About/Team

Leadership

Joana Vicente

Executive Director

Joana Vicente has been the Executive Director of the IFP- the oldest and largest nonprofit organization for independent filmmakers in the U.S.- since December 2009. Under Vicente’s leadership, the IFP was most recently bestowed with the honor of developing and operating the Made in NY Media Center after an RFP was issued by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The state-of-the-art Media Center brings together professionals from the film, television, advertising, new media, gaming, marketing and branding industries for collaboration and new opportunities, and opened in DUMBO, Brooklyn in October 2013.

Prior to the IFP, Vicente and her partner Jason Kliot produced/executive produced over forty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. She has co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. These include Open City Films, Blow Up Pictures, the first digital production company in the United States, and HDNet Films, an award-winning digital production company founded with Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. Among the many films that Vicente and Kliot have produced are Tony Bui’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winner THREE SEASONS, Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Niels Mueller’s THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, Todd Solondz’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, Brian De Palma’s controversial REDACTED and Alex Gibney’s Academy Award® nominated ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. Vicente has served on the jury at Sundance and many other festivals.

Vicente’s films have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including twenty-three Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NY Award for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to New York City’s entertainment industry. Vicente graduated from the Masters program at The Catholic University of Portugal with a degree in Philosophy and began her career as the press attaché for the Portuguese delegate-and former Prime Minister of Portugal-at the European Parliament. She later became a radio news producer for the United Nations before turning her attention to film.

Stu Weiner

Stu Weiner

Director

Stu Weiner is the Director of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. For almost 20 years, Stu has been producing and telling brand stories, usually by bringing together creatives and innovators. Stu has worked with entrepreneurs or in entrepreneurially-minded departments within larger companies. He thrives on thinking of the not-yet-thought-of and shepherding creative collaborations that produce inventive results.

At the start of his career, Stu moved from a small advertising shop in Austin, TX to MTV in New York City. He then joined the celebrated animation and design studio HunterGatherer. Since then Stu went on to produce promos, branded content, commercials and new media projects at Nickelodeon, SundanceTV, Broadway Video and Mediacom.

Stu graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX with a BA in Photocommunications. Personally, he likes discovering new music, making biscuits and hiking with his family.

Kia Brooks

Manager, Events & Operations

Kia Brooks is the Manager of Events and Operations at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, where she is responsible for securing event rentals, event production and operations. Before joining the Media Center she worked in publicity and special events for over five years at such coveted companies as Focus Features, Tribeca Film Festival, and Oscilloscope Laboratories. Prior theatrical releases, awards campaigns and special events titles include Dallas Buyers Club, Anna Karenina, Moonrise Kingdom, Time is Illmatic, among others. Kia received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University. Kia is a lover of stationery and event décor elements that she creates in her spare time.

Michelle Carollo

Community Engagement Manager

Michelle is the Community Engagement Manager for the Made in NY Media Center by IFP where she handles all things community. She has worked extensively in the public non-profit sector, developing community partnerships with both non-profit organizations and corporate partners. As a former Grants and Development Administrator, she has managed investments of public funds and leveraged capital funds for cultural facilities, working to provide New York State citizens access to high quality arts and culture. Recently, she served as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SPARKBOOM, an innovative program that was conceived to foster Long Island’s emerging creative talent. Michelle enjoys hiking with her rescued parrots, making pickles, and installing large-scale public art projects around the country.

Annie Laurie Malarkey

Annie Malarkey

Senior Programs Producer

Annie Laurie Malarkey is the Senior Programs Producer at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. She previously led partnerships and event initiatives for Wix.com, where she created innovative programming to help entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed in the digital age. Annie Laurie started her career on the Photos Team at Google, representing the voice of the user to the engineering and management teams. She’s also led partnership and communication strategies for an array of startups, while pursuing her freelance photography in her spare time. Annie Laurie earned a BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Staffan Alm

Sales & Marketing Manager

Staffan is the Sales & Marketing Manager at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP where he handles all things sales & marketing. Before joining the Media Center, Staffan worked in the arts & entertainment industry as the Marketing Manager for Dance With Me studios, a chain of ballroom dance studios and production company owned by champion and celebrity dancers from ABC’s hit show Dancing With the Stars.

Throughout the years Staffan has helped several small businesses with their digital marketing efforts, most recently Frilans Finans, Sweden’s largest contractor umbrella company helping startups and freelancers conduct business in an easy, fun and safe way.

Staffan is a vivid film, design, and sports enthusiast, particular soccer, which he has played his whole life.

