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Wednesday, October 4


How Blockchains and Cryptocurrency Can Transform Colleges in a Networked World
Blockchain is the technology for decentralized management of distributed data that underpins BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies. Researchers have recently noticed that Blockchain technology is also useful for transforming other previously centralized activities into distributed autonomous organizations, and that has spurred a flood of investment. Blockchains are ideally suited to create a universal ledger that records all educational events, transactions, and outcomes into a kind of global super-transcript that does not require validation or administration by centralized authorities. Such a ledger would be secure, private, tamper-proof, and timestamped but it would also be open so that third-party developers can create applications that deliver value to students, employers, and institutions. These applications would be deeply disruptive to accreditors, federal regulators, the personnel recruitment industry, rankings, credentialing, and other middle-man industries that create unnecessary friction in higher education, ultimately driving up the cost of education.

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Rich Demillo

Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Tech
Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Executive Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author of over 100 articles... Read More →

Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030
Thursday, October 5


Career Negotiations: Get What You Want at Work
Best-selling author and career coach Jacqueline Twillie will introduce you to resources that will boost your confidence to ask for more in your career. The workshop will focus on helping you understand your value and teach you how you can develop career related negotiation skills. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions when requesting more responsibility and learn how to navigate the dreaded conversation of a total compensation package. It’s all about learning how to showcase your value so that you earn your worth.

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Jacqueline Twillie

Jacqueline Twillie is an Amazon Best Selling author, speaker, blogger, and career coach. She has a corporate background working for organizations such as Victoria's Secret, Gannett, AT&T, and the CDC. Jacqueline is the Local Atlanta Levo League Leader. Her mission is to help elevate... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room B - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


Getting Your Entrepreneurial Kicks As A Badass Intrapreneur
It is more than likely that you not will start a grounbreaking, disruptive company. And not everyone is cut out to work in the crazy roller coaster ride of the young startup struggling to find its market and place in the world. That doesn't mean opportunities to be an entrepreneurial leader are restricted to just startups. In this workshop hosted by former intrapreneur and product leader, Chidi Afulezi, attendees will participate in a conversation about how employees of a company that have the requisite entrepreneurial attributes can become corporate innovators driving intrapreneurship at their organizations. The workshop will hit on a number of potent topics including:What makes an intrapreneur? What is the difference b/w an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur?What is the scope of an intrapreneur?How do intrapreneurs drive innovation within their companies?Building a culture of experimentation within a bureacracy.Becoming part of the intrapreneurial and corporate innovation parts of your organization

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Chidi Afulezi

Co-Founder, aKoma
Chidi Afulezi is a product guy and digital insurgent, with a day job of co-founder of aKoma, a content management and storytelling platform for Africa and fans interested in Africa focused content. He also is a product management consultant and trainer, working with product teams... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room C - Harris Tower - Floor 24 233 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


Love Mondays: Why Work Isn't Working
As humans, most of us are on a quest to find meaningful work. And yet, that same quest often robs us of our humanity. We search job boards for hours, update our LinkedIn profile, attend networking events, send applications to faceless companies, cross our fingers and hope for a response. And when we find work, it frequently leaves us feeling misunderstood, disengaged, and underutilized. Does it have to be this way? Is it an objective fact that looking for work has to feel dehumanizing? In this talk, Chris Turner makes a bold prediction. That looking for work will soon be as enjoyable as discovering music on Spotify. Backed equally by industry research and surprising consumer insights, Turner captains an optimistic voyage into the future of work; one where we gladly hand our jobs to robots and where entire companies exist in the cloud.

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Chris Turner

CEO, Tentrocket
For the past three years, Chris Turner ran Tenrocket, a startup building apps for startups in 10 days for $10k. After overseeing the development of more than 50 apps without hiring a single employee, Chris did some soul searching and realized Tenrocket was really about helping people... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030


Forging Your Career with the Tech Jobs of Tomorrow
Top practitioners will give you the low-down on forging a career into the digital future. A panel representing a range of perspectives across creative, UX design, technology and business will give insights into what you need to succeed.

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Cliff Barrett

Senior Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Technology, CNN
Cliff Barrett is CNN's Senior Product Manager of Mobile and Emerging Technology. Cliff is responsible for core experiences across mobile devices including phones, tablets and smart watches. Cliff has over 15 years of experience as a digital media professional with extensive mobile... Read More →
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Gabrielle Derenthal

Sr. Product Designer, Turner Sports
Gabrielle Derenthal began her design career at the age of five, sitting on her Creative Director father’s lap and bossily telling him to move that image over there and make that text bigger. For many years after, she honed her skills in the fine arts, learning how to draw, paint... Read More →
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Chris Duncan

Founding Partner and Brand Architect, THRSHLD
Chris Duncan is a Founding Partner and Brand Architect of THRSHLD, a branding and marketing agency dedicated to being the intersection between culture and marketing innovation. Chris has years of experience developing and implementing marketing strategies across multiple platforms... Read More →
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Leslie Hochsztein

Enterprise Application Engineering Specialist, GE Digital
Leslie Hochsztein is an Enterprise Application Engineering Specialist at GE Digital, focusing on front-end web development and General Electric's instances of the service management software, ServiceNow. She was previously a web developer at Superlux, a design studio dedicated to... Read More →
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John Kay

