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Save the Date for the Thread Summit
When: Feb.19 at 2 p.m. (with a sunset reception at 5 p.m.) and Feb. 20 from 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with breakfast and lunch)
Where: The Pinnacle Club by the Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202
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There is a new international language of business — it’s a vocabulary that consists of clicks, tweets, posts, “likes,” shares, pings and pokes. The Summit serves as a lifeline to professionals who are committed to achieving digital fluency as they direct campaigns and programs, produce content, select channels and drive engagement.

The “thread” is about driving a common messaging and the name is inspired by an ancient Chinese proverb, “The thread is a connection we all have to each other. The thread may turn, twist, tighten or tangle but it will never be broken. With each encounter with the thread, we learn a lesson, or share a lesson which makes our connections stronger.’’

Senior leaders from the Rocky Mountain region — CCOs, CMOs, their direct reports and colleagues responsible for messaging — who have a passion for excellence, a thirst for learning, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to reach across the aisle are ideal attendees for the Summit.

Keynote Speakers

  • Shawn Amos

    Shawn Amos

    Founder and CEO, Freshwire

    Shawn Amos is the founder and CEO of Freshwire, an Omnicom digital content service providing real-time premium content for brands worldwide that want to drive consumer awareness, engagement and advocacy. Self-described trusted tastemaker, content creator and custodian of pop culture for the past decade, Shawn has his finger on the creative world’s pulse. Marketing and producing highly engaging and credible content on-demand is at the center of his work. Read more »

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    Helen Clark

    Head of Corporate Marketing, Chevron

    As the head of Corporate Marketing, for Chevron Helen is responsible for corporate advertising, digital and social media, brand and identity management.
    The team recently launched an award winning integrated campaign ‘Human Energy’ aimed at managing the image of a large multinational corporation among
    corporate, government, business and consumer segments in a challenging, issues driven environment. Read more »

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    Ben Edwards

    VP Global Communications and Digital Marketing, IBM

    Ben Edwards is a progressive communicator who looks forward, not backward. Beginning his career with the Economist Group, Ben earned a reputation for setting new standards for creative and practical digital communications. Joining IBM was a natural fit for Ben who is responsible for IBM’s global communications function, global advertising and media, brand strategy and design, digital strategy and IBM Marketing Labs. Read more »

  • Aaron Kennedy

    Aaron Kennedy

    Founder, Noodles and CMO, State of Colorado

    Aaron Kennedy is an entrepreneur and the chief marketing officer for the state of Colorado. He challenged the status quo and worked to create one of the first fast casual restaurant chains in the United States. Noodles & Company is now a publicly traded company with more than 350 restaurants across the country. In 2001, Aaron earned the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is the former marketing director for the international brand design firm Cato Gobe. Read more »

  • Jason Lankow

    Jason Lankow

    CEO and Co-Founder, Column Five and Author

    Jason Lankow is a Colorado native who calls California his home. In 2003, he graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. In 2007, Jason met with fellow Vanguard grads Ross Crooks and Josh Ritchie in a now-defunct coffee shop and started a now-defunct blog together, which led to the content marketing expertise at the core of founding Column Five together in 2009. Read more »

  • Dave Senay

    Dave Senay

    CEO, FleishmanHillard

    As CEO of FleishmanHillard, a global communications firm and Cannes Lions PR jury president, Dave Senay travels the world and sees firsthand the enormous changes transforming the industry, reshaping relationships, expectations, priorities and ways of doing business. During his 35-year career in public relations, Dave has worked across multiple communications practices throughout several regions of the world, and been a driving force in the growth and development of the world’s leading communications firm. Read more »

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    Katherine Yip

    Chairman and Founder, KYG International

    Katherine Yip is a top investor and entrepreneur in Asia with more than 20 years of investment financial markets experience, having successfully founded investment companies, built brands, taken companies public and led management buy-outs and M&A transactions. Read more »