The intention of the E3 conferences is to put the power of global expansion into every entrepreneur’s hands through simplification and relationships. Topics will include preparing your business to expand into new markets, understanding international trade policy, developing market opportunities, legal and tax implications of international business, growth industries in specific regions, etc.
Listed below are speakers for the E3 Madrid conference, in order of appearance.
Johanna Maska is CEO of GSR. For eight years Maska worked as Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama, managing President Obama’s public image on trips for eight years across the United States and to 40 countries including extended tours of Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. She played an important role on both successful Presidential elections, starting in Iowa in 2007 and concluding in early 2015. Prior to that Maska worked in politics in Iowa and Kansas. Maska has since worked in media and technology and works now to promote positive global growth for brands.
Brian Lowry has been a media columnist and critic for CNN since April 2016. Before that spent 12 years as a columnist and chief TV critic at Variety, preceded by seven years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and columnist covering the television industry.
Lowry has been a contributor to National Public Radio and Foxsports.com and is the former co-host of "Square Off," a weekly talk program about the television business on TV Guide Network. He is also the author of two authorized companion guides to the Fox series "The X-Files."
Lowry graduated from UCLA.
Mr. Silbermann is the Managing Director of ICM Partners. In addition to running the day-to-day management of the agency, which encompasses a team of more than 200 agents in Los Angeles, New York and London, Chris personally guides the careers of some of the most influential creative voices of our generation. Mr. Silbermann is very active in local, state and national politics. Both he and ICM Partners are actively involved in helping their communities through generous charitable giving, volunteer days of service, and Foundation Grants to charities that specialize in bringing the arts andgreater opportunities to lower income, disadvantaged and critically ill children. Mr. Silbermann is the Chairman of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, serves on the board of the California Nature Conservatory and is the former president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
Rory Carroll is an Irish journalist who has been a foreign correspondent for the Guardian for almost 20 years. He covered the Mediterranean and the Balkans in the late 90s before moving to Africa where he covered wars, elections and economic shifts. He spent most of 2005 in Iraq covering the escalating insurgency. From 2006 to 2012 he was based in Caracas as the paper's Latin America correspondent. He wrote a biography of Hugo Chavez which the New York Times said was essential to understanding today's crisis in Venezuela. For the past five years Rory has been based in Los Angeles, covering the western US and Mexican border.
Stephen Cheung is the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). The WTCLA supports the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California companies as the leading international trade and foreign direct investment attraction organization in the Los Angeles region.
Prior to his current role, Cheung was the Secretary General of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade. Cheung served on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and the Los Angeles Business Council, and was the lead organizer for Mayor Garcetti’s international trade missions to Mexico, China, Korea and Japan.
Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in North America, and was responsible for developing programs to increase trade through the Port of Los Angeles, and facilitate goods movement through the Southern California region.
Cheung joined the Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti’s administration after serving as Managing Director of International Trade and Clean Technology for the City of Los Angeles. He was the City’s lead organizer for the historic visit to Los Angeles by the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping in 2012. Furthermore, Cheung implemented the city’s strategic plan to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology by building the infrastructure to support research, development and manufacturing with key partners such as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Port Tech LA.
Cheung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his bachelor’s in Psychobiology and master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA.
During twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, Brett became a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict. As Director of Global Engagement at the White House, he created some of the government’s most innovative international programs for reaching new audiences around the world. While at the White House, he was responsible for public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship programs. Brett coordinated the United States’ response to Russian propaganda, developing the first interagency communications taskforce to push back against misinformation. Brett also unified public and private entrepreneurship programs for the first time under one banner, as part of the President’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative.
While in the diplomatic service, Brett worked in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina, Zambia, and Eritrea. In his current role as President of the Global Situation Room®, he runs a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, international public policy, and crisis management. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs. Brett graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in International Relations and Political Science. He holds a Masters in Global History from the London School of Economics. Brett speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Jeffrey A. Williamson has 25 years global marketing experience in the public and private sectors, having conducted business in more than 50 countries (China, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East) in consumer electronics, consumer package goods, defense and medical products. He currently provides the strategic leadership for the Centers for International Trade Development (www.citd.org), and the California State Trade and Export Promotion Program, which led over 400 California businesses in 40 overseas trade missions/exhibitions in the past three years, helping small exporters capture over $150 million in new business. Jeff also is a part-time Professor of Global Marketing at California State University, Fullerton, Mihaylo School of Business, where he teaches global marketing. He has appeared in over 100 news publications worldwide, and several live television interviews on CNBC Asia, Nightly Business Report, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and others.
