Kindred 2020 Speakers

Ziad Ahmed

CEO/Co-Founder, JUV Consulting

Ziad Ahmed is a 20-year-old entrepreneur, activist, and speaker.

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).

Viviana Alvarez, Head of Sustainability

Viviana Alvarez

Head of Sustainability, Unilever

In Early February, Viviana was appointed as Head of Sustainability for Unilever North America. Prior to this, she was the Head of Corporate Strategy in the US. She has also been part of the Corporate Strategy team in London supporting the overall company medium-long term plans at a Global Level. Viviana has an Executive MBA from ESADE School of Management and BSBA in Business Management. Recent Executive Education at Harvard Business School and University of Oxford on Circular Economy topics, Leadership and Scenario Planning. Other positions in Unilever - Head of Strategy - North America - Global Corporate Strategy Manager - Global Strategies Social Business Models Project Leader - Unilever Foundation Global Ambassador – Oral Care Brand PlannerOthers: - Co-Founder of H2H (“Help to Haiti”) - NGO in Haiti.
Daneille Azoulay, Head of CSR

Danielle Azoulay

Head of CSR and Sustainability, L’Oréal USA

Danielle Azoulay is the head of CSR and Sustainability for L’Oréal USA. As part of her role, she oversees the implementation of L’Oréal’s global sustainability program Sharing Beauty With All which addresses environmental and social impacts across L’Oréal’s value chain. Prior to joining L’Oréal USA, Danielle established the environmental sustainability program at Marc Jacobs International and worked on supply chain sustainability issues at PVH.

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.

Laura Barger

Chief Marketing Officer, Financial Health Network

Laura Barger is the Financial Health Network’s Chief Marketing Officer. Under her leadership, the marketing and communications team executes on strategic initiatives — from events and design to content strategy and web development — with the goal of telling the Financial Health Network story through the lens of positive impact and progress. Laura is deeply committed to the idea that financial services should be a force for good — and she believes that consumer financial health is an absolutely critical component of a healthy American economy. With over 15 years of marketing experience within both consumer and institutional environments, Laura is a champion of marketing innovation and is passionate about creating memorable experiences for organizations – and people – who interact with the Financial Health Network.

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.

Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett

Founder & President, SocialWorks

Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, is a humanitarian, three-time Grammy Award-winning artist and has undoubtedly changed the music industry forever without signing a record deal. In addition, Bennett seeks to bring that same level of freedom and empowerment to youth around the world with his charitable efforts through his organization, SocialWorks. At just 26 years old, the Chatham native has made it a point to use his ever-growing popularity to give back to his hometown, Chicago. In 2014, Bennett used #savechicago to stop gun-violence for 42 hours and since then, there was no looking back. During the next 5 years, whether it be through hosting a monthly high school OpenMike series at Chicago’s Public Library, donating $1 million to mental health services in Chicago, or raising over $4 million for Chicago’s Public School system, Bennett makes it a priority to help in any way he can. As the Founder and President of SocialWorks, his nonprofit created to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement, Bennett will continue to reshape what is possible through freedom and access for the youth of Chicago and across the globe.

Ted Bunch

Chief Development Officer, A Call to Men

Ted Bunch is an educator, activist and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. Bunch is Chief Development Officer of A CALL TO MEN and is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood.

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.”

Scott Budnick

CEO, One Community

Scott Budnick is an American film producer, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and is currently CEO of One Community, LLC – a film, television, and new media co-financing company that uses the power of storytelling to encourage and inspire positive global change. As the former Executive Vice President of Todd Phillips' Green Hat Films, Budnick produced films including “Due Date”, “Old School”, and the highest-grossing R-rated comedy trilogy in film history, ''The Hangover'', which grossed over $1.4 billion.

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.

