February 19 - 22, 2019
JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA
A creative project manager and detail-oriented professional, Megan specializes in eCommerce and omni-channel market research to build robust conferences. From program writing to onsite execution, she enjoys collaborating with speakers for their insightful presentations and meeting as many attendees as possible. Often asked how she keeps up her infectious energy up onsite, Megan credits yoga, jamming to Beyoncé, and entertaining her toddler son and husband.
Kristin Schoenstein has been a Program Director with Worldwide Business Research since 2010 and has been producing events since 2004. She currently specializes in the retail and eCommerce sector where she heads up the Future Stores portfolio and eTail East. She also successfully launched and grew WBR’s customer experience portfolio. In her role, she is responsible for market research, content creation and speaker faculty management for each event. Prior to WBR, she produced events in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, and got her start organizing educational programming for physicians. In her free time, Kristin heads out to the East end of Long Island where she enjoys fishing, boating and days at the beach with her husband and two daughters.
Greg Revelle is responsible for Kohl’s marketing organization, including the overall marketing strategy, brand and creative, media and personalization, loyalty efforts, customer insights and analytics, corporate communications and philanthropic efforts. Revelle leads the company's focus on driving customer engagement through data-driven personalization, leadership in loyalty, accelerating customer traffic and continuing to build the Kohl's brand.
Revelle joined Kohl’s in 2017. Prior to Kohl’s, Revelle served in a number of executive leadership roles, including Chief Marketing Officer at Best Buy. Previously, Revelle was Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of eCommerce at AutoNation and Vice President of World Online Marketing at Expedia. Revelle has also served as an investment banker at Credit Suisse.
Revelle currently serves on the board of Cars.com. He earned an A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Fernando Madeira is President of ipsy, the beauty company of the creator movement. As a seasoned and innovative leader, he loves to develop products and drive businesses that can transform the way people live. Fernando has been very successful building winning teams around the world with amazing people that share the same passion he has: to solve complex problems using technology and provide more choices for customers.
Most recently, Fernando served as the President and CEO of Walmart.com, where he led the U.S. and Latin American websites, accelerating the sites’ growth to deliver a seamless shopping experience for customers. He and his team doubled the eCommerce gross merchandise value and positioned Walmart.com as the second most trafficked eCommerce site in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, they developed a nationwide fulfillment network which, for the first time, gave to Walmart customers access to two-day shipping throughout the U.S.
He also co-founded and spent 23 years as the CEO of Terra, the first Internet portal in Brazil, where he led ground-breaking initiatives including the development of the first legal music distribution website, as well as the first internet TV studio in Latin America. Additionally, Fernando has more than 10 years of experience in angel investment and startup advisory in Silicon Valley, Europe and Latin America.
Fernando lives in Palo Alto, California and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, surfing and playing the drums.
Anthony serves as President of thredUP and is responsible for marketplace supply and demand growth. He directs the primary activities of Growth Marketing, Product, Ads Engineering, Growth Analytics, Site Merchandising, Brand and Communications. thredUP is a pioneer in bringing the $30 billion fashion resale industry online.
Before thredUP, Anthony spent seven years on the leadership team of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, leading its investment program and product innovation teams in North America. As Managing Partner, he led the creation of multiple Virgin businesses, including Virgin Money, Virgin Voyages and Virgin Hotels. Anthony founded the Virgin Hotels Group and served as its CEO from 2009-2012. Virgin Hotel Chicago, the Group's flagship, was recently named #1 Hotel in the USA by Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.
Chief Digital Officer, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics
When Valerie isn’t paddling her outrigger canoe on the nearest body of water, she is busy accelerating digital growth across 14 diverse brands. As the Chief Digital Officer for LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, she is bringing digital excellence across all areas of communications, ecommerce and e-retail.
Valerie has deep roots in digital innovation and strategy. She spent 8 years as the EVP of Digital for Benefit Cosmetics, building a global digital program for the brand that included communication, messaging and selling channels.
Her expertise and experience in digital goes beyond Beauty. Valerie spent 16 years owning and managing a broad range of digital agencies—from web development in the earliest days of the Internet to advising startups to developing media and search programs. She has extensive experience in user experience design and next-gen digital development.
Valerie is passionate about women and tech and was the co-founder of SF WoW, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women thrive in the technology sector. She also curated and wrote What’s New and What’s Cool for Netscape.com, the original homepage of the Internet. Valerie’s passion for technology is only slightly outmatched by her boundless curiosity about the power of digital.
Harry & David
Michelle Farabaugh joined Harry & David as CMO in 2017. She is a passionate and strategic senior executive responsible for growing revenue and profits through consumer insight, strategy, innovation and superior execution. Prior to Harry & David, Michelle served as chief marketing officer of BevMo!, Smith & Hawken, West Marine as well as Vice President at PETsMART. Michelle was also a partner at LENSER, the premier omnichannel marketing firm that sold to Merkle. She earned an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson.
Chief Evangelist, Alexa
Dave is currently the Chief Evangelist for Alexa and Echo at Amazon. He has been a professional speaker, trainer, and evangelist for over a decade. He has taught full-day courses on many topics including voice design, natural language understanding, mobile, and the cloud. Dave has helped launch numerous technology platforms and devices while at both Microsoft and Amazon. He is an author for LinkedIn, hosts the AlexaDevChat podcast, alexadevchat.com, can be found online at thedavedev.com and Twitter as @thedavedev.
VP, Global eCommerce
Sid is a business leader with 18 years of successful track record leading large organizations through a digital-first sensibility. Currently, at Under Armour, Sid leads the Global Ecommerce business which is operationalized in 30+ countries. In addition, his team is focused on digital commerce growth with emphasis on Connected Fitness monetization, integrated retail, as well as cultivating and standing up new business models.
An agency veteran, Sid previously spent a decade with Razorfish, leading Omnichannel transformation for brands globally, with notable work for Target, JC Penney, Express and AT&T.
Dermstore (Target Corp.)
Frederick has 15 years of experience building successful, large scale ecommerce companies. He played key roles in the startup, growth and acquisitions of both Bizrate/Shopzilla and NewCars.com. He built Dermstore from scratch and led it through the acquisition and integration with Intelligent Beauty and then through a second acquisition by Target Corp. He currently helps Dermstore and Target find the middle ground between nimble startup and Fortune 50 corporation.
Joshua Kanter is PetSmart’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s customer engagement strategy, including brand strategy, loyalty marketing, customer experience, and promotional strategy, spanning brick-and-mortar, digital, social, and all direct-to-consumer touchpoints. Prior to joining PetSmart, Joshua served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Viking Cruises and the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Caesars Entertainment. Earlier in his career, Joshua was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company where he focused on the Loyalty Strategy and Customer Lifecycle Management practices in several service industries, including financial services, hospitality, telecommunications and retail.
Jeff Brooks is Chief Marketing Officer at Casper, where he leads its acquisition, retention, communications, analytics, content, and marketing teams. He is also responsible for driving the company’s advertising, brand, and digital marketing strategies.
Jeff brings 25 years’ experience in building world-class brands to his role at Casper. Mostly recently, he was President and CMO of digital agency Huge. Under his leadership, Huge achieved record business growth, expanded into new markets, and produced award-winning work widely recognized for its creativity and innovation.
Prior to Huge, Jeff was Chief Commercial Officer at MDC Media Partner’s Assembly, helping to launch and grow the agency to over 500 people with more than $3 billion in annual billings. Jeff has also held C-level roles at leading advertising agencies M&C Saatchi, Havas, and Proximity.
Jeff is a graduate of Hamilton College, lives in Brooklyn and is the proud dad of two teenage daughters and two rescue cats.
Moda Operandi, Inc.
Ganesh Srivats is the CEO of Moda Operandi, the luxury fashion platform providing consumers direct access to designer collections straight from the runway.
Ganesh was previously Vice President at Tesla, where he was responsible for growing the company’s North America and EMEA markets, as well as global marketing, customer experience, sales operations, digital commerce, logistics, and retail development. Prior to Tesla, Ganesh spent several years at Burberry, where he held various roles in strategy, business development, customer insights and most recently Senior Vice President of Retail, Americas. Ganesh started his career in the private banking sector at JPMorganChase.
Ganesh resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
Kerry Cooper is President and COO of Rothy’s, leading marketing, merchandising and operations at the wildly popular San Francisco-based shoe company. Inspired by its balance of technological innovation, artful design and commitment to sustainability, Kerry is proud to be part of a company growing a loyal, empowered community of female customers with its beloved everyday flat.
Prior to joining Rothy’s in February 2018, Kerry was CEO of Choose Energy, leading the marketplace to acquisition in 2017. She served as COO and CMO of e-tailer ModCloth.com, where she scaled marketing, merchandising, supply chain, customer care, and fulfillment efforts across the US. Before ModCloth, Kerry led marketing and strategy for Walmart.com as CMO and VP of Global Ecommerce. Prior, she served as SVP of Retail and Planning for the Dockers brand at Levi’s.
Kerry is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, on the Advisory Board of Wirecutter, a New York Times company, and on the board of directors at BevMo!. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jenna specializes in the strategic development and implementation of fully integrated marketing campaigns with a core focus on brand storytelling and data driven design. She has applied this philosophy to help numerous brands create authentic experiences, engage with consumers on a deeper level, and maximize brand exposure and awareness. She has led key marketing initiatives for beloved brands including bareMinerals, bebe, Burger King, TABASCO, Splendid, Ella Moss, Tween Brands and more over her long career. With experience on both the agency and the brand side, Jenna brings a deep knowledge on consumer behavior, media & brand partnerships, as well as digital/social experience.
In her most recent role as CMO for 7 For All Mankind, she launched a 360 global strategy to bring relevance back to the brand. This included an international campaign & media launch, celebrity & influencer activations, an ecommerce replatform, a store of the future build and a robust social and digital marketing strategy. With this 7 For All Mankind experienced 6 consecutive quarters of profitable growth; the first in over 5 years.
Taking note from her beauty, retail and CPG experience, Jenna is now applying her knowledge to Canndescent, an ultra-premium cannabis brand, to ensure Canndescent maintains a luxury stature and is naturally integrated into consumers’ lifestyles.
TechStyle Fashion Group
Shawn Gold is Corporate Marketing Officer for TechStyle Fashion Group, an industry leading platform to build global, membership driven fashion brands. TechStyle brands include Fabletics with Kate Hudson, SavageXFenty with Rihanna, JustFab, ShoeDazzle and FabKids. Before TechStyle he was head of entertainment brand partnerships at Wattpad.com, the world’s largest storytelling platform for the written word, and one of the fastest growing mobile content sites in the world. Previously he oversaw sales, marketing and content development as CMO of Inside Studios, a video and mobile app company creating shows with over 1 billion views on YouTube and MSN. Until 2007, he was CMO, head of marketing & content for MySpace. At MySpace Gold spearheaded the development and implementation of marketing initiatives and campaigns for MySpace during its growth from 25 to 110 million users worldwide. Prior to MySpace he was a partner and the founding publisher of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular blogs that included Engadget, Joystiq and Autoblog, now part of AOL. As head of communications planning for Rare Medium, Shawn helped launch digital communications strategies for brands at P&G, General Mills, Nestle, Mattel and other international brand marketing companies.
SVP of Marketing
Soma (Chico's FAS)
Kimberly Grabel is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Soma, the Intimate Apparel division of Chico’s FAS. With close to 300 stores nationally and an outsized e-commerce business, Soma is uniquely targeted to women who refuse to compromise and desire intimate apparel that is beautiful, comfortable and offers innovative solutions. A passionate brand builder and storyteller, when not at the Chico’s corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida, you’ll find Kimberly traveling the world in search of great brands and great stories.
Prior to Soma, Kimberly was the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Holt Renfrew, a division of Selfridges Group, in Toronto, Canada, leading a repositioning of the brand. Kimberly spent most of her career at Saks Fifth Avenue where she worked to launch OFF 5TH, saks.com, 10022-SHOE and countless other brand initiatives as Senior Vice President of Marketing. She started her career as the Director of International Trade for The Leslie Fay Companies.
Marketing Director- Retail
Kiran Mani is the Managing Director for Google’s Retail Sector, based out of Mountain View, CA. He is responsible for Google’s revenue and sales engagements in the retail space across multiple sectors - automotive, healthcare, sports goods, footwear, fashion, grocery and furniture. He is also an active investor and advisor to startups focused on the technology, emerging markets and non-profit space.
