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Video is Eating the World

November 3-5, 2021

Moderators and Panelists

Farah Allen

Farah Allen

CEO of the Labz

Farah Allen is an accomplished media technology leader with over 20 years of Leadership experience. Allen is currently the CEO & founder of ‘The Labz. The Labz is a drag and drop, no-code digital design platform used to create high-end, communication-rich, interactive websites and live event experiences. Farah’s previous executive positions include President and CEO of The Allen Group Management consulting Agency. Her clients included fortune 500 organizations with a need for internal technology innovation and CEO and Cofounder of Song Society App. Farah has the honor of being the AJC Women of the Year for technology and is featured in publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, and Fast Company.

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Director, Institute for Family

Matt is a social worker who believes in family, the importance of listening, and the ability of a story well told to change the world. Matt serves as the Vice President of Programs and Business Development for Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. He earned his master’s in social work at the University of Montana. His career has focused on youth engagement, child welfare practice, organizational leadership, public policy, and media as a catalyst for change. Matt helped to establish the Institute for Family because he sees a clear need for partnering with families to imagine and create a new approach that strengthens families and reduces child maltreatment.

Alex Batdorf

Alex Batdorf

CEO of Get Sh!t Done

Alex Batdorf is a 3X entrepreneur and the Founder & CEO of Get Sh!t Done, the superpower scaling sidekick supporting Womxn entrepreneurs in gaining traction to scale their companies on their own terms. Their motto is F*ck 4% because Womxn entrepreneurs make up nearly 50% of entrepreneurs yet their companies only generate 4% of TOTAL business revenues. Alex believes womxn entrepreneurs deserve better, can do better, and we will by getting sh!t done and gaining traction, together. Get Sh!t Done’s tribe of Womxn Founders gives 4% the middle finger by slaying traction from increasing revenues 5000% in 30 days, increasing revenues 5X YOY, raising millions from investors, acquiring companies, and much more. Prior to founding Get Sh!t Done, she was co-founder & CMO of ZipFit Denim, a multi-million dollar venture-backed eCommerce company that was acquired in 2019. She’s been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, and has spoken around the nation at Harvard, Turner Broadcasting, etc.

Emily Best

Emily Best

CEO at Seed & Spark

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a platform that makes entertainment more diverse, inclusive, connected and essential. Seed&Spark’s platform and national education program have helped thousands of bold storytellers raise millions to bring to life entirely new stories, and Seed&Spark delivers those stories into workplaces for employee training, engagement, and intelligence through our proprietary Impact Screening Platform. We gather the qualitative and quantitative data essential for driving lasting structural change for inclusive and productive workplaces. Find her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Stephanie Bonin

Stephanie Bonin

Exec Dir Downtown Brattleboro Alliance

Stephanie is a successful entrepreneur creating and owning 4 restaurants in Denver, CO & Brattleboro, VT. A graduate of the Women’s Leadership Circle of Windham County, VT, Green Corps: a field school for environmental organizing and a former advocate and lobbyist for COPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), Environment Colorado and NARAL Colorado; advocating for change is in her past, her present, and her future. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic she authored and garnered 2.9 million signers on a Change.org petition calling for ongoing monthly checks until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Telling her story on television and in print media, including Newsweek, Fortune, CNN and The Appeal, became her daily work. Change.org named her Top Changemaker of 2020 and her petition one of the top 10 most influential petitions of 2020. Stephanie currently works with the Economic Security Project supporting the extension of the Child Tax Credit and is the Executive Director of Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA). In her work with DBA she was instrumental in the creation of the statewide initiative: Everyone Eats. A program that uses FEMA dollars to purchase restaurant meals to feed anyone negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program started in August of 2020 and currently is funded through December 2021.

Maya Brewster

Maya Brewster

CPO, VaynerMediaX

Maya Brewster-Dorian is Chief Productions Officer of VaynerX where she oversees all production efforts.

Maya has been a leader in the production industry for over many years, bringing best-in-class communications, events and experiences for global brands, companies and advertising agencies.

Beginning her career at Saatchi & Saatchi, Maya worked her way up the ladder on Madison Avenue, joining J. Walter Thompson. She was soon sought after by multiple production companies, such as Anonymous Content, Partizan Entertainment and RadicalMedia, where she held global executive roles.

In 2015, Maya launched her own company, Network Réseau, as a way to create a new level of thinking in the ever-changing world of content creation.

