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Dan Bartlett
EVP, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

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Dan Bartlett is executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart. He is responsible for government relations and public policy, corporate communications, philanthropy, and the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Before joining Walmart, Dan was president and CEO of the U.S. division of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he served as a strategic advisor to business leaders representing key sectors of the American and global economy.




Prior to Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Dan served as president and CEO of Public Strategies, Inc. Previously, he served in several high-ranking positions at the White House, completing his service as counselor to President George W. Bush in July 2007. As one of President Bush’s most trusted advisors, he was responsible for all aspects of communications for the president and his administration, including the White House press office, speechwriting and office of communications. Dan also played key roles in George W. Bush’s presidential and Texas gubernatorial campaigns.


Dan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and serves on the advisory board of UT Austin’s College of Communication. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a fellow of the school’s Center for Politics and Governance.

Nick Bateman
Model/Actor/Influencer

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Nicholas Yunge-Bateman was born in Burlington Ontario Canada. He started Karate at age 4 in hopes to become a Ninja Turtle. Since then Nick has won 4 Martial Arts World Titles. Nick graduated from Capilano University in Vancouver BC at age 20 and opened his own Karate School for 3 years. He then decided to close it to pursue his passion for acting. He landed his first major role Starring alongside Rutger Hauer and Gregory Smith in Hobo With a Shotgun. Nick is Also known for his international model work with Abercrombie & Fitch, Dsquared, Fila, Jockey, Calvin Klein, etc.

David Berkowitz
Chief Strategy Officer

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David Berkowitz is the Chief Strategy Officer of Sysomos, the insights-driven social platform. His previous roles include serving as chief marketing officer at Publicis Groupe agency MRY and vice president of emerging media at Dentsu agency 360i. Mr. Berkowitz has contributed more than 500 columns to outlets such as Advertising Age, MediaPost, and VentureBeat, and he has penned his Serial Marketer blog since 2005. He has spoken at more than 300 events globally.

Rohit Bhargava
CEO & Founder, Influential Marketing Group

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Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, marketing expert, storyteller and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books including Non-Obvious and Likeonomics. After spending 15 years leading brand strategy at two of the most highly respected marketing agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo Burnett), Rohit left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur and is currently the founder of multiple companies including the Influential Marketing Group and Ideapress Publishing. He teaches marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University and regularly travels the world as an entertaining, humble and non-boring keynote speaker.

Kara Bortone
Director of Venture Sourcing & Development, JLABS

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As Head of Company Sourcing for JLABS, Kara leads the company recruitment and selection process for JLABS including JLABS San Diego, JLABS@QB3 in San Francisco and JLABS@LabCentral in Cambridge/Boston. In this role, Kara is actively building a pipeline of prospects and driving licensee companies through diligence, selection, and joining JLABS. Kara coordinates with the J&J Innovation Centers and J&J Development Corporation to build opportunities and grow relationships between JLABS companies and potential strategic partners.


Kara joins Janssen R&D through Prescience International, where she was Director of Corporate Ventures, primarily focusing on the JLABS project. She has over 10 years experience in the European and the U.S. biotech sector. Prior to joining Prescience, Kara led the scientific communications and marketing for Belgian-based Galapagos NV at a period when the company grew from 60 to over 800 employees and completed its initial public offering on Euronext. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas.


Katrine Bosley
CEO, Editas Medicine

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Katrine joined Editas Medicine as President Chief Executive Officer in 2014, shortly after the company was founded. Katrine has been part of the biotechnology industry for over 25 years. Before Editas, she was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Broad Institute, a biomedical and genomic research center, and prior to that, she was President and CEO of Avila Therapeutics. Earlier, Katrine was Vice President, Business Development at Adnexus Therapeutics, and she held several positions at Biogen in business development, commercial operations, and portfolio strategy. She was also part of the healthcare team at the venture firm Highland Capital Partners. She is a graduate of Cornell University.

In addition to her role at Editas, Katrine currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Genocea Biosciences (NASDAQ: GNCA) and is a Board member of Galapagos NV (EURONEXT and NASDAQ: GLPG), of Scholar Rock, LLC, and of BIO – the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.


Mike Clarke
Head of Analytics & Research, Google

Mike Clarke is the Head of Brand Measurement at Google, leading research and measurement for the Google brand advertising business. Mike has his PhD in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, where his dissertation was focused on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), specifically designing systems for using marketing analytics technology in the workplace.

Mike is on the board of directors for the Advertising Research Foundation and co-chairs the mobile video working group at the IAB.

Previous to Google, Mike managed services product research for mobile software, leading product management and advanced product research. Mike holds a number of patents in messaging and mobile software, and also is an advisor for Capital G for Alphabet.

Francesca DeMartino
VP of Communications, Medtronic Diabetes

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Francesca DeMartino has 20 years of combined experience in Communications, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance. Throughout her career, she has counseled more than 20 private and public healthcare companies and C-level executives. She currently leads Global Communications, Brand Strategy & Conventions for Medtronic Diabetes. In September 2016, Medtronic Diabetes announced FDA approval for the MiniMed 670G system, the world’s first hybrid closed loop insulin delivery device. To date, this approval has generated record-breaking media coverage and global attention.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Francesca was Vice President, Investor Relations at Macrocure, a biotechnology company. She was part of the Senior Management Team that completed the company’s Initial Public Offering in July 2014. Francesca built and led the IR function and positioned the company to achieve returns of 40% from IPO and 90% YTD as of August 2015, when she left the company.




Prior to joining Macrocure, Francesca was Director, Worldwide Communications at Johnson & Johnson. She led media and public relations, internal, executive and organizational communications, and issues and crisis management within Medical Device & Diagnostics. She led Communications for J&J’s $4B divestiture of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, their largest divestiture to date.

