New York Summit 2016
237 Park Avenue, November 1-2

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Christian Siriano

Fashion Designer, Christian Siriano

Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen,
Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano
collection is now shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New
York and Paris to retailers. In 2012 the first flagship
Christian Siriano store opened on Elizabeth Street in New York City, in 2013 he was
inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Design

Vanessa Friedman

Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic, New York Times

Vanessa Friedman was named the fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014. In this role she leads global fashion coverage for both The New York Times and International New York Times on all platforms. Before joining the paper, Ms. Friedman was the inaugural fashion editor of the Financial Times, beginning in 2003. She also wrote for Style, Luxury36 and created the FT's annual Business of Luxury conference.

Uri Minkoff

Cofounder & CEO, Rebecca Minkoff

Uri Minkoff, a serial entrepreneur, is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Rebecca Minkoff, one of the fastest growing brands in the fashion industry, and the largest global fashion label led by a female millennial designer. Uri is well known as the most forward thinking CEO in fashion, especially when it comes to the innovative use of new technologies and the omnichannel customer experience.

JuE Wong

President, Elizabeth Arden Brand

JuE Wong is President of the Elizabeth Arden brand. One of the most recognized names in the beauty industry, Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company operating in approximately 120 countries. In this role, JuE is responsible for the global strategy, brand equity, innovation pipeline and entire spectrum of go-to-market brand activities for the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio.

Grant Barth

Chief Merchandising Officer, Levi's®

A fan of Levi's® since his childhood, Grant Barth became the brand’s Chief Merchandising Officer in summer 2013, a role that makes him responsible for global merchandising excellence across all Levi's® product categories for Men's, Women's & Kid’s . He is an accomplished merchandiser who brings with him a clear and simple point of view and the wisdom of a twenty five-year product veteran.

Troy Young

President, Hearst Magazines Digital Media

Troy Young was named president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media in May 2013. Since then, he has built a continuously growing division that creates and manages the content, technology, operations, product and business development strategies for 21 digital brands in the U.S. with an audience of 180 million unique visitors and 640 million video views. The portfolio includes Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.

Mary Beech

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer , Kate Spade & Company

Mary Beech joined Kate Spade & Company in 2013 and serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. She is responsible for leading all marketing and brand creative strategies.

Eric Alper

Chief Marketing Officer, Frank + Oak

Eric Alper is Chief Marketing Officer at omni-channel retailing innovator Frank + Oak. He guides customer experience, user acquisition and communications across the the brand's nearly 3 million customers and 16 retail stores. In his tenure at Frank + Oak, Eric and his team led the relaunch of the brand's online shopping experience and frequent customer program and the introduction of Frank + Oak's first ever Womenswear and grooming lines.

Marie Audier

Senior Vice President of Global & North America Marketing, Coach

As SVP of Global & North America Marketing, Marie oversees integrated marketing campaigns and brings the brand transformation to life in stores, department stores and ecommerce. Marie has developed a multi-cultural expertise in brand management, business development, and advertising. In her 15 + years of experience, and has a proven track record of breakthrough product launches, brand re-platforming and international growth.

Melissa Davis

EVP & GM, ShopStyle

As executive vice president and general manager of POPSUGAR’s ShopStyle, Melissa Davis leads the site’s on-trend management and its partnerships and relationships for over 1,400 retailers, helping ShopStyle become the leading fashion shopping search engine, which influenced $1 billion in gross retailer sales in 2016. She also runs ShopStyle Collective, ShopStyle’s affiliate marketing program with more than 16,000 influencers.

Shareen Pathak

Managing Editor, Glossy, Digiday

Shareen Pathak is the managing editor at Digiday Media where she reports on and leads coverage of brands, agencies, fashion, luxury and retail for both Digiday and its sister publication, Glossy.

Under the Digiday Media umbrella is its flagship brand,, which focuses on the media and marketing industries. This summer, Digiday launched Glossy, a new kind of publication devoted to the intersection of tech, fashion and luxury.

