Next Conference: February 23-27, 2015

Social Media Week

NYC Keynote Speakers

Alec Ross
Senior Advisor for Innovation of Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation of Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals and stewarding Secretary of State Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft agenda. In this role, Alec helps ensure America’s leadership and advances the State Department’s interests on a range of issues from Internet Freedom to disaster response to responding to regional conflicts.

Previously, Alec served as the Convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded the nonprofit organization One Economy and grew it from modest origins in a basement into the world’s largest digital divide organization, with programs on four continents.

He was named the 2010 Middle East/North Africa Technology Person of the Year, cited by the Huffington Post as one of “10 Game Changers in Politics,” named a “game changer” as one of Politico’s “50 Politicos to watch” in 2010, and named one of 40 under 40 leaders in international development. In 2011, he was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy Magazine.

Alec has served as a guest lecturer at numerous institutions including the United Nations, Harvard Law School, Stanford Business School, the London School of Economics, and a number of parliamentary bodies. His writing has appeared in publications including the SAIS Review of International Affairs, the NATO Review and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.

Friday 2/17
Social & Environmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Alex Bogusky
Co-Founder of Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Alex Bogusky, Co-Founder of Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Alex Bogusky’s career in communications began over twenty years ago when he joined Crispin and Porter Advertising in 1989 as an art director, eventually running the agency a decade later. Under Alex’s direction, Crispin Porter + Bogusky grew to more than 1,000 employees, with offices in Miami, Boulder, Los Angeles, London and Sweden, and with annual billings over $1Billion. During Alex’s leadership, CP+B became the world’s most awarded advertising agency. CP+B is the only agency to have won the Cannes Advertising Grand Prix in all five categories: Promo, Media, Cyber, Titanium, and Film. In 2002, Alex was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. In 2010, Alex received the rare honor of being named “Creative Director of the Decade” by Adweek magazine.

Always drawn towards social responsibility, while at CP+B, Alex created groundbreaking cause initiatives such as the “Truth Campaign,” the most successful youth-focused anti-tobacco education initiative in US history, and helped Vice President, Al Gore debunk the notion of “Clean Coal,” with TV spots directed by the Coen Brothers of “Fargo” fame. In 2010 Alex left what he called, “the best job on the planet,” to create The FearLess Revolution with his wife, Ana Bogusky, and Rob Schuham. He and his band of insurgents, recently launched COMMONCM, a collaborative network for rapidly prototyping social ventures under a unified brand.

Wednesday 2/15
Social & Environmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Ben Kaufman
CEO and founder of Quirky
Ben Kaufman, CEO and Founder of Quirky

Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents’ house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. Shortly after mophie won “Best of Show” at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving people around the world in the development of new consumer products. The rapid growth of the mophie brand led to its acquisition in August of 2007, which allowed Ben to focus his efforts on bringing his idea of ‘social product development’ to the next level. After two years of research and development on the unique technology platform that became the foundation of his future work, Ben publicly launched Quirky in June of 2009.

A passionate and opinionated speaker, Ben talks Quirky, products and design to audiences around the world. His work has landed him in hundreds of newspapers (New York Times, USA Today, New York Observer), magazines (Business Week, Entrepreneur, Inc., WIRED) and TV networks (CNBC, FOX Business News, The Today Show). In 2007, Inc Magazine named Ben the top entrepreneur in the country under the age of 30. He was 20 at the time. Other than participating in the development of awesome new products, Ben’s favorite things include his niece Lily, Jay-Z, cool kicks and black t-shirts.

Wednesday 2/15
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT

Carol McCall
Chief Strategy Officer GNS Healthcare

Carol McCall, Chief Strategy Officer of GNS Healthcare

Carol McCall is a health actuary with a background in innovation, predictive analytics and health services design. Her specialties are creating novel computational approaches that leverage ‘big data’ in healthcare, and designing services and business models that expand the traditional notions of health, care, community and sustainability.

