Voice

VOICE Summit Speakers

Meet the speakers of VOICE Summit. We've evaluated thousands of applications from Voice industry professionals from all around the globe and have hand selected the brightest, most insightful, and innovative minds for this year's event.

Blaise Aboh
Blaise Aboh

Blaise Aboh

Co-Founder | AI Envoy Robotics / Orodata Science

Of late, Blaise is trying to understand a range of use cases where algorithms, automation, and Artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance sectors like finance, government, and journalism especially, such as in computational story finding and automated content production. He is also critically researching AI ethics, pros and cons of algorithms, their use and more broadly striving for a comprehensive and unified understanding of how and why unwanted downstream consequences arise.

Blaise believes in using data to inform public policies and to foster transparency and accountability in government. His work revolves around discovering and democratizing insights and value from data for better decision making for both government and citizen. He is a seasoned investigative and data journalism trainer who in the past 22 months has trained over 700 journalists in about 160 newsroom training - if combined are over 800 hours.

His vision is of an economy empowered by data. He has worked on data related to Elections, Budgets, Government Spending, Recovered Government Assets and Public Office Embezzlement, Security Governance, Terrorism, Herdsmen and Farmers Conflict and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

Chuong Nguyen
Chuong Nguyen

Chuong Nguyen

Voice Product Designer | Comcast

I am a multi-disciplinary designer, with an engineering background. I was raised in Vietnam, had lived & worked in France and the UK. Currently based in Philadelphia, I work for Comcast as Voice Product Designer and help running PhillyCHI - Philadelphia area chapter of the ACM’s special interest group on Human-Computer interaction. My unique skill set of science and design allows me to participate and contribute fruitfully to both the technical and aesthetic aspect of every project.

Check out my work at http://vietnameta.co/ and feel free to contact me at kynguyenchuong@gmail.com

Andreea Danielescu
Andreea Danielescu

Andreea Danielescu

Manager, Future Technologies R&D | Accenture Labs

Leader specialized in establishing and growing new research foci. Drives applied research agendas by drawing on background in both product development and academia using human-centered research practices. Strong focus on ethics to create inclusive and fair technologies.

Carolyn Reed
Carolyn Reed

Carolyn Reed

Lead Voice Researcher | Comcast

Insights professional noted for delivering concentrated and actionable recommendations, encouraging new ideas, and embracing new challenges. Relationship builder accomplished in developing strong internal and client partnerships.

Specialties: discourse analysis, ethnography, narrative/storytelling, business discourse, positioning, stance taking, framing, metaphor, humor, communication, sociolinguistics, field research, social network analysis, social media, intercultural communication

Aariv Modi
Aariv Modi

Aariv Modi

Blogger, Programmer, and Alexa Skill Developer |

Aariv Modi is a blogger, programmer, and Alexa skill developer. He is in 7th grade and has created several Alexa skills including STEM Party, Word Party, and Wheel of Fun. In the past, he has also created mobile apps on Android. He has been actively contributing his learning with the Alexa and voice community through his blog and social media channels such as LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter. He was the youngest presenter at Project Voice 2020 and VOICE Global 2020.



Brook McCall
Brook McCall

Brook McCall

Director of Tech Access Initiative | United Spinal Association

Personally and professionally committed to creating and sharing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be heard and valued as critical consumer voices in technology and beyond. Anthropological training and expertise in inclusionary public health work pair well for clarity of insight and as the creativity fuel needed to recognize, address, and close current gaps in tech accessibility. By building influential relationships that encourage reciprocal knowledge sharing, the awareness needed to challenge the status quo and promote thoughtful inclusionary design for universal success is cultivated. Proud to be a vital voice within the spinal cord injury community as a contributor and community partner of New Mobility Magazine, host of the United on Wheels Podcast, legislative advocate, and peer mentor.

Jeff Blankenburg
Jeff Blankenburg

Jeff Blankenburg

Alexa Evangelist | Amazon

Ultra passionate. That’s how he describes his relationship with technology.

Over the past 15 years, Jeff has enthusiastically applied his technical expertise to build industry-changing websites and marketing efforts for mega brands including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ford Motor Company, Sony, and several pharmaceutical companies. He’s especially proficient in user interface design, web standards and mobile application development.

In addition to his evangelist role for Amazon, Jeff is the author of Migrating to Windows Phone, and several "31 Days..." series on his website covering Windows Phone and Windows 8 development. He also serves as an organizer for the Stir Trek conference. On the academic front, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.

Jon Bloom
Jon Bloom

Jon Bloom

Senior Conversation Designer | Google

Jon Bloom is a Senior Conversation Designer for Google, focusing on the Google Assistant. Jon was previously the UX Research Lead for Jibo, Inc., creators of the social robot of the same name. Jon was also Senior Voice User Interface Manager for Nuance Communications, where he sat on Nuance’s Innovation Steering Committee. Over his 20-year career, Jon has designed graphic, speech, and multimodal user interfaces for robots, IVR’s, dictation software, cars, and mobile applications. Jon holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the New School for Social Research.

Karen Kaushansky
Karen Kaushansky

Karen Kaushansky

Senior Conversation Designer | Google

Karen Kaushansky is a Senior Conversation Designer at Google and a long time veteran of the voice industry. She has spent 25 years designing experiences that are shaping our interactions with the world. Karen's work spans designing conversational interfaces, enterprise chatbots, smart clothing, natural interactions in mixed reality, and experiences for passengers and pedestrians with autonomous vehicles. She worked for Nuance, Tellme/Microsoft, Jawbone and Zoox and has consulted for companies pushing technology boundaries such as Magic Leap and LEGO. After many years in San Francisco, Karen recently relocated to Basel, Switzerland. 



