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Bill Alberti

@billalberti

SVP, C Space

Bill Alberti is Senior Vice President at C Space, where he leads the client service team in helping companies find new ways to grow by collaborating with their customers. Recently, Bill's thought leadership on Gen Z has been published in Adweek, Forbes, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining C Space, Bill worked at Arnold Worldwide where he founded a business strategy group and created a consulting capability designed to communicate a public company's investment story to Wall Street analysts, investors and the media.

Bill is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. You can follow him on Twitter at @billalberti

Robyn Bolton

@RM_Bolton

Partner, Innosight

Robyn is a Partner at Innosight, where she specializes in consumer packaged goods and consumer healthcare. She works extensively with senior-level executives to help them identify market expansion and business growth opportunities, define and build new multi-million dollar businesses, and develop organizational structures and capabilities to support innovation.  Her articles on innovation have appeared in: Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Harvard Business Review Online.

Prior to joining Innosight, Robyn worked for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in both Boston, MA and Copenhagen, Denmark. At BCG, she worked across multiple industries and partnered with clients to create and implement a brand turnaround strategy for a European skincare line, develop a new strategic planning and financial forecasting process for a global pharmaceutical company, and define and develop the next generation of a national retailer's e-commerce business.

Robyn also has extensive experience in brand building and business management. She spent 5 years in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble (P&G) where she led the North American launch of Swiffer; helped create, develop, and launch Swiffer WetJet. As a Brand Manager, she also managed the marketing and strategy for P&G's multi-billion dollar fabric/home/family care business at WalMart.

Robyn received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Marketing cum laude with University Honors from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Anita Brearton

@abrearton

Founder & CEO, CabinetM

Anita Brearton is an experienced high technology start-up executive, skilled at addressing the strategic operational and marketing challenges faced by high growth, early stage businesses. She is the co-founder and CEO of CabinetM, a discovery platform for the marketing industry that is changing how marketers and marketing technology companies connect. Anita is a member of Golden Seeds and Launchpad Venture Group, and serves as the Vice Chair of Mass Ventures.

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal

@cynthiabreazeal

Founder, Chief Scientist, Jibo

Dr. Breazeal is recognized as the pioneer of social robotics. She is Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of the Personal Robots Group. Globally recognized thought leader and innovator. Jibo, Inc. brings her body of expertise to the world.

Scott Brinker

@chiefmartec

CTO, ion interactive; Editor, chiefmartec.com

Brinker is the author of chiefmartec.com, a blog that examines the intersection of marketing, technology, and management; and he is the program chair of the MarTech conference. He's also the CTO of ion interactive, an interactive content software company.

Christa Carone

@christacarone

Co-Chair, Marketing Advisory Committee & acting Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Boston 2024 Partnership

Christa Carone is Co-Chair, Marketing Advisory Committee and acting Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Boston 2024 Partnership which is the organization charged with developing Boston's bid, and the U.S.' only representative city, for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Formerly, an executive vice president at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of  financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.  In her most recent role, Christa applied her decades of  marketing and communications experience to shaping brands and go-to-market strategies for Fidelity's diversified businesses.  She served as an in-house marketing strategist for new business ventures, developing and consulting on market segmentation, brand purpose and identity, stakeholder engagement and integrated online/offline marketing communication campaigns. 

Christa is formerly the executive vice president of  communications and corporate affairs for Fidelity, responsible for developing enterprise-wide communication strategies and leading Fidelity's corporate affairs, media relations, internal communications, digital content, executive communications and events management.  

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2013, Christa spent 17 years in increasingly senior roles at Xerox Corporation, most recently serving as chief  marketing officer. She led global marketing strategy and initiatives that included all communication touch points across paid, earned and owned channels of  engagement with Xerox stakeholders. Her responsibilities included brand management, advertising, experiential marketing, public relations, internal communications, integrated campaigns, interactive and social marketing, citizenship and the Xerox Foundation.  

Prior to being appointed CMO in 2008, Christa was vice president of  global communications, leading Xerox's public relations, internal and corporate communications, and community relations initiatives. She joined Xerox in 1996 as communications manager for the company's manufacturing and supply chain division, was named corporate media relations manager in 1998, and became head of  corporate public relations in 2001.

Christa received her bachelor of  arts degree in communications from the State University of  New YorkCollege at Geneseo. She is a member of M50, the Arthur Page Society, an advisory board member for the Center for Reputation Management at Drexel University, and a board director of  the software company, etouches.  

Christa is known for offering points of view on marketing and communications for the Forbes CMO network, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Ad Age. In 2013, she was named one of the best marketers of the year by BtoB Magazine for the third consecutive year. In 2012 and 2013, she was named among the most influential marketing and communication professionals in business by Appinions, and in 2011, was honored by The Holmes Report as one of the world's most influential communicators.

David Chang

@changds

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

David was most recently the COO of the PayPal Media Network, the site lead for the Boston office, and the co-founder of the PayPal Start Tank innovation space.

David is an entrepreneur with product, marketing and software development experience at mobile and internet startups, five of which were acquired. He was Director of New Products at TripAdvisor, VP of Marketing/Co-Founder of SnapMyLife, Director of Product Marketing at m-Qube, Senior Product Manager at edocs, and VP of Technology at Goldman Sachs.

David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeanne Connon

@jconnon

Co-Founder & CMO, Lindy

Jeanne Connon is co-founder & CMO of Lindy, a concierge home health care service that helps people preserve their independence and age with dignity. Jeanne was founding CMO at The Grommet, an ecommerce-based product discovery platform, then CMO at FashionPlaytes where she built a market insights network of over 1.5M members. She launched her career as part of the founding team at Monster.com, and went on to join the founding team of Family Education Network (acquired by Pearson Education). Jeanne has a bachelor's degree in English from Boston College.

