Speaker Bios

Diane Burley, MarkLogicDiane Burley
Chief Content Strategist

Diane Burley is a content strategist who has helped media brands with all aspects of Information & Knowledge Lifecycle Management, including from creation through to multi-channel delivery, and from iteration to monetization. Burley has 15 years of online publishing experience, including: founded and managed a metro-New York news portal in 1995, which was bought by Gannett, and later started the award-winning niche site, PureContemporary.com. As a rare combination of technologist and marketer, Burley understands the technology needed to leverage great content. A strategic visionary, she is able to match technological solutions to media executives challenges: attracting audience, engaging, retaining and persuading them to take action. Burley also has the required expertise to address the challenge of trying to integrate content from multiple sources — and match the right content to audience.

With astute business sense, a metaphorical communication style, and no fear of technology, Burley is a compelling speaker who has delivered speeches across North America and England on topics such as: search, semantic analysis, content monetization and transforming your business. For MarkLogic, Burley is the domain expert, engaging with the industry as a thought leader — while lending her expertise to the quickly growing database company on new market development.

To learn more about Diane Burley and view some of her industry leading thoughts,visit her blog SiliconValet.blogspot.com

Tracey Garvin, SonyTracey Garvin
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing
Sony Pictures Entertainment

SPHE looks to Garvin to oversee, develop and produce special features, interactive content and menus for all worldwide disc and digital releases from the studio. Before her promotion in 2006, she was VP of marketing for SPHE. Prior to joining the company in 1990, Garvin held several positions in the entertainment industry at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

Heather SchlegelHeather Schlegel
Chief Consultant, Strategist, Filmmaker, CEO
The Purple Tornado

Heather Schlegel is a professional social scientist helping people perceive and capitalize change. Through her company, The Purple Tornado, she consults, speaks and produces design fictions and transmedia futures. Schlegel started in Silicon Valley in 1996 and helped build and launch over 50 Internet products at more than 30 startups. She is known for her personal brand: Heathervescent, and has spoken about personal branding from both a “how to” perspective and as someone with a strong personal brand for 10+ years.

She is the creative director of The Future of Money TV series, producer and creator of 3 short future films, including “Fly Me to the Moon;” which was nominated for Most Important Futures Award by the Association of Professional Futurists. Her research focuses on the positive visions of the future and solving humanity’s grand challenges.

Meiko TakayamaMeiko Takayama
Chief Executive Officer
Advancing Women Executives

Meiko Takayama is the Founder and CEO of Advancing Women Executives (AWE – www.inAWE.com). AWE is the fastest growing business service for VP-level and above corporate executive women with the mission to increase the number of women in senior management and on boards to improve the overall global economy. Meiko created AWE when she recognized that there needed to be a paradigm shift for corporate executive women in order to increase the number of women at the top of companies. Through improving awareness, instilling action and creating change, AWE is actively engaging with executive women and their companies to improve business by promoting women.

AWE is the leading resource for corporate executive women in the Bay Area, LA, New York and Chicago and works with senior executive women from companies like Disney, Mattel, Amgen, Pfizer, Toyota, Paramount, CBS, DirecTV, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fox, Cisco, Google, HP, Oracle, PayPal, Netflix, TiVo, Salesforce, Levi’s, McKesson, Clorox, Williams-Sonoma, Hearst Corporation, BD, Tiffany & Co., and Visa.

Meiko is a sought after speaker, presenting regularly at Fortune 500 companies and conferences, including Occidental College, Influencer Series, UPWARD, Women of LAVA and Representative Royce’s Women’s Conference. She was also featured in BCBG’s 2013/2014 Holiday Catalog as part of their series on influential and powerful women and was named a 2014 Woman of Promise by Comerica Bank and the LA Lakers.

AWE was created as an amalgamation of the work that Meiko did as a leading executive recruiter focusing on C-level searches in Finance, Operations, IT, Sales and Marketing and as a Managing Director at the Corporate Executive Board. Meiko has also been a leading fundraising executive at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Meiko lives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.

Meiko is a connector, a tireless promoter of women, a strategic change agent, and a visionary CEO.

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