February 19 - 22, 2019
JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joshua Kanter joined PetSmart as the EVP of Marketing and Customer Experience in 2017 with deep experience in data-driven marketing, loyalty strategy, digital advertising and branded customer experience.
Prior to PetSmart, Joshua served in several leadership positions including senior vice president of Marketing Strategy at Viking Cruises, senior vice president of Marketing at Caesars Entertainment and associate principal at McKinsey & Company. Joshua graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University, and earned his MBA at the Wharton School of Business. Joshua and his wife, Penny, have a 13-year-old son named Skylor and a Bernedoodle puppy, Zoe.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Head of Growth
Mike Duboe is Head of Growth at Stitch Fix. His org at Stitch Fix covers all performance marketing channels, including Paid Social, SEM, SEO, Display, TV, Radio/Podcast, Direct Mail, Performance Partnerships, and Mobile App Growth. Prior to Stitch Fix, Mike ran growth at Tilt - a social payments platform that was acquired by Airbnb, and began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. He also serves as a growth advisor to a number of consumer startups. Mike has his BS/MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford.
Chief Product Officer
Jetblack, A Walmart Company
Dominique Essig is the Chief Product Officer for Jetblack, membership-based conversational commerce service, and the first company launched by Store No. 8. Essig overseas product management, UX design, and analytics and insights functions. In her current role she is responsible for Jetblack’s product strategy and implementation across the brand technology stack while ensuring the customer experience is positive and consistent at every touch point.
Prior to this role, Essig was the Chief Experience Officer for Bonobos, the men’s e-commerce brand known for better-fitting clothes paired with exceptional customer service. She was responsible for overseeing the product management, UX design, engineering, data science, IT, analytics and insights, and customer service ninjas functions. Essig has more than 16 years of online experience both in North American and Global product management, customer experience and operations, and software development. Prior to joining Bonobos, she worked at Gilt Group where she managed web and mobile experiences including Gilt’s Loyalty program, email and mobile communication, and customer engagement and acquisition. Previously, she spent 12 years at Travelocity where she held a number of senior and director-level product management roles that involved but not limited to developing next-generation shopping initiatives, product strategies and definitions, managing product life cycles, and launching new products for international brands.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor, Neuroscience & Business, Kellogg School of Management
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
General Manager Retail & VP of Sales
Rich Sargente joined BARK, the 21st century brand for dogs and their people, in March 2016 as Vice President of Sales and General Manager of BARK's retail business. As GM of Retail, Sargente oversees the company's growing retail partner network of unique e-commerce destinations and brick-and-mortar retailers. In August 2017, BARK began selling customized toy and treat collections in 1,800+ Target stores nationwide.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
VP, Digital and eCommerce
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP, Global Digital Strategy
U.S. Polo Association
Jose Nino is a multichannel, Google certified, senior level e-commerce and digital marketing executive with over 15 years of experience in the startup, development and management of results oriented e-commerce marketing, technology and operations. A Brand Innovators "40 under 40", he has presented at numerous domestic and international industry conferences.
He is currently Vice President of E-Commerce, Marketing for Perry Ellis International and is responsible for several facets of the organization's domestic and international e-commerce strategy, including P&L responsibility, for its direct to consumer e-commerce brands (Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Cubavera, Callaway Golf Apparel). His strategic oversight and leadership also extends to wholesale e-commerce marketing strategies, as well as the company's digital, omni-channel strategy, over a dozen brands.
VP, eCommerce, Marketing & Strategy
Global Brands Group
Global Brands Group Holding Limited (GBG) is one of the world’s leading branded apparel, footwear and fashion accessories company. It designs, develops, markets and sells products under a diverse array of owned and licensed brands and a wide range of product categories on a global scale Companies under their umbrella include Calvin Klein, Under Armour, Juicy Couture, Frye, Joe’s, Spyder, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Jones New York. Olivia has full P&L responsibility for all digital marketing and E-commerce operations for GBG's West Coast Contemporary Brand Portfolio comprising of bebe.com, BCBG.com, BCBGeneration.com, & Juicycouture.com. She is leaning towards a Case Study
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 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.
Senior Director, International eCommerce
Aaron Zagha is currently the head of eCommerce for Teleflora’s international operations. Outside the US, Teleflora hosts 2,000 white label sites on behalf of local florists and a number of direct-to-consumer sites in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Aaron is responsible for all aspects of online marketing, UX, UI and merchandising. Aaron also currently serves on the board of Newton Baby, which makes the safest sleep products for babies, and Westside Analytics, an online data mining firm providing competitive analysis and research to corporate clients in eCommerce and restaurants. Prior to joining Teleflora, Aaron was a co-founder and COO of Ownza.com, the social shopping and rebate site.
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, 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 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, 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.
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, 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 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 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.
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, Global eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Specialized Bicycle Components
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.
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, 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.
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.
Senior 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. 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.
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.
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.
Global Digital Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CEO & Founder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP Marketing Communication & Content
When Noa was 16 she bought prescriptionless glasses and wore them as if she needed eye correction. Today she leads with great passion (and “real” glasses) the communication & content at GlassesUSA.com educating consumers about buying glasses online. With 18 years of expertise in marketing, advertising & content including brands like JDate, Sprite, L'Oréal & Chevrolet, this storyteller takes pride in authentic and product first brand building.
Director, Growth Marketing
Elaine is responsible for Digital Marketing, Digital Media Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Digital Direct Response