Opening Key Session
Chief Digital Evangelist
Vala Afshar is the chief digital evangelist for Salesforce. He collaborates with business executive and industry thought leaders to best serve customers by sharing opportunities for digital change. Previously, he served as CMO for Extreme Networks, and CMO and chief customer officer for Enterasys Networks, where he was responsible for global marketing and customer service operations. An award-winning inventor of social technologies and customer services operations, Afshar is considered a pioneer in cloud computing, social collaboration and business intelligence.
Afshar is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence and co-host of a weekly business and technology show called "DisrupTV." He has been named the most influential technology and business person to follow on Twitter.
You can follow Afshar on Twitter at @ValaAfshar.
Closing Key Session
New York Times Best Selling Author and Body Language Expert
Janine Driver is the CEO of the Body Language Institute, an exclusive certification program that provides companies the fastest way to save time and make money. She is also an international trainer and keynote speaker who playfully provides salespeople, professionals, and executives with cutting-edge, scientifically-based communication tools on how to win new business, increase sales, improve selection of salespeople, and sales managers, and generate a significant return on investment. Janine is a popular media guest who had made appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC's TODAY, and NBC's Weekend TODAY, FOX News, and CNN's Larry King Live. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Psychology Today.
Opening Key Session
Jessica Jackley is an entrepreneur best known as a cofounder of Kiva, the world's first microlending website that has facilitated nearly $1B in loans since its founding. Currently, she teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California. Previously, she served as Disney Imagineering's first EIR, as a venture partner at Collaborative Fund, and as cofounder/CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for U.S. entrepreneurs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader, and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofits.
Jackley holds a master's degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kenney School, and a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University. She is the author of Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least (Random House).
Closing Key Session
Author, Marketer, and Entrepreneur
For his work as the former director of marketing at American Apparel, Ryan Holiday's campaigns have been studied by YouTube, Twitter, and Google.
After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power), he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. His book Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising explains how multibillion dollar brands are built without spending a dime on traditional marketing, and frames the overnight success of companies like Dropbox, Facebook, AirBnb, and Twitter. Porter Gale, former vice president of marketing at Virgin America, says, "This book is a wake up call for every marketing exec in the business. And a tutorial for engineers, IT, founders and designers. Read it."
Holiday is a media columnist for The New York Observer, and his other writings--published in 19 languages--appear in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. His first book, Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, a tell-all expose of modern online journalism, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller and an Amazon Editor's Best Book of the Month. The Financial Times called it an "astonishing, disturbing book." To The Big Picture author Edward J. Epstein, "Ryan Holiday's brilliant expose of the unreality of the Internet should be required reading for every thinker in America."