Guest Speakers

The Thread Summit is ideal for the busy professional. Keynote speakers at The Thread Summit are among our profession’s most respected leaders. Each of these leaders has challenged the status quo and brings a distinct perspective on topics that are top of mind.

As an attendee, you will meet and hear from a select group of communicators that range in experience from leading Fortune 500 companies, to launching startups, to running government organizations. The Summit is organized into nine modules covering topics of critical interest to both marketers and communicators. Each module will be designed around four principles, with the audience in mind:

  • Content – imparts first-hand knowledge and experience
  • Clarification – encourages attendees to ask questions, challenge concepts or share observations
  • Amplification – brings the concept or theory into focus through a hands-on and/or interactive engagement segment
  • Creativity – ensures each module is designed to be memorable and practical

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 »

Additional Speakers

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    John Steward

    EVP & General Manager, Integrated Marketing, Products, and Capabilities, American Express

    John Steward is a global P&L leader and Marketer in payments and related consumer / SMB financial services including cards, rewards, loyalty, travel, lending, and services. He has hands-on global operating experience leading businesses and country CEOs across 27 markets ranging from $15MM to $2B.
    John is widely regarded for his record of driving innovation and organic growth, his domain expertise in direct-to-consumer and SMB sales and distribution, and his extensive experience in digital, social, and relationship marketing. Read more »

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    Misty Montano

    Digital Content Manager, 9NEWS

    Misty Montano is the Digital Content Manager for 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. She is an Emmy award winning journalist who supports and teaches others to use and develop social media communities. Misty works to create social TV where TV, digital and social all work together to engage the 9NEWS journalists with the audience. Read more »

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    Ryan Cook

    Strategic Recruitment Consulting Leader, LinkedIn

    Ryan Cook has focused more than 15 years of his career on recruitment operations in all facets of talent acquisition: agency recruiting, corporate, and professional services. He is currently a Strategic Recruitment Consulting Leader for LinkedIn, where he is responsible for helping Talent Acquisition leaders in the world’s largest companies leverage the confluence of technology, marketing and recruitment to connect people with opportunities around the world on a massive scale. Read more »

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    Ramonna Robinson

    President, Ground Floor Media

    Ramonna Robinson brings more than 18 years of communications experience to GFM. Her extensive background across a variety of industries and expertise areas – from sports to government to health care and from crisis communication to social media to health and wellness –brings diverse experience to the GFM team. Read more »

  • Luella

    Luella Chaves D’Angelo

    Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company

    Luella Chavez D’Angelo is the chief communications officer for The Western Union Company. Reporting directly to the CEO, Luella is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic communication and corporate social responsibility strategy for the company’s growing array of products and delivery channels. In addition, she oversees the Western Union Social Ventures department, as well as the Western Union Foundation, together with its Board of Directors. Read more »

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    Michael Baldwin

    Founder and President, MICHAEL BALDWIN INC.

    Michael Baldwin is a leader in the communications industry with more than 25 years of experience building global brands, leading global teams, solving complex strategic problems and developing world-class creative campaigns. His company offers personal and corporate branding, executive and team coaching, and one-of-a-kind PowerPoint training that turns corporate presenters into effective communicators. Read more »

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    Eric Brown

    Director of Communications, Governor John Hickenlooper

    Eric Brown worked for 17 years at newspapers in Texas and Colorado as a reporter and editor. The last nine of those years were on the city desk at the Rocky Mountain News, which closed in early 2009. He quickly landed in the Denver mayor’s office as director of communications for John Hickenlooper. Read more »

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    Perry Evans

    Founder and CEO, Closely, Inc.

    Perry Evans combines a dozen years in corporate management in the consumer telecom industry, with more than 20 years in new media startups. Since the early days of the Internet, Perry has led the formation and development of MapQuest, Jabber, Local Matters and Closely. A common thread of location-based technologies and products that disrupt and realign industry structures runs through these businesses. Read more »

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    Marcus A. Jiménez

    Designer Entrepreneur, ePublisher

    For over 15 years, Marcus has been providing thought leadership and innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading brands including MillerCoors, PepsiCo and VF Corporation. Witnessing firsthand the needs and gaps that a fragmented and evolving marketplace presents to clients and their brands, he launched Huemanitas in 2008, a cross-cultural strategic marketing group providing culturally intelligent, big idea solutions. As its executive principal, Marcus has driven Huemanitas from small startup to being nationally ranked 25th of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Agencies by Agency Post. Read more »

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    Stephanie Donner

    General Counsel, Recovery Effort

    Stephanie Donner is the general counsel to the Recovery Effort, a position she has held since September 2013. In her role as executive director and general counsel, Stephanie coordinates the flood recovery effort across all state, federal and local governments and advises on issues of federal programs, funding and strategic planning. She was previously senior deputy legal counsel to Governor Hickenlooper, advising on a variety of legal issues, including legislation, judicial appointments and emergency management issues. Read more »

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    Jennifer Nealson

    Chief Marketing Officer, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    In 2012 Jennifer Nealson joined The Denver Center for the Performing Arts as the Chief Marketing Officer to oversee all sales, marketing and communications, theater operations, box office and community & public affairs. Jennifer has management responsibility for 70 employees and over 400 volunteers. Read more »

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    Bill Myers

    Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility at DaVita HealthCare Partners

    Bill Myers is vice president of Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility at DaVita HealthCare Partners, an $11 billion fully integrated healthcare company that provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. Bill joined the DaVita Village in March, 2010 and directs a team responsible for external communications, marketing, social media, physician outreach and CEO engagement as well as the execution of DaVita’s nationally recognized philanthropy and social responsibility efforts.
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    Ken Lund

    Executive Director, Colorado Office Economic Development and International Trade

    Ken Lund serves as the executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade where he oversees the state’s initiatives in business recruitment and retention, small business advocacy and assistance, business finance/lending efforts, and supports the state’s tourism marketing and outreach initiatives through the Colorado Tourism Office. Ken is focused on driving the state’s economic recovery, ensuring that Colorado is the most pro-business state in the country and that it remains competitive in the global marketplace. Read more »

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    Maril MacDonald

    Founder and CEO, Gagen MacDonald

    Maril is a nationally recognized leader in communication, leadership and strategy execution. Her pioneering work enables corporate leaders to optimize business performance by leveraging and enhancing their company’s unique blend of strategy, culture and structure to engage and mobilize stakeholders. Her clients include some of the most recognized brands in the world. Read more »

  • Andy Vuong

    Andy Vuong

    Technology Reporter, The Denver Post

    Andy Vuong joined The Denver Post as a business reporter in 2000 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a news-editorial degree. Read more »