March 30 - April 1, 2020
Andrew Appel
President and CEO

Since joining in 2012, Andrew has led IRI’s transformation into a technology-focused big data and analytics company, and overseen the development of a variety of products and solutions that leverage big data to deliver growth to clients.

Under his leadership, IRI has created a best-of-breed partner ecosystem with dozens of active partnerships and significantly expanded IRI into new industries and markets. During his tenure, IRI has consistently grown revenue and EBITDA and now serves over 5,000 clients worldwide.

Will Post
Industry Manager for Consumer Packaged Goods

As Facebook’s Industry Manager for Consumer Packaged Goods in the U.S., Will leads the Central Region teams who partner with CPG Food companies. Will joined Facebook & Instagram in 2013, prior to which he spent 5 years at The Wall Street Journal where he spearheaded regional sales, product launches and sales development for consumer marketing. His background is in Consumer Insights and Strategy, having spent the early years of his career at Ogilvy New York as a Strategist across CPG, Financial Services, Retail and Consumer Technology. He is passionate about helping consumer brands adapt their story to resonate with people in today’s mobile world. He has a BA in Advertising & Public Relations from Penn State. He now lives in Evanston, Illinois with his brilliant wife and two young daughters who constantly leave him covered in glitter and humming music from Pixar movies.

Mike Walsh

As the head of a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century, Mike advises global Fortune 500 leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Mike regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. He previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia and has held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region.

Shelley Zalis
The Female Quotient

Shelley is an internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. As the first female chief executive of a company ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she helped elevate feminine strengths in the workplace and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry.

This includes advancing gender equality across industries with the Girls’ Lounge, a pop-up experience at conferences such as The World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions and the Consumer Electronics Show, as well as within companies. Shelley also leads initiatives within corporations by activating solutions for change with The Female Quotient’s Equality Bootcamps.

Charlie Chappell
Head of Media & Comms Planning
The Hershey Company

Charlie is leading Hershey’s transformation to a data-driven, people-based approach to media. He oversees all paid media across Hershey’s iconic portfolio of brands such as Reese’s, Hershey’s, Kit Kat, Ice Breakers, Twizzlers and many more. Previously, he spent 12 years at P&G where he worked with many iconic personal care brands.

He has also worked in over 25 different countries and is a graduate of Purdue University (Chemical Engineering) and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Rohan Oza
CAVU Venture Partners

Dubbed “Hollywood’s Brandfather” by the Hollywood Reporter, Rohan is a global pioneer in celebrity equity deals and is known for transforming groundbreaking consumer products into household names.

His revolutionary expertise has led him to appear on numerous national television shows, including his upcoming appearance as a Guest Shark on “Shark Tank,” and his unique philosophy, ideas and strategy have earned billions for corporations, brands and celebrities alike due to his ability to identify key trends and leverage those insights to build iconic brands.

Erik Weihenmayer
No Barriers

On May 25, 2001, Erik became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008, he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent.

As a blind adventurer, Erik’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable mountains fueled a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter the barriers in their own lives. To advance this idea, Erik co-founded No Barriers to help people with challenges turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit, and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose.

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