Confirmed speaker lineup for September coming soon.
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.
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.
In past roles, Laura has gained distinction in the successful transformation of marketing organizations, encouraging teams to adopt innovative digital marketing practices, leverage data to maximize marketing efficiency, and experiment with cutting-edge communications methods. In 2015, Laura was recognized as one of the top 20 “Rising Stars in U.S. Financial Marketing” by the Financial Communications Society for her focus on content strategy.
Laura holds a degree in English from Colby College. Outside of the office, she is an avid cook and music fan. She resides in Maine with her husband Dean, her kids, Rowan and Mira, and shepherd pup Aidy.
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.
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.
Prior to Tent, Scarlet worked at the Clinton Foundation for nearly eight years. She was the Associate Director of the Commitments Department and head of the Response & Resilience track at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). In this role, she advised corporate, philanthropic, government and non-profit leaders responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Before that, Scarlet worked at the Elie Wiesel Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.
Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, Business Inside the Game (BIG) and No Label—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and empowering stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages.
Baron also served as producer of several acclaimed documentaries including Crips and Bloods: Made In America, 30 for 30: Sole Man, and The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce.
He is, also, a member of the board at Female Founders, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of gender equality in entrepreneurship and leadership .
A strong advocate of the responsibility purpose-led business and creativity have towards society, communities as well as profit, he has led multicultural teams that have shaped brand narratives for some of the world’s most famous, consistent and successful brands.
Prior to Dole, Rupen was Edelman’s Vice-Chairman across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. During this time, he also led Edelman’s Women’s leadership network for the region. He began his career with Mullen Lowe, where he spent two decades, leading the Asia-Pacific region for the last six.
In her role as CMO of UNICEF USA she is responsible for building the UNICEF brand and communicating its mission “to be the leading child rights organization” to the US market. As head of marketing, her focus is to deliver the goals of the strategic plan through integrated marketing communications across all channels influencing all constituents. Her team leads small donor strategy and experience, external communications and partnerships and supports the entire organization. She is a member of the senior management team.
Shelley Diamond was the Chief Client Officer at Young & Rubicam and served on Y&R’s Executive Board. During her tenure at WPP she led the Dell, Tyson Foods, Campbell Soup and Xerox business responsible for P&L’s representing over $100 million in annual revenue. As a WPP leader she also provided the vision and organizational leadership to integrate 10 agencies across four continents and deliver cross-channel marketing solutions. Shelley also created and led Y&R Inspire Change, a social impact practice focused on helping corporate clients and not-for-profits transform the way the way they go to market and engage a new generation of donors and advocates for social change.
From 2007 through 2010 Shelley served as President of the flagship New York office of Young & Rubicam. She led the day-to-day operations, formulating, and implementing strategic direction, developing talent, and leading the transformation efforts to expand the company’s capabilities through the addition of new media and digital capabilities. She successfully drove organic growth from both existing and new clients, introducing new capabilities across offices and lines of business resulting in significant increases in top and bottom- line performance.
Shelley is also a mentor and a champion of women in the work force. She led women’s initiatives for Y&R including WPP’s commitment to the United Nations Gender Equality Sustainable development goal. Among other endeavors, she is a founding member of W.O.M.E.N in America and a charter member of the prestigious Fortune / U.S. State Department Global Mentorship Program since inception. Ms. Diamond has recently been named a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices.
Shelley Diamond is a team builder, a connector, a motivator, a pioneer, a networker, and a leader. In addition to it all, she raised two daughters and a son. She and her husband live in Scarsdale New York where they occasionally babysit their rescue grand-dog.
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.
Under her leadership, The Ad Council implemented Creators for Good, an award-winning talent engagement program for digital creators, actors, musicians and athletes who want to use their powerful platforms to create change on behalf of social causes.
Prior to joining the Ad Council, Ellyn worked at Middleberg Euro RSCG and at Baker Winokur Ryder, a division of Ogilvy & Mather, which promotes celebrity talent, and at USA Networks.
