He is the CEO/Co-Founder of JUV Consulting, which is a Generation Z marketing consultancy that works with clients to help them reach young people. The company has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has established full-time offices in Times Square. As a result of JUV, Ziad was named to the 2019 Forbes #30Under30 list this past year when he was nineteen-years-old.
Ziad is also a current student at Yale. Additionally, Ziad does quite a bit of work in advocacy. He is the Founder of Redefy, which is a youth-run non-profit committed to furthering equality.
Ziad speaks often on the power of his generation, but overwhelmingly he is still a young person spending way too much time on Instagram (@ziadtheactivist).
Throughout her career, Danielle has developed and executed sustainability strategies to reduce supply chain impacts, drive positive change upstream, create business value, and increase stakeholder engagement. Specifically, Danielle has designed and implemented goal-oriented programs for impact areas such as responsible chemicals management, waste management, carbon emissions, water quality, and more.
Danielle has an M.A. in Environmental Conservation and Education from New York University where she focused her studies on climate change impacts to consumer products companies.
Bunch is the former director and co-creator of the largest program for domestic violence offenders in America. His innovative work laid the groundwork for the prevention strategies now endorsed as best practice in engaging men to end violence against women. Bunch developed and implemented model response programs for police, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders dealing with domestic violence.
Bunch is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training. He was invited to help lead the #TimesUp Engaging Men efforts and is providing ongoing healthy manhood and sexual harassment prevention training throughout the entertainment industry, at organizations like CAA, UTA and WGA.
He was a guest presenter for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department and was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a committee member to UNiTE, an international network of male leaders working to end violence against women. Ted’s work has been featured in the UK, Israel, Suriname, South Africa, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Bunch is the co-author of the LIVERESPECT™ Coaching Healthy & Respectful Manhood Curriculum, designed to prevent violence and bullying in school and sports. He is sought after for his impactful and engaging sexual assault prevention programs for high school and college aged boys, and has trained extensively in colleges and universities. Bunch is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs like the TODAY Show and National Public Radio, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Since 2004, Budnick has been a fierce advocate for social justice and a fairer judicial system. In 2003, he began volunteering with InsideOUT Writers (IOW), a program that brings creative writing into juvenile halls. In 2014, Budnick founded ARC, whose mission is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and build healthier communities. ARC provides formerly incarcerated men and women with direct services such as housing, counseling, job training and opportunities, mentoring, and education. The organization also empowers and mobilizes its members to play a role in justice reform efforts through direct policy advocacy.
For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named Scott the 2012 California Governor's Volunteer of the Year. He sits on the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and was selected to serve as a Board Member for President Barack Obama's foundation, the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.
In all of his work, from his business ventures and investments to his impact work, he leads the global development and policy work behind structuring Public Private Partnerships (PPP). In his philanthropic endeavors, as Chairman of PVBLIC Foundation, an organization focused on using media, technology and data to drive impact and change, he leads the foundation's engagement with Governments from the White House to the United Nations and multinationals; public & private. Sergio has developed partnerships that today hosts the Latino Impact Summit, SDG Media Zone & SDG Media Summit, Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, Blockchain for Impact; SDG Data Hub Giving Fund and many more, working across various multi-sectoral frameworks in support of the United Nations in collaboration across all its agencies. The collective platforms all focus on raising awareness and encourage action for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining DVF, Sandra played a pivotal role in restructuring licensed brands within Global Brands Group. As President of six global Women’s contemporary brands with more than $500mm in revenues and all in different phases of progress, she restructured and leveraged teams by creating centers of excellence in e-commerce for Bebe and BCBG brands. Her innovative and forward thinking brought Juicy Couture back to prominence after hiring a Hollywood stylist to lead the creative direction of the brand. An executive with broad skills and experience, Sandra has been leading turnarounds and launching new businesses for corporate organizations totaling more than $2 billion in market cap. She has overseen organizations with hundreds of employees as well as startups with a team less than a hundred people in businesses that encompass wholesale, DTC, ECOM, international, and direct marketing.
Her additional career successes include entrepreneurial ventures and successful exit with Mobi, a consumer products company sold in sixteen countries and Cynosure Holdings-ACH, a celebrity brand management company responsible for launching Selena Gomez’s lifestyle collection at Kmart for five years with thirteen licensed categories.
Sandra started her career in retail buying at J.McLaughlin and then moved into wholesale sales at Donna Karan-DKNY. She went on to launch brands within iconic organizations such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautica and led their sales, planning, production, merchandising, design and visual teams.
studio that creates original content for an engaged audience of 34 million subscribers. Rafi contributes as the lead creative executive to a slate of digital concepts, television pilots and integrated brand partnerships. Hosting nearly 100 employees, FBE was recently named a Digital Studio of the Year finalist, routinely partners with the world’s largest entertainment and consumer brands and has created and sold more than 15 television, film and interactive projects to networks including Freeform, TruTV, YouTube Premium, Netflix, Eko and more.