Joyann King

Editor,, Hearst Magazines Digital Media

As Editor of, Joyann has ushered America's first fashion magazine into an era of digital excellence. She oversees the daily edit of the website and, as well as inspires the voice of BAZAAR's social media platforms. She also serves as the editor of BAZAAR's special digital issues, including The Fall Runway Report and The Spring Trend Guide.

Gareth Rees-John

Global Digital Director, Topman

For the last 4 years Gareth has been responsible for all Digital channels as Global Digital Director at Topman concentrating on delivering an innovative and customer centric experience through all channels. Before he Led the Marks & Spencer Digital transformation program, beginning with Trading then moving into International and then Multi-channel Business engagement.

Jenna Blaha

‎Tech and Lifestyle Editor, Marie Claire Magazine

As the first Tech Editor in a women’s lifestyle, Jenna is the founding editor of the Tech Trends page at Marie Claire Magazine. She oversees the tech content for print, digital and social media platforms. She is at the nexus of fashion and technology, and a thought leader in how these industries come together. One of her many achievements includes being one of the first in the fashion industry to bring tech into the fold of coverage.

Carla Dunham

VP of Marketing, Equinox

Carla Dunham is Vice President of Marketing at Equinox. In this role, Carla provides leadership and direction across all marketing functions, including digital, CRM, social, specialty, production and international. Carla began her career as a buyer for Henri Bendel and Target. She then worked for Saks Fifth Avenue, she served as the Head of Digital and Social Media for Amazon Fashion and as VP of Global Brand Strategy at Kate Spade & Co.

Lisa Green

Head of Industry, Fashion, Google

Lisa's team brings a strategic blend of insights and digital solutions to the fashion industry to help them build brands and drive business online. Joining Google in 2005, Lisa has held a variety of positions, always with a focus on global brand building. She was a founding member of Google's Agency Development Team, launched the Campaigns & Elections Team, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

Amy Gilmer

Creative Strategy, Pinterest

Amy Gilmer is a luxury & fashion retail Creative Strategist & Pin Collective creative lead at Pinterest. With over 150MM monthly active users, Pinterest is a growing global catalog of ideas, helping people discover and do what they love. In her role, Amy partners with brands to translate business objectives into ideas, and oversees the creation of meaningful branded content with a hand-selected group of influencers, artists & productions

Alan Tisch

Founder & CEO, Spring

Alan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spring. Prior to Spring, Alan worked in Operations at Fab and in City Hall to make New York City more tech friendly, launching such initiatives as the NYC Big Apps Competition. In addition to his work in e-commerce and technology, Alan worked as a Global Investment Specialist at J.P. Morgan, and spent time at Allen & Co. a boutique investment bank.

Scott Lux

Vice President of Digital & Ecommerce, John Varvatos

Scott has experience in various aspects of ecommerce, digital strategy, marketing, and analytics from both the brand side and agency perspective. Scott began his digital career in Seattle leading Product Development for Chase Online Banking. From there he moved to the Global Digital Agency Possible. After five years with the agency, he moved back to the brand side leading ecommerce and digital strategy for Kiehls, AmEx and Diesel.

Krista Neuhaus

Director Global Digital Marketing and Social Media, Kate Spade & Company

Krista Neuhaus is Director of Digital Marketing at Kate Spade & Company. She joined the company in May 2015 and leads brand strategy and analytics for all digital and social channels, including influencer partnerships. Prior to Kate Spade & Company, Krista was the Senior E-Commerce Manager at Mattel, running the direct-to-consumer online business.

Lucia Hargasova

General Manager, Brand Development & Media, ALDO Group

Lucia Hargasova is the General Manager of Brand Development & Media at Aldo Group. She joined in January 2016 and has been leading development of Aldo brand strategies, content and media globally. Lucia oversees the content creation across all channels. Prior to joining Aldo, Lucia was the Global Media Director at Swarovski.

Tony Valado

Vice President - Digital Marketing, 1-800-Flowers, Inc

Tony leads the digital marketing for the food brands of, Inc. Developed and lead the strategic path and execution for conversational commerce for, Inc. launching the first full commerce enabled bot on Facebook messenger for an e-commerce brand featured on Mark Zuckerberg's f8 keynote as well as the first 3rd party commerce company to transact on Amazon's Alexa platform.

