Marko Bon joined Brooks Brothers in 2011 as Global Director for User Experience – with the immediate task of leading the Redesign of the site. This included finding and vetting a new technology platform, as well as defining the user-requirements that would re-imagine every element of the customer’s interaction with the site. The second and not-formally-publicized part of his role is to drive Personalization Strategy for the business, which he’s ingrained into the redesign, his selection of vendor-partners, and his approach to the structure and processes of the teams he oversees. He currently leads the Creative, Technology, Photo Studio, Merchant-Data, IA/UX, Content, and Social departments within Brooks Brothers Direct.
Katherine Brodie was hired by Burch Creative Capital to launch e-commerce sites for C. Wonder and Monika Chiang. Prior to joining BCC, Katherine managed digital marketing for the kate spade and JACK SPADE websites. Through creative cross-channel marketing initiatives and an innovative approach to the online sample sale model, Katherine and her team doubled the katespade.com business year over year until eclipsing the brand’s retail sales in 2011. Later that year Katherine oversaw the site launches of both C. Wonder and Monika Chiang in their first year and is currently applying online marketing programs, including affiliates, paid search and SEO. Digital marketing isn’t Katherine’s only passion — she also really digs golf.
Peter Chun is co-founder and CEO of swaag, a mobile community focused on street wear and fashion. Prior to swaag, Peter was on the founding management team and the head of solutions at Clickable, a venture backed startup in the online search and social advertising space. He was responsible for developing and launching various initiatives, products and services. Prior to Clickable, Peter was Managing Director at LinkShare (a Rakuten company) responsible for revenue growth for fortune 500 internet retailers. With a strong love for tech, e-commerce and product, he is also a lover of food, sneakers and people watching. Furthermore, his 14 month old niece Abby, is the bomb and can be seen frequenting his swaag and instagram feeds. He has a BBA from the George Washington University and resides in NYC.
Dave has been responsible for community and customer acquisition at TheFind since its public launch in October 2006. An SEO expert, Dave has driven programs credited with helping TheFind.com grow to more than 25 million visitors per month. An online marketing veteran, Dave has spent the last 10 years driving traffic and brand awareness for companies like buy.com, tradingmarkets.com, Makita Power Tools, GE Capital Financial, and other consumer facing brands.
Katherine Crane is Polyvore’s Senior Advertising Director. With 17 million unique visitors, Polyvore is the largest fashion community online. To date, she has spearheaded partnerships with brands and retailers such as Gucci, Mercedes Benz, Michael Kors, and Lancome, to name a few. She was also involved in an innovative collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff where a Polyvore community member designed Morning After Clutch using the Polyvore platform. Rebecca Minkoff produced the user-generated bag, debuted it at New York Fashion Week and was sold exclusively in Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide.Previously, Katherine worked for the New York Times and Meredith Corporation.
James left his comfortable corporate gig at Royal Mail, the UK-based post and logistics provider, to join the adventure at BorderJump, where he helps to turn the theory of reaching international customers into reality for US Retailers. James spent 12 years leading teams and working his way up to Executive level at Royal Mail, focusing first on media and B2C marketing and then on international logistics. In 2010 he was asked to set-up and lead the company’s North American ecommerce business, which brought him into contact with BorderJump – and the rest is history. James has an MA from Scotland’s St Andrews University (yes, where Prince William met Kate) and is proud to have travelled to 33 states and 18 baseball stadiums since his arrival on these shores.
Craig Elbert is the VP of Performance Marketing for Bonobos, a premium menswear brand that has been recognized for its exceptional fit and great customer service. Elbert is responsible for aligning analytical insights to the humorous spirit of Bonobos’ brand marketing. He oversees consumer acquisition efforts and works with the Bonobos team to ensure data, such as click-thru rates, conversion and other key metrics are used to make smart marketing decisions. Elbert was previously the VP of Finance and Analytics at Bonobos. Prior to joining Bonobos, Elbert worked in Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking division and served as a Financial Analyst at Warner Music Group. Elbert also has experience working with Ad Sales Strategy at MTV Networks and Business Development at Universal Pictures.
