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Nadja is known as the “fixer”- the person brands call when they are facing challenges in brand transformation. Nadja utilises her 25+ year career in integrated marketing and communications to transform brands. During her career, Nadja has led brand transformations for such clients such as American Express, LG Electronics, IKEA North America, RBS Citizens, Bharti Airtel, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Safaricom/Vodaphone. While in Africa, her team leveraged partnered with key African government leaders in driving business growth in countries like Kenya, Gabon, and Ghana.
Craig Brommers has led global marketing for the most iconic brands in retail - Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Calvin Klein. In 2020 he joined denim leader American Eagle as the
new CMO. The youth culture brand has recently partnered with Gen Z favorites such as Addison Rae, Chase Stokes, and Madison Bailey on innovative, digitally-led campaigns.
Leanne is a global business leader and passionate global citizen, having worked in and led commercial teams in multinational businesses across the world. She has over 25 years Marketing, Sales and General Management experience and has specialized in taking on change management roles in businesses at the tipping point of technology and customer behaviour driven change.
Sarah SquiersCable Networks
Sarah Squiers is Executive Vice President of Business Development for Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S.
In this role, Squiers leads business development strategy and oversees the team representing the Company’s multiplatform portfolio, including Univision, the No. 1 Spanish-language network, and UniMás, the fastest-growing broadcast network, to clients and agencies looking to harness the opportunity of the Hispanic consumer, the largest growth segment in the United States.
Squiers works closely with senior leaders throughout the Company to unlock brand equities and create successful, fully integrated and trackable programs for clients. During her twelve plus year career at Univision, Squiers has brought in countless new business accounts across multiple industries, helping them meet their sales goals in culture and in language with Hispanic consumers.
Squiers has decades of broadcasting and advertising sales experience, having served in multiple sales roles in local television stations across the country– from general sales manager, regional sales manager and local sales manager to account executive. Prior to joining Univision in 2008, she served as regional sales manager for the Bay Area’s leading Spanish-language stations KDTV Univision 14 and KFSF UniMás 66.
An alumna of Loras College in Dubuque, IA, Squiers currently serves on their Board of Regents.
Taylor SmithGaming Consoles
Taylor’s mission is to inspire gamers around the world. He currently leads the Xbox global brand marketing team. His team is based in Seattle, and develops branding, packaging, integrated campaigns, partnerships and research. They work across the Xbox line-up of consoles, across services like Xbox Game Pass - as well as across the incredible line-up of games IP. Leading up to this role, Taylor spent a decade leading Xbox Game Studios marketing communications, focused on developing iconic franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, Forza Motorsport, Tomb Raider, Minecraft and more.
Arne Arens has been Chief Executive Officer of Boardriders, Inc., since March 2021. Prior to assuming the CEO role with Boardriders, Mr. Arens led The North Face for several years as their Global President. Before that, Mr. Arens led both the Americas and Europe for The North Face as well. Earlier in his career, Mr. Arens worked with Nike for almost eight years, where he held several commercial and category roles in different countries and at the European HQ. Mr. Arens received his Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Accomplished executive with progressive experience leading digital and traditional marketing strategies with a proven track record of steering brand vision, establishing innovative programs, and creating effective team development. Thrives in high-volume environments with the ability to optimize ever-changing business needs, improve outreach, and continuously drive growth.
Meghan is an experienced marketing professional, who has a track record of driving business growth for both brands and agencies by connecting the right minds to design the right solutions to deliver results. In her current role as the Global Agency Ecosystem lead, Meghan is responsible for unlocking the potential of MDLZ global partnerships across creative, media and production, influencing over $1.3BN in spend.