Leo Camacho
Leo Camacho

Leo Camacho

Voice & Conversational AI Developer | Lead of NASA Space Apps CR & Founder of Global Hackathons

🤖 •Artificial Intelligence Expert https://talktoai.co/ 🏅 •Winner/Finalist of the NASA Space Apps 2020, Startup Weekend Korea 2020, MIT Artificial Intelligence Latin American Hackathon 2020, FB Online Challenge, International Monetary Fund Hackathon 2019 and TechCrunch DisruptSF Hackathon 2018 •Contributor at Planeta Chatbot https://planetachatbot.com/@BuildActions •Developer Community •Awarded as a 40 young leader under 40 by El Financiero •Google Certified Educator

Opinions are my own, not of the company or their programs.

Wally Brill
Wally Brill

Wally Brill

Head of Conversation Design Outreach & Education | Google

Wally helps Google’s partners to develop and maintain best practices of conversation design. Previously as Google’s Senior Persona Designer he helped bring the character of The Google Assistant to life. Prior to coming to Google, he designed persona driven, speech recognition systems for enterprises and governments from Allstate Insurance and British Airways to eBay and The U.S. Navy. Wally studied electronic music composition at The New School for Social Research.

Teri Fisher
Teri Fisher

Teri Fisher

#VoiceFirst Physician | TEDx Performer | Author | Podcaster | Briefcaster | Clinical Assistant Professor |

Dr Teri Fisher, dubbed "The Voice Doctor," is a unique blend of award-winning TEDx and keynote speaker, physician, podcaster, author, educator, performer, and leading authority on all things voice technology. Teri believes that voice technology is the next operating system, and the future of computers and artificial intelligence. Teri, known his for his laid-back, friendly, personable, and upbeat style, breaks down the complexities of voice technology to it's simple parts and is your guide to navigating the world of voice. An Alexa Champion, Bixby Premier Developer, winner of the Project Voice 2020 “Flash Briefing of the Year", and finalist for "Voice AI/Commentator of the Year” 2020 and "Commentator of the Year” 2019, Teri is a leader in voice technology around the globe.

Teri is the creator and host of The Voice Den, a revolutionary online voice technology reality show that combines his passions for voice technology and education in a fun, relaxed and entertaining style. He is the founder of Alexa in Canada, the leading Amazon Alexa resource ad podcast for Canadians. He is the host of the daily "Voice in Canada" Flash Briefing, the #1 rated Amazon Alexa Briefing and News Skill in Canada. Additionally, Teri founded Briefcast.FM, the premier Flash Briefing network on Amazon Alexa, and he serves the voice community through his free course, “Flash Briefing Formula”, the most comprehensive flash briefing resource available today. Additionally, Teri is the founder of Voice First Health, the leading podcast about the intersection of voice-first technology and healthcare.   

Tobias Dengel
Tobias Dengel

Tobias Dengel

CEO | WillowTree

Tobias Dengel is a mobile & voice technology thought leader who has been working in digital media for over 20 years. He is currently the CEO of WillowTree, LLC., an industry-leading digital product agency based out of Charlottesville, VA with offices in Durham, NC, Columbus, OH, and New York, NY.
 

Previously, Tobias co-founded Leads.com where he managed its rapid expansion as an early pioneer in packaging online search products, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN and AOL, together for sale to small businesses. After Leads.com was sold to Web.com, Tobias continued to work there in an executive role. In his early career, Tobias held a variety of leadership roles at AOL across its Local & Yellow Pages, Business Affairs, and International departments. He holds a BSE in Finance (Wharton) and a BSE in Systems Engineering, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joan Palmiter Bajorek
Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Joan Palmiter Bajorek

CEO & Founder | Women in Voice

Data-driven and Human-centered Linguist and Researcher

PhD-Caliber Researcher and Voice Technologist: I have experience with leadership, management, technical, development, and marketing roles. I have conducted research and voice/multimodal design work for 7+ years, visual graphic design for 9+ years, and analyzed languages for 17+ years.

Entrepreneurial Leadership: I am the Founder and CEO of Women in Voice (WiV), the international nonprofit for women and gender minorities in voice tech. In 2019, I was a Finalist for "Executive of the Year" by the Alexa Awards from Project Voice. Based on this work for advocacy of diversity topics in voice AI, SoundHound named me a Top 15 Voice AI Twitter Influencer (2018) and Voicebot.ai named me as a Top 11 Influencers in Voice (2019). In 2020, I was named a finalist for “Voice/AI Pioneer Of The Year” and “The Project Voice Medal For Diversity And Inclusion” for WiV.

Technical Chops, Linguist: Phonetics, syntax, semantics, morphology, corpus linguistics, data science, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis background I have provide technical expertise to research teams. For my PhD research, I led a team of 11 to conduct a large-scale analysis of speech recognition user experiences for a multimodal, multilingual products and recruited 200+ participants.

Rana Gujral
Rana Gujral

Rana Gujral

CEO | Behavioral Signals

Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and CEO at Behavioral Signals, an emotion AI and behavioral recognition software company.  In 2014, Rana founded TiZE, a cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until his exit when TiZE was acquired by Alchemy. He has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine, the ‘US-China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE, and listed in "Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017" by Huffington Post. Due to his notable thought-leadership in the voice-first community, spearheading digital transformation in the behavioral analysis space, he is recognized in Inc. Magazine as an “AI Entrepreneur to Watch”. His writing can be found in publications such as Inc., TechCrunch, and Forbes.

