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2015 Featured Speakers

  • Elizabeth Vargas
    Anchor and Correspondent
    ABC NEWS
    Elizabeth Vargas Info Events

    As an award-winning ABC News anchor and correspondent, Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews. She is currently the co-anchor of 20/20 with David Muir.

    During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she reported extensively for "World News Tonight" from Baghdad on both civilian life in Iraq and American military involvement there. She has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President Bush from the Oval Office in the White House. Her international coverage has sent her to Beslan, Russia, where she found stories of hope after rebels attacked a school and killed more than 300 people, over half of them children. She also reported from the Middle East for a special on the resurrection of Jesus and reported from Cambodia on the plight of orphans and questionable international adoption practices there.

    Vargas anchored ABC News' live coverage of the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr., reported on Hurricane Katrina's devastation, and in 2000 won an Emmy for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.

    The New York Times credited Vargas in November 2004 as reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her "intellectually brave" reporting of an examination of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young man whose murder gained national attention as an anti-gay crime. In July 2003, she hosted "In the Shadow of Laci Peterson," an ABC News special that examined the disappearances of several young women in northern California and why their stories failed to attract significant media attention. In November 2003, she anchored "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci," an hour investigating many theories raised in the bestselling novel "The Da Vinci Code." And her February 2001 exclusive interview with the owners of two dogs that killed a San Francisco woman was so revealing, prosecutors in the case say it was critical to winning convictions against the couple. More recently Vargas hosted "Human Footprint," a ground-breaking National Geographic special that followed the cradle-to-grave consumption of an average American boy and girl, which aired in April 2008.

    Among the varied celebrities Vargas has interviewed are actors, musicians, business leaders and authors, including Ellen DeGeneres, Monica Seles, Jeff Skoll, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Depp, Hugh Hefner, Jessica Simpson, Mick Jagger, Drew Barrymore, Dan Brown, Alanis Morissette and Cat Stevens.

    In 2002, Vargas was the narrator of the four-part, award-winning ABC News documentary series "ICU," which provided a unique look at life inside one of the nation's elite pediatric cardiology intensive care units. She has anchored and reported several one-hour ABC News "Vanished" specials. Other hour-long specials include "Same-Sex Marriages," "Surrogacy" and "It Takes a Miracle." She has also been involved in ABC's Children First Program, participating in a Children First Safety Special and in ABC's March Against Drugs.

    Vargas was previously co-anchor of "World News Tonight," anchor of "World News Tonight Sunday," substitute anchor on "Good Morning America," correspondent for "20/20" and "Primetime Thursday," and co-anchor of "Primetime Monday." She joined ABC News from NBC News, where she was a correspondent and anchor, primarily for "Dateline NBC" and "Today." At NBC she also served as substitute anchor for the weekend editions of "NBC Nightly News." She joined NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for the newsmagazine "Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric."

    Prior to joining NBC News, Vargas spent four years as a reporter and anchor for WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago. From 1986-89, she was the lead reporter for KTVK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Earlier she worked as a reporter/anchor for KTVN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nev.

    Vargas graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV.
  • Carolyn Everson
    VP Global Marketing Solutions
    FACEBOOK
    Carolyn Everson Info Events
    Carolyn Everson is the Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where she leads the company’s relationships with top marketers and agencies. Carolyn oversees a team of regional leaders, and the teams focused on global partnerships, global agencies, and Facebook’s Creative Shop.

    Prior to Facebook, Carolyn was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. Carolyn led the company’s advertising business across Bing, MSN, Windows Live, Mobile, Faming, Atlas, and the Microsoft Media Network. Carolyn also spent seven years at MTV Networks. Her last role was as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of U.S. Ad Sales for MTV Networks, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and finance for MTVN’s U.S. Ad Sales department. She also was responsible for MTVN’s Direct Response business and for Generator, the cross-platform, cross-brand strategic sales and marketing group.
  • Caroll Spinney
    Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch
    SESAME STREET
    Caroll Spinney Info Events
    Big Bird has captivated children around the world for almost 50 years. A puppeteer since he was eight years old, Caroll Spinney has been the man inside the bird from the beginning. Also playing Oscar the Grouch, his characters have been seen on more than 3,900 shows in 148 countries.

