American Society of Magazine Editors

Speakers

  • Michela O’Connor Abrams

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dwell

    Michela O’Connor Abrams is the president and chief executive officer of Dwell, the award-winning design brand. Her thirteen years of leadership at Dwell have led to accolades at the National Magazine Awards, Folio’s Marketing Awards, National Design Awards, and Folio’s Eddie and Ozzie Awards. In 2005, she conceived and launched Dwell on Design. Now in its 11th year, it was recently designated Folio’s best overall B2C event and is the largest design show in the U.S. She has led the development of Dwell Media’s digital platforms, which Affinity Research’s August 2011 survey recognized as “No. 1 Most Innovative.”

    Folio recognized O’Connor Abrams as a “Corporate Visionary” in its 2014 Top Women in Media list and EWIP gave her its prestigious “Exceptional Woman in Publishing” award in 2012. In 2005, Media Industry News honored O’Connor Abrams as “Sales Leader of the Year,” and in 2011, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recognized her as an honored alumnus.

    O’Connor Abrams is a former president of the board of GoodWeave, the chairman of Home and Gift for Project Angel Food’s Divine Design, and sits on the boards of MPA’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group and Linguastat.  She also serves on the board of trustees for the Marin Horizon School. She is a sought-after speaker on leadership, media, design and business, and recently spoke to top media executives at the American Magazine Media Conference.

  • Jim Anderson

    Chief Executive Officer

    SocialFlow

    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. He has spent the past six years on the cutting edge of social media, helping marketers effectively use technology to power their social media efforts. Before that, Anderson was the chief operating officer of Vitrue, where he played an instrumental role in building the team, the products and the customer relationships that ultimately led to Oracle’s acquisition of the company. He then spent a year leading the successful integration of the Vitrue products and technology into the Oracle portfolio. Prior to joining Vitrue, Anderson spent nearly a decade at EarthLink/MindSpring, the consumer internet service provider. He led the development and launch of MindSpring’s first high-speed DSL offering, a business that ultimately grew to encompass more than a million subscribers.

  • John Battelle

    Editor in Chief and Chief Executive Officer

    NewCo

    John Battelle is co-founder and chief executive officer of NewCo Platform. He is also chair of sovrn Holdings Inc.; a board director of Acxiom, Inc., a NYSE‐listed company; and a director at Chute Inc.  

    Best known for his work creating media properties, Battelle founded Federated Media Publishing in 2005 and served as chief executive officer and chairman until the company was acquired in early 2014. In addition, Battelle wrote the international bestseller The Search and was co‐founder, executive producer and program chair of the Web 2 Summit, chairman and chief executive officer of Standard Media International, publisher of The Industry Standard and co‐founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.

  • Gregg Brockway

    Chairman

    Chairish

    Gregg Brockway is passionate about creating products and services people love to use and has a track record of building successful businesses both on- and off-line. Brockway is the co-founder and chairman of the home decor marketplace, Chairish. Previously, he was the chief executive officer of the media and event company Maker Media and the co-founder of the travel companies Hotwire and TripIt. Brockway serves on several boards, including those of Insightly, Turnkey and the Live Oak School, and is an active angel investor in over a dozen companies. 

  • Alec Casey

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Trusted Media Brands, Inc.

    He is responsible for all aspects of consumer marketing and production for the TMBI family of magazine and book titles, including Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home, The Family Handyman, Birds & Blooms and six additional titles, with an overall circulation of more over 12MM readers.

    Before joining TMBI, Alec served as head of global circulation and production at Bloomberg LP. In this role, he was responsible for global consumer marketing and production for all titles including Businessweek, which he helped re-launch in 2010, and was also responsible for launching the company's online learning platform. Previously, he held various leadership positions at Hearst and Time Inc., where he oversaw consumer marketing for various home, food and lifestyle magazines as well as helping launch Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine and Esquire’s Big Black Book. 