Prior to J&J, Francesca was Senior Director, Investor Relations at Omrix Biopharmaceuticals. Post Omrix’s IPO in 2006, she developed and led the IR function, which achieved “#1 Aftermarket Performance Among 2006 Healthcare IPO’s” and “#2 Aftermarket Performance Among 2006 IPO’s Across All Industries”. She was part of the Senior Management Team that completed the company’s d sale to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 for $438M. To build her skills in Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Francesca worked at leading NYC agencies, GCI Group and The Ruth Group where in 2006, she led communications for the $1.1B sale of Sirna Therapeutics to Merck & Co.

Francesca began her career at Deutsche Bank Securities as a Financial Analyst on the Health Care Investment Banking Group. Francesca holds a B.A. in International & Area Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a minor in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business. During her junior year, she was a Visiting Student at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Francesca was raised in Santa Barbara, CA and is a native Spanish and English speaker. Her Father was born and raised in Trieste, Italy and her Mother in Mexico City, Mexico. Portions of her primary school education were completed in Mexico City and Madrid. Francesca enjoys an active lifestyle and completed the 1999 Los Angeles Marathon, 2009 Disney World Half Marathon, and the 2009 NYC Triathlon. She enjoys cultural and visual arts, traveling, photography, and collecting vintage advertising posters. She and her husband David reside in Studio City, CA and New York City. They love English Bulldogs and the beaches in Mykonos, Greece.

Matt Dickman
Executive Director + Head of Digital, Comcast

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Matt Dickman is a senior integrated communications strategist focusing on equal parts brand and reputation with digital at the core. With 20 years of experience in the digital space, he has created global, award-winning solutions for some of the largest CPG and media/entertainment companies in the world.


Mary Ellen Dugan
CMO, WP Engine

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Mary Ellen leads all global marketing activities ranging from brand and product marketing, partner enablement to demand generation, corporate communications and integrated marketing efforts worldwide for WP Engine.

Mary Ellen is an accomplished senior marketing executive with 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing, brand building, business development and advertising. Her leadership skills and impressive track record of achieving ROI and business results span her diverse career at consumer and B2B corporations, technology companies and brand agencies.




Prior to joining WP Engine, Mary Ellen was the Vice President of Global Marketing at Indeed.com, where she led corporate marketing for the world’s #1 job site. She launched the company’s first ever integrated campaign across eight global markets which resulted in significant increases in awareness and share of voice. Mary Ellen’s expertise also includes several leadership roles at Dell. During her tenure there, she served as Executive Director of Global Brand & Advertising and developed marketing initiatives for both enterprise solutions and consumer products. Additionally, Mary Ellen has held extensive management roles at a variety agencies and corporations, including Landor Associates and WestRock.


Lorie Fiber
Global Corporate Communications Leader, IBM Watson Health

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Fiber is the Global Corporate Communications Leader at IBM Watson Health, a joint initiative launched in 2015 to create a more personalized picture of health through the use of a cloud-based data sharing hub, powered by the most advanced cognitive and analytic technologies available today.

Prior to joining IBM, Fiber was previously the Vice President, Corporate Communications of Castlight Health, an enterprise healthcare cloud technology enabling employers to deliver world-class benefits across a variety of metrics to optimize pricing and quality. She has also served as an advisor to PTV, bringing more than 20 years of expertise in corporate PR and communications strategy to the PTV portfolio.

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor

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Reva Goujon is a leading global strategic analyst who keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging trends across the world. Ms. Goujon leads Stratfor’s team of analysts and plays an integral role in applying a forward-looking, strategic lens to Stratfor’s coverage of global events. She is also a prominent speaker, regularly addressing executives and investors at events across the world in a variety of industries, including energy, finance, commercial real estate and agriculture.

Ms. Goujon joined Stratfor in 2004 and has been featured in numerous newspapers and broadcasts, including Bloomberg, National Public Radio, CNN, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Fox News, Haaretz, The New York Times, The Hindustan Times, Agencia Estado, Xinhua, Veja and Business Week. Ms. Goujon has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the Security Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Gary Grates
Principal, W2O Group

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Gary F. Grates leads W2O Group’s Global Brands business overseeing teams from each operating firm working with Fortune500 companies specifically the C-Suite around corporate, strategy, crisis, positioning, labor, and policy.

He is considered a thought leader in organizational (change) management/employee (internal) communications, frequently lecturing and having published more than 200 articles and white papers on these topics.




Grates has counseled more than one hundred organizations and CEOs, including PepsiCo, Caterpillar, Shell, Kraft, Nissan, GE, Carrier/United Technologies, Novartis, Mellon Bank, Exxon/Mobil, Shell, Global Foundries, AMD, Visa, Yum! Brands, eBay, Wyeth, British Airways, United Airlines, BASF, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Denny’s/TW Services, ABInBev, Kimberly Clark, The McGraw-Hill Companies, ITT, Vale, and Dell.




From 2006-2011, Grates established the global Change and Employee Engagement Practice at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, establishing a network of specialists and developing a distinct portfolio around change management, internal communications, social media, and employee engagement for organizations throughout the world.




Prior to Edelman, he served as Vice President-Corporate Communications/North America at General Motors Corporation, where he was responsible for brand, product, media, internal, financial and public policy communications for the company’s largest region.







Gary and his wife Laurene reside in Carmel, NY. The couple have three children.


Robert Hastings
EVP Communications & Gov’t Affairs + Chief of Staff, Bell Helicopter

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Robert T. Hastings, Jr., was named Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, and Chief of Staff for Bell Helicopter in May 2010. In this role, he leads the company’s internal and external communications, marketing communications, branding, corporate giving, and community and public affairs. Robert joined Bell Helicopter from Northrop Grumman where he served as vice president of communications for the Information Systems Sector, a $10B global information systems and technology business serving both military and commercial customers. Previously, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. As the senior public affairs official and spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), he was the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense and senior Administration officials for all strategic communications, leading a worldwide public affairs community of some 4,000 military and civilian personnel. Before joining the Defense Department, he served as chief of staff and vice president of communications for BAE Systems, Inc. where he directed strategic communications and public affairs programs for the $15B US-led segment of the global defense company.

