• Brian Fanzo

    Change Evangelist | Millennial Speaker CEO of iSocialFanz

    Brian Fanzo talks fast and tweets faster. A proud, pager-wearing millennial, he is a keynote speaker and founder/CEO of iSocialFanz LLC, a social strategy consulting agency. Brian also co-hosts SMACtalk Podcast & FOMOFanz Podcast

    Brian’s #ThinkLikeAFan philosophy has powered first-of-their-kind storytelling campaigns for many Fortune 50 enterprise companies leveraging Periscope, Snapchat, and Facebook Live under the username @iSocialFanz. He was awarded the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by The Economist Intelligence Unit and was nominated for the first ever #ShortyAwards Periscoper Of The Year 2016.
    In 2016, Brian keynoted in 11 countries at more than 40 events highlighting his passion for change, collaboration and community – dubbed the 3 C’s these elements are the foundation of his first book A Millennial Mindset due out in 2017

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  • Lt. Col. Vinston Porter

    Public Relations & Outreach Defense Intelligence Agency

    Lt. Col. Vince Porter, a public affairs officer, is a native of Norfolk, Va. He graduated and received his commission into the US Army as a field artillery officer from the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in History in 1994. He later earned his Master’s degree in Education with a focus on counseling and leader development from Long Island University, C.W. Post.
    From 1995 to 2007, Lt. Col. Porter has served in various leadership assignments in the United States, Republic of Korea and Hawaii. His public affairs assignments include two deployments to Baghdad, a yearlong fellowship at the Googleplex, three years at the Pentagon, the first of which was served as the lead for the Army’s social media division and most recently at NATO’s land component’s headquarters in Izmir, Turkey. Lt. Col. Porter is now the chief of the public relations and outreach division within the Office of Corporate Communications at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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  • Julie Parker

    Director, Media Relations Bureau Fairfax County Police Dept.

    Julie Parker has a unique background, having served as both a TV news reporter/anchor and media relations director for two large police departments, effectively reporting from both sides of the crime tape. Parker is currently director of the Media Relations Bureau for the Fairfax County Police Department after having held the same position from 2011-2016 with the Prince George's County (Md.) Police Department. In these roles, Parker has drawn upon 13 years’ experience as a television news reporter in Washington, D.C., most recently at ABC affiliate, WJLA-TV. In her capacity as a journalist, Parker earned both an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. She is a regular guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy and a subject matter expert with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, focusing on crisis communications, media relations best practices and the use of social media for community engagement. Additionally, she is president and CEO of Julie Parker Communications, a media relations and crisis communications consultancy. Julie can be found Tweeting at all hours of the day or night at @FCPDJulie -- or can be reached the old fashioned way at Julie.parker@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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  • Carolyn Reams

    Social Media Lead & Outreach Office of Public Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency

    Carolyn Reams is the social medial Lead and CIA.gov content manager for the Central Intelligence Agency. She works in the Office of Public Affairs where she started and runs CIA’s social media platforms. She has previously spoken about social media at national and international conferences. Prior to joining the CIA public affairs team, she spent 12 years as the deputy director of the CIA Museum where, among her varied duties, she was content manager of the museum’s presence on CIA.gov, supervising a 20,000-piece collection of classified and unclassified artifacts.

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  • Sarah Fraser

    Host Hey Frase Podcast

    Sarah Fraser, radio and TV personality, is the host of the enormously popular Hey Frase Podcast on iTunes. The podcast was downloaded over 500k times in its first six months alone. Sarah co-hosts the show with her longtime friend and renaissance man, Samy K. The podcast is funny, inspiring, pop-culture driven, and DC based.

    Sarah was also the host of The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on DC’s 107.3 in Washington, DC. Notably, Sarah was a lead co-host of the only radio show in the DC-metro area that features two women’s names in the title, and appears weekly on FOX 5’s number one rated Good Day DC. Sarah’s first talk show pilot – “Hey Frase” – was launched as a panel host show via YouTube in the spring of 2013 and made available to her 47K twitter followers, and combined 25k Facebook followers.

    Sarah uses her platform to discuss social issues, particularly concerning women’s empowerment and minority-owned businesses.

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  • Judy Kurtz

    Columnist, In the Know The Hill

    Judy Kurtz is the “In the Know” gossip columnist for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers Congress, the District’s nightlife and social scene, celebrities, and politics.

    Kurtz, who also serves as a contributor for E! News/E! Online, has appeared on several local and national news outlets, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, HLN, "Inside Edition," Sky News, Canada's Sun Network, "The Insider," WRC-TV, and SiriusXM satellite radio. She can also be heard as a regular commentator on WTOP-FM and is a former contributor on Washington's Fox 5/WTTG-TV.