Annie Thorp

Chief Marketing Officer, MM LaFleur

Annie Day Thorp is the Chief Marketing Officer of online retailer MM.LaFleur. She joined the company in 2013, and launched MM.LaFleur's marketing program along with their signature 'Bento Box' service and stylist-enabled shopping model. Prior to MM.LaFleur, Annie worked in Online Sales & Operations at Google, and then as a Marketing Manager at Quidsi, an Amazon company.

Julie Logan

Director of Brand Strategy, GIPHY

A life-long California girl, Julie Logan now resides in New York. Julie was the founder and CEO of Nutmeg, acquired by GIPHY where she currently works as the Director of Brand Strategy. In past lives, she was a filmmaker, a photographer, and an occasional advertiser collaborating with brands such as Coca-Cola, US Soccer, Nike, Red Bull, and Disney.

Dominique Essig

Chief Experience Officer, Bonobos

Essig has more than 16 years of online experience both in North American and Global product management, customer experience and operations, and software development. Prior to joining Bonobos, she worked at Gilt Group where she managed web and mobile experiences including Gilt’s Loyalty program, email and mobile communication, and customer engagement and acquisition.

Elodie Levy

Global Director, Digital Innovation & New Products, COTY

Elodie Levy is Global Director, New Products at COTY, and assumes responsibility for leading forward thinking projects involving new technologies for the COTY portfolio of brands. Over the past 2 years, she contributed to elevating the digital IQ of some key COTY brands such as of Rimmel London and Sally Hansen. Especially, she led some major firsts in the area of augmented reality, such as “ManiMatch” and “Get the Look”.

Kim Schneider

Senior Director, Global Technology Solutions, Avery Dennison RBIS

Kim Schneider is the senior director of Technology Solutions for the Retail Branding and Information
Solutions (RBIS) division at Avery Dennison Corporation. She was appointed to this position in September
In this role, Kim directs the global strategy to drive RBIS’ integrated technology solutions, including brand
protection, compliance and variable data to support leading apparel and footwear brands around the world.

Karinna Nobbs

Digital Story Teller, Holition

Karinna is a former retail branding academic from London College of Fashion who is a globally published author and researcher of the digitalisation of the fashion sector. She recently joined creative technology agency Holition where she leads on digital strategy and social media marketing.

Mary Filar

Senior Director of Marketing, 7 For All Mankind

Mary is a creative brand strategy specialist whose career spans nearly 2 decades working with some of the top names in fashion, media and lifestyle. As the senior director of marketing for 7 For All Mankind, she leads all brand strategy and creative, with a focus on developing unique cross-channel content initiatives. Prior to the premium denim brand, Mary worked as the director of merchandising and promotion at both Marie Claire and ELLE

Ryan McIntyre

Chief Marketing Officer, JackThreads

Ryan McIntyre is the CMO at JackThreads, overseeing data/analytics, acquisition marketing, retention, partnerships, SEO, and social for the organization. Previously, Ryan was the VP of Strategic Analysis for Clear Channel Digital, where he lead the data and customer insights efforts for iHeartRadio. Ryan also serves as an Adviser for Lerer Hippeau Ventures, an NYC seed stage venture capital fund based in New York City.

Laurence Chandler

Co­-Founder, Rochambeau

Beginning in 2011, Laurence Chandler saw an opportunity to fill a void in the menswear market and conceived Rochambeau.Recently named a CFDA / Vogue Fund Finalist and winning the 2016 US menswear Woolmark award, Rochambeau is carried at high-end retailers, and has grown to over 35 doors globally.

Miriam Gassel

Senior Vice President and GGM, BaubleBar

Miriam Gassel is the Senior Vice President and GMM at BaubleBar, a one-stop retailer for fashion jewelry. By offering on-trend styles and contextualizing them with strong editorial references, the company is quickly becoming the first go-to fashion jewelry brand. BaubleBar’s core differentiating factor is its fast speed to market.

