Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide
Barie Carmichael has more than 35 years of experience directing global corporate communication and has managed strategic corporate communication on a global scale in a variety of industries involving issue management, corporate branding, crisis, employee engagement and media relations.
A co-author of Columbia University Press’ Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape and senior counselor at the global communications consultancy APCO Worldwide, Carmichael counsels senior corporate management and the next generation of business leaders on navigating the new social ecosystem in which businesses today operate.
As Dow Corning Corporation’s chief communications officer, the company’s board of directors elected her to the position of corporate officer, recognizing her strategic contributions to guiding the company through the decade-long silicone breast implant crisis.
In addition to her work at Dow Corning Corporation, Ms. Carmichael was formerly a partner at The Brunswick Group and also served as VISA USA’s executive vice president of corporate relations.
Ms. Carmichael is a Batten Fellow at The University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School and is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Throughout her career, she has won numerous awards for issue management, employee communication and change management.
Ms. Carmichael graduated with honors from Carleton College and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of INSEAD’s Advance Management Program, Fontainebleau, France.
Media Executive and Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO, LEVIATHAN NEWS
Peter Cherukuri is regarded as a thought leader and disruptor within the media industry. Previously, he was Chief Strategy Officer for the Boston Globe, leading the development of new products, experiences, business models, and technologies.
Also, he served as President and Chief Innovation Officer for 1776, a global network for inclusive innovation. Peter is deeply passionate about the intersection between news, technology, and the global economy. Through this perspective, Peter has driven innovation and out-of-the-box thinking as a senior executive at a variety of media companies, including POLITICO, Huffington Post, the Economist Group, and CQ Roll Call.
Peter currently serves on the board of the National Press Foundation and the Close Up Foundation. He previously served on the board of trustees with The Shakespeare Theater Company, West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, and K Street Capital, an angel investor group that he co-founded.
Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, ZILLOW GROUP
Katie joined Zillow in 2008 as employee #150. Over the past ten years, she has headed company communications through a period of incredible growth. Zillow Group, headquartered in Seattle, now employs more than 3,500 people in nine offices.
Katie has overseen every aspect of communications, taking Zillow Group through its IPO and 13 acquisitions, including Trulia. She currently oversees the Zillow and HotPads brands public relations, employee communications, public affairs and government relations and corporate and business communications.
She is a leader who enjoys growing and managing a high-achieving and fast-moving team. Prior to joining Zillow, Katie worked as a journalist for five years.
President and Senior Partner, GLOBAL GATEWAY ADVISORS
Matthew Doering is the Founder and President of Global Gateway Advisors. He is a corporate and global public affairs consultant with extensive expertise in reputation management and stakeholder engagement.
For more than 20 years, he has worked primarily in the international communications arena advising clients on market positioning, thought leadership, issues and crisis management, employee engagement, global public affairs, litigation support and corporate social responsibility. He has worked on programs in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Since 2011 Mr. Doering has led the team coordinating strategic communications and media outreach for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit working with media partners including America Economia, Bloomberg, Caixin, CNN, Time/FORTUNE, CNBC and CGTV. The team also supports participating private sector companies media efforts at the Summit for host companies such as Microsoft, Google, P&G, PwC Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorganChase, Chevron, FedEx and Cargill. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating sustainable economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Doering has advised and worked with clients on a wide-array of engagements for organizations such as Abbott, Amgen, the Brazil Government, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Glassdoor, Grupo Globo, Merck, Living Cities, Lockheed Martin, Cayman Islands Government, Cadbury Schweppes, Siemens Healthcare, Subway Restaurants, the Singapore Economic Development Board and Zillow Group.
He chaired and organized the Fulbright PR Council for the Institute of International Education, an advisory team of 15 cross sector reputation and marketing experts.
Mr. Doering is on the Board of Trustees for the ArtOmi, a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, musicians, and dancers plus a 300-acre campus to the The Fields Sculpture Park with more than 80 contemporary sculptures.
Director of Public Relations and Communications, BEN & JERRY’S
After spending a few extra years at the University of Vermont working for his undergraduate degree, Sean gave in to his calling and joined Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Starting in 1988, Sean has seen the triumphs and tribulations during his many years with the company. His title of Grand Poobah of P.R. has been earned one scoop at a time. From experiencing Flavor Graveyard creations like Sugar Plum ice cream to flavor sensations like Cherry Garcia, Sean has experienced what a long strange dip it’s been.
