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'', given by Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder at Zady.com, Zady.com

Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder at Zady.com, Zady.com

Soraya Darabi is a trailblazing entrepreneur and authority on digital consumerism and new technologies. At the age of 23, she became the The New York Times first-ever Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media, designing and implementing the company’s first-ever digital and social media strategies, which are still in place today. She is recognized globally as a game changer in a complex and rapidly evolving digital world, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” After leaving the Times, Darabi co-founded Foodspotting, (later acquired by Open Table), and most recently Zady.com, one of the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate e-commerce, rich content and social media for a truly dynamic shopping experience in sustainable, ethical fashion. In 2015 Darabi stepped down from Zady, remaining as a senior adviser.  As a speaker and consultant, her expertise helps business leap past the unknown with cutting-edge digital business strategies that successfully scale with growth. Friendly and enthusiastic, Darabi speaks in easily understandable terms, offering insight into how brands and organizations can get noticed in all the right ways. Those who seek her knowledge become able to effortlessly understand and embrace the changing face of industry, as well as build sustainable growth in the digital world.

'', given by Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group, a Prophet company

Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group, a Prophet company

Brian Solis is a best-selling author, a leading digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, and a Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. Through his reports, articles and books, he humanizes technology’s short and long-term effect to help see people and markets differently and understand what to do about it. Brian’s work covers topics including digital transformation, customer experience digital marketing, culture 2.0 and “the future of” industries, trends and behavior. His site, briansolis.com, is recognized as one of the top destinations for business leaders around the world. He actively contributes to AdAge, Wired and Forbes. And, he’s followed by over 500,000 people on Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook.

He has authored several best-selling books, including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), The End of Business as Usual and Engage!. His new book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explores the importance of experiences and how to design them for customers, employees and human beings everywhere. Solis also designed the book to be an experience as a physical example of what’s possible when you take a step back to rethink products, services and models in a new economy (and world).

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