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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

Jim Anderson

@jvanderson

CEO, SocialFlow

Jim Anderson has a distinguished track record in technology, with a 20-plus year career spanning the development, productization, and sale of technology solutions in both B2B and B2C environments. He has spent the past six years on the cutting edge of social media, and over that time has been helping marketers effectively use technology to power their social media efforts.

Prior to SocialFlow, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of Vitrue, where he was instrumental in building the team, the products, and the customer relationships that ultimately led to the company's acquisition by Oracle.  After the acquisition, he spent a year leading the successful integration of the Vitrue products and technology into the Oracle portfolio.

Prior to Vitrue, Jim spent nearly a decade at EarthLink/MindSpring, the consumer Internet Service Provider who helped create consumer adoption of the Internet starting in the mid-1990s.  He led the development and launch of MindSpring's first high-speed DSL offering, a business that ultimately grew to more than a million subscribers.

Jim also spent nine years in consulting, advising a variety of Fortune 500 clients on technology and business issues.  He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has three children, including one very special needs child.

Brad Berens

@bradberens

Senior Research Fellow, USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future

A trusted advisor to companies of all sizes and respected voice within the interactive media industry, Dr. Brad Berens has enjoyed a wide-ranging career that has storytelling as an organizing theme. These days, he divides his time among research and trend spotting at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, strategic consulting at Big Digital Idea, mentoring of startups (including at the Portland Incubator Experiment and the Nike+ Accelerator), and public speaking.  

Earlier, Brad had a long tenure as the Global Chief Content Officer for dmg events' digital portfolio, editorial and marketing work at EarthLink, and spent several years as a Hollywood story analyst at companies like DreamWorks, New Regency, CAA and Mirage. He started his career as an award-winning teacher of Shakespeare and writing at U.C. Berkeley, and wants everybody who loves science fiction to go buy and read his first novel, "Redcrosse." 

Brad moves gracefully from the digital world to the "real" world and back again. Learn too much more about him in all the usual places: Google, LinkedIn, on Twitter as @bradberens and on his website: bradberens.com

 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the Web & Professor, MIT

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the standards forum for technical development of the Web and the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves Humanity.  He co-founded  and is President of the Open Data Institute in London. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL"). His research group at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL") works to re-decentralize the Web.    

A graduate of Oxford University, in 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.   In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany's Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. Sir Tim is a long time defender of rights such as privacy, freedom, Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

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.

Ed Boudrot

@edwardboudrot

VP Product Management, Product Strategy, Innovation, Lifecycle Management, Human Centered Design, Optum

Ed Boudrot is the VP of Product Strategy and Management at Optum, a health services and innovation company that combines data and analytics with technology and expertise to power modern healthcare. Bringing his background in technology startups, Boudrot specializes in the innovation of experiences, products, and solutions, and works to integrate human-centered design, market research, product management, development practices, and experience management.

Jack Bradley

@jackbradley2112

Executive Producer / Partner, Hifi Project Inc.

Although an avid piano player and music geek since age 5, the genesis of Jack's current passion actually began with 5 years of film production in Boston. Using that experience he transitioned to a staff gig as broadcast producer at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, producing work for McDonalds, Boston Market and Dunlop. 

After realizing that the worlds of music, film and marketing could converge in the form of the modern creative music agency, Jack took the position of Executive Producer at Singing Serpent NY. Opening that studio from the ground up, he developed business over four years with clients ranging from GE to Starwood Hotels to Ebay. He then left Singing Serpent to open up his own music company, BlackBoard3 in the Flatiron area of Manhattan, eventually winning the global campaign for Lowes Home Improvement as well as a music themes for Pizza Hut and ESPN. In 2010, Jack merged his experience from BlackBoard3 to joinforces with Creative Director Paul Robb and LA Executive Producer Birgit Roberts to become the third partner of HiFi Project, thus creating a bi-coastal music and sound design company. For the last five years the brand has developed into three offices (opening up in Minneapolis in 2013) and has been pushing the music creation and supervision boundaries for a wide variety of clients including: Chevy, Target, Progressive Insurance, and GAP, to name a few. 

In July of 2014, HiFi Project won their first "Best Original Music" Emmy award, for the show opening of Behind the B.

Ashish Braganza

@phillyanalytics

Director, Global Business Intelligence, Lenovo

Bio coming soon!

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.

Charlie Breit

@charlie_breit

VP of Marketing, SurePayroll

Charlie is responsible for all aspects of SurePayroll's Marketing efforts. Charlie has over 14 years of experience in marketing, brand building, digital and customer experiences. He has great savvy in building integrated brand platforms, developing digital experiences on both desktop and mobile platforms, enhancing customer engagement, growing brand awareness and strengthening brands.

Prior to arriving at SurePayroll, Charlie was Director of Digital Marketing at Northwestern Mutual where he was responsible for directing the digital strategy to maximize engagement and improve the customer experience across digital touch-points. He supported efforts to improve the client experience and build brand awareness through the development of a new NorthwesternMutual.com in 2014 and brand narrative in 2015.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, he was a Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at Allstate Insurance. While there, he directed the digital marketing strategy and drove digital innovation including launching a new Allstate.com web experience in 2013.

Charlie holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University and an MBA from Northeastern Illinois University.


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

Former CMO & CCO, Xerox & Fidelity, CMO, 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.

Patrick Cassidy

@patrickecassidy

Head of Global Digital Brand Marketing, New Balance

Patrick Cassidy joined New Balance late last summer, where he leads global digital brand marketing. He is responsible for establishing and directing the brand's evolving social media and content strategy and for driving innovation in brand storytelling and digital executions.

Prior to New Balance, Patrick founded the international basketball publicationDime Magazineand its digital network as well as the sports / entertainment agency 94x50. At 94x50, he led campaigns and executions for a clients like the NBA, Red Bull, Converse, Nike Basketball, Nike Sportswear, Brand Jordan, EA Sports, Sprite, Levi's, Foot Locker, Skullcandy, and the Brooklyn Nets.

David Chang

@changds

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

David is an entrepreneur and angel investor with product, marketing and software development experience at internet and mobile startups. He is currently an EiR at Harvard Business School, Funding Champion at MassChallenge, and works closely with founders and investors in the Boston area.

David has a successful track record in hands-on roles at direct-to-consumer and enterprise companies, six of which were acquired or IPO'd. He was recently COO of the PayPal Media Network, led the PayPal Boston office, and the co-founder of the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, 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.

As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 30 angel investments in early-stage startups. Recent awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, Finalist for BostInno's 50 on Fire for Tech, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

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

Matthew Charde

@mcharde

EVP, Managing Director - Creative, EF Education First

Matthew Charde is a seasoned entrepreneurial executive in the creative and design industry whose career has been built on organizing innovative businesses in media, entertainment, advertising, creative technology and the arts and bringing them to profitability.

With a background in general management and business development, his roles have included Managing Director of a gaming and digital production company, Managing Director of an emerging full-service advertising agency in high growth mode, and GM/Executive Producer/Director for four cutting edge advertising agencies and production shops.

Over the course of Charde's career he has overseen teams and businesses that have crafted breakthrough advertising campaigns, commercials, interactive media, branded content, games, mobile applications, movies, theme park rides, and TV programming.

In 2011 Charde was hired by EF Education First to grow its production capability into a full-service creative agency and currently is responsible for all of EF creative teams in North America. (ef.edu / eftours.com)

Chia Chen

@talk2chia

EVP, DigitasLBi

Chia Chen is EVP/Managing Director of the Digital Products and Services offering at DigitasLBi. In that role, Chia helps clients develop transformational customer-centered digital strategies. He works across a number of clients including Sprint, American Express, Whirlpool and Pitney Bowes. Previously at DigitasLBi, Chia started and led the mobile practice and served the American Express and Samsung clients as relationship lead.

 

Chia has over 15 years of experience working with clients to achieve business results and build customer relationships through the digital channels. Over his digital marketing agency career he has served clients in a number of categories, including:  AT&T, Visa International, Coors Brewing Company, Delta Air Lines, MINI USA, Samsung and Unilever.  Chia was also an executive with a digital ad targeting solution start-up and worked in database marketing at American Express. Chia holds a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University.

Sam Clemens

@scclemens

Founder & Chief Product Officer, InsightSquared

Sam is Founder and Chief Product Officer for Boston-based InsightSquared, maker of the top-rated sales analytics app. InsightSquared has been named to the BBJ's Best Places To Work list three years in a row and won the top award for mid-sized companies in 2015. Before InsightSquared, Sam was VP Product at HubSpot, VP Product at BzzAgent, and on the initial team at Elance.com. His background also includes venture capital with Greylock Partners, the Algorithms group at Amazon.com, and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Applied Math from Yale. He serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at HBS. In his off time he dives shipwrecks in the New England area.

Jeanne Connon

@jconnon

Entrepreneur in Residence, DCM Ventures

Jeanne Connon is Entrepreneur in Residence at DCM Ventures. Most recently she was 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.

Gloria Colgan

@gkcolgan

President, PYMNTS.com

As the President of PYMNTS.com and Managing Director for Market Platform Dynamics, Gloria is a recognized leader in the successful design
and deployment of new products and emerging payment strategies worldwide. With over 20 years of experience of working with global
financial institutions and retail partners, she has developed and delivered payment solutions in every aspect of the digital and commerce space
including mobile commerce and digital "wallets", contactless payments and prepaid card products. She has published multiple studies and papers on
these topics including a study with her MPD colleagues ranking over 100 companies on payments innovation and a paper on "The Future of Cash".
She is a frequent speaker and her expertise has been featured in numerous trade publications. She currently serves on the board of advisors for multiple
start-up entities in the mobile money and digital payment space and is the current Treasurer of the Board for W.net, the leading women's professional
organization for women in payments. Previously, Gloria held the position of Senior Vice President at Discover
Network, as the leader of Marketing & Emerging Payments. She has also worked for JPMorgan Chase, Sears Roebuck & Co. and McKinsey. Gloria
has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

David Corts

@studionow

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.

Keith D'Arcy

@SONGSpublishing

Creative Licensing & Catalog Acquisition , Songs Music Publishing

Keith has two abiding passions: matching music to picture and record collecting. With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith has placed hundreds of songs in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra. He's found his dream job here at SONGS: Creative Licensing and Catalog Acquisition. Finding perfect synch opportunities for our songwriters and using his deep knowledge of popular music to help build our catalog of great songs are what make him truly happy.

Will Dailey

@willdailey

Musician

Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist. His latest album, National Throat, has been met with stellar reviews, over 4 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music AwardsNew England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. Dailey, who is already a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter also won Artist of the Year in 2014. Most recently he shared the stage with Eddie Vedder in Chicago this summer, joining him for 5 songs for the Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit. In June of 2013 he was featured on aStephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett called Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County and, in that same year, also released an original song he wrote inspired by Jack Kerouac's Tristessa. In September of 2013 he played his fourth Farm AidConcert along side Neil YoungWillie NelsonDave Matthews and John Mellencamp. Dailey's music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films and is now embarking on spreading his music throughout Europe with a festival tour in 2015. Dailey has become an artist to watch not just now but indefinitely. 

"Dailey's latest album makes it clear that good songwriting isn't a matter of hiding behind shiny production or an over-stylized persona. His music doesn't contain a note of pretense. If anything, it is committed to the beauty of simplicity. National Throat is a statement about the value of creativity and the survival of art. Dailey believes the truth will find its way out, that what is real and beautiful will rise to the top." - Jon Karr, New York Minute Magazine, May 2015 

Dailey is currently working with several brands, including: BOSE, Kind Bar, Life Is Good, D'Angelico Guitars, and Harpoon Beer. 

Harpoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObTQr4e-mVg
Bose: https://www.bose.com/prc.jsp?url=/promotions/entry_pages/f1/index_en.jsp

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.

Dave Dugan

@facebook

Global Agency Director, Facebook

Dave serves as a Director on Facebook's Global Agency Team, a role he has played since 2013.  He is responsible for developing the close partnership between WPP and Facebook, including initiatives across data and measurement, joint product and tools development, and education programs to help WPP teams bring innovation to their global client base.

Dave spent the majority of his career in the agency world, including over 11 years at Digitas (SVP/Corporate Strategy) and Arnold/Havas (Chief Commercial Officer).  Previously, Dave was President of BzzAgent, where he led day-to-day operations and facilitated their acquisition by dunnhumby/Tesco. 

He began his career as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini in Cambridge, where he served as chief analyst of their North American strategy practice.

Dave is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Business Economics.

Michael Dyer

@thedailybeast

Chief Product Officer & General Manager, The Daily Beast

Mike Dyer serves as Co-Managing Director, Chief Product and Strategy Officer of The Daily Beast, where he oversees company strategy and all operational units for product and marketing. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Digital Officer at NewsweekDailyBeast, where he was responsible for Newsweek Digital and The Daily Beast product strategy. 

Before joining The Daily Beast, Mike was Senior Vice President at Hill Holliday, where he founded their industry-leading content marketing practice. He has also played leadership roles in developing digital content strategies across a wide range of industries including: advertising, global philanthropy, politics and entertainment. Mike has won virtually every major digital creative and strategy award, and is a recognized leader in content marketing theory and practices.  

Mike is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker, and the co-founder of Quorum, a live journalism series created to expand Americans' understanding of global LGBT issues, which has reached more than 30 million people since its founding.  

Mick Ebeling

@MickEbeling

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.  

Jennifer Eldin

@jenneldin

Director, Global Head of Social Media & Content, Blackrock

Jenn Eldin is a seasoned marketer with over 10 years of experience building brands in retail and digital. She leverages data and analytics as weapons in the crusade for understanding customer needs and creating great content that drives demand. She is currently the global head of social media for BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, overseeing the blog and all social channels for the brand.

 

Prior to joining BlackRock she spent 5 years at American Express, where she launched American Express's first hackathon, spearheaded the company's first marketing mix analysis, and relaunched the Serve brand through a major above the line campaign that resulted in hundreds of thousands of new accounts. In her first role at American Express she lead content strategy, creation, operations and marketing for American Express OPEN Forum's blog and social presences. Prior to joining American Express, she received her MBA from the University of Chicago, and before that she spent several years at News America Marketing, where she worked with CPG companies like Pepsi and Kimberly Clark to develop marketing campaigns. Outside of work, she is an avid paleo chef and night photographer. @jenneldin, IG: Paleo_Esque

 

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.

Mike Farber

@mfarbs

Partner, LaunchSquad

Mike loves a good story. He's a partner at LaunchSquad, a communications agency in Boston, San Francisco and New York with a special hankering for companies that think big and act bigger.

Aaron Fetters

@fettersac

SVP, Marketing & Sales, comScore, Inc.

Aaron Fetters recently joined comScore as the SVP of marketing and sales. Most recently, as Director, Insights and Analytics Solutions Center at the Kellogg Company, Fetters oversees a broad marketing insights organization. From product, idea, and communication assessment through marketing effectiveness analytics and research, his group delivers services and insights that power brand growth. Previously, Fetters served as associate director, global digital strategy and analytics, responsible for enhancing Kellogg Company's capabilities in digital marketing measurement and analysis, with emphasis on digital media performance, insights, and digital marketing ROI. In addition, he was the lead digital strategist for the Pop-Tarts and Eggo brands, advising and co-creating digital marketing solutions with agency partners. Fetters began his career at P&G, where he helped develop industry-leading capabilities in the areas of digital marketing and digital marketing research.

Ben Fischman

@mgemi

Founder, M. Gemi

Ben Fischman is the founder and chief executive officer of M.Gemi, the first business created by LAUNCH, a new business devoted to building companies that change the way people shop, think and live by focusing on maximizing consumer engagement through immersive digital experiences and powerful branding.

M.Gemi, the high-end, Italian-made women's shoe website launched March 2015 with the promise to sell shoes for the fraction of what they might cost at department stores.

