The FoST summit is made possible by the combined efforts of our Board of Advisors and Staff.
Former Vice President of the United States; Author of An Inconvenient Truth
Former Vice President Gore serves as chairman of the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit focused on solutions to the climate crisis. He is also cofounder and chairman of Current TV and Generation Investment Management, senior partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the board of directors of Apple, and senior advisor to Google.
President and CEO, Siegelvision
Alan is one of the best-known figures in the branding business and a driving force behind the plain English movement in the United States and abroad. As cofounder of Sigel + Gale, he and his agency popularized the concept of "brand voice" to describe the totality of an organization's personality.
CEO and Executive Producer, m ss ng p eces
Ari has been designing, advising, and completing creative projects that matter to him and his community since 2005. His tireless passion for blazing trails has lead to collaborations with TED, GE, Common, Vimeo, Intel, Amex, the Climate Reality Project, and some of the world's leading artists, thinkers, and companies. He has been featured in Creativity magazine's "New Talent," Sundance Channel's "New Revolutionaries," Adweek's "Portraits," and TED's "Ads Worth Spreading."
Senior VP and CMO, GE
Beth leads GE's growth and market-innovation initiatives, as well as the sales, marketing and communications functions. She is responsible for GE-wide business platforms: ecomagination, dedicated to environmental innovation; healthymagination, focused on developing better health outcomes; and the "imagination at work" brand campaign.
Film and Television Producer; Cofounder, Imagine Entertainment
Brian is an American film and television producer. As cofounder of Imagine Entertainment, he has produced Academy Award-winning films such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind as well as the hit television series Felicity, Arrested Development, 24, and Friday Night Lights.
Artistic Director, The Moth
Catherine is the Artistic Director of The Moth, where she has helped shepherd the organization's development over the last ten years from a small, local event to a national organization with a critically-acclaimed podcast and year-round storytelling programs in eleven cities. She is the co-producer and frequent host of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, which can be heard on public radio stations around the country, and has been the lead director of The Moth's mainstage since 2003.
Founder, Future of StoryTelling; Founder and President, Melcher Media Inc.
Charles is the founder and president of Melcher Media, Inc., an award-winning app developer, book publisher, and corporate content-producing company with over 13 million books in print and 21 bestsellers. In 2011, Melcher Media produced "Our Choice" by Al Gore, a #1 bestseller on the iTunes store and recipient of Apple's prestigious award for best designed app of the year.
Partner, Diller, Scofidio, and Renfro
As partner of an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts, and architecture, Charles has worked on large-scale projects abroad and closer to home. His projects include the redesign of the Juilliard School, New York City's High Line, and Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.
Psychologist and Author, Emotional Intelligence
Daniel is an internationally acclaimed psychologist, author, and public speaker. As a New York Times journalist, he has reported extensively on the brain and behavior. His best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence, has sold five million copies in thirty languages.
Founder, President, and CEO, Blurb
Eileen is the founder of Blurb, a company that allows individuals to produce their own books in small volumes. Gittins has also served as VP at Wall Data and CEO of Personify, a pioneering developer of e-business software for profiling, analytics and segmentation.
Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures; Founder, Flatiron Partners
Fred helps people start and build technology companies through venture capital investing. He publishes one post a day on his blog, AVC: Musings of a VC in NYC, and Fred is believed to have the highest readership of any venture capitalist blogger.
Editor in Chief, Vanity Fair
Graydon has headed Vanity Fair since 1992, following stints at Time, LIFE, and the New York Observer. Under his tenure,VF has won eleven National Magazine Awards, andAdweekhas twice named him Magazine Editor of the Year. Graydon is also an Emmy Award' and Peabody Award-winning film and documentary producer.
Executive Director, Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Itamar is one of the visionaries behind Pilobolus, a dance troupe renowned for its shape-shifting human sculptures and daring acrobatics. He founded and co-curates the International Collaborators Project, which opens Pilobolus' choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields.
Founder, The Producing Office
Jeffrey is an American theatrical producer and has won three Tony Awards for Best Musical for the productions Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights. He is widely considered one of the most innovative of a new breed of producer that seeks out small productions and then adapts for commercial success on Broadway.
Partner and President, Riverpark and 'wichcraft
Jeffrey is a restaurateur dedicated to supporting urban farming, sustainable cooking practices, and making meals entirely from scratch. As cofounder of Riverpark Farm, Jeffrey is also credited with developing one of the largest and most urban farms in New York City.
