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Harnessing the Power of Stories Biographies

Jennifer Aaker

General Atlantic Professor of Marketing

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness. She co-authored the award-winning book, “The Dragonfly Effect: Quick Effective Powerful Ways to Harness Social Media for Impact.” A recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Citibank Best Teacher Award, and George Robbins Best Teacher Award, she teaches courses like Social Brands, Designing Happiness, and How to Tell a Story.

Aaker received her PhD in Marketing, PhD Minor in Psychology, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Christy Turlington Burns

Founder, Every Mother Counts

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Christy Turlington Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. In 2010, Burns directed and produced “No Woman, No Cry”, a documentary film about the global state of maternal health. Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, Burns focused her activism on smoking prevention and cessation after losing her father to lung cancer in 1997. She collaborated on several public health service campaigns and launched an award-winning website, in 2002.

Burns earned her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

Stacy Brown-Philpot

Chief Operation Officer, TaskRabbit

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Stacy Brown PhilpotStacy Brown-Philpot is a leader in operations and strategic management. Before taking the operational helm at TaskRabbit, Brown-Philpot served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Google Ventures, lending strategic expertise to the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google’s flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and serving as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India. Brown-Philpot founded the Black Googler Network and she also brings a background in finance from her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs.

Brown-Philpot holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Erika Shumate

Product Innovation and Marketing Consultant

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Erica ShumateErika Shumate is a leader in product development and marketing with work experience with SavvyMoney, a financial services company, and Renewable Ventures.  She has worked in strategic new business development, especially with regard to tax credits to finance solar panel installation.

Shumate received her MBA from Stanford University in 2011 where she served as the co-president of the Product Design and Manufacturing Club.  She also received her BA in the History of Science and Medicine from Yale University.

Tina Sharkey

Director, Executive, Co-Founder, Advisor

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Tina Sharkey has created and scaled multiple consumer and media businesses to profitability worldwide. Most recently she served as the CEO of BabyCenter, LLC a wholly owned division of Johnson and Johnson. With more than 20 years of experience, she co-founded iVillage, led multiple businesses at AOL and started the digital internet division at Sesame Street. Sharkey is a global speaker at industry events, conferences and corporate meetings, blogs for and is a guest lecturer and mentor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sharkey served as a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and earned her BA in International Relations from University of Pennsylvania.



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