Brain Fuel: Visualizing the Technical Communities of Tomorrow


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Vanessa DiMauro, CEO and Chief Digital Officer of Leader Networks

Vanessa is the driving force behind Leader Networks, a research and strategy consulting company that helps organizations succeed in social business and online community building. She has more than 20 years of experience in social business leadership positions with companies such as Cambridge Technology Partners, Computerworld, and CXO Systems, bringing both practical experience and visionary leadership to her work. As founder of Leader Networks, she has developed award winning social business strategies for many of the largest and most influential companies in the world.

Vanessa’s work has been covered by leading publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Forbes. She was recently named one of 40 top social marketing masters worldwide by Forbes. She sits on several boards including The Society of New Communications Research (SNCR) and Social Media Today, and teaches at Babson College and Columbia University.


Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, Creator of Slashdot

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda is the creator and user #1 of Slashdot, the popular News For Nerds website. During his 14 years running the place, he made advances in crowdsourcing news creation, content aggregation, and community driven moderation. Since his days leading Slashdot, he has worked in the Washington Post's Lab team, and developed a news platform called Trove (available in various App Stores!). Rob currently resides outside Washington, D.C. and is an unemployed digital vagabond focusing his time on playing Super Mario Bros. and Zelda with his small boys.

Lindsey Pollak, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Millennial Workplace Expert

Lindsey Pollak helps the world’s top organizations understand the millennial generation and thrive in today’s multigenerational workplace. Her speaking audiences have included more than 200 corporations, conferences and universities, including Citi, Estee Lauder, GE, IBM, Ralph Lauren, Yale, Harvard, and MIT. Her areas of expertise include marketing to millennials, managing millennials, succeeding in the multigenerational workplace, personal branding, and career development.

She is the New York Times best-selling author of "Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders" and "Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World." She currently serves as The Hartford’s Millennial Workplace Expert and chair of the Cosmopolitan magazine Millennial Advisory Board. Lindsey’s advice and opinions have appeared in media outlets such as the TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University and is based in New York City.


Susan Hassler, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Susan has more than 20 years of experience as an editor and journalist dealing with scientific and technical topics ranging from developmental neurobiology to computer engineering. She has served as editor-in-chief of the journal Nature Biotechnology, editor at The Neurosciences Institute at Rockefeller University, and as an editor for the New York Academy of Science's magazine, The Sciences. She has also taught in the Science and Environmental Writing program at New York University's School of Journalism.


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  • November 24, 2015



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