A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
James O'Brien
James O'Brien Info Events
James has been an entrepreneur in the digital space since 1997. He is the founder and CEO of Aarra and the co-founder of Welikesmall and Interaction Design Corporation. Established in 2004, Aarra is the first strategic sales management agency for digital agencies, forging a new model that, today, remains unique in the market. Aarra runs nationwide business development & strategy for a portfolio of 14 hand-picked, award winning companies, each standing at the forefront of digital technologies and emerging media. As CEO and founder, James connects his companies with brands and agencies who need world class digital marketing campaigns, solutions and products.
Trevor O'Brien
Partner & CTO
Bernie O'Dowd
Creative Director
Bernie O'Dowd Info Events
Before helping create some of the most notable campaigns of all time from Taco Bell’s speaking Chihuahua to a suicidal robot in General Motors’ Super Bowl spot (for agencies like Deutsch LA, Chiat and Team One), Bernie was a professional skateboarder. Turned pro in 1989 and once sponsored by Airwalk, Bernie was widely known as “Backwards Bernie” for his backward “fakie” and spin moves.

“I’m a switch skater,” says Bernie. “I’m ambidextrous. I can skate either way.”

He also created Toxic, a popular and now collectible 80’s skateboard design. Backwards Bernie still skates competitively and spends two nights a week in the Santa Monica skate park when he’s not at Battery working on some of the hottest campaigns in the industry including the launch of Warner Bros. Mortal Kombat X and Batman Arkham Knight, and NBC Universal’s new comedy network Seeso. He also continues creating skate art, and teaches his 30,000+ Instagram followers (@sk8boardingsaves) how it’s done.
Matt O'Grady
Matt O'Grady Info Events
Matthew (Matt) O’Grady is Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen Catalina Solutions, responsible for leading strategy and driving performance and innovation for the company and its clients. He brings over 16 years of experience with Nielsen, most recently as the Executive Vice president and Managing Director for the local media business where he led strategy, development and enhancements for all local television and audio clients.

He worked closely with industry associations including the Media Ratings Council, TVB, Radio Advertising Bureau, National Association of Broadcasters, COLTAM and COLRAM. Since joining Nielsen over a decade ago, Mr. O’Grady has had numerous executive positions within the company including Executive Vice President of Media Product Leadership where he was responsible for all cross-platform audience measurement solutions including television, mobile and Internet.

Prior to his current role, Mr. O’Grady was President of Nielsen Claritas and has previously held management positions with National Decision Systems, AT&T and the Daniel Yankelovich Group. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Patrick O'Hara
Global Chief Strategic Officer
Jake O'Leary
Global Head of Brand Marketing
Kate O'Loughlin
SVP & GM, Media Business
Kate O'Loughlin Info Events
As Tapad employee #3, Kate has been instrumental in the company’s 70% YoY growth. She worked with Tapad’s founding members in the planning and creation of the company’s proprietary and award winning technology, The Device Graph™.
Now leading the company’s advertising business, Kate oversees Tapad’s Unify Platform, used to serve cross-screen advertising campaigns for marketers. Additionally, she leads product development, sales alignment and customer relationship management. One example is Tapad's latest innovation, TV Pulse, which launched in June 2015. As the TV Pulse business lead, Kate oversees all initiatives that allow marketers to connect linear television data with digital campaigns -- another first-of-its-kind for the industry.
As the head of the Media Business, Kate is an active contributor to the marketing tech space. She has been featured in MediaPost and Adotas, interviewed by industry trades, and has been on-stage with leading automotive brands at Motor City West.
Gavin O'Malley
Shannon O'Neill
Artistic Director
Shannon O'Neill Info Events
Shannon O'Neill is the Artistic Director of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY. She can be seen every Friday night performing with The Stepfathers, and every Sunday night hosting and performing in UCBT's longest running show, ASSSSCAT 30000. She is the sidekick on The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion and has appeared on Broad City, Man Seeking Woman, The Characters and the feature film Women Who Kill. Follow her on various social media platforms using the handle @spotastic photo credit: Atisha Paulson
Heather O'Shea
Global Agency Research Lead
Heather O'Shea Info Events
Heather O’Shea is the Global Agency Research Lead at Twitter. She is responsible for designing thought leadership studies in partnership with advertising agencies that deepen our knowledge of consumer behaviors and identify actionable opportunities for advertisers. Prior to joining Twitter, Heather served as a vice president of research at UM where she led measurement and optimization across all Johnson & Johnson brands. During her career, she has conducted media research for a variety of brands, including Colgate-Palmolive, Sony, and Campbell’s. She received her M.B.A. in marketing from Baruch College.
Jason O'Toole
Counter Strike Analyst and Commentator
Pat O'Toole
Sr Director of Marketing
Pat O'Toole Info Events
Pat O’Toole is the senior director of marketing for Tostitos, Dips and Fritos at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Prior to his eight years and counting working at PepsiCo, O’Toole held sales/marketing positions at General Electric and Black & Decker. O’Toole graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and holds a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business.
Christian O. Petersen
Director of Product
Tanya M. Odom
Global Consultant and Leadership Coach
Tanya M. Odom Info Events
Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader.

She has worked as a consultant and facilitator for over two decades focusing on areas including: Innovation and Creativity, Diversity and Inclusion, Equity, Race/Racism, Team building, Mindfulness, Coaching, Inclusive leadership, Girls’ Leadership Development, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas. She is the co-author of "Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.”

Tanya also writes for cnn.com. Tanya’s work and commentary has also appeared in several publications including Diversity Woman Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Village Voice.

Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “A Diversity Thought Leader to Follow on Twitter.”

