#LGBTWeekNYC Conference Speakers

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*NOTE: All Speakers Below Were For Our 2016 Events

Alex Kacala - Hornet (Associate Editor)
Alexander Kacala has been an active and engaged voice in LGBT media since January, 2013. His passion for writing and the LGBT community were first utilized by G Philly, an auxiliary gay men's lifestyle publication of Philadelphia Magazine, as Contributing Editor.

After, Ka...
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Andy Tarradath - Slay TV (Chief Operations Officer)

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Arielle Scarcella
Arielle Scarcella is an LGBT content creator who focuses on comedy, travel & self-love. Her posts inspire people all over the world, be themselves & experience new things.

Recognized by the Huffington Post, The Advocate, Google, Buzzfeed, NY Times & more. She has 100 million+ video views.   - View Speaker Profile


Auston Matta - TwoBadTourists.com / Outfluential.com
Gay travel events, tips and stories. Follow their adventure as they travel the world together.
They're married. They travel, blog, & enjoy too much wine. They're bad tourists because being a good tourist just isn't as fun! But they learn & share the experience. TwoBadTourists is a travel blog created by David Brown and Auston Matta. They ditched their lives in Chicago as a microbiologist an...
  - Website: www.TwoBadTourists.com
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Bernadette Smith - The Equality Institute (President)
Bernadette Smith is founder and president of 14 Stories and The Equality Institute, and award-winning author of three books about same-sex weddings, most recently The Business of Gay Weddings: A Guide for Wedding Professionals.

In 2004, Bernadette started 14 Stories, an award winning wedding p...
  - Website: www.14stories.com
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Billy Kolber - ManAboutWorld (Co-Founder)
Billy Kolber graduated from Yale with a B.S. in biology. In his senior year, he was elected Business Manager of the Whiffenpoofs, and organized their traditional round-the-world tour. Upon his return, he started a career in travel, managing the American Express travel agency in New Haven, Connectic...
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Damian Pelliccione - Revry.TV (CEO/Founder)

Damian is the CEO of REVRY, the groundbreaking new LGBTQ digital content streaming service for Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and mobile devices. Damian was formerly the head of business development for North America for Make.tv, a German company specializing in cutting-edge streaming ...
  - Website: www.revry.tv
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Davey Wavey
Davey Wavey is a gay digital storyteller who has reached more than 400 million people with his unique perspectives on life and short videos. By combining humor, candor, curiosity and sexuality, Davey empowers his followers by creating shareable LGBT media that people remember.

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David Karraker - Campari America (Vice President, Marketing - Consumer Engagement & Advocacy)
In his role at the US division of Gruppo Campari, the world’s sixth-largest premium wine and spirits company, Dave’s days are focused on creating consumer relationships through engagement, sharing, conversation, and education – all of which leads to advocacy. His duties cover experiential, public re...
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David Paisley - Community Marketing & Insights (Senior Research Director)
David Paisley is the Senior Research Director with Community Marketing & Insights [CMI]. He has been with CMI for over 20 years. David coordinates the company’s quantitative and qualitative client research projects and professional educational programs. With decades of experience, organizations util...
  - Website: http://www.communitymarketinginc.com
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Demetre Daskalakis - NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control)
Demetre Daskalakis is the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He received his medical education from NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency training in 2003 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Bost...
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Jack Harrison-Quintana - Grindr for Equality (Director)
Jack Harrison-Quintana is a queer Mexican-American author, activist, and researcher currently serving as the director of Grindr for Equality. Hailing from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Jack earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University in DC, which he still calls home. His jo...
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James Felton Keith - Slay TV (Co-Founder)
JFK defined #PersonalData. An award winning engineer, economist, ethnography, and human rights leader; he has dedicated his life's work to economic inclusion through building systems that enable individuals to own more of their seemingly intrinsic value. Trained as an engineer and economist, he spec...
  - Website: www.slaytv.com
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Jeffrey Moran - Pernod Ricard (Vice President, Public Relations, Events and Sponsorship)
Jeffrey Moran leads integrated marketing communications for Pernod Ricard USA, the number two distilled spirits company in the world. In this role, Moran oversees public relations, sponsorship and direct-to-consumer event marketing for the company’s cadre of premium spirits brands -- from ABSOLUT V...
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Joe Valentino - Here Media (Senior Vice President)
Joe Valentino, Senior Vice President, has been with Here Media since 1998. Prior to being named Publisher of The Advocate, he served as Vice President and Associate Publisher of both The Advocate and OUT and as Publisher of Plus. During his tenure, Valentino has developed and nurtured client relatio...
  - Website: www.heremedia.com
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John T. Nash - The Focus Group (Co-Host)
Marketing and advertising executive turned radio personality, John is best known for his pioneering work in helping to create and manage Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT community, at a time when it was considered very risky for a business to speak to gay and ...
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Jonathan Key - Slay TV (Chief Design Officer)

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Josh Rimer
Josh Rimer is a content creator and social media influencer with 29 thousand subscribers on his main YouTube channel and more than 13 million video views. He uploads three videos a week, two of which are also shown multiple times a day across Canada on OUTtv to over 1.2 million subscribers. Josh's...
  - Website: www.JoshRimer.com
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Justin Garrett - Q.Digital (Chief Revenue Officer)