FBE is an award-winning multiplatform media company that produces 20 serialized shows for
over 34 million subscribers. FBE programming earns 300+ million views each month and has 12+ billion lifetime video views. Beyond its well-known React franchise, FBE develops digital and traditional formats along with interactive, branded and VR content. Freeform, E!, truTV, Facebook and YouTube Premium have all partnered with FBE to create stories for television. The team is comprised of over 100 full-time employees in its Burbank, CA, headquarters and is led by CEO, Marc Hustvedt and founders, Rafi and Benny Fine.
The Crisis Management system, a $36 million investment by the NYC Mayor’s Office among 22 sites throughout the five boroughs, is one of the major reasons for NYC being recognized as the “Safest big city in America” two years in a row, with LIFE Camp Inc. being celebrated as one of the leaders in co-producing public safety under the innovative and tireless leadership of Erica Ford.
In the 1980s, crack use and gun violence were occurring daily in South Jamaica Queens, where Erica has lived since childhood. Her earliest days of activism began at York College (CUNY) where she received a B.A. in Political Science while serving as President of the Black Student Caucus and the Evening Student Government; for three consecutive years, she successfully led thousands of youth in protest against tuition hikes. In 1994, she co-founded The Code Foundation with her friend, the late Tupac Shakur and others, with a mission to keep young people out of jail and to decrease gun and gang violence. In 1998-99, The Code co-coordinated the Million Youth March, whereby tens of thousands of youth from across the country rallied against injustices and strengthened their platforms. In 2002, the tragic murders of two local children inspired the creation of LIFE Camp (Love Ignites Freedom Through Education).
Her consistent dedication to reducing violence among youth New Yorkers has garnered Erica countless local, national and international awards and recognition from notable figures in government, business, education and civil service. When asked what inspires Erica to do this work, she affirms: “This is not a job, this is my LIFE; my undying love keeps me committed to my people until my glory day takes me away.”
She is the visionary behind The 3% Movement. Started as a passion project to spotlight a huge business opportunity in advertising -- the lack of female creative leadership and its impact on connecting with an overwhelmingly female marketplace -- the 3% Movement has grown exponentially since its 2012 launch: hosting events in 18 cities globally, and offering consulting and certification programs that amplify creative cultures. In that time, the number of female creative directors in the U.S. has risen from 3% to 29%.
Kat serves as a strategic advisor to The Representation Project and BRAVA Investments, a Council Member at Nationswell, and is an Activator through the SheEO Ventures network. She is passionate about unlocking the contributions of women and people of color, especially as they relate to innovation.
Before co-founding Bravely, Toby was the VP of Operations and General Manager at health-tech startup Pager, where he oversaw the company’s growth from a small founding team to a staff of 60 full-time employees. He began his career at the Gilt Groupe, where we worked in strategy and business development for the menswear business and Gilt City during several years of hyper-growth.
By 2017, Toby’s career experience—as a manager, an executive, and a gay man navigating the professional world—had given him a passion for building workplaces that empower people to do their best work and thrive. Inspired by a conversation with a friend about their work-life struggles, Toby turned that passion and experience in building tech-enabled service platforms into Bravely.
Noah was featured as a “Top 30 Under 30” in Billboard Magazine, a Fast Company “Innovation Agent,” and one of AdWeek's “Top 20 under 40”. He also advises and invests in a variety of fast-growing startups, including WeWork, where he served as the first Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer.
Passionate about educating today’s youth, Noah has lectured on entrepreneurialism, fintech, and media at NYU, UCLA, Stanford, and Columbia and currently serves on the Board of VH1's Save The Music Foundation. Noah is a graduate of Cornell University where he studied Psychology and Economics.
Chris was previously Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz, working closely with Ben Horowitz; founder of restaurant technology startup PictureMenu; and also worked with Jermaine Dupri at SoSo Def as a music producer and engineer. He is a Kauffman Fellow graduate (Class 19); advisor to New Story Charity and The Black Economic Alliance; and member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Recent honors and recognitions include a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy Awards, Fast Company's “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” top business leaders and Ad Week’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
In addition to being CEO, Matthew is a member of Ben & Jerry’s independent Board of Directors and is a member of Unilever’s global Foods & Refreshments leadership team. Before taking his current role, Matthew was Vice President of Unilever’s Foods division in North America, where he also sat on the US country board. In his 22 years with Unilever, Matthew has led a number of classic and entrepreneurial brands across the Foods and Personal Care divisions, including Hellmann’s, Knorr, AXE, Dove & Dove Men+Care. Matthew headed up Men’s Grooming for Unilever, which included the acquisition of Dollar Shave Club. His work has received a number of industry recognitions, including Cannes Gold Lion, One Show Gold Pencil, IAB MIXX and Adweek’s Brand Genius award.
