Meet the Speakers

 

Michael Schrage 
Michael Schrage is a research fellow with MIT Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy,. His research, writing and advisory work focuses on the ‘behavioral economics’ of models, experiments and metrics as platforms for transforming customer lifetime value creation. In addition to his teaching and consulting, he is author of  ’The Innovator’s Hypothesis’ [MIT Press 2014],  ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2012] and  ‘Serious Play’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2000]. ‘Recommendation Engines,’ his latest book, was published September 2020 by MIT Press. 
 Michael’s current research explores the future of KPIs,  ‘performance management choice architectures' and machine learning - in collaboration with Google, McKinsey, Cognizant, Deloitte and the Sloan Management Review – pays special attention to how smarter metrics influence leadership style and substance. Other research examines the interplay of ’network effects’ with human capital innovation.. Schrage’s pioneering work in ‘selvesware’ highlights the future of agency as digital media augment aspects, attributes, and talents of productive individuals. He is an angel investor and advisor to several start-ups in these digital domains.
Deborah Newman

Deborah is Grant Thornton’s Media & Entertainment Industry Leader with over 25 years of experience in the industry including as the head of Global Compliance & Business Process Improvement at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., and prior to that as an Entertainment partner in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has deep expertise in global entertainment businesses including broadcast television, filmed content production, theatrical and home entertainment.
During her expansive career, Deborah has worked with multi-national companies to solve numerous complex challenges such as changing international regulatory standards, financial reporting challenges, operational challenges in unique entertainment specific areas such as participations and residuals, and change management due to mergers, acquisitions, significant business process and technology changes.
Deborah has served many clients across the filmed content business including Walt Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, A&E Networks, NBC Universal, Fox Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Paramount Pictures, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild and the Motion Picture Association.


Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam
Hemu is one of this country's foremost leaders in privacy, security, and safety issues clients face across multiple business sectors, including big tech, government, law enforcement, corporations, start-ups, talent, and pro athletes. A globally recognized leader with nearly 25 years of cyber experience, he helps clients build up privacy, safety, and security programs and navigate through crises that might arise as the result of privacy and security breaches. He has developed an extensive network in the state attorney general community and respect as a thought leader on cyber policy matters. Hemu was previously the founder and chief executive officer of cyber security and cyber intelligence firm Cyber Security Affairs, formerly known as SSP Blue.
During his tenure at Cyber Security Affairs, Hemu provided strategic guidance to both corporations and online companies in online safety, security, and privacy issues covering product, policy, PR, and regulatory matters. He effectively helped Internet- and non-Internet-based companies in creating and implementing holistic online safety, security, and privacy programs, including in social media, and provided guidance to safety, security, and privacy technology providers. Hemu has also led numerous product and program audits to identify key risk areas and drive execution of changes. When companies are under government inquiry or investigation at the federal and state levels, Hemu provides strategic and legal guidance in navigating such matters. He engages with the non-government organization (NGO) community to build partnership opportunities and provides crisis media management and proactive media outreach services and media training. Having been a federal prosecutor for computer crimes and online sex crimes, Hemu helps clients develop and implement law enforcement compliance programs and training. He also leads cyber security vulnerability assessments on behalf of clients.
Hemu also works with talent, pro athletes, and executives (principals) who require 24/7/365 cyber threat protection, to act as the eyes in cyberspace for security details on the ground, whether on the road or at home, to identify, prevent, or dismantle any threats brewing in the public, deep, or dark web, including social media. Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals who have been cyberstalked, hacked, and threatened have sought out Hemu to help them, including with online reputational attacks and cyber privacy.
Hemu began his career as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County from 1990 to 1997, focusing on prosecuting sexual assault and child abuse cases. During his tenure, Hemu handled more than 1,000 criminal matters and was a recurring lecturer at rape crisis centers across Los Angeles.
Hemu has also been honored to work with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the state attorneys general to develop widely used online safety standards. He was appointed by the New York Office of the Attorney General as an independent safety and security examiner to provide periodic independent assessments of a major online company's safety and security practices. He has been asked by the White House and the United Nations to provide guidance and counsel on navigating the world's most critical online protection challenges.