Maya is a trailblazer in the industry. Her unique background and passion for driving change in the industry allow her to uncover effective solutions for clients, delivering innovative solutions to improve their brand visibility, while addressing the complexities of the industry.

Chris Carfi

Chris Carfi

Christopher Carfi is a community-builder, marketer & technologist exploring the intersection between creators, community, and business models related to NFTs, DAOs, and web3. During the course of his 20+ year career, Chris was at GoDaddy for nearly six years and headed up content and community efforts globally, has worked in startups and big companies, and has developed marketing, customer community and evangelist programs for a number of brands you’ve heard of. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his family.

Nichelle S. Carr

Nichelle S. Carr

Chief Content Officer, AudPop

Nichelle is the Chief Content Officer at AudPop and an independent producer at WC1 Studios. She is passionate about the idea that a story well told can change the world.

Nichelle is a creative executive who specializes in developing big ideas and making them happen. Her creative work includes a digital series with the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and a feature film exposing the horrors of human organ trafficking worldwide, among other projects. Before AudPop and WC1 Studios, Nichelle was a film executive at Universal Pictures in London and Los Angeles.

Nichelle serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA and is an officer of the Board of Directors of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Lynn Casey

Lynn Casey

CEO/Founder ShineScout

Lynn Casey is a highly sought after consumer behavior expert and futurist committed to tapping empathy to inspire innovation. She is driven by the belief that critical analysis of human culture, behavior and trends can help uncover the strongest brand narratives and ensure the biggest leap towards human connection.

Lynn inspires companies including Instagram, Facebook, Fox Studios, Mattel, Sephora, Coca-Cola and more to make decisions informed by authentic, emotional customer stories of experience and desire. Lynn is a frequent speaker, panelist and author, helming her own trend blog: www.thescoutlook.com, and overseeing a consulting group: Shine Scout, Inc.

Jami Crist

Jami Crist

Sr Director Partnerships, Super Coffee

Jami is an accomplished brand marketing leader with over a decade of success. She has a thoughtful understanding of how to connect with people in an authentic and meaningful way. She has a proven ability to navigate complex challenges to achieve business and life goals.In her role as the sports marketing senior manager for the run category at UA she lead the global strategy for all things running. She played a pivotal role in transforming awareness for the brand, turning Under Armour run into one of the top running brands in the industry. As one of the few female sports marketing reps within the run industry, she strived to knock down barriers by helping other females in their careers, professional development, and life. Jami has served on several panels regarding young female leaders in marketing and how to lead with innovation.

Upon departing from UA this past winter, Jami is currently setting into a new adventure as the Senior Director of Partnerships for the growing brand Super Coffee.

Jaime Davila

Jaime Davila

Producer

Jaime Dávila is a leader among the generation of producers dedicated to creating more authentic and inclusive content through a Latinx lens. Dávila has established Campanario Entertainment as a prolific source of multilingual content and a production bridge between the U.S. and Latin America, with an authenticity to its Latinx roots and appeal for mainstream audiences.

Dávila’s slate includes the popular Netflix Original, Selena: The Series, which celebrates and tells the life of Mexican American singer and icon Selena Quintanilla. The series garnered 25 million households during its initial premiere and reached Netflix’s Top 10 in over 23 countries. The series held the numberone spot in the United States during premiere week and spent 26 days in Mexico’s Netflix Top 10. Along with the top-charting Netflix Original, additional productions from Campanario Entertainment include Como Sobrevivir Soltero, a dramedy for Amazon Prime Video which has scored a two season order for the service on the heels of a successful season 1 premiere in 2020; Bravo’s groundbreaking Realscreen and Imagen Award-nominated series Mexican Dynasties; the family separation and immigration documentary Colossus; along with a number of projects in development including Bridges,a multi-generational series to be produced in partnership with Eva Longoria’s UnbelieEVAbleEntertainment. Campanario is also known for Camelia La Texana (for Telemundo) and Laugh Factory EnEspanol (with Pantaya).

Dávila’s commitment to increasing Latinx representation in the media extends beyond Campanario Entertainment; he also works with aspiring creators as a mentor and is involved with non-profit organizations that are determined to change the very fabric of the entertainment industry from top to bottom. Dávila was recently elected as the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s board treasurer after serving as a board member for the non-profit which advocates for fair and consistent representation of Latinos in the media and entertainment industries. Before launching Campanario, Dávila also served in leadership roles at ICM Partners, ITV Studios, and Bravo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard and a Master of Science in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford.

