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Ray Elias
Ray Elias


HotelTonight CMO Ray Elias has more than 19 years of e-commerce, marketplace and marketing experience and is responsible for all aspects of HotelTonight's brand, communications, customer acquisition and customer retention.

Previously, Ray was Chief Marketing Officer for StubHub where he worked from 2004 until 2015. Over his tenure, StubHub grew from a small start-up to a leading consumer brand in live entertainment and e-commerce with tens of millions of customers and over 3.5 billion in annual tickets sold. Additionally, he led StubHub Labs which helped transform StubHub, born on the Web, into a mobile-first experience. Ray also played a key role in eBay's acquisition of StubHub in 2007.

Ray also led search marketing at Esurance, which was acquired by Allstate in 2011. He was named “40 Under 40” by Sports Business Journal in 2013. He began his career in the late nineties with early-stage Internet start-ups in the Action Sports and Health and Fitness verticals.

H(Show Full Bio)e attended The University of Texas at Austin.

Twitter - @HotelTonight

Episode: 3/19/2018 @4:00 PM

David Norton
David Norton

Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer

David Norton serves as the Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer of GALE Partners, a digital and analytics based agency / consultancy that has grown to more than 250 people in just over three years since being funded by MDC Partners, working with top brands across a broad range of industries, including retail, CPG, financial services and gaming

Episode: 3/12/2018 @4:00 PM

Patrick Ip
Patrick Ip

Co-Founder; Former Business Innovation Lead at Google
Unity Influence Inc

Founded Unity Influence Inc., an artificial intelligence matching technology for businesses to launch automated influencer advertising campaigns at scale. Patrick also founded Kip Solutions. KIP Solutions helps social impact companies disseminate their message using social media and the web. Patrick attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Patrick worked at Google for three years as a Business Innovation Lead and A Product Specialist.

Twitter - @UnityInfluence
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Episode: 3/5/2018 @4:00 PM

Dean Evans
Dean Evans

Hyundai Motor America

Dean Evans is the chief marketing officer for Hyundai Motor America. In this role, he is responsible for all marketing activities for the carmaker in the United States.

Evans has more than 25 years of deep and broad experience in automotive, including leading roles with automakers, digital marketing agencies and dealerships. Prior to joining Hyundai, Evans was the chief marketing officer of Subaru of America from 2011-2014.

Evans has also been an entrepreneur-executive in several successful automotive digital marketing start-ups, including serving as CEO of LotLinx Inc., chief marketing officer of, and vice president of marketing of He began his career as a Pontiac sales consultant in Boulder, Colo. and spent time as a general manager at a metro Chrysler dealership, as well as at Land Rover.

Evans has made multiple appearances on the Forbes World’s Most Influential CMO list. In 2017, he was ranked No. 29 and was the second-highest CMO from a (Show Full Bio)global automaker.

Twitter - @hyundai

Episode: 2/26/2018 @4:00 PM

Stephen Fuller
Stephen Fuller

Professor and Faculty Chair at the Center for Regional Analysis
George Mason University

Professor Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development. He served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from July 1998 to June 2000 and from July 2001 to July 2002. In September 2001, the GMU Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor and in July 2002 he was named to the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and Director of the Center for Regional Analysis for which he served in this capacity until May 2015. In October 2016, he was appointed Director of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Future Economy in the new Dwight Schar School of Policy and Government.

Prior to joining the George Mason University faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for twenty-five years, including nine as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as Director of Doctoral Programs for the School of Business and Public Man(Show Full Bio)agement.

Dr. Fuller received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University (1962) and his Doctorate in Regional Planning and Economic Development (1969) from Cornell University. He has authored more than 800 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington metropolitan area (2/91 to 2/11) and Fairfax County economies (6/97 to 6/09).

Professor Fuller’s recent research has focusing on the structure of the Washington metropolitan area economy, how this changed during the Great Recession and how it will change going forward as its federal-spending dependency diminishes. He has also undertaken research on the changing workforce requirements of the Washington area’s emerging economy and the housing requirement of this future workforce. His current research involves the projected demographic changes over the next fifteen years and how these will impact the Washington area’s workforce, and housing market, and the impact of Washington region’s economic diversification following the reductions in local federal spending since 2010.