Advisory Board

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte

President, Antidote International Films

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte is president of Antidote International Films, through which he produced and directed CHARLOTTE and SOUL POWER. He founded and operated two post production facilities in New York City, Post 391 and Dig It Audio. He produced FADING GIGOLO, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, ROMAN POLANSKI WANTED AND DESIRED, THIRTEEN, and LAUREL CANYON, among other films. In 2010 Jeffrey received a Golden Globe Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award, for producing THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including The Jeht Foundation, The Nation Institute (Treasurer), and the Independent Filmmaker Project (former Board Chair).

Adrienne Becker

CEO/Killer Content

Adrienne Becker is the CEO of Killer Content, Inc., a creative digital incubator, producing Award-winning, multi-platform entertainment and disruptive technologies to support production, marketing and distribution advantages for select storytellers. Previously, Adrienne started Glass Elevator Media, now a subsidiary of Killer, and was a partner at the Media Farm investment fund. She also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), as GM of Nielsen’s Entertainment Strategy Group, as CEO of DailyCandy and SVP at InterActive Corp.

Kate Daly

SVP and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation/NYCEDC

Kate Daly is Senior Vice President of the Center for Economic Development within the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to joining EDC, she was the Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the largest municipal preservation agency in the United States. She previously served as a writer and editor at human rights organizations, including Human Rights First and the National Council for Research on Women. Kate earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Hirshhorn

CEO/ReDEF Group

Jason Hirschhorn is CEO of The ReDEF Group, a digital content curation company. Previously, Mr. Hirschhorn served as Co-President of Myspace Inc., an affiliate of News Corp. and as President of Sling Media, Inc. He has also served as Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks. Hirshhorn is on the board of directors of MGM and CFY. He holds a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Laura Lee

Director/Head of North American Content Partnerships, YouTube

Laura Lee is the Head of North American Content Partnerships for YouTube, based in New York. She oversees a 90-person cross-regional team responsible for managing the top 50,000 core channels, networks, and operations on YouTube. Since joining YouTube in 2007, she has spearheaded relationships with partners including Vice, Discovery Networks, Frederator Studios, Lionsgate, Univision, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, CBS, and Scripps, among others. Laura led the launch of YouTube’s Rentals product (VOD), their first foray into the transactional business.

Jon Miller

Co-Founder/Fuel Media Capital, Advisory Board Chair

Jon Miller is the co-founder of Fuel Media Capital. He was the Chief Digital Officer, and Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for News Corporation, a role in which he drove the Company’s overall digital strategy in conjunction with various operational heads, while also directly overseeing all of News Corp.’s standalone digital businesses. Prior to News Corporation, Jon was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital media and the consumer Internet space. Previously, Miller was Chairman and CEO of AOL, where he led the company to a record annual profit growth of 21 percent, and increased online advertising growth — the centerpiece of its new business model — by 46 percent in 2006.

Katherine Oliver

Principal/Bloomberg Associates and Former Commissioner, NYC MOME

Katherine L. Oliver is a Principal at Bloomberg Associates. Ms. Oliver served as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in New York City from 2002-2013. During that time, New York’s film and television industry saw its strongest growth in history. Strategic initiatives such as the Made in NY marketing and branding program generated direct spending of $7.1 billion annually, an increase of more than 50%, and saw jobs climb to an all-time high of 130,000. Under Oliver, the City instituted the first and only municipal-based tax credit in the film industry, initiated a program to train minorities for work in film and TV production, appointed the City’s Chief Digital Officer, the first of its kind, and delivered a roadmap to establish New York City as the world’s top-ranked digital city.

Noah Rosenberg

Founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief/Narratively (Made in NY Media Center member)

Noah Rosenberg is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to untold human stories, named one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites.” Rosenberg’s cross-platform work has also been featured in The New York Times, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Salon, New York magazine, and New York Public Radio, among other outlets. He was a 2012 fellow at the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Scott Stedman

Founder/Northside Media Group

Stedman began his media career as a contributing writer for MIT’s Technology Review. Over the next 10 years Scott launched Northside Festival, Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, SummerScreen, Taste Talks and Northside Creative Group. He hosts a monthly tech meet-up at Brooklyn Brewery for select members of the NYC tech community. He was named a Biz Bash top Strategic Innovator in 2014 and New York Observer Top Influencer in 2014.

James Truman

Entrepreneur

James Truman was the editorial director of Condé Nast, for over a decade following editorship of Details. He played a significant role in many of the company’s younger magazines — among them Allure, Glamour, Wired and Gourmet. He is a creative adviser to Francis Ford Coppola on his wine business and growing hotel empire; with the hotelier André Balazs, he runs an organic farm upstate called Locusts on Hudson, and with Sunny Bates, an entrepreneur involved in the TED Conference.