AmyAnn Caldwell

CEO & Co-founder, The Good Trade

AmyAnn Cadwell is co-Founder & CEO of The Good Trade, a premier online destination for sustainable lifestyle content, annually reaching 50M highly-engaged readers through The Good Trade’s website, daily newsletter, and cross-channel social media presence. For nearly 5 years, AmyAnn has been revolutionizing and democratizing content for women who want to live more consciously, and as such, has become a trusted voice for women to turn to, whether they’re looking to unearth new brands that are more aligned with their ethics, plot the next steps in their career and beyond. Cadwell has a Masters of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rockhurst University.
Sandra Campos, CEO

Sandra Campos

CEO, Diane von Furstenberg

Sandra Campos has been successfully building consumer-led global fashion lifestyle brands for more than twenty years. In her role as CEO of Diane von Furstenberg, she is leading a financial and operational turnaround by implementing bold strategic plans that will turn a wholesale led organization into a healthier retail DTC company. Sandra is finding new alternatives to old problems and is spearheading growth initiatives across all four channels of distribution.

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.

Baron Davis

Entrepreneur & Former NBA All-Star

Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career, Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. As a businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped launch Thrive Market.

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.

Kimberly Davis

Executive Vice President, NHL

Kimberly Davis joined the National Hockey League as Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs in December 2017. In this newly created role reporting to Commissioner Gary Bettman, she leads League-wide efforts to attract, retain and develop fans – with a specific focus on new and underrepresented audiences – through culture, youth participation, and social impact initiatives.

Rupen Desai

Global CMO, Dole

Rupen is the global CMO at Dole Packaged Foods, a company that believes everyone should have equal access to nutrition & wellness, delivered in a positive and sustainable way.

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.

Russell Dubner

U.S. President & CEO, Edelman

Sergio Fernández de Córdova

Chairman & Co-Founder, PVBLIC Foundation

Sergio is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, leading innovative public-private multi-stakeholder governance models, from shaping social initiatives, regulatory frameworks to smart city policy and programs inside governments.

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.

Rafi Fine

President and Co-Founder, FBE

Rafi Fine is the President & Co-Founder of FBE, an award-winning media company, and
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.

Erica Ford, Founder/CEO

Erica Ford

Founder/CEO, LIFE Camp Inc.

LIFE Camp Inc. Founder and CEO Erica Ford provides high-risk, inner city youth with valuable tools needed to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. She has been working successfully on the front lines of violence intervention and prevention for more than 30 years and is one of the lead architects of the NYC Crisis Management System, New York Peace Week and the Orange 4 Peace campaign, all of which bring attention and awareness to the current work and continued needs around violence prevention across the nation.

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.”

Jose Gordon

President, eBay Foundation

Jose Gordon is President of the eBay Foundation, leading the company’s philanthropy in support of inclusive entrepreneurship. In addition, he serves as Chief of Staff for Global Communications, overseeing operations and planning across North America, Europe, and Asia.

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.

Kat Gordon, Founder/CEO

Kat Gordon

Founder/CEO, The 3% Movement

Kat Gordon has been called the “triple threat” of an entrepreneur, ad woman + marketing to women expert and was named one of “30 Most Creative Women in Advertising” by BusinessInsider in 2016, Visionary of the Year from Advertising Age in 2018, and one of “Forty Over 40” women disrupting the world in 2014.

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.

David Heath, Co-Founder & CEO

David Heath

Co-Founder & CEO, Bombas

David Heath is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bombas. Prior to the launch in 2013, David dedicated two years to rigorous product testing and refinement to create the best performing and most comfortable sock available, while staying true to their mission of helping those in need. David holds a BA from Babson College with majors in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. Previously, he led business development as one of the founding employees at UrbanDaddy followed by joining the new media acquisitions and strategy team at Yucaipa Companies. As a true serial entrepreneur, David has founded three companies, with one successful exit, and has invested and consulted on a range of start-up businesses from concept, through launch and continued growth. David has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, NBC TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, ABC Good Morning America, Bloomberg TV and in The New York Times, and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

Toby Hervey

CEO & Co-Founder, Bravely

Toby Hervey is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bravely. He is also a Board Director and President Emeritus of Out in Tech, a nonprofit dedicated to uniting the LGBTQ+ community in the technology industry.