Kiran is a qualified chartered accountant & a chartered financial analyst. Prior to Google, he founded “Fosbury Flop” – A start-up that consulted on impact and innovation by connecting the dots between consumer psychology and communication technology. Prior to that, he has served as the Director of Marketing at Microsoft India and VP of Hardware Marketing for IBM Asia Pacific, based out of Singapore.
Founder and CEO
Boon Supply Co
Lily Kanter is the founder and CEO of Boon Supply Co. and co-founder and board member of Serena & Lily — a lifestyle brand based in California. Lily has 30 years of experience in the business and technology sectors, and has held leadership positions at Microsoft, Deloitte & Touche, and IBM. Lily left Microsoft in late 2000 to start a family and focus her time and energy on philanthropic causes. She was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in July 2000 as part of the cover story “The New Philanthropists”. In 2002, Lily opened a baby-oriented home furnishings business, Mill Valley Baby & Kids where she met Serena Dugan in 2004 and together they launched Serena & Lily in 2003. Following 15 years at the helm of the internationally-acclaimed home decor brand, Lily stepped down as CEO of Serena & Lily, to launch Boon Supply Co., combining her passion for really great design and charitable causes.
Carissa Ganelli is the Chief Digital Officer for Subway® restaurants. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s global digital strategy and leads Subway Digital, a team dedicated to transforming the guest experience through the integration of digital tools and an omni-channel strategy.
With more than 20 years of digital experience, Carissa manages all aspects of Subway Digital, including product innovation and management, and digital marketing.
Carissa joined Subway as Vice President of Marketing Technology in 2016. Prior to this, Carissa was CEO and founder of LightningBuy, a mobile commerce platform that converts mobile traffic to revenue, and held several digital marketing and strategy positions with top companies such as Digitas, enews.com and Coopers & Lybrand Consulting.
Carissa has a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tennille is a beauty marketing executive with experience across prestige, designer and mass brands, having held positions in both global developmental and US executional operational roles, with expertise across multiple product categories.
Tennille joined Fresh in April 2018 to drive the global brand vision and strategy with the objective of doubling the business over the next 3 years. She joined LVMH in 2015, as the SVP of North America Marketing for Dior where she was responsible for managing the Dior US and Canada business and closing the gap verses the global leadership position it holds worldwide. Here she orchestrated the local execution of the Maison’s creations, spanning everything from the go-to market of products, in-store to media and digital securing the successful trajectory.
Prior to LVMH, Tennille held positions at Coty Prestige and L’Oreal working on various brands in her tenure and has proven her success in working within corporate cultures that leverages a profound mix of business analytics combined with the ability to think creatively. Ms. Kopiasz is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology’s Master of Professional Studies and Bachelor of Science degree program in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing and Management. She was awarded the 2013 inaugural FIT MPS Alumni Award for Professional Excellence, the 2014 FIT CFM 25th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award and currently sits on the FIT Advisory Board as the LVMH corporate representative.
Founder & CEO
Fashion 3, an AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez) Company
Nicolas Reynaud is currently CMO for Apparel at AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez), a family office who privately owns the French Walmart (50+ retail brands including Auchan or Decathlon, $120bn revenues in 2017). He was appointed to set up the group’s fashion incubator in California called Fashion3, partnering with and investing in the solutions needed to transform their brick &mortar apparel retail ecosystem. Besides, Nicolas is chairing the board of directors of COOLS (www.cools.com) a fashion & luxury shopping engine blending proprietary fashion media content with 6M+ products x 10k brands. Up until 2017, Nicolas was CMO & VP of ecommerce for Apparel at Sears Holdings in San Francisco, where he shifted 75% of marketing investments to digital, helping the Apparel BU to come back to profitability in 2017. Previously he acted 5 years as global COO of Parisian fashion & luxury media group L’Officiel ($90M revenues in 2017), developing the brand in 35 countries and helping raise $7M for its US launch from GEM investment. Prior experience includes international CMO at London based international fastfashion retailer New Look, and various roles at J.Walter Thompson/WPP. Reynaud holds a marketing master degree from Paris Sorbonne University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Taran Ghatrora is co-founder and CEO of Blume, a digitally native, direct-to-consumer company focused on education and self care products for Gen Z girls. She is a 500 startups fellow and G20 youth delegate for Canada. Her passion for health and advocacy broadened in law school when she researched gender equality due to lack of access to period products.
COO & Co-Founder
Bunny Ghatrora is co-founder and COO of Blume, an online, direct-to-consumer education company focused on products in the personal care space. She's driven by her own experiences navigating PCOS and is committed to improving the experience for girls as they transition into womanhood. Bunny was recently named Canada's Top Student Entrepreneur of the year.
Stella & Dot
Meera Bhatia, Chief Product Officer at Stella & Dot Family of Brands, has made her career in building great technology products for consumers and businesses. Born in Madrid and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Meera is a proud global nomad having lived in five cities in the US and two in Europe. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, but found her passion for online businesses while working at ZEFER, a boutique internet strategy consultant firm. Meera then spent 6 years at Microsoft in both the US and London before leading Global Product Management for Hotels.com, an Expedia company. Most recently, Meera was at LinkedIn where she lead a team delivering products for LinkedIn's Marketing Solutions business. Meera was drawn to Stella & Dot because of the opportunity to help build a company empowering women to live bold and joyful lives. Through her role, she will be enabling Stella & Dot's Stylists and Customers with market leading technology solutions. Meera received her BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Rachael Vegas is the Chief Merchant at Brandless, a new online store that makes better stuff at fairer prices available to everyone. She leads the merchandising team in creating and curating an amazing assortment of products across food, health and wellness, beauty and home goods.
Prior to joining Brandless, Rachael spent over a decade at Target in a variety of buying, sourcing and merchandising roles. She was most recently the Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Center Store Grocery, and previously held leadership roles in Household Cleaning, School & Office, The One Spot, Snacks & Beverages, Toys & Sporting Goods, and Apparel & Accessories.
Co-Founder & COO
Erik Fialho is an innovative ecommerce entrepreneur. He has successfully managed every facet of ecommerce operations from fulfillment and logistics, to customer service, marketing, design, and technology. He has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups where his primary focus has been to increase efficiencies and build customer loyalty. As Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at LeftLane Sports, Erik is focused on building world-class customer experiences. As a result, Erik has propelled LeftLane Sports into one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies in the U.S. with over 14 million members.
Erik attended Santa Clara University and the London School of Economics where he earned degrees in Economics and Management. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University and was ranked #1 in the Leavey School of Business. Erik was the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” award presented by the Pacific Coast Business Times for his achievements in business and support to the community. He is a frequent guest speaker at university classes and industry forums, and he has been frequently interviewed as an authority in ecommerce. When he's not in the office, Erik can be found hiking local peaks, running and cycling with friends, or skiing his favorite slopes in Lake Tahoe.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Beth Gerstein’s search for a responsibly sourced diamond engagement ring inspired the creation of Brilliant Earth, a global leader of ethically sourced fine jewelry and a leading e-commerce jeweler. When Beth became engaged, she and her then-fiancé struggled to find a jeweler who could assure them that a diamond was untainted by violence, human rights abuses, poverty, environmental degradation and other issues. Recognizing a gap in the market, she combined her passion for social enterprise and prior experience in technology and business development to cofound Brilliant Earth in 2005 with Eric Grossberg. Prior to serving as co-CEO and co-founder of Brilliant Earth, Beth worked in engineering and consulting roles at Torrey Communications and Booz Allen Hamilton. Beth also serves on the board of directors for Diamond Empowerment Fund, an international non-profit supporting education initiatives in diamond producing countries. Beth holds a B.S. from Duke University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business
Chief Product Officer
David Oh serves as Chief Product Officer at FabFitFun, Inc. He is responsible for strategies to grow revenue and customers, with increased acquisition, retention and customer satisfaction by refining the customer experience. He is currently leading the Product and Data Science teams. He served as Head of Acquisition at BeachMint and served as Head of product for Jewelmint.com (owned by BeachMint).
Tuft & Needle
Co-founder and chief visionary of Tuft & Needle (T&N), John-Thomas “JT” Marino is a passionate storyteller, facilitator and teacher, inspiring T&N's most challenging and disruptive projects. JT leads the design and marketing division of the company and has been instrumental in redefining the sleep industry and retail experience through the businesses’ rapid nationwide retail expansion, award-winning company culture, evolving product offering and acclaimed advertising campaigns.
With $6,000 of personal investment in 2012, JT and his business partner, Daehee Park, have grown T&N from $1 million in their first full year of business to $170 million+ in annual revenue in less than six years. Moreover, the company has expected revenue projections for 2018 around $250 million.
Pioneering the disruption of the mattress industry space from brick and mortar to e-commerce, JT is now leading the charge in reinventing retail as we know it to create a true omni-channel “clicks to bricks” experience for consumers. The brand is widely known for iterating, and JT is at the helm of this retail evolution.
Prior to T&N, JT combined principles from both design and engineering to develop future-forward software products in the high-tech industry, and he has applied this same discipline to reimagining the sleep industry. JT has extensive experience building and leading teams of designers and engineers, along with researchers and scientists, to develop innovative experiential initiatives. JT started his career as an engineer at the world's leading software application consultancy, where he accelerated his experience through working amongst the foremost thought leaders and tech leaders for VC-funded startups and Fortune 500 companies.
JT has been featured on FOX Business, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., Recode, Buzzfeed, Mashable, among others, and he is a frequent keynote speaker at startup and industry events such as SXSW, Startup Grind and ShopTalk. JT has been named as one of The Recode 100 and Arizona Republic’s 35 Under 35. JT studied computer science and mathematics at Penn State University.
Ashley Merrill is the CEO and Founder of Lunya, bringing a unique problem-solving approach to designing sleepwear for the modern woman. With a BA and MBA from UCLA Anderson, Ashley is committed to Lunya being a vehicle for positive change - utilizing her background in tech & investing to build a successful and rapidly growing fashion brand with a deeper mission. Beyond building Lunya, Ashley is an active supporter and board member for Girls Inc., a supporter of both Upstream and Planned Parenthood, and invests in many female entrepreneurs and funds. She is a Southern California native and resides there with her two young children and her husband.
CEO & Co-Founder
the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bombas. Prior to the launch in
2013, David dedicated two years to rigorous product testing and refinement to
create the best performing and most comfortable socks available, while staying
true to their mission of helping those in need. Under David's leadership,
Bombas has grown incredibly, expanding into additional product categories and
making an impact on the greater community with the brand's give-back business
model. David holds a BA from
Babson College with majors in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship.
Previously, he led business development as one of the founding employees at
UrbanDaddy followed by joining the new media acquisitions and strategy team at
Yucaipa Companies. As a true serial entrepreneur, David has founded three
companies, with one successful exit, and has invested and consulted on a range
of start-up businesses from concept, through launch and continued growth. David
has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, NBC TODAY Show, ABC Good Morning
America, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg TV and in The New York Times
Divya Gugnani brings 20 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience to her role as CEO and Co-Founder of Wander Beauty, a company focused on multitasking beauty essentials created with global inspiration. Launched in 2015 Wander Beauty has proven to be one of the fastest emerging brands in the country, with over 14 highly prestigious beauty awards under their belt, including two Allure Best of Beauty Awards, plus a loyal following of A-list celebrities, top journalists and notable beauty and style influencers. Prior to that, Divya co-founded Send the Trend, an e-commerce site focused on personalized fashion and beauty, and sold it to QVC, where she focused on digital innovation. She is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded multiple companies.
Divya started her business career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and then moved on to private equity and venture capital at Investcorp International and FirstMark Capital. Divya is a self- proclaimed startup junkie, a food and fashion lover, as well as a beauty experimenter. She has appeared regularly on several shows on CNBC, NBC and MSNBC. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Deal, and Crain’s, among several other publications.
Divya has contributed to The Huffington Post, TODAYshow.com, Daily Beast, The Nest Magazine and Woman’s World. She is the author of the book Sexy Women Eat: Secrets to Eating What You Want and Still Looking Fabulous , published by HarperCollins. In addition to a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Divya attended the French Culinary Institute.
Co-founder & Senior Vice President of New Markets
Tracy Sun is Co-founder and Senior Vice President of New Markets of Poshmark, and spent the last fifteen years between NYC and Silicon Valley at the intersection of fashion and technology. At Poshmark, Tracy has pioneered a social commerce platform that is shifting the fashion landscape, making shopping simple, fun and social, while also empowering entrepreneurs to build thriving retail businesses. Prior to Poshmark, Tracy was VP of merchandising at Brooklyn Industries, a New York City-based fashion retailer. She received her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Tracy has been highlighted as a "Top Female Tech Founder" by USA Today and TechCrunch, a "Woman Making Waves in Tech" by Refinery29, a "Retail Game-Changer" by Marie Claire and is a member of the BoF 500, the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry.