    Before making the move to The Hill, Kurtz — who teaches "Entertainment Reporting" at Georgetown University — worked as a television reporter for WBFF-TV/FOX45 in Baltimore, Md. She also covered entertainment and technology as a blogger for The Huffington Post and Starpulse.com.

    Kurtz, a D.C. native, previously reported for WJLA-TV/News Channel 8 in Washington and hosted the station’s daily “Newsburst” entertainment and news webcast.

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  • Tom Cochran

    Chief Digital Strategist & VP, Public Sector Acquia

    Tom Cochran is VP and Chief Digital Strategist, Public Sector at Acquia. Cochran joined Acquia to help governments across the federal, state, and local sectors leverage cloud and open source to accelerate their digital initiatives. He was most recently a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for the online and offline platforms for U.S. public diplomacy, focusing on data-driven decisions and international audience engagement. Prior to that, Cochran was the director of digital technology at the White House, where he worked on the President's Open Government Directive, leading the team that was responsible for providing a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties. His team was responsible for leading the delivery of the “We the People” online petitioning site that connects people directly with the Executive branch. Cochran has also held leadership roles in the private sector, most recently as the chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including: The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive and National Journal.

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  • Christopher J. Dorobek

    DorobekINSIDER GovLoop

    Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. He is an award winning journalist and thought leader. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award — the first working journalist to win that award in its more the 20-year history. In 2014, he was recognized with the Association of Federal Information Resource Managers President’s Award for Media. Before joining GovLoop, Dorobek served as the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program, the DorobekINSIDER. He also served as the Internet evangelist for Federal News Radio’s Web site, FederalNewsRadio.com. Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with nearly two decades of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology.

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  • Olivia Nuzzi

    Washington Correspondent New York Magazine

    Olivia Nuzzi is the Washington Correspondent for New York Magazine. Previously, she was a political reporter for The Daily Beast, where she covered the rise of Donald Trump as well as the political careers of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. She has also written for the Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Politico Magazine, and Glamour. She appears frequently as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC.

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  • Ben Jacobs

    Political Reporter The Guardian US

    Ben Jacobs is a political reporter for Guardian US based in Washington DC. He was previously a reporter for the Daily Beast. Follow him on Twitter @bencjacobs

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  • Natasha Che

    Founder Soundwise

    Natasha Che is the founder of Soundwise, an audio content management platform for corporations and experts. Natasha hosts the Founders Nextdoor podcast, and is a contributor to Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post. She has a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University.

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  • Hadas Gold

    Correspondent CNN

    Hadas Gold is a correspondent for CNN, covering European politics, media and global business. Hadas joined CNN in August after more than five years at POLITICO, where she covered the intersection of media and politics. Prior to POLITICO, Hadas had a wide range of experience from following trash pickers in Argentina with the Pulitzer Center and work with Spanish-language network NTN24, to internships with “60 Minutes”, PolitiFact and Cox Newspapers. She is a proud alumna of the award-winning college newspaper, The GW Hatchet at the George Washington University, where she earned both a B.A. and an M.A. Hadas was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in Arizona. She now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

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  • Shannon Jones

    Senior Director, Marketing Capital One

    Shannon Jones leads marketing for Capital One Cafes. For the past 20 years, Shannon has been creating meaningful and engaging branding and marketing strategies and programs for experience based brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Discovery Channel Retail. Her 12 years with Starbucks included leading regional marketing for the Mid- Atlantic region of the United States; leading field marketing for Seattle’s Best Coffee; and leading marketing and product teams across 27 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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  • Paul Brandus

    White House Correspondent West Wing Reports

    A frequent speaker at presidential libraries around the United States, social media innovator, columnist and longtime White House correspondent, Paul Brandus is the author of the acclaimed Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency and the upcoming This Day in the Presidency (Bernan/Rowman & Littlefield). An award-winning member of the White House press corps since 2008, he is the founder of West Wing Reports ® (Twitter: @WestWingReport), and provides reports for of television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas. He is also a columnist for USA Today and MarketWatch/Dow Jones. His work has appeared in publications such as CNN, The Guardian, Real Clear Politics, National Review and The Week.