Carol is the Chief Strategy Officer for GNS Healthcare, a Big Data Analytics company whose industrialized knowledge discovery platform extracts cause-effect relationships directly and at scale from observational data. Her goal is to leverage these capabilities to redesign the entire notion of ‘evidence’ and ignite a true learning system in healthcare.

Prior to joining GNS Healthcare, Carol served as Chief Innovation Officer of Tenzing Health, a subsidiary of Vanguard Health Systems, where she merged creative analytic approaches with human-centered design to build team-based care models that improved people’s health, dramatically reduced costs, extended into communities and created new opportunities for economic sustainability.

Carol also led the R&D efforts in Humana’s Innovation Center where she pioneered using sophisticated analytics to build a portfolio of prediction, knowledge discovery and simulation models. She also launched Humana’s innovations in personalized medicine and led Humana’s Health Services Research Center. Carol also helped launch Green Ribbon Health, LLC a Florida-based company creating innovations in health support services for seniors, and later served on the Board of Directors.

In other roles at Humana, Carol served as their Chief Information Officer and as VP, Pharmacy Management. Outside of Humana, she served as EVP of Managed Care Business Development for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions and as an actuarial consultant for Milliman.

Carol served a four-year term as member of the nation’s National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, as an advisor to the HRP Scientific Program Board and was a member of the HSRC’s governing board. She currently sits on the advisory board of Keas, a consumer health company. Carol is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Monday 2/13
Carol McCall, Chief Strategy Officer, GNS Healthcare Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Chris Kaskie
President of Pitchfork
Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork

Chris Kaskie is the President of Pitchfork, the essential guide to independent music and beyond. With more than 4 million unique visitors each month and 500,000 visits each day, Pitchfork has one of the Web’s most loyal audiences, and is considered one one of the world’s most popular, respected, and influential music publications. In addition to developing Pitchfork into an internationally renowned online music magazine, Chris runs the company day-to-day and is an architect of Pitchfork’s growth and expansion into other arenas, such as the Pitchfork Music Festivals and He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy and two children, Cecilia and James.

Wednesday 2/15
Art & Culture Content Hub at Hearst Magazines

Dave Gray
Founder of XPLANE
Dave Gray, Founder of XPLANE

Dave Gray is the Founder of XPLANE, the visual thinking company, and a Partner in the Dachis Group, a social business consultancy. Dave’s time is spent researching, sketching and writing on innovation, design, systems thinking, and creativity in business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public.

His latest book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers details more than 80 tools and techniques used by the world’s leading innovators.

He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.

Wednesday 2/15
Business & Innovation Content Hub at Bloomberg

David Eastman
CEO of JWT North America
David Eastman, CEO of JWT North America

David Eastman is CEO of JWT North America. He is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the North American network with a particular focus on the JWT head office, New York.

David is also Worldwide Digital Director for JWT. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the digital discipline within JWT and all subsidiary companies.

He is also a member of the JWT global executive committee.

David became involved in digital in 1997 and previously worked at the Omnicom-owned Republic Family, where he was Chief Executive since June 2007 looking after a portfolio of interactive agencies ranging from digital creative to marketing technology and including five-time UK digital agency of the year, Agency Republic. Prior to that, he spent seven years at TBWA aligned most recently as President & Worldwide Chief Executive, where he was responsible for all aspects of worldwide operations. He was also a member of the TBWA global operating group.

He has worked with numerous clients including: British Airways, T-Mobile, Mercedes, The Economist, British Telecom, Carphone Warehouse, Microsoft, eBay and Heineken.

He is a Webby judge and has had articles published in or been interviewed for The Times, Business Week, New Media Age and Revolution magazine, as well as numerous speaking engagements including the Cannes Ad Festival, Internet World and Mobile World. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the U.K. and a TEDster. Eastman also completed the Omnicom/Harvard Business School senior management program.