In 2014, Professor Fuller was appointed to serve on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists by Governor McAuliffe. He served on the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists under Governors Kaine, Warner, Allen and Wilder. In 2003, he was a member of the Governor Warner’s Tax Reform Working Group. He also is a member of the DC CFO Business Advisory Group of the District of Columbia. His international assignments include Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary and China as well as on-going projects in Portugal. He served on the Board of Directors of Tompkins Builders Inc., a DC-based company, from 2004 to 2012, and currently serves on the Boards of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts. In May of 2015, Dr. Fuller was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Twitter - @ScharSchool

Episode: 2/19/2018 @4:00 PM

Matt Montei
Matt Montei

Vice President, Candy Category Business Unit
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US

Matt Montei is the Vice President of the Candy Category Business Unit at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. As Vice President, Matt is responsible for driving growth in the Candy category by providing centralized brand management, innovation and integrated marketing for a multi-billion dollar portfolio of iconic brands including SKITTLES®, STARBURST®, and LIFESAVERS®.
Matt is a marketing and sales professional with over 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry, specializing in brand management, consumer advertising, and marketing, product development and marketing research. Prior to this role, Matt was the Senior Marketing Director for Confections, Seasonal, Shopper Marketing & Promotions at Wrigley.
Matt received his MBA from Marquette University in marketing and his Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University.

Twitter - @skittles

Episode: 2/12/2018 @4:00 PM

Shaz Kahng
Shaz Kahng

Ceiling Smashers

Shaz Kahng has led teams in a few male-dominated industries. She is a retail/apparel chief executive who has previously worked as a research scientist, a global consulting partner, a builder of e-businesses, and a brand strategist.

Shaz was one of a handful of female senior executives at Nike. She also ran Lucy Activewear and made the company profitable for the first time in history.

She graduated from Cornell University and has an MBA from the Wharton School. Shaz lives in San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters.

Twitter - @ceilingsmasher

Episode: 2/5/2018 @4:00 PM

Kurt Simon
Kurt Simon

Senior Director, Brand Marketing

Twitter - @pringles

Episode: 1/29/2018 @4:00 PM

Brian Povinelli
Brian Povinelli

Global Brand Leader
Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Méridien

Brian Povinelli has been building brands for the last 23 years. In his role as the Global Brand Leader for both Westin and Le Méridien, Brian is responsible for developing the overall vision and strategic initiatives for two of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ contemporary upper-upscale brands. Brian oversees the significant growth of Le Méridien, including brand positioning and strategic partnerships, while continuing to direct the overall brand management, integrity and positioning of the Westin brand and its robust portfolio of more than 200 hotels in over 31 countries. He also leads global marketing strategy, guest experience, standards and communications programs for both brands and works closely with each Starwood divisional president on development opportunities.
Under Povinelli’s leadership, the Westin brand, which he has overseen since 2011, reached a monumental growth milestone earlier this year with the opening of its 200th property, driven by robust international demand and th(Show Full Bio)e phenomenal success of the brand’s distinct well-being positioning and signature guest offerings. Brian successfully led a multi-year, strategic partnership with New Balance, which resulted in the global roll-out of the brand’s innovative gear lending program at Westin hotels worldwide and launching an industry-first, rent-by-the-hour, flexible meeting space called Tangent at Westin.
In late 2012, Povinelli added Le Méridien to his management purview. With the strongest portfolio and performance levels in the brand’s history, Povinelli is charged with leading Le Méridien into a new era of dynamic change and growth. In 2013, Le Méridien opened eight new hotels and resorts globally with strong growth momentum slated for the next five years, concentrating on emerging and established markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien opened its doors in Tampa and Chicago-Oakbrook in September 2014, and will also enter New Orleans, Charlotte and Indianapolis later this year.
Povinelli joined Starwood in 2006 to lead global brand marketing for Sheraton during what was a pivotal time in the brand’s history, and managed the marketing strategy around Sheraton’s historic global $6 billion revitalization and repositioning. Recently, Povinelli was a member of the company’s North America brand management team where he was responsible for marketing, advertising, brand management and strategic positioning for Starwood’s two largest brands, Sheraton and Westin.
Prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Povinelli was the Vice President of Global Integrated Marketing at Reebok where he was responsible for the brand’s advertising, public relations and overall marketing strategy. At Reebok, Povinelli was named the Footwear News ‘Marketer of the Year’ and won several creative awards, including an honor bestowed by Time magazine for creating one of the Best Ten Ads of 2001 and one of the top 25 Super Bowl ads of all time. Brian began his career at W.B. Doner & Company Advertising where he spent eight years between their Cleveland and London offices.
Povinelli is a graduate of James Madison University and resides with his family in Ridgefield, CT.

