Emma Mathews is Director of Professional Services at Emma, a leading email marketing software company. In her five years working at Emma, she has developed and launched a professional services organization that helps customers optimize their email marketing strategy. Emma has worked with a wide range of industries and continues to educate customers and team members on email best practices and trends.
Emma attended the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. For fun, you can find Emma doing pilates, searching out the best pizza spots and spending quality time with her dog, Pumpkin.
Jordan Pratt is an Account Executive at Emma, a leading email marketing software company. After a career start in higher education, Jordan came to Emma four years ago and was part of the team that developed Emma for Universities.
Jordan graduated with a bachelors degree from Union University. When he’s not helping marketing professionals use software to communicate more effectively, you can find him smoking aces on the ping pong table.
Stewart Rogers has been involved in sales, marketing and running software companies since computers had black screens with the ‘wide choice’ of green or orange text. Those were the days…
When not speaking, writing or reading about marketing technology, sales force automation, web tools and awesome processes you’ll find Stewart helping to make VB Insight the best analysis and reports resource on the planet – one where every expert can finally have their words read and their voices heard.
Co-Founder of SnapShot Interactive and ECOS, Rigsby serves as the creative, strategic, and technical lead for design, motion graphics, development and product innovation. Through these disciplines, Rigsby solves his number one challenge - removing the friction out of the digital process for clients and elevating the level of what’s possible. Rigsby received his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Intermont College with a specialization in multimedia design and production before eventually directing the creative and operational efforts of online multimedia at cj Advertising in Nashville, TN. Rigsby then went on to co-found SnapShot Interactive, a digital agency and later ECOS, an interactive presentation platform.
In addition to leading the creative and innovative efforts at SnapShot and ECOS, Rigsby is avid in the arts community stemming from his dance and photography backgrounds. He works with local schools in the Nashville community to bridge the level of understanding in digital from inside the classroom to outside. When he isn’t entranced in his work, he soaks up the time enjoying life with his lovingly supportive wife Sarah, their two children and two dogs. Rigsby can be contacted through SnapShotInteractive.com.
Megan is the Director of Digital Marketing at HealthStream with ten years of experience in digital storytelling and the management of people and projects to create demand and engagement. Ranked in the “50 Best Small Companies in America,” HealthStream’s SaaS platform boasts over 4.7 million subscribers in over half of the nation’s healthcare organizations. With a knack for inbound marketing and lead lifecycle management, Megan serves on the Salesforce Operations Council and spearheads all social, SEM/SEO, display, content marketing, reputation management, and web development initiatives. Prior to her transition into healthcare, Megan worked in B2C marketing in the Nashville music industry and earned her Masters in Digital Business from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She is an avid world traveler, foodie, and outdoor enthusiast.
Michael Baker is Senior Sales Executive at Emma, a leading email marketing software company. He has over eighteen years of marketing and sales experience on the agency, client, and vendor-side. During his career, Michael has spent a number of years selling specifically to restaurants, helping them build highly effective email programs that leverage data to support targeted messaging.
Michael attended Villanova University, earning a degree in history. He’s worked and travelled everywhere from North Africa to Southeast Asia, but despite his globetrotting, he’ll always be a Jersey boy at heart.
Amy Landino is a globally-recognized YouTuber, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. She coaches people at YouTube.com/AmyTV on how to go after what they want in life while leveraging video storytelling to make it happen. Owner of two creative companies—Aftermarq and Vlog Boss Studios—Amy presents to and consults with a global clientele about leveraging online communication and content marketing to increase brand awareness. In her best-selling book Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging, she shares her collection of strategies to help you create video that gets the attention you deserve and builds real relationships with your community. Amy has been a speaker for business and marketing events all over the world and has had her work featured on media channels such as PR Daily, Content Marketing Institute, Huffington Post, Inc, Entrepreneur, and many more.
Steve Savic is the Executive Creative Director at Critical Mass, an Omnicom digital marketing agency, which helps the world’s leading companies use digital media to create extraordinary experiences—experiences that bring together creative thinking, smart ideas and emerging technologies to drive our clients’ businesses. Steve has been with the company since 1998.