Hari Mari’s story started in Indonesia, where the husband and wife team, Jeremy and Lila Stewart, lived and worked for several years, starting in 2007. During their time in the island nation, Jeremy was producing a documentary film on children fighting hunger and malnutrition in Southeast Asia, and Lila was volunteering on behalf of the American Women’s Association in Jakarta, spearheading in-country fundraising, clothing drives, and food donations to aid and support orphans across the archipelago. Their unique & indelible experiences clicked and spurred a collective passion for helping kids abroad.
Moving back to the States in 2010 and expecting their first child, the two decided the next project they undertook would be to help kids here in the US, and when they saw an unmet need for comfortable and colorful flip flops at a premium level, they married the two passions together to found Hari Mari.
Hari Mari launched in 2012, bringing clever color and superlative comfort together in a singular flip flop, creating looks as unique as the people who wear them. Described by Details Magazine as “The only sandals a guy should wear” and tapped as “stylish and absurdly comfortable” by Outside Magazine.
Founder and CEO
Jianxiong Xiao (a.k.a., Professor X) is the Founder and CEO of AutoX Inc., a high-tech company working on self-driving vehicles. AutoX's mission is to democratize autonomy and enable autonomous driving to improve everyone's life. Dr. Xiao has over ten years of research and engineering experience in Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, and Robotics. In particular, he is a pioneer in the fields of 3D Deep Learning, RGB-D Recognition and Mapping, Big Data, Large-scale Crowdsourcing, and Deep Learning for Robotics. Jianxiong received a BEng. and MPhil. in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013. And he was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University and the founding director of the Princeton Computer Vision and Robotics Labs from 2013 to 2016. His work has received the Best Student Paper Award at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) in 2012 and the Google Research Best Papers Award for 2012, and has appeared in the popular press. He was awarded the Google U.S./Canada Fellowship in Computer Vision in 2012, the MIT CSW Best Research Award in 2011, NSF/Intel VEC Research Award in 2016, and two Google Faculty Awards in 2014 and in 2015 respectively. He co-lead the MIT+Princeton joint team to participate in the Amazon Picking Challenge in 2016, and won the 3rd and 4th place worldwide. He was named to be one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2017, and one of the 12 of the most promising entrepreneurs to keep an eye on in 2018 by Next Visionaries. More information can be found at: http://www.jianxiongxiao.com.
Founder and CEO
Jordan Jones is the
Founder and CEO of Austin-based lifestyle gifting brand, Packed Party. After
moving to San Francisco without knowing a soul, Jones longed to throw herself a
physical Pity Party, so she created one that she could send herself or someone she
loved and dubbed it a Packed Party. Founded in 2013, Packed Party's feature
products were themed packages that you could send to yourself or someone else
to throw a "party for one" and the brand has since expanded into
exclusively designed and developed products to make life a party. Packed Party
products are currently sold online and carried in over 5,000 retailers around
the world. In 2016 Jones moved the business from San Francisco to its current
headquarters in Austin, TX. Jones is a graduate of Oklahoma State University
and resides in Austin with her Bernese Mountain dog, Truman. For more
information on Jones and Packed Party, please visit www.packedparty.com.
Ted Baker is a Husband, Father, and the CEO/Cofounder of QALO Inc. Qalo is a lifestyle company based in Southern California that he and his business partner KC Holiday launched in 2013, after his wife asked if he was "ever going to wear a wedding ring?!” Education includes a BS in economics from George Mason University, followed by an MBA in Financial Systems Analysis, and International Business from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. A former Actor and restauranteur- Ted loves anything Gluten free! Ted is proud to be affiliated with and sits on the board of a number of philanthropies and considers himself a consciencepreneur.
Co-Founder & CEO
Adam Callinan is the Co-Founder and CEO at BottleKeeper®, the fast-paced and sarcasm-infused solution to the warm beer and broken bottle epidemics that have plagued the world for centuries. The koozie-killing company generates eight-figure revenues and has become one of the largest direct-to-consumer retailers of speciality beverage accessories on the market, selling over 3 products every minute. Prior to BottleKeeper, Callinan spent over a decade as an entrepreneur, building businesses in eCommerce, consumer products, technology and medical devices. He is also a founding partner at WonderMeant Media, a boutique film development and production company. Callinan holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and resides in Manhattan Beach with his exceptionally lovely wife Katie. For more information, please visit www.BottleKeeper.com.
Co-Founder & CEO
Function of Beauty
Dr. Zahir Dossa is the
Co-founder and CEO of Function of Beauty, a digitally-native,
hyper-customizable personal care company that individually formulates products
based on one’s unique goals and preferences. Zahir is a graduate of
MIT, earning two degrees in computer science and management, and a PhD in
sustainability. After graduating, Zahir received a
postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Sustainability at the IMD Business
School in Switzerland, where he co-authored a book on sustainable business
research focused on the role of internet-based technologies to transform value
chains, which eventually led him to found Function of Beauty.
Founder & CEO
A private equity investor who has helped grow multi-billion dollar consumer brands, Shaan Sethi serves as founder & CEO of Jaanuu. Sethi was recruited by his sister, Dr. Neela Sethi Young, who recognized an unfilled niche for fashionable and contemporary scrubs for healthcare professionals during her residency. Together, the dynamic duo established Jaanuu in 2013 and have nurtured the business to become the most successful and fastest growing direct-to-consumer brand in the medical apparel space.
Co-Founder and managing member of B4L Capital Management, Sethi previously spent two years as an investment professional at The Yucaipa Companies, a $10 billion private equity firm focused on investments in the apparel, retail, consumer products and distribution industries. He segued to Yucaipa following work as an investment banker, including three years at CIBC World Markets, where he facilitated mergers and acquisitions, bank debt offerings, and high-yield debt issuances to such consumer/retail clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Citizens of Humanity, Deckers, DSW, GSICommerce, Lululemon, Quiksilver and Skechers. He began his career as a financial advisory associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Co-founder & CTO
Chris is co-founder and CTO of Grove Collaborative where he runs engineering, product management, enterprise technology, and data. Grove is a mission-driven ecommerce brand focused on natural home care and personal care products.
Chris thinks retail is an absolute blast, and loves helping families get great products delivered to their homes. He's a data geek, having previously led product & engineering at Kaggle, a machine learning and data science company (acquired by Google). He loves SQL, hates unstructured data, and begrudgingly acknowledges that at the end of the day everyone just uses Excel.
SVP, Chief Brand & Customer Experience Officer
The Vitamin Shoppe
Over her career as a brand storyteller and experience transformer, Susan's strategic rigour and creative power has helped leading brands and retailers develop new and deeper customer relationships. Bringing lengthy agency consultancy experience coupled with corporate executive leadership, Susan is adept at driving strategically rooted, action-oriented change through matrix organizations - integrating digital and analog experiences with a distinct voice in the spirit of brand momentum and business growth.
In her role as Chief Brand & Customer Experience Officer with The Vitamin Shoppe, a leading health and wellness omni-channel retailer, Susan leads brand marketing and brand voice, both internally with a team of more than 800 Health Enthusiasts, and externally with our customers.
branding, public relations, Tradesy for Business and Tradesy Closet Concierge. In her roles, Kamini is responsible for driving sustainable growth and building Tradesy into a world class brand.
Kamini brings over a decade of experience in marketing and communications, as well as a deep understanding of the women’s fashion resale market. Through her years in the marketing & advertising agency world, first as a strategist at Interbrand, the world’s leading brand strategy agency, and then running strategy and business leadership at Rapp, a global digital marketing agency, Kamini developed deep and broad marketing, branding and communications expertise. Prior to that, she ran the Men’s and Women’s Accessories category at eBay.com, where she developed a love for the fashion resale business, and an equal love for designer handbags. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Molly Hartney joined Funko in 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer and SVP Ecommerce. Previously she was with Lowe’s Home Improvement where she spent the past 8 years in various Ecommerce and Marketing roles developing and leading strategy through optimizing the company’s marketing and digital presence to drive sales growth and customer loyalty. Most recently she served as the VP of Marketing & Merchandising for Lowe’s affiliated company called “The Mine” where she spearheaded leading the brand’s digital transformation, brand management, marketing communications, market research, and most importantly the customer journey. She is an active participant in the local Seattle & Alaska Make-A-Wish Foundation. She received a B.A. in Communications and Marketing from Clemson University.
Kevin Saliba was named Senior Vice President of Marketing for zulily in January 2017. In this role, Kevin leads a 100+ team responsible for redefining the next generation of shopping that transforms the customer experience by driving innovation and defying convention to bring together the best in commerce, content, and media & entertainment. Kevin oversees marketing divisions including Lifecycle & Customer Experience, Customer Acquisition, Marketing Analytics, Brand Marketing and Creative.
Since stepping into the head of marketing role, Kevin has successfully driven the largest annual increase of active customers since 2014, led strategic partnerships built to foster loyalty such as the launch of the first-ever zulily branded credit card and has devised impactful revenue streams with the launch and growth of native advertising & integrated marketing campaigns for large national brands.
SVP of Global Digital
Toto Haba is currently the SVP of Global Digital at Benefit Cosmetics. He leads a team that is responsible for e-Commerce, Retailer, Social, Advertising, and Influencer marketing in over 40 countries. Toto’s background is in advertising, having worked at agencies such as BBDO and Organic. He has taught at the New School – Parsons school of Fashion Marketing and has earned numerous awards during his career, with the most recent distinction being named as one of the top 21 most influential people in Beauty Digital by WWD magazine (Feb, 2017)
SVP, Marketing and eCommerce
Angela Hsu oversees the marketing and eCommerce business, leading a 35-person team including marketing, site strategy, PR and brand, creative services (design/content/video), innovation, marketplace and merchandising analytics with P&L responsibilities. She reports to the founder/CEO.
Angela holds an MBA from USC and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine.
SVP, eCommerce and Digital
Beth Monda recently joined Beautycounter to bring her expertise in building a strong digital presence to the clean beauty company that is leading a movement to put safer personal care products into the hands of everyone. Beth has over 20 years of experience in marketing and e-commerce, and prior to Beautycounter she was most recently the Vice President, e-Commerce for Teleflora. During her tenure at Teleflora, Beth oversaw Teleflora.com and their 100+ affinity partnership businesses. She also brings omni-channel experience from BCBGMAXAZRIA Group, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Coach. Beth earned her MBA from NYU STERN and her Bachelors from Middlebury College.
SVP, Brand & Product Management
Anya is GlassesUSA.com's SVP of Product Management. For the past 6 years she has played a key role in leading the company to 500% revenue growth. Her responsibilities include Product Management, Data science/analysis, UX and CRO.
A Star Trek enthusiast at heart, she loves implementing a scientific approach which encourages research and curiosity. Combining psychology, data and technology Anya leads the Product Strategy that sets out to bring true value for consumers and businesses.
Head of Ecommerce Digital Solutions ITS Americas
Lisa Malleus currently leads ecommerce transformation and digital solutions for NA and LATAM markets for Mondelez International, snack food giant with world-renowned iconic brands including Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Triscuit, Nabisco, Toblerone, etc. Her focus is on empowering strategy activation and defining digital/tech solutions for top line growth across pureplay and omni retailers
With over 12-years in ecommerce across a variety of industries including CPG, IoT / Connected Home, industrial, luxury retail / tabletop, Lisa has cultivated a multi-discipline approach to holistic ecommerce strategy. She has developed and launched DTC and B2B ecommerce and eBusinesses at Philips Lighting / Philips Hue, World & Main, Colart, Waterford Crystal and Wedgwood China. Lisa has BA in Business with a minor in marketing and computer science and is currently pursuing a MBA from Syracuse University.
Head of eCommerce & Consumer Insights
Narducci is Head of eCommerce for all direct to consumer efforts at
SnackNation, a company that helps people discover the food they love by
connecting engaged consumers to healthy brands. In addition to launching and
scaling the ecommerce business over the past 2 years, he helped build out the
data analytics & consumer insights product, which helps brands identify
their target customers and further refine their go to market strategies. With
SnackNation’s recent acquisition of Love With Food, Jordan is now charged with
merging and scaling all of SnackNation’s D2C channels to make it even easier
for consumers to discover their new favorite snack brand.
Prior to SnackNation, Jordan was an economic consultant in the energy sector for 6 years. He also received his MBA from USC Marshall with a focus on marketing. When he’s not traveling around the world (often in search for his next favorite restaurant), you can find Jordan at one of LA’s many iconic music venues, playing soccer, or cooking up one of his grandmother’s delicious Italian recipes.
