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Theme: Mass Movement Mania

This event occurred on
April 20, 2013
9:00am - 2:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Stamford, CT
United States

This event shines a light on the rapid rise of mass movements powered by hyper-connectivity that brings true believers together to spread their ideas.

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One Stamford Forum
201 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, CT, 06904
United States
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Scott Goodson

Scott Goodson, author of best seller "Uprising: How to Build a Brand--and Change the World--By Sparking Cultural Movements" (McGraw-Hill). Scott is also the founder of pace-setting global marketing and advertising agency StrawberryFrog. Scott coined the term "Movement Marketing" as the new model for brand building. He has built some of the world's most iconic brands, spoken at Cambridge University, Columbia Business School, and addressed business and marketing conferences around the world. Follow him @ScottFrog.

Ralph Erenzo

Ralph’s writing and commentary have been featured in national media including Op Ed columns for the New York Times. His work at the State level has resulted in the passage of the Farm Distillery Act which permits New York farms to establish distilleries on site and sell their agricultural spirits at the farm. Born and raised a New Yorker, he has realized a lifelong dream of settling in the Hudson Valley.

Golda Poretsky

Golda’s struggles with weight and body image started early – she went on her first diet at age 4 when kids in nursery school started calling her fat. For the next 24 years, she tried every diet imaginable until she realized she could make a different choice – accepting her body and treating it well. In 2008, Golda founded Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. Her Health At Every Size® based programs and activism work have been featured on CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s LX New York and in Time Out New York. She is the author of Stop Dieting Now: 25 Reasons To Stop, 25 Ways To Heal and has organized and hosted major body positive online events, including The Body Love Revolutionaries Telesummit and the HAES® Master Class. Follow her at @bodylovewellnes

Zoe Chance

Zoë professes at Yale School of Management, researching decision making and social welfare, and helping students make their dreams come true. Her work has been covered in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Financial Times, and Discover. Before getting her doctorate from Harvard, she marketed a $200 million segment of Barbie toys for Mattel. Now, she collaborates with academic and industry colleagues to use behavioral economics to help people avoid temptation and make decisions that will benefit them in the long run. And she’ll be talking about a new type of toy that might do just that—if it doesn’t drive you crazy first.

Lucas Codognolla

Born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Lucas Codognolla and his family immigrated to the United States in 2000 when he was 9 years old. Now 22, Lucas currently serves as lead coordinator of CT Students for a Dream, a statewide network of undocumented students and allies that seeks to promote the rights of undocumented immigrants through community organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. Lucas has passionately dedicated his time in the fight for human rights and immigrants' rights, being an activist and undocumented himself, has made one of his main goals to empower undocumented youth, having them realize that immigration status is not a barrier to achieve one's fullest potential. Lucas is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science. Follow him @LucasCodog

Gemma Bulos

Can you believe the mission to provide clean water to over 200,000 people in Asia and Africa started with a song? Gemma Bulos was a former professional singer and pre-school teacher who wasn't on her regular 8:50a train to the World Trade Center when the planes hit. Instead, she witnessed a global community unite through this horrible tragedy and in response, she wrote a song called "We Rise". She left her life, gave away all her belongings and with her backpack and guitar traveled around the globe mobilizing a Million Voice Choir! This global peace mission was based on the concept that 'it takes a single drop of water to start a wave" - one intention, one action, one person - to initiate social change. By September 21, 2004, she mobilized peaceful voices around the planet singing together from over 100 cities in 60 countries in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Winning the CG Vibes Award from Queen Latifah and CoverGirl for women changing the world through music, she launched clean water projects.

Manoj Saxena

Manoj Saxena is an Indian-American business executive, serial entrepreneur, accomplished CEO, inventor, investor, and philanthropist with interests in education, innovation, and automotive racing. Saxena is currently the General Manager for IBM Watson Solutions – announced on March 2011. In this capacity he is responsible for the commercialization and scaling of IBM Watson, a new class of industry specific analytical solutions.

Tony Keevan

Tony Keevan began his career as a producer at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Harriman Communications Center in Washington D.C. where he worked on hundreds of congressional, senatorial and presidential campaign TV and radio commercials. Tony also produced the Braden & Buchanan Show on WRC-NBC radio later to become CNN's Crossfire. In Tony’s most recent role as CEO of the Keevan Group, he delivers innovative consumer facing relationship marketing and digital solutions for Fortune 500 brands. As a community service Tony produces and hosts a Manhattan-based public access television show called "What Really Matters NYC". By combining the power of social media influence with traditional television broadcast, the show has proven influential in moving the needle during the 2009 NYC Mayoral election results and more recently sparking and maintaining the dialogue on the NYPD Stop & Frisk policy.

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is an expert in the areas of networking, referrals, recruiting – and believe it or not – amateur boxing! Michael has been a featured speaker at NAIFA, NAHU, the Sales Mastery Forum, and LAMP and has been referenced in the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. When he’s not speaking at conferences or sales meetings, Michael is an award winning adjunct instructor at Rutgers University and donates time to speak at networking groups focused on job search. Michael is the author of the book Knock-Out Networking!

Organizing team


Glen Rock, NJ, United States
  • Irina Dymarsky
    Conference Co-Chair
  • Jane Shan
    Conference Co-Chair; Program Development
  • Sam King
    Treasurer & Media Relations
  • Jeremey Donovan
    Program Development & A/V
  • Karin Riley
    Event Management & Sponsorship