David Corts

President & COO, StudioNow

David has led product development, business development, and operations for StudioNow since its inception in 2007. StudioNow was acquired by Aol, Inc. in January 2010, at which time David also served as Vice President of Product and Operations for AOL Content Solutions. When StudioNow again became a privately-held company in January 2013, David resumed his role as President and Chief Operating Officer of StudioNow.

Prior to StudioNow, David was Founder and CEO of Impulse Radio, a venture-backed company in New York City providing technology to enable wireless content and data services through HD Radio and satellite digital radio. At Impulse Radio, David forged strategic partnerships with radio broadcasters and consumer electronics manufacturers, including Kenwood, Visteon, Clear Channel and NPR. David also helped lead the data standards setting process for HD Radio with the National Radio Systems Committee in Washington D.C.

Before founding Impulse Radio, David was a member of the founding team of @Plan, an Internet advertising and market research company. While at @Plan, David was responsible for overall data aggregation and integration into all of the company's market research products. @Plan completed its IPO in May 1999 and was acquired by Doubleclick in February 2001.

David holds a B.A in English from of the University of Tennessee. 

Adam Cutler

@adam_cutler

Design Studio Program Director, IBM Design

Adam Cutler is the IBM Design Studio Program Director, responsible for the Austin Design Studio and the daily guidance of IBM Software's designer population. Adam also manages Designcamp, an immersive educational program about IBM Design Thinking.

Prior to joining IBM Design in early 2013, Adam was the Director of User Experience Design at IBM Interactive where he helped guide clients and IBM teams in the creation of valuable, dynamic and effective user experiences. Client work includes OpenPediatrics for Boston Children's Hospital, American Express, Bank of America, Chubb Insurance, L.L.Bean, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide Insurance, Nordea, Segway, State Street, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Tiffany & Co., and Wachovia.

Adam came to IBM in 2001 after working in advertising in Chicago, where his clients ranged from Michael Jordan to helping pioneer the first
e-commerce transaction from outer space.

Brian David Johnson

@IntelFuturist

Futurist & Principal Engineer, Intel

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist he develops an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology and what it will feel like to live in the future. His work is called "futurecasting"-using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Johnson works with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to help them envision their future.  He was appointed first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation in 2009.

 

Johnson speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles (The Wall Street Journal, Slate, IEEE Computer, Successful Farming) and both science fiction and fact books (Vintage Tomorrows, Science Fiction Prototyping, Screen Future and Fake Plastic Love). Johnson lectures around the world and teaches as a professor at The University of Washington and The California College of the Arts MBA program. He appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News, and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC, and Popular Science.  He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

Mick Ebeling

@mickteg

CEO, Not Impossible Labs

Recently honored as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014 and the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Ebeling is CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems. 

Not Impossible Labs was founded on Mick's firm belief that nothing is impossible. With no technical background in ocular recognition technology, Ebeling created Not Impossible's first project: The Eyewriter. An open source, low-cost, DIY device, The Eyewriter enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. Time Magazine named The Eyewriter one of the "Top 50 Inventions of 2010," and the device is now part of MoMA's permanent collection.

Not Impossible's latest endeavor, Project Daniel, now celebrates its one-year anniversary. The subject of Intel's "Look Inside" campaign, Project Daniel enabled Ebeling to fly to Sudan to 3-D-print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. He then left the equipment behind with trained locals to continue his work, thus creating the world's first 3-D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Arms are printed within hours and cost $100. Time Magazine said, "It's hard to imagine any other device doing more to make the world a better place." 

Project Daniel earned many awards, including the Titanium Cannes Lion, along with 3 Bronze Lions (Branded Content, Film, & Cyber), and 1 Gold (Product Design). Project Daniel has also won AICP's Next Cause Marketing Award, the 2014 One Show Gold Pencil (Design and Intellectual Property & Products, tied for "Best in Show"), the 2014 Silver and Bronze Telly Award, and the 2014 Maker Faire Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon (Creativity, Ingenuity and Innovation), and was among The Nominet Trust 100, and was nominated at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards (Innovative 3-DIY). The work has been entered into the MoMA's permanent film archives.

On January 6, Ebeling's first book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, hit shelves. The book recounts his life experiences, the Eyewriter, and Project Daniel. Deepak Chopra calls it "the template for a new science of consciousness," and Jillian Michaels refers to it as, "a road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others." For more information as well as excerpts from the book, visit notimpossible.com.  

Scott Ernst

@scotteernst

Entrepreneur, Business builder & Advisor

Scott was most recently chief executive of Millward Brown Digital (aka, Compete) building the team from a startup to a $100+ Million profitable company and a recognized leader/brand in the digital marketing space as both a private company and through the successful integration within WPP, the world's largest marketing services organization.

Scott is an entrepreneur, business builder and advisor with a successful track record, as a founding management team member, at four successful startups with a focus on go-to-market execution and operating excellence.  He is a recognized leader and digital advocate with deep experience in marketing, advertising, big data, analytics and consumer research.

Scott received his BS in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Penn, he was a varsity athlete and an All Ivy honoree.  Scott is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Barry Fiske

@SapientNitro

VP, Executive Creative Director, SapientNitro

An innovative leader.  A strategic dreamer.  A new media adventurer.  Barry's talents have taken him around the world, through the award-shows and into executive leadership positions at some of the nation's most progressive marketing and design agencies.  Over Barry's 25 plus year career, he has launched products and created innovative advertising, entertainment, digital and physical experiences, and connected social ecosystems for many of the world's best known brands.  Today, Barry is putting his creative skills to work breaking boundaries at the intersection of storytelling and technology for the clients of SapientNitro. 