Head of Marketing, Customer Insights
Chika Okoro is the Director of Consumer Insights Marketing at FabFitFun, a lifestyle membership that inspires women to lead happier, healthier lives through product and brand discovery. Her focus is on gathering data about FabFitFun members to find insights to help FabFitFun better serve current members as well as identify strategies to attract new members. Before FabFitFun Chika worked at Procter & Gamble as an Assistant Brand Manger on two of P&G's billion dollar brands. She also spent some time at Google as a Product Marketing Manager. Chika received her B.A. at Harvard University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Head of CRM and Campaign Strategy
Madison Norton is a seasoned digital marketer and Head of CRM and Strategy at Indochino, the global leader in made to measure apparel. He oversees the omnichannel customer retention program, building a cohesive experience that joins the ecommerce and physical retail channels. Prior to joining Indochino, Madison built and led the CRM program for BuildDirect, an online marketplace disrupting the home renovation product industry, and spent several years creating integrated digital marketing campaigns in the real estate investment industry.
GM & VP eCommerce
Tiffanie Burkhalter is the Vice President of eCommerce for the Retail division of VSP Global. Since joining VSP in 2011, Tiffanie has risen through the organization, holding positions in finance and operations. As one of the founding members of the VSP Retail division, she has helped reimagine how eye care and eyewear are delivered by this mission-driven company. In 2017, she was named one of Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women in Optical. Tiffanie has a passion for business and a heart for giving back to the community and serves on the board of Glam4Good in addition to volunteering with several community-based charities
Prior to 2011, Tiffanie was part of the assurance and advisory practice of Ernst & Young, where she managed local and international teams serving clients across multiple industries. She is a CPA and has extensive experience with corporate finance, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, valuations and operations.
Director Online Marketing
Head of Product & Growth
Eric Wu is the Head of Product & Growth at BloomNation, the world’s largest online marketplace that connects the best local flower shops from over 3,000 cities all-in-one place. As an SEO, Product Manager, and Marketing Technologist, he has made a career of connecting millions with large brands while at Edmunds, AT&T, SpinMedia, Demand Media, and REALTOR. Since 2000, Eric has worked at scale across a variety of industries for some of the internets most popular websites including Uber, Pinterest, Rent.com, Edmunds.com, YP.com, Realtor.com, Cars.com, LIVESTRONG.com, SPIN.com, and vibe.com. In addition to assisting large brands, Eric is also an advisor and start-up mentor for UCLA's accelerator program and Mucker Capital accelerator classes. He coaches entrepreneurs on how to best leverage analytics, technology, and growth strategies to jump start their companies. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Cognitive Science & Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from UC San Diego.
JoAnne Kennedy joined Nordstrom in 2014 as a senior director for merchandising technology. In 2015, she began supporting the technology team for customer loyalty. JoAnne moved into her role as vice president of technology in 2016, supporting marketing, loyalty, gift card, credit and customer care. She helps drive modern software development best practices and technology strategies, as well as operations for systems and applications. In 2016, she was elected to the Nordstrom Credit Federal Saving Bank Board of Directors as vice president of technology services.
Prior to joining Nordstrom, JoAnne was the vice president of technology at NBC Universal (2008-2014) where she was responsible for digital properties including: nbcnews.com, msnbc.com and today.com as well as hosting cnbc.com and nbcsports.com. JoAnne led the technology strategy including software development, operations, office of the architect and video engineering. She joined msnbc.com in 2005 as the Sr. Director of Product Development.
VP of User Experience
Jyoti Shukla was named vice president of User Experience in September, 2017. She and her team of over 35 designers, researchers, and writers support Nordstrom's digital platforms: web, mobile, and in-store.
Jyoti joined Nordstrom in August, 2014 as a senior manager of UX Design. In March, 2016 she assumed the role of director of User Experience. In October, 2016, Jyoti was promoted to senior director of User Experience where she served before receiving her current role. Prior to Nordstrom, Jyoti held marketing, public relations and technology positions at several companies, including Microsoft and Starbucks.
Dave Cotter joined Nordstrom as the vice president of mobile in March 2018. Dave supports and helps oversee the vision, business, and product strategy for all mobile experiences at Nordstrom.
Prior to Nordstrom, Dave was CEO of e-commerce over mobile messaging platform MessageYes, the conversational commerce platform that allows users to discover and buy their favorite products via text and app messaging by simply replying 'Yes".
A high-tech entrepreneur at heart, Dave was previously a director of engineering at Zulily and co-founded SquareHub, a mobile private social network for families. Prior to SquareHub, Dave was a general manager at Amazon in the early years of Amazon Web Services and worldwide marketing, managing teams of more than 100 engineers, product managers, and marketing managers.
Kerry joined zulily in May of 2013 and has headed up the Home & Hardlines Merchandising teams after spending 10 years at Amazon, where she managed a variety of teams that sourced and developed a wide range of product categories from Toys & Outdoor to Kitchen & Home. She was instrumental in launching their wedding and gifting space and developing Amazon’s first Private Label Brands. Prior to joining Amazon she was part of the merchandising, International sourcing and private label divisions at WalMart and Costco Wholesale. Kerry loves to travel and spend time in the outdoors, especially gardening and hiking.
VP, Customer Experience Design
Ruth Crowley joined Lowe’s in 2016 as Vice President, Customer Experience Design. Using Human-centered design methodology, she is responsible for leading her team’s efforts to create cohesive customer experiences that are emotionally and seasonally relevant and aligned with strategic company objectives.
Prior to joining Lowe's, Ruth worked with Entertainment Retail Enterprises with clients like Nickelodeon and M&M's World Stores, creating customized products, flagship stores and experiences in global markets. Ruth also has diverse experience with other iconic companies including Harley-Davidson, Universal Studios and Host Marriott (Airports), with a focus on design, retail, product and brand development. She describes herself as a continuing student of business.
Ruth comes from Ireland and spends much of her free time there with her family including nine siblings as well as nieces and nephews.
Vice President of Marketing & CRM - JustFab
TechStyle Fashion Group
Monica Deretich is a proven leader specializing in data-driven strategic planning of the customer experience in the fashion retail e-Commerce space. Monica brings over a decade of experience focusing on CRM, including strategic experience within email, mobile, SMS, social media, retargeting and direct mail marketing. Her expertise and passion for personalization is centered around the idea of having a 1:1 dialogue with consumers, believing it is the key to increasing both engagement and lifetime value. She began with positions in email marketing and CRM at Hot Topic, before she joined TechStyle Fashion Group in 2013. With a highly creative mindset and the ability to seamlessly transition between high-level business strategies, Monica is a leader and mentor to the creative online marketing teams at JustFab. Southern California born and raised, who lives for brunch and travel!
VP of CRM
With 20 years of CRM expertise, Brian is passionate about helping companies deepen their customer relationships. He has developed customer engagement & loyalty programs at numerous organizations and evolved them into self-sustaining initiatives that add demonstrable value to the business. Additionally, he regularly shares his hands-on insights at CRM events across the country.
In his current role as Vice President of CRM Marketing at Shutterfly, Brian oversees the business and technology strategy behind multi-channel programs focused on customer engagement, retention and loyalty. Previously, Brian held CRM & loyalty marketing roles at both Kodak Gallery and Blue Shield of California. Prior to that he served as a business strategy consultant, first at Accenture and then at Peppers & Rogers Group, where he developed customer-driven solutions for top global brands including Nike, Jaguar Cars, HP and Amgen.
VP & GMM
Nicole leads the merchandising team and is responsible for ModCloth's unique assortment of apparel, accessories, swimwear, shoes, and home decor. She’s recently taken on the role of leading the wholesale partnership strategy at ModCloth. Nicole has over 15 years of retail experience across a diversified portfolio of global and domestic brands covering e-commerce, brick and mortar, catalog, and outlet segments. She has expertise in children’s and adult apparel, plus-size women’s fashion, accessories, home furnishings and houseware divisions. She’s led various brand and segment turnarounds, as well as launched new brands and sub-brands across all channels, both domestic and globally.
She holds a graduate degree in Management from Boston College.
Nicole resides in Huntington Beach, California with her husband and two stepchildren.
VP of Marketing
Elie Donahue is Vice President of Marketing at Rothy’s, leading product, brand and content marketing at the wildly popular San Francisco-based shoe company. Inspired by both the go-getter Rothy’s customer and the brand’s incredible everyday flats, Elie is proud to create experiences for women to connect in new, surprising ways with Rothy’s community and products.
On her journey to Rothy’s Elie worked in brand-building at Khiel’s, Benefit Cosmetics and Yes To, Inc., where she crystalized her passion for empowering women to explore new things and feel confident. She shifted to the world of retail with a role in Integrated Marketing at Sephora, telling brand-driven stories across digital and physical customer touchpoints. After a decade of experience in the beauty industry, and prior to joining the Rothy’s team in 2018, Elie moved to Pinterest. She served as Head of Marketing at the technology company for over 2 years.
Elie holds both a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Stanford University, where she played soccer during her undergraduate years. She later helped to train the then-new Egyptian women’s soccer team, and played professionally for the Boston Breakers.
VP, Brand Marketing
Selena Kalvaria is the VP of Brand Marketing at Away, a global lifestyle brand designing thoughtful objects to make traveling more seamless. In her role, Selena drives the strategy for Away’s brand marketing team, overseeing how the Away brand comes to life and interacts with its community across social media, partnerships, experiential, and more.
After graduating from Princeton University, Selena started her career working on Wall Street before leaving to pursue her passion for understanding the drivers of culture, consumer choice, and brand love. Prior to Away, she worked at Diageo, where she built and led several marketing initiatives for Baileys and Smirnoff Ice brands. Later, she joined Anheuser-Busch as Senior Director of the company’s flavored malt beverage portfolio.
Selena received a B.A. in art and archaeology and a certification in finance from Princeton University, and she received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives and works in Manhattan.
VP of CRM, Engagement
Born and raised in Boston, Jim Connolly has spent 2 decades in online marketing space. With an educational background in Econometrics and International Economics, spent 13 years at Vistaprint, growing their retention email channel from $0 to $10,000,000 per quarter over 6 years, and working with the Marketing Automation Team to co-invent 2 US Patented marketing technologies.
Tari Huddleston is the VP Ecommerce for Sugarfina deeply invested in the customer experience and leading the ecommerce business. With over 20 years’ experience with many famous and well-loved brands from The Home Depot to Hallmark to M&M’s Chocolate Candies, she has led and developed direct to consumer business from start-up, survival, turnaround and growth. With a strong knowledge of both customer focused businesses and online developments, Tari has been responsible for launching dozens of websites, new catalogs and establishing complete direct to consumer infrastructures from the ground up.
Alvaro De La Rocha is the VP of Marketing at Bespoke Post, the leading subscription and e-commerce service delivering goods and guidance to the modern man.
In his role, Alvaro oversees all marketing, customer acquisition, public relations and customer experience initiatives. He was a founding team member at Bespoke Post and has helped the startup grow to reach nearly half a million customers across the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to Bespoke Post, Alvaro worked in Microsoft’s advertising division and spent six years at Ogilvy rising to the role of Partner, Management Supervisor.
He received his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
VP, Global Digital Strategy
U.S. Polo Association
Jose Nino is an omni-channel, Google certified, e-commerce and digital marketing executive with over 15 years of experience in the startup, development and management of results oriented operations. He often presents at numerous domestic and international industry conferences, and has taught related courses at universities both in the U.S. and Spain.
He is currently Vice President of Global Digital Strategy for USPA Global Licensing, Inc. (USPAGL), the exclusive worldwide licensor of the United States Polo Association (USPA) and its intellectual properties. With a global retail footprint of $1.6B via e-commerce and over 1,000 stores, U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association. He previously led digital & e-commerce at both Perry Ellis Int’l and Cosabella Lingerie.
Jasmine recently joined Walmart eCommerce to head up Marketing for one of its digitally native brand acquisitions, Hayneedle.com, a specialty home-furnishing site with a curated point of view. She brings extensive and broad experience in consumer Internet media and commerce space, having worked in consumer package goods, luxury, and hospitality industries with brands including Oil of Olay/P&G, LVMH, Yahoo!, BabyCenter, and Hotwire/Expedia. Her background has enabled her to be adept at creating strategy and marketing framework for small companies and large companies, and she keeps her finger on innovation and new ideas with her work as advisors to incubators and start-ups.