Rebecca Evanhoe
Rebecca Evanhoe

Rebecca Evanhoe

Conversation Designer | Pratt Institute

Conversation designer, strategy consultant, and teacher. Problem solver and process creator. Passionate about words, ethics, inclusivity, and building deeply collaborative teams.

I design and advise on conversational interfaces: chatbots, VUIs, IoT, immersive and multimodal interactions. Expertise in UX writing, information architecture and intent design, training data modeling and tuning, persona creation, prototyping and testing.

Rebecca Rolfe
Rebecca Rolfe

Rebecca Rolfe

Product Designer for Voice Platforms | NPR

Roger Kibbe
Roger Kibbe

Roger Kibbe

Senior Developer Evangelist | Viv Labs

Viv Labs develops the conversational AI technology that powers Bixby 2. We are developing a community of AI and voice developers and designers, creating the next great voice and conversational AI experiences.

Roger engages developers, designers and business partners to discuss the strategic and technical opportunities to build for the Bixby ecosystem. This engagement includes conferences, meetups, hackathons, webinars, social media, and digital content. Roger empowers developers, designers and creatives to create compelling and innovative experiences that show the potential and huge opportunities for Bixby and the underlying Viv Labs AI engine, and he is host of the Bixby Developers Chat Podcast.

Shivay Lamba
Shivay Lamba

Shivay Lamba

Head of Product | Metvy

A meticulous and passionate engineer having over 300+ Hours of Industrial experience, having a knack for solving complex real world problems in a structured approach and the ability to bounce back in any circumstance and come up with optimal solutions that can add value to the final product.
Highly experienced in the field of Full Stack Web Development using NodeJs, ReactJS, AWS and in Machine Learning using Keras, Tensorflow.
Deeply interested in cloud technologies like Docker, Kubernetes.

Previously interned at EY, Genpact, Tech Mahindra

Tommy O'Keefe
Tommy O'Keefe

Tommy O'Keefe

Senior Software Engineer | NPR

Carla Margalef Bentabol
Carla Margalef Bentabol

Carla Margalef Bentabol

Co-Founder & CTO | Babbly

Specialties: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Software Engineering

Audrey Arbeeny
Audrey Arbeeny

Audrey Arbeeny

Founder/ CEO/Executive Producer | Audiobrain

Emmy-Award Winning, globally recognized Sonic Branding and Original Composition/Experience Design for Toshiba, Whirlpool Corporation, Electronic Arts, KIA Motors Corp,Google,Vanguard, McDonalds and many more:

• Microsoft Xbox 360: Sonic Branding Strategy, product sonification,Original Sound Logo, branded music, guidelines, events
• NBC Olympics Broadcasts:: 2018,2016,2014, 2012, 2010,2008, 2004,2000,1996: Music Supervision, Music systems consulting/management,onsite music services, original composition.
• New York Giants: Sonic branding, official anthem, broadcast packages, stadium, film,integrated marketing
• The Last Gold (USA Swimming documentary film): Original Score
• Logitech: Sonic Branding UE and Jaybird product sonifications
• Holland America Line:On-board sonic experience strategy and systems design, original composition, voice branding
• Microsoft: Globally approved audio vendor, multiple initiatives
• Major League Soccer: Sound Branding Strategy, Original official anthem/variations,
• GlaxoSmithKline: Corprorate Identity, Panadol,Tums,Polident,Aquafresh
• IBM: Global audio vendor. 25 Sound Branding initiatives
• Speaking Engagements (partial):
• FUSE 2019: Project Osmosis Workshop, FUSE Calls Podcast
• What Design Sounds Like: Symposium in NYC 2016,Northwestern University, November 2015, Design Matters Feburary, 2015, SVA 2012-2015,Microsoft Engineering Excellence Day 2011, Design Management Institute, Queens College Sports Program, Brand ManageCamp,Alberta College of Art and Design, Film Composers Network, Thunderbird MBA

Specialties: Sound Branding, audio identity, audio branding, music production, sonic branding, sound identity, interactive audio, brand strategy, acoustic identity, sonic branding, sound logo,
sound signatures, product sonification, environmental branding, music supervision, music licensing, original composition, technical, branding guidelines, audio research, sound marketing, broadcasting, and network identities

Richard Weeks
Richard Weeks

Richard Weeks

Head of Conversational Experiences | Consumer Digital Office at U.S. Bank

Results oriented leader with a track record of success in delivering innovative, value-add solutions that benefit customers and organizations. Known for building consensus in cross-functional teams by understanding the business, communicating a compelling vision, embracing creative ideas and alternative points of view, and effectively managing relationships. Accomplishments include creating and executing an effective strategy, growing the business, attracting talent, and leading high performing teams by establishing an environment of collaboration, diversity, and success.

Specialties:

- Online Business Strategy
- New Product / Service Development
- Software development initiatives

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker

Senior Architect, Voice Technology | Soar.com

Mark Tucker is an Alexa Champion and Bixby Premier Developer and currently the Senior Architect - Voice Technology at Soar.com. He is a software developer and architect with 25 years experience and started his voice-tech journey in 2016 when there were only 4,000 skills in the Alexa Skills Store. He has worked at 2 startups creating innovative voice experiences for customers and finds time to create his own Alexa Skills and Bixby Capsules.