Robert Brown is a marketing professional with significant global experience concepting, communicating, and operationalizing social, digital, 360/VR, AR, and traditional marketing strategy and communications. Brown is a big thinker that can sell ideas and execute across cultures and disciplines. He has been a featured speaker on Digital Marketing subjects at top events across the country.
Expertise include: Developing Brand Experiences for Super Bowl, Cannes Lion award winners: Die Hard Fan App and the 360 Video/VR experience ‘Battle Test’ in co-production with Lucasfilm/ILM/SkySound. He just finished ‘See the Unseen’ a state of the art AR Execution to promote Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
Jesse Co-Founded EverTrue in 2011 after consulting for hundreds of schools to help them understand and leverage social media for their admissions and fundraising efforts. A proud alum of Phillips Academy Andover and Wesleyan University, Jesse leads partnerships and product development for EverTrue’s engagement cloud. EverTrue is the leading Advancement Automation Platform in Higher-ed today working with over 350 institutions. Our software connects the entire Advancement office to best in class data (like Emma), your constituents, and each other.
Liz Walton is the Vice President of Marketing at Yext (NYSE: YEXT) where she leads demand generation and marketing operations globally. Serving on the leadership team, she has helped grow the company from a 75 person startup to a publicly-traded, global organization with more than 900 employees. During her tenure with the company, she has led it to such awards as Inc. 5000 in 2015, 2016, and 2017; Forbes Most Promising Companies 2014 and 2015; and Fortune Best Places to Work 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Prior to Yext she was at Stamped, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2012. Liz graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in classics and economics and lives in New York City. She was named to Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising, and DMN 2017 40 Under 40 Marketing Leaders.
Stuart brings over ten years of IT software sales, implementation and Ieadership experience to Domo. Stuart worked with leading healthcare providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies to enable population health management and healthcare integration resulting in cost savings, operational efficiencies and enhanced quality of care. Prior to Healthcare, Stuart spent many years in Transportation and Logistics as an IT leader and consultant. Stuart has always flourished when faced with complex technical projects allowing his passion for problem solving and technology to emerge. Stuart lives in Phoenix, Arizona when not at work you will likely find Stuart riding any type of bicycle including road, triathlon, mountain or his cruiser to dinner.
Rachel Insler is the Director of Marketing at Patina Restaurant Group, a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, the Patina portfolio includes Lincoln Ristorante, Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, The Sea Grill, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, and several other properties in landmark locations. Prior to entering the field of hospitality marketing, Rachel conducted post-graduate research in cognitive neuroscience, cooked in the pastry kitchen at Union Square Café, founded an independent artisanal chocolate business in New York City, and worked as a brand manager at an e-commerce wine startup. Since 2013, though, Rachel has had a home at Patina, working to translate each brand’s creative vision into stories and communications that drive guest engagement and loyalty.
Lauren is a passionate idea creator who won’t take no for an answer. She’s worked at large creative shops in NY and LA on the account team - projects include: sending a rocket into space, auto–tuning Justin Timberlake and creating McDonald’s uniforms meant for Fashion Week. She’s settled into the desert for the past few years as the Director of Digital Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Fox Restaurant Concepts – which gives her the major bonus of talking about food and wine all day. She’s incredibly keen on U/X, not using too many hashtags, creating smart brand partnerships and looking at things from a different point of view. She is a people connector and was born with hospitality in her blood and loves solving a good debate by using analytics and creativity.
Lauren gets anxiety if there’s not a trip coming up on her American Airlines account as travel is incredibly important to her— she uses work as an excuse to eat and drink all the things. She escapes work for 60 minutes at a time on her yoga mat and sometimes for hours of uninhibited laughter playing with her two kids
Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is an author, educator, curator, and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts, Millman has interviewed over 400 artists, designers and cultural commentators. In the 13 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a five-million-downloads per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and iTunes has designated it one of the best overall podcasts.
Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Debbie is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. She is a frequent speaker on design and branding and has been a juror for competitions including Cannes Lions, The Clio’s, the One Club and many, many more.
