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Keynote: Garry Kasparov
Author, Member of the executive board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Garry Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chessplayer in history, becoming the youngest world champion ever at 22 in 1985 and spending twenty years as the world’s top-rated player. His legendary matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997 made him a central figure in artificial intelligence and the evolution of the human-machine relationship. He retired from chess in 2005 to become a leader of the Russian pro-democracy movement against the rising dictatorship of Vladimir Putin. He is the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and has become a powerful voice for individual freedom worldwide. As a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Kasparov specializes in interdisciplinary collaboration and, as he puts it, “how our technology can make us more human.” He is a member of the executive board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.
Kasparov speaks and writes frequently on innovation, decision-making, and risk. His latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. His earlier books include How Life Imitates Chess (2007), Winter Is Coming: Why Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped (2015) and two acclaimed series of chess books, My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. The Kasparov Chess Foundation promotes chess in education around the world with five centers on four continents.
Robert V. Kozinets, BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Robert Kozinets is an academic innovator whose work focuses on technology, markets, and culture. In 1995, he invented netnography, an application of cultural anthropology to digital networks. Used around the world to build more resilient and powerful brand connections, his research has spawned thousands of academic articles and papers, and been applied by organizations such as American Express, L’Oréal, Merck, TD Bank, Campbell Soup, Zurich Insurance, and Orchard Supply Hardware. He is currently the Hufschmid Chair of Strategic Public Relations and Business Communication at University of Southern California.
Author of The New York Times Bestseller “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments”
Unleash your potential in today’s competitive business environment with unconventional leadership concepts that the MBA experience and corporate America can’t – and won’t – teach you from Alison Levine.
Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles. A history-making adventurer who also spent time in the business world, she has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds and sudden avalanches – and that was while climbing the corporate ladder!
In her New York Times best-selling book, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” Alison asserts that the principles that apply to the world of extreme adventure also apply to demanding business environments. A former part-time faculty member at West Point, Alison understands what it takes to lead teams through challenging situations.
On stage, she uses stunning imagery from her various expeditions to demonstrate how progress can be made going backward, why egos are a good thing, and how complacency can kill you. One of today’s most in-demand speakers, she inspires audiences to push themselves further than they ever thought possible.
Trusted Since 1901…Re-imagining a 116 Year Old Brand
As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Adam is leading the rebranding and repositioning efforts for Walgreens, modernizing its online and offline channels with new technologies and a new emphasis on reaching female shoppers — millennials and Gen X – to make Walgreens their “preferred pharmacy of choice.”
Adam Holyk is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois. He has responsibility for the Walgreens brand strategy including retail, pharmacy and healthcare marketing activities. He also has leadership for digital marketing, customer loyalty, customer offer and format development .
Holyk joined Walgreens in 2011 as divisional vice president, developing Walgreens Balance® Rewards customer loyalty program. He was elevated in 2012 to group vice president assuming responsibility for enterprise insights and data analytics. Most recently, in 2015, he was appointed to lead corporate strategy development for Walgreens Boots Alliance working on healthcare partnerships.
Prior to joining Walgreens, he was a vice president for dunnhumby, a marketing insights and analytics consultancy based in New York. Earlier, he served as a vice president for Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s leading drug chain, managing its loyalty program and customer marketing. Holyk started his career at Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food distributor.
Holyk earned his masters of business administration degree from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He also holds a juris doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a bachelor’s of arts degree from the Univers ity of Guelph.
Movin’ On Up
From marketing leadership to operations, supply and strategy, Chris Fuqua has created a pathway for success with growth initiatives including the development of the Next Generation Restaurant concept for Dunkin’ Donuts. Chris will articulate how marketing can lead to a career in general management.
Chris Fuqua joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2009 and is currently the Senior Vice President, Operations Strategy and Supply Chain at Dunkin’ Donuts. In this role, Chris leads Restaurant Operating Systems, Supply Chain, and Strategic Initiatives (including the development of the Next Generation Restaurant concept) for Dunkin’ Donuts.
Chris originally joined Dunkin’ Brands as the Director of Business Analysis, building the analytic infrastructure to help drive decision-making across the organization. He then served as the Senior Director of the Strategy, working closely with private equity sponsor teams as Dunkin’ went through the IPO process. In 2012, Chris was tapped to join the Marketing leadership team, where he held roles of increasing responsibility between 2012 and 2017. In 2017, he took on responsibility for Operating Systems and Supply Chain and has also shifted his focus to drive major strategic initiatives for the brand.
Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Chris was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company, a global management consultancy. Chris led engagements in the Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods sectors, identifying growth opportunities for clients across the globe.
