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Jon Steinberg
President
BuzzFeed

Jon Steinberg is the President of BuzzFeed in NYC. He was previously Strategic Partner Development Manager on Google's SMB (Small Medium Business) Partnerships team. Prior to Google, Jon was the Director of Business Development at Majestic Research and the founder of iBuilding, a commercial real est...
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Frank Cotignola
Category Insights Manager
Kraft Foods

As part of Kraft's CIS (Consumer Insight and Strategy) group, Frank leads the Knowledge Management and social media listening/consulting efforts. Frank helped develop the Community Intelligence Portal, which is the largest of its kind at Kraft. He also authors "Randomness," which is the top blog a...
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Michael Scissons
Founder & CEO
Syncapse

Entrepreneur, Writer and Technology afficionado, Michael is the Chairman, Founder and CEO of Syncapse. Responsible for overseeing global operations, product strategy, and solutions business for Syncapse, Michael spends almost as much time in the air as he does logged into the Syncapse Platform. Mich...
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Matthew Knell
Social Media Director
AOL

Matthew Knell is a social media marketer, web technologist, community evangelist, and communications professional with a long history designing, developing, and marketing a wide array of successful digital products including a patented pay-per-click advertising system for About.com, the first social...
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Robert Harles
Global Head, Social Media
Bloomberg

Rob Harles is Global Head of Social Media for Bloomberg LP responsible for developing and managing Bloomberg’s social media efforts and initiatives across the globe. He joined Bloomberg in September 2010 from Sears Holdings where he was Vice President of Social Media responsible for Sears’ socia...
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Britta Schell
Director of Digital Strategic Insights
MTV

Britta Schell is MTV's Director of Digital Strategic Insights. A millennial and digital native, Britta develops and implements innovative research methodologies to keep MTV fully immersed in millennial digital culture and emerging technology and behaviors. She also champions MTV's digital innovation...
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Rachel Sklar
Founder
Change the Ratio

Rachel Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media, and Charitini, which encourages group giving around events. A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture ...
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Ian Schafer
CEO & Founder
Deep Focus

Ian Schafer, CEO and Founder of Deep Focus (a part of Engine USA), is one of advertising’s most influential voices in interactive marketing and social media. Prior to founding Deep Focus in 2002, Ian was Vice President of the New Media division of Miramax Films.

Deep Focus is an awa...
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Todd Wilms
Senior Director, Global Social Media
SAP

Todd Wilms is on the leadership team of SAP's Community and Social Media organization, helping SAP’s 47 solutions and a community of over 2.5 million members reach their appropriate audiences across 128 countries. He is responsible for developing the strategy, helping to execute the program, ...
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Jacob Shwirtz
Director of Social Viewing and Social Media
Viacom Media Networks

Jacob Shwirtz serves as Viacom Media Networks expert on social viewing and social media. In this role he blends strategy, business development and product management to maximize the company's efforts in social media and beyond. Jacob brings an entrepreneurial approach to VMN, as the creator of Tweet...
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Kyle-Beth Hilfer, Esq.
Of Counsel
Collen IP

Kyle-Beth Hilfer is Of Counsel to Collen IP. She has over 20 years experience as an attorney specializing in advertising, marketing, promotions, intellectual property, and new media law.

In the social and new media areas, Ms. Hilfer helps clients leverage social media platforms while ...
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Kristin Maverick
Director, Earned Media
The Barbarian Group

Kristin is the Director of Earned Media at The Barbarian Group where she works with clients developing ideas to grow their presence within social communities and develop creative ways to generate word of mouth newsworthy campaigns. Throughout her career she has had the pleasure of working on award...
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Cindy Gallop
Founder & CEO
IfWeRanTheWorld

Cindy Gallop's background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a web meets world platform that tur...
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George Smith
Senior Manager, Social CRM Strategy and Execution
PepsiCo

George G Smith Jr is a blogger, social strategist, and digital native currently living in New York City. George graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a degree in Communications and a minor in African Studies. He has worked with many brands in the social realm - including Cr...
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Curtis Hougland
Founder
Attention

Curtis founded Attention in 2006 and has since grown the agency to over 120 people in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The agency is differentiated by its ability to drive measurable business results through social marketing - across the marketing funnel – across the enterprise - integrated acro...
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Mario Zelaya
Managing Director
Majestic Media

Mario Zelaya is the founder and Managing Director of Majestic Media, Canada's first Facebook Marketing agency. His extensive experience on the Facebook platform includes building out social strategy, campaign ideation, app architecture and social design for big brand clients such Volkswagen, Kia, Ge...
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Megan Berry
Founder
LiftFive

Megan Berry is the founder of LiftFive, helping early-stage startups build community and gain momentum. LiftFive is partnered with Lerer Ventures and current clients include Newsle, CasaHop, BestVendor, Vook and RebelMouse. Megan Berry was formerly the Senior Marketing Manager at Klout, where she bu...
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Lisa Joy Rosner
Chief Marketing Officer
NetBase

Lisa Joy Rosner is the Chief Marketing Officer at NetBase, where she works with the largest brands in the world—including Coca-Cola, Kraft and HP—as they change their approach to understanding consumers’ desires. Ms. Rosner is a tenured marketing executive in Silicon Valley, who is known for...
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Michael Oliver
Vice President, Creative Director
The Marketing Store Worldwide

Michael applies a passion for communication, clarity, and collaboration in his role as the Vice President, Creative Director for brand activation agency The Marketing Store Worldwide. Michael’s team in Toronto is a multidisciplinary collection of creative talent tasked with delivering integrated m...
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Alan Berkson
Founder & Principal
Intelligist Group

