2018 Speakers

Katie Couric

Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, and New York Times best-selling author. SU2C has raised over $500 million…

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Rachel Bloom


Rachel’s film Most Likely to Murder will premiere at SXSW on March 12 and will be available on Digital and On Demand May 1st. Rachel is starring and producing the film…

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Julia Hart

Co-Founder, Original Headquarters

Julia Hart is the co-founder (with her husband, producer & writer Jordan Horowitz) of the film and television production company Original Headquarters. Her feature directorial…

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Jordan Horowitz

Co-Founder, Original Headquarters

Jordan Horowitz is an Academy Award nominated producer and the co-founder (with his wife, writer & director Julia Hart) of the film and television production…

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Jayna Zweiman

Co-Creator & Co-Founder, The Pussyhat Project

Jayna Zweiman is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her independent practice combines architecture, art and new media to focus on experiences that overlap physical, virtual…

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Beatrice Fischel-Bock

CEO & Co-Founder, Hutch

Beatrice Fischel-Bock is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hutch, the home decor tool that mixes 3D technology with online shopping to let you virtually decorate…

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Kristie Gonzales

President & GM, KVUE

Kristie Gonzales is the President and General Manager of KVUE, leading a staff of more than 120 employees who produce 33 hours of award-winning live…

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Jacqui Burge

CEO & Founder, Desk Yogi

Desk Yogi founder Jacqui Burge has been practicing and teaching fitness, nutrition and yoga for more than two decades. The motivation behind Desk Yogi began…

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Maile Pacheco

Founder, beGlammed

Beauty and fashion industry veteran, Maile Pacheco, is beGlammed’s ethnically-diverse, female Founder. An expert makeup artist by trade, Pacheco’s proclivity for customer service and sales…

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Jennifer Whalen

Baroness von Sketch Show

An alumnus of Second City Toronto, Jennifer Whalen is a co-creator, executive producer, writer and star of Baroness von Sketch Show. She was head writer…

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Aurora Browne

Baroness von Sketch Show

Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co-creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s new hit sketch comedy show, Baroness von Sketch…

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Meredith MacNeill

Baroness von Sketch Show

Meredith MacNeill can currently be seen as co-creator, writer, producer, and star of CBC’s award- winning hit sketch comedy series “Baroness von Sketch Show.” The…

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Katie Soo

SVP Marketing, Warner Brothers Digital Networks (WBDN)

As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Katie Soo is responsible for overseeing marketing across the Warner Brothers Digital Networks (WBDN) portfolio to develop initiatives that…

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Stacy Nadeau

Professional Speaker & Life Coach

In the summer of 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. While other…

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Kristin Glushon

EVP Client Development, Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)

Kristin Glushon is the Executive Vice President of Client Development for Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), which connects global brands to consumers through the power of…

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Gabriella Schwarz

Managing Editor & Head of News, Flipboard

Gabriella Schwarz is the Managing Editor and Head of News at Flipboard, a content and curation platform with over 100 million users. In her role…

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Michele Beno

Director of Marketing, VICELAND at VICE Media

Michele Beno is the Director of Marketing for VICELAND at VICE Media, where she leads marketing for the VICELAND brand and all programming. She has…

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Letitia James

Public Advocate & NYC City Council Member

Public Advocate Letitia James is a tireless champion for working families and the most vulnerable New Yorkers. In 2013, she made history as the first…

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Lupe Valdez

Candidate for Governor of Texas & Former Dallas County Sheriff

In 2004, Lupe Valdez shook the political establishment in Dallas County, becoming one of the first Democrats elected countywide in many years.  Lupe was ultimately…

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Cindy Whitehead

CEO, The Pink Ceiling

The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the drug of a generation and Fortune called her a tireless force of nature. Associates of hers…

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Jessica Barth

Writer, Actor, Producer, Lifestyle Blogger, Child Advocate and Activist

Jessica Barth is an actress best known for her breakout leading role in the hilarious Ted movie franchise.  She began her career in the Philadelphia…

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Kelley Walton

Head of Global Event Marketing, Under Armour

For over 15 years, Kelley has helped top global brands connect with consumers through innovative, integrated marketing strategies.  Her career has spanned industries, including media,…

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Camila Jimenez Villa

Co-President & Chief Content Officer Fusion Media Group, Univision Communications

Camila Jimenez Villa, Co-President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion Media Group, a sector of Univision Communications.  A groundbreaking role model with a powerful voice,…

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Jennifer Shappley

Sr Director, Talent Acquisition, LinkedIN

Jennifer leads the Business Recruiting team at LinkedIn supporting Global Sales, Finance, HR, Marketing & Communications and Legal hiring.  After spending the last 13 years…

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Carolyn Rodz

Founder, Alice

Featured in Fortune, Inc., Fast Company, Entrepreneur and more, Alice was founded by three-time Latina entrepreneur Carolyn Rodz. She has helped raise billions of dollars…

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Christine Lubrano

SVP, Original Programming IFC

As IFC’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Christine Lubrano is responsible for the development and production of IFC’s growing slate of scripted comedy series. She…

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Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Convener, Keynote Speaker

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations…

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Ellen Gilbert

Talent Agent, Paradigm

ELLEN GILBERT has worked in the agency business for 29 years. Directly after college she started her career as a receptionist at an agency, before…

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Dawoon Kang

Co-Founder, COO & Head of Marketing, Coffee Meets Bagel

Dawoon’s work spans from strategy & business development to marketing, research and investing/finance. She started her career at Avon Products as Analyst for U.S. Strategy…

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Poppy Crum

Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories

Dr. Poppy Crum, is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in…

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Sarah Ann Masse

Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Singer & Activist

Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Singer, Activist. Sarah Ann Masse is a hilarious woman on a mission; not only is she continuing the trend of breaking…

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Karen Walrond

Author, Speaker & Photographer

Karen Walrond is an author, speaker & photographer. Her bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of imagery & essays on the concept…

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Lisen Stromberg

COO, 3% Movement

Lisen Stromberg is an author, culture innovation consultant, and widely regarded speaker who empowers people and companies to reimagine the future of work through work/life…

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Kendra Bracken Ferguson

Chief Digital Officer, CAA-GBG

For almost two decades, Kendra has helped to define and navigate the digital space as a creative force for brands and influencers, becoming a recognized…

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Emiliana Guereca

Founder, Women's March LA Foundation

Along with being an award-winning event producer, Emi devotes much of her time to advocacy programs for women’s rights, Latino education, and gender equality. In…

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Andrea Razzaghi

Deputy Director of Astrophysics, NASA

As deputy director of Astrophysics at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Andrea oversees the Agency’s research programs and missions necessary to discover how the Universe works…

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