New York Summit 2018
November 2, 2018 | Convene 117 W 46th Street

Hear From

Nancy Mahon

Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Esteé Lauder Companies

Nancy is senior vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., where she leads the company’s corporate citizenship, sustainability, and global philanthropy efforts. She is also global executive director of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which offers support to individuals in marginalized communities living with HIV/AIDS worldwide through prevention, treatment, and basic needs services.

Gillian Meek

President , Keds

Gillian Meek joined the Keds team as President in 2016. In this role, she leads a cross-functional team which includes product creation, marketing, finance, sales and operations to deliver global growth for the Keds business. The Keds brand dates back to 1916 and, under Meek’s leadership, is forging a new future with a vision to become the most coveted women’s sneaker brand in the world.

Anjelica Triola

Chief Strategist, Suraj Patel for Congress, Co-Founder, Creative Caucus

Anjelica Triola is a creative strategist who builds campaigns and experiences for iconic brands such as Adidas, Pepsi, Target, and LVMH. In late 2016, she pivoted to politics to apply her understanding of art and internet culture to solve the American crisis of low voter participation.

Stephany Kirkpatrick

VP of Strategy & Growth, SoulCycle

Stephany Kirkpatrick is a leading Digital executive with over 15 years of experience helping set omni-channel business strategy for companies across all industries, from start-ups to scaled Fortune 50 corporations. Currently the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Growth for SoulCycle, Stephany is leading the company's expansion into new markets and products with an emphasis on Mind, Body and Soul.

Derek Blasberg

Director of Fashion & Beauty, YouTube

Derek Blasberg is YouTube’s Director of Fashion and Beauty, and a New York Times best-selling author. He was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri, and attended New York University, graduating in 2004 with two degrees, Journalism and Dramatic Literature. His first job was as an assistant at Vogue, and in his career he has been the Editor-At-Large of Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair’s Man on the Street.

Emma Grede

Co-Founder & CEO, Good American

Emma Grede is the co-founder & CEO of Good American, and has decades of experience in the fashion and entertainment industries. Emma co-founded Good American with Khloe Kardashian in October 2016, forming the first fully inclusive fashion brand to offer trend-forward designs that are made to fit women - and not the other way around.

David Kepron

Vice President Global Design Strategies - Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International

Kepron brings 20 years of retail design expertise to the making of meaningful customer connections at hotel properties around the globe. His multidisciplinary approach to design focuses on understanding consumer behavior and the creation of relevant brand experiences at the intersection of architecture, sociology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies.

Gabrielle Korn

Editor in Chief, NYLON

Gabrielle Korn is the Editor-in-Chief at NYLON Media, where she oversees all digital content creation across platforms. Gabrielle joined NYLON in 2014 as Senior Editor, and held a slew of different positions before she became Editor-in-Chief in September 2017. Under her editorial leadership, NYLON has become a fully digital brand that generates around 100 million impressions per month.

Robin Mason

Senior Vice President, Shiseido Fragrances

Robin Mason is an accomplished and highly respected beauty-marketing executive with demonstrated success in brand building in multiple categories. Robin currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Shiseido Fragrances. In this role, she develops winning US marketing strategies for the growing portfolio of luxury fragrance brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Hermes, Issey Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez.

Michelle Lee

Editor-in-Chief, Allure

Michelle Lee is the editor-in-chief of Allure. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. In September 2017, Lee and her staff declared the "End of Anti-Aging" in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term "anti-aging" from their own lexicon.

Lincoln Wheeler

General Manager - Airbnb Experiences, Airbnb

I am the General Manager for Airbnb Experiences in New York City and additional northeast markets. Prior to Airbnb, I completed my MBA at Columbia, and I was a strategy consultant at Deloitte working across six countries on international development projects.

Paul Blackburn

Vice President, Retail Development, Design & Merchandising, L'Occitane en Provence

Paul joined L’OCCITANE in 2012 and has been working within the Architecture & Design industry for 15+ years. He is in charge of all aspects of Real Estate, Design, Construction & Merchandising, for a store portfolio of over 230 locations in North America.