Mai Erne is Chief Executive Officer of Hara Partners, an industry leader in providing innovative and cost effective e-commerce solutions based on Magento, the e-commerce platform trusted by the world’s leading brands. Mai has been CEO since the Partnership was created in 2006. To date, Hara Partners has launched over 200 Magento sites for a rapidly growing client base. His experience includes 10+ years of software development experience with both high tech start-ups as well as large scale corporate systems. Related experience includes a wide variety of technology product launches and consulting with numerous NY based e-commerce initiatives. Mai holds advanced degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and is fluent in German, Japanese and English.
Vanessa Friedman is the Fashion editor of the Financial Times. She is responsible for the Weekend Style pages, the Business of Luxury conference, and theft.com luxury hub L360. She also writes a weekly column and the Material World blog. Prior to joining the FT in 2003, she was launch Features/Fashion features director of InStyle UK. Her work has appeared in the Economist, the New Yorker, US and UK Vogue, Entertainment Weekly and Travel and Leisure. She is the author of Emilio Pucci (Taschen 2010) and is on the advisory council of Princeton University’s History Department.
Patti serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. She is a leading expert on multichannel retail strategy with 19 years of diversified experience, expertise in creating customer-centric eCommerce sites, integrating channels effectively, developing innovative marketing initiatives, and ensuring high-standard customer service and order fulfillment operations. Most recently, she was director of shopping services with bloomingdales.com, where she touched on all aspects of the multichannel retail business. Brought on board to create and launch Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry website with WeddingChannel.com, Patti directed all aspects of the business from concept to implementation, including back-end customer service and store integration issues.
Kobie Fuller is the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVEclothing.com. Prior to joining REVOLVE, Kobie spent 8 years as a venture capitalist focusing a majority of his time identifying, funding and building leading consumer marketing automation companies where examples include Exact Target, Monetate and Loyalty Lab. Kobie’s time as a venture capitalist also includes being a founding team member of OpenView Venture partners where he helped lead the initial fund formation and raised over $240 million in committed capital. Prior to helping build OpenView, Kobie was an associate at Insight Venture Partners. He graduated from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and an Ivy League champion sprinter. After Harvard, Kobie continued competing semi-professionally for Nike and CW-X up until 2010.
Dave is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear company that designs and sells vintage-inspired glasses for a fraction of the price of retail stores and distributes a pair to someone in need for every pair sold. Prior to Warby Parker, David was an Associate at Allen & Company, a merchant bank, where he invested in seed-stage and venture-stage healthcare and digital media companies, and advised M&A transactions exceeding $20B. Previously, David worked at Bain & Company, where he formulated and implemented business strategies for some of the world’s leading retail and technology companies. David was also Special Assistant to the Founder and CEO of The TriZetto Group, and has held strategy and business development roles at Genomic Health and Crescendo Bioscience. David is on the founding Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to mobilizing graduates as entrepreneurs in low-cost cities. He graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and has an MBA from Wharton Business School.
Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In this capacity, she oversees a retail portfolio which generates more than $3.2 billion in revenue and encompasses HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer that offers a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names, and Cornerstone, a dynamic multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands, including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Grandin Road, Improvements, Chasing Fireflies and TravelSmith. Since joining the company in 2006, Ms. Grossman has been responsible for transforming HSN into a lifestyle network, diversifying its portfolio of brands and personalities, and spearheading efforts to evolve the linear network into a multiplatform business.
Divya started her business career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and then moved on to private equity and venture capital at Investcorp International and FirstMark Capital. Currently she serves as the Co-Founder of Send the Trend (www.sendthetrend.com) which offers curated fashion accessories for women online. She also serves as CEO of Behind the Burner (www.behindtheburner.com) a culinary media brand focused on tips, tricks and techniques for food, wine, mixology and nutrition. Divya currently advises several startups and established brands with board level roles. She appears regularly on MSNBC: Your Business, NBC Weekend Today and NBC Nonstop. She has also been a guest on FOX & FRIENDS and has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Deal, Crains, among several other publications.