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

@jfh

CIO, City of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the City's Chief Information Officer in June 2014. As Chief Information Officer, Franklin-Hodge leads the City's efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with effective digital tools, and improve access to technology and the Internet for all Boston neighborhoods. 

Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) in 2004 and ran BSD's Boston technology office. He oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He previouly worked for Howard Dean's groundbreaking 2004 presidential campaign, where he led the technology team responsible for scaling, securing, and maintaining a high visibility, high traffic website.

Since 2009, Franklin-Hodge has served as an advisor to Code for America, a nonprofit which connects technologists with cities to solve civic challenges and encourage innovation in government technology.

Previously, Franklin-Hodge was the director of software development for AOL's Digital Music Division, and has worked for the Art Technology Group and Software Tool and Die, and has consulted for the Computer Museum, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Niemen Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Franklin-Hodge studied computer science at MIT and lives in South Boston.

John Hall

@TweetJohnHall

Co-Founder & CEO , Influence & Co.

John Hall is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a company focused on helping brands and individuals extract and leverage their expertise to create, publish, and distribute content to gain influence, visibility, and credibility with their key audiences. In three years, John has grown Influence & Co. into one of the largest providers of high-quality expert content to the world's top publications, ranking #72 on Forbes' "Most Promising Companies in America" list and named Empact's "Best Marketing and Advertising Company of 2014" at the United Nations. John has a weekly column for Forbes and Inc. and has contributed to more than 50 publications, including Business Insider, The Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review.

David Hayes

President & Founder, HireMinds

David Hayes is the President and Founder of HireMinds, a professional and executive search firm specializing in the areas of digital marketing, technology, and science. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Philosophy, and has been in the search profession for over 20 years. David serves on the Board of Directors for MITX and is an active member of MassBio and BIMA. Outside of work he loves to hike, scuba dive, and cycle, and is running his first ultra-marathon in 2015.

Mark Himmelsbach

@himmelsblog

President, Content @ Ogilvy

As of April 2015, Mark Himmelsbach is the President of Content@Ogilvy, a new unit of Ogilvy & Mather North America dedicated to creating and distributing seamless ideas across media channels for clients such as IBM, American Express, and Coca Cola.

Prior to Ogilvy, Mark worked at a variety of advertising and media agencies including IPG Mediabrands, BBDO, PHD, and Organic. He was a part of global teams that won Cannes Lions, Effies, Spikes, and FWAs for a variety of clients including Chrysler, Charles Schwab, AT&T, FedEx, GE, HBO, Lowe's, and Visa. 

Before his career path turned towards marketing, Mark was a strategy consultant for the US Federal Government, where he worked with agencies like the US Secret Service and Department of Justice.

He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Annie and his daughter Willa.

Sherrill Kaplan

@sherrillkaplan

Director, Digital & Loyalty Marketing, Dunkin' Brands

Sherrill Kaplan is the Director of Digital & Loyalty Marketing for Dunkin' Donuts, the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. In this role, she is responsible for all marketing for digital platforms including mobile, loyalty, web, CRM, email and payments, including the DD Card, Dunkin's proprietary stored value card.

Before joining Dunkin', Sherrill was the Director of Client Services at Cartera Commerce, a loyalty service company focused on card-linked offers. Prior to that, she was the Director of Product Marketing at Circles and the Director of Membership Rewards, Retail Partnerships at American Express. Sherrill got her start in marketing at Citi, beginning as Management Associate. Sherrill has an MBA from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and a BS in Special Education from Boston University.

Scott Kirsner

@ScottKirsner

Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader, Columnist, Boston Globe

Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His "Innovation Economy" column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends, and Followers and Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.

Ram Krishnan

@ramalytics

SVP & CMO, Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo

Leads and manages $14B PepsiCo snack food portfolio division, Frito-Lay's Marketing organization. Responsible for Brand Marketing, Innovation, Premium Brands & Channels, Strategic Insights, Design & Digital Studios. Brands include Lay's, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos among others.

Adam Medros

@adammedros

SVP Global Product, TripAdvisor

Adam Medros heads worldwide product development for TripAdvisor. Since joining TripAdvisor in 2004, Adam has overseen improvements to core functionality, content operations, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features including the TripAdvisor and City Guides mobile apps on iOS and Android, the "Trip Friends" social features, and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. 

Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Adam held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wordstream and is Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX).  He was previously a board member of Oneforty.com and an adviser to Care.com. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

Nathalie Miebach

Artist

Nathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores. Nathalie Miebach's work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Her woven sculptures interpret scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology in three-dimensional space. Her pieces simultaneously function as works of art, aural embodiments of data (musical compositions) and instruments that illustrate environmental change.

By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, Miebach questions and expands the boundaries of traditional science data visualization - and provokes expectations of what visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of science and art. Miebach is a TEDGlobal 2011 Fellow.

Andy Miller

@InnovationAndy

Chief Innovation Architect, Constant Contact

Andy Miller is Chief Innovation Architect at Constant Contact, where he manages the Small Business Innovation Program, an accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs developing solutions for small businesses. Prior to joining the company, he was CEO of CardStar where he wasresponsible for overall business development and strategic direction for the company. Prior to CardStar, Andy founded Lumifi LLC, Quece LLC, RetirementSuite.com, and StockCar Stocks Mutual Fund where he served on the Board of Directors. In addition, Andy has held various positions at PFPC, T. Rowe Price, Putnam Investments and Bank of America.

 

Andy holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Oswego, a MS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Suffolk University and serves as a member of the Entrepreneur Leadership Council at Suffolk University.

Daniel Ostrower

@dostrower

CEO, Altitude, Inc.

Dan is the CEO of Altitude, an award-winning innovation and design firm. As CEO, Dan is responsible for architecting an innovation offering that provides deep and lasting value for Altitude's clients and for building an organization in which the most talented innovators will thrive.

