Story, numbers, brand, how we consume media, generalists vs. specialists and more will be on tap at this year’s 360º.
Conal Byrne is the President of iHeartMedia’s Podcasting Division. iHeartRadio carries more than 25,000 podcasts from its own to other major podcast publishers and Conal oversees the iHeartPodcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 164 million downloads a month, making it the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally. He also oversees a team of over 50 podcast producers throughout Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
He led the launch of the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcast program 10 years ago and joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired HSW in October 2018.
Byrne graduated from Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City where he received a Master’s in Literature. In his free time, Byrne also writes and records music, supports up-and-coming indie film directors and tries to keep up with his four young kids.
New York Times best-selling author and science writer, David Epstein, has made it his mission to uncover the keys to achieving high performance in any domain, and to debunk popular myths along the way. In his latest book, the top ten New York Times and Amazon best-seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, Epstein examines the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and Nobel laureates.
Epstein brings bold new insights to business, education, innovation, and other industries on the best approach to career development. His conclusion: In most fields, especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Epstein shows that at every stage of life, from the development of children in math, music and sports to students fresh out of college — generalists triumph as the world around them becomes increasingly specialized.
He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, and was twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner
Tara Headley is an award-winning interior designer with five years of experience, currently specializing in corporate workplace environments at Hendrick, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with a B.F.A, and a subsequent M.F.A. in Interior Design, both from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Tara’s career goals are to continue to create unique experiences that will have positive impacts on client’s lives. Born and raised on the island of Barbados, she proudly represents her Caribbean heritage through her love of bright colors and bold patterns in her personal design aesthetic. Her life goals are to travel the world, experiencing as many cultures as possible, as she believes diversity is one of life’s greatest inspirations. For her, designing is a privilege and a means to change the way we see the world.
Nancy F. Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn's research focuses on effective leadership and how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact. Her 2017 book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, spotlights how five of history’s greatest leaders managed crises and what we can each learn from their experience.
Koehn consults and speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and the World Business Forum. She is a frequent contributor to “American Experience” and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, A&E's "Biography," "Good Morning America," Bloomberg Television, CNBC's "Moneywheel," CNN's "Money Line" and other television programs. She writes for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review, and is a weekly commentator on National Public Radio. In 2012, Poets and Quants ranked Koehn as one of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors. She is also a director of the clothing retailer, Fashion to Figure.
Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas.
Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.
Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.
Chris holds a Ph.D in Political Economics and Masters Degrees in Soviet Studies and in East Asian Studies. He held the position of Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Chair of International Business for Baker University from 1990 to 1995. He has been visiting faculty at Tartu University in Estonia, Budapest University of Economic Sciences in Hungary, Ming Chuan College in Taiwan, Moscow University in Russia and the University of Singapore in Singapore. Chris was on the faculty of Avila College from 1987 to 1990 and has been adjunct faculty for 11 colleges and universities since 1986.
Rebecca Messina most recently served as Global Chief Marketing Officer of Uber. As Uber’s first-ever CMO, Messina focused on standing up Uber’s first global marketing organization, building a world class marketing network, with the mission of helping the company define a strong brand in the hearts and minds of the consumers, drivers and communities it serves.
Prior to joining Uber, Messina was the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Beam Suntory. Messina assumed that role in 2016 and was responsible for the company’s global brand strategy development and communications, product innovation, research and development and consumer insights for Beam Suntory’s world-class portfolio of brands – including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Courvoisier Cognac, and Yamazaki Whisky, among others.
Messina built a 22 years career at The Coca-Cola Company. In roles of increasing responsibility and leadership, Messina joined Coca-Cola in 1994 and spent five years in Atlanta with numerous global media and marketing roles before expanding her career in Chile, Australia, France; where she held numerous roles of increasing responsibility, most notably the position of Vice President, Global Marketing Capability & Integration. During her time in that role, she led the strategic development of the global marketing agenda to continue growth in a highly competitive and changing landscape. In 2014, Messina assumed her role as SVP, Marketing & Innovation, Ventures & Emerging Brands (VEB), the internal incubator at TCCC where she was responsible for leading the marketing strategy, innovation and capabilities for Coca-Cola’s VEB portfolio of premium, high growth brands.
A native of Batavia, NY, Messina holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. She is currently on the Global Board of the Mobile Marketing Association(MMA), and the Ad Council and has also served on the National Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association (AMA).
Chuck Reece and three partners launched The Bitter Southerner to tell stories of a new(er) South — neither the stereotypical garden parties of magazines, nor the “redneck reality” of television. Instead, The Bitter Southerner tells the stories of the South as it is today. In almost six years of existence years, the BS has built a strong community of more than 150,000 readers each month. The Bitter Southerner is anchored by a weekly, longform feature story that appears on Tuesday. Its new approach to Southern journalism and storytelling has garnered the praise of many, including widely known journalists such as NPR's Michelle Norris. In December 2018, The Bitter Southerner Podcast, a co-production with Georgia Public Broadcasting, had its debut and has drawn approximately 70,000 listeners, so far.
Jim Williamson has 30 years of experience and is a practicing Interior Designer and Principal at Gensler in the Washington, DC office.
Jim serves in the role of Regional Director of Practice Areas for the Southeast Region for the Firm. He is responsible for coordinating with each of the 24 Practice Areas across the Southeast Region’s eight offices – Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Tampa and Miami to focus on revenue goals, backlog, marketing spend and pursuit pipelines.
In addition to his client and regional work, Jim serves on the Firm’s Global Management Committee reporting to the Board of Directors around Design Management practices, trends and financial performance. He actively travels to the Firm’s 11 Regions for training, mentoring and performance management with regional and office design management leaders.
Jim is an active leader in the design profession having held the role of IIDA International President. He currently resides on the IIDA’s International President’s Council, the Chair of the IIDA College of Fellows and the current President of the Board of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council(IDCEC).
Jim earned a BS in Interior Design at the University of Maryland, College Park and resides in Washington, DC.