• Judy Smith

    Crisis Management Expert & Inspiration for the Hit TV Show Scandal
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    As a result of her wide-ranging and ground-breaking career, Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC’s hit television dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, developed a television drama about the world of crisis management inspired by Ms. Judy Smith. The hit TV series entitled, Scandal, revolved around the life and work of a professional fixer. Ms. Smith served as Co- Executive Producer of the project and provided insight and technical expertise on crisis management issues. Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic advisory firm with offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the congressional inquiry of Enron, the General Petraeus CIA scandal and the Sony Corporation hacking crisis. Perhaps best known in media circles for her expertise as a crisis management advisor, Ms. Smith has served as a consultant for a host of high profile, celebrity and entertainment clients over the course of her career including, but not limited to, Monica Lewinsky, Senator Craig from Idaho, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., actor Wesley Snipes and the family of Chandra Levy. In addition to her work as a communications advisor during high profile engagements, Ms. Smith also serves as a counselor to Fortune 500 corporations and has provided strategic advice on a variety of corporate communications issues such as mergers and acquisitions, product recalls, intellectual property litigation, corporate positioning, diversity and other challenges. Ms. Smith has been featured in numerous national publications including: the Washington Post, National Journal, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company many more. Smith is an experienced and sought-after commentator as a crisis management expert who has appeared on major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, ABC, and CBS. She also speaks at events throughout the year for conferences, corporate boards, academic institutions, and other professional groups. A former federal prosecutor, Ms. Smith also served in the White House as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Smith worked as a writer and public affairs specialist for several publications and private organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Boston University and graduated from the American University Washington College of Law where she was the first African-American woman to serve as Executive Editor of the Law Review. Ms. Smith is the author of the book, Good Self, Bad Self, published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. She has had the honor of receiving numerous communications, leadership and community service awards.

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  • Brian Fanzo

    Change Evangelist | Millennial Speaker | CEO of iSocialFanz
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    Brian Fanzo inspires, motivates and educates businesses on how to leverage emerging technologies and digital marketing to standout from the noise and reach the millennial and generation z consumers. He has a diverse background working for the Department of Defense in cybersecurity, then as a technology evangelist at a booming cloud computing startup and is currently the founder of iSocialFanz which has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell EMC, Adobe, IBM, UFC, Applebee's and SAP. A proud pager-wearing millennial and Dad of three girls, Brian hosts two podcasts ( FOMOFanz & SMACtalk), has traveled to over 70 countries and has spoken at many of the worlds largest events including SXSW, Social Media Marketing World, CES, Mobile World Congress. Brian is a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan and semi professional poker player that isn’t afraid to leverage his fast talking skills to read your body language and spot when you’re bluffing.

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  • Neal Rothschild

    Associate Director Axios
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    Neal manages the presence of Axios' distributed platforms, extending our editorial voice beyond our website and seeing that our stories are reaching more and more people. As a new media company working to grow our footprint since our launch a year and a half ago, growth is a top priority for Axios. We are always balancing growth goals with our mission to deliver smart, worthy news that doesn't waste readers' time.

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  • Caitlin McKenna

    Senior Director, Customer Experience & Innovation Hilton
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    Caitlin McKenna leads Customer Experience & Innovation for Hilton’s portfolio of Full-service brands (Hilton, Curio, Tapestry, and Doubletree). She is responsible for shaping the physical product and service experience that differentiates these brands, while keeping the customer at the very core of product development. Caitlin also runs the Hilton Innovation Gallery, a 4,300 SF space she led the design and creation of in 2017. An incubator and experiential collaboration space for leading-edge product development, the Gallery showcases how Hilton is shaping the future of hospitality.

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  • Ajay Kori

    Co-Founder UrbanStems
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    UrbanStems began with a phone call in late 2013. Ajay Kori called his college friend and dorm mate, Jeff Sheely, out of frustration that, once again, an attempt to send flowers to his long-distance girlfriend was met with poor customer service and unreliable delivery, despite a hefty price tag. There had to be a way to revolutionize the flower delivery business and make sending flowers a happy, seamless experience. In time for Valentine’s Day 2014, Jeff and Ajay launched UrbanStems in Washington, DC. Since then, UrbanStems has expanded nationwide. In May 2016, UrbanStems announced a $6.8m Series A funding round led by SWaN & Legend Venture Partners with investments from Middleland Capital, NextGen Venture Partners, Interplay Ventures, and Sagamore Ventures. In June 2017, UrbanStems raised $6 million in a Series A extension led by Haas Portman with participation from SWaN & Legend, NextGen Venture Partners, and GroTech. This brings UrbanStems’ total funding raised to $14.3 million. UrbanStems and its founders have been featured in publications such as Wall Street Journal, Inc.com, Forbes.com, Fortune, Smart CEO, Fast Company, and Time as well as broadcast outlets like CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg Radio. Ajay Kori was born in Cleveland and grew up in Durham, North Carolina. An early entrepreneur, he created a content site that sold for over a million dollars while still in high school. Ajay earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2011. While at Harvard, Ajay won the HBS 2010 Business Plan Contest and was featured in a case study before graduating. Before creating UrbanStems, Ajay was at Quidsi (which sold to Amazon for $540 million) and helped launch Amazon’s first pharmacy.