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.

Jake Horowitz, Co-Founder & Editor

Jake Horowitz

Co-Founder & Editor-at-Large, Mic

Anthea Kelsick

CMO, B Lab

Noah Kerner, CEO

Noah Kerner

CEO, Acorns

Born in New York City’s East Village, Noah Kerner is the CEO of Acorns and co-founder of shareholder rights startup Say. His background is colorful: 3X entrepreneur, Co-author of “Chasing Cool” with the former CEO of Barneys, and former DJ for Jennifer Lopez...all before 30. Noah built the leading millennial creative agency, Noise. Before being acquired by Engine, Noise developed hundreds of products and marketing campaigns for this generation including Facebook’s first application, the first credit card to reward responsibility rather than spending for Chase, Vice's music site Noisey, and the top branded game in the App Store.

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.

Taylor Lorenz

Reporter, The New York Times

Taylor has written extensively on how humans create art, enact society and concoct businesses on digital surfaces and platforms. Her focus is on emergent masses of behavior, particularly among young people, which mostly takes the form of stories about social media, trends, influencers, fandom, memes, YouTubers, and the communities and norms that exist on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and other emerging platforms.

Gunnar Lovelace

Founder & CEO, Good Money

Growing up poor with a single mom as Latino immigrants left Lovelace with a burning desire to create wealth and do good. As a result, he is a 5X serial entrepreneur and investor focused on social impact at scale (people, planet + profit). His most recent company Good Money (30m+ raised), is a conscious mobile banking platform that is democratizing ownership to all customers for the first time in history. He is also the Founder of Thrive Market, which offers organic groceries online at wholesale prices (200m+ raised, 7.5m+ users and 600+ employees in 4 years). Prior to Thrive Market, he started and sold two technology companies (Ego X & Cognition) and is a cofounder of two successful conscious consumer brands (Love Heals & Goddess Delivers). Lovelace recently co-founded Alliance for Good (25m+ raised and pledged) as a community of influencers working together to create a thriving future for humanity and the planet.

Chris Lyons

Cultural Leadership Fund, a16z

Chris Lyons is currently leading the Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) at Andreessen Horowitz. The goals of the CLF are to connect the great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies, and also enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry.

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.

Ross Martin, CEO

Ross Martin

CEO, Blackbird

Ross Martin is CEO of Blackbird, the brand strategy and business innovation firm, and the founder of Lunch Partners, a venture capital fund for CEO’s and CMO’s. He is the Chairman of the Digital & Innovation Council for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Council for the Guggenheim Museum and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights.

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.

Michael Masserman

Head of Global Policy & Social Impact, Lyft

Michael Masserman is currently the Head of Global Policy & Social Impact at Lyft, where he works on initiatives related to opening global markets, sustainability, social impact, and smart cities. Michael was tasked with creating Lyft's social impact team a few years ago, and played a critical role in their recent IPO where they announced their new Lyft City Works program. Michael was previously the Head of Global Policy & Strategy, as well as the Senior Director for Federal & International Government Relations where he built out Lyft's Federal and Policy Partnerships teams.

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.

Seth Matlins

EVP and Cultural Strategy and Insights, 160over90

Seth Matlins is Executive Vice President, Cultural Strategy and Insights, at Endeavor Global Marketing, the creative marketing agency within the Endeavor network. In his role, Matlins oversees Endeavor Global Marketing’s strategic offerings, ensuring the agency’s breadth of audience and cultural insights, along with the network’s unrivaled access and influence is activated for the group’s clients. He also oversees the group’s Entertainment and Social Impact Marketing practices.

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.

Matthew McCarthy, CEO

Matthew McCarthy

CEO, Ben & Jerry's

As the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s, Matthew leads an iconic and pioneering global brand that continually breaks the rules on how business can be a force for good in the world. He steers and serves a global team of passionate ice cream aficionados and aspiring activists, and is responsible for Ben & Jerry’s long-standing 3-part mission of delivering economic, product and social mission impact in all the communities and countries where the company operates.

