Past Agenda & Braindates - Ascent Conference

Past Speakers

15 hours of content plus breakout brain-dates to help you find efficiency!

Joseph Camberato

Tim Riesterer

Chief Visionary

Nathan Rawlins

Gaurav Agarwal

Chief Growth Officer

Thomas Butta

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Josh Koenig

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Brudis Limar

Ali Haeri

VP of Marketing

Guy Marion

Julie Hansen

CRO & US CEO

Elliot Goldwater

VP Partnerships

Fran Wilson

Tessa Barron

VP of Marketing

Jennifer Ross

Madison Flickinger

Head of Demand Generation

Nick Lafferty

Head of Growth Marketing

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner

Andrew Steele

David Siegel

Peter Olanday

Director of Consulting, Vertical Solutions

Tatyana Martinez

Lead Consultant

Tyler Lessard

VP Marketing

Matt Gahr

Andrew Donato

SVP Sales

Kevin Burke

VP Sales

Khalid El Khatib

Clint Oram

CSO & Co-Founder

Melton Littlepage

Robson Grieve

CMO

Arianna Cignarale

CEO & Co-Founder

Nicole Silver

Sr. VP of Marketing

Ben Wright

Founder & CEO

Todd Boehly

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Heather Mounsey

Vice President of Brand Experience

Dave West

Tim Geisert

Partner & CRO

Dr. Courtney McCashland

Co-Founder & Chief Officer of Science and Strategy

Oana Manolache

Founder & CEO

Nithi Vivatrat

Chief Product Officer

Dror Liwer

Co-Founder & CMO

Cristy Garcia

Jordana Beck

Director of Creator & Influencer Marketing

Alina Vandenberghe

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Kuda Biza

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Co-Founder

Main Stage

Growth Stage

9:30 am Main Stage
Accessing Capital in Today’s Market [Read More]
Joseph Camberato
CEO & Founder
National Business Capital
10:00 am Main Stage
Customer Acquisition vs. Customer Expansion: Break Free from a One-Size-Fits-All Approach [Read More]
Tim Riesterer
Chief Visionary
B2B Decision Labs
10:00 am Growth Stage
Positioning for Success: How Effective Positioning Drives Differentiation and Simplifies Marketing Execution [Read More]
Nathan Rawlins
CMO
Lucid
10:30 am Growth Stage
Growth During a Downturn: How to Build a Recession-Proof Growth Strategy [Read More]
Gaurav Agarwal
Chief Growth Officer
ClickUp
Thomas Butta
Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
Airship
11:00 am Main Stage
How Marketing and IT Team-up to Win with the Web [Read More]
Josh Koenig
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Pantheon
11:00 am Growth Stage
11:30 am Growth Stage
Playbook for Growth: How to Create Client Experiences that Turn Clients into Advocates [Read More]
Brudis Limar
CMO
e-180
1:00 pm Main Stage
Your Next Growth Phase, Courtesy of Connected TV [Read More]
Ali Haeri
VP of Marketing
MNTN
1:30 pm Main Stage
Say “Renewal” in 14 languages: How Chargebee Helped Babbel Embrace Churn Reduction [Read More]
Guy Marion
GM
Chargebee
Julie Hansen
CRO & US CEO
Babbel
1:30 pm Growth Stage
Total Experience: The Hidden Connection Between Company Culture and World-Class Customer Experiences [Read More]
Lara Caimi
Chief Customer and Partner Officer
ServiceNow
2:00 pm Growth Stage
Breaking Away From the Sea of Sameness: Standing Out and Building Trust as a B2B Brand on Social [Read More]
Tom Keiser
CEO
Hootsuite
2:30 pm Main Stage
Mastering the Mid-market: Lessons on Building and Selling into Scaling Enterprises with Vanta [Read More]
Elliot Goldwater
VP Partnerships
Vanta
2:30 pm Growth Stage
The Myth of Digital Fatigue, and How to Get Past It [Read More]
Fran Wilson
CMO
Boomi
Tessa Barron
VP of Marketing
On24
Jennifer Ross
CMO
Intentsify
3:30 pm Main Stage
A Tale of Two Goals: Self-Serve and Sales Lead [Read More]
Madison Flickinger
Head of Demand Generation
Loom
Nick Lafferty
Head of Growth Marketing
Loom
3:30 pm Growth Stage
Fundraising at Each Stage (With Your Exit in Mind All the Way) [Read More]
Lu Zhang
Founder & Managing Partner
Fusion Fund
Rashmi Gopinath
General Partner
B Capital Group
Andrew Steele
Partner
Activant Capital
Joseph Camberato
CEO & Founder
National Business Capital
4:00 pm Main Stage
Decide to Pivot: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Evolving [Read More]
David Siegel
CEO
Meetup