Episodes: 1/22/2018 @4:30 PM, 4/4/2016 @4:00 PM

Ryan Eckel
Ryan Eckel

Vice President of Brand Marketing
Dick's Sporting GOods

Ryan Eckel, Vice President, Brand Marketing at Dick’s Sporting Goods, is responsible for brand strategy and identity, content and campaign development, consumer insights, media strategy, digital marketing and PR. He is also an Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “We Could Be King”, and has developed campaigns that have received Grand CLIO, Cannes Gold Lion and Gold Halo awards.

Prior to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eckel spent nearly 10 years at PUMA SE, most recently as Head of Marketing for Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, where he was responsible for leading all aspects of PUMA;s brand growth and localization in those markets. Previously at PUMA, as Global Head of Marketing Strategy and Operations, Eckel led the development of PUMA’s brand strategy and positioning, global category marketing and consumer research. He started at PUMA as a Global Strategic Planner, based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Eckel holds a B.S. from Yale University a(Show Full Bio)nd lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and three children.

Episodes: 1/22/2018 @4:00 PM, 4/4/2016 @4:00 PM

John Papadakis
John Papadakis


John is co-founder and CEO of Pollfish P.C. Pollfish is a platform that provides brands a revolutionary way to learn, communicate and interact with existing and prospective customers.

Twitter - @pollfish | @weakwire

Episode: 1/15/2018 @4:00 PM

Carl Daikeler
Carl Daikeler

CEO, Co-Founder

There’s a business philosophy that has served Carl Daikeler well throughout his 25-year career: If it generates reasonable pro?t at the same time that it helps the customer succeed, it’s a business worth pursuing.

Carl is the creator of, which includes top brands like P90X®, Power 90®, Slim in 6®, INSANITY®, and Shakeology®. While there was no shortage of workout DVDs prior to Beachbody®, the combination of Carl’s personal pursuit to maintain his own health and fitness and his perception of the health care crisis due to obesity has redefined in-home fitness. What is now referred to as “The Beachbody Approach” to in-home fitness programs has gained the attention of millions of satisfied customers and generated over $1.3 billion in sales. And he’s just getting started.

As co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Beachbody, Carl’s sole focus is to help people achieve their goals and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Through the Team Beachbody Coach Network, Carl’s goal i(Show Full Bio)s to create the largest community of health and fitness-related peer support in the world, devoted to a three-pronged approach:

(1) Stay active, (2) Improve your nutrition, and (3) Share the experience with people around you.

Having worked for every major infomercial marketer, including beauty juggernaut Guthy-Renker, Carl has more than 23 years of extensive product marketing experience. He has learned that the most successful companies aren’t those who just sell products, but those who sell products that truly deliver on their promises.

Carl has worked in every aspect of the direct response business, from creating products to advertising, media buying, operations, international distribution, and general management.

His first foray into fitness product development was as the co-founder of TelAmerica Media, where he created 8-Minute Abs®. In 1998, he assembled 20 angel investors to launch Beachbody with Jon Congdon. In the past 15 years, it has legitimized fitness products sold on TV and the Internet and developed millions of fans.

In 2007, Carl launched the first multi-level marketing (MLM) business focused on a holistic approach to fitness and weight loss. With a database of 14 million people, it leverages $100 million a year in advertising—another industry first. By putting the rewards for living a healthy lifestyle into the hands of the people who have the most to gain by getting healthy, it added the first scalable financial incentive to the obesity problem, which before now had no end in sight. The MLM has already recruited over 100,000 distributors and is charting plans for rapid expansion, including the U.S. Hispanic and international markets.

