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In this not-to-be missed, first-time event, IAB is convening top leaders in tech, media, and marketing to share great lessons in leadership and real-world takeaways to advance women’s trajectories, and the workplace at large. This one-day conference will offer dynamic leader-to-leader management conversation. Female founders, brilliant bosses and other mavericks will share workplace wisdom and industry insights.
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Anna Bager, Executive Vice President of Industry Initiatives at IAB, kicked off the first-ever IAB Women Visionaries event by stating, “No one will care for your career as much as you. Take charge and plan your way forward.” She offered a big picture view of the current conditions for women, both in the workplace and in society, and set the tone for the day, promising leadership lessons and practical takeaways for the standing-room-only crowd.
In the first session, “Are Leaders Made or Born? Impactful Moments on The Path from Management to Leadership,” Bonita Coleman Stewart, Vice President, Global Partnerships at Google started off with the thought: “A great leader is defined by a great team.” And she helped define the leadership journey in four steps delivering concrete tips on how to execute them.
Leadership is a journey.
At Google, they are segmenting and bringing together cohorts to formalize mentorship, including career stage and underrepresented segments to meet individual needs. On the question of balancing team building and delivering results, schedule an hour where no business is transacted. Happier employees are and more connected, and therefore more productive. Ask yourself, do you want to be right or be effective? Think about what it will take to move people in your direction.
In the following session “A Founder’s Tale: Launching Lola,” Jordana Kier, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Lola was interviewed by Joy Marcus, Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. Kier talked about starting Lola. “The first iteration was around convenience, but then I found out tampons are Class 2 medical devices so makers don’t need to disclose ingredients. That was the insight. I found the best supply of materials. Then we made the delivery right-get the types and mix you need customized. Look, periods are uncomfortable to discuss. But we did so in a straightforward voice. Consumer-centric thinking about the whole lifecycle. From the first period to the last hot flash.”
Getting funding wasn’t easy for Kier. “Many of the pitches were with all men who didn’t know anything about tampons. They didn’t understand the pain point. You can’t even find out what is in a tampon. There is power in being the expert in the room. I simply decided that I’m going to shape the conversation.”
Kier concluded with “Know what you’re not good at and find the right partners. Praise in public and constructive criticism in private. Music taught me discipline and conducting made me understand every instrument across a single piece of music. Anyone can come with amazing ideas. It doesn’t matter about the title.”
The next session was called “A Founder’s Tale: Creating a New Type of Boss and Mentor.” Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO of MikMak was interviewed by her mentor Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and Co-Founder of VaynerMedia.
Tipograph stated that she is public about making mistakes and suggests that leaders should have humility and pride at the same time as it illustrates authenticity.
“Be extremely self-aware. What am I the best at? And what do I need help with? I don’t need to reinvent every part of the wheel. Just find the right people to surround myself with.”
“Business is done in five- minute deals in the hallway,” Tipograph continued. When trying to find mentors and champions, “List your core business objectives and who do you need to get them done? Find the right mentors by laddering everything back to business objectives.”
When asked about his investment in women owned businesses, Vaynerchuck said, “I’m just looking for good businesses to invest in. Remember, there are better opportunities beyond VCs. There are high net worth individuals.”
The next session was titled “Backing a New Wave of Founders: Lessons in Venturing.” Sharon Harris, Strategic Marketing Executive, Global Product Marketer, Mobile SME and Change Agent introduced the idea of constantly challenging yourself by stating, “You stop living the day you stop learning.”
Susan Lyne, President & Founding Partner of BBG Ventures talked about the wave of female founders. Women are the dominate consumer. 85% of all purchase decisions are made/influenced by women. Women are also the power users on social platforms. A founder who understands this consumer has an advantage. And you see that in results. Women drove 63% higher ROI than male led startups.
What separates the good founders from the others?
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Lyne made a bold prediction: “We believe that in the next decade half of the country’s unicorns will be led by women. So go out and build something great.” And she finished with some inspiration around a failure. “When I got fired. I got great advice from my husband. Take 72 hours to wallow in it. Then let’s talk about how we’ll make this fantastic.”
“The Next Big Thing: Career Positioning and Pivots” was the next session of the day. Executive recruiter Ann Blinkhorn, Founder and CEO of Blinkhorn, L.L.C., stated that women remain underrepresented in leadership and the C-Suite. To make it to the top, women must:
1. Conduct an honest self-assessment. Develop an elevator pitch and live that pitch
2. Be explicit about your aspirations
3. Diversify your experience
4. Assemble your own diverse “advisory board”
5. Know your industry, not just your company
6. Consider a radical detour to grow as an executive
7. Gain board experience
Mia Saini Duchnowski, Co-Founder and CEO, Oars + Alps explained, “When you make a radical career pivot you have to know, ‘If I don’t succeed, it will still be OK.’”
Susie Nam, Chief Operating Officer, Droga5 said, “Women pivot all the time, taking a risk every day.”
The group finished with the advice, “Communicate your aspirations and ask for help. What are the missing pieces in my skill set? What can I do to grow as a leader and manager?”
Jessica Bennett, Gender Editor at The New York Times and Meredith Kopit Levien, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The New York Times Company took the stage in a session titled “Through the Gender Lens: The Evolution of Media”. Bennett talked about the current editorial climate, “The story keeps evolving. Beyond the sexual harassment tsunami, masculinity is a subject that is very important today. Things like what does consent look like today.”
“Newsrooms in a decade will more accurately reflect society. Millions more people are engaged in news that ever before,” continued Bennett.
Kopit Levien stated, “I will never again play not to lose. I had to learn how to be someone who played to win. Everything else was different after that.”
“I do better in rooms where there are more women. I was for some time the only women in the room and that is more difficult than it seems,” Kopit Levien shared. “Nothing has been as empowering to me as traveling in a sisterhood of women who are trying to make their way thru all the things they are in their lives, mothers and executives and wives… It is an untold story about women helping women.”
The following session was called The Gender Gap: Men and Women Solve for Better Workplaces. Suzanne Vranica, Advertising Editor at The Wall Street Journal, started the conversation by stating that it starts with a simple question: “How do I change things?” Make the commitment to diversity. Start with diversity as a business strategy. When business gets tough it will always fall to a lower priority. But know that more diverse companies deliver better results.
“At big companies we are trained to celebrate the journey even when we are not happy with the destination.” Brad Jakeman, Former President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group added to the discussion. “Young talent wants to know your social footprint. They are less interested in what the company makes and more interested in what makes the company.”
Tonia O’Connor, Chief Revenue Officer, Univision continued, “You have to ask or you won’t get it. Nobody wakes up thinking how they can help your career today.”
Vranica concluded, “It’s incredibly important to include men. Let’s not make it a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. No great business outcomes come from a homogenous group.”
The next session, “Sunlight & Water: Becoming A Manager & A Leader,” was a lively discussion about leadership styles at the beginning of two senior leaders’ careers. When you see smart women in your 20’s, success is much easier. The mentorship of a strong woman matters.