Dan's passion is the creation of new products, services, and businesses that improve people's lives and help companies prosper. He has done so through a career that spans technology and strategy, leadership and execution, big company and start up. Prior to Altitude, Dan was a leader and founder of start-ups for over 10 years. He helped raise over $40M in venture financing and brought multiple new technologies and products to markets. Before his startup career, Dan was a consultant with Monitor where he helped transform Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Dan has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Harvard and an MBA and MSE from Stanford.

Shelly Palmer

@shellypalmer

Managing Director, Digital Media Group, Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Director, Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer. He is a trusted strategic advisor to the C-Suite of leading digital media, content, broadcasting and technology firms and a key driver of market, technology and strategic direction, as well as acquisition strategies, for his clients such as Unilever, Travelers, Astra Zeneca, Ford, GE, Fox (21CF), Meredith, Viacom, Condé Nast, Clear Channel and Verizon. 

Palmer is well known as Fox 5 New York's on-air tech expert and for his work on the Emmy-nominated television show, Shelly Palmer Digital Living and the host of as his nationally syndicated daily radio report on United Stations Radio Networks. He is the patented inventor of the underlying technology for Enhanced Television used by programs such as ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and ESPN's Monday Night Football. 

An award-winning composer, producer, writer and director, Palmer has worked with hundreds of brands, agencies, broadcasters, publishers and tech platforms on advertising and marketing campaigns such as,  Meow Mix, Burger King and The City of Las Vegas

He is the author of Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV 2nd Edition (York House Press, 2008) the seminal book about the technological, economic, and sociological forces that are changing everything, Overcoming The Digital Divide: How to use Social Media and Digital Tools to Reinvent Yourself and Your Career (York House Press, 2011) and Digital Wisdom: Thought Leadership for a Connected World (York House Press, 2013). For more information, visit shellypalmer.com.

Chris Rezendes

Founder & Partner, Inex Advisors

Chris Rezendes is the Founder and Managing Partner at INEX Advisors, an IoT consultancy; Founder at IoT Impact Labs, an IoT commercialization accelerator focused on bringing IoT to SMB (small and mid-sized businesses) operating in 'grand challenge' markets such as ag/food, water, energy, cities and more. He is also Founder and General Partner at IoT Capital Partners an IoT-dedicated early stage investment vehicle.

Sarah Robertson

Sr. Creativity Coach, Before & After

Sarah has been working with Before & After for over 15 years as a facilitator and coach.  An independent marketing and advertising consultant based in Toronto, Sarah was personally trained by Tom Monahan.  Sarah's career has included stints in the public sector, private sector and the agency world.  She has worked with clients as diverse as Labatt Breweries, Unilever and  the Toronto Raptors.  Her unique understanding of the marketing process - from brand development, research and tactical execution ensures that she is able to help companies and agencies truly understand the importance of a great idea as the backbone of creative thinking

As a B&A coach, Sarah has facilitated thousands of people in sessions for companies as diverse as health care, children's toys and alcoholic beverages as well as numerous advertising agencies across the globe.  She is an entertaining and energetic keynote speaker and a dedicated, involved facilitator who has helped companies come up with new ideas, build stronger teams and strengthen their creative resources.

Sarah has the active, open mind that is necessary to be a creative thinking coach. She brings a high level of enthusiasm and energy to helping people explore new ideas and improve their creative thinking skill sets.

Baba Shetty

@babashetty

Chief Strategy Officer, DigitasLBi

Baba oversees global media for DigitasLBi, including programmatic, search television, media technology and social. In 2014 DigitasLBi was awarded Adweek Media Plan of the Year for campaigns over $25 million - the first time the award has ever been won by a digital-first agency. 

 

Baba was previously CEO of Newsweek / The Daily Beast; Research Director and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research; and Marketing Communications Director at BMW of North America. While at BMW Baba was part of the team that initiated the BMW Films project, which won the first Cannes Titanium Lion and was named one of the ten best Digital Ideas of the Decade by the One Show. 

 

Baba is a 2015 Cannes Lion Juror ; serves on the Wharton Future of Advertising Global Board; and is Jury Chair for the 2015 Adweek Media Plan of the Year awards. 

Duane Schulz

@duaneschulz

Chief Marketing Technologist, Xerox

Duane Schulz is the VP of Marketing Technology and Brand at Xerox.  He's responsible for developing and coordinating Xerox's global marketing technology strategy, and activation of the Xerox Brand platform, shaping the way the world sees the new Xerox.  Prior to joining Xerox, he held leadership functions at Apple, HP and late-stage venture-backed startups. Duane is in Portland, Oregon and is an avid US Soccer fanatic.

Charlie Ungashick

@ungashick

EVP, CMO, PTC

As PTC's CMO, Charlie Ungashick leads global marketing strategy and execution. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company's global marketing efforts, including defining and executing marketing strategies, brand management, demand generation, public relations, product marketing and channel marketing. With more than 15 years of executive experience, Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge in product management, marketing, and sales, including leading marketing teams through two successful IPOs. He has a rich history with enterprise software and SaaS companies, having held leadership roles in several high-growth companies, including SilverStream Software, Novell, and FileNet. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in political science and French and also studied economics at the Universite Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV).

Tamsen Webster

@tamadear

Executive Producer, TEDxCambridge

Tamsen Webster is SVP of Executive Communications at Oratium, a Boston-based messaging consultancy, and Executive Producer at TEDxCambridge. She specializes in helping organizations and individuals tell the right story to the right people at the right time. An accomplished speaker, consultant, coach, and writer, Tamsen regularly presents on how to differentiate your brand, how to sell from the stage (without selling from the stage!), and how to craft messaging that resonates with your core audiences. As a retired Weight Watchers leader and newly minted marathoner, she is passionate about the power of transformative journeys.

