2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Founder & CEO of charity:water
Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006.
Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $225 million and funded over 21,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 6.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water.
Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria, son Jackson and daughter Emma.
Co-Founder of the Knot at XO Group Inc.
TSOA '90, '94
Carley Roney is co-founder of The Knot, America's leading wedding planning marketplace, and one of New York City's most successful Internet companies. Started in the earliest days of the Web, The Knot has expanded into all media, and now has the #1 wedding apps, registry site, print magazines, book series, planner, and Instagram following—and is used by 8 out of 10 couples in the country. Now a public company under the name XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), The Knot has grown with its audience and launched popular platforms The Nest (for creating a home) and The Bump (for pregnancy and early parenthood).
Carley's obsessions, and areas of leadership at The Knot and sister brands, are branding, community, editorial, product design, user experience, public relations, social media, digital marketing and delighting customers while driving business growth. In her relentless quest to make sure every couple in America knew about her brands, Carley became a regular lifestyle contributor on TV shows from Oprah and NBC's TODAY to FOX and LIVE! With Kelly, and published 12 books with Random House.
Carley is also passionate about entrepreneurship. She advises many female founded startups and has served on Rent The Runway's Board of Directors since inception. Carley speaks at conferences such as SXSW, guest lectures at her alma mater NYU and Columbia University, and has been featured in Inc., Fortune, Vogue, Fast Company, and The New York Times.
Most importantly, Carley is mom to three incredible kids, and lives with husband and co-founder David Liu in Brooklyn, NY.
Founder of EOS
Jonathan graduated from the NYU College of Arts and Science in 1991. After a brief stint working as a flight instructor, Jonathan started his career in Sales & Trading at Credit Suisse. Eight years later, Jonathan left to pursue more entrepreneurial interests.
In 2000, Jonathan joined a technology startup that provided business development services to portfolio companies of venture funds. He then became a partner at a small manufacturer of environmentally-friendly power generation systems in Southern California. In 2003, Jonathan moved to Shanghai where he established and managed a portfolio of Chinese real estate assets across four cities. In the US, he played an active role in consumer investments, including a frozen yogurt chain and a men’s body and hair care product company.
In early 2006, Jonathan established a consumer product incubator in New York called The Kind Group, which developed its own concepts. These included a line of men’s grooming products, innovative baby and child-care products, an oral care brand and the personal care concept that is now eos. At that point, Jonathan decided to focus only on eos and has been running the company along with his business partner, Sanjiv Mehra, ever since.
eos originated around a key insight: women want products that deliver moments of delight that transcend daily routines. With unconventional shapes that are fun, beautiful and purposeful, eos delivered on that insight to become a leading beauty and skincare brand. From its iconic lip balm to hand and body lotion to shave cream, eos products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, gluten-free, and packed with nourishing vitamins and natural skin-conditioning oils. eos products can be found in both high-end and mass retailers, and are also available on www.evolutionofsmooth.com. eos has developed a highly engaged consumer following in North America, Mexico, Europe and Asia and occupies a prime spot in women’s beauty routines.