Andy Hobsbawm

Co Founder & CMO, EVRYTHNG

Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009. Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame

Juliette Dallas-Feeney

Senior Social Media Manager, Birchbox

Juliette Dallas-Feeney is the Senior Social Media Manager at Birchbox, a leading beauty and grooming retailer offering an efficient, personalized way to discover and shop for new products. Today, Birchbox operates in six countries, has more than 1 million subscribers, and 800 best-in-class brands in its e-commerce shop. Juliette leads social media strategy for Birchbox's US team.

Vanessa Kincaid

Chief Creative Officer, Littlstar

Vanessa is the Chief Creative Officer at Littlstar. With channels such as ABC, DiscoveryVR, Showtime, TNT and more, Littlstar is a global network dedicated to the best 360 and virtual reality content. She has a passion for the synergy between design, media, and emerging technology, and has been fortunate enough to build her career within those pillars. Her past experience includes creative direction and brand initiatives for DKNY and more.

Greg Cohn

CEO & Co-founder, Burner

Greg Cohn is the co-founder and CEO of Burner, the smart, open phone number that lets you take control of your identity, privacy, and productivity. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Greg is active in the startup community and previously led strategy & partnerships for Yahoo’s developer network, platforms, and identity teams. He has held management team roles at, Everyday Health, and several other startups.

Emily Garbaccio

VP of Communications, Kate Spade & Co

Emily Garbaccio is Vice President of Communications at Kate Spade & Company, overseeing all internal and external communications efforts. Emily leads the corporate communications, employee communications, and public relations teams, as well as serves as Chairman of the Kate Spade & Company Foundation, which focuses on women transforming communities through trade-based initiatives.

Adam Levene

Founder & CEO, Hero

Adam is the Founder & CEO of Hero™, a pioneer of conversational shopping. A powerful way for retailers to extend the in-store experience to their online customers; Hero’s app technology turns store associates into game-changing personal shoppers that supercharge digital sales.

He was previously Chief Strategy Officer and a board member of Grapple, Europe's largest mobile innovation + design studio.

Thomas Rankin

Co-Founder and CEO, Dash Hudson

Dash Hudson provides visual intelligence to the world’s most discerning brands, strengthening the engagement of their photo and video content on Instagram and Snapchat.

Customers include Marc Jacobs, Glossier, Revolve, Clique Media, and Conde Nast.

Thomas has an MBA and a CPA and is a graduate of the American Venture Capital Institute. Thomas likes to run fast and is obsessed with ensuring his daughters get Star Wars references.

Jaclyn Ling

Director of Retail, Kik

Jaclyn Ling is director of retail at Kik, where she works with major brands and retailers to build experiences for Gen Z. Prior to joining Kik, she was cofounder and CEO of Blynk, a personal fashion app that was acquired by Kik in December 2015. Jaclyn graduated from McGill University where she studied finance and entrepreneurship.

Dina Fierro

Global Digital Communications Director , Christian Louboutin

Dina Fierro is a creative, channel-agnostic communicator with more than 13 years of experience in fashion, beauty and luxury. At Christian Louboutin, she guides digital communications globally, including the brand’s robust social presence.

Karen Ryder

Director of Retail Development, rewardStyle

Karen Ryder is the Director of Retail Development at rewardStyle, heading up the growth of brand relationships within the United States. She designs and executes global influencer strategies that enable brands to achieve their marketing goals in partnership with rewardStyle's 9000+ strong influencer network.

Ann Cleveland

Sr. Director, Global Media, Banana Republic/Gap Inc.

For the last 4 years, Ann has been responsible for all Media initiatives as Sr. Director, Global Media of Banana Republic, concentrating on delivering a customer-centric omni-channel experience. Prior to that, Ann led media insights and digital marketing initiatives for the Gap Outlet, Athleta and Piperlime brands at Gap Inc.

Steven Lammertink

Founder & CEO, The Cirqle

At 27 years of age, Lammertink is the CEO of the world’s first OAuth verified platform connecting fashion, beauty and lifestyle influencers with luxury brands worldwide. Previously, as a selected partaker of the prestigious Kauffman Scholarship, he went to Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and worked briefly for Adobe’s Advanced Technology Lab in Silicon Valley. He is also a columnist for the leading Dutch platform for innovation, Emerce.