    Brandus's Twitter account is the biggest among all accredited members of the White House press corps. In 2011, he won the Shorty Award for "Best Journalist on Twitter," sponsored by the Knight Foundation. His career spans network television, Wall Street and several years as a correspondent based in Moscow, where he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union for NBC Radio and the award-winning business and economics program “Marketplace.” He has traveled to 53 countries and has reported from, among other places, Iraq, Chechnya, China and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Brandus has served on the Board of Governors of the Overseas Press Club of America, serving as its Washington, D.C. representative.

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  • Anthony Shop

    Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Social Driver

    Anthony Shop is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Social Driver, an award-winning digital agency that helps companies connect with people today through websites, social media, and video. Under Shop's leadership, Social Driver was named the 7th fastest growing U.S. agency by The Agency 100, a Family-Owned Business Honoree by SmartCEO Magazine and one of “DC’s Coolest Companies” by DCInno. In 2015, The Washington Business Journal named Anthony to its “40 Under 40” list of business leaders. He is the first new media professional to have been elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he serves as a lecturer.

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  • Dana Stirk

    Digital Marketing Director Booz | Allen | Hamilton

    Dana Stirk manages, (re)shapes, and guides Booz Allen Hamilton’s digital marketing and communications presence to help transform the way the firm tells its story and engages with different communities. A driver of strategic change and a champion of integration, she has been building a team and marketing technology stack to expand digital marketing and operations strategies. Dana previously managed several award-winning integrated communications campaigns targeted to civilian and military populations with the aim of improving health through behavior change. Prior to Booz Allen, Dana worked in strategic marketing and communications with Fortune 500, Federal and local government, non-profit organization and association clients, implementing new strategies and tactics as the digital field has advanced. She is a proud alumna of University of Virginia and received her MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

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  • Lauren Ober

    Host of The Big Listen NPR

    Lauren Ober is the host of The Big Listen. Before taking the helm, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU’s weekly newsmagazine, Metro Connection. Her stories have been heard on public radio shows like NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Here and Now, PRI’s The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal, 99% Invisible, Gravy and KCRW’s Unfictional. Previously, Lauren served as producer of PRX’s Orbital Path about the cosmos and our place in it.

    In 2015, Lauren was a recipient of the French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Russia to report on LGBT immigration. Currently, Lauren is a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, American University and the Transom Story Workshop. A proud Pittsburgh native, Lauren has a deep and abiding love for pierogi. She currently lives in the 51st state with her recalcitrant mutt, Raffie.

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  • Aries Keck

    Social Media Team Lead NASA Goddard

    Aries Keck the first-ever full-time social media lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which is the largest organization of scientists and engineers in the United States. An award-winning writer and journalist, before coming to NASA, Keck was a contributor to National Public Radio, is the author of the book ‘Einstein A to Z,’ and part of a science radio team who won a 1996 Peabody broadcasting award.

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  • Chuck Ghoorah

    Co-Founder and President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing CVENT

    Chuck Ghoorah is the Co-Founder and President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Cvent (NYSE: CVT), a publicly-traded cloud-based software company focused on event management. Ghoorah has been instrumental in Cvent’s growth from a two-person startup to a 1,450-person company with a $1 + billion market capitalization. To date, Cvent has helped more than 12,650 organizations manage hundreds of thousands of events in more than 90 countries.

    Chuck is responsible for Cvent's top line revenue across all product lines worldwide, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), the world's largest free online marketplace that connects event planners with hotels and venues.

    Prior to joining Cvent, Chuck was a corporate attorney with Hale and Dorr, where he specialized in venture capital financing and technology transactions. Before Hale and Dorr, he served as an Associate Director at the Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) and launched his career as an attorney at Williams & Connolly, one of the top-rated litigation firms in the country.
    With more than 14 years of experience in the meetings industry, Chuck has spoken at over 100 conferences and tradeshows.
    Chuck graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University. He then earned his master's degree in political science from Duke University’s Graduate School and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Duke University School of Law.

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  • Patricia A. Davis-Muffett

    Senior Leader, Global Public Sector Marketing Amazon Web Services

    Patricia A. Davis-Muffett is the Senior Leader for Global Public Sector Marketing at Amazon Web Services. Davis-Muffett’s job is to build awareness of AWS’s offerings for government customers. Within the federal space, she is an evangelist for the government’s use of cloud technology and has worked across the community to educate agencies on realistic adoption models and innovative technologies, helping make “cloud first” a practical reality. Prior to joining AWS, she led marketing efforts at other federal government contractors including NetApp, Unisys, and Robbins-Gioia. Davis-Muffett holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and the PMP and PCM designations, is an ACT-IAC Fellow and was a Federal 100 winner in 2017. She is active in government/industry collaboration efforts and in groups promoting girls and women in STEM.

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