Vikram Bhaskaran

Head of Market Development, Pinterest

As head of market development, Vikram leads Pinterest’s industry strategy, helping marketers across sectors better understand how to derive the most value from Pinterest. Vikram worked on the first version of Pinterest eight years ago & has since gone on to be a founding member of the partnership team, launch the NYC office & lead teams focused on sectors ranging from consumer packaged goods to retail to financial services & travel.

Amanda Tolleson

Chief Customer Officer, Birchbox

Amanda joined Birchbox in early 2014 to lead brand marketing and strategy. She launched Birchbox's first TV campaign and realigned the company around reaching an unexpected target customer - a casual, non-obsessed beauty consumer who has been overlooked and underserved by the industry. In her current role, Amanda is responsible for building the Birchbox brand for this woman and changing the way she relates to and consumes beauty.

Hal Watts

CEO & Founder, Unmade

Hal Watts is the CEO and Co-founder of Unmade, where he channels a deep understanding of the software required to deliver Unmade’s products and services to clients.
With a Masters degree from London’s Royal College of Art in Innovation Design Engineering and having previously studied mechanical engineering, Hal’s passion lies in using software design to reimagine industrial production - and ultimately propel a business forward.

Adam Pritzker

Chairman & CEO, Assembled Brands

Adam Pritzker is CEO and founder at Assembled Brands Group LLC, a holding company providing working capital and services to emerging consumer brands. He co-founded General Assembly, a global network of campuses providing professional development training, and served as Executive Chairman prior to its sale to Adecco Group.

Gil Don

CEO & Co-Founder, Splitit

Gil is the CEO and co-founder of Splitit. He holds over 20 years of experience in sales and management for US corporations, previously serving as the Regional Manager for one of Dell EMC’s product divisions where he was responsible for driving sales, building customer relationships, and establishing additional channel partners. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Sales for leading technology system integrators Ankor and We!.

Stephanie Joy Benedetto

Co-Founder & CEO, Queen of Raw

Corporate attorney turned fashion tech entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw (Techstars '18), a blockchain-enabled marketplace that brings raw material back to life by giving factories that over-produce it and brands that over-purchase it a place to recapture its value. An advocate for women in business and sustainable fashion, her companies have been featured in Vogue, WWD, Fortune, WIRED, and Fast Company.

Madelyn Markoe

Co-Founder, Media Noche

Markoe has been deeply entrenched in the San Francisco restaurant industry for many years; she was a host at Salt House, helped to open Boxing Room in Hayes Valley, was the assistant GM at Tres (where she and Jessie met), helped turn Chino into an event space, and was the GM at Tacolicious in the Marina. For her accomplishments in restaurants and hospitality, Markoe was named on Zagat SF’s 30 Under 30 list in 2015.

Francesco Clark

Founder, Clark's Botanicals

While Clark’s Botanicals founder Francesco Clark likes saying, “Vanity saved my life,” about how his life-changing spinal cord injury eventually
served as the impetus for creating his skincare brand, his background and expertise were lined up for a career in beauty from an early age.

Cindy DiPrima Morisse

Founder, CAP Beauty

Cindy DiPrima Morisse is the Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer of natural beauty mecca, CAP Beauty. With stores in both New York and Los Angeles, CAP is known for its outside in and inside out approach to beauty and stocks only 100% natural products. Together with her business partner Kerrilynn, she is the author of High Vibrational Beauty: Recipes and Rituals for Radical Self Care, a manual to the CAP Beauty life.

Ali Kriegsman

Co-Founder & COO, Bulletin

Bulletin builds experiential retail stores for women, by women. Each item we sell was dreamed up by a female entrepreneur, and 10% of all store sales go to Planned Parenthood of New York City. Known as the "WeWork of retail space," Bulletin rents sections of our store on a month-to-month basis, lowering the barrier to entry for digital-first brands that are desperate for a physical footprint.

David Yi

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Very Good Light

David Yi is the editor at Very Good Light, a men's beauty publication aimed at Generation Z. The brand is all about redefining masculinity and creating a safe space for all types of men. The site has since been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Allure, among others.