Claire Daughtery

Claire Daughtery

Branded Content Partner, Facebook

As Facebook Branded Content Partner, Claire Daugherty helps facilitate impactful branded content partnership programs. Before Facebook, she helped established and disruptor brands build effective digital influencer campaigns, working with the likes of YouTube, Uber and many others.

Emily Dell

Emily Dell

Head of Content, Screenwriter’s Craft Summit

Writer/Director Emily Dell crafts high-energy stories across narrative, branded and documentary film. She directed thriller HOW I MET YOUR MURDERER for Lifetime (Premiere May 2021) and created/directed the series TROUBLED YOUTH for digital network CryptTV, which received over 14 million views.
As a writer, Dell’s action script TIGER MOTHER was just acquired by Amazon Studios, to be produced by Di Novi Entertainment (CRAZY, STUPID LOVE; RAY DONOVAN) and directed by Sasie Sealy (LUCKY GRANDMA). Her graphic novel VERONA for Emet Comics is available wherever comic books are sold.

Dell is developing unscripted series “Women In The Wild” with TV Showrunner Wendy Calhoun (EMPIRE, STATION 19, etc). Dell’s action short BATTLE currently airs on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network. Horror short HELEN, (starring Aimee Garcia of LUCIFER) premiered at BIFAN, the world’s largest genre festival and for CryptTV and Blumhouse Films she created an original short for the feature film UPGRADE, which had over 1 million views in the first week.

She directs commercials and branded content for clients such as Marvel Studios, Fox Home Video, PepsiCo, Estee Lauder, and was awarded a 2017 American Advertising (“Addy”) Award.

Dell attended NYU film school, and UC Berkeley, with dual degrees in Neurobiology and International Literature. Proudest achievements include the ability to eat M&M’s with chopsticks, officiating the wedding of her two best friends, and the time she sold a dirty poem for a bottle of 18-year-old-Scotch.

Stacy Katz

Stacy Katz

Creator of What the What?! Card game

Stacy Katz is a veteran brand builder and co-creator of the best-selling, award winning family game Not Parent Approved.  Her newest game is What the What?! The Party Game: Reinvented. One of her greatest missions is to get her son off the screen and into life. She’s determined to make real life more entertaining than any virtual world and more satisfying than killing zombies or posting selfies. Well Why Not Media develops products and media that infuse wonder, curiosity, magic, and levity into homes and hearths worldwide.

Josh Halpern

Josh Halpern

Head of Government Affairs, Big Commerce

Mr. Josh Halpern, aka The VanBassador, currently heads BigCommerce’s Government Affairs Department where he supports the proliferation of scalable ecommerce solutions that enable merchants to sell across multiple channels and geographies from a single dashboard. 

Josh served as a U.S. Commercial Diplomat (Foreign Service Officer) leading the retail, franchise, logistics, luxury & cosmetics industry portfolios for the U.S. Embassy in China prior to being asked to return to Silicon Valley to launch the Obama Administration’s national eCommerce Innovation Lab for the U.S. Department of Commerce. During his tenure Josh leveraged private sector solutions to fast-track U.S. companies into overseas markets. His work inspired the creation of the Getting to Global Initiative.

He speaks regularly at industry conferences and events across the U.S., Asia, LATAM, and EU related to cross-border ecommerce optimization and hosts his own youtube channel and interview series from his mobile video studio called The VanBassador. 

He is the creator of the Culture Agents, an interactive education program promoting cross-cultural understanding among youth.

Mr. Halpern is a commissioned and tenured Foreign Service Officer. He holds a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MBA from INSEAD and an EMBA from Tsinghua University. He speaks Spanish and Chinese.