Jeff has been a panel expert for the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC; worked with UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business on a study of the impact of Services Exports trade for California (2006); and received the President’s “E-Award” for export service excellence (2013). Jeff received a B.A. Economics from Arizona State University and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton.
Kal Raustiala is professor at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. The Burkle Center is UCLA's primary academic unit for interdisciplinary research on international affairs. From 2012-2015 he served as UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for International Studies. A graduate of Duke University, Professor Raustiala holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. In 2016 he was elected Vice President of the American Society of International Law.
Professor Raustiala's research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property. His recent publications include "Governing the Internet," American Journal of International Law (2016); "Fake It Till You Make It: The Good News About China’s Knockoff Economy,” Foreign Affairs, (July/August 2013); “NGOs in International Treaty-Making,” in The Oxford Guide to Treaties (2012); and Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law, (Oxford, 2009). His most recent book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (Oxford, 2012), written with Christopher Sprigman of NYU Law School, has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Law School, Melbourne University in Australia, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2016, he was the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property at the National University of Singapore. Prior to coming to UCLA he was a research fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems, and an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Raustiala has served on the editorial boards of International Organization and the American Journal of International Law and is a frequent media contributor whose writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Wired, the International Herald Tribuneand Le Monde.
Scott Jarus is a serial entrepreneur, transformational leader and the former chief executive of several successful private and public companies. Over the past sixteen years, he has overseen the rapid growth and financial success of three companies, two public and one private, resulting in very significant increases in shareholder value.
In early-2014, Mr. Jarus became an investor in and joined the Board of EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle charging station solutions. From 2014 to 2016, Scott served as CEO for EV Connect to oversee and accelerate its growth, operational success and capital raise.
Mr. Jarus was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ironclad Performance Wear (ICPW.OB), an investor in and Chief Executive Officer of Cognition Technologies, Chief Executive and President of j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), and President and Chief Operating Officer for OnSite Access. Mr. Jarus has 30 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry, including Senior Vice President of Operations at RCN Telecom, co-founder and Vice President of Multimedia Medical Systems, and Vice President of Operations of Metromedia Communications
Mr. Jarus serves on the Boards of Directors of Oversee.net, EV Connect, and Food Forward (a non-profit organization). He is also on the Board of Advisors for OnRamp Fund and Sutton Capital.
Mr. Jarus has been a member of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA); and is a partner with the LA Chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP). He has been a coach, mentor and judge for the TCA Fast Pitch and the SVP Social Innovation Fast Pitch competitions for more than eight years. He has also been a TEDx coach. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Jarus was named a Senior Fellow with the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University.
In 2005, Mr. Jarus was named National Entrepreneur of the Year for Media/Entertainment/Communications by Ernst & Young and Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in 2004.
Mr. Jarus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas. He is married with two children and lives in Manhattan Beach, CA. In his “free time”, he is an AYSO National (Soccer) Referee, Grade 7 USSF Referee, a National Referee Assessor and an AYSO Area Referee Administrator.
Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous.
She has three company owned locations in San Diego and licensed locations in Phoenix, DC, and Sweden, with more cities launching soon. She’s on a mission to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their business by 2020.
Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, the BBC News, Forbes, and the New York Times. She is a published author and international speaker. Her book, “Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business” is available on Amazon.
Jessica Vollman is the founder of The Vollman Group and works with startups to scale company operations globally through strategy, marketing and consistent customer experience.
Prior to founding The Vollman Group Jessica was one of the first employees at education company General Assembly, most recently serving as Director of New Market Expansion. She helped develop the company's go-to-market strategy, led market research, managed launch operations, and built strategic partnerships, enabling the company to scale to 700 employees in 14 cities around the world.
At General Assembly she worked with a team of 14 marketing producers to develop marketing strategies and also developed and executed partnerships with various organizations, including Facebook, Conde Nast, SXSW, American Express, The New York Times and Pearson, among others.
Jessica also advises early-stage teams and serves as a Council Member for Gerson Lehrman Group. Prior to joining General Assembly she held various marketing roles at Mediabistro, International Meeting Managers, Tribeza Magazine and Sony Music Entertainment.