Chris also spent eight years flying S-3B Vikings as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. He made two deployments on the USS John C. Stennis and served as a Mission Commander during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chris lives with his wife, 3 kids, and 2 dogs in Medfield, Massachusetts and spends his spare time travelling with his family and coaching youth soccer.
Shift Thing…A Whole New Mindset
Mark Bonchek is in the epiphany business. He does more than educate and engage. He helps produce profound insights into the challenges and opportunities of business in the 21st century. Mark’s message of transformative change and exponential growth will help you re-imagine your business and find new paths to growth. Through the framework of Shift Thinking™, he delivers a powerful prescription for how to organize, engage, and compete in the digital age.
You’ll learn new mental models that will help you strengthen capabilities within yourself, your team, and your organization: understand the importance of un-learning, brand orbits, and decision doctrine.
Mark Bonchek is the founder and CEO (Chief Epiphany Officer) of Shift Thinking. His mission is to update thinking for a digital age. Mark has been at the forefront of the digital revolution since receiving Harvard University’s first Ph.D. on the topic of social media in 1997. He now advises leading organizations on how to achieve exponential growth and transformative change. He is a frequent speaker and regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, faculty member for Singularity University, and author of the book Brand Orbits.
Founding Member, IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Fintech
Blockchain Revolution – It’s What’s “Not” In Your Wallet
Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World, which has been translated into over 15 languages.
Alex Tapscott’s work has been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and dozens of other publications. His TedX San Francisco talk: Blockchain is Eating Wall Street has been viewed almost 400,000 times.
In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Alex currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums. In November of 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards.
Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Customer Intimacy at Global Scale
Karin Timpone, Advertising Age’s Woman To Watch is chairing an exclusive roundtable team at the Forum, collaborating with brands on how to re-imagine and elevate the customer experience, executing on new strategies and technologies that deliver winning results.
As Global Marketing Officer at Marriott International, Karin Timpone is leading the transformation of the company’s diverse portfolio of 19 brands. She is responsible for the company’s integrated global marketing efforts and consumer relationship management strategies which encompass evolving strategies that strengthen the relevance of Marriott’s brands to the Next Generation Traveler. Her focus is on portfolio coordination to increase share potential, elevate digital channels, and strengthen approaches to drive consumer intimacy.
Kurt A. Kane
The Wendy’s Company
Food Innovation and the Next Generation Restaurant
Kurt Kane is the Chief Concept & Marketing Officer for The Wendy’s Company, with responsibility for all marketing communications, digital engagement, and food innovation. He was recently named one of the “Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch” by PR Week magazine and one of the “Top 100 Marketers in the World” by the World Marketing Congress.
Prior to joining Wendy’s in May of 2015, he held several different leadership positions within the food and beverage space that provided him a broad and deep perspective on how to connect effectively with customers. Specifically, his previous roles included marketing leadership positions with Yum! Brands, Frito Lay, Molson Coors Brewing Company, and Procter & Gamble. In addition, he also served in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the 4th Infantry Division.
Kane holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been married to his wife Christine for 19 years and together they have two children (Elizabeth, 14 & Andrew, 11).
Sizing-up Plus Size
Christine Hunsicker is the CEO and founder of Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing subscription service exclusively for women sizes 10-32. Gwynnie Bee took this under-served customer and market by storm in 2012. Learn how computer scientists are changing the fashion industry.
Launched in March 2012, Hunsicker’s conceptualized a subscription service for an overwhelmingly underserved consumer—the plus size woman. Representing only 16.6% of apparel spending despite making up 67% of the U.S. population, Hunsicker decided to leverage technology to provide this demographic with a revolutionary new way to experience clothing without limitations.
In five short years, Hunsicker’s vision is in full swing with four hundred employees and offices in New York, Palo Alto, Columbus, and overseas. To date, the company has shipped over four million boxes to members across the United States.
Hunsicker has an outstanding pedigree of leading successful startups, including COO of Drop.io, which sold to Facebook, and President and COO of Right Media, which sold to Yahoo! for $850M. She has received accolades such as inclusion in Crain’s ‘40 Under 40’ and Inc.’s ‘Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs’ as well as Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award.
No Sweat at Work!
Kevin Lavelle is the Founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main, an innovative company transforming the landscape of the apparel industry by introducing advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear. Mizzen+Main has changed the way men approach this staple of their wardrobe, creating a shirt that is moisture wicking and wrinkle free, has four way stretch, and requires no ironing or dry cleaning. Kevin launched the company in July 2012 to create the next great American brand. The shirt has quickly become a favorite among a variety of customers with a strong adoption among professional athletes. Mizzen+Main is carried in 300 retail locations in addition to its rapidly expanding e-commerce presence. The company has been featured in The New York Times, WWD, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Inc., and many more. Mizzen+Main products are proudly American made. The company has a long standing commitment to giving back to the veteran community through partnerships with The Navy SEAL Foundation, 31 Heroes, and many more.