Jason Holland

Jason Holland

President, Global Business at Firework

Jason Holland serves as President of Global Business at Firework, the short-form video platform designed to bring a shoppable, livestream video experience to any website. Since joining Firework in July of 2020, Jason has been integral to the company’s meteoric rise in profile and rapid expansion into markets across the globe. To fuel such growth, Jason draws from a 20-plus-year wellspring of experience as a leader, innovator, and driver of change within the digital media and marketing ecosystems of multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Kraft, Unilever, Kellogg’s, among others. Jason plays a pivotal role in the ongoing success of Firework introducing the company’s vision for the future of e-commerce to direct-to-consumer brands, retailers and media publishers — a decentralized future in which brands can create and host immersive, shoppable video content on their own websites by adding just a single line of HTML code. Jason is continuously spearheading strategies for company partners to cater to new consumer demographics with short-form and livestream video, including the company’s recent industry-first partnership with grocery goliath Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Prior to joining Firework, Jason served as Global Chief Operating Officer and Partner at Evolve Media LLC. Throughout his 8 years at Evolve, Jason oversaw internal and external global operations playing a critical role in the company’s private equity rounds plus expanding the company’s footprint beyond the US, successfully establishing their international brand in markets such as Canada, the UK, and Australia. By the time he ended his tenure at Evolve, Jason had led their TotallyKidz brand to become the 3rd largest online platform for children in the world, generating a 20+% increase in global gross margin. Today, Jason remains as an Advisor to the business.

Michelle Huie

Michelle Huie

Founder & CEO, ShopDot Founder, VIM & VIGR

Michelle Huie is a creative sales and marketing leader with success in launching innovative brands across various industries – technology, apparel, manufacturing, and healthcare. Her expertise in big data analytics, strategy development and implementation, and brand management have helped create billion-dollar brands.

Michelle spent over 15 years in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry and worked in leadership roles ranging from business development, sales and marketing. In 2013, she founded VIM & VIGR stylish compression legwear, a wellness apparel brand sold in over 1,300 locations throughout the US and internationally. In 2018, VIM & VIGR was named one of the fastest growing private companies by INC 5000. Michelle is currently working on ShopDot, a platform that empowers retailers to build and grow their online product assortment without operational hassle or inventory risk.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg Northwestern School of Management. She is also a lecturer at the University of Montana.

Michelle has been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, INC, Thrive Global and QVC.

Morgan Gicquel

Morgan Gicquel

AudPop filmmaker

Writer, producer, spectator, Morgann Gicquel is a 30-something filmmaker who started her career when she was 9 filming extensive sequence-shots with teddy bears. After directing The Scrooge Mystery in 2017 – her debut feature-length documentary funded thanks to AudPop and Kickstarter – she has produced and created many successful social media only series such as Riddle Me This, Kill in the Blank and Beauty Wow. She now dabbles between XY Media – the first & only French transgender-focussed news outlet that she helped create – and Jellynote a new musical adventure set to start in 2022…

Kyle Kaczmarek

Kyle Kaczmarek

CEO KDMG Media

A business development and sales executive possessing over 22 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry, Kyle Kaczmarek is as an expert within the niche areas of digital media, distribution, and new technology. Having successfully demonstrated a well-rounded skill set including strategic planning, business development, team leadership, project management, and supply chain management skills throughout his career, Kyle is consistent in analyzing market trends and capitalizing on domestic and global market opportunities to create high-profit, high-visibility partnerships through product development, brand positioning, and innovative marketing and new media solutions.

Currently serving as CEO and co-founder of Kaczmarek Digital Media Group, Inc. (KDMG), Kyle is responsible for the development and growth of profitable new business, as well as developing and maintaining effective key partner relationships within the organization. Accountable for overseeing corporate sales goals and projections, Kyle also maanges the organization’s strategic business goals, quality customer service, and workforce processes, all while staying abreast of state-of-the-art technology and new business opportunities for both KDMG and the organization’s clients.

Carla Lee

Carla Lee

Creator and EP, NICETAN

In the bio of a 3rd grade book report, Carla Lee announced that she wanted to be a “Comedy Clown” and has been making you laugh ever since. Carla’s passion is tackling creative projects that surprise, delight, and challenge people, and prioritize inclusivity and representation. She’s the Creator and EP of QPOC-led sketch comedy collective NICE TAN, one of 6 winners of the 2019 Yes, And Laughter Lab for original comedy projects about topics that matter. Nice Tan’s sketches have appeared at the 2018 Audience Awards Race To Justice film competition, the 2019 BESLA conference, SF Sketchfest, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, and on numerous digital platforms. Carla successfully funded Nice Tan’s series pilot through Seed & Spark, and is excited to start production in 2022. She serves as an Executive Board Member at SF Bay Area sketch comedy powerhouse Killing My Lobster, where she has written and performed in numerous live shows, including “Pyler Terry Presents Pyler Terry, A Pyler Terry Production” and “Honey I Shrunk the Whites” an all POC-led production for which she took home the 2018 Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance In A Principal Role. You may also recognize her from the occasional commercial, or as a performer/facilitator at corporate events throughout Chicago and the SF Bay Area. Carla currently has an original social commentary horror feature in development, because what better way to channel pandemic-era creative energy than towards something irreverent and terrifying?

