Featured Speakers
A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
Miki Agrawal
Miki Agrawal Info Events
“Miki Agrawal is a force of nature. She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology Awards and her Company THINX was named Time Magazine’s “25 Best New Inventions of 2015″. Miki was also the recipient of the TriBeCa Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award” and was named one of the “Top 20 Millenials on a Mission” by Forbes.
She is the CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. She teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to fund a pack of reusable cloth pads for every underwear sold to get millions of girls back in school.
Her next big focus is solving the light bladder leakage problem that moms are facing. Her most recent side project is called TUSHY: For People Who Poop.
Miki is also the Founder of farm-to-table gluten-free pizza concept WILD.
Harper Collins published her book entitled “DO COOL SH*T” on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. The book hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list.
Allison Arden
Tim Armstrong
Chairman & CEO
Tim Armstrong Info Events
Tim Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in New York City and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Today, AOL serves nearly 500 million consumers every month across the globe, and maintains partnerships with thousands of the world's leading companies. AOL owns, builds and operates global media brands and provides technology and services to over 10,000 other brands and media companies. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015.

Prior to joining AOL, Tim spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and Senior Vice President of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Tim started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Tim has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.  

Tim serves on the board of The Priceline Group, Inc., the New York regional board of Teach for America, the Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT, as Chairman Emeritus for the Ad Council, and as a trustee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also acts as an advisor to the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm driven by former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, General Stan McChrystal. Additionally, Tim is the chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, a new non-profit working to improve diversity and close the skills gap across the digital media and advertising landscape. An ardent champion of community service, Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013. 

Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He has served as a trustee for both. 
Jeff Arnold
Founder & CEO
Mary Barra
Chairman and CEO
Mary Barra Info Events
Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. She was elected Chairman in January 2016 and has served as CEO since January 2014.

Barra began her GM career in 1980 as a co-op student at General Motors Institute (Kettering University), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Barra is a member of the board of directors at General Dynamics and the Detroit Economic Club. She is a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Drew Barrymore
Actress & Founder
Brie & Nicole Bella
Professional Wrestling Tag Team

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Brie & Nicole Bella
Michael Parrish DuDell
Julia Boorstin
Entertainment & Media Correspondent
B. Bonin Bough
Marketing Mogul & Host
B. Bonin Bough Info Events
Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field, the host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837.

His illustrious career led him to becoming one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company. Having served as the Chief Media & eCommerce Officer at Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods) for four years, Bough created some of the first marketing programs across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Paramount Films, ABC, NBC, Fox, to name a few, and takes precedence in fostering partnerships with startups including Instagram, Foursquare, and Buzzfeed. Bough was also responsible for spear-heading some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns across all-media including the premier of the first ever 3D printed food product, the customizable, real-time 3D printed Oreo at South by Southwest.

His prominence as a transformative activator has helped reinvigorate traditional marketing by combining innovative tech via breakthrough brand campaigns including Oreo, Honey Maid, Pepsi, Gatorade, and countless other billion dollar brands.

Before working at Mondelēz International, Bough led digital marketing globally for PepsiCo.

Bough is seen as one of the top mobile marketers in the world, having been named “Mobile Marketer of the Year” by the MMA and entered the American Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015.
Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks Info Events
Danielle Brooks, is currently making her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning revival of The Color Purple. For her performance as the strong and fierce “Sofia”, she was nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and received a Theatre World Award for "Significant Broadway Debut"

Brooks is best known for her role as "Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson" in the Netflix Emmy-nominated series, “Orange is the New Black.” Danielle was the recipient of the Young Hollywood Award for "Breakthrough Actress” and nominated for a NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”. Danielle is the face of Lane Bryant's Fall 2016 Campaign.

Brooks has also appeared in HBO’s “Girls” and Aziz Ansari’s Netflix comedy series, “Master of None.” On the big screen, Brooks voiced two characters for Sony’s “Angry Birds”, and starred in Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind” and, “I Dream Too Much,” which premiered at SXSW.
Joe Buck
Geraldine Calpin
Pete Cashmore
CEO and Founder
Pete Cashmore Info Events
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, the leading source of news, information and resources for the Digital Generation. Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. His passion for sharing how web tools and social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures inspired him to create Mashable from his boyhood bedroom. Always an entrepreneur, Pete has continued to push Mashable to evolve from a tech blog to a global media company built around technology. His innate sense of the web and its community are core to the company’s operations and growth. He has been described as the “Sage of Media” and considered one of the most influential voices of his generation-- on and offline. In 2014, Pete was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list for the third consecutive year, Crain’s 40 under 40, and the CNBC “Next List.”
Joanna Coles
Chief Content Officer
Katie Couric
Global Anchor
Katie Couric Info Events
Katie Couric (@katiecouric), Yahoo Global News Anchor, is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, documentary film producer and
New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

Couric joined Yahoo in November 2013 as Global News Anchor, where she reports on live world events, covers breaking news, anchors groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and cultural figures, and hosts the digital video series: Cities Rising: Rebuilding America, World 3.0 and Now I Get It. Couric is also the executive producer of the documentaries: Fed Up, which looks at the obesity epidemic, and Under the Gun, which traces the history of gun violence in America, and the upcoming documentary, Gender Revolution, that explores the science and culture about gender.

In September 2006, Couric became the first woman at the helm of an evening news cast when she became solo anchor of the CBS Evening News. Couric joined CBS News after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show.

Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Over $370 million has been pledged to SU2C in support of scientific Dream Teams that tackle a myriad of cancers in collaborative and innovative ways. Couric also spearheaded the establishment of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American Studies.
Jill Cress
Executive Vice President
Jill Cress Info Events
Jill Cress is Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Mastercard. In this role, she is responsible for delivering the consumer strategy for the Mastercard brand and its global Priceless preference pillars. She is accountable for the global efforts to bring the consumer to life through consumer segmentation and insights, and has responsibility for the global advertising guidelines and digital platforms for the Mastercard Priceless campaign, ensuring the brand reaches consumers in line with its brand position.

Ms. Cress brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales to her current role and has worked in a variety of leadership positions located around the world. In the UK, she led the national sales teams for the UK and Irish markets, and in Brussels, she ran the strategic planning function for Mastercard Europe.