Cody Bender is the SVP of Product at Emma. Cody joined Emma in early 2017 as VP of Product Marketing and moved to SVP of Product in October 2017. Prior to Emma, Cody led Return Path’s Email Certification program and Product organization for 6 years, working with some of the largest ISPs, ESPs, and email marketers in the world. Before that, he developed and implemented software solutions and telecom engineering for municipalities and governments across the US. Cody is a native Iowan, but has spent the past 15 years in Colorado where he currently resides.
As Partner, CMO of Created Entertainment, Inc., Paul developed and manages the marketing, distribution and engagement strategies for STORYBOOTH, one of the fasted growing youth-targeted channels on YouTube.
As Partner, Board of Advisors and CMO for SparksFly Technologies, Inc. he helped to develop the first and only OTT platform with AI for Social Media.
He held the role of Worldwide EVP Marketing, Illumination Entertainment, where he launched the brand and the global box office hit and franchise, Despicable Me and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
Paul was Sr Partner, Worldwide Executive Director of Digital for Ogilvy Worldwide for +7 years, VP of Marketing for Fountain Technologies for +8 years for three of its direct-to-consumer computer brands.
Cory Treffiletti is Chief Marketing Officer for Voicera. Cory has pioneered digital marketing efforts as the CMO (VP) for Oracle’s Data Cloud and CMO (SVP) for BlueKai. Cory has been a thought leader in the digital media landscape since 1994 with companies such as i-Traffic, Freestyle Interactive, and Carat (Aegis). He writes a weekly column on digital marketing since 2000 for MediaPost and has published a book called Internet Ad Pioneers. He currently serves on the board of the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) and is a graduate of the Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University.
For the past eight years I have worked in depth with consumer insights for Global brands like Taco Bell, Nike, and Vogue with focus groups, surveys, digital learning agendas, consumer testing, and cultural studies. Brands that attract Millennials and Generation Z culture. A group of people that demand to be seen and heard. A group that wants to be met where they’re at. The successes of my strategic insights have come from my qualitative and quantitative research that strives to truly understand consumers as human beings. Because when you know someone, you talk to them differently. The goal of my work is to truly know and understand whom I am talking to, so I can talk to them effectively and provide value in the products and content created for them.
Melanie Kinney is a passionate email marketer with experience in both the B2B and B2C space. In her seven years of experience she’s worked with designers, developers and marketers learning new things at every turn. Melanie is currently the Email Marketing Manager at GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting more than 70 million drivers to the Perfect Pit Stop, located in Boston, MA.
Susan Marshall is the CEO and co-founder of Torchlite, the marketing orchestration platform that enables businesses to fill gaps, collaborate with their team, and get more done. A 20-plus year technology veteran, Marshall has been deeply involved in the rapid evolution of digital marketing and data management technologies. Her professional background consists of product management and marketing for some of the most successful tech companies in the world. During her time with Apple, Adobe, and Salesforce, Marshall saw firsthand that digital marketing was getting increasingly complex and no one was helping marketers keep up with it all. In 2015, she co-founded Torchlite with a vision to become the trusted advocate for marketers. Today, Torchlite shows marketers: what to do through best-in-class collaboration software, how to do it with rich, actionable marketing templates, and who can get it done with access to on-demand, vetted experts.
Heidi Olsen has navigated through the treacherous world of email marketing for the past 8 years. Her goal is to hold email to the same standards as web design. A bonafide #emailgeek, you may find her browsing Twitter, blogs, and Slack channels in search of finding the next email frontier. You can follow her journeys on Twitter at @swisswebmiss. Heidi is currently a Senior Developer at eROI, a full-service creative agency in Portland, OR. eROI partners with innovative brands such as Taco Bell, Nike, and Aramark to craft compelling experiences.