Monday 2/13
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT

Don Tapscott
CEO of The Tapscott Group
Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology. For over 30 years, he has introduced many ground breaking concepts that have embedded into contemporary understanding.

He has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books including the 1992 best seller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 hit, The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet, and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work Digital Capital introduced seminal ideas like “the business web,” described by Business Week as “pure enlightenment.” Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best selling management book in 2007 and has been translated into over 25 languages.

The Economist described his newest work Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World a “Schumpeterian story of creative destruction,” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” His work continues as the Chairman of the innovation think tank, Moxie Insight, a member of World Economic Forum and an Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Monday 2/13
Social & Environmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Douglas Rushkoff
Author & Media Theorist Program or Be Programmed
Douglas Rushkoff, Author & Media Theorist Program or Be Programmed

Winner of the Media Ecology Association’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics.

His new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, a followup to his Frontline documentary, Digital Nation. His last book, an analysis of the corporate spectacle called Life Inc., was also made into a short, award-winning film.

His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He wrote a series of graphic novels called Testament, and his new graphic novel, A.D.D., was just released by Vertigo.

He has written and hosted three award-winning Frontline documentaries – The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and most recently, Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier.

His commentaries have aired on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and have appeared in publications from The New York Times to Time magazine. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times and Guardian of London, as well as regular columns for ArthurDiscover Magazine and The Feature. He also hosted is own radio program on WFMU, The Media-Squat.

Rushkoff is finishing his PhD at Utrecht University’s New Media Program. He has taught regularly for the MaybeLogic Academy, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, The New School University, and the Esalen Institute. He also lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world.

Wednesday 2/15
Social & Enviornmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Elisa Camahort Page
COO and Co-Founder of BlogHer, Inc.
Elisa Camahort Page, COO and Co-Founder of BlogHer, Inc.

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc. and serves as the company’s COO. With her leadership, the BlogHer conference has grown to five diverse events with over 5,000 attendees. The flagship annual conference is the largest conference for social media leaders in the U.S. and has been described as “ComicCon for women who blog” by Variety magazine.

Elisa’s work has resulted in coverage and profiles from many of the leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and many more. Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has been honored as an NCWIT Hero and as one of the AWM’s Sixty@60.

Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive, Advisory Board for Food on the Table, and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute.

Thursday 2/16
Art & Culture Content Hub at Hearst Magazines

Frank Moss
Director of the MIT Media Lab
Frank Moss, Director of the MIT Media Lab

Frank Moss has had a 30-year career as a high tech and biotech entrepreneur. He served as Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2006-2011 and is currently Professor of the Practice there, where he heads the New Media Medicine group. He is also a co-founder of Bluefin Labs, the latest of his startups that include Stellar Computer, Bowstreet (acquired by IBM) and Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI).

Moss is author of “The Sorcerers and their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform our Lives” (June 7 2011). Moss served as CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems Inc., a pioneer in distributed systems management, which he took public in 1995 and subsequently merged with IBM in 1996.

Moss holds a BSE from Princeton University in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He served on the board of trustees of Princeton from 2007-2011 and is currently a member Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences leadership advisory council; he also serves on the executive advisory councils of the Mayo Clinic Innovation Center and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Tuesday 2/14
Frank Moss: How We Did It – the 2012 MIT Health and Wellness Innovation Hackathon Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Gabe Zichermann
CEO of Gamification Co.
Gabe Zichermann, CEO of Gamification Co.

Gabe Zichermann is the chair of the Gamification Summit where top thought leaders in this burgeoning industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Zichermann is also an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur whose book, ”Gamification by Design“ (2011) looks at the technical and architectural considerations for designing engagement using games concepts. His previous book ”Game-Based Marketing“ (2010) achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and gamification, visit the Gamification Blog.