Ms. Cress serves on the New York Metro Advisory Board for NFTE and volunteers her time with several organizations in her community.
Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban Info Events
Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University - where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town - Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe.

In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com - streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.

Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 - and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes' most valuable franchises in sports.

In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC's "Sharks" on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.
Colleen DeCourcy
Partner/Global Executive Creative Director
Colleen DeCourcy Info Events
As global executive creative director, Colleen leads the eight-office global network of W+K. For more than three decades, the fiercely independent shop has been telling beautiful, provocative stories and setting the bar for creativity. Colleen is leading the vision for the agency's future, and has been instrumental in establishing the first of many more proof-points that W+K is a culture for all kinds of creative people, including the rise of our creative technology group, The Lodge, and a content publishing group.

Before W+K, Colleen founded Socialistic, a social media content and design shop. As CCO and CEO, she won coveted accounts Red Bull and Fast Company, and led work for Showtime and GE.

Colleen was the first chief digital officer for TBWA Worldwide, setting the network’s global digital strategy and leading efforts for Adidas and Pepsi. Her career has also included roles of chief experience officer at JWT New York and chief creative officer at Organic.
David Droga
Founder & Creative Chairman
David Droga Info Events
David Droga is Founder and Creative Chairman at Droga5, a creative and strategic agency headquartered in New York with an office in London. Founded in 2006, Droga5 has been named Agency of the Year 10 times, most recently at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the second year in a row. It is the only agency to appear on the Advertising Age A-List over six consecutive years and one of the only agencies to be named one of Fast Company’s World's Most Innovative Companies.

Prior to founding Droga5, David was the first-ever Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of the Publicis Network. He was also Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London, Regional Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Asia and Partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney.

To date, he is the most awarded creative at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the youngest person ever inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of the Fame. He is also a laureate of the Asian Media and Marketing Hall of Fame, the AdNews Hall of Fame, the AWARD Hall of Fame and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. Most recently, Adweek named David one of the top 100 most influential leaders in marketing, media and technology for the second year in a row.

David sits on several boards, including the New Museum, William Morris Endeavor, The NY Public Theatre and the Facebook Creative Council.
Carolyn Everson
VP, Global Marketing Solutions
Carolyn Everson Info Events
Carolyn Everson is Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where she leads the company’s relationships with top marketers and agencies. Carolyn oversees a team of regional leaders, and the teams focused on global partnerships, global agencies, and Facebook’s Creative Shop.

Carolyn has been named to AdWeek’s “AdWeek 50” since 2013. In 2015, she was named to the top of Business Insider’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Advertising.

She is on the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.; serves on the boards of DonorsChoose, the Mobile Marketing Association, and the Advertising Women of New York Foundation; and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Effie Worldwide. She is the Chair of We Day, New York.

Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Villanova University Board of Trustees. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and their twin daughters.
Aria Finger
Aria Finger Info Events
As CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change in the world, Aria Finger uses her expertise on all things young people and tech to lead a diverse, impact­driven team. She has been an instrumental part of scaling DoSomething.org from less than 100,000 members to over 5 million members in 131 countries today. Starting at DoSomething.org as an associate 10 years ago, Aria created their Teens for Jeans campaign which has clothed over 5 million homeless teenagers to date.
With her cause­related marketing experience, Finger has spearheaded partnerships with top brands including Johnson & Johnson, Coke, H&M, and CVS Health.

In 2013, she founded and became President of TMI, a strategic consultancy that uses DoSomething.org’s 20+ years of experience and proprietary data to help clients reach young people and fuel positive impact in the world.

Aria graduated magna cum laude in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Aria currently serves on the board of the NYC­based not­for­profit Care for the Homeless, was one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers and is an adjunct professor at New York University. She has been highlighted in the New York Times, Fast Company and was named to the 2012 Crain’s New York Business list of “40 Under Forty” and featured on the cover. In 2016, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

When she is not running DoSomething.org or desperately trying to improve her Spanish, Aria can be found reading T he New Jim Crow for the thousandth time, or relearning her ABCs with the newest addition to the DS family, her adorable son Luke.
Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman
David Fischer
Vice President, Business and Marketing Partnerships
David Fischer Info Events
David Fischer is the Vice President of Business and Marketing Partnerships at Facebook. He is responsible for Facebook's rapidly growing advertising business and manages the Sales and Marketing teams worldwide.
Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, David was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. Starting in 2002, he built and directed Google's online sales channel, which represents the majority of Google's customers worldwide, and helped build Google's online advertising network into the largest in the world. He played a major role in globalizing Google's business and operations, opening offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

David previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Treasury Department. At Treasury, he served as an advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and worked on a variety of economic policy issues within the federal government. Prior to that, David was an Associate Editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he covered economics and business from Washington, DC. He served as a consultant to the Russian Government on the implementation of its privatization program in the early 1990s.

David holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's in business administration from Stanford University. He is recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. David serves on the boards of the Ad Council, Squaw Valley, Equal Opportunity Schools, and Keys School.
Bethenny Frankel
CEO & Founder
Margo Georgiadis
President, Americas
Margo Georgiadis Info Events
Margo Georgiadis is the President, Americas at Google. She leads the company's commercial operations in the US, Canada and Latin America, which provide digital solutions to Google's large and small clients.

Before her current role, Margo was Vice President of Global Sales Operations with responsibility for operations and strategy teams, global technology support, and new businesses in local and commerce. Prior to Google, Margo was Chief Operating Officer of Groupon, Inc., Executive Vice President of Card Products and Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Financial Services, and a Partner at McKinsey and Company in London and Chicago where she was a leader in the retail, finance and marketing practices.

Margo has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation, Amyris, Inc., The Ad Council, and the World Business Chicago.
Seth Godin
Author, Entrepreneur and Marketer

Seth Godin Info Events
Seth Godin is a prolific blogger, marketing guru, the author of 18 bestselling books, a compelling speaker and a successful entrepreneur.

