Speakers & Masters - WORLDZ
  • Shaquille
    4x NBA Champion, Hall of Famer & CEO
    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal, is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He is considered one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history.
  • Jonah
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the media company for the social age that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment and shareable content. After co-founding The Huffington Post in 2005, Peretti launched BuzzFeed in 2006 as an experimental lab that focused on tracking viral content and making things people wanted to share. Under Peretti's leadership, BuzzFeed has grown to over 300 people worldwide, 60M monthly unique visitors with editors creating shareable entertaining lists and reporters covering everything from to politics to longform features and international news. BuzzFeed has also pioneered social content marketing to build shareable campaigns for the world's leading brands. 

    Before BuzzFeed, Peretti experiemented with viral projects and studied how information and ideas spread through the web. Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twins
  • Marie
    Global CMO & Chief Digital Officer
    With over 15 years of marketing and digital transformation experience, Marie Gulin-Merle has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Calvin Klein in May 2018 and serves as the global brand and marketing architect reporting directly into Calvin Klein’s CEO, Steve Shiffman.

    Ms. Gulin-Merle is charged with further expanding the brand’s voice and global marketing platforms and strategically driving consumer engagement to position the business for long-term growth.

    More recently, Ms Gulin-Merle served as the Chief Marketing Officer for L'Oréal USA since 2014, where she successfully transformed the company’s marketing functions and reinforced its industry leadership, particularly in the areas of digital innovation, consumer and market intelligence, media investment and data-driven marketing. She ushered in a number of firsts for L’Oreal - first digital upskilling curriculum for marketers, first data capabilities, first in-house content studio, and first-to market partnerships with major platforms and publishers.

    Prior to her role as CMO, Ms. Gulin-Merle worked in ascending marketing and communications positions within L'Oréal, including serving as the Global Head of Integrated Marketing Communications at the brand’s headquarters in Paris from 2010 to 2014, where she reinvented many brand programs across 60 countries and 8 regions and also launched the industry-awarded app, Makeup Genius.

    Ms. Gulin-Merle’s achievements have been recognized by numerous organizations and most recently was hailed as a “Power Player in Marketing and Advertising” by Ad Age in November 2017. She was included in WWD’s “10 Most In-Demand Execs in Digital Beauty, Fashion and E-Commerce” list in 2016; was featured in Ad Age's “40 Under 40” list; and made Business Insider’s “Most Innovative CMOs in the World” list in 2016 and 2017.
  • Jeremi
    Chief Business Officer
    Jeremi Gorman is Chief Business Officer at Snap Inc., leading global business solutions, global online sales, customer operations, and business marketing. Jeremi joined Snap in November 2018 from Amazon, where she was Head of Global Advertising Sales.
  • Stéphane
    de la Faverie
    Global Brand President
    Stéphane de la Faverie is the Global Brand President, Estée Lauder, a position he assumed in July 2016. With a proven track record of building and leading global brands, deep expertise across categories and channels, and a keen understanding of local relevance, Stéphane is the ideal leader to strengthen the Company’s namesake brand for its next stage of growth. Stéphane led Origins and Darphin from 2014, most recently in the role of Global Brand President. During this time, he led Origins’ rapid double-digit growth in China, while simultaneously invigorating the brand’s footprint in heritage markets such as North America through innovative retail capabilities. Additionally, he has spearheaded Darphin’s trend leadership, ultimately securing the brand’s position as a skin care opinion leader in the fast- growing oil category. Prior to this, Stéphane played a leadership role on the Company’s fragrance portfolio as Senior Vice President, Global General Manager, Aramis and Designer Fragrances. Prior to joining the Estée Lauder Companies, Stéphane served as General Manager, Giorgio Armani USA, a division of L’Oreal Paris, where he successfully launched several men’s and women’s fragrances. During his tenure, he was also responsible for the development of the beauty portfolio throughout North America. Stéphane began his career within the Lancôme Global brand in Paris. He then joined the Travel Retail division as Area Manager for the Luxury Products Group, North America, overseeing the Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Biotherm beauty brands. Soon after, he was appointed General Manager, Lancôme, Australia and in 2006 joined Lancôme USA as Vice President of Marketing, overseeing both the skin care and fragrance categories. Stéphane was educated at ESC Bordeaux Business School, where he studied Marketing and Finance. In addition to speaking French, he is also fluent in English and Spanish. Stéphane lives in New York City and has three children.
  • Stephanie McMahon
    Chief Brand Officer
    Stephanie McMahon is Chief Brand Officer of WWE, a publicly-traded (NYSE: WWE) global media company. In this role, she is responsible for WWE’s Brand, Community Relations, and Pop Culture strategy, which includes celebrity integrations and partnerships within the entertainment industry. Stephanie represents the company as its global brand ambassador, and also plays a character who appears regularly on WWE programming. Among her many contributions, Stephanie has been the driving force behind WWE’s women’s evolution, which has given female performers an equal share of the spotlight both in and out of the ring. Prior to being named Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie was Executive Vice President, Creative and was responsible for overseeing the Digital and Creative Departments. She was also the first woman to lead WWE's Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management and Live Events businesses. She is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and is also a member of the 2015 Eisenhower Fellowship class. Adweek has included Stephanie in their list of the Most Powerful Women in Sports for the past three years. She was named a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Honoree at the 2017 ESPN Humanitarian Awards and was selected as part of Sports Business Journal’s 2017 class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.” In 2014, Stephanie and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, established Connor’s Cure, a fund dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. In partnership with The V Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Connor’s Cure has raised nearly $3 million to date. She is a member of the Board of Directors for WWE, USO Metropolitan Washington and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Stephanie received her B.S. from Boston University in Communications and has been named a Distinguished Alumni by the School of Communications. She is a mother of three daughters ages 12, 10 and 8.
  • Doug
    Global Brand President
    Doug Palladini was appointed to lead Vans as its Global Brand President in July 2016. In his role, Palladini oversees the strategic direction of Vans’ more than $3 billion global business, while enabling the regional teams to develop and deliver local strategies to drive continued worldwide growth. A long-time leader within the Vans brand, Palladini has held various roles within the company. From 2004 through 2014, he served as Vans' global marketing leader. 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, available in more than 84 countries. In May 2013, Palladini was appointed as the Vice President General Manager of North America for Vans. There, Palladini was responsible for building Vans’ US, Mexico and Canada strategy leading wholesale sales, owned retail, product merchandising, and marketing for the brand’s largest region, representing more than $1.4 billion in annual business. Palladini’s long history and deep connection in Vans’ brand pillars of music, art, street culture and action sports have led to an industry-leading marketing program at Vans. A sampling of this success includes the development and launch of House of Vans, Vans’ global hub for creative expression with permanent locations and pop-up locations around the world, Vans’ social media community, which engenders more engagement through its fans that any other brand in the sector, and the creation of Vans’ digital video platforms that provide original web series content to a global audience of millions of viewers. Palladini has also led production of hundreds of hours of award-winning television for Fox and its networks, as well as feature films such as Pipeline Masters. He is also the executive producer of the Vans Warped Tour documentary, No Room for Rock Stars and the newly released, Los Punks: We Are All We Have. Palladini is the author of the Vans tell-all coffee table book, “Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals,” and wrote two new chapters to commemorate Vans’ 50th Anniversary in 2016. Palladini, a resident of Orange County, California, enjoys traveling the world with his wife Hallie, son Max and daughter Devon.
  • Sylvia
    Marine Biologist & Founder
    Called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and the New York Times, a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Mission Blue Earle received her PhD from Duke University and has received 29 honorary PhDs. Her work focuses on “hope spots”...to save and restore…the blue heart of the planet.”
  • Bob
    Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
    Bob McKnight, co- founded Quiksilver in 1976 and served as the company’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board since its inception. Under his watch, Quiksilver grew from a startup to a worldwide corporation with revenues of $2 Billion. Today, Quiksilver, Inc. is a globally diversified, world leader in outdoor lifestyle apparel with their three main brands of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Quiksilver, Inc. has over 7,000 employees, operates in over 110 countries and has close to 900 retail stores in the world. The company is now called Boardriders and has 8 brands, and Bob continues to serve as an Ambassador and adviser. Bob currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Annette and has three children, Kristi, Roxy and Robbie. In his spare time Bob enjoys surfing, snowboarding, diving and playing beach volleyball.
  • Todd
    A native of New Orleans, and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, he began his career working in audit at KPMG, eventually serving as a Senior Manager in Transaction Services practice in Chicago. In 2001, Todd was appointed to KPMG’s Paris office to handle cross-border and international Mergers & Acquisitions. For the next fourteen years, he lived and worked in France gaining valuable global perspectives in business. Transitioning into the world of direct investments, Todd joined Platinum Equity in 2003. In 2006, he co-founded a private equity firm, Naxos Capital Partners, specializing in small & mid-cap funds. In 2008, Todd joined Kering as Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and played a key role in Kering’s transition from a conglomerate focused primarily on European distribution activities to a cohesive, integrated, and international group focused on apparel and accessories. During this time, one of the many transactions he was involved with was the acquisition of Volcom. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kering’s Sport & Lifestyle Division where he also served as a director on Puma’s Administrative Board. Today, based in Southern California, he has served as the CEO of Volcom since December 2015.

  • Katie
    Rosen Kitchens
    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
    Co-founder of FabFitFun, Katie Rosen Kitchens has led its evolution as a female-focused media brand, from writing about great lifestyle products to getting them into people’s hands. Since launching the FabFitFun lifestyle box 2013, Rosen Kitchens has shifted her energy toward curating fresh and exciting brands for FabFitFun members and overseeing all brand partnerships and product development.

  • Raja
    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer & President, Healthcare Business
    Raja Rajamannar is the chief marketing & communications officer for Mastercard and president of the company’s healthcare business. He is responsible for successfully leading the company’s marketing transformation, including the integration of the marketing and communication functions, the development of its Priceless experiential platforms, and the creation and deployment of cutting edge marketing-led business models into the core of the company. Mr. Rajamannar has overseen the successful evolution of Mastercard’s identity for the digital age, pioneering Mastercard’s move to become a symbol brand and launching its breakthrough sonic brand platform. With more than 30 years of experience as a global executive, Mr. Rajamannar has been recognized for driving business transformation across a variety of geographies and multiple industries, including consumer products, financial services and healthcare. Prior to Mastercard, Mr. Rajamannar served as Chief Transformation Officer of the health insurance firm Anthem (formerly WellPoint), and served as Chief Innovation & Marketing Officer at Humana. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rajamannar held senior management roles with Asian Paints, Unilever and Citibank. Mr. Rajamannar is among the Forbes 2018 Top 5 World’s Most Influential CMOs, Business Insider’s Top 25 World’s Most Innovative CMOs and one of AdWeek’s most tech-savvy CMOs. Most recently, Mr. Rajamannar has been named as the 2018 WFA Global Marketer of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Directors of PPL Corporation and Bon Secours Mercy Health. He is an inductee to The CMO Club 2018 CMO Hall of Fame and serves on the boards of the New York City Ballet, Cintrifuse, and ANA. Mr. Rajamannar also recently assumed the honorary role as President of the World Federation of Advertisers.
  • Lavinia
    Founder, Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Inside Out Movement
    Lavinia Errico, the visionary founder behind Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Inside Out Movement, is an acclaimed wellness entrepreneur and a speaker of essential truths on the subjects of Values-Driven Entrepreneurship, Developing Next Generation Leadership, The Women Led Workplace, Spiritual Entrepreneurship, and Redefining Having it All. Errico inspires and transforms individuals and organizations with her unique and often disruptive take on how to help women in business create richer, more authentic, inspiring and joyful careers and lives.
  • Raissa Gerona
    Chief Brand Officer
    Raissa Gerona is the Chief Brand Officer of REVOLVE and Co-Founder of Alliance Apparel. Leading the REVOLVE Brand Marketing team, Gerona spearheaded the company’s unparalleled influencer marketing strategy, bringing the REVOLVE brand to life with social media activations and events. In 2010, Gerona co-founded Lovers + Friends, the first in-house brand to be brought under Alliance Apparel umbrella in 2013, and is now one of REVOLVE’s top selling brands. Gerona continues to build REVOLVE’s brand awareness, lead experiential marketing campaigns and strategy to ensure it is at the forefront of contemporary fashion for savvy millennials.
  • Gayle
    EVP & CMO
    Gayle Troberman is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia, Inc. As such, she leverages the company’s extensive range of content, experiences and technologies to bring brands together in new ways with consumers across all of the company’s businesses, iHeartMedia’s 859 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Troberman is a marketing innovator and visionary. Prior to iHeartMedia, she served as Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer for IPG Mediabrands; before that, she spent 16 years at Microsoft, first launching Internet startups and building the first branded entertainment team online, and then as their Chief Creative Officer, overseeing their portfolio of brands and global advertising campaigns across consumer and business-to-business products, including Windows, Office, Bing, and XBOX.
  • Carlos
    Carlos Watson is curious. He wants to understand who you are, where you're from, what you've experienced and the effect this has had on your world view. An Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Carlos has been a political commentator on CNN and a news anchor on MSNBC. As CEO and co-founder of OZY, he has interviewed former presidents and some of the world's best-known artists and activists.
  • Rosie
    Co-Founder & Co-CEO
    Rosie O’Neill is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of luxury confections brand Sugarfina, which offers the finest gourmet candies from artisan producers around the world. As the first-ever “candy boutique for grown-ups,” Sugarfina is disrupting the $200B confections industry with an innovative approach to candy, gifting, and customer experience. Sugarfina was recently named to Fast Company’s “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” and “World’s 10 Most Innovative Retailers."
  • Candy
    Candy Harris is the Chief Creative Officer at Stance, overseeing the Creative and Experiential marketing team. Having over 20 years of marketing and creative experience, Candy has developed her skills across various brand touch points from product category development, to events and Campaign execution. While at Stance she has led a marketing team through several high-profile collaboration launches ranging from the likes of Rihanna and Jean-Michel Basquiat to crafting global Brand Campaigns and influencer strategies. Prior to joining Stance, Candy spent her career developing brand vision and crafting unique stories around product and personalities alike through her agency experience as well as her Brand and Global Creative Director roles for Billabong.
  • Alicia
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Alicia Hatch has spent the past 20 years pushing the boundaries in marketing for Fortune 500 brands. As Deloitte Digital CMO, Alicia guides an increasingly diverse and connected web of data, technology and more than 10,000 employees while delivering quantifiable results for clients. A specialist in digital transformation, the future of creativity, the expanding role of the CMO and effective leadership, Hatch has shared her insight at numerous industry conferences including: Cannes Lions, Collision, DMEXCO, Advertising Week, Forbes CMO Summit, ANA Masters of Marketing, FutureM and SXSW.
  • Roy
    Co-Founder & President
    Roy Schwartz is a co-founder and president of Axios and executive producer of AXIOS on HBO. He is the former CRO for POLITICO, the digital media company focused on politics and policy. Before POLITICO, Roy was a Partner at Gallup’s management consulting practice. An expert in digital media, business and strategy, Roy was named to DCInno's "50 on Fire", FOLIO 100’s “Corporate Catalysts” and Washington Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
  • Michele
    President, Strategic Partnerships
    Michele Laven is the President of Strategic Partnerships for iHeartMedia. She oversees business development and innovative partnerships across established and emerging sectors to drive revenue and listenership for iHeartMedia as well as drive digital growth and engagement for iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on-demand, and live streaming radio service. Key business sectors include automotive, consumer electronics, hospitality, social, wireless, and more
  • Spencer
    Chief Brand Officer
    Spencer Baim is Chief Strategic Officer of VICE MEDIA and founder of VIRTUE, VICE’S Creative agency. 
He is helping steer VICE to become the most successful youth media company in the world. Spencer oversees brand strategy and research for all VICE properties and major brand partnerships including: A-B InBev, airbnb, lululemon, (RED), and Unilever. Prior to VICE, Spencer was a brand strategist for advertising agencies Fallon and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Spencer was named one of AdAge’s Media Mavens of 2014, has sat on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Consumer Industries and is the President of this year’s Epica Awa
  • Kandee
    Beauty & Lifestyle Expert & Creator
    Kandee Johnson is an entrepreneur and beauty expert, who pioneered YouTube’s coveted beauty and fashion space. Since 2008, Kandee has created and produced numerous viral YouTube transformation tutorials and inspirational videos for her dedicated fan base. Known for her natural, authentic connection with viewers, Kandee consistently brings audiences the tools they need to shape their lives from the inside out — driving her continued popularity across the digital beauty influencer landscape. With a goal to inspire, teach and encourage, Kandee’s loyal and diverse audience has amassed into 7 million fans spanning her prominent social channels. In the coming weeks, Kandee will be featured as a judge on the Lifetime beauty competition series, Glam Masters, produced by Kim Kardashian West. The show is set to premiere on February 28 and follows a series of contestant challenges, as Kandee and two other judges help Kim find the next creative executive for her KKW app. Last year, Kandee was recognized by Forbes as a “Top 10 Beauty Influencer of 2017.” She also received a 2016 Streamy Award, an award show recognizing and honoring excellence in online video, including directing, acting, producing, and writing, in the category of “Beauty.” Additionally, Kandee has crossed over into traditional entertainment and can be heard as a feature voice in the DreamWorks Animation, Oscar nominated film, Trolls, starring alongside Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. This fall, Kandee debuted her acclaimed “I Want Kandee” collection with Too Faced Cosmetics — selling out within days of its online release. In addition, Kandee was the first influencer to create her own line with haircare giant OGX, and also collaborated with Sinful Colors on a sell -out nail polish line. Kandee currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her four children.
  • Nick
    EVP & Chief Innovator
    T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President, Nick Drake, heads brand strategy, advertising, media-buying, regional/local marketing, sponsorships, T-Mobile Tuesdays, T-Mobile’s website/app, and digital experiences. Prior to T-Mobile, Nick served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes, acted as Managing Director of TBWAChiatDay, and held various marketing positions within Adidas’s Global Brand Marketing and Global Sports. Follow him on Twitter @drakenic and Instagram @itsnickdrake.
  • Devika
    Devika joined McCann NY ‘s strategy department in 1997 and played a key role in transforming “Priceless,” the Mastercard ad concept introduced by McCann in 1997, into a global business platform encompassing a wide range of digital and experiential marketing programs. She rose quickly through agency ranks and co-founded McCann XBC, the McCann Worldgroup unit dedicated to Mastercard, where she was named President. She then was promoted to Managing Director and in 2017 Devika was named President of McCann NY. In 2017, Devika played a major role in launching the Fearless Girl statue, placed on Wall Street on eve of Internal Women’s Day 2017. What was conceived as a one-week installation entered the cultural lexicon, became a beloved icon, a must-see NYC tourist attraction and became one of the most awarded campaigns in the history of Cannes Lions. Devika is deeply devoted to social causes that promote equality, diversity and inclusiveness. She is founding member of Times Up Advertising she has tirelessly championed equality for women in advertising- particularly women of color.
  • Stephanie
    Stephanie Gallo is the Chief Marketing Officer for the E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, exporting wine and spirits to 110 countries. In this role, Stephanie oversees the global management of all E&J Gallo Winery’s brands, including consumer and product insights, new brand development, digital marketing, creative development and agency management, marketing effectiveness, sponsorships, experience marketing, media, and public relations. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame and obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

  • Tim
    Executive Creative Director
    Tim Nolan is the Executive Creative Director for all brands under A+E Networks including Lifetime, History and A&E, and is responsible for overseeing all creative marketing efforts. He launches on-air campaigns for some of the network’s most successful series and specials and oversees all on-air, print, online and out-of-home marketing efforts. He is focused on ensuring a strong creative consistency across every A+E brand around the world.
  • Mindy
    SVP, Global Partnerships & Marketing
    As Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Marketing for Marvel, Mindy Hamilton oversees the strategic development, negotiation, and execution of multi-platform global marketing partnerships spanning Marvel’s film, television, digital, and publishing businesses. This includes marketing activations, promotional campaigns, placement integrations, licensing for Marvel’s vast IP library, and large-scale events such as Comic-Con and film premieres. Throughout her career, she has successfully launched and managed partnerships with major brands including Google, Lexus, Audi, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Geico, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s, and Pizza Hut. Before joining Marvel in 2015, Hamilton served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships at Paramount Pictures. In her work, she is driven by the creative and strategic collaboration that can lead to a moment of magic in pop culture. She strives to stay ahead of the curve in the digital sphere, finding the newest and most effective ways to help brands tap into Marvel’s ever-growing fan base while preserving the integrity of Marvel’s rich history of stories and characters.
  • Michael
    EVP, Strategic Marketing Initiatives + Transformation
    Innovator and change agent who leads global marketing teams in digital-first initiatives that crystallize gains in brand awareness, relevance, and ROI for diverse consumer base. Market disruptor who harmonizes the art and science of marketing to deliver global brand and consumer marketing strategies, accelerating revenue and brand awareness to achieve cultural relevance objectives and maximize shareholder value.
  • Russell
    CEO, US
    Russell Dubner is a 25+ year veteran of Edelman, a global communications firm that counsels leading companies and institutions to help them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. He oversees the U.S. region, the firm’s largest operation.
  • Shelly
    SVP, Brand Marketing
    Shelley Haus joined Fortune 500 Company, Ulta Beauty, in December 2014, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience as a passionate leader who builds brands through consumer insight, strategy, innovation, and creativity.

    Before Ulta Beauty, most of Shelley’s marketing career was spent in consumer packaged goods brand management with Fortune 100 companies like Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo, where she led the $1B Quaker Breakfast Business. She also honed skills in the development of brand strategy, innovation strategy and pipeline building with companies like GfK, one of the world’s largest marketing research and consulting firms, where she was EVP within the Market Opportunities and Innovation practice.

    At Ulta Beauty, Shelley is charged with developing brand vision and strategy, crafting the brand’s go-to-market strategy, and over-hauling the marketing mix. Along with her talented team, she creates all communications to the world of beauty lovers – from advertising to digital and social media to PR to in-store communication. The overall objective of her team is to get beauty lovers to discover Ulta Beauty for the first time and to drive the brand love that keeps them coming back, in store and online, over and over again.

    A true brand builder, the past four and a half years Shelley has lead the creation of the Ulta Beauty brand through coordinated and thoughtful innovation across every single aspect of the team, the brand, and the business. Shelley’s innovative approach to the industry and brand building is what led her to be named one of the 26 Big Thinkers Re-imagining Tomorrow by BeautyInc in 2018. It’s also what has been a key contributor to diving all-time highs in awareness (from 38% to 57% top of mind awareness) and industry-leading business growth, delivering +19% total sales growth (4 year CAGR).

    Creating a clearly defined brand identity, Shelley rolled out the new ‘fun side of beauty’ look and feel, which is currently brought to life every day in the more than 1,100 Ulta Beauty stores nationwide, and now has rolled out the next generation brand purpose work behind the platform The Possibilities are Beautiful, driving the entire organization toward the mission of bringing to life the possibilities in every person through the power of beauty. Her industry-leading efforts have contributed to the expansion of our ever-growing rewards membership to all-time highs (32 million strong) and further engage with these guests across channels and platforms through partnerships with NBCUniversal, Essence, and Allure. Integrated efforts on social media, digital media, PR, print, TV and radio have helped to drive continued growth amid a challenging retail landscape, as Ulta Beauty’s sales have more than doubled since 2013.
  • Donald
    Donald is the CMO for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, which includes Grand Lux Cafe, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen and Social Monk Asian Kitchen. He is responsible for all marketing, public relations, delivery partnerships, e-commerce and gift card sales as well as overseeing campaigns with the company’s international partners across Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Recently led the launch of The Cheesecake Factory At Home product line.
  • Nicole
    NYT Best-selling Author & Emmy-winning TV Personality
    Nicole Lapin is the New York Times bestselling author of Rich Bitch and Boss Bitch. Lapin was the youngest-ever anchor on CNN before holding the same title at CNBC, anchoring the network’s early morning show, “Worldwide Exchange,” while covering business topics for MSNBC and Today. She has served as an anchor for Bloomberg TV and a special money correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Lapin is currently the host of the CW’s business reality competition show “Hatched.” She contributes regular financial reports to Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and The Steve Harvey Show. Lapin is Redbook Magazine’s first-ever money columnist and the first female “Money Expert of The Year” winner for the second year running. Lapin graduated as valedictorian from Northwestern University. Her third book, Becoming Super Woman, is set to be released in September 2019.
  • Greg
    Greg Thompson is a music executive with over 25 years of experience. He currently serves as the President of Maverick Music. As an industry leader known for getting artists to the top of the charts and keeping them there album after album, Thompson came to Maverick Music after a long tenure with Capitol Music Group/EMI. Working from their offices in New York, and later Los Angeles, he played a critical role in developing artists Katy Perry, Sam Smith, and Coldplay. His resumé includes earlier stints in executive roles at Island Def Jam, Elektra Records and Chrysalis Records. In 2016 Greg departed his position at Capitol to become President of Maverick Music, a Beverly Hills based management conglomerate that touts one of the most impressive talent rosters in the world. His new role helps synergize talent and managers, while expanding the Maverick roster. Thompson has worked closely with U2, Miley Cyrus, 5th Harmony, Shania Twain, The Weeknd, and more while at the company.
  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Flair is a WWE Superstar, a 9-time WWE Champion and daughter WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Among her many accomplishments, Flair was the first female to headline a WWE pay-per-view and the first Superstar to be featured in ESPN The Magazine's BODY Issue. Flair recently made history when she headlined and competed in the first-ever women’s main event match at WrestleMania 35, WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza.
  • Becky
    Becky Lynch, aka “The Man”, is the current Raw Women’s Champion and a top WWE Superstar. She is the 2019 WWE Women’s Royal Rumble winner, a 3-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and was named “Wrestler of the Year” by both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports last year. Lynch recently made history when she competed, and won, in the first-ever women’s main event match against Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35.
  • Conal
    CEO, iHeartMedia Podcast Network
    Conal Byrne is the President of iHeartMedia's Podcasting Division. iHeartRadio carries more than 25,000 podcasts from its own to other major podcast publishers and Conal oversees the iHeartPodcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 164 million downloads a month, making it the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally. He also oversees a team of over 50 podcast producers throughout Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. Conal graduated from Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City where he received a Master's in Literature.
  • Steve
    Worldwide Executive, Music
    Steve Schnur has moved the needle and changed the game in the fields of music, movies, television, sports, video games and digital interactive entertainment around the world. He has been profiled by the New York Times,London Financial Times and CNN, named ‘One of the Most Creative People in Entertainment’ by Entertainment Weekly, ‘One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business’ and ‘One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment’ by Billboard, and ‘One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood’ by The Wall Street Journal.