Jaclyn Lindsay

Jaclyn Lindsay

CEO of Kindness.org

Jaclyn Lindsey, co-founder and CEO of kindness.org, believes that kindness is humanity’s greatest asset. It was this ethos that inspired her to launch kindness.org, a global non-profit building evidence-based programs for kinder classrooms, communities and workplaces. Jaclyn has spent over a decade in the nonprofit space, where she’s helped raise more than $100M for domestic and international missions. An author & keynote speaker, she sits on the board of Children in Conflict and is an advisor to Expectful. When she’s not in the middle of a pandemic, Jaclyn loves adventuring around with her husband, Mancel, and two boys, Abel and River, and spending time with family, friends or strangers around a dinner table.

Sandra Lopez

Sandra Lopez

VP, Intel Sports

Sandra E. Lopez is VP for Intel Sports and is responsible for partnering with the sports and media industry to provide future fans with the next generation of immersive media experiences. In her role, the team is focused on leading the business, marketing, and market development efforts of Intel Sports and Studios. Lopez is also the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on VR/AR/XR.

Over the course of her career, Lopez has received numerous recognitions, including “Most Powerful Women in Tech” (National Diversity Council), “Top Women in Media” (Cynopsis), “Top 10 Latina Executives” (LatinaStyle), “Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in Information Technology” (HiTec) and “Game Changer” (Sports Business Journal).

Julian Leuthold

Julian Leuthold

CEO of Get Global

Julian is the founder and CEO of GetGlobal, the largest summit on international expansion, strategy, and operations in North America. He founded GetGlobal to gather the leading voices in international business, as well as to provide companies with the relationships they need for success in foreign markets. Since its first edition in 2016, the GetGlobal summits have broken new ground in gathering executives and senior leaders from all major industries as well as from across the global business landscape covering every region.

Julian is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he specialized in South Asian security, economics, and politics, earning his degree in International Relations and Business with graduate course work at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. Prior to his time at USC, he worked in the entertainment and online media industry as the Southern California director of a diversified event, media, and marketing firm assisting Fortune 100 companies.

Connect with Julian on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

Amanda Malko

Amanda Malko

CMO, G2

Amanda Malko is the CMO of G2, the world’s largest software marketplace used by more than 60M software buyers each year. Amanda is an award-winning go-to-market leader with deep experience accelerating the growth and reputations of category-disruptor brands and the entrepreneurial cultures behind them. Her career spans both marketing and operational leadership roles, including Mailchimp where she most recently led the company’s partner program and marketplace business. Prior to Mailchimp, she served as the CMO at 360i, named one of the 25 most influential marketing agencies of the 21st century and CMO of Tongal, a global creative marketplace with 120,000 writers, directors, and animators. She frequently writes and speaks on marketing in the digital age, and has appeared in publications and on stage with AdAge, Mashable, the AMA, 4As, Forrester Marketing Forum, SaaStr, and more.

Amanda Manna

Amanda Manna

CMO, G2

Amanda Manna is Vice President and Head of Strategic Narrative, leading Singularity University’s methodology for helping organizations and leaders create a future-focused vision and strategy. Through strategic narrative, organizations partner with SU to discover probable, possible future scenarios; define the future they desire out of those possibilities, and explain their vision to key stakeholders in order to inspire and engage them in realizing that future.  

Previously Amanda was co-founder of Uncommon Partners, which was acquired by Singularity University in 2019. Prior to that, she was a Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, where she led development of future narratives and partnerships for the Fortune 50 home improvement retailer. Her leadership secured global recognition for the company’s breakthroughs, including in-store autonomous robotics, exoskeletons for employees, and the first store in space—a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station.

Amanda earned a BA in Communications from North Carolina State University. Outside of work, you can find Amanda spending time with her family in Charlotte, NC where they love to cheer on the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets.

Amy Jo Martin

Amy Jo Martin

NYT Bestselling Author, Podcast host, & CEO, Renegade Collective

Amy Jo Martin is a New York Times Best Selling author of “Renegades Write The Rules”, Investor and Founder/CEO of the Renegade Accelerator. Forbes has named her the third most powerful woman on Twitter and with an audience of over a million people, her Why Not Now? podcast has included guests such as Tony Robbins, Mark Cuban and Jessica Alba. Amy Jo founded and exited one of the first social media agencies to exist which developed the social media footprints and strategies for Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Hilton Worldwide, Fox Sports, UFC and various other global brands. Prior to founding her first company, Amy Jo was an executive in the NBA.
Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald

CEO of Kyndoo

Kelly McDonald is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kyndoo, a predictive data platform for social commerce helping brands find, vet, and hire social influencers the drive results. Prior to founding Kyndoo, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of Revenue, Operations and People at RealtyShares. An entrepreneur at heart, Kelly loves working on big problems at the earliest stages of a company. She is driven by her passion for the people she leads, and the journey toward the greater vision they share.

Aidan McLaughlin

Aidan McLaughlin

Director of Storytelling and Branded Content, Indeed

Aidan McLaughlin is the director of storytelling and branded content at Indeed. In his role, he is responsible for creating content at Indeed, in any format, that is entertaining, engaging and informative, that people are willing to consume and share with their networks. Indeed is at the intersection of the global labour market with over 200 million job seekers and 16 million jobs every month. It represents the number of opportunities we have—each and every day—to change people’s lives by helping them get jobs. But in the billions of annual visits to Indeed, it’s Aidan’s role to tell the incredibly powerful stories of individual job seekers.

Colin Mcrae

Colin Mcrae

Executive Producer at Shopify

Colin McRae is an internationally recognized Executive Producer, Development Executive, Creative Director and Filmmaker who’s work for streamers, studios, broadcasters and brands has earned accolades and awards. Colin leads the development and production on premium content initiatives for Shopify.

Recently, he Executive Produced “Own The Room”, Shopfiy’s first feature documentary and the first fillm to be acquired by National Geographic and Disney+ together. He has built partnerships, co-developed and Executive Produced projects with Anonymous Content, Discovery, NBCU, Disney+, Wheelhouse / Spoke Studios, NHL, NFL, WWE, Uninterrupted, Banger Films, Campfire Studios, Bunim Murray, Red Bull Media House, CBC, MTV, Muchmusic and more.

Colin was also a part of the award-winning team that developed and produced the inaugural slates for Viceland (Canada / USA) working closely with the New York and Los Angeles teams, under the creative leadership of Spike Jonze. He Executive Produced a number of signature VICE documentaries and series.

He continues to play in the white space, creating premium entertainment solutions with filmmakers, creators, producers, brands and distributors. The goal always; to create sticky content that audiences crave and platforms need.

Radha Mehta

Radha Mehta

AudPop Filmmaker

Radha Mehta is a BIPOC (South Asian) woman filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California and is currently a Directing Fellow at American Film Institute. Prior to attending AFI, Radha served as a Director/Producer on various short documentaries on social justice causes including domestic violence and sexual assault, mental health, taboos within the South Asian culture, and most recently mothers recovering from substance abuse disorders while staying united with their newborns. Radha has been accepted into two Sundance Co//ab Workshops including “Developing Your Story” with June Cross, and “Crafting Your Story In Post” with Maxine Trump, and with the help of her Sundance Advisors and Mentors and the invaluable lessons taught in each course, she has since expanded and strengthened her craft in documentary filmmaking including the film “Being Gina” and “Parent Ally” as two of her most recently completed films.

Given her background in documentary filmmaking, Radha hopes to hone in on many untold true stories of the underserved and underrepresented and, with the help of AFI and beyond, craft compelling and humanizing narratives to affect positive social change.

Dustin Murphy

Dustin Murphy

AudPop FilmMakers

Dustin Curtis Murphy is an award-winning filmmaker from Los Angeles who now resides in London. After winning Best Student Short at the age of 18 at Shriekfest, Hollywood, Murphy has continued to make short films that have screened at top tier international film festivals. His latest film Samaritan was supported by The Climate Story Lab (BFI Network and Exposure Labs). It has won the Grand Prize at the Pattrn & The Weather Channel’s #EarthFilmChallenge, won Best International Short at the Sedona Film Festival, and was a Semi-Finalist at the Academy Award Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. His previous film festival hit, Nora, premiered at the BFI as the centrepiece of a TED Talk event and won 19 awards at various festivals, including two for best director. Murphy is currently shifting from shorts to features while also creating commercial and branded content for a variety of brands.

More info at: www.dcmfilmmaker.com

Megan Murray

Megan Murray

Executive Producer at DELL

Executive Producer, Megan Murray has nearly 13 years of Production experience. Her career in commercial production began in a photography studio where her enthusiasm for all things production quickly flourished, sending her full force into the field, and motivating her to sharpen her skills. She has spent the better part of her career, over 10 years, as a Producer at Dell Technologies and has since produced numerous award-winning spots and photography. Megan currently manages the Consumer, Small Business, and Gaming Content Production Team on Dell Blue, of Dell Technologies, one of the largest in-house agencies in the world. She has a personal interest in raising awareness around diversity & inclusion within the field of production. And admires the encouragement and initiative of Dell Technologies and its team members to take giant leaps necessary to make noticeable change.

Quincy Newell

Quincy Newell

CEO, TwentyOne14 Media

Quincy Newell is an attorney, a published author, and an award nominated and experienced production, development and distribution executive, with deep knowledge of all facets of the business from development, acquisitions, and negotiations, to production, business planning and marketing (both theatrical and DTV).

After spending the past 30-years shaping business, marketing and distribution strategies for Rhino Records, UrbanWorks Entertainment, Vivendi Distribution, Codeblack Entertainment and mini-major, Lionsgate, Newell launched TwentyOne14 Media with the mission to deliver resonant content to underserved audiences by leveraging digital technology as the anchor exploitation mechanism.

Isabel Rafferty

Isabel Rafferty

CEO, Canela Media

Isabel Rafferty Zavala is the Founder and CEO of Canela Media, a leading digital media tech company that effectively connects brands with multicultural audiences through various touchpoints including its newly launched streaming platform, Canela.TV, influencer marketing, branded content, and more than 180 exclusive Spanish-language sites. She is recognized in the industry for her avant-garde approach and success launching digital marketing companies and is regarded as one of the most accomplished Hispanic business leaders in advertising. 

Prior to launching Canela Media, Rafferty founded Mobvious Media in 2016, a company devoted to reaching U.S. Hispanic and African American audiences through mobile advertising. Under her leadership, Mobvious became the second largest Hispanic-focused ad network according to Comscore and was acquired by PRISA Group in 2017. From 2012-2016, Rafferty was Vice President at Adsmovil and led the company’s expansion in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, offices, driving annual sales from zero to ten million dollars. 

Rafferty has also worked for renown Hispanic media companies such as Entravision and Impremedia helping them deploy their digital media products and expanding their sales initiatives using cross-channel strategies. 

She earned her B.A. in Business and Marketing from the California State University San Marcos and was Culture Marketing Council’s 2019 Rising Star Award recipient. Rafferty resides in New York with her husband and three sons, and actively serves the community as a Board Member of Father Joe’s Villages, one of the largest and most recognized nonprofits serving the homeless.

Mandy Sugrue

Mandy Sugrue

Social Impact, Communications, Facebook

Hello. I love building the convergence between well-chosen words, smart design, digital strategy, and thoughtful media outreach to reach people with stories and inspire progressive movements forward. I’m a public speaker, writer and seasoned communications leader with nearly 15 years of experience fluidly working between local politics, global brands, the UN and international NGOs. My expertise is in leading teams to help organizations drive positive impact in the world. Previously based in Paris, Geneva, DC, San Francisco and Vermont. Currently living the nomad life with my coffee maker.

Tiffani Carter Thompson

Tiffani Carter Thompson

VP, Marketing, Thrive Cosmetics

From her start in beauty on the Estee Lauder brand PR team, to leading client groups, such as Sephora, Avon and Carol’s Daughter at Tractenberg & Co., to managing global communications for skincare brand philosophy, Tiffani’s experience allows her to break the traditional marketing mold. While at philosophy, Tiffani was instrumental in creating the brand’s first brand-wide charity, the Hope & Grace Initiative, wherein 1% of proceeds are donated to women’s mental health organizations.

Most recently, Tiffani commanded integrated communications, including paid media, digital strategies, content development and influencer marketing for the SHISEIDO brand in the US. At SHISEIDO, Tiffani created a new stream of communications initiatives focused on elevating content deployment and nurturing influencer communities. Within the company, Tiffani also led the Shiseido Americas DO IT NOW Diversity & Inclusion Network.

Regan Walsh

Regan Walsh

VP, Renegade Collective & Speaker/Author

Regan Walsh is the VP of Programming at Renegade where she focuses on helping women who are overprogrammed and underwhelmed to reclaim their lives, both personally and professionally. She contributes to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been featured in Fast Company, NBC.com, Today, and Real Simple.

Regan has supported thousands of women through coaching, and she is regularly asked to give keynotes, facilitate workshops, and speak on panels for Fortune 500 companies. She has done so for clients like Freddie Mac, Nike, Intuit, and JPMorgan.

Heart Boss, her debut memoir, was published in March.

Regan is located in Columbus, Ohio, and leads a community of Renegades from all over the world.

Gina Wassemiller

Gina Wassemiller

Parent Ally, F.I.R.S.T. Clinic

Gina Wassemiller is the Parent Ally for the FIRST Legal Clinic. Gina is also a Contracted Social Service Specialist with the Office of Public Defense Parent Representation Program. She has many years of experience working with families involved in the child welfare system. Gina helps parents overcome obstacles and reach a positive outcome. Gina has been a member of the Snohomish County Table of Ten. She also was the facilitator and member for Snohomish County Parent Ally Committee. She also facilitated the Life During CPS support group. Gina has been a voting member of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee. She has also participated in the Birth Parent National network. Gina has been the Coordinator for the Parent for Parent program at the YWCA.
Gina brings true passion and hope to the work she does with families. Gina was one of the parents she works with today in December 2006. Her case ended in a relinquishment of her parental rights by choice. In September 2009 she became involved again in a voluntary case. She continues to advocate for the parents for the best outcome. Gina believes a positive outcome is one, a parent can live with forever. She knows this from her own experience. She is a survivor of Domestic Violence and a recovering addict. Gina meets parents where they are at and instills hope into each parent she works with. Gina is living proof that People Change and Families Reunite.

Nia Weeks

Nia Weeks

Co-Founder of Detangled

Nia Weeks is a native of New Orleans, and has spent years fighting for the rights of women, children, and families. Graduating with a law degree from the Loyola School of Law, her post Law School career has been immersed in work that focuses on addressing a variety of systemic issues that marginalized community members have asked to be examined. She is currently the founder and Director of Citizen SHE United, which mobilizes Black Women around the state to actively participate in changing the system so that it begins to work for them and their children. Her work focuses on the intersectional issues of economically and socially disadvantaged black women in Louisiana so that they may be fully informed about their options and be given a full breadth of understanding of the totally of the life impact on any decision they make
Nia brings over 20 years of grassroots activism that includes; political strategy rooted in systemic change and drafting legislation focused on intersersectional community issues. As Founder of Citizen SHE United Nia has a vision to be part of the answer to righting the wrongs of systemic oppression in Louisiana. SHE is an advocacy group in Louisiana that is building an aligned base of Black Women who inform, advocate for and enact a collective policy agenda to address the needs of Black Women across the state. This decentralized base is well-coordinated and supported by an interactive social media presence. Building power for Black women in Louisiana through a comprehensive strategy that builds the skills, capacity, and profiles of Black women who can advance a proactive policy agenda and represent a vibrant and activated statewide base that informs, supports, and advances Black Women’s vision for Louisiana.

Paige Williams

Paige Williams

Founder & CEO, AudPop

Paige Williams knows firsthand that one film can change hearts and minds. Williams’ first feature documentary “Mississippi Queen”—that examined how one loves their family when everyone fundamentally disagrees—was screened in over 100 film festivals and won many audience awards. Her second feature documentary, “From Place to Place,” created impact on a state and national level—leading to one of the most significant pieces of national child welfare reform legislation in the past 50 years. Williams founded AudPop in 2013 to connect filmmakers to opportunities to create more change in the world—and since, AudPop has been recognized by Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines for its innovation.

Jabeen Yusuf

Jabeen Yusuf

CEO at HealthPlus Studios

Jabeen Yusuf is a seasoned social impact
strategist and brand marketer with a passion for improving health and wellness for children and families. Prior to founding Health+ Studio, Jabeen served as Vice President, Strategic Engagement at Center For Youth Wellness, a pediatric health care non-profit organization founded by California’s Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris to improve health outcomes for children impacted by trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Jabeen led the Center’s marketing communications, thought leadership and public
education initiatives.

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