Twitter - @CarlDaikeler

Episodes: 1/8/2018 @4:00 PM, 1/9/2017 @4:00 PM

Abby Feuer
Abby Feuer

VP of Marketing & Community

Abby is the VP of marketing at, an organization that makes it easy to help public school classrooms in need. Abby heads up initiatives to empower, educate and connect teachers as well as marketing initiatives across channels. Prior to joining the team in this role, Abby earned her BA at Harvard and her MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She also spent time at Etsy working on engagement, retention and insight for Etsy’s over 1M sellers.

Episodes: 1/8/2018 @4:30 PM, 1/9/2017 @4:30 PM

New Year's Day Marathon
New Year's Day Marathon

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Episode: 1/1/2018 @4:00 PM

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Christmas Day Marathon

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Episode: 12/25/2017 @4:00 PM

Kristin Lemkau
Kristin Lemkau

Chief Marketing Officer
JPMorgan Chase

Kristin Lemkau is the Chief Marketing Officer for JPMorgan Chase, responsible for marketing, brand, advertising, media, sponsorships, marketing analytics and market research firmwide and communications for Chase.
She has spent 18 years at JPMorgan Chase in communications and marketing roles across the firm. In 2016, she was named one of Ad Age’s 10 Power Players and one of Adweek’s Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech.

Prior to JPMorgan Chase, she held communications and marketing positions at Allied Signal (now Honeywell) and Freeport-McMoRan. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Robin Hood Foundation and on the Board of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

Episode: 12/18/2017 @4:00 PM

Damien Springuel
Damien Springuel

Marketing Director
Roche / Genentech

International Business Leader Etrolizumab at Roche Genentech

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business 1989 — 1990
MBA, Finance, General

Université catholique de Louvain 1986 — 1989
BA, Science Economique

Episode: 12/11/2017 @4:00 PM

Andrew Locher
Andrew Locher

GPSU Manager

Andrew works in Roche/Genentech's Global Product Strategy Excellence function, where he designs and runs strategy and marketing courses for Roche's International Business Teams and Lifecycle Teams.

Prior to joining GPS Excellence, he worked a as International Strategic Insights Manager across various Roche brands in Oncology and Neuroscience.

He holds an BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Episode: 12/11/2017 @4:00 PM

Allen Adamson
Allen Adamson

Founder and CEO; Author of "Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast Changing World"
BrandSimple Consulting

Allen Adamson, is a noted industry expert in all disciplines of branding. He has worked with a broad spectrum of consumer and corporate brands in industries ranging from packaged goods and technology, to health care and financial services, to hospitality and entertainment, as well as brands in the non-profit sector. Given his perspective and depth of experience, Allen has been able to help his clients not simply understand, but, more critically, put into play strategies that enable them to shift ahead of the market and the competition, generating long-term value and increased brand equity. Allen and his teams help clients identify what truly matters to the audiences they serve - what is relevant to these audiences - and to brilliantly deliver on it.
How organizations do – or do not - stay relevant is the subject of Allen’s most recent book, Shift Ahead. Using fascinating first-hand accounts and detailed case studies, Shift Ahead explains how the best organizations recognize when it(Show Full Bio)’s time to change direction, and how they pull it off while bolstering their brands. Following the approach of Allen’s previous books, BrandSimple, BrandDigital, and The Edge:50 Tips from Brands That Lead – which are used in universities across the country - Shift Ahead offers up practical and readily applied lessons learned.

Allen is founder and CEO of BrandSimple Consulting. This innovative new model of marketing firm pulls from a consortium of the best independent specialist teams, each with a focused area of expertise, to take on an array of branding challenges. Taking an objective and tactic-agnostic view enables these teams to deliver tailor-made and actionable solutions on an as-needed basis.

Prior to this Allen was Chairman, North America of Landor Associates, a global communications and design firm where he was responsible for operations and overseeing branding efforts. Under his leadership, the company partnered with a wide array of iconic brands, including Accenture, GE, Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, HBO, Marriott, MetLife, P& G, Sony, and Verizon. Additionally, he provided guidance for non-profit organizations including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Central Park Conservancy, the Council on Foreign Relations, Planet Word, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Before joining Landor, Allen worked on both the agency and the “client side” of the industry. At Unilever he was responsible for leading the branding efforts for a number of major packaged goods brands. He held senior management positions at Ogilvy & Mather and DMB&B.