 

Bill Alberti

@billalberti

SVP, C Space

Bill Alberti is Senior Vice President at C Space, where he leads the client service team in helping companies find new ways to grow by collaborating with their customers. Recently, Bill's thought leadership on Gen Z has been published in Adweek, Forbes, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining C Space, Bill worked at Arnold Worldwide where he founded a business strategy group and created a consulting capability designed to communicate a public company's investment story to Wall Street analysts, investors and the media.

Bill is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. You can follow him on Twitter at @billalberti

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal

@cynthiabreazeal

Founder, Chief Scientist, Jibo

Dr. Breazeal is recognized as the pioneer of social robotics. She is Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of the Personal Robots Group. Globally recognized thought leader and innovator. Jibo, Inc. brings her body of expertise to the world.

David Chang

@changds

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

David was most recently the COO of the PayPal Media Network, the site lead for the Boston office, and the co-founder of the PayPal Start Tank innovation space.

David is an entrepreneur with product, marketing and software development experience at mobile and internet startups, five of which were acquired. He was Director of New Products at TripAdvisor, VP of Marketing/Co-Founder of SnapMyLife, Director of Product Marketing at m-Qube, Senior Product Manager at edocs, and VP of Technology at Goldman Sachs.

David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Adam Cutler

@adam_cutler

Design Studio Program Director, IBM Design

Adam Cutler is the IBM Design Studio Program Director, responsible for the Austin Design Studio and the daily guidance of IBM Software's designer population. Adam also manages Designcamp, an immersive educational program about IBM Design Thinking.

Prior to joining IBM Design in early 2013, Adam was the Director of User Experience Design at IBM Interactive where he helped guide clients and IBM teams in the creation of valuable, dynamic and effective user experiences. Client work includes OpenPediatrics for Boston Children's Hospital, American Express, Bank of America, Chubb Insurance, L.L.Bean, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide Insurance, Nordea, Segway, State Street, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Tiffany & Co., and Wachovia.

Adam came to IBM in 2001 after working in advertising in Chicago, where his clients ranged from Michael Jordan to helping pioneer the first
e-commerce transaction from outer space.

Scott Ernst

@scotteernst

Entrepreneur, Business builder & Advisor

Scott was most recently chief executive of Millward Brown Digital (aka, Compete) building the team from a startup to a $100+ Million profitable company and a recognized leader/brand in the digital marketing space as both a private company and through the successful integration within WPP, the world's largest marketing services organization.

Scott is an entrepreneur, business builder and advisor with a successful track record, as a founding management team member, at four successful startups with a focus on go-to-market execution and operating excellence.  He is a recognized leader and digital advocate with deep experience in marketing, advertising, big data, analytics and consumer research.

Scott received his BS in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Penn, he was a varsity athlete and an All Ivy honoree.  Scott is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy.

John Hall

@TweetJohnHall

Co-Founder & CEO , Influence & Co.

John Hall is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a company focused on helping brands and individuals extract and leverage their expertise to create, publish, and distribute content to gain influence, visibility, and credibility with their key audiences. In three years, John has grown Influence & Co. into one of the largest providers of high-quality expert content to the world's top publications, ranking #72 on Forbes' "Most Promising Companies in America" list and named Empact's "Best Marketing and Advertising Company of 2014" at the United Nations. John has a weekly column for Forbes and Inc. and has contributed to more than 50 publications, including Business Insider, The Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review.

Sherrill Kaplan

@sherrillkaplan

Director, Digital & Loyalty Marketing, Dunkin' Brands

Sherrill Kaplan is the Director of Digital & Loyalty Marketing for Dunkin' Donuts, the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. In this role, she is responsible for all marketing for digital platforms including mobile, loyalty, web, CRM, email and payments, including the DD Card, Dunkin's proprietary stored value card.

Before joining Dunkin', Sherrill was the Director of Client Services at Cartera Commerce, a loyalty service company focused on card-linked offers. Prior to that, she was the Director of Product Marketing at Circles and the Director of Membership Rewards, Retail Partnerships at American Express. Sherrill got her start in marketing at Citi, beginning as Management Associate. Sherrill has an MBA from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and a BS in Special Education from Boston University.

Adam Medros

@adammedros

SVP Global Product, TripAdvisor

Adam Medros heads worldwide product development for TripAdvisor. Since joining TripAdvisor in 2004, Adam has overseen improvements to core functionality, content operations, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features including the TripAdvisor and City Guides mobile apps on iOS and Android, the "Trip Friends" social features, and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. 

Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Adam held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wordstream and is Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX).  He was previously a board member of Oneforty.com and an adviser to Care.com. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

Daniel Ostrower

@dostrower

CEO, Altitude, Inc.

Dan is the CEO of Altitude, an award-winning innovation and design firm. As CEO, Dan is responsible for architecting an innovation offering that provides deep and lasting value for Altitude's clients and for building an organization in which the most talented innovators will thrive.

Dan's passion is the creation of new products, services, and businesses that improve people's lives and help companies prosper. He has done so through a career that spans technology and strategy, leadership and execution, big company and start up. Prior to Altitude, Dan was a leader and founder of start-ups for over 10 years. He helped raise over $40M in venture financing and brought multiple new technologies and products to markets. Before his startup career, Dan was a consultant with Monitor where he helped transform Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Dan has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Harvard and an MBA and MSE from Stanford.

Sarah Robertson

Sr. Creativity Coach, Before & After

Sarah has been working with Before & After for over 15 years as a facilitator and coach.  An independent marketing and advertising consultant based in Toronto, Sarah was personally trained by Tom Monahan.  Sarah's career has included stints in the public sector, private sector and the agency world.  She has worked with clients as diverse as Labatt Breweries, Unilever and  the Toronto Raptors.  Her unique understanding of the marketing process - from brand development, research and tactical execution ensures that she is able to help companies and agencies truly understand the importance of a great idea as the backbone of creative thinking

As a B&A coach, Sarah has facilitated thousands of people in sessions for companies as diverse as health care, children's toys and alcoholic beverages as well as numerous advertising agencies across the globe.  She is an entertaining and energetic keynote speaker and a dedicated, involved facilitator who has helped companies come up with new ideas, build stronger teams and strengthen their creative resources.

