Monday, May 4, 2015

  • 7:30am-9:00am | Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am-9:15am | Welcome
  • 9:15am-10:35am | Program
  • 10:35am-10:55am | Networking Break
  • 10:55am-12:15pm | Program

  • 12:15pm-1:15pm | Lunch
  • 1:15pm-4:15pm | Program
  • 4:15pm | Brand Innovators "40 Under 40" Awards Presentation

  • 4:30pm | Brand Innovators "40 Under 40" Class of 2015 Celebration - Hosted by MillerCoors

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Brandon Gutman, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder, Brand Innovators
David Teicher, Chief Content Officer, Brand Innovators
Event Chair: Gannon Jones, Head of Brand Marketing, MillerCoors
Host: Dilini Fernando, Digital Innovation & Marketing Manager, MillerCoors


Digital 2015: Social, Content, and Data

As our practices evolve, ‘Big Data’ will become “Small Data” and “Purposeful Data.” The importance emphasis on content marketing will continue to increase, as brands establish newsrooms and devote more time and resources into producing original content on social, emerging, and traditional media. The mobile-first consumer gave way to the mobile first marketer, but how will that thinking change as we enter the era of the “always-connected?”

Moderator: Andrew Furman, VP Sales, Central and Western Regions, Outbrain

Julia Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer, Sylvan Learning
Adam Kmiec, Sr. Director, Mobile, Social & Content Marketing, Walgreens
Jake Lestan, Head of Brand Partnerships & New Product Communications, Discover Financial Services


Success Story – Sylvan Learning

Julia Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer, Sylvan Learning


How To Be A Change Agent

A new generation of brand marketers or “change agents” is driving digital transformation within the ranks of America’s oldest and most established companies. Learn how Fortune 500 and other leading brands are embracing new digital platforms and technologies, and identifying and on boarding startups. Take note Silicon Valley.

Moderator: Amish Tolia, Managing Director, Brand Innovators Labs

Carlos Faxas, Manager, eCommerce New Technology and Digital Concepts, United Airlines
Dilini Fernando, Digital Innovation & Marketing Manager, MillerCoors
Justin Reckamp, Social Media & Brand Development Manager, State Farm
Sage Wodarz, Associate Director, Content and Social Marketing, Kraft Foods Group


Networking Break


Fireside Chat

Moderator: Kristin Hersant, VP Marketing, Livefyre

Bob Boyle, VP Client Engagement, Aisle Rocket Studios (ARS)
Kashif Zaman, VP Interactive at Aisle Rocket Studios (ARS)


Keynote — Digital Trends 2015: The Evolution of Consumer Experiences

Nathalie Krup, Global Consumer Insights Manager, Microsoft

People all over the world are living digitally – at work, at home and everywhere in between. Microsoft’s Digital Trends 2015, curates our perspective on consumers’ expectations for digital and illuminates the current and future implications for brands. Each trend tells a story of the changing relationships toward technology and we’ve brought these insights together in a compelling way that helps advertisers understand the new rules for consumer experiences.


Mobility and Emerging Media: What’s Next

2014 was the year of mobile innovation, moving beyond just apps and ads, mobile now means tapping into location data to make everything you do personalized and relevant. Mobile can mean connected cars, wearable technology, and anonymous social apps – depending on who you ask. Mobile is no longer a screen we carry around in our pockets, but a home for our identity and an entirely new behaviors of opportunities, challenges, and behaviors that brands must considering. What’s next? What’s worth paying attention to and what’s not? And most importantly, how do marketers make sense of it all?

Moderator: Courtney Tabellione, RVP Sales, Central, xAd

Jennifer Burns, Head of Trader Marketing Strategy, TD Ameritrade
Elly Deutch, Associate Director of Digital and Social Media, Garrett Popcorn Shops
Kasey Skala, Head of Digital and Social, Solo Cup
Dana Strokovsky, Social Content Manager, Discover Financial Services
Matthew Tennant, Global Director of Social, Global Digital, McDonald’s




Keynote — Innovation and Trends at MillerCoors

David Kroll, Vice President, Innovation, MillerCoors


Success Story — Miller Lite: Rediscovering Our Authenticity

Lisa Rudman, Marketing Manager, Innovations & Incubation Brands, MillerCoors

As the Lite beer that invented light beer, Miller Lite pioneered what is now the largest segment of beer in the America. However, over the years, the brand lost its way and sales had steadily been in decline since 2007. That was until Jan 2014 when a limited edition original can was offered. This can told consumers the story of this Fine Pilsner Beer while featuring the authentic design from when the brand first launched. The package was so successful that over the course of the year, Miller Lite rediscovered itself and transitioned all aspects of the brand back to its timeless design, and focused on storytelling and quality. Hear about the journey that Miller Lite went on to reconnect with itself and its consumers. #itsmillertime


Hispanic & Multicultural Marketing

Moderator: Ted Rubin, Social Media Strategist, Author of Return on Relationship, Acting CMO, Brand Innovators

Daisy De La Cruz, Latino Strategies, Social Media Specialist, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas
Jessica Ricaurte, Adsmovil, Director of Sales, Adsmovil
Heather Ruiz, Manager, Marketing/Advertising, Verizon Wireless


Success Story

Patty Morris, Marketing Director, Brand Content, State Farm


Macro Marketing Trends 2015

This session will tap the minds’ of leading brand marketers as we explore the biggest trends in the industry. What’s keeping these marketers up at night? What new technologies are they watching? What are the big trends they’re focused on for 2015 and beyond, and what opportunities and challenges are entailed therein?

Moderator: Kathy Leake, Co-Founder & CEO, Qualia Media

Patty Morris, Marketing Director, Brand Content, State Farm
Michael Sabbia, Senior Brand Manager, Global Gillette Strategy, P&G
Dana Shank, Associate Director, CRM Media & Monetization, Kraft Foods


Brand Innovators “40 Under 40” Roundtable

Moderator: Kristin Hersant, VP Marketing, Livefyre

Karan Arora, Sr. Director, Global Marketing, Abbott
Iskra Dobreva, Social Media Strategist, Verizon Wireless
Amy Halford, Director, Digital Marketing, General Mills
Neil Shah, Senior Brand Manager, Cognac, Beam Suntory
Gayle Smilanich, Associate Director, KNA Media COE, Kellogg Company


Brand Innovators 40 Under 40″ Awards Presentation


Brand Innovators “40 Under 40” Class of 2015 Celebration — Hosted by MillerCoors