Tuesday 2/14
Business & Innovation Content Hub at Bloomberg

Jalak Jobanputra
Venture Investor at The Barefoot VC
Jalak Jobanputra, Venture Investor at The Barefoot VC

Jalak Jobanputra is a venture investor, most recently the Director of Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. While there, she created a mobile investment strategy, invested in an East African mobile tech incubator, invested in an Indian mobile classifieds site, and closed Omidyar’s largest for profit investment ($5M) to date in Latin America. She has over 18 years experience in venture capital, media and technology. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund founded by Henry Kravis, where she managed the fund’s technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jalak spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC. She also was on the selection committee and served as a mentor and speaker for NYCSeedStart, NYC’s first summer accelerator program. Jalak worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC’s growing tech/digital sectors and served on Governor Paterson’s Small Business Taskforce. Her portfolio at NYCIF included (acquired by AOL), Imagespan, Thumbplay and TXVia in addition to seed investments Magnetic, Ticketfly, Enterproid and SeatGeek.

Jalak was selected as an Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business in 2010 by the Asian American Development Center. She was selected as a US State Department Delegate to Indonesia in the summer of 2011, where she met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and business leaders to promote tech entrepreneurship. Jalak is a Techstars NYC Mentor, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Mentor, Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Advisory Board Member of Astia NYC, the Wharton Private Equity Network, Kellogg Entrepreneurs, and is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, TechCrunch Disrupt, Bloomberg and AlwaysOn. She has been asked to speak on entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems by the Obama White House, as well as governments worldwide. She can be found at @jalak or on her blog

Friday 2/17
Business & Innovation Content Hub at TBD

Jay Walker
Chairman and Curator of TEDMED
Jay Walker, Chairman and Curator of TEDMED

Jay Walker is the Chairman and Curator of TEDMED, LLC, the world’s leading multi-disciplinary conference on the future of health and medicine and the only independent, licensed TED event. One of America’s best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, Jay has founded multiple successful start-up companies that serve more than 75 million customers. He holds more than 200 U.S. patents. Jay is Chairman of Walker Digital, a privately-held R&D lab founded in 1994 and based in Stamford, Connecticut. The company specializes in creating innovative applications that work with large-scale digital networks such as the Internet. Jay is best known as the founder of, the “name your own price” service that has brought a new level of value to the travel industry.

Thursday 2/16
Health & Wellness Content Hub at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

J.C. Herz
Founder of Batch Tags
J.C. Herz, Founder of Batch Tags

J.C. Herz is a technologist with a background in biological systems and computer game design. Her specialty is massively multiplayer systems that leverage social network effects, whether on the web, mobile devices, or more exotic high-end or grubby low-end hardware. She is the founder of Batchtags LLC, which provides large data analytics and interactive visualization and decision support technologies and services to Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.

She has served as a White House Special Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an advisor to DARPA. Defense projects range from web 2.0 knowledge management strategies to a computer-game derived interface for next generation unmanned air systems. J.C. is one of the three co-authors of the Pentagon’s Open Technology Development roadmap. She has supported multiple intelligence agencies as a strategic advisor. J.C. currently serves on the National Academy of Science’s Standing Committee on Technology Insight (TIGER) and NAS’s Committee on Games, Modeling and Simulation. She was a member of the National Research Council’s committee on IT and Creative Practice. She served on the National Science Foundation’s Federal Advisory Committee for Education, and was a Fellow of Columbia University’s American Assembly. In 2002, she was designated a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Global Business Network, and is a founding member of the IEEE Task Force on Game Technologies. J.C. is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tuesday 2/14
Health & Wellness Content Hub at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Jeff Dachis
CEO, Chairman & Founder of Dachis Group
Jeff Dachis, CEO, Chairman & Founder of Dachis Group

Jeff Dachis is an American entrepreneur and currently the CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Dachis Group. Jeff is the Co-Founder, former CEO, and former Chairman of Razorfish, the world’s largest digital marketing solutions firm. Dachis Group powers the design, development, management, and measurement of Social Business performance in the marketplace for the world’s leading companies through SaaS based data services, a comprehensive set of social technology platforms, and Social Business professional services. Dachis Group develops and maintains the Social Business Index, providing the only ongoing real-time ranking, analysis, and benchmarking of Social Business adoption and performance for the most connected and engaged companies based on the company’s Social Business Intelligence as a Service data services platform. The company serves global customers worldwide including clients AT&T, Citibank, Disney, Estée Lauder, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Nestlé, Nokia, and Target with a global network of offices in 13 cities in seven countries.