A sought-after industry commentator, Allen has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC’s Squawk Box and Closing Bell, and Fox Business Network. He is often quoted in publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Forbes, for which he also regularly writes a column on current branding topics. He is a frequent guest lecturer at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and the Harvard School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the American Management Association and speaks on branding for a range of professional organizations, corporate events, and at industry conferences.

Allen received his BS from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Twitter - @adamsona
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Episode: 12/4/2017 @4:00 PM

James Thomson
James Thomson

Partner, Management Consultant; Author of "The Amazon Marketplace Dilemma"
Buy Box Experts

James Thomson was formerly head of Amazon Services, the division of Amazon responsible for recruiting tens of thousands of sellers annually to the Amazon marketplace. He also served as the first Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) account manager. Prior to Amazon, James was a management consultant and banker.
In 2015, James co-founded the PROSPER Show (, a continuing education conference for large Amazon sellers. James is also a partner in Buy Box Experts, a consultancy supporting brands selling on Amazon. This year, he published a book with his partner called, “The Amazon Marketplace Dilemma: A Brand Executive’s Challenge Growing Sales and Maintaining Control” which examines strategies used by brand executives to control what happens to their brands on the Amazon marketplace.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta, an MBA from Vanderbilt University (Owen School), and a Ph.D. in Marketing (B2B Pricing and Distribution) from Northwestern University (Ke(Show Full Bio)llogg School). James has published or contributed to more than 30-articles and podcasts on e-commerce issues, and guest lectured at more than a dozen top business schools around the world.

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Episode: 11/27/2017 @4:00 PM

Scott Svenson
Scott Svenson

Co-Founder and CEO
MOD Pizza

Scott Svenson is the co-founder and CEO of MOD Super Fast Pizza, LLC ( the pioneer in the fast casual pizza market. MOD, which was the fastest growing restaurant chain in the US in 2015 (according to Technomic), is a culture-centric business inspired by a purpose of making positive social impact. As of November 2017, the company had more than 275 stores trading across the US and the UK. Scott is also the Founder and Managing Partner of The Sienna Group LLC, a long-term orientated investment holding company based in Seattle with a diverse set of holdings.

A Seattle native and a graduate with honours from Harvard University, Scott spent 11 years (from 1988 to 1999) living and working in London. After six years advising high growth middle-market companies (at Drexel, Burnham Lambert and then Apax Partners), Scott became Deputy CEO of CrestaCare plc, a public company and the third largest long-term healthcare provider in the UK.

In 1994, Scott and his wife A(Show Full Bio)lly co-founded Seattle Coffee Company, the first gourmet coffee retailer and wholesaler in the UK and one of the first outside of the US. As CEO, Scott built the business to 75 retail locations in under three years, and managed the sale of the company to Starbucks in May 1998. Following the sale, Scott assumed the role of President – Starbucks UK and subsequently President – Starbucks Europe, during which time he authored the company’s European Strategic Plan.

Following the sale of Seattle Coffee Company, Scott helped launch Carluccio’s, an innovative Italian deli-café concept. Over 11 years, Scott helped build an award-winning concept trading in over 50 locations in the UK and Middle East. Carluccio’s went public in 2006 and was subsequently sold to a strategic buyer in 2010.

From mid-2009 through October 2012, Scott served as the Chairman and Managing Partner of Freestone Capital (, the largest independent wealth and asset management in the greater Seattle area, focused on serving the wealth management needs of entrepreneurs, business owners and senior executives along the West Coast of the US. Sienna sold their holding in Freestone in November 2012.

Scott is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Most importantly, Scott is married to an amazing woman and his high school sweetheart, Ally, and has four incredible boys, Tristan (21) and Dillon (19), Caspian (16) and Jasper (13).

Twitter - @MODPizza

Episode: 11/20/2017 @4:00 PM

Daniel Korschun
Daniel Korschun

Associate Professor of Marketing
Leobow College of Business at Drexel University

Daniel Korschun is an Associate Professor of Marketing and award-winning author. He is a fellow of both the Institute for Strategic Leadership and the Center for Corporate Governance at LeBow.

