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.
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