Robert is a retired U.S. Army officer with more than 30 years combined federal and state military experience. His U.S. Army assignments include command tours in Aviation and Cavalry and operational assignments in Germany, Eastern Europe, Central America, Iraq, and Bosnia. In the Texas State Guard, Robert commanded a Civil Affairs Regiment and served as Chief of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff-Army Component.




In 2009 he was awarded the DoD Distinguished Public Service Medal and was honored by the University of Maryland as its 2010 Distinguished Alumni. He received the Public Relations Society of America Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award and Silver Anvil Award of Excellence. Additionally, he was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators with the Gold Quill Award for Excellence in Communications Management.




Robert is Chairman of North Texas Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors of General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Armed Services YMCA, the Metropolitan DC USO, and the Advisory Council for the University of Florida Master’s Program in Global Strategic Communication. He is a licensed commercial pilot with broad experience in both military and civilian aircraft. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in government studies from the University of Maryland and has completed executive studies at the Wharton School of Business and the University of Michigan.


Robin Hauser
Producer, Bias Documentary

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Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC and Unleashed Productions, Inc. As a business woman, longtime professional photographer, and social entrepreneur,Robin brings her leadership skills, creative eye and passion to her documentary film projects. Her artistic vision and experience in the business world afford her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s most recent award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad. Robin is currently directing and producing Bias, a documentary about unconscious bias and how it affects the ways we hire, promote and fund. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals.

She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at Watermark, Conference for Women, Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network and Women 2.0. As Director of CODE, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR.Robin is recipient of the 2016 National Political Women’s Caucus President’s Award.

Mike Huckman
Global Practice Leader of Executive Communications, W2O Group

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At W2O, Mike works with many C-suite clients on corporate and media strategy, reputation management, positioning, messaging, presentation and media coaching, regulatory consulting, as well as crisis and issues planning and management. Mike also regularly serves as a presenter, moderator, interviewer and MC for corporate and industry events.

Before joining W2O Group via the firm’s recent acquisition of Pure Communications, where he served in a similar role, Huckman was an SVP at Publicis Groupe. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years at business cable network CNBC where he reported on the financial markets and economy as well as establishing a specialty in coverage of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors. He earned a reputation as a go-to journalist on breaking stories in the life sciences and for scoring dozens of exclusive interviews with CEOs and key opinion leaders. Before arriving at CNBC, Mike was a local TV news reporter for nearly 18 years.




Mike’s work has spanned dozens of companies primarily within the healthcare sector, from large-cap pharmaceutical to start-up companies, including but not limited to: United Technologies, P&G, Neiman Marcus, UL, Sanofi and Roche/Genentech.




In his previous 27-year TV-reporting career, Mike won many awards, including three Emmys, one of them for business and financial reporting. Mike is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is based in W2O Group’s new Wilmington, NC office.

Brett Hurt
VEO & Co-Founder, data.world

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Brett is the CEO and co-founder of a new stealth venture, data.world, alongside some amazing co-founders and initial team members.

Brett is also the co-owner of Hurt Family Investments (HFI), alongside his wife, Debra. HFI are involved in 42 startups and counting. HFI has invested in 32 startups and is advising another ten. Thirty of the 42 total portfolio companies are based in Austin, the primary focus region. HFI are also invested in multiple VC funds and philanthropic endeavors. See http://lucky7.io/portfolio for details.




Brett founded and led Bazaaarvoice as CEO from 2005-2012, through its IPO, follow-on offering, and two acquisitions (PowerReviews and Longboard Media). Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded and led Coremetrics, which was rated the #1 Web analytics solution by Forrester Research and like Bazaarvoice expanded into a global company and leader. Coremetrics was acquired by IBM in 2010.


TK Keanini
Principal Engineer, Product Line CTO of Analytics, Cisco

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TK is an executive with a reputation for driving technical innovation, the identification and protection of intellectual properties, and the leadership required to acquire talent and assemble productive teams. His blend of talents are unique as he incorporates game development with his passion for information security accounting for both the social and technical aspects of a design.


Ray Kerins
VP, Head of Communications of Government Relations & Policy, Bayer

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As Senior Vice President, Head of Communications & Government Relations at Bayer, Ray has 20 years of working for Fortune 100 companies and Global Communication Firms. He ha strong global experience in crisis communications, brand management and corporate reputation. Ray has received many industry awards including PR Week “PR Professional of the Year” and Bulldog Reporter “Media Relations Professional of the Year.”

Bryan Kramer
Int’l Keynote Speaker, Emcee, Ecent Host

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Bryan Kramer is a renowned marketing strategist, global keynote speaker, CEO and bestselling author. He’s one of the world’s foremost leaders in the art and science of sharing, and has been credited with instigating the #H2H human business movement in marketing and social. Bryan’s first book There is No B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human #H2H rose to the #1 top selling spot in Business Books on Amazon in its first week. His latest book, Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy, published by Morgan James Publishing, made the USA Today’s Top 150 Book List the week of its release. Bryan is both a practitioner and authority on the subject. A founding leader in the Human Business Movement as was recently noted as the “100 Most Influential Tech People On Twitter” by Business Insider. Bryan speaks all over the world including his recent global TED Talk on the how sharing can change your future.

Jim Larrison
President & Co-Founder, Dynamic Signal

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Jim is responsible for overseeing the company’s direction, product innovation, and market strategy to become a global provider of SaaS-based advocacy and social marketing enterprise solutions for leading Global 2K brands. Jim focuses on driving new business and markets while guiding product innovation and customer success. Prior to founding Dynamic Signal, Jim was an early founding member of a handful of successful start-ups. Jim was the CRO at Adify, which was acquired by Cox Enterprises for over $350MM in 2008.


Ali Grace Marquart
Co-Founder, Mavvy LLC

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As a founding partner of Marquart & Small LLP, Ali advises companies and individuals in the fashion, film, television, fitness, publishing and media industries. She has special expertise in developing and optimizing brand recognition, including structuring and negotiating licensing, endorsement, spokesperson, representation, and performer agreements for individual talent and advising clients on intellectual property and right of privacy/publicity matters. In 2016, she co-founded Mavvy LLC, an intelligence platform to monitor, measure and grow celebrity campaigns, which arose out of the needs of many of her law firm clients.

