International Women's Day

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International Women's Day

About the speakers
  • Amy Balliett
    Amy Balliett
    Senior Fellow of Visual Strategy at Material
    Amy Balliett made a name for herself as the CEO and Founder of the creative content agency, Killer Visual Strategies (formerly Killer Infographics). A seasoned entrepreneur, she owned her first company—a candy store and ice cream parlor—at the age of 17 before heading off for college. She subsequently built a successful career in film and marketing before launching Killer in 2010. Within a few years, Killer Visual Strategies grew to become the industry leader in visual communication, driving visual strategy and creative content campaigns for global brands including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more. By 2018, Balliett and her executive team sold Killer to an agency collaborative and subsequently joined fellow agency leaders in building Material. Named the Number One Global Strategic Consulting Firm by GRIT in 2021, Material combines the talent of 12 leading agencies, consisting of 1200+ global employees across the practices of research, strategy, design, and brand building. Today, Balliett is the Senior Fellow of Visual Strategy for Material, serves as the Chief Visual Strategist on several boards, and is an award winning author. Considered an expert in her field, Balliett speaks at dozens of conferences each year including SXSW, Adobe MAX, Content Marketing World, and more. She is also a regular teacher at The School of Visual Concepts, a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities, and a LinkedIn Learning instructor.
  • Karen McFarlane
    Karen McFarlane
    CMO at LetterShop x Kaye Media Collective
    Karen McFarlane is a solutions-focused Senior Marketing Executive and Board Member with more than 25 years of success across the technology, artificial intelligence, professional services, ecommerce, education, and entertainment industries. Karen is the Founder and CMO of The Kaye Media Collective, a fractional marketing group of expert executives and creators solving problems for industrious high-growth companies. Through a strategic partnership, Karen also serves as Chief Marketing Officer of LetterShop, a boutique marketing and creative agency delivering 360 solutions to startups, nonprofits, and Fortune 1000 companies. Karen sits on several boards, including the Hudson Valley Credit Union, the fifth-largest credit union in New York State, GenderIDEAL, and the New York chapter of the American Marketing Association, where she served as President for two years and is now the Chair of DEI Innovation. During her tenure, AMA New York earned eight Chapter Excellence Awards. She also sits on the AMA’s Professional Chapters Council, serving over 70 chapters as the Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, leading over 60 volunteers, and will serve as President-Elect commencing July, 2023. Additionally, she sits on AMA’s Professional Skills Advisory Council. Past board/trustee board roles include the VR/AR Association, Jack and Jill of America – Mid Hudson Valley, and Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY. Karen was an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Karen is a frequent speaker on inclusive marketing and was named most notable in marketing and PR by Crain’s Business. In her spare time, you can find Karen mentoring future leaders and advancing Corporate Americ
  • Ashley Zeckman
    Ashley Zeckman
    VP Strategy & Customer Success at Onalytica
    Ashley is the Vice President Strategy and Customer Success for Onalytica. In addition to finding innovative ways to showcase the exceptional work of her team, she drives strategy for influencer and content programs for mid-size and enterprise B2B clients.
  • Angela Loder
    Angela Loder
    Vice President, Research at International WELL Building Institute
    Dr. Angela Loder is Vice President, Research at the International WELL Building Institute. Key projects include co-leading the development of the 2020 Global Research Agenda on Health, Well-being and the Built Environment with the international IWBI Research Advisory and management of the pre-approved survey provider program for all WELL Certified projects. As a research scientist, strategic planner, and educator, Dr. Loder brings over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary research and partnerships around health, well-being, and the built and natural environment. Prior to joining IWBI, Dr. Loder ran her own consulting firm focused on urban planning, sustainability, nature, and health. She is a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on urban nature and health, and her book “Small-Scale Urban Greening: Creating Places of Health, Creativity, and Ecological Sustainability” was published with Routledge in 2020.
  • Tiffani Montez
    Tiffani Montez
    Principal Analyst at Insider Intelligence
    Tiffani Montez is Principal Analyst leading the Banking vertical at Insider Intelligence. She oversees the content across Banking, which provides actionable insights on advancements in how value is stored, managed, transferred, and spent, for an audience of top banks and neobanks. She is a frequent media contributor and speaker at banking events, including Money 20/20, Finovate, and Mobile Payments Conference. Previously, she was a Senior Advisor at Aite-Novarica Group, an advisory services firm and has held executive-level roles at Wells Fargo and Terafina. Her unique blend of experience as a practitioner, analyst, and vendor solution provider gives her the foundation to be able to provide thought leadership to clients through all lenses of the financial services ecosystem.
  • Leslie Shannon
    Leslie Shannon
    Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting at Nokia
    Leslie Shannon is the Head of Trend and Innovation Scouting for Nokia. A Silicon Valley-based futurist, she focuses on identifying tech disruptions and opportunities for Nokia and its customers, including 5G-powered developments in robotics, drones, visual analytics, cloud gaming, and especially augmented and virtual reality, the foundations of the Metaverse. Leslie has a BA from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree from Yale University, and was a five-time champion on Jeopardy!. She has written Interconnected Realities, a study of the Metaverse’s purpose, and does all her daily fitness work in virtual reality.
  • Nina Olatoke
    Nina Olatoke
    Vice President HR EMEA & Global DEI at PSA BDP
    Nina is Currently the Vice President HR EMEA & Global DEI for PSA BDP With over 20 years of supporting the business in various sectors ranging from consulting to in-house & she has a wealth of experience in FMCG, Telecommunication and Financial Services; from Convergys, O2 Telefonica, Kimberly-Clark, PwC and Cantor Fitzgerald, to name a few. She is passionate about business strategy led Human Resources, and her expertise lies in being a Strategic Thinking Partner to the business resulting in delivering business-focused people solutions that drive discretionary effort, engagement and result. When not focused on business, she is active within her community; either in her role as an Advisory board member for the UAE Africa Networking group or as Co-Founder and CEO of the All Africa Festival, an annual event at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, in partnership with EMAAR focused on celebrating Africa and HER many UNIQUE, and BEAUTIFUL cultural expressions worldwide focused on food and culture, & family. Nina is regarded as an HR strategy leader and has been a keynote speaker at global events focusing on HR's role in growing revenue and accelerating growth. She describes herself as a dream chasing passion enabler both in her career & within her community, an accountability catalyst, and someone who sees the possibilities in every situation.
  • Rachel Hahs
    Rachel Hahs
    Systems strategist at Biomimicry 3.8
    As a Certified Biomimicry Professional and sustainability expert, Rachel Hahs is dedicated to extending the sustainability discourse into realms such as business strategy, innovation, product development, and systems. In her role at Biomimicry 3.8, she identifies opportunities for significant sustainability and competitive advantage gains and helps create strategies to achieve them.

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