  • Andrew Clurman

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Active Interest Media

    Andrew Clurman is the president and chief executive officer of Active Interest Media, a media company comprised of more than 50 internationally renowned print, digital and social media brands, a state-of-the-art video production company, and first-in-class events.

    Prior to starting AIM with Chairman Efrem (Skip) Zimbalist,  Clurman was the senior vice president of Time4 Media, a division of Time Warner/AOL. There he served as the president and publisher of Mountain Sports Media, the world’s leading winter sports media company, which included SKI, Skiing, Freeze and Skiing Trade News magazines; Warren Miller Films & Entertainment; and Mountain Sports Press. He was also the president and publisher of TransWorld Publications, which included Transworld Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Motocross, Surf, BMX and Ride magazines.  Under his leadership, these two divisions grew to comprise 15 consumer and trade magazines; an award-winning film and television production unit; and category-leading Internet, book, video and DVD publishing and event marketing businesses.

    Clurman began his career in publishing at the Vineyard Gazette newspaper.  He later joined Ziff Davis where he was a sales representative, regional sales manager, marketing director and, finally, publisher of SKI and Skiing magazines. 

    Clurman serves as the chairman of the board for the Independent Magazine Publishers of America, a board member of Yankee Publishing, and a University of Colorado Leeds School of Business mentor. 

  • Chip Conley

    Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy

    Airbnb

    Chip Conley is the head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb. Prior to joining Airbnb, Conley founded the award-winning boutique hotel company, Joie de Vivre Hospitality. For the past 27 years, Conley has been a force of innovation in the hospitality industry. He has overseen the creation and management of 52 boutique hotels and won numerous awards for innovation in customer service and leadership. At Airbnb, Conley is sharing his proven methods with hundreds of thousands of hosts in over 190 countries around the world.

  • Julia Cosgrove

    Vice President and Editor in Chief

    AFAR

    Julia Cosgrove is the vice president and editor in chief of AFAR, the critically acclaimed media brand that inspires, guides and enables travelers to have deeper, richer and more fulfilling experiences. In her role, Cosgrove oversees content across print, digital and events. Under Cosgrove’s leadership, AFAR has received two National Magazine Award nominations for general excellence and website. Cosgrove has been a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out and the Meredith Corporation. Prior to joining AFAR, she served as the deputy editor of the DIY design magazine ReadyMade when it was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in general excellence. She was part of the original launch team behind Time Out New York Kids, and she has also worked at BusinessWeek and the New York Daily News. A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at the Design School at Stanford University.

  • Chuck Croft

    President

    Kalmbach Publishing Co.

    Chuck Croft is the president of Kalmbach Publishing Co., based in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1934, Kalmbach serves the special-interest and enthusiast markets with 12 magazine brands and related books, and produces websites and events based on those content areas. In 2016, the company launched Drone 360 and made its first acquisition in the board game market. Kalmbach’s brands include Discover, Trains, Model Railroader, Bead&Button, Astronomy, American Snowmobiler and FineScale Modeler.

    Since joining Kalmbach in 1998, Croft has served as the vice president of finance and the executive vice president. In 2012, he moved into his current role and also joined the company’s board of directors. He has been on the MPA – Association of Magazine Media ’s IMAG Advisory Board since 2007, and he joined the DRG board of directors in 2016.

  • JC Curran

    Partner

    Foundation Talent

    JC Curran is a partner at Foundation Talent, a global recruitment firm specializing in professionals below the C-Suite at VC- and PE- backed tech companies. He leads product, marketing and design searches for clients such as Uber, Box, MachineZone, Zenefits, Weebly and Handy.

    Curran was the lead marketing recruiter at salesforce.com, helping double their chief marketing officer organization within two years. Prior to salesforce.com, he was a managing partner of VonChurch, the world’s largest digital technology talent hub where he launched their create division.

    Curran’s passion for new technology and design stems for his previous career in architecture, where he designed buildings in Edinburgh, Hamburg and Cincinnati, and helped reshape the skyline of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood with the Foundry Square project.
     