Tessa Mansfield

Chief Creative Officer, Stylus

With over 18 years' experience in translating trends into design innovation, brand and product strategy, Tessa leads the global content team, guiding Stylus' content and creative direction. Before Stylus, she consulted on luxury and mass-market brands across a variety of industries including beauty, food, retail, architecture, transport, technology and packaging.

Christian Ward

Head of Media & Marketing, Stylus

Christian is head of Media & Marketing, overseeing Stylus research, reporting and forum presentations on trends in marketing, advertising, culture and media. Christian spent many years as a music journalist for the NME, before transitioning into PR, where he promoted a host of European start-ups including SoundCloud and

Dr. Antonia Ward

Global Director of Advisory Services, Stylus

With over 15 years' experience in trend consulting, research, design, brand strategy and journalism, Antonia directs Stylus' advisory services, applying company insight and expertise to clients' challenges, including Mattel, Volkswagen and Ferrero.

Saisangeeth Daswani

Head of Advisory – Fashion, Beauty & APAC, Stylus

Saisangeeth has experience translating future trends and applying them as business solutions in marketing, retail, product and design strategies. She has worked across fashion, luxury and branding in the US, Asia and Australia. Previously, Saisangeeth was a trend director at Stylesight and WGSN, working with leading international brands to inspire and inform their creative endeavours through seasonal and trend forecasts.

Emily Gordon-Smith

Director of Consumer Product, Stylus

Emily oversees Stylus’ Fashion, Beauty, Colour & Materials and Product Design content directories – ensuring a cohesive approach to our visual trend output. With 25 years’ experience in trend forecasting and retail, she has worked for and consulted to global names including Topshop, H&M, Walt Disney, Zara, Target, Levi’s and WGSN. She has also written for titles including British Vogue.

Alison Gough

Head US Analyst, Stylus

Alison oversees Stylus' US-specific research. She has more than 10 years' experience as an editor and analyst specialising in consumer attitudes. A seasoned traveller, the breadth of her knowledge stretches across multiple consumer industries, regions and demographics. Alison previously worked at forecaster WGSN and at Peclers Paris. As a freelance designer, she has worked for clients including Donna Karan, DVF and Victoria's Secret.

Alicia Kennedy

Food Writer & Podcast Host,

Alicia Kennedy is a Brooklyn-based food, drink, and culture writer, as well as the host of Meatless: A Podcast About Eating. She’s written for the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, GQ, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @aliciakennedy and Instagram @alicialapirata, and find her work at

Amy Ling Lin

Founder & CEO, sundays studio

Amy Ling Lin is shaking up the beauty industry with her new non-toxic nail salons and vegan polish line in Flatiron and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Founded on the belief that one shouldn't have to sacrifice health for beauty, Amy created sundays after running a nail salon for 6 years and wanted to improve the well-being of her clients and community.

Amy Larocca

Editor at Large, The Cut

Amy Larocca is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at New York Magazine, where she has worked in a variety of roles since 2000. Larocca edits the magazine’s two annual fashion issues while also writing for the magazine on fashion and other subjects. Her work has also appeared in Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Allure, Glamour, Esquire (UK), The Times of London,and The London Review of Books, among others.

Laura Delerato

Senior Creative, Refinery29

Laura Delarato is a senior creative, writer, and on-camera host at Refinery29. Her skillful involvement in R29’s award-winning 67% Project— a campaign dedicated to showing the true representation of plus-size women — led her to create the far-reaching explorative shorts: Why Are Plus Size Women Not Considered Sexy? and My Date With An Escort.

Whitney Bauck

Assistant Editor, Fashionista

Whitney Bauck is an assistant editor at Fashionista. She got her start writing about the intersection of fashion, faith and ethics on her blog Unwrinkling. Prior to working at Fashionista, Whitney contributed to the New York Times and the Washington Post in addition to working at and Billboard. Find her on social media @unwrinkling.

Rob Smith

Founder, The Phluid Project

Rob Smith, Founder of The Phluid Project, is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, Entrepreneur and Board member with
more than 30 years of experience in the apparel, fashion, sports goods, and merchandising industries.

Marc Bain

Fashion Editor, Quartz

Marc is Quartz's fashion reporter. He covers luxury, sneakers, supply chains, technology, and anything else related to clothes and footwear, including the many ways retail is changing to sell them.

