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No one has a better understanding of the current upheaval in the advertising community than Andrew Hall—an understanding gained as an economist, a leader of mergers and acquisitions for WPP, and a financial advisor to some of the newer and more successful marketing communication firms of the day.
CEO / Creative Director
Over the last 16 years, Hub Strategy, has created amusing, award-winning and effective advertising for clients ranging from the Oakland A’s and San Francisco 49ers to Blue Shield, Chevys, Nike and the University of San Francisco, served by freelance writers and art directors. D.J. O’Neil will talk about finding, managing and collaborating with an array of freelancers, to create some of the best advertising of the day.
San Francisco Ballet
The San Francisco Ballet is widely seen as both a perfect guardian of ballet’s grand traditions and one of ballet’s most innovative companies. This creates a hybrid of a traditional audience and one of the youngest, most enthusiastic performing arts audiences in the ballet world. Julie Begley has the experience and creative good sense to keep it all together.
Chairman / Co-founder
In a 27-year career with Ogilvy, Goodby Silverstein, and the agency he founded, WONGDOODY, Tracy Wong has had major responsibility for prominent clients, including American Express, the National Basketball Association, Royal Viking Lines, Alaska Airlines and Amazon, and is the recipient of more than 300 national and international creative awards. Quite simply, Tracy Wong is one of the very best at what he does.
Shearman & Sterling LLP
No one we know understands technology and its impact on what’s quaintly called “the ad game” better than Lawrence Baxter. A native of the UK, he has a deep knowledge of cloud computing, mobile, data analytics, marketing technology, application development and IT transformation. He served as WPP’s chief technology and information officer in Europe for 24 years. In 2017, he took his expertise in technology and the professional services business to one of the world’s leading law firms.
Author & Lecturer
There’s a pretty good argument that American rock ‘n’ roll is one of the more important contributions to Western music, and no one knows more about rock ‘n’ roll than Richie Unterberger—the author of 12 books, a teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and College of Marin, a regular lecturer for the San Francisco Public Library system, and an overwhelming scholar with few equals. He has put together a special program on the marketing of the Beatles, San Francisco’s own Jefferson Airplane, and Bob Marley & The Wailers, and featuring Richie Unterberger’s keenly interesting commentary.
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