Joel Schwartzberg Senior Director of Strategix & Executive Communications, ASPCA Joel Schwartzberg teaches public speaking to corporate, group, and individual clients. He won the 1990 United States Championship in After-Dinner Speaking, the 1990 State Championship in Persuasive Speaking, and was ranked among the ten top public speakers in the country. After coaching public speaking/forensic teams at the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University, and the City University of New York, he was inducted into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Joel has written about public speaking for The Huffington Post and is a contributor to Public Speaking Superpowers, which will be released this fall. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Daily News, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The New York Post, Babble.com, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is also the author of the award-winning essay collection The 40-Year-Old Version. Visit his website at successcoacher.com.
Geoffrey Colon Group Marketing Manager, Social Media, Microsoft/BingAds Geoffrey Colon is Group Marketing Manager of Social Media at Microsoft/BingAds. He is also a subject matter expert on social business and disruptive innovation. Prior to this, he was vice president of Social@Ogilvy at Ogilvy & Mather, where he created and executed tactical social strategies for a variety of business divisions within IBM. Geoffrey was also supervisor of digital communities at 360i and social media specialist at Bond Strategy and Influence. Past clients include American Express, Coca-Cola, Lysol, Kraft, Smirnoff, Spotify, The Food Network, Netflix, USA Network, A&E, History, HGTV, and Invisalign.
Nicole Halton Director, Corporate Events, ABC Nicole Halton has been a professional event planner for 13 years. Nicole is currently director of corporate events for Disney/ABC Television Group. For 8 years, she has been leading and collaborating on major events throughout the country for ABC Network, Disney and ABC Family Sales. Nicole is also currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching an Introduction to Special Events class. She was also nominated for Corporate Event Planner of the Year from BizBash magazine in 2012. She previously served as events director at SPARTY!, a full service event marketing company that creates and executes custom spa experiences. There, she planned events for clients including Shaquille O'Neal, Vogue magazine and The Emmy Awards. She also worked at GM R* Works, the exclusive sales promotion agency of General Motors, where she worked events including the NCAA, NFL, PGA, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, Tribeca Film Festival, EssenceMusic Festival, Fashion Rocks, and the ESPY Awards.
Jim Hopkinson President, Hopkinson Creative Media Jim Hopkinson is a former marketing director at Conde Nast Digital, where he managed the online marketing and social media strategy for Wired.com and oversaw community managers for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and Teen Vogue. He spent 8 years in digital marketing for ESPN.com and Mobile ESPN. Jim hosts a popular podcast called The Hopkinson Report, delivering conversations around new media, technology, and branding that teach people how to pursue their ideal career and lifestyle. His book Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You was published in 2011 by Grand Central Publishing, and his writing has appeared in the WallStreetJournal.com, Forbes.com, Monster.com, Yahoo Finance, and the New York Post.
Greg Monaco Partner, Monaco Lange For the past 20 years, Greg has dedicated his mind and heart to helping companies align around shared values, vision, and telling their unique stories to the world. As founder of global independent brand consultancy Monaco Lange, and co-facilitator or Peer Group Forums for Quantum Lead, Greg puts these skills into action by helping organizations and leaders lead with more power, confidence, and clarity. His work with the Girl Scouts of the USA, BASF, Amex, and others has been featured in media around the world. He currently tours the U.S. conducting storytelling workshops.
Kara Masi Executive Producer, Big Spaceship As Executive Producer, Kara leads brand engagement firm, Sullivan’s, digital campaigns and interactive projects from conception to implementation. Kara brings experience leading and structuring multi-million dollar, global engagements and teams with parallel work streams—spanning design, development, social media, content, video, and marketing. Previous clients include Google, Samsung Mobile, United Nations, ASPCA, Telefora, Unilever, Ad Council, and Stonyfield Organic. Prior to Sullivan, Kara has held positions as Associate Program Director at Huge, Executive Producer at Big Spaceship, and Digital Account Director at Fenton.
Emmy Favilla Copy Editior, Buzzfeed Emmy Favilla is a copy editor at BuzzFeed. She has worked as a staff and freelance copy editor for Seventeen, Natural Health, Domino, Blender, and Lucky. She was copy cheif at Teen Vogue. She is also a freelance journalist and the author of a Seventeen magazine fashion tips book for teens. Emmy has an M.A. from the University of the Arts London and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University.