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We kicked off our summer series of Marketing for the Now with a very special episode centered around the question, “What are your predictions for the rest of 2021?”

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  • Jerri DeVard, Founder, Black Executive CMO Alliance
    (interviewed by Patrick Bennett, Creative Director at VaynerMedia
  • Cammie Dunaway, CMO, Duolingo
    (interviewed by Zubin Mowlavi, President at VaynerCommerce)
  • Stephen Sokoler, Founder/CEO, Journey
    (interviewed by Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer at VaynerX)
  • Dylan Lissette, CEO, Utz Brands Inc
    (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Chieh Huang, Co-founder/CEO, Boxed
    (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • Kara Goldin, CEO/Founder, Hint, Inc
    (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)
  • AJ Vaynerchuk, Co-founder, VaynerSports + VaynerMedia
    (interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk)

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Hint, Inc

Kara Goldin

Founder and CEO

Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has received numerous accolades, including being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California and one of InStyle’s 2019 Badass 50. Previously, Kara was VP of Shopping Partnerships at America Online. She hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show. Her first book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, was released October 2020 and is now a WSJ and Amazon Best Seller. Kara lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Black Executive CMO Alliance

Jerri DeVard


Jerri is the Founder of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA), an alliance designed to champion corporate diversity and help build the next generation of C-suite marketing executives. As a former Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Office Depot, Inc., Jerri was responsible for the P&L for eCommerce, Customer Service, all Marketing functions, Data & Analytics, Communications and Events, having previously served as its Chief Marketing Officer. She has more than 30 years of extensive marketing and leadership experience at large global brands. Prior to Office Depot, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of The ADT Corporation, a leading provider of home and business security services. Prior to that, Jerri served as Executive Vice President, CMO for Nokia based in Helsinki and London. Additionally, she held senior marketing roles as SVP-Verizon Communications, CMO-Citibank, VP-Revlon, VP-Harrah’s Entertainment, the NFL and General Mills, formerly the Pillsbury Company. Jerri is an Economics graduate of Spelman College, where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees and received her MBA from Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Business. She currently serves as a director on the boards of Under Armour Inc.,, and Roots Insurance. Previously, she served on the boards of ServiceMaster, Belk, Gurwitch Products, Tommy Hilfiger and the advisory board of PepsiCo. Jerri has been selected by Black Enterprise as one of the 75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America and 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, named by AdAge as a Rockstar CMO and Power Player and 50 Women to Watch by the WSJ.

Zubin Mowlavi


For 20 years, Zubin combined his passion for technology, music, and human interaction to launch and grow Lucid Fusion, a leading global eCommerce tech agency. In 2020, VaynerX acquired Lucid Fusion, launched VaynerCommerce, and appointed Zubin as President. Currently, Zubin leads VaynerCommerce and advises select direct-to-consumer, retail, and technology companies.

AJ Vaynerchuk


AJ is the Co-CEO of VaynerSports and former Founder/COO of VaynerMedia. He is certified with both the NFLPA and MLBPA, and works across all sports.

Chieh Huang

Co-founder and CEO

Chieh Huang is the CEO and a Co-founder of Boxed, a warehouse-club delivery service that launched in 2013. Eight years later, the company delivers anywhere in the Continental USA, with revenue now in the hundreds of millions. Prior to Boxed, Chieh earned his J.D. from Fordham University and his Bachelor of Economics degree from The Johns Hopkins University. After law school, he took a position as a corporate attorney at Proskauer where he quickly discovered that a career in law wasn’t for him. He promptly moved into his friend’s attic and helmed a mobile gaming company called Astro Ape which drew the attention of games giant, Zynga. Prior to its eventual IPO, Zynga acquired Astro Ape in 2011 and installed Chieh as the director of their New York office where he led the fastest and most efficient game team within the company. In 2013, seeing an opportunity in mobile commerce, he started Boxed from his parents’ garage. Since then, the company has raised over $300 million dollars, and invested heavily into its technology. Boxed writes its own software, runs its own state of the art fulfillment centers and builds its own automation robotics in-house.