Managing Partner and Founder, Futurlogic
Jon is a branding and marketing expert with new ideas to help shape the future of Internet culture. His company, Futurlogic, is a next-generation, online education company. The Internet-based platform specializes in online programs and curriculum ranging from brief webinars to virtual universities.
Founder, Row6.com and WIE Symposium
June began her career at MTV UK and today is one of the most recognizable faces of British television. She has been the face of Channel 4's Sunday morning strand T4 for the last eight years. She has interviewed and introduced some of the world's biggest names, including Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, and George Clooney.
Chairman, Entertainment and Digital Networks and Integrated Media, NBC Universal
Lauren has shaped a multi-faceted career in media. From her start as an indy film producer, she now oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, iVillage, and NBC Universal's Green is Universal initiative. Her marketing strategies create unique opportunities for advertisers to connect with a desirable demographic across all the NBC Universal brands.
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Time Warner, Inc.
Lisa oversees the company’s community outreach and philanthropic giving, and the arts. She also leads company-wide efforts aimed at better serving and reaching more diverse audiences. Active in civic issues, Lisa was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is Vice Chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and serves on the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation.
Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MoMA
Paola has lectured worldwide in settings ranging from peer conferences to global interdisciplinary gatherings and has served on international architecture and design juries. Antonelli's goal is to promote design's understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged.
Cofounder, Imaginary Forces
Peter is a visionary in the fields of communications, entertainment, and design. He is credited for producing the Blade films, creating the integral pre-vision sequences in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, and supervising marketing efforts for Ray, Spider-Man, and Transformers.
Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm
Peter handles the commercialization of augmented reality and other emerging technologies. Before joining Qualcomm, Marx had an illustrious career in the game and entertainment markets with positions at Mattel, Inc., Vivendi-Universal Games, Universal Studios, and Electronic Arts.
Founder, Story and Cube Ventures
Rachel is an entrepreneur who offers merchandising and marketing solutions to companies like AOL, Gilt Groupe, and Lord & Taylor. She is guided by the philosophy that creativity and commerce are driven by passion, innovation, demand, expertise, margin, and execution.
Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co., LP
Richard is a Senior Adviser for KKR, focusing on deals and portfolio companies in media and education. Until 2011, he was Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann, and President of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. In addition to senior executive roles at Random House, a division of Bertelsmann, his career in publishing and media includes service on the Boards of Activision Blizzard, Audible, a number of venture-backed digital media and education companies, and a term as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers.
Senior VP, Research and Development, Bonnier
Sara locates market opportunities for innovation and initiates new business development in the digital space. She understands the new behavior patterns of readers, viewers, and users, triggered by the paradigm shift that digitalization has brought to the media industry.
Photographer and Chairman of Photography, Bard College
Stephen was the first living photographer to have a solo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, circa 1971. He is best known for his deadpan images of "on the road" landscapes, as well as his pioneering use of color in art photography.
President and CEO, Sunny Bates Associates
For thirty years, Sunny has used her knowledge and intuition to create inspired marriages between ideas and capital, between creativity and sponsorship, between genius and its audience. She is a pioneer of the invisible network and its protocols, understanding that the connector is the new agent of innovation and business success.
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather
Described by Advertising Age as "One of the world's most influential people in the communications business," Khai has worked in every aspect of the business in his twenty-six-year career. He has worked with some of the world's greatest brands and won countless awards and grand prix over the years.
President and CEO, IDEO
Tim is an architect of products, services, environments, and digital experiences. He is inspired by the convergence of technology and art, as well as the ways in which good design can help emerging economies. He is the author of Change By Design and has written for the Harvard Business Reviewand The Economist.
Former Chairman and Global President, BabyCenter LLC
Tina has been named a top leader in technology byBusinessweek, Fast Company, USA Today, andAdvertisingAge. When she was at the helm of BabyCenter, they were the #1 pregnancy and parenting online destination that provides expert advice and mom-friendly insights.
Designer, President of Todd Oldham Studio
Originally a New York fashion designer, Oldham’s career has evolved to include all areas of design, from interior design to film and photography to furniture and graphic design. Oldham recently completed his 19th book, Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom. Most recently, Oldham’s Kid Made Modern, a collection of art supplies and kits, books, and events, debuted in all Target locations.
Tom has helped bring award-winning innovations and software applications to market including Autodesk SketchBook Pro and PortfolioWall. He is also the author of three books on creative thinking and was part of a team that won an Academy Award for its software contribution to the film industry.
Zem is the founder of Ecofabulous, an online resource for fashionable, healthy, and eco-friendly products. She has written for Domino, House and Garden, and Architectural Digest and has received the Global Green Millennium Founder's Award for her contributions to a sustainable world.