She is also an adjunct professor at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, for which she created and teaches the first-ever course on Fashion Modeling Law. She has written and lectured on an array of issues affecting the fashion and entertainment industries, most often with regard to social commerce and right of publicity.




She is an Honoree of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list (2015).


Greg Matthews
Managing Director, MDigitalLife

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Greg Matthews is the creator of MDigitalLife and a managing director at W2O Group. At W2O, Greg provides strategic counsel to dozens of the largest and most successful healthcare companies in the world, including hospital systems, health insurers, pharma/biotech manufacturers, medical device companies, health IT companies, and consumer health companies. He also works extensively with physicians, helping them activate online networks safely, responsibly, and effectively.

A regular public speaker, Greg has been featured in numerous top-selling business books by authors such as Charlene Li (Open Leadership); Bill Taylor (Practically Radical) and Larry Weber (Everywhere) and in publications such as Health Affairs, Business Insider, KevinMD, MedPage Today, MedCrunch and Medical Marketing and Media.

Torod Neptune
Vice President of Corporate Communications, Verizon Communications

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Torod B. Neptune is corporate vice president corporate communications for Verizon Communications Inc., a Fortune 15 company and one of the world’s largest media and technology companies, where he oversees the teams defining the company’s unique narrative and leads its efforts to connect emotionally with stakeholders across brand, media, and consumer channels through authentic, engagement focused earned influence.Responsible for functional leadership of communication strategy and planning for Verizon, its various business segments and its corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropic and environmental initiatives, Torod directs corporate reputation, industry analyst relations, influencer strategy, PR analytics and measurement, product and brand communications, corporate messaging, public affairs, crisis and issues management, financial communications, social media, and corporate media relations.




Previously, Neptune was was senior vice president and global public affairs practice leader for one of the world’s largest communications consulting firms overseeing teams in Washington, D.C., and Brussels and chief communications strategist for the U.S. Congress, responsible for establishing the first post-Sept. 11 and anthrax crisis communications function for the U.S. House of Representatives. Preceding Capitol Hill Torod was senior vice president, Corporate Marketing and Communications with Bank of America Corp.

Named by PRWeek to its ‘Power 50’ list, recognizing the top 50 communications officers defining the playbook for the industry, Neptune began his career as a reporter with The State, and received a BA in international affairs and journalism from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Jeremiah Owyang
Founder, Crowd Companies

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Silicon Valley’s Jeremiah Owyang takes you beyond spotting the latest trends, disruptions, and technological advances. As an industry leader on corporate innovation in the face of emerging and disruptive technologies, he shows you how to leverage these forces to shift your business model, transform your customer’s brand experience and create in-demand product offerings. Dynamic, consumer-centric, and relentlessly focused on the future, Jeremiah delivers powerful presentations that keep corporate change agents in the know, ahead of the curve, and ready to spot and seize opportunities.

As the founder of Crowd Companies, an innovation council that helps brands overcome obstacles and navigate the next wave of disruption and opportunity, Jeremiah Owyang convenes and leads innovation practitioners through the challenges of the autonomous world, the collaborative economy, blockchain and the full range of emerging technologies. Ever at the center of corporate innovation circles, Jeremiah views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Known for identifying trends, he specializes in advising major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. Jeremiah’s client roster includes BMW, Pepsi, Cisco, Nestle, Verizon, Visa, Oracle, MasterCard, Fidelity, Wells Fargo, Colgate-Palmolive, Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson and other global corporations.




An acknowledged thought leader and widely-read publisher, Jeremiah Owyang has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and Fast Company. Through Crowd Companies, he also publishes numerous research reports, playbooks and frameworks to help businesses navigate change, improve customer experiences and identify trends before they happen. Jeremiah also was a regular contributor to the WSJ Accelerators column and Forbes.




Prior to Crowd Companies, Jeremiah Owyang’s career took shape as an analyst with Forrester Research, advising on social strategy for the interactive marketer. He was the founding partner and research director of Altimeter Group, specializing in customer strategy and emerging technologies. He formed Crowd Companies to focus on the emerging Collaborative Economy and the Maker Movement, growing with his clients to offer expertise on the full scope of disruptive technologies.




A popular speaker and presenter at conferences and events around the world, Jeremiah is recognized as the definitive authority on corporate innovation programs, ready to translate the next wave of powerful technologies and transform the way you do business.


Bob Pearson
Vice Chairman & Chief Innovation Officer, W2O Grop

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Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in what is now called “Social Commerce.”

An author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an instructor for the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce and the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College, his thoughts can be found on W2O’s blog at www.blog.wcgworld.com, including a series titled “Millennials Unplugged” that he writes with his 19 year old daughter and millennials at W2O. After the success of his book Pre-Commerce, Bob will be introducing his next book on the future of media titled Storytizing, which will be available March 2016.




Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function — an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee.




Bob has served as an advisor and investor in many capacities. Highlights include: serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board, being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas (more than $400MM invested), serving on the board of The Advertising Research Foundation, acting as an advisor to Get Smart Content and participating as a Mentor at The Capital Factory, as well as finding time to serve as a board member for The Association for Multiple Impaired and Blind, which builds homes for its constituents.




Bob resides in Austin, Texas.


Brian Solis
Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group

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Brian Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger/writer, and keynote speaker.

A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. As a result of his work, Solis also helps leading brands, celebrities, and startups develop new digital transformation, culture 2.0, and innovation strategies and that enable businesses to adapt to new connected markets from the inside out.

Mark Stouse
CEO, Proof

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Mark is the CEO of a software and services company that has cracked the Business Value code for Marketing and Communications. Proof helps companies compute and understand the time-lapsed cause and effect relationships hidden in their marketing and business data, ultimately connecting the dots all the way from investment to real business impact.