Main Stage

Growth Stage

9:30 am Growth Stage
Tax’s Role in Frictionless Commerce [Read More]
Peter Olanday
Director of Consulting, Vertical Solutions
Vertex
Tatyana Martinez
Lead Consultant
Vertex
10:00 am Main Stage
Buyer-Centric Sales and Marketing in a Digital-First World [Read More]
Tyler Lessard
VP Marketing
Vidyard
10:00 am Growth Stage
What’s Your Revenue IQ? Why Revenue Intelligence Isn’t Complete Without Commission Data [Read More]
Matt Gahr
CRO
Spiff
Andrew Donato
SVP Sales
Emburse
Kevin Burke
VP Sales
Reejig
10:30 am Growth Stage
New to Developer Audiences? Forget Everything You Know About Marketing [Read More]
Khalid El Khatib
CMO
Stack Overflow
11:00 am Growth Stage
Fuel Growth – How to Achieve Your Revenue Goals in 2023 [Read More]
Clint Oram
CSO & Co-Founder
SugarCRM
11:30 am Main Stage
How CMOs at Growing B2B Companies Are Leveraging Data to Scale: And how you can and should be as well [Read More]
Melton Littlepage
CMO
Outreach
Robson Grieve
CMO
Arianna Cignarale
CEO & Co-Founder
Nomad
Nicole Silver
Sr. VP of Marketing
Volta Charging
1:00 pm Main Stage
Navigating Opportunity Through Uncertain Times [Read More]
Ben Wright
Founder & CEO
Velocity Global
Todd Boehly
Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Eldridge
Heather Mounsey
Vice President of Brand Experience
Velocity Global
1:00 pm Growth Stage
Team First – What we have learned from 25 years of Scrum [Read More]
Dave West
CEO
SCRUM.org
1:30 pm Growth Stage
The Talent Formula For Future Success [Read More]
Tim Geisert
Partner & CRO
AuctusIQ
Dr. Courtney McCashland
Co-Founder & Chief Officer of Science and Strategy
AuctusIQ
2:00 pm Main Stage
Turning Your Website Into a Lead Conversion Engine [Read More]
Oana Manolache
Founder & CEO
Sequel.io
2:00 pm Growth Stage
Building A Vertical SaaS Company In A Horizontal SaaS World [Read More]
Nithi Vivatrat
Chief Product Officer
Sorcero
3:00 pm Main Stage
Converting Cybersecurity From a Cost Center to a Revenue Source [Read More]
Dror Liwer
Co-Founder & CMO
Coro
3:00 pm Growth Stage
The Creator Economy: A fireside chat with Walmart [Read More]
Cristy Garcia
CMO
Impact
Jordana Beck
Director of Creator & Influencer Marketing
Walmart
3:30 pm Main Stage
Founders, Social Media, and the Company of the Future [Read More]
Alina Vandenberghe
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Chili Piper
3:30 pm Growth Stage
Purpose-preneur
Kuda Biza
Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Co-Founder
Nunbelievable

Past Executive Braindate Topics

You are joining the Ascent Conference to meet great people and learn about new things. How do you spark meaningful conversation? It all starts with a braindate.

Braindates are one-on-one or small group conversations based on topics posted by you and fellow participants in the Braindate Topic Market. They can be used to brainstorm, solve challenges, share expertise or experiences while meeting new (brilliant!) people.