Mark is the organizer of the Phoenix Alexa Meetup and the Phoenix Chapter of the Ubiquitous Voice Society. He has spoken at conferences including the Phoenix Mobile and Emerging Tech Expo, The Alexa Conference, Voice Summit, and Project Voice. Mark is the creator of Speech Markdown which he released as open source and can be found at speechmarkdown.org. He enjoys finding ways for non-profits to benefit from voice-first.

Mark is a leader of software development teams with 9 years of Agile methodology experience and a win-win attitude. I care about people and enjoy mentoring and listening. With 10+ years leading software development teams, he can help your teams be more effective and valued.

Mark has a passion for family, voice technology and serving others.

Maryam Nabavi
Maryam Nabavi

Maryam Nabavi

Co-Founder & CEO | Babbly

I was trained as an Aerospace Engineer, helped Fortune 500 companies develop tech enabled products for a decade and finally found myself obsessed with applying my interdisciplinary skills to solve human-centric problems. Babbly was born out of a personal experience and its mission is to empower parents track their baby's development like they would with sleep and body temperature.

Maryam is a strategic Leader with 10+ yrs of experience in product innovation & consumer electronics. Former VP of Product Visioning Team at Idea Couture with P&L and team accountabilities of top tier clients.

Matt Vaillancourt
Matt Vaillancourt

Matt Vaillancourt

Director of NSP Sales | SonicWall

Results-driven digital marketing expert. 11+ years of experience leveraging marketing channels to grow revenue and ROI.

Outside-the-box thinker who leads strategic initiatives and proposes innovative technologies to solve business challenges. Proven data analysis skills that consistently identify new opportunities within changing market conditions.

David Code
David Code

David Code

AI / VUI Writer | LinkedIn

I grew up poor on a farm in Saskatchewan, and I remember we had to drive five miles just to get drinking water from a safe well. Neither of my parents finished high school, and I watched them be intimidated their whole lives by anyone who acted smart or authoritative. At a young age, I realized it was going to take some courage to escape this existence.

So I read many books, played music, got into Yale, and began living the American Dream, including a stint at "Saturday Night Live," publishing two books featured in the New York Times, and visiting 100+ countries. But I always remember to advocate for less-educated, non-technical people like my parents. I teach tech with warmth, empathy and humor on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/tech-and-travel-6580947208521289728/

Gordon Midwood
Gordon Midwood

Gordon Midwood

Co-Founder / CTO | Anything World

I am the CEO & technical co-founder of Anything World - a startup which combines voice, AI & 3D rendering.

I am an experienced Creative & Technical Director & Technologist with particular expertise in voice computing, augmented / virtual / mixed reality and gaming.

I have almost 20 years development experience in technology & games and possess excellent creative programming skills.

I also love talking about myself and starting sentences with a capitalised letter 'i'.

Harry Doukas
Harry Doukas

Harry Doukas

Senior Conversational AI Consultant | Amazon Web Services

Architecting end-to-end solutions for our customers using Alexa, Lex, A4B and related services such as AWSLambda and Polly. Formulating and executing strategies to drive adoption of voice enabled systems. Do you havequestions on how voice and AI can optimize your business? Feel free to reach out!

Zac Jarrard
Zac Jarrard

Zac Jarrard

Park University and Amazon Alexa: Meeting the Needs of Tomorrow’s Students | Park University

Jay Canty
Jay Canty

Jay Canty

Alumni & Teacher's Assistant | FDM Group

Edgar Cerna
Edgar Cerna

Edgar Cerna

Student | University of Missouri-Kansas City

Francis Muwalo
Francis Muwalo

Francis Muwalo

Student | Park University

Yvette Tess Nyambura Karanja
Yvette Tess Nyambura Karanja

Yvette Tess Nyambura Karanja

Student | Park University

Wen-Jung Hsin
Wen-Jung Hsin

Wen-Jung Hsin

Professor | Park University

Ryan Cheung
Ryan Cheung

Ryan Cheung

Vice President of Alexa Programming Club & Student | Park University

Noelle Silver
Noelle Silver

Noelle Silver

Founder | WomenIn.AI & AI Leadership InstitutedIn

Head of Instruction for Data Science, Analytics and Full Stack Development | Former VP of Digital Technology at NPR | WAC Global Digital Ambassador | Voicebot.ai Top Influencers in Voice | Alexa Conference "Executive of the Year" | VentureBeat’s Women In AI Award for AI Mentorship

I am a leader who creates clarity, leads with empathy and delivers results. I am a leader who acknowledges the work of my teams, inspires and supports innovation and fosters a growth mindset. Intentional, Mindful Leadership is the new normal.

I perform keynotes and workshops internationally. Topics include:
•Conversational AI and Voice Development
•AI for All: How AI is Changing the Landscape of Business and Development
•Mindful Leadership
•Personal Brand Building for Technologists

I specialize in delivering results for technology companies in the areas of Conversational AI, Intelligent Apps and Agents, Cognitive Search and Knowledge Mining, Responsible AI practices and the democratization of AI.

I am passionate about using machine learning to solve business and world problems, and share those learnings with developers to empower everyone to achieve more!

My Certifications and Honors:
Top 44 Leader in Voice, Top 3 in Influencer category by VoiceBot.ai
VentureBeat: Women in AI Awards, AI Mentorship Award
Alexa Executive of the Year: VoiceFirst's Alexa Conference
Subject Matter Expert in creation of the AWS Alexa Skill Builder Exam
Performance Excellence Award for Highest Influenced Revenue - Microsoft EBC
Create Clarity Award for Distinguished Leadership at Microsoft
Microsoft Community Champion 2018-19
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
AWS Certified Solutions Architect- Associate
Certified Content Marketing Specialist
Certified Customer Acquisition Specialist
IBM Certified Solution Designer
IBM Certified Systems Expert- WebSphere Application Server
and others...

