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Today, consumers receive, respond to, and act on marketing messages very differently than they did even a year ago. With wit and precision, these speakers look at how things are changing—but remind us of the fundamentals.

 
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Ryan Holiday

Author of Perennial Seller, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and more

With bestsellers like The Daily Stoic and Ego Is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday is a motivational speaker on everyone’s mind. The New York Times calls him “a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-...

Sarah Lewis

Author of The Rise, Guest-Editor of Aperture’s “Vision & Justice” Issue

Sarah Lewis answers central questions brands must grapple with to pierce our media-saturated culture. How do we celebrate, rather than steal or appropriate, the work of artistic creators? And how can we invoke the past with reverence and respect?

 
Adam Alter

New York Times Bestselling Author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible

Adam Alter is a bestselling author who studies how we think and decide—how consumers spend, doctors diagnose, judges punish, and investors invest. In his new book, Irresistible, he explores how tech c...

Amber Mac

Relentless Adaptation Speaker and Writer for Fast Company

Amber Mac talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, anticipate,...

Derek Thompson

Senior Editor at The Atlantic | Author of Hit Makers

As Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Derek Thompson writes on economics and politics, media and money in America today—and always with an expert sense of what’s important. Whether he’s analyzing labor ma...

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trendhunter.com, Award-Winning Innovator, Management Consultant, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), award-winning author and management consultant to brands, billionaires and CEOs. Gutsche is the brains behind Trendhunter.com: t...

Doug Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly researche...

Bianca Bosker

Author of Cork Dork, the Instant New York Times Bestseller

Bianca Bosker is obsessed with obsession. It’s inspired her award-winning stories for outlets like The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as her New York Times bestseller Cork Dork, which traces her...

Brian Scudamore

Founder and CEO of O2E Brands (1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine)

Brian Scudamore is an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people. Punchy and vividly anecdotal, he shows you clear and simple steps to take any business from ordinary to exce...

Sara Critchfield

Founding Editorial Director of Upworthy

Sara Critchfield is the former Editorial Director of Upworthy—“the fastest-growing media company of all time” (Fast Company). She believes that stories focusing on social issues can be just as viral a...

David Sax

Author of The Revenge of Analog, The Tastemakers, and Save the Deli

We work, sell, and live in the real world, argues David Sax—even amidst the so-called digital age. In his new book The Revenge of Analog (an NYT Critics’ choice for Top Books of 2016), Sax explains ho...

Aaron M. Glazer & Zoe Fraade-Blanar

Authors of Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

Welcome to the “fandom-based economy”—where today’s most passionate fans drive, engage with, and create communities around top brands. In other words, they’re the people who’ll make or break your comp...

Bonnie Brooks

Former Vice Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company

Bonnie Brooks restored one of the world’s greatest retailers, Hudson’s Bay Co.—the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor—to its rightful place as a world-class organization. As its first fe...

Rob Walker

Author of Buying In

A witty, uncompromising voice on consumer behavior, marketing, design, and pop culture, Rob Walker has been called “the most trenchant psychoanalyst of our consumer selves” by Michael Pollan. In new t...

Shlomo Benartzi

Author of The Smarter Screen, a book about online behavior

We live in a world of screens. Many of us spend the majority of our waking lives interacting with devices. Behavioral economist Shlomo Benartzi is studying how we think, and act, differently on screen...

Ashton Applewhite

Anti-Ageism Activist | Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

What if discrimination on the basis of age were as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice? Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making ...

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Founder & CEO, ZenBanx, Inc., and Founder, ING Direct

The model of top-down corporate leadership is obsolete. Drawing on his influential work at ING Direct, rebel CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann offers a fully-realized vision of what he calls culture-driven leadersh...

Scott Stratten

Sales and Marketing Speaker, President of UnMarketing

Speaker Scott Stratten has been named by Forbes as one of the top five social media influencers in the world. Stratten is the President of UnMarketing and the author of several bestselling books on sa...

Arlene Dickinson

Business Speaker, CEO of Venture Communications, Star of Dragons' Den

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leve...

Robin Esrock

Bestselling Author, Tourism Expert, and Global Adventurer

Having explored over 100 countries on 7 continents, bestselling author and TV host Robin Esrock helps us break through the personal and professional boundaries that often stand in our way. He speaks o...

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur and & “Shark” on ABC’s Hit Show Shark Tank

At 23 years old, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 to start a tiny real estate office. She eventually grew that $1,000 into a $6 billion business. Now famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to en...