Matthew has a deep passion for driving social impact and systemic change through the power of business. He considers himself an aspiring activist, learning every day how better to leverage the power of brands & business to address pressing social and environmental challenges.
She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan is a regular guest on a variety of business and leadership podcasts and has appeared on NPR, CNN and CBC (Canada) as well as been quoted in major media outlets including USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.
As the creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come.
Reign is an influential and sought-after media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms, as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action.
April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.
Matt is in the unique position to have surfaced the problem of brand safety in the digital age in 2016. After discovering that incendiary rhetoric online was being funded by advertising dollars from unsuspecting corporations because of opaque advertising systems, Matt took his 25 years of advertising experience and started Sleeping Giants to alert advertisers about their presence on Breitbart News. Two and a half years later, over 4,200 advertisers have opted out of advertising on the website.
Over the last two and a half years, the campaign’s purpose has expanded well beyond ad tech into brand safety in all media, asking advertisers to align their corporate values with their ad placements. This has led to dozens of corporations severing ties with TV shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight that have long records of pushing divisive, racist and sexist views. It has also been successful in getting social media platforms and payment processors to finally enforce their Terms of Service on accounts like Alex Jones’ Infowars, which had numerous violations involving harassment, conspiracy theories and white supremacy as well as getting institutional investors to sever ties with Renaissance Technologies, whose co-CEO had been funding white supremacists.
Anonymous until July 17, 2018, Matt’s identity was exposed without his permission by the website The Daily Caller, resulting in a coordinated harassment campaign by white supremacists and neo-Nazis on social media and death threats against his wife and children. Nonetheless, Matt has continued to grow Sleeping Giants beyond Twitter and Facebook in order to shed light on the continuing rise of hate online, the pitfalls of our ever-changing, complex media landscape and the many ways that brands can avoid funding degrading, divisive and dangerous content.
Matt has appeared twice on CNN, has been interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo! News and has been featured on Pod Save America and Kara Swisher’s Recode podcast. His work with Sleeping Giants has appeared on the front page of The New York Times’ Business Section, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, GQ, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, Mother Jones, The Independent, WIRED, The Daily Beast and Buzzfeed, among others, and he has written about social media accountability for The Guardian. Matt was named one of 23 industry leaders fixing digital advertising by Business Insider and a Digiday Changemaker in 2017. He has spoken at Cannes Lions, SXSW, the 3% Conference, The Haas School of Business at the University of California and advertising agencies like Grey, HUGE, Mekanism and BBDO.
She serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership and is now the first formerly incarcerated person on the board of The Marshall Project. Since her release from Federal Prison in 2015, Topeka has become a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Parole and Probation Accountability Project, a 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member, 2018 Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute Fellow, Director of #Dignity Campaign for #cut50, Senior Advisor of New Yorkers United for Justice, Host of “The Topeka K. Sam Show” on SiriusXM UrbanView Channel 126 Sundays 9am est., and has recently signed a development deal as Executive Producer for a scripted and unscripted series inspired by her fight to change the many problems that plague female incarceration with 44 Blue Productions.
Topeka has been featured in Vogue, Essence, SalonTV, Vice, New York Times. She has been featured in Glamour Magazine and Black Enterprise for being “The Black Woman behind the video that led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson.” She has spoken at the 2018 United States of the Woman Conference, 2018 Women in the World Conference, 2018 White House Prison Reform Summit and is a TedxMidAtlantic Superheros Presenter.
She has worked and continues to work selflessly and relentlessly in her fight for the dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls.
Ian co-founded Kindred in 2018 to accelerate social movements through the power of popular culture. Prior to Kindred, Ian was the founder, CEO, and Global Chairman of the influential advertising agency Deep Focus, winner of numerous industry accolades including Cannes Lions, Webby, and Emmy Awards. After stepping aside from Deep Focus in 2017, he become parent company Engine’s Chief Experience Officer.
Prior to founding Deep Focus, Ian served as Vice President of New Media at Disney’s Miramax Films. Ian is also an active investor and advisor, working with startups to help build their businesses while making a positive impact on the world.
Michael’s profile in the NY Times identified him as “the man you go to if you want to leverage the power of celebrity and the reach of digital media to soften the ground for social change.”
Earlier in his career, Michael served as President of Global Grind, a media company focused on a millennial audience. Prior to that, he spent over a decade as an award- winning film director and producer.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for Rock The Vote, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Policy Link, The Gathering For Justice and The Young Partners Board of The Public Theater.