  • Amanda Dameron

    Editor in Chief and Executive Vice President of Content

    Dwell

    Amanda Dameron, who joined Dwell in 2008, has covered design and architecture for the last 15 years, serving as an on-staff editor at Architectural Digest and Western Interiors and Design in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in numerous domestic and international titles, including Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles magazine, Urbis, Vogue Living and Elle Décor UK. As editor in chief of Dwell magazine, and now executive vice president of content, she directs content across all the company’s platforms, extending from print and digital to live events, e-commerce, research and other ancillary products. She has served on numerous design and architecture juries, including AIA East Bay, ICFF in New York and the ASME National Magazine Awards. In addition to her role at Dwell, Dameron was hand-selected by Ellen DeGeneres to serve as a lead judge for every episode of Ellen’s Design Challenge—a furniture design competition series, which debuted on HGTV in 2015. She has also appeared as a design expert on PBS, Fox Business, ABC News and the Nate Berkus Show. In 2014, the Huffington Post called Dameron “one of the most influential voices in the world of modern design.”

  • Rebecca Wesson Darwin

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Garden & Gun

    Rebecca Wesson Darwin is the president and chief executive officer of The Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun. Darwin decided to create Garden & Gun in spring 2007 after realizing that most of her favorite publications spoke primarily to readers on the coasts and not to the rest of the country. Her goal was to craft a magazine that would appeal to men and women interested in the sporting life, adventurous travel, and good food and drink.

    Named 2015 winner of the National Magazine Award in General Excellence (Style & Design), Garden & Gun has consistently been recognized as an industry leader. Award highlights include No. 2 hottest launch of 2007 with more than 700 magazines; 2011 National Magazine Award in General Excellence in Food, Travel and Design; National Magazine Award for Most Delicious Cover in 2013; and the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in 2014. The Garden & Gun brand has continued to develop under her direction through the creation of G&G Mercantile, G&G events, G&G Land, and the Garden & Gun Jubilee.

    Darwin established her career at GQ, where she implemented national retail advertising and promotions programs and later became the first female publisher of The New Yorker, as well as publisher of Mirabella and marketing director of Fortune. Darwin also served as the president and chief executive officer of the National Association for Female Executives. 

  • Scott Dickey

    Chief Executive Officer

    TEN: The Enthusiast Network

    In 2014, Scott Dickey brought a 25-year career of managing high-profile global businesses to TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly: Source Interlink Media), the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, including Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/outdoor sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions.   

    Prior to joining TEN, Dickey was the president and chief executive officer of Competitor Group, where he was instrumental in leading the development of the company’s media brands as well as the rapid expansion of the company’s flagship asset, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Dickey led the successful sale of the company in 2012 and then spent 2013 transitioning the business to new ownership.

    As President of Transworld Media, a former division of Time Warner, Dickey led the growth and multimedia expansion of the world’s leading action sports media company. He was recruited to Transworld from K2 Inc., where for five years he served as president.

    Previously, Dickey was President and COO of Fotoball USA Inc. Dickey has held other top executive posts at leading sports and entertainment entities including The Walt Disney Company and the National Basketball Association. 

  • Jon Dorn

    Senior Vice President, Digital and Data

    Active Interest Media

    As Active Interest Media’s lead on digital, multimedia, database and marketing services, Jonathan Dorn works with teams across the company’s 50 brands and 85-plus websites. He previously served as AIM’s editorial director, head of product development and general manager of its outdoor group. Prior to that, as the longtime editor in chief of Backpacker, Dorn led the brand to five National Magazine Awards, including an award for General Excellence in both print and digital. He serves on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and volunteers with Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that provides wilderness mentoring to at-risk teens.

