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Vishal Chandawarkar | Senior Account Executive, Mullen Lowe

Vishal Chandawarkar is a Senior Account Executive at Mullen Lowe U.S., where he leads fully integrated campaigns on the JetBlue account team. He has worked on projects for a variety of clients, including Zappos,, Olympus and True Religion.

Vishal is an advocate for the broader impact Mullen Lowe talent can have on the innovation community. He has been instrumental in designing unique, mutually beneficial collaborations between Mullen Lowe and local organizations like Techstars, Workbar and MassChallenge.

Vishal devised and launched WUNDERBAR, the first co-working space tailored for emerging adtech startups. In addition to managing WUNDERBAR, Vishal redefined the Mullen Lowe internship program through an official sponsorship with Techstars Boston. As part of this partnership, Mullen Lowe interns in Boston and Winston-Salem have the opportunity to work through an accelerated pitch process to address real business issues for three Techstars companies.

Vishal holds a BBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. Outside of work, Vishal spends his time rock climbing, writing music and swiping right on life. Find him on Instagram: @vishplease

Tom Flanagan | Director, Strategic Partnerships, DataXu

Tom has spent four years at DataXu in a variety of senior account management and strategy development roles. He has deep experience advising brand and agency executives in their adoption of programmatic software as a solution to a wide range of marketing challenges. He is a subject matter expert in the programmatic marketing space, and he has been a featured speaker at Ad Week DC and Digiday's Agency Innovation Bootcamp.

In his current role, Tom is responsible for strategic business development and corporate development activities including channel development, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Prior to DataXu, he was the first employee at social e-commerce company Lemonade, which was named Time Magazine's "Website of the Year" in 2007. Before that, he graduated in 2008 with a BA in English from Bates College, where he served as Editor and columnist for the campus newspaper.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys spending time with family and friends who can tolerate year-round discussion of the Patriots and Celtics. Find Tom on Twitter: @tomflanagan08

Lauren Krensky | Project Manager, Agency Business Development, Google

Lauren Krensky is a Project Manager at Google, focused on embedding deeper partnership agreements across Google's top media agency and advertiser partners. Prior to her work in Agency Business Development, Lauren worked as an Account Manager in large apparel & accessories clients and small-to-medium businesses at Google. Lauren graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Cognitive Studies & Corporate Strategy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys exploring Boston's food scene, listening to live music and traveling. Find Lauren on Twitter: @elkrensky

Colby Marques | Senior Account Manager, Adelphic

Colby is a Senior Account Manager at Adelphic Mobile, a mobile programmatic advertising company. Colby works with Adelphic's top tier clients to strategize and execute effective mobile campaigns. He's developed a specialty in mobile video advertising; which has become a core driver of Adelphic's business.

Colby joined Adelphic in 2013 after working at Boston based start-up Dailybreak Media. Prior to that, he served in state government working for a Massachusetts State Senator. Colby plans to one day build and lead his own technology start-up.

In his spare time, Colby enjoys running, golfing, and taking advantage of the great food scene in Somerville, MA with his Fiancée, Denise. Find Colby on Twitter: @colbymarques

Nicole Potocki | Senior Product Manager, ViralGains

Nicole Potocki is the Product Manager at ViralGains, a social distribution platform for branded video. In her role, she finds new and innovative ways for consumers to engage with video content. Nicole leads the charge on the user experience of the platform in order to deliver seamless, customized tools for marketers. Nicole aims to change the way brands use their engagement data to make smarter decisions.

Prior to ViralGains, Nicole worked at PayPal Media as the Business Operations Manager, where she developed creative marketing solutions for PayPal's merchants. She managed a team that focused on building processes for beta projects that connected high profile marketers to PayPal's mobile app platform.

In her spare time, Nicole is working with a team of talented developers to create fun and engaging mobile apps that build virtual connective communities. She and her team aim to release their first app this fall, and are extremely excited to see their vision come to life. Find Nicole on Twitter: @nicole_potocki

Chris Roe | Data Science Manager, Wayfair

Chris is a Data Science Manager at Wayfair, the world's largest e-commerce company for home categories including home furnishing and décor. In his role, Chris leads in the architecture and development of large scale data science projects that revolve around mining data to understand how to optimize to deliver the best possible shopping experience. He has been responsible for driving the development of user-level personalization engines that have been core to the company's customer retention strategies. In his role as manager, Chris has also had the opportunity to mentor and cultivate other data scientists in ways that drive meaningful value in the team's work.

Chris graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a BE in Electrical Engineering. Outside of work, he spends his free time golfing and skiing.

Jessica Russo | Associate Consultant, C Space

Jessica is an Associate Consultant at C Space, the leading consumer collaboration consultancy. While at C Space, Jessica has partnered with some of the world's largest brands to help them discover new and innovative ways to become more customer-centric and experience customer inspired growth. Managing consumer relationships on two of C Space's largest accounts, she designs and implements engagement strategies to gather insights from over a dozen online research communities and thousands of consumers. Before C Space, Jessica received acclaim for her work in marketing and public relations with Schwartz MSL (now MSLGROUP), and public affairs communications with Schneider Associates.

Jessica graduated from Colby College in 2012, and now resides in Cambridge, MA. Find her on Twitter: @jesslrusso

Brigid Sweeney | Senior Associate, Global New Business & Agency Marketing, Racepoint Global

As a member of Racepoint's Global Marketing and Business Development team, Brigid is responsible for promoting Racepoint and helps manage the agency's social media channels, website, events, speaking opportunities and awards as well as helps generate ideas for media outreach. Brigid works collaboratively with the leadership team to promote Racepoint's brand and leaders through marketing programs, social and traditional media. Additionally, Brigid works on new business development for the agency including industry research and provides support for proposals and RFP responses.

Brigid graduated from Boston University with a BS in Communication, Public Relations and a Psychology Concentration. When she's not running social media for Racepoint, Brigid's getting her cardio in elsewhere and loves running, spinning and recreational kickball. Find her on Twitter: @BeeSween

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