His books have been best sellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
Paul Haggis
Director, Founder
Jason Harris
Jason Harris Info Events
President and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism, Jason works closely with brands to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Under his leadership, Mekanism was twice named an Advertising Age “Small Agency of the Year” and has been profiled by the New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s “Nightline.” Harris is on the board of directors for Advertising Week and an advising member of the Brand 50. His methods have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.
Jemele Hill
Eric Hippeau
Managing Director
Eric Hippeau Info Events
Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital fund focused on New York technology startups. Hippeau is also Chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis News. Hippeau is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner for many years. Prior to Softbank Capital, Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. Hippeau serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Dawn Hudson
Arianna Huffington
Co-founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global
Brad Jakeman
President, Global Beverage Group
Brad Jakeman Info Events
Brad Jakeman is President of PepsiCo Global Beverage Group where he leads global category strategy, brand building, design, advertising, marketing, innovation and branded content for PepsiCo’s global portfolio of beverages, which includes ten of PepsiCo’s 22 Billion Dollar brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Mirinda and 7UP. Passionate for developing category-disruptive innovation ideas and marketing programs that challenge the status quo and build famous, world-class brands, Jakeman has led the global expansion of Mountain Dew, unveiled a new global visual identity system and the first-ever global positioning for Pepsi, as well as unleashed the biggest global football campaign in the brand’s history. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Jakeman was Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer & Chief Marketing Officer for Activision Blizzard Inc. Jakeman was born in Australia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney.
Matthew Jauchius
Matthew Jauchius Info Events
Mr. Jauchius has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Hertz Global Holdings since 2015, directing the global brand marketing, customer experience and loyalty, ecommerce and CRM, customer insights and analytics, and ancillary revenue functions for the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands.
Previously, Mr. Jauchius served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where he directed a substantial integrated marketing program. Mr. Jauchius also served previously as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Nationwide. Prior to Nationwide, Mr. Jauchius was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, working with client organizations in corporate and business unit strategy and growth, marketing and sales, overall company turnarounds and operational cost improvements. Mr. Jauchius serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Core Molding Technologies.
Daymond John
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, TV Personality, CEO
Joe Jonas
Musician, Founding Member
David Jones
Pam Kaufman
Global CMO and President, Consumer Products
Pam Kaufman Info Events
Pam Kaufman is currently the Global Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products for Nickelodeon, a division of Viacom. In these dual roles, she also directs all global strategic property planning and marketing efforts across television, digital, social, events and music for Nickelodeon’s iconic franchises and hit preschool properties, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and new hits like PAW Patrol. She also leads Nickelodeon’s billion-dollar global consumer products business, which encompasses merchandising and licensing.

As President of Nickelodeon’s global Consumer Products business, Kaufman spearheads licensing programs with high-profile brands including, Mattel and their various divisions, Playmates and Activision; fashion collaborations with designer and style maker Jeremy Scott and NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony; and partnerships with retail powerhouses including Macy’s, Walmart, Kmart, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us. During her tenure at the helm of the net’s Consumer Products business her team has notched double-digit increased sales across all key retailers for three consecutive years and has ushered the Nick brand into a long list of new retailers.

Kaufman’s focus as Global Chief Marketing Officer is on strategic planning for key franchise properties across all Viacom platforms. Additionally, she has deep experience directing social and experiential marketing initiatives. She helmed the successful reinvention of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; which has emerged as a global success for Viacom, including a hit CG-animated series; two feature films in partnership with Paramount Pictures; and is a global consumer products powerhouse—currently ranking as the number-one action-figure brand across all retail.

Kaufman oversees the company’s partnership marketing efforts, working with major advertisers such as General Mills and Toyota. She also oversees Nick’s Recreation and Live Events Marketing teams, helming the marketing strategy and support for brand extensions like Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, the SpongeBob store at Orlando’s Universal Studios, and the Nickelodeon-branded hotel opening in the Dominican Republic, in partnership with Karisma Hotels & Resorts. She also spearheaded digital initiatives such as the network’s top-selling apps; Nick Radio, the network’s first-ever partnership with iHeartMedia; and live events including the annual Kids’ Choice Awards, the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards and the HALO Awards.

Under Kaufman’s leadership, the Nickelodeon Brand Marketing team was presented with the NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing award. She’s also received numerous awards in recognition of her innovative work. Most recently, she was named to Multichannel News’ 2016 Class of Wonder Women. Previous accolades include being named Advertising Age’s Entertainment Marketer of the Year, and Brandweek’s Grand Marketer of the Year and Marketer of the Year. She also currently serves as a Board Member of Bottomless Closet.

Before joining Nickelodeon as Vice President of Nickelodeon Promotions Marketing, Kaufman worked at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., as Vice President, Promotions. There, she started the Promotions Group within TBS’s Licensing & Merchandising division leading the efforts for corporate initiatives like The Flintstones, Scooby Doo and Johnny Quest. she began her career at Grey Advertising’s Beaumont-Bennet division working closely with fast food, packaged goods, and beverage company clients.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communications from American University.
Imran Khan
Allie Kline
Allie Kline Info Events
As Chief Marketing Officer of AOL Inc., Allie leads the global marketing strategy for the company’s corporate efforts, advertising platforms and content marketing solutions group. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for the AOL Platforms family of brands, leading global marketing and communications for AOL’s industry-leading advertising and technology arm.

Allie comes to us from 33Across, a big data and social graph company that works with Fortune 1000 advertisers and the world’s largest publishers, where she served as CMO. Prior to her time at 33Across, she was the VP of Marketing for Brand Affinity Technologies, where she oversaw the endorsement platform’s marketing and over 6,500 athlete and celebrity relationships. Allie is a recipient of the ad:tech.

Industry Achievement Award and proudly sits on the board of AOL’s Charitable Foundation. She is an industry veteran who has led brand management and marketing strategy for technology-focused organizations for over fifteen years.

Allie received her B.A. in Corporate Communications from Ithaca College. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C. with their two children. A devoted Celtics fan, she spends every other year in mourning for what could have been.
Bill Koenigsberg
President, CEO, & Founder
Bill Koenigsberg Info Events
Bill Koenigsberg founded Horizon Media in 1989, with leadership and client service as its central tenets. Today, with more than $6.3 billion in client investments and more than 1,200 employees, Horizon is the largest and fastest-growing privately-held media agency in the world, representing clients including GEICO, Capital One, Burger King and A+E Networks. The agency has been featured as an incredible workplace for consecutive years by publications including Crain’s New York, Los Angeles Business Journal and Advertising Age and Adweek.