Daan Nederlof

Founder & CSO, The Cirqle

After spending more than 7 years at DLA Piper as an international insolvency lawyer advising numerous companies, start-ups & entrepreneurs, Daan Nederlof decided it was time to put his advice into practice, together with Steven Lammertink he started The Cirqle the leading Data Driven Influencer Marketplace connecting global retailers & brands to online influencers, bloggers & vloggers around the world in the simplest & efficient way possible

Britt Aboutaleb

Editor in Chief, Racked

Britt Aboutaleb is the Editor-in-Chief of Racked, Vox Media's shopping brand. From why we shop to how, Racked offers a smart, fun take on the culture of consumption. Before joining Vox Media, Britt launched Yahoo’s Beauty and Style magazines, where she served as managing editor. Prior to that, she was the founding editor of Byrdie, covered fashion news at ELLE, and oversaw She lives in New York City.

Alexis Maybank

CEO, Project September

Alexis Maybank has dedicated her career to building innovative and compelling online experiences that connect consumers to their passions and hobbies. She is the Co-founder and CEO of Project September, the first entirely visual shopping platform. On Project September the world's most stylish people show you exactly where and how to buy their favorite brands.

Gabrielle Etrog Cohen

SVP PR & Brand Strategy, SoulCycle

Gabby Etrog Cohen, SVP of PR and Brand Strategy at SoulCycle.
Gabby has helped to grow the brand from five to 66 studios over the last five years, secured thousands of strategic media placements from The Today Show to Vanity Fair, developed key brand partnerships and philanthropic programs, managed all influencer marketing and celebrity/VIP relations.

Chavie Lieber

Senior Reporter, Racked

Chavie Lieber is a senior reporter at Racked — covering fashion business and retail trends. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, and the Jerusalem Post.

Jared Augustine

CEO, Julius

Jared is the co-founder and CEO of Julius and has been devoted to building and leading technology startups. Previously, Jared was an early executive at Seamless and a founding member at Group Commerce.

Courtney Kerr

Influencer, KERRently by Courtney Kerr

With half a decade's experience content creating and executing powerful brand partnerships, Courtney Kerr is considered to be one the original influencers who used rewardStyle's tools and services to monetize her digital content. Kerr's unfiltered personality, fresh take on style, and business savvy have contributed to the success of her digital brand, KERRently, which has amassed an audience of hundreds of thousands and connected consumers

Terry Gates

Photographer, Terry Gates Studio

Terry Gates Studio specializes in creating immersive VR/ 360 experiences for fashion/ beauty brands . Tapping over a decade experience shooting for magazines and clients such as Vogue, Harpers bazar and L'Oreal their work extends on traditional fashion shoots pushing them into the immersive media realm, while still keeping the look and feel of high end luxury advertising.

John Thorbeck

Chairman, Chainge Capital LLC

John S. Thorbeck founded Chainge Capital LLC, to develop and apply global speed and flexibility for retailers and brands. To “change the supply chain,” he has collaborated extensively with Warren H. Hausman, Stanford University, on process innovation and analytics for fashion manufacturing and sourcing. He is a former CEO of Rockport (adidas), G.H. Bass & Co. (PVH), and senior marketing executive for Nike, Timberland and the Aspen Skiing Co.

Susan Bruch

Founder, Your Style Unzipped

Susan embarked on the challenge of re-imagining what “Search" can be in 2013 by creating the first fully shoppable search engine for fashion and style. Launched in 2015, Iterations are ongoing today to add Men’s, Children’s, Bridal and Maternity to the existing Women’s category. Technology will push the “See it - Buy it” mentality into the platforms of online, in-store, digital, mobile, social, visual, and editorial content.

David Munczinski

Founder and CEO, Brickwork

David Munczinski is the CEO & Founder of Brickwork, the SaaS company powering a better digital-to-store experience for customers and retailers. He began his career building new digital businesses for brands including Ralph Lauren and Levi Strauss & Co.