Fossil Group, Inc
Chad Cornstubble serves as Fossil Group’s Vice President of Global eCommerce and has been with the company since January 2015. Currently, he oversees the operations of Fossil.com, Skagen.com, Watchstation.com, Michele.com and Misfit.com from the company's Global headquarters in Richardson, Texas. He is responsible for UI/UX development, platform management, content creation/management, customer experience and overall P&L ownership for the eCommerce channel. Prior to Fossil, Chad has worked with many companies ranging from small scale start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, offering eCommerce services across an array of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail and professional services. With an abundance of international experience, Chad has a strong understanding of various markets throughout North American, Europe and Asia.
Megan Kohout is the Vice President of E-commerce and Customer Analytics at Kendra Scott, a fashion and lifestyle brand based in Austin, Texas. She oversees all aspects of the e-commerce channel, including web development, user experience and digital marketing. She also leads all qualitative and quantitative customer analytics with a focus on driving actionable recommendations across business functions. She focuses on keeping the customer at the center of every experience this billion-dollar brand presents.
Prior to her current role, Megan oversaw e-commerce and customer analytics at Club Monaco and managed digital marketing and customer analytics at a fashion flash sale site launched by Amazon. She began her retail career analyzing customer data at Ann Taylor.
Megan received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard College.
Professor, Neuroscience & Business, Kellogg School of Management
VP of Marketing
Alison Stiefel is the VP of Marketing for ShopStyle, the leading fashion and lifestyle shopping platform for influencers and consumers to search, explore and find exactly what they’re looking for - all in one place. Alison has 20 years of marketing and eCommerce leadership experience with growth-oriented direct-to-consumer premium brands. Her executive-level tenures with companies such as Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Serena & Lily, and Mark + Graham (a start-up within Williams-Sonoma Inc.), entailed developing innovative digital marketing campaigns, building best-in-class eCommerce platforms, cultivating brand partnerships, and developing social content strategies that engage consumers and build loyalty. Alison's success comes from applying a passionate and strategic mindset to crafting operational solutions, connecting clients and brands, and constructing top-performing teams. When she's not working you can find her running with her husband, two little girls (on bikes) and their lab named Sparky.
The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center
Antonia Hock is the global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center where she leads a dynamic advisory business focused on innovating the customer experience for clients world-wide.
The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center delivers award-winning services that have allowed thousands of clients to improve customer and employee engagement, transform their culture, drive brand loyalty, and create an extraordinary customer experience. Under her leadership, The Leadership Center has created incredible competitive advantages for some of the biggest brands in the world: Nearly 50% of the 2018 Glassdoor Top 25 Best Places to Work have been impacted by its work on culture transformation, customer experience, and continuous improvement initiatives.
Prior to The Ritz-Carlton, Hock, a global expert on customer experience and the luxury experience economy, has led business units across many industries to drive award-winning innovation, double-digit sustainable growth, and exceptional customer experience throughout her career. Antonia is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored both in Asian Studies and Government and competed nationally on the Equestrian team. Raised abroad, she now resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland and is passionate about horology, exotic adventure travel, and martial arts.
VP Marketing Communication & Content
VP, Digital and eCommerce
Sr. Director of Marketing
Andy Gorski is a seasoned marketer with experience on both Agency and Client sides of the marketing equation. Currently as a Sr. Directory of Marketing at Best Buy, Andy’s focus is on driving growth in emerging areas and maintaining market share in highly competitive categories. Balancing vendor partnerships and brand priorities requires leveraging every legal means (and media channel) available to achieve those goals. He believes that the best ideas, and ultimately success, are driven from rich data, keen insights, a balanced integrated strategy and a healthy dose of gut feel. He’s applied this approach on everything from driving 4K UHD adoption within the Home Theater segment, introducing Sasquatch for Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, and selling Love with Subaru.
Senior Director, Site Merchandising Home
Alanna Baker is Senior Director of Site Merchandising for Home at Target where she is responsible for driving e-commerce guest experience, sales growth, and profitability. Under Alanna’s guidance, Target.com has grown their Home business, launched new functionality integrating CGI, AR and VR, and found opportunities to advance the organization through global partnerships. Her experience also includes Product Content, Data Accuracy, Digital Media, and Marketing.
Alanna is proud to be a leader of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Target’s digital team. She resides in Minnesota with her husband and three children.
Senior Director of User Experience Design & Accessibility
Jonathan Mann is currently Senior Director of Digital Design for Target where he leads the design teams responsible for target.com, Target apps, internal tools, and accessibility. Previously, he spent 10 years leading design teams at PayPal. Jonathan and his teams have designed digital products that millions of customers use every day. Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in user experience design, behavioral economics, and instructional design. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son.
Senior Director, Product Management, Personalization & Search
Andy Cerio is the Senior Director of Product Management at Target leading the Search, Personalization, and Voice product practices, based out of Minneapolis, MN. Andy’s teams focus on two things; one, providing the Guest what they are looking for and two, enabling them to have success on their own terms, every time they visit Target. Today, his teams handle millions of Guests and searches per week on Target’s digital experiences and in their 1800 stores across the U.S.
Having started his career in software engineering, Andy is a builder at heart and, as a leader in product management, has played a variety of roles in Target’s agile transformation over the last 6 years. Throughout the transformation, Andy has focused on building small, empowered teams, delivering value to the customer from the back office to digital experiences, with the motto of: Bring your skills, not your title; empowering the people closest to solving the customer’s problems.
Senior Director of eCommerce Product & Technology
Javier Marimon is the Senior Director of Ecommerce Product & Technology at Hot Topic Inc., where he is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of customer centric experiences across all channels for all brands which includes Hot Topic, Box Lunch and Her Universe. Javier recently moved to LA for the Hot Topic gig from New York in January of 2018. Prior to joining Hot Topic, he was the Director of Product Management at Hudson’s Bay Company in their HBC Digital group running Omni-channel initiatives ,including BOPIS and Ship from Store.
Senior Director, Global Digital Innovation & New Products
Coty New York
Elodie Levy is Senior Director, Digital Innovation & New Products at COTY, and assumes responsibility for leading forward thinking projects across a portfolio of over 72 international brands such as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Tiffany, Gucci, Covergirl, Bourjois, Rimmel. Her favorite areas of exploration include Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Smart Devices and Voice Services.
Prior to COTY Elodie worked 15 years for several large beauty companies across various geographies, such as L’Oreal and LVMH where she operated as Digital Lead for major global beauty brands across Europe and America. She has a track record of award-winning campaigns engaging audiences and driving category growth, and is a recognized thought-leader combining a unique blend of technology, data intelligence and beauty expertise.
CMO, Head of eCommerce
Aaron Zagha is currently the CMO at Newton Baby, the direct-to-consumer brand behind the safest baby crib mattress on the market in addition to other top-rated sleep products. He was previously the head of eComemrce for Teleflora’s international operations. Aaron also currently serves on the board of Westside Analytics, an online data mining firm providing competitive analysis and research to corporate clients in eCommerce and to restaurants chains. Prior to Newton and Teleflora, Aaron was a co-founder and COO of Ownza.com, the social shopping and rebate site.
Sr. Director, Digital Marketing
Tatjana Kudla is the Senior Director of Digital Marketing at LegalZoom, the leading provider of online legal solutions. Tatjana heads paid search, display, paid social, and SEO, and is an experienced marketer having previously led SEM and SEO programs at eBay and Dell.
As an empowered business leader, she thrives on building, leading, and developing high-performing marketing teams that drive financial results, performance improvements, channel innovation, and product launches across global organizations. Tatjana holds an MBA from Michigan State University and an MA from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
Sr. Director, Global Marketing & Merchandising
Claire Lin is the Senior Director of Global Marketing and Merchandising at Newegg Marketplace - the leading global e-commerce marketplace platform for consumer electronics and everything tech. In her current role, she champions the acquisition, retention, and engagement for both Newegg customers and third-party merchants. She oversees the strategic direction in digital marketing, branding, and mobile commerce to advance Newegg’s global e-commerce vision. Prior to joining Newegg, Claire studied business at Loyola Marymount University and held various roles in Fortune 500 companies like eBay Enterprise and Activision Blizzard.
Director, Digital Content Operations
Lowe's Innovation Labs
Josh Shabtai is Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ Director of Lab Productions and Operations. Drawing on past lives as videogame designer, start-up founder and advertising creative director, Josh leads a global team whose mission is to make the future real today: developing, testing and ultimately scaling LIL’s narrative-driven productions across the Lowe’s network. Through real-world applications, his team explores the outer edge of various technologies and use cases, including virtual reality-based education, retail computer vision; in-store robotics programs; assistive robotic exoskeletons; real-time manufacturing; and mixed reality design.
Josh has always been obsessed with fusing the digital and physical worlds in novel ways. Prior to joining Lowe’s Innovation Labs, he co-founded an augmented reality videogame studio, lm/nl, where he directed the best-selling AR title Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner for iOS; co-created the $100m+ selling toys-to-life platform Telepods; and transformed Band-Aid brand bandages into augmented reality Muppet shows with Band-Aid Magic Vision. He has previously served as creative director at IPG’s Media Lab and ad agency, JWT, and holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Boston University.
Director of Product Management
I build innovative products that provide quick, fun and engaging multi channel customer experience by digitally empowering our customers and associates
strategic and top-performing Product and technology leader with a demonstrated
track record of achievement in launching new innovative consumer services:
e-commerce, Retail, Consumer Brands, CRM and loyalty, with data science and
customer experience at their core.
Proven aptitude to build strong relationships and unify stakeholders across the board to deliver successful at Scale.
A change catalyst with a high level of passion and out of box thinking to fast-track innovation and transformational initiatives.
Areas of Expertise
Customer Lifecycle - Acquisition, Engagement, Retention
Cart and Checkout, Subscriptions and Payment management
Mobile and Multichannel Marketing - CRM 2.0, Traffic, Monetization, Email & Mobile Marketing
Retail - Member Services Desk and Innovation
Data Science Products & Analytics
Abhishek Shastry is an experienced product leader with a demonstrated history of building ecommerce websites and mobile applications that drive great customer experience and business profitability. In his current role, he leads the customer experience strategy across browse and checkout experiences for dell’s consumer and small business customers across 120 countries globally. Prior to this, Abhishek managed several ecommerce products for dell including their cloud marketplace. Prior to Dell, Abhishek worked for Sears’s holdings in Chicago, where he was responsible for their omni-channel retail strategy across websites, apps and physical stores. Abhishek has a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Bangalore, India, he now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Smitha Bhat who is also a product management professional.
Director, Agile & Engineering Enablement
Travis Klinker is the Director of Agile & Engineering Enablement which operates the Target Dojo and manages a team of coaches who are leading an organizational transformation with a focus on Product, customer-centric value, Lean-Agile adoption, and DevOps.
Travis is an accomplished technology leader with over 15+ years of experience in building and managing self-succeeding global teams for software development and technology operations. A lean and agile practitioner, with an emphasis on enterprise business agility, Travis promotes product discovery and delivery in support of the customer experience via empowered teams and the adoption of new ways of working.
Director, Digital Content Operations
Heather Blachowski is the Director of Digital Content & Operations for Kohl's. She oversees Omnichannel Digital Content Production, Offers Execution, and Site Operations. Heather joined Kohl's in 1999, and has also had experience in the Merchant Organization, with Digital Item Production, and with Pricing Operations. Heather's leadership philosophy is to support Kohl's Purpose & Values: To inspire and empower families to lead fulfilled lives through putting customers first, acting with integrity, building great teams, and driving results.
Shana Seubert is the
Director of Mobile at Foot Locker, Inc., where she leads mobile strategy for a
portfolio of retail brands including: Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot
Locker, Footaction, Champs Sports, Eastbay, and Six:02. Her team is largely
focused in the areas of mobile apps product management & strategy,
technology & innovation, messaging, payments, and collaborates on
omni-channel initiatives. The team sits within the digital marketing services
center of expertise (COE) group, and serves all brands with best practices and
execution. Prior to joining Foot Locker, Inc. in 2015, Shana led all marketing
initiatives for a start-up wireless carrier in Wisconsin.
Shana was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management, and spent a semester studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Her favorite mobile and omni-channel brands at the moment include Starbucks, Sephora, Ulta, Delta, Amazon, Marriott, Nest, and ESPN.
Director, Digital Strategy
Ingrid is a digital native, equal parts creative and analytical in her approach. She brings over 10 years of experience in Digital and eCommerce, working on large-scale projects for MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Tommy Hilfiger, John Varvatos, MILLY Sam Edelman. After 6 years in eCommerce, she moved to the agency side and oversaw the relaunch of Pepsi’s (PXP) Loyalty Program and website, with a focus on innovative web and app development and experiential rewards. She now uses her digital marketing, social media strategy and eCommerce expertise as the Director of Digital Marketing & E-Commerce at LOFT.