In 2014, Bill was inducted to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, which honors pioneers and innovators of the electronic arts. In 2014, Bill was the first media executive to be named board chair of the 4A’s and is the only person to receive the prestigious Advertising Age Media Maven Award twice. Bill was also honored as Media Executive of the Year by Mediaweek and featured as one of its top 50 most influential executives in the industry.

Bill believes that the marketplace dynamics are right for a new media agency network to breathe creativity and innovation into the advertising industry, and recently announced the launch of a stand-alone agency, Canvas Worldwide, in partnership with INNOCEAN Worldwide. Canvas Worldwide combines the scale of INNOCEAN Worldwide’s global footprint with Horizon’s industry-leading media expertise, resources and strength in the market.

Bill is currently Chairman of the 4A’s Board of Directors, and serves on the board of the International Radio and Television Society and as Chairman of the Media Exposure Committee. Bill is Chairman of the Board for Columbus Media International, providing international coverage across 60 territories worldwide including North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Asia Pacific. He additionally serves on the board of philanthropic organizations including Partnership at Drugfree.org, and City Harvest, where he led Horizon in making a $250,000 donation to the organization as part of Horizon’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Arie Kopelman
Vice Chairman
Padma Lakshmi
NY Times Best Seller, Host
Padma Lakshmi Info Events
Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi is internationally known as an actress, food expert, model, and award-winning author, as well as the recipient of the 2016 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lakshmi also serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef, currently filming its 14th season.

Lakshmi was born in India and grew up in America. She graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and American Literature. Known as India’s first supermodel, she began her career as a fashion model, working in Europe and the United States. 

Lakshmi established herself as a food expert early in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing the best-selling Easy Exotic, which won the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  Lakshmi followed this success with the publication of her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, which has over 150 recipes from around the world alongside intriguing personal essays. Her memoir, The New York Times best-selling Love, Loss and What We Ate, was released in March 2016. She is scheduled to release an Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs in the fall of 2016.

In addition to her food writing, Lakshmi has also contributed to such magazines as Vogue, Gourmet and both British and American Harper's Bazaar, as well as a syndicated column on fashion and food for The New York Times.  

For the Food Network, Lakshmi hosted Padma’s Passport, where she cooked diverse cuisine from around the world. Lakshmi also hosted Planet Food, a documentary series on the Food Network and broadcast worldwide on the Discovery Channel. Lakshmi was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as host and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Show. Other television credits include co-hosting Rai Television's Domenica In, Italy’s highest-rated morning news program.

In 2009, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside world-renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. After suffering from the disease for decades herself, she has been able to make amazing strides with the foundation, like launching the first interdisciplinary research facility in the country for Gynepathology as a joint project between Harvard Medical School and MIT, where she gave the keynote address at the Center’s opening in December 2009. Lakshmi’s efforts were recently recognized on the floor of the New York State Senate, where she succeeded in passing a bill related to teen health initiatives. The organization’s ENPOWR program has currently educated over 15,000 students about endometriosis in high schools across the state of New York.

In addition to these projects, Lakshmi is a savvy businesswoman with multiple companies of her own. Her debut home décor line, The Padma Collection, hit Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide with tabletop dishware, stemware and hand-blown glass décor pieces. She also created Padma’s Easy Exotic, a collection of culinary products ranging from frozen organic foods, fine teas, and natural spice blends, to hard goods.
Lori Lee
Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer
Lori Lee Info Events
Lori Lee is senior executive vice president and global marketing officer of AT&T Inc., the world's largest telecommunications company. She was appointed to her current role in April 2015.

Lori oversees brand strategy, advertising, corporate communications, events and sponsorships worldwide. She’s responsible for AT&T's brand and reputation around the globe. She also leads AT&T’s It Can Wait effort to end texting while driving.

Previously, Lori served as senior executive vice president, Home Solutions. In that role, she led the strategy, marketing and operations for AT&T’s consumer wireline organization. This includes IP broadband services, video entertainment, wireline phone, AT&T AdWorks and Customer Information Services. Under her leadership, Home Solutions provided more than 34 million customer connections across AT&T’s 21-state footprint, generating more than $22B in annualized revenues, as of 4Q2014. That includes 12.2 million AT&T U-verse broadband subscribers and nearly 6 million U-verse TV subscribers in the United States.

In 2015, the National Diversity Council named Lori one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech. A year earlier, Fortune recognized Lori as one of its 2014 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2013, she was named as one of the top 10 executives for FierceTelecom’s 2013 Women in Wireline and also made these lists: Multichannel Women to Watch, Diversity MBA magazine’s Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leader and Dallas Business Journal’s Top Women in Business.

Lori , who joined AT&T in 1997, previously served as chief marketing officer for both Home Solutions and Small Business. She’s held numerous other leadership positions, including roles in finance, investor relations, customer service, corporate strategy and others. Lori began her career at Price Waterhouse, and later worked at Earthgrains Co. and Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.

Lori is an active board member of the American Film Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Washington University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and a son. Her oldest son attends Duke University.
Betty Liu
Anchor & Founder
Betty Liu Info Events
Betty Liu is an anchor at Bloomberg Television as well as the founder and CEO of Radiate, an education technology company based in New York City, leveraging multimedia to help today's managers grow into tomorrow's leaders.

Radiate will give members access to exclusive video interviews, roundtable discussions, live events and other learning tools to help solve the most important management and leadership challenges. Interview guests include Jack Welch, Gary Vaynerchuk, Bob Nardelli, Mellody Hobson, Greg Norman, Adam Grant, and Scott Galloway.

In addition, Liu hosts the Radiate podcast, with over 130,000 listeners, featuring intimate conversations with titans in business. Featured guests include Steve Schwarzman, Charlie Rose, David Stern, Mohamed el-Erian, Sallie Krawcheck and many more.

Liu also anchors the Bloomberg Daybreak Asia program from the NY headquarters.
An award-winning business journalist, Liu regularly interviews influential business, political and media leaders including two former U.S. Presidents - Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton - as well as Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jamie Dimon, Elon Musk and many others.

Before joining Bloomberg Television, Liu was an anchor for CNBC Asia based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was the Atlanta bureau chief for the Financial Times where she covered a wide variety of topics from business to civil rights. Earlier in her career, Liu was the Taiwan bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and a Hong Kong-based regional correspondent for the newswire. In 1997, she received a Dow Jones Newswires Award for her coverage of the Asian financial crisis.