Michael Harvey is the COO at CorraTech, a premiere eCommerce Agency and Systems Integrator with offices in New York and LA. He leads CorraTech’s delivery team overseeing the firm’s project management, analysis, marketing, and award-winning design. Michael has been part of the commercial open source movement since it got going. He was the CMO at Concursive, the developer of an open source social media platform funded by Intel Capital. In 2007, he founded the Open Solutions Alliance, a consortium of the leading open source vendors and systems integrators. Michael also spent time in the non-profit sector as the VP of Marketing and Technology for Operation Smile, a global non-profit that provides free surgical repairs for children with cleft palates all over the world. Other stops along the way have included IBM, Microsoft, Corbis, Real Networks and JP Morgan. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford.
Brandon Holley is the Editor in Chief of Lucky, the award-winning magazine about shopping and style. Before joining Lucky in 2010, Ms. Holley was the Editor in Chief and business lead of Yahoo! Shine, one of the largest online destinations for women, since 2007. Under Ms. Holley’s leadership, Yahoo! Shine attracted 25 million visitors per month. Her appointment at Lucky marks a return to Condé Nast for Ms. Holley, who was Editor in Chief of Jane from 2005 until 2007, when it ceased publication. In 2001 she launched ELLEgirl where she remained editor until 2005. Ms. Holley served as senior editor at GQ from 1998 to 2000. She was also part of the launch team of Time Out New York where she served as the dining and shopping editor from 1995 to 1998. She started her magazine career as a writer for Paper magazine and worked as a fact checker for Rolling Stone. In 2002, Ms. Holley was named one of Advertising Age’s Women to Watch.
Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, a business that delivers Cinderella experiences by enabling women to rent designer dresses and accessories for all of the special occasions in their lives. Since Rent the Runway’s launch in November 2009, Jennifer has managed all areas of the business including marketing, merchandising, technology, and operations.
Most well-known within the entrepreneurial and fashion communities for her unmatched marketing abilities, Jennifer was named as the CMO of Fortune magazine’s “Executive Dream Team.” She has also been honored with Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40 Class of 2012”; Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”; Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”; Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”; Fashionista.com’s “Most Influential People in New York Fashion”; and Fashion Group International’s “Rising Stars,” among others.
Igel is currently Boy Meets Girl’s Creative Director and Founder. Boy Meets Girl has been featured in publications like InStyle, Teen Vogue, Lucky, People, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, WWD and the New York Times. The brand has been appeared on the racks of countless specialty and department stores worldwide including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Saks and Fred Segal. Her brand has been seen on shows like Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Beverly Hills 90210 and New Girl, and on high-profile fashionistas like Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson, Taylor Momsen, Anne Hathaway, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson and Kristen Bell. The brand is the official staff uniform for the exclusive members-only club, The SoHo House. She is also the producer and host of Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel on Lockerz.com, where she is the site’s Chief Fashion Editor and Stylist. Igel has received several design awards and honors, and is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion.
Brian Kalma is an entrepreneur with a long history in e-commerce. For over 7 years Brian was part of the Zappos.com family where he served several roles over the years. He began building and scaling the company’s product photography practices and eventually moved on to head up their marketing efforts. A couple of years later and after incubating several departments within the marketing department Brian ultimately landed a new role as Director of User Experience. As head of UX Brian built the team and led the charge in the Zappos site evolution efforts and ultimately brought V1 and V2 to market before leaving the company in April of 2010. He then landed at Gilt Groupe where Brian was responsible for building and scaling their UX team and practices. Brian has since left Gilt, launched and sold his own startup (Snipwits) and is now Chief Experience Officer at Gemvara where he is focused on creating a world-class personalized jewelry shopping experience.
Liza was born to found Third Wave Fashion — and it only took 10 years in the fashion industry, six years in the technology world, and that knowledge that comes from working with dozens of businesses to get ready for it. A passionate believer in open business, Liza’s last stint was as Managing Partner at a successful web development & education company, where she took the company from 2 guys to a 30 person team with multi-million dollar revenues and a client roster that includes Grammy.com, MarthStewart.com, and MTV.co.uk. At the age of 22, she opened her first business, a fashion forward clothing boutique, which led into retail buying, fashion show production (for her own store and brands such as Wacoal and Ralph Lauren Childrens), and photo styling.
