Dr. Alan Rosenblatt is a political and digital strategist, researcher and professor and probably the most social media-savvy non-millennial you’ve ever met. He is currently a Principal at turner4D and the Director of Digital Research at Lake Research Partners, where he uses his social media expertise to assist Democratic and progressive campaigns. Alan’s goal is to show people not just how to work social media, but how to use it strategically to build an engaged audience and influence changemakers. After graduating from Tufts with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Alan continued his studies in political science, earning an M.A. at Boston College and his Ph.D. at American University in the field. He began his work in digital strategizing and analysis back in 1995, when he created and taught one of the first-ever classes on the politics of cyberspace at George Mason University. Since then, he’s held many jobs relating to his research, teaching at the college level, running political blogs, and creating social media strategies. He says he is active on just about every social media platform that exists, so you’ll have an easy time finding him on Twitter at @Dr.Digipol.
Larry Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Axis Promotions, a full-service marketing agency, based in New York City, focused on brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Larry started Axis Promotions in 1992 at his kitchen table, after he saw a need for disposable binoculars for the NBA, and managed to sell the NBA on that idea. Larry graduated from Duke University as pre-med with a B.A. in Political Science because he thought he was going to head off to medical school. But after a conversation with a college mentor his senior year, Larry decided to change course and eventually went to the University of Pennsylvania law school. Today, Axis Promotions is an award-winning agency with five locations across the country serving clients from Zappos to Nickelodeon to Jet Blue to the USA Network. Axis Promotions specializes in brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Axis has been named Counselor Magazine’s Top 40 Distributors 5 years in a row, Promo Marketing Magazine Top 40 Distributor, and PPB Greatest Companies to Work For.
Sree Sreenivasan is the co-founder of Digimentors, a digital consultancy working with some of the world’s most important brands to get them smarter and better on social and digital. But this wasn’t the field Sree started out in when he graduated from St. Stephen’s College in India in 1991 with a B.A. in History. After dreaming of becoming a journalist since he was 12, Sree started his career by living out his childhood dream. He wrote for The New York Times, reported for NBC and WABC TV, and even helped found the site DNAinfo.com. Eventually, Sree moved into academia and began to teach and mentor students at the Columbia School of Journalism where he worked for 20 years as a professor and then Dean of Student Affairs. It was while he was teaching at Columbia that Sree identified the digital revolution that was underway and started dedicating his energy and smarts to becoming a thought leader on the digital world. In August 2013, he was hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) as its first Chief Digital Officer. Then one day in June 2016 he was suddenly fired. But rather than hiding this fact, Sree took to social media and asked his followers for their help in finding his next job! He heard back from over a thousand people with their suggestions. With all of this experience, and his many successes, Sree Sreenivasan has some amazing stories and tips to share! Press play on this episode and get ready to learn a ton about how to use the digital world to your advantage.
George Leon is the CEO and founder of Cakewalk Entertainment, a full-service promotional marketing entertainment agencies which pushes entertainment properties and brands beyond the silver screen and into consumers’ everyday lives. With more than 25 years of experience, Leon is a one-of-a-kind specialist in global promotions and franchise development in the entertainment space. As EVP of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Leon pioneered a new franchise strategy by bringing promotions, consumer products, and product placement under one fully-integrated roof. Today he carries that global-scale studio approach everywhere he goes to create tailor-made promotional campaigns that elevate world-renowned icons and innovate new brands.
Hope Greenberg is the co-Founder of Soapbox Strategists a digital media agency that helps clients capture hearts (and dollars) in the online world. But Hope’s journey to where she is today began in the analogue world. She spent nine years as the fashion director at Lucky Magazine, prior to which she was the fashion director at Self Magazine and an editor at Mirabella and Harper’s Bazaar. Most recently, Hope worked as an editorial, product, partnership, marketing and public relations consultant for established and emerging brands including Kate Spade, Joe Fresh, Target, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and Shae NY.
Chris Luecke is a Sales & Marketing Account Manager at Rockwell Automation, and the host of Pubcast Worldwide podcast. When he graduated from Marquette University 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Marketing was the farthest thing from his mind. When he started college, Chris thought he wanted to be a roller coaster engineer, but eventually realized that being stuck behind a desk solving problems wasn’t quite what he wanted to do. After graduating, Chris spent a short time working with Anheuser-Busch helping them engineer their aluminum cans to be more efficient. But, after they were sold to a foreign company, Chris left AB and fell into a position at Rockwell Automation. Once there, he found his passion.
Becky D’Anna is the Executive Director of International Theatrical Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and has been obsessed with movies since she was a child. By the time she was 15 she knew exactly what she wanted to do: market movies. She figured her best bet was to go to a university in the Los Angeles area. So, she applied to USC and got in. During her studies in LA, Becky interned at two different film-related companies-- first, at a literary management company and then a film production company. While these were amazing opportunities that gave Becky the chance to experience many sides of the industry, she knew that her dream was still to market movies.
Jonathan Sackett is the President & CCO of Allscope media and communications. He attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations and minored in Psychology-- and was one of those lucky people who knew from the start that breaking into advertising was his professional dream. He took a brief detour when he went to law school for a year, but --at the end of the day-- advertising was his calling and that’s what he has continued to pursue. He’s been an executive at some of the top Ad and Marketing agencies in the world including: Ogilvy, DDB and Arnold Worldwide. And he’s worked on advertising campaigns for marquee products and companies: Skittles, GEICO, and Mars Wrigley. Needless to say, Jonathan loved and thrived in his career from the very beginning. But that’s not to say his stellar career didn’t hit a bump or two along the way. Want to know the ins and outs of the advertising and marketing world and why Jonathan loves it so much? Press Play!
Entrepreneurs and digital marketing experts Michael and Marc Guberti have been driven to achieve their dreams since they were teenagers. Now, as successful young men, they hope to spread their message: Age is NOT a limit to success. Michael is a social media strategist and the founder of SmartBizPeople a full-service digital marketing agency, who just graduated from the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business in May 2018 with a degree in Marketing. While his brother, Marc who is 20-year old has just started his junior year at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business majoring in Finance.