Ingrid lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and two cats, Leo and Jellybean.
Director, Global Content Strategy
Erica Kaufman is a Los Angeles native with a NYC fire in her belly and a dash of Midwestern warmth mixed in. With fifteen (15)+ years of experience at organizations such as MTV/Viacom, Disney, Yahoo, and NBCU, she has led teams to ideate, pitch and execute omni-channel marketing and media campaigns across digital, social, broadcast, mobile, and experiential platforms.
Currently, as the Director of Content Strategy she leads the development of various Mattel content strategies that support both short and long-term franchise goals to help drive awareness, customer engagement, affinity and product sales while staying ahead of consumer content-consumption trends. Brands she has worked with include Hot Wheels, Monster High, Enchantimals, Action Figures and Fisher-Price. At the heart of it all, she is inspired by the wonder of the next generation and helping shape a brighter tomorrow.
Director, Digital Product Analytics
Dollar Shave Club
Adra has spent over twelve years in eCommerce, starting out in digital marketing and acquisition, and then transitioning into analytics. Her experience runs the gamut from being the first analyst at a startup to being the fifteenth in a large analytics department, and partnering with engineers, product managers, marketing, and sales to enable data-driven decision-making.
Director of Digital Analytics
Andy is the Director of Digital Analytics at APMEX.com. In this capacity he oversees the Business Intelligence, Conversion Rate Optimization, and Email Marketing groups at one of the world’s largest online providers of precious metal investments and collectibles products. Boasting over 1.4 million customers over more than 18 years in business, APMEX.com combines market driven financial dynamics with traditional ecommerce tactics to drive conversion via AB testing, personalization strategies, digital attribution, and data-driven optimization.
Previously to APMEX Andy worked in a variety of analytics and digital marketing management roles at smaller scale ecommerce startups including QuiBids.com. He holds a MS in Computer Information Systems for Boston University.
Director, Marketing Investments & Operations
Ranjeet leads the Marketing Investments and Analytics team at Petco. Ranjeet holds an MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and has held analytics leadership roles at Capital One, Intuit and LPL Financial with a focus on marketing and sales analytics.
Director, Global Brand Strategy
Maui Jim Sunglasses
Diego de Castro is the Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy for Maui Jim Sunglasses and is responsible for overseeing the brand - overall marketing strategy, product management, media (digital and traditional), sponsorship and corporate communications efforts.
Diego started his career in Brazil and was transferred to the US in 2013; he joined Maui Jim in 2017, after several years and different roles with Essilor, there he was able to develop an extensive background on global brand management, international business development, product category management and key account sales.
Diego holds a BA in Marketing and an two MBAs – Management and Finance.
Director of Customer Experience
Lindsey is Director of Customer Experience at Winc, a direct-to-consumer winery and the world's first personalized wine club. She leads customer engagement and retention initiatives, as well as oversees customer service operations.
Prior to Winc, Lindsey worked at Goldman Sachs, building key relationships with large institutional investment consultants and selling Goldman's full suite of investment products.
Lindsey received her MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she focused on marketing and entrepreneurship. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard, where she graduated cum laude with a BA in English.
Director, eCommerce Marketing and Business Development
Sara Master is Constellation’s Director of eCommerce, leading Marketing and Business Development across both the Beer and Wine & Spirits divisions. This includes creating brand stories in eCommerce with a focus on driving conversion at retail, as well as building partnerships with new and emerging eCommerce players to further propel Constellation’s leadership position in the Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) marketplace. In joining Constellation Sara left behind roles at agencies including Mosaic and Rockfish Interactive where she led eCommerce and Digital Marketing for clients such as Starbucks, Kimberly Clark and Mondelez. Retail is in Sara's DNA, in the past she has held positions in retail tradeshow management and has enjoyed helping small retailers build their business through educational blogs on topics ranging from business management to store layout design and visual merchandising.
Director, Customer Acquisition
Eli Gurock is currently the Director of Customer Acquisition for eBags. He leads a team that is responsible for all areas of acquisition marketing activities including paid/organic search, affiliate, content development and partnership/marketplaces. Eli’s background is very diverse with experience in traditional media, advertising, brand management as well as digital marketing.
Eli has been acknowledged as a digital innovation and strategist, having spent considerable time building a global digital programs for worldwide brands that included communication, messaging and selling channels.
Director of Customer Experience
As Director of Customer Experience for TOMS, Stacy crafts experiences that connect customers to the One for One® movement. With 10+ years under her belt, Stacy has developed a knack for developing solutions that make an impact. More than anything, she is passionate about using data & technology to empower the next generation of problem-solvers. When she's not thinking about how to make life easier, you can find her playing in the sand, with her husband, daughter and dog Oggie.
Marketing Director, Global Social Business and Digital Strategy
Alison J. Herzog leads global social business and digital strategy at Dell, with a focus on enterprise strategy and CX. At Dell, Alison has been recognized as one of the most influential women in digital marketing, a “Mover and Shaker”, and as one of ten successful women in the digital sector who destroyed the glass ceiling. Alison led integration in social and digital at Dell through the largest tech acquisition in history and has a reputation for digital transformation. She thinks big, moves quickly, and leads with heart.
Alison received her Bachelor of Science and MBA from the Marriott School at Brigham Young University where she also served as the Executive Vice President of Social Media and Communications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, running, and traveling.
Sr. Director, IT Operations
Dedicated to women who love their curves, Ashley Stewart started in local neighborhoods across the country. As an iconic plus-size women's fashion brand, we've always stood for fashion forward, on-trend clothing at an affordable price. Now with 89 stores across the country, one of the most socially engaged online communities, and a leading eCommerce business, Ashley Stewart is your neighborhood brand gone global!
Lori joined the Ashley Stewart team in April 2010; enjoying the explosive growth of this fabulous Brand which has turned into a movement.
Information and Ecommerce systems professional with a twenty year background in project and product management. Partner to the Vice President of Ecommerce to determine the development strategy of the Ecommerce platform. Currently lead the Ecommerce website development team in an agile environment as well as manage our internal QC functions.
Director Global Partner Marketing
Abbie Byrom is the Director of Global Partner Marketing at Samsung SmartThings, the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home. In this role, she builds relationships with leading smart device manufacturers and international service partners to create collaborative marketing strategies that drive awareness and adoption for the entire IoT industry. Prior to SmartThings, Abbie held roles as the Senior Manager of Smart Home Product Marketing and the Brand Manager of Home Appliances at Samsung Electronics America. Before entering the tech world, Abbie began her marketing career in the hospitality industry for nearly a decade, working with Energy Kitchen, Flood Creative, and more. Abbie holds a B.A. in journalism and social issues from North Carolina State University and resides in Houston, Texas.
The Bouqs Company
Phil currently is the Director of CRM at the Bouqs Company, which is an online flower retailer that delivers flowers fresh from eco-friendly, sustainable farms to doorsteps nationwide. Phil overseas all outbound marketing efforts to current prospects and customers driving creative, segmentation, and lifecycle marketing strategies across email, mobile, social and offline channels.
Prior to the Bouqs Co., Phil spent five years in CRM and online marketing roles in the healthcare and fitness industries managing various direct to consumer programs focused on driving growth with existing customers.
Director, Digital Marketing
Elizabeth Schmidt is a new media expert specializing in brand marketing by utilizing of-the-moment digital strategies across social commerce platforms. Formerly Head of Communications at theAudience and Strategy Lead at Disney —Elizabeth was behind building a number of successful campaigns for both companies. The team workflows, proprietary tools, and community growth strategies she developed at her former agency lead to a substantial celebrity and Fortune 500 client base and a cumulative fan network of more than 1 billion people worldwide. Elizabeth now heads Digital Marketing for both Threadless and the newly acquired Bucketfeet, driving substantial YOY growth for both on-demand e-commerce brands.
Director, eCommerce - Sales & Category Management
Ben Galvin is Constellation’s eCommerce Director of Sales and Category Management across Beer, Wine and Spirits for Total U.S. He supports the education, development & growth of our Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) eCommerce business with our internal sales & category management teams, distributor partners & brick & mortar retailers. He is also responsible for managing & the partnerships with our existing & emerging pure play eCommerce retailers on their selling, assortment management, pricing & growth of CBI’s TBA portfolio.
Prior to Constellation, Ben has held sales & Category Management positions at Anheuser-Busch InBev within their National Accounts Department working with national grocery, drug and convenience retailers. He also was instrumental in building out the convenience, drug & eCommerce channel business structures for Founders Brewing Company.
Eyeconic Head of Marketing
Courtney Fadjo Biro is the Head of Marketing for the Retail Division of VSP Global, overseeing all marketing initiatives for its national brands, including eyeconic.com. Courtney joined VSP in 2011 and has held several high-profile marketing roles including overseeing enrollment campaigns targeting millions of members with access to vision through their employers. She was also responsible for the marketing strategies that introduced an individual vision insurance offering to the marketplace, creating an entirely new category and establishing VSP as the leader in this space. Most recently, she is helping Eyeconic break through a saturated optical market and has realized YoY returns 7x the industry average. Courtney is passionate about leadership and completed a year-long intensive executive program at VSP, only offered to the top 1% of employees.
Director of IT
Eduardo Siman is a technology- and future-obsessed IT leader with a passion for VR/AR, data visualization, Blockchain, machine learning, big data and going to Mars.
Eduardo is the director of information technology at Intradeco Apparel, a leading apparel manufacturer. In this role, Eduardo is in charge of all strategic IT initiatives across the enterprise, including: data visualization, business intelligence, software development, cybersecurity, and cloud migration.
Eduardo is one of the original Angel Investors in Virtualitics - the first platform to merge Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Virtual/Augmented Reality. He is a tech blogger and VR evangelist, who has been recognized as a top 100 influencer in the areas of augmented reality and big data.
Prior to Intradeco, Eduardo held multiple positions in the technology and financial sectors. He worked as a private banker for Goldman Sachs in both New York and Miami and as a senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting, where his primary client was the US Department of Defense.
Savage X Fenty/TechStyle
Originally from Utah, Tommy Lamb has been in the e-Commerce space for over a decade and happily based in LA. CRM strategy leader, specializing in cross-channel customer lifecycle programs with a focus on driving incremental LTV by leveraging innovative, and modern marketing strategies. Currently heading the CRM team at Savage X Fenty by Techstyle, expertise ranges from commercial real estate, high fashion, gifting, beauty, and now lingerie.
Global Digital Director
Director, Growth Marketing
Elaine is responsible for Digital Marketing, Digital Media Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Digital Direct Response.
Director, Global eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Specialized Bicycle Components
RBC Capital Markets
Mark S. Mahaney is a Managing Director covering the Internet sector at RBC Capital Markets. Mark has been ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet Sector (2008-2012). He has also been ranked #1 in the Greenwich Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet sector, as well as the #1 Earnings Estimator and the #1 Stock Picker in the Internet Retail segment by the Financial Times and StarMine. Mark has been covering Internet stocks since 1998. Prior to RBC, he worked on both the sell-side and the buy-side, including with American Technology Research, Morgan Stanley, and Citibank. Mark holds an MBA from Wharton Business School (1996), an MA from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (1990), and a BA from Amherst College (1987). Prior to Wall Street, Mark worked in management consulting with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In another life, Mark was the bassist for Monkey Funk. In this life, Mark is also an Assistant Basketball Coach.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager
Drew Frost currently works in lives in the San Francisco bay area. He has held a few different roles supporting and working alongside various business units at Wal-Mart Inc. including site monetization, advertiser relations, advertising technology, loyalty marketing & behavioral science, and mobile marketing.
Drew currently leads the app and growth marketing team for Sam’s Club overseeing Sam’s Club app as well as their in club shopping app Scan & Go. In 2018 Drew over seen the go to market strategy and execution for a unified Sam’s Club app that includes both e-commerce and Scan & Go features and functionality.
In addition to app marketing Drew and team have been hard at work with a new innovative location for Sam’s Club knowns as Sam’s Club now located in Dallas TX opening in the fall of 2018. Always looking for a challenge Drew likes to debunk magic tricks, perfect recipes, and golf in his spare time.
Sr. Manager, Social Media
Gail Hansche is a social media marketing professional at Jockey International, leading designer, marketer, retailer, and licensor of men's undergarments and women's intimates. Joining the team August 2017, Hansche is responsible for leading the company's social media and influencer advertising programs.
