Dr. Utku Pamuksuz is a data science researcher with expertise in artificial intelligence, business analytics, and machine learning. Dr. Pamuksuz is currently the Chief Data Scientist of Inference Analytics and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. He also served as a deep learning consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group, maintaining strong relationships with State Farm, Goldman Sachs, Grainger, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, and KPMG. Dr. Pamuksuz is a prominent speaker in topics ranging from AI, deep learning, and data mining, to predictive analytics strategy, e-Commerce, and quantitative marketing. He was awarded with Big Data Hacking Competition Award in 2015 and 2016, as well as the UIUC Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Kenneth Kring has worked on branding while working at a range of companies over the years: Walmart, Walgreens, Sears & Kmart, Discover Financial Services, FCB and others. The branding work has been on both the company-wide level as well as on a products and services level. He has seen an awful lot of both the good and the bad, and knows what it takes to ensure that people and companies are firmly going down the “good” path.
More information about Ken can be found at: www.linkedin.com/in/kenkring/ If you are interested in knowing how it all fits together, send him an invite to link.
Becky Thomas is an experienced Keynote speaker in leadership, helping the next generation of global leaders take action on their goals. GenX and Millennial coaching provides a strategic "time out" so that the next generation of leaders can maximize their potential in a short amount of time. A published author, Becky’s new book “Rise Up: How Great Leaders Stand Out and Get Promoted” shows how leaders can differentiate themselves in four different ways. At the Kellstadt Marketing symposium, Becky will be presenting on the emerging Generation Z, and how marketers can get ahead with this group.
Jennifer Kautz is a results driven marketing innovator with proven expertise in managing multi-million dollar campaigns in the healthcare, financial services, auto and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. She is a creator of novel budget driven solutions that add value to existing business relationships as well as new product launches. Her specialties include B2B and B2C marketing, direct marketing, CRM, events, digital marketing and advertising operations.
Currently, Jennifer is the Manager of Enterprise and Collaborative Marketing for Walgreens Retail Pharmacy and Adherence business lines. She is responsible for developing marketing strategy as well as executing all aspects of her marketing plan. Jennifer has fifteen years of experience across the marketing spectrum working on the client side (Walgreens, Discover Card and Cars.com), the agency side (Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide) and at a start-up (Edo Interactive).
Jennifer has a BA in Marketing Communication from Columbia College and an MBA from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She lives in Mount Prospect and enjoys international travel, spending time with her sixteen month old son and volunteering. Her passport holds stamps from sixteen countries including Japan where she studied abroad during her part-time MBA program. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences today and paying it forward.
Jeff Hoffmeister has more than 15 years of market research experience at Kantar, working to drive meaningful impact with a variety of clients across several industries, including technology, confections, quick-serve restaurants, pet food, retail, financial services, alcohol, oil, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. He has worked extensively across a range of study types and methodologies, both domestic and international, including tracking, copy testing, brand health & equity, concept testing, multicultural, and custom work.
He also serves as a Champion across several content areas, including Analytics, Creative Development, and Neuroscience, guiding teams on the application and interpretation of insights. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from DePaul University.
Kate Stevenson has eleven years of experience as a communications professional. Kate’s experience encompasses both traditional communications and digital communications. Her change management, project management, and communication skills have helped clients to maximize the impact of communications in a variety of settings. Kate is able to skillfully engage stakeholders at all levels and guide decision making to move opportunities to action. Clients value Kate’s creative problem solving skills and her passion for delivering high quality work. Kate received her M.B.A. from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and her B.A. in Anthropology and French from DePaul University.
Other confirmed speakers:
Vanessa Velasco, Senior Manager of WE Local Events & Marketing, Society of Women Engineers
Megy Karydes, Marketing communications, freelance writer and adjunct faculty, Karydes Consulting
Lisa Rowland, Marketing Director, Allianz Global
Zak Protzman, Strategy & Business Development, Cars.com / Emcee