Liu is also author of the career guide, Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need to Know to Get Ahead.

Liu was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude in English. She currently lives in New Jersey with her twin sons.
Bob Lord
Chief Digital Officer
Bob Lord Info Events
Bob Lord, is IBM's first Chief Digital Officer where he is now missioned with bringing together the IBM Digital Business Group. He is responsible for overseeing the Digital Sales organization, Digital Marketing, Routes to Market and Offering teams, and IBM's Ecosystem and Startup group.

Bob has had an incredible career and brings a wealth of technical and marketing experience to the role as IBM Chief Digital Officer. He held leadership roles at Razorfish, one of the early web design and digital agencies, helping them manage through the internet bubble and ultimately rising to be the Global CEO. During this time, he honed his understanding and vision for the convergence of marketing and technology.

In 2013, Bob joined AOL as CEO of its flagship technology group, AOL Platforms - used by over 2,500 brands and agencies and over 40,000 publishers rely on to drive convergence. From January 2015 through January 2016, Bob served as President of AOL, overseeing the Company's unified global advertising operations.

Bob holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in engineering from Syracuse University. He's authored a book, titled Converge, which you can find on Amazon, in which he shares his unique perspective about the intersection of technology and marketing.
Kevin Merida
Editor in Chief
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Ibtihaj Muhammed
John Mescall
Global ECD and President
John Mescall Info Events
John, who is a Global Executive Creative Director, expanded his responsibilities in 2016 to become President of McCann Worldgroup’s Global Creative Council. In this dual role, he provides creative leadership across McCann's global brands, and works closely with McCann's creative and strategic leaders across all markets.

Prior to this, John was Chief Creative Officer of McCann Australia, responsible for the Melbourne and Sydney offices. Under John’s leadership, McCann Melbourne became the world’s most awarded agency in 2013, and the world’s 3rd most awarded digital agency.

John’s record of honors include The Gunn Report Agency of the Year, D&AD Agency of the Year, Cannes Agency of the Year (Runner Up), AWARD Agency of the Year, Spikes Asia Agency of the Year and Campaign Brief Agency of the Year.

As both a writer and a creative director, John has won over 60 Cannes lions plus 6 Cannes Grand Prix, Black and Yellow Pencils at D&AD, One Show Best of Show, and multiple Clio, Spikes, LIA and Webby awards. His work has also been housed in London’s Design Museum.

John has served as a jury member or jury president at all the major shows, including Cannes, D&AD and One Show.
John was named in the 2013 Creativity 50: AdWeek’s annual listing of the world’s 50 most influential creative thinkers and doers, and Business Insider ranked him the 8th most creative person in advertising worldwide.
Nigel Morris
CEO, Americas & EMEA
Nigel Morris Info Events
Nigel Morris is CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Americas and EMEA, leading the operations in both regions, and responsible for 70% of Group revenue. He has successfully led the development of the operating model adopted globally by Dentsu Aegis Network, including most recently, its evolution into a learning system for the Digital Economy.

Nigel believes in “flat, non-hierarchical organisations and the power of culture as a force for positive change”. When he became CEO of EMEA, in addition to the Americas in 2012, he transformed the structure and culture, building a region now growing at over six times the market average. In 2009 when he moved to the US as CEO of Aegis Media he transformed a struggling media operation into the dynamic, successful communications group it is today, increasing revenue fivefold in less than four years.

In 2003 Nigel founded Isobar, leading as CEO until 2009, and drove its expansion into the world's leading digital services agency network. Prior to this, Nigel held a range of senior positions in the group.

Seen as a thought leader, Nigel’s philosophy is that marketing and business can be a positive force for the future in the digital economy. He believes too often people are afraid of change but that the change we are experiencing is creating completely new opportunities and models to build more valuable brands and companies in the future.

Nigel published his First Paper on The Potential of the Internet for Marketing and Media in 1993, he is a Founder Member of the Facebook Client Council and Twitter Influence Council, speaks widely, and is a contributor to many books as well as the Wharton 2020 Project.

Nigel sits on the Dentsu Aegis Network board, is Chairman of the Dentsu Aegis Network Sustainability Committee and is on the Project Board for Sustainable Consumption at the World Economic Forum.
Ibtihaj Muhammed
Olympian Fencer
Ibtihaj Muhammed Info Events
Ibtihaj Muhammad is a member of the United States Fencing Team and currently ranks No. 2 in the United States and No. 7 in the world. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion. Her voice continues to unite both the sports and non-sports world.
Ibtihaj is a 2016 Olympic medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist, including 2014 World Champion in the team event. In August 2016, she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. Muhammad was a 3-time All American and graduated from Duke University with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies, and minor in Arabic. In 2014, Muhammad launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest fashionable clothing to the United States market. She is also a sports ambassador, where she serves on the U.S. Department
of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. She has traveled to various countries to engage in dialogue on the importance of sports and education.
Jonathan M. Perelman
Head, Digital
Jonathan M. Perelman Info Events
Jonathan Perelman leads ICM Partners Digital Ventures department. The department focuses on expanding the agency’s efforts across all aspects of the digital space, creating new businesses and bringing additional opportunities to our clients around the world.

Jonathan joins us from BuzzFeed, where he served as the Vice President of Motion Pictures. He led strategy, operations, development and partnerships for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, where he helped the business grow into a top video producer on the Internet, with 1.5 billion monthly views and releasing 75 original clips a week. In addition, he created more than 20 syndication and content partnerships with leading global social platforms and portals. Jonathan also served as the Vice President of Agency Strategy and Industry Development at BuzzFeed.