Edwin Chavez
Edwin Chavez

Edwin Chavez

Student | Park University

Dror Futter
Dror Futter

Dror Futter

Partner | Rimon Law

I am a venture capital and technology attorney who advises startups and their angel and venture fund investors, as well as helping more established tech companies negotiate complex agreements. After many years practicing in-house and actually dealing with all the day-to-day issues of start-ups and technology companies, I have returned to law firm practice. However, I continue to view the delivery of legal services through the eyes of a client. As a client, I wanted lawyers who could translate their expertise into practical business advice and proactive, creative problem solving. I wanted lawyers whose billing practices matched the value they delivered and the cost estimates they provided. Now as a part of a law firm, that is how I deliver legal services.

I have previously served as the General Counsel of a video conferencing startup, Vidyo, Inc., and a venture capital firm that focused on corporate spinouts, New Venture Partners. In addition, I was the counsel to the CIO at Lucent Technologies. As a result of this background, my practice has two distinct parts – corporate and IT/IP transactional.

I have recently joined the Rimon, P.C. law firm. Rimon has developed a unique business model that has eliminated much of the overhead of larger firms. The firm has proven that high quality and reasonable rates do not have to be a contradiction in terms. The majority of Rimon’s attorneys work remotely, but with over 50 attorneys Rimon has the subject matter experts of larger firms such as tax, employment, litigation and IP. Rimon’s economic model also gives attorneys great flexibility to structure alternative fee arrangements with our clients. The innovate nature of Rimon was recently recognized by the Financial Times, which has named Rimon one of North America’s leading innovative law firms several times.

Isabel Suttner
Isabel Suttner

Isabel Suttner

Director Innovation | ProSiebenSat.1 Digital GmbH

Chithra Durgam
Chithra Durgam

Chithra Durgam

Brand Strategist | Local Vocal

Dentist and business owner who has been featured in the #1 NY Times Bestseller book by Gary Vaynerchuk, “Crushing It” for her innovative use of social media to bring patients to her dental practice.

Her innovative approach to using social media and specifically video to tell stories about the various procedures, are what attracts even the youngest child to want to meet this dynamic lady. Although she provides all the mainstream dental services- cosmetic dentistry is her passion.

She attracts some very high profile clientele to her practice with her innovative approach to dentistry but also from creating sports focused professional mouthguards. Her selection of “Roar Mouthguards” are very popular as they are produced with custom designs provided by the client, making for very individual pieces.

Doing Things Differently

What makes Chithra different from others in her field is that going to her practice is an experience to be enjoyed, not dreaded. Her practice is 100% digital, she offers warm peppermint scented towels, neck pillows, hot beverages and her patients even could watch Netflix during treatment. She prides herself on the customer service experience.

This sets her apart from her peers and also provides an example of what is possible when you do things differently. Chithra Durgam is also determined to help other healthcare professionals and business owners succeed by breaking the “cookie cutter” social media and customer service offerings for businesses. This she does by speaking at conferences and businesses about social media.

Judge #1 Miss Long Island Pageant August 2019
Cover of American Dental Association Practice Success issue, August 2019
Honoree Eido Swimwear Wonder Woman Presentation, February 2019
National Comcast commercial, The Pitch, July 2018
“Icons of Dentistry” June 2018- Speaker on Social Media in Business
201 Magazine Best of Bergen Issue, March 2018
Appeared on Good Day New York Fox 5 NY
Women’s Dental Entrepreneur Magazine, Fall 2018

Damien Bianchi
Damien Bianchi

Damien Bianchi

Voice Search Practice Lead | Global Strategies

My background lies in the integration of technology and marketing. I help organizations use digital behavior and insights to fuel marketing and business strategy.

Specialties & Expertise:
- Voice Search Strategy, Analysis & Execution
- Digital Strategy, Planning & Execution
- Digital Marketing Measurement & Reporting
- Marketing Automation
- Search Engine Marketing & Web Optimization

Amany Alkhayat
Amany Alkhayat

Amany Alkhayat

Founder | Lingatech

Experienced English as a Second Language Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry for 19 years. Skilled in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), Computer Assisted Language Learning, ESP and Business English.

Joseph Arduini
Joseph Arduini

Joseph Arduini

VP, Earned Media | REQ

VP, Earned Media at REQ with over nine years of online marketing experience and additional backgrounds in songwriting/musical performance and hospitality.

 
Deborah Dahl
Deborah Dahl

Deborah Dahl

Conversational Technologies | Principal

Over twenty-five years of experience in the speech and natural language processing industry, I am a frequent industry speaker, and I have published over fifty technical papers and three books.
I have extensive experience in technical management and development as well as in transitioning speech/language technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. I have helped many organizations bring their speech and natural language processing ideas from vision to reality. My customers range from early stage startups to established speech industry companies to large government organizations.
I participate in the W3C's web standards work, including having served as Chair of the W3C's Multimodal Interaction Working Group, and as a member of the HTML5 Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative's Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group. I'm currently one of the chairs of the W3C Voice Interaction Community Group.

Specialties: Applications of speech recognition, natural language processing, virtual assistants and related standards.

