Marketing, Strategy, & E-Commerce Forum
Abby has spent her career helping businesses and brands grow. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth at SoulCycle, where she overseas business development and revenue growth outside the consumer studio business, with an emphasis on building new digital products.
Prior to SoulCycle, Ms. Levy teamed with Arianna Huffington to launch Thrive Global, an emerging leader in employer wellbeing solutions. In her role as President of Thrive, Abby partnered with Arianna to define the strategy, fundraise, build the team, launch and commercialize Thrive’s platform. Abby remains on the Thrive Board and as a strategic advisor.
Abby honed her expertise in product and brand having spent five years at OXO International, a high growth consumer products company best known for the GoodGrips brand of kitchen tools. As a Product Manager then Category Director, Abby ran new product category development, responsible for launching over 50 products from concept, design and manufacturing to sales and product marketing.
Abby has substantial experience helping business leaders drive growth having served as a product and marketing advisor for many companies from startup to multinationals. Abby provided support on product development, launch, sales and marketing, and partnerships for clients including Hearst Media, LeagueApps, LittlePim,LiveAuctioneers, MindBody, Seedling, SideTour (now part of Groupon), Synapse and continues to work with several startups in the seed stage.
Abby began her career at McKinsey, first as a Business Analyst in their New York Office and then as an Associate in the London Office. She also returned as an Associate Principal in McKinsey’s Innovation Practice after her time at OXO International.
Abby earned her B.A. with Honors from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned her M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Abby serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Hunter College in New York City and the Board of the Children’s Museum of the East End. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
A serial entrepreneur, Ben Lewis’ experience lies at the intersection of brands, technology and food. He has worked extensively in the organic food industry, honing a well-rounded understanding of consumer facing brands and what it takes to build them. Ben has helped pioneer trends like cold-pressed juice and cold-brew coffee, taking them from obscure, emerging concepts to household buzzwords.
Ben’s first foray into business was in high school when he founded a charitable bottled water company out of the back of his car. As a student at Wharton, he co-founded The Epic Seed, a Greek yogurt brand with a national footprint and a cult-like following that he later sold. Most recently, Ben built a national distribution company which acted as an incubator to up-and-coming food and beverage brands. Over the course of four years, Ben grew the company from zero to more than $25 million in revenue and a team of 75 people, building a nimble just-in-time supply chain spanning eight regions.
Ben’s accomplishments are a direct result of his willingness to innovate and use unorthodox solutions to transform businesses. Through his many experiences, Ben has developed a deep understanding of the obstacles and demands unique to modern consumer products marketed to a younger generation—especially those related to food.
Today, Ben is the co-founder and CEO of the direct-to-consumer startup Little Spoon, a fresh, direct-to-consumer baby food and early childhood nutrition company reinventing the modern parent’s experience of keeping their child happy and healthy.
Ben is passionate about design, healthy living, food of all types, and creating processes that run smoothly. Ben grew up in Pittsburgh and currently lives in New York City.
Brett Goldberg is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of TickPick. Brett and his college roommate launched TickPick in 2011 to provide a solution for fans who enjoy live entertainment - without having to pay the exorbitant fees. They pride themselves on providing the best ticket price with the most accommodating user experience on the market.
Since launching TickPick in 2011, the company has grown from 2 founders to a profitable, employee-owned 25+ person company.
TickPick was named 153rd on Inc. 500's 2018 List of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the USA.
Dafne is the VP of Consumer Strategy and Insights for Anheuser-Busch, world’s largest brewer and one of the most iconic America’s companies. Anheuser-Busch is home to Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, Stella Artois, and a number of regional and craft brands.
Dafne started her career at AB in 2013 leading global Digital Media capabilities. Her passion for understanding culture and consumer behavior led her to combine portfolio strategy and consumer insights, pioneering a company transformation to a truly consumer centric, more innovative and agile organization.
Since last year AB was able to raise to the top of Forbes Most Innovative alcohol companies in 2018 and become #1 in the industry in total share of social conversations.
Kaitlyn is the former VP of Marketing at theSkimm, a membership company that makes it easier for millennial women to live smarter lives by seamlessly integrating the information they need to know into their routines. With over 7 million subscribers, theSkimm started as a newsletter but has since evolved into a brand that is building its business around the content consumption routines and behaviors of female millennials.
Prior to joining theSkimm, Kaitlyn was at charity: water, a nonprofit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. She joined the team in 2012 and was focused on building the organization’s strategies for scaling personalization in a digital space through their online fundraising platform.
Scott Rosenberg is GM/SVP of the Platform Business at Roku, where he leads content distribution, advertising, and consumer engagement. Scott and his team are responsible for writing partnerships with the world’s leading content producers and distributors, driving engagement with Roku’s consumers, and monetizing this engagement through subscriptions and advertising. Scott joined Roku in late 2012, and led the creation of Roku’s ad business, which today drives a majority of Roku’s profits. Previously, Scott was CEO of Umami TV, a VC-backed TV startup. He has held senior sales, product and engineering roles at Rovi, BlackArrow, ReplayTV and Intel. Scott has computer science degrees from Princeton and MIT, and an MBA from MIT/Sloan.