In his PR position Sean has created programs, helped with flavors, and managed relationships working with the likes of Sir Elton John, Stephen Colbert, and more. Sean directed the communication of the company’s global climate initiative and Save Our Swirled campaign kick off, the equity and EmpowerMint campaign to highlight systemic racism, and quarterbacked the launch of The Tonight DOUGH starring Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show’s 1st anniversary, as well as the unveiling of Ben & Jerry’s Non Dairy/Vegan line.
When not Poobahing, Sean serves as Director of Public Relations and Communications at Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in Vermont, resulting in billions of annual impressions served. He often can be found loafing near the Research & Development Lab volunteering as a taste tester and enjoying the company benefit of three free pints of ice cream per day. His favorite flavor is Cherry Garcia.
Ward De Grieve
Commander Senior Grade, Head of Communications and PAO, BELGIAN NAVY
Since September 2016, Ward De Grieve is Strategic Communications Advisor to the Commander of the Belgian Navy.
Previously, he served within NATO in the Capabilities and Targets Review branch of Allied Command transformation Staff Element Europe (MONS), where he was responsible for the definition of military targets. Also at NATO, he was staff officer within the J5/Policy and Concepts Implementation section, with responsibility over the NATO Response Force concept.
Earlier in his career, he was the commanding officer of the naval base in Zeebrugge. In 1999, and was commanding officer of the minehunter M923 NARCIS, where he conducted several mine clearance operations in the Baltic sea.
Also, he was staff officer at the Joint Defense staff as specialist CBRN and Firefighting for the entire defense sector and represented Belgian Defense at numerous seminars and international working groups. After his education as Damage Control and environmental officer, he is appointed Head of the XO department onboard the frigate WIELINGEN.
Commander s.g. De Grieve was born in the “Parisian banlieue” town of Saint-Germain-En- Laye. He joined the Royal School of Cadets, Division Interforces in 1983 and started a year later his nautical and officer’s education at the 124th All Weapons promotion of the Royal Military Academy. He graduated in 1989, completing half of it in each national language (French and Dutch) and spent a period onboard USS CAPODANNO as part of a Personnel Exchange Program.
He is married and the father of two children and lives near Bruges.
Chief Reputation Officer, REPUTATION INSTITUTE
Stephen Hahn-Griffiths is the Chief Reputation Officer at Reputation Institute. Stephen is a driving force in reputation thought-leadership, content development, integrated marketing communications, and brand management. As a champion of reputation intelligence, he plays an active role in spearheading best practices.
In prior roles, he was as Chief Strategy Officer at leading multi-national agencies, including Leo Burnett, Mullen, and Saatchi & Saatchi. He was also previously a co-owner of Protobrand, a boutique brand consulting company. His academic credentials include a MBA from Stern, NYU. Stephen is often cited in leading media outlets, including Forbes, WSJ, USA Today, Financial Times, Associated Press, NPR, and Lexis Nexis.
Director, NATIONAL SUMMIT ON STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, and Director, Master’s Degree Program in Global Strategic Communication, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Robert W. Grupp is a corporate communications executive and public relations consultant with 30+ years’ experience in companies, associations and universities in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Bob is President of Grupp Global Partners LLC, a management consultancy with a strategic focus on corporate communications and international public relations. Also, he is the Director and an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Florida’s online Master’s Degree Program in Global Strategic Communication in the College of Journalism and Communications.
Bob chairs annual Summits on Strategic Communications in Washington DC and London. The popular conferences are focused on sharing best practices in corporate, military and government communications and public affairs. He also chaired Digital Pharma China in Shanghai for Chinese e-marketing and digital brand teams in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences sectors.
Previously, Bob was President and CEO of The Institute for Public Relations where he also served as a Trustee for 8 years. Bob was Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs at Cephalon, Inc. an international bio-pharmaceutical company. Earlier in his career, Bob held senior positions leading corporate communications at Eli Lilly and Company, at Dow Corning Corporation and Consumers Energy.