Monday 2/13
Business & Innovation Content Hub

Jeremy Gilley
Founder of Peace One Day
Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day

Following a decade of professional acting, Jeremy began his own film making company, P.U.R.E. Productions. In 1998, he began work on the Peace One Day documentary, eventually deciding to aim for a UN resolution formalizing the idea. This goal was reached in 2001, and a resolution was unanimously adopted to establish global ceasefire and non-violence on September 21. This resolution drew upon a former resolution declaring the third Tuesday of September as the International Day of Peace.

In 2004, the Peace One Day documentary premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was subsequently aired by the BBC. In May 2006, the Peace One Day Citizenship Resource Pack was launched after conversations with over 30,000 young people and teachers and made available to every secondary school in the UK.

Jeremy also produced and filmed The Day After Peace in association with the BBC. The film documents life-saving activity in insecure regions Afghanistan. In 2008, Jeremy and Jude Law traveled to Afghanistan to screen The Day After Peace. He has been honored as the 2008 Campaigner of the Year.

Thursday 2/16
Social & Enviornmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Jeremy Heimans
CEO of Purpose
Jeremy Heimans, CEO of Purpose

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of, a social enterprise that mobilizes millions of citizens and consumers to help solve major global problems. Purpose has built global movements to fight cancer (with LIVESTRONG) and eliminate nuclear weapons in 20 years (with Global Zero, an initiative led by more than 200 world leaders and endorsed by President Obama). Purpose also launched All Out, the world’s first global movement organization for LGBT people and their allies.

In 2007, Jeremy co-founded, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, with ten million members. In 2005, he co-founded, an Australian political movement and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. In 2004, he co-founded an advocacy group in the US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign, raising millions of dollars in small online donations. 

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and World Economic Forum at Davos named him a Young Global Leader. His work has been recognized in publications like The Economist and the New York Times.  Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands, and lives in New York.

Friday 2/17
Social & Enviornmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Jermaine Dupri
Artist, songwriter, producer & CEO of So So Def Recordings
Jermaine Dupri, Artist, songwriter, producer & CEO of So So Def Recordings

Jermaine Dupri has established a successful career as a hip-hop artist, producer, songwriter, author, and CEO of So So Def Recordings, which he founded in 1989. He has collaborated with artists such as Usher, Mariah Carey, and Nelly. In 2011, Dupri launched Global 14, which consists of more than 1,100 groups who share common interests such as fashion, hip-hop, and R&B.

According to Dupri, “Global 14 is about redefining the meaning of online friends as members of diverse groups who share their interests and care about each other instead of just accumulating Followers and Likes. Anyone who joins Global 14 knows I’m the most active participant, whether I’m responding to members personally or sharing myself with you.”

His career milestones include the release of several platinum recordings as CEO of So So Def, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Song, and being honored with an ASCAP Golden Note Award, given to composers and songwriters who have achieved extraordinary milestones. He is one of only a few producers in music history to garner four positions in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at one time. He is also the first recipient of the Billboard Otis Redding Excellence Award for his achievements both in and outside the studio.

Follow Jermaine Dupri on Global 14, on Twitter (@Mr_Dupri), via his iPhone app, and through his YouTube channel,

Monday 2/13
Arts and Culture Hub at Hearst

John Bell
Global Managing Director of Ogilvy
John Bell, Global Managing Director of Ogilvy

John heads up the Ogilvy’s global, social media marketing and communications practice.  The world’s largest network of social media strategists, the team believes in the power and impact of truly integrated social media business solutions. He drives senior client engagements, the development of Ogilvy’s social planning framework, and a global training program for staff and clients, alike.

