Billee Howard is Founder + Chief Engagement Officer of Brandthropologie, a cutting-edge consultancy specializing in harnessing creativity to solve business problems. The firm works to identify the most powerful collision point of culture and commerce for each client to create captivating stories that are consumed, shared and drive meaningful and measurable engagement.
Billee has a strategic vision for how brands can differentiate themselves from their competition through the lens of purpose and by harnessing storytelling as a business competency. Additionally, she believes that brands can best poise themselves for the future by having the entire C-Suite embrace the power of cognitive technologies.
Under a new JV which unites BRANDthropologie + Centiment, Billee also has become the President + CSO of the resulting entity. The focus of the partnership blends the power of IBM Watson with Centiment’s own patented neurodata technology, to connect customer emotions to business performance.
Beginning her career as Press Secretary for the President of the Philippines and his cabinet at the age of 22, Billee developed a global market perspective from early on, and understood that the third world would not be third much longer. Switching from politics to business with a focus on how CEO’s can drive culture, Billee joined Shandwick at age 25, and launched their National Financial Media Group.
When Weber bought Shandwick, making Weber Shandwick the largest PR firm in the world, Billee was named EVP, and co-founded their Global Strategic Media Group, handling global communications for leading brands such as Samsung, PepsiCo, MasterCard and AllState. Billee later landed Faith Popcorn as a client, and becoming immersed in Popcorn’s innovative cultural approach to business, she pioneered a strategic alliance with Brain Reserve to leverage futurism in global PR campaigns.
Billee has a book dedicated to the study of the sharing economy called We-Commerce released in December 2015. She is an active contributor on Forbes.com and the Huffington Post on the topics of marketing, storytelling and the sharing economy. Billee is also an influencer and futurist for IBM.
Billee graduated cum laude from the Roy H. Park School of Communications and serves as a member of its national board of advisors. Billee was the winner of PR Week’s 30 under 30, and 40 under 40, as well as being selected for the Media Professional of the Year Award twice. Billee Howard lives in Manhattan with her boyfriend Ned and her iconic Shitzu, Bugsy.
Todd A. Myers
Todd Myers is a Partner + Chief Strategy Officer at BRANDthropologie. He is a revenue-producing executive and entrepreneur with a talent for shaping businesses in relevant, but not always obvious ways, that improve performance and profitability that benefit all stakeholders. Todd’s strategic expertise is grounded in customer insights, cultural trends, 20+ years on the digital front lines and a global marketing communications acumen across paid, owned and earned media.
Under the new union of BRANDthropologie and Centiment, Todd serves as the resulting entity’s COO. His focus is on developing the company’s breadth, depth of services and overall value. He also serves as the strategic bridge between both brands with an eye on extracting the most innovative solutions for clients.
Todd’s passion for creating, communicating and implementing innovative business frameworks that connect with culture has been informed and refined by his unique career trajectory that has spanned from the entertainment industry at a talent agency and a movie studio where he developed screenplays to Cap Gemini Consulting (post MBA), where he collaborated on the development of a business framework for major interactive TV joint venture, and then to AOL, where he evaluated and developed business cases for customer-driven programming. He then went on to co-found i.spy, a successful marketing and strategy consulting firm which specialized in the development of Internet-based, customer-centric, ROI-based business and marketing opportunities. His journey continued on to NYC to work with Madonna and then to Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve (FPBR) – where he and Billee Howard first met and worked together on an FPBR/ Weber-Shandwick alliance – and the die was cast for his collaboration – Brandthropologie Media.
Todd is a mid-westerner born and bred with a BA in International Economics from The University of Michigan and an MBA, with majors in Strategy, Marketing and Finance from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Micah Brown is the CEO of Centiment and Chief Data Technology Officer at BRANDthropologie. Under the new JV that unites both firms, Micah is in charge of harnessing a marriage of IBM Watson and neurodata to create innovative solutions for clients that help them connect customer emotion directly to improved business performance. He is the visionary + architect behind the SaaS solution that powers Centiment + all cognitive consulting services at BRANDthropologie. His original vision was born from a mission to remove discriminatory bias from algorithms with an eye toward reimagining the advertising and marketing sectors. In partnership with BRANDthropologie, the team has also developed industry agnostic solutions based off of the technology’s core principles to help the C-Suite power the future of both business + brand.