  • Kent Ebersole

    General Manager and Vice President, Outdoor Group

    Active Interest Media

    Kent Ebersole is the general manager and vice president of Active Interest Media’s Outdoor Group. He previously served as publisher of Backpacker Magazine. Prior to Backpacker, Ebersole was Northwest sales director for Juno.com and Eastern sales manager for Scuba Diving magazine. Ebersole has served as a consultant to leading outdoor brands, including Trimble Navigation, Probar and the Western Rivers Conservancy.

  • Jim Elms

    Global Chief Executive Officer

    Initiative Worldwide

    Jim Elms is the global chief executive officer for Initiative one of Interpublic Group’s (NYSE: IPG) three worldwide media networks and part of the company’s IPG Mediabrands unit. Elms is responsible for the agency’s global strategy, direction and operations. Under his leadership, the agency has developed its global culture of being Fast, Brave, Decisive and Simple (FBDS).  The FBDS way of working has inspired the global Initiative network to push the envelope and develop creative means of spreading our clients’ messages in ways that consumers embrace. It is this thinking and leadership that earned him the honor of 2013’s Media magazine Executive of the Year award. In addition, his peers and the industry have recognized the value of his approach, as they invited Elms to serve as a member of the Cannes Lions 60th Anniversary Media Grand Jury in 2013.

    Through his career, which spans over 20 years, Elms has contributed to several outstanding advertising campaigns, from the inception of the “Got Milk” masterpiece to numerous world-renowned Nike campaigns.  His client portfolio includes Amazon, Hyundai-Kia, Unilever, Sonic Drive-in, Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, E*Trade, Canon, Porsche and Dairy Queen, among many others. He also has had extensive experience in the beverage and spirits industry with clients including MillerCoors, AB Inbev and most recently Sazerac.

  • Lorraine Goldberg

    Social Media Manager

    Allrecipes.com

    Lorraine Goldberg is the social media manager for Allrecipes.com where she drives social media strategy and oversees the social media team for the food-focused social network. She specializes in content strategy, audience development, and building engagement via social media marketing.

  • Ryan Grabenkort

    Regional Director, West Coast and APAC

    Quartz

    Ryan Grabenkort leads the business for Quartz in the U.S. West and APAC. Grabenkort found a calling on the business side of journalism early in his career. Aside from a short stint at a nonprofit, where he focused on digital monetization, he has worked in advertising sales and management positions for Atlantic Media properties since 2004. Most recently, Grabenkort was managing director of National Journal, overseeing sales and strategy. Before that, he held sales management positions for The Atlantic in San Francisco and Washington, DC.  

  • Philippe Guelton

    Chief Executive Officer

    SheKnows Media

    Before joining SheKnows, Philippe Guelton served as the president of Thrillist Media Group, a leading men's lifestyle publication, and the operator of Jackthreads.com, a members-only shopping club.

    Previously, Guelton served in several senior roles at Hachette (Lagardère Media), including that of chief executive officer for Northern Asia, where he led the acquisition and integration of Japanese media company Fujingaho, and more recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer of HFMUS, where he oversaw the company’s media properties, including Elle, Elle Décor and Woman’s Day, among others.

    During his time at HFMUS, Philippe led the acquisition of digital ad network Jumpstart Automotive Group and the launch of Glo.com, a premier online fashion and beauty property, in partnership with MSN and Whalerock Industries. He was also instrumental in the sale of HFMUS to Hearst Corporation in June 2011.

  • Renee Jordan

    Senior Vice President and Group Publisher

    The Taunton Press

    Renee Jordan is a highly collaborative, creative and data-focused media executive with 29 years of experience across consumer and B2B magazines and digital publishing. Her career has focused on the transformation of the consumer experience and business models disrupted by technology and renewed through innovation.

    Jordan is currently senior vice president and group publisher at the Taunton Press, with product, sales, and overall P&L responsibilities for Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Fine Gardening and Threads media brands.