He is past president of the International Public Relations Association. Along with former Chinese Ambassador to the USA Li Daoyu, Bob co-chaired the IPRA Public Relations World Congress in Beijing, which attracted 500 senior practitioners from 40 countries.
He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and he is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.
Producer and Strategist, ENFRANCHISEMENT PRODUCTIONS LLC, and former Managing Director and Executive Producer, FUNNY OR DIE
As Funny or Die’s Managing Director and Executive Producer, Jenkins managed creative campaigns and political strategy for non-profits, foundations, and national brands. In addition to creating content, under Jenkins’ direction, Funny or Die DC provided consulting services on social media, talent outreach, writing, and branding strategies for a range of clients.
Before joining Funny or Die, Jenkins spent four years serving as President Obama’s Associate Director in The White House Office of Public Engagement. From the White House, Jenkins brought together creative executives, thought leaders, and some of the world’s biggest stars to advance the President’s agenda—culminating in the Emmy-award winning “Between Two Ferns” interview on the Affordable Care Act.
In 2008, Jenkins served as the Deputy Director of Special Projects for President Obama’s election campaign, specializing in the intersection of youth media and grassroots engagement.
Prior to joining the White House, Jenkins was the Founding Vice President of Business Forward.
Dr. Roger Hayes
Senior Counselor, APCO WORLDWIDE; Associate Professor, LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Dr. Roger Hayes is a leading international public relations and public affairs professional with 30 years of experience in trade associations, corporations and consultancies, and has also advised governments.
He has been Director-General of the British Nuclear Industry Forum, a lobbying and trade body; CEO of the International Institute of Communications, a research-based think-tank; SVP of PR and Government Relations at Ford of Europe, Director Corporate Communications Thorn-EMI plc.; Head of Corporate Communications PA Consulting Group; and a Director of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller, operating from London and New York. He began his career as a Reuters correspondent in Paris. He was also co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Echo Research, an international stakeholder insight firm.
He currently serves as Associate Professor in the LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Also, he is Senior Counselor with strategic communications and public affairs consultancy at APCO WORLDWIDE, based in London. He is an experienced trainer, running workshops in SE Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East. He is also an approved EU institutions trainer.
Dr. Hayes completed his Doctorate in Public Relations and Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World at Henley Business School (2012), conducting research in eight countries. A graduate of London University (Bsc Economics) and the University of Southern California (MA International Relations), he often writes and lectures on leadership communications and public diplomacy issues around the world. He is the author of Reframing the Leadership Landscape: Creating a Culture of Collaboration.
Vice President and Head of Corporate Content & Channels, Bristol-Myers Squibb
As Head of Corporate Content and Channels for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bob Libbey leads development of corporate content strategy and content creation, curation, distribution, promotion and measurement across corporate digital and social platforms.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. In his leadership role at BMS, Libbey organized a new team that designed and launched a custom content creation and curation system at ; built a comprehensive data analytics framework; and established an in-house paid media planning capability that together helped drive engagement increases of 75-375+% on enterprise social media platforms and a 31% rise in .com site views, while reducing costs $1M.
Previously, he held leadership positions in communications, reputation and content creation at Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories.
Command Sergeant Major Patrick L. McCauley
Command Senior Enlisted Leader, USSOCOM
CSM McCauley is the ninth Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), headquartered at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. USSOCOM is one of nine combatant commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure.
He has deployed multiple times throughout his career, supporting Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.
CSM McCauley was assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in 2015 as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader and was subsequently selected for his current position at US SOCOM.
CSM McCauley initially enlisted in The United States Marine Corps in 1986, and he was trained as an Armor Crewman and subsequently assigned to A Company, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division.
In 1988, CSM McCauley transferred to the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, serving tours with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. In the summer of 1989, CSM McCauley volunteered for and successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course, graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1990. He was then assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, where he served as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant. In 1995 CSM McCauley successfully assessed for a Special Mission Unit where he would go on to serve as a Team Member, Assistant Team Sergeant, Team Sergeant, K-9 Troop SGM, Assault Troop Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant Major, Squadron Command Sergeant Major, and Unit Command Sergeant Major.
CSM McCauley graduated Suma Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Studies.