Liza Kindred

Founder, Mindful Technology

Mindful Technology helps top brands build technology that puts people before machines. Using her decades of experience working on cutting edge technology, as well as her training as a meditation teacher, Liza developed the #mindfultech value system, identified the design anti-patterns & coded language – & developed a system to help companies create technology that meets business goals while still valuing human connection first.

Jenny Pratt

Director of Customer Success, Dash Hudson

Jenny Pratt has a mixed background in science and business so she's a big fan of analytics. She's been lucky to work at Dash Hudson for just over 3 years and even luckier to work with some of the smartest brands in the world during her time with the company.

Jana Blankenship

Founder, Captain Blankenship

Founded in 2009, Captain Blankenship is an organic beauty
company based in New York’s Hudson River Valley that makes
face, body, haircare products and scents with organic and wild-
harvested ingredients. Captain Blankenship was born out of
Jana’s desire to create organic beauty products that create a
direct link with nature.

Nicole Centeno

Founder & CEO, Splendid Spoon

Nicole Centeno is a French Culinary Institute–trained chef and the founder and CEO of Splendid Spoon, the e-commerce business providing holistic wellness solutions for professional men and women. At Boston College, she studied diet therapies as treatment for illness and has taught cooking and nutrition courses at Columbia University.

Jim Hilt

Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Experience Officer, EXPRESS

Mr. Hilt is responsible for overall brand strategy and direction, all creative, styling and content direction, and total customer and brand experiences for the entire business. Jim leads the total marketing, visual merchandising, stores, ecommerce, omnichannel and customer service functions with a team of more than 400.

Avery Westlund

Co-Founder & CEO, Yoga on the Fly

Avery Westlund is an international yoga teacher, co-founder and CEO of Yoga on the Fly.® The first-to-market private airport yoga concept, launched in 2017 was featured in Forbes, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New York Times. Yoga on the Fly introduced the private, guided yoga and meditation experience to airports, providing access to healthy activity and privacy during the chaos of travel.

Morgan Hirsh

Founder, Public Goods

Driven by a frustration with overly stocked grocery shelves with marked up prices, Morgan built Public Goods with the belief that one day everyone could not only afford well-crafted products that were good for them, but also buy them easily. With an eye for design and an uncompromising commitment to quality, Morgan is an expert product developer that has enlisted world-class manufacturers to bring his vision for Public Goods to life.

Rachel Krupa

Founder, The Goods Mart

Over the last decade Rachel Krupa, founder of boutique PR firm Krupa Consulting, has launched incredible brands and discovered amazing products that share a common ethos – mindful practices, well-created
natural foods and products, and a mission to do better. She has launched Thrive Market, Tastemade, Barnana, Brownie Brittle, goop Wellness, Sweetfin Poke, Maman, and MatchaBar.

Isabella Giancarlo

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Fluide

After graduating from Brown University, Isabella got her start as a key team member at an early stage ecommerce startup. She has gone on to develop brand and marketing strategy for clients including Hoegaarden and Hilton Hotels. Isabella is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fluide, a colorful, cruelty-free collection of makeup for all genders.

Natalie Mackey

Co-Founder & CEO, The Glow Concept

Natalie Mackey is a brand builder & serial entrepreneur.
She began her career in finance, but soon became drawn to
the idea of building companies. In 2010, she co- founded
Mackey Morgan (now Crescala Development), which helped market fashion brands like
Katie Ermilio, Prabal Gurung & Christian Siriano. It was during a licensing negotiation
that she fell in love with the beauty business & also saw an incredible opportunity to
create change.

Hilary Milnes

Retail Editor, Digiday Media

Hilary joined Digiday as its first retail reporter in March of 2015, and led the site's digital retail coverage. In 2016, she helped launch Glossy, Digiday Media’s first sister publication covering the intersection of fashion, beauty and technology, and served as its managing editor before rejoining the Digiday team in 2018. She currently hosts the Glossy Podcast.