Laura Walker

President and CEO/New York Public Radio

Laura R. Walker is President and CEO of New York Public Radio, which owns and operates WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, WQXR,WQXW, New Jersey Public Radio, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and a variety of digital properties — including wnyc.org, wqxr.org and thegreenespace.org — that offer content, culture and news whenever the audience wants them, reaching 14.2 million people each month. Walker was chosen for Crain’s New York’s Business’ special feature on “The 100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business,” and was one of New York Moves magazine’s “Power Women.”

Spencer Wang

Founder and CEO/888 Advisory, LLC

Mr. Wang is Founder and CEO of 888 Advisory, LLC, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in strategy, product development, and market research for media and Internet companies. He is also a Senior Advisor at Berenson & Co., a leading independent merchant-banking firm in New York City. Previously, he was an award-winning equity research analyst on Wall Street specializing in the Internet & Media sectors. Mr. Wang was named to Institutional Investor’s prestigious All-America Research Team for eight consecutive years in multiple categories including Entertainment, Internet, Cable/Satellite TV, and Broadcasting.

Philipp Engelhorn

Founder/Cinereach

Philipp Engelhorn founded and directs the film foundation and not-for-profit production company, Cinereach, which supports and produces vital stories, artfully told. Since 2006 Cinereach has funded 100 projects by independent filmmakers with more than $5M in grants. He is on the Board of Directors of Synergos, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating global poverty and social injustice by changing the systems that keep people in poverty. He also serves on the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich and the board of Cinema Conservancy. His executive producer credits include Cameron Yates’ The Canal Street Madam and David Rikers’ The Girl.

Dr. Craig Nevill-Manning

Engineering Director/Google

Dr. Craig Nevill-Manning founded Google’s first remote engineering center, located in downtown Manhattan. As Engineering Director, he oversaw the development of products including Google Local (now Maps) and Froogle (now Product Search), and web search features Search History, Question Answering and Web Definitions. Most recently, he directed Google.org’s Flu Trends and Crisis Response projects, providing maps, imagery and a missing persons service after crises in Japan and elsewhere. Prior to joining Google in 2000, he was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University.

Marc Schiller

Founder and CEO/BOND Strategy and Influence

Marc Schiller, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, known, until recently, as Electric Artists, is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive with decades of industry and entrepreneurial knowledge, in the areas of brand strategy, creative corporate consulting, cultural curation and public relations. BOND’s mission: To help clients understand, tap into and leverage the rapidly evolving technologies that consumers use to communicate in the digital era. To that end, Marc and BOND create innovative influencer strategy campaigns that deliver success for a diverse client base, from independent films and media companies to hospitality giants and Fortune 500 corporations.

Lance Weiler

Filmmaker and Founder/WorkBook Project

Lance Weiler is a storyteller and serial entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Connected Sparks a next generation toy and media company. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognised as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and engage audiences, Lance has designed experiences that have reached millions of people via theatres, mobile devices and online. In recognition of these storytelling innovations, BUSINESSWEEK named Lance “One of the 18 Who Changed Hollywood.” Lance is recognized as a thought leader in the entertainment space. He sits on a World Economic Forum steering committee for the future of content creation, is part of a think tank on the future of film at NYU and teaches at Columbia University on the art, craft and business of storytelling in the 21st Century. He is a founding member of the Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia and the co-founder of Learn Do Share, a global event held in 10 cities each year. Since 2009, he has written a column for Filmmaker Magazine on the collision of storytelling and technology entitled Culture Hacker.

Joana Vicente

Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Joana Vicente has been the Executive Director of the IFP- the oldest and largest nonprofit organization for independent filmmakers in the U.S.- since December 2009. Under Vicente’s leadership, the IFP was most recently bestowed with the honor of developing and operating the Made in NY Media Center after an RFP was issued by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The state-of-the-art Media Center brings together professionals from the film, television, advertising, new media, gaming, marketing and branding industries for collaboration and new opportunities, and opened in DUMBO, Brooklyn in October 2013.

Prior to the IFP, Vicente and her partner Jason Kliot produced/executive produced over forty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. She has co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. These include Open City Films, Blow Up Pictures, the first digital production company in the United States, and HDNet Films, an award-winning digital production company founded with Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. Among the many films that Vicente and Kliot have produced are Tony Bui’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winner THREE SEASONS, Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Niels Mueller’s THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, Todd Solondz’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, Brian De Palma’s controversial REDACTED and Alex Gibney’s Academy Award® nominated ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. Vicente has served on the jury at Sundance and many other festivals.