Alan Berkson is founder and principal at the Intelligist Group, a business strategy advisory service. In a fast-changing economic and technological landscape, he specializes in fostering change within organizations to ensure growth and profitability. Alan has spent time in the financial servic...
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Marci Ikeler
Director of Digital Strategy
Grey Group

Marci Ikeler (the last name’s pronounced just how it looks: “ike” + “ler”) is a strategist with a background in user experience design. Since 1999, Marci has helped advertising agencies, Fortune 500 brands, and start-ups to engage with their consumers digitally. She has worked with brands ...
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Gregory Galant
CEO
Sawhorse Media

Gregory Galant is the CEO of Sawhorse Media, a movement to make it easy to find the right people on the social web through products including the Shorty Awards, Muck Rack and Listorious. To help fellow entrepreneurs, Greg created Venture Voice, a podcast interview series with the founders of Twi...
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Eleanor Cleverly
Assistant Director
Harmony Institute

Eleanor Cleverly supplements the research and consulting services of HI with a master’s in Media Studies from the New School University. Her graduate research focused on the persuasive quality of narrative, and innovative approaches to evaluation and data visualization for the social sciences. She...
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Clint Beharry
2011-12 Graham Technology Fellow
Harmony Institute

Clint Beharry is a recent MFA Interaction Design graduate from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he designed and developed software and hardware prototypes for applications in psychology, sensory immersion, and data visualization. Prior to graduate school, Beharry designed for print, mobile, a...
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Wayne St. Amand
Vice President of Marketing
Crimson Hexagon

Wayne St. Amand is a veteran marketing leader with a track record of significantly accelerating the growth trajectory and valuation of technology businesses. At Crimson Hexagon, St. Amand is responsible for driving business expansion through the company’s global corporate and product marketing eff...
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Andrew Sneyd
Global Marketing Vice President
Stella Artois & Beck's Anheuser Busch InBev

Andrew has 17 years of marketing experience, primarily in beer marketing at Anheuser Busch InBev, where he joined the company via Labatt in Canada. He is currently responsible for leading AB InBev’s marketing for the Stella Artois and Beck’s brands globally, based in New York. Previous to his ...
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Jeffrey Cohen
Social Strategist
Radian6

Jeffrey L. Cohen is a Social Strategist at Radian6, a salesforce.com company. Radian6's social media monitoring software helps businesses listen, discover, measure and engage in conversations across the social web. Jeff works with B2B and B2C enterprise companies to assess their social media strate...
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Becky Wang
Head of Analytical Strategies
Droga5

Becky Wang has joined Droga5 as the Head of Analytical Strategy. She will focus on unlocking creative opportunities for the agency to develop data-informed communication ideas, utilities, products, and services as well as to optimize for creative effectiveness.

Prior to joining Drog...
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Steve Krakauer
Senior Digital Producer
CNN

Steve Krakauer joined CNN as the digital producer of Piers Morgan Tonight in November 2010, and was named CNN’s first senior digital producer for the network in October 2011. In his current role, he shapes the digital output (social media and web) of all CNN programs, as well as major events like ...
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Erin Newkirk
CEO & Founder
Red Stamp

Erin Newkirk is the CEO and Co-Founder of Red Stamp, a consumer-focused tech company on a mission to make relationships stronger by elevating each + every correspondence with style + grace via the Red Stamp app, available for free in the Apple App Store. Founded in 2005, Red Stamp has been feature...
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Sebastian Majewski
Analysis and Impact Coordinator
UNICEF

Sebastian Majewski’s social media philosophy focuses on the potential for social media to influence, inform, and regulate global politics. Majewski is known for his research on stakeholder influence models in social media. He is currently working as Analysis and Impact Coordinator with UNICEF....
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Melle Hock
Senior Account Supervisor
Edelman

Melle Hock is a Senior Account Supervisor with Edelman, Brand Stewardship. She is responsible for providing strategic and creative counsel across Edelman’s client roster, and working with teams to advance brand-centric thinking and create programs of enduring relevance to their target audiences. M...
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Alex Leo
Director Web Product
Thomson Reuters Digital

Alex Leo is the Director of Web Product for Thomson Reuters Digital. Before that she was a senior editor at The Huffington Post and an associate producer at ABC News. She was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media in 2012 and chosen by NBC New York as one of the top twenty people to follow on Twit...
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Erica Berger
Director Product & Partnerships
Storyful

Erica Berger is the Director of Product & Partnerships for Storyful, the world's first social media newsroom. Storyful's team of journalists provide news organisations with early warning of big stories, discovering and verifying content and contacts through a combination of good journalism and pion...
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Jennifer Still
managing editor
HelloGiggles

Jennifer Still is the managing editor for HelloGiggles, where she also posts interviews with various media figures and raves about her latest favourite skincare products. She also serves as the managing editor for TheConversation.TV, the companion website to the new Lifetime interview series hosted ...
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Sachin Kamdar
CEO and co-founder, Parse.ly

Sachin is the CEO and co-founder of Parse.ly. Parse.ly's flagship product, Dash, provides insights to the web's best publishers. This next-generation analytics tool informs writers and editors which posts, sections, authors, and referrers are performing best on their site. It also automatically grou...
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Michael Scogin
Vice President, Mobile
MTV

Michael is Vice President, Mobile for MTV. His responsibilities span across all major wireless content and service types, including social TV, apps, mobile web, video, games, SMS and on-air interactivity. He currently works to create MTV experiences across multiple platforms including mobile/tablet/...
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