Sarah has the active, open mind that is necessary to be a creative thinking coach. She brings a high level of enthusiasm and energy to helping people explore new ideas and improve their creative thinking skill sets.

Charlie Ungashick

@ungashick

EVP, CMO, PTC

As PTC's CMO, Charlie Ungashick leads global marketing strategy and execution. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company's global marketing efforts, including defining and executing marketing strategies, brand management, demand generation, public relations, product marketing and channel marketing. With more than 15 years of executive experience, Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge in product management, marketing, and sales, including leading marketing teams through two successful IPOs. He has a rich history with enterprise software and SaaS companies, having held leadership roles in several high-growth companies, including SilverStream Software, Novell, and FileNet. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in political science and French and also studied economics at the Universite Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV).

Robyn Bolton

@RM_Bolton

Partner, Innosight

Robyn is a Partner at Innosight, where she specializes in consumer packaged goods and consumer healthcare. She works extensively with senior-level executives to help them identify market expansion and business growth opportunities, define and build new multi-million dollar businesses, and develop organizational structures and capabilities to support innovation.  Her articles on innovation have appeared in: Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Harvard Business Review Online.

Prior to joining Innosight, Robyn worked for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in both Boston, MA and Copenhagen, Denmark. At BCG, she worked across multiple industries and partnered with clients to create and implement a brand turnaround strategy for a European skincare line, develop a new strategic planning and financial forecasting process for a global pharmaceutical company, and define and develop the next generation of a national retailer's e-commerce business.

Robyn also has extensive experience in brand building and business management. She spent 5 years in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble (P&G) where she led the North American launch of Swiffer; helped create, develop, and launch Swiffer WetJet. As a Brand Manager, she also managed the marketing and strategy for P&G's multi-billion dollar fabric/home/family care business at WalMart.

Robyn received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Marketing cum laude with University Honors from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Scott Brinker

@chiefmartec

CTO, ion interactive; Editor, chiefmartec.com

Brinker is the author of chiefmartec.com, a blog that examines the intersection of marketing, technology, and management; and he is the program chair of the MarTech conference. He's also the CTO of ion interactive, an interactive content software company.

Jeanne Connon

@jconnon

Co-Founder & CMO, Lindy

Jeanne Connon is co-founder & CMO of Lindy, a concierge home health care service that helps people preserve their independence and age with dignity. Jeanne was founding CMO at The Grommet, an ecommerce-based product discovery platform, then CMO at FashionPlaytes where she built a market insights network of over 1.5M members. She launched her career as part of the founding team at Monster.com, and went on to join the founding team of Family Education Network (acquired by Pearson Education). Jeanne has a bachelor's degree in English from Boston College.

Brian David Johnson

@IntelFuturist

Futurist & Principal Engineer, Intel

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist he develops an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology and what it will feel like to live in the future. His work is called "futurecasting"-using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Johnson works with governments, militaries, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to help them envision their future.  He was appointed first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation in 2009.

 

Johnson speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles (The Wall Street Journal, Slate, IEEE Computer, Successful Farming) and both science fiction and fact books (Vintage Tomorrows, Science Fiction Prototyping, Screen Future and Fake Plastic Love). Johnson lectures around the world and teaches as a professor at The University of Washington and The California College of the Arts MBA program. He appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News, and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC, and Popular Science.  He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

Barry Fiske

@SapientNitro

VP, Executive Creative Director, SapientNitro

An innovative leader.  A strategic dreamer.  A new media adventurer.  Barry's talents have taken him around the world, through the award-shows and into executive leadership positions at some of the nation's most progressive marketing and design agencies.  Over Barry's 25 plus year career, he has launched products and created innovative advertising, entertainment, digital and physical experiences, and connected social ecosystems for many of the world's best known brands.  Today, Barry is putting his creative skills to work breaking boundaries at the intersection of storytelling and technology for the clients of SapientNitro. 

David Hayes

President & Founder, HireMinds

David Hayes is the President and Founder of HireMinds, a professional and executive search firm specializing in the areas of digital marketing, technology, and science. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Philosophy, and has been in the search profession for over 20 years. David serves on the Board of Directors for MITX and is an active member of MassBio and BIMA. Outside of work he loves to hike, scuba dive, and cycle, and is running his first ultra-marathon in 2015.

Scott Kirsner

@ScottKirsner

Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader, Columnist, Boston Globe

Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His "Innovation Economy" column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends, and Followers and Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.

Nathalie Miebach

Artist

Nathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores. Nathalie Miebach's work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Her woven sculptures interpret scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology in three-dimensional space. Her pieces simultaneously function as works of art, aural embodiments of data (musical compositions) and instruments that illustrate environmental change.

By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, Miebach questions and expands the boundaries of traditional science data visualization - and provokes expectations of what visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of science and art. Miebach is a TEDGlobal 2011 Fellow.

Shelly Palmer

@shellypalmer

Managing Director, Digital Media Group, Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Director, Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer. He is a trusted strategic advisor to the C-Suite of leading digital media, content, broadcasting and technology firms and a key driver of market, technology and strategic direction, as well as acquisition strategies, for his clients such as Unilever, Travelers, Astra Zeneca, Ford, GE, Fox (21CF), Meredith, Viacom, Condé Nast, Clear Channel and Verizon. 