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Kerry Branon - International Fund for Animal Welfare (Media Relations Manager)
Kerry Branon is an animal lover, environmentalist and filmmaker. She has helped support the mission of the International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW] to rescue and protect animals around the world for the past 13 years. She lives on Cape Cod with her spouse Lisa, their 3-year-old daughter Isabella...
  - Website: www.ifaw.org
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Maria Cristina Rios - Macy's Marketing (National Director, Multicultural Customer Strategy)
Maria Cristina Rios is the National Director of Multicultural Customer Strategy for Macy’s Marketing. In this role, she directs business driving opportunities to capitalize on the growth of Latina, Black, Asian and LGBTQ customer segments. Using data-driven insights and qualitative research to bette...
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Mark Elderkin - Gay Ad Network (CEO)
Mark Elderkin is CEO and founder of Gay Ad Network, largest advertising marketplace for connecting advertisers with LGBT consumers worldwide. Elderkin has been at the forefront of digital media since founding Gay.com twenty years ago. He revolutionized gay media by creating the first LGBT digital ...
  - Website: www.gayadnetwork.com
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Matt Martin - OnlyMattMartinPR
Matt Martin, also known as OnlyMattMartin, through avenues of social media and press his success has landed him with nominations for the Annual Mashable Award, New York Socialite of the Year Award, Shorty Award and People's Choice Awards. Matt has been seen on the off-broadway hit "My Big Gay Italia...
  - Website: www.OnlyMattMartin.info
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Matt Skallerud - Pink Banana Media (President)
Currently heading up the new New York City office
Matt Skallerud began his online career in May 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBT websites worldwide. Having worked with companies, large and small, for more than 20+ years to reach the LGBT online consumer through this site and others, he is now focused on the m...
  - Website: PinkBananaMedia.com
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Michael Wood - GPJ (Senior Creative Director)
My goals are simple. Explore. Create. Change. Lead.
Creative instigator. Idea generator. Thoughtful. Strategic. Insightful. Inspiring conviction and passion to rethink and reshape the B2B and B2C experiential marketing landscape – one client at a time.


What’s the secret to Michael’s success? “I fully embrace the right side of my brain” he...
  - Website: www.gpj.com
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Nick Suell - INTENT & IMPACT Co. (Founder)
Nick Suell is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur that built a Grammy award-winning talent management company and a boutique digital branding/tech company. Nick returned to Los Angeles after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and immediately began co-producing several of Los An...
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Oriol Pamies - Interacting Technology / Moovz (VP Business Development)
Oriol is an entrepreneur and prominent LGBT influencer. As part of his role as VP Business Development at Interacting Technology, he helped found Moovz, a LGBT social network that aims to create a supportive and respectful global community. With more than 1.2M users around the world and specially g...
  - Website: www.interactech.com
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Ravi Roth
Ravi Roth has been trekking the globe for the last ten years exploring gay culture with his Vlog Ravi Round The World. Instead of using Yelp or Trip Advisor, Ravi bases his itinerary from the people who actually live in each city. With only a cell phone and selfie stick in hand, Ravi fearlessly inte...
  - Website: www.RaviRoundTheWorld.com
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Rizala Carrington - DominateTheNewsfeed.com
Specializing in LGBT social media marketing consultation
My goal is to grow, learn, and teach others effective and efficient ways to sale and market products and services in the most profitable way possible.
  - Website: www.dominatethenewsfeed.com
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Robbyn Kistler - Greater Than AIDS & Kaiser Family Foundation (Media Partnerships Consultant)
Robbyn Kistler has served a Media & HIV/AIDS Consultant with the Health Communication & Media Partnerships team at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation since 2007. She leads Greater Than AIDS media placement strategies on television, radio, outdoor and digital platforms through paid and partnered e...
  - Website: www.kff.org
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Scott Gatz - Q.Digital (Founder and Chief Executive Officer)
Scott Gatz is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Q.Digital. Scott is passionate about building compelling digital products for large audiences and has done so throughout his career. Scott founded GayCities with the hope of changing LGBTQ media for the better. He has led the company through ...
  - Website: www.q.digital
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Sean Torrington - Slay TV (Founder & CEO)

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Tanya Churchmuch - MuchPR (Founder)
Tanya Churchmuch is the founder of MuchPR, a New York-based PR firm specializing in tourism, hospitality and LGBT markets. Prior to launching MuchPR, Tanya lived in Montreal, Canada and worked for Tourisme Montreal overseeing their International Media Relations and Leisure Markets, as well as their ...
  - Website: www.muchpr.com
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Terry Torrington - Slay TV (Founder)

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Thai Nam Phan - Pride-Con
Co-Founder of Pride-Con coming to Anaheim, July 29-30, 2016

  - Website: www.pride-con.com
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Thomas Roth - Community Marketing & Insights (President)
Thomas Roth, President and Founder, launched Community Marketing, Inc. in 1992, and has served as its President for 22 years. Tom and his team have developed a spectrum of products and services to skillfully lead the company's global clients to their goals. Tom is now primarily dedicating his indust...
  - Website: www.CommunityMarketingInc.com
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Todd Evans - Rivendell Media (President & CEO)
Todd Evans is President and CEO of Rivendell Media - America’s leading gay and lesbian media placement firm - a unique media company that was founded in 1979 and represents 95% of all gay, lesbian and HIV/AIDS publications in the United States and Canada. Rivendell Media serves as the national adve...
  - Website: RivendellMedia.com
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Trouve Ivo
Trouve Ivo is the brand development director and sponsorship manager for the digital storyteller Davey Wavey. With a knack for producing quirky and challenging media, Trouve builds media experiences that help brands resonate with the desires and dreams of their target audiences.
  - Website: www.daveywavey.tv
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Varune Harnarine - Google (Senior Account Executive - Travel)
As a Senior Google Account Executive, I help to provide integrated, cross-platform advertising solutions. The primary responsibility of the Account Executive is to drive and grow new business revenue with Google’s top advertisers by managing business relationships to ensure that our clients' needs a...
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Wael Morcos - Slay TV (Chief Design Officer)

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