2020 BrandSmart Keynotes

  • Chris Schyvinck


    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.

  • Tonise Paul

    Chairwoman, Energy BBDO


  • Cindy Blum

    VP Marketing, Axcentria Pharm/Elevate CBD

  • Peter Borowski

    VP, Global Brand Design, AT&T

  • Christine Buck

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

  • Dean DeLisle

    Founder & CEO, Forward Progress

  • Jeremy Foster

    Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

  • Carol Franczek

    Senior Vice President Marketing & Corporate Communications, NorthShore University HealthSystem

  • 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.

  • Melissa Halas

    Director, Integrated Marketing Planning at CDW

  • Mark Miller

    Former VP, Global Professional Markets at SC Johnson

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Pines

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

  • Amanda Puck

    Director, Strategic Brand Development at Mariano’s

  • Karuna Rawal

    Chief Marketing Officer, Sustainable Bioproducts

  • La Sridhar

    Global Insights, Molson Coors

  • Steve Yastrow

    President & Founder, Yastrow and Partners

  • 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.

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