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12th Annual LGBTQ Marketing & Advertising Symposium - Speaker List

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Apoorva Gandhi - Marriott International (Vice President, Multi-Cultural Affairs)
As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company...
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Crystal Ward - OutDoc (Co-Founder)
Crystal Palmero Ward is the co­-founder of OutDoc, an online platform that connects patients to LGBT­-friendly doctors. Motivated by doctors’ visits that felt incomplete and inept to her needs as a lesbian, Crystal wants to improve the healthcare experience for those that also defy the heteronormati...
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David Foucher - Edge Media Network (Publisher & Chief Executive Officer)

  - Website: http://www.edgemedianetwork.com
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David Paisley - Community Marketing & Insights (Senior Research Director)
David Paisley is the Senior Research Director with Community Marketing & Insights [CMI]. He has been with CMI for over 20 years. David coordinates the company’s quantitative and qualitative client research projects and professional educational programs. With decades of experience, organizations util...
  - Website: http://www.communitymarketinginc.com
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Denise Spivak - CenterLink (Director of Member Relations & External Affairs)
Denise Spivak joined CenterLink after working in the private sector for over twenty years. She has extensive experience in team management, talent acquisition and program development. Prior to joining CenterLink, Denise was a corporate executive recruiter. Her background also includes on-air and ...
  - Website: www.lgbtcenters.org
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Diego Antista - Google Inc. (US Hispanic Agency Head)
He has been on the Internet advertising industry for over 16 years. Diego Antista joined Google in September of 2007 working in different Latin American countries and the US. Today he is one of the main point of contact for all media agencies and helps to activate Hispanic engagement opportunities f...
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Elizabeth Kohm - PFLAG (Deputy Executive Director)
Elizabeth Kohm joined PFLAG in July of 2011 and manages support of the grassroots chapter network through our field and policy operations as well as oversees development and communications. She brought more than twenty years experience as a senior manager in different nonprofit organizations and als...
  - Website: www.pflag.org
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Joe Keenan - MWW Group (Vice President, LGBT Practice)
Joe Keenan is an industry leader with over twenty years in marketing for blue-chip brands and key non-profit organizations reaching both the LGBTQ and mainstream markets with areas of expertise in gay/lesbian market strategy and consulting, strategic integrated marketing, experiential marketing, eve...
  - Website: http://www.mww.com
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Joe Landry - Here Media (EVP, Publishing)
With more than 19+ years in LGBT marketing and media, Joe Landry has worked extensively with top Fortune 500 marketers and hundreds of marketing partners targeting the LGBT community. Throughout his career, Joe Landry has been a leading pioneer in the development and successful implementation of res...
  - Website: http://www.heremedia.com
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Kaitlin Bishop - Rivendell Media
Kaitlin Bishop is a sales representative at Rivendell Media, working primarily on Curve Magazine and the Lesbian Market.
  - Website: www.rivendellmedia.com
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Matt Skallerud - Pink Banana Media (President)
Currently heading up the new New York City office
Matt Skallerud began his online career in May 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBT websites worldwide. Having worked with companies, large and small, for more than 19 years to reach the LGBT online consumer through this site and others, he is now focused on the mo...
  - Website: PinkBananaMedia.com
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Maureen Erokwu - Vosmap (Co-Founder)
Maureen Erokwu, Founder and CEO of Vosmap, is New York's leading Google Business View Provider. Since 2011, Vosmap has helped Google expand street view technology inside of businesses. Maureen's passion for photo­technology have allowed her to find entrepreneurial success despite the male­dominated ...
  - Website: www.vosmap.com
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Merryn Johns - Curve Magazine (Editor in Chief)
Merryn Johns is the editor in chief of Curve, America’s best-selling magazine for lesbians. She was the founding editor of BOUND magazine, an international travel and lifestyle magazine for queer women and their friends, and editor in chief of LOTL, Australia’s national magazine...
  - Website: www.curvemag.com
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Michi Suzuki - Radarworks
Michi has 15+ years of experience in PR, Marketing, Business Development, Client Services, Management and Communications.. She is VP of Client Services for Flip, the LGBT division of ion+radarworks, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. Michi has worked on a variety of projects and bran...
  - Website: http://www.thisisflip.com
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Rachael Brister - GSBA - Greater Seattle Business Association (Vice President, Marketing & Tourism)
Rachael Brister has been working in the LGBT community for almost 20 years starting as the Director of the Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in Rochester, NY just after graduating college. In 2004, Rachael moved to Seattle to become the Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the organiz...
  - Website: http://www.thegsba.org
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Stephen Macias - MWW Group
Stephen leads MWW’s LGBT practice, joining MWW from Macias Media Group where he served as President and Managing Partner. MWW’s LGBT practice counts amongst its robust client list Fortune 500 companies, LGBT owned businesses, LGBT non-profits and national figures like Prop 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami a...
  - Website: http://www.mww.com
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Steve Levin - Grindr (Head of Global Sales)
Steve Levin is a highly successful media executive who develops and manages top sales talent to increase revenues through strategic positioning, best sales tactics, compelling sales presentations, and effective use of research and marketing tools.

At Grindr he has built a direct sales team of ...
  - Website: www.grindr.com
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Stuart Brockington - Here Media (Senior Director, Integrated Advertising)
With 15 years of integrated marketing and media experience, Stuart Brockington is known for his strategic ingenuity and creative business development. As Senior Director, Integrated Advertising with Here Media, he constructs and implements custom integrated marketing partnerships for more than 120 ...
  - Website: http://www.heremedia.com
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Thomas Roth - Community Marketing & Insights (President)
Thomas Roth, President and Founder, launched Community Marketing, Inc. in 1992, and has served as its President for 22 years. Tom and his team have developed a spectrum of products and services to skillfully lead the company's global clients to their goals. Tom is now primarily dedicating his indust...
  - Website: www.CommunityMarketingInc.com
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Todd Evans - Rivendell Media (President & CEO)
Todd Evans is President and CEO of Rivendell Media, America's leading gay and lesbian media placement firm- a unique media company that was founded in 1979 and represents 96% of all gay, lesbian and HIV/AIDS publications in the United States and Canada. Rivendell Media serves as the national advert...
  - Website: RivendellMedia.com
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Tom Whitman - Flip Radarworks
Tom Whitman is the Senior Vice President/Director of Flip, the LGBT division of integrated marketing agency ion+Radarworks, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. Tom has made a career of specializing in connecting Fortune 500 national and major regional brands to the LGBT consumer thro...
  - Website: www.thisisflip.com
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