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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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Jermaine Hall

@jermainehall

VP & Managing Editor, Digital, BET

Bio coming soon!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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