Hansche has a decade of digital strategy and planning experience in consumer marketing, working for some of the world's most iconic brands, including Harley-Davidson, Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Bourbon to name a few. She joined Jockey following nearly nine years at Beam Suntory, the world's third largest spirits company. At Beam Suntory, she held various positions with increasing responsibility in corporate communications, public relations and digital marketing.
Hansche holds a Bachelor's degree in communication and a Master's degree in communication with concentrations in rhetoric and organizational communication from University of Wisconsin.
Global Digital Manager
Sr. Product Manager, Mobile
Josh Feldman is the Sr. Manager of Mobile at Guitar Center, where he launched the company's first mobile app on iOS and Android devices and more recently launched the Musician’s Friend mobile app. He's in charge of the company's mobile team, driving growth in traffic and revenue for all of Guitar Center's mobile properties in addition to fostering new technological initiatives. Prior to joining Guitar Center, Josh worked at SiriusXM as a Product Manager in the Streaming Services division where he oversaw the development and helped shape the future of the company's web player and mobile applications. He also previously worked with TuneWiki, where he helped execute and market the Lyric Legend iOS and Android applications, which reached the #3 Free Game and #5 Free Application in the iTunes App Store in November 2010. Mr. Feldman spent over five years at Universal Music Group, from 2004 to 2010, where he cultivated a partnership with Vevo that allowed for lyrics to be displayed in sync with the music videos. While at Universal, he was also part of the team that signed pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Sr. Manager, eCommerce
Todd is currently leading Direct to Consumer eCommerce for Coca-Cola North America. He is an accomplished business and marketing professional with experience in eCommerce, communications, website development, program management, marketing strategy, and commercialization. With more than 13 years of experience at Coca-Cola, Todd is responsible for developing and executing strategies to drive the future of Coca-Cola’s direct to consumer business.
Email Marketing Manager, Brand Marketing
As the Email Marketing Manager, Brand Marketing at Zazzle, Janet oversees all intricacies of Zazzle's US and International email functions, including promotions, triggers, life-cycle marketing, retention, and omni-channel integration. As email continues to evolve through data and technology to keep up with consumers constantly changing behaviors, she believes that today's funneled marketing tactics will become broader and more inclusive to meet tomorrow's customers’ expectations. To help Zazzle move towards this vision, she has aided in the construction and improvement of a home grown email system with automated responsive email templates and personalized content that has significantly contributed to Zazzle's growth and retention efforts. Prior to joining the Zazzle team, Janet worked at Core-Mark leading their digital marketing efforts. Janet holds a MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. When not thinking about emails, you can find her doing home improvement jobs or playing ice hockey.
eCommerce Merchandising Manager
Timothy Lakin is the Ecommerce Merchandising Manager at Skechers USA Inc. where he currently oversees all of the company’s web content and merchandising initiatives. He previously was Content Manager and Merchandising Lead at Shoes.com, and has been in Ecommerce for over 17 years.
Manager eCommerce Investigations
Chad Evans has ten years of private sector investigative experience in fields as varied as insurance fraud, civil liability litigation, and retail loss prevention. Chad’s loss prevention experience includes six years implementing and developing e-commerce fraud prevention teams and programs. His focus is on the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of individuals responsible for committing various type of e-commerce crimes, including credit card fraud and identity theft.
Norwest Venture Partners
Lisa focuses on seed to late stage venture companies with an emphasis on consumer Internet, digital commerce and next-generation marketplaces. She has been involved with the firm’s investments in Jet (acquired by Walmart), Opendoor, Ritual and StellaService.
Before joining the Norwest team, Lisa worked in Amazon.com’s Worldwide Corporate Development team. Prior to Amazon, Lisa worked at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she focused on eCommerce, SaaS, consumer Internet, and healthcare IT companies. Earlier, Lisa founded BANZAI! Fresh, a small business providing high-quality, nutritious foods to schools and hospitals in Northern California. She was named by Silicon Valley Business Journal in it's "40 under 40" in 2017.
Robin Li is a vice president in GGV Capital’s Silicon Valley office. She focuses on investments in ecommerce and consumer internet. She’s a member of the board of directors for Lively and is actively involved with Boxed, Bustle, Function of Beauty, musical.ly, Ibotta, OfferUp, Poshmark, Xiaohongshu, and Yamibuy. Prior to GGV, Robin worked at Flextronics' Venture Arm covering hardware and technology investments and at Qiming's Beijing office. Before venture capital, she spent three years at Teach For America as a teacher and administrator. Robin holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MS from Hunter College in Education and Special Education, and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Economics.
Jason Stoffer is a partner at Maveron. He joined the firm in 2007 and invests in education, e-commerce and web-enabled consumer businesses. Jason is involved with the firm's investments in General Assembly, Flywire, Imperfect Produce, Keeps, Common, TrueFacet, Everlane, CourseHero, Dolls Kill, and Dolly. Prior to joining Maveron, Jason served as senior director of strategic operations for Career Education Corp., where he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school. He has also served as an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund. Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Sonia joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2016. She is responsible for sourcing, diligence and oversight for the firm’s investments in consumer and emerging technologies. Most recently, Sonia was vice president of product and head of mobile apps for RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE), responsible for cross-platform strategy and leading an app redesign that earned a 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Shopping App. Sonia joined RetailMeNot in 2014 following its acquisition of Pickie, the venture-backed mobile shopping start-up she co-founded in 2011. Prior to Pickie, Sonia was a senior associate for Booz & Company leading post-merger integration and growth strategy projects for digital media and retail clients. Previously she worked in product management, investment banking, and engineering roles with Amazon, Goldman Sachs and General Motors. Sonia is on the board of directors of Interior Define, Sittercity, Curiosity.com and led Pritzker Group’s investments in Wander Beauty and Maisonette.
Professor, Neuroscience & Business, Kellogg School of Management
Digital Business Strategy Analyst
Lily Varón is an analyst at Forrester serving digital business strategy professionals. Her research focuses on the strategies and technologies that firms need to win, serve, and retain customers in the age of digital business, including recurring customer and billing management solutions, the translation and localization of global websites, and the commerce service providers helping retailers transform their commerce experiences. She also analyzes consumer online shopping behavior around the globe, with a particular focus on Asia Pacific and Latin America.
I have been doing mergers and acquisitions for over 35 years and I specialize in the apparel, retail and consumer sectors. I am a co-founder and partner at Triangle Capital LLC. Before Triangle Capital, I was Managing Director at a boutique called Financo where I handled most of that firm’s apparel industry transactions. Before that, I was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert where I co-ran a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions. I have coauthored three books on finance and computer programming. I was formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the graduate program of the Stern School of NYU. I have a BS in Accounting from NYU and an MBA in Finance from Harvard. I’m based in New York.
Elizabeth Segran is Staff Writer at Fast Company, where she covers the fashion industry. Her work has appeared in a range of publications including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Nation and The New Republic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Indian literature. She is a global nomad who grew up in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta and London before moving to New York to attend Columbia University.
Emily Canal is a staff writer at Inc. Previously, she wrote for Forbes, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.
Co-founder and CEO
Fayez is co-founder and CEO of
Bluecore, a high-growth marketing technology company based in New York City.
Bluecore’s AI-driven retail marketing platform is used by over 400 retailers to
bring together website, customer and live product insights to match customers
with products they love.
Externally, Fayez is actively reimagining the role of technology and data in direct-to-consumer retail. He believes that companies like Bluecore will play a strategic role in the industry’s transformation by equipping marketers with the technology and insights necessary to make the shift to direct-to-consumer models. Internally, Fayez is committed to establishing Bluecore as a living example of how an investment in people and culture is key to scaling a startup into a venture-backed, high growth company.
Prior to Bluecore, Fayez was Head of Product at BigDoor, where he conceived of, executed and iterated gamified loyalty and rewards programs to increase user retention across the websites of major global brands, publishers and retailers.
CEO & Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
Ryan Urban is the Co-Founder and CEO at BounceX – the leader in behavioral marketing and the fastest growing software company in America. BounceX’s People-Based Marketing Cloud™ is the first new channel with scale in 10 years. By identifying anonymous high-intent visitors, marketers are able to open a new revenue channel outside Google and Facebook.
A veteran of the ecommerce space, Ryan was formerly Director of Acquisition at Bonobos and prior to that, Head of Ecommerce at Brickhouse Security. He has served on the advisory boards of both BabyAge.com and Bonobos. Ryan holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and spends most of his free time working on the behavior of his dog – Telemundo.
Senior Director, eCommerce
Ed Kennedy has spent the last 9 years designing and implementing ecommerce platforms for consumer brands, b2b manufacturers and wholesale distributors. As a Senior Director of Commerce at Episerver, Ed is responsible for successful adoption of the Episerver platform by customers. Previously, Ed held leadership positions at eCommerce Agencies such as Gorilla Group, Guidance, and Luminos Labs implementing Episerver Commerce, Magento, and SAP Hybris.
Chief Revenue Officer
Tim Bryan is the Chief Revenue
Officer at Custora. He has spent the last three years helping Custora establish
its dominance as the leading customer intelligence platform for retailers.
Prior to working for Custora, he was the Chief Revenue Officer at Moveable Ink.
He has also worked in media sales and advertising for Time, Inc., A&E, and
The New York Times. Tim has a Bachelors of Art in English from Syracuse
University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.
As chief executive officer at Logicbroker, Mr. Zamani is responsible for creating, leading, and executing the company’s strategy and vision. He has over 20 years of experience delivering ecommerce, technology and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products and solutions to small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his experience, he has held various executive roles on the business and technical sides for companies such as Pitney Bowes, U.S. Web, and Office Depot. Prior to running Logicbroker, he was the Senior Director of Sales, Support, and Operations at Office Depot and was acting COO of the technology selling division overseeing eCommerce, IT, product management, marketing, pricing, supply chain, call center, and presales support. Mr. Zamani holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA with the highest academic degree from the University of Connecticut. He also carries various technical certifications on Microsoft platforms.
VP of Marketing
Stefan Nandzik is the head of marketing at Signifyd. His “what if” approach to business problem-solving constantly challenges conventional wisdom and means that he is never afraid to upend the status quo to lead change.
With three decades of executive experience in technology, Ray brings a wealth of deep domain knowledge, strategic vision, and tactical execution to drive Reflektion’s growth initiatives.
In leadership roles with cutting edge technology companies including Virtual Instruments, Skytree, Riverbed, NetApp, and MonoSphere, Ray recruited, focused, and energized highly talented executive teams and generated explosive growth. He also raised many millions of dollars in venture funding, helped create significant stakeholder value, and drove notable exits.
In his former role as president of Virtual Instruments, Ray helped stabilize the performance analytics company’s global operations and built the team and processes to support profitable revenue exceeding $100M in just one year.
VP, Global Solutions Consulting
David Evans is the Vice President of Global Solutions Consulting for Cheetah Digital, where he leads a team of 20+ Solutions and Business Consultants who work with clients and prospects to help identify a path to value with a goal of delivering exceptional outcomes using Cheetah Digital's products and services. David is a results-oriented digital marketing professional and technologist with over 15 years of experience in building and leading teams, blending technical aptitude and a deep understanding of the data-driven digital marketing ecosystem. With previous roles in Client Success, Client Solutions and Sales Engineering at Experian Marketing Services/Experian CheetahMail, David excels at demonstrating how marketing technology can help brand marketers create meaningful, relevant and high-value outcomes with their customers. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research with a concentration in Computer Science from The Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York City.
SVP, Global Experience
David Schey, Zeta’s Senior VP of Customer Experience, has over 18 years of experience consulting Fortune 1,000 companies on optimizing marketing and CRM programs, within both digital and offline channels. Most recently, David served as Vice President/Group Director of Strategy and Analytics at DigitasLBi, where he led the S&A CRM practice. He has held leadership positions at Digitas, Merkle and Epsilon. Throughout his career, David has worked with a variety of national and global brands including PepsiCo, Pfizer, Unilever, Kraft, Tesco, Samsung, Comcast, The Limited, Urban Outfitters, T.J.Maxx, Toys “R” Us and Bed Bath & Beyond, to plan, measure and optimize CRM campaigns. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Rutgers University.
Creative & CGI Solutions Lead
Vassil Pepelyankov is the CG solutions and Creative lead for eClerx Digital headquartered in Austin, TX. eClerx Digital provides data analytics, marketing operations and creative services to leading global retail and e-commerce brands. Vassil has over 20 years’ experience in graphic design with the last 10 focused on 3D technology. At eClerx Digital, he has helped further develop our CG practice by utilizing his specialization in Look Dev and being the company’s Lighting TD. Additionally, Vassil regularly partners with clients to create impactful content that becomes the cornerstone of their campaigns. He is also head of eClerx Digital R&D team where the main focus is Augmented Reality, Real Time, WebStream and prototyping.