 

M.Gemi is working with specialty, family-owned factories throughout Italy that produce shoes for the most storied luxury brands. High-end craftsmanship does not mean high-end prices for M.Gemi, the brand keeps the promise to deliver luxury shoes at historically impossible prices.

 

Additionally, M.Gemi launches new styles to the website weekly, offering the consumer handcrafted, stunning shoes, fresh from Italy every Monday. Convenience, quality and craftsmanship is Mr. Fischman's newest endeavor.

 

Mr. Fischman, was the founder and CEO of Rue La La, one of the earliest players in digital private sale space, when he led the brand to acquisition by leading commerce and interactive marketing services provider GSI Commerce in 2009.

Prior to launching Rue La La, Mr. Fischman was the CEO of off-price e-commerce marketplace SmartBargains.com, which he also led to acquisition by GSI Commerce. He is also founder of LIDS Corporation, an exclusive retailer of sports caps. LIDS Corporation was founded in 1993, while Mr. Fischman was a junior at Boston University, he later sold the company in 2001.

Mr. Fischman was the first entrepreneur in residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture-capital and private-equity firm that invests in innovative, technology-based companies.

With an extensive entrepreneurial background, Mr. Fischman is a sought-after expert in today's digital world.

 

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. 

Jordan Fliegel

@jfleeg

Founder, President & Chairman, CoachUp

Jordan Fliegel is Founder and President of coachup.com, national leader in the sports coaching industry. Jordan is also active in the startup ecosystem as an investor in over 30 startups, and as Co-Chair of Funding at Mass Challenge and a Mentor at Techstars Boston. Before his entrepreneurial career, Jordan played professional basketball in Europe and Israel.

 

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.

Max Fresen

@maxspire

SVP Strategy & Enterprise Development, DigitasLBi

With 20 award-winning years in the digital space as a creaBve director working with brands such as Sony, Bank of America, Samsung, adidas, Samsonite, Coca-Cola, and Dunkin' Donuts, Max brings a wealth of insights and rare experBse to the agency world.

His passion for telling stories through innovaBve and engaging experiences has made him a standard-bearer for "Convergence"; his passion for coding art and eschewing unnecessary documentaBon has made him a champion of agile processes and methodologies. As such, he prides himself on disrupBng tradiBonal agency models and has focused on the art of building and enabling teams of polymath makers and hackers that use the enBre digital spectrum of channels as a framework for narraBon, on behalf of the biggest brands on the planet.

Before joining Digitas as the head of Experience Design for Boston & Detroit in April of 2015, Max had most recently enjoyed a two-year hiatus from the agency world, spending his Bme as a new father, a mentor at TechStars Boston, and the CMO of the Startup InsBtute, an immersive learning program designed to help people begin new careers working athigh-growth companies.

Prior to that, his most recent agency sBnt was as the ExecuBve CreaBve Director of Isobar, where he worked alongside an incredibly talented team to build the agency's North American presence from a handful of acquired shops into a cohesive powerhouse that spanned the coasts and birthed breakthrough experiences for brands like adidas, Royal Caribbean and Comedy Central.

When he's not busy invenBng new uses for pixels and data, Max spends his Bme loving his wife and daughter, reading nerdy science magazines and books, and trying not to kill himself while he learns how to use power tools.

Bill Gajda

@BillGajda

SVP, Global Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa

Bill Gaja leads engagement strategy and commercial agreements with the world's largest non-financial institutions, including Mobile Network Operators, Device Manufacturers, Platform Providers and Systems Integrators. Gaja leads global Venture Capital and Start-up engagement programs. He also heads up the Visa Incubator Program, and the "Visa Ready" Program, Visa's activities to develop and certify new technologies, devices and applications.

John Gillian

@bondad

Director, Programming, Maker Studios

John currently serves as Director of Programming at Maker Studios, the global leader in short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. Previously at Maker, John served as Director of Talent Partnerships, managing the brands and businesses of some of YouTube's most influential creators in music and comedy. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry of The University of Southern California.

Robert Glazer

@robert_glazer

Founder & Managing Director, Acceleration Partners

Robert Glazer, founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, is a customer acquisition specialist with an exceptional track record in growing revenue and profits for fast-growing consumer products and services companies. His clients include adidas, eBay, ModCloth, Warby Parker, the Honest Company, Reebok, Shutterfly, Target, Gymboree, Tiny Prints, and many other consumer brands.

In 2014, Acceleration Partners drove more than $500 million in online revenue for its clients and ranked #260 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list, earning Robert a spot in the Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. The company is also the 2015 recipient of the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award for Agency of the Year and is a past recipient for Affiliate Program of the Year.

In addition to speaking at industry events like ad:tech, Affiliate Summit, DMA, IRCE, and Shop.org, he has published over seventy-five articles on marketing, strategy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Robert formerly served on the board of the Performance Marketing Association and currently sits on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. In his spare time, Robert is an avid skier, biker, amateur photographer, and serial home renovator.

Christian Goy

@GOY909

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Behavioral Science Lab

Christian Goy is the co-founder and managing director of the Behavioral Science Lab. Starting his career in strategic planning on both the client and agency side, he developed a love for consumer insights and targeting. He felt there was a lack of substantial data showing why consumers make the purchasing decisions they do, leading to his desire to answer the unknown question of WHY. Combining his passion and curiosity for arts and science, the native of Germany embarked on the entrepreneurial journey to help develop behavioral economics research tools that today are used for multiple marketing and business applications. As a former Olympic hopeful, Christian holds a B.A. in management and organization as well as an M.B.A. with a focus in marketing.

Marlene Graseck

@MarleneGraseck

Senior Strategic Insights & Research Manager, Electronic Arts

Marlene Graseck is the Senior Manager of Strategic Insights and Research at Electronic Arts, where she is responsible for ad product analytics, advertising effectiveness, audience profiling, and industry trends for the Global Media Solutions group. EA operates the largest media sales organization in the video games space, helping brands build beneficial relationships with its over 330 million globally connected users through dynamic media, engagement solutions, deep integrations, sponsorships and cross promotions.

 

With over 10 years of experience in research, Marlene's career has spanned across concept development, product testing, media effectiveness, and data analysis and visualization. She utilizes research and analytics to deepen consumer insight, drive intelligent business decisions, as well as maximize efficiency and return on investment.

 

Marlene holds a B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Cortland and an M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

Paul Greco

@Pg14PaulGreco

J.Walter Thompson

Paul Greco is Director of Music & Radio Production at global ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York. He was appointed in 2011 to lead the agency's music department and collaborate on music branding ideas across all media. Today his work continues to be recognized by the industry.

 

In 1995 Paul joined Young & Rubicam as Music Producer, and eventually rose to the position of Vice President, Executive Music Producer. During his 14-year career at the agency, he handled music production on many of Y&R's biggest clients. His work helped earn the Pella Windows account a television EMMY Award nomination and several other awards for many other clients.

 

Prior to Y&R, Paul worked at BBDO New York as Music and Radio Producer, where he produced music for many of their award-winning accounts including Pepsi, FedEx, GE, Visa, and HBO.

 

Paul has worked with numerous musical artists and continues to push for opportunities to align musicians and brands.

 

He is a board member of The Association of Music Producers (AMP) and was chosen as Chair for the 2015 AMP Awards. 

 

He has been a jury member for many award shows including The Clios, AICP, The International Music & Sound Awards, and has been quoted in industry related articles in CNN.com, BBCNews.com, Variety, Adweek, Adage, and Shoot Magazine.

 

 

Throughout it all, Paul's philosophy and mission is to create deep and durable ties between consumers and brands through music. In an era of being able to reach more people through so many different media channels, music remains one of the most effective ways to make the connection.

Sarah Green

@skgreen

Senior Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review

Sarah Green Carmichael is a Senior Associate Editor at Harvard Business Review, where she acquires, edits, and writes for HBR.org. She also leads the video program and hosts the weekly podcast the HBR IdeaCast, which has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award under her tenure. In addition, she has edited best-selling books for Harvard Business Review Press. Previously, she spent five years as a baseball columnist and sportswriter, and was a researcher for Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated Op-Ed columnist Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

Ben Grossman

@BenGrossman

VP, Strategy Director, Jack Morton Worldwide

As a marketing and advertising strategist, Ben Grossman sits at the intersection of brand strategy, communications planning and marketing effectiveness. He has brought his progressive and innovative point of view to brands including Subway Restaurants, P&G, Liberty Mutual, Fidelity Investments, Brother International, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation and many more.

 

Ben has been tapped globally as a frequent industry speaker for iconic events and organizations, including SXSW, CES, Microsoft and Intel. He has also been sought out as a source for publications such as Yahoo! News, Mashable.com, PSFK and BtoB Magazine. Currently, Ben is the VP, Strategy Director at Jack Morton Worldwide, which is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). There, Ben leads strategy teams across top accounts and sits on the office's Leadership Team, contributing to the development of agency capabilities and its brand marketing.

Cory Haik

@coryhaik

Executive Director, Emerging News Products, The Washington Post

Cory Haik is the Executive Director for Emerging News Products at the Washington Post.

 

With a journalism career solely in digital, Cory has a passion for the creative development of cutting-edge storytelling. She has been at the Post for the last four years, leading innovative initiatives -- such as the new Kindle Fire app -- and pushing the envelope on mobile and places to grow new audiences.

 

Cory cut her teeth following the storms of the Gulf Coast at NOLA.com, site of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was the Managing Editor. She shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for the staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service in 2006. She also shared in a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings with the staff of The Seattle Times.

 

Cory holds a Masters of Arts in Communication Theory from the University of New Orleans and lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Jermaine Hall

@jermainehall

VP & Managing Editor, Digital, BET

Bio coming soon!

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.

Jessica Harlow

@JessicaHarlow

Style & Motivational Guru

Jessica Harlow describes herself as "a little girl with big dreams… and a downright dangerous obsession for glamour." The 24-year-old New York City native is best known as a popular online Style & Motivational Guru. With a following of 600k+ subscribers between her two YouTube channels, Jessica is inspiring many young women to put their best selves forward one video at a time!

Douglas Hausladen

@doughausladen

Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of New Haven

Bio coming soon!

David Hayes

@hireminds

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.

Jeffrey Hayzlett

@JeffreyHayzlett

Primetime TV & Radio Host

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of  C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett andExecutive Perspectives on  C-Suite TV, and business radio host of  All Business with JeffreyHayzlett  on CBS on-demand radio network  Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of  C-Suite Network, home of the world's most powerful network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of two bestselling business books,  The Mirror Test and  Running the Gauntlet His third book,  Think Big, Act Bigger, releases September 2015. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today.

Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

Joshua Herzig-Marx

@google

Commerce Partnerships, Google

Josh has worked with Google's Commerce Partnerships team since selling his company, Incentive Targeting, to Google in 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the healthcare and financial services technology sectors. Josh earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Babson College. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and two young daughters.

Kevin Hunter

@khunter

COO, Gimbal

Kevin Hunter is Chief Operating Officer of Gimbal where he is responsible for guiding Gimbal's strategy and product vision, while overseeing day to day operations and building a world class team.  As a member of the founding team of Gimbal, Kevin is recognized as a visionary in the mobile data industry and for establishing Gimbal as the leading mobile engagement platform. 

 

Prior to Gimbal's carve-out, Kevin led product management for the Gimbal platform from its beginning within Qualcomm Labs into the Qualcomm Retail Solutions division. 

 

Kevin brings more than 15 years of experience in mobile having developed and commercialized some of the very first data services and mobile websites while at Sprint.   During his six years there, Kevin was responsible for device development and realization and pioneered mobile television as the principal product engineer for the Emmy® Award winning Sprint TV.

 

Before Sprint, Kevin founded a technology and consulting business, was a software engineer in the financial services industry and a research assistant at the University of Kansas.

 

Kevin did his undergraduate in computer science at the University of Kansas and is the co-inventor on 17 U.S. patents.   He continues to evolve the way in which end users and businesses leverage mobile technology.

George Irish

@girishstrategis

President & CEO , Strategis

The marketing industry is morphing into an inbound dependent landscape. Chances are, if your company is still relying on traditional marketing tools to attract clients, half the battle is already lost. The digital age is among us, and Strategis has the expertise to guide your organization. 

 

By utilizing Blogging, SEO, Pay-Per Click, Social Media Outreach, and Creative Design Services we craft marketing strategies to help our clients promote their vision and increase sales.

 

The goal of inbound marketing is to attract an audience by providing them with relevant and useful content. For your audience, high quality, helpful and engaging content shows a high level of expertise. Creating content is the essence of inbound marketing. We utilize inbound marketing to shape your company into a trusted "go-to" resource for your client. The end result is that the people landing on your page will be more likely to buy into what you're selling and share, like or mention it on their networks. Inbound marketing is a brilliant methodology for businesses to capitalize on the transitioning digital age and connect with their target audience. 

 

I am the CEO of Strategis an award-winning marketing firm that has been on the forefront of Inbound Marketing. Strategis is a traditional and digital marketing company founded in 1999. We have refined our marketing skills to meet the demands of technological age, but our roots are in traditional marketing.

Nigel Jacob

@nsjacob

Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics -  a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston's City Hall.  Nigel has also served as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel worked to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century.  Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel has received a number of awards for his ground breaking work in Boston, including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012. He is also currently an Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities and an Executive in Residence at BU. 

Greg Jarboe

@gregjarboe

President & Co-Founder, SEO-PR

Greg Jarboe is president and co-founder of SEO-PR, an award-winning content marketing agency. He's also the author of YouTube and Video Marketing and a contributor to Complete B2B Online Marketing, Enchantment, Strategic Digital Marketing, and The Art of SEO. He's also profiled in Online Marketing Heroes. Greg is the Content Marketing faculty chair at Market Motive, an instructor in the Rutgers Business School's executive education program, and a member of the faculty in the IAB's Digital Leadership Program. He writes regularly for ReelSEO, ClickZ, The SEM Post, and Momentology. He's also a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Meghan Verena Joyce

@meghanvjoyce

General Manager, Uber East Coast

Meghan Verena Joyce is the General Manager for Uber East Coast, where she oversees operations in cities such as Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She previously served as General Manager of Uber Boston. Before joining Uber, Meghan worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Treasury, specializing in financial crisis recovery and federal agency operations. Meghan also worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on tech, media, and telecom investments and strategy for several portfolio companies, including Burlington Coat Factory, Toys "R" Us, and Clear Channel. Meghan began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

 

Emir Kapanci

@caredotcom

Director, Analytics, Care.com

As Director of Analytics, Emir is responsible for analyzing and augmenting Care.com's data assets to improve customer experience and decision making. In his role, Emir oversees a team of Data Scientists and Analysts that closely partner with many departments within the company (e.g. Product, Marketing, CRM, Finance and Operations), delivering solutions such as: Multi-channel attribution, BI dashboards, bidding models, revenue forecasting, recommendation systems, and test planning & evaluation. Prior to joining Care.com in 2013, Emir was a Data Scientist and Director of Analytical Services at Oracle Retail from 2007-2013. In that role, he worked with some of the biggest retailers in the US and worldwide, helping them optimize their product pricing, promotions, store clustering, in-store space allocation and inventory planning.

 

Emir holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University (2006), where his research was focused on Machine Learning & Statistical Modeling. 

Sherrill Kaplan

@sherrillkaplan

Senior Director, Digital Marketing & Innovation, 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.

Greg Karamitis

@DraftKings

VP of Analytics, DraftKings

Greg Karamitis joined DraftKings in 2014 as the VP of Analytics, where he is responsible for establishing an analytics function for the company. He began his career focused on pricing enhancements and consumer credit policy in the Marketing and Analytics group of the Point of Sale business unit at Capital One. In 2008, Karamitis joined Vistaprint to manage the Customer Analytics group. In this role, he was responsible for leveraging analytics to derive customer insights, expanding margin through algorithmic cross-sell optimization, and establishing customer level metrics throughout the business. While at Vistaprint, Karamitis moved to Sydney, Australia to establish and build the analytics team for Vistaprint Australia. In addition to the analytics team, Karamitis ultimately took on managing the acquisition and retention marketing functions for the Australian Market and the Japanese Customer Support Center.