Michael Skolnik is the proud father to Mateo Ali.
Amy was previously the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Prior to joining Points of Light, Amy held several management positions at Apple helping to lead their retail initiative including international real estate development, store design, construction execution and store operations. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University.
Previously, Tifford was Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Viacom, where she worked with an array of leading marketers in the development of multi-platform media and marketing programs for the MTV and VH1 brands.
Earlier in her career, Tifford spent more than 10 years at Unilever working across many different brands in a variety of marketing roles. As Brand Development Director for Beverages, she was responsible for long-term strategy, including innovation and communication for the Lipton brand in North America. Prior to that role, Tifford was the Director of Marketing Excellence, responsible for cultivating superior talent and helping to build a growth-centric organizational culture across the Marketing function.
Tifford serves on the Boards of Directors of MAKERS@; the Association of National Advertisers; the AdCouncil; and Fossil Group, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Tufts Hillel. Tifford is also co-founder of the #SeeHer initiative of the Association of National Advertisers. Tifford received the first annual Women’s Media Center Marketing for Change
Award in 2017 and was recognized as a 2016 AdAge Media Maven and Working Mother of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York in 2013.
Tifford received her B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Between July 2016 and June 2017 Rishad played a dual role of Strategy and Growth Officer of the Groupe adding the Growth role to his Strategy functions.
Between 2014 and 2016 Rishad was the Chief Strategist of the Publicis Groupe during which in tandem with the global CEO he helped drive the new strategy of the Groupe to move from a marketing communication to a marketing and business transformation firm and informed the re-organization of the Groupe from an Agency brand centric to a Client centric organization called the Power of One.
Prior to his Chief Strategist role, Rishad was the Chairman of DigitasLBi and Razorfish, two of the largest marketing transformation agencies in the world with over 11,000 Employees.
Over his 37-year career Tobaccowala has worked across almost every area of marketing including brand advertising, media, database, direct and interactive marketing. As a pioneer in digital marketing, Tobaccowala helped create one of the first interactive groups and digital agencies 20 years ago and has helped launch a series of initiatives over the years from groups focused on gaming, social, mobile and search engine marketing. Starcom IP, Play, Giant Step, SMG Search and Denuo are some of the brands Tobaccowala helped incubate.
Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators. He is the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a lifetime achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation.
He serves on an advisor to a host of companies in the venture capital and start up space include Greycroft Ventures, Abundant Ventures and Growth Catalyst Partners.
Rishad is also is chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps over 10,000 people gain better access to health and education in India.
Rishad is a prolific writer and speaker. His Re-inventing blog is read by Clients and the Industry to better understand the changes roiling marketing and business. Speaking engagements include key notes at major Client and Industry conferences as well as at Google and Facebook. His first book “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in an Age of Data” will be published globally by Harper Collins in January 2020.
Tobaccowala holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with which he remains closely involved.
Prior to WarnerMedia, Williams was head of CSR at HBO. He played an integral role in the creation of the CSR group, and worked with his team to develop and define HBO’s corporate and social responsibility mission. Under his leadership, the group enhanced HBO’s presence within the communities in which the company does business; expanded and realigned corporate giving efforts with philanthropic partners, including non-profit organizations; amplified social issues stemming from the network’s programming; and established relationships that strengthen the company’s commitment to developing the next generation of talent. The team was also responsible for the company’s community impact endeavors through non-profit volunteer activities and annual charity campaigns.
Kindred 2020 speakers are some of the most active and influential change agents in the world, leveraging their platforms for social purpose and impact.
Learn from the best in mission-driven transformation.
Kindred 2020 speakers are some of the most active and influential change agents in the world, leveraging their platforms for social purpose and impact.
Learn from the best in mission-driven transformation.
Kindred Advisory Council
NYTimes Bestselling Author, Speaker, Professional Troublemaker
Head of Sustainability – North America
Musician (Passion Pit)
Founder & Program Director
Founder & CEO
Founder, Chief Purpose Officer
Conspiracy of Love
Founder & Chief Growth Officer
EVP Chief Marketing Officer
National Hockey League
EVP, Digital and Social Media
Co-founder & CEO
Founder of Social Media Week
CEO & Founder
LIFE Camp, Inc.
LEE ANNE GRANT
Former Head of Business Development & Partnerships
Comedian, Writer, YouTuber
Founder & CEO
Global Head of Content Creation
Executive Director of Marketing
VP Business and Partnerships
Head of Innovation
United Talent Agency
VP of Global Communications
Actor, Author, Activist
EVP, Data Strategy, WarnerMedia
GM, WarnerMedia Innovation
Global Head of Brand Marketing
Former Chief Growth Officer
The Fund at First Access Entertainment
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer