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Director of Field Marketing @ Bumble
As one of the first Bumble employees, Samantha helped launch Bumble with a robust US college ambassador program in 2014. Since then, Samantha has helped Bumble’s field marketing team scale internationally and grow beyond just college marketing. The field team engineers word-of-mouth marketing and community building through guerrilla marketing and events across the country for diverse demographics and age groups, which in turn drives localized content, partnerships, press, and social media for the Bumble brand team. Today, Samantha oversees the “Bumble Honey” college ambassador programs, the “Queen Bee” city community building program, and the postgraduate “Local Bee” ambassador program.
Blogger @ A Taste of Koko
Jane is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog. A Taste of Koko features the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways and is the official restaurant expert for Visit Austin TX. A Taste of Koko has been featured in O Magazine, InStyle Magazine, OWN TV Network, and The New York Times. Brand partnerships include Target, IKEA, PayPal, Bud Light, UberEATS, Starbucks, Carnival Cruise Line, and more.
Sr. Director of Content @ Alamo Drafthouse
Jenny Jacobi has worked in the film industry for over a decade, with experience ranging across most functions in festivals, exhibition, and distribution. Having worked previously for the Telluride Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW, she now applies her diverse skill set to a wide array of projects at Alamo Drafthouse. While pursuing her MBA at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Jenny initiated a rotational program in which she moved through key departments within the company. She was recently tapped to lead Birth.Movies.Death., an editorial platform that enlists the best writers to discuss all things film both online and in print, and she is thrilled to continue putting her English Literature degree to excellent use.
Sr. Director, Global Corporate Communications @ RetailMeNot
Michelle Skupin is the senior director of communications at RetailMeNot, Inc. In this role, she directs all aspects of a comprehensive communications program. In addition, she oversees the global corporate brand, and she launched the company’s first B2B marketing and events program during RetailMeNot’s pre-public company start up days. Prior to RetailMeNot, Michelle has built a career of crafting bottom up marketing programs that help companies scale and grow. Previous roles span industries including retail, consumer Internet, wireless, architecture/design and media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Louisiana State University.
Founder @ Leader Ship Box
As CEO of A Brand Called U and Founder of Leader Ship Box, Rachel has cultivated her passion for public relations and brand management into multifaceted award winning businesses that operate successfully in competitive arenas such as sports, lifestyle, tech, non-profit, and subscription box services. Rachel’s clients have been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Essence, Black Enterprise, CNN, Crain’s Business, Inc. Magazine, Mix Mag, and more. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Marketing and as an advocate for continued education she teaches small business courses on public relations, marketing, and branding.
Sr. Product Manager @ WP Engine
Caroline has more than 17 years of software engineering experience. Recently, she architected and released a data quality and analytics platform for a SaaS price optimization company that serves numerous B2B Fortune 500 clients. Today, Caroline is Sr. Product Manager at WP Engine, where she focusses on helping businesses win online through best-in-class digital experiences. Caroline graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Management Information Systems (BCIS) at the University of North Texas and completed portions of undergraduate coursework at both the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business. She lives and thrives in Austin, TX with her husband of 20 years, Mark, and 2 sons, Grant and Andrew.
Director of Brand Strategy @ Chive Media Group
Jillian is the Director of Brand Strategy at Chive Media Group. In this role, she oversees and manages the ideation and execution of custom advertiser driven initiatives. Jill gets the opportunity to work with some of the companies most talented individuals in an effort to make the world just “10% happier.” Prior to Chive Media Group, Jill built in a career in video, telling stories that made people happy. First as a Production Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation and then as Producer at PopSugar. The one constant in Jill’s career has always been telling a good story to make people smile.
Director of Global Employee Experience & Development @ YETI
Ivy joined YETI when they were a small outdoor company in 2013 as their Recruiter. Over the past 4+ years, Ivy has lead the recruiting initiatives and helped the company’s leadership team grow the business from just 75 employees domestically to over 500 employees internationally. Prior to YETI, she worked predominantly on the agency side working for recruiting firms. Ivy also spent time as the Training Manager for North Asia with Robert Half before returning back to the US in 2012.
Principal @ Lontra Ventures
Andrea is an active Austin angel investor, advisor, and start-up champion. Lontra Ventures engages with start-ups tacking massive global challenges with deep technology. Andrea connects with high-impact, fearless founders! Andrea is active in Capital Factory, Techstars, MassChallenge and the Dell Medical Catalyst Program. She started her career in NYC at Salomon Smith Barney Media Investment Bank, has an undergrad from UW-Madison and an MBA for UT-Austin. Andrea, her husband Walter, and her kids, Sabrina and Hudson, are proud to call Austin home!
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