living the dream at Facebook & Instagram. In today’s hyper-connected world, he is happily helping real people become more connected with friends & family, while they discover everything that's important to them. Bob has 25+ years of advertising, marketing, media, and sales experience sitting on all sides of the desk including agency, media, and Client-side prior to joining the Facebook Family of brands. He has worked in diverse advertising agency network’s Publicis & Saatchi & Saatchi, publishing giants Hearst & Conde Nast, global out-of-home advertising firms like JC Decaux & Gannett, cable media behemoth Viacom, worldwide electronics mega-brand, Sony, and leading US Hispanic broadcaster, Univision. Bob was tapped to launch Sean Combs' music platform REVOLT in 2013 (considered to be one of the most successful platform launches in recent US history). Currently Bob is a Group Leader on Facebook's Global Marketing Solutions US team. He is leading several talented teams that are managing & growing the Entertainment, Technology/Telco & Multicultural Verticals. Bob has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University where he met his beautiful Wife, Barbara. He is the very proud Father of Evan, Grace, Matthew & Ryan and resides in Westfield & Monmouth Beach, NJ.
  • Ryan Eckel
    VP, Brand Marketing
    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.