Dr. Rollan Roberts is an internationally-renowned, best-selling author, CEO, TV personality, and former CEO of the Hoverboard company - the single, hottest, global consumer product of 2015. In addition to being recognized as the “Top 100 Most Influential Floridians” of 2015, he has led several global, high growth companies and has a record of creating some of the fastest growing companies in America. He has a Doctorate degree in Global Business and Entrepreneurship, holds two patents, and is a master at implementing systems and corporate turnarounds.
Described as one of the best dressed men in Hollywood, Andrew Weitz uses his innate sense of style to help clients look and feel their very best. Applying a holistic approach, Andrew works from the inside out – first understanding a client’s needs and goals, and then working with them to develop their personal style, build their confidence and ultimately reach a higher level of success in life. During his successful tenure as a talent agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME-IMG), Weitz found himself constantly sharing tips and knowledge with his celebrity clients and industry colleagues, essentially being their trusted go-to style guru.
But there was one specific experience that changed the course of Weitz’s career. A close friend had reached a point where everything in his life became stagnant and couldn’t seem to take his career or relationships to the next level. Weitz happily took him under his wing and through a combination of style consulting and lifestyle advice, helped his friend regain his confidence and achieve success in his professional and personal life. Weitz suddenly understood that empowering others through style was his life’s calling. Leveraging his 18 years in the entertainment industry, he created The Weitz Effect brand and has dedicated himself to his passion for style and helping people realize their full potential.
Weitz has been featured on TODAY on NBC and in numerous issues of The Hollywood Reporter as well as GQ, British GQ, Newsweek, Angeleno Magazine, LA Confidential, Los Angeles Magazine and on the leading fashion site for men, MrPorter.com, among many others. He is also a member of the British Fashion Council and the MrPorter Style Council. Originally from Philadelphia, Weitz, resides in Los Angeles, California with his beautiful wife Stacy and their twin boys.
Mr. Chayanam guides TRI-COR’s cross functional and cross-organizational teams in the conceptualizing, planning, designing and implementing leading-edge technology and business solutions and services that exceeds challenging business objectives resulting in significant cost savings, improved quality, and increased customer satisfaction.
Venkat is a thought leader with 18 years of experience in leading enterprise transformation initiatives in both private and public sectors. His areas of expertise and interests include delivering value to business organizations and their customers by strategizing and implementing Business Technology Solutions and Enterprise IT Services. He is a Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA from FEAC Institute) and holds a M.S. in Computer Science and completed Executive Education in Strategy and Innovation @ MIT Sloan Business School.
Michele Ruiz is a communication specialist, a bi-lingual entrepreneur, a bestselling author and keynote speaker whose passions are entrepreneurship, empowerment, all things communication, content marketing, social media and technology.
As an entrepreneur she is focused on educating, inspiring and empowering business owners. She’s also a communication specialist, sharing insights, guidance and strategies related to communications, crisis communications, content marketing, social media marketing, and thought leadership. She shares content, her blog and her videos via social media with her almost 100k followers across all channels. Michele contributes to 3rd party media and content sites as an entrepreneurial and communication expert. Michele also represents some of largest corporations in the world as a brand ambassador wanting to harness the power of her influence in their relevant marketing campaigns. Some of these high-value influencer campaigns have included national speaking tours. Michele is a keynote speaker on a variety of topics including inspirational and motivational themes based on her life story. She also speaks on business communication, content marketing, crisis communications, social media, entrepreneurship, leadership and empowerment.
In November 2015, Michele was given the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) as one of two outstanding women entrepreneurs from the United States. Additionally, Michele is a recipient of the 2014 Enterprising Woman of the Year honor by the national magazine of the same name.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Michele Ruiz enjoyed a long career as an award-winning broadcast journalist, beginning her broadcasting career co-anchoring Channel One News. From there, she moved to KTLA in Los Angeles. In 1998, she joined KNBC-TV as a reporter and anchor of the 6:00 pm newscast. Michele received 16 Emmy nominations during her news broadcasting career, 5 Emmy’s, 4 Golden Mikes as well as LA Press Club Awards.
Michele is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), an advisor to Macy’s Executive Leadership as a member of the retailer’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, and an advisor to the United States Golf Association as part of the USGA’s Ambassadors Group focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives in the sport of golf.