“Things have changed. I was told on how to dress and act. A coach actually said I should act more like a man. To be a leader you need to be true to yourself. The rule books of leadership were written by men.”
Lynda Clarizio, Former President of U.S. Media Nielsen delivered her rules for leadership: Be Authentic. Be Open. Be Personal.
Nada Stirratt, Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, North America at Facebook has posters all over her wall: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” “Don’t mold me into you. Just make me the best version of me and we’ll both be successful,” Stirratt relayed in a story.
In the next session called “Bring Your Full Self to Work: Building an Inclusive Culture,” Danielle Lee, Global Vice President, Partner Solutions at Spotify, stated that “You are a tapestry of all your experiences. The good and bad things that have happened along the way that allow you to be a strong and empathetic leader.”
Allison Allen, Industry D&I and HR Leader/Advocate added, “Kids today are not buying. We are judging not for talent, but on looks. We spend lots of time not being our full selves. Companies are saying, ‘We hear your concern and let’s work together to fix this.’”
“Looking even deeper than just gender.” Lee said. “There’s a chance for misconceptions to manifest themselves in the global workplace.”
Kerry Bianchi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visto, tied it all together with, “Inclusion is more important than diversity. If you don’t feel valued, you won’t stay. If you don’t have a connection to the people you work with, you won’t be great.”
In the final session titled “The Playbook: Where We Go from Here,” Anna Bager, Executive Vice President of Industry Initiatives at IAB and Alexa Christon, Host of Adlandia took the stage. Christon shared her Top 3 moments from the day: Every meeting mentioned women. It’s not going to happen top down. Asking for help is underrated.
Bager let the audience know that IAB will keep the day’s conversation going on social, on their site and in many forums to come. She also shared her Top 3 takeways: Hire for your weaknesses. Close your laptop and focus and really listen. Build your airplane while you’re flying it.
From the audience, many attendees mentioned what had resonated with them:
“No one understands that there is an invisible bridge. So cross it and make the leap,” Christon inspired the crowd.
Allison Allen is VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Talent Management at Oath. In this role, she leads global efforts across Oath’s 50+ media and technology brands to build strong talent and organizational philosophies and culture. Allison also partners and works collaboratively across all levels of Oath’s brands to guide the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, focusing on creating innovative approaches that result in an all-inclusive and diverse work environment. Her goal at Oath is to enhance the internal and external brand of the company from both the people and process perspective, as well as maintaining an exceptionally high bar for diverse talent.
Prior to Oath, Allison was Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development for AOL Inc., where she created a series of new learning programs, technical end products and organizational/project models. Before AOL, she headed up the Global Organizational Development Practice at Bloomberg LP and was Vice President in Global Talent and Leadership at Deutsche Bank, where she worked with clients around a broad range of issues (e.g., strategy execution, leadership pipeline building, talent identification, change management and human capital systems).
Allison began her career at Johnson & Higgins (now part of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.) where she focused on designing and implementing courses on insurance brokerage systems. Earlier in her career, Allison was a Manager of Learning & Organizational Development with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Allison completed her degree from New York University and is currently researching Masters programs focusing on Industrial Organizational Psychology & Human Resources Management.
Karen currently leads the Global Partnerships group responsible for Google’s largest search and mobile applications partners. Since joining Google in 2003, Karen has led a number of critical strategic partnership teams covering client/sell-side monetization and search distribution products. Karen is also an active leader of Google’s [email protected] Partnerships group, whose mission is to equip women in the Partnerships organization with the connections and opportunities they need to have extraordinary careers. Before joining Google, Karen worked as an Information Technology Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on clients in the financial industry.
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University. Karen also loves competing in triathlons and mentoring for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training organization. When Karen is not running triathlons, she’s running after her 3 year old son and 10 month old daughter.
Anna Bager, Executive Vice President of Industry Initiatives, brings together two of the digital media and marketing industries’ most significant growth platforms under her leadership. The IAB Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, an independently funded and staffed unit inside the IAB, charged with driving the growth of the mobile marketing, advertising and media marketplace. The Digital Video Center focuses on tying together various IAB video activities – including Advanced TV, Digital Video, and the Digital Content Newfronts – providing a one-stop shop for thought leadership, innovation, research, and guidance for the burgeoning digital video industry.
Prior to joining the IAB Bager was heading business intelligence at Ericsson Multimedia and head of research at Ericsson’s Business Consulting unit. Earlier, she was Research and Consulting Manager for IDC EMEA. Business Insider named Anna to the Most Important Women in Mobile Advertising in 2012, 2013 and 2014. And one of the 2014 top women in media by Folio Mag.
Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and author who writes on gender, sexuality, and culture. She was recently appointed Gender Editor of the New York Times, the first person to hold that role.
Jessica is the author of the bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace (HarperCollins, 2016), which has been translated into seven languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.
Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, where she spent seven years as a writer and editor; Time.com, where she was a columnist; as well as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post and the New York Times, where she has covered sexual assault on campus, profiled female pot entrepreneurs, and was the first journalist to profile Monica Lewinsky in a decade. She also wrote a column on digital language called Command Z. (See more of her articles here.)
Jessica has spoken about journalism and gender at leading institutions and government agencies, including Harvard, Facebook, Cannes Lions, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is the cofounder of the Lean In Collection, a photo initiative with Getty Images to diversify stock photography, which received the 2015 Trustee Award from the International Center of Photography.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Visto, Kerry is responsible for driving strategic direction and business execution across the entire organization. Kerry joined Collective (now Visto) in 2015 and held the roles of both Chief Operating Officer and President before assuming the CEO role in 2017. Kerry is a 2017 Silver Stevie Award winner for “Female Executive of the Year” as well as a past winner of Brand Innovators “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing.” She brings to Visto over 25 years of experience in media, advertising and consulting. Prior to Visto, Kerry was at E*TRADE Financial overseeing the company’s paid media, agencies, martech and analytics partners. Prior to that, she was Managing Director for the global media management consulting division at Accenture, leading business development and services for its enterprise media and analytics practice. Earlier in her career, Kerry held senior leadership roles at Reader’s Digest, Time Inc., Hill Holliday and TBWA Chiat Day. Kerry received her BA from Claremont McKenna College.
Ann Blinkhorn specializes in building leadership teams for businesses at the intersection of media and technology.
Ann founded Blinkhorn, L.L.C. in 2009 following seven years as a leading executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart. She has reshaped senior leadership teams for established media companies transforming their businesses, and has also recruited talent to earlier stage digital companies working to rapidly grow their brands and franchises. Ann has led CEO and other senior-level engagements for a diverse range of clients including Comcast, Discovery Communications, Microsoft, Dow Jones, MTV Networks, PBS and Huffington Post, among others. She has also worked closely with financial sponsors including top private equity and venture capital firms to recruit talent to portfolio companies.