Chieh is an innovator, a serial entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. He personally pays for the college tuition of his full-time employees’ children, recognizing he wouldn’t be where he is today if not for the education he received. Boxed has also taken a stand against the “pink tax” by refusing to charge extra for products specifically marketed to women. Huang’s personal honors include being named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch, and to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future. Huang was also chosen as one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” and for Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” Finally, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.” Huang holds seats on the boards of both Mclaren Racing and the Museum of Chinese in America. As his career has continued to evolve, Huang has learned much from navigating new job experiences, and now mentors other entrepreneurs also looking to change their professional path. Sometimes that is directly, other times by inspiring them through his TED talks which now have millions of views.


Cammie Dunaway


Cammie Dunaway is the Chief Marketing Officer for Duolingo, the world’s most popular language learning app. Ms. Dunaway previously served as the U.S. President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of KidZania, an international location-based entertainment concept focused on children's role-playing activities. Ms. Dunaway also served as Executive Vice President for Nintendo, with oversight of all sales and marketing activities for the company in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Before joining Nintendo, Ms. Dunaway was Chief Marketing Officer for Yahoo! from June 2003 to November 2007 and served at Frito-Lay for 13 years in various leadership roles in sales and marketing, including serving as Vice President of Kids and
Teens brands. Ms. Dunaway has been a member of the Board of Directors for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. since 2014, and a member of the Board of Directors for Planet Fitness since 2017. Ms. Dunaway holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is the author of a best selling book, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job.

Stephen Sokoler

Founder and CEO

Born and raised in New York City, Stephen is a serial entrepreneur who works hard to make a difference. Stephen is the Founder & CEO of Journey, the leading preventative mental health solution for modern companies. Journey was founded with the mission to help all people live happier, healthier, less stressed lives. They’ve work with wide range of organizations from Facebook, Disney, and Nike, to the Harlem Children’s Zone, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Anti-Defamation League. Prior to starting Journey, Stephen was the Co-Founder & CEO of Altrum Honors, a company dedicated to helping organizations celebrate and inspire their employees. Through organic growth and multiple acquisitions, Stephen built the company into the industry leader with a 35% global market share and over $20 million in annual revenue. Stephen successfully sold Altrum in September 2014.

Patrick Bennett

Creative Director

Patrick Bennett is an award-winning creative with over 20 years experience building global brands, plus transforming marketing agencies, startups, and even governmental organizations. A veteran of both digital and traditional agencies, he thrives at being a change agent and influencer. Travel, sailing, photography, and connecting with his Afro-Caribbean roots are his passions.

Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer

VaynerMedia’s —and for that matter— first ever Chief Heart Officer, Claude Silver fuses empathy with agency to unlock employee potential and foster a culture of belonging. Between her deep education in psychology and spirituality, two decades as an advertising strategist, and time at VaynerMedia, she’s been studying and influencing human behavior for over three decades.
Outside of VaynerMedia, she speaks globally about the need for heart-leadership in today’s workplace and the importance of treating “employees” like people, not numbers. Her success guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, management, and culture is driven by an abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can thrive.

Fun fact, Claude founded and ran an outdoor adventure & surf company in San Francisco where she was in the cold Pacific Ocean coaching 275 days a year. Simply put, her glass is always full!

Utz Brands Inc

Dylan Lissette


Dylan B. Lissette has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Utz since assuming the role in January 2013. Mr. Lissette also has served as the sole manager of Utz since September 2016. In addition, Mr. Lissette has served as a Member of the Board of Managers of the Utz Members since June 2004. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lissette served as Chief Operating Officer from January 2011 to January 2013 and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from January 2008 to January 2011. Prior to his service as an executive officer of Utz, Mr. Lissette served Utz in several capacities since joining in 1995, including serving as Retail Sales Manager, Key Account Director, and Director of Marketing. In 2007, Mr. Lissette was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President — Sales Operations where he had direct responsibility for route sales development in the Company’s Mid-Atlantic core markets and system-wide administration of the company’s DSD operations. Mr. Lissette represents the fourth generation of family leadership and involvement at the family-owned company, and is the son-in-law of Michael W. Rice, who serves as Director, Chairman Emeritus, and Special Advisor to Utz. Mr. Lissette also served on the Board of Directors of Hanover Hospital from August 2011 until August 2018. Mr. Lissette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from The George Washington University. The Company believes that Mr. Lissette’s extensive institutional knowledge and executive experience as the Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Utz qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.

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