Elizabeth Gore is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell Technologies where she drives initiatives that support Dell's goals around supporting small and medium sized businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Alice, a digital ecosystem connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to scale and succeed.
Elizabeth personally advises the growth of purpose driving companies such as ride share commuting company Scoop, online and mobile fundraising platform Classy, and innovative water company SOMA. In addition, Elizabeth is part owner in Gore Family Vineyards and an investor with Portfolia. She is the Emeritus Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and has previously served as the first-ever Entrepreneur in Residence for the UN Foundation and Vice President of Global Partnerships, where she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and Shot@Life.
Elizabeth is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer and served in Bolivia, South America. She was named by People as one of the “Top 100 Extraordinary Women,” is one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Women to Watch.” She has been featured by multiple media outlets, including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, Entrepreneur, People, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, a sprint triathlete, runner, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations. Elizabeth resides in Sonoma County with her husband, James Gore, a California elected official, and has two hilarious children.
Founder of BABEL Ventures and INVESTHAUS. Barbara is a venture capitalist and financial advisor to ultra high net worth families and has raised over $250 million for real estate and high tech companies in both Brazil and the US.
In 2014 she moved to Miami and co-founded INVESTHAUS USA, LLC where she was not only diversifying her client’s portfolio abroad in real estate and private banking but also started to explore venture capital investments.
She soon became an advisor and angel investor to several high-profile startups such as Spinn Coffee, CALA, OccamzRazor, Cue and Singu.
In 2016, Barbara moved to San Francisco to start her own venture firm, BABEL Ventures. With extensive experience in diversifying investments and building strategic portfolios, Barbara leads BABEL Ventures and is the chief networker with founders and VC firms in Silicon Valley.
For over 10 years Evelin worked in Equity Research banking for Citigroup and traded fixed income derivatives for Man Financial. In the past seven years, Evelin has channeled her passion for philanthropy working with The Lawrence Anthony Foundation in South Africa and in 2014 launched The Philippine’s Foundation.
The Foundation has received 5 global awards and its purpose is aimed at creating an empowered, inclusive, sustainable community in the Philippines by providing livelihood support and education programs. Through her work in finance and philanthropy she became more aware of how micro-lending programs utilized data inefficiently to financially empower a person out of poverty.
In 2016, Evelin founded Narra.
Chris Hale is the founder and CEO of kountable, Inc., a San Francisco-based start-up that combines data science, social capital, and proven financial instruments to provide highly-scalable financing solutions to underserved “missing middle” entrepreneurs in developing countries. Kountable™ creates a low-friction, cloud-based bridge between investors in developed countries and the massive opportunity to finance the most promising, driven, established and well-networked entrepreneurs in emerging economies.
Mr. Hale concurrently serves as the COO of Perigon Wealth Management, an RIA serving approximately 100 families and managing almost $1 billion in assets. Over the last two years, under Mr. Hale's leadership, Perigon Wealth Management has doubled its headcount, grown its assets under management almost six-fold, and in 2014, was named one of the 50 fastest growing RIAs in the country.
Mr. Hale earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and English from Williams College.
Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of Young & Successful Media and YSN.com, has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for two decades. Kushell sculpts groundbreaking campaigns around youth empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, bringing educational, government and corporate stakeholders together to impact millions. Such programs have included the 100 country Subway Global Challenge and the International Franchise Association’s NextGen in Franchising campaign.
Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions, and Youth Advisor at the UN. Today, YSN is deploying game-changing education through online learning/EdTech solutions to dramatically change the way young people engage with the new world of work and global opportunity.
Judy leads McKinsey & Company’s Fast Growth Tech practice, which serves pre-IPO companies, venture capital firms, and growth private equity firms. Earlier in her career, she was a partner at McKinsey, working across McKinsey’s New York, Johannesburg (which she helped start and grow from 7 to 70 consultants), and San Francisco offices, and was known for her work transforming companies through unique strategies and creative approaches to implementation. She was an active member in the TMT and education practices. Prior to re-joining McKinsey & Company she worked with leading venture capital firms (e.g., Kapor Capital, Bessemer, Venrock, DFJ) to start, grow, or turn around companies in their portfolios. She was the SVP of Corporate Development for RSi, a retail data platform, where she has helped build an analytics business measuring the impact of digital advertising on in-store sales. She has also been the President & CEO of AliveCor, the creator of the smartphone ECG; the President & CEO of Hands-On Entertainment, as well as an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at Kapor Enterprises Inc., Mitch Kapor’s investment company.