    As Worldwide Executive and President of Music at Electronic Arts (EA), Schnur’s role is to pursue, create and develop the international vision for music in game franchises, such as Dragon Age, FIFA, Madden NFL and The Sims. His hands-on approach to composer selection, orchestration and production of well over 100 EA soundtrack albums has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years.
  • Lydia
    SVP Creative Strategy and Cultural Intelligence
    Lydia Daly is the Senior Vice President of Creative Strategy and Cultural Intelligence for Viacom. She leads a team of strategists, analysts and makers who collectively solve business challenges by leveraging cultural, audience and industry insights and data that inspire creative ideas to connect brands to culture.
  • Baron
    Athlete, Entrepreneur & Founder, Baron Davis Enterprises
    Baron Davis Biography Baron Davis is a two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder. Over a thirteen-year career, he played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. An entrepreneur, investor, and businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped with the launch of Thrive Market. Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, and No Label—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heartwarming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages. Baron also served as producer of the lauded documentaries, Crips and Bloods: Made In America, 30 for 30: Sole Man, and The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce, among others. Davis is a mentor and coach for young, upcoming basketball players and a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice. His nonprofit, Rising Stars of America, established in 1999, helps to raise funds for basketball camps and sponsors AAU teams across Los Angeles.

  • Aviva
    As the Founder and lead facilitator of HELD, Aviva serves as a catalyst for connection and compassion. She believes that modern life has left most of us chronically malnourished when it comes to deep relating and healthy touch. Through a growing range of workshops, pop-ups, talks and experiences, Aviva aims to create ways for us to reconnect with one another – and ourselves. In addition to HELD, Aviva works in the world of brand development and has an undeniable soft spot for companies, organizations, and individuals out to make a difference in the world.
  • Sabrina
    VP, Marketing & Strategy
    People usually ask you to describe yourself and for me, that's pretty easy - I could talk about myself for ages. JK. On a more serious note, I would say one word that embodies what I am is "Passionate". Whether it's for work or my personal life, I throw myself in fully, with my head and heart. Am continuously learning, especially from peers. And I firmly believe in giving back and supporting others, especially women.
  • Donna
    President, Advertising Sales
    Donna Speciale is president of Turner Ad Sales, overseeing advertising revenue for Turner’s domestic television and digital entertainment, news and kids brands. Based in New York, Speciale reports to David Levy, president of Turner. Since being promoted to her current role in March 2014, Speciale has reinvented how Turner collaborates with advertisers on cross platform media buys and content partnerships. As a believer in developing opportunities and environments that drive business results for partners, she and her team have thrived during a time of vast industry change. Through advanced advertising products that utilize industry - leading data and analytics, Turner’s sales division can now better inform advertisers across media spend, content partnerships and proving value prior to and following campaigns.
  • Neil
    Founding Partner
    Neil is a Founding Partner at Local Industries, a Change Marketing consultancy building culture, employee experience, and internal communication programs for some of the world's best companies. His marketing career spans 15+ years running work, teams, and agencies in London, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Atlanta. Before founding Local, Neil led global digital strategy Coca-Cola and ran the brand’s digital program for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Grace
    Described by Spin as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” Grace Potter has played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio, and shared the stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Mavis Staples to name just a few. Potter has also collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a Tim Burton film, written and produced music for film and TV and recorded two GRAMMY-nominated, multiplatinum singles with her friend Kenny Chesney.
  • Ryan
    Ryan Immegart began his career in 1992 as Volcom’s first sponsored snowboarder and has been with the company ever since. 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
  • Denyelle
    CEO & President
    Denyelle Bruno is the President and CEO of Tender Greens, a fine-casual restaurant concept founded in 2006, with 31 locations, in California, New York, and Boston. Before joining Tender Greens, Denyelle was the President of Retail at Drybar and held leadership positions at both Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Macy’s. She was also selected to be on an elite team tasked to create the first Apple Computer Store.
  • Sofia
    Youth Ambassador
    Sofia Rothenberg co-founded 3 Heart Strings, a 501c3 custom bracelet company, which donates 100% of profits. Since inception, they have donated $250,000. Sofia is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's sophomore class president. She participated in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize runner up, "Voices of Change," a video series of those affected by the mass shooting in Parkland. Sofia helped write and sing on the album, "Wake Up America" with Operation Respect.
  • Marissol
    Youth Ambassador
    Marisol Garrido, a senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, lost two dear friends in the mass shooting and feels strongly that she “needs to make the world as good as they would have.” An award-winning writer and poet, and core lyricist on the song "Wake Up America,” Marisol believes a cultural shift is in the making when it comes to conflict resolution and violence prevention in America.
  • Payton
    Youth Ambassador
    Payton Francis is 16 and a member of the National Honor Society and March for Our Lives. Involved with the arts for many years, she participated in Operation Respect’s songwriting collaboration in Parkland, designed to help students heal through music. Performing the songs has also focused attention on the importance of ending gun violence. Payton’s goal is to continue to use her music to end gun violence and promote healing.
  • Maurice
    Maurice currently serves as the Chief Growth & Experience Officer at Wingstop Restaurants, a rapidly growing, $1 billion restaurant concept with 1,200 restaurants in 10 markets globally. Maurice was previously the Global Vice President of the Holiday Inn Brand Family at InterContinental Hotels Group overseeing four brands and 3,500 hotels. He has also served as a brand leader at The Coca-Cola Company with responsibility for Coca-Cola, Sprite, Coke Zero, and several emerging ventures. Maurice holds a BA from Morehouse College, and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
  • Sheila
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Sheila Shekar Pollak is CMO of Athleta. Since joining the brand in 2011, she has played an integral role in defining and bringing to life the Athleta’s mission to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower one another to realize their limitless potential. She has spearheaded the company’s Power of She campaign and storytelling surrounding the vital role we each play in protecting the planet and its people. Across two decades at creative agencies, consulting firms and at consumer brands, she has gained deep expertise in brand transformation, global brand management, marketing communications and business leadership. She believes in the transformative power of movement on the mind and body and is an avid athlete who combines her love of adrenaline sports like mountain biking, kitesurfing, and skiing with grounding practices in yoga and meditation. Most of all, she loves being active with her two young daughters, Kai and Coco.
  • Tim
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  • Steve
    As CEO pioneering amusements and hospitality design company Rhetroactive, Inc., Steve Trowbridge has passionately approached every project with the understanding of what it means to experience the finished attraction as a guest of a venue or park would. In tandem with business partner and creative director Tim Rheault, every client endeavor is engineered to be a crowd-pleaser that is at once innovative and timeless.
  • Andrew
    Chief Creative Officer, Canada
    With an MM from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Andrew is anything but the typical Chief Creative Officer. Andrew joined Edelman in 2015 and in his time at the agency, has helped the team win Agency of the Year as well as multiple Cannes Lions awards. Andrew is acknowledged as an industry leader and beyond numerous media appearances, made President of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada.
  • Laura
    Co-Founder and General Manager
    Laura Fruitman is the Co-Founder and General Manager of The Right To Shower, a social enterprise and personal care brand that offers high-quality shower products that help bring showers to people living on the streets. She is acting as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Unilever, who has invested into developing new business models and supported this concept from inception. Utilizing the resources of Unilever, Laura concepted, developed and brought to life this brand, with a vision to ensure that all people are able to enjoy the transformative experience of a shower every day.
  • Lucinda
    EVP, Brand Marketing
    Lucinda Martinez is executive vice president, BRAND MARKETING responsible for all HBO, HBO Latino, HBO International, HBO/MAX targeted marketing efforts to the African American, Latinx, Asian and LGBTQ+ audiences. Recently her role was expanded to lead development of bold brand-building strategies utilizing and audience-first approach in support of HBO brand globally which include HBO branded networks in 67 countries.

    An industry-recognized sales and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience in media and entertainment, Martinez has a strong record of contributions in sales, marketing, new business development, new product launches, promotions and brand management. Among her many accomplishments at HBO, she has collaboratively led the network’s branding, acquisition and retention efforts in making HBO Latino the most recognized Latino premium channel on television, and has helped create meaningful, long-term connections to the HBO brands within the rapidly changing cross cultural marketplace.

    Martinez joined HBO in 1995 as an associate manager, Marketing. After five years with Comedy Central as director of distribution and partnership marketing, she rejoined HBO in 2003 as director, Direct Marketing, and was later named director, Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets, in 2005. In 2006, she was promoted to vice president, Domestic Network Distribution & Multicultural Marketing, where she oversaw all subscriber growth and retention strategies for HBO, HBO Latino and Cinemax brands and products, and elevated HBO’s presence in emerging markets through targeted marketing efforts in partnerships with all of HBO’s major distributors.

    Martinez serves on the Board of Trustees of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and on the Advisory Board of The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). She previously served on the NY Board of the American Heart Association (AHA), where she launched the first-ever Latino Health Summit to help reduce cardiovascular disease and promote heart health among the most affected. For her work with AHA, Martinez received a 2011 Timer Warner Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award.

    A resident of Harlem and super proud mom of two, Martinez holds a BA from Columbia University.
  • David
    Digital Prophet
    David “Shingy" Shing is an Australian futurist, speaker, creative director, strategic digital consultant and entrepreneur. Known for his performative persona and his bold and polarizing moniker, the digital prophet, Shing is a multidimensional creative who specializes in advising clients about inventive and effective approaches to optimizing brand value within the digital landscape.
  • Zack
    Co-Founder & President
    Zack is the Cofounder and President of Overtime, a sports network for the next generation of fans, reaching over thirty million people. Founded in December of 2016, Overtime’s investors include Spark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Greycroft, David Stern and Kevin Durant. Previously Zack was Founder and CEO of The Sports Quotient which he started at the University of Pennsylvania. Zack is a Forbes 30 under 30 listmaker for sports.
  • Alix
    Creative Director
    Alix is a Creative Strategist at Instagram where she helps lead the Retail team. Born in San Diego, but raised in Flint, Michigan, Alix always knew she was a California girl at heart. After graduating from Harvard, she packed her bags and headed to SF where she spent many years as an award-winning Creative Director. She has a passion for photography, beautiful design and is an unabashed Instagram Story addict.
  • Julie
    VP, Research & Insights
    Julie DeTraglia is the Vice President and Head of Research & Insights at Hulu, where she oversees the company’s research teams in ad sales, consumer marketing, and user experience. DeTraglia leads the development, design and implementation of all research initiatives at Hulu, advising business leads on sales strategy, consumer insights, customer acquisition, and product design and experience. Prior to joining Hulu, DeTraglia spent nearly 15 years at NBCUniversal, where she was most recently the SVP of Digital Research, responsible for sales research, strategy and analytics across NBC’s digital properties, including sites and apps for NBC Entertainment, News, Sports, Olympics and cable entertainment properties. She also spent several years in TV research and integrated marketing. Julie serves on multiple industry advisory boards, including the Samba TV Data Science Advisory Board and the Cuebiq Product Advisory Council. In 2017, DeTraglia was recognized as one of the top forty digital executives to watch by Campaign Magazine. In 2018, she was also recognized by She Runs It as a Working Mother of the Year and included in Digiday’s Changemaker issue. For 2019, DeTraglia has been featured in AdExchanger’s Pii Series. DeTraglia is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is based in New York with her husband and three sons.
  • Joanna
    VP, Global Partnerships and Strategic Alliances
    Joanna Todd is the Vice President, Global Partnerships and Strategic Alliances for Marriott International, based in Bethesda, Maryland. Joanna leads the team that develops global partnerships and strategic alliances across all verticals including sports, music, film, culinary, fashion, travel, and financial services. In addition, her team is responsible for Purpose-Driven marketing.
  • Renato
    CCO Renato Fernandez, recently named to Adweek's "Top 100" list, has become one of the most respected creatives in the industry by following two simple rules: Developing trusting relationships that create brave clients, and then cornering them with great work. His influence within the agency is indisputable as his leadership has led to numerous awards as well as the most successful performance at Cannes in six years.Renato is a true creative mentor that inspires loyalty and effort from his teams. He is focused on building an environment at Chiat that will continue to deliver world-class work.
  • Maria
    As chief marketing officer at Comcast Advertising, Maria Weaver is responsible for all facets of marketing for Comcast Advertising including for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable and FreeWheel, a Comcast Company that provides advertising software and solutions for the entire television ecosystem. Prior to joining Comcast, Maria held a number of senior marketing roles at Interactive One, Triple Threat Films and Home Box Office.
  • Brent
    Brent Murri is an Investor at M13 Ventures. Brent joined M13 from Battery Ventures, where he focused on evaluating early and late stage software investments and executing growth strategies of Battery’s portfolio companies. Before Battery, Brent worked in strategy and business development for Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, where he developed and executed strategies around Samsung’s consumer software and services initiatives. Brent began his career as an investment-banking analyst with Lazard Freres & Co., working on M&A transactions in the firm’s Technology group. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Strategy.
  • Sal
    Producer, Musician & TV Journalist
    Selema “Sal” Masekela is a beloved commentator, journalist, musician, and Emmy nominated producer best known for his work presenting NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series; Executive producing and hosting Viceland’s VICE World Of Sports; ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, which he hosted for 13 years; his cultural reporting during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; and hosting E!’s Daily 10.
  • Paige
    Founder & Creative Director
    From the beginning, our Founder & Creative Director, Paige Adams-Geller, embraced change, aiming to inspire as her story evolved. Her journey began in Los Angeles, where her entrepreneurial spirit took her from working as one of the top fit models in the industry to launching her namesake collection in 2004. In late 2006, Adams-Geller launched a men’s line with the same commitment to quality and attention to detail. With the help of her leadership and vision, what started as a women’s denim brand quickly expanded into a full lifestyle collection for men and women, sold at premium retailers internationally. Today, she sits at the helm of PAIGE as one of the first female founders in the denim industry, continuing to lead with her commitment to cutting edge design and passion for creating pieces that you will live in. Adams-Geller’s true passion in life is inspiring and empowering others. She is a dedicated board member of the Rape Foundation, a trained volunteer at the Stuart House and a proud supporter of many other charitable organizations including NEDA and the Advot Project.
  • Richard
    Global CEO
    Richard Yaffa is a global marketing and media industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the media, entertainment, content, sports, technology and cause marketing arenas. Rich brings a distinct perspective to building businesses, generating revenue and creating enterprise value through his understanding of the convergence of content, media and brands. He is also an expert in monetizing content and creativity throughout multiple industries.
  • Meridith
    Founder & CEO
    Meridith has emerged as the foremost educator & motivator for Gen C. Hailed as “Digital Media Mogul” by Variety & named as one of Adweek’s “Young Influentials”, her book “Selfie Made” (Macmillan) & top-charting podcast of the same name teaches aspiring creators how to build brands. A serial social media entrepreneur she previously co-founded DigiTour, the largest producer of live featuring social media stars (backed by Ryan Seacrest, Viacom, and Conde Nast), produced over 1k events &, sold almost 500k tickets globally. Her new venture’s product launches later this year & will be “Masterclass for Gen Z” with video curriculum and creator tools.
  • Hilary
    Hilary Coles is the Co-Founder of hims & hers, men’s and women’s wellness brands that provide access to medical-grade products and preventative solutions via telemedicine. Her passion for creating impactful, thoughtful brands and experience in product development, brand management and marketing were crucial in building both hers and hims from the ground up. Prior to hers and hims, Hilary joined SF-based venture studio Atomic and managed marketing specifically for Ever.com, one of the top iOS productivity apps. She also led marketing and business development for national, Toronto-based charity True Patriot Love Foundation. Hilary is originally from Toronto, and holds a B.S. from the University of Toronto and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
  • Luke
    SVP, Marketing
    SVP of Pabst Brewing Company and previously at Diageo, Luke gets busy building purposeful beverage brands that make a positive dent in culture. A recent transplant to LA, please show him about!
  • Radha
    CEO and Founder
    Radha Agrawal is a community force. She is the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early morning dance and wellness move-ment that currently holds events in 25 cities and over a dozen college campuses around the world with a community of almost half a million people. She is a successful entrepreneur (Co-Founder THINX, LiveItUp), author, speaker, DJ, inventor, and investor. Her best- selling book BELONG answers the questions, "how the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?". She was named by MTV as “one of 8 women who will change the world.” Radha lives in Brooklyn NY with her love Eli and her twin sister Miki. Instagram: @love.radha Website: Daybreaker.com, radhaagrawal.com Book: Belong: Find Your People, Create Community & Live A More Connected Life. (Workman,'18)
  • Eric
    SVP, Brand and Communications
    Eric is the SVP of Brand and Communications at Postmates -- the on-demand "anything" network that is a leader in food delivery. Before Postmates, Eric helped drive growth at Pinterest as the head of global marketing communications. No stranger to tech, he was an early member of the Instagram business team and was the first head of marketing for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He got his start with creative agencies, serving as global chief communications officer of Havas Worldwide and VP of global communications at FCB.
  • Tesa
    Chief Marketing Officer at VSCO® | Former Global Brand Marketing & Global Digital at NIKE Award winning digital innovator and brand marketing specialist for top consumer brands. Inventor on 12 Patents filed by Nike. Named in Ad Age’s Top 40 Marketers Under 40. 25 years of experience in: brand marketing, brand strategy and positioning, brand innovation, marketing campaigns, creative concepts and production, digital marketing, UX, social, e-commerce, product customization and personalization. Experience leading digital products and services including mobile applications, wearables and video games. Strong track record of leading cross functional and cross cultural teams. Managed marketing budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars for domestic and international brands.
  • Hunter
    5x Grammy-Nominated Singer & Songwriter
    Hunter Hayes is a multi-platinum selling recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist signed to Warner Music. Proficient at more than thirty instruments, Hayes has achieved nearly 2 billion on-demand career streams globally along with six gold and platinum-certified singles including his massive 5x multi-platinum crossover hit “Wanted.” With an astounding 50+ award-nominations and wins, including five GRAMMY© nominations, Hayes is showing no signs of slowing down having just released the brand new album Wild Blue (Part I).
  • Michelle
    EVP, Global Partnerships
    Currently oversee the design and creation of global partnerships in support of Paramount’s worldwide theatrical releases, with a focus on building brand marketing initiatives to drive box office, revenue and stakeholder objectives. I consider myself a storyteller. And I revel in crafting the story and finding the emotional connection between consumer, content, and brand. My specialties include conceiving and realizing "the BIG idea". I use my influence, persuasion, tenacity, courage, and humor to bring people together, achieve the impossible and deliver quantifiable results. I lead with heart,
    inspire with positivity and perseverance and I find tremendous satisfaction in developing the talents
    of others to become high-performing individuals and team members.
  • Bai
    Chief Product Officer
    Bai Gan is the Chief Product Office of Zenni Optical, the largest DTC online prescription eyewear provider in the US.
  • Pat
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Patrick McLean 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. He has a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University. Patrick currently lives in Haddonfield, NJ with his wife Kelly and son Michael (11).
  • Sophie
    Sophie Goldschmidt is Chief Executive Officer at the World Surf League — the global home of surfing. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of globalizing professional sports. She reflects what she believes in: progressive and innovative at all times, to be market leading. Sophie led the WSL to set new standards for global professional sports by instituting equal prize money and committing to go carbon neutral.
  • Adam
    Founder, Umami Restaurant Group, 800 Degrees Pizza & Cold Cocked Coffee Company
    Adam Fleischman is a self-taught food innovator and entrepreneur. He is widely regarded as an influential tastemaker and culinary personality (including appearances on “Iron Chef”). In 2009, he founded Umami Burger (and soon afterward, the Umami Restaurant Group), and co-founded 800 Degrees Pizza, both multi-unit innovative concepts. Fleischman was featured on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and National Restaurant News’ “Power List: The 50 Most Powerful People in Foodservice.”
  • Tracy
    Tracy Ryan is the CEO of CannaKids, a California based medical cannabis brand. After her infant daughter’s brain tumor diagnosis in 2013, Tracy dedicated her life to helping patients who suffer from life altering ailments. Now conducting human and animal model trials with a leading cancer immunologist, it’s her mission to not only end the suffering of those inflicted by cancer, but also develop a cure her daughter.
  • Michael
    MICHAEL MENDENHALL is SVP/CMO/CCO for TriNet Group, Inc. Previously, he held global executive positions as CMO/CCO at Flex, Fusion-io and Hewlett-Packard. Most notably, Mr. Mendenhall was President of Marketing and Synergy for Walt Disney Studios and EVP of Global Marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments including one of the shows he produced winning a Daytime Emmy as well as receiving the Silver Lion’s Best Corporate Campaign award twice at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. Mr. Mendenhall serves on multiple boards and has been a respected member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Marketing and Branding.
  • Jack
    Head of Brand Partnerships
    Jack is Head of Brand Partnerships for Uber where he leads the charge for marketing partnerships across Sports, Music, Entertainment, Special Events, Co-Brand, Non-profit and Real Estate (hospitality, retail, etc.). Jack has made a career out of innovation in marketing, first as founder of the digital media pioneer Yardbarker (acquired by Fox Sports) and as a member of the management team for the award-winning community creative platform, Tongal.
  • Kerri
    Co-Founder and Founder
    Kerri Kasem is a radio and TV host who has anchored music, talk, and entertainment programs for the past 22 years. In 2013, Kasem founded the award-winning Kasem Cares to prevent the isolation and abuse of elderly and vulnerable persons. The Kasem Cares “Visitation Bill” has been passed in 21 states earning her congressional and presidential recognition. Kasem, also, co-founded Breakthrough Naturally providing a cutting edge alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Jim
    Founder & CEO
    Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. For over two decades, he has served as the brain coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, educators, and advisor to many of the world's leading CEOs and celebrities. His podcast "Kwik Brain" is consistently the top #1 training show on iTunes. KwikLearning.com's online courses are used by students in over 150 countries.
  • Elizabeth
    President, Brands and Properties
    Elizabeth Lindsey joined Wasserman in 2007 and currently serves as President, Brands and Properties, overseeing all of Wasserman’s brands and properties business, including the agency’s wholly-owned subsidiaries: creative and digital agency Laundry Service and production and influencer marketing company Cycle. She is responsible for leading the team of more than 600 professionals around the globe who develop, negotiate and creatively activate and measure partnerships, events and campaigns on behalf of all brand clients and leading sports and entertainment properties.
  • Ridhima
    Ridhima is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she helps their b2c companies execute on their top strategic priorities and serves as source of innovation for Fortune 1000/Global 2000 C-suite executives across media, sports and hospitality sectors. Prior to a16z, she was an Investor for the Hewlett Foundation; working on a team of 10 to invest the $10 billion endowment. She focused primarily on corporate and structured credit, public equities and real estate investments. Ridhima began her career at Citi and Bank of America in New York. She attended the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business from 2008 to 2011 and earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with honors.
  • Michael
    EVP, Head of Integrated Marketing
    Michael Lacorazza is Executive Vice President, Head of Integrated Marketing at Wells Fargo. In this enterprise role, Michael leads the development of scaled, integrated marketing campaigns across all lines of business and the management of key customer touch points: retail, media, digital and direct. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Michael was the Managing Director, Retail Marketing at TD Ameritrade. His responsibilities included creation of an enterprise-wide marketing plan and segmentation strategy, leading CRM initiatives, and all digital marketing efforts for the firm. Before TD Ameritrade, Michael was Vice President, Group Director at Digitas - where he led relationships across a variety of clients, including automotive, hospitality and media. Michael also held senior marketing positions at Marriott International and the Lexus Division of Toyota.
  • Johanna Murphy
    SVP, Consumer Marketing & Global Digital Commerce
    Johanna Murphy is a retail operator, marketing and digital executive, specializing in both the general management of businesses and brand building. She has deep expertise in managing eCommerce P&Ls, in addition to both brand and direct-response marketing.
    Currently, she is the SVP of Consumer Marketing & Global Digital Commerce at Michael Kors. She leads all commercial channel (Lifestyle Store, Collection, Outlet, eCommerce and Wholesale) marketing in the North America, in addition to leading CRM, Data Science and eCommerce globally.
    Prior, she was the Global Chief Marketing Officer of rag & bone, where she was responsible for all marketing, communications, creative and brand initiatives, in addition to store design and visual merchandising. She also owned the eCommerce business/P&L and led the brand’s marketing and digital transformations across all channels globally.
    Previously, she was VP of eCommerce at Kate Spade & Company, where she was responsible for the company’s overall global digital strategy in addition to the sales growth, marketing, merchandising, creative, fulfillment, customer service, customer experience and global expansion of the online and mobile businesses of kate spade new york, Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade. She helped to triple the eCommerce business, led a major eCommerce and CRM platforming effort and was leading the company’s global digital expansion with launches in Europe and China. She also led the digital launch of the Kate Spade Saturday in the U.S. and Japan, including the acclaimed touch-screen-store-fronts initiative in New York City. This innovative retail experience was praised as the next step in digitally driven multi-channel retailing.
    Prior to joining Kate Spade, Johanna held several leadership roles at GSI Commerce, including Vice President of eCommerce, where she led the fashion and luxury practice, serving clients such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson and Tumi, and Senior Director of User Experience and Design, where she was one of the original management team members of the agency now known as True Action. She also previously held Managing Director roles at both Razorfish and Scient. She began her career in marketing with stints on the client and agency side.
    Johanna has held Board of Director positions at Noodles & Co. (NASDAQ: NDLS), where she was member of the audit committee, and Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation. She was a Business Mentor in the CFDA Fashion Incubator Program, was named one of the Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing by Brand Innovators and is a member of PTTOW. She has been a featured speaker at many industry events, including SXSW and WWD’s Digital Summit.
  • Noah
    Chief Brand Officer
    As Chief Brand Officer of Wyndham Destinations, Noah Brodsky oversees the planning, development and execution of the Company’s strategic branding, loyalty, customer experience, and corporate marketing initiatives. He brings charismatic leadership and extensive expertise in customer loyalty and engagement, global hospitality branding, digital marketing, social media and integrated campaign strategies. Brodsky joined the company in August 2017 with more than 12 years of executive leadership in the hospitality industry. Previously, Brodsky served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Loyalty and Customer Engagement, for Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel business, with a global portfolio of more than 8,400 hotels and approximately 728,200 rooms in 80 countries. In this capacity, Brodsky was responsible for the growth and evolution of Wyndham Rewards, recently voted one of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs by U.S. News. Brodsky joined Wyndham Hotel Group in June 2014 as Vice President, Sales Innovation, where he was responsible for increasing the sales efficiency and driving the development and expansion of sales tools and systems for Wyndham Hotel Group’s global and field sales teams through strategy, systems administration, project management, communications and marketing and sales process. Prior to joining Wyndham, Brodsky served as Chief Experience Officer at WeWork and Vice President, Global Brand Management for the Sheraton brand at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Brodsky earned a bachelor’s degree at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
  • Sophie
    VP Global Marketing, Nike Sportswear
    Sophie Bambuck is currently the VP of Brand Marketing for Nike Sportswear, Global. Her previous roles exhibit an impressive track record of leading high-profile initiatives that energized the Nike Inc brand across key markets. Most recently she was the VP, Chief Marketing Officer of Converse, where she drove the brand’s proposition, vision and strategy as Converse introduced new products, concepts and expressions. Sophie was born and raised in France and while she now calls the US her home, she still enjoys spending much of her time in Europe.
  • Fabrice
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Based in New York, Fabrice is an entrepreneur with experiences in the music and digital media industries. He has spent 10 years in Europe and 13 years in the US, leading 2 start-ups from inception to over $100m in revenue. Fabrice is also a director of the Mobile Giving Foundation since 2009, serving 800 charities in the US and Canada. Fabrice launched his first start-up as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Club-Internet in 1995, one of the very first and leading French consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP). Club-Internet was sold to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online for €1.2 billion in 2000 with close to one million subscribers when he left the company. He then co-founded Cellfish Media, a leading App publisher, and Bandsintown Group through organic growth and acquisitions. Fabrice served as a board member of several prominent media and internet companies in Europe such as the supervisory board of the publicly traded T-Online (largest German ISP), was a director of several media/tech companies such as Le Monde Interactif (groupe Le Monde), Hachette Multimedia (Lagardere), Lagardere Active (TV and Radio). He is regularly featured as a speaker or expert at key music and tech events including SXSW, DLD, Billboard Conference, Pollstar Conference, Midem, Mobile World Congress, MusicBiz… Fabrice has been selected as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2018.
  • Alaa Murabit
    Doctor, Advocate, UN High-level Commissioner
    Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. In 2016 became the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security. Alaa previously founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21.
  • Nick
    VP, Brand Marketing & Culture
    In his role, he is responsible for brand strategy, campaigns and activations and social media. He recently led the charge on Hulu’s “Better Ruins Everything” brand campaign that warns consumers “We’re About to Ruin TV for You. ”Before joining Hulu, Tran spent two years at Samsung Electronics as the Head of Brand Culture where he established a corporate partnership with Disney and integrated social media,influencer and experiential teams across Samsung’s passion pillars of entertainment, music and sports. Prior to Samsung Electronics, Tran was VP of Marketing at Stance, where he launched the Cannes Gold Lion award-winning Star Wars campaign. Prior to his time at Stance, Tran served as the Head of Digital Advertising and Social Media at Taco Bell Corp driving creative strategy, community management and campaign execution. During his tenure at Taco Bell, the brand became AdAge’s Marketers of the Year, AdWeek’s Hottest Digital Brand, and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Brands in Advertising and Marketing. In 2013, Tran was included in Social Media Week’s “Social 25” which recognizes the top influential individuals in social media and he delivered the keynote at VidCon as he was an early advocate for collaboration between brands and YouTubers. He holds an MBA from The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Elizabeth
    CEO & President
    In Liz’s 20 years of experience, she has held leadership positions at some of the world’s most forward-thinking and fastest growing agencies, including Global CMO at IPG Mediabrands, Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe’s Digitas, U.S. President at Tribal DDB and business development at Modem Media and J. Walter Thompson and now CEO at Periscope. As a dynamic leader accustomed to navigating today’s complex marketing world, Liz has pioneered brand-consumer
    relationships for clients such as General Motors, Delta, General Electric, HP, Michelin, Citibank, IBM, Clorox, Hillshire Brands, Visa, and Pepsi-Cola, to name a few.
  • Jason
    Jason Wagenheim is Chief Revenue Officer of Bustle Digital Group, the parent company of premier publications Bustle, Elite Daily, Flavorpill Media, Mic, Romper, and The Zoe Report. Collectively, BDG publications reach over 82 million unique readers a month. Jason oversees all partner strategy, marketing and advertising sales across platforms, as well as other high-impact bespoke programs for Bustle's partners. Prior to joining Bustle Digital Group, Jason was Senior Vice President, Brand Partnerships & Head of Revenue for Fusion, a Univision Company. He has more than 20 years of experience with some of the industry’s most celebrated brands, including senior sales leadership positions at Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and Teen Vogue.
  • Jennifer
    Group Director of Entertainment, Technology and Connectivity
    An award-winning marketing and advertising industry vet, Jennifer Howard has built a decades-long career sitting at the intersection of media and emerging technologies. Having seen the rise of digital and now mobile advertising through her years building out teams at Monster, Google, and now Managing Director of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, Jennifer’s expertise is helping Fortune 500 brands navigate what she calls “The Age of Convergence”, including launching a specialized Emerging Disruptors group at Facebook focused on developing companies through market share acceleration, new product expansion, and connecting the dots with today’s next generation mobile-first consumers. Prior to Facebook, Jennifer spent twelve-years leading Google’s strategic sales and marketing initiatives across multiple industries, including Education, B2B, Automotive, and Technology & Retail, and seven-years as part of the global expansion team within the Advertising & Communications division of Monster/TMP Worldwide spearheading the new media company’s international growth in Europe. With a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jennifer is an active participant in the marketing and advertising industry, including holding board positions with the Business Marketing Association, and being a featured keynote speaker at industry events and forums around the world.
  • Mick
    Founder & CEO
    Named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders, a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. The His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to better the world by bringing accessibility for all. Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.”
  • Beth-Ann
    Beth-Ann Eason is President of Innovid overseeing Innovid’s global sales, marketing, and client services teams. Previously, she held several executive roles at Condé Nast, including SVP, Digital Development and SVP/GM of Epicurious. She was part of an exclusive group inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement. She is a founding member of W.O.M.E.N., a professional women’s mentoring program and served on the boards for the Online Publishers Association, the IAB, the AAF and the Advertising Club of New York.
  • Amanda
    Founder & CEO
    Amanda Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise, a social movement accelerator. She penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, after having to navigate the broken criminal justice system after her own rape. 27 laws protecting nearly 72 million sexual violence survivors have been created modeled off of her federal law. Her work earned her a nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Sara
    Media Reporter
    Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios. Previously, she was a digital producer for The Washington Post, where she produced and edited segments for live and digital audiences. She came to The Post from The New York Times where she was part of The Times’ political advertising team. Fischer joined The Times from CNN in 2014, where she wrote breaking news stories for CNN Politics and co-authored the network’s political newsletter, Gut Check. Before joining CNN, Fischer served as a business development associate at POLITICO, where she helped manage sales operations and client engagement for the company’s advertising team.
  • Kiana
    As a native to Hawaii, I would use coconut oil for just about everything. I was passionate about maintaining a natural beauty routine. Later, my studies of integrative health and nutrition at New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute further exposed me to the vast versatility and health benefits of a diet rich in coconut oil, the familiar multitasking ingredient I grew up using as a kid. I became a certified organic chef, dedicated to exploring the different ways that coconut benefitted the body, both inside and out, and became fixated on the topical uses of the superfood. It was then that I realized I wanted to create a line of coconut oil-based beauty products that lends itself to the multitasking benefits of the hero ingredient and enhances its efficacy by adding in complementary natural ingredients and cutting edge technology. Upon graduating, I moved to San Diego and teamed up with beauty entrepreneurs and industry veterans, Gigi and Bryce Goldman, and the co-founder of Suja Juice, James Brennan, to create a premium coconut oil-based beauty brand, the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Chike
    One half of the award-winning directing duo Coodie & Chike. Responsible for chart-topping videos for some of the world’s largest entertainers from Kanye West, Pitbull, Mos Def to The Black Keys, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu to name a few. The duo formed their own production company “Creative Control” allowing them to produce and direct several award-winning documentaries and narratives.
  • Clarence Coodie
    Co-Owner / Director
    One half of the award-winning directing duo Coodie & Chike. Responsible for chart-topping videos for some of the world’s largest entertainers from Kanye West, Pitbull, Mos Def to The Black Keys, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu to name a few. The duo formed their own production company “Creative Control” allowing them to produce and direct several award-winning documentaries and narratives.
  • Kristen
    Professional Gamer & Founder, KittyCorp Inc.
    With a lifetime of gaming and over 6 years of livestream experience under her belt, Kristen is to the go to female player, content creator, and entrepreneur for all things esports.
  • Marcia-Elizabeth
    Founder & CEO
    Marcia-Elizabeth Favale is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur, having led transformative initiatives in finance and marketing and advertising, and is a patented technology inventor. Ms Favale created Blingby with the knowledge that video will dominate communication across industry and wanted to eliminate search and narrative friction, whilst bringing together intent to watch with engagement. Ms Favale was named a Top Female Founder to Watch 2019 by Tech:NYC.
  • Shachar
    Global Head of Brand Marketing
    Shachar leads Global Brand Marketing at Snap Inc. Over the last two decades, Shachar has helped to build global brands and startups. After graduating from UMass at Amherst, Shachar turned to women’s politics and worked to legalize emergency contraception. That led her to develop the brand for the century-old women’s organization, NCJW. She attended Columbia University in New York to obtain her Master of Science in Strategic Communications. Subsequently spent the next six years as a strategic planner at Digitas, Deep Focus, and StrawberryFrog. In 2011, Shachar was recruited by Apple to lead marketing for Apple’s digital advertising platform, iAd. She left Apple to become a Managing Director at a venture and creative capital firm, where she ran the company’s portfolio in New York before joining Snapchat in 2017.
  • Kellie
    SVP, Strategic Partnerships
    With 15 years of global digital advertising experience, Kellie has worked at some of the industry’s top agencies and publisher organizations including Publicis, Universal McCann and News Corporation. With her various strategic and client service roles, Kellie brings a wealth of experience ideating and executing innovative advertising campaigns.

