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Head of Analytics & Insights, Google

Janneke van Geuns is head of Insights & Analytics at Google. She is responsible for transforming analytics and data into stories that will spark content ideas and impact Google’s large brand advertisers. Before joining Google, Janneke was a Director of Strategic Analytics at creative advertising agency FCB.

Originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she moved to the United States eight years ago to get her Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. 




Touseef Mirza is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Advertising Research Foundation. She is a firm advocate that a strong brand strategy coupled with content communicated in a clear and compelling way is the path to marketing success.

Her science background and 15 years of experience in marketing and communications—public health, to copywriting, to digital strategist, to brand consultant—has made her an avid analytical thinker and big picture visionary who brings ideas to life.


CEO, Thinktopia

Patrick Hanlon is recognized as the world’s leading brand evolutionary. He is the CEO and founder of Thinktopia®, a global brand and strategic innovation practice for Fortune 100 clients that have included American Express, Levi's and United Nations.

Hanlon’s widely acclaimed book Primal Branding is the seminal work that looks at brands as belief systems that people opt-in to. His much-anticipated follow up, The Social Code, defines how to create brand communities via social media. He is an online contributor to Forbes, Fast Company and Inc.


UX Instructor & Consultant

Regine Gilbert is a user experience designer in NYC with over 10 years of experience working in the technology arena. An instructor at General Assembly, Gilbert has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place—one that starts and ends with the user. 

She started her career in design as a fashion designer, then quickly evolved into working in a corporate information technology setting. Ultimately, Gilbert ended up having the best of both worlds where fashion and technology merge. She currently works with a leading fashion brand.


Coach, Founder of Be Story Driven 

Michael Collins is a coach, facilitator and speaker. A long‐time performer on stage and in front of the camera, Collins is known for being a host on Outside Television’s national show, The Buzz, and is also an avid participant in Denver's improv community. Michael has learned over the years that it’s all about connecting to an audience and telling a story.
His approach is to understand his client’s needs and help them tell the stories that represent who they are—whether they’re giving a presentation, leading a team, or working within a group. His clients have ranged from multi-national corporations and startup tech companies to professional athletes, doctors, and entrepreneurs.



Creative Director, Undefined Creative

Maria Rapetskaya is a creative leader and architect of Undefined Creative, a boutique motion graphics agency that works with household names like NHL, NBC Universal, The Maury Show, Better Homes & Gardens, and United Nations. She’s taught at NYU and contributes her thoughts on entrepreneurship and leadership at 99U, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Fortune.
Define Your Path, her new mentoring platform, helps creatives at all levels to develop careers and companies that accurately express their personalities and goals.


CEO, Vines Media

Brooke Vines is a 20-year media veteran and is the CEO of Vines Media, the largest stand-alone media agency in Arkansas.

Her clients range from retail, higher education, healthcare and banking to nonprofit, technology and quick service restaurants. Whether clients are local or on a national level, Vines brings extensive traditional and digital experience into an emerging media field. 
Vines is passionate about serving her community. She has volunteered as a chair or member of committees including CARTI, Heifer International, MS Society, City Year, the Little Rock chapter of the Advertising Federation and also serves on the boards for CareLink and the Little Rock Community Mental Center.


Professor & Author

Dr. Michael Kleine has been a professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Arkansas Little Rock for over 33 years. He has taught courses in persuasive writing, rhetorical theory, language theory, and the history of rhetoric and persuasion.

Dr. Kleine is the author of the book Searching for Latini and has a particular interest in dialogical practice in both oral and written communication as well as the value of cooperation versus competition.

He was an inaugural co-director for UALR’s Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence and received the Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Professor.


Co-owner ,Circle Yoga Shala

Holly Krepps had a successful career in broadcast media and advertising for 17 years and she then became an avid practitioner of yoga. She is the founder of the renown studio Circle Yoga Shala and provides accredited yoga training programs. By taking an integrative system to yoga, she is a mental coach for Olympic and professional athletes—for example, the Czech Republic’s Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball team and a world-class tennis pro for New Zealand. Her unique approach enables her to `discover patterns of habitual behavior, be it in mind, emotions, and the body.


Professor Carol Thompson has focused on discovering ways that communication can create positive social worlds. Carol and Michael Kleine have written numerous articles that describe the value and power of interpersonal approaches to enhance learning through dialogue. Professor Thompson has been awarded many honors throughout her teaching and her research. Still, the important aspect of what is she does is to tirelessly work to bring people together through communication.

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