Karamitis was born and raised in upstate New York. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biostatistics, Biochemistry from Cornell University in 2004.

Jim Kennedy

@apjmk

SVP Strategy & Enterprise Development, The Associated Press

James M. (Jim) Kennedy leads strategic planning across all divisions of the world's largest news organization and also manages AP's corporate development portfolio of early-stage startup investments.

 

He began his second stint with The Associated Press in 2001, after two years as executive director of product planning forThe Wall Street Journal Online, also known asWSJ.com. Before moving to the Journal, he spent 13 years at AP, first as business news editor and later as the founding director of the news agency's multimedia department.

 

As business editor of AP, Kennedy led the agency's award-winning coverage of the stock market crash in 1987 and oversaw the development of new data services that first enabled newspapers to customize their listings of stocks and mutual funds. In 1995, he was tapped to lead a new department that created The WIRE, AP's first Web-based news service, honored in 1999 by the Smithsonian Institution.

 

Kennedy is a board member of Digital Content Next, the trade association for digital content producers, and an advisory board member of Matter Ventures, a media startup investment fund and accelerator program based in San Francisco. He has been a board member and president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a founder and board member of the Online News Association.

 

He began his journalism career atThe Ogdensburg (N.Y.) Journalas a reporter and later managing editor. He also spent several years as a bureau chief, foreign correspondent and business editor forThe Tampa (Fla.) Tribunebefore moving to AP.

 

He is a 1975 graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in American Studies. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Pleasantville, N.Y. 

Gene King

@geneaking

Director, Corporate Communications, H&R Block

Gene King has built his career on combining the science of marketing with the art of communications to grow revenues and effectively protect and enhance a company's brand reputation. A 25-year communications veteran, he has built strategic brand, content, and thought leadership plans for the real estate, energy and financial services industries

 

As Director of Global Media Relations and Corporate Communications at H&R Block, King oversees corporate, consumer tax and financial services media relations and content strategies  for the world's largest consumer tax preparation company, which has offices across the globe including U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil and India. He also leads thought-leadership and brand-reputation management for the consumer tax division and The Tax Institute at H&R Block.

 

Previously, King managed marketing communications functions for DST Systems and oversaw marketing communications strategies for the energy sector of Black & Veatch. A former newspaper reporter, King earned a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in integrated marketing communications, both from the University of Kansas.

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.

Mike Kochanik

@mkochanik

CRO, Flowthings

Over a 25 year distinguished career as a sales and marketing executive, Mike has led numerous early stage venture backed companies to successful liquidity events and the creation of shareholder wealth.   Mike's efforts to bring to market early stage firms and define emerging markets span a remarkable range that includes Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and Cyber Security.

Prior to joining Flow, Mike founded the business team at CipherCloud, an Andreessen Horowitz portfolio company and market leader in Cloud Data Encryption.  At CipherCloud, Mike led sales through the formative years of corporate lifecycle and worked to create market defining Cloud partnerships with Salesforce.com, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Office 365.

Mike's other successful ventures include CollabNet (first commercial Cloud offering for DevOps, leader in Open Source software and World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer), Geodesic Systems (JVM technology licensor to Sun Microsystems and acquired by Veritas) and IKOS Systems (a leader in ASIC design automation, IPO in 1992 and acquired by Mentor Graphics).  

Mike started his career in technology with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he secured and executed contracts for Trident Missile and FAA programs, as a senior systems engineer and business capture leader.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University.

Matt Kressy

@MattKressy

Director, Integrated Design & Management, MIT

Matthew S. Kressy, director and founder of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master's degree track, is an expert in product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups to Fortune 500 companies.

 

Kressy believes in interdisciplinary, design-driven product development derived from deep user research, creative concept generation, and rapid prototype iteration. He is passionate about teaching this approach to design process. In fact, since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business School.

 

As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and teaches the track's primary and required courses. He holds a B.F.A. in industrial design from RISD.

 

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.

Nick Langeveld

@nhlangeveld

President & CEO, Affectiva

Nick Langeveld is the president and CEO of Affectiva. Langeveld has led Affectiva to become the leader in scalable and fully automated emotion sensing and analytics. He has over a decade of experience leading the convergence of media analytics and technology. Previously Langeveld held leadership roles at media and technology companies including Nielsen, BuzzMetrics (acquired by Nielsen), and IBM. Langeveld began his career at Goldman Sachs and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Villanova University.

Frank Lo

@wayfair

Director, Data Science, Wayfair

Frank Lo is the founder and director of the Data Science team at Wayfair. He oversees multiple initiatives in the company that revolve around learning customer behavior through data mining, and translating that insight into actionable strategy for ecommerce marketing and personalization efforts. Outside of his role at Wayfair, Lo is also the founder and developer of DataJobs.com, a popular hub for analytics recruiting. Lo graduated from MIT in 2008 and has remained in the Boston area ever since.

Teddy Lynn

@theteddler

Chief Creative Officer, Content & Social, Ogilvy & Mather

Teddy Lynn's role as Chief Creative Officer of Content & Social, Ogilvy North America is to help Ogilvy's client brands create, produce and distribute seamless ideas across a wide range of media channels.

 

Teddy has been working with brands on creating content for almost 15 years.  He launched content offerings at Arnold Worldwide, UM, BBDO and Mediabrands and has created effective and award winning work on behalf of clients such as AT&T, Walmart, Charles Schwab, Ocean Spray and Microsoft.

 

Before dedicating himself to advertising, Teddy was a producer of film, television and music videos. Among his numerous production credits is "Pleasantville", which starred Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

 

He holds a BA from Stanford and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. When he isn't working he likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife Jenni, his daughter Stevie and his son Jay at their home in Brooklyn.

Garrett MacDonald

@garrettmacd

Attribution Analytics & Optimization, Kochava

Bio coming soon!

Michael Mangione

@Bose

Director of Consumer Marketing, Bose

Michael Mangione is a strategic marketing leader with a strong track record of driving differentiated and accelerated results in marketing innovation and profitable global sales growth within a highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace. He has a passion for fostering innovation, collaboration and an unwavering focus on interactive, web, social and digital marketing. Mangione's core competencies lie in marketing strategy, advertising and multi-screen media, sponsorship activation and digital marketing. He has deep expertise in leveraging market insights and skills to create brand value, reinvent stagnant products, expand distribution and develop new businesses.

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.

Jeff Mesnik

@theopus

President, ContentMX

Bio coming soon!

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.

Mihael Mikek

@mihamikek1

CEO and co-founder, Celtra

Mihael sets the vision and strategy at Celtra, where he has overall responsibility for establishing Celtra as the leading rich media mobile advertising company. He incubated Celtra at Babson and led the company to become the preferred technology vendor for the mobile advertising ecosystem. Under his leadership the company won several industry awards, including the American Business Award and a MassTLC award.

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.

Uri Minkoff

@uriminkoff

Co-Founder & CEO, Rebecca Minkoff

Uri Minkoff is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Rebecca Minkoff, one of the fastest growing brands in the fashion industry, and the largest global fashion label led by a female millennial designer.


Only 39 years old, Uri is well known as the most forward thinking CEO in fashion, especially when it comes to the innovative use of new technologies and the omnichannel customer experience. Uri is the driving force behind what Morgan Stanley describes as the "stores of the future." He is a highly sought after speaker on the nexus between fashion, retail and emerging technologies.  


Uri founded the company in 2005 with his sister Rebecca and also serves as Creative Director for the brand's men's line. Rebecca Minkoff is a full lifestyle brand distributing accessories and apparel in 900 wholesale doors, with retail locations in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and international retail stores in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.


In 2015, the brand is on target for substantial YOY growth and expansion in international markets around the world.

Jim Mollica

@Mastershake1

Global Digital Marketing Strategy, Under Armour

Jim Mollica is a 20-year veteran in global media and digital marketing strategy, currently serving as VP of digital marketing at Under Armour. Mollica is an expert in consumer and brand marketing, with a deep focus around consumer analytics and digital applications. Prior to Under Armour he was SVP of global digital marketing at Ralph Lauren where he built a best-in-class consumer experience, and led content creation and oversight of media and distribution. Mollica has led digital marketing strategy and programming for other notable corporations such as Viacom/MTV Networks, The Walt Disney Company, and Nissan North America. 

Mike Monello

@mikemonello

VP & Chief Creative Officer, Campfire

Mike Monello founded Campfire in 2006 and has been intimately involved in the creative development of every project that has come through Campfire's doors. Clients include HBO, Harley Davidson, Infiniti, National Geographic, FX, Verizon and more. His work has been awarded top honors at the One Show, Clio, Mixx, ad:Tech, Effies and Cannes Lions Festival. Mike has spoken at many prestigious events, including Futures of Entertainment at M.I.T., Advertising Week, SXSW, Tv of Tomorrow, and more.

Prior to co-founding Campfire, Mike was a co-creator of 'The Blair Witch Project'; a movie that changed the way marketers approached the Internet. Mike graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Motion Picture Technology.

Steve Mooney

@jackmorton

EVP, Managing Director, Jack Morton Worldwide

As a Managing Director of our Boston operations, Steve oversees the development of multi-year agency relationships dedicated to building and activating brands for clients with a strong focus on the agency's digital experience offering.

 

Since he joined Jack Morton, Steve has played various roles from strategy and creative to management. Most recently, Steve worked on integrated campaigns for Subway, Fidelity and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

 

Out of the office, Steve's all about connecting with people aerodynamically: he's a world-renowned ultimate Frisbee player who has won world championships from the World Flying Disc Federation.

Nondini Naqui

@societygrownups

President & CEO, Society of Grownups

Nondini Naqui is the President and CEO of Society of Grownups. She took the road less-traveled to get to finance, studying anthropology, Spanish, and business, then co-founding a nonprofit for HIV+ women in Ethiopia. After a tenure at ING DIRECT (now Capital One 360), she found she could combine all her skills and interests at Society of Grownups. Day-to-day, Nondini is focused on business and marketing strategy, and also in true startup fashion she pitches in wherever she's needed.

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.

Elena Parker

@elenakathryn

Creative Technologist, Campfire

Elena Parker is an award-winning interactive writer, producer and creative technologist, comitted to exploring narrative on new platforms. A graduate of New York University's Interactive telecommunications Program, she currently works at Campfire where she acts as Creative Technologist on projects such as "Deja-View", a responsive film, "Byzantium Tests" for Cinemax' Hunted, and "Slaves for Santanico" for Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network. Previously, Elena co-wrote and co-produced the 2009 HBO Documentary, "Youth Knows No Pain" and was the managing editor of the New York Public Library's first mobile app, "Biblion: the Boundless Library." 

 

 

Jen Reddy

@JenReddy27

VP, Marketing, IdeaPaint

Jen has over 13 years of experience as a marketing strategist and thought-leader, and over 8 years in the start up world. Reddy's expertise includes brand planning, creative development, market research, customized events and content, and lead generation. Jen is a guest lecturer at Boston College and Boston University, and sits on the advisory boards of Design Museum Boston and the Kitchen Cabinet, and is a board member at Stoked.org. In 2013, Jen received the Ad Club "100 Women We Admire" award. Prior to joining IdeaPaint as the VP of Marketing in 2014, Jen was CMO of Communispace and also held senior management roles at Arnold Worldwide and The Martin Agency, working on iconic brands like Royal Caribbean, Timberland, UPS, Talbots, US Trust, and Walmart. Jen is a runner, foodie, fundraiser, and design enthusiast.

Brian Regienczuk

@agencyspotter

CEO & Founder, Agency Spotter

Former Group Director of Global Design at The Coca-Cola Company, Brian Regienczuk is the CEO and Co-Founder of Agency Spotter, an online marketplace streamlining how brands and agencies find one another and partner across digital, design, advertising, research and beyond.

Over the past 19 years, Brian has led teams at the intersection of design, technology and marketing. He has led innovation and branding initiatives at companies such as Bacardi, General Motors, The Home Depot, NXP Semiconductors, Philips, and WebMD, but is also known for launching the rebirth of brand standards across Coca-Cola's billion dollar brands from Sprite to Minute Maid and beyond.

Brian created Agency Spotter to disrupt the trillion dollar marketing services industry and has experience on both the corporate side and agency side of the equation. With more than 220% growth in users year over year, Agency Spotter is helping marketers at all size companies find the right partners in less time, with more information than ever before.

 

Chris Rezendes

@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.

David Rose

@davidrose

Lecturer and Researcher, MIT Media Lab & Author of "Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things"

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information.  David is the CEO at Ditto Labs an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objects focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Prior to Ditto, David founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens, and Express Scripts. He foundedAmbient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology: embedding internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. David holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been  featured at the MoMAcovered in The New York Times, WIRED, The Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report.

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.

Rudina Seseri

@rudina11

Partner, Fairhaven Capital

Rudina joined Fairhaven Capital at its inception in 2007. She has led Fairhaven's investments in CrowdTwist, FashionPlaytes, and SocialFlow. She also serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School.


Previously, Rudina was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development Group at Microsoft Corporation. In this position, she was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft's acquisitions and strategic investments including acquisitions such as iView Multimedia, Massive, DeepMetrix, and Lionhead Studios.
Prior to Microsoft, she worked as an investment banker in the Technology Group at Credit Suisse. While in investment banking, Rudina executed transactions in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets including Intersil Corp's acquisiton of Elantec Semiconductor for $1.4BN, the $1.7BN concurrent offering of equity units and common stock for Nortel Networks, the $150M convertible offering for Emcore Corp, and the $400M follow-on equity financing for Intersil Corp.


Rudina graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations, and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.


Rudina Seseri serves as a member of the Advisory Board of L'Oreal's Women in Digital, a member of the Board of Directors of MITX, a member of the Digital Hollywood Women's Board and as a mentor for TechStars. She is also a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement and a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech.

Baba Shetty

@babashetty

Chief Global Media 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. 

Richard Smyers

@Fidelity

VP, Center for Accelerated Innovation, Fidelity Investments

Richard Smyers is a vice president for the Fidelity Labs, a unit of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, the largest mutual fund supermarket, a leading online brokerage firm and one of the largest providers of custody and clearing services to financial professionals.  The vision of Fidelity Labs is to serve as Fidelity's idea and innovation catalyst, helping Fidelity's employees and businesses to imagine and realize the possibilities of emerging technologies and new ideas.

 

Mr. Smyers assumed his current position in October 2009 and is responsible for leading the Center for Accelerated Innovation within Fidelity Labs, which serves as a resource for managers driving innovation at Fidelity and provides research and tools to enable innovation within the firm. He reports directly to senior vice president of Fidelity Labs, Sean Belka.

 

Mr. Smyers joined Fidelity in 2004 as director, Consulting and New Business Development for the Fidelity Consulting Group (FCG) and was later promoted to vice president in 2005. In his role, he was responsible for leading projects focused on growth strategies, new product development and process design.

 

Prior to joining Fidelity Investments in 2004, Mr. Smyers served as vice president, Product Management for Assette, a provider of customized web-based software for the investment management community. In his role, he worked with top executives to develop the company strategy, business plan, product positioning and client service approach. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Smyers was a senior consultant for the Strategic Decisions Group inBostonand began his career in 1991 as an associate consultant for CSC Consulting.

 

Mr. Smyers received his bachelor of arts degree,cum laude, in engineering science modified with economics fromDartmouthCollegein 1991. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business atDukeUniversityin 1997.

 

Amy Solberg

@amydsolberg

Media Supervisor, Sanders\​Wingo

Amy Solberg is asupervisor of The Knowledge Group at Sanders\Wingo in Austin. She leads the chargeinbridging the strategic planning and media teams to help the agency incorporate behavioral economics solutions to traditional marketing problems with the understanding that what really makes or breaks brands is their ability to adapt to meet consumer needs. 