Stephanie GalloAlcoholic Beverages
Stephanie Gallo is the Chief Marketing Officer for the E. & J. Gallo Winery. The winery, co-founded by Stephanie’s grandfather Ernest and great uncle Julio 84 years ago, is now the largest family-owned winery in the world, exporting wine and spirits to 110 countries. In this role, Stephanie oversees the global management of all E&J Gallo Winery’s brands, including consumer and product insights, new brand development, digital marketing, creative development and agency management, marketing effectiveness, sponsorships, experience marketing, media, and public relations.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame and obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She serves Notre Dame as a Board of Trustee, student mentor, and guest speaker. Stephanie also a Trustee of the Gallo Center for the Arts and the Capital Campaign Chairperson for the Center for Human Services, a local nonprofit that assists youth and families in Stanislaus County.
Stephanie is involved in her community as a regular speaker on women in business, family business and the importance of community giving. She lives in her hometown of Modesto with her husband Chris Tyler and their two children, Amelia and Harrison. As a family they enjoy travelling, skiing and spending time outdoors.
Over the last two decades, Shachar has helped to build and scale global brands, including Meta Reality Labs, Bumble, Snapchat, and Apple.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Shachar turned to women’s politics, and helped to legalize emergency contraception through Planned Parenthood with John F. Kerry. That led her to develop the brand for the century-old women’s organization, NCJW, the group responsible for Head Start,
Meals on Wheels and Benchmark - preserving our Pro-Choice Bench. From there she went to Columbia University in New York, where she led marketing and communication for student services while getting her Master of Science in Strategic Communications. She spent six years leading digital and marketing strategy at several media and creative companies in New York, including Digitas, Deep Focus, and StrawberryFrog.
In 2011, Shachar was recruited by Apple Inc. to lead market development strategy for Apple’s digital advertising platform. She left Apple in 2014 to become a Managing Director at a venture and creative capital firm, West, where she ran the company’s portfolio in New York before joining Snap Inc in 2017 to lead Global Brand Marketing. During her time at Snap, she defined the role that marketing plays in driving growth and revenue for the company. At the end of 2020, she joined Bumble as Vice President of Global Marketing, overseeing brand marketing, product marketing, community marketing, brand partnerships, as well as expansion into new markets.
At the end of 2021, she joined Meta’s Reality Labs as Director of Global Integrated Marcom to lead international marketing, creative, media, production and operations. In addition to her professional marketing leadership, she serves as the Chairwomen of the Board of Directors for SAY.org. She lives in Venice, California with her husband, Jason, and is the proud mom of Morgan + Riley,10-year old twins. She is originally from Israel and immigrated to America in 1985.
Ridhima is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she helps their b2c companies execute on their top strategic priorities and serves as source of innovation for Fortune 1000/Global 2000 C-suite executives across media, sports and hospitality sectors. Prior to a16z, she was an Investor for the Hewlett Foundation; working on a team of 10 to invest the $10 billion endowment. She focused primarily on corporate and structured credit, public equities and real estate investments. Ridhima began her career at Citi and Bank of America in New York. She attended the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business from 2008 to 2011 and earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with honors.
Katie Soo is an award-winning global media and tech marketer with a proven track record for breaking trends, forging new technology partnerships, and launching large-scale, disruptive business models and brands.
In her current role as CMO of KiwiCo, she oversees global marketing across consumer, brand, performance, and campaign strategy. Soo was the former Senior Vice President of Growth Marketing for HBO Max overseeing growth marketing, which included brand, originals, and growth media, subscriber acquisitions, consumer engagement, digital campaigns, social media and audience development, partner marketing, and retention strategies.
Since the launch of HBO Max, Soo helped HBO/HBO Max domestic subscribers grow from 33 million to
44.2 million at the end of first quarter, bringing in more than 11 million subscribers. She launched a fresh approach to editorial marketing by leveraging human curation and on-channel marketing to directly impact media strategy and audience development efforts for HBO Max. Under her leadership, she helped build a core growth engine that enabled end to end consumer marketing, powering subscriber growth through break-through media campaigns, social stunts, and a reimagined editorial experience.
Soo previously served as Head of Marketing at Warner Bros. Digital Networks where she led marketing and digital transformation efforts across the portfolio overseeing growth, creative, audience, PR, and technology initiatives. Before her work at WB, she held senior positions at Fullscreen Media and Hulu. She was also an early hire at Dollar Shave Club, where she built the marketing roadmap to shape the subscription business model for years to come.