Dr. Korschun’s latest research examines employee and consumer reactions to companies that take controversial political stands. His research on stakeholder responses to corporate social responsibility is published in top journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Academy of Management Review, MIT-Sloan Management Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

His latest book, We Are Market Basket (co-authored with Grant Welker, AMACOM), tells the true story of a grassroots movement to reinstate a beloved CEO and save a $4.5 billion supermarket chain. The book was named a top 15 business book of 2015 in Forbes and was also recognized as the Best General Business Book of 2015 b(Show Full Bio)y influential distributor 800-CEO-READ.

On the teaching front, Dr. Korschun teaches PhD, executive MBA’s, Master’s, and undergraduates. He is a recipient of the prestigious Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award given to tenure-track faculty at Drexel University.

Dr. Korschun delivers keynote speeches and is frequently invited as a speaker at company, industry, and academic conferences.

Find Dr. Korschun on LinkedIn (@danielkorschun) or Google Scholar.

Twitter - @DanielKorschun

Episodes: 11/13/2017 @4:30 PM, 7/31/2017 @4:30 PM

Julie Collins
Julie Collins

Global Head of E-Commerce at Alcon

Julie Collins is the Director, Global Digital Marketing for Alcon Laboratories, the vision-care division of Novartis, where she is charged with creating digital growth opportunities and competitive advantage across the vision-care, pharma, and surgical businesses.

Julie is passionate about creating brand moments that delight the consumer and drive business impact for Alcon’s brands. As a strategic thinker and digital champion, she has not only architected the vision for digital engagement at Alcon but also demonstrated the leadership required to drive organizational change and adoption.

Prior to joining Alcon, she was Director, Global Integrated Marketing at CIBA Vision. And prior to joining CIBA Vision, Julie worked in strategic agency management roles at BBDO, McCann-Erickson, Bates USA, and Ross Roy; clients have included Texaco, Paramount Pictures and Parks, Domino’s Pizza, John Deere, the March of Dimes, and Russell Athletic.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree fr(Show Full Bio)om the University of Georgia. She is a member of Women of Vision, the Association of National Advertisers, the American Marketing Association, and the Forrester Leadership Board The CMO Group.

Episodes: 11/13/2017 @4:00 PM, 7/31/2017 @4:00 PM

Howard Blumenthal
Howard Blumenthal

Visiting Scholar
The Annenberg School for Communication, The University of Pennsylvania

Best known as the creator and producer of the PBS series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Howard Blumenthal is the author of 25 books about U.S. history, popular culture, marketing, creativity, business, and music. He has been a senior executive with several large media companies and a consultant in every area of the media business. Recently, he completed 12 years as CEO of an innovative public television company. Current/recent work includes a tech start-up in Austria, a media fellowship in Uganda, and a role as Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. His new home base: a public media company located near Philadelphia and New York City.

Episode: 11/6/2017 @4:00 PM

Samer Hamadeh
Samer Hamadeh

Founder and CEO

Samer Hamadeh is the founder & CEO of Zeel. An experienced entrepreneur, Samer has created, led, and advised successful tech startups for nearly 20 years.

Samer is also an entrepreneur-in-residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners, which he joined in January 2010. Samer first became interested in home delivery services in 2008 as an investor and board member of Dotmenu, the campus food delivery service, which was sold to GrubHub in August 2011.

Prior to that, Samer Hamadeh was co-founder and CEO of, the most trusted name in career information, which was sold in October 2007 to Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a New York-based media-and-communications private-equity firm.

Before co-founding, Samer was an associate at the Los Angeles management consulting firm LEK Consulting, where he focused on corporate and business strategy. Prior to that, Samer co-founded and managed a customized-textbook printing company, worked at the Chevron Corporation, and co-aut(Show Full Bio)hored The Internship Bible and America’s Top Internships (Random House/Princeton Review).

Samer sits on the board of the non-profit PeaceWorks Foundation and is a board observer, angel investor, and/or advisor for nearly a dozen early-stage companies, including SaberEsPoder and Accela. Samer is also a mentor at several accelerators, including Blueprint Health, as well as a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)'s NY Metro chapter.

Twitter - @GetZeel

Episode: 10/30/2017 @4:00 PM