Prior to his time at BuzzFeed, Jonathan spent more than six years at Google. He also founded Lighthouse Group, an independent global media and entertainment advisory firm that advises start-ups. He has been featured in AdWeek as a Top 50 Media & Advertising Executive, as well as on VideoInk as a Dealmaker of the Year. Jonathan is also an advisor and board member to a number of start-ups.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
International Television Personality, New York Times Bestselling Author, & Entrepreneur
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Chuck Porter
Chuck Porter Info Events
Chuck joined the Crispin Agency in 1988 as creative director and partner, after a long career as an award-winning freelance copywriter. The agency was renamed Crispin & Porter, and within three years, it doubled in size and was named one of the top 15 creative shops in the country. Under his leadership, CP+B has become one of the most awarded agencies in the world and was honored as Agency of the Decade by Advertising Age. Chuck has been a judge or jury chairman at the Clios, the Andy Awards, the D&AD Awards and Cannes, among others. He has served as Chairman of the 4A’s and co-chairman of Advertising Week. He’s an advisor to the Future of Advertising Project at Wharton as well as co-founder of the Boulder Digital Works Institute at the University of Colorado. Along with Martha Stewart and Michael Dell, he was named one of Inc. Magazine’s \\\"Entrepreneurs We Love”, and this year he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.
Marc S. Pritchard
Chief Brand Officer
Marc S. Pritchard Info Events
Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, is responsible for the brand building disciplines of the world’s largest advertiser, Procter & Gamble. As the company’s top brand builder and chief marketer, Marc sets the media and marketing strategies that guide the communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands which represent nearly $71 billion in annual sales worldwide. Since becoming P&G’s chief marketer and brand builder in 2008, Marc has focused the organization on meaningful consumer insights, leveraging those insights to create big creative ideas that are powerful enough to engage people across all media. Underpinning Marc’s leadership to continue P&G’s legacy of world-class brand building is a focus on innovation in every area of brand building, advancement in digital and social media platforms that are changing the way people engage and share information, and the importance of partnerships with leading agencies, technology companies and media platforms.
Amy Purdy
Paralympic Snowboard Bronze Medalist & Dancing with the Stars Alum
Amy Purdy Info Events
Amy Purdy grew up with a passion for snowboarding which led her to a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. As a young girl, she dreamed of traveling the world…and despite obstacles that perhaps should have stopped her dead in her tracks that passion carried her not only to the upper echelons of sport but onto the dance floor of Hollywood and well beyond.
Purdy is a NY Times best-selling author, she has toured with Oprah Winfrey, she has been featured in a Super Bowl commercial and earlier this year she released her own clothing line.
During the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Paralympic Games, Purdy was the featured soloist dancer in a performance that was seen by 300 million people around the world. She is currently training to return to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Korea.
Doug Ray
Doug Ray Info Events
Doug Ray is the U.S. CEO of Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network’s flagship media network. His vision is clear: to Redefine Media by leveraging the disruptive, yet powerful dynamics of globalization and media convergence.

Under Doug's leadership, Carat has consistently achieved year-over-year growth by focusing his innovation agenda on people, product, and clients. The agency has added more than $4 billion in billings and nearly doubled in revenue since he was appointed to lead the brand in 2011. Most recently, Carat has expanded its relationship with leading marketers including P&G, Mondelez, Macy's and Pfizer.

Doug also served as Carat's first Global President from 2012 through the end of 2015. During this period, Carat was named Global Network of the Year (by Campagin), ranked #1 within RECMA's Qualitative Agency Assessment five out of their last six reports, and Agency of the Year 54 times across 15 local markets.

Doug has been honored by Adweek as Media Executive of the Year, joining the publication's prestigious list of Media All-Stars. He has also been named a Media Maven by Advertising Age and a Legend & Leader by NBCUniversal.

Jane Rosenthal
Executive Chair
Jane Rosenthal Info Events
Jane Rosenthal is Executive Chair of the multi-platform media company Tribeca Enterprises, which operates a diverse network of branded entertainment businesses, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Studios, and Tribeca Film Festival International. Since co-founding Tribeca Productions in 1988, Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading producer, with a roster of critically and commercially acclaimed films, including one of the highest grossing comedy franchises of all times—Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, and Little Fockers. She most recently produced Katie Holmes feature directorial debut All We Had, and The Wizard of Lies, directed by Barry Levinson, for HBO Films. Rosenthal is in development on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Michael Roth
Chairman & CEO
Michael Roth Info Events
Michael I. Roth is Chairman and CEO of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), one of the world's largest organizations of advertising and marketing services companies. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Since assuming leadership of Interpublic in 2005, Roth has righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly-changing media and marketing environment.

Prior to his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company that provides a wide range of protection, asset accumulation and retail brokerage products and services through its member companies. Under Roth's leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels and enhanced its ability to compete in today's financial services marketplace.
Bob Safian
Editor, MD
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Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its chief editor for six years.

Under Safian’s direction, Fast Company has garnered a reputation for highlighting the “new” in business while keeping reverence to “tried and true.” Whether exploring a startup in Detroit or the tech scene in Palo Alto, an innovator in Singapore or an iconoclast in Mumbai, Fast Company consistently adopts a fresh and honest take on business. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, it gives hope to millions of workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Safian has appeared on CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and other TV networks and has been a featured speaker at events ranging from SxSW Interactive to the Cisco Systems CIO Summit, the United Nation’s Global Accelerators Council
to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.

Safian began his career with a seven-year tenure at The American Lawyer, where he rose from summer intern to executive editor. He joined SmartMoney in 1994 and moved to Fortune in 1997. Money was a National Magazine Finalist four times under Safian's leadership and he played key roles in securing National Magazine Awards for The American Lawyer, SmartMoney, and TIME. He joined Fast Company in 2007
Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg Info Events
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.
Aline Santos Farhat
EVP, Global Marketing
Aline Santos Farhat Info Events
Joining Unilever in 1989 as a marketing trainee, Aline has worked across Local and Global Marketing and held a number of senior marketing positions within the company. Her highlights include being in the Global Marketing team responsible for creating Dove’s brand positioning over a decade ago which is committed to widening the definition of beauty for women and encouraging young people to develop a positive relationship with beauty. More recently as SVP Global Laundry, Aline led Unilever’s biggest Home Care brand, OMO. This included launching the successful Dirt is Good campaign, leading OMO to become the largest detergent brand in the world.
In 2016 Aline was additionally appointed to lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion agenda within Unilever. Aligned with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commitment to improving the health of one billion people across the world, supporting the wellbeing of our employees, and to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination.
Carla Serrano
Carla Serrano Info Events
Carla Serrano is the Chief Executive Officer at Publicis New York. Prior to being named CEO, Carla served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Publicis New York. In her current role, she draws on her background in strategy and leadership to incorporate strategic thinking in all aspects of agency operations.