Ross is a co-founder and CEO of Listrak. He has nearly 15 years of executive leadership, successfully launching and directing three technology start-ups. Ross has led Listrak from concept to leading email marketing solutions provider serving online retailers, interactive agencies, and direct marketers. As CEO, Ross is responsible for charting Listrak’s strategic vision and direction. Ross is a thought-leader within the online marketing community, lending his expertise to conferences, seminars, and webcasts. Ross is also a frequent contributor of email best practices articles and can be found in eM+C, Adweek, Internet Retailer, MarketingProfs, Website Magazine, Direct Magazine, and other publications. Ross also shares his expertise on Listrak’s podcast Email Marketing Today and its webinars.
Aliza Licht is the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International. In addition to her more traditional global public relations responsibilities, Licht spearheads the company’s award winning social media efforts through DKNY PR GIRL, a persona she created and is the singular voice of, on Twitter (@dkny) and on Tumblr at dknyprgirl.com. DKNY PR GIRL @dkny was Fashion 2.0′s winner three years consecutively for best Twitter & in 2012, Fashion blog. DKNY PR GIRL won Style Bistro’s Reader’s Choice Award for must follow personality in social media and DKNY is the only fashion brand to ever be nominated for a Mashable Award for must follow brand in social media, where DKNY PR GIRL was a finalist. This year, Licht was personally featured as one of TIME Style & Design’s “Six women who rule the Fashion World” and The New York Times has dubbed Licht an E-Lebrity, as one of the most followed personalities in the social media space.
Lalena Lubov is currently the Vice President of Public Relations at BCBGMaxAzriaGroup and was most recently Vice President at Club Monaco where she led the PR and Events for the retailer. Previous to Club Monaco, Lalena was Senior Vice President at LaForce + Stevens, one of the top fashion communications agencies in the United States where she oversaw the fashion team, developing and directing innovative and strategic programs for Target’s fashion (most significantly all of the designer collaborations) and beauty divisions as well as excuted high-profile fashion events and runway shows for designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Reese, Cynthia Rowley, Banana Republic and Twenty8Twelve. Areas of expertise include global PR strategy, product launches, designer collaborations and special events ranging from large consumer to intimate industry gatherings.
Áslaug Magnúsdóttir is the Co-Founder and CEO of Moda Operandi. Dubbed “fashion’s fairy godmother” by Vogue and named to Fast Company’s 2012 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Áslaug came up with the idea for M’O while working with designers in New York and abroad. Aslaug brings to the company business acumen and a distinctive eye for fashion. Prior to launching M’O, Áslaug was an executive at Gilt Groupe and co-founded TSM Capital with retail legend Marvin Traub. Previously, while living in London, Aslaug was Head of Venture Business at Baugur Investment Company and worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. Áslaug’s career began in Iceland, where she was a corporate and tax attorney at Deloitte. A Fulbright Scholar, Áslaug holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an LLM from Duke University School of Law and a degree in Law from the University of Iceland. Áslaug has served on the Board of Directors of numerous fashion and retail companies, including Matthew Williamson and Rachel Roy.
David Markovich is a native New Yorker and began his online career at Kidssocks.com, where his duties included: Brand development, web site traffic growth, internet and traditional media marketing, brand strategy and analytics systems. While David was at Kidssocks.com worked with Eli Feldblum, founder and CTO of RankAbove, a major player in the SEO industry and his lifelong mentor. Together Eli and David worked with clients like MTV, Forbes, 1800 flowers and more. David took all of this experience and recently launched his own internet marketing firm PromoteUsNow.
Chris Mason is the co-founder and CEO of Branding Brand, a mobile commerce platform used by leading retailers, including American Eagle Outfitters, Costco, Crate & Barrel, GNC, Ralph Lauren, and Sephora. Mason attended Carnegie Mellon University and received his degree from the University’s Tepper School of Business. In 2008, he formed Branding Brand, which quickly evolved from an interactive firm into the largest and fastest-growing provider of mobile commerce sites and apps for the Internet Retailer Top 500.
