Innovation Gets Personal

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Thomson Reuters, 3 Times Square

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June 2018 Seller Forum Overview

Change… disruption… rapidly shifting rules and alliances… new threats and competitors.

It’s times like these when great managers make the biggest difference. But just when we most need your skill and vision, you too often find yourself alone, without the network of mentors and peers who could help validate your plans and multiply your insights.

It’s not about the next technology, device or algorithm. The next big thing… is you. At the June Seller Forum we’ll get personal about how sales management is evolving in our industry and how you and your peers are investing in yourselves. From how you recruit and hire to the way you organize and motivate your teams, we’ll cover it all through guest presentations, polling, insights and the small group discussions you can only have at Seller Forum.

We hope you’ll choose to bet on yourself this June by claiming your seat at Seller Forum. Better yet, attend with another manager from your team. You’ll both be joining an important community of fellow sales leaders who are making the same bet.

Get Your Invite

10:30 am – 5:00 pm at Thomson Reuters. Seating is Limited.
Cocktail & Networking Reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Spyglass Rooftop Bar.

Final Agenda

10-10:30Coffee, Registration & Seating
Welcome Message from our Principal Event Sponsor, Oath
10:30 – 10:40Opening, Set-up & Ground Rules
10:40 – 11:20The Innovation Landscape: eMarketer Market Overview
Digital sales leaders look for controllable moves and discrete strategies to improve their teams’ unique position and sales prospects, but you can’t innovate what you can’t see. Respected industry analyst Geoff Ramsey, Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder at eMarketer, lights the way with a stimulating and provocative look at today’s media and technology landscape.
11:20 – 11:50Discussion: Tips, Tricks & Hacks to Keep Your Tank Full
No one understands the unique pressures and challenges of media sales leadership like your fellow travelers at Seller Forum. In this open discussion you and your peers share what’s in your toolkit for surviving and thriving, creating a list of strategies to help keep your head clear and thirst for innovation high, even on the hard days.
11:50 – 12:25Aptitude-Based Hiring: Innovating Your Approach to Talent
Tired of overpaying for the same resume? Hiring for aptitude may be the answer. Christie Hartbarger, digital sales veteran and current VP, Executive Recruiter at Strategy Source, shines a light on how to innovate your approach to sourcing and securing talent, and why you may need athletes not experts.
12:25 – 1:10Networking Lunch
Message from our Luncheon Sponsor, Salesforce DMP
1:10Program Resumes
Message from our Networking Reception Sponsor, PubMatic
1:10 – 1:40Innovating Your Agency Strategy
For today’s digital sales leader, client/agency/holding company isn’t a chain: it’s a patchwork quilt. Just as sellers are innovating positions and rethinking businesses, so are media agencies and holding companies we work with. No one has a better view of the action than Susan Schiekofer, Chief Digital Investment Officer at GroupM North America. In this insightful interview she shares her view of how the digital buying process continues to innovate.
1:40 – 2:10Innovating… YOU
Innovation isn’t something that happens once a year at an offsite. Nor is it limited to “the creative people” in your organization. If you’re leading or managing in today’s digital marketing world, innovation IS YOUR JOB! And the place to start is with yourself, your strategy and your process. Dr. Kumar Mehta, author of “The Innovation Biome,” respected expert in innovation science and successful startup CEO, will speak directly to how you can bring not just the spirit of innovation, but its reality to your team on a daily basis.
2:10 – 3:00Innovation Bootcamp: Scaling Innovation Starts with You
In this interactive workshop, Joshua Cohen, Managing Partner at GIANT Innovation, combines teaching and hands-on exercises drawn from the innovation methodologies of design thinking, creativity research and lean startup. You’ll walk away inspired, excited and ready to chart new paths of innovation within your own organizations.
3:00 – 3:20Networking Refreshment Break
Message from our Entertainment Sponsor, comScore
3:20Program Resumes
Message from our Venue Sponsor, Voicera
3:20 – 3:50Creating an Evergreen Culture of Innovation
Interdisciplinary teams, a culture of innovation and engagement, the independence to do great strategic work for clients. Does that sound like a dream? In this interview, Michael Lebowitz, Founder & CEO of award-winning independent agency, Big Spaceship, shares how he made it a reality over the last 18 years, and what he thinks it takes to establish a culture where things are invented every day.
3:50 – 4:15Discussion: Creating Time & Space for Innovation
Squeezing “innovation” into the fragmented remains of the day isn’t optimal. But a packed schedule of meetings & putting out fires is the calling card of today’s busy sales leader. Or is it? What new habits can be created (or old ones broken) to give you back some of the time & brain space needed for real creative thinking?
4:15 – 4:50The Inside Story at PHD
What’s going on at one of today’s most important, dynamic media shops? In this interview, Craig Atkinson, Chief Investment Officer at PHD, shares his POV on all things media. If PHD is important to you and your team – and it is – you won’t want to miss this direct, provocative and insightful conversation.
4:50 – 5:00Closing Remarks & Key Takeaways

Our Speakers


Susan Schiekofer
Chief Digital Investment Officer, GroupM North America

Susan is responsible for digital trading and implementation across all of GroupM’s agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus and Essence.