 

A student of consumer behavior, Amy employs her passion for combining deep consumer insights with a creative media approach to invent new and creative ways to disrupt the monotony and nudge consumers to take notice.

 

Prior to joining Sanders\Wingo, Amy earneda B.A. in advertising management from Southern Methodist University and began work on a range of brands from TXU EnergytoPopeyes to car2go. 

 

Jon Squire

@CARDFREE_Inc

CEO, CARDFREE

Jon Squire has more than 19 years of business, marketing and product development experience in financial services and emerging technologies. Most recently, Jon was CMO of CorFire, SK C&C's global mCommerce headquarters where he led the deployment of Dunkin' Donuts Mobile. He was also SVP of Mobile Payments at mFoundry where he spearheaded the Starbucks Card Mobile team and helped create the first mobile wallet initiatives in the U.S. with retailers, carriers and financial institutions. Between his work at CorFire and mFoundry, Jon has been involved in the two largest mobile payments programs in the nation.

Jon has consistently driven innovation and created world-class product offerings in new categories. He launched the first national mobile P2P offering in partnership with Sprint and PayPal and is well known for his leading edge work with NFC, barcode and alternative technologies that integrate with the point of sale. Earlier in his career, he also led mobile/e-commerce payment initiatives for Wells Fargo and ran E*TRADE Advisory Services.

Lindsay Starner

@hillholliday

VP of Analytics, Hill Holliday

Lindsay has 10 years of experience using marketing and business analytics to drive measurable results.  She has been at Trilia for over 3 years and, during this time, she has led analytics engagements for a variety of clients with a relentless focus on improving effectiveness. She is a true professional with a wealth of knowledge covering multivariate statistics & modeling, analysis of large data-sets, experimental design, and marketing research. Her previous experience spans an assortment of industries, including retail, QSR, hospitality, finance, insurance, and automotive. Over her career, she has worked extensively on clients such as Aflac, Bank of America, Dunkin' Donuts, Great Wolf Resorts, and Capella University, for whom her team won AdClub's 2014 Media Maven Award for the Best Use of Research.

 

Lindsay holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. with Distinction in Business Analytics from Bentley University.  

Cindy Stockwell

@cindymstockwell

President, Trilia Media

Cindy proudly launched Trilia as a different kind of media company, with a mandate for fiscal transparency. Trilia, which launched in 2015 and grew out of Hill Holliday/Erwin Penland's highly successful media operations, operates under the belief that the strongest client outcomes are driven by balancing Science and Ideas. Prior to Trilia, Cindy was responsible for Hill Holliday's integrated media department, overseeing communications planning, cross-channel media planning/buying, and analytics for clients such as Dunkin' Donuts, Major League Baseball, Liberty Mutual, The TJX Companies, and Chili's. Under her leadership, Hill Holliday's media department was twice named Media Agency of the Year by Media Magazine and Cindy has been honored as one of Adweek's Media All-Stars.

Throughout her career, Cindy has planned multimedia campaigns for clients in various industries, including packaged goods, retail, dining, and health care. Trilia's focus on Science and Ideas has resulted in campaigns across multiple disciplines that have consistently won awards: AdWeek Magazine's "Plan of the Year" (four times in the last five years),MediaPost's Creative Media Award (three times in the last four years), MediaPost's OMMA Award (2011 and 2014),Digiday's SAMMY Award (2014), and the MMASmarties (2014).

Lyle Stevens

@thelylestevens

CEO & Co-Founder, Mavrck

Bio coming soon!

Anne Stowell

@astowell

VP Member Experience, Teladoc

Anne Stowell is Teladoc's Vice President of Member Experience, responsible for the end-to-end customer experience and for driving engagement with Teladoc's industry-leading telemedicine service.  Anne is passionate about using insights to create rich, meaningful experiences for customers, and especially how design and technology together can transform the way people access care.  She has direct responsibility for Member Engagement, Member Satisfaction, and both mobile and website user interfaces, and collaborates closely with Operations, Clinical, Product, and Technology teams to implement and measure exceptional experiences.  

Anne brings a unique blend of brand, advertising, user experience, and healthcare industry expertise to her role and to the industry. Prior to joining Teladoc, Anne held senior roles in the marketing and advertising industry, working on global brands including Google, Coca-Cola, Sony, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and AIG. Prior to that, she was a member of Deloitte Consulting's healthcare practice focused on Health Plan Strategy & Operations, and was Senior Manager of Web Product Strategy at Empire BlueCross BlueShield. 

Michael Strickman

@TripAdvisor

VP Traffic Acquisition & Measurement, TripAdvisor

Bio coming soon!

Daniel Sullivan

@danielmsullivan

Founder & CEO, Crowdly

Daniel is a self-described "serial entrepreneur" with interests in the social application of technology to utilize the strength and engagement of networked communities and audiences. It has been his mission over the years to build smarter, better, and more useful communities. Daniel has been a strategy consultant at Dell working on building stronger personal knowledge networks, Founder at Crowdly and Appswell, co-founder and President at Speak With A Geek, and Community Manager at CollegeClub.com.

Jeremy Tate

VP/Group Director, Media, Starcom

Jeremy is an experienced digital media professional with 15 years spent in a combination of agency and client-side positions.  In his role at DigitasLBi, Jeremy leads client teams within financial services, building expertise in the areas of customer acquisition, content marketing, partnerships and sports marketing. Jeremy leads the account level Programmatic Team and serve as the Boston lead for agency level Programmatic COE. In addition, Jeremy works with teams across media and analytics capabilities to use programmatic for its rich audience insights, and to apply a data-driven approach to refine paid media investments across display, video, mobile and content distribution. 

Jeremy has been with DigitasLBi since December 2010. Prior to joining the agency Jeremy served as Account Director at Media Contacts, where he led teams working for clients within major verticals including consumer electronics, travel, and QSR. His experience also includes work as Online Media Manager at Monster Worldwide, and Online Media Planner/Buyer at Media Contacts.

Miles Thibault

@milesthibault

Mentor in Residence, TechStars

Miles Thibault is a mentor in residence at TechStars. He has brought his expertise in growth to multiple positions, including: Founder of Covvet, Head of Product at Wave Accounting, Product Manager at Eloqua (acquired by Oracle), Dev Lead at pH Group (acquired by Experian), and Developer at Telus.

 

David Tochterman

@dtoc

Co-Founder, Canvas Media Studios

David is the CEO of Canvas Media Studios which he co-founded with Emmy Award winning digital creator Bernie Su.  Canvas' most recent project VANITY is a partnership with StyleHaul and Maybelline.   Previous projects include the groundbreaking interactive web series THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which won the first Prime Time Emmy for a You Tube distributed series in 2013.  Follow-up project EMMA APPROVED, another Austen adaptation is a five-media multiplatform series which recently won a second Emmy Award for 2015.

 

Through his consulting company Versatility Media, David provides strategic representation of media and marketing companies, and content creators including ABC Digital, PBS Digital Studios, Starz Digital Media and Sway Group.

 

David became an early crossover digital media pioneer when he was recruited to launch the groundbreaking interactive video website CHANNELBLAST, which featured live branded content and was featured in Forbes and the NY Times.  He subsequently launched Innovative Artists Digital Media, one of the first strategic talent agency digital divisions, where he represented media companies as well as award winning content creators, and packaged branded entertainment projects across all platforms.

 

David was Executive Vice President for the launch of Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment and led its television division.  As Senior Vice President of the television powerhouse Carsey Werner Company, David played an integral role in the development and production of successful hit shows including THAT 70S SHOW, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, and was an Executive Producer of GRACE UNDER FIRE.   

 

David has been a speaker at media conferences including CES, SXSW, NATPE, iMedia, StreamMarket and is a member of the ATAS Interactive Peer Group.


Alyssa Toro

@alyssadtoro

Sr. Partner/Chief Creative Officer, Connelly Partners

Alyssa Toro is a 25-year veteran in Design and Advertising, a seasoned mom of two living in the Boston area and the founder of a nutrition brand called, Goodee™. Alyssa began her career at a handful of creative shops in Providence, including Leonard/Monahan. It was there that she learned the fundamentals of concept development and the importance of the role of strategic Design in the advertising community. As the Director of Leonard/Monahan's Design group at a very young age, she helped cultivate and grow the design offering and later brought her expertise to both Ingalls and Hill Holliday where as VP/Director of Design she stressed the importance of conceptual thinking in design work and integration across many disciplines.

 

Alyssa feels fortunate to have found her home at Connelly Partners 15 years ago when she joined Steve Connelly as Sr. Partner/Executive Creative Director to bring a unique design perspective to a traditional ad world. As the industry has evolved, Alyssa has helped to define the agency's role in expanding services through different channels. She has helped to grow the agency from 4 to 125 people of which she manages a robust 24 person creative group including designers, art directors, copywriters, animators and production professionals. She is one of the very few female Chief Creative Officers in New England.

 

Alyssa has learned many invaluable lessons throughout her career, most specifically at Connelly Partners. These lessons have not only impacted her style of leadership but have had a profound effect on her personal development.

 

Frederick Townes

@fredericktownes

Co-Founder, Placester

A serial entrepreneur and technologist, Frederick Townes is the co-founder and COO at Placester, the real estate marketing platform. Previously, Frederick was founding CTO and then senior technical advisor at Mashable, one of the top independent media sites worldwide, as well as founder of W3 EDGE, a web development and marketing agency, and W3 MARKUP, a leading service for user interface development. An influential WordPress developer, Frederick is the creator of W3 Total Cache, a web performance optimization framework with over one million users that powers tens of millions of sites.

Since 2003, Frederick's agency, W3 EDGE, has provided internet marketing and web development services for a variety of startups and well-known brands, including: AT&T, ASOS, Adorama, AIGA, Brian Solis, Center for Disease Control, Constant Contact, CVS Pharmacy, Envato, Hyatt, Jonathan Snook, Kodak, Lord & Taylor, Mashable, Microsoft, Neil Patel, Pearsonified, R.E.I., Sanyo, Sherwin Williams, Smashing Magazine, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Sony, Weight Watchers, Yahoo, and Yoast.

Today, Frederick applies his technical experience as both a developer and an entrepreneur to transforming the real estate industry at Placester, as well as advising early-stage startups. He currently resides in Boston.

Alex Tsai

@alextsai

VP Product Management', Catalina Marketing

Alex Tsai leads Catalina BuyerVision's digital advertising and promotions product management team. Alex is responsible for driving innovation and development of measureable purchase-based sales lift products and solutions.

Alex has over 15 years of experience managing video and display ad-serving, rich media, analytics, and database marketing products for Auditude (Adobe Systems), DoubleClick (Google), Yieldex (AppNexus), Unicast Communications (Sizmek) and Experian. Additionally, Alex has led advertising technology and sales operations team for imeem (MySpace) and Consorte Media (AudienceScience).

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).

Steve Ustaris

@Ustaris

SVP, Marketing, ownerIQ

Steve drives the strategy behind the ownerIQ (The Q's) corporate, creative and product marketing teams, and sales planning team. He holds a BA in Marketing from Fairfield University and has been working in the digital advertising industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining ownerIQ, Steve spend years on the agency side at StudioCom and Carat as a Media Director, where he handled the activation of clients' advertising initiatives within the digital media channel.

Daniel Wallace

@nutraclick

CEO & Co-Founder, NutraClick

Daniel Wallace graduated from Harvard in 2008 and co-founded NutraClick in February 2009. In between, he marketed third-party health and beauty brands online, leading to the birth of NutraClick as a technology-driven health and wellness products company. In 2014, Wallace was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New England. He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and is an active participant in the Mass Scale CEO Roundtable, a sustained gathering of CEOs from growing, high-potential technology companies in Massachusetts. He is a frequent speaker at industry events including NBJ Summit, Food Vision, and eTail West on topics related to digital advertising driving demand in retail stores.

 

Under Wallace's leadership, NutraClick has received multiple accolades including Forbes' List of America's Most Promising Companies (2014), Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies (2014), Boston Business Journal's List of Massachusetts Largest Private Companies (2014 and 2015), Boston Business Journal's List of Healthiest Employers (2014), Greatist's List of the Healthiest Companies to Work for in the U.S. (2014), and Boston Business Journal's Innovation All Star Award (2013).

 

As a former collegiate rower turned young entrepreneur, Wallace believes in "optimism, passion and hard work" as well as continuous professional and personal improvement.

Will Wang Graylin

@wgraylin

Global Co-GM, Samsung Pay

Will has started five companies since obtaining two Masters degrees from MIT, LoopPay, his third mobile payment startup, was acquired by Samsung in February 2015 and now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The prior two were Way Systems (sold to Verifone), and ROAM Data (sold to Ingenico), both were leading mobile POS & mobile payment solutions providers.

 

ROAM became the leading supplier of smartphone POS solutions and mobile readers with millions of units shipped worldwide.

 

Will's companies have won numerous innovation awards in the payments industry. Will has been recognized as a Mover & Shaker in the industry and he is regularly invited to speak about mobile payments.

 

Will served as a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer for nearly 6 years, the first naturalized China born immigrant to serve in this program.

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.

 

Perry Witmer

@PepsiCo

Senior Manager, Strategy & Insights, Innovation & Emerging Brands, PepsiCo

Perry Witmer is Senior Manager, Innovation & Emerging Brands at PepsiCo, where she leads the Strategy & Insights team responsible for developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands through breakthrough innovation & intrapreneurial brand-building.  Perry is also a Trends expert: she's developed a custom framework designed to empower leadership across categories and brands to capitalize on forward-looking consumer trends. 

Prior to joining PepsiCo in early 2013, Perry was Director of Brand Strategy at Penn Schoen Berland, where she worked as a strategic advisor for clients such as Reckitt Benckiser, Celebrity Cruises, American Express & Elizabeth Arden.  Perry's extensive experience ranges from brand architecture and competitive positioning to identifying and leveraging consumer insights, including specific input into brand innovation and new product development. 

Perry came to PSB after working as a Senior Brand Strategist at Distillery, where she was a strategic consultant for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pernod Ricard, and LG Electronics, advising across industries on wide-ranging business issues throughout their marketing lifecycle.  She also held several positions on the American Express team at Ogilvy & Mather NY, where she began her career.  Perry received an A.B. in Political Science from Harvard University.  

Ben Witt

@TheBenWitt

Director of Sales, Maker Studios

Ben Witt is a Sales Director at Maker Studios, a Walt Disney company and the largest content producer in the world, reaching over 600 million viewers globally across 55,000 influencers. He helps brands tell their stories and inspire audiences through engaging, influencer-driven content. Ben studied Sociology and Business at the University of Vermont and is currently living in Brooklyn, the center of the known universe. 

Daniel Wocholnok

@danwolch

Senior Product Manager, Hubspot

Dan Wolchonok is a Senior Product Manager at HubSpot, working on their freemium products. Dan helped formulate, build, and manage the development of products from inception to hundreds of thousands of active users.

Dan joined HubSpot in 2013 through the acquisition of his company, PrepWork. He graduated with an MBA from Yale University.

Rebecca Xiong

@beccax

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, TrueLens

A serial entrepreneur, Rebecca is co-founder of SocMetrics and GrowEpic, which help businesses with social and online marketing. Previously she co-founded Going.com, an events social network that grew to 1M members and was acquired by AOL.com.  She also held product and marketing roles at Akamai and DataPower (acquired by IBM). She holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT, where she focused on social media and data visualization.

Byron White

@byronwhite

Founder & CEO, WriterAccess

Byron White is one of the original content marketing revolutionaries, chair of Content Marketing Conference and published author of three books on the content marketing topic. He founded WriterAccess most recently, a growing marketplace that now connects 16,000+ customers with 10,000 writers, making the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies two years in a row. He's also the founder of several other successful startups including Freelance Access, ideaLaunch, LifeTips, and LostBall.org-an annual golf tournament that raised more than $100k over ten years for cancer research at Dana Farber. He's a popular speaker on the content marketing topic, offering insights on how to grow business organically-the content marketing way!