    Previously, Jordan was president and chief operating officer at Fexy Media Brands, a digital start-up focused on video and content experiences in the food, health and personal financial services categories. She also served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Clear Channel Outdoor, responsible for leveraging emerging technologies to drive innovation and revenue growth strategies for the outdoor advertising business. Prior, Jordan served 12 years at the Reader’s Digest Association in multiple data-driven and consumer-focused roles. Her most recent position there was chief marketing officer of North America, where she led the transformation of consumer marketing from traditional direct response to multi-channel and digitally-focused strategies. She also held consumer marketing and circulation leadership roles at Primedia and Fairchild Publications.

  • Christopher Klotzbach

    Director,

    Flurry from Yahoo

    Christopher Klotzbach leads product marketing for the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite, which includes the industry-leading Flurry Analytics and Yahoo App Publishing. Prior to this role, he was responsible for mobile product strategy and sales enablement at Yahoo, where he deployed Gemini mobile native ads for Yahoo properties and developed the go-to-market strategy for the Yahoo sales team. Before Yahoo, Klotzbach managed the ad exchange and network relationships for Forbes.com, overseeing the monetization of Forbes inventory on third party platforms. 

  • Todd Krizelman

    Chief Executive Officer

    MediaRadar

    Growing up in Palo Alto, Todd Krizelman was born and raised near the epicenter of technology innovation. This early exposure encouraged him to be an entrepreneur and co-found one of the world’s first social media sites, theGlobe.com. He led theGlobe.com from inception to taking it public on NASDAQ; this online community grew to 20 million monthly users and was a top 25 site for five consecutive years. Afterward, Krizelman joined the largest European media company, Bertelsmann, where he worked for its publishing businesses, Gruner + Jahr and Random House. It was then that Krizelman began to recognize the challenges of selling advertising, including lack of data, time-intensive research and the increasingly fragmented landscape of advertising. With his expertise in ad sales and innovation, Krizelman joined veteran web architect Jesse Keller to found MediaRadar in 2007. After undertaking years of thorough research, development and data collection, MediaRadar is now the most comprehensive data company focused on the ad sales market. 

  • Rod Kurtz

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    RKE

    In today’s media world, everyone is in the content business. Smart entrepreneurs are seizing upon this and developing their own media brands as a way of connecting and engaging with customers through authentic storytelling. Rod Kurtz works with companies across industries to help build these brands through blog posts, guest columns, social media, video, speaking engagements and beyond.

    For more than a decade, Kurtz served as a journalist and advocate on behalf of entrepreneurs—until finally becoming one himself. Today, he oversees RKE, a New York–based media strategy firm that works with a variety of brands, including LinkedIn, Contently and American Express OPEN Forum, where he serves as editor at large. His work can be seen in publications including The New York Times, Entrepreneur, CNNMoney and The Content Strategist by Contently, and he appears regularly on TV and radio, including MSNBC, CNN and The Today Show. He is also a guest lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Previously, he served as executive editor of HuffPost Small Business, which he launched in 2011; executive editor of AOL Small Business; senior editor at Inc. and Inc.com; and small business editor at Businessweek.com.

  • Ethan Lance

    Vice President, Product Development

    Dwell

    Ethan Lance is vice president of product at Dwell.  Prior to joining Dwell, he was at Apple after it acquired Beats Music, where he was a product lead.  Ethan co-founded and ran Whiskey Media, which he sold to CBS Interactive in 2012.  He has also been an engineer at CNET, Macromedia and Sapient.  

  • Mike Lewis

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    When To Jump

    Mike Lewis is a former investor at Bain Capital Ventures in both Boston and Palo Alto. In May 2014, Lewis took a break from the corporate world to pursue his dream of competing on the international professional squash tour. While traveling, he began collecting primary research and interviews exploring why professionals “jump” from careers, and what organizations can do to retain top talent. The project was named When to Jump.

    Arianna Huffington learned of the When to Jump concept and personally initiated interest, on behalf of her news media organization, to build a dedicated section of the website and produce regular When to Jump-branded video episodes on individuals who have made career jumps. This site was launched in April 2016 with homepage link placement on the HuffingtonPost.com front page.

