Listed below are confirmed speakers.
The program is complete, but you may still submit a proposal for a lightning talk, via the Call for Speakers form. (Any attendee may propose a lightning talk, but an LT alone will not earn you a conference pass.)
|John Blossom, Shore Communications|
|John Blossom is one of the most widely recognized content industry analysts, providing thought leadership to executives in search of new approaches to rapidly changing enterprise and media markets for publishing and technology products and services. He founded Shore Communications Inc. in 1997, is the author of the book "Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives and Our Future," and speaks frequently at industry and corporate events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For his excellence in qualitative research, Mr. Blossom was recognized with the Vendor of the Year award by Standard & Poor's in 2001. Shore Communications was recognized as one of the 100 Content Industry Companies that Matter Most by EContent Magazine in 2004 and 2005 and Mr. Blossom's ContentBlogger weblog won the Software and Information Industry Association 2007 CODiE award for Best Media Blog.|
|Aafia Chaudhry, Noesis|
|An award-winning physician and entrepreneur, Aafia Chaudhry, MD is founding partner of Noesis, LLC, an investment management company focused exclusively in the healthcare sector and is Chief Executive Officer of JuvoLab, LLC, a hatchery of helpful health intelligence solutions. Aafia is a pioneer in the study of key opinion leadership science, influence networks, physician sentiment analysis, and healthcare innovation adoption relating to pharmaceutical life cycle management strategy. She has successfully supported drug commercialization efforts within the world's largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Aafia also serves as a Leadership Alliance Board Member for the Melanoma Research Foundation.|
Smart Content marketing director Laurel Earhart has over 15 years experience in information technology and business development. Her early professional experience includes Russian translation, database management and managing early Internet applications at the University of Arizona, Georgetown University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She later applied her technical knowledge to sales at Comtex, a real-time newswire aggregation service. Her favorite client hired her, and she went on to serve as Director of Business Development for the News and Politics content areas at America Online, where she secured some of the largest and most complex content providers on the service. Her most recent position at AOL was that of National Director of Sales Operations at AOL/Time Warner, where she facilitated brand sales strategies, consistent metrics and acted as technical liaison for the AOL family of brands. She was instrumental in securing many of the early Internet advertising relationships with worldwide advertising agencies. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Business Development for SentiMetrix, a sentiment analysis technology start-up in Washington, DC.
Ms. Earhart holds a BA in Russian from the University of Arizona, with a minor in marketing from the Eller School of Business.
|Natasha Fogel, Edelman StrategyOne|
|Natasha Fogel leads Edelman's Global Competitive Intelligence and Analytics team to provide strategic business and research counsel. During her tenure at Strategy One, Natasha has assisted a major eCommerce site in its message definition to secure positive and dominant market share in the media. The competitor metrics from her team have helped her clients stay aware of the trends and opportunities in the market and act quickly.|
|Jeff Fried, BA-Insight|
|Jeff Fried has newly joined BA-Insight as CTO. He was formerly senior product manager at Microsoft where he specialized in strategic applications of search technology. He holds 15 patents and has authored more than 50 technical papers. He also has led the creation of pioneering offerings in next-generation search engines, networks, and contact centers.|
|David Geddes, evolve24|
|David Geddes, Ph.D., is vice president of research and development at evolve24, a business analytics and research firm specializing in the measurement of corporate reputation and risk. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Partner at Fleishman-Hillard, the largest global public relations firm, from 1995 through 2009. David has over 25 years experience in research, measurement, and consulting in communications and marketing. Dr. Geddes received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard, an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, a D.E.A. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. David is a member of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission.|
|Otis Gospodnetic, Partner, Sematext International|
|Otis Gospodnetić is a coauthor of Lucene in Action (1st and 2nd edition) and the coauthor of the upcoming Solr in Action. He has been involved with Lucene since 2000 and is also a member of Apache Solr, Nutch, and Mahout development teams, as well as Lucene Project Management Committee. Otis is an Apache Software Foundation member and the founder of Sematext, a software development and consulting company focused on Lucene, Solr, Nutch, and Hadoop.|
|Seth Grimes, Alta Plana Corporation|
|Smart Content organizer Seth Grimes is an analytics visionary: A consultant, writer, and industry analyst working in text analytics, business intelligence, data analysis and visualization, and information strategy as applied to information-age challenges. Seth founded consultancy Alta Plana in 1997 and is a long-time contributing editor at TechWeb's IntelligentEnterprise.com, a channel expert at TechTarget's BeyeNETWORK, and founding chair of the Text Analytics Summit and Sentiment Analysis Symposium.|
|Darrell W. Gunter, EVP/CMO, Collexis|
Darrell W. Gunter is one of the leading advocates of semantic technology in the Science, Technical and Medical Industry. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at many information industry events advocating the benefits of semantic technology.
