Jim Anderson has a distinguished track record in technology, with a 20-plus-year career that spans the development, productization and sale of technology solutions in both B2B and B2C environments. Jim specializes in building companies to answer social problems, and prior to SocialFlow served as COO of Vitrue, which was acquired by Oracle in 2012. Jim’s awareness of social trends and the industry insights and landscape has made him a sought after expert for journalists, and has made numerous television appearances on networks including MSNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, and Al Jazeera.
Jonathan Carson is the President of Mic where he is responsible for management and growth of all facets of the business including sales, marketing, business development, branded content, finance and operations. Jonathan brings 20 years of experience in digital media, with successes as an entrepreneur and executive in large companies. Most recently, Carson was the Chief Revenue Officer of Vevo, one of the world's largest music properties and YouTube’s largest content partner. In this role he oversaw Vevo’s global sales and marketing functions during a period of large scale growth. Prior to that, Carson spent six years with The Nielsen Company where he helped spearhead the company’s digital transformation as Global CEO, Digital. He joined Nielsen in 2007 when they acquired his company BuzzMetrics, the first major player in the field of social media analytics, where he was co-founder and CEO.
Bob is a columnist, critic, broadcaster, author and lecturer who has devoted his career to the media and marketing landscape. A MediaPost editor-at-large, he previously spent 25 years as the advertising critic for Advertising Age. For the past 15 years has been co-host of public radio's “On The Media.” A recipient of many journalism awards, including the Peabody, he is the author of five books and has lectured in 37 countries on six continents. A visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, he is also a senior fellow at the Wharton School's SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. His seminal 2007 book, The Chaos Scenario, preciently described the apocalyptic disruptions of the media economy in the digital age,
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Executive Director, Wharton Future of Advertising Program
Catharine is the founding Director of the Future of Advertising Program at the Wharton School. The program’s mission is to bridge academic rigor and real world relevance as a catalyst for deeper insights, bolder innovation and broader positive impact of advertising. Her professional passion lies in the emerging potential, if not imperative, for positive social impact of advertising in the digital age of empowered consumers.
Previously, Catharine held numerous pioneering positions during a 15-year career in B2B marketing and sales at AT&T. She earned an MBA in marketing from the Wharton School, as a Lauder Institute Fellow, an MA in International Studies, University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University and an AA, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland.
Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur, businessperson and philanthropist who is involved in more than a dozen companies, most notably as the co-founder of Square. McKelvey designed the hardware used by Square in 2009 and served as the company’s chairman until 2010. In 2011, McKelvey's iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art. Today, McKelvey sits on the Board of Directors at Square.
In September 2013, McKelvey conceived of and co-founded LaunchCode, a non-profit organization that aims to grow new talent and create pathways to on-the-job training and employment. LaunchCode partners with companies to set up paid apprenticeships in technology for talented people who lack the traditional credentials to land a quality, high-paying job. In 2014, LaunchCode was named "The Best Thing to Happen to St. Louis" by the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
In May 2016, McKelvey joined the Board of Directors of Calpian, Inc., which offers mobile money solutions through its Indian subsidiary MoneyOnMobile. This venture enables people in India to pay for goods and services and transfer money to other persons via their mobile phones.
Jim was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve in January 2017.
President & CEO, Periscope
Liz is a dynamic leader accustomed to navigating today’s complex marketing world. In her 20 years of experience, she has held leadership positions at some of the world’s most forward-thinking and fastest-growing agencies, including Global CMO at IPG Mediabrands, Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe’s Digitas, U.S. President at Tribal DDB, and roles in business development at Modem Media and J. Walter Thompson. Along the way, she has pioneered brand-consumer relationships for clients including General Motors, Delta, HP, General Electric, Michelin, Citibank, IBM, Clorox, Hillshire Brands, Visa and Pepsi-Cola.
Liz has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement, named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age and declared a Top 10 Mobile Marketer by the Mobile Media Association. She has also served as a Cannes juror. She loves challenging the norm and inspiring marketers to look into the future and become early adopters of innovative ideas and technology.
Author, Director Emeritus, UCS Annenberg Innovation Lab
Jonathan Taplin is an author and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book “Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.” Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets that was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and To Die For.
Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003-2016. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Medium and Talking Points Memo.
Strategy & Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe
Rishad Tobaccowala is the Strategy and Growth officer and member of the Directoire+ of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group (80,000 employees and 10 billion dollars of revenue) where he works closely with its leadership on helping Publicis and its Clients re-invent themselves for a transformational era.
He was most recently the Chief Strategist of the Publicis Groupe and prior to that the Chairman of DigitasLBi and of Razorfish, two global firms owned by Publicis Groupe focused on marketing and business transformation.
He has 35 years of experience in marketing and has worked, helped grow, founded/co-founded or incubated for a variety of companies including Leo Burnett, Starcom, SMG Next, Starcom IP, Giant Step, Play, and Denuo.
Rishad also serves on the Board of Directors/Advisors on companies for which Publicis is an investor, including Matomy and Jana Mobile. Rishad is also Chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps 10,000 people in India access better education and healthcare.
Rishad was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators”.
Rishad has earned a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bombay and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago.
Lauder Professor and Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
Jerry Wind is the Lauder Professor and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School and the founding Director of the Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, the Wharton Fellows program (whartonfellows.com) and the Wharton Future of Advertising Program (wfoa.wharton.upenn.edu). He joined Wharton in 1967 with a doctorate from Stanford. From 1995 to 1997, he led the development of the Wharton globalization strategy. Dr. Wind led the reinvention of the Wharton MBA curriculum (1991-93) and the creation of the Wharton Executive MBA Program (1974). He was founding director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, the Wharton International Forum, and was the founding editor of the Wharton School Publishing. He has edited top marketing journals, published over 250 articles and 20 books, and received the four major marketing awards: Buck Weaver, Charles Parlin, Converse, and AMA/Irwin Distinguished Educator Award. He was one of the original Legends in Marketing, with an 8-volume anthology published by Sage in 2014. He has consulted with over 100 companies and testifies in intellectual property and antitrust cases. He sits on various advisory boards, is Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Chair of its Marketing Committee. In 2015, he will be inducted into the inaugural cohort of the AMA Fellows Program. His current research focuses on marketing-driven business strategy, the Network Challenge; the future of advertising and marketing; creativity and innovation; and challenging one’s mental models.