2020 Speakers

2020 BrandSmart Keynotes

  • Akilah Cadet, DHSc, MPH

    Founder and Executive Coach, Change Cadet

    Anti-racism Advocate. Change Agent. Lover of Beyonce.

  • Erich Joachimsthaler, Ph.D

    Founder and CEO, Vivaldi Group

  • Tonise Paul

    Chairwoman, Energy BBDO

  • Erik Vaveris

    VP of Global Marketing, Shure


  • Peter Borowski

    VP, Global Brand Design, AT&T

  • Christine Buck

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

  • Andy Crestodina

    Co-Founder & CMO, Orbit Media Studios

  • Dean DeLisle

    Founder & CEO, Forward Progress

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Puck

    Director, Strategic Brand Development at Mariano’s

  • Karuna Rawal

    Chief Marketing Officer, Nature’s Fynd

  • La Sridhar

    Global Insights and Analytics Leader

  • 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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