Webby Talks SpeakersSeptember 2020 - January 2021. 17 cities. 250+ meetings with the best and brightest in the digital world.
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Every Fall, The Webby Awards Executive Team takes Webby Talks on the road to meet the people making the Internet all over the world. Each speaker has presented to hundreds of groups from as small as 10 and as large as 200.
David-Michel DaviesCEO | @DMDlikes David-Michel Davies is CEO of Webby Media Group, which owns and produces The Webby Awards, The Lovie Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys.
Since taking over The Webby Awards as Executive Director in 2005, DMD and team have grown the award to be what The New York Times calls “the Internet’s highest honor.” In 2017, The Webbys received more than 13,000 entries from more than 70 countries globally making it the most sought after award for digital work on the planet.
In 2008, DMD teamed up with long time business partners—current Dotdash CEO, Neil Vogel; Rachel Zoe President, Rodger Berman; and New York City Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver—to co-found Internet Week New York, now a top gathering for Internet leaders. Under the Internet Week banner, DMD subsequently launched Internet Week Europe in London in 2010 and the Made in NY Digital Map (mappedinny.com) in 2012. Crain Communications acquired a majority interest in the global Internet Week properties in August of 2012.
A proud alumni of the University of Pennsylvania, DMD lives with his wife Stella Lee and sons Louis and August in Brooklyn, NY.
Claire GravesExecutive Director | @ClaireGraves As Executive Director of The Webby Awards Claire leads a team dedicated to celebrating the very best of the Internet each year.
Claire started her career running around the streets of SoHo in London Advertising industry. Before moving to New York she managed the strategic design and build of brand websites and communications for consumer brands like The Guardian, The BBC, Skype, Orange, Topshop and the children’s charity Barnardo’s at the digital agency Poke London.
A History graduate from Edinburgh University, Claire proudly hails from Adelaide, South Australia. She now lives in Brooklyn with her partner Jonathan, their baby Frankie and Omar, the dog. Her favorite yoga pose is savasana.
Steve MarcheseExecutive Producer | @SteveMarchese As Executive Producer at Webby Media Group, Steve has led production duties on fourteen live Webby Awards cycles and this year’s digital Webbys From Home.
He has also been fortunate to lead a number of initiatives including Internet Week New York, Internet Week Europe, The Lovie Awards, and the Architizer A+ Awards for Recognition Media. He oversees production on the live Webby show, new digital builds, content creation, sponsorship executions and more.
Steve lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son and recently wrapped up production on his first short film, Better Half. He spends part of his free time putting together playlists for his website, oneplaylistaday.com
Angela CarolaManaging Director, Industry Relations + IADAS | @angcarola Angela Carola leads the IADAS and Industry Relations division of Webby Media Group, charged with developing new products to offer clients that are designed to give unparalleled access to some of the most creative and sophisticated industry data and intelligence available, based on 20+ years of honoring the best work on the Internet.
Angela joined WMG in 2015 after serving in a variety of roles at Advertising Age over her 14-year career there. Most recently, she oversaw marketing, events and integrated sales projects. During her tenure, Angela worked on the Ad Age leadership team to create new and exciting ways to bring the 86-year old brand to market, and expand its global presence through events and partnerships.
Angela is a member of Advertising Women of New York and on the Executive Leadership Committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. She is relentless about making her co-workers sign up to attend, run and pitch-in at various events and activities to support these organizations. A native of the tri-state, Angela resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Elsa.
Jeff ZemetisCreative Director | @JZems As Creative Director at The Webby Awards, Jeff is responsible for all the breadth of creative produced by The Webby Awards, from the annual ceremony campaign, to the videos featured on stage, to the Call for Entries poster and The Webby People’s Voice campaign.
Emma WhitfieldSenior Account Director
As Senior Account Manager of The Webby Awards, Emma works closely with the Webbys’ most important entrants. She is responsible for producing on all events that contribute to the Webby community experience, including: 5-Word Speech Day, Sunset Cocktails and The Webby Awards After Party. She also manages The Webby Awards internship program and leads other key entrant marketing programs. Before joining the team in 2015, Emma interned for The Emmy Awards, Entertainment Tonight and The Lovie Awards.
Emma is a graduate from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. She loves to encourage her co-workers to join in Webby workouts and fun team-building activities. A native of England, Emma moved to the states when she was young and now resides in Brooklyn.