    Lewis and Macmillan Publishers have signed a significant book deal to publish When to Jump: If The Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want in early 2018. At present, a dynamic member community has taken form online and offline, comprised of individuals seeking to make jumps and organizations that aim to encourage these jumps internally. 

  • Amy Lloyd

    Vice President of Brand Partnerships

    Dwell

    Amy Lloyd is the vice president of brand partnerships for Dwell Life, leading national and international revenue and marketing efforts across all brand platforms . 
     
    She is a senior level sales/marketing/management executive and strategy leader, specializing in driving media revenue for brands and building sustainable business partnerships across multi-media platforms. 
     
    After more than 16 years working and running the business operations for some of the largest publishers in the world, Lloyd created her own company, as the chief executive officer of ALLOYD Consulting, LLC before joining Dwell Life. A natural entrepreneur, she is passionate about working with people and brands that provide consumers content she believes in. She relies on her extensive experience, foresight and judgment to set and achieve goals. Amy is both action-oriented and results-driven and has worked and lived throughout the country, in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco; enjoying what each city has to offer both personally and professionally. 
     

     

  • Jon Loughlin

    Chief Executive Officer

    Next Issue Media

    Before joining Next Issue Media in 2015, John Loughlin was executive vice president and general manager at Hearst Magazines, a position he held from 2005. His general management duties at Hearst included leadership of the group’s digital businesses including the strategy and execution of Hearst Magazines’ 21 major web sites, apps and e-editions. He also led the consumer marketing enterprise that marketed, managed and delivered 30 million copies of Hearst magazines each month.

    During his tenure, Hearst retooled its customer data strategy. Hearst’s customer base now houses more than 100 million customer records with full multi-platform capabilities. Loughlin also oversaw production, procurement, content extensions and book publishing.

    Loughlin led Hearst’s entry into the digital marketing services business with the acquisition in 2010 of iCrossing, the country’s largest independent digital marketing agency, and in 2014, he championed Hearst’s acquisition of Kubra, a major provider of integrated bill payment and presentment services for the utilities, insurance and government sectors.

    John served as Hearst representative on the board of Next Issue Media since its inception in 2010.

  • Ann Marinovich

    Vice President, Advertising Products and Strategy

    Forbes Media

    Ann Marinovich is the vice president, advertising products and strategy of Forbes Media.  She is responsible for leading the company’s digital, mobile and print advertising products and strategy across Forbes’ integrated product line. 

    Marinovich joined Forbes in 2003 as a sales assistant in the San Francisco office.  Since then, she has worked in their New York, Los Angeles and Chicago offices in a variety of sales and strategy positions.  Most recently, she was the vice president, sales of the Central Region, where she oversaw the advertising sales efforts in the Midwest.

  • Jay Mattlin

    Director of New Product/Business Development

    Signet Research

    Jay Mattlin is director of new product/business development at Signet Research, a leading provider of advertising performance and strategic research for publishers and trade associations.  He has also served as a research consultant to the MPA, helping to compile and produce its annual Factbook.  He was previously senior vice president for New Ventures and GfK MRI, where he was responsible for investigating and pursuing new technologies, products, markets and opportunities to enhance or expand GfK MRI’s media measurement capabilities.  He began his media research career at Time Inc. and has held research positions at AOL, NBC and Knowledge Networks.  He has been interviewed about media research on Bloomberg TV and radio programs and has spoken frequently at industry conferences, including those of the Print and Digital Research Forum, the Advertising Research Foundation, the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Council of American Survey Research Organizations

  • Amanda McCurdy

    Technical Sales Consultant

    CDS Global

    Amanda McCurdy is technical sales consultant at CDS Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst, where she works with prospective customers to develop appropriate product and services packages during the sales cycle. This role highlights her strong technical expertise and knowledge of both CDS Global’s offerings and client needs.