Ann’s background includes over 20 years of traditional and digital media operating experience combined with executive search experience. She began her media career at The New York Times Company, where she served as publisher of the first foreign-language edition of The New York Times, a joint venture in Russia with The Moscow News. She also served as president of the North American division of the International Herald Tribune, a Times affiliate. Prior to transitioning to executive search in 2002, Ann was part of the founding management team of zUniversity.com, where she launched and ran an online recruitment business.
Beyond her business activities, Ann has a strong interest in politics and public policy. She recently served as a consultant to the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in assessing talent for the Obama-Biden administration.
Ann earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. degree from Smith College. She serves on the advisory boards of WFUV Radio (NYC public radio affiliate) and ProPublica, and previously served on the board of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.
Lynda Clarizio has spent the last 18 years as a successful executive in the media industry growing and scaling businesses with a particular focus on data and technology. From 2013 thru 2017, she was the President of Nielsen U.S. Media, responsible for leading the performance of Nielsen’s U.S. Watch business providing media and advertiser clients with measurement and marketing effectiveness solutions across television, digital, audio and other media. Prior to Nielsen, she was Executive Vice President for corporate development and operations at AppNexus, a leading programmatic advertising platform. Before joining AppNexus, she was the CEO and President of INVISION, Inc., a leading provider of multi-platform advertising solutions. Clarizio previously had a decade-long career at AOL, which she joined in 1999. She was the President of AOL’s consolidated advertising businesses, then called Platform-A. She also served as the President of Advertising.com, then the industry’s largest third party online advertising network. She was Executive Vice President of AOL’s audience business responsible for strategy, finance and business development, and also AOL’s Senior Vice President for corporate strategic and financial planning and Senior Vice President for acquisitions and strategic investments. Prior to joining AOL, Clarizio was a partner in the leading Washington, D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter, where she practiced law from 1987 thru 1999.
Clarizio is a recognized leader in advertising and media, having been named one of 2017’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s, one of 2011’s top 100 “Tech Titans” in the Washington, DC region by The Washingtonian, one of 2009’s “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment” by Digital Media Wire, and one of 2008’s “Women to Watch” by Advertising Age. She also was selected one of 1998’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by The Washingtonian.
Clarizio is a member of the boards of directors of CDW, Resonate, OpenSlate and Human Rights First. She is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University.
Bonita C. Stewart brings extensive consumer technology and operational experience as her career spans over two decades of digital transformation across multiple industries. Since joining Google in 2006 she has driven adoption of digital technologies within the C-Suite in the US and globally. Currently, she oversees the company’s Global Partnerships team for the largest US publishers across Search, Mobile Apps, Commerce, News, Broadcast, Telecommunications and Domains.
Prior to Google she had an extensive automotive career where she led Chrysler Group Interactive Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG, Dodge Passenger Cars and Minivans brand management and Chrysler Brand Advertising. During her tenure Advertising Age named the Chrysler Group the 2005 Interactive Marketer of the Year. Ms. Stewart enjoyed a 10-year management career with IBM in software/hardware pricing, sales and PC product marketing. As an entrepreneur she served as President, COO and co-founder for Nia Enterprises, a web-based company as well as the Founder and CEO for One Moment in Time, a formal wear rental company for women.
Over the past several years she has been recognized externally for her leadership as a Woman to Watch (Advertising Age, 2011), Power 100 (Ebony, 2012), Woman to Watch in Tech (Crain’s NY, 2014) and Most Powerful Women (Crain’s NYC, 2017)
Ms. Stewart graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Currently, she serves on the Deckers Brands board [NYSE:DECK] and the American Ballet Theatre Advisory Council for Project Plié.
Mia Saini Duchnowski is the Co-Founder and CEO of Oars + Alps, a direct to consumer skin care brand for people who lead an active, on-the-go lifestyle. The products are made with natural premium ingredients. The company launched in 2015 after Mia quit her high-profile job as a TV Reporter with Bloomberg TV, one of the largest financial TV networks in the world.
Mia spent over three years with Bloomberg TV in Hong Kong and in New York City where she was responsible for global economic, political and business coverage. She was the first person at the network to interview the Chairman of Microsoft, John Thompson, after he became Chairman. She’s interviewed hundreds of CEOs and heads of states including the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson. She’s routinely covered breaking news stories, such as the disappearance of MH 370, Nelson Mandela’s death, and Steve Job’s passing.
Prior to joining Bloomberg in June 2011, Mia served as an Anchor and Reporter for Forbes TV. She reported from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as interviewed prominent business leaders including Warren Buffett, former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, Blackstone co-founder Pete Peterson, former Bear Stearns CEO Ace Greenberg, SAP CEO Bill McDermott and more. Earlier in her career, Mia was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, working in hedge fund sales and marketing. There, she helped establish strategic relationships with hedge funds representing over $1.2 billion in portfolio value.
Mia holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has a double major from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in neuroscience and media studies, and a double minor in civil engineering and management science. While at MIT, she interned at NASA Ames Research Center doing artificial intelligence research. She was featured in Glamour Magazine as one of their Top Ten College Women in 2004.
Mia currently sits on the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo and the Junior Board of Greencity Market in Chicago. Mia has served on the Board of Directors for the MIT Club of Hong Kong and the Harvard Business School Club of Hong Kong. She loves cycling and yoga and has three kids.
Brad Jakeman has a passion for developing category-disruptive innovation ideas and marketing programs that challenge the status-quo and build famous, world-class brands. As a Senior Advisor and Consultant he now works with Founders, CEOs, Boards and CMOs on innovation, brand building and business models that drive disruption of existing industries and creates new economies.
For the past seven years as President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, Jakeman led 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, 7UP and Gatorade.
Jakeman’s career has spanned Fashion, Financial Services, Entertainment and Packaged goods. He has held senior marketing roles at Ogilvy, Citi, Macy’s and Activision Blizzard. During that time Advertising Age named Jakeman one of America’s “Top 50 Marketers,” The Australian newspaper dubbed him one of the “top 20 people shaping global media,” in July, 2015 he was named “Advertising Person of the Year” by the Ad Club of New York; and AdWeek included him in the top 5 of the ‘Most Indispensable Executives in Tech, Media and Marketing’ for two years in a row.
Brian is the Director of Entertainment Partnerships at Google working with top cable networks and sporting league partners. He also heads up Google’s inventory acquisition strategy for its premium programmatic video marketplace encompassing all digital platforms. Previously, Brian managed Google’s Automotive and Online pure-play partnerships team. Prior to Google, he managed strategic partnerships for DoubleClick which was acquired by Google in 2007. He is a highly accomplished digital advertising executive with 15+ years of experience helping publishers and programmers best leverage their advertising technology assets.
Prior to joining DoubleClick, Brian worked for MassHysteria, ActiveBuddy (acquired by Microsoft), and Akamai in business development and product management capacities. At MassHysteria he led the product development and operations on AOL’s inaugural fantasy sports games.
Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Dickinson College. He lives in Rye, NY with his wife, son, and daughter.
