Speaker Line-Up

Hear from 25+ industry thought leaders. New speakers are being confirmed regularly so check back soon!

Keynotes

Jacob Cohen Donnelly, Founder, A Media Operator

Jacob is the founder of A Media Operator, a publication that provides owners, executives, and their teams the information they need to grow audience-focused, prosperous, and sustainable media companies. He is the former Publisher of Morning Brew and spent time at CoinDesk and ThomasNet as well

George Moriarty, Senior Editor, Axios Pro

George is Senior Editor for Axios Pro, overseeing the launch and content development of the Pro Deals product, Axios' first subscription service. He's covered nearly every corner of the market over his career, and launched paid newsletters at Seeking Alpha, TheStreet.com and Axios. He live in Bucks County, PA with his wife, dog and 4 kids (The kids will read something into the dog being listed first. You shouldn't.)

Speakers

Kevin Turpin, President, National Journal

Guy Clayton, Director, Kisaco Research

Elizabeth Petersen, Chief Content Officer, Business Valuation Resources

Stacey Bailey, Vice President, Chartwell

Arsalan Arif, Founder, Endpoints News

Arsalan Arif founded Endpoints News to realize a vision of an independent journalism company covering the most critical developments for leaders across the biopharma world. Arsalan has cultivated a global team of writers and media pros to serve that core mission, now with over 30 full-time staff and counting whose work is seen daily by decision-makers who are changing the world of medicine. Since founding the company in 2016 with editor John Carroll, Arsalan and his team have attracted more than 125,000 subscribers spanning executive and scientific leadership at the top 25 pharma companies and thousands of biotech startups across the globe. His journalism duties include editing Endpoints' Early Edition and contributing news reports on cybersecurity and technology. Before founding Endpoints, Arsalan was the publisher of FierceBiotech and launched FiercePharma at FierceMarkets in Washington, DC. After growing his career in the nation's capital, he returned to his native Kansas and now lives with his family in Lawrence. Born and raised in Wichita — the aviation capital of the world — Arsalan has been a private pilot for 21 years. His parents emigrated from India, built small businesses in Kansas, and credits them for his education and entrepreneurial drive.

Will Bailey, Head of Partnerships, 67Bricks

Will is Head of Partnerships at 67 Bricks. Having worked in publishing roles at Informa (Taylor & Francis) and moved into technology through B2B digital product management, he is now responsible for 67 Bricks' growth strategy. Will has led a number of large-scale digital product development initiatives and consulted widely on Generative AI adoption and digital transformation in the B2B information, media and events industries.

Andy Baker, Director & Practice Lead, B2B Information, Collingwood Advisory

Andy Baker, Director & Practice Lead, B2B Information, Collingwood Advisory Previously, Andy was Managing Director of The Lawyer 2017-2021. He led the team that transformed The Lawyer into a market-leading subscription and information business, based on double-digit increases in subscriber usage, outstanding retention rates and yield increases, and new data-rich product development. Before that, Andy spent 6 years as Managing Director of HSJ, the Health Service Journal. Andy led the team that transformed HSJ from advertising to subscriptions, from print-centric to digital-only, and from declining performance to healthy growth. Andy led the sale of HSJ from Ascential plc to Wilmington plc for £19m in early 2017. Andy holds a first degree from Oxford University and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

Ed Coburn, CEO, Cabot Wealth Network

Ed Coburn has spent his entire career in the specialized publishing business at Cahners Publishing, Cutter Information Corp., Circadian Information, Harvard Medical School, and Mequoda Systems prior to acquiring Cabot. He has spoken frequently at publishing and media events and served on the board of a number of industry associations. Ed is Co-chair of Renewd.

Jacob Cohen Donnelly, Founder, A Media Operator

Jacob is the founder of A Media Operator, a publication that provides owners, executives, and their teams the information they need to grow audience-focused, prosperous, and sustainable media companies. He is the former Publisher of Morning Brew and spent time at CoinDesk and ThomasNet as well

Merry Eisner-Heidorn, COO & Co-Publisher, RTO Insider

Merry has devoted her career to evangelizing about the most efficient and effective ways to reach customers. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she went to work in the media department of the large Chicago advertising firm now known as D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. She moved later to a small, boutique ad firm in Baltimore, and then on to New York City, where she conducted marketing and media research for outdoor media at TDI Winston. In an effort to improve upon media research techniques, she became a consultant providing metrics used to purchase and validate media audiences and advertising. As a consultant, she helped clients including Mobil Oil, MoneyGram and Carnation Foods improve their understanding of their customers and the best ways to reach them. Returning to work after having children, she became an education advocate and worked in the Maryland legislature. In 2013, she founded RTO Insider, a trade publishing company focused on the electric industry, with her husband Rich Heidorn Jr.