Reed Phillips

Reed is a managing partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York, which he co-founded in 1996. He also leads Oaklins’ events team. Reed specializes in sell-side M&A in a number of industry sectors, including digital media and advertising, market research, consulting, print media, events, information, social media and subscriptions. His recent transactions include the sale of Purpose, a social impact agency, to Capgemini; the sale of TechMedia, a conference business, to RLJ Equity Partners; and the sale of three divisions of Bonnier Corporation—two magazine divisions and the leading advisory business in DE&I for the Fortune 100.
Reed has been an investment banker for 31 years and has completed over 200 M&A transactions. At the end of 2021, his book "QuickValue: Discover Your Value and Empower Your Business in Three Easy Steps" was published by McGraw Hill. The book provides a new valuation methodology for midsize companies.

Jimshade Chaudhari
Reporting to the CEO, I was brought in to build the product management and marketing teams. I am responsible for the product roadmap and strategy, user experience, and marketing of Marketron's product portfolio.
Marketron is the leading provider of enterprise revenue and profitability management solutions for media companies. It offers revenue generation and management solutions, ad tech and mobile advertising platforms, and an array of digital audience engagement tools that drive new growth opportunities. With expertise built on 50 years of industry leadership, Marketron proudly supports the broadcast industry at the local, state and international levels, serving more than 6,000 media organizations globally and managing $5 billion in annual U.S. advertising revenue representing more than 100,000 advertisers. Marketron is owned by Diversis Capital.


Gwen Migita
Gwen Migita is Executive Director, ESG at Point B. Gwen advises executive leaders on integrated strategies, risks, and opportunities in the ESG space. Her leadership role also involves enhancing connections between Point B’s client facing ESG Practice and internal Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. She seeks to deepen purpose and belonging among Point B’s employee owners and accelerate action by corporate, nonprofit, and public sector customers to improve life on the planet. Gwen joined Point B from Caesars Entertainment where I led Sustainability, Impact, Equity & Inclusion and ESG for its global enterprise gaming, hotel, live entertainment, conventions, food and beverage, retail, development, and businesses partnerships. Prior to hospitality, she was a market research consultant with media & entertainment, retail, beverage, tech, healthcare, development, and financial sector clients.

Ms. Migita's community involvement includes DEI Chair for Sustainable Brands Advisory Board and previously on the executive committee of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, board leadership of the Human Rights Campaign (Las Vegas, DC Metro); and American Marketing Association (Las Vegas, Hawaii, Guam). She and her wife Cuc Vu are active mother-negotiators of two school aged children, Max (8) and Ava (6), through Cub Scouts and baseball. She has an MBA University of Nevada Las Vegas and BA University of Washington - Marketing.

 
Dan McGuire
Based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Mr. McGuire has over twenty-five years’ experience in advising his clients on state and local tax matters and became a member of the KPMG team in 2006. His experience includes working with large clients in multistate income tax restructuring projects, including refund analysis and revision of existing corporate structures. His client base includes companies representing a broad array of industries, including broadcast and media, telecommunications, government contracting, alternative investments, financial services, and manufacturing / distribution. Mr. McGuire has represented clients before state taxing authorities in income and franchise tax, sales and use tax and property tax matters.
He is a frequent lecturer on state and local taxation issues, including events sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Executives Institute, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, the Council on State Taxation and other national groups.
Dan is a member of the Media Financial Management Association and currently serves on their Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Tax Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Academy of Sciences / Maryland Science Center and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.


Steve Gallucci
Steve is the Global and US leader for the CFO Program. The CFO Program harnesses the broad capabilities of the firm to deliver forward thinking insights for every stage of a CFO’s career. Steve helps CFOs manage the complexities of their roles, tackle compelling challenges, and adapt to strategic shifts in the market.
In addition to his CFO Program leadership responsibilities, Steve’s 30 years of experience at Deloitte includes advising our largest and most complex clients in the Consumer & Industrial Products, Media, and Private Equity sectors. Prior to his current role, Steve served as the New York Marketplace Managing Partner. 


Barry Payne
Barry Payne is Director, External Relations at AICPA & CIMA. In this role, he serves as a liaison to CFOs and finance leaders to understand how finance teams are evolving and explore the skills, competencies and mindsets that are emerging and important. Barry is working to elevate and accelerate the value of CPA and CGMA in the America’s.
Barry is a UK national, and UK Chartered Accountant and graduate of University of London. He currently lives with his wife Emma in Chapel Hill, NC.