Before co-founding LOLA, Jordana received her MBA from Columbia Business School, during which she worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi. Jordana was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016. She graduated from Dartmouth College and is on the board of Drive Change, a 501(c)(3) food truck that employs and teaches transferable skills to youth in the NYC criminal justice system. Prior to attending business school, Jordana worked at the opera and wanted to one day run Lincoln Center.
Meredith Kopit Levien was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company in June 2017. Ms. Kopit Levien oversees the teams responsible for digital product, design, audience and brand, consumer revenue, advertising, live events and new product development.
She was most recently executive vice president and chief revenue officer, a position she held since April 2015. In that role, Ms. Kopit Levien was responsible for the generation of all advertising and subscription revenue from The Times’s products and services and for leadership of the advertising, marketing, video and live event teams. Ms. Kopit Levien joined The Times Company in August 2013 as head of advertising.
She previously served as chief revenue officer at Forbes Media, where she led the North American and European revenue operations for Forbes.com, the Forbes Magazine Group and Forbes Conferences since 2011. Ms. Kopit Levien began her professional career in 1993 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC., did a two year stint at digital ad agency and website development firm i33 Communications, and worked in various sales and marketing roles at Atlantic Media Company from 2001 to 2008. Ms. Kopit Levien is a current Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, an executive committee member of the board of the Ad Council, on the board of the IAB, and a co-chair of the Lincoln Center Media and Entertainment Council.She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1993. Ms. Kopit Levien lives in New York City with her husband and son. She is a passionate advocate of sustaining the independence of high quality original journalism, a fan and follower of great literary fiction and has been the executive sponsor of The New York Times Women’s Network since January 2014.
Danielle Lee is the Global Vice President, Partner Solutions at Spotify and an accomplished strategic marketing professional with over 15 years experience in brand building, media innovation and technology for some of the world’s most respected brands.
As part of the executive team at Spotify, Danielle leads several lines of business including product marketing, business marketing, strategic marketing, partner marketing and creative solutions for advertisers and brand partners. In her role, she is responsible for developing the go to market strategy and growing global revenue by developing high impact content and digital ad experiences.
Prior to Spotify, Danielle spent 2 years at Vevo and served as the Global Vice President, Commercial Marketing. Her team was responsible for building compelling sales narratives and developing the positioning and go-to-market strategy for all Vevo programs, core video products and tentpoles. Danielle also spent 7 years at AT&T and served as the Vice President of Product Marketing and Innovation at AT&T AdWorks. She was responsible for developing new online, mobile and TV advertising solutions, defining the go-to-market strategy and growing the multi-screen ad business. Danielle also spent 3 years at Showtime Networks where she directed new products marketing and advertising for the premium cable network, and was instrumental in building awareness and tune-in to Showtime’s award winning original series like Weeds, Dexter, Fat Actress and The L Word.
In 2016 and 2017, Danielle was named one of AdWeek’s Top 50 most indispensable executives in Marketing, Media and Technology. Since 2014, Danielle has been listed as one of the Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising by Business Insider. She also serves on the IAB DIgital Video Center of Excellence board, the Mobile Marketing Association NA Board, and The Female Quotient.
Danielle holds an MBA in Marketing and Media Management from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University. She currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and their two children.
Susan Lyne is President and Founding Partner of BBG Ventures, a venture fund for women-led tech start-ups. The fund is focused on consumer internet businesses – services, content, commerce – based on the belief that there is a huge opportunity in backing smart entrepreneurs who reflect and understand the consumers driving the fastest-growing areas of the internet.
Susan has had a long career in media, commerce and consumer products. She has held leadership positions at companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies, often during periods of internal or external change.
She began her career in the magazine industry, where she founded and led Premiere Magazine. She spent almost a decade at Disney, rising to President of Entertainment at ABC. She was the CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; CEO and then Chair of Gilt.com; and she led AOL’s Brand Group, overseeing such brands as TechCrunch, Engadget and Moviefone, immediately before launching BBG Ventures.
Susan is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Gilt.com and a director of Starz LLC. Additionally, Ms. Lyne is a trustee of Rockefeller University and The New School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She has four daughters, three sisters, and a wide circle of entrepreneur-advisees who give as much as they get. Her biggest wins have all come from listening to, building for and betting on women.
Joy Marcus currently teaches entrepreneurship at Princeton University.
Marcus was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Video at Condé Nast, the publishing giant whose properties include Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
Marcus was on the management team that took BarnesandNoble.com public (~$2.2B valuation). She also led French video site Dailymotion to its sale to Orange (France Telecom) for ~200M. In her role at Condé Nast, Marcus led her division to 4x growth during her tenure, achieving profitability for the first time in 2016.
Marcus has been a digital media manager since 2007 and an active member of the NYC venture community since its inception. She spent three years as a Managing Director and Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson network fund.
Marcus served as CEO of venture-backed start-up Bloglovin’, and raised the company’s Series A round. She is currently a Venture Fellow at Betaworks (the early stage fund that was the first investor in Bloglovin’) and on the Board of Directors of the New York Tech Alliance. She also served as a James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University in 2015.
Marcus was named one of the “Digital Power Fifty” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010. In 2014 she was named a “Woman to Watch” by Crain’s and a “Woman of Power and Influence” by the National Organization for Women (NOW). She is a 1986 graduate of New York University School of Law and a 1983 graduate of Princeton University.
Susie has lived in 10 cities in three countries and has had three completely different professions, but she considers Minneapolis her hometown and advertising her career.
She started at George magazine, following the presidential campaign trail, then went to The New York Times as Features Editor for their first-ever online edition. She then moved into advertising at Deutsch NY to work on IKEA and LensCrafters before stepping away from the rat race to attend the London School of Economics for a master’s in urban planning. After completing her studies, she consulted on economic and transportation planning in England—including visits to Roman archeological digs and the Bull Ring in Birmingham. Upon returning stateside, she headed back to advertising and found a home at Fallon, working with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Time magazine and Nestlé Purina.
She joined Droga5 in 2009 as Group Account Director and rose through the ranks to become Head of Account Management and, in 2013, General Manager of the New York office. In 2015, Susie was appointed Chief Operating Officer and has been a key driving force behind the agency’s success.
As COO of Droga5, Susie oversees all business operations of the agency—from oversight of key accounts and marshaling departments to scale and adapt to growth and designing systems and culture that deliver breakthrough ideas—all in an effort to drive influence for clients and their businesses.
Throughout her tenure at Droga5, Susie has served as a senior leader, champion and advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is Executive Advisor to D+iQ, Droga5’s diversity and inclusion initiative, and has an unwavering belief that diversity is inseparable from the influential creative work Droga5 is known to produce. In 2017, Susie was appointed to the board of directors of ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries. Most recently, she joined Adweek’s inaugural advisory board, a group of top-level executives and thought leaders who have volunteered to help foster productive conversation around the key issues facing their companies, clients and peers.