Olivia Herron

VP of Account Management, Curalate

Olivia Herron is the VP of Account Management for Curalate, the leading visual commerce platform used by hundreds of the world's most loved brands. Curalate solutions touch millions of consumers daily by enabling brands to unlock the power of pictures. She has over eight years of experience managing and consulting on social media and e-commerce strategies for some of the largest companies in the world.

Daniel Vosovic

Creative Director, THE KIT

Recognized author and former Project Runway winner, Daniel Vosovic is now on the precipice of launching his newest endeavor as Creative Director of THE KIT. After having launched his eponymous label in 2009, Daniel chose to embrace the technical components of an evolving industry and tap into today’s consumer needs by shaping a company that would blend the perfect marriage of meeting those needs while retaining the design integrity he values

Ryan Slyper

Vice President of E-commerce , Kenneth Cole Productions

As VP, Ryan is responsible for driving the strategic development of the e-commerce division to best intersect with the consumer on their terms, and deliver great product with a seamless experience. With more than 10 years of related industry experience. Ryan began his career at Accenture, where he worked in software development. Ryan has also held roles at American Express, New York & Company, Spiegel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Donna Karan.

J. Skyler Fernandes

Managing Director, Simon Venture Group (SVG)

J. Skyler Fernandes is the founding Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce, and he is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC.
SVG is the venture capital arm of Simon, an S&P 100 company and the largest retail real estate company in the world with retail sales that are larger than and combined.

Michelle Plantan

Director of Social Media and Content Strategy, Clique Media Group

Michelle Plantan is the executive director of strategy at Clique Media Group, where she focuses on uniting cross-functional teams to build creative, best-in-class content for,,, and @Obsessee readers, wherever they may encounter the brands. Prior to this role, she headed up CMG's social media department and was a founding director for Obsessee, CMG's social media–only resource for Gen-Z females.

Lawrence Lenihan

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Resonance

Lawrence and his co-Founder, Joseph Ferrara, launched Resonance, a venture operating company, in July 2015. Resonance partners with talented creators to transform the fashion industry by uniquely combining venture investing experience, fashion industry insight and expertise, manufacturing knowledge and capability and technology vision. Prior to Resonance, he founded FirstMark Capital and Pequot Ventures, the predecessor to FirstMark.

Connie Wang

Fashion Features Director, Refinery29

As one of Refinery29's first editors, Connie has helped form Refinery29's unique voice and vision, and her work helps connect the dots between the things hanging in a woman's closet and the things going on in her world. She's been featured as a fashion and style expert in The New York Times, AdAge, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on Extra!, Good Morning America, and WPIX Morning News.

Amanda Parkes

Chief of Technology & Research, Manufacture New York

Dr. Amanda Parkes is a fashion technologist with over 10 years of experience in wearable technology, interaction design, smart materials and fashion innovation. She is the Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture NY, leading a hybrid research facility focused on, wearable electronics, digital fabrication and biomaterials.

Hilary Milnes

Senior Reporter, Glossy

Hilary is the senior reporter of Glossy, Digiday Media's online publication that covers the intersection of fashion, technology and luxury. Hilary joined Digiday as its first retail reporter in March of 2015, and led the site's digital retail coverage before helping to shape and launch Glossy in May of 2016. She currently leads the site's editorial coverage fashion and luxury companies and brands as they cope with changes driven by digital.

Ingrid Milman

Head of Digital and eCommerce, MILLY

Ingrid is a digital native , equal parts creative and analytical in her approach. She brings 10 years of experience in digital/e-commerce, working on large-scale initiatives for MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and John Varvatos. After 6 years in e-commerce, she oversaw the relaunch of Pepsi’s Loyalty Program with a focus on web/apps and “experiential” rewards. She later return to e-commerce at MILLY, overseeing all things digital.

Shannon Davenport

Trend Forecaster and Head of US Advisory, Stylus

Shannon is head of US Advisory at Stylus, where she is working with global brands and creative agencies to identify future market trends and cultural shifts that are likely to impact their businesses. Her client list includes well-known brands like Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, Mattel and Marriott.