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  • Amelia Friedman

    Co-Founder & COO HatchApps
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    Amelia is co-founder and COO at Hatch Apps, a no-code app development platform enabling businesses to rapidly create and iterate mobile and web apps at scale. Amelia has been recognized as a Y Combinator Fellow, a Washingtonian Tech Titan, a Top 40 Entrepreneur Under 40, one of DC's 50 On Fire, and a Power Woman of DC Tech, and she was recently profiled in TIME magazine. Prior to Hatch, Amelia founded the Student Language Exchange, an education nonprofit she grew to operate in 7 cities and for which she was awarded a Halcyon Fellowship.

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  • Chris Dorobek

    DorobekINSIDER GovLoop
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    Chris is the voice behind of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. Previously, he was the anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program. He served as the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week. He is currently writing a book on how to serve as a moderator.

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  • Joe Falit

    Co-Founder & CEO Yombu Inc.
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    Joe Falit is Co-founder and CEO of Yombu Inc. (www.yombu.com), a biometric payments, rewards, marketing, and access company based in McLean, VA. Joe previously worked in the strategy group at JPMorgan Chase and was an SVP at Citibank in New York. He also spent time in management consulting. Joe graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in Public and International Affairs, and he has a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Harvard.

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  • Laura Larrimore

    Senior Digital Strategist U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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    As the Senior Digital Strategist at United States Patent and Trademark Office, Laura leads the agency in the strategic use and development of their website and social media accounts. She’s passionate about helping organizations create content that’s awesome, fun and useful.

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  • Joseph Galbo

    Public Affairs, Social Media Specialist U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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    Joseph Galbo joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Communication in June 2016 as a Social Media Specialist. In this role he coordinates the digital content and strategy behind all CPSC social media platforms and websites. In 2018 Joe was recognized in AdWeek’s ‘Creative 100’ issue as one of the “11 Branded Content Masterminds Who Are Elevating the Art of Marketing”.

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  • Amanda Waas

    VP, Client Solutions National Geographic
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    Amanda Waas is a multi-faceted marketing professional specializing in digital, social, and new media platforms. She is currently the VP of Client Solutions at National Geographic where she oversees development of digital/social-first ideas for sponsors, leveraging the brand's status as the #1 brand on social media to create boundary-pushing marketing programs that make an impact. Recent (Webby and Shorty award-winning!) projects have included Nike Breaking2, Airbnb Night At...The Eclipse, and Microsoft #MakeWhats Next. Her favorite social channel is Instagram

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  • Tammy Abraham

    VP, Corporate Partnerships National Geographic
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    Tammy Abraham currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships at National Geographic, where she focuses on partnerships that generate social impact. During her 11 year tenure with the organization, Tammy has worked with leading brands on purpose-based initiatives including: The National Park Centennial project in partnership with American Express and Subaru, the launch of National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, and The Future of Food with Land O’Lakes. Tammy also worked on the both iterations of National Geographic’s Chasing Genius challenge, in which the publisher partnered with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Sprint to inspire, crowdsource and fund ideas with the power to create positive global change.

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  • Lanae Spruce

    Manager of Social Media and Digital Engagement & Acting Web Content Manager Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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    Lanae Spruce leads the WEBBY and Shorty award-winning digital engagement team at the National Museum of African American History and culture. In her role as Manager of Social Media and Digital Engagement and Acting Web Content Manager, she works to bring participatory experiences to the Museum’s virtual visitors. Through social campaigns like #HiddenHerstory and #APeoplesJourney, the team highlights the American experience through the African American lens.

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  • Aaron Gregg

    Business Reporter The Washington Post
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    Aaron Gregg is a business reporter with the Washington post focusing on federal contractors and D.C.-area businesses of all sorts. Before that he worked for American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a United Nations field office in the Philippines. He is extremely bad at Twitter.