    In her current role as Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Partnerships at Unified, a technology enabled social advertising solutions company, she is responsible for identifying, developing and growing strategic partnerships with new and existing brands, agencies, publishers and content providers.

    Kellie is a founding member of the LEAD (Leadership Empowerment and Development) program at Unified which fosters an open workplace community, specifically designed to educate and encourage female employees to pursue their career aspirations with confidence whilst driving awareness of gender inequality in male dominated industries to take the necessary steps toward accountability and measurable change.

    Kellie currently serves as a board member for The Thirst Project, the world’s leading youth water activism organization, a non-profit whose aim is to end the global water crisis by bringing safe drinking water to communities around the world where it is not immediately available

    Kellie also serves as an advisory board member for Shiffon and The Startup Girl Foundation. Shiffon is a fine jewelry brand centered around social good. The Startup Girl Foundation, Shiffon's nonprofit arm funds budding entrepreneurs through a seed grant at the earliest stages of their companies and provides a mentorship program to help their startups succeed.

  • Scott
    Scott is the CMO of Wynn Resorts. With properties in Las Vegas, Macau, Cotai and Boston, Wynn delivers unparalleled sophistication and service within an integrated resort. Prior to joining Wynn, Scott held executive roles with Augeo, Best Buy and Fallon. He began his career as a Teach For America corps members which remains the hardest job he’s ever done.
  • Annalee
    SVP, Revenue
    I am a true zero to one person in every sense. I am authentic. My career is a joyful part of my life, and I understand that without passion for my work, I provide exponentially less value. I give 200% as my baseline. Outside of work, I’m driven to make the world a better place. I’ve spent a lifetime volunteering; as a mentor, a big sister, a domestic violence counselor, a tutor for homeless GED candidates, in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, refugee camps. I launched LEAD @Unified to combat gender inequality in the workplace, consistently join strike lines, and pitch in to protest against injustice. At home, I am a wife and mother of 2, striving to leave a legacy that will justify the time I spend away from my family. As SVP Strategic Sales, I lead a world-class team focused on delivering technology-enabled social advertising solutions to the world's most sophisticated marketers. Prior to joining Unified in 2012, I held senior roles at innovative leaders including app savvy, WildTangent, and Yahoo!.
  • Jacob
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Under Wood’s leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 300 disasters since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and grown from eight to 80,000 volunteer members. As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal.
  • Kelly
    Global Head of Marketing & Product Strategy
    Kelly Edwards is the Global Head of Marketing & Product Strategy for Bloomberg Live, the live journalism division of Bloomberg which brings the expertise of the largest newsroom in the world together with the data and convening power of Bloomberg LP to produce compelling, news-making conversations. Previously, Kelly ran the global Media Marketing and Corporate Brand Strategy & Research teams at Bloomberg, following senior roles at Ogilvy and Arnold Worldwide.
  • Amy
    EVP, Media & Marketing Innovation
    Amy Elkins is President, Media & Marketing Innovation for STX Entertainment where her dynamic approach has earned her industry recognition including 2018 top Honor for Digital Innovation, Variety’s Marketing Impact Report, and Variety’s Women of Entertainment. Elkins has designed a bespoke data activation strategy which has led to unprecedented success. Theatrical campaigns include: THE UPSIDE, I FEEL PRETTY, THE GIFT and the BAD MOMS franchise.
  • Erik
    Partner & Chief Growth Officer
    Erik Lavoie is a Partner at VICE and the Chief Growth Officer of VIRTUE. Like the integral role Lavoie played in VICE’s transformation from a free ‘zine into a global media juggernaut, Erik is tasked with the expansion of VIRTUE by focusing on its partners and global network of of. Erik graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Commerce of Advertising. He enjoys traveling, biking, and eating.
  • Sadie
    EVP, Content & Media
    Sadie Novello is EVP, Content & Media at GIPHY where she oversees the company's overall content, editorial, partnership, and marketing strategy - as well as managing GIPHY Studios – the Los Angeles based creative studio for GIPHY. GIPHY is the world’s first and largest GIF & Sticker search engine and distribution platform, serving 7 billion GIFs to 500 million people daily. Prior to coming to GIPHY, Sadie has spent her career working with top-tier talent and brands to bring their digital business ideas to life. Sadie is also mother to 3 children ranging in age from 6-19, and wife to 1 husband ranging in age from 40-50.
  • Daniel
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Daniel Kirschner is the co-founder & CEO of Greenfly, a fundamentally new way for organizations and their advocates to collaborate. He is the former head of corporate affairs at Activision Blizzard, and served as the head of Internet policy at the Federal Communications Commission and in the Department of Justice. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review.
  • Nadine
    Founder & CEO
    Nadine is a Swiss-born German, Kiwi, US transplant, and founder of the music technology company, Wurrly, LLC. She began her career as an international trade lawyer but after 6 years of practice she began to pursue a career in music as a professional opera singer and songwriter. She has performed extensively all over the United States and the world, sharing the stage with David Foster, Andrea Boccelli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Roger Daltry, Christina Perri, and Steven Tyler to name a few. Passionate about music education and the performing arts she sits on the national board of Little Kids Rock and on the Advisory Board of Harmony Project. She studied at Auckland University, and holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts.
  • Shawn
    Had an All-Star MLB career that spanned 15 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, LA Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and NY Mets. Upon retiring from baseball, he wrote the book: The Way of Baseball - Finding Stillness at 95 MPH. In 2014, he co-founded Greenfly - a content collaboration and distribution platform between brands and their ambassadors.
  • Lisa
    CEO & Founder
    Lisa McCarthy is the Founder and CEO of The Fast Forward Group (FFG), a training and coaching company known for helping leaders and teams dramatically elevate performance and fulfillment — in all areas of their lives. Fast Forward participants get a practical and actionable regimen for High-
    Performance Living that helps them thrive and succeed professionally and personally. Clients cite a profound and lasting impact on their business, culture, and lives.
  • John
    SVP, Brand Marketing
    With over 20 years of music, film and brand management experience, John Kirkpatrick has
    successfully built initiatives immersed in multi-channel brand extensions. As an influential voice and highly-respected executive, John spent eight years as SVP of A&R and Soundtracks at Elektra Records and three years at Paramount Pictures as SVP of Music and Creative Affairs. Following his senior roles at record labels and movie studios, John was Chief Marketing & Music Officer for Hot Topic, Inc. where he led the brand to record-breaking revenues. At Hot Topic, John combined his experience from the music and film worlds and partnered record labels with movie studios to create unique fan based marketing programs and produced hundreds of major cast & talent events coupled with band performances. Hot Topic became the first external company to partner with Summit Entertainment on the Twilight franchise and is credited by Summit as being a major component to the launch of the entire film series. John co-created and produced the Twilight Cast Tour that traveled the U.S. in 28 cities over the first two films. These tours drew over 150,000 fans and generated significant national media coverage. As a result, John successfully created and implemented an aggressive re-branding strategy to align the company with the rapidly evolving youth market place. In addition to the Twilight Saga, John also led the campaigns for The Ultimate Alice in Wonderland Fan Event with Tim Burton, a dozen Glee cast events and numerous Vampire Diaries events. John also spearheaded partnerships with MySpace Music, Live Nation, Interscope, WB Records, MTV Games, Activision, YouTube and Yahoo!, Pepsi and Vitamin Water. After Hot Topic, John became Global Head of Music, Artist Relations & Promotions for Hard Rock International where he expanded marketing and branding strategies and integrated artists and music across all divisions for the Hard Rock International brand: Hotels, Casinos and Cafes. Kirkpatrick developed local live music programs with 12,000 yearly performances in 57 countries and led the evolution of Hard Rock Calling Music Festival in London and the creation of additional Hard Rock branded music festivals from Miami, Florida to Shenzhen, China. Currently, John serves as CMO of PTTOW!, an invite only member community
    where he leads development of strategic partnerships and marketing opportunities between current PTTOW! members, which include CEO's, CMO's, Founders and Heads of Marketing in over 65 industries focused upon the world of 'youth marketing'. His creation and curation of "Spark Sessions" and true ideation Think Tanks have changed the way global brands approach partnerships individually and cross promotionally.
  • Heidi
    Chief Campaign Development Officer
    Heidi Arthur is Chief Campaign Development Officer of the Ad Council, the nonprofit that mobilizes the communications industry to impact the most critical social issues of today. Heidi brings together leading creative agencies, corporate partners, media platforms and nonprofit and government clients to drive awareness and action. She has over 25 years’ experience in enacting change around pressing social issues like diversity and inclusion, minority education and hunger prevention.
  • Frank
    Managing Director, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
    New Yorker, father of two inspiring daughters and fan of time with family in the mountains, at the beach or on the couch. Managing Director Sports and Entertainment for JPM Chase & Co. Delivering results to the retail and wholesale businesses. Sometimes in life, you are the ringmaster -- in control and proactive; things are going well. Other times, you are the beast--reacting, on automatic, and just...running
  • Nicole
    Whether it’s discovering tomorrow’s platforms, marketplaces, media or e-commerce companies, the founder insight and company brand are core in Nicole’s mind. She began working with brands in the mid-2000s, specializing in consumer behavior; the retail landscape, both in the US and Europe; and taking brands to the public market. When she previously worked on branding and marketing at Nutmeg, a London-based fin-tech startup focused on online wealth management for millennials, Nicole experienced the importance of grit and focus for the founding team. “Hard work, determination, and grit set apart the good from the great,” she says. “I want to work with founders who are willing to run through walls.” Nicole was introduced to this mindset at an early age, by helping her father build an online pharmacy startup in the ‘90s. It was here that she first learned how hard startups can be. When she’s not working one-on-one with founders, she’s researching potential
    investments, even if they take her on road trips to the middle of the country to meet the customer. “I don’t want to just invest in the bubble of Silicon Valley,” she says. “I want to listen to the core customer, and keep my eyes and ears open to new ideas.” It’s one of the reasons she became involved in Planet of the Apps, the Apple-produced series that gives app developers a chance to receive funding from Lightspeed. “Getting into the mindset of the 99% is so important,” she says. After earning a BSc in math and economics from York University, in England, and an MB
    A from Stanford, Nicole spent eight years on the equity sales and research side of Morgan Stanley. There, she worked on the IPOs for companies like Facebook, Groupon, and Pandora, which inspired her to become an angel investor and, later, a startup co-founder herself. “All of this gave me an understanding of what exceptional founders look and act like,” she says. “They’re on a journey and I want to provide the support (in good and bad times), insight, empathy, and peripheral vision along that path.” Nicole is happiest when helping others realize their full potential and then amplifying it when needed.