Judy Wade is an active member in her community with a passion for education. She has a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She helped start Leadership Public Schools, a network of charter high schools. She has been a Foundation Trustee at University Of California, Berkeley, where she was on the steering committee for Operational Excellence, an initiative resulting in almost $75 million in annual cost savings for the University, and led an effort with the College of L&S to reimagine undergraduate education for the 21st Century. She won a Trustee award for outstanding service to the University.
In her spare time she usually can be found chasing after her 13 year old daughter and/or three (!) beagles, obsessively watching college football (or any sport for that matter), drinking wine, cooking, or trying to work off the effects of the previous two.
VivianNweze is a high energy and dynamic storyteller, digital & live event host, and TV producer for the Emmy nominated Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, as well as an enterprising, multi-platform content creator. She imparts her effervescent personality daily during her multiple on-camera reports online for ‘Instant Access’ and ‘Early Access’.
Her bubbly personality, quick wit, professionalism, and diligence have propelled her career at a very young age. She has worked for NBC Sports, FOX, The Huffington Post, MTVu, Entertainment Scoop, Bloomberg TV, The Smithsonian Institution and many more.
When she is not creating viral entertainment content viewed by hundreds of thousands (and counting!) of viewers, Vivian conducts highly researched and thorough interviews with hundreds of celebrities at high profile red carpet events. She often holds exclusive one-on-one conversations with Hollywood A-listers, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Sylvester Stallone, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, and Kerry Washington, to name a few. In addition to her Hollywood experience, Vivian worked directly with Matt Lauer, Bob Costas, and Meredith Vieira at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She has also held captivating interviews with Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, and Russell Westbrook, adding a plethora of sports greats to her robust interviewee list.
Vivian is a proud first generation American, born to Nigerian immigrants. Before moving to LA she began to achieve the “American Dream” by winning the title of Miss Florida Teen 2010, and becoming a White House All-Star Student Ambassador to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2014. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University in Washington D.C., where she studied Radio/TV/Film and Business Administration.
In her (rare) free time Vivian enjoys international adventures and acting in a myriad of projects. From shooting a docu-series in Greece, zip lining in Belize, acting in independent films in France, and performing in improv clubs throughout Hollywood, Vivian maintains an invigorating creative lifestyle.
Vivian Nweze currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Keep up with her at @VivaciouslyViv and VivaciouslyVivian.com!
For almost 20 years Strahan has delivered national and international award-winning communications programmes for an array of outstanding clients and covering the full spectrum of public relations disciplines. His passion is to help people and organizations communicate well. This means helping organizations and their people to navigate the fast-evolving communications landscape and have a winning reputation.
As Managing Director for Porter Novelli in Southern California, Strahan leads the agency and supports all client teams.
He has led a number of early stage innovative technology clients including RocketLab USA, Serko (travel booking software) and Endace (a network monitoring company, now part of Emulex). He was instrumental in turning around the flagging reputation of Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business in London and its Global Investor’s business. He’s also delivered international financial media relations for a number of global companies. Strahan led the crisis communications response on a series of insurance policies for several global insurers and recently led the development of a global communications strategy for the world’s largest dairy exporter.
Emmy and Peabody Award winning creative leader Ross Martin is the CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), a marketing and business innovation firm. He is the former Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Engagement for Viacom, the worldwide media and entertainment company, where he oversaw marketing strategy, consumer intelligence, data science, creative innovation, internal agency, and business development teams. Previously, Martin founded and ran Scratch, Viacom’s creative strategy and consulting division. He is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, and the advisory boards of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights. Recent honors and recognitions include Fast Company's “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s "40 Under 40" top business leaders and AdWeek’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
Eric Siu is the CEO of digital marketing agency Single Grain. Single Grain has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Uber, Lyft, Amazon and Salesforce to help scale their revenues using a combination of digital marketing strategEric also hosts two podcasts: Marketing School with Neil Patel and Growth Everywhere, an entrepreneurial podcast where he dissects growth levers that help businesses scale. Guests from the podcast include former Echosign founder Jason Lemkin, Eloqua co-founder Mark Organ, Andy Johns (Growth at Wealthfront, Facebook, Quora, Twitter) and more.
He contributes to Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Insider, Forbes, Fast Company, Time Magazine and more regularly.