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Want to hear from the top media entrepreneurs in town?

Entrepreneur Speaker Series at AU

The MA in Media Entrepreneurship program, with WAMU and J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, hosts a year-long speaker series that draws the best of the best. Experts tackle the tough topics: revenue generation, creativity, idea generation, promotion and more. This is one example of how the MAME program's integration with the DC entrepreneurial community gives our graduate students unique opportunities to network, explore and learn.

SOC Jean Ellen Cowgill

Jean Ellen Cowgill

President, Atlantic Media Strategies (Read Full Bio)


Build Your Own Brand by Building Someone Else's | November 18, 2014

Jean Ellen Cowgill is the president of The Atlantic's digital consultancy, Atlantic Media Strategies, a relatively new initiative she took over after helping the company develop business models for its various news ventures and helping these brands build their long-term plans for growth.

SOC Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas

Chief Consumer Officer, SmartThings; former CEO of Etsy


Rx for Success: Tips On E-Commerce And Online Communities | April 22, 2014
Look up the words "distriuptive innovation," or "digital pioneer" and you will see a picture of Maria Thomas, now Chief Consumer Officer of SmartThings, a company that makes it easy to connect your life and home with your smart phone, such as using an app to help you find your keys. Thomas is an expert in business development, team leadership, online communities and online marketplaces, among other things. As a consultant, she has worked with clients including American Express, Hello Wallet, Relay Rides, Living Social, National Geographic, NYTimes/, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the Knight Foundation and more.

Seth Goldman Honest Tea

Seth Goldman

Co-founder & TeaEO, Honest Tea

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Mission In A Bottle | November 12, 2013 - Mission in a Bottle: what did it take to scale Honest Tea from kitchen to Coca-Cola? Seth Goldman is the co-author of Mission in a Bottle, his new business book told in comic form. He will share lessons and insights learned from building a mission-driven business in a profit driven world. Book signing with Seth following the event.

Amy Webb

CEO, Webbmedia Group

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Amy Webb

Building a Business, Building Your Brand | April 18, 2013 - Amy Webb is a professional disruptor (that’s a good thing!). She leads a brilliant team that advises a worldwide client base of Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, media organizations and foundations. Her new book is "Data, A Love Story” (published by Dutton/ Penguin).

Jim Bankoff

Chairman and CEO, Vox Media

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Jim Bankoff

Building A Successful Modern Media Company | March 18, 2013 - Jim Bankoff runs all aspects of Vox Media, one of the fastest growing online publishers, focused on the sports, personal technology and gaming categories. SB Nation, its sports brand, boasts over 30mm users per month across 300 individually branded, fan-centric sports communities, each covering a specific professional or college team, league or sport. In November 2011, Vox Media launched The Verge, which has quickly established itself as a category leader and the fastest growing site that covers technology.

Jen Consalvo

COO, Tech Cocktail

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Jen Consalvo

Network like an Entrepreneur | February 20, 2013 - Jen Consalvo is Co-founder and COO of the tech-focused media company, Tech Cocktail, as well as the Co-founder of Thankfulfor, an online gratitude journal community. She has worked in product development for over a decade, leading large and small teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, community & social platforms and personalization. The majority of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally.

Jenn Gustetic

Challenges and Prizes Program Executive, NASA

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Women in Tech, and Culture Change | December 5, 2012 - Jenn Gustetic's experience has focused on the public sector with concentrations on grant challenge development, prize and grants management, open government, innovation, public private partnerships, and technology policy. In her current role at NASA, she coordinates prizes and challenges for the Chief Technologist.

Rick Stamberger

Founder and CEO, SmartBrief

Rick Stamberger

Smart Growth from Smart Ideas | November 7, 2012 - Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector. Before his work at SmartBrief, Stamberger was a founding partner of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. Quest developed the wireless industry's first online information service. He also served as executive vice president and a director of a Washington, D.C.-based technology firm owned by nine cable television companies and NBC. Rick began his career in Washington with the National Cable Television Association.

Vijay Ravindran

Senior VP and Chief Digital Officer of The Washington Post Company

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Vijay Ravindran

Innovating from the Inside | October 10, 2012 - Vijay Ravindran joined The Washington Post Company as senior vice president and chief digital officer in February 2009. In his role, Ravindran focuses on digital news product development. Ravindran founded and leads WaPo Labs, which develops experimental news products, including the personalized news aggregation site Trove. Ravindran also serves in various leadership roles at SocialCode (the leading Facebook-dedicated advertising agency), The Washington Post's online initiatives, Slate, Avenue100 Solutions (a leading analytics-based performance marketing company), and Ongo (a Company investment).