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

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the Web & Professor, MIT

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the standards forum for technical development of the Web and the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves Humanity.  He co-founded  and is President of the Open Data Institute in London. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL"). His research group at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL") works to re-decentralize the Web.    

A graduate of Oxford University, in 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.   In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany's Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. Sir Tim is a long time defender of rights such as privacy, freedom, Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

Jack Bradley

@jackbradley2112

Executive Producer / Partner, Hifi Project Inc.

Although an avid piano player and music geek since age 5, the genesis of Jack's current passion actually began with 5 years of film production in Boston. Using that experience he transitioned to a staff gig as broadcast producer at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, producing work for McDonalds, Boston Market and Dunlop. 

After realizing that the worlds of music, film and marketing could converge in the form of the modern creative music agency, Jack took the position of Executive Producer at Singing Serpent NY. Opening that studio from the ground up, he developed business over four years with clients ranging from GE to Starwood Hotels to Ebay. He then left Singing Serpent to open up his own music company, BlackBoard3 in the Flatiron area of Manhattan, eventually winning the global campaign for Lowes Home Improvement as well as a music themes for Pizza Hut and ESPN. In 2010, Jack merged his experience from BlackBoard3 to joinforces with Creative Director Paul Robb and LA Executive Producer Birgit Roberts to become the third partner of HiFi Project, thus creating a bi-coastal music and sound design company. For the last five years the brand has developed into three offices (opening up in Minneapolis in 2013) and has been pushing the music creation and supervision boundaries for a wide variety of clients including: Chevy, Target, Progressive Insurance, and GAP, to name a few. 

In July of 2014, HiFi Project won their first "Best Original Music" Emmy award, for the show opening of Behind the B.

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.

Christa Carone

@christacarone

Former CMO & CCO, Xerox & Fidelity, CMO, 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.

Matthew Charde

@mcharde

EVP, Managing Director - Creative, EF Education First

Matthew Charde is a seasoned entrepreneurial executive in the creative and design industry whose career has been built on organizing innovative businesses in media, entertainment, advertising, creative technology and the arts and bringing them to profitability.

With a background in general management and business development, his roles have included Managing Director of a gaming and digital production company, Managing Director of an emerging full-service advertising agency in high growth mode, and GM/Executive Producer/Director for four cutting edge advertising agencies and production shops.

Over the course of Charde's career he has overseen teams and businesses that have crafted breakthrough advertising campaigns, commercials, interactive media, branded content, games, mobile applications, movies, theme park rides, and TV programming.

In 2011 Charde was hired by EF Education First to grow its production capability into a full-service creative agency and currently is responsible for all of EF creative teams in North America. (ef.edu / eftours.com)

Jeanne Connon

@jconnon

Entrepreneur in Residence, DCM Ventures

Jeanne Connon is Entrepreneur in Residence at DCM Ventures. Most recently she was 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.

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

@MickEbeling

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.  

Mike Farber

@mfarbs

Partner, LaunchSquad

Mike loves a good story. He's a partner at LaunchSquad, a communications agency in Boston, San Francisco and New York with a special hankering for companies that think big and act bigger.

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. 

Max Fresen

@maxspire

SVP Strategy & Enterprise Development, DigitasLBi

With 20 award-winning years in the digital space as a creaBve director working with brands such as Sony, Bank of America, Samsung, adidas, Samsonite, Coca-Cola, and Dunkin' Donuts, Max brings a wealth of insights and rare experBse to the agency world.

His passion for telling stories through innovaBve and engaging experiences has made him a standard-bearer for "Convergence"; his passion for coding art and eschewing unnecessary documentaBon has made him a champion of agile processes and methodologies. As such, he prides himself on disrupBng tradiBonal agency models and has focused on the art of building and enabling teams of polymath makers and hackers that use the enBre digital spectrum of channels as a framework for narraBon, on behalf of the biggest brands on the planet.

Before joining Digitas as the head of Experience Design for Boston & Detroit in April of 2015, Max had most recently enjoyed a two-year hiatus from the agency world, spending his Bme as a new father, a mentor at TechStars Boston, and the CMO of the Startup InsBtute, an immersive learning program designed to help people begin new careers working athigh-growth companies.

Prior to that, his most recent agency sBnt was as the ExecuBve CreaBve Director of Isobar, where he worked alongside an incredibly talented team to build the agency's North American presence from a handful of acquired shops into a cohesive powerhouse that spanned the coasts and birthed breakthrough experiences for brands like adidas, Royal Caribbean and Comedy Central.

When he's not busy invenBng new uses for pixels and data, Max spends his Bme loving his wife and daughter, reading nerdy science magazines and books, and trying not to kill himself while he learns how to use power tools.

Robert Glazer

@robert_glazer

Founder & Managing Director, Acceleration Partners

Robert Glazer, founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, is a customer acquisition specialist with an exceptional track record in growing revenue and profits for fast-growing consumer products and services companies. His clients include adidas, eBay, ModCloth, Warby Parker, the Honest Company, Reebok, Shutterfly, Target, Gymboree, Tiny Prints, and many other consumer brands.

In 2014, Acceleration Partners drove more than $500 million in online revenue for its clients and ranked #260 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list, earning Robert a spot in the Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. The company is also the 2015 recipient of the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award for Agency of the Year and is a past recipient for Affiliate Program of the Year.

In addition to speaking at industry events like ad:tech, Affiliate Summit, DMA, IRCE, and Shop.org, he has published over seventy-five articles on marketing, strategy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Robert formerly served on the board of the Performance Marketing Association and currently sits on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. In his spare time, Robert is an avid skier, biker, amateur photographer, and serial home renovator.

Paul Greco

@Pg14PaulGreco

J.Walter Thompson

Paul Greco is Director of Music & Radio Production at global ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York. He was appointed in 2011 to lead the agency's music department and collaborate on music branding ideas across all media. Today his work continues to be recognized by the industry.

 

In 1995 Paul joined Young & Rubicam as Music Producer, and eventually rose to the position of Vice President, Executive Music Producer. During his 14-year career at the agency, he handled music production on many of Y&R's biggest clients. His work helped earn the Pella Windows account a television EMMY Award nomination and several other awards for many other clients.

 

Prior to Y&R, Paul worked at BBDO New York as Music and Radio Producer, where he produced music for many of their award-winning accounts including Pepsi, FedEx, GE, Visa, and HBO.

 

Paul has worked with numerous musical artists and continues to push for opportunities to align musicians and brands.

 

He is a board member of The Association of Music Producers (AMP) and was chosen as Chair for the 2015 AMP Awards. 

 

He has been a jury member for many award shows including The Clios, AICP, The International Music & Sound Awards, and has been quoted in industry related articles in CNN.com, BBCNews.com, Variety, Adweek, Adage, and Shoot Magazine.

 

 

Throughout it all, Paul's philosophy and mission is to create deep and durable ties between consumers and brands through music. In an era of being able to reach more people through so many different media channels, music remains one of the most effective ways to make the connection.

Cory Haik

@coryhaik

Executive Director, Emerging News Products, The Washington Post

Cory Haik is the Executive Director for Emerging News Products at the Washington Post.

 

With a journalism career solely in digital, Cory has a passion for the creative development of cutting-edge storytelling. She has been at the Post for the last four years, leading innovative initiatives -- such as the new Kindle Fire app -- and pushing the envelope on mobile and places to grow new audiences.

 

Cory cut her teeth following the storms of the Gulf Coast at NOLA.com, site of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was the Managing Editor. She shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for the staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service in 2006. She also shared in a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings with the staff of The Seattle Times.

 

Cory holds a Masters of Arts in Communication Theory from the University of New Orleans and lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Jessica Harlow

@JessicaHarlow

Style & Motivational Guru

Jessica Harlow describes herself as "a little girl with big dreams… and a downright dangerous obsession for glamour." The 24-year-old New York City native is best known as a popular online Style & Motivational Guru. With a following of 600k+ subscribers between her two YouTube channels, Jessica is inspiring many young women to put their best selves forward one video at a time!

Jeffrey Hayzlett

@JeffreyHayzlett

Primetime TV & Radio Host

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of  C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett andExecutive Perspectives on  C-Suite TV, and business radio host of  All Business with JeffreyHayzlett  on CBS on-demand radio network  Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of  C-Suite Network, home of the world's most powerful network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of two bestselling business books,  The Mirror Test and  Running the Gauntlet His third book,  Think Big, Act Bigger, releases September 2015. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today.

Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

George Irish

@girishstrategis

President & CEO , Strategis

The marketing industry is morphing into an inbound dependent landscape. Chances are, if your company is still relying on traditional marketing tools to attract clients, half the battle is already lost. The digital age is among us, and Strategis has the expertise to guide your organization. 

 

By utilizing Blogging, SEO, Pay-Per Click, Social Media Outreach, and Creative Design Services we craft marketing strategies to help our clients promote their vision and increase sales.

 

The goal of inbound marketing is to attract an audience by providing them with relevant and useful content. For your audience, high quality, helpful and engaging content shows a high level of expertise. Creating content is the essence of inbound marketing. We utilize inbound marketing to shape your company into a trusted "go-to" resource for your client. The end result is that the people landing on your page will be more likely to buy into what you're selling and share, like or mention it on their networks. Inbound marketing is a brilliant methodology for businesses to capitalize on the transitioning digital age and connect with their target audience. 

 

I am the CEO of Strategis an award-winning marketing firm that has been on the forefront of Inbound Marketing. Strategis is a traditional and digital marketing company founded in 1999. We have refined our marketing skills to meet the demands of technological age, but our roots are in traditional marketing.

Meghan Verena Joyce

@meghanvjoyce

General Manager, Uber East Coast

Meghan Verena Joyce is the General Manager for Uber East Coast, where she oversees operations in cities such as Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She previously served as General Manager of Uber Boston. Before joining Uber, Meghan worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Treasury, specializing in financial crisis recovery and federal agency operations. Meghan also worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on tech, media, and telecom investments and strategy for several portfolio companies, including Burlington Coat Factory, Toys "R" Us, and Clear Channel. Meghan began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

 

Greg Karamitis

@DraftKings

VP of Analytics, DraftKings

Greg Karamitis joined DraftKings in 2014 as the VP of Analytics, where he is responsible for establishing an analytics function for the company. He began his career focused on pricing enhancements and consumer credit policy in the Marketing and Analytics group of the Point of Sale business unit at Capital One. In 2008, Karamitis joined Vistaprint to manage the Customer Analytics group. In this role, he was responsible for leveraging analytics to derive customer insights, expanding margin through algorithmic cross-sell optimization, and establishing customer level metrics throughout the business. While at Vistaprint, Karamitis moved to Sydney, Australia to establish and build the analytics team for Vistaprint Australia. In addition to the analytics team, Karamitis ultimately took on managing the acquisition and retention marketing functions for the Australian Market and the Japanese Customer Support Center.

Karamitis was born and raised in upstate New York. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biostatistics, Biochemistry from Cornell University in 2004.

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.

Teddy Lynn

@theteddler

Chief Creative Officer, Content & Social, Ogilvy & Mather

Teddy Lynn's role as Chief Creative Officer of Content & Social, Ogilvy North America is to help Ogilvy's client brands create, produce and distribute seamless ideas across a wide range of media channels.

 

Teddy has been working with brands on creating content for almost 15 years.  He launched content offerings at Arnold Worldwide, UM, BBDO and Mediabrands and has created effective and award winning work on behalf of clients such as AT&T, Walmart, Charles Schwab, Ocean Spray and Microsoft.

 

Before dedicating himself to advertising, Teddy was a producer of film, television and music videos. Among his numerous production credits is "Pleasantville", which starred Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

 

He holds a BA from Stanford and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. When he isn't working he likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife Jenni, his daughter Stevie and his son Jay at their home in Brooklyn.

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.

Mihael Mikek

@mihamikek1

CEO and co-founder, Celtra

Mihael sets the vision and strategy at Celtra, where he has overall responsibility for establishing Celtra as the leading rich media mobile advertising company. He incubated Celtra at Babson and led the company to become the preferred technology vendor for the mobile advertising ecosystem. Under his leadership the company won several industry awards, including the American Business Award and a MassTLC award.

Jim Mollica

@Mastershake1

Global Digital Marketing Strategy, Under Armour

Jim Mollica is a 20-year veteran in global media and digital marketing strategy, currently serving as VP of digital marketing at Under Armour. Mollica is an expert in consumer and brand marketing, with a deep focus around consumer analytics and digital applications. Prior to Under Armour he was SVP of global digital marketing at Ralph Lauren where he built a best-in-class consumer experience, and led content creation and oversight of media and distribution. Mollica has led digital marketing strategy and programming for other notable corporations such as Viacom/MTV Networks, The Walt Disney Company, and Nissan North America. 

Nondini Naqui

@societygrownups

President & CEO, Society of Grownups

Nondini Naqui is the President and CEO of Society of Grownups. She took the road less-traveled to get to finance, studying anthropology, Spanish, and business, then co-founding a nonprofit for HIV+ women in Ethiopia. After a tenure at ING DIRECT (now Capital One 360), she found she could combine all her skills and interests at Society of Grownups. Day-to-day, Nondini is focused on business and marketing strategy, and also in true startup fashion she pitches in wherever she's needed.

Jen Reddy

@JenReddy27

VP, Marketing, IdeaPaint

Jen has over 13 years of experience as a marketing strategist and thought-leader, and over 8 years in the start up world. Reddy's expertise includes brand planning, creative development, market research, customized events and content, and lead generation. Jen is a guest lecturer at Boston College and Boston University, and sits on the advisory boards of Design Museum Boston and the Kitchen Cabinet, and is a board member at Stoked.org. In 2013, Jen received the Ad Club "100 Women We Admire" award. Prior to joining IdeaPaint as the VP of Marketing in 2014, Jen was CMO of Communispace and also held senior management roles at Arnold Worldwide and The Martin Agency, working on iconic brands like Royal Caribbean, Timberland, UPS, Talbots, US Trust, and Walmart. Jen is a runner, foodie, fundraiser, and design enthusiast.

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.

Rudina Seseri

@rudina11

Partner, Fairhaven Capital

Rudina joined Fairhaven Capital at its inception in 2007. She has led Fairhaven's investments in CrowdTwist, FashionPlaytes, and SocialFlow. She also serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School.


Previously, Rudina was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development Group at Microsoft Corporation. In this position, she was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft's acquisitions and strategic investments including acquisitions such as iView Multimedia, Massive, DeepMetrix, and Lionhead Studios.
Prior to Microsoft, she worked as an investment banker in the Technology Group at Credit Suisse. While in investment banking, Rudina executed transactions in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets including Intersil Corp's acquisiton of Elantec Semiconductor for $1.4BN, the $1.7BN concurrent offering of equity units and common stock for Nortel Networks, the $150M convertible offering for Emcore Corp, and the $400M follow-on equity financing for Intersil Corp.


Rudina graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations, and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.


Rudina Seseri serves as a member of the Advisory Board of L'Oreal's Women in Digital, a member of the Board of Directors of MITX, a member of the Digital Hollywood Women's Board and as a mentor for TechStars. She is also a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement and a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech.

Amy Solberg

@amydsolberg

Media Supervisor, Sanders\​Wingo

Amy Solberg is asupervisor of The Knowledge Group at Sanders\Wingo in Austin. She leads the chargeinbridging the strategic planning and media teams to help the agency incorporate behavioral economics solutions to traditional marketing problems with the understanding that what really makes or breaks brands is their ability to adapt to meet consumer needs. 

 

A student of consumer behavior, Amy employs her passion for combining deep consumer insights with a creative media approach to invent new and creative ways to disrupt the monotony and nudge consumers to take notice.

 

Prior to joining Sanders\Wingo, Amy earneda B.A. in advertising management from Southern Methodist University and began work on a range of brands from TXU EnergytoPopeyes to car2go. 