Amy Summers
Amy Summers

Amy Summers

Owner/ President | Pitch Publicity / INICIVOX

Amy Summers became an entrepreneur in her mid-20s, launching her first company, Pitch Publicity, in February of 2003, during a rapidly changing climate for communication and media relations. Summers’ campaigns have resulted in billions of media impressions worldwide and she’s credited as the first to strategize live media interviews at both the deepest and highest points of the planet (scientific laboratory Aquarius, 63 feet beneath the sea; and Mount Everest summit, 21,000 feet above sea level). With more than 20 years experience in developing communication strategies for influential experts and corporations, combined with her unique one-on-one mentorship commitment to every member of her team, she launched, “The Pitch with Amy Summers,” flash briefing on Amazon Alexa in 2018. After quickly became one of the most highly ranked communications flash briefings on Amazon Alexa and 500 consecutive episodes of “The Pitch,” Summers launched her second company, INICIVOX, in February of 2020 to accelerate soft-skills learning in order to bridge the gap between book knowledge and real-world application. Today, people from around the world listen to “The Pitch” with the goal to improve a wide-range of soft skills, centering on the complexity of communications. Summers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida; serves on UF Alumni Association national board of directors and UF College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Advisory Council, where she also serves as an adjunct lecturer, virtually instructing the first voice-only, public relations course called, “Pitching Persuasion,” from her home in the heart of New York City.

Leslie Pound
Leslie Pound

Leslie Pound

CEO | TaDa Labs

Today working on a service that turns any data set into a targeted virtual assistant. This ambitious goal is enabled by an odd series emerging tech opportunities AND mentors.

- Part of first AI virtual assistant at SRI, later to become Siri.

- Lead on NLP/AI for health content and new monetization for SRI Ventures

- Lead on IOT sensors of humidity and temperature as part of Walmart Innovation Center

- A year before graphQL, wrote a declarative graph query language that mimics speech.

Alex Kaplunovich
Alex Kaplunovich

Alex Kaplunovich

CEO & Founder | CloudTalk

Innovator, Strategist and Technology Leader. Passionate about Cloud, Serverless Architectures, Machine Learning/Data Science, and Voice Computing. Champion in automation and leadership. Author of numerous papers and presentations at top conferences. PhD candidate in Machine Learning, AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Building high-quality agile teams, creating state of the art software using cutting edge technologies. Excellent intuition, verbal and communication skills helping each member of the team to achieve the highest potential, performance and enjoy the working environment. Excellent track record for projects involving innovative technologies. Worldwide Speaker.

Presentations & Publications:
"Refactoring of Neural Network Models for Hyperparameter Optimization in Serverless Cloud"
accepted for 2020 ICSE

"Scalability Analysis of Blockchain on a Serverless Cloud"
2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Los Angeles CA, 2019

"ToLambda–Automatic Path to Serverless Architectures"
2019 ICSE Conference, Montreal Canada, May 2019

"Localize: How to succeed in multi-language design and deployment for voice applications"
Voice Summit 2019, Newark NJ

"Automatic Hyperparameter Optimization for an arbitrary DNN Model in Serverless Cloud"
Maryland AI Meetup, June 2019

"Consolidating billions of Taxi rides with AWS EMR and Spark in the Cloud"
2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Seattle WA, December 2018

"Alexa Voice-First Systems Revolution in Education"
Voice Summit 2018 (#voice18), Newark NJ, July 2018

"Scalability Analysis of Blockchain on a Serverless Cloud"

"Cloud Voice Computing Devices in Education: Revolution is coming"
ICACON 2018, Tokyo, Japan, May 2018

"Cloud Big Data Decision Support System for Machine Learning on AWS "
2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Boston MA, December 2017

"Quantifiable data mining using principal component analysis"
Technical Report UMIACS

Ron Jaworski
Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski

CEO | Trinity Audio

Believer in the power of voice. Helping publishers and content creators join the audio revolution - by turningreaders into listeners.

 
Christine Hart
Christine Hart

Christine Hart

Global Search and Voice Specialist | Nestlé

Tiare Helmstead
Tiare Helmstead

Tiare Helmstead

Practice Lead | GSI Voice Lab

With over a decade of experience in SEO and digital strategy, leading the Voice Search practice was a natural transition. Tiare works with some of the world’s largest brands to understand their presence in the voice landscape and provides practical solutions to optimize their voice search strategy.

Gleb Oblomskiy
Gleb Oblomskiy

Gleb Oblomskiy

Chief Product Owner | Just AI

Michael Myers
Michael Myers

Michael Myers

Head of Product & Engineering | XAPP AI

Michael has spent his entire career working with emerging technologies and AI. He has spent the last seven years working in the field of voice and conversational AI, working on bespoke conversational voice solutions for organizations within the Fortune 500.

Emerson Sklar
Emerson Sklar

Emerson Sklar

Chief Evangelist | BeSpoken

Emerson is the Chief Evangelist of Bespoken. Emerson has spent most of career working in the QA space, including the Army Research Lab, Borland, and Applause. Emerson is passionate about the impact that effective testing can have on products and users. He loves working for Bespoken because it makes voice development so much faster, easier, and more fun – and the llama is pretty cool tool! Outside of Bespoken, Emerson loves adventure cycling, cooking, and volunteering with the Scouts BSA.

Diego Valdivia
Diego Valdivia

Diego Valdivia

Product Manager | BeSpoken

Diego is the Product Manager of Bespoken, and has more than 15 years of experience in Software Development for companies across Latin America, North America, and Europe. He's really passionate about new technologies and working with people from all over the world and that is why the Voice space and working at Bespoken are so exciting to him. Besides technology, other interests has are are music, wrestling, and photography. Quite a mix huh?