Shauna Mei is the founder and CEO of AHAlife.com, an innovative online discovery shopping destination featuring luxury lifestyle products sourced from around the world. The MIT Engineer turned commerce and media industry expert launched AHAlife.com in September 2010. Prior to launching AHAlife.com, Shauna founded Mobius Strip llc, a company dedicated to creating responsible, inspiring and profitable businesses at the intersection between fashion/design and life’s experiences. Her clients included Starwood Hotel Group, Casall (www.casall.com), Vivienne Tam (www.viviennetam.com) and Nooka (www.nooka.com). Shauna also served as the CEO of Casall International, a Swedish wellness / activewear company based in Stockholm. Additionally, Shauna co-founded Aronsson Group, a luxury fashion investment and advisory firm, with Jeffry Aronsson, and she has worked in both Private Equity (Principal Investment Area) and Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs where she worked on several deals in the fashion media space, most notably the sale of Neiman Marcus Group.
Karen Moon is Co-founder and CEO of StyleMusée, a visual portal to discover fashion social media content by taste preference. With over ten years of experience in fashion and technology, she has consulted to a department store, luxury retailer and independent designer. At Goode Partners, Karen executed the firm’s investment in SkullCandy (NASDAQ: SKUL) and worked on the turnaround of a luxury specialty retailer. Previously she worked in Gap Inc.’s Corporate Strategy group, where she assessed acquisition and new retail concept opportunities such as Piperlime.com. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs where she executed over $1 billion in technology and media transactions. Karen studied fashion at Otis College of Art & Design and holds degrees from UCLA and Harvard Business School.
Chris Morton is the CEO and cofounder of Lyst, a leading social commerce platform for fashion used by millions of people in 180 countries around the world. Prior to founding Lyst, Chris was a venture capital investor at Balderton and Benchmark Capital in London. Chris has an MA from Cambridge University, where he was a DERA scholar.
Mika Onishi is the COO of Clique Media, Inc.
Clique Media, Inc. operates the popular shoppable online fashion magazine, Who What Wear, and is set to launch additional multi-media editorial brands in home décor and beauty. Via WWW, as well as through exclusive representation of curated sites, Clique Media, Inc. delivers 360° integrated programs that drive brand lift as well as sales conversions. Mika brings a multi-faceted digital media background to Clique Media, Inc. Prior to WWW, Mika developed digital media strategies for Sony Pictures and Disney. She previously contributed to DRM, content distribution and advanced advertising standards for Dentsu, as delegate to MPEG, TV Anytime and DMP. Earlier in her career, Mika produced PROMAX/BDA award-winning film promotion sites, CGI and video games for Square USA, Sony, Disney and others. Mika holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Kinjil Parikh is the Vice President of Digital Marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue and is responsible for driving incremental revenue online and in stores through all digital marketing channels by acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers for increased market share via strategic initiatives derived from customer analytics. She manages a multi-million $ budget portfolio with impactful ROI goals for the company. She also has proven success in leading new business development by spearheading the marketing strategies for Saks’ flash sale business, FashionFix, and Saks’ International business.
Hayley is a fashion writer, shopaholic and proud Canuck whose childhood dream was to move to New York City and get paid to write about her favorite things (Mission Accomplished!). She is currently the Fashion News Editor at Fashionista.com, and her work has appeared in Elle, Teen Vogue and Another Magazine.
Michael Preysman is the founder and CEO of Everlane. Prior to starting Everlane, he was an investor at Elevation Partners for both their New York and Menlo Park offices investing in media and entertainment companies. Michael enjoys sitting at the intersection of design and technology. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon with degrees in Computer Engineering and Economics.