Prior to founding Mizzen+Main, Kevin worked at the venture capital group of the Hunt Consolidated focusing on emerging energy technologies. Prior to that, Kevin worked for international consulting firm Oliver Wyman in the Middle East and the US. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in Engineering. In 2016, Kevin was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Southern Methodist University’s Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader recipient. Kevin lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and business partner, Jen, Mizzen+Main’s CMO, and their son Jack.
From Fintech to Women’s Fashion Maven
Rakesh Tondon is the co-founder & CEO of Le Tote. Prior to Le Tote, Rakesh spent 12 years in technology investment banking, working on technology deals with some of the biggest names in the consumer, enterprise and telecom spaces at JP Morgan’s technology group in New York.
Rakesh advised clients on billions of dollars of equity and debt financings and M&A transactions. Prior to JP Morgan, Rakesh was employee #1 at a Fintech startup, where he helped scale the company to over 120 people in 3 countries in less than 12 months. During his tenure he held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions. Rakesh has been focused on the technology sector as an advisor, operator and investor for over 15 years.
After Rakesh’s stint at JP Morgan, he moved to San Francisco to join a boutique investment bank to be in the epicenter of technology & innovation and he worked with several startups in the mobile, digital media and ecommerce spaces.
To the Mattresses…
As CEO, Philip leads Casper’s comprehensive business strategy, expansion, and vision for the future. He drives Casper’s goal of becoming the first end-to-end sleep brand while reimagining the sleep industry from the ground up.
Philip and his co-founders recognized a paradox in 2014 — a generation of entrepreneurs and working professionals who were placing increasing value on their health and fitness were neglecting sleep. Casper is now reimagining the sleep industry from the ground up. A serial entrepreneur, Philip has founded two previous startups, where he focused on evolving consumer and e-commerce trends. He launched his very first business out of his dorm room at the University of Texas, Austin, where he earned his B.A. Philip has won numerous entrepreneur awards, and was recently named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in New York. In 2017, Casper was listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.
Edgar founded BenchMade Modern in 2015, a technology-focused custom sofa company designed to shift the paradigm in conventional sofa retail with by-the-inch custom sizing and previously unheard of 7-day manufacturing.
BenchMade Modern has garnered national recognition in publications like The New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, plus two Furniture Industry Leadership Awards from Furniture Today, the industry’s leading trade magazine.
With more than 25 years in the furniture industry, Edgar has positioned himself at the forefront of many of the industry’s trends. Prior to launching BenchMade Modern, Edgar founded TrueModern (in 2005), a company originally focused on affordable modern bedroom pieces for kids. Today, TrueModern is a nationally recognized modern furniture brand sold through top online retailers, brick-and-mortar shops across the country, and direct through TrueModern’s website and San Francisco retail shop.
Prior to founding TrueModern, Edgar served as Design Director and VP of Furniture at Thinc, a San Francisco-based furniture and textiles design and marketing company. Here, he designed and placed multiple collections in big box retailers like Target, Walmart, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, and Home Depot.
Edgar got his start in the corporate furniture world at Pottery Barn in the late 1990s. During this time here, he became an expert in sourcing and streamlining the manufacturing processes, working directly with factories in Asia and Indonesia. By day, he designed occasional and living pieces that suited the rustic Americana style of Pottery Barn, but he needed a creative outlet to fuel his modernist spirit. He launched Modular Dwellings, a prefab backyard shelter company, and pioneered what we now know as the prefab movement of the early 2000s. He ultimately partnered with ReadyMade magazine, making his MD100 plans available for sale to anyone who wanted to build their own.
Edgar grew up in a household with parents who owned a construction company, and was instilled with both an entrepreneurial spirit and a hands-on DIY mentality. As a School of the Arts high school student in San Francisco, he launched his first business — a graphic arts company — as a way to monetize his artistic talents outside of the classroom, which he expressed through street art. He produced several commissioned art pieces for the City of San Francisco, legendary skateboard competitions, Lollapalooza, and other iconic landmarks like The Warfield.
Edgar’s work has been shown around the world at Sweden’s Ice Hotel, San Francisco’s Limn Gallery, and Bergamont Station Arts Center in Los Angeles. His designs have been featured in national publications such as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Vogue, Dwell, Paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and ReadyMade.