elle Speakers

Shawn Parr

CEO of Bulldog Drummond

As the Guvner and CEO of Bulldog Drummond, Shawn is responsible for strategically directing each of Bulldog’s key engagements, ensuring there’s an “Uncommon Sense” methodology at the center of everything the company does. This approach maintains that the biggest opportunities can be realized, and the most complex challenges solved, by using a powerful combination of simplicity, common sense and determination. He brings twenty-plus years of innovation, design, brand and business-building experience to companies from Fortune 500s to purpose-driven startups.   Shawn helps leadership teams transform large, multinational companies and passionate entrepreneurs launch new companies, products and brands. He has worked…

Kirsten Dickerson

Founder and CEO of Raven + Lily

Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder of Raven + Lily, is a thought leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry. Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has traveled extensively to over 30 countries, starting with her studies in Africa and then living in Estonia shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved. The day after graduating from Baylor University, she headed to India to volunteer with Mother Teresa and Compassion International. Creating…

Jordan Brown

Senior Director of Visioneering at XPRIZE

Jordan Brown operates at the nexus of politics, entertainment, and philanthropy, and specializes in building hybrid coalitions that span those three spheres. At XPRIZE, Jordan leads Visioneering, the process used to translate visionary ideas for combating the world’s Grand Challenges into incentivized competitions.   Before joining XPRIZE, Mr. Brown launched the social impact agenda for Summit Series, a global community for leading young entrepreneurs. Prior to that, he worked with celebrities and other influencers to advocate for issues like early detection of cancer, self-esteem, gay rights, and HIV prevention. He also worked to involve high profile celebrities and influencers in…

Sarah Dubbledam

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Creative Director of Darling Magazine

Growing up in Oregon, Sarah Dubbeldam spent her summers in high school working for a book publishing company where she first developed a love for the power of the written word. She then moved to Orange County, CA where she completed her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and Studio Art at Concordia University. After college she interned in film production at Sony Pictures and then broke into the world of modeling and acting where she worked as a professional for six years with Wilhelmina Models, LA. It was being on “the other side” of these industries, combined with her heart…

Casey Connor

Celebrity DJ

Casey Connor is an internationally recognized entertainer, highly sought after by an impressive collection of A-list clientele. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Casey’s career began at the age of ten and made her splash onto the DJ scene after being discovered by an acclaimed music manager. Upon his recommendation, she began training with one of the biggest female DJ’s in the industry. This served as the catalyst for Casey to captivate the celebrity scene with her dizzying array of DJ skills.   Her innovative and self-styled manner of DJing and MCing constitutes more than spinning records. It is an…

Curt Steinhorst

Founder and President of The Promentum Group

Curt Steinhorst is the founder and president of  The Promentum Group, a communications consultancy that crafts messages for today’s distracted audiences.  As its lead consultant, Curt has helped an impressive variety of companies and public figures — from preparing Johnny Manziel for his Heisman trophy acceptance speech (described by ESPN as "the greatest in history") to advising the largest record label in country music on its marketing to digital consumers.   As a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction, Curt has spoken across the globe to audiences that include Fortune 100 companies, global non-profits, national associations,…

Rob Holzer

Founder, Matter Unlimited

Rob founded Matter Unlimited in order to harness the power of brands through advertising, digital marketing and br​​anding to drive positive, lasting change in the world. Rob and his team launched Inside Impact, a virtual reality film series featuring global stories of social change. The first film, “Inside Impact: East Africa,” is a journey with President Clinton to the Clinton Global Initiative’s work in the region. Before founding Matter Unlimited, Rob’s Hope.Act.Change website launched for President Obama during the 2008 primaries pushed boundaries to inspire a new kind of results-driven strategic partnership between creative agencies and their clients. Under Rob’s…