He has developed and executed enterprise social media strategy for the Ford Motor Company, Nestle, IBM, Coca Cola, and DuPont – including work winning a Silver Lion at Cannes.  He has launched a single brand Facebook initiative in 20+ countries, helped telcos in Australia and Greece adopt social care and marketing and consulted with consumer goods marketers in Turkey. John is a Web 1.0 graduate. As Creative Director at Discovery Communications, he transformed a single web site into 14 Web communities and services  from to and more. In the early nineties, John headed up the digital studio for the joint ITV venture between Viacom and AT&T to invent interactive television.

John serves on the board as past president of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. He teaches graduate studies in Digital Influence at Johns Hopkins University. He publishes a popular social media business blog The Digital Influence Mapping Project – – syndicated to Social Media Today. He contributes to many more. His twitter handle is : @jbell99

Monday 2/13
Business & Innovation Content Hub at Bloomberg

John Winsor
CEO of Victors & Spoils
John Winsor, CEO of Victors & Spoils

John Winsor is a leading strategic marketing and product innovation thinker known for his work in collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. He is the CEO of Victors & Spoils, the world’s first creative advertising agency built on crowdsourcing principles and, in 2011, a business named to Advertising Age’s “Agency A-List 10 to Watch” list and Mashable’s Top 5 Digital Agencies.

Before founding Victors & Spoils, Winsor was Vice President and Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, helping the company become the most awarded advertising agency in the world in 2008 and 2009. He brought his co-creation philosophy to the agency that formed the underpinning of the agency’s strategy practice that fueled work such as, Dominos, “Transparency,” Best Buy’s “Twelpforce” and Microsoft’s “I’m a PC.”

Winsor is a frequent industry speaker and respected author. Titles he has written include “Beyond the Brand: Why Engaging the Right Customers is Essential to Winning in Business,” “Spark: Be more Innovative through Co-Creation,” “Baked In: Creating Products and Businesses That Market Themselves” (with Alex Bogusky) and “Flipped: How Bottom-Up Co-Creation is Replacing Top-Down Innovation.” Baked In, a bestseller, was named an award winner in the marketing category for the 2009 800-CEO-Read Business Book Awards.

Throughout his career Winsor has been deeply involved in the start-up and technology communities. He was a founding investor in Nau, the sustainable clothing company and has been on the board of directors of Black Diamond Equipment and Lijit Technologies.

Monday 2/13
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT

Jonah Paretti
Founder & CEO of BuzzFeed
Jonah Peretti, Founder & CEO of BuzzFeed

Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the first true social news organization that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment and shareable content. Mr. Peretti, known for creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior and building technology to amplify buzz is also a co-founder of The Huffington Post. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerilla media” by AlterNet and a “computer-whiz” by The New Yorker.  Fast Company named Mr. Peretti one of the “New Faces of Social Media” and Business Insider listed him as one of the “11 Rising Tech Stars to Watch in 2012.”

Mr. Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. His work has been covered by Time, the Economist, Fortune, and Business Insider and he has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN.

In 2012, Mr. Peretti launched a new BuzzFeed political section and hired Ben Smith of POLITICO to lead as Editor-in-Chief. BuzzFeed reaches over 25 million monthly unique visitors and gets the majority of its traffic from social sources like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more.