Susie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, Miles and Stella.
Tonia O’Connor serves as chief revenue officer for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, O’Connor drives an integrated content monetization strategy and oversees all of UCI’s revenue streams – linear and digital advertising, content distribution as well as new revenue development.
O’Connor is spearheading UCI’s development of new opportunities that advance consumer engagement and create a more effective overall experience for marketers and distributors. She has led UCI’s efforts to expand the reach of its portfolio of brands and content availability by creating new consumer products and securing valuable shelf space with both traditional and emerging distributors, and social media platforms. In addition to establishing UCI’s $1 billion+ content licensing business, O’Connor’s accomplishments include the launch of UCI’s direct to consumer live streaming and on demand subscription video service, Univision NOW, the development of the Univision Creator Network and the company’s first over-the-top (OTT) English-language digital network.
Given her understanding of consumer behavior, she is also involved in UCI’s programming and content development for its new networks and platforms, including the acquisition of originals for the OTT services and partnering with third parties to finance and develop new series. Additionally, O’Connor has worked with other leaders across UCI to coordinate investments in new digital businesses. She was also a founder of and continues to sponsor UCI’s Women’s Leadership Council, an employee resource group designed to prepare the next generation of women leaders.
O’Connor joined UCI in January 2008 as executive vice president of Distribution Sales and Marketing. She has played a key role as the Company expanded its portfolio from three networks to 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks, as well as developed its distribution and content windowing strategy for digital and mobile platforms. Previously, she spent 13 years at News Corp’s Gemstar TV Guide, where she last served as executive vice president of Distribution. O’Connor is a Director on the Board of Directors of El Rey Network, a cable network started by filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez and fuboTV, a streaming TV service.
She is active in industry organizations and currently serves as the Chairman on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. O’Connor has received multiple awards and recognitions including last year’s distinguished Vanguard Award for Marketing from the NCTA – The Television and Internet Association, Variety’s Women of Impact Award, as well as in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100. In prior years, O’Connor received a Wonder Women award from Multichannel News, was recognized by Moves Magazine as a Power Woman, and appears every year on CableFax’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable and the industry’s Top 100.
O’Connor graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She lives in Summit, NJ with her husband and three children.
Nada Stirratt is Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, North America at Facebook where she leads partnerships with the largest brands and agencies across both the US and Canada. Her team supports all of Facebook’s offerings including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Marketplace.
Prior to Facebook Nada was chief executive officer of Verve Mobile, a venture-backed global, location-based mobile technology platform. Under her leadership, the company more than doubled its revenue, expanded oversees, made two strategic acquisitions and raised over $30M. Nada joined Verve from Acxiom (ACXM), where she served as the company’s first chief revenue officer leading a global team responsible for the company’s sales, operations, consulting and analytics practices.
Before Acxiom, Nada was the chief revenue officer of MySpace, playing an integral role in the social network’s sale to Specific Media in 2011. Before joining News Corp., Nada was executive vice president of digital advertising at Viacom, where she oversaw sales, strategy and operations across the MTV Networks digital portfolio.
Nada joined MTV Networks from Advertising.com, where she led the successful sale of Advertising.com to AOL in 2004. Nada joined Advertising.com from Moviefone, where she was senior vice president of advertising. Upon the company’s sale to AOL in 1999, Nada became vice president of business development at AOL.
Nada serves as a director on the board of Blue Star Families, a 501C3 that supports US military families during the difficult time of deployment. She has been named to CableWorld’s Most Powerful Women, Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women in Mobile, and was awarded the Ad:Tech Industry Achievement Award.
Nada holds a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois and lives in New Canaan, CT with her husband Avery. She is based in New York City.
Rachel Tipograph considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. Forbes listed Rachel as one of its “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”, Marie Claire named her one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in America,” Fast Company named her one of “The Most Creative People in Business”, AdAge named her one of “The Most Creative People of The Year,” AdWeek named her one of “The Young Influentials Shaping Business and Culture,” Entrepreneur named her one of the “50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs,” Business Insider named her one of “New York Tech’s Coolest People”, Refinery29 named her one of its “Rising Female Tech Stars,” The Wrap named her one of “The 11 Change Agents Disrupting Hollywood,” and LinkedIn named her one of its “Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under.” After being the Global Director of Digital and Social Media at Gap where she oversaw strategy, implementation and measurement, Rachel traveled the world for 100 days and then founded MikMak, the first native commerce platform for the social video generation.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the Chairman of VaynerX, a modern day communications parent company, as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations.
His fifth book “Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” is available in stores now!
Gary rose to prominence in the late 90’s after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales.
Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.
Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online.
Gary is also the host of a global top 10 business podcast, The Gary Vaynerchuk Audio Experience.
Gary’s signature sneakers, The GaryVee 001 & 002 in collaboration with K-Swiss sold out on opening day.
He is the Co-Founder of VaynerSports, a full service athlete representation agency with more than 20 clients with his brother AJ.
Gary also appears with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Will.i.am on Apple’s first original series “Planet of the Apps” out now.
Orlando Baeza is BuzzFeed’s Vice President of Marketing and a 2016 Forbes’ 30 under 30 alum. In his role he oversees both B2C and B2B Marketing and his teams create strategy for the BuzzFeed brand and identifies growth opportunities for key franchises like Tasty, BuzzFeed News and shows like Worth It, Unsolved and Ladylike. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Orlando was the Vice President of Global Strategy at Paramount Pictures, where he led the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns around major theatrical releases like Fences and Office Christmas Party, among others. He also held previous roles in global marketing at Activision, Nike and Adidas. Orlando is a graduate of Bryant University.
As the Managing Director of Twitter LATAM and Canada, Melissa leads a team of regional leaders focused on expanding advertising revenue, driving innovation, and building Twitter’s brand.
Melissa joined Twitter when it began building out its Revenue team in 2012 and has held multiple roles since then. Most recently she was the Head of Global Brands, running the team that oversees Twitter’s global advertising partnerships, or key accounts. Prior to this role, Melissa led Global Brand Advocacy at Twitter, which focused on market development, creating understanding of Twitter and building relationships with C-level executives.
Before joining Twitter, Melissa spent 11 years in the agency business, with her last role as senior vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, leading its New York consumer digital team.
Melissa graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She is @melissabarnes on Twitter.
Jacqueline is a transformational leader who drives positive business growth and societal change. She tackles issues that re-define industry verticals, re-shape culture and rebuild communities.
As the CEO, Founder and Chairman of BrightLine, Jacqueline built and continues to lead a technology platform company that ushered in the reinvention of television advertising from thirty second interruptive spots to immersive, interactive units. BrightLine is the cornerstone of advanced tv advertising and interactive content for all of America’s leading broadcasters. What drew her to advanced TV advertising was the sweeping change being ushered in by the Internet and digital technologies. As an astute executive, she saw the prospect that shifting consumer behaviors held for media platforms and brands and the opportunity to put her change management skills to work to help redefine the relationship between the two.
