Monday, April 3

8:30 - 8:40 AM – WELCOME

Nancy Hill, President & CEO, 4A's

8:40 - 8:50 AM – FROM 4A’S BOARD CHAIR

Bill Koenigsberg, Founder & CEO, Horizon Media


Connecting Data and Creativity for Business Results


9:30 - 10:00 AM – VIEW FROM THE TOP

Fireside chat with leading communications holding company CEO on global challenges, the diversity debate, digital investments, and which agency models work best.

Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment CorrespondentCNBC

Michael Roth, CEO, IPG

10:00 - 10:30 AM – Creative address TBC 

10:30 - 11:00 AM – BREAK

11:00 - 11:30 AM  – Future of Visual Communications

As we look into the next 10 years and beyond, visual communications and discovery are driving innovation in tech and mobile. Hear how marketers and agencies can think about visual discovery in new and exciting ways when turning consumer inspiration into action. 

Interviewer: TBD

Ben Silbermann, Co-Founder & CEO, Pinterest

11:30 - 11:50 AM  – TECH + BRAND CASE STUDY

11:50 - 12:15 PM – MACHINE LEARNING & its impact on advertising 

12:15 - 1:30 PM – Lunch

1:30 - 1:45 PM –  Overview of Afternoon Sessions

1:45 - 2:15 PM –  Storytelling in a  World of Unlimited Choices

How consumers watch video is redefining storytelling.  YouTube has a front seat in this transformation and has fueled a new breed of storytellers. To succeed in today’s multi-screen always-connected world, brands must go beyond traditional 30-second spot to tell stories that grab users’ attention, wherever they may be.

Speaker:  Tara Walpert LevyVice President, Agency Solutions, Google & YouTube

2:15 - 2:45 PM –  The Truth About America

A transformation is happening in America, one that is social, political and economic. Either our values are changing in fundamental ways, or our understanding of them is.  This panel will reveal exclusive research that will help agencies and brands better navigate the New America.

Opening remarks: Chris Macdonald, President, McCann North America

Moderator: Steve Zaroff, Chief Strategy Officer, McCann North America

Devika BulchandaniPresident, McCannXBC & Managing Director, McCann New York
Kathleen HallCorporate Vice President, Brand, Advertising & Research, Microsoft
Lili TomovichCMO, Chief Experience Officer, MGM Resorts International

2:45 - 3:15 PM – The Future of News 

A healthy media industry is essential for a healthy advertising industry. The two are intertwined. However, journalism has been facing several existential threats. These include the growing dominance of platforms over both revenue and distribution, the proliferation of fake news and the emergence of new competitors - including brand advertisers turned content creators. During this panel, platforms, publishers and industry watchers shed light on the long-term future of the news business.

Moderator: Steve Rubel, Chief Content Strategist, Edelman

Cory Haik, Chief Strategy Officer, Mic

3:15 - 3:45 PM – Break

3:45 - 4:15 PM – What is the agency of the future?

From small independents, to integrated midsized agencies to mega global media players, everyone wants to have the most efficient, successful and innovative agency model for the future. Agencies of different shapes and sizes, debate who’s got the winning formula.

Tamara Ingram, Chief Executive Officer, J. Walter Thompson Company
Carl JohnsonFounding Partner, Global CEO, Anomaly
Elizabeth RossPresident & CEOPERISCOPE
Barry WacksmanEVP, Global Chief Strategy OfficerR/GA

Moderator: TBC

4:15 - 4:45 PM – The Gate Crashers

They can be both partners and competitors. Who are the new players in the agency business, what do they do differently, and should you be concerned?  

Anne Bologna, Chief Strategy Officer, iCrossing
Andrew Keller, Global Creative Director, Facebook's Creative Shop 
Glen Hartman, Managing Director, Accenture Interactive N.A.
Others TBC

4:45 - 5:15 PM – Inside the minds of marketers

Top marketers discuss innovation, customer experience, lessons learned, mobile first, agency partnerships, consumer trends, and what they consider their most critical challenges and promising opportunities.

Pam El, CMO, NBA
Marisa Thalberg, CMO, Taco Bell
Jason White, EVP, Head of Marketing, Beats by Dr. Dre
Others TBD

6:00 - 8:00 PM – Networking Reception & The 4A’s Partner Awards