Aaron Strout
CMO, W2O Group

Aaron Strout is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Head of the Financial Services practice. Previously, he served as President of WCG and was the head of the WCG Technology practice before that. Aaron has nearly 20 years of social media, mobile, online marketing and advertising experience, with a strong background in integrated marketing.

Prior to joining W2O, Aaron spent time as the CMO of Powered Inc. (now part of Dachis Group), as VP of social media at online community provider Mzinga, and as director of interactive at Fidelity Investments.




Aaron is also the co-author of Location Based Marketing for Dummies (Wiley). In addition to blogging regularly for W2O, Aaron writes a monthly mobile/location-based marketing column on MarketingLand.com.




Aaron is a founding member and former president of BIMA, and a member and former board member of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX).


Carla Piñeyro Sublett
SVP + CMO, Rackspace
Carla Piñeyro Sublett is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Rackspace. She leads all Rackspace marketing functions, from branding to demand generation, and works with the company’s international leadership to execute customized programming in each market.

Carla brings more than 15 years of technology sales and marketing experience to Rackspace. In her previous role as CMO of the Americas region at Rackspace, she was responsible for driving demand generation through events, field and channel marketing, ecommerce, telesales and digital marketing.




Before joining Rackspace, Carla distinguished herself in several leadership roles in sales and marketing at Dell. Most recently, she served as executive director of marketing for Dell Latin America, where she managed all facets of marketing through all channels: digital, offline, retail, and value-added resellers. In this role, Carla helped drive record pipeline and conversion metrics in the region, while doubling marketing’s contribution to the business.




While at Dell, Carla was named one of the Top 50 Influential Hispanics by HispanicBusiness.com, and was given the Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility.



Carla was a Dean’s List student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied architecture and Latin American studies. She lives in Austin with her husband and their two children.


Haroon Ullah
Secretary of State’s Policy Polanning Staff, U.S. Department of State

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Haroon Ullah is a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where his portfolios include countering violent extremism and public diplomacy. Previously, he served as director of the Community Engagement Office at the U.S. embassy in Pakistan. Dr. Ullah has also worked as a Belfer Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, focusing on democratization, counterterrorism, and religious political parties in the Middle East and South Asia.

Judith Williams
Global Head of Diversity, Dropbox

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Mark is the CEO of a software and services company that has cracked the Business Value code for Marketing and Communications. Proof helps companies compute and understand the time-lapsed cause and effect relationships hidden in their marketing and business data, ultimately connecting the dots all the way from investment to real business impact.

Arra G. Yerganian
Chief Branding and Marketing Officer, Sutter Health

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Arra leads a comprehensive, differentiated and effective brand strategy for Sutter Health that provides innovative, market-driven and value-added solutions across our geographies and care continuum.




Arra joined Sutter Health in mid-2015 from San Francisco-based One Medical Group, a leading, national primary care network. As the organization’s chief marketing officer responsible for brand stewardship and member acquisition strategies, Arra helped successfully differentiate One Medical Group as a transformational provider.




Prior to joining One Medical, Arra served as chief marketing officer for University of Phoenix, a leading online university connecting education to careers for working adults.




A graduate of Boston University and Harvard Business School’s acclaimed Executive Education Strategic Marketing Management program, Arra began his marketing career in 1985 at Procter & Gamble, serving as international market manager for multiple international markets. He later worked as managing director – international, for the Dial Corporation, and later served as senior vice president for marketing and trade service for Hasbro, Inc. Arra also held senior marketing and operations positions with Lennar Corporation and Pulte Homes.




Arra was honored in late 2016 at Lincoln Center, NYC with the Chief Marketing Officers Award. Presented by the International CMO Club, this award recognizes top senior marketing executives who demonstrate the ability to develop and enhance corporate branding beyond the marketing department, leading growth across functional areas.

Mark Bennett
Director + Head of Digital Communications, Bayer

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Communicator with 20+ years of experience in strategic corporate and marketing communications focused in the healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Experience in nearly every aspect of global and US corporate and product communications, including CSR, brand positioning, regulatory and clinical data strategy and communications, advocacy communications, KOL development, issues management, media relations, collateral/press material development, social media policy, analytics and engagement, web site design and content development.




Has worked in a broad range of categories including cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, sleep disorders, medical devices, men’s health, oncology, orthopedics, optometry, and pediatrics on behalf of clients including Bayer, Ethicon, Hoffmann-La Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Pfizer, Roche, and Wyeth.




Extensive in-house communications management experience at Bayer HealthCare as leader of global and US communications for the company’s oncology franchise including the launches of Nexavar® in two indications (RCC, HCC).


David Berkowitz
Chief Strategy Officer, Sysomos

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Carla Piñeyro Sublett is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Rackspace. She leads all Rackspace marketing functions, from branding to demand generation, and works with the company’s international leadership to execute customized programming in each market.

Carla brings more than 15 years of technology sales and marketing experience to Rackspace. In her previous role as CMO of the Americas region at Rackspace, she was responsible for driving demand generation through events, field and channel marketing, ecommerce, telesales and digital marketing.

Before joining Rackspace, Carla distinguished herself in several leadership roles in sales and marketing at Dell. Most recently, she served as executive director of marketing for Dell Latin America, where she managed all facets of marketing through all channels: digital, offline, retail, and value-added resellers. In this role, Carla helped drive record pipeline and conversion metrics in the region, while doubling marketing’s contribution to the business.




While at Dell, Carla was named one of the Top 50 Influential Hispanics by HispanicBusiness.com, and was given the Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility.
Carla was a Dean’s List student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied architecture and Latin American studies. She lives in Austin with her husband and their two children.


Bonin Bough
Host, CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles

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Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field, the host of The Cleveland Hustles, and the author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837. Throughout his illustrious career as one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns across digital, mobile, television, print, and experiential, including the premier of the first ever 3D printed food product, the customizable, real-time 3D printed Oreo at SXSW.

