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“Beyond The Org Chart”
The Maturing of Digital Sales Leadership

September 14th, 2016 | Hearst Tower: 300 West 57th, New York, NY

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September Seller Forum Overview

Success in the rapidly changing digital media space requires more than management. It requires leadership. And leadership means driving the industry, your teams and your partners forward.

The September Seller Forum will explore leadership from all angles– inside ones’ own organization, externally with clients, and for the industry at large. We’ll unpack how these principles are put into practice through mentorship, consultative partnership, thought leadership and more.  It’s a conversation you can only have with those your peers in sales leadership.  And only at Seller Forum

“Beyond The Org Chart” Agenda

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10:30 am – 5:00 pm at Hearst Tower. Seating is Limited.

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Jennifer Gardner speaker at 2016 September Seller Forum

Jennifer Gardner

Senior Director Media,
North America, Unilever

Jennifer Gardner is Senior Director Media, North America, responsible for fostering strategic media partnerships and spearheading innovation in traditional and digital media campaigns for Unilever. She also has a passion for driving the industry forward in key areas specifically digital accountability and measurement.  She has focused on continuing the momentum behind Unilever’s position as a leading innovator in the global marketing space, and has facilitated strategic media and technology partnerships with Twitter, Facebook, NBC Universal, Viacom and Pinterest, as well as Hearst and Conde Nast.  She is also responsible for maintaining relationships with outside media agencies.

Jennifer was named one of Ad Age’s Women to Watch in 2015 and is the co-chair of the ANA Media Leadership Committee.  She also sits on the IAB Video Advisory Board.

Lee Nadler Marketing Communications & Launch Manager, MINI USA speaker at 2016 Seller Forum

Lee Nadler

Marketing Communications & Launch Manager, MINI USA

Lee Nadler is Marketing Communications & Launch Manager at MINI USA. He oversees cross-channel advertising creative and media, digital on all platforms, social media, gorilla/stunts, and partnerships and influencer initiatives. Lee also orchestrates new product launches and is the liaison to MINI’s new ventures A/D/O and Urban-X.

Nadler was on the agency side at KBS and was President/CEO of Digital Pulp. He founded and ran a consulting practice for ten years, Sherpa Marketing, which managed marketing for: BMW, CNN, Gilt Groupe, eMusic, RIDEMAKERZ and Yahoo! Lee was an early pioneer in digital marketing, as the first head of Marketing for DoubleClick in 1996.

Ann Blinkhorn speaking at the 2016 September Seller Forum

Ann Blinkhorn

Founder of Blinkhorn, L.L.C.

Ann Blinkhorn founded Blinkhorn, L.L.C. in 2009 following seven years as a leading recruiter in Spencer Stuart’s Technology, Communications and Media practice.  Ann led the firm’s cable practice and built the firm’s digital media efforts, working on senior-level assignments for a broad range of clients.  Earlier, Ann was an executive with The New York Times Company.

Ann earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. degree from Smith College. She serves on the advisory boards of WFUV Radio and ProPublica, and previously served on the board of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Conor McKenna speaking at 2016 Seller Forum

Conor McKenna

Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor,
LUMA Partners

Conor McKenna is a Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor at LUMA Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused on transactions at the intersection of media, marketing and technology.  He has advised a wide range of companies across the advertising technology, marketing technology, and media landscape, executing mergers and acquisitions for both public and private entities.

Prior to LUMA, Conor worked in the investment banking group of Sandler O’Neill & Partners, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital raises for companies in the insurance industry. Conor holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Bill Joy Speaking at the September 2016 Seller forum

Bill Joy

President, The Joy Group

Energetic.  Strategic.  Approachable.  For 22 years, Bill Joy has been a much sought-after consultant to organizations in a wide variety of industries.

With a clear passion for increasing organizational effectiveness, Bill focuses on executive coaching and leadership development.  His facilitation expertise creates environments that are “trusting,” “innovative,” “meaningful”, “challenging” and “fun.”

Bill has a BA in Chemistry from Indiana University and an MA in Organization Development from Loyola University of Chicago.

Now officially an ‘empty nester’ Bill enjoys balancing his time with work, travel, cooking, and cycling.  He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jo.

Karen Watai speaker at the 2016 September Seller Forum

Karen J. Watai

Founder & President,
KWA Leadership

Karen J. Watai is the President of KWA Leadership Consulting LLC, a firm which specializes in executive coaching, facilitation, and customized training.

Karen works closely with her clients to develop their personal and organizational leadership through the innovative design of results-oriented practices and learning experiences.  Karen specializes in the specific challenges of leadership in environments characterized by a diversity of cultures, gender, and work styles.  Prior to founding KWA Leadership Consulting, Karen was a Vice-President at Goldman Sachs and a Partner at the Exeter Group of Funds.

Karen is currently the Lead Facilitator for the IAB’s iDiverse Task Force.


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Companies participating in the 2016 September Seller Forum



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Networking Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Buffet

End your great day at our popular Forum Networking Dinner, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, which we’ll be hosting just a couple of blocks from the Hearst Tower at the Hudson Hotel’s Sky Terrace.

Hudson Hotel’s Sky Terrace is an outdoor rooftop oasis on the hotel’s 15th floor. Sky Terrace is the perfect city retreat for open-air lounging with unobstructed views of the Hudson River all the way to the Statue of Liberty.


Hudson Hotel’s Sky Terrace, 358 West 58th Street near the corner of 58th and 9th

Don’t miss the opportunity to form new friendships and business relationships, or to just catch up with old friends. You’ll enjoy great food and cocktails and imaginative entertainment.

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