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  • Debra Puchalla

    Senior Vice President, Digital Programming & Video Food Network & Cooking Channel
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    Debra Puchalla is Senior Vice President of Digital Programming and Video for Food Network and Cooking Channel. She leads the brands’ programming, social media, and video development and creation across sites and platforms. Puchalla joined Scripps Networks (recently acquired by Discovery, Inc.) in 2009 as Vice President of Digital Editorial for Food Network and Cooking Channel, and later helped launch Scripps Lifestyle Studios, serving as Vice President of Content Development. She has deep editorial and content marketing experience in the food category and has been integral to digital content creation for the brands for nearly a decade. Highlights include Cooking Channel’s launch, digital app programming, award-winning series, and Food Network’s Snapchat Discover. Combining inspiration, information, favorite network talent and a growing roster of entertaining digital influencers, Puchalla’s teams produce stories that

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  • SARAH FRASER

    Host Hey Frase Podcast
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    Sarah Fraser, radio and TV personality, is the host of the enormously popular Hey Frase Podcast on iTunes. The podcast was downloaded over 500k times in its first six months alone. Sarah co-hosts the show with her longtime friend and renaissance man, Samy K. The podcast is funny, inspiring, pop-culture driven, and DC based. Sarah was also the host of The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on DC’s 107.3 in Washington, DC. Notably, Sarah was a lead co-host of the only radio show in the DC-metro area that features two women’s names in the title, and appears weekly on FOX 5’s number one rated Good Day DC. Sarah’s first talk show pilot – “Hey Frase” – was launched as a panel host show via YouTube in the spring of 2013 and made available to her 47K twitter followers, and combined 25k Facebook followers. Sarah uses her platform to discuss social issues, particularly concerning women’s empowerment and minority-owned businesses.

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  • Jonathan Aberman

    Managing Director at Amplifier Advisors and Host What’s Working in Washington
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    Jonathan is highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator, allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future.

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  • Sara Levine

    Senior Managing Editor Food Network
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    Sara Levine came to Food Network in 2010 as a culinary intern straight out of cooking school. Drawing on her editorial background, she quickly pivoted to digital, starting out as the website’s recipe uploader and moving on to hold many roles across the digital food team. As the network’s first convergent editor, she spearheaded digital content for the channel’s biggest shows, like Chopped and Food Network Star. She returned to her culinary roots as senior culinary editor, working closely with Food Network Kitchen to create original recipes and stories and bring them to life across platforms. One of her all-time favorites was last Thanksgiving’s Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie (33M views on Facebook). Today she also works with freelance contributors to produce winning social video, manages editorial for content marketing campaigns and digital original series, and helps develop new digital talent.

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  • Brinda Sen Gupta

    Deputy Director, Innovation Center Booz | Allen | Hamilton
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    Brinda Sen Gupta is the Deputy Director of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Innovation Center. She leads the firm’s efforts in organizational change through corporate incubation, working directly with technology startups and Fortune 500 partners to build the next generation of products and services for Booz Allen clients. She leads operations and strategic evolution, introducing emerging technologies to the Innovation Center, which often serves as the early adopter for the organization. She has a background in human-centric design with an emphasis on customer and user experience.

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  • Julie Parker

    President & CEO Julie Parker Communications
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    Julie Parker has a unique media background having served as both a TV news reporter, a talk show host (“Parker & Parker”) and as the Media Relations Director for two large police departments, effectively reporting from both sides of the crime tape. She recently left the Fairfax County Police Department to go into private consulting. Five years ago, she launched Julie Parker Communications, a media relations, and crisis communications consultancy. Before the FCPD, Julie led a ten-person media team for the Prince George's County Police Department, a dynamic agency that borders Washington, DC. In all of these roles, Parker has drawn heavily upon her experience at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington. In her capacity as a journalist, Parker earned both an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. She was a general assignment reporter, covering such stories as the Beltway Sniper, the September 11th attacks and the Oscars, live from Hollywood. She is a regular guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy and a subject matter expert with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, focusing on crisis communications, media relations best practices and the use of social media for community engagement. Julie can be found at @JulieParkerComms, or you can reach her the old fashioned way at info@julieparkercommunications.com.

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  • Svetlana Legetic

    Co-Founder Brightest Young Things
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    Svetlana Legetic was born at the very beginning of the 80s in Novi Sad, (then) Yugoslavia. She has been educated in (now) Serbia, England and finally, Savannah, Georgia where she got her Masters Degree in Architecture in 2003. She soon after moved to DC, working in urban revitalization and architecture. In 2006 she co-founded BYT Media (www.BrightestYoungThings.com), which NY Times has called: "...a Web-site-turned-events- organizing juggernaut that has become the locus of Washington’s new-cool art and music scene." On the editorial side, BYT engages 300 000+ individual readers a month with content dedicated to all things good in the nation's capital and beyond. On the event side, BYT works with partners such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, American Museum of Natural History, Kennedy Center and beyond to create one-of-a-kind, high impact open-to-public events. GQ magazine named Legetic "one of 50 most powerful people in DC" which promptly made her and her team go ahead and expand nationally, starting in New York and Chicago. BYT, still completely independently owned, now operates a three vertical business: content & editorial, events & experiences, and a creative consulting & strategy resource agency. A dozen years into it, she likes job AND her life, a lot.

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