    McCurdy began her career at CDS Global in 2007 and has held several tech-focused positions ranging from digital consultant for media industry clients to project manager and product manager. She previously worked as an Agile software development coach for tech recruitment firm Dice.com and as a business analyst for the digital team at media and marketing services company Meredith Corporation.

    As a driver of positive company culture and innovation, McCurdy leads CDS Global’s Innovation Action Team to implement fresh ideas within the company. She also played a key role in launching the company’s mentorship program to promote employee development and leadership skills, and she serves as an officer of CDS Global’s Toastmasters club. In 2016, she received a Hearst Magazines Spotlight Award for her contributions to the company.

  • Douglas McGray

    Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine

    Douglas McGray is co-founder and editor in chief of The California Sunday Magazine, online at californiasunday.com and in print, delivered with Sunday editions of the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also co-founder and editor in chief of Pop-Up Magazine, a live magazine, which has performed sold-out shows at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and elsewhere. His features have also appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, and he has made radio stories for This American Life.

  • Jonathan Mildenhall

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Airbnb

    Jonathan Mildenhall is the chief marketing officer at Airbnb. Mildenhall started his career as a graduate trainee in 1990 at McCann Erickson. Over the next 15 years, he rose rapidly through the ranks of the London ad industry, working at some of the world’s most respected agencies, including BBH, Lowe Howard-Spink, Howell Henry, TBWA and Mother. During this time he also worked on some of the world’s most compelling brands, such as Audi, Smirnoff, General Motors, Guinness and PlayStation.

    In 2005, Mildenhall spent the summer at Harvard Business School in the Advanced Management Program before joining Coca-Cola Company as the vice president of global advertising strategy and creative. In 2007, Mildenhall led the introduction of Coca-Cola’s global marketing platform, “Open Happiness,” an initiative that helped contribute to the most profitable growth period in 20 years. “Open Happiness” went on to become Coke’s most awarded marketing platform in history and helped snare the prestigious accolade of 2013’s Creative Marketer of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

  • Dave Morin

    Partner, Slow Ventures and Board of Directors, Dwell

    Dave Morin is an entrepreneur and investor. 

    He was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Path, which Daum Kakao acquired in 2015. He co-founded Path with the mission of making it a source of happiness, meaning and connection through technology and design. Path serves tens of millions of people each month with the highest-quality, award-winning, five-star–rated internet experiences. In the end, Path does what it does so that you can be a little closer to the people you care about most.

    Morin has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, technology, culture, design, skiing and improving society. He served both Apple and Facebook for several years during periods of rapid innovation and growth. Today, he serves on the board of directors of Eventbrite and on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

  • Maggie Murphy

    Editorial Director

    Texture

    Maggie Murphy is an award-winning editor, writer and eloquent speaker on such wide-ranging topics as balancing work and family, the influence of pop culture and the evolving world of content.  Currently the editorial director for Texture, she is the former editorial director of Parade where she revamped the venerable brand while successfully launching a digital contributor network. Prior to Parade, Murphy was a member of the executive teams of such mega-brands as People, In Style, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. She has appeared frequently on MSNBC's Morning Joe. She serves on the board of the speaking organization, Own the Room, and was honored by Women in Media as a Mentor of the Year in 2014. 

  • Brendan Norman

    Client Partner

    Facebook

    Brendan Norman joined Facebook in 2014 to help grow the Ad Tech business. As one of the first two client partners to bring Facebook’s Audience Network to market, his team focuses on developing and growing relationships with publishers to monetize their mobile inventory.

  • Don Peschke

    Founder

    August Home Publishing

    Don Peschke founded August Home Publishing in 1978 with its first magazine, Woodsmith. Since then, Peschke has served as the publisher for the launch of ShopNotes, Cuisine at Home, Garden Gate and My Home My Style. These magazines contain no advertising and have a robust online presence.

    In 2005, August Home launched a series of ground-breaking softcover book titles intended for high-price-point newsstand distribution. In 2006, August Home began production on the Woodsmith Shop TV show, airing nationwide on public TV stations. August Home has created proprietary software for iPad and web digital magazine versions, and is producing weekly video editions.