Eran Ofir
CEO and Co-Founder
Eran Ofir Info Events
Somatix is an innovative health-tech startup promoting behavior modification using wearables. Eran has over 18 years of executive roles in world leading companies where he built and scaled businesses in telecom, internet, utilities and retail sectors based in Israel, South Africa, China and the U.S. He is graduate of Tel-Aviv University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.
David Oksman
Head of US Marketing
David Oksman Info Events
David Oksman is the Head of US Marketing at Reebok. In this role, David is responsible for leading all US marketing and communication programs across all categories to help position Reebok as THE Fitness Brand.

Prior to his role at Reebok, David Oksman served as Head of Marketing at The Life is good Company, where under his leadership, the company developed significant community and consumer growth and was awarded Boston Business Journals Best Brand of 2013 and an MITX award for the Life is good Festival. David was honored to be named a 2011 Social Media Star, as well as being recognized as one of SGB's "40 under 40" in 2012.

Previous roles include leading cross-divisional search marketing and an online/Cable-on-Demand video platform for GM as an account executive at Digitas. Prior to joining Digitas, he spent three years at Staples, Inc., driving marketing campaigns through numerous online channels. With a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College,
Christi Olson
Search Evangelist, Bing Ads
Christi Olson Info Events
Christi is the Bing Ads Evangelist at Microsoft in Seattle, WA. She is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in Search Engine Marketing. For over a decade she has been a student and practitioner of SEM, living and breathing the evolution of search and the transformations that keep us on our toes and adjusting our digital strategies. Christi is passionate about marketing and has spent her career helping businesses solve their marketing challenges and reach their goals through studying and analyzing data, developing actionable insights and strategies, and developing integrated, holistic campaigns across digital channels.

Prior to joining Bing Ads, Christi has worked at Expedia, Harry and David, Microsoft (MSN, Bing, Windows) and the Altria Corporation.

Christi is a University of Idaho Vandal alumna and in May had her first child, a handsome little boy named Roy. Outside of work you can find her with her husband and son at crossfit and learning to run with a jogging stroller.
Sam Olstein
Director, Global Innovation
Sam Olstein Info Events
Sam leads global innovation at General Electric (GE) introducing the brand onto new platforms and in front of new audiences. Sam has a terrific background in innovation, media and entrepreneurship. Most recently he led OMD’s Ignition Factory NY, developing creative media offerings to drive innovation across clients such as Pepsi, Showtime, CBS, and Google. He developed programs across a variety of mediums focusing on first-to–market, new engagement models, and channel reinvention. Sam is very active in the startup scene as an advisor and mentor to many young companies & entrepreneurs. He was selected as a member of the 2012 Ad Week 50.

Sam also has a background in entertainment as a talent agent working with celebrities & TV/Film franchises tying them in with corporate partners at both Paradigm and ICM. Some of his clients included skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, Mark Ronson, Santigold, Ice T, and The Weinstein Company.
Linda Ong
Linda Ong Info Events
Linda Ong is the CEO and Founder of TruthCo., an omnicultural branding and insights firm. Ong has been at the center of some of the most high-profile brand transformations in the media and entertainment industry over the past 20 years and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2014. TruthCo.’s most notable projects include brand strategy for History, Ellen, Animal Planet, Bravo, and the Univision Communications Inc. portfolio of brands.

Ong was an “Innovation Ambassador” to the 2014 United Nations World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a delegate to the 2016 United Nations Media for Social Impact Summit. In 2015 she was appointed by the White House’s Office of Public Engagement as a founding member of the Creative Alliance for Civic Nation.

Prior to founding TruthCo., Ong was an art director at McCann Erickson, Managing Director/Strategy at Lee Hunt Associates and SVP Marketing for the multi-platform launch of Oxygen Network.
Hector & Norma Orci
Hector & Norma Orci Info Events
Norma Orci is Co-Founder and Founding Creative Director of Orci. Her Creative vision of “Share of Heart” has led to the success of the agency and to establishing strong and profitable relationships between Latino consumers and many of the country’s major brands. Norma has been a champion of the Latino consumer throughout her career, and has guided Corporate America to understand, value, and better serve the Latino community.

Hector Orci has contributed to the growth and recognition of the U.S. Hispanic marketing industry. Before founding Orcí, Hector was President CEO of DDB Mexico.

He is a founding member and first chairman of the U.S. Hispanic marketing industry’s first and most influential trade organization, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA). He is a respected expert on Latino marketing and culture and has been featured on CNN, NPR, in the New York Times, the Los Angeles and the PBS Special “Brown Is the New Green”.
Eyan Oren
Dr. Dean Ornish
Physician, President & Founder
Alison Orsi
VP, Campaign Marketing
Alison Orsi Info Events
Alison is Vice President, Campaign Marketing for IBM. Based in New York Alison is the global discipline leader, building the professional and organisational capability to deliver market leading campaign management on behalf of IBM. Previously Alison was Vice President Marketing, Communications and Citizenship for IBM UK & Ireland, where she led the strategy and delivery of IBM’s brand & reputation, pipeline development and all aspects of go to market strategy and execution. A graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of The Marketing Society, Alison has held marketing positions at IBM for over 20 years, including local and regional roles, covering a range of products, services and customer sets.
Dawn Ostroff
Dawn Ostroff Info Events
Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio producing projects across film, television, premium digital video and virtual reality based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands. Since its founding in 2011, CNÉ has 27 active film projects, six unscripted and one scripted television series in production and on the air, and multiple pilots sold to various television networks. CNÉs digital video network was launched in 2013 and produces more than 4,000 videos annually. Over the last year, CNÉ garnered more than 2.8 billion video views, won its first Emmy Award, and received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short-form film digital content. CNÉ also launched The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video for its channels. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network in January 2006. From 2002 to 2006, Ostroff served as president of UPN Network.
Adam Ostrow
Chief Strategy Officer