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.

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

Susan is a serial connector, angel investor, and award-winning CSR strategist. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact and she’s a contributor to the HBR, Fast Company and Forbes with 25+ years experience in marketing, PR and communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Inspirefest/Dublin, DLD, and Techonomy. Susan is a regular guest on a variety of business 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 LA Times. Currently, Susan invests in, and advises women-led technology start-ups and is writing a book set to be released by McGraw-Hill in winter 2021.

Alison Moore

Chief Executive Officer, Comic Relief USA

Chief Executive Officer of Comic Relief USA.

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.

April Reign

Writer, Creator #OscarsSoWhite

April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.

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 Rivitz

Founder, Sleeping Giants

Matt Rivitz is the founder of Sleeping Giants, a crowd-sourced anti-bigotry and corporate responsibility campaign started on Twitter as a reaction to the intense racism, sexism and xenophobia found across the Internet at the end of 2016. The campaign has exploded worldwide, with 325,000 followers across Twitter and Facebook and Sleeping Giants chapters in 11 other countries and territories including the EU, France, Canada and Australia, each fighting against bigoted media sources in their parts of the world.

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.

Roberto Rios

CMO Global Beverages, PepsiCo

Topeka K. Sam

Founder & Executive Director, The Ladies of Hope Ministries

Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM and co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC.

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 Schafer, Co-Founder & CEO

Ian Schafer

Co-Founder & CEO, Kindred

One of the most influential voices in the media, marketing, and culture, Ian Schafer has been at the forefront of media, content, advertising and marketing since 1997. He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2015, the winner of its esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award, and named one of “100 People Who Make Advertising Great” by the 4A’s in 2017.

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.

Mary Sculley, VP, Client Strategy

Mary Sculley

VP Client Strategy, WarnerMedia IMPACT

Mary Sculley is vice president of client strategy and IMPACT, WarnerMedia Ad Sales. Sculley is a media industry veteran and entrepreneurial sales leader with deep experience creating marketing partnerships across all media platforms. Her career spans various traditional and new media organizations, including an accomplished tenure at NBC News and NBC Universal. She was also part of the activist community in the LGBTQ movement and remains active today.

Rick Shadyac

President & CEO, ALSAC

Richard C. Shadyac Jr. was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in September 2009. He serves as ALSAC’s sixth CEO since the organization’s founding in 1957.

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 Skolnik, Partner & Co-Founder

Michael Skolnik

Partner & Co-Founder, The Soze Agency

Michael Skolnik is a partner and co-founder of The Soze Agency, a creative agency that works with companies, non-profits organizations and movements to create campaigns rooted in compassion, authenticity and equity.

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 Smith, Chief Giving Officer

Amy Smith

Chief Giving Officer, TOMS

Amy Smith joined TOMS in 2016 as Chief Giving Officer to oversee all aspects of TOMS Giving. This entails managing 70+ global giving partners, measuring giving program impact, experiential engagement with internal and external partners, and leading employee Giving Trips to the regions where TOMS gives. TOMS provides shoes, sight, and water as part of our Giving Partners overall health and education programs to help drive meaningful impact and engage the community. Amy also manages the impact grants program, in which TOMS contributes to non-profits that are working on today’smost pressing issues, including homelessness and ending gun violence.

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.

Randall Smith

Associate Director, Procter & Gamble

Ashley Spillane

Founder & President, Impactual

Ashley Spillane is a social impact strategist whose expertise bridges the political, technology and entertainment industries. She has over a decade of experience developing and implementing organizational and campaign strategies that drive measurable impact. She is the former head of organizations like Rock the Vote, The Atlas Project, and democratic GAIN, where she forged large-scale cause marketing partnerships with companies including iHeartRadio, Microsoft, Verizon, USAToday, Twitter, and Tinder. Ashley holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and is the author of the Harvard Ash Center’s case study, Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout.