Sarah Pearce

Partner, Cooley

Sarah Pearce is a London based partner in Cooley’s Technology Transactions Group. She advises clients ranging from disruptive and growth stage companies to multinational “household” brands, particularly in the retail sector with a focus on fashion and luxury brands.

Josh Rubin

Founder and Editor, Cool Hunting

Josh Rubin is a photographer, interaction designer and the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Cool Hunting, a thirteen year old digital publication highlighting creativity and innovation in design, technology, style, culture, food and travel. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked on mobile-focused projects at Razorfish, Motorola and Upoc then started Bond Art + Science with several of his former colleagues from Razorfish.

David Monteith

Director Fashion & Apparel, Flextronics

David focuses on bringing technology into the world of Jewelry, Apparel and Leather Goods. He leads developing how product design and manufacturing of both industries can combine, including Engineering in Silicon Valley, Fashion Designers in Europe, Apparel manufacturing in Sri Lanka, Jewelers in Thailand and Electronic Manufacturing in China. He adviced the 75% of the top 30 Global Fashion & Apparel brands on technology products development

Tugba Yanaz

Sr. Director, Business Development Fashion & Apparel, Flextronics

Before brining Connectivity to Fashion Brands, Tugba brought connectivity to cars. She then was nominated to lead Flex Fashion Engagements out of New York covering the US based brands as well as Europe. Tugba now advises Fashion brands on strategy around connected devices and works with the 80% of world TOP30 International brands on creating new Business Models and Solutions connecting the Electronics and Manufacturing and Fashion worlds.

Janet Cullum

Partner, Cooley

Janet Cullum is a New York based partner in Cooley’s IP practice. She counsels clients in the selection and adoption of trademarks, the legal aspects of advertising and enforcement and registration of copyrights, and identifies and manages IP. She has a particular focus on technology companies.

Misha Laskin

Co-Founder, Claire

Misha is a data expert. Before working on Claire, he consulted for companies like Microsoft on the future of enterprise data, and was the top Physics PhD student at the University of Chicago, where he specialized in theoretical quantum physics.

Marta Jamrozik

Co-Founder, Claire

Marta is an expert in product and price testing. She created the Strategic Pricing department at Mondelēz (a Fortune 100 CPG company with billion-dollar brands like Oreo, Cadbury, and Trident) which was responsible for new product introductions and pricing across 165 countries. Prior to Mondelēz, Marta worked in management consulting at Bain & Company.

Kimberly Byers

Former VP Product (Violet Grey) & Group Head of UX (Net-a-porter Group), Violet Grey and Net-a-porter Group

With over 20 years professional digital experience, Kimberly is recognized as a pioneer & industry leader in user experience and product innovation. She has worked for many prestigious brands including, Ticketmaster, The Net-A-Porter Group and, mostly recently, VIOLET GREY, where she oversaw the Product, Site Merchandising and Technology teams as VP Product.

Ellie Wheeler

Partner, Greycroft Partners

Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s New York office.
Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development, where she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners

Kara Council

Chief Brand Officer, Kenneth Cole Productions

Kara Council is the Chief Brand Officer at Kenneth Cole Productions. As CBO Kara is responsible for driving the strategic development of the brand, marketing, and design services for the company’s full portfolio of brands. In this capacity she is leading a reconnection to the customer and prioritizing data and analytics to drive marketing performance. She is a brand marketing executive with more than 20 years of related industry experience.

Andy Narayanan

Vice President of intelligent commerce , Sentient

Andy Narayanan is vice president of intelligent commerce at Sentient responsible for leading the business, product vision and go-to-market strategy for Sentient’s intelligent commerce products. Previously Andy was Executive Director of Product Strategy at IBM Watson and prior to that held product strategy and general manager roles at Booz Digital and SunGard Data Systems. Andy brings over 15 years of product commercialization and strategy

Leah Park

Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Project September

Leah Park is a co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Project September, which is making the visual world shoppable. Prior to Project September, Park was the CEO of Vaunte, the world’s most stylish fashion resale marketplace. Park was an original member of the team at Gilt Groupe, where she served a five year tenure as the Sr Vice President of Creative. Park worked as the Sr Art Director at Bergdorf Goodman and at Landor Associates.