Soo is actively involved in startups, serving as an advisor to a handful of companies in health and wellness like Oura and Neuro, as well as dedicates her time to mentor early founders. She has received numerous accolades from Promax, Webbys, Digiday and the Shorty Awards for her work in both creative storytelling and digital products. Most recently she was recognized on Ad Age’s “40 Under 40,” PR Week’s “The Innovation 50” and was named on Goldhouse’s A100 list honoring the most impactful Asians in culture.
She is a West Coast native and sits on the Advisory Board for both Pinterest and California State University Entertainment Alliance. She’s also on the Asia Society’s Board of Trustees and is the Co-Chair of Asia Society Southern California and serves as a member of Vox Media’s Brand Council. When she isn’t working, Soo enjoys spending time with her family and supporting environmental causes.
Dia SimmsAlcoholic Beverages
Award-winning, entrepreneurial business leader with expertise in leading brand strategy and integrated programs to drive awareness and revenue. Proven track record. Strategic, resourceful and creative, with a proficiency in driving sales while optimizing operational efficiencies to maximize revenue. Mastery in skillful negotiation and problem-solving. Ability to lead high-performing creative and business teams.
Kathryn Kai-ling Frederick joined the Los Angeles Rams as Chief Marketing Officer in summer of 2021. In this role, Frederick leads all areas of marketing and media including brand strategy and experience, creative, game presentation, demand generation, social, digital, performance analytics and content for the team.
Frederick was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Live Nation Entertainment running a center of excellence in Marketing and Data for all LNE divisions. Under her executive leadership, Live Nation Entertainment connected over 300 million global live event fans to music, theater, and sporting events through robust CRM and digital marketing and data centric programs. Frederick evolved the Ticketmaster Marketing and Product organizations to enrich the fan engagement experience with best-in-class technology platforms and business-critical insights. In her role, she served to bring together data, technology and the magic of live events to acquire, inspire and engage fans.
Prior to Live Nation and Ticketmaster, Frederick held a number of senior roles leading digital and business transformation at brands such as Yahoo!, Modern Luxury Media and Pricegrabber. She is an advisor and investor in a number of early-stage consumer technology companies, and participated in the 2016 White House Summit of the United State of Women.
Frederick was born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College, her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. She currently lives in Inglewood with her husband Chris, and her two daughters, Kylie and Charlotte.
Accomplished executive with 25+ years experience launching new ventures and implementing growth strategies for global media, technology and advertising companies. Reliable partner who develops and maintains long-term relationships with key industry leaders -- from Silicon Valley to Main Street to Hollywood to Madison Avenue. Honest, hard-working go-getter who promotes social responsibility in every aspect of corporate life. Advisor and mentor to media/technology entrepreneurs. Keynote speaker at global and national events.
Kimberly Evans PaigeMedia
A seasoned brand marketer and general manager with over 25 years of experience, Kimberly is widely recognized as a leading business executive in the Beverage, Beauty and Media industry due to her proven track record of delivering transformative growth and creating billion-dollar brands.
In late 2019, Kimberly joined Paramount Global as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks. In this role she is responsible for managing and implementing brand marketing and creative strategy across all platforms including BET, BET+ streaming, BET Digital and the highly successful BET
Live Events business.
Before joining BET, Kimberly was the Chief Operating and Brand Officer, Sundial Brands where she partnered with founder and CEO, Richelieu Dennis, to craft the overall strategic direction for future growth across the entire Sundial portfolio and played a leading role in the launch and marketing of the $100M New Voices Fund in support of Women of Color Entrepreneurs.