As the Chief Media & eCommerce Officer at Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods), he created some of the first marketing programs across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Paramount Films, ABC, NBC, Fox, to name a few, and took precedence in fostering partnerships with startups including Instagram, Foursquare, and Buzzfeed. Prior to Mondelēz International, Bonin led digital marketing globally for PepsiCo, Weber Shandwick and Ruder Finn Interactive.

He is seen as one of the top mobile marketers in the world, having been named “Mobile Marketer of the Year” by the MMA. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and has been listed in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40”, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”, The Adweek 50 and PRWeek Power List.

Bonin’s 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.

Amelia Cosgrove
Co-Founder, Pop-Up Play

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Bryan Thomas and Amelia Cosgrove are the co-founders of PopUp Play, a turnkey digital-to-physical design platform that makes it easy for consumer brands and companies to deliver custom product experiences on-demand.
Recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, PopUp Play provides a design interface and on-demand manufacturing capability to meet the needs of next generation’s retail consumers. Using the touch-based design app, consumers can create and order their own designs that are delivered to their doorsteps in days.

PopUp Play enables brands to meet their business objectives in a way no other company can. The on-demand design platform can be synced with any brand’s campaign, no matter how simple or complex, to inspire user engagement and brand affinity. The PopUp Play platform allows for digital design, while its unique on-demand manufacturing capability delivers a consumer’s physical creation in days.

Jory Des Jardins
Co-Founder, BlogHer

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Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, a category-defining women’s digital media company that was acquired by SheKnows Media in 2014. She spent 10 years on the founding team, scaling the digital media, custom campaign, and event revenue lines of business. As President of BlogHer, she led top relationships with Fortune 500 brands and digital/media agency leadership. At acquisition, BlogHer amassed 100 million monthly readers across multiple social platforms.

Jory advises numerous early to later-stage digital startups, developing go-to-market strategy, scale strategy, brand strategy and growth partnerships.


Gary Grates
Principal, W2O Group

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Gary F. Grates leads W2O Group’s Global Brands business overseeing teams from each operating firm working with Fortune500 companies specifically the C-Suite around corporate, strategy, crisis, positioning, labor, and policy.

He is considered a thought leader in organizational (change) management/employee (internal) communications, frequently lecturing and having published more than 200 articles and white papers on these topics.

Grates has counseled more than one hundred organizations and CEOs, including PepsiCo, Caterpillar, Shell, Kraft, Nissan, GE, Carrier/United Technologies, Novartis, Mellon Bank, Exxon/Mobil, Shell, Global Foundries, AMD, Visa, Yum! Brands, eBay, Wyeth, British Airways, United Airlines, BASF, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Denny’s/TW Services, ABInBev, Kimberly Clark, The McGraw-Hill Companies, ITT, Vale, and Dell.




From 2006-2011, Grates established the global Change and Employee Engagement Practice at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, establishing a network of specialists and developing a distinct portfolio around change management, internal communications, social media, and employee engagement for organizations throughout the world.

Prior to Edelman, he served as Vice President-Corporate Communications/North America at General Motors Corporation, where he was responsible for brand, product, media, internal, financial and public policy communications for the company’s largest region.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, a Teaching Professor at ABERJE, the Brazilian Public Relations Association, a Trustee of Utica College of Syracuse University, and a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, PRSA, IABC, National Corporate Directors Association (NACD), and the Institute for PR Research (IPR). He was named one of Newhouse School’s “Top 40” graduates.

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Jeff Haydock
VP of Communications, Best Buy

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Daniel Herscovici
GM + SVP, Xfinity Home

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Daniel Herscovici is the general manager and senior vice president of Xfinity Home, the next-generation home security, automation, and energy management solution from Comcast. He is responsible for all aspects of the Xfinity Home business, including operations, strategy, partnerships, and product development.

In this role, Dan has been instrumental in growing the business and launching the Works With Xfinity Home partner program, which curates and integrates industry leading products onto the Xfinity Home platform. Dan joined Comcast in 2007 as vice president of product management for Comcast’s high-speed Internet service. In this role, he conceptualized and led the launch of Xfinity WiFi, which today enables Xfinity Internet customers to access 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. He also helped manage the introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 technology, further solidifying Comcast’s market leadership position as one of the fastest Internet service providers in the United States. In addition, he served as vice president and general manager of Xfinity Signature Support, which offered consumers and small business owners outsourced IT services.

Prior to Comcast, Dan spent nine years at Motorola Mobility and several years with Lucent Technologies and Philips Electronics in various product leadership roles.

An entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in product design and execution, finance, and business operations, Dan has a deep understanding of the development of technology-enabled services and consumer electronics. He has issued four U.S. patents, most recently in 2015.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University before continuing his education at Drexel University, where he obtained a Master of Science in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Dan also holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of New York City, Dan now resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Stacey Higginbotham
Founder, SKT Labs/Internet of Things Podcast

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Stacey Higginbotham is a journalist who has covered technology since 2001. She began covering semiconductors and worked herway up to covering radios, the wireless spectrum and broadband networks. From there it wasn’t too far a leap to cover the cloud, data centers and computing architectures. As she learned more she began to become more fascinated by the stuff we were able to do on these vast computing networks and the ever speedier mobile and wireline broadband networks. Finally, she’s in a place where her love of geeky technology has allowed her to bring together all the elements of the technology she’s covered in more than a decade of reporting to this moment, where we’re creating the internet of things.

No matter what you call it, we’re at a pivotal moment in the evolution of human creativity, business creation and productivity gains. We could see the gains we make in these next few years help us conserve resources and let us lead safer and healthier lives or we could open the door to a dystopian society where our every thought is monitored and our every utterance is effectively for sale. She hopes to explore all of these issues, the people who will make it possible and the devices that will lead us there in the IoT Podcast.


Ellen Jackowski
Sustainability, HP

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Ellen Jackowski leverages the power of HP’s portfolio focusing on the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible solutions in an effort to advance environmental sustainability initiatives for HP and its customers throughout the world. As the owner of Global Programs, Environmental Sustainability, Ellen oversees HP’s Global Citizenship Report and www.hp.com/environment. Ellen also manages sales enablement programs and works with teams to drive environmental leadership in HP’s supply chain.