Matthias is a seasoned marketing veteran with close to ten years worth of work experience in the creative advertising and marketing industry. Having worked in Berlin, Montreal, and New York, Matthias is now based in Nashville, where he serves as the Digital Marketing Manager (North America) for SVP Worldwide, the largest sewing company in the world. Among others, SVP owns the PFAFF®, HUSQVARNA VIKING®, and SINGER® brands. Prior to this position, Matthias led the UX & Creative Strategy team at Local Search Masters, a full-service digital marketing agency, and managed a creative design team for luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.
Mark is chiefly responsible for creating WordStream’s data-driven industry research, analyzing data and spotting trends within AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook. Mark regularly publishes on the Wordstream blog whenever a new feature, trend, or major change to the SERP is announced. He regularly presents his research on trends in the PPC industry on webinars and at conferences around the country, such as SMX, Social Media Week, and Pubcon. His work has also been featured on CNET, The Washington Post, MSNBC, BBC and CNN. In 2017, Mark was named the 5th most influential PPC Experts by PPC Hero.
David Wright is Principal Product Manager at Emma, where he leads our product management team to ensure we’re identifying and prioritizing the right enhancements to help our customers plan and execute great marketing. You’ll find David talking with customers (let him know if you’d like to chat while you’re here!) and collaborating with our product design and engineering teams to ensure that we’re continually releasing great software.
Over the past two decades, Nathan has waded chest-deep into the depths of marketing and technology, spanning a wide pool of projects and responsibilities. His influence has been felt in multinational corporations, Christian denominations, software, and high-tech research as well as local churches and small businesses. Specializing in branding, product launches, and building marketing programs from the ground up, Nathan’s passion is for people, including the people who do marketing. Currently VP of Marketing for CDF Capital, Nathan leads a small but mighty team that is helping change the way religious nonprofits utilize marketing.
Nora Snoddy is Director of Marketing at Emma, a leading email marketing company. With an extensive background in public relations and marketing, she spearheads Emma’s campaign planning, brand management, and lead generation efforts. Nora holds a bachelor degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Belmont University. She’s also an active member of the Junior League of Nashville and an accomplished Irish dancer – a skill she’ll occasionally showcase at the annual Emma Talent Show.
Chris Sietsema (seats-eh-muh) brings a wide range of digital marketing experience having held leadership positions at two successful agencies in Phoenix and a Fortune 500 Company. Chris owns Teach to Fish Digital, a consultancy committed to helping its clients make sense of marketing data. Teach to Fish strives to improve understanding, clarify strategic focus, and increase revenues for its clients by way of its reporting, training, and digital marketing services. Chris has served as a speaker for dozens of educational webinars, industry conferences, and higher learning institutions on the subjects of search engine optimization, email marketing, content marketing, and analytics. He has had the pleasure of providing service to a number of fantastic clients including Arizona State University, Banner Health, Behr Paint, Caterpillar, Dole, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Pella Windows & Doors, Pulte Homes, Remington Power Tools, University of Phoenix, United Way, Vermeer and many more. He lives on a little orange grove in the desert with his jovial wife and two energetic boys.
Colby Cavanaugh is SVP of Marketing at Emma. Prior to joining Emma, he worked as VP of Global Channels at Return Path, where he drove customer success through their global partner ecosystem and enhanced their product offerings for digital marketers. He has over 10 years experience in the digital marketing space, including positions with Webtrends, ExactTarget, and Salesforce. He also has experience living and working abroad in Japan and earned his MBA from Portland State University. Colby currently resides in Portland with his wife and two children.
After seven years in email design and development, Logan Sandrock Baird can accurately be described as a delightfully inveterate #emailgeek whose desire is to always keep the human experience of email in mind.
Logan is the Design Services Lead for Emma, where he mother-hens a talented team of designers and developers in creating effective emails for our customers.
A four-time Litmus Live speaker, Emma webinar cohost and blog contributor, Marketing United Workshops director and frequent Googler of email markup questions, Logan finds joy in contributing to and partaking in the strong community he’s found amidst fellow email marketers, developers, and designers.