Chief Communications Officer, PERATON
As Chief Communications Officer at Peraton, Matt serves as the company’s senior communications advisor and leads an integrated team with responsibilities for branding, media relations, employee and executive communications, digital and social content, and tradeshows and events.
Prior to joining Peraton, Matt spent more than 18 years with Northrop Grumman, most recently as director of communications for its Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions and Space ISR Systems divisions. He also had responsibility for the enterprise cyber branding efforts.
He previously held senior leadership roles in strategic communications, government relations, strategic planning, and business development at Northrop Grumman.
Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of Wooster, and a master’s degree in organizational science from The George Washington University.
formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, THE BOEING COMPANY
Phil Musser has more than 20 years of strategic communications and public relations experience, including more than 10 years as a consultant and chief communications officer at The Boeing Company.
When his November 2018 departure from Boeing was announced, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said: “For more than a decade – first as a consultant and then as a member of our Executive Council – Phil has brought passion, creativity, energy and a digital mindset to Boeing Communications. He’s made meaningful contributions to the company, leading important new investments in our social media strategy and digital and analytics capabilities and driving a new Boeing brand platform.”
Musser also served as chairman and CEO of IMGE, an Alexandria, Virginia-based digital communications firm he co-founded in 2013. Prior to his role as the co-founder of IMGE, Musser was the executive director of the Republican Governor’s Association and a senior vice president of Dutko Worldwide, a leading bi-partisan public policy management firm.
He also served as deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the second Bush Administration and was a deputy director of the 2004 G-8 Summit in Sea Island, Ga., for the U.S. Department of State. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.
Senior Social Scientist, RAND CORPORATION; Professor, PARDEE RAND GRADUATE SCHOOL
Christopher Paul is a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Center for Economic Development in the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
Prior to joining RAND full-time in July 2002, Paul worked as an adjunct at RAND for six years and on the statistics faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001–02. Paul has developed methodological competencies in comparative historical and case study approaches, evaluation research, various forms of quantitative analysis, and survey research. Paul received his Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA.
Vice President, Strategic Communications, NORTHROP GRUMMAN
Tim Paynter was named Vice President, Strategic Communications, at Northrop Grumman in January 2017. He has responsibility for ensuring appropriate media coverage of the corporation and will serve as the company’s principal spokesperson. He will also act as the primary communications interface with the company’s corporate business development organizations.
Paynter joined Northrop Grumman in 2005 and has served in a variety of communications leadership roles in different business areas supporting marketing communications, international communications and significant business priorities. Prior to his current role, he led communications and advocacy efforts for a significant business pursuit.
A former U.S. Navy chief journalist, his awards have included the U.S. Navy Broadcast Journalist of the Year award, Rear Admiral Ravitz Excellence in Public Affairs award and the Defense Meritorious Service medal.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and is also a graduate of the Defense Department’s Defense Information School in print journalism and broadcast journalism.
Author and Senior Advisor
One of the pioneers of social media marketing, Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary. He is a senior advisor for various government and private sector clients.
Bob has written three books (Pre-Commerce, Storytizing and Countering Hate) based on key learnings from his work with innovative companies and individuals. He is a frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an instructor for the University of Texas at Austin and the US State Department’s Marketing College.
Previously, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee, and he served as Vice President, Media and Public Affairs, for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi).
Director of Communications, First 5 LA
With nearly 20 years of experience in behavior change campaigns, Gabriel is passionate about using communications to connect audiences with ideas that captivate, educate, engage, and spark change.
As Director of Communications at First 5 LA, Gabriel leads the charge in advancing the agency’s goals to help every child, prenatal to age 5, be healthier, safer and better prepared for school and life. Along with his team, he is helping to build the agency’s brand, engage decision makers, elevate and create awareness on early childhood development issues, and support internal communications.
Throughout his career, Gabriel has developed long and short-term strategic communications plans for state and local governments, public agencies, non-profit groups, foundations, private corporations, and candidates. His leadership positions prior to joining First 5 LA include communications director roles for Green Dot Public Schools, Obama for America, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez. He also has served as a senior communications consultant for several non-profits, foundations, corporations and elected officials at the national, state and local level.
Gabriel earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Chicano Studies from California State University at Fullerton.
