2020 BrandSmart Speakers

  • Chris Schyvinck – Keynote


    Christine Schyvinck is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. As the highest-ranking officer at the Company, she is one of a few women to hold an executive position in the pro audio industry. Her leadership has been integral to the steady growth and profitability of Shure.

  • Laurence Minsky

    Associate Professor, Communication, School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago

    Laurence Minsky is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches advertising and social media. An award-winning creative director, marketing strategist, copywriter, and consultant, he is known for developing effective cross-channel solutions that boost marketing ROI for world-class clients, including Amazon, AARP, Bay Valley Foods, Frito-Lay, McDonald’s, MetLife, PETsMART, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Mayo Clinic, United Airlines, United States Postal Service, Vita Foods, and many more. Finally, in addition to his best-selling books on marketing, branding, and advertising, he has been published by the Harvard Business Review, the European Business Review, MarketingProfs, and others.

  • Ilan Geva

    President, Ilan Geva & Friends Inc.

    Ilan Geva worked on four continents for global agencies and clients. He runs Ilan Geva & Friends, a global branding consultancy in Chicago. Ilan develops and creates Brand platforms including the brand vision, brand strategy, brand personality, using every imaginable strategic branding solution His work won awards around the world including CLIO, ADDY, TELLY, POPAI, CAPLES, ECHO, SUMMIT, ADRIAN and others. Ilan is an International speaker, workshop leader, and author. He worked with: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Visa, SA Breweries, Panasonic, Nestle, American Express, Unilever, VW-Audi, Kodak, HP, Seagram, Shell, Sears, Citibank, Israel Ministry of Tourism, South African Tourism, British Tourist Authority, Mexico Tourism Board, Lisbon Convention Bureau, United Airlines, Korean Air, Alitalia, Sheraton, Doubletree Hotels, Avis, and many more.

  • Dean DeLisle

    Developer and Chief Visionary, Social Jack

  • La Sridhar

    Global Insights, Molson Coors

  • Mat Zucker

    Partner, Digital, Prophet

    Mat Zucker leads Prophet’s global marketing & sales practice, helping clients transform digitally, finding new areas of growth in marketing, content and communications. A pioneer in the digital landscape, with creative leadership roles previously at OgilvyOne, R/GA, Razorfish and Agency.com, he has more than 27 years experience in advertising, interactive marketing, direct, social media and content. Mat is a contributor to Forbes.com and co-host of the marketing careers podcast Rising – Conversations With Leaders on The Way Up. He presented at BrandSmart in 2017.

  • Cindy Blum

    VP Marketing, Axcentria Pharm/Elevate CBD

  • Jeremy Foster

    Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

  • Christine Buck

    Global Head of Marketing & Brand, Talent & Culture, Morningstar

  • Peter Borowski

    VP, Global Brand Design, AT&T

  • Stephanie Pines

    Global Director, Creative & Design – Family Care, Kimberly Clark

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