Palmer is well known as Fox 5 New York's on-air tech expert and for his work on the Emmy-nominated television show, Shelly Palmer Digital Living and the host of as his nationally syndicated daily radio report on United Stations Radio Networks. He is the patented inventor of the underlying technology for Enhanced Television used by programs such as ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and ESPN's Monday Night Football. 

An award-winning composer, producer, writer and director, Palmer has worked with hundreds of brands, agencies, broadcasters, publishers and tech platforms on advertising and marketing campaigns such as,  Meow Mix, Burger King and The City of Las Vegas

He is the author of Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV 2nd Edition (York House Press, 2008) the seminal book about the technological, economic, and sociological forces that are changing everything, Overcoming The Digital Divide: How to use Social Media and Digital Tools to Reinvent Yourself and Your Career (York House Press, 2011) and Digital Wisdom: Thought Leadership for a Connected World (York House Press, 2013). For more information, visit shellypalmer.com.

Baba Shetty

@babashetty

Chief Strategy Officer, DigitasLBi

Baba oversees global media for DigitasLBi, including programmatic, search television, media technology and social. In 2014 DigitasLBi was awarded Adweek Media Plan of the Year for campaigns over $25 million - the first time the award has ever been won by a digital-first agency. 

 

Baba was previously CEO of Newsweek / The Daily Beast; Research Director and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research; and Marketing Communications Director at BMW of North America. While at BMW Baba was part of the team that initiated the BMW Films project, which won the first Cannes Titanium Lion and was named one of the ten best Digital Ideas of the Decade by the One Show. 

 

Baba is a 2015 Cannes Lion Juror ; serves on the Wharton Future of Advertising Global Board; and is Jury Chair for the 2015 Adweek Media Plan of the Year awards. 

Tamsen Webster

@tamadear

Executive Producer, TEDxCambridge

Tamsen Webster is SVP of Executive Communications at Oratium, a Boston-based messaging consultancy, and Executive Producer at TEDxCambridge. She specializes in helping organizations and individuals tell the right story to the right people at the right time. An accomplished speaker, consultant, coach, and writer, Tamsen regularly presents on how to differentiate your brand, how to sell from the stage (without selling from the stage!), and how to craft messaging that resonates with your core audiences. As a retired Weight Watchers leader and newly minted marathoner, she is passionate about the power of transformative journeys.

 

Anita Brearton

@abrearton

Founder & CEO, CabinetM

Anita Brearton is an experienced high technology start-up executive, skilled at addressing the strategic operational and marketing challenges faced by high growth, early stage businesses. She is the co-founder and CEO of CabinetM, a discovery platform for the marketing industry that is changing how marketers and marketing technology companies connect. Anita is a member of Golden Seeds and Launchpad Venture Group, and serves as the Vice Chair of Mass Ventures.

Christa Carone

@christacarone

Co-Chair, Marketing Advisory Committee & acting Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Boston 2024 Partnership

Christa Carone is Co-Chair, Marketing Advisory Committee and acting Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Boston 2024 Partnership which is the organization charged with developing Boston's bid, and the U.S.' only representative city, for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Formerly, an executive vice president at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of  financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.  In her most recent role, Christa applied her decades of  marketing and communications experience to shaping brands and go-to-market strategies for Fidelity's diversified businesses.  She served as an in-house marketing strategist for new business ventures, developing and consulting on market segmentation, brand purpose and identity, stakeholder engagement and integrated online/offline marketing communication campaigns. 

Christa is formerly the executive vice president of  communications and corporate affairs for Fidelity, responsible for developing enterprise-wide communication strategies and leading Fidelity's corporate affairs, media relations, internal communications, digital content, executive communications and events management.  

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2013, Christa spent 17 years in increasingly senior roles at Xerox Corporation, most recently serving as chief  marketing officer. She led global marketing strategy and initiatives that included all communication touch points across paid, earned and owned channels of  engagement with Xerox stakeholders. Her responsibilities included brand management, advertising, experiential marketing, public relations, internal communications, integrated campaigns, interactive and social marketing, citizenship and the Xerox Foundation.  

Prior to being appointed CMO in 2008, Christa was vice president of  global communications, leading Xerox's public relations, internal and corporate communications, and community relations initiatives. She joined Xerox in 1996 as communications manager for the company's manufacturing and supply chain division, was named corporate media relations manager in 1998, and became head of  corporate public relations in 2001.

Christa received her bachelor of  arts degree in communications from the State University of  New YorkCollege at Geneseo. She is a member of M50, the Arthur Page Society, an advisory board member for the Center for Reputation Management at Drexel University, and a board director of  the software company, etouches.  

Christa is known for offering points of view on marketing and communications for the Forbes CMO network, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Ad Age. In 2013, she was named one of the best marketers of the year by BtoB Magazine for the third consecutive year. In 2012 and 2013, she was named among the most influential marketing and communication professionals in business by Appinions, and in 2011, was honored by The Holmes Report as one of the world's most influential communicators.

David Corts

President & COO, StudioNow

David has led product development, business development, and operations for StudioNow since its inception in 2007. StudioNow was acquired by Aol, Inc. in January 2010, at which time David also served as Vice President of Product and Operations for AOL Content Solutions. When StudioNow again became a privately-held company in January 2013, David resumed his role as President and Chief Operating Officer of StudioNow.

Prior to StudioNow, David was Founder and CEO of Impulse Radio, a venture-backed company in New York City providing technology to enable wireless content and data services through HD Radio and satellite digital radio. At Impulse Radio, David forged strategic partnerships with radio broadcasters and consumer electronics manufacturers, including Kenwood, Visteon, Clear Channel and NPR. David also helped lead the data standards setting process for HD Radio with the National Radio Systems Committee in Washington D.C.