  • Jonathan
    VP, Global Media, Digital & Data
    Jon Halvorson leads global media, digital and data for snacking powerhouse Mondelez International. In this capacity he helps build MDLZ’s global portfolio of beloved brands including OREO, Cadbury, Milka, Ritz and Sour Patch Kids. Outside of work Jon Halvorson is a passionate alum of the University of Michigan, boxer and close partners to several philanthropic organizations tied to cancer research (haymakers for hope) and treatment of depression (Life Is Priceless).
  • Leigh
    VP, General Manager P&G Ventures
    Vice President of P&G Ventures - an agile entrepreneurial group of individuals, who identify, create and manage a portfolio of New Brands, Partnerships and Business Model Start-Ups designed to fuel future growth.
  • Tom
    Project Manager, Mars InSight Lander Mission
    Tom Hoffman is currently the project manager of the InSight Mars mission, the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars. Over the past 30+ years, he has worked missions to support Earth science, gain deeper knowledge of the Moon, explore Mars, and venture to the outer planets and peer beyond our solar system.
  • Nancy
    Nancy Duitch with over 30-years’ experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the consumer products industry, has founded and developed several diverse businesses involving beauty, health care, wellness & education from start-up to public company level, and has executed state-of-art campaigns generating over $3 billion revenue for some of the most well-loved brands. SERA LABS, was created to focus on CBD products in health/wellness/beauty sectors, and is structured to connect the brand with customers in a results-oriented and fully-integrated relationship. Her creativity, ability to develop talent, and effective utilization of multi-channel strategy for optimal ROI has consistently positioned Nancy as an industry leader. After losing two siblings to sudden cardiac death in their 20’s, she embarked on a mission to raise awareness, education and resources to help fight sudden death in children & young adults and, with her mother, founded the Cardiac & Arrhythmia Research & Education Foundation (C.A.R.E.) in 1995, which continues to play a critically important role in supporting thousands of patients and their families. She is also passionate about, and heavily involved in, several philanthropic activities supporting children in need.
  • Chaucer
    As Chief Marketing Officer for Translation Enterprises, Chaucer catalyzes the Translation and UnitedMasters teams to provide multi-channel solutions rooted in culture and designed to bridge partners across the enterprise. A five-year veteran of Translation, Chaucer spent his tenure in several creative and strategic leadership roles prior to being named CMO of the Enterprise. He conceptualized and created the agency’s Audience group - a discipline focused on the growth and maintenance of valuable proprietary audiences and conversation share for clients and partners. Chaucer has spent over 15 years in the advertising and media brokerage landscape, and prior thereto, as an independent musician in search of the ideal toolkit to segment, mature, and monetize his own fan base.
  • Ramon
    SVP Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
    Ramon Soto Biography Ramon is the SVP, chief marketing and communications officer for Northwell Health, He is responsible for Northwell’s brand strategy and all aspects of marketing and communications including public relations, digital engagement, strategic marketing, clinical marketing and customer acquisition. Northwell is NY State’s largest private employer with over 5 million patient visits in 2018 with a network of 23 hospitals and 70,000 employees. Ramon received his B.A. from the SUNY at Binghamton and his MBA from the Yale SOM
  • Liz
    Managing Partner
    Liz Heller is a recognized media innovator and entertainment industry pioneer, whose award-winning career spans film, music and technology. Consistently one of the first people in the entertainment industry to capitalize on the power of previously unexplored mediums such as visual media, the Internet, and social media, Liz continues to raise the bar for next-generation product marketing and development.
  • Dr. Michael
    I am a double board-certified sleep specialist who teaches companies and individuals how to optimize whatever amount of sleep they are getting, to help them perform better at work, live healthier lives and feel better. My specialty is Sleep for Peak Performance.
  • Pranav
    Pranav Yadav, CEO of Neuro-Insight U.S., is an international innovation evangelist and thought leader changing how brands and customers communicate. Using neuromarketing, Pranav helps marketers make compelling connections between product, communication, context and consumer. Pranav has won an ARF Great Mind Award, NMSBA’s Neuro Personality of the Year, Forbes’ coveted Top 30 Under 30 for Marketing and recently he was placed on the Forbes All-Star Under 30 Alumni list.
  • Katy
    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.
  • Jim
    From cars to cannabis. Jim made the transition to the ever-changing cannabis industry to build a media platform at the crossroads between pop culture and cannabis culture.
  • Will
    Founder & CEO
    Will Henshall is an entrepreneur, inventor and artist. He founded UK pop/soul band Londonbeat and had two #1 Billboard hits in the early 90s. He founded Rocket Network in the late 90s, creating the audio collaboration tool "Avid DigiDelivery". He has 5 US patents for audio networking and neuroscience inventions. He is founder of www.focusatwill.com, a neuro-music platform with 2m users that helps professionals control their ADD.
  • Dan
    EVP & CMO
    As Clear Channel Outdoor Americas EVP & CMO, Dan Levi oversees CCOA’s commitment to more transparent, data-driven advertising solutions. Dan’s embrace of mobile analytics and programmatic buying is delivering on the organization’s promise of bringing the customer the integrated and sophisticated media buying platforms they’ve come to expect from their media partners. In just under four years at CCOA, Dan has guided the organization to the forefront of the rapidly evolving digital media landscape. He’s shepherded first-to-market innovations like Clear Channel Outdoor RADAR to establish CCOA as a major out-of-home (OOH) industry trailblazer that’s pioneering advanced advertising methods of planning, buying and measuring the effectiveness of its clients’ OOH campaigns. Named as one of Adweek’s “15 Mobile Innovators” in 2016, Dan continues to explore new avenues of integration and engagement between marketers and audiences in the campaign planning & location-based media space. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Geopath, as chair of the Technology & Innovations Committee for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and the Board of the Directors of the National Summer Learning Association. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Paul
    Head of Marketing Communications
    Paul Imhoff joined Hyundai Motor America in March 2016 as director of Marketing Communications. Imhoff is responsible for brand strategy, national and regional advertising, experiential marketing, auto shows, branded content, social media and multicultural marketing. Since joining Hyundai, Imhoff has led and contributed to numerous successful campaigns, including Hyundai’s well-regarded Super Bowl commercials, “Operation Better” in 2017 and “Hope Detector” in 2018. He’s also overseen Hyundai’s NFL partnership and experiential activations at some of the league’s biggest events, such as the NFL Draft and Kickoff.
  • Mark
    Marketer, (cannabis) entrepreneur, and former advertising-exec with 18+ years experience working across the worlds most dynamic brands. He has worked internationally at some of the strongest creative agencies, strategic incubators and start-ups— including Anomaly, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, 180 Amsterdam and co:collective. His experience includes the sports & lifestyle, tech, alcohol, CPG, automotive and hospitality sectors on brands including Adidas, Converse, KAYAK, NBA, Sprint, Pepsico, Unilever, Nissan and L’Oréal. Mark currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Sunday Goods, a vertically-integrated cannabis lifestyle company on a mission to shape happier and healthier lives -- one plant, one person, one community at a time. Mark also serves as a board advisor and consultant for early-stage start-ups.
  • Jeanann
    Jeanann has spent the last decade leading innovative marketing efforts at several award-winning agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day and David&Goliath. After leading projects for Nissan, including the Grand Prix winning program, GT Academy, she went on to manage the Social Media efforts for three consecutive Super Bowl campaigns for Kia. From there she founded Hour One Agency - an LA-based boutique marketing shop specializing in New Media, Social Media, Strategy, Creative and Production.
  • Michael
    Managing Director
    Michael helps oversee the account management team and drives the cross-discipline operations for Chiat. Michael started at TBWA as Executive Director of Digital for Media Arts Lab overseeing Apple Music along with repositioning the social impact agency, MAL\For Good. In Michael’s previous role as Managing Director at Huge, he led strategy and delivery for clients including Apple, Google, Nike, TELUS, Hulu, Disney, Under Armor and JetBlue. Michael got his start by driving go-to-market strategy and new product development for brands including Epson, Microsoft and SAP. He built long-lasting client relationships with Schwab and US Trust while at Razorfish.
  • Ian
    Head of Global Football Brand Marketing
    Ian Shepherd collaborates daily with some of the World’s most talented storytellers to celebrate, serve and enable all athletes to reach life potential through sport. Ian is a Nike Brand Marketing veteran of 14 years leading and contributing to some of Nike’s most impactful projects and campaigns. Currently working in Global Football (Soccer), Ian is committed to activating Nike Football as the World’s most inclusive and purposeful Football brand.
  • Kate
    Co-founder & CEO
    Kate Miller is the co-founder and CEO of Miss Grass. Dubbed the “Goop of cannabis” by W Magazine, Miss Grass is cannabis for the times – a plant-based shop + magazine to help consumers get good at weed. Inspired by her stint working at a dispensary in college and powered by a decade-long career in entertainment where she worked alongside Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty) and most recently ran brand partnerships for Lorne Micheals’ Broadway Video (Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Portlandia), Kate is dedicated to serving the fastest growing cannabis consumer segment by creating the first centralized platform that authentically represents the modern woman.
  • Sean
    Sean Welch is the Founding Partner of The IM. Group, a New York-based, Entertainment Business Management Firm. As Partner of The IM. Group, He is responsible for oversight of the business management services for the Companies entertainment, media, and sports clients. Over His tenure within the entertainment and media space, client experiences include; ESPN, BMG, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, CBS Broadcasting, and other fortune 500 Corporations.
  • Michael
    CEO & Co-founder
    Michael Lastoria is the human-first entrepreneur. As CEO and Co-Founder of &pizza, now 32 locations throughout the East Coast, Mr. Lastoria has championed his employees, whom the brand calls its Tribe, as not only the face of the brand, but as the core of the business. &pizza pays a fair and livable wage, and Mr. Lastoria has been a vocal member of the fight for state and federal minimum wage increases. Lastoria believes in building a brand first, business second, so that the brand is not just a momentary phenomenon, but an essential part of culture. &pizza is the manifestation of that belief. Lastoria was also co-founder of New York City based creative agency, JWALK.
  • Nick
    Head of Design
    Nick Foster is the head of Design at X (formerly Google X). X is the home of ‘moonshot’ projects, aiming to make the world a significantly better place by finding radical solutions to huge problems using breakthrough technologies. Nick is also a partner at the Near Future Laboratory, a pioneering organization in the field of design fiction, helping build our collective understanding of the future of technology, society, and behavior.
  • Kath
    Kath Koschel is founder of Kindness Factory. Now a global movement, Kindness Factory's number one mission is to achieve 1 million acts of kindness around the world, while inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
  • Cheryl
    Global Head of Media
    Cheryl Gresham leads Media at YouTube for all it’s products & initiatives, including YouTube TV, Music, Originals, Kids, Gaming, & Brand. She is responsible for driving subscriptions & accelerating brand growth. She recently led the campaign for the NBA Finals, presented by YouTube TV & launched YouTube Music’s subscription service globally. Prior to YouTube, she was at Mattel as, VP, Global Media & Marketing Integration. Her team was responsible for demand generation and capture at online/retail and integrated marketing to establish Mattel as a leader in content marketing. On her watch, Mattel became the first upfront advertiser on YouTube Kids & she developed a holiday gift guide with Amazon. Previously, Cheryl led Media Strategy for Taco Bell. During her tenure, the brand won several media & marketing awards for innovation & leadership. Prior to Taco Bell, Cheryl held media roles at Initiative, Coca-Cola and Davis-Elen. Cheryl holds a BA from the University of Washington & resides in Los Angeles.
  • Andrew
    Managing Director, Global Partnerships
    Andrew Klein is a managing director for the Global Partnerships division of AEG, the largest sports and entertainment company in the world. AEG Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sponsorship, licensing, and broadcast sales, servicing and activation for over 135 world-class venues across five continents and numerous other assets including sports franchises, events, tours, festivals and digital content among other AEG holdings. Klein has spent more than a decade with AEG and is responsible for spearheading Global Partnership’s efforts across AEG’s Tours, Festivals and Music Venues. These assets include but are not limited to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest & Heritage Festival, Firefly Festival, Stagecoach, The Roxy, and a plethora of music tours. Klein was an early player in the webcasting world executing broadcasts for the AT&T Blue Room with Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and the Mile High Music Festival. Most recently he was instrumental in orchestrating the YouTube and AXS TV deals with Coachella, Jazz Fest, Firefly and other AEG festivals. Today Klein is widely recognized as a leader in the field merging “brands with bands.” He’s credited with developing some of the more iconic deals throughout his career including: H&M’s unprecedented global licensing deal with Coachella as well as broadcast deals with YouTube, AXS TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, AT&T and MySpace. Additionally, he’s executed sponsorship deals between Justin Beiber Xbox, Ubisoft and Motorola as well as Walmart’s sponsorship and licensing deals with Miley Cyrus. For all his accomplishments, Klein was named to Variety's annual Dealmakers Impact Report and Billboard's Branding Power Players list, which recognize the top businessmen and women in entertainment and music, respectively. Klein is and avid tennis player, a graduate of Tulane University, and is married with three children.
  • Tom
    Head of Digital Media
    Tom leads a team of Customer Engagement strategists, planners, and buyers focused on getting more families to create lifetime memories at Disney -- including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, and Aulani. If you’ve seen Disney travel messaging anywhere online, you can thank Tom’s team. It also means your family is ready for an amazing vacation!
  • Jamie
    Managing Director, Enterprise Branding
    Jamie is the founder and Managing Director of Edelman’s Enterprise Branding Advisory, helping corporations define their brands across a broad range of stakeholder groups. Jamie brings over 25 years of classic consumer and brand experience to this role. Prior to joining Edelman in 2015, he began his career with 16 years building world-class global brands at Leo Burnett, and served in two client-side chief marketer and general manager roles, in public and P/E-owned environments. Jamie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Chicago, and chairs the marketing committee on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Chicago.
  • Sarah
    Associate Director, Content Marketing Strategy
    Sarah Panus’ 16 years of experience driving Content Marketing, Influencer, Social Media, PR and SEO strategies has led to her current role overseeing Sleep Number’s Editorial and Influencer function; a billion-dollar national mattress retailer leading the sleep innovation category. Previously, Sarah drove PR and influencer campaigns for clients (Starbucks, Lindt, Nestle Waters, etc.) at Boston agency Cone Inc.; and was the Communications Manager for NYC wedding gown designer, Christos Inc.
  • Justin
    Chef/ Owner
    At age 5 he asked for and received an Easy Bake Oven. Inspired by his mother and grandmother, and TV's "Yan Can Cook", Sutherland has followed his passion and developed a career centered on food and family. He is an Iron Chef winner, Bravo's Top Chef Season 16 Contestant, owner and operator of eight restaurants, and culinary consultant for Allianz Field.
  • Nait
    Partner at Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. 20 years
    experience with startups, consumer internet, and entertainment businesses
    (music, gaming, movies). A student of culture and adviser to consumer
    companies on how culture impacts the trends driving business.
  • David
    Global Strategy Director
    David Armano is a seasoned business, brand and digital transformation strategist who helps brands uncover and activate their higher purpose for both business and societal impact. He serves as Global Strategy Director for Communications Marketing firm, Edelman. Based in Chicago, David works across a variety of brands headquartered in the US with global reach. David has helped brands such as Kellogg's, PayPal, Barilla, United Airlines and GoGo SqueeZ build strategic foundations in brand strategy and purpose that breakthrough, earn attention and transform culture (both business and societal). David is an active voice in the industry and regularly contributes to Adweek and Forbes. His most recent work in brand purpose was recently heralded by Forbes, stating: "It's one thing for a brand to wave a flag of purpose. It's quite another to line up its products fully behind that purpose."
  • Terry
    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 several shows and events including 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”.

  • Sven
    International Outdoor-Ski and Action Sport industry veteran – Serial entrepreneur – Philanthropist – Global network Passionate about Planet/Climate + Water + Poverty + Food/Health + Education + Indigenous peoples/Elderly + Life.
  • Will
    Founder & CEO
    A 30 year veteran leading agencies ATTIK, Dentsu America and SidLee, Will united his passions for brand building, connecting good people and solving global challenges with the Elevation Barn in 2018. Built with a barn-raising philosophy of united powers to solve personal, business and philanthropic grand challenges, The collective, now 200 in number, from 16 countries in 42 professions fuels his life in NY and Bali and supports his international team, wife and 4 kids.
  • Seth
    CEO & Founder
    Seth's life is busy and full-just the way he likes it! Like most 20-somethings, Seth wears many hats: Son, Friend, Entrepreneur, Activist, Producer, Actor, and Speaker. Seth is the Founder & CEO of The Thirst Project, a creative and diverse non-profit organization located in the heart of Los Angeles. The Thirst Project has made a bold commitment to ending the clean water crisis.
  • Peter
    Peter helped incubated companies raise over $500M since Science’s inception. Was an angel investor/advisor to Ring (acquired for $1B by Amazon) Kabam ($1B acquisition) and Nextdoor. He's also the former CEO of BillShrink (acquired by MasterCard for $60M) and was part of the founding team at Photobucket (acquired by MySpace for $300M).
  • Maya
    Senior Director, Creative Strategy & Cultural Intelligence
    Maya Peterson is the Senior Director of Culture and Insights Group at Viacom. In this role, Peterson and the team develop insights on cultural trends – and fans’ relationships to them – to help shape digital, social and linear content for Viacom’s advertising partners. Peterson is the supervising producer of The Culture of Proximity, the first in a series of original documentaries from Velocity, Viacom’s branded content studio. The film explores the impact of the convergence of brands, celebrities, fans and content creators on pop culture. This year Maya and team have produced four additional chapters of thought leadership that build on that foundational work and provide insight into Gen Z and Millennial behavior for brands. Previously, Maya served as Director of Project Leadership at Scratch, a specialized team of cultural and strategy experts that has since become Velocity’s Creative Strategy group. While at Scratch, Maya translated consumer insights into innovative brand-building strategies and creative projects for internal initiatives as well as for external clients across a wide range of industries, including General Motors, Everytown For Gun Safety and Hillary for America. Maya holds an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, where she was a Fellowship Recipient of both the Forte Foundation and The Consortium. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.
  • Thomas
    CEO and Founder
    Inspired in Patagonia and always being connected to nature, Thomas has been an entrepreneur since he was 18 years old. Convinced in proving through example that it is possible to build an alternative business logic; one in harmony with our natural environment. He has founded and co-founded different projects that promote a sustainable development: he founded the first sustainability website in Chile: Claneco.com, he co-founded the biggest native reforestation campaign in Chile’s history: "Reforest Patagonia" now Fundación Reforestemos (www.reforestemos.cl) and founded the sustainable eyewear brand, Karün. Thomas has been invited to join the Global Shaper community for the World Economic Forum and has also been recognized by different organizations for his leadership role in the transition towards a new economic paradigm: - World Bank Summit Speaker 2019 - “Extraordinary young people of LatinAmerica 2017”, GQ Latinamerica - TED Sao Paulo Speaker 2017 - “Relevant character of Chile, 2014”, La Tercera newspaper - “100 young leaders of Chile”, El Mercurio newspaper 2011 - Among others... His entrepreneurships have gotten national and international recognition and Karün sunglasses have been worn by important world leaders as a symbol of change and the different point of view we must have on our society.
  • IN-Q
    National Poetry Slam Champion & Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter
    IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam Champion and multi-platinum winning songwriter, having held the largest one-man Poetry show in Los Angeles history. He has performed on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, ESPN’s World Series of Poker, and for audiences including Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

    His groundbreaking collaborations range from being the first poet to perform at a Cirque Du Soleil production in Las Vegas to co-writing the Official 2014 Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Anthem.
  • John
    John Lippman is CEO of Book of the Month, a subscription eCommerce service for readers with a primary audience of millennial women. After acquiring control of the company, Lippman transformed the 90-year-old brand from a faded mail-order business into a thriving eCommerce business. Since relaunching from scratch three years ago, Book of the Month has grown to over 150,000 active subscribers and average monthly audience reach of 15 million people across social and digital channels. During his career, Lippman has built, acquired, and sold companies in the media, entertainment, consumer and eCommerce sectors. He loves building talented teams and solving very hard business challenges.
  • Tal
    CTO & Co-Founder
    Tal is a serial entrepreneur and tireless global leader in video technology. In addition to serving as Innovid’s CTO, Tal is a board member for the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence and for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been named a 2018 inductee in the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement for his significant impact on the industry via mentorship, inspiration, volunteerism and training. Previous accolades include being named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum, one of the “Best Young European Entrepreneurs” by Businessweek, a member of Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” Class of 2016, and to Cynopsis Digital’s 2016 “It List.”
  • Steven
    Wolfe Pereira
    Steven Wolfe Pereira is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Encantos Media, PBC ("Encantos”). The Encantos mission is to entertain, educate and empower kids in the diverse and digital age. Encantos builds purpose-driven family brands that incorporate 21st-century learning, literacy and life skills. At the heart of each brand is a cause and Encantos uses content, curriculum, community, and commerce to bring the brand to life – all connected by culture. As a direct-to-consumer entertainment-education company, Encantos creates, designs, develops, licenses, and markets a diversified portfolio of award-winning brands. These include the Emmy-nominated bilingual preschool brand Canticos, the travel brand Tiny Travelers and the bravery brand Skeletitos. A female-owned public benefit corporation, Encantos puts diversity, equality, and inclusion at the heart of all that it makes. An Emmy-nominated executive producer, Mr. Wolfe Pereira was named by Adweek as one of the "50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech" as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers. Mr. Wolfe Pereira has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Neustar (acquired by Golden Gate Capital) and Quantcast. Mr. Wolfe Pereira has also held executive roles at Publicis Groupe, Univision and Akamai Technologies. He began his career in finance at The Blackstone Group, Salomon Smith Barney (Citi) and Violy, Byorum & Partners. A passionate supporter of women, diversity and STEAM education initiatives, Mr. Wolfe Pereira serves as a board director of the Ad Council, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Kapor Center’s SMASH program and the Presidio Graduate School. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University, was a Fulbright Scholar and completed the Greater Boston Executive MBA Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
  • Samantha
    Head of Enterprise Marketing
    Samantha Goldman is Head of Enterprise Marketing at Lyft, overseeing the marketing, communications, and growth strategies for Lyft Business. Lyft Business works with thousands of organizations to move people they care about — from employees and customers, to patients, travelers, and more. Together, we design transportation experiences and programs that make the ride matter. Before joining Lyft in 2017, Samantha held marketing leadership positions at Castlight Health, where she drove buyer and user awareness, consideration, decision, and loyalty. Before that she served as the Chief of Staff for Citibank’s Head of North America Marketing & Banamex CMO and managed large-scale global marketing programs and sponsorships. Samantha has also designed, developed and implemented change management and strategic communications initiatives at Fortune 100 companies with Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice. Samantha holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Lee
    Lee Trink is CEO of FaZe Clan Inc, a media and entertainment company that owns FaZe Clan, the largest gaming organization ever, boasting 125 million combined followers and 6 top ranked eSports teams as well as Clout Gang, comprised of some of the most influential social media stars in the world. Trink was previously President of EMI’s Capitol Music Group, comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note and Astralwerks.
  • Ryan
    Co-Founder & Vice Chair
    Ryan Cummins is the Co-Founder & Vice Chairman of Omaze, a fundraising platform that makes giving fun and easy by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and dream rewards in support of critical causes. Over the past few years, Omaze has disrupted traditional models of fundraising and raised over $175M for over 500 charities through campaigns with influencers ranging from Jennifer Lawrence to Robert Downey Jr., Post Malone, Will Smith, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Prior to launching Omaze, Ryan was the executive producer of content for "Decade of Difference," the Clinton Foundation's globally televised concert event featuring influencers from 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. He holds a BA in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
  • Gary
    Chief Consumer Security Evangelist
    Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. He partners with internal teams to align McAfee’s product development with the needs of consumers which drive meaningful advances in the security that improve people’s lives. Gary also provides security education and awareness to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security and privacy topics into actionable advice. He is a sought-after speaker on topics and trends in digital security including privacy, the evolving threat landscape, securing the internet of things, the challenges with cryptocurrency, and many more. He has presented at high-profile conferences and events, including CES, Mobile World Congress, SXSW, Silicon Slopes, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University. Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, ESPN, Bloomberg and WSJ MoneyBeat. He’s also been quoted on CNN and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, U.S. News and World Report, and Time magazine to name a few. He has also been featured on radio programs in markets across the country. During his 10-plus years at McAfee, Gary has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions, where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity and privacy education. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for 20-plus years in technology companies. Gary served on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).
  • Michael
    Chief Growth Officer
    Mike drives strategic growth for Dentsu and our network of entrepreneurial agencies. Purpose-built in the digital economy, Dentsu is a global marketing services group that helps brands win, keep and grow their best customers. Mike aligns brands with Dentsu’s creative, media, CX, commerce, and CRM expertise. Using agency and brand leadership experience, Mike serves as a trusted advisor to marketers interested in transformative solutions and powering significant business growth.
  • Jessica
    VP, Research & Consumer Insight
    Jessica Tarlov is Vice President Research and Insight at Bustle Digital Group (BDG). Her group provides meaningful insights and research into what drives Millennial women's purchase habits, brand consideration and overall opinions on everything from puppies to politics. Jessica and her team work with advertising and marketing partners to make the most out of their campaigns as well as host forums and events that speak to millennial women's issues with an eye towards making social and political impact. Her team's work has played an integral role in closing some of the company's largest deals including Walmart, JP Morgan Chase, and Ulta. Jessica appears regularly as a contributor on Fox News, representing a refreshing moderate liberal take on the "issues of the day"--all through the lens of a millennial woman. She is a regular on shows such as Outnumbered, America’s Newsroom, Hannity and countless other Fox News and Fox Business programs. In July 2017, Jessica published her first book, America in the Age of Trump: Opportunities and Oppositions in an Uncertain World. Prior to joining BDG, Tarlov was a senior strategist with Schoen Consulting and worked as a democratic pollster. She holds a PhD in political science from the London School of Economics.
  • Francois
    Francois is the Founder of JOJA. His purpose is to inspire brands and leaders to find clarity in an age of “too much”, through executive coaching and brand strategic advisory. He’s an expert in brand building and C-level advising with over 15 years’ experience in award-winning brand strategies and purpose finding for companies such as Calvin Klein, Twitter, Google, Dior & L’Oreal.
  • Dylan
    Dylan served as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief speechwriter during the Obama administration. He has advised presidents, presidential candidates, prime ministers, the CEOs of Fortune 50 companies, and some of the world’s most well-known personalities. His collaborations include several books, including multiple NYT bestsellers. His books have been praised as “vivid” and “evocative” by the NYT, “genuine and heartfelt” by the Washington Post, and “remarkably well written” by the Financial Times.
  • Ken
    Nwadike Jr.
    Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is an American documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker, and peace activist
    popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as he made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Ken was featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the year’s most defining moments and he has made many appearances on news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.
  • Nirvan
    Nirvan is an award-winning filmmaker, speaker, CEO of Interconnected Media, and founder of Imagination.org. Nirvan's short film Caine's Arcade became a viral phenomenon in 2012, leading to a Global #CardboardChallenge that has engaged over 1 million kids worldwide. Nirvan speaks about the power of creativity and stories to impact.
  • Ari
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Ari Tuchman is co-founder and CEO of Quantifind. He received his doctorate in atomic physics from Yale University focusing on Bose Einstein condensation. He was awarded a Director of Intelligence fellowship and served as a DARPA technical lead for a quantum metrology effort to design ultra- precision navigation sensors. Ari’s work on precision measurement and signal processing has spanned applications ranging from low field battlefield MRI to optimizing creative messaging for Hollywood movie releases.
  • Danny
    As the COO of Razor, I lead global Operations, Marketing, Finance and Product Development. I also developed, launched and manage Razor's Shared Scooter program. Prior to Razor, I served as the COO of Murad, a Unilever skincare company, and spent seven years at Disney. I’m a father of three, an avid Buffalo Bills fan, an amateur chef, and an aspiring rock star.
  • Christian
    SVP, Marketing
    CHRISTIAN BORGES, SVP, Marketing Twitter: @christianborges Christian oversees all marketing efforts for true[X], a technology company building the next generation of attention-based video ad products and capabilities for the premium video ecosystem. He has worked with Joe Marchese (former president, Advertising Revenue, Fox Networks Group), Pooja Midha (president, true[X]), and other key execs across both companies. Christian is passionate about all things digital that help to inform, educate, and connect people and cultures. In the past 12 years, he has worked at three companies, lead two company rebrands, and managed and executed the strategic marketing and communications plan for five (5) company acquisitions. Christian was named AdWeek Top 50 execs across Marketing, Media and Technology in 2017, is a founding board member of i.d.e.a. Initiative, and board member / vice chair, east coast for the AAF (American Advertising Federation). He is a world traveler, a self-professed foodie and practices Mixed Martial Arts & Hot Yoga in his spare time.
  • Andrew
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Andrew Duplessie is a growth hacker/influencer. He is a Stanford University Startx Alumni, CEO
    of Tipster. He has over 250 million followers across Instagram and Facebook. He is an Advisor to
    Science-Inc Blockchain (Dollar Shave Club). Over the past year alone, Andrew has generated
    1B+ impressions, 18M communities, and 5M app downloads.
  • John
    John Tabis is Founder & CEO of Bouqs.com, a cut-to-order online floral delivery service fundamentally disrupting the floral value chain. John started his career at Bain & Company, grew up in advertising, and solidified his brand chops as Director of Corporate Brand at The Walt Disney Company prior to founding Bouqs in 2012. John graduated with High Honors from The University of Notre Dame and UCLA Anderson, where he received his MBA.
  • Brian-Seth
    Chief Storyteller, President
    Brian Seth Hurst is part successful entertainment executive and part metaphysician. A multi-disciplinary producer, writer, and strategist, he has spent his career at the forefront of innovation and storytelling. His work enables the building and extension of storyworlds and brands. Hurst is co-author with Olivia Newton-John of the best selling children’s book “A Pig Tale” from Simon & Schuster and the book “WHOLE,” a collection of essays on life’s challenges.
  • Josh
    SVP, Brand Strategy and Marketing
    Josh Brooks is a marketing veteran in the entertainment, media, and tech space. At Jam City, Brooks oversees and maintains the studio’s game portfolio of original and IP franchises, go-to-market strategy, and integrated marketing. Brooks monumental career includes, running Music and Marketing for MySpace, managing the Grammy-nominated band Queens of the Stone Age, and an investment from Shark Tank’s investors on a mobile venture. As Jam City’s Senior Vice-President of Brand Marketing, Josh has launched numerous mobile game titles such as Cookie Jam, Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery, Family Guy and Vineyard Valley - all games consistently in the top charts.
  • Kevin
    Kevin Doohan is a brand marketing executive with deep digital marketing expertise. Kevin’s current role is EVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Xperi Corporation. Xperi enables extraordinary experiences. The company does this by integrating its’ technology innovations into consumer electronics products. As Xperi’s CMO, Kevin is responsible for leading a global team tasked with reaching key audiences and improving their awareness of and affinity for Xperi and Xperi’s sub-brands (DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, and Invensas).