 

Building a Diverse Virtual Workforce
Tech can provide some of the most powerful tools when it comes to making the next iteration of the virtual workplace more inclusive. Read More
Dionn Schaffner
Chief Diversity Officer
Aurea Software
The benefits and challenges of remote working and camaraderie building with growing sales teams
Attendees can expect a discussion with CROs about what it’s like managing a sales team in a post-Covid world. Read More
Natan Edelsburg
CRO
Muck Rack
Growing Your B2B SaaS Business in Times of Recession and Turbulence
When recessions hit, new deals tend to slow down, sales cycles drag for months on end, and marketing budgets are cut to make ends meet. Read More
Ruben Vardanyan
Founder & CEO
Joomag
Optimizing Demand Gen: Creating Conversions from Opportunities
Optimizing demand generation across touchpoints can help businesses maximize campaign ROI, by ensuring every opportunity is converted through hyper-personalization. Read More
Courtney McCombs
VP-Business Development
Datamatics Business Solutions
Embedding AI into products to match innovation with RoI
While AI delivers massive value in internet companies what do enterprises need to do to get ROI by embedding AI in the right manner? Read More
Kunal Sawarkar
Chief Data Scientist
IBM
Enhancing B2B Data Through AI for Faster Conversions
In a hyper-competitive world, top-of-the-funnel leads and sales conversions are business critical for high growth businesses. Read More
Sumit Mahajan
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Datamatics Business Solutions
How to Supercharge Your Channel Program
Heather Tenuto, Chief Revenue Officer of Zift Solutions, will walk SaaS companies through the crucial steps needed to take their channel partner program from fledgling to full force. Read More
Heather Tenuto
CRO
Zift Solutions
AI & ML: The Tools to Reshape Traditional Lead Gen Methods
The growing usage of AI and ML in B2B marketing is helping businesses identify their ideal customer profiles, seamlessly nurture them through the funnel, and consequently convert them into customers in an expedited manner. Read More
Sumit Mahajan
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Datamatics Business Solutions
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Top KPIs For RevOps Leaders
With thousands of data points spread across accounting systems, CRMs and marketing automation, there is no shortage of data for Revenue Operations teams to analyze. Read More
Helen Lin
Founder & CEO
Discern.io
The Onboarding Valley of Uncertainty™
Join us for a compelling discussion on the state of onboarding today. Read More
Mike Ehrle
CEO
Click Boarding
Establishing a Partnership Network to Efficiently Accelerate Revenue Growth
One of the fastest and most efficient ways to accelerate revenue growth is to develop, nurture and operationalize your company’s channel sales motions. Read More
Robert Michlewicz
CEO
Visual Lease
The World of Work
Join CEO of Recruiter.com Read More
Evan Sohn
CEO
Recruiter
Turn Your Managers Into Coaches
What percent of your employees truly know how they are performing in real time? Read More
Janelle Raney
CMO
Pathlight
Supercharging the Role of the CRO in Geospatial intelligence
Expand and explain the role of the CRO in the realm of Geospatial intelligence. Read More
JR Riordan
CRO
Blacksky
Maintaining your Brand Culture
It’s harder than ever in today’s hybrid/virtual workplace to maintain a corporate culture. Read More
Debra Hays
CEO
ConcertIDC
Scaling from the Start
Imagine you woke up tomorrow, and your business was ten times the size it is today. Read More
Adriel Sanchez
CMO
WalkMe
How to Win in a Post-COVID Hypercompetitive World?
Prior to the COVID crisis, the world was already competitive. Read More
Michael Dermer
Author & Founder
The Lonely Entrepreneur
Driving Revenue in Product Led Growth (PLG)
With the rise of product-led growth at many SaaS companies, we’ll discuss what PLG is, how it changes the various roles across your company, and marketing’s role in enabling PLG and uncovering revenue opportunities in product-led organizations. Read More
Breezy Beaumont
Head of Growth
Correlated
Managing a productive and meaningful relationship with your CRO
Many marketing professionals and executives struggle with this dynamic. Read More
Dan Murdoch
CMO
Nayya
International Expansion is like Creating a Wonderful Meal — Methodical, Genuine and Local
What has international expansion got to do with cooking a wonderful meal? Read More
Albert Vazquez
Partner
Sway Ventures
The changing Talent Landscape: building teams for the future with lessons learned from the pandemic
The pandemic shifted so many trends in talent – it accelerated predictions about the future of work, caused a “great resignation” and re-shuffling, and flipped the table back and forth between an employer and an employee market. Read More
Jessica Mitsch Homes
Co-Founder & CEO
Momentum
Generating More Pipeline and Winning More Deals with Fewer Resources Amidst Economic Turbulence.
Today’s sales leaders and their organizations have a mandate to hit their targets with less budget and headcount than expected to drive that growth. Read More