Working inside both agency and in-house teams, John Kay has evolved with a career that has explored multiple creative disciplines. Equally at home in UX, advertising, branding, and visual design, John understands that at the core of all these disciplines there is a common thread—human... Read More →
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Crystal Meyers

Leader, Tableau partnership within Ironside
Crystal Meyers has over a decade of experience leading and managing projects designed to deliver data driven insight. By working in a range of business intelligence and data management roles, she has gained a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding related to analytics strategy... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room D - Marquis 1 - Floor 4 245 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Friday, October 6


Crafting Your Career Path
Confidently identify steps to reach your career goals, including strategic negotiation and intentional networking. Takeaways from discussion: Gain a greater sense of focus and direction in your career path; Feel prepared to negotiate effectively in the workplace; Identify what resources you need to reach your goals; Enhance an awareness of what type of work you will find meaningful and fulfilling; Align your strengths, values, and priorities to confidently make decisions; Build intentional habits into your days that will lead you to success

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Tallia Deljou

Co-Founder & President, Mavenly & Co.
Tallia Deljou is the co-founder and president of Mavenly & Co., dedicated to supporting professional women and millennials in designing a career with purpose through coaching programs, retreats, and corporate training. With a Master’s degree in Positive Organizational Psychology, Tallia is energized by having meaningful, authentic convers... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room A - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


Your Name is Your Brand: Writing to Get Ahead
Your career may be just beginning, but you still have a story to tell. How you tell it—from the words you choose, to the tone you use, to the typos you catch (or miss)—can mean the difference between landing that job or promotion, and making a not-so-impressive impression. Join brand writer and mdash founder Molly Dickinson for some real-world advice and hands-on exercises designed to help you craft your professional story and create your personal brand.

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Molly Dickinson

Founder, MDash
Molly Dickinson is the founder of mdash, a brand messaging company established in Atlanta in 2009 to help brands become more meaningful. Her nearly 10-year career as a writer and creator spans freelance and full-time professional roles in journalism, communications, editing, marketing... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room A - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


Conquer Procrastination: A Workshop on Self-Disclosure and Productivity
This workshop is interactive and we’re diving deep into the subconscious and uncovering ways to use procrastination and thought shifting to our advantage. 

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Wesley Samples

Co-Founder, Elevate Media
Wesley is a fourth year business student at Georgia Tech. Through his passion for art and people, he co-founded Elevate Media LLC to provide digital media production and consultation services to Atlanta companies, such as Coca-Cola, LifeProof, Petland and State Bank. In his free time... Read More →
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Indra Sofian

Co-Founder, Elevate Media
Indra has always been fascinated by building something big from absolutely nothing. This concept permeates all parts of his life. As a content creator, Indra started off his career making Youtube videos in middle school with his friend. Now, he runs a content marketing agency cal... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room B - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


WorkingNation Presents: The Future of Work
As the world evolves, so do job trends and job descriptions. Theresa Coddington of WorkingNation discusses trends and predictions on how employment is evolving.

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Theresa Collington

Executive Producer of Digital and Content Partners, WorkingNation
Theresa Collington is known for her expertise in digital media and re-aligning traditional business work flows to include digital content gathering and production, generating high traffic and engagement to content published on digital platforms, analysis of digital metrics, and overseeing... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room A - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303


How to Bootstrap a Blog and Social Brand into a Viable Business
Bloggers, social influencers, entrepeneurs? A panel with successful brand builders will discuss how they have parlayed their media savvy into successful businesses.

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Emma Loggins

Founder, Excite Creative Studios
Emma Loggins is a designer, marketer, blogger, and speaker. She is the founder of Excite Creative Studios, where she specializes in web development, UI/UX design, and social media marketing for clients who are both inside and outside of the entertainment industry - helping them to... Read More →
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Holy P

Founder + Editor-In-Chief, UNTOUCHD Magazine
Holy P. is the Founder + Editor-In-Chief of UNTOUCHD Magazine - A lifestyle magazine for women inspired by tech. She has a knack for #neverstoplearning, is a massive fan of coding and advocate for more women interested in technology. UNTOUCHD Magazine covers almost all aspects of... Read More →
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Mandy Kellogg Rye

Founder / Creative Director, Waiting On Martha, Inc.
Mandy Kellogg Rye is the founder of the media brand and ecommerce company, Waiting on Martha. Along with the blog and the shop, Mandy is an editorial and interior stylist working with brands such as Kate Spade New York, BHLDN, The Gap, Old Navy, Calypso St. Barth, Smirnoff, and General... Read More →
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Porsha Thomas

Founder, gowrkgrls
Porsha Thomas is a digital creator, writer and speaker specializing in  “ladypreneurship,” public relations, digital marketing and brand identity. She graduated from the University of North Texas’ Mayborn School of Journalism in 2009 with a degree in News-Editorial journalism... Read More →
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Kyle Tibbs

Co-Founder, The Bitter Southerner
The Bitter Southerner is an online cultural magazine that envisions a South whose people are known for their creation, innovation and forward thinking as much as they are known for their grace, hospitality and conviviality. We have existed to support and showcase those who yearn to... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room D - Marquis 1 - Floor 4 245 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303