 

Cindy Stockwell

@cindymstockwell

President, Trilia Media

Cindy proudly launched Trilia as a different kind of media company, with a mandate for fiscal transparency. Trilia, which launched in 2015 and grew out of Hill Holliday/Erwin Penland's highly successful media operations, operates under the belief that the strongest client outcomes are driven by balancing Science and Ideas. Prior to Trilia, Cindy was responsible for Hill Holliday's integrated media department, overseeing communications planning, cross-channel media planning/buying, and analytics for clients such as Dunkin' Donuts, Major League Baseball, Liberty Mutual, The TJX Companies, and Chili's. Under her leadership, Hill Holliday's media department was twice named Media Agency of the Year by Media Magazine and Cindy has been honored as one of Adweek's Media All-Stars.

Throughout her career, Cindy has planned multimedia campaigns for clients in various industries, including packaged goods, retail, dining, and health care. Trilia's focus on Science and Ideas has resulted in campaigns across multiple disciplines that have consistently won awards: AdWeek Magazine's "Plan of the Year" (four times in the last five years),MediaPost's Creative Media Award (three times in the last four years), MediaPost's OMMA Award (2011 and 2014),Digiday's SAMMY Award (2014), and the MMASmarties (2014).

Michael Strickman

@TripAdvisor

VP Traffic Acquisition & Measurement, TripAdvisor

Bio coming soon!

Miles Thibault

@milesthibault

Mentor in Residence, TechStars

Miles Thibault is a mentor in residence at TechStars. He has brought his expertise in growth to multiple positions, including: Founder of Covvet, Head of Product at Wave Accounting, Product Manager at Eloqua (acquired by Oracle), Dev Lead at pH Group (acquired by Experian), and Developer at Telus.

 

Frederick Townes

@fredericktownes

Co-Founder, Placester

A serial entrepreneur and technologist, Frederick Townes is the co-founder and COO at Placester, the real estate marketing platform. Previously, Frederick was founding CTO and then senior technical advisor at Mashable, one of the top independent media sites worldwide, as well as founder of W3 EDGE, a web development and marketing agency, and W3 MARKUP, a leading service for user interface development. An influential WordPress developer, Frederick is the creator of W3 Total Cache, a web performance optimization framework with over one million users that powers tens of millions of sites.

Since 2003, Frederick's agency, W3 EDGE, has provided internet marketing and web development services for a variety of startups and well-known brands, including: AT&T, ASOS, Adorama, AIGA, Brian Solis, Center for Disease Control, Constant Contact, CVS Pharmacy, Envato, Hyatt, Jonathan Snook, Kodak, Lord & Taylor, Mashable, Microsoft, Neil Patel, Pearsonified, R.E.I., Sanyo, Sherwin Williams, Smashing Magazine, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Sony, Weight Watchers, Yahoo, and Yoast.

Today, Frederick applies his technical experience as both a developer and an entrepreneur to transforming the real estate industry at Placester, as well as advising early-stage startups. He currently resides in Boston.

Steve Ustaris

@Ustaris

SVP, Marketing, ownerIQ

Steve drives the strategy behind the ownerIQ (The Q's) corporate, creative and product marketing teams, and sales planning team. He holds a BA in Marketing from Fairfield University and has been working in the digital advertising industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining ownerIQ, Steve spend years on the agency side at StudioCom and Carat as a Media Director, where he handled the activation of clients' advertising initiatives within the digital media channel.

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.

 

Daniel Wocholnok

@danwolch

Senior Product Manager, Hubspot

Dan Wolchonok is a Senior Product Manager at HubSpot, working on their freemium products. Dan helped formulate, build, and manage the development of products from inception to hundreds of thousands of active users.

Dan joined HubSpot in 2013 through the acquisition of his company, PrepWork. He graduated with an MBA from Yale University.

Jim Anderson

@jvanderson

CEO, SocialFlow

Jim Anderson has a distinguished track record in technology, with a 20-plus year career spanning the development, productization, and sale of technology solutions in both B2B and B2C environments. He has spent the past six years on the cutting edge of social media, and over that time has been helping marketers effectively use technology to power their social media efforts.

Prior to SocialFlow, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of Vitrue, where he was instrumental in building the team, the products, and the customer relationships that ultimately led to the company's acquisition by Oracle.  After the acquisition, he spent a year leading the successful integration of the Vitrue products and technology into the Oracle portfolio.

Prior to Vitrue, Jim spent nearly a decade at EarthLink/MindSpring, the consumer Internet Service Provider who helped create consumer adoption of the Internet starting in the mid-1990s.  He led the development and launch of MindSpring's first high-speed DSL offering, a business that ultimately grew to more than a million subscribers.

Jim also spent nine years in consulting, advising a variety of Fortune 500 clients on technology and business issues.  He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has three children, including one very special needs child.

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.

Ashish Braganza

@phillyanalytics

Director, Global Business Intelligence, Lenovo

Bio coming soon!

Charlie Breit

@charlie_breit

VP of Marketing, SurePayroll

Charlie is responsible for all aspects of SurePayroll's Marketing efforts. Charlie has over 14 years of experience in marketing, brand building, digital and customer experiences. He has great savvy in building integrated brand platforms, developing digital experiences on both desktop and mobile platforms, enhancing customer engagement, growing brand awareness and strengthening brands.

Prior to arriving at SurePayroll, Charlie was Director of Digital Marketing at Northwestern Mutual where he was responsible for directing the digital strategy to maximize engagement and improve the customer experience across digital touch-points. He supported efforts to improve the client experience and build brand awareness through the development of a new NorthwesternMutual.com in 2014 and brand narrative in 2015.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, he was a Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at Allstate Insurance. While there, he directed the digital marketing strategy and drove digital innovation including launching a new Allstate.com web experience in 2013.

Charlie holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University and an MBA from Northeastern Illinois University.


Patrick Cassidy

@patrickecassidy

Head of Global Digital Brand Marketing, New Balance

Patrick Cassidy joined New Balance late last summer, where he leads global digital brand marketing. He is responsible for establishing and directing the brand's evolving social media and content strategy and for driving innovation in brand storytelling and digital executions.

Prior to New Balance, Patrick founded the international basketball publicationDime Magazineand its digital network as well as the sports / entertainment agency 94x50. At 94x50, he led campaigns and executions for a clients like the NBA, Red Bull, Converse, Nike Basketball, Nike Sportswear, Brand Jordan, EA Sports, Sprite, Levi's, Foot Locker, Skullcandy, and the Brooklyn Nets.

Chia Chen

@talk2chia

EVP, DigitasLBi

Chia Chen is EVP/Managing Director of the Digital Products and Services offering at DigitasLBi. In that role, Chia helps clients develop transformational customer-centered digital strategies. He works across a number of clients including Sprint, American Express, Whirlpool and Pitney Bowes. Previously at DigitasLBi, Chia started and led the mobile practice and served the American Express and Samsung clients as relationship lead.

 

Chia has over 15 years of experience working with clients to achieve business results and build customer relationships through the digital channels. Over his digital marketing agency career he has served clients in a number of categories, including:  AT&T, Visa International, Coors Brewing Company, Delta Air Lines, MINI USA, Samsung and Unilever.  Chia was also an executive with a digital ad targeting solution start-up and worked in database marketing at American Express. Chia holds a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University.

Gloria Colgan

@gkcolgan

President, PYMNTS.com

As the President of PYMNTS.com and Managing Director for Market Platform Dynamics, Gloria is a recognized leader in the successful design
and deployment of new products and emerging payment strategies worldwide. With over 20 years of experience of working with global
financial institutions and retail partners, she has developed and delivered payment solutions in every aspect of the digital and commerce space
including mobile commerce and digital "wallets", contactless payments and prepaid card products. She has published multiple studies and papers on
these topics including a study with her MPD colleagues ranking over 100 companies on payments innovation and a paper on "The Future of Cash".
She is a frequent speaker and her expertise has been featured in numerous trade publications. She currently serves on the board of advisors for multiple
start-up entities in the mobile money and digital payment space and is the current Treasurer of the Board for W.net, the leading women's professional
organization for women in payments. Previously, Gloria held the position of Senior Vice President at Discover
Network, as the leader of Marketing & Emerging Payments. She has also worked for JPMorgan Chase, Sears Roebuck & Co. and McKinsey. Gloria
has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Keith D'Arcy

@SONGSpublishing

Creative Licensing & Catalog Acquisition , Songs Music Publishing

Keith has two abiding passions: matching music to picture and record collecting. With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith has placed hundreds of songs in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra. He's found his dream job here at SONGS: Creative Licensing and Catalog Acquisition. Finding perfect synch opportunities for our songwriters and using his deep knowledge of popular music to help build our catalog of great songs are what make him truly happy.

Dave Dugan

@facebook

Global Agency Director, Facebook

Dave serves as a Director on Facebook's Global Agency Team, a role he has played since 2013.  He is responsible for developing the close partnership between WPP and Facebook, including initiatives across data and measurement, joint product and tools development, and education programs to help WPP teams bring innovation to their global client base.

Dave spent the majority of his career in the agency world, including over 11 years at Digitas (SVP/Corporate Strategy) and Arnold/Havas (Chief Commercial Officer).  Previously, Dave was President of BzzAgent, where he led day-to-day operations and facilitated their acquisition by dunnhumby/Tesco. 

He began his career as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini in Cambridge, where he served as chief analyst of their North American strategy practice.

Dave is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Business Economics.

Jennifer Eldin

@jenneldin

Director, Global Head of Social Media & Content, Blackrock

Jenn Eldin is a seasoned marketer with over 10 years of experience building brands in retail and digital. She leverages data and analytics as weapons in the crusade for understanding customer needs and creating great content that drives demand. She is currently the global head of social media for BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, overseeing the blog and all social channels for the brand.

 

Prior to joining BlackRock she spent 5 years at American Express, where she launched American Express's first hackathon, spearheaded the company's first marketing mix analysis, and relaunched the Serve brand through a major above the line campaign that resulted in hundreds of thousands of new accounts. In her first role at American Express she lead content strategy, creation, operations and marketing for American Express OPEN Forum's blog and social presences. Prior to joining American Express, she received her MBA from the University of Chicago, and before that she spent several years at News America Marketing, where she worked with CPG companies like Pepsi and Kimberly Clark to develop marketing campaigns. Outside of work, she is an avid paleo chef and night photographer. @jenneldin, IG: Paleo_Esque

 

Aaron Fetters

@fettersac

SVP, Marketing & Sales, comScore, Inc.

Aaron Fetters recently joined comScore as the SVP of marketing and sales. Most recently, as Director, Insights and Analytics Solutions Center at the Kellogg Company, Fetters oversees a broad marketing insights organization. From product, idea, and communication assessment through marketing effectiveness analytics and research, his group delivers services and insights that power brand growth. Previously, Fetters served as associate director, global digital strategy and analytics, responsible for enhancing Kellogg Company's capabilities in digital marketing measurement and analysis, with emphasis on digital media performance, insights, and digital marketing ROI. In addition, he was the lead digital strategist for the Pop-Tarts and Eggo brands, advising and co-creating digital marketing solutions with agency partners. Fetters began his career at P&G, where he helped develop industry-leading capabilities in the areas of digital marketing and digital marketing research.

Jordan Fliegel

@jfleeg

Founder, President & Chairman, CoachUp

Jordan Fliegel is Founder and President of coachup.com, national leader in the sports coaching industry. Jordan is also active in the startup ecosystem as an investor in over 30 startups, and as Co-Chair of Funding at Mass Challenge and a Mentor at Techstars Boston. Before his entrepreneurial career, Jordan played professional basketball in Europe and Israel.

 

Bill Gajda

@BillGajda

SVP, Global Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa

Bill Gaja leads engagement strategy and commercial agreements with the world's largest non-financial institutions, including Mobile Network Operators, Device Manufacturers, Platform Providers and Systems Integrators. Gaja leads global Venture Capital and Start-up engagement programs. He also heads up the Visa Incubator Program, and the "Visa Ready" Program, Visa's activities to develop and certify new technologies, devices and applications.

Christian Goy

@GOY909

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Behavioral Science Lab

Christian Goy is the co-founder and managing director of the Behavioral Science Lab. Starting his career in strategic planning on both the client and agency side, he developed a love for consumer insights and targeting. He felt there was a lack of substantial data showing why consumers make the purchasing decisions they do, leading to his desire to answer the unknown question of WHY. Combining his passion and curiosity for arts and science, the native of Germany embarked on the entrepreneurial journey to help develop behavioral economics research tools that today are used for multiple marketing and business applications. As a former Olympic hopeful, Christian holds a B.A. in management and organization as well as an M.B.A. with a focus in marketing.

Sarah Green

@skgreen

Senior Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review

Sarah Green Carmichael is a Senior Associate Editor at Harvard Business Review, where she acquires, edits, and writes for HBR.org. She also leads the video program and hosts the weekly podcast the HBR IdeaCast, which has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award under her tenure. In addition, she has edited best-selling books for Harvard Business Review Press. Previously, she spent five years as a baseball columnist and sportswriter, and was a researcher for Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated Op-Ed columnist Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

Jermaine Hall

@jermainehall

VP & Managing Editor, Digital, BET

Bio coming soon!

Douglas Hausladen

@doughausladen

Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of New Haven

Bio coming soon!

Joshua Herzig-Marx

@google

Commerce Partnerships, Google

Josh has worked with Google's Commerce Partnerships team since selling his company, Incentive Targeting, to Google in 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the healthcare and financial services technology sectors. Josh earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Babson College. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and two young daughters.

Nigel Jacob

@nsjacob

Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics -  a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston's City Hall.  Nigel has also served as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel worked to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century.  Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel has received a number of awards for his ground breaking work in Boston, including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012. He is also currently an Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities and an Executive in Residence at BU. 

Emir Kapanci

@caredotcom

Director, Analytics, Care.com

As Director of Analytics, Emir is responsible for analyzing and augmenting Care.com's data assets to improve customer experience and decision making. In his role, Emir oversees a team of Data Scientists and Analysts that closely partner with many departments within the company (e.g. Product, Marketing, CRM, Finance and Operations), delivering solutions such as: Multi-channel attribution, BI dashboards, bidding models, revenue forecasting, recommendation systems, and test planning & evaluation. Prior to joining Care.com in 2013, Emir was a Data Scientist and Director of Analytical Services at Oracle Retail from 2007-2013. In that role, he worked with some of the biggest retailers in the US and worldwide, helping them optimize their product pricing, promotions, store clustering, in-store space allocation and inventory planning.

 

Emir holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University (2006), where his research was focused on Machine Learning & Statistical Modeling. 

Jim Kennedy

@apjmk

SVP Strategy & Enterprise Development, The Associated Press

James M. (Jim) Kennedy leads strategic planning across all divisions of the world's largest news organization and also manages AP's corporate development portfolio of early-stage startup investments.

 

He began his second stint with The Associated Press in 2001, after two years as executive director of product planning forThe Wall Street Journal Online, also known asWSJ.com. Before moving to the Journal, he spent 13 years at AP, first as business news editor and later as the founding director of the news agency's multimedia department.

 

As business editor of AP, Kennedy led the agency's award-winning coverage of the stock market crash in 1987 and oversaw the development of new data services that first enabled newspapers to customize their listings of stocks and mutual funds. In 1995, he was tapped to lead a new department that created The WIRE, AP's first Web-based news service, honored in 1999 by the Smithsonian Institution.

 

Kennedy is a board member of Digital Content Next, the trade association for digital content producers, and an advisory board member of Matter Ventures, a media startup investment fund and accelerator program based in San Francisco. He has been a board member and president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a founder and board member of the Online News Association.

 

He began his journalism career atThe Ogdensburg (N.Y.) Journalas a reporter and later managing editor. He also spent several years as a bureau chief, foreign correspondent and business editor forThe Tampa (Fla.) Tribunebefore moving to AP.

 

He is a 1975 graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in American Studies. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Pleasantville, N.Y. 