Carla started her advertising career at Chiat/Day Toronto at a time when account planning was an emerging discipline in North America. She cut her teeth in the business working on iconic brands like Apple and Nissan. Throughout her career, Carla has worked in strategically led creative networks for global brands like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Absolut, and Kraft. She has held many leadership roles that meld strategic leadership with business management, from President of Berlin Cameron United, CSO of TBWA/Chiat/Day, to CEO of Naked Communications.

Passionate about integrated and seamless strategic innovation, Carla is committed to helping clients and brands thrive in this ever-changing marketing landscape.
David Shing
Digital Prophet
David Shing Info Events
David Shing is AOL’s Digital Prophet, regularly speaking at conferences worldwide, discussing the latest trends and the future of the web, providing his insight on the evolving digital landscape and works across the globe to identify new opportunities for the business.

Prior to moving to New York, David was based in London as VP Media & Marketing for AOL Europe. He originally joined the company as their European Marketing Director.

David has spent more than 15 years helping build successful web technology start-ups and multimedia businesses in the US and Australia and is the holder of several Internet technology related patents.

By night he is an accidental songwriter.
Ben Silbermann
Co-Founder & CEO
Ben Silbermann Info Events
Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.
Nate Silver
Statistician, Author and Founder
Nate Silver Info Events
Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ESPN in 2013. The site relaunched as an ESPN entity on March 17, 2014, and expanded its coverage to include topics such as sports, economics, culture, science and technology, among others. FiveThirtyEight continues to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of upcoming elections.

Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.

His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed a widely acclaimed system called PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers. He is a co-author of a series of books on baseball statistics, which include Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. Nate has written for ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Baseball Prospectus, Newsweek, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Silver has earned a series of accolades. Fast Company chose Nate as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013. He was among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of Change. In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as the “Best Political Blog.”
Ben Silverman
Ben Silverman Info Events
Ben Silverman, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show media executive, is Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content. Silverman has executive produced major network and digital platform hits for CBS, NBC, Netflix, and TNT. He is formerly the Founder of international production studio Electus, Co-Chairman of NBC Universal and Universal Media Studios where he produced/created The Office, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, and The Tudors. In 2002 Silverman founded Reveille, his first production company, and led the digital for its #1 comedy site CollegeHumor. Silverman also served as VP for New World/Marvel Entertainment, where he developed sitcoms and live-action Marvel Comics projects. To date, he is responsible for over 30 TV series that totals 1000 produced episodes from his time at William Morris Agency. Given Silverman’s accomplished career, he is credited as a pioneer and industry leader in transforming formats, international distribution, and branded entertainment.
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Jimmy Smith
Chairman, CEO, CCO
Jimmy Smith Info Events
Many people know how influential advertising greats Alma Hopkins, Lewis Williams, Jo Muse, Dan Wieden, John Jay, Jim Riswold, Jon Kamen, David Lubars, Lee Clow, Michael Roth and funk legend, Bootsy Collins have been in the career of Jimmy Smith. However, what many people do not know is that if it were not for Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, David White and Agnes Moorehead – Jimmy might never have considered a career in advertising. Montgomery, York, White and Moorehead played Samatha Stephens, Darrin Stephens, Larry Tate and Endora, respectively, on the TV show, “Bewitched.” Darrin was a creative director and Larry was an account executive. Not only did the show introduce Jimmy to advertising, it unintentionally planted the seed of the idea of branded entertainment.

Throughout his career, Jimmy – a 2012 Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative member, One Club board member and founding member of social activist group, Saturday Morning – has worked his magic in a variety of roles as a copywriter, creative director, author, TV writer, video game creator, film and record producer. His work has been recognized for its fresh advertising approaches (One Show, Cannes, D&AD, ANDY, Clio, Time magazine), its authenticity in video games (ESPN – EA Sports NBA Street), its TV show originality (Emmy nomination – Gatorade Replay) and for its beauty (Stiftung Buchkunst International Book Art Competition, Copenhagen Museum of Applied Arts – Soul of the Game).

In 2013, Jimmy added TV show talent to his list of accomplishments, as he appeared as a judge on VH1’s reality series, “Model Employee.” And in 2016 – thanks to Harman International – his company’s newly formed record label, Amusement Park Music, debuted its first hit single, “Bigger Than Us,” by Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different On Levels the Lord Allows) featuring Paul Rey.

Yet, with all he has accomplished, he is still pushing the envelope of what is possible.

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Amusement Park Entertainment, Mondelēz International’s Stride Gum and FOX brought to the international stage, Heaven Sent. In this epic live event, world renown skydiver, Luke Aikins, jumped from 25,000 feet with no parachute, no wing suit … nothing but the clothes on his back … and landed safely.
As you’ll often hear Jimmy say, “Jesus has hooked a brotha up!”
Morgan Spurlock
Filmmaker, CEO & President
Morgan Spurlock Info Events
Morgan Spurlock is a New York-based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won him Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary.
Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX television series, 30 Days, and the films Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Confessions of a Superhero, Czech Dream, Chalk, The Future of Food, What Would Jesus Buy?, Freakonomics,The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan’s Hope and Mansome.
In 2013, Spurlock directed the highest grossing documentary of the year, the 3D concert doc One Direction: This Is Us and returned to television via the CNN original series Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, which recently won the IDA Documentary Award for bes
John Stankey
CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group
John Stankey Info Events
John Stankey, CEO – AT&T Entertainment Group, is responsible for the company’s position facing the consumer market segment. He leads strategy, marketing and operations around the development and distribution of a premier entertainment experience.

John oversees AT&T’s entertainment offerings including TV, video and content development, its consumer mobility and wireless products, and its high speed Internet services as well as its advertising business.

John previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, where he led the company’s corporate strategy, M&A, and business development initiatives.