Ellyn has served on numerous boards including the American Cancer Society in
New York's Communications and Marketing Advisory Committee and Penn State’s Communications and Marketing Committee. She is currently an Advisory Board member of the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication.
Ellyn has been a classroom lecturer at numerous universities, as well as an active participant in undergraduate mentoring programs. She has spoken on panels at communications, marketing and social media conferences, including South by Southwest Interactive, Blogher, Vidcon, Playlist Live, the CDC’s National Conference on Health, Communication, Marketing and Media, the Ad Club and New York Women in Communications.
She is a graduate of Penn State and she received Penn State’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2012. Ellyn currently resides in Manhattan with her husband Marc Ringel and their daughter Ruthie.
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.”
His knowledge of social disparities and injustice comes from personal experience. When Leon was 19 years old his life drastically changed. November 11, 2012, he was unjustly shot five times by the Pittsburgh Police during a racially charged traffic stop. This horrific case of mistaken identity has left him physically paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, but Ford hasn’t allowed his circumstances to deter him from having a positive impact on his community.
Through mentorship, he has sparked a movement cultivating leaders, organizers and social entrepreneurs by empowering them to use their voices, platforms, and resources to evoke change and reshape their communities for generations to come. His mentorship endeavors have transcended into Universities. Ford’s latest partnership with Duquense University bridges the gap between the community, students, professors and community leaders through a program known as “The Voices Project”. This program provides an open space to discuss literacy, social reform, gentrification, police brutality, and several other social disparities.
While Ford is passionate about educating the community he has also devoted time to work with police officers to help provide clarity on cultural competency. His work also includes working with PA legislators to draft policies that modify the use of force laws, which will intern increase chances to receive justice during officer involved shootings. Ford continues to display true leadership through his work while also being a source of healing, hope, and inspiration.
Leon’s Fords work has not gone unnoticed in the community, he has received several awards including but not limited to; President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award “2017, The Root 100 “2018” Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 “2019” Despite hardships, he continues to be a voice for the voiceless and a leader to those in need of direction.
Movement is new leadership for a new employee and customer culture.
He believes that we are living in the age of movements and has proven that Movement Marketing is the most powerful way to transform company culture and employee behaviors as well as grow brands among consumers.
Scott is an expert in activating purpose-driven brands inside organizations by creating ‘Movement Inside’.
He also ignites growth revolutions for brands by activating purpose strategies among consumers with “Movement Outside”. Former and current clients include Walmart, Google, TRUIST, Emirates Airline, Jim Beam, Mahindra, Mercedes, Microsoft, Pampers, PepsiCo and Heineken.
Scott opened StrawberryFrog in NYC, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai, and now runs the fast growing company out of the Empire State Building.
Jose came to eBay in 2016 from the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, where as Executive Director he designed and led the club’s fundraising and charitable programs, including the NBA’s leading team foundation targeting educational equity and youth development. Jose also served as Senior Director of Development Communications for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto.
Jose graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and American Studies and received the school’s James W. Lyons Medal for Service, the Arthur Gray American Studies Scholar Award, and a Stanford in Government Fellowship.
Committed to furthering philanthropy and mentorship, Jose serves as an advisor to multiple organizations, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, Playworks, Learn Fresh, Good Tidings Foundation, and the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He also coaches youth basketball and soccer, and chaperones as many of his daughter’s field trips as he can.
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.
Gabi joined Expensify four years ago and since then she’s helped build out the marketing team while spearheading a variety of initiatives across the organization. She’s worked on everything from mobile strategy to global product growth, and has led projects such as optimizing the user onboarding experience in preparation for Expensify’s Super Bowl campaign and leading communications and content development for ExpensiCon II: Bora Bora.
Frederick is also the sole creator of the largest GoFundMe campaign in history, the #BlackPantherChallenge, which ultimately generated over $43 million dollars in earned advertising and media for Disney and raised over $950K and allowed more than 75,000 children worldwide to see 'Black Panther’ for free.