Before BrightLine. Jacqueline served as President of Aston Associates, the leading advisory firm for financial institutions and their investors. At Aston, Jacqueline restructured failing companies into beacons of the investment community. Over the course of twelve years she directed the corporate-wide organizational, business and financial redesign of ten major financial corporations worldwide. The Company prides itself in creating over $45 billion in shareholder value since 1992.
Jacqueline applies her transformational change methodologies outside of business and into the world of non-governmental organizations. Jacqueline served as Chairman of the Board of Millennium Promise, overseeing the integrated economic development work that is the signature of Jeffrey Sachs’ efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa from 2005-2015. Millennium Promise is the leading international nonprofit organization solely committed to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the eradication of extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease. Jacqueline continues to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD) and provides strategic oversight and guidance on the business and affairs of Millennium Promise, ensuring it is prudently making use of its assets to advance its mission and ensure sustainability.
Jacqueline also serves in roles with the United Nations and the Vatican. She is extensively involved in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, where she sits on the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Jacqueline also plays a leading role for the Vatican and is a member of Pope Francis’ Ethics in Action Committee created under the auspices of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. She assists the Vatican to identify how technology, media, and data can generate justice in society.
Throughout her career Jacqueline has been recognized for her important achievements. In 2017 alone Jacqueline was named as one of Adweek’s Disruptors, a Broadcasting and Cable Digital All-Star, a Cynopsis Top Woman in Digital and New York Business Journal’s Woman of Influence.
Jacqueline frequently publishes and speaks on her work in business and NGO’s. She shared her extensive expertise and learnings as the author of “REVEALED: Thoughts on the Connected Television Ad Revolution,” published in 2014. She followed her first book with a collection of articles she wrote in 2017 titled “TVTOPIA.” Jacqueline provides industry knowledge regularly in articles and on the airwaves of Variety, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio and Advertising Age.
Jacqueline sits on numerous boards, including the Atlantic Theater Company, International Radio and Television Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Second Curve Capital, Luminari Capital to the Advisory Board, and NBCU Women’s Advisory Board.
Jacqueline received her Master’s in International Banking, Business, and Finance from Columbia.
As Chief People and Legal Officer, Nithya serves as a business and legal advisor to AppNexus’ board of directors and senior management on the company’s global legal matters and acts as the steward of AppNexus’ talent and culture, driving all programs involving hiring, growing, and enriching AppNexians and fostering an inclusive, global community. She serves as the chair of AppNexus’ Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, as well as an executive sponsor of the AppNexus Women’s Network, advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce within AppNexus and the broader industry. Nithya joined AppNexus in 2011 and served as General Counsel for four years previous to her current role. Prior, Nithya was a lawyer at Goodwin Procter, where she represented entrepreneurs and growth technology companies.
Nithya serves as advisor to the Founder’s Workbench, an online legal resource for entrepreneurs, as well as on the advisory board of Women in Tech in New York (WiTNY). She was awarded the 2014 Women of Power and Influence honor by the National Organization of Women.
Nithya earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the SC Honors College at the University of South Carolina, and a J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. She lives in Hoboken with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Ali Dib is Head of Global Agency Strategy at Tastemade, a global entertainment company inspiring the taste of a generation through entertainment, products and experiences. At Tastemade, he oversees the strategy for engaging with agency leadership, agency partnerships and contracts on a global level. Prior to Tastemade, Ali was a Global Agency Lead at BuzzFeed from ’15 to ’17 and a Global Agency Development leader at Yahoo from ’10-’15. Ali started his digital sales career at ESPN.com in 1999 and spent 4 years covering the Northwest out of San Francisco and and an additional 4 years in New York City. Ali also lead the digital sales efforts in the US at the National Hockey League and Newsweek.com from ’07-’10.
Ali is a proud graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Brooklyn College’s Graduate school. Ali in a native Manhattanite, born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, lives in Inwood (Upstate Manhattan) with his wife, Irma and two children, Sofia and Nicholas.
Evie Dolan is a 14-year old singer, musician and actor from New York City who originated the role of Katie in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-nominated, New York Critic’s pick “School of Rock – the Musical”. Singled out by Ben Brantley in his New York Times review of the show as “my personal favorite: the petite, poker-faced Evie Dolan as Katie the bass guitarist”, Evie played the role for a year on Broadway after originating it in the off-Broadway production at the Gramercy Theater. In March, 2018 she was asked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play in a School of Rock all-star alumni band including to back up Sarah Brightman at the 30th-anniversary performance of Phantom of the Opera and their performance was featured in NBC’s “Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar.”
Evie played the role of Laila in Drew Gasparini and Tony nominated Alex Brightman’s new musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” at Feinstein’s/54 Below. The show is currently in development. In March 2018, she was a guest artist on the recently revived variety television show, Wonderama.
She has performed at a variety of charitable events including Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids “Easter Bonnet” show at which she played with Stevie Nicks and for the American Theater Wing’s Centennial Celebration where she sang and played bass for the finale number of the event. She has performed for Rockers on Broadway and sang the National Anthem for the National Firefighters and Law Enforcement Children’s’ Foundation Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade event. She has also performed at the Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and will be producing and performing for a spring fundraiser for them in New York in May 2018 which will be hosted by Ben Stiller.
JoAnna Foyle is the Chief Operating Officer for OpenSlate. She is responsible for bringing organizational rigor and scale to the company while directly managing several functions including Client Success, Video Platforms Strategy, Business Operations, Human Resources, and General Counsel.
JoAnna served most recently as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Platform Services at AOL, where she managed the division responsible for activating, servicing, and supporting customers of AOL’s SaaS platform, ONE by AOL for Advertisers.
JoAnna came to AOL via the Adap.tv acquisition, where she led the company’s North American Client Services and Ad Operations organization, delivering exemplary service and driving technology adoption across hundreds of brand, agency, portal, ad network, and publisher clients.
JoAnna spent the first half of her career working in digital agencies including MPG | Media Contacts and Carat Fusion with a focus on media and account leadership. She would then go on to work in media and technology companies like Yahoo!, Rapt, and Microsoft. Prior to joining Adap.tv, JoAnna served as VP, Marketing at FreeWheel, creating and building the brand for the publisher-focused video technology company acquired by Comcast.
JoAnna is based in New York where she lives with her husband and three dogs.
Erin Grau is the VP of Organizational Development at Away , a global lifestyle brand designing thoughtful objects to make traveling more seamless. In her role, Erin drives the strategy for creating and maintaining a thoughtful culture that allows its employees to do their best work in a way that can scale as Away continues to grow. Prior to joining Away, she served as Vice President of Transformation for The New York Times, a new role created to build systems, processes, and culture to increase the output of high quality experiences at speed and in greater concert across the organization. During her seven years with The New York Times, she also served as co-chair of the NYT Women’s Network and co-wrote the company’s generous and inclusive parental leave policy and led several other initiatives to support diversity and inclusivity. Erin started her career as a television news producer and was nominated for two Emmy Awards before moving into digital media. She holds holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and was a 2016 fellow of the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives and works in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
After discovering that an MFA in Shakespearean Studies does not ensure a brilliant teaching career when one has stage fright before every class, Gina found her way into advertising. She joined Ogilvy & Mather, first as Chief of Staff to the co-creative head of the agency, then as Worldwide Creative Coordinator working on IBM.
