Aaron Dignan – Founder, The Ready
Everywhere he looks, Aaron Dignan sees the same phenomenon. Our most trusted and important institutions—in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, and beyond – are
struggling. They’re confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made them strong are liabilities in an era of constant change. For the past ten years, he has studied organizations and teams with a new way of working that prioritizes adaptivity and autonomy over efficiency and control. Aaron contends that teams everywhere need to join them in the future of work.
As the founder of The Ready —a global organizational transformation and coaching practice—he helps companies large and small adopt new forms of self-organization and dynamic teaming. Clients include GE, Kaplan, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Citibank, FreshDirect, Hyatt, Airbnb, Bloomin’ Brands, Charles Schwab, PG&E, Fidelity, New York Public Radio, and charity: water.
Dignan is an active angel investor and helps build partnerships between the startups and end-ups he advises. He’s also a co-founder of Responsive.org. And he has sat on advisory boards for GE, American Express, PepsiCo, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, as
well as the board of directors for Smashburger. He is the author of Game Frame (Free Press, 2011) and Brave New Work (Portfolio 2019).
“THIS IS THE MANAGEMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR. CLEAR, POWERFUL AND URGENT, IT’S A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT WHERE THEY WORK AND HOW THEY WORK.” — SETH GODIN
Joanna Darst – Global Director of Media and Consumer Activation, Molson Coors
Joanna Darst has long been a catalyst for marketing transformation. A pioneer of the digital revolution, her nearly 20-year career spans every stage of product development, system invigoration and brand loyalty. Joanna was an early adopter of using technology and data to better understand consumers and create solutions to everyday needs.
Ms. Darst recently joined beer powerhouse Molson Coors as the Global Director of Media and Consumer Activation, focusing on accelerating global marketing effectiveness through modernization. Prior to joining Molson Coors, Ms. Darst was with Brown Forman Corporation, where she most recently served as the Global Integrated Marketing Director for the Tequila Portfolio.
Ms. Darst’s extensive experience also includes Innovation strategy for Humana, Inc. and leading Kentucky Fried Chicken’s US Digital Marketing strategy. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and received her MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She is an avid gardener, a lover of jam bands and maintains strong curiosity of global cultural effects of digitization. Her favorite beer is Blue Moon Tropical IPA (only found in Denver!) and her go-to tequila is Herradura Reposado, made in the same hacienda since the 1600’s.
Karilyn Anderson – Vice President of Digital at Bliss
Karilyn Anderson is the Vice President of Digital at Bliss®, where she leads digital marketing for the brand.
Prior to joining Bliss®, she led the global digital team at NYX Professional Makeup, a division of L’Oreal, where she managed digital marketing, ecommerce, CRM, loyalty and digital innovation for the brand.
With more than 10 years of professional experience in retail, marketing and digital, Karilyn is passionate about creating a delightful consumer experience and communicating brand values through innovative digital experiences, services and platforms.