Prior to transitioning to the Beauty industry, Kimberly worked at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) for 16 years in various roles in North America and Global. Her roles included Vice President, Venturing and Emerging Brands (VEB) where she was responsible for leading marketing, innovation and assessing high growth merger and acquisition opportunities of emerging beverage brands. She also led the turnaround and delivery of record growth of the $3.5B Sprite and Flavors portfolio. During her leadership, she relaunched The Coca-Cola Company’s 2nd and 3rd largest global brands and led key marketing partnerships with the NBA, LeBron James, Drake and many others.
Kimberly started her career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. She is actively involved in many professional and social organizations and serves on the Board of Versed Brands, recently recognized as one of the fastest growing clean beauty brands in the industry, and a Trustee at Morehouse School of Medicine.
President of Vayner3, Avery Akkineni, is leading the mission to guide the world's largest enterprises in navigating the next iteration of consumer behavior, Web3.
In July 2021, Akkineni launched the VaynerX consultancy, Vayner3 (previously known as VaynerNFT), alongside serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Partnering with dozens of Fortune 500 corporations across industries, Vayner3 has successfully advised organizations on strategic Web3 initiatives across cryptocurrency applications, NFT program development, and immersive digital experiences.
Detavio Samuels serves as CEO of REVOLT, America’s fastest growing Black-owned media company.
Detavio sits at the intersection of culture and content and is one of corporate America's youngest and most accomplished senior executives. With his unique background as a millennial with over a decade of executive experience, he has helped a decorated roster of top global companies like Walmart, McDonalds, AT&T, Chrysler, the NBA and Johnson & Johnson build impactful brands with deeper connections to their consumers.
In March 2021, Detavio was appointed CEO of REVOLT, the nation's leading creator and distributor of Hip Hop and Black culture content founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Under his leadership, REVOLT aspires to shift the narrative around Black people globally by building the world’s largest and most powerful ecosystem for Black storytelling.
Tasked with managing a growing bi-coastal team and spearheading the daily operations of the company, Samuels is focused on rapid growth and digital expansion to further position REVOLT as the preeminent driver of global culture. Samuels is dedicated to helping Millennials and Gen-Z better understand the shifting world and ignite change by using Hip-Hop as a lens to explore the Black experience globally.
Samuels has been recognized for his work as a marketing executive, receiving several honors including being named a Trailblazer in Media by 100 Black Men of NY, Network Journal 40 Under 40, MAAX Media Executive of the Year, and the 2017 Trailblazer Award from the National Urban League. In addition to his notable work within creative industries, Samuels is also an Amazon best-selling author.
Samuels received his B.A. from Duke University, along with an MBA and Master's degree from Stanford University all by the age of 25. Samuels remains poised to redesign the modern media landscape and empower creators by building innovative platforms aimed at advancing Black culture.
Chris Brandt is the Chief Marketing Officer for Chipotle where he is responsible for all aspects of marketing, including media, digital/social, and menu innovation. He is focused on transforming Chipotle into a purpose driven lifestyle brand and making the brand more visible, more engaging, more accessible, and more culturally relevant with consumers.
Prior to Chipotle, Chris was the EVP and Chief Brand Officer (CBO) for Bloomin’ Brands where he was responsible for all Marketing activities across Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming's. Prior to joining Bloomin', Chris was the CBO for Taco Bell, where he launched Live Mas, Doritos Locos Tacos, Breakfast, and the Mobile App. Prior to Taco Bell, Chris was VP of Marketing for Odwalla and also spent eight years working at General Mills on brands including Yoplait, Nature Valley, and Cereals. Chris has a BA from UCSD and an MBA from UCLA.
Andrea PerezSporting Goods
Andrea Perez is the Global Vice-President and General Manager for Brand Jordan Women’s Division at Nike. A specialist in bringing and scaling new ideas for consumers and connecting sport, culture and innovation, Andrea has led the successful Jordan Women’s line since its inception. During her 18 year tenure at Nike, Andrea has received multiple recognitions including making the list of Most Powerful Women in Sports by Adweek in 2020 and 2021. Andrea currently serves as a Chair of the Governance committee for the Women’s Sport Foundation and is in the Board of Directors of Hims and Hers, a health innovation company headquartered in San Francisco.