Nita Rollins is the Futurist at Resource, the nation’s largest independent digital marketing agency. She consults retail and consumer goods clients on sociocultural and consumer trends impacting their brands and verticals, and oversees the agency’s thought leadership initiatives, from client summits to white papers. She is also the co-author of The Open Brand: When Push Comes to Pull in a Web-Made World, one of the first business books to redefine branding interms of the social web, currently being used by over 20 Fortune 500 brands. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from UCLA’s Department of Theater, Film andTelevision, and has been awarded research fellowships at the University of Paris III and The University of California Humanities Research Institute.
Dustin Rosen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pose. He is an innovative thinker who loves the internet a little bit too much. Prior to founding Pose, Dustin worked at The Mail Room Fund, a Los Angeles based venture capital firm comprised of top Hollywood entertainment company, William Morris Agency (WMA), leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock, and global communications leader AT&T. At The Mail Room Fund, Dustin focused on discovering and funding high impact and innovative companies in the internet consumer arena. Prior to that he worked at the William Morris Agency in the Intellectual Property Group after starting in the fabled Mail Room. Dustin received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Kathy Savitt is a former Amazon and American Eagle Outfitters executive and is currently the founder and CEO of social commerce company Lockerz. Created from Kathy’s vision to create the homepage for Generation Z, Lockerz has grown from 50 members to millions of members in 195 countries. Kathy believes that the power of Gen Z as cultural disrupters will significantly impact both prior and future generations. Lockerz is funded by Liberty Media, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures and Live Nation Entertainment. A major source of her inspiration is her two daughters.
Bob Schwartz joined Magento in 2009 and serves as President, overseeing revenue and demand generation, brand marketing, and support. He brings a 20-year track record of building successful Internet companies and brands in diverse areas such as luxury, fashion, shoes, paid content, interface, and personal computers, generating over $1 billion in eCommerce revenue annually. Prior to joining Magento, Bob founded and was Managing Partner of SchwartzGroup, a strategic advisory firm focused on Internet commerce for fashion, retail, consumer brands, and media. His prior experience includes: CEO and Board Member of luxury marketplace Portero.com, Interim President at media / commerce lifestyle company Vivre, Entrepreneur in Residence at Clearstone Venture Partners, President of USSearch.com, Founder and GM of NORDSTROM.com, and the youngest Vice President at PC manufacturer Packard Bell Computers, where he built two consumer direct divisions.
Greg Selkoe is the Founder and CEO of Karmaloop.com, one of the world’s largest and most-respected online retailers of “streetwear” (footwear, apparel and accessories). The company is a natural extension of his lifelong interest in “global concrete culture” – fashion, graffiti, hip-hop and electronic music, street art, and breakdancing (the latter remains a hobby to this day). Greg founded Karmaloop in 2000 at the age of 25, following three years as an urban planner for the City of Boston. Soon afterwards, he entered Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy in 2005. When the company began, Selkoe had no retail or business experience, and Karmaloop was run out of the basement of his parents’ Boston home.
Lauren Sherman is the Executive Digital Editor of Luckymag.com, where she writes, edits and manages the site’s content, and contributes to other digital products. She joined Lucky from Fashionista.com, where, as Executive Editor, she led the top independent fashion news site in the US. Previous to Fashionista, Lauren was a reporter at Forbes, covering luxury goods and fashion.
Veronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of inSparq.com, a company that offers social discovery solutions for online retailers. She is also a Cofounder of Women in Wireless and the WIM Accelerator. In her 12-year career as an entrepreneur and executive at AOL and Jumptap, Veronika has built new business lines, developed strategic partnerships and launched international markets. Veronika earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She was recently honored by Fast Company as one of 60 members to The League of Extraordinary Women. She was also named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics.
Justin Stefano is the Founder of Refinery29, an industry-leading digital content and commerce platform servicing millions of woman that obsess fashion, beauty and style. Justin oversees sales, corporate development, business strategy, and, along with his co-founder, product. He has lead the company through two rounds of funding, a global recession and numerous successful pivots. He is a graduate of New York University where he studied Philosophy and Politics.