Moving to Seattle in the late 90’s, Gina joined the first tech revolution as the Director of Business Development at ads.com, an ultimately doomed start up that taught her what not to do when starting a company. Gina laid her self off, went into labor with her first child, said good-bye to the structure of a traditional workplace, and hello to the flexibility of entrepreneurship. Gina founded her own consulting business, and worked to expand the footprint of lifestyle brands across a range of categories from fitness to luxury and entertainment. She accomplished this work while also moving her family back and forth across the country four times in five years.
In 2015 Gina and her co-founder, Jenny Galluzzo, launched The Second Shift, a platform that seamlessly connects carefully selected women representing the most experienced freelance talent available to agencies and brands that understand the value in boldly embracing the gig economy. The Second Shift matches businesses with highly-skilled experts, no matter the size of their project, allowing companies to adapt in real time to an ever-changing set of needs. The Second Shift gives professional women the ability to utilize and maintain the expertise they spent a career acquiring, with more ownership over their time. Gina and her partners are working to shift the way companies look from the inside by connecting them with exceptional women from the outside.
Maureen Jules-Perez is a strategic and transformational leader in the tech media industry.
She is a former Vice President at Oath, Inc. (formerly AOL & Yahoo!); she was Head of IT Strategy and Digital Transformation. She has led global technical teams in the US, Canada, Brazil, Europe, Israel, Singapore, Japan and India. An IT expert and organizational leader skilled in Change Management, Tech & Product Strategy, Enterprise Transformation & Tech Operations, Mobility, Mergers & Acquisitions, Governance, Risk & Compliance incl. IT/Security Policies, DevOps & Infrastructure Management. Along with an entrepreneurial background, she has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Information Systems.
As a thought leader for enterprise technology and transformation, she speaks at local IT and technology events championing youth development and apprenticeship, women advancement, and STEM programs. As a technologist, she has held tech advisor positions for various companies and organizations. As an inventor, she has two patents in enterprise mobility.
She’s most proud of advocating women and diversity talent in technology. She was recently awarded the MAKERS award in Women Leadership and nominated for DC’s Best Technology Manager. At Oath, she was the program lead for the Oath/Year Up internship program for 10 years, receiving a distinguished Community Award.
Her community involvement entails IAB Education Foundation Board Member, IAB iDiverse Workforce Development Program Advisor, AOL Diversity Council Founding Committee, Year Up Corporate Internship Program Lead, [email protected] Founder/Captain for Women Leadership, Girls Who Code DC-area Ambassador, STEM Kidz Club Co-Founder, NVCC STEM Summer Camp Sponsor, Society of Women Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers member.
She is married her soulmate and has an 8 year old son. She loves to travel, lives in Northern VA and actively volunteers in her community.
With a global advertising career spanning more than two decades and four continents, Sophie Kelly has established herself as a business-minded creative force, and an agent of change. She has a proven combination of traditional brand marketing knowledge and digital expertise, allowing her to be a valued partner for brands, agencies and colleagues alike, in their journeys to transform marketing and communications.
Sophie joined Diageo in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Diageo’s industry-leading North American Whiskey and Tequila portfolio. In that role she’s led growth on some of the most iconic and valuable brands in the category, including Crown Royal, Bulleit and Don Julio. She is also responsible for a group of distilleries and brand homes that include the historic Stitzel-Weller, known as the “Cathedral of Bourbon,” and the new $115 million Bulleit Distilling Co. in Kentucky. She is enjoying crafting the future of North American Whiskey. Most recently she brought on entrepreneur and award-winning distiller Nicole Austin to lead the Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., home to George Dickel Tennessee Whisky.
In her previous role as CEO of The Barbarian Group, Sophie transformed the company from a small, innovative digital production shop to a tech-forward creative company that provided everything from brand planning, to creative, to technology and experience design. During her tenure the agency was the inaugural winner of the Cannes Lions Innovation Grand Prix, was named to Crain’s Best Places to Work list, and won marquee accounts including Pepsi, IBM, Etihad and Kind.
Prior to joining The Barbarian Group, Sophie served as Managing Director of the agency StrawberryFrog. Previously she acted as Global Business Director at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide.
Sophie is known for her approach of always being in service of the brand. She also remains committed to doing the right thing to generate innovative creative ideas that translate into world-class work which will drive business results for brands.
Stephen Kim currently serves as a consultant and board member for a variety of organizations who share his passion for improving Diversity & Inclusion in the advertising and media industries. Previously Stephen was Vice President of Global Solutions at Oath and was at Microsoft Corporation for 12 years in a number of roles, including most recently Vice President of Global Marketing for Microsoft Advertising where he drove worldwide trade and consumer marketing.
Before joining Microsoft, Stephen was Chief Research Officer at comScore Media Metrix, a global provider of online audience panel measurement. Prior to joining the online world, Stephen was an attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster specializing in the regulation of new technologies and the use of statistics in complex litigation.
Stephen holds an M.A. in Communications Research from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, an A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At the Law School, Stephen was an Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, where he published an article examining the communications and regulatory issues surrounding television violence.
Rosemarie Ryan is co:founder and CEO of New York-based co:collective. co: is a growth accelerator that works with leadership teams to develop purpose-led business strategy and to implement that strategy through innovation in the customer experience. co has been fortunate to work with some of the most inspiring and progressive organizations and business leaders in the world, including Google, YouTube, Providence St Joseph’s Health, IBM, Metlife, PUMA, Microsoft, the ACLU, MOMA, Infiniti, Capital One and Timberland.
In her previous career in the advertising business, Rosemarie began in account planning and was among the first wave of Brits to import the discipline to the United States at Chiat Day. As president of K&B, she took it from a 30-person boutique to a 400-person, award-winning agency.
She then took on the role of leading the 125-year-old JWT into the 21st century. Working with her partner Ty Montague she restructured the workplace, the teams, and creative product, and doubled the profitability of the agency.
Rosemarie was named as one of the ‘100 most Influential Women in Advertising, by Advertising Age.
Samantha Skey is a media and technology executive with a track record of success in leading customer and revenue development for high growth consumer and enterprise internet businesses.
Skey is currently President of SheKnows Media, a publishing platform reaching over 70 million women (comScore). SheKnows Media acquired BlogHer in October 2014, StyleCaster in September 2014 and HelloFlo in May 2016. Skey oversees revenue, marketing, content and operations for all brands within the SheKnows Media portfolio. Prior to SheKnows Media, Skey was CRO of RecycleBank, GM and CMO of ThinkPassenger (now Fuel Cycle), EVP Strategic Marketing at Alloy Media + Marketing. She also held management roles at The Walt Disney Company and CNET.