  • Paul Rossi

    President

    The Economist Media Businesses

    Paul Rossi has global responsibility for all of The Economist Group’s media properties. With over 300 people in 14 offices around the world, the media businesses consist of The Economist, The World in and 1843 magazines; Economist events; Thought Leadership and Content Solutions; Economist Careers Network; EuroFinance; TVC Group; and Ideas People Media.

    Rossi joined The Economist in London to manage advertising sales for the Middle East and Africa, and held regional advertising sales director positions in Singapore and New York. In 2000, he became the commercial director of Economist.com, and in 2003, he became the site’s publisher. In January 2005, Rossi was named publisher of The Economist in North America, and two years later, he became managing director and executive vice president of The Economist Group, with full P&L responsibility for all Economist and CFO brand businesses in the Americas.

    In 2007, BtoB Media Business named Rossi one of its top publishing innovators. In 2008, Adweek called The Economist the hottest magazine in America, naming Rossi one of two “Executives of the Year.”

    Rossi serves on the board of directors of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. He is also on the board of the Hope Program, a career development program for homeless and welfare-dependent adults in New York City.

  • Kristine Shine

    Chief Growth Officer

    Wrap

    With an extensive career in sales and marketing, Kristine Shine currently serves as the chief growth officer at Wrap, where she oversees business development initiatives and leads the company’s growth strategy. Her experiences guiding companies across diverse verticals and her ability to build digital businesses from the ground up position her to drive sustained growth successfully in a crowded mobile market. Prior to joining Wrap, Shine was the president of the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate, where she expanded the print newspaper’s digital footprint, transforming the publication into a next-generation content publisher. Previously, she was the chief revenue officer at POPSUGAR for six years, and created and executed the company’s go-to market and monetization strategies, taking the company from less than $2 million in direct ad revenue to over $40 million. Before that, Shine was the vice president of sales at the advertising company Spot Runner and the director of sales for Microsoft.

  • Scott Smith

    Senior Vice President

    WoodWing USA

    Scott Smith leads the Detroit-based North American team for WoodWing Software, which is used to create and manage content for publishers, manufacturers, creative agencies and marketing departments in more than 100 countries around the world. Prior to joining WoodWing, Smith led a group at Time Inc. that developed and integrated software across the brands, and also worked with companies like Thomson Reuters and T3 to help streamline their technology and processes.

  • Jon Steinberg

    Editor in Chief

    San Francisco Magazine

    Jon Steinberg is the editor in chief of San Francisco Magazine. During his four-year tenure, the magazine has won or been nominated for three National Magazine Awards, a James Beard Award and an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Recently, he was named the group editor of sister title Silicon Valley Magazine, a bimonthly publication from Modern Luxury Media. He is a former editor at New York, NYMag.com, Time Inc. and Diablo magazine.

  • Alexandra Suich

    U.S. Technology Editor

    The Economist

    Alexandra Suich is The Economist’s U.S. technology editor. Previously, she served as the magazine’s media editor, based in London and New York, where she wrote about the television, film, newspaper, music and marketing businesses worldwide. Her feature stories on media include a special report about marketing and technology, “Little Brother,” and an essay on the future of books, “From Papyrus to Pixels.” Suich has also served as The Economist’s finance correspondent and has written about hedge funds, private equity and insurance. She started writing for The Economist in 2008, and has also published articles with Newsweek International, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Nation. In 2013, the Wincott Foundation named Suich Britain’s Young Financial Journalist of the Year. 

  • Aimee Westbrook

    Client Partner, Global Marketing Solutions

    Facebook

    Aimee Westbrook is client partner, global marketing solutions at Facebook. In this role, she collaborates with innovative clients and their extended agency teams to drive their businesses by leveraging the portfolio of Facebook brands and products. Prior to her role at Facebook, Westbrook served as director of sales at AOL.