  • Steven
    Co-Founder, CEO
    Steven Galanis is the CEO of Cameo, the world’s leading marketplace for personalized video shoutouts. He launched the company in 2016 with co-founders Martin Blencowe & Devon Townsend after seeing a personalized video message taped by a prominent NFL player congratulating a friend on the birth of his son. To date the company has sold over 350,000 Cameos and seen over 20,000 athletes, actors, and influencers join the platform. He was named to Chicago Inno's 2018 "50 on Fire" list. He is LinkedIn alum who previously worked as a trader on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and founder of two film investment companies where he produced movies featuring stars such as Bruce Willis and Robert De Niro. Outside of work he is an avid Chicago sports fan and serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Chicago. Steven is a 2010 graduate of Duke University where he majored in History.
  • Tim
    Kring created the hit TV series “Heroes”, which won the Primetime Emmy® for Interactive Television in 2008. In 2010, Kring received the Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy® Awards for his industry-leading creativity in multi-screen storytelling. In 2010, Kring teamed with Nokia to launch the “Conspiracy For Good”, a global movement that allows the audience to become part of the story to create positive real-world change. Conspiracy For Good was nominated for an International Digital Emmy® Award. In 2012 Kring launched “TOUCH”, starring Kiefer Sutherland. “Dig”, a Limited Series suspense-thriller co-created with Gideon Raff (Homeland, Prisoners of War), arrived in the spring of 2015 on the USA Network to widespread praise. Also in 2015, “Heroes Reborn”, a Limited Series Event. His current project "TREADSTONE", based on the Bourne Universe created by Robert Ludlum, will premiere on USA and Amazon Prime Video in October 2019. With Robert Soderstrom, Kring is the Co-Founder of ChangeUp, Inc, a FinTech platform that enables micro-donations to over 800,000 US charities.
  • Kerri
    Strategic, global executive with experience in building industry-leading, worldwide platforms in the digital marketing arena. As the former president of Commission Junction (aka CJ Affiliate), Kerri was responsible for generating over $xxxM in annual cash flow valued at $xB when acquired by Alliance Data Systems in December of 2014. Following this liquidity event, Kerri assisted with integration activities and onboarded her successor prior to a voluntary departure in July of 2015. In 2016, Kerri returned to the start-up community as chief revenue officer of e-commerce technology
    company, Honey, and is currently running the sales, marketing and customer success teams at community collaboration platform, Greenfly. Leveraging her rolodex along with her sales and marketing prowess, she is focused on brand amplification, rallying the team and energizing the
    market with Greenfly's story and value prop.
  • Andy
    CEO & Founder
    Andy has been in the intersection of technology, media and entertainment for over two decades. Originally from Argentina, Andy started his first company during high school at the age of 17. To date, Andy has had three exits as a founding entrepreneur, which has led him to also hold senior executive positions at companies such as Disney, Zynga and Scopely . His newest endeavor, Wonder, is building the gaming and entertainment platform of the future across hardware, software and content.

  • Seth
    Head of Retail Expansion & Roll by Goodyear/Roll by Just Tires
    Seth Klugherz Director of North America Marketing Goodyear Seth joined Goodyear in early 2015 as director of marketing strategy and quickly moved into his current role looking after the Goodyear, Dunlop, and Kelly brands. He oversees the North American business with sales in excess of $6 billion.
  • Suzy
    Suzy Ryoo is the Co-Founder, President & Chief Strategy Officer of Q&A alongside co-founders Troy Carter & J. Erving. Q&A is a modern music and technology company seeking to empower the next generation of artists through technology, tools and services. For the past 10 years, Suzy's worked at the intersection of technology, entertainment and media in Los Angeles. Prior to Q&A, Suzy partnered with Troy Carter in 2015 as the VP of Technology & Innovation at Atom Factory as well as a Partner at early stage venture capital fund Cross Culture Ventures. As an early stage investor, she finds, invests in and builds alongside entrepreneurs creating next generation companies. Over the past eight years, Atom Factory and Cross Culture invested in nearly 100 startups including Lyft, Uber, Dropbox, Warby Parker, Spotify, MOAT, Slack, TheSkimm, Beautycon, Gimlet Media, Fair, Thrive Market, PlayVS, Wonderschool, Yumi, Seed, Blavity, Blueland, and Girlboss. Suzy also works closely with Troy in Atom Factory's role as the entertainment advisor to the Prince Estate. Suzy graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California where she received the USC Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, she completed the Riordan Fellowship at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and in 2019 completed the Kauffman Fellowship. Suzy serves on the advisory council at the USC Marshall Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the technology advisory board for Delta Airlines, and the board of non-profit, URBAN TxT (Teens Exploring Technology) which exists to enable thousands of South Los Angeles teens to become catalysts of change through technology, community and leadership. Suzy was born in South Korea and grew up in Southern California since the early 1990's thanks to her immigrant entrepreneur parents.
  • Willie
    Co-Founder & President
    Willie Mack is a co-founder of Think BIG, where he serves as president, leading its executive management and strategic vision. His involvement with Think Big began when CJ Wallace, founder, was his client at Flint Studio, a cannabis branding studio Willie founded in 2015. Before Think BIG, Willie served as Chief Marketing Officer for Starling Brands, Inc. and Jayden’s Juice, a CBD-rich cannabis strain used by thousands of people worldwide.
  • Alexandre
    Alexandre Amancio is CEO and Co-Founder of Reflector Entertainment, dedicated to developing original cross-platform intellectual properties for a global audience. Previously a Creative Director at Ubisoft, Amancio was one of the visionary talents behind the international success of Assassin’s Creed. His work on the franchise has earned him two distinct WGA nominations.
  • Jesse
    Jesse Kirshbaum has been in the trenches of the music business for over a decade. He started his career finding and developing talent. In fact, he worked with some of the biggest and most relevant artists of modern times. Jesse as extensive experience securing talent for concerts, tours and endorsement deals for his various clients and brand partners internationally. The same way he is known for helping break artists, he now focuses on building robust strategies and campaigns for big & emerging brands that wish to breaking into the mainstream zeitgeist. He founded Nue Agency (a creative boutique, named to Inc Mag’s 500 list as the 3rd fastest growing Media Company in America) to sit at the center of culture, brands and technology. He is the host of Hot 97’s web series “Hot In Tech” and is an authority in music tech culture, as well as the executive producer of the hit digital series #CRWN. Jesse writes and curates Beats and Bytes, one of the best weekly newsletters in entertainment and is currently working on his first book focused on the intersection of music, technology and brand marketing.
  • Lucas
    von Cranach
    CEO & Founder
    Born in 1977 in Germany, Lucas von Cranach studied Business Management and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, the London School of Economics and the Technical University of Berlin. Football has always been Lucas’s passion. After searching in vain for on-the-go live scores and news on his favourite team, 1. FC Cologne, he decided to take matters into his own hands and founded Onefootball. Now, eleven years after it became the global leading mobile platform for football
  • Mike
    EVP, Sales & Partnerships
    Mike has 20+ years experience in music and media and is skilled in branded content creation,
    music-driven events, and technology-fueled partnerships. As the Head of Sales & Partnerships for REVOLT, Mike and his team provide actionable insights, authentic creative, and contextual planning for brands looking to connect with young adults through the influence of Hip Hop Culture.
  • Mark
    Mark Owens, CEO Appointed, CEO of Rogers & Cowan in November 2015, and CEO of now aligned IPG - FRUKT brand, Mark is in an entertainment communications, content, and brand expert. Previously, Mark served as the Chief Revenue Officer for Corbis, a Bill Gates-owned digital content, entertainment and licensing company for 5 years. While at Corbis Entertainment, he was responsible for driving efforts to connect global brands and the entertainment industry through strategic brand integration and created the Branded Entertainment Network. Mark joined Corbis Entertainment in 2012 with the acquisition of the Norm Marshall Group where he was President and handled Microsoft, Heineken and GM brands worldwide for their Entertainment strategy. Earlier in his career, he served as Managing Director at Ketchum Public Relations and Executive Vice President at Davie Brown Entertainment, responsible for brands such as Pepsi, Reebok and Mini Cooper.
  • Chris
    Co-founder of Mic. Alum of White House, Goldman Sachs, Harvard. Crains 40 under 40. Forbes 30 under 30.
  • Harry
    Founder & CEO
    Harry is the founder and CEO of Kargo, the only luxury mobile ad-tech company. Kargo places advertising solely within the premium publishing content created by the top 70 media companies in the world, reaching an audience that rivals that of Facebook and Google. Named as one of EY Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2016, he is the chief architect of Kargo’s strategy. Harry has transformed Kargo into one of the advertising industry’s most innovative technology companies.
  • Darren
    Darren Lachtman is the co-founder of Brat, the leading Gen-Z digital network. Brat launched in 2017 and has built a loyal audience of over 15 million unique youth viewers. Previously he started Niche, a marketing technology company that was acquired by Twitter in 2015. Darren currently sits on the board of the Ad Council and World of Children. He holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern University.
  • Lee
    Lee Brown is Chief Revenue Officer at BuzzFeed, where he is responsible for diversifying the company’s revenue streams and scaling the business globally within the rapidly changing media landscape. Prior to joining BuzzFeed in 2015, Lee was Global Head of Brand Partnerships at Tumblr and Senior Vice President of National Sales at Groupon. Lee previously spent 10+ years at Yahoo.
  • Chris
    As Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer at Influential, Chris Detert has played an instrumental part in the launch and continued growth of the company. His 15+ years of experience leading top brands and agencies include his post as VP of Marketing at $100M fashion phenomenon, Von Dutch, as well as his role of CEO and owner at American Rebel PR. He has been featured in top publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard, as well as broadcast media appearances on CBS, HLN, MTV, VH1, E!, A&E and Bravo.
  • Rich
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Bio coming soon...
  • Ryan
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Ryan is the founder & CEO of Bolt, which is currently the fastest growing payments startup. By uniting the checkout experience, fraud detection and payment processing into one product, Ryan is focused helping online retailers stay competitive by providing a better-than-Amazon checkout experience. Ryan left Stanford’sComputer Science program in early 2014 to create Bolt and pursue his vision for the future of online payments. Before that, he spent four years as a Publix Super Market bag boy which kindled an early passion for fixing the pain points in checkout.
  • James
    CEO & Co-Founder
    James DeJulio is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tongal, a global community of creators that works with networks, studios and brands to develop video content for every platform- from YouTube to SVOD. James oversees creative development, partnering with organizations like National Geographic, LEGO, Disney, NBC Universal and NASA, while building and mentoring Tongal’s community of writers, directors and animators. Previously, James was a VP of Production at Paramount Pictures.
  • CJ
    CJ Wallace, is an entrepreneur, actor, musician, and founder of Think BIG, a social movement and company that challenges humankind to discover how the cannabis and hemp plants can be used as tools for creativity, contemplation, and healing. CJ started Think BIG as part of his search to understand his responsibility to the legacy of his late father, Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Jason
    Tech investor and serial digital entrepreneur focused on data-powered and AI-enabled solutions for brands and agencies. Co-founder AUDIENCEX, leading digital performance marketing group. Co-founder Lucid Science, transforming molecular pathology. Twenty-year career as content creator and brand strategist. Active in political communications, issues and advocacy and venture philanthropy.
  • Kevin
    Since co-founding Hathway, Kevin has led the company to become a leading digital experience agency that works with some of the worlds biggest brands, including Pepsi, PetSmart, L'Oreal, WingStop and Dairy Queen, among others.
  • Nick
    Co-Founder & CEO
    As Chief Executive Officer, Nick leads Tellart in high-level operational and strategic decisions, while still being involved in details of project development and execution. He is responsible for leading a staff of strategists, designers, and technologists, and for creating a cohesive cultural environment for Tellart that enables project and career success.
  • Bob
    With 25+ years of experience in advertising and marketing, Bob Gruters has a unique perspective on how we use media to inform, entertain, and improve humanity. He has worked for agency & publishing giants, and global out-of-home advertising firms. His media and marketing experience spans various companies across Viacom, Sony, Univision, and REVOLT. And for 4 years he helped lead the massive and rapid growth at Facebook & Instagram focused on the Entertainment, Technology, Telecom, and Restaurant industries (including a highly successful Multicultural initiative). Currently Bob is the Chief Revenue Officer at Digital Trends, a prominent and highly respected digital publisher that is creating brand safe, premium content that helps connect Fortune 500 marketers to the rapidly growing affluent, educated HENRY audience.
  • Sal
    CEO & Founder
    Wassim “Sal” Slaiby has been recognized for three consecutive years in the top 50 of Billboards Power100 List. This was no small feat for a man who arrived in Canada with no family, was unable to speak English, fled a war-ravaged country and built an empire in under a decade. He is the Founder and CEO of SAL&CO (a leading partner with Maverick/Live Nation) and the CEO of XO Records (home to global superstar The Weeknd who was 2017 & 2018’s Top 5 Forbes Highest Paid Entertainers, and Belly, an Oscar-nominated & Grammy award-winning Songwriter). Sal’s brilliant roster of talent have crafted international hits for blockbuster movies such as 50 Shades of Grey, Black Panther, Dead Pool 2, and Spiderman “Into the Spider-Verse”, with songwriters penning records for stellar artists such as Beyonce and Ariana Grande. Beyond North America, Sal now sits as Head of International Partnerships at Anghami (Middle East and North Africa's #1 music streaming service). In addition, Sal joined the Board of Advisors at Global Citizen in 2017 to lend his energy and resources to the organization dedicated to ending world hunger by 2030. Born in Lebanon, Sal escaped the war and immigrated to Canada at the young age of 15 without his family. The culture shock and the language barrier motivated him to finish high school and graduate from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada with a Business Management degree. By age 25 he was recognized as one of the most formidable music industry players in Canada. In 2002, he along with his childhood friend Ahmad “Belly” Balshe founded the independent record label CP Music Group and experienced the rise of Hip-Hop and R&B firsthand. In less than five years, he went from selling mixtapes in the streets to dominating radio/TV channels and award shows, and CPMG became the #1 independent label and top 5 overall market share in Canada. After a decade of success, he sold CPMG in 2011 and launched his new venture, SAL&CO. In 2012, Sal and his childhood friend Cash began managing The Weeknd, which ultimately changed their lives and the landscape of R&B and Pop music worldwide. For six consecutive years, The Weeknd received multiple #1 albums and singles on the Hot 100 Billboard Charts. The Weeknd’s accolades also include record-setting worldwide sold-out tours, Oscar nominations, and multiple Grammy, AMA, Billboard and MTV awards, solidifying him as one of the biggest global superstars of this decade. Sal signed rapper and dear friend of over 10 years French Montana to his roster in 2016, to which he said, “The thought of working with someone I wouldn’t spend Christmas with is unappealing to me. French is my brother”. Shortly thereafter, French released his breakthrough hit = “Unforgettable” featuring Swae Lee. The single surpassed 2 billion streams and is certified 6x platinum status. As Global Citizen’s first Hip-Hop Ambassador, French and Sal built and launched The Suubi Hospital Mission, which benefits over 300,000 people in Uganda. Although his music accolades run deep, Sal remains humble and true to his core family values. Sal is extremely passionate about issues that are affecting our world on a humanitarian level, especially after losing his father and having to leave his home at a young age. Living independently taught him to keep his business family -oriented and his clients even closer. Sal currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Rima Fakih (the first Arab/Immigrant Miss USA and National Director of Miss Universe Organization) and their two
    beautiful children.
  • Will
    Experienced CEO and digital marketing leader passionate about innovative & creative consumer experiences that sit at the intersection of entertainment, technology, and pop culture. Built market-leading businesses and billion dollar global youth culture brands within large global publicly traded corporations (Walt Disney Company, Activision Blizzard, Opera Software) and venture-backed/startups (AdColony/Insight Venture Partners).
  • Matt
    Matt’s mission is to maximize happiness for bands, brands and their shared fans. As EVP of Red Light Management, he creates results-driven partnerships between leading consumer marketers and a spectacular group of brand-friendly artists. We innovate new approaches to content collaborations, sponsorships, endorsements, commercials, and product licensing across a talent roster that includes Tiësto, Enrique Iglesias, Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and many others. We also help brands navigate today’s exciting assortment of music festivals. Matt joined the Red Light family after several years with Live Nation, prior to which he helped pioneer the competitive video game movement. Matt graduated from Yale and resides in New York.
  • Quddus
    TV Host and Personality, & Co-Founder, Camera Ready
    Quddus is a TV host, speaker, and coach originally from Canada. He hosted the hit show TRL (MTV), which led to a nomination for “Favorite TV Personality” at the Teen Choice Awards. Quddus’ extensive hosting experience includes shows like Duets (ABC) and The Insider (CBS). Through his media training Camera Ready, Quddus shares his passion for bringing out the best in people, long after the camera lights have dimmed.
  • Andrew
    Andrew Sealy is a connection catalyst, a yoga artist, and a movement creator. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher whose teachings of compassionate empowerment inspire community leaders worldwide. Andrew’s teachings aim to answer the question: How can we adapt to create and evolve to sustain?
  • Michael
    Michael P. Davidson’s interests revolve around ideas with consequences, leaders and leadership, and generational impact. He connects dynamic individuals to innovative, mission-based ideas that help make the world better for future generations. Michael has led Gen Next’s growth to six markets with 300+ Members and launched their venture philanthropy arm in order to invest in a range of unique causes, including inventive solutions to counter violent extremism. Tasked with guiding the Gen Next membership comm unity to make the world a better place, he is always after an intellectual adventure. Michael lives in Orange County with his family, plays guitar like an amateur, is a fanatic reader, and is a has-been wrestler and judoka.
  • Scott
    Recognized as one of the most influential figures in today's entertainment business by both Forbes & Billboard magazine, DJ SKEE is carving a new definition for what a DJ is. With a thriving/blossoming career as an entertainer and multiple ventures under his umbrella, DJ SKEE is at the forefront of popular culture. In raw numbers, DJ SKEE has generated over one billion media impressions in under a decade, and has a network of over 500,000 social network followers. In addition to headlining tours from South America to Asia as a performer, SKEE can be heard daily on some of the worlds biggest radio stations including KIIS FM in Los Angeles and Sirius XM Satellite radio. Not limiting himself to one genre or style of music, SKEE has collaborated and produced for artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Chris Cornell to Michael Jackson and composed music for video games like HALO. As a DJ and producer, SKEE has won a slew of awards including DJ Of The Year. With uncanny skills to command any party and hold the energy at a 10, key events SKEE has DJ’d and hosted include the grand opening of the hundred million dollar mega club XS inside the Encore/Wynn Las Vegas, the GRAMMYs, Superbowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, Diddy’s White Party, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and even his own branded car show and concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On the screen, SKEE has built the single largest lifestyle channel in the world, SKEE.TV. With over 250 million YouTube views and growing, to distribution deals inside restaurants and on mobile phones
    worldwide, SKEE.TV serves its audience any and everywhere they look. On the production side, SKEE.TV‘s credits include no less than eleven number one charting music videos under SKEE’s watch. SKEE is also frequently seen on broadcast television ranging from not only the biggest music-based shows but in marquee series’ including “60 Minutes” on CBS and MTV’s “Fantasy Factory.” Redefining what role a DJ plays, SKEE is looked to as a cultural icon for his influence outside of just music, ranging from fashion to technology and everything in between. Recognized as one of Billboard Magazine’s “30 Most Influential Under 30 Years Old” in 2010 and an honorable mention in Forbes Magazines “30 Under 30” in 2011, the multi-hybrid entrepreneur has been the driving force behind some of the biggest products in the market over the past decade ranging from the Daimler - Chrysler’s brand relaunch in the mid 2000’s to the more recent market.

