Speakers

COMUNIDAD24 SPEAKERS

Learn more about the Featured Speakers at Comunidad24 below and stay tuned for additional speakers announced in the coming weeks.

IAN BEACRAFT
CEO, Signal and Cipher

Considered one of the top voices in AI and the future of work, Ian Beacraft is a trusted advisor to the world's most innovative companies. The CEO of Signal and Cipher, Ian leads a future of work laboratory, guiding companies through the rapidly changing technology landscape to find meaningful routes to innovation that impact the bottom line, inspire cultural change, and create new products and services.  

Previously responsible for P&L’s and innovation departments at the largest agencies in the world, Ian is known for making bleeding-edge technology understandable and monetizable. Brands he has advised include Samsung, Intel, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Symantec, Universal Pictures, and dozens more.

He’s known as a Gonzo Futurist, actively experimenting with new and emerging technologies before they leave the research lab to understand the implications and applications for the future of work and society at large. Ian is the first person ever to host a news segment as a synthetic human, the Future Report on Defiance Media, streaming to over 100 million devices around the world.

MEG KINNEY
Global Sustainability Leadership Expert

Meg has always believed that every business problem is a human problem. Every solution involves asking someone to change an attitude or a behavior about something. Today, global sustainability is everyone’s wicked problem that insists we all must change.

It is Meg’s natural curiosity around what inspires willingness to change, and her ability to make complexity approachable and actionable, that has driven her career. Armed with a Masters in Global Sustainability Leadership, Meg guides brands and agencies find their breakthrough narrative for this moment.

She is an executive agency veteran who came from the heartland of America and subsequently worked on the frontiers of just about every kind of agency specialization: design, branding, digital, activation, shopper. As a brand strategist she launched a first of its kind insight practice based on using anthropology frameworks and methodologies to understand why people buy.

Meg left agency life to start Bad Babysitter – a brand strategy consultancy focused on using an ethnographic approach and documentary storytelling style to humanize the consumer and to contextualize brand meaning across the value chain. Clients come to her when they are stuck and span global brands such as Constellation Wines, Mitsubishi Motors, Nordstroms, Benjamin Moore, and Pabst Brewing Company, Climate Tech startups, traditional retailers, emerging sectors, and marketing agencies.

WILL MURDOCH
Creative Technologist, Brownstein

Will leads Brownstein’s digital team where he helps create and ideate websites, apps, animations, and more. In the past year, he has been exploring generative AI and its applications across the agency.

Having worked with clients like IKEA, Comcast, Western Union, and DuPont in over a decade with the agency, Will has experience with a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to Brownstein, Will worked at a startup designing and developing second-screen experiences for sports leagues and TV programs.

ANDY PEARSON
VP of Creative, Liquid Death

Andy Pearson is the VP of Creative at Liquid Death, one of the fastest growing non-alcoholic beverage brands of all time.

Since joining in 2021, Liquid Death has been named Contagious' Most Contagious Brand of the Year and LinkedIn's #2 Startup of the Year. His work spans the brand's viral hits, merch, experiential, social, CRM, and pretty much anything else. Prior to Liquid Death, Andy was a copywriter and creative director, cutting his teeth at CP+B, Deutsch LA, Humanaut, and more.

DULANI PORTER
EVP/Partner, SPARK 

Dulani is a passionate brand strategist that dives deep into a client’s business and makes sure SPARK brings meaningful truths that drive clients closer to their goals. She takes a research-driven approach to helping clients understand what they don't know, take stock of what they do and define a path that enables their organizations to grow from the inside out.

As Partner and EVP, she oversees the agency’s strategic services and supports agency growth and operations. In over 20 years of brand and marketing, she has helped global organizations to define, build and activate their truths to find long-term success. Her client experience includes Brand USA, VISIT FLORIDA, Visit Baltimore, Hospitality (Marriott Autograph Collection, Hilton, Kimpton, Hyatt), and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Her happy place is in the thick of idea-building with a passionate team, or relaxing somewhere in, or or next to the water.

ALEX RAMIREZ 
Managing Director, t2ó

With over 25 years of experience blending marketing, advertising, and e-commerce, Alex Ramirez, Managing Director at t2ó North America, is a force to be reckoned with in the world of MarTech.

Alex's journey with t2ó began 15 years ago, and his 7-year tenure within the WPI network has solidified his reputation as a leader in innovative marketing strategy. He excels in corporate executive functions, driving MarTech initiatives, and spearheading data-driven projects that push boundaries and deliver results.

Alex's expertise extends to top-class business development, where his strategic prowess, coupled with a deep understanding of complex technology platforms, sets him apart. His track record includes transforming brands across diverse industries, leveraging MarTech strategies to drive growth and profitability.

Born in Mexico and having spent 15 years in Madrid, Spain, Alex brings a global perspective to his role. Now based in Houston, Texas, he continues to lead with a blend of competitiveness, self-taught technological acumen, and a knack for strategic thinking that sets him apart in the ever-evolving landscape of marketing and advertising.

ANNE RYAN 
Vice President of Brand Strategy, Brownstein

As the Vice President of Brand Strategy at Brownstein, Anne works alongside her team to unearth those rare and elusive insights that build breakthrough advertising campaigns that, with some luck, achieve record-breaking results.

With over 20 years of experience in developing strategies for brands like IKEA, Humana, XFINITY, Peloton, and NJM Insurance, Anne is a brand-building, emotion-obsessed, human truth-seeking force.

LINDSEY SLABY
Founder, Sunday Dinner

Lindsey is the founder of Sunday Dinner, a brand strategy consultancy that helps senior marketers re-imagine their marketing organization, ways of working, and agency partnerships.

Often dubbed a CMO whisperer, her works helps executive clients stay closely connected to new ways of innovative collaboration and have a finger on the pulse of the ever-shifting advertising partner landscape.

She's proud to support partners such as Target, Goldman Sachs, Canva, NBCUniversal, & Abbvie who are innovating from within as they find new ways to bring great work to life.  She also manages a highly regarded global invite-only community of top marketers, creatives, and consultants appropriately called the Sunday Dinner community.

Her hard work has been recognized through various industry awards including a Titanium Cannes Lion, D&AD’s first white pencil, and 40 under 40 Ad Age recognition in 2020.

DUKE STUMP
Founder, Bonfire with Soul, Former lululemon, Lime & NIKE Brand Marketer

Duke loves building bonfires with soul: powerful, emotionally charged brands that stand for something meaningful in the world.

Recently cited by Forbes as one of the top 50 Game-Changing CMOs, Duke has spent the last 30+ years helping to build iconic global brands such as NIKE, Seventh Generation, Lime and lululemon. His visionary approach has placed humanity and soul at the core of the business, allowing these brands to connect with their customers for life.

In addition, he has served in BOD and mentor roles with The Biomimicry Institute, 21c Hotels, Unreasonable Group, Healthy Child Healthy World and Love Your Brain.

A lover of nature, slow food, horsemanship and yoga, Duke and his family live on a small ranch in idyllic Ojai, CA along with horses, dogs, cats and chickens.

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