Melton Littlepage
CMO
Outreach
What can tech learn from the world of sport and vice versa when it comes to Equality Diversity and Inclusion?
In this roundtable, we explore why diverse spaces matter when it comes to talent, and how sport and technology can learn from one another when it comes to developing more diverse and inclusive outcomes which ultimately transform into results! Read More
Gurmej Pawar
CEO
Meji Media Events Group
Creating a Category that Fuels Successful Outcomes from Strong Valuations to Mission-Driven Workplace Cultures.
Category creation has been around since the dawn of business to enable organizations to innovate, differentiate from the competition, drive financial results, improve employee drive, and so much more, but the successful application of category creation has never been more defined than it is today. Read More
Karen Parisi
CMO
CentralReach
Operating in Real-Time: Thrive in a today’s unpredictable market
How would you operate if you had instant access to information about your customers, your operations, workforce and suppliers? What if you could more accurately predict and adapt to shifting markets and consumers all at the speed your business demands? Growth in mobile, artificial intelligence, edge and analytics are bringing the world of real-time to your business. Read More
Mike Hulme
VP of Marketing
DataStax
Building transformative AI-enabled enterprise and healthcare companies
Customers and investors have an increasingly higher bar for evaluating solutions that claim to use AI/ML. Read More
Neel Master
Co-Founder
Engooden Health
Bootstrapping vs. Fundraising
Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of taking capital versus self-funding, and how to best prepare and manage your organization for either path. Read More
Mallory Ulaszek
Founder & Owner
Week of the Website
Navigating a Revenue Department through Change
This presentation will cover best practices for navigating through major changes within the sales and client success functions within any high-growth business. Read More
Patrick Roberts
CRO
MountainSeed
Marketing, Sales and Revenue Operations: How do they work together to drive growth?
RevOps function has been on the rise in the past couple of years stirring the waters of more traditional Marketing and Sales operations. Read More
Olga Traskova
VP of Revenue Operations
TigerConnect
How a metal detector can prevent a wrongful death lawsuit
How to evaluate and maintain a WTMD/WDS that will comply to government standard NIJ 0601.02 which will help defend your company against lawsuits like a 20 million dollar wrongful death incident. Read More
Chris Ciabarra
CTO & Co-Founder
Athena Security
Mindful Growth
A discussion around hacking growth related choices to maintain brand positioning, operational workflows and other roadblocks when scaling. Read More
Mallory Ulaszek
Founder & Owner
Week of the Website
The Power of Cross-Functional Focus & Alignment to Achieve Growth
Growth is not about the success of a single department. Read More
Kevin Kitzgerald
CEO
Tatango
Equity CrowdFunding
Raise capital from your customers, ecosystem partners, and way more. Describe your ideal and your most likely investors–and why they fit that persona. Read More
Andrew Corn
CEO
E5A Integrated Marketing
How to Build High-Performing Marketing Teams
Learn how to increase cross-discipline exposure, broaden team member perspective, and realize innovation—all from the perspective of an 18-year-old Enterprise Marketing Agency. Read More
Paxton Gray
CEO
97th Floor
B2B Marketing for Tech Startups
What should you prioritize when marketing your startup? How do you get in front of brands and agencies to secure ad budgets? What kinds of marketing hires should you look for next, and how can you find them? Come with all your marketing questions and challenges, and we’ll learn from each other so you can focus on what should be most effective for your business. Read More
David Berkowitz
Principal
Serial Marketer
Innovation Ethics and the Investor Thesis
It’s critical that we, as investors, take responsibility for the direction of innovation and technology rather than merely try to manage a portfolio. Read More
Roger Hunt
Founder
Ideatrek
Embracing a People-First Strategy
We’ve entered a new world of work. Read More
Donald Knight
Chief People Officer
Greenhouse
Digital Transformation. Covid-19 Only Forced a Peak Under the Hood.
The pandemic changed how America worked almost overnight. Read More
Avner Schneur
President & CEO
GRM Information
Funnel 2.0 – The Actual, Full, Sales and Marketing Funnel
Dive deep into the S&M Funnel 2.0. Discuss org design, KPIs and more from demand generation through customer adoption and growth. Read More
Courtney Austermehle
CMO
Constructor.io
Situational Leadership for Growing Companies and Teams
How to adapt your management style to each unique situation or task to meet the needs of the team or team members. Read More
Mike Groeneveld
Sr. Vice President of Global Sales
Verb
Rally Around Your Middle Performers
Unpopular opinion – start ignoring your top performers more. Read More
Olga Karanikos
VP of Marketing
SalesScreen