Jeff McMahon
Jeff McMahon

Jeff McMahon

Co-founder and CEO | Voicify

Jeff is co-founder and CEO at Voicify. Jeff has spent over 20 years helping brands connect to their customers using cutting-edge marketing technologies. The common thread throughout his career has been building companies and technology platforms that focus on creating rich customer experiences for digital channels such as voice, web and mobile.

Prior to Voicify, Jeff co-founded and led several organizations from inception through successful exit. Most recently, Jeff was the CEO of Agency Oasis where he led the company’s growth into one of the leading digital agencies in the country with office in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Voicify, Jeff is an active investor, advisor and mentor to several start-up companies in the marketing technology and e-commerce spaces.

Jeff has a BA in Neuroscience from Hamilton College and an MBA from Cornell University.

Rashi Miller
Rashi Miller

Rashi Miller

VP, Enterprise Solutions | Voicify

Rashi is VP, Enterprise Solutions at Voicify. Rashi has worked at, sold to and partnered with agencies, publishers and startups over her 15+ year career in digital advertising. Rashi’s focus is both brand direct and agency partnerships—at Voicify she’s bringing that insight to help brands and organizations realize the tremendous growth and adoption of Conversational interfaces along with the business value of integrating Voice channel activations into their distribution, omnichannel marketing and commerce plans.

Prior to Voicify, Rashi managed advertising partnerships at The Atlantic, helping extend their unique editorial perspective to brand storytelling across all existing and emerging user touch points. Rashi’s start up experience also includes Visually, an early-stage SaaS startup disrupting the traditional agency model by having built the largest global marketplace for original, premium content. Her role was to demonstrate the value of our platform to leading B2B and B2C brands looking to fulfill content marketing and brand storytelling needs for their owned, earned and paid media distribution channels

Rashi has a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College.

Jason Fields
Jason Fields

Jason Fields

Chief Strategy Officer | Voicify

Jason is the Chief Strategy Officer for Voicify. Jason acts as a collaborator and leader with Voicify’s partners and customers, enabling them to leverage the power of the Voicify platform to engage with their customers and prospects. Jason is an evangelist, speaker, thought leader and strategist for the company. Jason is passionate about personalizing the relationships between brands and customers, for the betterment of both. He believes in finding the ‘Youtility’ of what brands can do to better the experiences of those they serve.

Prior to Voicify, Jason was the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Solutions for Rightpoint, a customer experience agency based out of Chicago. Jason also established and grew the Los Angeles office for Agency Oasis, which was acquired by Rightpoint a few years later. Jason was a founding member of the Customer Experience Advisory Board of Microsoft and spent nearly a decade as faculty with Emerson College teaching in the Master’s program for Integrated Marketing Communications. Jason sits on several company advisory boards & works with non-profits.

Jason has his BA in Communication & English from UMass Amherst and a MA in Media Studies from New School University.

Surbhi Rathore
Surbhi Rathore

Surbhi Rathore

Co-founder and CEO | Symbl.ai

Surbhi is CEO and co-founder of Symbl.ai. Symbl is bringing to life her vision for a programmable platform that empowers developers and businesses to build unique conversational experiences without the hassle of upfront training or building their in-house data science expertise. She co-founded Symbl (previously Rammer.ai) almost 2 years ago and was a part of the Alexa Next Stage program by Techstars 2020. She comes with experience from technical and customer-obsessed roles in both startups and enterprises such as Nevis Networks and Amdocs. Before co-founding Symbl, she worked in the Conversational AI space with a focus on delivering value to Telecommunication users. She is an advocate for Women in AI with a personal mission to inspire more women to work in Data Science. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her remote and distributed family across continents.

Stephen Rothschild
Stephen Rothschild

Stephen Rothschild

Conversational Assistant | GoVivace Inc.

Stephen Rothschild MBA is VP Marketing at GoVivace and CEO Enabledoc LLC. Steve was CEO of Provox Technologies, VP Marketing and Product Development at Wildfire Inc (an Orange SA company) and held VP of Marketing positions at Lernout and Hauspie and Dictaphone.

Raj Karbar
Raj Karbar

Raj Karbar

Director of Business Development | GoVivace Inc.

Raj Karbar can be referred to as the consummate professional with vast cumulative experience in the Media, Entertainment, and Technology sectors. In his current position as a Director of Development at GoVivace Inc, Raj exhibits extensive experience garnered from working with all corporate levels, producing critical and high-level development coordination and workable solutions required for efficient management of various voice technology and conversational AI projects. He is attracted towards the provision of a unique business environment, ensuring that each development meets or exceeds the goals of the project.

Nagendra Goel
Nagendra Goel

Nagendra Goel

Founder and CEO | GoVivace Inc.

Nagendra is the CEO of GoVivace Inc. that develops enterprise speech technology and solutions for voicebots, call analytics, transcription, dictation and IVR. It's also a leading provider of technologies such as language, speaker, and gender and emotion identification. He is also co-founder of EnableDoc LLC. Earlier he worked for organizations such as Apptek inc., Entropic Inc. and IBM T. J. Watson Research
Center.

Phoebe Liu
Phoebe Liu

Phoebe Liu

Senior Data Scientist | Appen

Phoebe Liu is a senior data scientist with expertise in robotics and conversational AI. Previously, she was a robotics researcher in Japan, working in Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), where she also earned her PhD at Osaka University at the same time. She has 6+ years of research experience and 3 years of industry experience. Her research focus includes embodied agent, dialogue system, multimodal data annotation and behavior generation, topic modeling, learning from demonstration, style transfer, explainable AI, proactiveness, personalization, and artificial curiosity and has published many first author papers in robotics conferences and journals.

