The Advisory Board is composed of successful executives, consultants, investors and entrepreneurs who assist the management team by providing input, advice, introductions and seasoned judgment.
Robyn is a senior business leader, investor, and strategy expert who works directly with C-level executives. Since 2000, Ms. Davis has been Managing Director of AngelHealthcare Investors participating as an active private equity investor and portfolio manager for a group of qualified high net worth entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Boston area. In her earlier career, Ms. Davis was a founding Director of the Merchant Banking Services practice for Barents Group, LLC managing an international professional staff and advising financial institutions, corporations and governments on acquisitions and privatizations in emerging economies. Prior, at Bain & Company, Ms. Davis was a strategy consultant to a broad array of Fortune 500 clients.
CUSTOMER CENTRICITY CONSULTANT MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Kim has extensive experience in all aspects of digital marketing and retailing of consumer products – from co- founding the first digital marketing agency (Novo Interactive), to working with Best Buy in sourcing innovative products from Silicon Valley, to co-founding Ovative Group’s capacities to help big-box stores move online, to teaching at Missouri’s journalism school, to founding LivingHome.com, the web’s first home lifestyle site (now part of HGTV) – and to many advisory, investment and other relationships with scores of startup companies and the larger companies interested in them.
RICHARD R. HOWARD
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, COSMETIC ESSENCE, INC.,
Rich is a veteran cosmetics industry executive serving as Senior VP, Operations with Cheseborough Ponds; Executive VP – Worldwide Operations with Elizabeth Arden; and Senior VP, Operations for Charles of the Ritz. He has served as a turnaround executive for boards of trouble companies, advised investors considering major investments in cosmetic companies and provided services to a global client as Director of Strategic Services with KPMG.
RAYMOND D. MAGER
L’OREAL; PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY ASSOCIATION SUMMIT, NJ
For over 20 years, Ray served as Vice President, General Manager of L’Oreal’s Professional Products division, which created products for salons, spas and other professional outlets. Prior to that he served as Controller for Clairol. He also has served on the boards of the American Beauty Association (now merged/ renamed into the Professional Beauty Association), a trade association composed of manufacturers, distributors, major salons and stylists who make up the salon and spa industries.
DARRIA LONG GILLESPIE, MD, MBA, FACEP
ER PHYSICIAN, NORTHSIDE EMERGENCY ASSOCIATES;
SENIOR VP, CLINICAL STRATEGY, SHARECARE, INC., ATLANTA, GA
Dr. Gillespie is a board-certified Emergency Physician, TV and media health expert, and SVP of Sharecare,
a health and wellness engagement platform used by over 40 million people. She frequently appears as a guest on CNN, FoxNews Network, CNBC, The Doctors, and The Doctor Oz Show, hosts Sharecare Radio, a weekly hour-long radio program, and writes “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Health...and Sanity” for The Huffington Post. As SVP Clinical Strategy at Sharecare, she oversees the development of content for the award- winning app AskMD, as well as outcomes-driven challenges, programs, and other engaging digital interventions to improve users’ health and quality of life. Dr. Gillespie earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, her MD from the University of Rochester, and completed her residency at Yale University School of Medicine.
VP MARKETING, ROCKETSPACE INC.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Ashleigh is a marketing leader, growth hacker and startup veteran with more than 14 years of experience on both the agency-side and client-side of helping disruptive Silicon Valley companies, including consumer-product startups, build brand awareness and grow sales through powerful messaging, positioning, content, public relations, social media, and integrated marketing campaigns. She’s been involved in numerous early-stage companies and currently oversees accelerator-programming for startups at RocketSpace.
THE DOT CONNECTORS
Diggi has over 15 years of senior brand development leadership experience at Unilever, and was responsible directly for several iconic brand introductions (e.g., Axe, Salon Selectives) as well as overseeing the work of brand managers at Unilever. For the past 8 years, he has served as the principal in a specialty consulting company assisting companies with brands innovate, and work more productively with, their inside and outside creative teams.
CEO CONNECT•WORK•THRIVE LLC
Johanna began her career as an analyst (Goldman Sachs), management consultant (Bain & Co. and Strategic Decisions Group) and marketing manager in Pepsi’s Frito-Lay division. For the past 20 years, Johanna has provided strategic planning, operations, marketing, and financial consulting expertise to a broad range of clients. She has created several businesses, most recently Connect•Work•Thrive, that hosts conferences, workshops and individual coaching sessions to empower highly educated, mid-career professionals, who have difficulty returning to the workforce after a career break, find great jobs. Johanna holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
GLOBAL INNOVATION DIRECTOR, AB-INBEV
NEW YORK, NY
Julie is an accomplished brand manager with 10+ years experience building global consumer brands and delivering innovations in the beauty and beverages categories. Prior to her current assignment at Anheuser-Busch (AB-InBev), she established a track record of increasing responsibility and accomplishment at Unilever, including North American hair care products. Julie started her career as a brand manager at Mars (candy) and Revlon (cosmetics). She brings extensive experience leading culturally diverse teams and overseeing multiple external agency and media partners.