Recognition: AdAge Women to Watch (2017); New York Business Journal – Women of Influence (2017); Top Mobile Marketing Women, Business Insider (2016, 2017); Corporate Visionary, Folio Top Women in Media Awards (2016 & 2014); Cannes Lions Health Shortlist (2016); Webby Awards – Nominee (2016 & 2015); Telly Awards – winner of the Cause Marketing, Promotional Branding and Commercials categories (2016) and winner for Best Online Video (2015); Direct Marketing News – Hall of Femme (2015); and PR Week – Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch (2015).
An ardent advocate for the advertising industry and creative branding of all kinds, Julie Thompson is well-known as a strategic collaborator and a creator of business-growing partnerships. She builds bridges between––and operates seamlessly within––Madison Avenue, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley.
For the last 11 years, her successful NYC-based industry outreach practice has helped tech and media companies engage meaningfully with agencies, marketers and trade bodies across the ad world landscape. A connective and creative thinker, Julie offers seasoned, strategic advice and implementation that yields real-world results.
As a founding board member and “Chief Connector” for the Girls’ Lounge, Julie has helped bring brand partners to the power women’s network, including PopSugar, Tumblr, Yahoo, Google, AOL, PepsiCo, Diageo, Turner, Ad Age, Twitter and others.
She has served on numerous industry boards, and is an ad-world advisor to many startups, including ShareThis, Beckon, GwynnieBee, Catapult Creamery and others. Julie is a charter member of “The Justice League”––advising startup founders.
Prior to founding her own consultancy, Julie was an EVP brand steward, communications director, co-founder and accounts leader at Leo Burnett Worldwide, Fallon Worldwide, Fox & Thompson, Ruder-Finn and Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt, respectively.
A design, architecture and photography buff, Julie loves to explore the world by scooter, preferably on seaside routes.
Michele Thornton Ghee is a transformational visionary with 20 years of experience in corporate America and has managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world. She currently serves as the SVP of Media Sales for BET HER (formerly Centric TV), where she and her team are charged with growing the revenue base for the network. Michele joined BET Her, a Viacom-BET Networks Company, in July of 2012. BET Her is a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women and is the only network that programs for black women 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Michele loves her creative side. She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women” and then again into BET Her. Thornton Ghee has worked for some of the most powerful media brands including CNN, A&E, The History Channel, and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California (and yes, she is a huge Raiders fan).
Over her 20-year career, Michele’s passion for excellence has allowed her to master the following critical skills: leadership, diversity and inclusion, strategy, transformation (personal and professional), revenue generation, teamwork, work-life balance, and relationship building. She has spent the last several years speaking across the country and sharing her knowledge with vast audiences.
Michele Thornton Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award, the Jesse Banks Humanitarian Award and the Black Girl Magic Award from Ohio State University. Most recently, she was named as a Multichannel News 2018 Woman to Watch. Thornton Ghee served as the chair of the Mosaic Executive Council from 2011-2013 and continues to play an active role in the media and advertising community while advocating for diversity in the communications industry.
Michele has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose. After she made a promise to her father, Walt Thornton, on his deathbed that she would make him proud of her, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, Michele was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her Alma Mater. She resides in New Jersey and is the proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee. Walt is and the rest of the community is truly proud of the work and impact Michele has had!
Kristen is a media buyer and planner at Merkle with a focus in the Retail and Financial Service verticals. She owns the ground up strategy, execution, and growth plan of Merkle’s People Based Marketing technology to help her clients build one-to-one people first programs. In the past two years, Kristen has taken a significant role as co-leader of Merkle’s New York based Women in Leadership (WiL) program, which promotes community, education, and personal growth for the men and women at Merkle. Most recently, she facilitated weekly #WomenCrushWednesday emails to highlight peer female inspiration and generate conversation.
Shelley Zalis is an internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. As the first female chief executive of a company ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, helped elevate feminine strengths in the workplace, and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry.
Today, as CEO of The Female Quotient, Zalis is advancing gender equality across industries and title levels with the Girls’ Lounge: a pop-up experience at conferences across the globe, such as The World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions and the Consumer Electronics Show, as well as within companies. She is also leading initiatives within corporations by activating solutions for change with The Female Quotient’s Equality Bootcamps.
Zalis is an admired speaker and member of the Washington Speakers Bureau, as well as a skilled moderator who has interviewed influencers such as Katie Couric, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington and others on topics related to equality and leadership. Zalis authors a Forbes column that provides inspiration and advice for women looking to rise up into leadership positions from the “messy middle” of middle management. She is the co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the percentage of accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising and media. Zalis is also on the Board of Directors for MAKERS.
A firm believer in giving back with generosity, Zalis is building her legacy around tapping into the power of collaboration to transform workplace culture so that all people feel like they belong.
Bonita Stewart sits down with direct reports Karen Aviram Beatty and Brian Jankovsky for a fireside chat around their key learnings from 35+ collective years at Google. They’ll touch on the pivotal moments in their individual journeys from managers to leaders, their best advice for successful best practices, and share examples of useful training and support they have received along the way.
Learn how LOLA is destigmatizing the topic of women’s reproductive health by encouraging a honest dialogue with every person associated with the business, from customers, to media, to brand partners and investors. LOLA Co-Founder Jordana Kier speaks with Joy Marcus about the innovation, persistence, entrepreneurialism, and challenges—as well as opportunities—of building a company that drives productive conversations and provides customers with information and confidence when it comes to their overall wellness.
As a first-time founder and CEO, Rachel Tipograph has learned that creating a new type of boss, and creating mentorship throughout your career, comes with the territory of launching your own company. She shares lessons she has learned from her mentors, including Gary Vaynerchuck, and offers some of her own leadership advice.
No longer a barrier to entry, technology has become an enabler for direct brand founders who just happen to be female. Susan Lyne address the proliferation of women CEOs in this space, and provide their observations, learnings, and lessons.
Top executive recruiter Ann Blinkhorn shares her tips for positioning yourself for the next big career move. She then sits down with Mia Duchnowski and Susie Nam to discuss real-world examples of career pivots, and how to prepare for the C-suite.
Join your peers in a debate and discussion that will chart the path forward. Topics include:
Managing Top Teams: Learnings Along the Way
Room: The Library
Rosemarie Ryan, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, co:collective
JoAnna Foyle, Chief Operating Officer, OpenSlate
A Seat at the Table & the Boardroom: What Can Women Do?
Room: The Hub
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Melissa Barnes, Managing Director of LATAM and Canada , Twitter
Underpayment Crisis: How To Help Solve
Room: The Innovation Space
Michele Thornton Ghee, SVP, Media Sales, BETHer, A Viacom Company
Nithya Das, Chief People and Legal Officer, AppNexus
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