Jake Stein is cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of RJMetrics, a cloud business intelligence company that drives better decisions for eCommerce through metrics like cohort analysis, lifetime value, and time between orders. Prior to RJMetrics, Jake worked at Insight Venture Partners, a $5 billion venture capital and private equity firm that has invested in NewEgg, Karmaloop, LivingSocial, Twitter, and Tumblr. Jake graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with High Honors and concentrated in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Kelly has 14 years of experience building teams that execute digital agency and consulting projects. For more than 6 years, she has managed Acquity Group’s service vendors globally across all digital channels while researching new and emerging technology. Focused on brand commerce strategy, design, and enablement that integrates mobility and commerce with the current and emerging digital channels. Kelly founded Remodista in 2010, and has successfully organized and created curriculum for many retail and mobility-related educational events including the Start Up Showcase for Mobile Monday – Chicago in 2009, and the first Mobile University event for the Heartland Mobile Council in 2010, Bricks + Mobile Educational Events in late 2010, and the newly launched Remodista Women’s Leadership Series that focuses on mentoring and higher education for tenacious female leaders heading to the top!
Brian Sugar is Co-Founder and CEO of Sugar Inc., which he founded together with his wife Lisa Sugar in 2006. Sugar is a global media company that offers insanely addictive content and commerce. As CEO, Brian is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. Prior to Sugar Inc., he served as Vice President & General Manager, Media at 2Wire, Inc., a home networking provider. Prior to 2Wire, Brian held several management positions in the retail and commerce industries. He was Chief Web Officer at Kmart’s BlueLight.com, Vice President of e-commerce at J.Crew, and a founder of Neptune Interactive, a leading Internet servive provider.
Mattias Swenson is the Co-founder and CEO of Bloglovin’, a service with over 3,5 million monthly unique visitors that helps fashionistas across the globe discover & follow their favorite blogs. Bloglovin’ is also the host of Bloglovin’ Awards, an annual awards ceremony during NYFW in February, that celebrates the worlds top fashion bloggers. Bloglovin’ has worked with top brands including H&M, Victoria Secrets, Maybelline, Loreal, Levi’s, and Kurt Geiger.
Vik is an entrepreneur, author, and free thinker. As the Co-Founder of Clothes Horse, he’s playing his role in solving the problem of buying clothes that fit. Retailers who work with Clothes Horse are able to use a ton of data and cutting-edge technology to put the right fit in front of their shoppers, and experience material business benefits. Prior to Clothes Horse, Vik helped build an analytics and data products business at American Express, traveled the world as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, and was a brand manager at Red Bull.
Amber Venz is the President and co-founder of rewardStyle, an invitation only monetization platform for top tier fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publishers around the world. Additionally, rewardStyle provides business education and consulting services to publishers and creates and executes brand collaborations and influencer events on a global scale. With offices in Dallas and London, rewardStyle serves style centric e-tailers and publishers in 50 countries. Amber graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2008.
Daniella Yacobovsky is co-founder of BaubleBar, an online jewelry retailer that offers stylish, well-priced accessories under BaubleBar’s private label and through partnerships with top designers and brands. Daniella conceived BaubleBar with her co-founder Amy Jain during a project at business school and the two decided to turn the concept into a viable business. Previously, she worked in finance at American Capital Securities and at UBS Investment Bank. She holds a B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Founded in 2009 by industry expert Rony Zeidan, RO NEW YORK is an innovative studio specializing in sophisticated brand development. Known for providing exceptional service with a worldwide reach, RO NEW YORK integrates intellect and an essence of luxury to produce powerful campaigns across all platforms. Best known for the “Big Pony” launch for Ralph Lauren Fragrance, they also count brands such as Chopard, Ralph Lauren, Girard-Perregaux, Joseph Abboud, Georges Hobeika, Unilever, Madonna Truth or Dare Fragrance for Coty, Amore Pacific, Napoleon Perdis, St. Tropez, and One Hope among their esteemed clients and collaborators. Prior to founding RO NEW YORK, Zeidan was the VP Global Creative Director for Ralph Lauren Fragrances and established himself as a creative force with roles at Kraftworks, LVMH, and Donna Karan. Today, he also serves as an Editorial Contributor with the Luxury Society.