Prior to joining eClerx Digital, Vassil was Lead of Training at Chaosgroup and 3D master trainer, a world leader in computer graphics technology.
Founder & CEO
Udayan Bose founded NetElixir with a vision to provide online marketers worldwide with a paid search campaign optimization solution capable of delivering magical performance. Udayan recognized the potential of paid search as an essential advertising channel in 2002. Having experienced first-hand the complexity involved in running a profitable paid search campaign, he was driven to develop a system that delivers predictable and efficient campaign performance, allowing marketers to fully leverage the power of paid search as a high value sales generator.
Prior to starting NetElixir, Udayan was Director of Business Development for PartyGaming, the world's largest online gaming company. In this role he was responsible for building a new business unit from scratch, PartyBingo that went on to become a major revenue generator for the company.
Udayan regularly lectures the MBA classes at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Zicklin School of Business, Baruch, NY and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and Time magazines.
Udayan holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an M.B.A. from Mumbai University, India.
Wesley MacLaggan has been working with Marin Software since 2008. He is currently Head of Marketing at Marin Software. Previously he lead the Product team where he was responsible for driving Marin’s roadmap and working closely with engineering to deliver innovative advertising solutions to the market. He has over a decade’s experience developing and delivering analytical enterprise SaaS applications, including four years with Applied Predictive Technologies working on their platform to help retailers maximize the return on their promotional spending. Mr. MacLaggan began his career providing strategic guidance to companies in a range of industries with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds an Economics degree from Dartmouth College.
Senior Director of Business Development
Eric Liiv is the Senior Director of Conversion Strategy at BounceX, the leader in cloud-based behavioral marketing. BounceX’s Behavioral Marketing Cloud™ identifies previously anonymous high-intent
visitors across sessions and devices to enable a more holistic view of the customer and to drive greater performance across digital channels. At BounceX, Eric uncovers systematic failure and develops high-impact strategies for digital properties across a variety of industries, including: retail,publishing, financial services and travel. Prior to BounceX, Eric held positions in business development and account strategy for Fiksu and CH Robinson. Eric graduated with a dual-degree in Business and Economics from University of Albany, SUNY.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sai Koppala is the Chief Marketing Officer at SheerID, a digital verification SaaS company that enables major organizations such as Lowe's, Footlocker, and Staples to offer omni-channel loyalty programs with little friction and reduced fraud. SheerID’s platform integrates seamlessly into any existing loyalty program or exclusive experience across channels, instantly verifying consumer credentials to ensure exclusive offers remain exclusive.
Koppala is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years of experience leading Marketing and Product teams at global software companies including SAP, Google Cloud, & Sun Microsystems. His knowledge of facilitating customer growth through product innovation and customer loyalty best practices have made him an integral part of the SheerID team, working with Fortune 500 and 1000 retailers across the globe.
Mr. Gossage is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, operations and development of GroupBy Inc, a leading eCommerce provider. Roland is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience as a Sales, Marketing, Services, Operations and Development in the Enterprise Software industry. Prior to GroupBy, Roland was a Vice President at Endeca holding many different leadership positions while there. This followed successful tenures at Cognos, Hummingbird Communications and Pure Data where he helped established these companies in the relative markets. Prior to beginning his career in software, Mr. Gossage was a member is the Canadian Armed Force serving in the Armored Core for 6 years.
As CEO, Michael Osborne provides grounded leadership and unwavering focus on building SmarterHQ’s innovation, growth and success. Prior to SmarterHQ, Osborne served as Chief Revenue Officer for Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) where he helped lead the company to their Initial Public Offering in 2012. Prior to his time at Baazarvoice, Osborne spent nearly 5 years at Coremetrics, (Acquired: IBM) where he built and managed the client services team.
Executive Director of Product Marketing
Carrie has more than 18 years of experience spanning product marketing, digital marketing, and brand strategy. At Valassis Digital, she leads a team of product marketers, driving the positioning and go-to-market execution for Valassis Digital’s suite of leading edge advertising, data, and targeting solutions. Prior to joining Valassis Digital, Carrie led a team of product leads and marketing consultants at Kantar Consulting, where she focused on unlocking growth for clients in industries ranging from retail to financial services to CPG. Carrie previously spent eight years at American Express. As a Vice President in OPEN she led digital & brand experiences including OPENForum.com, ShopSmall.com, and the American Express OPEN social media properties, fueling brand loyalty and acquisition efforts. Carrie received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a concentration in marketing.
Marketing Director, Americas
Lindsay is the Marketing Director for Emarsys Americas, an AI-enabled unified marketing platform enabling 2,200 brands to create personalized experiences with 3 billion customers worldwide. Lindsay has consulted brands like Intel, Office Depot, Vistaprint, Ashley Furniture, and L’Oréal. She holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, was honored as a Top Business Leader Under 40 by Business Review, and has spoken at events including Content Marketing World and MBO.
VP, US Operations
Gary is responsible for managing and developing the business in the US for RTB House. He is a creative, entrepreneurial sales, marketing and client services executive who specializes in developing companies within retail and tech. He is an expert in the area of programmatic advertising, deep learning and AI technologies being used in the marketing industry. His background includes experience and expertise in, operations, sales, digital marketing, content development, SEO, SEM, email, display advertising, social media, mobile, and affiliate marketing.
Liad is a serial entrepreneur with rich experience as a startup founder and as a Fortune 500 executive. He founded information security vendor Onigma (acquired by McAfee) and social search company Delver (acquired by Sears Holdings). Following Delver’s acquisition, Liad served as a VP of New Services at Sears Holdings and on the board of its Home Electronics and Outlets business units. Liad served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and taught at the Entrepreneurship MBA program in Tel-Aviv University and at the Zell Program of IDC Herzliya. He holds a BA Cum Laude from Tel-Aviv University in Computer Sciences and Film Studies.
Carl Tsukahara is Chief Marketing Officer at Optimizely and is responsible for all global marketing strategy and execution. A 25+ year veteran of Silicon Valley, Carl Tsukahara was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for Birst, a category leader in delivering enterprise business analytics to major global corporations. Prior to Birst, Carl was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Products for Evolv (NASDAQ:CSOD), a provider of predictive analytics/machine learning solutions, where he managed marketing, engineering and product management. At Evolv, Carl drove explosive market awareness and product innovation, leading to an acquisition of Evolv by Cornerstone On Demand. Previously, Carl was Global CMO for Monitise PLC (MONI:LSE), a leader in mobile payments and mobile banking, headquartered in London. He also has held executive management roles at other high growth entities as head of marketing for Oracle's database products and VP of marketing and products for Vitria Technology, which eventually led to a multi-billion dollar initial public offering. As a strategy and marketing consultant, Carl also worked with companies and product groups such as Workday, Microsoft, Riverbed Technology, Taleo, D&B, Hyperion, Symantec and VMware, working directly with the executive management of those organizations.
VP, Head of Analytics and Insights
Jaysen has served as the lead analytical resource for Criteo in the Americas for over four years. His present position as VP, Head of Analytics and Insights allows him to bridge the gap between the vast storehouse of data logged by Criteo and the need to deliver robust insights to both Criteo clients and internal customers. Jaysen has two decades of experience in commercial analytics, with a key focus on the performance marketing and the understanding of user-level behavior over time. Jaysen has worked at a number of advertising agencies, brands, and tech players and holds engineering degrees from Duke and Stanford.
Co-Founder and President
Elizabeth Scherle is the Co-Founder and President of Influenster, the digital destination where millions of consumers research and review products, and where brands can target and connect with highly-engaged, empowered shoppers. With a community of more than 4.9 million+ members, these digital influencers have written over 30 million reviews on 2 million+ products, offering their honest opinions and helping spread the word across their social media networks.
A pioneer in her understanding of the power of consumer influence even seven years ago when the company was founded, Scherlesaw the potential to connect people eager share their feedback with companies interested to hear directly from their publics. As trust in traditional advertising continues to decline, and as mega-influencers and social superstars are largely compensated for their endorsements, the ability for both consumers and brands to tap into authentic, unbiased opinions is more important than ever. By building a connected community and offering them a platform for creating and socializing hyper-relevant content, today Influenster is poised to revolutionize the ways in which consumers discover and ultimately shop for products.
In the past year, the company has launched a number of exciting new offerings to even further enable brands to connect with the right people, at the right time, with the right message; and for consumers to have their voices heard. ReviewSource is a turnkey solution through which brands can syndicate product reviews left on Influenster – which typically far outnumber those on brand-dot-com and retailer sites – to the places consumers are shopping. And Review Ads feature curated, authentic consumer reviews in fully-responsive media units that can be served on Influenster.com or highly targeted Web properties.
Al brings extensive experience in product management, marketing, and technology to Annex Cloud. Prior to founding Annex Cloud, he founded Immply Group, a web development agency. Before that, he led eCommerce at Teleflora where he was responsible for Product Management and Marketing for the teleflora.com, eFlorist and findaflorist.com properties. He also held senior technology roles at SaaS startups including Foodlink Online and Agribuys which offered a lot of learnings that he has been able to utilize in growing Annex Cloud. Under Al's leadership, the Annex Cloud team has grown from 2 to over 150 with people across several offices and 3 continents. Al is a frequent speaker at several trade shows including eTail and shop.org. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his two girls and his family or just catching up on sleep.
VP Client Success
Rachel is the Vice President of Client Success at Bazaarvoice. Her mission is to help existing and future customers unlock and leverage the value of consumer generated content. She’s passionate about helping brands leverage digital innovation to benefit marketing and engagement efforts.
Prior to her nine years at Bazaarvoice, Rachel held roles in both consulting and agency marketing. She graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in International Marketing.
In her spare time, Rachel loves exploring the trails and lakes of Austin with her husband and two kids.
Stefan Britton is CCO of Phrasee, is AI that writes better subject lines, Facebook ads and push messages than humans. Phrasee has become the go-to solution for ambitious marketers, delivering big results for global brands.
With a proven track record of leading highly successful sales operations for both start-up companies and established brands, Stefan Britton joined the Phrasee team in 2016 to build and train a sales team capable of bringing the Phrasee brand and its products to the world.
Drawing on over 20 years of commercial sales experience, Stefan brings a wealth of indispensable knowledge and experience to Phrasee’s commercial department. He now heads up a carefully selected Sales and Marketing team in both the UK and USA for the fastest growing AI-powered copywriting solution recognised by CB Insights as 2017’s Most Innovative AI Company.
Allon is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in the media, content marketing and commerce industries. Prior to TVPage, Allon was Co-founder & CEO of Opticomm, a Broadcast Video Systems Company (sold to Emcore, NASDAQ: EMKR). Customers at Opticomm included NBC, Sony, Viacom and ESPN. Prior to Opticomm, Allon was VP at Hotbar, an Internet Media Start-up that reached over 20M users in <2 years and was successfully sold thereafter. Before Hotbar, Allon was a VC Attorney at Goldfarb, Seligman & Co., focusing on the Israeli high-tech sector. Allon has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporations from the NYU School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Sussex University School of Law in Brighton, England. Allon holds multiple registered US patents spanning video networking, commerce, and syndication.
Vice President of Marketing
Nick Dujnic is the Vice President of Marketing for LiveIntent, where he oversees the company’s brand and demand generation strategies. He is also the host of LiveIntentional, a video series that explains what’s going on in a very complicated digital marketing landscape in a fun and accessible way. The recipient of Marketing Edge’s Rising Star award in 2017, he once inspired the headline "How One Man Did the Impossible: Make Ad-Tech Jargon Fun."
An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Matt Roche is the CEO of Extole, the leading advocate marketing platform. Matt was the founder and CEO of Offermatica, industry's highest-volume landing page optimization and testing platform and one of the first SaaS marketing platforms. It is now known as Adobe Target and serves billions of optimized experiences every week. Matt was also instrumental in the development of Dapper, a leader in Dynamic Creative Optimization solution, which was subsequently acquired by Yahoo!. Early in his career, he co-founded Fort Point Partners, an e-commerce systems integrator. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.
Director, Digital Customer Experience
Avis Budget Group
Keith Swiderski has spent the last fifteen years leading eCommerce efforts for major travel and consumer electronics brands. Keith is currently Director of Digital Customer Experience for Avis Budget Group, one of the largest car rental companies in the world. Prior to that, Keith worked for Wyndham Hotel Group, Samsung and Olympus. Keith is an expert in conversion rate optimization and his team leads all direct eCommerce efforts for the Avis Budget group brands.