Micah is a visionary technologist with an intersection of skills consisting of data and algorithm understanding, HCI-centric digital technologies, financial services, financial engineering and media services.
He has over 10 years of experience (up to SVP) across companies like Aon, Barclays, NBC, and Viacom. Micah has a deep technological understanding and also a strong commitment to social causes; at the center of Centiment and FilmFundr are the need to level the playing field in media for minorities.
Bev West, is the Head Writer and Chief Creative Officer for Brandthropologie, as well as a bestselling author, and Founder and Co-President of Our Kitchen Table Media, assisting agents, publishers, companies and individuals to develop personal brand stories that can be leveraged across a trans media platform including the web, television, movies, and commercial trade books.
As an author, Bev has written or co-written over 30 books, including her bestselling series Cinematherapy (400,000 copies in print) which inspired eight sequels, was translated into nine languages, and a TV show in primetime on WE, now in its eleventh season.
Bev’s work has been featured in such major publications as Vogue, Nylon, Real Simple, Marie Claire, US Weekly, The New York Times, Self, and People Magazine etc.
Bill Holstein is Director of C-Suite Intelligence at Brandthropologie. In this capacity, Holstein leads strategy for identifying how to best harness the power of cognitive and emotional intelligence technologies for chief executive officers and other members of the C-Suite. Holstein has spent decades interviewing CEOs as a journalist for, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Strategy + Business and the New York Times, and served as editor-in-chief of Chief Executive magazine. He is also the author of seven books. Holstein recognizes that the best CEOs are hungry for any insight that affords them an advantage over their competitors. Based on his knowledge of how CEOs make decisions, he seeks to create customized strategies that give CEOs just the edge they are seeking.
Joanna Black is Head of Purpose Strategy at Brandthropologie, covering clients on both the East and West Coasts. At Brandthropologie, Joanna leverages her years of experience advising the world’s leading companies, such as Toshiba and NewsCorp, on issues pertaining to sustainability and CSR, to the benefit of clients.
As today’s business climate continues to demand that companies give back to the world as much as to their bottom lines, Joanna is an invaluable resource to brands looking to create purpose-driven initiatives that define competitive advantage. She is also a first-mover on helping clients embrace the shift from viewing CSR as a “box to check” to a day-to-day driver of purposeful business strategy. For example, Joanna was one of the first people in the US to be certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), to advise companies on how to report on GRI standards.
Joanna is also a pioneer of the collaborative purpose-driven economy, having founded the Union Square-based SheWorks Collective that the New York Post hailed as the “female WeWork.” Under Joanna’s direction, SheWorks Collective provides a workspace for women entrepreneurs to call home, an event space to expand their brand and a community to support their success. Joanna has created an environment where women entrepreneurs can get work done and find inspiration from other like-minded women.
A serial socialpreneur, Joanna throughout her career has launched her own companies and helped build purpose-driven businesses and non-profit organizations alike. She was an instrumental senior leader for Earth Day New York and also launched the acclaimed Walmart-sponsored Bentonville film festival, along with her private consultancy Up to More Good.
Joanna has been featured in many national media outlets including Sundance Channel, ABC News, New York Post, Reuters, Women’s Wear Daily, Bloomberg and Huffington Post.
Gordon Feinberg is Creative Director for Brandthropologie. Gordon grew up in Bergen County. He has a bachelor degree from Northeastern University and holds an associates degree in graphic design.
Through twenty-five years of graphic design, Gordon has worked as a stand-up comedian, an actor, and director. Six years ago, he started a new ad agency that specialized in complex virtual tours and had built hundreds of websites and has written and, or directed many television commercials. He directed a web-commercial that premiered on the Huffington Post and one of his films was accepted at The Market, a festival at Cannes for up-and-coming filmmakers.
Jessica Joines is the Head of Consciousness Economy R&D at Brandthropologie, as well as the author of the groundbreaking white paper, The Rise of the Consciousness Economy™, and Founder of purpose-driven marketing advisory firm, JLJ. She works closely with brands who want to leverage a higher sense of purpose to drive purchase, profit and loyalty.