Frederick has been honored as 2018 Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year award and a member of the 2018 Root 100`` list of Most Influential African Americans.
He also consistently writes about marketing, culture, and politics for the Huffington Post, USA Today, NowThisNews, The Independent, amongst others and is a current contributor at AdWeek.
She comes to B Lab by way of global digital agency R/GA where she was Executive Strategy Director leading a cross-functional team of strategy, analytics and media experts to help transform brands. In her 15 years in the business, she’s led strategic engagements for global brands across sectors, including PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, P&G and Mondelez.
When she’s not at work, Anthea is usually out for a run or (more often than not) running after her two kids at home just outside of New York City.
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.
Xiuhtezcatl has been guest on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah & Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also been featured multiple times in Rolling Stones on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, as well as photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Xiuhtezcatl has a unique talent for connecting people through popular culture and sharing the message of his indigenous roots to better serve the planet and reimagine the future for his generation.
She is the founder and co-executive director of the international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led the official ``Youth Climate Marches`` in Washington, DC and 25+ cities around the world during the summer of 2018. Jamie has organized countless actions for change and protests like the ``2019 Youth Climate Summit” in Miami Florida and Youth Climate Lobby Days on Capitol Hill both in 2018 and in 2019.
Jamie is the author of countless thought-provoking Op-Eds for various publications such as The New York Times, Teen Vogue, TIME Magazine, and The Guardian, and has been on both American and international speaking tours for climate justice all while being in high school.
She represents Zero Hour at international leadership events like the C40 Mayors summit and the UN Youth Climate Summit and serves as a media spokesperson for the youth climate movement, going on national and international TV, radio, and print publications to spread the word about climate justice and the youth movement.
As a fluent Spanish speaker thanks to her Colombian heritage, Jamie has been able to be a spokesperson not only on English speaking TV channels, shows and publications but also in the Spanish speaking world.
Jamie is also a plaintiff on Our Children's Trusts' Youth v. Gov Washington state lawsuit, suing the state of Washington for denying her generation's constitutional rights to a livable environment by worsening the climate crisis, and she is a climate justice organizer in her local Seattle community.
Jamie’s debut book, ``Youth To Power: Your Voice and How To Use It,” is hitting bookstores worldwide June 2, 2020 and it will serve as the ultimate guide to being a young activist and organizer.
Jamie is one of Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21” girls changing the world in 2018, One of People Magazines 25 women changing the world in 2018, Fuse TV’s Latina Trailblazer of 2018, one of The Today Show’s 18 under 18 Groundbreakers of 2019, MTV EMA Generation Change winner of 2019, and one of the BBC's 100 most influential women of 2019.
Prior to Lyft, Michael served as the Presidentially appointed Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion & Strategy at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, he lead Commerce and government-wide efforts to implement President Obama's National Export Initiative to help U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets, and compete globally. Prior to that role, he served as Director of the Office of Advisory Committees & Industry Engagement within the Department of Commerce, where he collaborated with hundreds of companies to advise the President and various Cabinet Members on the formulation and implementation of trade policies.
Michael began his career practicing international corporate law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where his focus was primarily on domestic and cross-border capital markets and securities transactions. He then moved to Sydney, Australia, where he worked at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and specialized in international mergers and acquisitions.
Michael took a leave of absence from Mallesons to join the Obama campaign in 2008, where he held various leadership roles in a number of states.
Michael is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and is the Co-Founder of Chasing It All Publishing, a publishing company he started with his brothers, which put out its first book Chasing The Sun in 2018. He sits on the Boards of 826 National, SF Travel, and the Consumer Technology Association.
He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
An award winning marketer, Seth has spent his career representing the biggest brands in the world (and some of its smallest). He was previously the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter and live entertainment company, and started the Marketing Department at CAA, where he led client strategy and provided counsel to a portfolio of the world’s most iconic brands.