Scot Tatelman

Co-Founder, STATE Bags

Scot defines the term ‘social entrepreneur’ and has made it his life’s work to balance profitable business ventures with making the world a better place. In 2005, he collaborated with The Mark Wahlberg Foundation and The Boys and Girls Club to create Camp Northbound - a residential camp for kids growing up in the inner cities of Boston. Following its success, Scot set out to build a similar program for kids in New York City’s most underfunded communities, creating Camp Power. In ten years, this volunteer-based nonprofit organization has provided life-changing experiences, positive role models and college scholarships to thousands of kids. After seeing many Camp Power kids carrying their belongings in ripped garbage bags, he and his wife founded STATE Bags - a Brooklyn-born bag brand that uses the power of business to give back and support American children and families in need. He has worked to evolve their charitable model through STATE's innovative giving initiatives and #WhatDoWeTellTheKids platform. A graduate of UVM and Boston native, Scot currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and dog, Pokey.
Gail Tifford, Chief Brand Officer

Gail Tifford

Chief Brand Officer, WW International

Gail Tifford joined WW as Chief Brand Officer in March 2018. In this role, Tifford is responsible for activating the evolution of the WW brand. Tifford oversees global strategy for marketing, content, creative, eCommerce, customer intelligence and consumer products and has been a key leader in the strategy and execution of pivoting from Weight Watchers to WW. Prior to WW, Tifford served as Vice President of Media North America and Global Digital Innovation for Unilever where she led media strategy and implementation for all Unilever categories and brands and served as a member of the Unilever Global Media Leadership Team. Prior to joining Unilever, Tifford was Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Viacom, where she developed multi-platform media and marketing programs for the MTV and VH1 brands. Earlier in her career, Tifford spent more than 10 years at Unilever, driving long-term innovation and communication strategy for the Lipton brand in the United States and Canada, and building a growth-centric organizational culture across the Unilever marketing function globally. Tifford is Co-founder of the #SeeHer initiative of the Association of National Advertisers and a Director on the Board of Fossil Group, Inc.
Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer

Rishad Tobaccowala

Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, an 80,000- employee firm comprising companies like Sapient, DigitasLBi, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom, Zenith and many other companies dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Rishad also serves on the Publicis Management Committee.

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.

Benjamin Von Wong

Artivist, Von Wong

Benjamin Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 branded content masterminds.

Tiffany R. Warren

Senior VP & Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group

As Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group, Tiffany leads the strategy that enhances the Omnicom vision to be a world class, benchmark company for sustainable diversity and inclusion and aligning this critical practice with the company’s business objectives and clients’ results. She oversees a team focused on Omnicom-wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women, people of color and LGBT professionals in an inclusive work culture.

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.

Dennis Williams


Dennis Williams leads Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Warner Media., responsible for the company’s philanthropic strategies, community & external partnerships, volunteer engagement, governance, board placement and managing key WarnerMedia CSR initiatives, such as cultivating inclusive storytellers. He was promoted to this position in June 2019.

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.

Tiffany Zhong

Founder & CEO, Zebra IQ

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
Awesomely Luvvie


Head of Sustainability – North America


Musician (Passion Pit)
Founder & Program Director
Wishart Group


Founder & CEO


Founder, Chief Purpose Officer
Conspiracy of Love


Founder & Chief Growth Officer
Bonin Ventures


EVP Chief Marketing Officer
National Hockey League


EVP, Digital and Social Media


Co-founder & CEO
Founder of Social Media Week


CEO and CO-Founder
Plan A


CEO & Founder
LIFE Camp, Inc.


Former Head of Business Development & Partnerships


VP, Chief Diversity Officer


Comedian, Writer, YouTuber


Founder & CEO
Dash Radio




Global Head of Content Creation


Executive Director of Marketing
General Electric


VP Business and Partnerships
Shots Studio


Head of Innovation
United Talent Agency


VP of Global Communications


Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


Actor, Author, Activist


EVP, Data Strategy, WarnerMedia
GM, WarnerMedia Innovation


Global Head of Brand Marketing


Former Chief Growth Officer
Loop Industries


Managing Partner
The Fund at First Access Entertainment


Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Ad Council