    Jim Henson, who was working to develop characters for a new educational children’s television show, saw Spinney perform a combined puppetry and animation show at the Puppeteers of America Festival in Salt Lake City in 1969. Henson persuaded Spinney to come to New York to join the cast of Sesame Street, which premiered later that year.

    Spinney is the author of The Wisdom of Big Bird (And the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers, an inspirational memoir in which he shares the wisdom that he has gleaned over the years from his work creating and portraying one of the world’s most beloved characters.

    Spinney has earned four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records, and two Grammy Awards.
  • Richard Curtis CBE
    BAFTA Award-Winning Film Writer & Director, Co-Founder & Vice Chair
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Partners

ABC
ABC provides viewers with the most sought after, engaging programming throughout the day - from Good Morning America to Jimmy Kimmel, Dancing with the Stars to Modern Family, Scandal to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and live events like the Oscars. ABC Digital enables that great content to move with viewers wherever they are - on ABC.com, Hulu, ABCNews.com or through Watch ABC across a growing number of tablet, phone and connected TV apps. Reaching one of the largest audiences available in premium content across platforms, ABC provides marketers with a unified solution for reaching their best and most engaged consumers.
Adobe
Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure, and monetize their content across every channel and screen.
AOL
AOL's Mission: To simplify the internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code.
AT&T Adworks
AT&T AdWorks is a leader in advanced TV advertising focused on reinventing how advertisers target and engage audiences across screens. AT&T’s data advantage enables AdWorks TV Blueprint to provide a more efficient national TV media buy and its superior IPTV platform delivers superior engagement beyond the :30 TV spot.

We find, target and engage audiences on TV and where they consume TV content – regardless of platform. We apply our proprietary data, technology and analytics to make TV advertising more efficient and effective.

Essentially, we help advertisers reach more of their audience for less. And we believe we are the most efficient way to buy targeted TV advertising at scale today.
Facebook
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Google
Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Since our founding in 1998, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language we now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, we now have thousands of employees and offices around the world. A lot has changed since the first Google search engine appeared. But some things haven’t changed: our dedication to our users and our belief in the possibilities of the Internet itself.
LinkedIn
Our mission is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.
NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
Yahoo
Yahoo is focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining - whether you're searching the web, emailing friends, sharing photos with family, or simply checking the weather, sports scores or stock quotes.
Acxiom
The skills and dedication of our associates transformed Acxiom from a small data processing company into a market leader.
 
Founded in 1969, Acxiom (Nasdaq: ACXM) is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., and serves clients around the world from locations in the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America.
 
Acxiom is an enterprise data, analytics and software as a service company that uniquely fuses trust, experience and scale to fuel data-driven results. For over 40 years, Acxiom has been an innovator in harnessing the most important sources and uses of data to strengthen connections between people, businesses and their partners. Utilizing a channel and media neutral approach, we leverage cutting-edge, data-oriented products and services to maximize customer value. Every week, Acxiom powers more than a trillion transactions that enable better living for people and better results for our 7,000+ global clients.
ADARA
ADARA leverages global travel data to drive business performance.

Our marketing and insights platform, Magellan, transforms loyalty, search and booking data into actual knowledge to help companies architect their products and understand and reach customers.

Our unique data platform delivers actionable knowledge you can’t get anywhere else and fuels programmatic media buying.
Amazon Media Group
Millions of people come to Amazon to find, discover and buy products every day. We’re obsessed with making their shopping experience the best it can be, and advertising is part of that experience. Our advertising program is based on more than 17 years of personalization experience and informed by billions of observed shopping behaviors. This results in advertising that is more precise and more relevant for our customers, enhancing their experience on our sites.
Getty Images
Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages, Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages, Linked In, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery.
Mashable
Mashable is a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's 34 million monthly unique visitors and 14 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged digital networks in the world.
MLB Advanced Media
New York's largest born-and-bred high tech company, MLBAM is the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. Its proprietary technology infrastructure manages live multi-platform video content for dozens of clients. It captures, encodes and distributes 25,000 live video events annually.
NCC Media
NCC Media is an advertising sales, marketing, and technology company that harnesses the enormous reach and consumer power of cable television programming, new interactive technologies, and online products in every US market. We work on behalf of virtually all of America’s leading regional and national advertisers. NCC is headquartered in The Chrysler Building in New York City with over 450 employees across 17 offices nationwide.