Vicente’s films have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including twenty-three Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NY Award for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to New York City’s entertainment industry. Vicente graduated from the Masters program at The Catholic University of Portugal with a degree in Philosophy and began her career as the press attaché for the Portuguese delegate-and former Prime Minister of Portugal-at the European Parliament. She later became a radio news producer for the United Nations before turning her attention to film.

Innovation Committee

Gordon Ampel

Entertainment & Media Executive

Gordon Ampel has held numerous leadership roles at entertainment and media companies, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) Made in NY Media Center. As COO, he oversaw all aspects of the Center’s marketing and communications, programming, operations and business strategy. Gordon drove the vision for outreach to storytellers and technologists working to create and distribute content within an ever-changing media landscape. Prior to IFP, Gordon was Vice President of Worldwide Operations for NBCUniversal’s Focus Features, a position that he held from the company’s inception. While there, he was responsible for strategic oversight and management of the firm’s Los Angeles, London and New York offices. Prior to joining Focus, he was Director of Operations at October Films, which became USA Films, a division of USA Networks, Inc. Gordon began his career in New York as the executive assistant to Barry Diller, Chairman of IAC. Gordon is a member of the IFP Media Center’s Innovation Committee and has served as Director for numerous non-profit organizations, most recently as Chairman of the Board for Lollipop Theater Network.

Aaryn Anderson

Executive Director, Vectorform New York

As Vectorform’s Creative Director of Experience and Executive Director of the New York office, Aaryn Anderson invents forward-thinking and award-winning work that challenges expectations. Aaryn’s visionary talent has shaped innovative solutions for large clients such as Coca-Cola, Toyota, Hachette Book Group, Volkswagen, Estée Lauder Companies, Microsoft, Google and more. He is a regular contributor to the technology and advertising industries through panel discussions, seminars and jury panels.

Jonathan Askin

Founder/Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic

Jonathan Askin is a professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. He is the Founder of the Brooklyn Law & Policy Clinic, which represents Internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs and is the “Innovation Catalyst” for the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship. He has served on numerous communications and Internet industry boards and consumer groups.

Tom Constabile

Associate Director, Strategic Marketing & Community Development Verizon Ventures

Tom Constabile brought his experience in venture capital and business development, strategic marketing and operations within the media, mobile, software, and enterprise technology sectors to Verizon Ventures in 2013. He is on the Corporate Strategy & Development team, spearheading strategic marketing, industry and community relations, and venture development functions for the Verizon Ventures portfolio partners and firm.

Owen Davis

Managing Director, NYC Seed

Owen is currently Managing Director of NYC Seed, a seed stage venture capital fund in New York City. Owen has experience in all aspects of the online world, including work with early versions of AOL and MSN. He created one of the first 200 sites on the web and founded Thinking Media, an online marketing firm which pioneered tracking of pages and advertisements. Owen is the author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies. Owen was named multiple times as one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter and Silicon Alley by Business Insider.

Billy DiMichele

Vice President, Creative Development, Scholastic Inc

In his more than 17 years at Scholastic, Billy has overseen many of the company’s corporate creative initiatives, multi-media events, video productions and webcasts. He recently co-developed and launched the company’s newest brand position and reading initiative, “Open a World of Possible.” Billy is the recipient of multiple Webby and Telly Awards, as well as the 2003 Emmy Award.

Vanessa Goldstein

YouTube Creator Programs Manager

Vanessa Goldstein is a Creator Programs Manager for YouTube’s production facilities, YouTube Spaces. These global facilities (currently in LA, NY, London, Sao Paolo, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Mumbai) serve as centers for channel development where YouTube Creators can further unlock their creative potential, collaborate with other creators, experiment with new ways of storytelling, and learn how to grow their audiences on YouTube and beyond.

Vanessa has a diverse professional background in Film, TV and New Media. With her roots in story development as a creative producer, she’s worked on a wide spectrum of productions from big film studio tentpoles to smaller TV and web series.

Nick Fortugno

Co-Founder/COO, Playmatics

Nick Fortugno is a game designer and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games based in New York City and a founder of Playmatics, a game development company. Playmatics has created a variety of games including the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation, The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning game which was top-ranked on the Android Store, and the MUSE Award-winning transmedia, storytelling experience Body/Mind/Change. Nick is an internationally recognized expert on game design and development.