Prior to joining HP, Ellen was a management consultant focusing on strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies.


Amy Lukken
Chief Joyologist, Titls Handmade Vodka

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Amy played a vital role for 28 years in capturing and communicating Interface’s unique culture of sustainability, innovation and learning through events, research, speaking engagements, and special project initiatives. Currently, Amy is creating a culture of love and joy at Tito’s Handmade Vodka as Chief Joyologist and Director of Philanthropy where she oversees all national and global philanthropic endeavors for the company.


Greg Matthews
Managing Director, MDigitalLife

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Greg Matthews is the creator of MDigitalLife and a managing director at W2O Group. At W2O, Greg provides strategic counsel to dozens of the largest and most successful healthcare companies in the world, including hospital systems, health insurers, pharma/biotech manufacturers, medical device companies, health IT companies, and consumer health companies. He also works extensively with physicians, helping them activate online networks safely, responsibly, and effectively. A regular public speaker, Greg has been featured in numerous top-selling business books by authors such as Charlene Li (Open Leadership); Bill Taylor (Practically Radical) and Larry Weber (Everywhere) and in publications such as Health Affairs, Business Insider, KevinMD, MedPage Today, MedCrunch and Medical Marketing and Media.


Joe McKenna
Lead of Business Development, Proteus Digital Health

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With over fourteen years of experience in healthcare technology and consulting sales & delivery, Joe provides operational, financial and strategic insight to the nation’s largest and most progressive health systems to drive significant transformation and growth. He maintains specific expertise and passion in the areas of population health management, clinical quality, operational excellence and disruptive innovation.


Jessica Mega, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Verily

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Jessica leads Verily’s healthcare team, which informs and studies Verily’s products, creates health platforms, and translates them into systems that improve outcomes. She is a cardiologist who trained and practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a senior investigator with the TIMI Study Group, Jessica directed large, international clinical trials. She received her A.B. from Stanford University, M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Bob Pearson
Vice Chairman & Chief Innovation Officer, W2O Group

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Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in what is now called “Social Commerce.”

An author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an instructor for the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce and the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College, his thoughts can be found on W2O’s blog at www.blog.wcgworld.com, including a series titled “Millennials Unplugged” that he writes with his 19 year old daughter and millennials at W2O. After the success of his book Pre-Commerce, Bob will be introducing his next book on the future of media titled Storytizing, which will be available March 2016.

Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function — an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee.

Bob has served as an advisor and investor in many capacities. Highlights include: serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board, being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas (more than $400MM invested), serving on the board of The Advertising Research Foundation, acting as an advisor to Get Smart Content and participating as a Mentor at The Capital Factory, as well as finding time to serve as a board member for The Association for Multiple Impaired and Blind, which builds homes for its constituents.

Bob resides in Austin, Texas. - See more at: http://www.w2ogroup.com/w2oatsxsw/#sthash.I752XYMR.dpuf


Michael Plante
VP Demand Generation, Inside Sales

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Mike Plante joined InsideSales.com in January 2014, and brings more than 30 years of experience in technology marketing, strategy, product management and sales. Previous to InsideSales.com, Mike helped drive growth strategies for award-winning and category-leading products, such as GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC, as vice president of product marketing, marketing strategy and operations for the $730 million SaaS division at Citrix. Prior to Citrix, Mike spent nine years at Symantec, where he was the vice president of product marketing and marketing strategy. In this role, he was responsible for go-to-market and growth strategies for the $2 billion Norton portfolio of products. Before this role, Mike led Symantec’s European consumer marketing organization, a 36-member team responsible for delivering $540 million in annual sales from consumers and small businesses across Europe.


Chris Preuss
SVP of Marketing & Communications, Delphi

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J. Christopher Preuss (Chris) is the senior vice president of marketing and communications, a position he has held since September 2014. He also serves as the chairperson of the Delphi Foundation.

Mr. Preuss came to Delphi with more than 25 years of global communications experience as well as perspective gained from his role as president and CEO of OnStar — a leader in in-vehicle safety, security, communications and convenience services. Prior to joining Delphi, Mr. Preuss was head of communications for the Americas and Global Product at Ford Motor Company, a role he assumed shortly after leading a multi-agency team serving the global Ford accounts at WPP Group.

Mr. Preuss’ career also includes more than 13 years at General Motors, where he held various leadership roles. In addition to leading OnStar, he also served as vice president of Global Communications where he was instrumental in managing the company’s transition out of bankruptcy. Before that he was GM’s vice president of European Communications in Zurich, Switzerland. His time at GM also includes an assignment based in Washington DC and focused on various government and regulatory issues.

Mr. Preuss is a Michigan native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Michigan State University. In 2011, the university recognized him with the Outstanding Alumni Award for the School of Communications Arts and Sciences.


Asif Qasim
Founder & CEO, MedShr

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Asif Qasim is a consultant cardiologist in London with director level NHS appointments.

He studied medicine at Cambridge University and returned there for a PhD and was an MRC visiting fellow at Yale.

After specialist training in the UK he undertook a prestigious interventional cardiology fellowship in Milan.

He is active in research and training, with involvement in national and international courses and conferences This includes live cases and training peers in the use of new devices and techniques.

Dr Qasim is currently collaborating on a project that is connecting doctors around the globe. MedShr is a multi-specialty medical network that enables health professionals to share their expertise and discuss cases with their peers in real time.


Stephen S. Ropp, PhD
International Chairman & President, Freight Shuttles

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Dr. Roop is the originator and designer of the Freight Shuttle System (FSS) and the Chairman/President of Freight Shuttle International (FSI). Beginning in 2005, his work on the FSS focused on developing an approach to goods movement that would enhance this critical industry and overcome the growing challenges associated with rising costs, driver shortages, roadway congestion, infrastructure deterioration, safety, and air quality.