Immediately prior to joining Endeavor Global Marketing in 2016, Matlins founded That Was Then Enterprises, a brand-strategy and development consultancy connecting big brands to social causes where he created the Truth in Advertising Act (HR 4445), bi-partisan Congressional legislation and a grassroots movement working to protect women and children from the health consequences perpetuated by “photoshopped” advertisements.
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.
Alison Moore is the Chief Executive Officer at Comic Relief USA.
Moore comes to Comic Relief USA with extensive experience as a top executive in the media and technology industries, where she has successfully expanded business operations and growth initiatives for a number of content-driven organizations and world-renowned brands.
Most recently, Moore served as Chief Business Officer, Beauty Collection at Condé Nast, overseeing the brand strategy, monetization, and operations for women-focused brands, such as Glamour and Allure. Prior to Condé Nast, Moore was Chief Revenue Officer at SoundCloud, the global digital music and audio platform, and previously held senior positions at NBC Universal and HBO, focusing on digital consumer experiences, brand development and consumer engagement strategies.
In addition to her previous corporate roles, Moore is active in the entrepreneurship space, working with socially conscious start-ups and incubators. She is also a Board member of TRACE, the leading global media, entertainment and brand platform for connected Afro-Urban millennials.
Artist, Creative Director and recognizable mentor for the Advertising Industry. Gun Safety Campaigner, Global Activist and International Speaker.
Manuel Immigrated to Parkland from Venezuela, has dedicated himself to a particular brand of not-so-subtle activism. He started a non-profit advocacy group called “Change the Ref,” which seeks to vote out politicians who take NRA money and vote in politicians with gun-safety agendas and used his artist training and guerilla advertising instincts to keep focus on “Guac” and the more than 40K victims/year from gun violence in US. So far he has painted more than 37 murals around the country and overseas, partnership with very qualified firms from the advertising industry, received invitations from international events to share creative solutions regarding gun violence, received more than 5 creative international awards for his disruptive campaigns, support the American Medical Community with ``Impossible Operation Campaign``, developed sympathy to the youth by showing a rebellious response to the gun lobby, developed music projects along with recognized musicians, promote and support 4 documentaries that show the reality behind gun violence, develop the ``Museum of Incomplete`` as a way to give exposure to other victims that otherwise would have been ignored by society, design and display art sculptures ( 3D Activist, Last Lockdown) as a message translator able to create more awareness, develop a theater play (Guac My Son my Hero) along with recognized talents from Broadway and the support from Live Nation, challenge Corporate America by bringing for the first time ever a “Gun Safety Certification Program” that will start a new way of consuming goods and services in our country.
“Gun violence is beyond schools, beyond Parkland and even beyond our amazing son Joaquin”
Shawn began her career with Macy’s in 2006 as the Divisional Vice President/Merchandise Manager of Better Traditional Sportswear at the former Macy’s Central division in Atlanta, GA and has held multiple roles of increased responsibility since then. In her most recent position as EVP, Licensed Businesses, Food Services, and Multicultural Initiatives, Shawn managed Macy’s leased partner businesses, multicultural business development and the foods team. She also created “The Workshop at Macy’s,” an exclusive retail vendor development and mentorship program designed to educate and prepare minority and women-owned business owners, by providing the knowledge and tools they need to experience growth and success in the retail industry. The program was launched in May 2011 and has become a benchmark for retail supplier diversity.
Ms. Outler is a native of Queens, NY. She is a graduate of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, where she earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Transportation & Distribution. Ms. Outler currently resides in New York City.
Franz graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors in Political Science, English Literature and American Economic History. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He is a member of the Bar in New York State and in New York City.
He was named to the Holmes Report’s Influence 100 list of the industry’s most influential corporate communications executives in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was recognized as The Holmes Report’s Innovation Excellence, Brand Professional SABRE Award recipient in 2018. Franz was named PR Professional of the Year in the Corporate and Nonprofit category by PRNews in 2017. He is also a member of the Arthur Page Society.