As an expert who studies consumer behavior, Jessica was one of the first in the industry to identify and recognize that it is, in fact, a heightened sense of ‘consciousness’ that is driving the “purpose-driven profit movement,” which represents a monumental economic shift that’s quickly transforming the way businesses operate.
Before forming JLJ, Jessica was the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Rakuten Marketing, a digital advertising technology company that works with some of the world’s leading retail brands. At Rakuten, she was best known for creating a brand positioning strategy that elevated the company’s leadership position in the marketplace.
In 2011, Jessica co-Founded the Industry Index, the first online rating platform for advertising technologies, which sold to Capital Strategies in July 2016. While at Industry Index, she built a world-class marketing consultancy that created the positioning strategy and approach for leading companies such as Tapad, Adometry, and ThinkNear, all of which have subsequently been acquired. Jessica’s reputation as a top brand consultant for the technology industry is what led to her role at Rakuten.
Prior to the Industry Index, Jessica spent the majority of her career working on some of the world’s leading consumer facing brands while at several top advertising agencies. She has also led business development for some of the largest media buying and planning agencies in the world, including Universal McCann and OMD, where she was responsible for bringing in over $1B in media billings during her tenure at these companies.
Jessica sits on the Retail Ascendant Council and has won a Bronze Stevie Award for her contributions to the field of marketing and digital. She is also a contributing author to Arianna’s Huffington’s new venture, Thrive Global.
Jason Bergund is Director of Brand Visualization for Brandthropologie’s Mojo Risin’ Studios, as well as a best selling author, and the Co-President of Our Kitchen Table Media, specializing in assisting agents, publishers, companies and individuals to develop personal brand stories that can be leveraged across a trans media platform including the web, television, movies, and commercial trade books.
Ali Mirza is the social media director at Brandthropologie. His focus is to help our clients create engaging social brands & generate leads. In the recent past Ali has worked with several marketing agencies and mega brands like Chevy, Target and American Airlines. His passion lies in helping corporations & brands get RESULTS from social media.
Eduardo Vianna is Chief Video Editor for Brandthropologie and Mojo Rising Studios. With an engineering degree from the Catholic University in Brasil, Eduardo started his career in video editing and motion graphics.
In Brasil, Eduardo worked with many professionals in the field of video production, provided services to various producers, producing vignettes for TV shows and worked as a video editor and motion graphics artist for many years.
In late 2009 Eduardo worked in New York developing ideas for new projects, doing pre-production, scene direction, editing, finishing, publishing the videos produced by the analysis of the feedback generated by the video hosting sites.
With over two decades of on the ground experience in managing talent, communications and profitability for countless artists in fields as divergent as photography and music, Allyson Spiegelman is head of Brandthropologie West. At Brandthropologie, Allyson focuses on bringing the firm’s mission of marrying art with commerce to drive innovation to the entertainment and mogul space. Allyson is based in New York and Los Angeles, but has also established a virtual presence for the studio in the Bay Area.
Jennifer Ganz serves as Brand & Style Curator and Lead Production Coordinator for Brandthropologie and Mojo Risin Studios. She has worked within the advertising, retail, entertainment and publishing sectors, focusing on key areas such as buying, sales, logistics management, creative content, style and design development.
By marrying over 20 years of retail industry, design and fashion experience, with a unique curation process that continually innovates through trend spotting, customization and an eye on constant reinvention, Jennifer Ganz works with executives, entertainment talent and individuals on set to evolve their sense of style from one likely shared by many, to a bespoked signature that only they can call their own. She is also responsible for brand style integration in all Mojo Risin Studio productions.
Head of Digital Photography, Matusik is an image creator, collaborating in the creative process of producing impact-full images. He does not shy away from pushing the new medium into new unexplored territory. His unique background, coupled with a fresh creative approach, and an aggressive application of new technologies has manifested in a dialog with personalized sensibilities and bold vision appealing to a new generation of visual consumers.
Andrew was featured in Rangefinder Magazine for his innovative approach and desire to move the medium forward.
Matusik has produced 74 covers, and retouched hundreds of celebrities including “A” list staples like Jennifer Lopez, Scarlet Johansson, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Ann Hathaway, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.