Thursday 2/16
Arts and Culture Hub at Hearst

Kevin Slavin
Entrepreneur, Provocateur & Raconteur Area/Code
Kevin Slavin, Entrepreneur, Provocateur & Raconteur Area/Code

Kevin Slavin is an excellent storyteller, weaving metaphors and anecdotes seamlessly together while giving audiences the big picture on where technology is going and how it’s shaping every aspect of our lives and business. He frequently keynotes entertainment venues like MIP in Cannes, advertising industry events for agencies and networks (Ogilvy, WPP, Omnicom, Ad Age, the IAB) and entertainment (NBC, Cox, Fremantle Media, BBC). He has also keynoted tech conferences like O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 and Where 2.0, and broader high-end conferences like the Aspen Ideas Festival, LIFT, DLD, and TED Global. He has also addressed civil, social and cultural institutions including the Knight Foundation, the Royal Society of Arts, and MoMA, and his TED Talk has received over 1 million views to date, and was featured in Apple’s :30 spots promoting “new ideas” on the iPad.

As an entrepreneur, Kevin has successfully navigated and integrated the areas of gaming, new media, technology, and design. As Co-founder of Area/Code in 2005, Kevin was a pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook). Area/Code worked to develop next-generation game experiences not only for major consumer product groups like Nokia, Nike and Puma but for media giants such as MTV, Discovery Channel, CBS and Disney. Kevin is currently advising and investing in several startups including locative games, education analytics, luxury retailing, algorithmic sports analysis, visual search, and online video advertising. His thinking and ventures have been featured in major business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Businessweek and Fast Company.

Tuesday 2/14
Art & Culture Content Hub at Hearst Magazines

Michael Lazerow
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Buddy Media
Michael Lazerow, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Buddy Media

Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up. Michael is currently Chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose Facebook management system, the Buddy Media Platform, is used by eight out of the top ten global advertisers.

Buddy Media was named to Advertising Age’s 2011 “Digital A-list”, Ad Week’s 2010 “Insurgent of the Year” and won the “Best Enterprise” application honor at the 2011 TechCrunch Crunchie Awards.

Michael is an active investor in digital media companies through Lazerow Ventures, a $10 million family partnership and co-investment fund he launched in 2011. Current investments include Village Vines, Saving Star, Social Flow, Social Leverage, tagman and Copious. He serves on the board of directors of Village Vines and Saving Star.

Thursday 2/16
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT New York

Michael Graves
Michael Graves, FAIA

Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. A native of Indianapolis, Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a Trustee. In 1962, Graves began a 39-year teaching career at Princeton University, where he is now the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Cited by Paul Goldberger, former New York Times critic, as “the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time,” Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Most recently Graves was named the recipient of the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame. He is the first architect inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the first recipient of the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA-NJ.

Monday 2/13
Health & Wellness Content Hub at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Rachel Lloyd
Executive Director & Founder of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director & Founder of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services

Reebok Human Rights Award and Ashoka Fellowship winner Rachel Lloyd is a leading advocate for commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women. In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Lloyd established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support girls and young women victimized by the commercial sex industry.

Since its inception as a one-woman outreach program, GEMS has grown steadily, building its services and programs and garnering increased visibility and recognition under Lloyd’s leadership. GEMS is now the nation’s largest organization offering direct services to domestic victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. GEMS serves over 300 girls each year through its clinical recovery, housing and youth leadership programs, and 1,000 youth through education and outreach.

As the Executive Director of GEMS, Lloyd has been a leading advocate for survivor leadership and spearheaded the first US Summit of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth, the first youth survivor-led Congressional briefing in DC, the first youth survivor-led legislative briefing in Albany, NY and the first youth survivor produced short documentary “Breaking the Silence” about commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Lloyd is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic trafficking in America, and played a key role in the successful passage of New York State’s groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, the first law in the country to end the prosecution of child victims of trafficking. Her trailblazing advocacy is the subject of the critically-acclaimed Showtime documentary “Very Young Girls” for which she was also the Co-Executive Producer. Rachel is also the author of the memoir “Girls Like Us,” published by Harper Collins in April of 2011. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and her Masters in Applied Urban Anthropology from the City College of New York.