Before founding Impulse Radio, David was a member of the founding team of @Plan, an Internet advertising and market research company. While at @Plan, David was responsible for overall data aggregation and integration into all of the company's market research products. @Plan completed its IPO in May 1999 and was acquired by Doubleclick in February 2001.

David holds a B.A in English from of the University of Tennessee. 

Mick Ebeling

@mickteg

CEO, Not Impossible Labs

Recently honored as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014 and the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Ebeling is CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems. 

Not Impossible Labs was founded on Mick's firm belief that nothing is impossible. With no technical background in ocular recognition technology, Ebeling created Not Impossible's first project: The Eyewriter. An open source, low-cost, DIY device, The Eyewriter enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. Time Magazine named The Eyewriter one of the "Top 50 Inventions of 2010," and the device is now part of MoMA's permanent collection.

Not Impossible's latest endeavor, Project Daniel, now celebrates its one-year anniversary. The subject of Intel's "Look Inside" campaign, Project Daniel enabled Ebeling to fly to Sudan to 3-D-print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. He then left the equipment behind with trained locals to continue his work, thus creating the world's first 3-D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Arms are printed within hours and cost $100. Time Magazine said, "It's hard to imagine any other device doing more to make the world a better place." 

Project Daniel earned many awards, including the Titanium Cannes Lion, along with 3 Bronze Lions (Branded Content, Film, & Cyber), and 1 Gold (Product Design). Project Daniel has also won AICP's Next Cause Marketing Award, the 2014 One Show Gold Pencil (Design and Intellectual Property & Products, tied for "Best in Show"), the 2014 Silver and Bronze Telly Award, and the 2014 Maker Faire Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon (Creativity, Ingenuity and Innovation), and was among The Nominet Trust 100, and was nominated at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards (Innovative 3-DIY). The work has been entered into the MoMA's permanent film archives.

On January 6, Ebeling's first book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, hit shelves. The book recounts his life experiences, the Eyewriter, and Project Daniel. Deepak Chopra calls it "the template for a new science of consciousness," and Jillian Michaels refers to it as, "a road map to changing your life by changing the lives of others." For more information as well as excerpts from the book, visit notimpossible.com.  

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

@jfh

CIO, City of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the City's Chief Information Officer in June 2014. As Chief Information Officer, Franklin-Hodge leads the City's efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with effective digital tools, and improve access to technology and the Internet for all Boston neighborhoods. 

Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) in 2004 and ran BSD's Boston technology office. He oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He previouly worked for Howard Dean's groundbreaking 2004 presidential campaign, where he led the technology team responsible for scaling, securing, and maintaining a high visibility, high traffic website.

Since 2009, Franklin-Hodge has served as an advisor to Code for America, a nonprofit which connects technologists with cities to solve civic challenges and encourage innovation in government technology.

Previously, Franklin-Hodge was the director of software development for AOL's Digital Music Division, and has worked for the Art Technology Group and Software Tool and Die, and has consulted for the Computer Museum, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Niemen Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Franklin-Hodge studied computer science at MIT and lives in South Boston.

Mark Himmelsbach

@himmelsblog

President, Content @ Ogilvy

As of April 2015, Mark Himmelsbach is the President of Content@Ogilvy, a new unit of Ogilvy & Mather North America dedicated to creating and distributing seamless ideas across media channels for clients such as IBM, American Express, and Coca Cola.

Prior to Ogilvy, Mark worked at a variety of advertising and media agencies including IPG Mediabrands, BBDO, PHD, and Organic. He was a part of global teams that won Cannes Lions, Effies, Spikes, and FWAs for a variety of clients including Chrysler, Charles Schwab, AT&T, FedEx, GE, HBO, Lowe's, and Visa. 

Before his career path turned towards marketing, Mark was a strategy consultant for the US Federal Government, where he worked with agencies like the US Secret Service and Department of Justice.

He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Annie and his daughter Willa.

Ram Krishnan

@ramalytics

SVP & CMO, Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo

Leads and manages $14B PepsiCo snack food portfolio division, Frito-Lay's Marketing organization. Responsible for Brand Marketing, Innovation, Premium Brands & Channels, Strategic Insights, Design & Digital Studios. Brands include Lay's, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos among others.

Andy Miller

@InnovationAndy

Chief Innovation Architect, Constant Contact

Andy Miller is Chief Innovation Architect at Constant Contact, where he manages the Small Business Innovation Program, an accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs developing solutions for small businesses. Prior to joining the company, he was CEO of CardStar where he wasresponsible for overall business development and strategic direction for the company. Prior to CardStar, Andy founded Lumifi LLC, Quece LLC, RetirementSuite.com, and StockCar Stocks Mutual Fund where he served on the Board of Directors. In addition, Andy has held various positions at PFPC, T. Rowe Price, Putnam Investments and Bank of America.

 

Andy holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Oswego, a MS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Suffolk University and serves as a member of the Entrepreneur Leadership Council at Suffolk University.

Chris Rezendes

Founder & Partner, Inex Advisors

Chris Rezendes is the Founder and Managing Partner at INEX Advisors, an IoT consultancy; Founder at IoT Impact Labs, an IoT commercialization accelerator focused on bringing IoT to SMB (small and mid-sized businesses) operating in 'grand challenge' markets such as ag/food, water, energy, cities and more. He is also Founder and General Partner at IoT Capital Partners an IoT-dedicated early stage investment vehicle.

Duane Schulz

@duaneschulz

Chief Marketing Technologist, Xerox

Duane Schulz is the VP of Marketing Technology and Brand at Xerox.  He's responsible for developing and coordinating Xerox's global marketing technology strategy, and activation of the Xerox Brand platform, shaping the way the world sees the new Xerox.  Prior to joining Xerox, he held leadership functions at Apple, HP and late-stage venture-backed startups. Duane is in Portland, Oregon and is an avid US Soccer fanatic.

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