With more than 25 years in freight transportation systems and operations research, Dr. Roop’s expertise in rail and trucking led to the innovative solution of introducing an entirely new mode of automated, intermodal freight systems. Dr. Roop also serves as Chief Technical Officer for FSI and oversees the prototype design — technical requirements, functionality, and systems performance.


Jan Ryan
Partner, Capital Factory

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As an entrepreneur and tech executive, Jan Ryan has been passionate about building great businesses for over 25 years, resulting in four successful acquisitions and one IPO, primarily in web-based and emerging technologies. Her long-standing mantra has been: “Fall in love with making your customers’ lives better.” The early years of her career proved this out, as she built industry-recognized sales teams for enterprise software and business analytics, both in public and privately held companies.

Jan co-founded Social Dynamx in 2010 with a passion to transform customer care in the age of social technology. As President of Social Dynamx, Jan was driven by customers’ changing expectations in their purchase cycle with brands. Raising $3M in funding, the company brought to market the first social customer care platform designed for the needs of big enterprises, and quickly attracted several large customers such as DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, and HP. This led to an acquisition by industry leader Lithium Technologies in the Fall of 2012. The Social Dynamx cloud-based platform (re-branded “Lithium Social Web”) is now combined with Lithium’s on-domain community software to create the industry’s first end-to-end platform for managing social customer experiences.

Jan originally moved to Austin in 1996 to join the executive team who launched Vignette Corporation, an early Internet enterprise software company that experienced one of the most successful IPOs of 1999. As VP Worldwide Sales, Jan established Vignette’s sales infrastructure and management team, and was responsible for driving revenue through all channels worldwide, including direct sales, telesales and a network of systems integrators. After Vignette, Jan was founding President / Chief Operating Officer of ROME Corporation in Austin, raising $7M in funding from Azure Capital Partners. ROME was launched in 2001 with a focus on global credit risk and capital management solutions, and ultimately was acquired by Triple Point Technology.

Jan also spent time in Silicon Valley as CEO of Sigma Dynamics, a San Mateo-based early provider of real-time predictive analytics. The company raised a total of $8 million in venture capital, and under Ryan’s leadership, went through a successful re-launch in the marketplace, attracting a sale to Oracle (ORCL) in 2006. Sigma’s Real-time Decision (RTD) software became the foundation for predictive decisions within Oracle’s Business Intelligence Suite, in use in Fortune 500 enterprises today.




A common theme throughout Jan’s career has been a focus on early revenue in unproven new markets, strategic deal making, and the build-out of high performance teams. Jan earned a BBA degree from Baylor University with distinction, and has served on various Boards, Advisory Boards of start-up companies and philanthropic organizations.




Jan is passionate about new ideas in social business, mentoring entrepreneurs, and seeing Austin’s influence grow as a center of innovation. She enjoys long distance cycling and her current labor-of-love, building a 100% off-the-grid ranch with her husband outside of Wimberley, Texas.


Mark Stouse
CEO, Proof

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Mark is the CEO of a software and services company that has cracked the Business Value code for Marketing and Communications. Proof helps companies compute and understand the time-lapsed cause and effect relationships hidden in their marketing and business data, ultimately connecting the dots all the way from investment to real business impact.


Aaron Strout
CMO, W2O Group
Aaron Strout is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Head of the Financial Services practice. Previously, he served as President of WCG and was the head of the WCG Technology practice before that. Aaron has nearly 20 years of social media, mobile, online marketing and advertising experience, with a strong background in integrated marketing.

Prior to joining W2O, Aaron spent time as the CMO of Powered Inc. (now part of Dachis Group), as VP of social media at online community provider Mzinga, and as director of interactive at Fidelity Investments.

Aaron is also the co-author of Location Based Marketing for Dummies (Wiley). In addition to blogging regularly for W2O, Aaron writes a monthly mobile/location-based marketing column on MarketingLand.com.

Aaron is a founding member and former president of BIMA, and a member and former board member of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX).


Bryan Thomas
Co-Founder, Pop-Up Play

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Bryan Thomas and Amelia Cosgrove are the co-founders of PopUp Play, a turnkey digital-to-physical design platform that makes it easy for consumer brands and companies to deliver custom product experiences on-demand.

Recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, PopUp Play provides a design interface and on-demand manufacturing capability to meet the needs of next generation’s retail consumers. Using the touch-based design app, consumers can create and order their own designs that are delivered to their doorsteps in days.

PopUp Play enables brands to meet their business objectives in a way no other company can. The on-demand design platform can be synced with any brand’s campaign, no matter how simple or complex, to inspire user engagement and brand affinity. The PopUp Play platform allows for digital design, while its unique on-demand manufacturing capability delivers a consumer’s physical creation in days.


Nick van Terheyden
CMO, NTT DATA, Inc.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden brings a distinctive blend of medical practitioner and business strategist, both national and international, to the realm of healthcare technology. A graduate of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, Dr. van Terheyden is a pioneering creator in the evolution of healthcare technology. After several years as a medical practitioner in London and Australia, he joined an international who’s who in healthcare, academia and business, in the development of the first electronic medical record in the early 1990’s and later, as a business leader in one of the first speech recognition companies. His rare combination of patience, creativity, skill and intrinsic business ethics has led him to a diverse career in healthcare with some of the most prestigious hospitals, consulting firms, and technology companies.

He is currently Chief Medical Officer for NTT Data business where he is responsible for providing strategic insight to help NTT advance its support of healthcare organizations, medical professionals and patients through information-enabled healthcare. He will be helping NTT Data’s global healthcare customers develop a strategy and apply technology to achieve an IT environment that is interconnected, efficient and patient-focused.

In addition to writing and lecturing on futuristic trends in healthcare technology, his advice and counsel is sought by hospitals, physicians and other allied healthcare professionals all of whom are trying to figure out how to integrate and use technology to make the healthcare system work from the perspectives of quality and financial success. Dr. van Terheyden pays attention not just to processes and systems, but to people. His ability to speak in terms people can actually understand makes him a sought out speaker.