Tuesday 2/14
Social & Enviornmental Change Content Hub at Thomson Reuters

Reid Hoffman
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn
Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman is a world-renowned entrepreneur and investor. He is cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, the biggest professional network in the world with 100+ million members. Previously he was executive vice president and on the founding board of directors of PayPal. He is also a partner at Greylock, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He is an early investor in over 100 technology companies, including Facebook and Zynga.

Friday 2/17
Business & Innovation Content Hub at TBD

Rohit Bhargava
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Planning of Ogilvy
Rohit Bhargava, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Planning of Ogilvy

Rohit Bhargava is a marketing expert and leading voice on bringing humanity back to business through social media and storytelling. In 2004 he was a founding member of Ogilvy’s dedicated social media practice, and is currently part of the Global Strategy & Planning group at Ogilvy. An early digital marketing pioneer, he is credited with first introducing the idea of Social Media Optimization (SMO) on his Influential Marketing Blog. Despite having shared nearly 1000 original pieces of marketing thinking, he still wishes he had more time to blog! Rohit is the best selling author of Personality Not Included (McGraw-Hill), a book about how to effectively build a brand personality which has been translated into 9 languages. His writing and ideas have been featured in media globally including Fast Company, Inc, The Guardian (UK), MarketingChina and the New York Times.

His second book called LIKEONOMICS is all about how to communicate in a more believable way and will be published globally in May of 2012. Rohit has been invited to speak at TEDx and Davos and is proud of his reputation as a fun and “non-obvious” keynote speaker. He is also a frequent seminar and workshop leader (ie – facilitating rather than speaking) for some of the world’s largest brands including SABMiller, Intel, SAP, and Novartis. In his client work, speaking and writing – one of his biggest beliefs is being approachable and genuine, so if you see him at an event please come and say hello!

Outside of his marketing work with Ogilvy and writing, he is an Adjunct Professor of Global Marketing at Georgetown University where he teaches a unique “Apprentice-style” class introducing students to the fast paced world of marketing consulting by studying client cases in six different countries each semester. Rohit lives in Washington DC with his wife and two young sons.

Thursday 2/16
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT

Scott Belsky
CEO and Co-Founder of Behance
Scott Belsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Behance, Author of Making Ideas Happen

Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks. Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to organize and empower the creative world. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, and serves as the backbone for AdWeek, LinkedIn, and thousands of other portfolio sites and online galleries of creative talent. Millions of people use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance also runs The 99% think tank and conference, an annual gathering of creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Proctor & Gamble as well as the United States State Department and the CIA. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Scott is also the author of the national bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, Penguin Books). He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Wednesday 2/15
Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT

Valerie Buckingham
Head of North America Marketing of Nokia
Valerie Buckingham, Head of North America Marketing of Nokia

As Director of Head of North America marketing for Nokia, Valerie Buckingham oversees marketing activities in North America. She has held various Nokia roles in ecosystem, brand and marketing roles since 2002, and took over North America marketing responsibilities in July 2011. She reports to the EVP of Nokia Americas.

Most recently at Nokia, As Director of Brand Management for Nokia Developer, Valerie Buckingham oversaw brand strategy and positioning for Nokia’s developer organization; and led influencer marketing. Prior, Valerie was the Director of Technology Marketing for Nokia Corporate Strategy, responsible for promoting Nokia’s technology leadership in the USA. Valerie joined Nokia to manage investments in the early stage venture group, Innovent. Before joining Nokia, she held a number of early stage roles in Silicon Valley start-ups; founding venture-backed privacy software company Meconomy in 1999, and an early employee of marketing analytics technology firm, Personify.


Valerie started her career as a designer at Paramount Digital Entertainment’s lab in Boulder in 1996; and later held a business development role in Motorola’s Internet Products and Services organization. A native of Canada, Valerie holds an MBA from the University of Victoria; and an MFA in Intermedia from the University of British Columbia.

Monday 2/13
Business & Innovation Content Hub at Bloomberg