Ian Wishingrad is an award-winning creative director and millennial trend expert specializing in branding, advertising, social media and digital development. He is the founder and creative director of BigEyedWish, whose clients include telecom giant AT&T, Diageo, Nestlé, Macy's, FuboTV, Terra Origin, and many other businesses and brands. In 2015 he launched Nobituary.com, an anti-smoking web-app, with Oscar-winner and “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
Prior to forming his own company, Wishingrad served as the Director of Creative Development at United Entertainment Group working on leading brands including P&G Beauty, Frito-Lay and General Mills. Before leading the creative department at UEG, Wishingrad served as the Sr. Manager of Creative Development at Vimeo. There he helped craft the Vimeo brand, established partnerships with Hollywood studios, and collaborated with the ad sales team to create custom campaigns for their advertisers. Before Vimeo, Wishingrad served as the youngest Senior Copywriter at TracyLocke. While there, he created the award-winning Wisk-it Facebook app, SoBe Skinsuit campaign, and “The Land of &” for Buffets Inc.
Wishingrad has won many accolades throughout his career including a Best in Show and Gold & Viral Promotion for the Wisk-it Facebook app. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and holds a Bachelors of Science in Television, Radio and Film. Wishingrad is a board member of the esteemed Newhouse Network.
When he is not working, Wishingrad enjoys discovering new cities, flavors and people with his wife and son. He currently resides in Manhattan, New York.
Ted’s passion for hockey reflects how he leads. In a world where change is the only constant, he and his colleagues are tasked with managing the present-day needs of clients while ensuring Hot Paper Lantern stays ahead of the curve in a fast-moving, digitally-charged environment.
At HPL, Ted is in charge of marketing and business development and works closely with some of HPL’s largest integrated accounts, helping brands navigate through transformation and thrive in a digital economy.
“Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky
Giving back to the profession and global community is also a big part of Ted’s life. He is a proud board member of several leading organizations – including College of Charleston’s Department of Communication Advisory Council, Hands Up for Haiti, Shames JCC on the Hudson and Youth About Business.
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Zohar is the CEO and Co-founder of Wibbitz, the automated video creation company trusted by leading brands, publishers, and agencies. Before founding Wibbitz in 2011, Zohar’s entrepreneurial drive lead him to launch several startups at a young age. His passion for media and advanced technology has helped to pioneer the use of automation and change the digital video landscape. He speaks frequently at events such as the TEDx, World News Media Congress, and SXSW. Zohar was selected by Geektime as one of the Top 5 Israeli Entrepreneurs for 2013, the 40-under-40 list for 2014 by TheMarker Magazine, and the 2018 40-under-40 list for the Young Jewish Professionals organization.
Roey is the VP of Operations at Apester, the interactive content platform for publishers, agencies, and brands looking to connect with digital audiences. Roey joined Apester in 2016 beginning as a product manager before growing with the startup as head of product. Now, he's managing the global operations of the company.
Apester has been engineering the future of the digital content experience — working with brands to revolutionize how we interact with web publishers' content.
Roey has since moved to New York with his wife in April 2019. Any recommendations on worthwhile places to hang out in the city are much appreciated!
Graduated from Boston University's College of Communication ('17) and currently work at Mekanism as a Community Manager.
Michal is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at kwik, a seamless IoT automatic reordering platform, that enables usage-based replenishment. Michal successfully meld her tech savvy and marketing prowess from 10 years in the advertising industry to build kwik’s offering in the US market. She connects some of the world largest brands and retailers to cutting edge IoT e-commerce solutions.
Born in Kenya, raised in Israel and currently residing in New York City - Michal has a passion for introducing the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit to the world and is an avid advocate for promoting women in tech.
Nis Frome is the co-founder of Alpha, an on-demand insights platform that is the fastest way to learn about your future customers. Teams at one-third of the Fortune 100 use Alpha’s on-demand insights platform to rapidly explore new markets, validate growth opportunities, and build better products faster. Nis's articles and insights have been published in Inc, Forbes, and Fast Company, and Alpha produces the industry's most popular resources like the podcast: "This Is Product Management".
Union Square Area
This event starts on May 1st at 6:00 PM.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals with current industry leaders to help them become the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Our signature roundtable format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of marketing and strategy, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow attendees to explore professional opportunities and potential partnerships.
The evening kicks off with dinner, drinks, and networking, where you’ll find fresh faces and reconnect with some familiar ones. Afterward, you will take a seat at a roundtable discussion where you will join in on a meaningful conversation regarding current market trends and various eCommerce philosophies. This your opportunity to personally connect with and get to know some of the most talented and successful professionals within the industry.
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