You can follow Logan on Twitter @logansandrock
Susan Baier helps marketers figure out what’s going on in the minds of prospects and customers, and how to use that information to craft targeted, efficient and effective marketing programs for their organizations, their agencies and their clients. Her company Audience Audit develops custom attitudinal segmentation research. She has worked with over 50 agencies and their clients including Gap, Kona Grill, Infusionsoft, Jayco, Tufts University, AT&T, Pella and more. She has been featured on podcasts including Jay Baer’s Social Pros, Build a Better Agency, Smart Agency and Duct Tape Marketing. In her spare time she hangs out with her family and enjoys a good bourbon.
Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally recognized social media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world.
Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people a month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content. Mel’s latest book, The 5 Second Rule, is a fixture on Amazon’s “Top Ten Most Read List” and one of the most successful audio books ever published. Her TEDx talk about change has more than ten million views.
Mel’s media company, The Confidence Project, Inc. produces personal development programming and online courses for her global student body and corporate partners. On stage, Mel is a riveting, fun, and unforgettable speaker, teaching audiences a wide range of science-backed strategies with life-changing impact. Mel has spoken to executives at some of the world’s leading brands, including Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Optum, Cisco, and AT&T. She is also an award-winning opinion columnist and legal analyst for CNN, a Dr. Oz Healthline Expert, and a Contributing Editor for SUCCESS Magazine.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Mel is married mother of three and lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.
Daniel Sieberg is a senior marketing manager at Google overseeing media outreach efforts and an official spokesperson.He is also an Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV correspondent/host/author whose work across four continents has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC News (Nightline, GMA), MSNBC, BBC News, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera English, NPR, PBS, CNET, the Discovery Channel, Planet Green, Oprah.com, Details,The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and countless publications.His book about a “digital diet” concept explores myriad avenues of how technology is transforming our lives from relationships to business to identity. From swimming with sharks to a live demonstration of the latest gadgets to reporting in zero gravity. Sieberg was the CBS News science and technology correspondent from December 2006 to February 2010 reporting for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Radio and CBSNews.com. Sieberg has been nominated for four News and Documentary Emmy Awards and won accolades from the likes of the Society of Environmental Journalism and the World Technology Awards. His eclectic list of interview subjects includes Bill Gates, Hugh Hefner, Kevin Mitnick, Steve Wozniak, Tony Hawk, Peyton Manning, Curt Schilling, Doug Liman, Kenny G, Paula Abdul and Will Wright. . He has a bachelor’s degree (B.F.A.) in writing from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in journalism (M.J.) with a specialization in technology from the University of British Columbia. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
With a background in cognitive science and decision theory from UPenn, Green left Deloitte Consulting to bring his unique experience to Anheuser Busch where he heads up the U.S. Trade Marketing Innovation team. As AB’s Director of Strategy & Innovation, Andrew is dedicated to identifying new ways to get beer into consumers’ hands and improve the consumer experience. From new hardware and IoT products to digital platforms and software solutions, if it’s “a cool new way to sell more beer” he’s on it.
Ayat Shukairy is a recognized expert on marketing strategy and an in-demand speaker who has presented at marketing conferences throughout the world. With over 12 years of entrepreneurial and marketing experience, Ayat helps companies create websites fall in love with, while increasing their online sales. Her clients include eBay, 3M, the Special Olympics, DISH Network, Discovery and many more. Ayat is the co-author of “Conversion Optimization,” an Amazon.com best-selling book. In her book, she combines ground-breaking marketing research with powerful story-telling and case studies to demonstrate how to leverage these principles to create killer websites. Ayat provides one of the most comprehensive lists of strategies and actionable insights for helping websites capture more of their visitors into life time customers. She provides insights grounded in comprehensive research, the best contemporary psychology and behavioral science which any company can start implementing immediately. In addition to co-founding her successful CRO agency over 11 years ago, Ayat has recently launched an all-in-one growth hacking tool FigPii.
Mike McAvoy is President and CEO of Onion, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI)
As President and CEO of Onion, Inc., McAvoy is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of The Onion; its sister publication, The A.V. Club; and internet parody site, ClickHole.
