DéVon Christopher Johnson has leveraged his marketing knowledge and communications expertise to build his brand from a single publication, Bleu Magazine, the aspirational lifestyle publication for multicultural men, to a full-scale multimedia company serving diverse audiences worldwide.
His career began at Def Jam Records and moved on to Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records; collaborating on projects for artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Trey Songz and Rihanna.
Rhonesha Byng is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda— a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. The site provides access to content and community that gives millennial women access to information and inspiration to help them get started or to move to the next level of their career. Rhonesha is an Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto served as the inspiration for Her Agenda. Rhonesha was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and ESSENCE magazine named her among 50 Founders To Watch.
Kay Lucas is founder and CEO of MediaSense, a company which specializes in strategic communications and integrated marketing solutions for Fortune 1,000 companies. MediaSense develops data driven strategic marketing blueprints that focus on a key set of results. From there we leverage insights to create customized platforms across a mix of digital, traditional, and non-traditional marketing/media, as well as online and live experiences and events.
Kay has worked extensively in both general and multicultural markets. She comes from an agency background with a dual emphasis in new business development and media operations. Over the course of her career, she has spearheaded media operations at Grey, UniWorld Group, Global Hue and Carol H. Williams that have helped to redefine the modern, digitally focused, multicultural marketing landscape.
A graduate of The University of Chicago School of Economics, Kay has enjoyed a lifelong career in advertising and marketing. Her client portfolio includes General Motors, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Bank, BET, xoNecole, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Dow Jones, Warner Bros., CNBC, Ford Motor Company, Rutgers University, Microsoft, Google, Pepsi, Burger King, UNICEF and more.
Anastasia Williams is a forward-thinking brand strategist with strong project management and business development experience seeking to apply her strategic and creative skill sets, managerial leadership, and passion for music in an innovative and revolutionary environment.
She’s collaborated with clients including Kraft, Unilever, VEVO, and Moet Hennessy to create personalized SXSW conference ‘experiences’ catering to clients’ needs, by conducting preliminary brand and conference outreach, securing partnership meetings, crafting daily itineraries, and coordinating access to special events including iTunes Festival, Facebook VIP Party, Spotify House, Mashable, etc.
In addition, Williams has crafted client-specific brand strategies for 50+ businesses, including Moet Hennessy, GoPro, Spotify, and Unilever, forging strategic partnerships to secure top-line B2B marketplace visibility
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