  • Sid
    Sid Mathur is the Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Mattel. He leads the team that drives
    medium to long-term growth objectives and executes all strategic transactions and partnerships for the company. With his extensive experience in business model and brand development, strategy, finance, and global markets, Sid’s responsibilities include the development of high-value partnerships, business models, new capabilities, and joint ventures for Mattel. He oversees Technology Platforms & Partnerships; Strategic In-Licensing and IP Partnerships; Emerging Markets Acceleration; Corporate Development; and, the successful integration of corporate-wide initiatives into the brand and commercial organization.
  • Paul
    Bio coming soon ...
  • Derek
    Chief Creative & Content Officer
    Throughout his 25-year career, Derek Koenig has combined team-building leadership, strategic acumen, and award-winning creative firepower to deliver impressive business results. Demonstrating equal expertise on both the strategic and creative sides of the content continuum, Derek connects insights, data and innovative creative for break-through brand solutions. As SVP Creative for
    Discovery’s In-House Agency, Koenig leads the creative department supporting Discovery U.S. and International businesses with marketing, promotion, short-from digital, VR and branded content.
  • Kyle
    Co Founder & Chief Research Officer
    Dr. Kyle Dropp is Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at Morning Consult, a technology and media company that has bootstrapped to a $35MM run rate in five years and worked with 250+ Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to Morning Consult, Kyle served as an assistant professor at Dartmouth College for five years and received his Ph.D. at Stanford University, where he examined the impact of media and advertising on consumers. Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kyle's work is regularly featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg.
  • Mark
    Global Director, Learning, Leadership and Organizational Capability
    Mark A. Kaestner is the Global Director, Learning, Leadership & Organizational Capability Development of The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Kaestner joined the Company in April, 2006. As part of the Talent & Development Center of Excellence, Mark is responsible for driving Coca-Cola’s global learning and leadership development strategy in line with the people strategy and talent philosophy. Additionally, his team develops and implements programs in leadership development from the first-time leader through senior executives. Additionally, he is currently working towards his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE).
  • Chris
    Building has always been at the heart of Chris Robichaud’s career. His latest endeavor, 93-North is focused on building companies that harness the next frontier of technology–Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cars (Autonomous & Electric) and Video Games and Virtual Worlds. Prior to starting 93-North, he was Co-CEO of PMK•BNC, a leading global marketing and communications agency based in London, NYC and LA. Over the past 27 years leading the agency he has amassed vast experience in both the world of entertainment and consumer brand.
  • SuChin
    SuChin Pak has been a host and journalist since her first youth-focused news magazine program for ABC News in San Francisco at the age of 16. She spent the bulk of her career as an MTV News Correspondent covering everything from presidential elections to red carpets, to long-form news programs on school shootings, international disaster relief and just about every major news story representing the voice of the youth generation. She is most proud of her MTV documentary series, My Life Translated, which was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, about the complex stories of second-generation Americans. She is currently hosting her third season of Open Account, a podcast about our complicated relationship to money. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.
  • Adam
    Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer & CFO
    I am an accomplished C-level executive and private/public investor who leads successfully by bridging both worlds. I have 25 years of experience as CEO, COO, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer of both public and private companies as well as a private equity and hedge fund investment partner. My career focus has been primarily in services and consumer industries including: media & entertainment, sports, asset management, financial services, digital media and software, and business services. Currently, I am building Freebird as Chief Growth Officer / CFO. We are the first media platform on mobility allowing any business or brand to influence a transaction before, during and immediately after the transaction decision point. We enable a future in which transportation is paid for by advertisers /businesses rather than the consumer as it is
  • Joshua
    With a background as a corporate transactional attorney with substantial experience representing successful startups and emerging growth companies, Joshua Shelton advises clients on all things related to corporate formation, financing, mergers, acquisitions, intellectual property registration and protection, contractual matters, and regulatory compliance. Experienced in all aspects of deal structuring, negotiation, and documentation, Joshua leads Business and Corporate Affairs for the VS California Practice Group and takes tremendous pride in being a nexus point for originating and closing large-scale business transactions on his clients' behalf. As the current CEO of Green Street Agency, Josh also has deep and unique experience in brand marketing, licensing, celebrity licensing, and strategic partnership formation, having been a critical element in many of the existing cannabis endorsement and promotion transactions.
  • Eric
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Eric Jacks is the Chief Strategy Officer at Collab, a digital content studio and entertainment network that represents some of the world's most popular social media talent, where he leads the team monetizing its creator’s content as well as leading the company’s efforts to monetize brand content for several brands that include Coca-Cola, Nike, Samsung, McDonald's and Budweiser. Previously, Jacks ran the Entertainment and Intellectual property group at Public Relations powerhouse Rogers & Cowan working on brands from Coca-Cola to Sony Crackle. Prior to Rogers & Cowan, Jacks served as a Senior Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on the Lifestyle Talent Team where his role was to work across all of CAA’s verticals (TV, Film, Comedy, Music, Sports, Fashion) to connect appropriate advertisers/brand partners to CAA’s core client base (content creators, producers, directors, musicians, athletes and celebrities/talent). His efforts include working on projects for some of CAA’s high profile clients including Anthony Zuiker (“CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Inception," "Don Jon," "50/50) and John Woo (“Face Off,” “Mission Impossible II”). Prior to CAA Eric was Executive Producer of Entertainment at Yahoo!, creating and overseeing live broadcasts such as Teen People and various live chats/concerts with talent on Yahoo! Music.
  • Joshua
    President & Co-Founder
    Joshua Neckes is President and Co-Founder of Simon Data, the first and only enterprise customer data platform with a fully-integrated marketing suite. Prior to founding Simon, Josh led marketing teams and provided his expertise in strategic planning, business development, user acquisition, sales, and product management to major brands.
  • Kevin
    Founder & Talent Manager
    Kevin Hekmat is a talent manager and founder of Say Something Entertainment, best known for managing internationally-recognized poet, IN-Q and New York Times bestselling author and speaker, Cal Fussman. He represents artists who change the way audiences look at their lives. Say Something is built on the idea that inspirational entertainment can bring the most powerful perspective shift, whether through live shows, keynotes, poetry, or podcasts. Kevin has brought this idea to dozens of Fortune500 companies including teams at Facebook, Google, Lululemon, Nike, General Motors, Turner Broadcasting and many more.
  • Christine
    VP, Global Location Based Entertainment
    BIo Coming Soon ...
  • Shiv
    Founder & CEO
    Shiv Singh advises Fortune 500 companies and startups on strategy, marketing and how to succeed in the digital era as the Founder of Savvy Matters. Prior to starting his consultancy, Shiv was a senior executive driving marketing, innovation and digital strategies at Visa Inc. and PepsiCo. He has previously advised Ford Motor Company, Chanel, Genentech, Citibank, and Verizon and is a member of the Board of Directors at United Rentals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. In 2016, Shiv was inducted into the American Advertising Hall of Achievement has also been recognized by Adweek as a Top 50 marketer.
  • Jesse
    As the Head of Revenue at Unified Jesse currently oversees all of Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, and Business Development. With more than a decade of social media expertise, Jesse has worked with and consulted for some of the biggest brands and agencies in the world on their social media and digital strategies. Prior to Unified, Jesse was a member of the founding team at PageLever, where he oversaw all Sales and Business Development.
  • Bryan
    CEO & Founder
    From April 2015 until January 2016, Bryan had previously served as GoPro’s vice president of international marketing where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s international advertising, marketing and market development. He has more than 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. Bryan is a founding partner of  Adjacency Partners based in Portland, Oregon. During his career he has served as the vice president of global marketing for Nike from December 2012 to December 2013, chief marketing officer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization from December 2008 to November 2012, the senior vice president of marketing for Burton Snowboards from 2002 to 2008, and the vice president of North American brand management for Adidas-Salomon from 1999 to 2002. 
  • Marcela
    Director, Standards & Credentials
    Marcela is the Director of Standards & Credentials at General Assembly (GA). In this role, Marcela works closely with GA’s industry-led Standards Boards to create transparency into career paths in new and changing fields, including Marketing and Data Science. She leads operations, product, and growth for GA’s assessments business, which has reached over 75,000 professionals at hundreds of organizations to date.
  • Paul
    de Gelder
    Paul de Gelder is an ex Australia Army paratrooper and Navy Bomb Clearance Diver. He was attacked by a shark whilst conducting counter-terrorism training and lost 2 limbs. Paul has gone on to create an exceptional new life after the military as an author, speaker, conservationist, actor and host of Discovery Channel's hit SHARK WEEK.
  • Leonard
    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
  • Ross
    Ross Martin is CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), the brand strategy and business innovation firm, and the founder of Lunch Partners (www.lunchpartners.co), a venture capital fund for CEO’s and CMO’s. He is the Chairman of the Digital Innovation Council for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, the Yale University Center for Customer Insights, and the Guggenheim Museum’s Global Innovation Group. Recent honors and recognitions include a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy Awards, Fast Company's “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s "40 Under 40" top business leaders and Ad Week’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
  • Ryan
    As CEO of Influential, an A.I. influencer technology platform and Developer Partner of IBM Watson, Ryan Detert has brought top influencers, brands, press, and financing to his venture-backed company, which has offices in Beverly Hills, NYC, and Las Vegas. Detert has created a network of over 25,000 of the most engaged social media influencers and used third-party data and technology to turn the Wild West of social into an agency-friendly media buy across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube.

  • Paula
    Former SVP, Global Brand Partnerships and Promotion
    Paula Kupfer was SVP, Global Partnerships, Consumer Products and Integration for Lionsgate Entertainment. During her tenure, she utilized her expertise in marketing, content, partnerships, and business development to build comprehensive programs that drove awareness, affinity, and conversion for brand, film and TV projects. She leveraged innovation, creativity and consumer insights to maximize results across all channels for marketing programs with brands such as P&G, Pepsi, General Mills, Samsung, FCA, etc. Prior to Lionsgate, Paula bolstered partnerships and consumer products on behalf of 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures. Paula carries and B.A. from the University of Oregon and a M.B.A. from USC's Marshall School of Business.
  • Sam
    Head of Ventures
    Sam Wick is a leading digital and entertainment executive. He currently leads UTA Ventures, which builds and invests in great businesses at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology. The division looks for opportunities to leverage UTA’s expertise, relationships and endemic knowledge of the entertainment business landscape to provide companies with a strategic advantage. UTA Ventures has built, advised and invested in a portfolio of businesses that includes Awesomess TV, Raze, The Players Tribune, Cloud9, Thrive Market, Pilot Works, Stem, The Void and many more. He most recently was a key member of Maker Studios’ management team where he was responsible for the enterprise P&L, corporate development, business development and strategic
    partnerships. He has 20+ years of experience in the media and technology space including senior positions at MySpace, AOL, Mp3.com and Sony. During this time he was involved in M&A activity including financing and acquisitions of his companies.
  • Pete
    Pete Caban CO-FOUNDER, MEKANISM Pete Caban is co-founder of Mekanism, an independent 200-person creative, media, data, content agency with offices in SF/NY/SEA/CHI. A future-focused leader in creativity and technology Caban has been featured on the cover of Creativity Magazine as an android. Current clients include fast companies such as Peloton, MedMen, Hotel Tonight, Method, and Fiverr.
  • Brent
    CEO & Roustabout
    Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, an LA-based experiential entertainment company that operates a network of micro-amusement parks. He’s chairman of the non-profit Two Bit Circus Foundation which deploys STEAM-based programs to inspire students about invention and facilitates STEAM Carnivals around the world. Brent’s a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow, a supporter of Clowns Without Borders and publishes on Twitter @brentbushnell.
  • Mark
    Mark Stagen is the Founder/CEO of XLN (Executive Leadership Network – www.xln.org) an exclusive network of like-minded Senior Executives partnering to achieve professional and personal development that will drive their businesses’ success and enrich their personal lives. Prior to XLN, Mark has founded, run and successfully sold several companies in the healthcare, technology and consumer product sectors. Additionally, Mark founded the Youth Business Alliance (www.youthbizalliance.com), a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing 21st century business skills and perspectives into underserved high school classrooms. Mark is actively involved in several professional organizations including YPO and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at USC and he received his BA from Yale University.
  • Shawn
    Bio Coming Soon...
  • Sebastian
    Founder of 100 Things & Kindsum - Spoken to brands across all industries - Online talk has reached 10+million people - Spoken live to over 300,000 people across all 7 continents - 8 years of experience - Star of 2 documentaries and host of his own show based on his story - The author of 100 Things, a motivational memoir translated into 3 languages - The star of two internationally released feature documentaries(Discovery Channel & ESPN) based on his own story - National ambassador for Make-A-Wish Australia - He has raised over $400,000 for various charities as part of his challenge including Camp Quality and Alzheimers Australia.
  • Mike
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Mike Rothman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fatherly, the leading digital lifestyle brand for today's parents. Through a combination of expert advice, live experiences and consumer products, Fatherly empowers dads to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives. Rothman also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Career Gear, The Moth, and ProPublica. Rothman was named one of Ad Age's 40 Under 40 in 2018.
  • Chris
    Head of Brand Partnerships
    As Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, Chris Stefanyk leads the strategy and execution of Wattpad’s Brand Solutions business. He and his team work closely with brands and agencies to harness the power of storytelling and build deep engagement with Wattpad’s Millennial and Gen Z consumers. 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
  • Jon
    Jon Waterman is the founder of Ad.net where he leads the company’s corporate operations and strategic planning. A pioneer in paid search who founded his first company in 1998, Jon brings his internet advertising expertise and vision to Ad.net’s product development. Under his direction, Ad.net has grown significantly from an innovative leader in search advertising to a multi-channel solution for display, video and native advertising. Jon has presented at industry trade shows and his insight has been featured in online marketing publications. Jon is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and has been recognized by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program.
  • Aaron
    Aaron Alexander is a manual therapist and movement coach who has helped the world’s best athletes, celebrities and every one in between to relieve pain, increase strength and optimize their movement. In addition, he hosts the top-rated Align Podcast which features the world’s thought leaders on all things movement and wellness. Aaron is the founder of the Align Method™, an integrated approach of functional movement and self-care that has helped thousands of people to relieve pain and move optimally in daily life.
  • Nacho
    Nacho Arimany Uses Rhythm and Sound to bridge ancient traditions , neuroscience and neurotechnology restoring wellness and health in individuals and communities offering new models for health, human connection and social development. As an artist he has performed as vocal and percussion soloist at prestigious venues and events around the world including , Lincoln Center NYC , Carnegie Hall , Dolby Theatre LA, and as guest artist at 2017 Latin Grammy’s Awards.
  • Senator
    Barbara Boxer
    Edited: Senator Barbara Boxer is now the host of the podcast “Fight Back” which she co-hosts with her daughter Nicole Boxer. Boxer is also volunteering for the political action committee she founded called PAC for a Change, raising awareness about the importance of voting in every election and helping candidates win who will make life better for their constituents Senator Boxer was a 4 term Senator known as a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and the state of California. She retired from the senate in Jan 2017. Boxer, more active than ever, says: “You never stop loving your country in or out of public office and I want to continue to do my part.”
    President, Levi's Brand
    James 'JC' Curleigh is a global pioneer and a passionate leader wth a proven track record. He prides himself on taking a 'start-up' approach to drive scaled opportunity across multiple industries. JC is a true brand builder and has held leadership positions at Salomon Sports, KEEN Footwear, and Levi's. He approaches every challenge (professionally or personally) with a compelling vision, high energy, and creative solutions.
  • Sarah
    Sarah Thompson is Global CEO of Droga5, a creative and strategic advertising agency founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York City. The agency is a thirteen-time Agency of the Year winner and also has an office in London. As Global CEO, Sarah works alongside the leadership teams in both offices, helping Droga5 continue to capitalize on business opportunities and diversify its portfolios globally while maintaining a culture that constantly innovates and delivers breakthrough ideas.
  • Perry
    Creator, Lead Singer Jane's Addiction
    Perry Farrell is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, best known as the frontman for the legendary alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. After forming in 1986, Jane’s Addiction became known as the founders of Alternative Rock, influencing the biggest bands of the 90’s including Nirvana, Rage vs the Machine, Alice n Chains, and Pearl Jam. Farrell also created the wildly successful touring festival Lollapalooza in 1991. Lollapalooza has since evolved into the model for modern day music festivals, with events that sell out every year in incredible cities like Chicago, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Berlin, and Paris. Farrell lives his life as a global citizen, both musically and philanthropically. He has been part of an emissary that used the band’s earnings to help free 2,300 slaves in the Sudan. He joined Tom Morello on his Axis of Justice tour to raise money for the homeless in Los Angeles, physically removed debris in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and also fund-raised for "Road Recovery" a New York NPO which helps young people battling with addiction. His strong love of the ocean and sports has driven him to donate large sums to various environmental cleanup causes, the Surfrider Foundation & the Tony Hawk foundation. He was honored at the 2015 Waterman's Ball hosted by The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.
  • Doug
    Global Brand President
    With more than 25 years of leadership across marketing, sales and product, Doug Palladini oversees the strategic direction of Vans’ $2.3 billion business as the Global Brand President. Palladini played an integral role in Vans’ transformation into a global icon of creative expression in youth culture, becoming the largest action sports footwear and apparel brand on the planet. A sampling of this success includes the establishment of Vans’ North America region and the development of an industry-leading marketing program that is executed consistently worldwide.
  • RZA
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Robert F. Diggs aka The RZA is a man of many talents and passions and the epitome of a multifaceted artist. He hails as rapper, recording artist, creator and founding member of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy® award-winning music producer; BAFTA nominated film composer, author, actor, director, chess aficionado, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. There is much more for the world to expect from RZA’s creative well as he continues to take us on his artistic journey while boldly revolutionizing the entertainment business. Get ready for the ride.
  • Steve
    CEO, Founder & Grammy Nominated DJ & Producer
    Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki today stands as one of the most successful American cross-genre artists, solidified via his numerous releases, multiple awards, billions of music and video streams and innovative cross-platform projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Beyond music, Aoki is also a fashion designer/entrepreneur and philanthropist. In addition to collaborations with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape, Aoki debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line in 2016, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. He is also a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2012, he founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated over $500,000 to date.
  • Jennifer
    Global Consumer CMO
    Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi, oversees a team focused on crafting distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate Citi’s industry leading card products and driving long-term brand loyalty with cardmembers across the globe. Jennifer also leads Citi’s entertainment access program, Private Pass, which brings cardmembers closer to their favorite artists through curated offerings and VIP experiences (lounge access, exclusive meet and greets etc). Through Private Pass, Citi offered cardmembers access to more than 6,500 events in 2016 featuring artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Andra Day, and Luke Bryan. Jennifer has driven innovation to amplify the concert experience and fan engagement beyond traditional means through close partnerships spanning multiple genres. Her team has created and managed some of the most exciting marketing and branded entertainment programs, including access to more than half of the top 100 concert tours, record-setting presales, a multi-year sponsorship with NBC and the launch of the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, and most recently, a series of live virtual reality concerts that will offer fans a truly immersive experience. Jennifer’s curation goes far beyond traditional tour sponsorships and has also included album release parties and intimate preshow experiences with some of the biggest artists in music. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of Citi’s key alliance with Live Nation – including a recent expansion of the partnership into key Asia markets – and is responsible for strategic development and execution of all branded entertainment properties and initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been widely quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Ad Age, Los Angeles Times, and The Drum.
  • Jesse
    Chief Creative Officer
    Jesse Coulter is an award-winning innovator leading marketing and strategy as Chief Creative Officer for Samsung America. His portfolio of entertainment-driven advertising demonstrates a keen instinct for storytelling and culture, and a mandate to disrupt and provoke in the name of meaningful content. Jesse's work has garnered two Emmys, five Cannes Lions Grand Prix and an Annie, as well as being recognized among AdAge's Top 15 Campaigns of the Century.
  • Moj
    Founder & CEO
    Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon Media, has built the company into a globally-recognized community for Gen Z and Millennial content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands. Mahdara’s successes have been nationally recognized, being named in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire’s “Top Female” lists in 2015, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” list, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Digital Players” in 2016 as well as WWD’s 2017 Digital Power Posse List.
  • RAJA
    Raja has global responsibility for advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital, and consumer marketing initiatives. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as executive vice president and chief transformation officer at WellPoint, Inc. Prior to WellPoint, Raja served as chief innovation and marketing officer for Humana, a Fortune 100 Healthcare company. Earlier, he was with Citigroup for 15 years holding a number of roles, including global chief marketing officer, Cards and Payments; and from 2004 to 2006, Raja was chairman and CEO, Diners Club North America
  • Gus
    President & COO
    Gus Wenner is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone reaches approximately 60 million people every month across print, digital, social and events. In 2015, Wenner was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and has been named to Adweek’s 2016 Young Influentials list and Variety’s 2017 New Power of New York list.
  • Josh
    President & Publisher
    Josh Golden was named President & Publisher of Ad Age in May 2016. His award-winning career in advertising, marketing, technology and production spans over two decades working within a wide range of industries and global companies including Xerox, Paramount, AT&T, Y&R, NBC Universal, Euro RSCG, Grey and Story Worldwide. He serves on the boards of the Kids in Need Foundation and American Advertising Federation. Golden received his MBA from the Leonard L. Stern School of Business at New York University and his B.S. in Communications from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.
  • Marisa
    Global Chief Brand Officer
    Named 1 of the top 25 Most Influential CMOs in the World by Forbes (2018, 2017). Also the founder (2002) of ExecutiveMoms.com.
  • Rob
    Founder & CEO
    Rob Dyrdek is the Founder/CEO of Dyrdek Machine - a venture studio that builds brands in media and consumer products. The portfolio includes SLS, the premiere professional skateboarding league, as well as Superjacket, the company behind hit shows produced and created by Dyrdek, including MTV’s Ridiculousness. In 2018, Dyrdek Machine has launched Outstanding Foods –innovative plant-based foods, Momentous – the highest quality whey protein, and CCCXXXIII –a groundbreaking luxury brand.
  • Mike
    American singer-songwriter, poet & record producer
    Michael Robert Henrion Posner is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer.
  • Jill
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners. In this role, Cress oversees the global brand vision, driving all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the marketing strategy for the brand and its entities around the world. Cress was tapped as CMO in 2016 after a long tenure at MasterCard, bringing with her a depth of consumer insights expertise that is helping her revitalize this world-renowned brand.
  • Tony
    Studio Analyst, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer, NFL All-Pro Tight End
    Former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2018 NFL Season. Gonzalez is a fixture on FOX NFL Kickoff, Fox’s hour-long NFL pregame show preceding FOX NFL Sunday, airing each Sunday at 11:00 AM ET during the NFL season.
  • Brad
    EVP, Strategy and Business Development
    Brad Bentley Executive Vice President – Strategy and Business Development, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment Brad Bentley is executive vice president of strategy and business development, overseeing opportunities for AT&T relating to mobility, broadband, voice and integrated offers. Prior to this role, he was responsible for advertising, creative services, program management for mobile entertainment products including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T Digital Life and advertising sales. Bentley holds a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University.
  • Stephanie
    6x World Surfing Champion
    Australian professional surfer Stephanie Gilmore is not only the best female surfer in the world, she is a remarkable woman. Grounded and humble, she has a holistic approach to health and well being. She is passionate about the environment, especially the fight to protect our ocean. She loves travelling, taking photos, fashion, playing her many guitars and sharing her experiences with her fans around the world. As Stephanie strives for her 7th World Title – to equal Layne Beachley’s record and become the most winning female in Surfing's history - she also leads the sport as she aims for selection in the 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Rose
    Actress, Author & Activist
    Rose McGowan is an author, director, music artist, entrepreneur, and a major agent of cultural change. As an actor, she starred in films such as The Doom Generation, Scream, Jawbreaker and Planet Terror and the longest running female led show in television history, Charmed. Her directorial debut, Dawn, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her think piece/autobiography, BRAVE, is a New York Times bestseller. Her album and visual experience, Planet 9, is being readied for release. In the past year Rose has received the DLD Impact award, been named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year, and become the first woman to be honored with the GQ Man of the Year award. Founder of the #RoseArmy, she’s emerged as a powerful voice for the voiceless and an activist who simply wants us to become the brave humans we are meant to be.
  • Brenda
    Bio coming soon
  • Kevin
    COO & EVP of Football Operations
    Kevin Demoff is in his tenth year as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Rams. In this capacity, Demoff serves as the team’s top front office executive and liaison to owner and chairman, Stan Kroenke, on all organizational matters. After serving on the working group that helped Kroenke return the Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – home to L.A., Demoff is now playing a significant role in delivering on Kroenke’s vision to design and construct the 298-acre sports and entertainment district in Inglewood that will serve as the future home of the Rams. The campus will include a 70,240 seat stadium, performance venue, retail district and office complex and is currently the largest entitled real-estate project in Southern California. Demoff also continues to lead the club on all business operations and works closely with General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Sean McVay to develop the club’s strategic plan for player signings and acquisitions.
  • Jamie
    CMO & SVP
    As Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Jamie Gersch leads Old Navy’s Global Marketing team. A high-energy, results-driven leader, Jamie is known for her strong creative and strategic capabilities and her successful management of internal creative teams and external agencies. Her personal passion is focused on ensuring all marketing components reflect the brand’s true essence and resonate emotionally with consumers. A 14-year Gap Inc. veteran, Jamie most recently re-joined Old Navy after serving as the CMO of Charlotte Russe. In her tenure at Charlotte Russe, Jamie built market-differentiating brand positioning, reinvigorated storytelling across digital channels and stores, and helped redesign the brand’s new site. Previously, Jamie served as Vice President of Marketing at Old Navy where she led the development of annual and seasonal marketing plans and oversaw the communication strategy and execution across all channels including TV, print, social/digital, PR, outdoor, windows, in-store, radio and packaging. As Vice President, Jamie helped define and deliver a more fashion-focused Old Navy, while still maintaining the integral value component of the brand. Previously Jamie spent 12 years at Gap brand where she played a significant role in building the brand and leading marketing campaigns across all Gap divisions - Gap, GapKids, babyGap and GapBody - from strategic planning to creative execution. Jamie was the driving force behind The Audrey Campaign, 1969 Denim campaigns and many of the iconic GapKids and babyGap marketing campaigns. Before joining Gap Inc., Jamie developed her marketing skills as a Marketing Manager of the Internet startup FreeSamples.com and as a PR Manager of Morgen-Walke Associates, an Investor Relations agency. Jamie graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1998 with a BA in Sociology. She lives in Marin County with her husband Jordan and three children, Sam, Noah and Abby.
  • Krishna
    Host & Executive Producer, Weediquette
    Krishna Andavolu is a journalist, producer, and versatile on-camera personality. He’s the creator, host, and executive producer of VICELAND’s Weediquette, a documentary series of empathetic, journalistically rigorous investigations into the new reality of cannabis culture in the US and around the world. Krishna helped Weediquette grow from an online column to a web series to one of VICELAND's most popular programs
  • Karin
    Global Marketing Officer
    As Global Marketing Officer at Marriott International Inc., Karin Timpone leads the company’s integrated global marketing and consumer relationship management strategy. This includes evolving the strategy to strengthen the relevance of Marriott’s portfolio of brands to the Next Generation Traveler. Under Karin’s leadership, the global marketing team has integrated new brands into the portfolio, grown its loyalty member base, innovated new digital marketing platforms, pioneered an industry-first content studio and global social media command centers, as well as introduced new global marketing partnerships in sports, entertainment, travel and technology. Karin joined Marriott from the Walt Disney Company and previously held leadership positions at Yahoo!, Universal Studios and the Seagram Company. She has extensive experience working in media, brand management, as well as digital product development for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Jonathan
    Founder & CEO
    Jonathan Levine, 55, launched the design-driven premium audio company Master & Dynamic in May 2014.From a mere idea sparked by the products his then-teenage sons were using to a coveted brand with an increasing number of products, Master & Dynamic has been built on the same principles that drive Mr. Levine: design, art, creativity, collaboration, technology and a desire to create high-quality products that inspire.With Mr. Levine at the helm, M&D is rapidly expanding and can now be found in over 500 retailers worldwide, including luxury outlets such as Bergdorf Goodman, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Colette (Paris), Selfridges (London) and more.Mr. Levine earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
    Founder & Creative Director
    Marlies Dekkers is a WORLDZ Master, and the CEO, Founder & Creative Director of the self-named lingerie brand Marlies Dekkers. The cult Dutch lingerie artist, launched her first collection in 1993. She considers the woman’s body her canvas and with her modern straps and designs she aspires to accentuate women’s self-confidence. Through her ground-breaking designs, excellent fit and radically new feminine point of view, Marlies started a worldwide lingerie revolution. The pioneer in luxury lingerie is selling online and offline in more than 20 countries and has won numerous international awards such as ‘ELLE’s Innovator of the Year Award’, ‘Prix Vueve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year’ and the ‘Grand Seigneur Award’. Marlies is a celebrity favorite, having dressed the top A-list leading ladies in the industry. Worn by powerful female role models such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, Marlies aims to inspire and motivate smart, young girls of all backgrounds to make the most of their many talents. Marlies is a feminine feminist who has made it her mission in life to challenge women to be masters of their own destiny. Her motto: is; dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.
  • Helen
    Global Chief Customer Officer
    Helen Vaid has is the Global Chief Customer Officer of Pizza Hut, Inc. Ms. Vaid oversees the transformation of the Pizza Hut in-restaurant and digital customer experience by overseeing development of capabilities that help customers have a seamless experience wherever they are and however they interact with the brand.