Noah Harlan

Founder, Two Bulls

Noah Harlan is a Founder of Two Bulls, a boutique software development firm specializing in mobile and related infrastructure with offices in New York, Melbourne, and Berlin. He also serves as Managing Director of Digital Strategy for Sullivan, a brand engagement and strategy firm where he guides digital communications strategies of diverse organizations including Cornell Tech, Two Sigma, LiquidNet, Merrill Lynch, and others. Noah has served as an advisor to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Paul Noglows

Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Summits

Paul Noglows is Executive Producer of Forbes Reinventing America Summits, a congress of more than 300 innovators, business leaders, growth-focused policy makers and academics who are helping usher in the next industrial revolution. Paul has spent his entire career focused on identifying, analyzing, explaining, investing in and helping to build ground-breaking business models. As a journalist, equity analyst, director of research, angel investor, teacher and producer, Paul has vast experience in the effective live presentation of content. In his current role, Paul drives the creative growth and profitability of the burgeoning conference business for Forbes.

Jamin O’Brien

Producer

Jamin O’Brien is the founder of The Film Community, a NY based finance and production entity dedicated to prestigious, auteur-driven, viable independent films. The first title under the new banner is Hateship Loveship Friendship Courtship Marriage starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte and Hallee Steinfeld. Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience as a Producer, Line Producer and Production Manager on over twenty independent films, studio films and international co-productions.

Jessica Lawrence

Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM)

Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup group in the world, a non-profit organization supporting the growth and diversification of New York’s technology sector. In 2013, she co-founded The Work Revolution Summit, a conference on the future of work. Jessica’s writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes.com, The Next Web, The Huffington Post as well as a weekly column in The Press-Enterprise.

Vinay Singh

Partner, Archer Gray

Vinay Singh is a Partner at Archer Gray, a media production, financing and venture capital company. Vinay currently leads the firm’s venture capital and content financing businesses. He also manages the company’s investment portfolio and financial strategy. At the firm, Vinay has overseen investments in disruptive media companies including Littlstar, Vigour, and Dealflicks; films such as Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT; and theater productions including The Elephant Man.

Kent Sanderson

President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution at Bleecker Street

Kent Sanderson is President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution at Bleecker Street. In a dual role, Kent is responsible for both discovering new content for distribution as well as managing each film’s lifecycle outside their theatrical windows, including television, DVD, Blu-Ray, and all forms of digital distribution. Prior to Bleecker Street, Kent served as EVP, Distribution and Merchandising at the independent distributor Amplify. Previously, Kent worked at NBCUniversal’s Focus Features for six years.

Yvonne Sheehan

Founder, HighTea

With over 15 years of Client and Agency experience, working with the largest Telecommunications and Retail industries globally, Yvonne offers a unique perspective on innovative marketing communications. With a strategic-first approach, Yvonne enjoys helping clients and agency partners solve key business challenges and effectively implement high impact solutions. Continuously inspired by a love of technology, passionate about creativity and innovation, Yvonne founded HighTea in 2015, having left her position at Verizon. At HighTea, Yvonne helps clients solve key business challenges and effectively manage and implement high impact solutions. By architecting the process from beginning to end, from strategy and creative development, to production and program implementation, Yvonne connects the dots to create frictionless collaboration.
While at Verizon, Yvonne led key strategic initiatives for both the Retail and Brand Experience disciplines, as well as leading the Branded Entertainment & Sponsorship teams.

Debika Shome

Deputy Director, Harmony Institute

Debika Shome is Deputy Director at Harmony Institute (HI), a research center that studies the impact of entertainment on individuals and society. She leads a diverse team working at the intersection of media, social science research, data science and technology. She joined HI from Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decision where she served as Assistant Director from 2005 to 2009. Debika also led CRED’s outreach and public policy initiatives.

Margaret Wallace

CEO, Playmatics

Margaret Wallace is an American entrepreneur who focuses on gaming, digital media and technology. She is Chief Executive Officer of Playmatics, a design and development company that sits at the intersection of brands, narrative, gaming and transmedia. The company has been a part of several award-winning products. In 2012, Wallace was named one of Forbes’ “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” and in 2014, she was listed by Fortune as one of “10 Powerful Women in Video Games.”

Paul Woolmington

Co-founder, Naked Communications Americas and Senior Fellow, Columbia School of the Arts

Paul Woolmington is widely recognized as one of the world’s most innovative marketers, disrupting and redefining traditional communications models while working with many of the world’s leading brands. Named one of the ten most creative people in marketing and advertising by FastCompany, he has launched two successful media and communications concerns and served as an advisor to business at large, governments, startup firms and social cause organizations worldwide.

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