Before that, John served as President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, where he was responsible for serving AT&T's business customers worldwide and all of AT&T’s shared services including capital planning, engineering, network operations, information technology, supply chain and corporate real estate.
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Lisa Sugar
Founder and President, Author
Lisa Sugar Info Events
Lisa Sugar is the Founder & President of POPSUGAR, a global media and technology company, now the #1 lifestyle brand for young women. Her first book, POWER YOUR HAPPY (Dutton; September 20, 2016), chronicles what she's learned on her journey building the company, which now attracts a monthly audience of over 100M visitors worldwide, as well as 2.5B content views and 250M video views. Prior to POPSUGAR, Lisa served as a media planner at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and at Young & Rubicam and began her career at Showtime and Fox. Lisa graduated with a degree in psychology and English from The George Washington University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and Jack Russell Terrier.
Andy Swanson
VP, ESports
Andy Swanson Info Events
Andy Swanson is a 17-year veteran of the video game industry. His career began in 1998 in advertising sales at Future US where he eventually became the publisher of PC Gamer, OXM, and PSM in Future's Games Group. In 2007, he joined Ubisoft as Senior Director of Strategic Sales and Partnerships. Later in 2010 he joined GameFly as VP of Digital Business Development. In 2013, Andy was hired by Twitch with his current focus on planning, evangelizing, and executing the strategy around brand sponsorships and integrations within Twitch's esports ecosystem. He also manages sponsorship opportunities around Twitch's Events Group, including TwitchCon, E3, and PAX.
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Gayle Troberman
Gayle Troberman Info Events
Gayle Troberman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at iHeartMedia, Inc. In this newly created role, Troberman works with all of iHeartMedia, Inc.’s businesses to closely connect them with consumers, helping integrate the company’s brands, products, and platforms even more deeply into consumers’ daily lives.

Prior, Troberman, a highly respected marketing industry veteran, served as Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer at IPG Mediabrands. Gayle spent 16 years at Microsoft as Chief Creative Officer where she was responsible for the company’s portfolio of brands and global advertising campaign across consumer and B-to-B products including Windows, Office, Bing, and XBOX.

Lisa Utzschneider
Chief Revenue Officer
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Lisa Utzschneider is Chief Revenue Officer at Yahoo. In this role, she leads Yahoo's sales organization globally to serve the needs of advertisers worldwide. Previously, Lisa was Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales for the Americas.

Prior to joining Yahoo, Lisa worked as Amazon’s Vice President of Global Advertising Sales, where she developed the company’s global advertising business through product, marketing, sales, and operations strategies, driving consistent revenue growth. Prior to Amazon, Lisa spent 10 years at Microsoft leading strategic and organizational advertising initiatives in product development, sales, and online industry standards that increased customer satisfaction and revenue growth. Her most recent position at Microsoft was General Manager of the national sales and service teams, focused on driving revenue for the company's top online advertising accounts. She also developed the U.S. advertising go-to-market approach.

Lisa is a board member of the IAB and a member of the organization’s executive committee, as well as a board member for the Ad Council and MAKERS@. She is also a member of the Bates College Board of Trustees. Lisa has been honored in the Adweek 50, Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising”, New York Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and Working Mother’s “50 Most Powerful Moms”. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.

Lisa resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Deborah Wahl
Deborah Wahl Info Events

Deborah Wahl brings 25 years of experience in the marketing industry to her role as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s USA.
A member of the McDonald’s U.S. Leadership Team, Wahl plays an integral role in the development of the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning. Working with what McDonald’s calls the “three-legs of the stool” (company, operators and suppliers/agencies), Wahl and her team have led the brand through an extensive transformation, unlocking value by bringing customer-driven innovations like All Day Breakfast to life and making food the center of everything they do.
Deborah’s past experience includes the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of PulteGroup, Chief Marketing Officer for Chrysler brands and various marketing leadership roles at Lexus, Toyota and Ford.
Wahl currently serves on the boards of the ANA, AAF, and AD Council.
Wahl earned a MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master of International Studies from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of International Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College. Known for her data and insights-driven approach and for using innovative tools and technology, in 2007, she was named by FORTUNE magazine as one of four women to watch in business.
A native of Michigan, Wahl now lives in the Chicago area with her son, Alexander.
Geri Wang
President, ABC Sales
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As president of ABC Sales, Geri Wang leads a team of more than 275 executives and staff responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing initiatives. Promoted to this position in February 2010, Ms. Wang has been instrumental in extending advertising opportunities and value beyond the traditional broadcast network into innovative approaches to new media and digital applications. She oversees a business group generating multi-billion-dollar revenues annually, through offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
Ms. Wang’s senior executive role encompasses ABC Primetime, ABC Daytime, ABC News, ABC Late-Night, ABC Interactive/Digital and ABC Sales Development. She also guides the sales and integrated marketing efforts for Disney/ABC Unlimited, the cross-divisional sales unit of The Walt Disney Company; Disney/ABC Domestic Television Syndication Group; and SOAPNet. Ms. Wang reports directly to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
Since joining ABC in 1990, Ms. Wang has advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, gaining hands-on sales and management experience in all dayparts. Her wide-ranging expertise and advertising sales success led to her appointment as senior vice president of Primetime Sales in 2000 and, a decade later, to her current position as president of ABC Sales.
A self-professed “research and numbers fanatic who loves a good spreadsheet,” Ms. Wang has long been recognized for her adept research and analytical skills, coupled with her ability to quickly adapt business metrics in an evolving media environment. While at the helm of ABC Primetime Sales, she is also credited with forging closer operational and creative ties with the Network’s Primetime Entertainment Group. This has further expanded ABC’s leadership in developing new branding and integration opportunities such as interstitial promercials, webisodes and ABC’s pioneering advertiser-supported iPad app.
Ms. Wang is a board member of the American Advertising Federation, and she mentors young people through both the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communication and the ABC Media Networks programs. She has been honored as one of Advertising Age magazine’s “Women to Watch” and has been named to the “Mediaweek 50″ list of top media executives in the U.S. Ms. Wang began her career as a media research analyst at Grey Advertising and is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Jesse Williams
Actor, Activist
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Linda Yaccarino
Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships
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Linda Yaccarino is Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal. In this role, Yaccarino oversees all advertising sales and market strategy for the company’s entire portfolio of premium video content, including broadcast, cable and digital. She reports to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal.

Since joining the company in 2011, Yaccarino has transformed NBCUniversal Advertising Sales. Her groundbreaking “one portfolio” plan amplified NBCUniversal’s enormous power and reach by combining the company’s broadcast, cable, and digital assets into one unified organization.

Under Yaccarino’s leadership, NBCUniversal’s 2016 Upfront was the most successful since Comcast bought the company—taking in more than $6 billion.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Yaccarino served as Executive Vice President and COO of Turner Entertainment Advertising Sales and Marketing and Acquisitions.
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