Mike Kochanik

@mkochanik

CRO, Flowthings

Over a 25 year distinguished career as a sales and marketing executive, Mike has led numerous early stage venture backed companies to successful liquidity events and the creation of shareholder wealth.   Mike's efforts to bring to market early stage firms and define emerging markets span a remarkable range that includes Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and Cyber Security.

Prior to joining Flow, Mike founded the business team at CipherCloud, an Andreessen Horowitz portfolio company and market leader in Cloud Data Encryption.  At CipherCloud, Mike led sales through the formative years of corporate lifecycle and worked to create market defining Cloud partnerships with Salesforce.com, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Office 365.

Mike's other successful ventures include CollabNet (first commercial Cloud offering for DevOps, leader in Open Source software and World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer), Geodesic Systems (JVM technology licensor to Sun Microsystems and acquired by Veritas) and IKOS Systems (a leader in ASIC design automation, IPO in 1992 and acquired by Mentor Graphics).  

Mike started his career in technology with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he secured and executed contracts for Trident Missile and FAA programs, as a senior systems engineer and business capture leader.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University.

Nick Langeveld

@nhlangeveld

President & CEO, Affectiva

Nick Langeveld is the president and CEO of Affectiva. Langeveld has led Affectiva to become the leader in scalable and fully automated emotion sensing and analytics. He has over a decade of experience leading the convergence of media analytics and technology. Previously Langeveld held leadership roles at media and technology companies including Nielsen, BuzzMetrics (acquired by Nielsen), and IBM. Langeveld began his career at Goldman Sachs and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Villanova University.

Garrett MacDonald

@garrettmacd

Attribution Analytics & Optimization, Kochava

Bio coming soon!

Jeff Mesnik

@theopus

President, ContentMX

Bio coming soon!

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.

Mike Monello

@mikemonello

VP & Chief Creative Officer, Campfire

Mike Monello founded Campfire in 2006 and has been intimately involved in the creative development of every project that has come through Campfire's doors. Clients include HBO, Harley Davidson, Infiniti, National Geographic, FX, Verizon and more. His work has been awarded top honors at the One Show, Clio, Mixx, ad:Tech, Effies and Cannes Lions Festival. Mike has spoken at many prestigious events, including Futures of Entertainment at M.I.T., Advertising Week, SXSW, Tv of Tomorrow, and more.

Prior to co-founding Campfire, Mike was a co-creator of 'The Blair Witch Project'; a movie that changed the way marketers approached the Internet. Mike graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Motion Picture Technology.

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.

Brian Regienczuk

@agencyspotter

CEO & Founder, Agency Spotter

Former Group Director of Global Design at The Coca-Cola Company, Brian Regienczuk is the CEO and Co-Founder of Agency Spotter, an online marketplace streamlining how brands and agencies find one another and partner across digital, design, advertising, research and beyond.

Over the past 19 years, Brian has led teams at the intersection of design, technology and marketing. He has led innovation and branding initiatives at companies such as Bacardi, General Motors, The Home Depot, NXP Semiconductors, Philips, and WebMD, but is also known for launching the rebirth of brand standards across Coca-Cola's billion dollar brands from Sprite to Minute Maid and beyond.

Brian created Agency Spotter to disrupt the trillion dollar marketing services industry and has experience on both the corporate side and agency side of the equation. With more than 220% growth in users year over year, Agency Spotter is helping marketers at all size companies find the right partners in less time, with more information than ever before.

 

David Rose

@davidrose

Lecturer and Researcher, MIT Media Lab & Author of "Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things"

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information.  David is the CEO at Ditto Labs an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objects focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Prior to Ditto, David founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens, and Express Scripts. He foundedAmbient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology: embedding internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. David holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been  featured at the MoMAcovered in The New York Times, WIRED, The Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report.

Baba Shetty

@babashetty

Chief Global Media 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. 

Jon Squire

@CARDFREE_Inc

CEO, CARDFREE

Jon Squire has more than 19 years of business, marketing and product development experience in financial services and emerging technologies. Most recently, Jon was CMO of CorFire, SK C&C's global mCommerce headquarters where he led the deployment of Dunkin' Donuts Mobile. He was also SVP of Mobile Payments at mFoundry where he spearheaded the Starbucks Card Mobile team and helped create the first mobile wallet initiatives in the U.S. with retailers, carriers and financial institutions. Between his work at CorFire and mFoundry, Jon has been involved in the two largest mobile payments programs in the nation.

Jon has consistently driven innovation and created world-class product offerings in new categories. He launched the first national mobile P2P offering in partnership with Sprint and PayPal and is well known for his leading edge work with NFC, barcode and alternative technologies that integrate with the point of sale. Earlier in his career, he also led mobile/e-commerce payment initiatives for Wells Fargo and ran E*TRADE Advisory Services.

Lyle Stevens

@thelylestevens

CEO & Co-Founder, Mavrck

Bio coming soon!

Daniel Sullivan

@danielmsullivan

Founder & CEO, Crowdly

Daniel is a self-described "serial entrepreneur" with interests in the social application of technology to utilize the strength and engagement of networked communities and audiences. It has been his mission over the years to build smarter, better, and more useful communities. Daniel has been a strategy consultant at Dell working on building stronger personal knowledge networks, Founder at Crowdly and Appswell, co-founder and President at Speak With A Geek, and Community Manager at CollegeClub.com.

David Tochterman

@dtoc

Co-Founder, Canvas Media Studios

David is the CEO of Canvas Media Studios which he co-founded with Emmy Award winning digital creator Bernie Su.  Canvas' most recent project VANITY is a partnership with StyleHaul and Maybelline.   Previous projects include the groundbreaking interactive web series THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which won the first Prime Time Emmy for a You Tube distributed series in 2013.  Follow-up project EMMA APPROVED, another Austen adaptation is a five-media multiplatform series which recently won a second Emmy Award for 2015.

 

Through his consulting company Versatility Media, David provides strategic representation of media and marketing companies, and content creators including ABC Digital, PBS Digital Studios, Starz Digital Media and Sway Group.

 

David became an early crossover digital media pioneer when he was recruited to launch the groundbreaking interactive video website CHANNELBLAST, which featured live branded content and was featured in Forbes and the NY Times.  He subsequently launched Innovative Artists Digital Media, one of the first strategic talent agency digital divisions, where he represented media companies as well as award winning content creators, and packaged branded entertainment projects across all platforms.

 

David was Executive Vice President for the launch of Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment and led its television division.  As Senior Vice President of the television powerhouse Carsey Werner Company, David played an integral role in the development and production of successful hit shows including THAT 70S SHOW, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, and was an Executive Producer of GRACE UNDER FIRE.   

 

David has been a speaker at media conferences including CES, SXSW, NATPE, iMedia, StreamMarket and is a member of the ATAS Interactive Peer Group.


Alex Tsai

@alextsai

VP Product Management', Catalina Marketing

Alex Tsai leads Catalina BuyerVision's digital advertising and promotions product management team. Alex is responsible for driving innovation and development of measureable purchase-based sales lift products and solutions.

Alex has over 15 years of experience managing video and display ad-serving, rich media, analytics, and database marketing products for Auditude (Adobe Systems), DoubleClick (Google), Yieldex (AppNexus), Unicast Communications (Sizmek) and Experian. Additionally, Alex has led advertising technology and sales operations team for imeem (MySpace) and Consorte Media (AudienceScience).

Daniel Wallace

@nutraclick

CEO & Co-Founder, NutraClick

Daniel Wallace graduated from Harvard in 2008 and co-founded NutraClick in February 2009. In between, he marketed third-party health and beauty brands online, leading to the birth of NutraClick as a technology-driven health and wellness products company. In 2014, Wallace was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New England. He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and is an active participant in the Mass Scale CEO Roundtable, a sustained gathering of CEOs from growing, high-potential technology companies in Massachusetts. He is a frequent speaker at industry events including NBJ Summit, Food Vision, and eTail West on topics related to digital advertising driving demand in retail stores.

 

Under Wallace's leadership, NutraClick has received multiple accolades including Forbes' List of America's Most Promising Companies (2014), Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies (2014), Boston Business Journal's List of Massachusetts Largest Private Companies (2014 and 2015), Boston Business Journal's List of Healthiest Employers (2014), Greatist's List of the Healthiest Companies to Work for in the U.S. (2014), and Boston Business Journal's Innovation All Star Award (2013).

 

As a former collegiate rower turned young entrepreneur, Wallace believes in "optimism, passion and hard work" as well as continuous professional and personal improvement.

Perry Witmer

@PepsiCo

Senior Manager, Strategy & Insights, Innovation & Emerging Brands, PepsiCo

Perry Witmer is Senior Manager, Innovation & Emerging Brands at PepsiCo, where she leads the Strategy & Insights team responsible for developing the next generation of billion-dollar brands through breakthrough innovation & intrapreneurial brand-building.  Perry is also a Trends expert: she's developed a custom framework designed to empower leadership across categories and brands to capitalize on forward-looking consumer trends. 

Prior to joining PepsiCo in early 2013, Perry was Director of Brand Strategy at Penn Schoen Berland, where she worked as a strategic advisor for clients such as Reckitt Benckiser, Celebrity Cruises, American Express & Elizabeth Arden.  Perry's extensive experience ranges from brand architecture and competitive positioning to identifying and leveraging consumer insights, including specific input into brand innovation and new product development. 

Perry came to PSB after working as a Senior Brand Strategist at Distillery, where she was a strategic consultant for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pernod Ricard, and LG Electronics, advising across industries on wide-ranging business issues throughout their marketing lifecycle.  She also held several positions on the American Express team at Ogilvy & Mather NY, where she began her career.  Perry received an A.B. in Political Science from Harvard University.  

Rebecca Xiong

@beccax

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, TrueLens

A serial entrepreneur, Rebecca is co-founder of SocMetrics and GrowEpic, which help businesses with social and online marketing. Previously she co-founded Going.com, an events social network that grew to 1M members and was acquired by AOL.com.  She also held product and marketing roles at Akamai and DataPower (acquired by IBM). She holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT, where she focused on social media and data visualization.

Brad Berens

@bradberens

Senior Research Fellow, USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future

A trusted advisor to companies of all sizes and respected voice within the interactive media industry, Dr. Brad Berens has enjoyed a wide-ranging career that has storytelling as an organizing theme. These days, he divides his time among research and trend spotting at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, strategic consulting at Big Digital Idea, mentoring of startups (including at the Portland Incubator Experiment and the Nike+ Accelerator), and public speaking.  

Earlier, Brad had a long tenure as the Global Chief Content Officer for dmg events' digital portfolio, editorial and marketing work at EarthLink, and spent several years as a Hollywood story analyst at companies like DreamWorks, New Regency, CAA and Mirage. He started his career as an award-winning teacher of Shakespeare and writing at U.C. Berkeley, and wants everybody who loves science fiction to go buy and read his first novel, "Redcrosse." 

Brad moves gracefully from the digital world to the "real" world and back again. Learn too much more about him in all the usual places: Google, LinkedIn, on Twitter as @bradberens and on his website: bradberens.com

 

Ed Boudrot

@edwardboudrot

VP Product Management, Product Strategy, Innovation, Lifecycle Management, Human Centered Design, Optum

Ed Boudrot is the VP of Product Strategy and Management at Optum, a health services and innovation company that combines data and analytics with technology and expertise to power modern healthcare. Bringing his background in technology startups, Boudrot specializes in the innovation of experiences, products, and solutions, and works to integrate human-centered design, market research, product management, development practices, and experience management.

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.

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.

David Chang

@changds

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

David is an entrepreneur and angel investor with product, marketing and software development experience at internet and mobile startups. He is currently an EiR at Harvard Business School, Funding Champion at MassChallenge, and works closely with founders and investors in the Boston area.

David has a successful track record in hands-on roles at direct-to-consumer and enterprise companies, six of which were acquired or IPO'd. He was recently COO of the PayPal Media Network, led the PayPal Boston office, and the co-founder of the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, 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.

As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 30 angel investments in early-stage startups. Recent awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, Finalist for BostInno's 50 on Fire for Tech, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

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

Sam Clemens

@scclemens

Founder & Chief Product Officer, InsightSquared

Sam is Founder and Chief Product Officer for Boston-based InsightSquared, maker of the top-rated sales analytics app. InsightSquared has been named to the BBJ's Best Places To Work list three years in a row and won the top award for mid-sized companies in 2015. Before InsightSquared, Sam was VP Product at HubSpot, VP Product at BzzAgent, and on the initial team at Elance.com. His background also includes venture capital with Greylock Partners, the Algorithms group at Amazon.com, and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Applied Math from Yale. He serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at HBS. In his off time he dives shipwrecks in the New England area.

David Corts

@studionow

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. 

Will Dailey

@willdailey

Musician

Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist. His latest album, National Throat, has been met with stellar reviews, over 4 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music AwardsNew England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. Dailey, who is already a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter also won Artist of the Year in 2014. Most recently he shared the stage with Eddie Vedder in Chicago this summer, joining him for 5 songs for the Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit. In June of 2013 he was featured on aStephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett called Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County and, in that same year, also released an original song he wrote inspired by Jack Kerouac's Tristessa. In September of 2013 he played his fourth Farm AidConcert along side Neil YoungWillie NelsonDave Matthews and John Mellencamp. Dailey's music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films and is now embarking on spreading his music throughout Europe with a festival tour in 2015. Dailey has become an artist to watch not just now but indefinitely. 

"Dailey's latest album makes it clear that good songwriting isn't a matter of hiding behind shiny production or an over-stylized persona. His music doesn't contain a note of pretense. If anything, it is committed to the beauty of simplicity. National Throat is a statement about the value of creativity and the survival of art. Dailey believes the truth will find its way out, that what is real and beautiful will rise to the top." - Jon Karr, New York Minute Magazine, May 2015 

Dailey is currently working with several brands, including: BOSE, Kind Bar, Life Is Good, D'Angelico Guitars, and Harpoon Beer. 

Harpoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObTQr4e-mVg
Bose: https://www.bose.com/prc.jsp?url=/promotions/entry_pages/f1/index_en.jsp

Michael Dyer

@thedailybeast

Chief Product Officer & General Manager, The Daily Beast

Mike Dyer serves as Co-Managing Director, Chief Product and Strategy Officer of The Daily Beast, where he oversees company strategy and all operational units for product and marketing. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Digital Officer at NewsweekDailyBeast, where he was responsible for Newsweek Digital and The Daily Beast product strategy. 

Before joining The Daily Beast, Mike was Senior Vice President at Hill Holliday, where he founded their industry-leading content marketing practice. He has also played leadership roles in developing digital content strategies across a wide range of industries including: advertising, global philanthropy, politics and entertainment. Mike has won virtually every major digital creative and strategy award, and is a recognized leader in content marketing theory and practices.  

Mike is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker, and the co-founder of Quorum, a live journalism series created to expand Americans' understanding of global LGBT issues, which has reached more than 30 million people since its founding.  

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.

Ben Fischman

@mgemi

Founder, M. Gemi

Ben Fischman is the founder and chief executive officer of M.Gemi, the first business created by LAUNCH, a new business devoted to building companies that change the way people shop, think and live by focusing on maximizing consumer engagement through immersive digital experiences and powerful branding.

M.Gemi, the high-end, Italian-made women's shoe website launched March 2015 with the promise to sell shoes for the fraction of what they might cost at department stores.

 

M.Gemi is working with specialty, family-owned factories throughout Italy that produce shoes for the most storied luxury brands. High-end craftsmanship does not mean high-end prices for M.Gemi, the brand keeps the promise to deliver luxury shoes at historically impossible prices.

 

Additionally, M.Gemi launches new styles to the website weekly, offering the consumer handcrafted, stunning shoes, fresh from Italy every Monday. Convenience, quality and craftsmanship is Mr. Fischman's newest endeavor.

 

Mr. Fischman, was the founder and CEO of Rue La La, one of the earliest players in digital private sale space, when he led the brand to acquisition by leading commerce and interactive marketing services provider GSI Commerce in 2009.