Dr. Patricia Scanlon
Dr. Patricia Scanlon

Dr. Patricia Scanlon

Founder and CEO | Soapbox Labs

Dr. Patricia Scanlon is the Founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, an award winning AI company offering kid-specific voice technology for reading, language learning, games and robots. Dr. Scanlon founded SoapBox Labs in 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
 
Patricia holds a PhD and has over 20 years experience working in speech recognition technology, including at Bell Labs and IBM. She has been granted 3 patents, with two pending. She is an acclaimed TEDx speaker, TechCrunch contributor, and in 2018 was named one of Forbes "Top 50 Women in Tech" globally. She is also a parent, with two young kids.
Corey Bozarth
Corey Bozarth

Corey Bozarth

VP of Product & Monetization | MyFitnessPal

Jessica Dene Earley-Cha
Jessica Dene Earley-Cha

Jessica Dene Earley-Cha

Developer Advocate, Assistant DevRel | Google

Marco Lenoci
Marco Lenoci

Marco Lenoci

Business Development Lead, Assistant | Google

Michael Puriz
Michael Puriz

Michael Puriz

Global Product Partnerships, Google Assistant | Google

Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta

Head of Engineering | Discord

Shikha Seghal
Shikha Seghal

Shikha Seghal

Manager Partner Technology, Assistant | Google

Adam Coimbra
Adam Coimbra

Adam Coimbra

Product Manager, App Actions | Google

Paul Morris
Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Global Sales Manager- Voice Biometrics Commercial Sector | Phonexia

Paul is Global Sales Manager for Phonexia Voice Verify. The solution has been developed by Phonexia, a cutting edge Czech company from Brno that has many years experience in developing voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies. Having grown up in the UK and studied European Studies and German at Manchester University, he moved to Central Europe, specifically to Poland, then his mother’s birthplace of the Czech Republic where he has lived and worked for the last 18 years in the Construction and IT software industries. He has consistently worked for Czech companies who have been best of breed in their fields on a global level.

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Digital Directo | Merrell

Jane joined the .com boom in the late 90s in Seattle, and has spent the remainder of her career in the digital marketing universe focusing on digital transformation and go-to-market strategy. Splitting her years between agencies and corporate, she has traveled and worked all over the globe, and finally settled back in her hometown of Grand Rapids, spending 9 years building the digital business of Fairly Painless Advertising before moving over to Wolverine Worldwide to lead digital marketing at Cat Footwear and now Merrell.

Rachel Waldstein
Rachel Waldstein

Rachel Waldstein

, Director, CRM & Retention | Wolverine Worldwide

Baris Gultekin
Baris Gultekin

Baris Gultekin

Product Management Director, Google Assistant | Google

Chris Leavens
 Chris Leavens

Chris Leavens

Creative Director | Age of Learning

Danny Bernstein
Danny Bernstein

Danny Bernstein

Managing Director, Global Product Partnerships | Google

David Kaufman
David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Senior Product Manager, Assistant | Google

Garrett Gaudini
Garrett Gaudini

Garrett Gaudini

Product Lead, Consumer | Postmates

Jamie Hirschhorn
Jamie Hirschhorn

Jamie Hirschhorn

Global Product Partnerships, Assistant | Google

Laurens Rutten
Laurens Rutten

Laurens Rutten

Founder & CEO | CoolGames

Mary Chen
Mary Chen

Mary Chen

Strategy Lead, Assistant DevRel | Google

Megan Cummins Grace
Megan Cummins Grace

Megan Cummins Grace

Global Product Partnerships, Assistant | Google

Niranjan Kumar
Niranjan Kumar

Niranjan Kumar

Gaming Partnerships Lead, Assistant | Google

Preethi Sundaradevan
Preethi Sundaradevan

Preethi Sundaradevan

Technical Solutions Consultant, Assistant | Google

Rebecca Zapfel
Rebecca Zapfel

Rebecca Zapfel

Product Manager, Assistant | Google

Nick Laidlaw
Nick Laidlaw

Nick Laidlaw

Co-founder and CTO | Voicify

Nick Laidlaw is co-founder and CTO for Voicify. He is part of a rare breed of technical executives who still knows how to work in the trenches while inspiring team members around him. He brings over twenty years of hands-on development and leadership experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Prior to Voicify, Nick was co-founder and CTO of Agency Oasis, a national digital advertising agency focused on web solutions. He helped to grow the agency over 16 years until it was acquired in 2016.

Nick has particular expertise in Content Management Systems (CMS) architecture and implementations. His affinity for intuitive CMS solutions began in 1997 while developing custom implementations for the tourism and financial industries. Over the years, Nick has worked with a number of off-the-shelf platforms with a focus within the Microsoft .NET stack. He excelled within the Sitecore CMS community; leading development efforts on the Sitecore platform since 2006 and a multiple time Sitecore MVP.

Nick’s expertise in the CMS space propelled him to provide intuitive solutions within the voice assistant space. His experience helping hundreds of companies within the marketing and advertising space fuels his passion to bring voice assistant capabilities to brands across industry verticals.

Nick has his BA in Computer Science from Hamilton College.

Ella Duda
Ella Duda

Ella Duda

International Strategy Director | Sixième Son

Daina Todorovic
Daina Todorovic

Daina Todorovic

Director, Client Services | Sixième Son

Susan Westwater
Susan Westwater

Susan Westwater

CEO | Pragmatic Digital

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