In 2012, McAvoy spearheaded the creation of The Onion’s in-house creative services department, Onion Labs. Bringing together the best comedy writers and marketing talent to create advertising content worthy of the Onion name, Onion Labs has already produced native advertising programs and executed various creative projects for brands including HP, 7-Eleven, Adobe, Clorox, Home Depot, Microsoft, Lenovo, and YouTube.
In 2015, McAvoy initiated the launch of Onion Studios, a dynamic digital video network featuring the best programming from Onion, Inc.’s iconic properties, as well as original series produced by the company’s world-renowned creative staff.
McAvoy’s leadership was instrumental in the negotiations that ultimately garnered Univision Communications Inc.’s (UCI) investment in Onion, Inc. in 2016. In December 2016, McAvoy became Executive Vice President of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI, which includes cable networks FUSION TV and El Rey Network, as well as a collection of leading digital properties: Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Fusion, The Root, The Onion, The A.V. Club, and ClickHole. McAvoy joined Onion, Inc. in 2005 as Controller, later becoming Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to CEO in July 2015. Before joining Onion, Inc., McAvoy worked in banking and online education.
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. Love Does has now been translated into ten languages!
Bob has pioneered the vision of Love Does(formerly Restore International) to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Love Does has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates over 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development. Because of Bob’s vision and the work of Love Does, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.
Bob continues to be inspired by friendships he’s developed with others around the world who live their lives pursuing strategic ways to help others. As an attorney, Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt. He is also a professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University.
Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics service whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for FastCompany.com and has an upcoming book The Creative Curve, on the disciplined pursuit of creativity, coming out in June 2018 from Crown, a division of Penguin Random House. He was also once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.
Kindra is an award-winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great storytelling. Kindra’s work can be seen in a weekly column at Inc.com, and has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and behind the scenes in New York Times best selling books. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Communications & Management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.
Jay Acunzo is in a life-long fight with best practices. But more on that in a moment. Jay is an award-winning podcaster, a dynamic keynote speaker, and a veteran digital and content marketer. He was a digital media strategist at Google and head of content for multiple startups, including HubSpot. He spent several years scaling a venture capital firm called NextView using narrative storytelling, and he is now the host and producer of several web series about the meaning people find in the work they do. He’s been called a “savant in all things creativity” by Salesforce and hosts “one of the hottest new podcasts out there,” according to Entrepreneur Magazine. Jay’s podcast, Unthinkable, explores examples of work that seems crazy … until you hear their side of the story. The show is a journey to understand what it takes to break from conventional thinking and achieve more exceptional things in your work. Over the past decade, Jay has built editorial strategies from scratch for startups and produced attention-grabbing shows for media companies and brands. and toured the world speaking to organizations big and small about the power of questioning best practices. His work has been cited in courses at Harvard Business School, by writers at the New York Times and the Washington Post, and by investors on TV’s Shark Tank. Tips, tricks, cheats, and hacks are flooding the business internet today. It is Jay’s professional mission to defeat this Advice Overload and help others unleash their full potential.
Arun Chaudhary is a filmmaker working in politics. He was the first Official White House Videographer, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Chaudhary traveled extensively with the President, capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments as well as producing and packaging presidential tapings for the Internet and broadcast television. He is the creator and architect of “West Wing Week”, the first-ever online video diary of the White House. During his tenure, he wrote, produced, shot and edited over 63 episodes of West Wing Week, documenting the President through his rigorous weekly agenda. He also directed many tapings of the Weekly Address. Chaudhary was a key member of Barack Obama’s New Media team during the 2008 campaign. As the New Media Road Director, Chaudhary oversaw the team responsible for capturing the day-to-day life of the future president in video and stills. He and his team set a new standard in documenting history, delivering crucial images to the public from the road in real time. Before joining the Obama team, Chaudhary worked in film in New York and was part of the NYU Graduate Film Department faculty. He got his MFA in Filmmaking from NYU and his BA in Film Theory from Cornell University. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the BBC, National Journal, Politico, Fortune, and many political websites, and led a Frog design mind seminar at NYU with Fast Company’s Ellen McGirt. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, son and daughter.