David Foster, CEO, Business Valuation Resources

David is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the leading data, training and research provider for the global business valuation profession. Much of BVR’s growth results from responses to the revolution in information industry business processes during the last decade. In addition to BVR, Foster was the co-founder of IOMA, Inc., a management publisher he sold to the Bureau of National Affairs in 1998. He has served on the Boards and/or Executive Committees of 14 information industry companies, as well as a number of non-profits such as Copyright Clearance Center and Bates College. He was SIPA President in 1999, won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award 2000, and is now a co-founder and executive committee member of Renewd.net, the open community for information industry professionals.

Nirav Oza, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer, PubTech.io

Nirav is the Chief Strategy and Customer Officer at Ace Infoway, a leading software development company. Specializing in addressing the unique requirements of publishers, Ace Infoway leverages its brand PUBTECH.io to empower publishers in creating innovative products, streamlining operations, and boosting sales and marketing efforts. Nirav is a seasoned leader in the software industry with over 23 years of experience. In the last decade, he helped many compliance publishing clients navigate their challenges and achieve their goals. As a passionate and proactive leader, he has consistently leveraged technology to create business value. He is dedicated to helping clients grow and digitize by analyzing their challenges, implementing continuous improvements, and optimizing technology use. His approach is characterized by simplicity and innovation, ensuring effective solutions that drive tangible outcomes for his clients.

Jennifer Schivas, CEO, 67 Bricks

Jennifer is the CEO of 67 Bricks, where she leads an award-winning team of technology and industry experts. She has worked with some of the world's most respected information providers - enabling them to digitally transform, launch new flagship products and survive in a future driven by AI and data. Her roster of clients includes specialized publishers delivering essential insights to their communities, scholarly publishers dealing with huge amounts of complex data, and business intelligence companies providing critical insights to global decision-makers.

Diane Schwartz, CEO, Ragan Communications

Diane Schwartz is the Chief Executive Officer of Ragan Communications, a leading media company that serves communicators worldwide with education, networking and unparalleled event experiences. Brands include Ragan, PR Daily, Communications Week and Ragan Training. Tentpole events include the Employee Communications Conference, Future of Communications, Social Media Conference at Disney World and the newly launched Women’s Retreats. Ragan’s Communications Leadership Council is the premier member organization for communicators at large, multinational organizations. Diane joined Ragan in 2019 after serving for 23 years at Access Intelligence, where she was SVP of the media communications division and oversaw the growth of brands including PR News, Cynopsis, AdExchanger, Admonsters and many others. Schwartz has launched more than 100 conferences, training and certificate programs, awards competitions and subscription products that put customer and premium content front and center. A former journalist, Schwartz is a frequent guest lecturer at universities nationwide, a board member of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding member of Chief. She is a wish granter for Make a Wish, a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (CT), a mother of two young adults and a rescue dog.

Egon Smullyan, Vice President of Commercial Operations, FT Specialist

Egon Smullyan is VP of Commercial Operations for FT Specialist. In his role, Egon is responsible for administering a variety of computerized systems and processes to drive operational efficiency across the business, primarily focused on B2B subscription management. He is responsible for managing the teams responsible for several key functions, including customer support, data intelligence, project management, fulfillment, and operations. He has a wide range of experience with different technology disciplines, including CRM, ETL, ESP, database management, system architecture, and more, which he uses to develop tailored solutions that sit at the heart of the company’s success. Egon received his B.A. in psychology from Columbia University in May of 2005 and joined the company shortly after graduating.

Brian Cuthbert, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications

Brian is a Group Vice President at Diversified Communications U.S., a global media company with market-leading exhibitions, conferences, digital products and publications. He is responsible for the Business Communities division, which includes the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM), Intersolar North America, The Running Event, Running Insight, American Society of Administrative Professionals, the Administrative Professionals Conference, Vinexpo America and Drinks America. Brian joined Diversified in April 2013 as the Director of Sales for IOFM and later became its Executive Director in 2015. Previously, he held sales and leadership roles at Greenhaven Partners and Kennedy Information. Brian graduated Fordham University with a B.A. in Journalism. Originally from New York, he now resides in Maine with his wife and daughter.