She holds an MA in Anthropology and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, where she worked with Zapatista communities in Mexico resisting the military occupation. She has worked in London, UK, Chiapas, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON.
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.
As the top healthcare charity in the U.S, ALSAC employs more than 1,700 team members who operate from its headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, and in nearly 40 regional fundraising offices across the country. ALSAC relies on generous supporters and volunteers who make donations and support tens of thousands of fundraising activities annually to help support the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.
Shadyac has led ALSAC to record-breaking achievements, guiding strategic efforts that have more than doubled fundraising revenue since the start of his tenure. Key strategic initiatives launched during his leadership include enhanced fundraising and awareness efforts in the fitness and multicultural areas, and he has helped lead the organization’s digital transformation journey. In addition, Shadyac has expanded marketing and donor development strategies and is overseeing efforts to elevate St. Jude as an iconic brand. Shadyac established culture pillars for the organization that focus on people first, high performance, innovation, collaboration, service and being strategic.
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.
ASOH began when Smith responded to a cry for help by a former foster youth, after the youth saw one of her design videos on www.GeorgieSmith.com. Georgie saw in this youth’s need an opportunity for community to come together, to implement a sustainable solution to improve the lives of the most disenfranchised whilst also improving society as a whole. The random act of kindness in helping the young aged-out foster youth evolved into a nonprofit, A Sense of Home. A Sense of Home strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods. ASOH has been developed into a model to be scaled across the country.
Georgie studied a Bachelor of Business at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, while at the same time working for the Esprit fashion brand and responsible for the organization’s transformation to a fully environmentally friendly operation in Western Australia, while steering the company’s social responsibility programs for homeless youth. Georgie later earned a coveted position working under the mentorship of revered TV and film producer and Australian cultural icon, Sandra Levy at the largest production company in Australia, Southern Star, (during which time she attended the Australian Film, TV & Radio School). Georgie was wooed to LA and repped by the acclaimed Propaganda Films . In LA, Georgie began designing and rebuilding homes whilst also creating and catering events. Since founding ASOH, Georgie has continued to work in film & TV and has adapted an Australian book trilogy as a TV series for streaming services.
In 2018, Austin launched Lyft Entertainment, the company’s Emmy-nominated content development arm which produces original and partner series including Undercover Lyft, Billy on the Street, 5 Minutes From Home with Stephen Curry, and Kevin Hart: Lyft Legend. Austin's team has developed high impact partnerships and award-winning campaigns to grow the brand with companies across music, TV, film, and sports.
Prior to joining Lyft, Austin worked in advertising and innovation consulting as a strategic planner.
As chief purpose officer, Ally helps guide and protect MOD’s people-first culture. MOD recently earned a spot on the Fortune 2019 “Change the World” list, for its purpose-led culture and commitment to provide opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. The company has also been named America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic for four years running and named the most loved pizza brand by Foodable Network. MOD has earned a spot on the Inc.5000 list and been named by Fortune as one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Retail,” a “Best Workplace for Women,” a “Best Workplace for Millennials,” and a “Best Workplace for Diversity.” Today, with more than 465 locations across 28 states and Canada, Ally and Scott are pursuing an aggressive national and international expansion of the brand, excited by the notion of “Spreading MODness” into new communities.
Prior to MOD, Ally and Scott co-founded Seattle Coffee (SCC) in 1994, the first gourmet coffee retailer and wholesaler in the UK. They grew the business to 75 retail locations in under three years, eventually selling SCC to Starbucks in 1998. The Svensons were also instrumental in the launch of Carluccio’s Ltd (UK), a thriving London based operator of Italian deli/cafes, along with various additional ventures in the US and UK.
Ally has been an active volunteer within the Bellevue and Seattle community for the last 20 years and is on the board of the Tateuchi Performing Arts Center and Evergreens, a Seattle based salad and bowl concept. Ally is an honor graduate of Wellesley College, and has been recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, named a Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal and a Women to Watch by 425 Magazine. Above all, Ally’s greatest and most sacred role is that of mother to her four amazing boys and as wife to Scott!