Prior to launching Rue La La, Mr. Fischman was the CEO of off-price e-commerce marketplace SmartBargains.com, which he also led to acquisition by GSI Commerce. He is also founder of LIDS Corporation, an exclusive retailer of sports caps. LIDS Corporation was founded in 1993, while Mr. Fischman was a junior at Boston University, he later sold the company in 2001.

Mr. Fischman was the first entrepreneur in residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture-capital and private-equity firm that invests in innovative, technology-based companies.

With an extensive entrepreneurial background, Mr. Fischman is a sought-after expert in today's digital world.

 

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 Gillian

@bondad

Director, Programming, Maker Studios

John currently serves as Director of Programming at Maker Studios, the global leader in short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. Previously at Maker, John served as Director of Talent Partnerships, managing the brands and businesses of some of YouTube's most influential creators in music and comedy. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry of The University of Southern California.

Marlene Graseck

@MarleneGraseck

Senior Strategic Insights & Research Manager, Electronic Arts

Marlene Graseck is the Senior Manager of Strategic Insights and Research at Electronic Arts, where she is responsible for ad product analytics, advertising effectiveness, audience profiling, and industry trends for the Global Media Solutions group. EA operates the largest media sales organization in the video games space, helping brands build beneficial relationships with its over 330 million globally connected users through dynamic media, engagement solutions, deep integrations, sponsorships and cross promotions.

 

With over 10 years of experience in research, Marlene's career has spanned across concept development, product testing, media effectiveness, and data analysis and visualization. She utilizes research and analytics to deepen consumer insight, drive intelligent business decisions, as well as maximize efficiency and return on investment.

 

Marlene holds a B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Cortland and an M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

Ben Grossman

@BenGrossman

VP, Strategy Director, Jack Morton Worldwide

As a marketing and advertising strategist, Ben Grossman sits at the intersection of brand strategy, communications planning and marketing effectiveness. He has brought his progressive and innovative point of view to brands including Subway Restaurants, P&G, Liberty Mutual, Fidelity Investments, Brother International, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation and many more.

 

Ben has been tapped globally as a frequent industry speaker for iconic events and organizations, including SXSW, CES, Microsoft and Intel. He has also been sought out as a source for publications such as Yahoo! News, Mashable.com, PSFK and BtoB Magazine. Currently, Ben is the VP, Strategy Director at Jack Morton Worldwide, which is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). There, Ben leads strategy teams across top accounts and sits on the office's Leadership Team, contributing to the development of agency capabilities and its brand marketing.

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

@hireminds

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.

Kevin Hunter

@khunter

COO, Gimbal

Kevin Hunter is Chief Operating Officer of Gimbal where he is responsible for guiding Gimbal's strategy and product vision, while overseeing day to day operations and building a world class team.  As a member of the founding team of Gimbal, Kevin is recognized as a visionary in the mobile data industry and for establishing Gimbal as the leading mobile engagement platform. 

 

Prior to Gimbal's carve-out, Kevin led product management for the Gimbal platform from its beginning within Qualcomm Labs into the Qualcomm Retail Solutions division. 

 

Kevin brings more than 15 years of experience in mobile having developed and commercialized some of the very first data services and mobile websites while at Sprint.   During his six years there, Kevin was responsible for device development and realization and pioneered mobile television as the principal product engineer for the Emmy® Award winning Sprint TV.

 

Before Sprint, Kevin founded a technology and consulting business, was a software engineer in the financial services industry and a research assistant at the University of Kansas.

 

Kevin did his undergraduate in computer science at the University of Kansas and is the co-inventor on 17 U.S. patents.   He continues to evolve the way in which end users and businesses leverage mobile technology.

Greg Jarboe

@gregjarboe

President & Co-Founder, SEO-PR

Greg Jarboe is president and co-founder of SEO-PR, an award-winning content marketing agency. He's also the author of YouTube and Video Marketing and a contributor to Complete B2B Online Marketing, Enchantment, Strategic Digital Marketing, and The Art of SEO. He's also profiled in Online Marketing Heroes. Greg is the Content Marketing faculty chair at Market Motive, an instructor in the Rutgers Business School's executive education program, and a member of the faculty in the IAB's Digital Leadership Program. He writes regularly for ReelSEO, ClickZ, The SEM Post, and Momentology. He's also a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Sherrill Kaplan

@sherrillkaplan

Senior Director, Digital Marketing & Innovation, 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.

Gene King

@geneaking

Director, Corporate Communications, H&R Block

Gene King has built his career on combining the science of marketing with the art of communications to grow revenues and effectively protect and enhance a company's brand reputation. A 25-year communications veteran, he has built strategic brand, content, and thought leadership plans for the real estate, energy and financial services industries

 

As Director of Global Media Relations and Corporate Communications at H&R Block, King oversees corporate, consumer tax and financial services media relations and content strategies  for the world's largest consumer tax preparation company, which has offices across the globe including U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil and India. He also leads thought-leadership and brand-reputation management for the consumer tax division and The Tax Institute at H&R Block.

 

Previously, King managed marketing communications functions for DST Systems and oversaw marketing communications strategies for the energy sector of Black & Veatch. A former newspaper reporter, King earned a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in integrated marketing communications, both from the University of Kansas.

Matt Kressy

@MattKressy

Director, Integrated Design & Management, MIT

Matthew S. Kressy, director and founder of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master's degree track, is an expert in product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups to Fortune 500 companies.

 

Kressy believes in interdisciplinary, design-driven product development derived from deep user research, creative concept generation, and rapid prototype iteration. He is passionate about teaching this approach to design process. In fact, since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business School.

 

As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and teaches the track's primary and required courses. He holds a B.F.A. in industrial design from RISD.

 

Frank Lo

@wayfair

Director, Data Science, Wayfair

Frank Lo is the founder and director of the Data Science team at Wayfair. He oversees multiple initiatives in the company that revolve around learning customer behavior through data mining, and translating that insight into actionable strategy for ecommerce marketing and personalization efforts. Outside of his role at Wayfair, Lo is also the founder and developer of DataJobs.com, a popular hub for analytics recruiting. Lo graduated from MIT in 2008 and has remained in the Boston area ever since.

Michael Mangione

@Bose

Director of Consumer Marketing, Bose

Michael Mangione is a strategic marketing leader with a strong track record of driving differentiated and accelerated results in marketing innovation and profitable global sales growth within a highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace. He has a passion for fostering innovation, collaboration and an unwavering focus on interactive, web, social and digital marketing. Mangione's core competencies lie in marketing strategy, advertising and multi-screen media, sponsorship activation and digital marketing. He has deep expertise in leveraging market insights and skills to create brand value, reinvent stagnant products, expand distribution and develop new businesses.

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.

Uri Minkoff

@uriminkoff

Co-Founder & CEO, Rebecca Minkoff

Uri Minkoff is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Rebecca Minkoff, one of the fastest growing brands in the fashion industry, and the largest global fashion label led by a female millennial designer.


Only 39 years old, Uri is well known as the most forward thinking CEO in fashion, especially when it comes to the innovative use of new technologies and the omnichannel customer experience. Uri is the driving force behind what Morgan Stanley describes as the "stores of the future." He is a highly sought after speaker on the nexus between fashion, retail and emerging technologies.  


Uri founded the company in 2005 with his sister Rebecca and also serves as Creative Director for the brand's men's line. Rebecca Minkoff is a full lifestyle brand distributing accessories and apparel in 900 wholesale doors, with retail locations in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and international retail stores in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.


In 2015, the brand is on target for substantial YOY growth and expansion in international markets around the world.

Steve Mooney

@jackmorton

EVP, Managing Director, Jack Morton Worldwide

As a Managing Director of our Boston operations, Steve oversees the development of multi-year agency relationships dedicated to building and activating brands for clients with a strong focus on the agency's digital experience offering.

 

Since he joined Jack Morton, Steve has played various roles from strategy and creative to management. Most recently, Steve worked on integrated campaigns for Subway, Fidelity and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

 

Out of the office, Steve's all about connecting with people aerodynamically: he's a world-renowned ultimate Frisbee player who has won world championships from the World Flying Disc Federation.

Elena Parker

@elenakathryn

Creative Technologist, Campfire

Elena Parker is an award-winning interactive writer, producer and creative technologist, comitted to exploring narrative on new platforms. A graduate of New York University's Interactive telecommunications Program, she currently works at Campfire where she acts as Creative Technologist on projects such as "Deja-View", a responsive film, "Byzantium Tests" for Cinemax' Hunted, and "Slaves for Santanico" for Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network. Previously, Elena co-wrote and co-produced the 2009 HBO Documentary, "Youth Knows No Pain" and was the managing editor of the New York Public Library's first mobile app, "Biblion: the Boundless Library." 

 

 

Chris Rezendes

@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.

Richard Smyers

@Fidelity

VP, Center for Accelerated Innovation, Fidelity Investments

Richard Smyers is a vice president for the Fidelity Labs, a unit of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, the largest mutual fund supermarket, a leading online brokerage firm and one of the largest providers of custody and clearing services to financial professionals.  The vision of Fidelity Labs is to serve as Fidelity's idea and innovation catalyst, helping Fidelity's employees and businesses to imagine and realize the possibilities of emerging technologies and new ideas.

 

Mr. Smyers assumed his current position in October 2009 and is responsible for leading the Center for Accelerated Innovation within Fidelity Labs, which serves as a resource for managers driving innovation at Fidelity and provides research and tools to enable innovation within the firm. He reports directly to senior vice president of Fidelity Labs, Sean Belka.

 

Mr. Smyers joined Fidelity in 2004 as director, Consulting and New Business Development for the Fidelity Consulting Group (FCG) and was later promoted to vice president in 2005. In his role, he was responsible for leading projects focused on growth strategies, new product development and process design.

 

Prior to joining Fidelity Investments in 2004, Mr. Smyers served as vice president, Product Management for Assette, a provider of customized web-based software for the investment management community. In his role, he worked with top executives to develop the company strategy, business plan, product positioning and client service approach. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Smyers was a senior consultant for the Strategic Decisions Group inBostonand began his career in 1991 as an associate consultant for CSC Consulting.

 

Mr. Smyers received his bachelor of arts degree,cum laude, in engineering science modified with economics fromDartmouthCollegein 1991. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business atDukeUniversityin 1997.

 

Lindsay Starner

@hillholliday

VP of Analytics, Hill Holliday

Lindsay has 10 years of experience using marketing and business analytics to drive measurable results.  She has been at Trilia for over 3 years and, during this time, she has led analytics engagements for a variety of clients with a relentless focus on improving effectiveness. She is a true professional with a wealth of knowledge covering multivariate statistics & modeling, analysis of large data-sets, experimental design, and marketing research. Her previous experience spans an assortment of industries, including retail, QSR, hospitality, finance, insurance, and automotive. Over her career, she has worked extensively on clients such as Aflac, Bank of America, Dunkin' Donuts, Great Wolf Resorts, and Capella University, for whom her team won AdClub's 2014 Media Maven Award for the Best Use of Research.

 

Lindsay holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. with Distinction in Business Analytics from Bentley University.  

Anne Stowell

@astowell

VP Member Experience, Teladoc

Anne Stowell is Teladoc's Vice President of Member Experience, responsible for the end-to-end customer experience and for driving engagement with Teladoc's industry-leading telemedicine service.  Anne is passionate about using insights to create rich, meaningful experiences for customers, and especially how design and technology together can transform the way people access care.  She has direct responsibility for Member Engagement, Member Satisfaction, and both mobile and website user interfaces, and collaborates closely with Operations, Clinical, Product, and Technology teams to implement and measure exceptional experiences.  

Anne brings a unique blend of brand, advertising, user experience, and healthcare industry expertise to her role and to the industry. Prior to joining Teladoc, Anne held senior roles in the marketing and advertising industry, working on global brands including Google, Coca-Cola, Sony, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and AIG. Prior to that, she was a member of Deloitte Consulting's healthcare practice focused on Health Plan Strategy & Operations, and was Senior Manager of Web Product Strategy at Empire BlueCross BlueShield. 

Jeremy Tate

VP/Group Director, Media, Starcom

Jeremy is an experienced digital media professional with 15 years spent in a combination of agency and client-side positions.  In his role at DigitasLBi, Jeremy leads client teams within financial services, building expertise in the areas of customer acquisition, content marketing, partnerships and sports marketing. Jeremy leads the account level Programmatic Team and serve as the Boston lead for agency level Programmatic COE. In addition, Jeremy works with teams across media and analytics capabilities to use programmatic for its rich audience insights, and to apply a data-driven approach to refine paid media investments across display, video, mobile and content distribution. 

Jeremy has been with DigitasLBi since December 2010. Prior to joining the agency Jeremy served as Account Director at Media Contacts, where he led teams working for clients within major verticals including consumer electronics, travel, and QSR. His experience also includes work as Online Media Manager at Monster Worldwide, and Online Media Planner/Buyer at Media Contacts.

Alyssa Toro

@alyssadtoro

Sr. Partner/Chief Creative Officer, Connelly Partners

Alyssa Toro is a 25-year veteran in Design and Advertising, a seasoned mom of two living in the Boston area and the founder of a nutrition brand called, Goodee™. Alyssa began her career at a handful of creative shops in Providence, including Leonard/Monahan. It was there that she learned the fundamentals of concept development and the importance of the role of strategic Design in the advertising community. As the Director of Leonard/Monahan's Design group at a very young age, she helped cultivate and grow the design offering and later brought her expertise to both Ingalls and Hill Holliday where as VP/Director of Design she stressed the importance of conceptual thinking in design work and integration across many disciplines.

 

Alyssa feels fortunate to have found her home at Connelly Partners 15 years ago when she joined Steve Connelly as Sr. Partner/Executive Creative Director to bring a unique design perspective to a traditional ad world. As the industry has evolved, Alyssa has helped to define the agency's role in expanding services through different channels. She has helped to grow the agency from 4 to 125 people of which she manages a robust 24 person creative group including designers, art directors, copywriters, animators and production professionals. She is one of the very few female Chief Creative Officers in New England.

 

Alyssa has learned many invaluable lessons throughout her career, most specifically at Connelly Partners. These lessons have not only impacted her style of leadership but have had a profound effect on her personal development.

 

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).

Will Wang Graylin

@wgraylin

Global Co-GM, Samsung Pay

Will has started five companies since obtaining two Masters degrees from MIT, LoopPay, his third mobile payment startup, was acquired by Samsung in February 2015 and now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The prior two were Way Systems (sold to Verifone), and ROAM Data (sold to Ingenico), both were leading mobile POS & mobile payment solutions providers.

 

ROAM became the leading supplier of smartphone POS solutions and mobile readers with millions of units shipped worldwide.

 

Will's companies have won numerous innovation awards in the payments industry. Will has been recognized as a Mover & Shaker in the industry and he is regularly invited to speak about mobile payments.

 

Will served as a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer for nearly 6 years, the first naturalized China born immigrant to serve in this program.

Ben Witt

@TheBenWitt

Director of Sales, Maker Studios

Ben Witt is a Sales Director at Maker Studios, a Walt Disney company and the largest content producer in the world, reaching over 600 million viewers globally across 55,000 influencers. He helps brands tell their stories and inspire audiences through engaging, influencer-driven content. Ben studied Sociology and Business at the University of Vermont and is currently living in Brooklyn, the center of the known universe. 

Byron White

@byronwhite

Founder & CEO, WriterAccess

Byron White is one of the original content marketing revolutionaries, chair of Content Marketing Conference and published author of three books on the content marketing topic. He founded WriterAccess most recently, a growing marketplace that now connects 16,000+ customers with 10,000 writers, making the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies two years in a row. He's also the founder of several other successful startups including Freelance Access, ideaLaunch, LifeTips, and LostBall.org-an annual golf tournament that raised more than $100k over ten years for cancer research at Dana Farber. He's a popular speaker on the content marketing topic, offering insights on how to grow business organically-the content marketing way!

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