Vice President, GLEN ECHO GROUP
Amy Schatz serves as Vice President at Glen Echo Group. She helps clients with media outreach, strategic communications planning and content creation. At Glen Echo Group, Amy works closely with several cybersecurity clients, including Palo Alto Networks — a global cloud-based cybersecurity company headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Before joining Glen Echo Group, Amy served as Vice President of Media Affairs at USTelecom, a trade association representing broadband providers and equipment makers. A veteran journalist with more than 15 years’ experience, Amy served as an editor at Politico, tech news site Recode and spent more than a decade as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
Amy grew up in central Indiana and received a B.S. in Music and Journalism from Indiana University. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Col. Ted Studdard, (U.S. Marines ret)
Divisional Staffing Manager, THE HOME DEPOT
As a senior officer, Ted Studdard served in the Pentagon leading strategic level teams focused on Operation Enduring Freedom. In Afghanistan, he was responsible for the planning and execution of combat operations for a 20,000-person multi-national force.
Upon returning to the U.S., he commanded the 8th Marine Corps District, which covered 28% of the country, and was responsible for all Marine Corps recruiting operations in that area. In addition to his strategic and operational experience, Ted also taught leadership and tactics at the Marine Corps University.
After his retirement, Ted transitioned to a second career with The Home Depot and has held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure, including a field role as a store co-manager as well as a leadership instructor role at Home Depot University. In his current position, Studdard is responsible for staffing the Merchandising Execution Team’s Western Division, covering the Rocky Mountain States west to Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.
Ted is currently working on his upcoming book titled Depot to Depot, which follows his transition from a Marine Recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC to The Home Depot and examines the transformation a senior military leader must make when transitioning into Corporate America.
Author and Leadership Coach; and Senior Strategy Manager, CHARLES SCHWAB
In his role at Charles Schwab, Dave is responsible for developing strategies and plans addressing the most critical challenges facing the company’s lending business and setting the strategic direction for lending products. He works closely with internal and external partners to develop analysis, competitive intelligence, identify insights and key trends regarding the firm’s lending products.
Dave Swanson also is a combat veteran who experienced over 100 firefights during his tour of duty. He was a platoon leader during the infamous ‘Black Sunday’ in Sadr City, Iraq in 2004, an event that is now highlighted in the series, “The Long Road Home” on National Geographic.
He is the author of two books, “The Dot on the Left” and “Resilient Leadership”. “The Dot on the Left” is about his journey from enlisted soldier with a 750 SAT score to a student at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. “Resilient Leadership” discusses a variety of leadership stories, with the focus on an event that needed over 300 years of leadership experience.
Swanson aims to identify and activate hidden potential in individuals and processes. Through all his endeavors, he motivates and empowers change in others. Regardless the size of the corporation, Dave works through management to develop unlikely leaders at all levels. Dave is passionate about educating and advancing our nation’s youth and has become known as a “Millennial Whisperer” due to the success of his leadership training for millennials.
Dave not only speaks about leadership, but the ability to focus on goal setting in the areas of Life, Adventure, and Work. Dave’s LAWs have enabled him to bicycle across America, summit Mt. Rainier, and receive the Leadership and Service Award from University of Texas’ McCombs school of Business. Dave is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership.
Professor Xu Zhengzhong
Deputy Dean of the Institute for International Strategic Studies and Director of the International Organizations Institute, CHINESE ACADEMY OF GOVERNANCE
Professor Xu is a leading expert of major national science and technology project management, an expert receiving Special Allowances from the State Council, the Senior Adviser of Hong Kong Science Park. He is also selected as one of national candidates for new century talents project. He has provided several science and technology strategic and policy proposals which were implemented by the Chinese government.
As a science and technology policy practitioner, Professor Xu has been involved in several national projects partner with, the United Nations, the World Bank, National Natural Science Foundation, National Soft Science. His expertise includes technology and innovation strategy and management, innovation theories and practices in the field of social governance, frontier technology, public finance, result-based budgeting management, economics and macroeconomic policy, regional economies and sustainable development strategy.
Professor Xu has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals worldwide, and more than thirty books. His theory and proposals on the Multiple Open Platform (MOP) and regional innovation industrial cluster has been applied in formulating and implementing public policy in achieving sustainable development in China and beyond.