    Helen has her MBA in International Business and Marketing from Manchester Business School and her Bachelor’s with Honors in Change Management and Organizational Behavior.
  • David
    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
  • Pat
    CMO & EVP
    Patrick is Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer at TD Bank – America's Most Convenient Bank based in Mount Laurel, NJ. In this role, he oversees brand marketing, corporate and public affairs and integrated marketing efforts in the US. He drives the company's corporate positioning, marketing campaigns, public relations, social media and field and retail marketing programs to ensure strong connections with customers. As a champion of TD's brand to employees and the community, he also oversees TD’s internal communications and community relations efforts, including the TD Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives throughout TD's footprint. He was previously Senior Vice-President, Head of Brand & Product Marketing at TD before becoming CMO.

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

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

    Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, contributed to the WSJ and HBR, and appeared on TODAY and CNN. She has also been named to SmartCEO's Future50 Visionary CEOs and Inc.’s 35 Under 35. Kathryn worked on HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda with the Clinton Health Access Initiative before founding The Muse and was previously at McKinsey & Compan
  • Bryan
    Bryan Goldberg is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bustle Digital Group, the parent company of premiere women's publications Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily and The Zoe Report. Collectively, Bustle Digital Group publications reach over 80 million unique readers a month. The company's scale and demographic focus has helped it to successfully partner with over 250 major brand advertisers. Prior to Bustle Digital Group, Bryan founded Bleacher Report, the nation's largest digital sports media company, which was acquired by Time Warner in 2012. Bryan previously worked in Management Consulting and Finance and is a graduate of Middlebury College.
  • Jason
    CEO, North America
    Bio coming soon...
  • Atif
    CDO & Global CIO
    Atif Rafiq is currently Chief Digital Officer at Volvo Car Group. He joined Volvo Cars in January 2017 to oversee the company’s continued digital transformation, helping to evolve how consumers interact with Volvo cars across the buying, driving, entertainment and service experience. Prior to joining Volvo Cars, he was Chief Digital Officer for McDonald’s, the world's most frequented retailer. Rafiq has held management roles at several public internet and software companies. Rafiq has advised, invested and served on the Boards of more than ten start-up companies and has also been the founder / CEO of a start-up. He is Silicon Valley veteran with a strong network in venture capital, emerging companies and large enterprises. Rafiq began his career in digital in 1996 as a founding member of the business development and corporate strategy team at AOL, the most successful company during the Internet 1.0 era. Rafiq holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He's been an active public speaker, has over 300,000 followers in social media and has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Techcrunch and Mashable.
  • Robert
    Chief Integrated Marketing Officer, Gaming
    Robert is responsible for end-to-end consumer marketing for Microsoft’s multi-billion-dollar gaming business, which includes the Xbox, Xbox Live, Minecraft and Mixer brands, to name a few. With more than 25 years of experience building some of the world’s most iconic and beloved brands, Robert blends his passions for gaming, entertainment and technology with his love for storytelling at scale.

    In his current role, Robert oversees brand strategy, advertising, content creation, digital engagement, experiential marketing and sports alliances across a rich portfolio of products in more than 65 countries. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, Robert spent more than eight years as head of consumer marketing for Nintendo, where he oversaw the launch of more than 300 products and brands, including Game Boy Advance, Pokemon, GameCube, Nintendo DS and the global phenomenon, Wii.

    Throughout his tenure, Robert has been fortunate to lead amazing marketing teams whose collective work has been recognized with more than 40 Cannes Lions, 16 Effies and hundreds of other creative and marketing awards worldwide. As a result of his team’s work, Microsoft was named Advertiser of the Year and Game Marketer of the Year at the 2016 Clio’s. In 2007, Robert was honored as Advertising Age’s Marketer of the Year. Robert has dedicated his career to igniting consumer passion for some of the most recognizable brands on the planet, then empowering people to share their passion with others.  His fan-centric approach helps brands create authentic consumer demand in a digital world. 

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

  • Jen
    Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer
    Jen Rubio is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away, a global travel brand designing thoughtful objects to make traveling more seamless. Since Away launched in 2016, the company has sold more than 250,000 suitcases, raised more than $31 million, and launched several new products and experiences that are inspiring more people to travel the world. She lives and works in New York.
  • Nick
    Head of Design, Google X
    Nick Foster is a designer and futurist, focused on how emerging technologies will affect the lives of everyone on the planet, and perhaps other planets.
  • Lisa
    3x WNBA MVP, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, & Hall of Famer
    Lisa Leslie is a 3x WNBA MVP, 2x WNBA Champion, 8x WNBA All Star, and 4x Olympic Gold Medalist. Often considered the face of women's basketball, Leslie was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Leslie is currently a co-Owner of the Los Angeles Sparks, luxury realtor, philanthropist, author, television sports analyst, mother, and wife.
  • Krewella
    Electronic, singer-sister duo from Chicago.
  • Terry
    Speaker, Author, Consultant, former Astronaut
    Bio coming soon...
  • Sophie
    Sophie is Chief Executive Officer at the World Surf League—home to the world’s best athletes on the best waves. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of globalizing professional sports while holding leadership and commercial roles at the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Rugby Football Union (RFU). While at the NBA, she guided the expansion of the league into Europe (Spain, Italy and London) and the Middle East (Turkey). At the WTA, Sophie brokered the $88M Sony Ericsson title sponsorship—the largest sponsorship deal in the history of women's sports. And while at the RFU, she helped raise the profile of the league resulting in 10.5 million visits to rfu.com from 2013-2014, an increase in visits from mobile and tablet devices to 45% of all traffic, and 4.2 million views of RFUtv videos on YouTube.com. Sophie was recently a non-executive director for the PGA European Tour and the Youth Sport Trust. She was named 40 under 40 by Sports Business Daily and the Leaders in Sports Leaders Under 40 Award.
  • Craig
    Craig Brommers is a global marketing executive who cultivates iconic brands for digital, geographic, and category expansion. As the Chief Marketing Officer of Gap, his team's recent efforts have led to traffic, customer, and brand momentum for the iconic American casual retailer. These campaigns include Gap Logo Remix featuring SZA, GapKids x Sarah Jessica Parker, Gap Holiday featuring Janelle Monáe, Meet Me in the Gap featuring Cher and Future, the 1990s Archive Re-Issue, Choose Kind with Lionsgate’s “Wonder,” GapFit x Marvel, and the 'Fearless Beauty' collaboration with Disney. His team also launched Gap for Good, which highlights the brand’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Previously, he led global marketing at Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Speedo. At Calvin Klein, his team built on a legacy of provocative advertising with the brand’s first ever Super Bowl campaign. At Speedo, he led the award-winning 2008 Beijing Olympics campaign, featuring Michael Phelps and the NASA-engineered LZR Racer swimsuit.
  • Jon
    Movement Artist
    Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
  • Ryan
    Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs is a prodigy in the automotive customization industry. Redefining the business with a $5000 loan from his grandfather, Ryan went on to shape car culture and revolutionize the custom vehicle industry.
  • Kelly
    Mullens Brown
    Kelly Mullens Brown is currently President, Ryan Seacrest Enterprises (RSE) and President, RSD Lifestyle, LLC. and oversees corporate strategy, brand innovation and strategic alliances for creative entrepreneur, popular TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest and his various business and philanthropic interests. She is responsible for driving, evaluating, and executing new business development initiatives, including acquisitions, investments, and organic growth projects.
  • Philip
    Philip Thomas is President of Ascential Events, the parent company of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and its associated events for the creative communications industry and Money20/20, the largest global events for Payments, FinTech and Financial Services. Philip began his current role when Ascential Events was established in August 2016. He remained CEO of Cannes Lions from 2006 until 2018 when he assumed the role of Chairman.
  • Camille
    EVP, Partnership Marketing & Commerical Licensing
    Executive Vice President of Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing, Atlantic Records; Head of Global Partnerships Council, Warner Music Group
    Camille is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships for the company and 
    Atlantic’s diverse roster of top notch artists with the goal of marrying musical talent with prominent brands to create impactful campaigns and promotions. 
    She has worked with companies including Coca Cola, Kraft, Adidas, Verizon 
    Wireless, Pepsi, Microsoft, Nokia, Heineken, Samsung, Apple, AT&T, NASCAR, 
    NBA, NFL, Chrysler, Diageo, P&G, and many others.
  • Paula
    SVP, Global Partnerships and Promotions
    Bio coming soon.
  • CURT
    Host, NFL & UFC on FOX
    Veteran studio and game broadcaster Curt quarterbacks America’s most-watched pregame show FOX NFL SUNDAY each week as studio host. When it’s not football season, he welcomes fans as a host of UFC on FOX and also covered the network’s inaugural U.S. Open Golf Championship in 2015. Outside of sports, Curt hosted the 2016 Travel Channel show Hello Goodbye, and he is the author of sports novel " Losing Isn’t Everything", available November 1, 2016. When he is not hard at work in Los Angeles television studios, Curt is an avid traveler, having visited over 80 countries and all 7 continents.
  • Jennifer
    SVP, Creative Content
    Jennifer Frommer is an award winning Branded Content expert, immersed in creativity and technology. Jennifer has engineered award-winning campaigns combining entertainment, fashion, art and technology with some of the world’s biggest artists and brands. Known for creating content that cuts through, her central role has been developing impactful creative platforms merging art with commerce, talent with brands. Jennifer is an expert in creating visual storytelling programs, advertising campaigns and branded content stunts with brands including Jaguar, Pepsi, Samsung, Microsoft, Chevy and many others. She’s created immersive experiences with global superstars including: John Legend, The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, Eminem, U2. She is well recognized in her field for her unmatched expertise in helping brands target millennials with a unique combination of digital and entertainment assets. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at top creative industry functions including Cannes Lions, One Show, Advertising Week. Her work has been recognized by leading industry and consumer publications from Billboard to Ad Week to the NY Times. Jennifer has served on several prestigious juries including the One Show Emerging Directors Showcase. Jennifer sits on the Executive Board of WIE, an influential women's leadership network that provides professional women with the motivation and learning to succeed in their careers.
  • SID
    Chief Strategy & Development Officer
    Sid leads the team responsible for executing all strategic transactions and partnerships for Mattel. With his extensive experience in business model development, brand development, strategy, finance, and global markets, Sid oversees the development of high-value partnerships, business models, new capabilities, and joint ventures for Mattel to align with brand and corporate strategies. Sid’s group oversees technology Platforms & Partnerships; Strategic In-Licensing and IP Partnerships and Corporate Development, and the successful integration of corporate-wide initiatives into the brand and commercial organization.
  • FARA
    Head of Marketing, Amazon Fashion
    Fara drives Vans’ global marketing strategy and provides marketing leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. She returned to her Southern California roots to join Vans from Dell where she served in key roles for several business functions including product management, e-commerce, and creative. From 2012 to 2013, Fara led marketing for Dell's $4.7 billion North America consumer and small business division, where she oversaw strategy, digital and traditional media, CRM, and marketing analytics.  During her tenure at Dell, she established an in-house creative agency and interactive design organization which she grew to a global team of more than 200 people. Prior to Dell, she worked at PepsiCo’s Gatorade and launched its X-Factor sub-line. 
  • Rick
    Rick Jacobs serves as senior political advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mr. Jacobs is the CEO for Accelerator for America. Accelerator for America is a non- profit that provides strategic support to the best local initiatives to strengthen people’s economic security, specifically initiatives that connect people with existing jobs, create new opportunities and foster infrastructure development.
  • Denyelle
    CEO & President
    Denyelle Bruno is the President and CEO of Tender Greens, a fine-casual restaurant concept founded in 2006. With 28 locations, the most recent opening in New York and Boston, the company plans to expand across the eastern seaboard and beyond. Before joining Tender Greens, Denyelle was the President of Retail at Drybar and prior to that she held leadership positions at Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Macy’s and was one of a seven-member team tasked to create a retail experience for Apple Computer. Denyelle was raised in Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and Master of Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
  • Carlos
    VP, Global Male Grooming, Axe
    Carlos is Vice President Global Male Grooming at Unilever. In this position, he is Axe Global Head of Brand and is leading Unilever’s Male Grooming portfolio strategy. Carlos has been leading Axe globally for more than 12 years. Under Carlos’ leadership Axe has grown to consolidate as the global leader in male grooming. Carlos is known for his progressive brand vision, strategy and his innovative integrated marketing campaigns, which have been widely awarded over the years.
  • Michael
    Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Communications Officer
    Michael Mendenhall joined TriNet in March 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Communications Officer. He leads all marketing and communications functions, including messaging, branding, advertising, demand generation, product marketing and corporate communications. Michael is a marketing and technology veteran with extensive leadership experience.

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

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

    Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications and Speech from Emerson College.
  • Derek
    COO of RED in Santa Monica. Advertising and digital agency veteran, with a career spent at agencies such as Wieden and Kennedy, Razorfish and TBWA CHIAT DAY before joining RED in 2013. Derek has spent the past two decades focusing on creative and technology operations and output, product management, delivery process and overall company growth and success. He has developed deep product and marketing innovation experience, with a track record of experimenting with new technologies, new customer behaviors and new ways of building and running teams, with the intent to help companies grow and evolve with the rapidly changing marketplace.
  • Richard
    CEO & Founder
    Richard Browning, Founder & Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Richard is the Founder of Pioneering Aeronautical Innovation company, Gravity. Launched in March 2017 Gravity has invented, built and patented an ‘iron man like’ flight system. The dream was to reimagine an entirely new authentic form of human flight leaning on an elegant collaboration of mind and body augmented by leading edge technology. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within 7 days of launch. In the first 12 months Gravity executed 46 flight events across 16 countries including 4 Ted talks. Richard and the team are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…’.
  • Sean
    Head of Marketing & Partner Solutions
    Sean Moran is the Head of Viacom’s Marketing & Partner Solutions, overseeing all advertising sales for the company's portfolio of media brands, as well as Velocity, the award-winning branded content studio, and Advanced Marketing Solutions, leading the rapid growth of all non-linear advertising revenue. Sean is a co-founder and current board member of OpenAP, the industry’s first open platform for cross-publisher advanced audience targeting and independent measurement.
  • Aaron
    Aaron Grosky is the COO of Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR company backed by some of Hollywood’s biggest players. He leads strategic partnerships and initiatives and is responsible for the growth and development of the company. Dreamscape Immersive has raised more than $40 million in funding since its inception from investors including Steven Spielberg, 21st Century Fox, AT&T’s Warner Media, Viacom, and AMC among others. Dreamscape Immersive will open its first permanent location later this year. Aaron has more than 20 years of experience spearheading transformational shifts in content creation, distribution and establishing emerging platforms that support new entertainment experiences. Prior to joining Dreamscape, Grosky served as President of Control Room, leading the company across all aspects of the live entertainment business, producing more than 100 TV specials, several of which have attracted audiences of more than 1 billion viewers. Prior to Control Room, Grosky founded Shift, a media services solution focused on transitioning media publishing businesses from physical to digital commerce, which he sold to Virgin Entertainment Group in 2003.
  • Effie
    Managing Partner
    Effie is the Managing Partner of Sound Ventures, an LA-based venture capital fund founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary. In this role, Effie leads investing, strategy and the day-to-day management of the fund. Prior to Sound, Effie led Global Strategy at Marsh, a multi-billion dollar division of financial services firm Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC). She's also held leadership positions across media, tech and financial services. Effie was SVP of Planning and Head of Investor Relations at iHeartMedia, as well as Head of Business Development and Strategy at CLEAR. Earlier in her career, Effie was part of Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power investment banking group as well as the Global Strategy team at NYSE Euronext. Effie earned her BA from University of Texas in Austin and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Ricky
    VP, Brand Connections
    Ricky Engelberg is the VP of Brand Connections at Converse where his team oversees Advertising, Integrated Media, Social, and Membership. A 15-year veteran of Nike, Inc. he has helped drive the creation of Nike+, the Nike+ Fuelband, and Connected Product. He spent his first decade at Nike focused on the growth of Digital Marketing at Nike.
  • Maurice
    Maurice currently serves as the CMO at Wingstop Restaurants, a rapidly growing, $1 billion restaurant concept with 1,200 restaurants in 10 markets globally. Maurice was previously the Global Vice President of the Holiday Inn Brand Family at InterContinental Hotels Group overseeing four brands and 3,500 hotels. He has also served as a brand leader at The Coca-Cola Company with responsibility for Coca-Cola, Sprite, Coke Zero, and several emerging ventures. Maurice holds a BA from Morehouse College, and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
  • Carlos
    Carlos is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. In 2013, Carlos co-founded OZY, the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else. Carlos brings to OZY a textured background in both business and media. He is the host of OZY’s original political documentary series The Contenders — 16 for ’16 and prime-time talk show Third Rail With OZY, both airing on PBS. Carlos is also the host of OZY’s forthcoming original documentary series Breaking Big. Previously, Carlos anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation’s largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the global head of education investment banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.
  • Stephen
    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.
  • Ariel
    CEO & Founder
    Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute, the fast-growing home essentials brand based in Los Angeles. Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality bedding and a good night’s sleep. The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR.
  • Josh
    Chief Digital Officer
    Josh Machiz is the Chief Digital Officer of Nasdaq where he’s responsible for managing partnerships, corporate marketing and all of the digital content created for the Nasdaq social media channels, as well as experiential marketing and social media activations at Nasdaq MarketSite. In this role, Josh is responsible for the IPO day social experiences and social advertising for new and established Nasdaq companies. Previously, Josh was the Chief Business Officer for Frucher LLC, a consulting firm performing duties for Nasdaq and the State of New York. He joined Nasdaq in 2013, and has 10+ years of marketing and consulting experience. Additionally, he serves as a board member of GMHC and is a recipient of the 2018 Marketing Edge Rising Star Award.
  • Ibtihaj
    Sabre Fencing Olympic Medalist, Activist & Players’ Tribune Contributor
    Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American sabre fencer, is a 2016 Olympic medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion in the sport of fencing. In August 2016, she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab and is also the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States. Ibtihaj is a 3-time All American from Duke University, with a dual degree in International Relations and African Studies.
  • James
    General Manager, FreeWheel Publishers
    General Manager for FreeWheel Publishers, the next-generation software platform used by television companies to manage their video advertising across all screens and distribution channels. James has an extensive background in the media & entertainment sector, previously working at Time Warner Cable, Ernst & Young and Capgemini.General Manager for FreeWheel Publishers, the next-generation software platform used by television companies to manage their video advertising across all screens and distribution channels. James has an extensive background in the media & entertainment sector, previously working at Time Warner Cable, Ernst & Young and Capgemini.
  • Richard
    As Global CEO of Spring Studios, Richard Yaffa is a global marketing and media industry leader with over 25 years of experience at the convergence of creativity, content, media, and brands. Prior to Spring, Rich served as CEO of the consultancy RAY Media II, which focused on the development, acceleration, coordination and execution of business strategies for clients in media and content. Previous roles include CEO of GroupM Entertainment, Sports, and Partnerships, Co-Founder/CEO of The Leverage Group, and Marketing/Sales for the Columbia Records Group. Rich received his MBA from NYU and served as Adjunct Professor at The Tisch School of Arts at NYU.
  • Peter
    CEO & Co-Founder
    As CEO and co-founder of RXBAR, Peter Rahal is responsible for aligning the company’s progressive vision, culture and strategy to build the fastest growing clean-label bar brand in the U.S.. Peter sets the tone for the 200+ employees at RXBAR by bringing to life the principles on which he founded the company. He never takes his mind off what is best for the customer and lives by the mantra, “We don’t cut corners, we add corners.”
  • Nicole
    VP Brand Marketing
    In her role as VP Brand Marketing at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nicole Portwood manages the full scope of the brand’s strategy, communication, and partnerships. Nicole brings nearly 20 years of experience to her role at Tito’s. Prior to joining, she managed media and brand communications for Jack Daniels, Grey Goose, and others. When Nicole isn’t working she’s painting, playing with her kids, or volunteering.
  • Clint
    Former Navy SEAL & International Spy Museum Consultant
    Clint is a recently retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service with the Special Operations community. He spent his military career serving under various Naval Special Warfare Commands as a Special Operator (SEAL). Founder and Managing Partner of Escape the Wolf, LLC. His company focuses on workplace violence prevention and response and crisis management for small to large global companies. He is also author of New York Times best selling book, 100 Deadly Skills, identifying bad guy tactics in order to increase good people’s security posture.
  • Brian
    Founder & CEO
    Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG), the digital platform renowned worldwide for all points, miles and travel related tips. Kelly launched TPG in 2010 during his time as a Wall Street road warrior, where he developed his keen sense for maximizing travel experiences while minimizing spending. Since then, the company has grown into a powerhouse travel and lifestyle media platform with a team of distinguished editors and freelancers spanning the globe. With Kelly at the helm, TPG’s audience has doubled every year since the launch, expanding its editorial content to include flight and hotel reviews, curated travel guides, immersive video reviews as well as global event activations. Today, TPG has a dedicated fan base, receiving 6 million monthly readers and more than 2.3 million followers on social media. Voted Forbes #1 travel influencer in 2017, Kelly is the industry leader, shaping the way consumers and brands approach travel.
  • Deborah
    VP, Global Experiences & Partnerships
    Deborah Curtis is Vice President of Global Experiences and Partnerships at American Express. She leads the company’s partnerships, platforms and experiences across sports, entertainment, and culture. Through her impactful programs, Curtis has been recognized as Billboard's Top Women in Music, Branding Power Players, and Power 100, Variety's Power Women of NY, and was recently named a 2018 She Runs It Working Mother of the Year. Curtis holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, and a bachelor degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she currently serves as an Advisory Board Member.
  • Marvin
    VP, Global Marketing
    For 20 years, Marvin has worked across technology, sports and entertainment. He is currently VP of Global Marketing at Google where he oversees their largest and most strategic products including Search, the Assistant, Maps, Photos, Gmail, AR/VR, Pay, Identity and AI/Machine Learning. He also oversees Google’s global efforts in Social Media and Developer Marketing. Previously, Chow held marketing, innovation and leadership positions at Nike and Nickelodeon in the US and across Asia in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai. He currently is an advisor at WayUp, Gifs.com and TheFreshToast.
  • MARK
    SVP & Head of Customer Engagement
    Mark inspires customers to explore, experience and fall in love with Hilton by creating innovative programs, products and partnerships that drive engagement and accelerate commercial performance. He leads customer experience, strategic partnerships, CRM and personalization, and Hilton Honors, Hilton’s 60+ million member strong, award-winning guest-loyalty program. Mark oversees Hilton’s global partnership strategy, curating a network of over 140 travel, financial services, music, entertainment, sports and food and wine strategic partners and managing the Hilton Honors credit card programs. Under Mark’s leadership, Hilton launched “Music Happens Here” – featuring once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences for Hilton Honors members and content created with partners Live Nation, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Spotify.
  • Swen
    SVP, Creative + Global Marketing
    Anthropologist of my own experience. I operate at the intersection of technology, creativity & business. I build ideas, campaigns & businesses. I have two bikes and two passports. I try to use all four as often as possible. My three favorite emojis are ? , ? & ? .
  • Shawn
    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
    Extreme Adventure Athlete, Author of Running Man & President, Charlie Engle Inc.
    Charlie Engle does the seemingly impossible. One of the world's most accomplished ultra-adventure athletes, he has competed in grueling endurance events on 6 continents. He ran 4,500 miles across Africa’s Sahara Desert, a world record featured in "Running the Sahara," narrated by Matt Damon. Running is Charlie's way of life and his salvation, helping him stay clean and sober for 24 years. Charlie's 2016 memoir, "Running Man” is a worldwide bestseller.
  • Musa
    Former Global Chief Brand Officer & VP
    Chief Brand Officer @Ford. Passionately curious Londoner living in Detroit.
  • Ricardo
    VP, Marketing, Middle Americas
    Ricardo Dias knows the beer business from the ground up. He started selling suds in Brazil, where he went store to store trying to get brand placement for the global beer behemoth known today as Anheuser-Busch InBev. He recently took the role of VP Marketing, Middle Americas, based out of Mexico City, after working several years across a number of roles around the world, including England, Canada, China and the USA.
  • Russell
    CEO & President, U.S.
    Russell Dubner oversees Edelman’s U.S. region - the firm's largest operation. He joined Edelman as an entry-level account executive and remains involved with a wide range of clients. Russell has written and lectured on the tenets of enduring engagement and a narrative approach to corporate storytelling. He sits on the boards of Center for an Urban Future, Coro NY Leadership Center, and is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and GenNext.
  • Chris
    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.
  • Christopher
    Founder & Creative Director
    Christopher Bevans, the award-winning Founder of DYNE, a liminal menswear brand that he launched in 2015. Since 2003 Bevans has served as a Design Director of Nike initiating the famous Roger Federer’s (“RF”) logo, created designs for A-list celebrities and consults for companies such as: Save the Duck, and SPYDER. Today, Bevans resides in Portland, OR, where the company is headquartered. He has exhibited over a 20-year career certifying him as a modern-day pioneer.
  • Hoby
    President, Sports & Human Performance (SHP)
    Hoby has held senior leadership positions (including CEO) at several of the most innovative companies in the world including Nike, Converse (Nike Affiliates), Skullcandy and Volcom. He has led teams and global businesses across innovation, athlete performance, digital/technology, music and strategy. He is a passionate adventurer and can often be found on a mountain somewhere in Park City.
  • Tom
    Tom Villante is the Co-Founder and CEO of YapStone.
  • Yoni
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the CEO/co-founder of Eko, an interactive entertainment company where users shape storylines in real time. Eko was born in 2011 when Bloch and his bandmates invented technology to realize a groundbreaking music video with branching storylines. Now backed by Sequoia Capital, MGM, Intel, Sony, and others, Eko has launched a host of interactive experiences, music videos, and series, and has a packed slate in 2019.
  • Geoffrey
    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.
  • Ken
    Founding Partner
    Ken - and his partners at Hertz Lichtenstein & Young - specialize in representing talent ain the sports and entertainment industries. The firm's clients include Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Idris Elba, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Sir Ken Robinson, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, Jason Mraz, David Blaine, Shaun White, Jamie Oliver, and Annie Leibovitz. Also a principal in memBrain - an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm - his clients include UBS, ASUS, Hasbro, McDonald's, and Logitech.
  • Paul
    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.
  • Bob
    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
    will.i.am, born William Adams, is a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, and founder of I AM ™. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he also works with some of the industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, and film composer Hans Zimmer.
  • GARY
    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
    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
    (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 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.
    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.
    CEO & 3x Olympic Gold Medalist
    Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White began snowboarding at age six, and immediately showed an uncanny talent for the sport. By seven — the same age he was discovered by Tony Hawk at a San Diego skate park — Shaun had won a series of competitions and landed a sponsorship with Burton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Now training for the 2018 Olympics in Korea, Shaun says, “I’m more excited about snowboarding than I’ve been in a long time — like that thrill and that fight is building up again. I feel like I’m just getting started — like I’m just now getting a true grasp of what I’m capable of.”
  • Cristina
    Head of Trailblazing Marketing
    An acknowledged expert in bridging the creative aspects of technology and storytelling, Cristina Mancini leads the newly-formed Technology & Creative Strategy group at 20th Century Fox. Mancini’s overall approach centers on the importance of the human experience intertwined with technology, not just the fundamental capabilities of technology. Incorporating a variety of design approaches, including user behavior research, Cristina sets the stage for the creation of authentic relationships and deep connections between audiences and storytellers – between humans. While the principles of great storytelling have not changed since the birth of language, technology, as a creative partner, is shaping the ways in which stories are now found and told. In this environment of constant change on many dimensions, Cristina continues to explore how the most basic human art form, creating and sharing stories, will evolve alongside the convergence of AI, experiential platforms and the Internet of Things.
  • Connie
    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
    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 started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, he has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it "a complex and exemplary project of a new typology."
  • Marc
    Chief Brand & Creative Officer
    Marc is an entrepreneur (though he hates that word), fashion and media guy, angel investor, advocate for creators, and education reformer. He founded Marc Ecko Enterprises in 1993, the original parent entity that yielded Ecko Unltd., Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Zoo York and a host of global fashion trademarks, which was sold to Iconix Brand group in 2009.
    Marc is also the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Complex Media, the world’s leading provider of fashion, entertainment, lifestyle, and product trends to young male tastemakers. Complex Media includes 110+ websites that generate more than 1.4 billion page views and 135 Million unique visitors per month.
    Ecko serves as an emeritus board member to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Big Picture Learning and Tikva Children’s Home. He lives in NJ with his wife and three kids.
  • Debbie
    CEO & Founder
    Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in STEM. She was added to Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list and inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Entrepreneurship.
  • Meridith
    Valiando Rojas
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Meridith Valiando Rojas is Co-Founder and CEO of DigiTour Media, the largest producer of IRL (“in real life”) live events featuring social media talent and pop stars beloved by Generation Z.  She has produced 300+ events worldwide, helped launch the careers of top digital talent like Baby Ariel and Jack + Jack and was recently named to both Variety’s Power of Women L.A., Cynopsis’ Top Women in Digital awards, and Cosmos Fun Fearless 50. DigiTour investors include Viacom, Ryan Seacrest, Guy Oseary, and Conde Nast.
  • Jamie
    Global CMO
    Jamie leads Wunderman’s global marketing and communications initiatives. Partnering with Wunderman’s leadership team, Jamie is responsible for building innovative programs to drive awareness of Wunderman’s unique blend of creativity and data.