Her digital skill set and broad knowledge of trading best practices across all media formats ensures that GroupM leads the market with the best, most valuable, and accountable digital solutions for clients. She is also figurative in GroupM’s efforts to improve the integrity of the digital marketplace by championing viewability, anti-fraud safeguards, measurement, and standards.

Schiekofer has been a leader in the digital media space since 1994.

Craig Atkinson Speaker at Seller ForumCraig Atkinson
Chief Investment Officer, PHD US

In this role Craig is leading the effort to reimagine media buying as an investment engine focused around driving negotiation, integration and innovation. Atkinson joined PHD after six years at sister agencies OMD and Omnicom Media Group where he served as Chief of Acquisitions for Omnicom Media Group.

Having held positions within digital marketing since its inception in the mid 1990’s, he’s played key account, media and strategy roles for clients across every industry vertical.

Craig is regularly quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age and Adweek.

Geoff Ramsey, speaker at 2018 June Seller ForumGeoff Ramsey
Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder, eMarketer

As chief innovation officer and co-founder of eMarketer, Geoff has rich insights and a big-picture perspective of how consumers spend their time and money, and how marketers are striving to reach them. In this role, he helps develop innovative ways to display and personalize eMarketer’s industry-standard marketing research.

Ramsey received the 2011 ad:tech Industry Achievement Award, honoring individuals who have demonstrated consistent outstanding service, generated breakthrough ideas and fostered industry growth. His book, “Digital Impact: The Two Secrets to Online Marketing Success” (Wiley, 2011), co-authored with Vipin Mayar, has earned critical praise from industry leaders.


Michael Lebowitz
Founder & CEO, Big Spaceship

Big Spaceship is a globally-recognized agency and MediaPost’s OMMA Agency of the Year for 2018. Since launching in 2000, Michael has defined the strategy and vision for Big Spaceship, working closely with clients like Bloomberg, Converse, Google Play, Google Maps, Hasbro, JetBlue, Nestle-Purina, Samsung, Starbucks, Under Armour, and YouTube.

Michael has assembled “a crack team of digital inventors,” according to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list, and has led the company to be named Advertising Age and Crain’s New York Business “Best Places to Work”. Big Spaceship’s multidisciplinary team structure and progressive culture have twice been studied by Harvard Business School, with the case studies now taught in 40 countries.

Dr. Kumar Mehta, speaker at Seller ForumDr. Kumar Mehta
Founder, Bridges Insight

Dr. Kumar Mehta is the author of “The Innovation Biome”, and the founder of Bridges Insight, an innovation think-tank.

Kumar worked at Microsoft for fourteen years and was the CEO of a large data analytics company for a decade. He is now focused on researching and educating organizations about the principles of innovation. The simple premise behind his work is that when companies innovate, all of our lives get better.

Kumar also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California and is active as a board member for the Committee for Children, a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children.

Christie Hartbarger
VP, Executive Recruiter, Strategy Source

Christie is a veteran digital sales executive who transitioned a passion for finding great talent into a career as an executive recruiter.

For over 20 years, she had the privilege of building teams and driving revenue for companies such as CBSi, Time Inc., YuMe and Cardlytics. Career highlights include helping to tame the unchartered waters of OTT at YuMe and convincing the editor of TIME Magazine to create a stand-alone music issue for a Toyota Camry launch.


Joshua Cohen
Managing Partner, GIANT Innovation

Joshua leverages his experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and adviser to give large organizations the tools they need to act with speed, agility, and creativity. He guides GIANT Innovation’s clients to develop cutting edge products, services and business models with minimal resource expenditures using the same Lean Startup Methodology applied in his startup career.

Joshua has deep roots in technology-intensive sectors, having founded and built startups in both Europe and the U.S. He is the former co-head of US investments for SevenVentures, and worked with the core team at Citibank’s D10X program, helping create and roll out an unprecedented number of new startups within the organization.



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Seller Forum Networking Reception

On Wednesday, June 6th we’ll close out Seller Forum with a casual yet sophisticated cocktail and networking event from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Spyglass Rooftop Bar. Enjoy light fare, perfectly crafted cocktails and great company, because the conversation doesn’t end at 5.