Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, Ron is an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.
Currently, he is CEO of The Tite Group, a content marketing agency, executive producer and host of the award-winning Canadian comedy show Monkey Toast, and a featured marketing expert on the business reality show, Dream Funded.
He has written for a number of television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus. Ron is also an author of Everyone's An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be) (Collins, 2016).
Team Captain of the First American Women's Everest Expedition & Author of the New York Times Bestseller On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments @Levine_Alison
Levine served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, scaled the highest peak on every continent, and skied to both the North and South Poles—an accomplishment known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than forty people in the world have achieved.
Levine spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She is an advisor to the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point and is on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University. She is the founder of the Climb High Foundation, which trains jobless women in western Uganda to work as trekking guides in the Rwenzori Mountains. She is one of few who have presented at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Her best-selling book, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments, was released in January of 2014.
Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder, and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights
Kayongo’s background is one of survival, discovery, and humanitarianism. He is founder and CEO of the Global Soap Project which launched in 2009. Kayongo’s experience as a human rights activist, combined with his lifelong commitment to his work and notable rhetorical skills, earned him his current role as the CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Called a “living embodiment of the Center’s mission,” Kayongo is elevating the visibility of the Center and expanding its vision beyond its geography. Recognized with a range of honors and awards for his activism, including CNN’s Top 10 Heroes award in 2011, Kayongo was most recently selected by President Jimmy Carter to be interviewed as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.
Michael Barber is the founder of barber&hewitt. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. This work has been awarded numerous industry Awards. But more importantly, it has driven successes, including the most effective and cost-efficient campaign in the history of a company: a 160x return on ad spend and 10 million earned media impressions within the first month of a new product launch.
Michael Brenner is a sought-after keynote speaker on leadership, culture, and marketing. He is the co-author of a bestselling book "The Content Formula" and CEO of Marketing Insider Group. His team helps companies to find the leadership, courage, and strategies to attract new customers to their business. After a successful career as an entrepreneur and a corporate marketer for large, medium, and small businesses, he has developed strategies for Fortune 500 companies, hot startups, and non-profits. Michael has been recognized as an Influencer to CMOs, and on the topics of leadership, digital marketing, content marketing, and social business.
Co-Founder, Strategic Director | Orbit Media Studios, Inc. @crestodina
Andy Crestodina is a co-founder and the strategic director of Orbit Media. Over the past 15 years, Andy has provided web strategy and advice to more than a thousand businesses. As a top-rated speaker and blog writer, Andy has dedicated himself to teaching marketing. He is the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing and has won numerous awards including: Top 10 Online Marketing Experts to Watch in 2015, Forbes; Top 50 Marketing Influencer in 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine; and Top 10 Social Media Influencers to Watch in 2017, Social Media Explorer.
Carlos is founder and CEO of VisumCx, a Customer Experience Strategy Firm. He has over 20 years of experience working with B2B organizations in delivering multi-channel customer experiences. Carlos is widely recognized for his expertise and as an international speaker on how organizations need to transform to meet the needs of their customers and buyers. He is the author of Driving Demand, has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management for the last six years, and is recognized by Onalytica as the “Most Influential Person in B2B North America in 2015.”
Content Solutions Architect | Bambu by Sprout Social @stephanhov
Stephan is a content solutions architect at Bambu, an advocacy platform by Sprout Social. He works with B2B companies to develop creative, engaging content strategies for their advocacy programs that their employees and brand champions find valuable and easy to share. Before joining Sprout Social, Stephan ran his own email marketing and web consultancy outside Boston for 17 years.
Amee has nearly 20 years of experience delivering complex and fast paced marketing projects. She has a keen eye for identifying and designing content marketing targeted by audience, outcome, and media. As the marketing director for Red e App, Amee ensures the brand, product, and messaging are consistent and recognized by millions.
Christopher S. Penn
Vice President, Marketing Technology | SHIFT Communications: A Google Analytics Certified Partner @cspenn
Chris has been recognized twice by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 50 most influential people in social digital marketing. Marketo named him a marketing illuminator, and PR News nominated him as Social Media Person of the Year. He is the vice president of marketing technology at SHIFT Communications, co-founder of PodCamp New Media Community Conference, and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee podcast.
Samantha is the founder of The Marketing Advisory Network and author of Unleash Possible: A Marketing Playbook that Drives Sales. Throughout her career, she has launched go-to-market initiatives and lead award-winning marketing strategies for technology companies including Netezza, SAP, and Powersoft. Her new book is a how-to guide for high growth marketing in complex selling environments. Through case studies and actionable advice, Samantha doesn't just tell you what to do, she shows you how to do it, and how to partner with sales to get the right results.
Allen founded MarketingProfs in 2000 and continues to provide strategic direction for the company. He’s currently a Professor of Marketing at the University of Southern California. Prior to MarketingProfs, he served as a professor at Stanford University and a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs. His research and consulting expertise is in the marketing of high technology products and internet marketing. He has consulted with leading technology companies, including Texas Instruments, Intel, IBM, and Hughes Space and Communications. He also teaches mindfulness in companies at InsightLA.
Business Expert, Strategic Advisor, and Best-Selling Author
Business leaders call on Ian to modernize their sales and marketing. Ian's approach helps companies significantly grow sales by aligning their goals with current and emerging trends in buyer behavior. He is a multi-bestselling author, strategic advisor, and internationally sought speaker. A successful services and technology CEO for two decades, Ian draws on years of success and research on how customers make decisions. He shares how his clients have more than doubled their businesses following the same methods that he used to build his former company from zero to more than $1 billion in value. You can find Ian's weekly articles on Inc.com and Forbes.com. He is the host of the weekly podcast Grow My Revenue Business Cast.
Called a “web marketing guru” by the New York Times, the Story of how Marcus was able to save his swimming pool company, River Pools, from the economic crash of 2008 has been featured in multiple books, publications, and stories around the world—and is also the inspiration for his newest book, They Ask, You Answer, which was dubbed the #1 marketing book to read in 2017 by Mashable. Today, he has become a highly sought after global speaker and consultant in the digital sales and marketing space, working with hundreds of business and brands alike to become the most trusted voice of their industry while navigating the ultra-fast rate of change occurring within consumers and buyers today.