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Thursday, March 1 • Writers Guild Theater • 135 S Doheny Drive
Our Los Angeles speakers
VP of Information Systems @ DollarShaveClub
Amber Hameed is the VP of Information Systems at DollarShaveClub where she is responsible for Corporate Compliance and Security ,Data Analytics, and Business Operations. She is a recent transplant to California from the east coast mainly NY and Boston. Prior to joining DSC Amber was a Global Director of Technology at the Media and Advertising giant Publicis Groupe where she helped roll out technology platforms to over 25000 users globally. Amber started her career in Management Consulting and worked for Capgmini, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte. At Capgemini she helped establish a new practice showing interoperability between multiple software giants such as Microsoft and SAP.
General Manager of Tasty @ BuzzFeed
Ashley McCollum is the General Manager of Tasty, BuzzFeed’s global food network, which reaches 500 million people each month. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff to BuzzFeed CEO and Founder. In June 2016, McCollum was named to Adweek’s “The 30 Most Influential People in Food” list and in January 2017, she was included on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list. Before joining BuzzFeed, McCollum worked in marketing & communications at NBC News and focused on digital and social initiatives. She studied Economics at Presbyterian College and lives in Los Angeles.
Founder/Design Director @ Cora Thomas Design
Cora Thomas is a jewelry and accessories designer based in Venice, California. She graduated from Parsons School of Design where she studied Fashion Design and honed her skills in accessories and merchandising. During her time in New York City, she worked for companies such as J.Crew, Club Monaco and Madewell. Cora launched her company, Cora Thomas Design, shortly after moving to California two years ago and produces collections for brands such as For Love and Lemons, Tuckernuck, and India Hicks. Cora is also co-founder of Barrineau, a Los Angeles based accessories brand.
Director of Engineering @ SnapChat
Farnaz is an Engineering Director at Snapchat where she builds a new generation of advertising solutions focused on monetization of camera. Prior to her time at Snapchat, Farnaz was a senior engineering manager at Google building a suite of advertising products ranging from text, image and video classification to brand effectiveness. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology before starting her graduate studies in Computer Science at University of Southern California.
Co-Founder & CEO @ TRIPP
As CEO of TRIPP, Nanea brings over 15 years of experience in digital distribution, video game technologies and mobile application development. Prior to TRIPP, Nanea was President & COO of textPlus, one of the top mobile communications applications on iOS and Android platforms. She is committed to supporting the evolution of the technology sector in Los Angeles and has worked as an advisor and angel investor in many exciting Southern California start-ups including Oculus, Haku and Saucey. She is an active mentor and public speaker, having given 3 TEDx talks on various subjects, including one focused on why girls should play video games. She is very active in her late husband’s non-profit Bodhicitta Inc. as well as dedicated to helping women in recovery at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House.
Entrepreneur in Residence @ Lightspeed Ventures
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls. She is the Founder and CEO of SoulTour, a platform for upliftment and spiritual well being. Tara is the author of The Transformational Consumer, an Entrepreneur in Residence for Lightspeed Venture Partners and the former chief marketer for the world’s largest health and fitness platform, MyFitnessPal.
Consultant @ The Fancys
Nikki began her career developing and managing digital talent, producing and launching one of the most popular online franchises, Epic Rap Battles of History. She was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30, Hollywood in 2015. Nikki was one of the first employees at Maker Studios where she launched multiple digital brands; overseeing brand development, creative, programming, and audience strategy. She now runs a consultancy with sister, Jenny Fancy (The Fancys), bringing this insight to clients and partners. Prior to consulting, Nikki worked with Bkstg leading audience development and strategy and Maker Studios (now part of The Walt Disney Company).
CEO @ Giphy Studios
Samantha Scharff is the CEO of Giphy Studios, the premiere source for original, high-quality GIF creation. Giphy’s content studio works with the largest partners in TV, film, music, sports, and brands. Samantha is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has spent years making content for both television and digital media. Prior to Giphy Studios, she was Head of Digital Content and Strategy for FOX ADHD and Head of Development for Maker Studios. Samantha was a Producer for Saturday Night Live for 11 years, and produced for Comedy Central, Fox, The Colbert Report, and Tom Hanks’ Electric City.
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