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.
Recognized as a leader in the field of diversity, Tiffany is a talent strategist with 20+ years of championing diverse professionals in the creative industries. In 2005, she founded ADCOLOR, which has launched the ADCOLOR Conference, Awards and FUTURES program. As President of ADCOLOR, she is deeply involved in the direction the creative industries are taking around diversity & inclusion.
In addition to her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, Tiffany serves on the boards of several organizations: the Ad Council, GLAAD, Brotherhood|Sister Sol, American Advertising Federation and The Ghetto Film School. She is passionate about helping diverse talent soar in careers with longevity and purpose.
Tiffany was honored as an Advertising Age Woman to Watch, AAF District 2 ``Role Model`` Diversity Achievement Award, AAF Hall of Achievement Inductee and The Jack Avrett Volunteer Award Recipient, AAF Pioneer in Diversity Award (Omnicom Group), 4A's MAIP Gladiator Award, the National Association Black Journalists' Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award Recipient, The European Diversity Awards' Global Diversity Champion Award, AOL MAKER, the New York Urban League's Frederick Douglass Medallion and the AAF Barton G. Cummings Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the 4A's 100 People Who Make Advertising Great List, Ebony 100 and John A. Reisenbach Distinguished Citizenship Award, Black Enterprise Top Executive in Diversity 2019.
A native Bostonian and the oldest of ten children, Tiffany is a proud graduate of The Winsor School and Bentley University and still finds the time to mentor over 120+ professionals personally.
Additionally, Wilkins has an extensive entrepreneurial career. In what Barron’s called a “full-court press for tech,” Wilkins has partnered with consulting powerhouse 3Ci to “connect software developers and coders from underserved communities with start-ups.” Some of his other entrepreneurial endeavors include a collaboration with a craft brewing company, a high-end cigar line, and more.
Wilkins is also extremely active with local and national charity endeavors. He is the current board chairman of Kulturecity the nation’s leading nonprofit on invisible disabilities and sensory needs and has also done work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and American Lung Association.
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.
Encantos is on a mission to inspire 21st-century kids to reach their potential through 21st-century skills. Using the power of entertainment & technology to reimagine education for the direct-to-consumer age, Encantos builds purpose-driven family brands focused on kids 14 & under including the Emmy-nominated and Kidscreen award-winning #1 bilingual preschool brand Canticos, the adventure-based travel brand Tiny Travelers, and the Day of the Dead-inspired bravery brand Skeletitos. It’s learner-centered approach and stage-based digital and physical offerings include apps, books, consumer products, subscription services, and videos, and have received accolades and awards from Common Sense Media, Kidscreen, Kirkus Reviews, Parents Magazine, and School Library Journal. Based in Culver City, CA, Encantos is a proud female-owned public benefit corporation that puts diversity, equality, and inclusion at the heart of everything it creates.
An Emmy-nominated executive producer, Mr. Wolfe Pereira was named by Adweek as one of the ``50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech`` as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers. Mr. Wolfe Pereira has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Neustar (acquired by Golden Gate Capital) and Quantcast. Mr. Wolfe Pereira has also held executive roles at Publicis Groupe, Univision, and Akamai Technologies. He began his career in finance at The Blackstone Group, Salomon Smith Barney (Citi) and Violy, Byorum & Partners.
A passionate supporter of women, diversity, and STEAM education initiatives, Mr. Wolfe Pereira serves as a board director of the Ad Council, the Kapor Center’s SMASH program and the Latino Community Foundation. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University, was a Fulbright Scholar and completed the Greater Boston Executive MBA Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. A Dominican-American born and raised in New York, Mr. Wolfe Pereira now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
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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 and CO-Founder
CEO & Founder
LIFE Camp, Inc.
LEE ANNE GRANT
Former Head of Business Development & Partnerships
VP, Chief Diversity Officer
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
STEVEN WOLFE PEREIRA
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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