Dec. 8-10, 2020 | Live
Connect. Create. Change.
Moderators and Panelists
Executive Director, Missoula Community Foundation
Marcy is a connector, a strategist, a community builder, and a believer in people and place. Her secret superpower in connecting the dots between people, ideas, and systems. For the last 18 years, Marcy has built organizations from the ground up and helped others do the same. She has a deep understanding of community issues, resources, and people. She believes we all rise together. Marcy oversees day-to-day operations of MCF and is responsible for translating broad board objectives into specific plans to achieve immediate goals. Marcy embraces change and believes real organizational shifts come from a place of understanding.
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.
CEO and Co-Founder, Level Forward
Adrienne Becker is CEO and Co-Founder of Level Forward, an ecosystem of storytellers, business people and social change organizers focused on creative excellence in pursuit of economic transformation.
In their first three years, the company was nominated for thirty-seven Tony Awards (What The Constitution Means To Me, Oklahoma! , Slave Play and Jagged Little Pill), produced award-winning feature films including The Assistant, On The Record, and Holler, deployed new technologies including the Labz Live platform, to produce diverse portfolios of feature film, television, and live and digital entertainment.
Adrienne was previously an entrepreneur-in-residence at Creative Artists Agency and CEO of DailyCandy.
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 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.
Brand Marketing, What’s App
Jessica T. Chin is a marketing leader driven by her dual passions of brand impact and consumer-driven insights. She began her career at Apple, inc. driving retail expansion in Asia. After her MBA at Kellogg School of Management, she joined Nike creating new avenues to product, storytelling, and access for consumers. More recently, WhatsApp recruited her to lead brand strategy for global civic engagement and youth culture. Outside of her professional pursuits, Jess is passionate about social impact and thus founded a social enterprise in Asia that empowers marginalized women by providing access to executive mentors and development tools.
COO, ColorCreative and Producer at Hoorae Media
Deniese Davis began her career producing music videos, short films and digital content including Issa Rae’s award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. She is currently a Co-Executive Producer on the HBO Emmy-nominated comedy series Insecure and a Producer on HBO’s Emmy-nominated A Black Lady Sketch Show. She also serves as COO of ColorCreative, a management company for diverse and emerging writers that she co-founded with Issa in 2014. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Deniese is an alumna of CUNY-Brooklyn College (BA, Film Production) and the American Film Institute Conservatory (MFA, Producing). (94 words)
Director, Brand & Product Marketing, Uber
Meg Donovan joined Uber in 2014, as one of the first marketers. At the time, Uber was a niche black car service that had launched in <100 cities worldwide. Since then, Meg has helped grow the business, global marketing organization, and brand into what it is today.
Currently, Meg is the Global Director of Brand and Product Marketing, responsible for leading Uber’s robust consumer product portfolio and the global masterbrand. She has also played an active role in the company’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts during her time at Uber – which has included both sitting on the Board of Directors for Women of Uber, as well as contributing to Uber’s recent actions to become an anti-racist company.
VP of Global Growth + BD – Flipboard
Claus is the head of global Growth and Business Development at Flipboard, leading a team to drive user growth and retention. Previously, he led growth at Texture, an unlimited magazines app that was acquired by Apple, with a focus on driving subscriber and rapid revenue growth through cost effective acquisition strategies.
President, Mississippi Filmmakers Alliance and Executive Director, Oxford Film Festival
Melanie Addington has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2006 in various capacities and became Executive Director in August 2015. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council’s program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers.
Helen Huang procured 1,500 feature films, stand-up specials and documentaries over 12 years in Content Acquisitions for Showtime Networks. In 2016, she was a Nominated Changemaker at the United State of Women – the inaugural women’s summit convened by The White House under President Barack Obama – and is a member of: the Board of Directors for Women in Film, the Board of Advisors of the Middleburg Film Festival, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for years, on the Nominating Committee of the NAACP Image Awards. She is the first film acquisitions executive of Asian descent in US television history.
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).
Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital
Liz Marchi, a founding partner, is also the Head of Community Engagement at Two Bear Capital, a top tier VC firm focused on solutions to challenges in health and wellness. She is the founder of Frontier Angel Funds I and II, Montana’s first angel funds, which seeded more than $20 million in early stage risk capital. She served as the Advisory Board Chair of the Flathead Beacon, an equity financed community media enterprise in Northwest Montana and writes about aging for Flathead Living Magazine. Liz has a background in legislative and public policy issues related to business growth and development at the state and federal levels.
Caitlin Copple Masingill
Founder and President, Full Swing PR
Caitlin Copple Masingill is a strategic communications expert with more than a decade of experience. Her clients can be seen in the likes of Fast Company, Forbes, and The New York Times. In 2019, she led communications to help elect Boise, Idaho’s first female mayor. In July 2020, she launched Electable with co-founder Dr. Christina Barksy. Electable aims to elect more women to local public offices in “flyover” states. In 2011, Caitlin was the first openly queer person elected to the Missoula, Montana City Council. She holds an M.A. in journalism and loves being outside with her young son, Tollie.
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.
B. Monét graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. She holds an MFA from New York University in Film and Television. She is a recipient of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation grant and was selected as one of the winners for the Queen Collective in partnership with Queen Latifah, Tribeca, and P&G. Her short film Ballet After Dark is exclusively streaming on BET.
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.
President Cinedigm Networks
Erick Opeka offers +18 years of experience as an executive bridging entertainment and technology. As President of Cinedigm Networks (NASDAQ:CIDM), he oversees the company’s multi-million user base of OTT services, as well as the development, launch and operations of ten linear, ad-supported and subscription networks.
Erick previously served as SVP of Global Digital for Cinedigm, overseeing the distribution of 60,000+ hours of digital content and managing content strategy & distribution with partners including Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Hulu.
Erick is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America
Managing Vice President of Corporate Communications, Capital One
Scott Stanzel is the Managing Vice President of Corporate Communications at Capital One. Stanzel leads the team that is responsible for communications strategy and execution, including media relations, issues and reputation management, employee communications, and proactive public relations programs to advance the mission of the company.
Prior to joining Capital One, Stanzel was a communications leader at Amazon, serving as Director of Worldwide Marketplace Communications. Earlier in his career, Stanzel served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Press Secretary. An Iowa native, he and his wife have three daughters and live in McLean, Virginia.
Managing Director, West River Group
Lisa Stone is a managing director with West River Group. A co-founder and c-level entrepreneur, Lisa brings experience operating across sales, marketing, product, engineering, content and community to design and lead platforms, pricing and programs that activate millions of people and achieve defined business goals. As a social media pioneer, Lisa used technology to create scale consumer movements and communities (25-127+ million monthly uniques) on topics from lifestyle to enterprise (BlogHer, Ellevest, Law.com, Women.com Networks, Fortune 100 clients, various advisory boards). Awards include Fortune’s MPW Entrepreneur Award, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University.
SVP, Consumer Products, MLS
Maribeth Towers is currently SVP Consumer Products for Major League Soccer (MLS). Prior to MLS, Towers served as SVP, New Initiatives, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
Maribeth has been involved in various charitable organizations including the Board of Directors for the Art Museum Council at the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Alumni Advisory Board for Pepperdine University’s School of Business and Management and the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Maribeth holds a B.S. degree in Marketing and Education from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. in international marketing and finance from Pepperdine University’s School of Business and Management.
Director Content Acquisition, Roku
Jennifer Vaux oversees content acquisition for the ad-supported component of Roku’s owned and operated channel, The Roku Channel. She is responsible for sourcing and executing innovative programming acquisition deals across a range of content and business models. She works to license content for The Roku Channel in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Prior to Roku, Jennifer served as VP of Network Business Strategy & Content Acquisitions for Turner’s entertainment networks forging deals for off-network television series and movie licensing. Jennifer has also worked at NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company in the US and Hit Entertainment in the UK.
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.