He is the EVP/ CMO of Collexis, a semantic technology, knowledge discovery company specializing in application management software. Previously he served as the Sr. V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Elsevier and as the National Sales Director for Dow Jones Financial News Services after beginning his career at Xerox. He is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University and serves on the Content Board of the Software Information Industry Association, Olin College of Engineering Library Advisory Board, Seton Hall University Advisory Council and is the Chairman of the Board for the Women's Venture Fund. His radio program "Leadership" airs Saturday mornings at 7:30am on WSOU HD 89.5 FM / WSOU.net.
|Director of Online and Editorial Production - Aviation Week, The McGraw-Hill Companies|
Michael Lavitt held a variety of editorial and new media positions since joining AVIATION WEEK in 1988. He is
currently responsible for operations and production for AviationWeek.com and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network.
Michael joined McGraw-Hill as a news editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology and was the founding editor of AviationNow.com.
Michael is known for being the first journalist to interview the flight attendants who stopped shoe bomber Richard Reid from blowing up an American Airlines 767 over the Atlantic Ocean. He served on the teams that won a McGraw-Hill Corporate Achievement Award for development of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network in 2002 and American Business Media's Neal Award for Best Web Site in 2006.
|Rachel Lovinger, Content Strategy Lead, Razorfish|
|As a Content Strategy Lead at Razorfish, Rachel Lovinger is interested in connecting users with the quality content they want and need. She uses her experience in online content production and publishing to help develop processes, best practices and innovative ideas for Fortune 500 companies looking to use digital content in more meaningful ways. She started Razorfish's Semantic Web Affinity Group, and she's interested in relevance, findability, signification, and inherently funny words. Rachel was doing Content Strategy long before she realized it was an actual field.|
|Randall Snare & Elizabeth McGuane, Content Strategists, iQContent|
|Randall Snare and Elizabeth McGuane are content strategists at iQ Content, Ireland's largest user experience design consultancy. They have spoken about content strategy and design at the Content Strategy Forum in Paris, Europe's first content strategy forum; at Dot Conf in Dublin, a one day web conference; and for clients, designers and writers throughout Ireland.|
|Richard P. Stanton|
|Recognized as a team builder and thought leader who has worked with numerous Fortune 1000 companies and start-ups to accelerate significant revenue growth and ensure solid strategic direction. Mr. Stanton has played key roles in the growth of multiple start-ups and has been quoted in the popular press numerous times, ranging from the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times to industry-specific news such as CACM. Mr. Stanton is a frequent speaker on the topic of "Team building based on the essence of the individual" and blends such inspirational topics with his love of technology and how it can benefit the growth of teams and the companies they work for. He is actively involved in raising awareness for Web 3.0 applications based on his experience as CEO of a semantic consumer focused web company. When he's not passionately promoting the necessity of strong teams and the possibilities of new technology Mr. Stanton can be found working with his own team comprised of his wife, daughter, and son just outside of NYC.|
|Mark Stefik, Research Fellow, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)|
|Mark Stefik is a Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He leads the Kiffets social indexing project at PARC (www.kiffets.com) which combines the experience of curators with AI technology to organize news and other information. From 2001-2005, he led PARC's Information Sciences and Technologies laboratory in developing sensemaking technology for intelligence analysts. His research areas include sensemaking, digital rights management, expert systems, and collaboration technology. Stefik is a Fellow in the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stefik's doctoral dissertation was in computer science from Stanford University.|
|Fred Wergeles, President, Fred Wergeles & Associates LLC|
Fred Wergeles is the founder and Principal of Fred Wergeles & Associates LLC, a consulting practice that specializes
in Competitive Intelligence process improvement. He has over 25 years experience in the intelligence field, and has
consulted to companies in a diverse array of industries. He has developed innovative methods for clients to effectively
improve their Market Assessment capabilities.
Fred is an 18-year veteran of the CIA, where he analyzed worldwide technology developments. He was a senior analyst at the White House Situation Room, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon.
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