Scott Emmons

Head of the Innovation Lab, Neiman Marcus

Scott Emmons is focused on innovation for the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG). He founded and built the NMG innovation lab (iLab) and is responsible for leading the organization in evaluating, designing, testing and piloting cutting-edge technologies and applications for luxury retail. Scott is also working on BYOD initiatives, Wi-Fi/LAN/WAN infrastructure, mobility and digital signage initiatives.

Christine White

Executive Director, Digital Communications and Media, NARS Cosmetics

Christine White is the Executive Director of Digital Communications and Media for NARS Cosmetics. Christine oversees the brand’s content, influencer and consumer strategies focused on driving profitability and brand awareness for NARS globally.

Stephanie Murg

Vice President, Brand Marketing, Assembled Brands

Stephanie Murg is Vice President for Brand Marketing at Assembled Brands (AB), a modern holding company that provides expertise, talent, and business development to emerging designers and companies building important, lasting brands. A member of the founding team of The Line, AB’s multi-brand retail platform, she leads branding and marketing initiatives for the growing AB portfolio, which also includes Protagonist, KHAITE, and Tenfold.

Ana Andjelic

SVP, Global Strategy Director, Havas Lux Hub

Ana is SVP, Global Strategy Director at Havas LuxHub, a global practice working with the top luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands. An experienced strategist with a passion for new things, she earned her doctorate in sociology and worked at the world’s top advertising agencies. Known for her future-facing approach to strategy, she led design of digital brand experiences and business solutions for Tom Ford, Sergio Rossi, LVMH, ALDO and others.

Claire Walsh

US Advisory Strategist, Stylus

Claire leads global CMF, product and branding Advisory projects. She has 10+ years' experience in design, product and brand consultancy and forecasting, and a clear sense of commercial impact. Starting at creative agency The Nest, Claire worked as a stylist at Elle Decoration before forecast and editorial roles at WGSN and Stylus. Most recently she directed home concept at Urban Outfitters before re-joining Stylus.

Chris Anthony

Vice President, Fashion & Retail Brand Partnerships, POPSUGAR Inc.

Chris Anthony is Vice President, Fashion & Retail Brand Partnerships at POPSUGAR Inc. In this role, Chris is focused on leading strategic partnerships with brands to leverage POPSUGAR Inc.’s portfolio of products including lifestyle media site POPSUGAR, digital shopping platform ShopStyle, & monthly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have. Before he held various sales positions at The Walt Disney Company, Mode Media, & AOL.

Will McClelland

Partner, Grace Beauty Capital

Will McClelland is a Partner of Grace Beauty Capital, a private family office founded to make early
stage venture investments in emerging consumer brands, retail technology and e-commerce
companies. He has over twelve years of investment experience in sourcing, research, due diligence, risk
management and portfolio construction across both hedge fund and venture capital industries and is
also an active angel investor.

Christina Vuleta

VP, Women’s Digital Network, Forbes Media

Christina Vuleta is the VP, Women’s Digital Network at Forbes Media LLC. She brings a proven track record in strategic planning, cultural trends and generational insights to building a business first platform for millennial-minded women on the rise. Christina is also founder of 40:20 Vision, a resource to start conversations and facilitate wisdom exchange between generations. Prior to Forbes Christina ran CV Consulting.

Steve Callanan


Steve believes that online video content should be as 'connected' as the rest of the web; linking pixels to people, products and information was the goal. He engineered WIREWAX, the world's first shoppable video tool, which lead to the most powerful interactive video platform to help thousands of global brands realize their connected-video potential. Brands using WIREWAX today include Coach, Nike, Gap, Under Armour, Ted Baker and more.

Diane Brady

Business Journalist and Founder, dB Omnimedia

Diane Brady, Senior Editor/Content Chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, is an award-winning business journalist, author, and media consultant who is working on new ways to connect ideas and people through compelling conversations, content, and partnerships. She has interviewed many of the world's leading business and political figures, and is frequently asked to speak about the global business landscape.