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

    A frequent public speaker, Jamie’s commentary on culture and millennial marketing strategies can be found in such publications as AdWeek, CNBC, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Steven
    Wolfe Pereira
    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
    Mr. Wolfe Pereira Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Neustar. Prior to Neustar, Mr. Wolfe Pereira was the Vice President of Brand Strategy & Marketing Solutions at the Oracle Data Cloud. Mr. Wolfe Pereira joined Datalogix from Starcom MediaVest Group, where he served as Executive Vice President. He serves on the board of directors of the Ad Council, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
  • David
    Global CEO
    David Sable is Global CEO of Y&R, one of the leading global marketing communications companies. An early digital entrepreneur, he is tapped for marketing and digital expertise around the world. A Gamer, Grandpa, Hippie, Music and Art lover, Book Buyer – physical & e-, World traveler, Blogger and Podcaster, David was named one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses by Fast Company, a LinkedIn Top Voice 2016, and is a passionate Believer in collaborating to Change the World.
    Leura 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 is responsible for the management of the Teavana specialty retail and e-commerce channels, expanding the portfolio of Teavana offerings in Starbucks stores, creating global awareness for the Teavana brand, and driving tea innovation.
    Dream 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
    Jon is an Italian-American designer born in New York that resides in Los Angeles. He is best known for his his eponymous brand, Buscemi. Born in 1974 in Long Island, New York, he spent much of his early childhood engulfed in hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing , skateboarding, sneaker collecting, and fashion design. At age 8, with close friends in his hometown of Uniondale, Jon started customizing clothing and hats. A true product of his environment where fashion and music and people like Dapper Dan emerged, he was right in the middle of the Long Island hip-hop movement and was also involved in the beginnings of the New York City skateboard renaissance.
    Justin 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
    Mike Farah is the CEO of Funny Or Die, the premier comedy brand known for creating award-winning, high-quality content with a global audience of more than 70 million. He has won two Emmys as executive producer of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” and was recently named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Farah is a graduate of Indiana University. From 2002-2004 he was a food expeditor at The Standard, Hollywood.
  • Rebecca
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Rebecca is an Ambassador for Cultural Diversity and a Travel Entrepreneur. Believing that travel has the power to change the world through uniting people from different cultures, she founded DNA Unwrapped and in turn created a globally unique way to travel. Following a successful career as a Human Rights advocate Rebecca has taken her vision from strength to strength earning a reputation for creating a new travel trend. At theheart of her brand is the belief is that cultivating understanding startsby experiencing new people and places. By testing DNA to reveal our geographical origins her teams designthe most personal journeys in the world for people to visit the places they are really from.
  • Luis
    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
    CEO & Founder
    Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest growing research companies in the world. As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her industry. Her most recent endeavor includes launching The Female Quotient and Girls’ Lounge which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate culture. Shelley is also the host of a new Bloomberg series titled "Walk The Talk" focused on gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive leadership.
  • Rachel
    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
    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
    Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
    At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”
  • GREG
    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.
  • Greg
    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
    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
    Head of US Multicultural Sales
    Christian Martinez is Head of US Multicultural Sales at Facebook; an effort which brings to market digital and social marketing scale to the US multicultural marketer. He joined the company in June 2013 to lead the companies sales initiatives focused on the US Hispanic market, and has since then expanded the offering to include broader multicultural solutions. Prior to Facebook, Christian spent 13 years at Univision Communications where he was VP of Network TV and Interactive Sales for the South East and South West regions. In that role he was responsible for leading the only integrated sales office in the country, in which he oversaw a team of network TV and digital sellers focused on providing clients a fully integrated, cross-platform approach. Christian, has led traditional, digital, programmatic, mobile and eCommerce efforts in the USH space. Christian is a graduate of the University of Florida and resides with his wife and two children in Miami.
  • Walter
    20+ years as an entrepreneur, operator and investor at leading startups and corporations.
  • Andrew
    Andrew Essex is the Chief Executive officer of Tribeca Enterprises, a multi-platform storytelling company based in New York City, and the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. Until 2015, Andrew Essex was the Vice Chairman and founding CEO of Droga5. He is author of “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die and the Creative Resurrection to Come”
  • Tim
    Executive Creative Director
    Tim Nolan was named Executive Creative Director for A+E Networks in 2016 for all brands under A+E Networks. He is responsible for overseeing all creative marketing efforts.
    Nolan is focused on ensuring a strong creative consistency across every A+E brand around the world.
    Nolan is a graduate of Ramapo College. For six years, he has served on the conference committee board for PromaxBDA, the global community of professionals engaged in the marketing and promotion of television and video content.
  • Adam
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Adam Bierman is chief executive officer and co-founder of MedMen, a leading cannabis management and investment firm based in Los Angeles with operations and exposure across North America. Mr. Bierman is a leading voice for institutional practices, and for clear and reasonable regulations in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. He is co-chair of the Policy Council at the National Cannabis Industry Association, the industry’s leading trade organization. He has been featured on various news outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and others. In 2010, Mr. Bierman and partner Andrew Modlin founded MedMen. The Firm offers turnkey management services. It also makes strategic investments across the U.S. and Canada while its operational expertise ensures assets perform at the highest level. Mr. Bierman is a longtime supporter of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), helping launch the Pledge 4 Growth campaign with the advocacy group in 2015.
  • Shing
    Kai-Shing Tao has served in a directorship capacity for Remark Media since the Company's public listing in 2007. After being elected Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer in October 2012, he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. Additionally, Mr. Tao is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Star Capital Management, L.P., a private investment group. Prior to founding Pacific Star Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Tao serves on the Board of Directors of Paradise Entertainment Limited (HK:1180). He earned his undergraduate degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
  • Barrett
    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
    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
    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
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Pooneh Mohajer is the Co-Founder and CEO of tokidoki, a global lifestyle brand which is known for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters. Pooneh also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that was sold to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA in 1999. Pooneh has a BA from Vanderbilt University and a JD from California Western School of Law. Pooneh currently serves on the Inc. Magazine Media Board of Advisors.
  • Miles
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Miles Rogers is the Chief Strategy Officer of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront cost to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Wheels Up offers guaranteed availability on its fleet of new King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft and a cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app. Since joining Wheels Up in 2014, Rogers has played an integral role in the marketing, branding, and business development of Wheels Up working with numerous Fortune 500 companies, media outlets and Wheels Up Ambassadors including Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Russell Wilson, Sidney Crosby and many others. Previously, Rogers was Senior Vice President at Marquis Jet and NetJets from 2004-2014. Marquis Jet introduced the first-ever fractional jet card program and generated over $4 billion in revenue, culminating in its sale to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010. Rogers and his team finished first in sales from 2004-2010 as well as in the year of acquisition and continued to build one of the largest networks in the private aviation industry.
  • Mark
    CEO & Founder
    CEO of Vertical Mass, the leading Consumer Data Platform for the Entertainment and Sports industries. Previously Head of Digital XIX Entertainment, Head of Marketing at BitTorrent, and Head of Marketing at MTV.
  • Tricia
    Global VP, Consumer Marketing & Engagement
    As Global VP of Consumer Marketing at Estée Lauder, Tricia is driving consumer centricity through micro-storytelling, engaging experiences and digital innovation. Prior to joining Estée Lauder, she held senior marketing roles at Gap and PepsiCo. In her spare time, Tricia is an Angel investor and Advisor to start-ups in mobile video, entertainment and hospitality. She started her career on the agency side and was once an Adjunct Professor.
  • Cliff
    CEO & Founder
    Cliff is currently CEO of The Void, a leading location based virtual reality company that recently participated in the Walt Disney Accelerator program. Prior to joining The Void, Cliff was President of Jaunt Studios. He began his VR career as an early investor and advisor to Oculus. Prior to his VR ventures, Cliff had a long career in the film industry as CTO of Lucasfilm and CEO of Digital Domain.
  • Anissa
    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
    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.
  • Brad
    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
    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
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Heather Hartnett is the CEO and founding partner of Human Ventures — an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds industry-changing companies. Heather leads the core team at Human that supports each portfolio founder with the beginning stages of building. She was recently featured in Business Insider as “the first female-led startup studio” bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene and changing the face of early-stage Venture Capital.
  • Alexandra
    Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded Chop Shop Music Supervision in 1998 and quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including: Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., Gossip Girl, Mad Men, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Patsavas’s current Music Supervision projects include television series "Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Lucifer,” and “Riverdale”. She has been profiled in Wired, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Billboard, NPR, and MTV. Patsavas currently serves as Chair of MusiCares.
  • LeeAnne
    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
    Founding Partner
    Bernie Cahill co-founded the integrated management company ROAR, LLC. Cahill established ROAR’s music division and manages artists including icons such as the Grateful Dead, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band, Dutch superstar Oliver Heldens, GRAMMY nominee Morgan Page, GRAMMY Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Dwight Yoakam, Dead & Company, Ben Rector and Bob Weir. Cahill is also a key member of the company’s talent management team, co-managing a talent roster that includes Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, David Alan Grier, Aisha Tyler, Luke Bracey, Cobie Smulders, and Ken Watanabe, among others. Cahill is a former IP lawyer, specializing in artist representation, digital rights management and IP licensing. He is also actively involved in a number of philanthropic causes, including Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground and he co-chairs the USO Entertainment Advisory Council.
  • Brett
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator
    Nancy Spector shapes the Guggenheim’s global strategy, overseeing creative programming for the institution and its international affiliates. She has organized exhibitions on Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Tino Sehgal, and Maurizio Cattelan. She is a recipient of five International Art Critics Association Awards and a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for Youtube Play, a Biennial of Creative Video.
  • Kerrin
    Board Director
    Kerrin has more than 20 years experience of working in global corporate communications and integrated marketing across a wide range of sectors and clients both in agencies and in-house roles. Kerrin has worked with Shell, Bayer, FedEx, Norton Rose Fulbright, Unilever, P&G, Quintiles, Sony, Barclays, Kodak and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T).

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

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

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

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

    Kerrin sometimes turns his communications skills from the office to the stage, particularly revelling in comedy and tapping his love of Shakespeare.
  • Kaitlin
    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
    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
    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
    SVP, Strategic Partnerships
    Elizabeth is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Brand Partnerships at First Access Entertainment where she leads all partnership efforts & positioning of its roster of musicians, fashion models, actors, artist, chefs, and athletes. Prior to FAE, Elizabeth has worked with and looked after some of the world’s most influential brands including but not limited to Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Agassi, Nokia & Roc Nation. Elizabeth has facilitated & brokered their partnerships across entertainment, fashion, technology, and music. She also co-created and secured distribution for Michelle Williams Believe Home product line, Judy Joo’s Food Products & Kim Kimble’s Professional Hair Care line via her consulting business True Brand Karma in 2016 which is now part of the FAE family. 
  • David
    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
    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
    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.
  • Katie
    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
    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.
  • Jessica
    VP, PR, Events & Store Marketing
    Jessica Stacey is the Vice President of Public Relations, Event + Field Marketing at Sephora, the specialty retailer which has transformed the global prestige beauty shopping experience, and is owned by the world-leader in luxury products LVMH. Jessica joined Sephora in 2006 as the Director of Public Relations and today oversees Public Relations, Event + Field Marketing, which includes communications strategy, social media, store localization strategies, in-store and offsite events, and cross-channel initiative support. Before Sephora, Jessica held in-house and agency communication roles in New York, London and Sydney.
  • Andrew
    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
    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
    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
    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
    As CMO, Andy leads DEFY Media’s corporate, consumer, and integrated marketing initiatives. DEFY’s premier brands – SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies, and AWEme – have forged deep connections with an audience of over 70MM YouTube subscribers and 100MM social followers, with content that is viewed across 20+ OTT and streaming video platforms. Andy also guides the company’s multi-platform publishing strategy as well as market research, bringing award-winning ideas to numerous leading brand partners.
  • Jabu
    Transformative International Artist, Social & Global change
    Jabu is an accomplished International artist from South Africa who has exhibited worldwide. Brought up in the Apartheid era, Jabu uses his art to transcend his experience of growing up in an unfriendly world to create his own world instead—one that embodies positivity and interconnectivity, made all the more vibrant by diverse colors and unified activism. ‘Jabu calls his work “Transformative Art” because he chooses themes and subject matter that inspire social change. He focuses on creating beauty and balance while bringing attention to causes he is deeply passionate about. HIs “Wildlife Series” promotes the protection of endangered species and the environment. Jabu’s “Nelson Mandela Series” is a contribution to Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Mandela had a profound effect on Jabu growing up as a young man in South Africa and his selfless great spirit motivated young people to join in the fight to liberate themselves from the shackles of apartheid. His courage and bravery helped light the fire in Jabu to fight for global freedom and peace in a non-violent and inspiring way.

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

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

    Michael serves on the executive board of the Newhouse 44 and Upstream Group Seller Forum advisory board. He received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He previously served as co-chair of the IAB’s Sales Executive Council, on the Board of Directors of the Financial Communication Society, Ad Council´s Media Steering Committee, and Online Publishers Association.
  • Mari
    Producer & Host
    Mari serves as host/producer of SMOSH Games, the award-winning gaming brand & extension of digital empire SMOSH. It became one of the fastest-growing channels to reach 1MM on YouTube & now has over 7MM subs and 3.2MM social followers. With well over 1.7MM social followers, she is a passionate gamer, digital creator & social media expert. In Spring 2016, Mari competed on CBS’s hit show Survivor.
  • Chris
    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
    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
    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
    Host, Hot Ones
    I host a YouTube show called Hot Ones. It's the show with hot questions and hotter wings.
  • Michael
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    CMO, Red Bull North America
    Brian is the EVP, Chief Marketing Officer for Red Bull North America and President of Red Bull Media House North America. Red Bull is one of the world's most innovative lifestyle brands, known for inventing the energy drink category and pioneering a unique blend of sports, culture, content, influencer, and event marketing.
  • Michael
    CEO & Chairman
    Michael has established himself as a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and brands. Today, he leads one of the largest and most influential communications, marketing and consultancy firms in the world of popular culture and entertainment. Michael, a 29-year veteran, led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity power PMK, in the fall of 2009. He is responsible for operating and charting the future course for the 300-person firm, with a roster of more than 1000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients, across three offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Michael, a graduate of USC, has architected award-winning campaigns and advised clients ranging from Samsung and Condé Nast to Activision, Shonda Rhimes, and Beats by Dre. He sits on several boards, including the California Film Commission and the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
    Claire 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
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    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.
    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".
    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.”
    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.
    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 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
    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 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 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
    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
    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.

    CEO & Chairman
    Ralph is acknowledged as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment & content industry. Over the last 18 years, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the mobile entertainment, mobile health, and mobile content industry, while playing a central role in its impact and presence around the world. Ralph heads the London-based Mobilium Global Group, which provides high-level strategic counsel and guidance to brands, media companies, and professional organizations across the entire mobile spectrum, from mobile handset makers and telco operators, to technology companies, media companies, healthcare organizations, movie studios and TV networks, global music, and You Tube artists and TV personalities, ad agency groups, brands, and platform providers around the world.
  • ERIK
    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.
    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.
    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
    Talent Manager
    Ivy Cavic is a leader in the entertainment industry with experience spanning over 15 years. As the founder of ROAR’s digital talent department, Ivy is responsible for building the careers of some of YouTube’s most innovative. Her clients include Kandee Johnson, who is revered as one of the platform’s originals, and Veronica and Vanessa Merrell (THE MERRELL TWINS), who are among some of the first influencers to break into traditional media. In addition to her work in the digital space, Ivy also heads ROAR’s television talent department and is part of the management team of prolific actors including Alice Braga, Aisha Tyler, and Chris Hemsworth. Through her expertise and insight, Ivy has shown her ability to close the gap between the traditional and digital media industries.
  • Andrea
    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
    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.
  • Bill
    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
    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”.
  • Seth
    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
    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
    Executive Chairman
    Sudhin is an entrepreneur, venture capital investor and start-up executive. He serves as the Chairman & CEO of Surf Air, the first ever All-You-Can-Fly air travel club offering members private and ticketless travel with unlimited access
  • Chris
    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
    Head of Editorial, Creative & Content Marketing
    Marc Graser is Marriott International's Editorial Director, and works closely with the 30 hotel brands and loyalty programs that represent the world's largest hotel company. As a content marketing expert, Graser uses all platforms and media formats to tell stories that inspire travel and create raving brand fans. Previously, he spent 16 years covering the entertainment industry for Variety and Advertising Age in Los Angeles as a reporter and Senior Editor.
  • Lisa
    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
    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
    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.
  • Robbee
    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
    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 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
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.”  
  • Jill
    SVP, Marketing & Brand Strategy
    A passionate leader and true candy enthusiast, Jill relishes her role leading Marketing and Innovation at Ferrara Candy Company and disrupting the confectionary industry. Jill passion is challenging the status quo and developing new products and brand activations to reach the ever changing confections consumer. An industry veteran and innovative social marketer, she likes to push the envelope creating new ways of communicating her brand's story and engaging with consumers. Jill lives and works in the world of possibility always asking "what if".
  • Greg
    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
    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
    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
    With experience in digital media, network infrastructure, and enterprise BI and SaaS. Ed has been a founding executive of venture-backed technology companies, responsible for launching the product, company, and brand, along with developing the channel-to-market, building international teams, and business strategy. Recently, Ed headed marketing for YuMe’s video advertising IPO. He also has led product, advised startups and VC firms, and coded large-scale optimization systems.
  • Ed
    Head of Advertising
    Edward Gold is Head of Advertising for the State Farm Insurance Companies headquartered in Bloomington, IL, and has been with the company since 2003. He has over 25+ years of marketing, media and sponsorship experience. Edward’s primary responsibility is to oversee the development of State Farm’s media and sponsorship strategy, planning, and execution across all State Farm product lines and customer segments.
    While at State Farm, Edward has overseen partnerships with the NBA, Disney/Pixar, ESPN, Major League Baseball, Telemundo, and Apple. He has expanded State Farm’s media efforts in traditional, online, and new media, through innovative thinking while achieving business goals.
  • Brian
    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
    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
    CEO, Hawthorne
    Chris leads The Hawthorne Gardening Company, Scotts Miracle Gro's cannabis focused subsidiary. In that role, he has lead the formation of the world's largest hydroponics supply company, with brands like General Hydroponics, Vermicrop, Gavita Professional Lighting, Botanicare and Aerogrow International. Prior to HGC, Chris held marketing leadership roles and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
  • Brad
    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.