Thaniya Keereepart

Head of Mobile & Platforms, TED

Thaniya currently heads up TED’s media initiatives on mobile and connected devices. She is responsible for overall strategic direction, investment, product, growth, and operations on all non-web platforms owned and operated by TED. Her passion lies in the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and behavioral economics.

Prior to TED she led product development for live game experiences at MLB for seven years. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including Emmy, Peabody, Adobe MAX, Webby, DigiDay, and the National Design Award. She’s is also an active advisor for various projects at StoryCorps and National Geographic Learning.

An outspoken advocate for women leadership in technology, Thaniya gave a talk at TEDxPortland on designing habits for diversity and inclusion. She is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and traveler. Her primary hobby sits somewhere between design nerdery and travel photography.

Shamanth Rao

Growth, Crosswords With Friends, Zynga

Shamanth Rao is an experienced mobile growth expert with deep experience in the gaming space. He has driven growth for Bash Gaming (acquired by GSN Games) and for PuzzleSocial (acquired by Zynga), among other companies.

Shawn Azman

SVP of Growth, Leanplum

Shawn Azman is the SVP of Growth at Leanplum, the marketing cloud built for the mobile era. Trusted by top brands like Tinder, Tesco and Lyft, Leanplum shapes meaningful user engagement across messaging and the in-app experience.

Prior to Leanplum, Shawn worked in the mobile analytics and monetization space as a growth manager at Kiip and a sales engineer at Kontagent. Shawn graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Anna Ying Zeng

Associate Director, Mobile Products, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Anna is passionate about building user-centric mobile products. At Starwood, she is product owner on the multiple award winning SPG app, supported on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. The app allows guests to natively book stays, manage their reservations and points, use property technology such as keyless check-in, and see personalized offers across all 13 of Starwood’s hotel brands.

Her previous roles include positions at digital agencies MXM, Saatchi & Saatchi and CREATETHE GROUP working with clients such as P&G, General Mills and De Beers.

Ben Clark

Director of Customer Acquisition, SeatGeek

Ben is the Director of Customer Acquisition at SeatGeek. His areas of focus include SEO, email marketing, landing page optimization and generally getting people to find, use, and keep using and the SeatGeek mobile app.

Prior to joining SeatGeek, Ben was a business intelligence analyst for Buddy Media, which was acquired by He also worked at Yelp and Clover.

Data and efficiency are two of his favorite things.

Trisha Harry

Lead Global Mobile Growth Strategist, eBay

Trisha is the Lead Global Mobile Growth Strategist at eBay. She has over 10 years of experience in product management and business development from running her own start up and working extensively in the VC space.

In her past life, Trisha was also the lead App Developer Evangelism Manager at Microsoft and Strategic Partner Manager at Google. Through it all she has witnessed the evolution of the mobile channel and its growing business impacts on both startups and larger institutions.

Trisha currently manages acquisition channels that drive buyer growth metrics at eBay.

Sarah Bidnick

VP of Marketing, TodayTix

Sarah leads global marketing for TodayTix, the first and only free mobile app for iOS and Android that provides access to the best prices on last minute theater tickets, booked same-day or within a week’s time.

TodayTix launched in NYC in 2013 and is now live in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Seattle.

Scott Stanchak

Managing Director, Platform Operations, The New York Times

Scott is a digital marketing and product leader focused on directing mobile, web and emerging media strategy. This includes acquisition, monetization and product optimization to maximize revenue and consumer growth. He believes it’s important to use data and customer intelligence to create a compelling roadmap for acquiring and retaining profitable consumers at an efficient cost.

His current role is Managing Director, Platform Operations at The New York Times. In this position, Scott leads the content, monetization and product strategy across off-platform partners, including Apple, Facebook, Flipboard and Google, among others. Previously, he led The Times’ entrance into the mobile subscription business, as well as product marketing for the company’s beta offerings (Cooking, Crossword, etc.).

Scott also teaches eCommerce and digital marketing within the MBA program at New York University (NYU). Both classes represent a holistic picture for students to develop a full understanding of the digital (web/mobile/off-platform) experience to maximize conversion and revenue.

Prior to The Times, Scott directed mobile strategy (marketing & product) for Avis Budget Group. He also founded BakBurner Digital, which released eight successful iOS and Android apps, including Winery Passport and Brewery Passport, the top wine and beer apps in their respective industries. His roles at additional past companies include the NBA, Fox News and AT&T.

Lauren Picasso

Director of Marketing,

Lauren Picasso is the Director of Marketing at, an eCommerce company that raised more than $570 million in funding and was acquired by Walmart for $3.3 billion in August 2016.

Lauren has worked across various online and offline marketing channels since joining Jet, including TV, out-of-home, public relations and display. She now leads Jet’s mobile marketing team, overseeing customer acquisition, retention and product marketing of Jet’s iOS and Android apps.

Lauren has an extensive background in retail and eCommerce. She was an early employee of Rent the Runway where she focused on merchandising and operations strategy and has also worked for Google Shopping and Bloomingdale’s. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and MBA at Harvard Business School.

Sabrina Gao

Head of Direct Marketing, Dashlane

Sabrina is the Head of Direct Marketing at Dashlane, the world’s best password manager and secure digital wallet.

Sabrina joined Dashlane from Zipcar, where she managed the company’s digital media budget and was responsible for membership growth in all Zipcar’s North American markets.

Prior to that, Sabrina held multiple marketing positions at Sallie Mae and Upromise, the leading college savings program. As Director of Digital Marekting at Sallie Mae, she expanded their private student loan marketing into social media and display and led a cross-functional team to create an in-house ad serving engine that later became a key acquisition source for Sallie Mae.

Sabrina studied international business at Beijing University of Chemical Technology and received her M.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

Gina Gotthilf

VP of Growth and Marketing, Duolingo

Gina is the VP of Growth at Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Over the past 3.5 years she has helped build Duolingo’s user base from 3 to 150 million. Gina runs the cross-functional growth team and is in charge of all marketing and communications at the company.

Previously, Gina represented Tumblr in Latin America and led their strategy for international growth. She also developed international digital marketing campaigns for luxury brands such as LVMH, Estée Lauder and American Express.

She’s had the honor of giving keynotes at conferences in Brazil, Mexico, the United States and China, and of presenting to President Obama.

Gina has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University, where she co-authored a neuroscience study about socio-cultural differences in memory and aging.

Beth Murphy

SVP Marketing, iHeartRadio

As SVP of Marketing for iHeartRadio, Beth leads brand, product marketing, acquisition and retention efforts. iHeartRadio is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over a billion downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 90 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.

Beth was most recently CMO of Deezer, a leading music streaming service with over 6 million subscribers and 16 million active users. She was also CMO and EVP of Product at Zinio, the world’s largest digital magazine newsstand; and CMO of Stitcher, the leading on-demand radio and podcast app. Beth has held product and marketing leadership roles at Travelocity, Yahoo, Visa, Intuit, Clorox, and Digg.

Beth started her career as a management consultant with Accenture, and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and BA from Northwestern University. She enjoys riding her bike around Brooklyn and exploring New York with her dog Quincy.


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