Eliza Brooke

Senior Reporter, The Goods by Vox

Eliza is a senior reporter at The Goods by Vox, where she covers design and consumer culture. Previously she covered the fashion industry at Racked and Fashionista, and the startup world at TechCrunch. She lives in Brooklyn and desperately needs a hobby.

Liz Plosser

Editor in Chief, Women's Health Magazine

Liz Plosser is the Editor-In-Chief of Women’s Health magazine. She has been in the wellness industry for 15 years. Previously, she oversaw digital strategy as SVP of Content at the digital wellness and lifestyle brand Well+Good. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of Content & Communications at SoulCycle.

Melisse Gelula

Founder, Well + Good

Melisse Gelula is the Co-Founder of Well+Good, a leading health and wellness digital media company with a community of 10+ million monthly. She is also the Senior Vice President of Brand of Leaf Group’s Fitness & Wellness Division. As a wellness media expert, Melisse has lead the editorial, branded content, design, and video teams at Well+Good.

Brian Kavanaugh

Head of US Marketing, Bynder

Bynder is a cloud-based digital asset management solution helping some of the world’s most successful organizations to create, share, and organize the full lifecycle of their digital content. Brian is responsible for the campaigns and strategy focused on customer acquisition within North America and is extremely passionate about solving their creative headaches with digital solutions that are easy to understand and adopt.

Katie Sturino

Founder , Megababe

Katie Sturino is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, body positivity advocate and fierce animal activist. Through her personal platform, The12ishStyle, she lends her voice and personal style to raise awareness for size inclusivity, empowering women of all sizes to find their confidence and celebrate their style. Katie is also the founder of MEGABABE, an innovative beauty brand offering non-toxic, solution oriented products.

Vincenzo Antonetti

Head of Promotion and Development of Innovation - International Network, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center

With Responsibility of the Promotion and Development of Innovation – International Network at the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, he has the aim to support innovative
projects of the Bank, creating new business opportunities for international Company Customers, scouting new technologies and generating international collaborations in order to facilitate match-making.

Olessa Pindak

Chief Content Officer, mindbodygreen

Olessa Pindak is the chief content officer at mindbodygreen. A former editor at Prevention, Whole Living (Body Soul), Martha Stewart Living, Natural Health, Fit Pregnancy, and Allure, she's traveled to places like Korea, Guatemala, and Belize to report on natural remedies. She's appeared on shows including theToday show, Good Morning America, and The Doctors and hosted a radio show on Sirius XM.

Biagio Calabrese

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Intesa Sanpaolo New York Hub

Mr. Calabrese serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intesa Sanpaolo New York
Hub. As General Manager, he oversees the Americas Business Operations of Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
Mr. Calabrese brings 19 years of experience with a significant background in Real Estate Advisory and
Structured Lending, proving successful transactions substantial to the European market within the
last decade.

Jared Cocken

VP of Product, Inscape

Jared Cocken combines his experience across branding, behavioral psychology and design to help people navigate life a little easier. Whether that’s managing their health (Daily Burn, WebMD Symptom Checker), their wealth (E*Trade), their lifestyle (PatMcGrath, Alexander McQueen), or their entertainment (Hulu, Time Inc, Conde Nast).

Marta Cros

Founder, Apto & The Ritualist

Marta Cros is a fashion graduate and MBA businesswoman, who decided to leave her corporate position at LVMH and join the ranks of the beauty world in 2014. Since then, she's navigated a successful leap into the natural beauty space through her business, The Ritualist and Apto, and was a finalist in the Sephora Accelerate program in 2017.

Carolyn Lee

Digital Asset Manager, The Wall Group

Carolyn Lee is an Archivist and Digital Asset Manager for The Wall Group, an integrated management agency representing some of the world's biggest players in the fashion industry. For the past four years, she's used her archival expertise to produce digital solutions for an ever-expanding roster of fashion clients and database. She is based in Los Angeles.

Zach Miller

SVP Corporate Development, Aaptiv

Zach Miller is a media and technology executive with deep experience in content, strategy, business development, marketing, and sales. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Aaptiv, a leading provider of premium digital fitness content that is changing how people work out through its audio guided fitness classes. In his role, Zach leads Aaptiv’s strategic partnerships, music licensing, and B2B sales.